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|13 hours 15 min ago||All true. And what made it||
All true. And what made it successful in Tampa was Warren Sapp et al off the edge. I didn't want to complicate so I pointed to unique players who could do the things their position asked AND other things the scheme would allow. The Steel Curtain was the best because it had a lot of great players in addition to Lambert. Michigan's '97 defense was amazing not just for Woodson; they had Steele and Dhani and Sword and Renes and Ray and Hall and then could bring a guy like Feazell off the bench.
This this is an article primarily about coverage and I wanted to keep it simple for a wider audience. The coaches around here are really helpful because they comment; I didn't write the article for them because they already know why Peppers would be a good fit at safety in an aggressive scheme.
|15 hours 43 min ago||I was a victim of my own||
I was a victim of my own editing. I had a whole thing about Rod Woodson that got tangential so I took it out and didn't notice it had the 2000 defense going right into Ed Reed. I fixed.
|15 hours 55 min ago||In '97 Michigan didn't play||
In '97 Michigan didn't play any spread teams, so the defense had to deal with a fullback often and a slot receiver on running downs rarely. So Michigan had the luxury of putting Woodson at corner, having him play up on the receiver, and still not have to worry about giving him a safety if the offense tried to go over the top. That allowed the safeties to come up and play against the run, or take robber zones in the middle. Marcus Ray got a boatload of interceptions, and Michigan was able to run a lot of cool blitzes. There would be entire games when Woodson' side of the field wouldn't see more than a handful of passes, and the safeties could roam wherever Weathers wasn't.
The more you can get pressure from different spots the more your defense can kick ass. Much of that D came back in '98 but couldn't do half of the things they did with Woodson because Whitley couldn't cover low and recover deep.
On this team I expect Woodson would be a safety eventually but start out as a nickel and boundary CB. Peppers is such a similar player (except smaller) you can almost point to him and say "that's what would happen if we had Woodson again."
|17 hours 53 min ago||Well for one he was just a||
Well for one he was just a true sophomore and should have been a redshirt freshman last year. For two it seems he was having a hard time covering against college competition.
Either way you can't really say "what happened to him" for a guy who earned three starts at Michigan before he could buy a beer.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Got any....2's?||
|2 days 9 hours ago||So my best friends in college||
So my best friends in college were all in a band trying to make that a career, and Rude Boy, the ICP producer guy, loved the band and kept giving them gigs, despite it being an intellectual experimental prog-rock band.
The last of these was they played in Columbus for the release of The Wraith. By this point I was selling their merch and working on a long-form story about the band and I begged the place to announce them as a Detroit band. Nope. In front of all the Juggalos in Columbus Ohio the guy said Ann Arbor, just to make sure the band with song titles like "Homeric Epic Exit #3" would get the exactly correct reception.
The only time the guys had bottles thrown at them
|2 days 19 hours ago||You've got a good list for||
You've got a good list for pop. Here's rock, for a given definition of "the band that almost every band alludes to in describing their sound (par ejemplo: We're ManBall. We're like a Beatles meets Tool meets Radiohead meets the Strokes kind of sound)"
1970s: Led Zepplinn
1980s: Guns 'n Roses
2010s: Still up in the air, so far the Black Keys are winning, since all the garage and southern rock bands that dominate rock right now claim them in their meeting.
|3 days 19 hours ago||What about seniors Trey Burke||
What about seniors Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway?
|4 days 12 hours ago||What do a Michigan grad and||
What do a Michigan grad and MSU grad have in common? They both got into state.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Oh like YOU guys can tell the||
Oh like YOU guys can tell the difference between middling ACC schools.
|4 days 20 hours ago||You really have no idea what||
You really have no idea what the families of these douchenozzles are doing about it. You should stop assuming.
|5 days 18 hours ago||You really expect us to||
You really expect us to believe you're a Gaylord townie and you have a fondness for Highlands? Everyone I know who's actually from anywhere northwest of the wedding ring skis Nubs and leaves Highlands to the fudgies.
|5 days 18 hours ago||It's a question of degree,||
It's a question of degree, yeah, but degree isn't solely the financial cost. Stealing $50,000 in laptops is precisely as awful as $50,000 in damages, but it's also not going to register with a lot of people here.
A one-night Bacchan destruction by UM students is of great interest to UM students and alums, and people in general. Tell me clothing stolen from a laundry room is more interesting than this?
Why give that group special treatment among greater umich sports fans this site serves? Like Detroiters or Ann Arbor residents, UM students and alumni and teachers are such a large contingent of our readership that big things of interest to them are allowed. If the Red Wings injured five Blue Jackets in a wanton brawl at the end of a 12-1 blowout the contingent of Red Wings fans would warrant a thread on it because they're going to be reading about it and talking to others about it.
|5 days 18 hours ago||UM student crime - What is newsworthy for MGoBlog?||
Moved a special snowflake back to the roadside.
Guy wanted to discuss the threadworthiness of a topic with two threads and avg 200 replies in those. That's fine but the threadworthiness discussion doesn't need a third thread, so I pasted his comment into the last thread discussing the topic.
Regarding future moderation on this topic, I'd advise allowing one or two more threads in the coming weeks when important information about the case is made public, but that's it. Relevence is to the school, which is within off-topic boundaries for offseason.
|5 days 19 hours ago||That same controversy was||
That same controversy was still going on in the late 1990s and early aughts. I was out voted on this on the Daily ed board but I think the university should only use academic recourse for off-campus/non-academic behaviors when there is a clear danger to the integrity of the school or the safety of other students.
A convicted rapist should be removed from the school as a danger to other students. Murder absolutely. Capital fraud (for example involvement in a points shaving scheme with the basketball team) yes. This kind of thing the university would have to show a trend, not one incident, to suggest other students' property was in danger were the perps to remain in school.
|6 days 3 hours ago||AEPi got kicked off campus||
AEPi got kicked off campus while I was in school. We had a song we sang about it to the tune of American Pie. It had many verses and I know them all still.
Bye Bye Alpha Epsilon Pi
|6 days 3 hours ago||I disagree; it's UM-related||
I disagree; it's UM-related and for the offseason it's fine. There are two threads on it.
The thing I find unproductive are those going "see this is why I don't join a frat" or "I'm sure their daddies will take care of it."
On the latter: we just got done eviscerating Dave Brandon for a similar comment.
On the former: I was in a fraternity in college. And my dad was in this frat--SAMmies--at MSU (which didn't have a chapter at UM when I was there). A fraternity is like any other organization--football team, Daily, whatever--by joining it you accept that your actions will reflect on the organization. If this was a football team who'd trashed a bowl hotel (which isn't unheard of) people will denigrate that program, that school, and football teams in general, although the more you generalize obviously the further you get from correct.
Is THIS frat full of douches? I mean, it's obvious they have a contingent. You can't create that kind of destruction without a surprising disregard of other people. If that was my hotel I'd absolutely pursue criminal charges.
But the only thing it says about others in their fraternity is they've chosen to associate with these douchenozzles. As for the thousand-odd members of fraternities at Michigan and million-odd across the country who never chose to hang with said douchenozzles, it doesn't really say anything except they joined a type of organization that some douchenozzles joined.
The perpetrators were Americans too, and given the specific fraternity, probably of my religion. They root for Michigan sports. Perhaps one or two were in the room when I spoke at Hillel last November, and three or four pass along this blog. Having things in common with me doesn't make them less douchnozzles to me, and doesn't make me a douchenozzle for those associations.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Built-in excel plus gimp||
Built-in excel plus gimp (free photoshop)
|6 days 6 hours ago||I saw that. The Freep is||
I saw that. The Freep is already using it in their online coverage.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nobody gets 100% of things||
Nobody gets 100% of things right, but someone who gets 99.99% of things they report correct and can demonstrate why they were wrong for explicable reasons is a VERY good resource for knowlege. Someone who gets 90% right is untrustworthy but interesting, and someone who gets 80% right is basically useless. Someone who passes along everything without context is a mouthpiece, and is therefore serving whoever gave them information more than their audience.
Please don't throw the "nobody's perfect" thing out there again because it's fallacious. The question is what processes does a journalist use to provide their information.
|1 week 1 day ago||AND Ohio State only has one||
AND Ohio State only has one player, and that a guy who barely played for them: Nate Ebner.
|1 week 4 days ago||No it's not the same thing||
No it's not the same thing and I tried to explain the difference.
Out of the general population, only a small % of people are going to have BOTH the talent and the will to become professional-level athletes. Being from a poor, shitty background increases the likelihood that you'll have the will to become an athlete capable of being recruited by Michigan. However once you're one of the top 500 players in the country you've already proven you have both the will and the talent.
So if you knew nothing about where to recruit other than how many people live in a certain state, then this information is helpful in identifying where you can get more bang for your buck. But recruiters have far more information already available to them.
What Foote was talking about was his personal motivating experience. But Foote played with Todd Howard, who grew up in the neighborhood adjacent to mine until we both moved, whereupon his neighborhood in Bolingbrook was as nice as mine in Bloomfield HIlls.
Todd was much less of an athlete than a lot of the guys he played with, but he had a profound intelligence for the game and an extraordinary will to make himself better. If Michigan had taken, say, another of Foote's classmates of equal talent from Detroit instead of Todd Howard, Michigan would have been out one three-year starter.
|1 week 4 days ago||derf. Fixed.||
|1 week 4 days ago||You'd be like the 200th||
You'd be like the 200th person to do so if you changed your avatar to something I drew.
180 of those are the Harbaugh in a michigan hat.
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|1 week 5 days ago||Bacon's stories were great||
Bacon's stories were great but he totally teased us that there'd be a new book, then wouldn't tell us what he's writing it about.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just for the record, Brian is||
Just for the record, Brian is only older than me by a handful of months. Apparently the definition of "digustingly young" is not being born by the time Brian was sitting up.
|1 week 6 days ago||I remember not thinking he||
I remember not thinking he was very good. Keep in mind this was long before I ever diagrammed a play. But there was a play early in the season--Colorad or Baylor--when Mayes was in and Hendricks was frantically pointing at him to guard someone else.
Mayes did and Hendricks had an interception in the end zone, and I guess because Mayes had a number in a 20s we thought he was another defensive back, and my dad and I talked about how Hendricks is a good DB and Mayes isn't and were smug about how we'd identified this from one play.
Maybe I should stop talking about my 17-year-old football-watching idiot self because I think he'd probably get banned from this board.
|1 week 6 days ago||A-train wasn't feature back until 1999||
Click to big.
Here's your answer: A-Train shared carries with other guys until his junior season. Thomas got 28% of RB or FB carries in 1997, and 37% in 1998 before leaping to 79% in 1999.
In '97 it was Chris Howard getting the plurality of touches, though that was still just 41% (C-Will had 12% and the fullbacks, mostly Chris Floyd, accounted for 19%).
In '98 A-Train and C-Will were nearly even: 37% to 32% for little 33. Fargas took another 17% of carries, and Walter Cross got 8%, most of those while salting games away. The fullbacks got the remaining 6%. Thomas was a good enough back in '98 that I made him my background, i.e. he was my favorite player that year.
Only in 1999 did A-Train really become the feature back. The carries that C-Will and Fargas took the previous year all went to Anthony Thomas, with Cross getting the same 8% (backup carries). The fullbacks got 13% but a majority of that was B.J. Askew emerging.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Found this in the student||
Found this in the student directory: