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|34 min 1 sec ago||Teams figured out Michigan's||
Teams figured out Michigan's signals last year. Whenever we lined up in tackle over opponents would have a guy find me in the stands and if I was punching myself in the face they knew we were running to the double-OT side.
|11 hours 29 min ago||It seems to be much like||
It seems to be much like recruiting, ie the high level prospects have huge success about 50% of the time, and the low prospects only rarely work out.
|16 hours 40 min ago||Nice. I had breakfast last||
Nice. I had breakfast last week before the Miami game with Rich Adler, who wrote the Arcadia book on M baseball. Guy is an absolute fountain of knowledge about the team's history and the years when it was the other major sport at Michigan.
|18 hours 34 sec ago||This stuff doesn't move the||
This stuff doesn't move the needle for me. I don't pay to go to Michigan's Facebook page.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Did you pay to come here? If||
Did you pay to come here? If we were actually leveraging this site like UM leverages football we'd be a subscription service, and your inbox would be flooded with promos to buy buy buy. We'll never do that because that's not what this site is about.
Sports gambling is something a lot of us do with our sports knowledge, and conversely the best sports gamblers can offer some of the best overhead analysis of those sports because they're not focused just on one team and their biases are stripped away as competitive disadvantages. I went to great lengths to provide content that is relevant to readers. If you've got a problem with JamieMac as a writer for this site then I dunno man; he's been around here longer contributing content that I have.
And we don't just take any client; I tried the various sites and spoke at length to the various dudes behind those sites and chose an exclusive relationship with the one who demonstrated he cared the most about the user experience.
And when we show off new tshirts it's not in your face, it's "have a free tshirt" and one liners about the upcoming opponent.
All this from an actual business that is for profit and pays taxes on that. I probably make less than 99% of our readers, less than any job in the athletic department, so that I can help provide free content that has value to readers. If you find hypocrisy in that when I criticize something like PSLs or interrupting MMB to blare out info on family packs, then I think your cynicism is broken.
|1 day 10 hours ago||They made Marty their||
They made Marty their resident nerd; it's just two brothers. They wanted us to get together with some other blogs to pay $7500 for stats and i was like: Uh no we will build our own.
SO WE ARE BUILDING OUR OWN
We're now in the parsing stage, where there's all sorts of hellish things to fix like drives that start over because of fumbles and whatnot. We'll have the data first, and eventually pages for every team with sensical stats (SACKS ARE PASS PLAYS!!!). We'll also be doing a lot of things marty (CFBStats) never did, like have the recruiting profiles linked to performance. Eventually. First is getting the PBP data to not suck.
Nate, the guy who jumped on this for us, should be posting soon.
|2 days 6 hours ago||You're talking about number||
You're talking about number of plays. Long drives accomplish those things. Whether or not the clock is running is irrelevant. Focusing on time of possession overrates running into a wall for 2 yards -- except in very specific circumstances, that is a loss for the offense. An offense should be either trying to score or taking what the defense gives them or setting up the former.
|3 days 9 hours ago||Is that what we're trying to||
Is that what we're trying to do?
|3 days 10 hours ago||Spread should refer to the||
Spread should refer to the college version. I know people call the hurricane that but spreading out the OL and having a more receiver-ish personnel group, plus the shield is referred to more often as spread.
Just say NFL style and Shield, I guess. Or dinosaur and spread.
|3 days 12 hours ago||The difference is in who's||
The difference is in who's releasing. Hurricane punting leaves your fullback/tight end/safety types in to catch the edge blocks before they release; often the first guys to leave because they're uncovered are the offensive linemen. In spread punting you've put four wide receivers in position to release immediately, and your last wave are 300 pound blocky dudes.
It can be an up or down decision even if there are good things to recommend dinosaur punting, because it's a net: at the end of the day the benefits of spread punting are greater than the benefits of hurricane punting, therefore the question is black or white.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Net punting has gone up linearly, about 3 yards across the board||
Although there's a lot of noise in those numbers because offenses have gotten way more successful at moving the ball from their side of the field due to offenses going spread. Mathlete could adjust for that with play by play data but this isn't PBP data above.
Net punting just has so much involved in it that it's not a reliable statistic. What I did notice is that punting length seems to be up (linearly) 1 yard per punt, so the movement in net punting has primarily been happening on returns. In the NFL it's the opposite: net punting is up because avg punt length has gone up by 4 yards, but return length has grown in recent years, so the result has been about 1.5 yards gained in net. This says that punters have gotten better at booming punts, especially in the NFL, and that his has correlated with longer returns in the NFL but not in college.
These data support a hypothesis that punts are longer in general, but that spread punting in college football has been cutting down on the frequency and success of returns.
|3 days 12 hours ago||They're burning the practice||
They're burning the practice time on it anyway. We've got three practices from this year on record: two for the public and one we had a guy get into, and there was a lot of time spent on punts in those. Because all of M's opponents this year run the shield punt, they were practicing having the 2nd team punt to the 1st team punt returners.
There aren't that many doubles on the units (Chesson, Norfleet, a few others). Anyway, the point is Michigan spends a lot of practice time with 11 players executing shield punts; they just don't have their starting punting team rep it, and don't use it in games.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Without looking (cause I'm||
Without looking (cause I'm doing a hundred things right now) Didn't I link to Mathlete's article when I said that?
|4 days 14 hours ago||We planned to have the new||
We planned to have the new site launched by now. That's been delayed at least to January. No sense in throwing money at old problems with this version of the site now. Bear with us.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Thanks man. Those were my||
Thanks man. Those were my dad's friend's tickets so that's where I sat for a lot of the games with my father. It meant a lot to me that someone else could have that experience since it was so important to me. You and your dad were a blast to watch the game with.
Let me know what the hell to do in Cadillac.
|1 week 8 hours ago||I didn't think I made that||
I didn't think I made that assumption. I think we pretty much agree except that while the basics of press coverage are easy to understand, GETTING IT DOWN is really really hard unless you're a natural.
There's a huge gap between "has no clue what he's doing" and "isn't coaching his competency." The latter is what I am really suggesting. Stopping a guy like Will Fuller is hard but doable; good coaches and lots of reps and talent make that possible. Roy hasn't developed a teaching system, and probably doesn't feel at all confident yet in pointing out problems as they're occurring. At the very least I think we understand now why Countess was getting passed by guys in spring and fall. I don't think it's such a great leap to think that if Manning is seeing his guys just can't do press that he's not confident enough yet in himself to tell a guy like Greg Mattison "you can't do the defense you want to; you're making the 2nd best cornerback in the conference look like shit."
Criticizing a coach on the internet is tough because so many people will assume you're like "FIRE THIS GUY!" or at the least they should move him. I think the most we should be asking at this point is that Roy is getting some more help. No WAY that guy is going to be a Lloyd Carr or Nick Saban defensive backs coach his first year when he's never played or coached it before. And no, Mallory and Mattison et al. can't be over his shoulder when they've got their own units (and in Mattison's case the entire defense and half of Michigan's recruiting, and being basically Hoke's associate HC in all but name) on their plates.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Winner. Let me get him his||
Winner. Let me get him his tickets and then i will follow up on some of the runner ups. I know one person below offered tickets and I also have a pair to throw in because it looks like there were three deserving candidates.
|1 week 1 day ago||I already asked her but she||
I already asked her but she had knee surgery not too long ago and has the second knee scheduled so climbing steps isn't really her thing. But nice thought; she's a wonderful lady.
|1 week 1 day ago||Since Dave Brandon is||
Since Dave Brandon is probably making the discussion 99% about will the fans like it or not every time he has a new marketing initiative like we do, it's weird that he gets so much backlash from it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Our schedule was pretty||
Our schedule was pretty tight; I figured during the day Thursday at least gives people time if they want to pick up ingredients on the way home to do this for Saturday, but during the day has so much football content I didn't want to interrupt it.
Like a radio hour of funk on a classic rock channel, it is appreciated content for those who know to come by in the morning for it, and doesn't fling it in the face of people who didn't come for it.
But I can be convinced to move the schedule around. I don't want to do it for lunch hour because that's just mean.
|1 week 1 day ago||There were already 13 other||
There were already 13 other people named MichiganMan and you still took that handle?
|1 week 2 days ago||This has gone on long enough||
We can't have a thread about Raptors all day without this:
|1 week 2 days ago||^ That was Ace. But we've all||
That was Ace. But we've all been making that same mistake so much it's canon now. FWIW it was called the spread punt by Rich Rod
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||You're thinking of Schutt? I||
You're thinking of Schutt? I don't remember why Michigan turned him away bit I think you are correct that they did.
Day was just outside the 247 composite top 100 so he was pretty highly regarded.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Huh? /search search||
Huh? /search search search
I have been remembering this incorrectly for you have no idea how long.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Yeah Morris and Murray were||
Yeah Morris and Murray were actually the last two picks I made--I draft RBs last because I never seem to get value out of stars except when Adrian Peterson was in beast mode.
Ben Tate: $5,200, and is playing Pittsburgh who is Pittsburgh and thus would be keyed against the run even if the Browns had a quarterback.
Pierce is indeed cheap ($4200)--he's also coming off a concussion and first day back from head injuries tends to be rough.
Morris is $5800 and Murray is $6800. So I guess with the difference I could upgrade Brady to Brees. My line of thinking was I got to RB and still had a ton of cash to blow because I was happy with all my other picks. I think I got some steals with Cooks and Washington.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||It is legal except in states||
It is legal except in states that passed online poker laws--if you're from one of those states DK won't let you sign up. You're not playing against a "house"; you're in league pools.
Before we began advertising with Draft Street (who joined/were aquired by DK this year) I did some thorough research on the business and how they do things, because I feel culpable for your experiences with our partners, and the entirety of the value of this site is in how much faith the readership has in us.
I haven't checked played every competitor's games but I know there's a lot of them because they all contacted us a few years ago and despite our relationship with DK they continue to contact us, and I did try a few at that time to get a feel for the market. There were subtle differences between different things at the time (different draft types, how they valuated positions, etc.) that ultimately didn't change much about the games. The only thing that stuck out to me at all about DK was they seemed to value pitchers more. What stood out about DS's interface was the shit-talk feed.
Among all of these, what impressed me about Larry was the first phone call we had it wasn't about how much money they could spend with us; it was all about how the users' point of view: What games would your readers want? What assureties can we show them? Etc. I've made good and bad business deals, and it seems to me the good ones are usually those who had the most focus on the customer and the quality of the thing the customer gets. At the time I was like "this guy GETS it." Our experiences since then have only reinforced that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Because they make awesome ice||
Because they make awesome ice cream.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Trying to find the right||
Trying to find the right balance between that and "more free content is good."
I'm REALLY pushing the staff this year (though not the first time) to keep the jumps early so that people don't have to scroll very far to get to the next article if the one on top isn't their thing.
I do keep a posting schedule and there's supposed to be an average of 1.5 hours between posts.
Why is Hokepoints the thing you mentioned though? Dear Diary I get why it's tedious to some, but Hokepoints is the weekly "I'm going to put a ton of hours into a longform thing that addresses something we're all wondering about" post. I won't lie: coming up with one every week isn't easy, but I was under the impression you at least liked that stuff.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well I don't want to excite||
Well I don't want to excite your molecules too much but yes, the matter which you sugested may cause a change in your state of matter is going to exist.