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|4 hours 25 min ago||In the micro: Lewan played||
In the micro: Lewan played with a "nasty streak" in 3/4 games against MSU, and was a dick in the last. Rubbing a facemask in the ground after a guy tried to break your arm: football. The shit he was pulling against MSU last year: inexcusable, and definitely not football.
|10 hours 46 min ago||P.S.||
If you did the digital Draft Kings deal a couple weeks ago and are now like "damn I woulda done the print book!" email me.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Because young players||
Because young players progress way faster than old players. And their young players were Spence and Bosa and Washington. And their old player is Bennett. Normal improvement from those guys from last year and things look ugly. Actually things were ugly last season but the defensive line was mitigated a lot by poor secondary play.
Remember when Michigan had RVB and Brandon Graham and Mike Martin and Craig Roh as their DL and we said "this should be a good DL" and then that defense went to crap? It turns out those were pretty good defensive linemen, but the rest of the defense wasn't very good so they could be mostly skipped.
OSU's guys are better than any of the guys above except Brandon Graham. Bennett's a strong candidate be the first DT off the board in next year's draft. Normal progression for Bosa and Spence gets one or both into that Brandon Graham range. And Washington is moving to 3-tech but they liked him there so much they moved a really good space-eating NT to offensive line because he wasn't needed anymore once they saw Washington.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I spent so long trying to||
I spent so long trying to find a good digital release format. Then I had this conversation with Brian:
Ultimately an unprotected PDF can go on pretty much any device--it's just under 10 MB so I even got it on my Kindle, though it's hard to read on there.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Check in with Erik in Dayton.||
Check in with Erik in Dayton. He is having a 2012 edition Latin town crier performance next week I hear.
|1 day 10 hours ago||yeah. Email me and I'll take||
yeah. Email me and I'll take care of it right away.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD||
Where? WHERE??? DEAR GOD WHERE!?!?!?!?!?
(other than forgetting to put The Wave article in the table of contents)?
|1 day 23 hours ago||Capital!||
|2 days 5 hours ago||Email me. I'll just make it||
Email me. I'll just make it the new address.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Seriously going as fast as we||
Seriously going as fast as we can. There was a stupid problem that shouldn't have happened but I can't get pissed about because I really really need the guys who screwed up to not screw up the next part.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Exactly.||
|3 days 5 hours ago||Hey no offense taken--not||
Hey no offense taken--not everything we do is gonna be everyone's cup of tea. You're right we could have used this time to make other content. Since our competitive nature had us using way more personal than MGoTime to do it, we're not talking all that much content. But if you were a drinking buddy of mine AND you don't get anything out of these articles then you really should complain because I've been staying home watching video of Nebraska offensive linemen instead of hanging out or returning phone calls.
I do think you've missed the point if you think this is about drafting fantasy teams. It's not a fantasy league--it's our goofy format for the MGoBlog 2014 Big Ten Preview. You're getting this instead of "Top 20 offensive linemen in the Big Ten this year" etc. You're supposed to walk away able to watch a Wisconsin game and say intelligent things about them.
|3 days 9 hours ago||That's ridiculous. Hollis||
That's ridiculous. Hollis wanted to be in the West with like nobody but that was shot down. From appearances he did go in with an agenda to get MSU fans what they wanted, which you can't fault him for. He was also in a better position since Michigan has another rivalry it needs to protect more, and I don't doubt Rutgers and Maryland were clamoring to have Mich and OSU games.
|3 days 12 hours ago||You can help me search: it||
You can help me search: it was an interview with Hollis. They were asked to put down what was non-negotiable and Hollis has no idea what Brandon wrote but it's a good guess it was Michigan-Ohio State in same division and playing the last day of the season. Then I guess there was a dinner or something where everyone was told how the decision was to be made and they got to give input on a couple alignments and scheduling plans (9 games, protected crossovers). Then later they got back an a, b, or c schedule and rated them individually. Then they got the resulting schedules. Then Brandon supposedly complained and was told it was too late. It's hard to know what DB did since I only have
|3 days 13 hours ago||Actually he stretched the||
Actually he stretched the truth there. There were several options and several rounds. Brandon didn't voice complaint until it was too late. That's why Michigan's "thing" is having played both OSU and MSU on the road or home every year, and Minnesota's thing is just having to play two games in a row at Michigan (when Michigan played two in a row at Minnny in '02 and '03).
It wasn't just some firm in Chicago who wrote a computer program. They were given input.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Nothing new. Wojo was picked||
Nothing new. Wojo was picked for this so they'd be assured of softball questions and no follow-up when there was a dodge; at one point WoJo himself repeated the myth that Brandon should be credited for the stadium expansions when those renovations were Bill Martin's. I don't like that WoJo started with the tired coach hot seat shit because it seems like they only did that at the beginning to frame the opposition to Brandon as a reactionary tinfoil hat society. From reading this article it would seem that bloggers' biggest complaints are 7-6 seasons and fireworks. fireworks got three words on the front page of the site. So I'm really disappointed that WoJo was chosen to do this interview because he did the worst possible job anyone could do with the opportunity.
As for Dave Brandon it's his same explanations (eg he's still deluding himself that the fans he priced out and ran off really left for 50-inch plasmas) except the MSU one, where he compared MSU switching to OSU years to Minnesota playing at Michigan twice, though I totally understand this isn't the spot to scream at the big ten's idiocy for hiring "Chicago computer guys"-- Brandon is referencing a conversation that took place far later than his opportunity to do something, btw. He's building a strawman; nobody's claiming it was a conspiracy--the allegation is Dave Brandon was asleep at the wheel and allowed this to happen out of his own incompetence. There were a bunch of options they were given and DB wasn't paying attention according to Hollis.
The life after sports initiative got way too little play. It's not Dave's pet but he's behind it and this interview would have been the perfect vehicle to use it for positioning Michigan as the program that's leading the way in providing lifetime support to its athletes.
|1 week 7 hours ago||I'm not saying he sucks,||
I'm not saying he sucks, though. I'm saying I have a completely different list based on how effective a guy would be in my offense, and on all the video I watched Cobb was a downhill bulldozer who got his first five yards courtesy of Epping more than his own acceleration.
That zero-to-sixty is gold to a zone running offense. By the time I got to Clement all of those guys except James and Elliot were off the board. And to me Clement looked like an exact replica of Tevin Coleman.
|1 week 7 hours ago||The "political reasons" thing||
The "political reasons" thing is an incorrect assumption. Most of what I knew from Dave Brandon before was I knew someone who worked closely with Domino's corporate while he was there, and was mostly related to how he dealt with co-workers and employees--not so much about people who buy pizzas. However the spot we started from was his handling of Stretchgate, which was exemplary. You're not speaking to somebody predisposed to hate DB; you're speaking to an apostate. We were his biggest supporters, until the overwhelming facts caused a slow but definitely stark conversion.
It's not just a rich/poor thing. The old guard who are allowed close to Brandon were the first to report smoke, which nobody believed for a year until it started accumulating.
So, no, it's not politics or predisposition powering the vitriol. But we can keep checking these boxes off until you believe me that Dave Brandon being an awful AD is the reason people keep saying he's an awful AD.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll ask my brother's||
I'll ask my brother's roommate Post if it was him. I don't know how many six-foot nine frat dudes who throw beer cans of Michigan fans there would be. It's probably Post.
|1 week 1 day ago||10 miles from Wrigley to a||
10 miles from Wrigley to a huge baseball fan is worth mentioning.
|1 week 3 days ago||Riiight. That. Damn you,||
Damn you, statistically best QB in the conference who left because he didn't want to split time with the statistically second best QB in the conference I still have!
Don't underrate Jones; he's the Junior Hemingway of that offense; the other guys are the short-range dink-n-dunk targets. And don't underestimated the combo of Smith's downfield threat and Sudfeld's downfield accuracy, especially when that makes space for Venric Mark and Corey Clement to operate. I leapt at what I thought was the best space athlete in the conference, and because of that Mark's been unfairly downgraded when before his injury he was better than Shane Wynn and more marketable than Josh Ferguson and Dontre Wilson. In retrospect I could have had both Wisconsin RBs and gotten, if not Mark or Wynn, then one of those other guys later. Or Trae Waynes. I'm somewhat less horrified at my one bad pick now that dudes like Caputo and Rush and Murray and Longa have fallen to me so late.
I totally agree this offense needs some pieces: a route-ninja slot to complement Jones, and an unguardable tight end target, and most of all a new Roberson, but where can you find a passer as efficient as Devin Gardner with the legs of Braxton Miller and the zone-read proficiency (a vastly underrated skill) of Roberson? As you've said, Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner came off the board before I even got my first pick.
Then again if I could find such things, well, with that offensive line...
|1 week 3 days ago||It's like the AP poll. I keep||
It's like the AP poll. I keep winning, and they keep underrating me because the quarterback isn't a 5-star.
Results are on the field!
The team the team the team!
Games are won in the trenches!
A bird in hand is worth two fish in a barrel!
My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty...
|1 week 6 days ago||In all fairness she was||
In all fairness she was referring to this depressing photo taken at the spring game:
|1 week 6 days ago||Fine, I'll play. He||
Fine, I'll play.
He donated more than 4 Million dollars to build Mott Children's hospital, and contributed to the Michigan Stadium renovation fund before he even took the office
Being rich means you give money to charity instead of paying it as taxes. Brandon was indeed a HUGE Michigan donor, and that indeed has colored his perspective of his job at Michigan. Building Mott = good thing. Contributing to Bill Martin's Michigan Stadium upgrade, eh, Brandon was one of the people who stood most to gain from those upgrades. I don't think this makes him an especially wonderful guy that he did it. It doesn't make him a worse guy either.
He took a 3 Million Dollar pay cut
From a job he was assigned by Bain and where he was always a bad fit for a corporate culture that to be fair would have been a bad fit for most people. He wasn't long for that job though. Remember they had to change the entire pizza right after he left. His tenure as Domino's CEO, if it was proof of anything, it was that CEOs get paid WAY too much money to be spectacularly mediocre at their jobs, and that his short-term policies of cheapening the food while raising prices and Wow factors were not sustainable for that company, and certainly not a good model for Michigan.
to take over an athletic department that was hemorhaging credibility like a stuck pig. He was tasked with cleaning up his predecessor's disastrous 3,5,7 win football hire and a basketball team that after finally breaking into the tournament seemed to be sinking back into mediocrity at 15-17.
I think you're giving him credit for things he didn't really do either well or anything for. Beilein's team got better than 15-17 because he found 3-stars who were 1st round NBA draft picks. Brandong didn't get Trey Burke to come here. And while Bill Martin had his faults exposed dramatically in the coaching search, who in the world WOULDN'T have hired Rich Rodriguez in 2008? Dave Brandon's biggest role was to waste months of recruiting time when he meant to fire RR, and then do a lot of private jetting before hiring a candidate they could have had at any time.
Brandon provided strong leadership and a stronger backhand through one of the darker(albeit ridiculous) chapters in Michigan football history.
Absolutely. He handled stretchgate magnificenty. Not perfectly but I don't want to mar the statement or undermine what an excellent and honest job he did there when 99% of ADs in college football would have just told the NCAA to go screw, which would have still worked with the hapless NCAA but wouldn't have been worthy of Michigan. I don't think Bo could have handled it half as well. Or Canham. Or Duderstadt. Etc. When we do finally send Brandon packing, we should shake his hand for this at least.
He hired a coach who immediately breathed life into a program on the ropes. That coach took a 5 win/yr team to an 11-2 record and a BCS bowl win.
New coaches tend to do that. That season was flimsy at the time and appears flimsier in retrospect.
He hired Beilein's assistants.
Beilein did. Trust me on this; Dave Brandon did nothing but approve their salaries.
He hired Greg Mattison
Mattison said straight-out that he came for Hoke. Brandon deserves credit for paying him.
You've gotta give credit for Al Borges too then. Anyway Nussmeier's hire is another one of those gray areas where the PR stunt that went with it backfired, and now it's wait-n-see if he works out. He's not a slam-dunk; he wasn't going to last under Saban anyway (for reasons that we might see as positives) and a lot of the causes for optimism with Doug relate to things Brandon wasn't looking at.
He oversaw the rebuilding of Crisler Arena
Bill Martin's plans. Brandon added the fountain and some other amenities but Bill Martin deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Crisler renovation plan.
I think it is a fair assumption that Brandon has done more for Michigan athletics and the world at large than 99% of us on the board, a fact that can get lost in petty vendettas and very real differences of opinion.
Because he's been put in a position to do so by circumstances that weren't entirely his own doing. Dave operates under the assumption that he deserves his fortune, but in many ways he's a poster child for extremely lucky guys who are really pretty mediocre and cannot possibly admit it to themselves.
In this man's opinion, Brandon has made very real sacrifices and deserves a great deal more respect than he gets on this board.
You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that his "sacrifices" were self-serving, and that his administration of Michigan on the whole has courted the vitriol he gets from the fanbase.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'll bet you 100,000||
I'll bet you 100,000 MGoPoints that Bernstein and Ilitch did it to capitalize politically on Michigan fans' distaste for the fireworks. Such things never come this far to get voted down by the regents, and those quips are too good and too targeted at the fanbase to be off-the-cuff responses.
We just witnessed a little play by two astute politicians, at the expense of another politician. This is politicians playing their games; at least this game stopped the fireworks.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wow that wasn't staged at all||
Wow that wasn't staged at all guys.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think everyone uses||
I think everyone uses themselves as a gauge of what's a "normal" level of wealth. People with the same annual household income as Brian can probably afford tickets every year though it means doing just one big vacation in addition to it. People with average income for this state make a lot less than that. Mortgages and car payments and food don't scale with earning power, meaning the poorer you are the bigger a difference a few thousand dollars will make.
I think it WOULD be a great event if they offered it to the public, but it's a shallow offering if they just keep it to season ticket holders. If I have a neighborhood cider pressing because everyone has apple trees in our used-to-be-an-orchard streets, and send everyone home with homemade apple cider and donuts, that's an awesome event. If I limit it only to people on the block who use my lawn guys, it's a conspicuous event that's nice for those who can attend but so mean to those who aren't invited that on the whole it's better for the neighborhood if it never happened.
With all things offensive, the party who gets to decide if it's offensive is the offended party, not the offender or an unaffiliated party. People are offended, therefore it is offensive. I think if the standard for a program of this size is to have it open to the public, then there's very good cause to wonder why Michigan went off the standard. I'm looking for other comparables. Virginia has theirs three times a year and it's public; so far Minnesota's the largest school other than Michigan to put a tag on it, and from what I can tell you could donate $5 at the door and get in, or not donate.
It's conspicuous, and there's no reason to disclude the public unless you're trying to send a message that ESPECIALLY appreciate a certain level of backer. Except Michigan has shown a bazillion times already how much they appreciate the people who give them large sums of money; they've done the worst job of any like program convincing the fans who can't speak so loudly with their limited wallets right now that they're appreciated too. You shouldn't act like their complaints are invalid, or brush them off as some unbased bias against Dave Brandon. The reason this half of the fanbase doesn't give Dave Brandon the benefit of the doubt is that he's been an utter asshole to them on so many occasions now that they expect it.
|1 week 6 days ago||I look forward so much to Ron||
I look forward so much to Ron Utah's comments on these. Every time he's like "I wonder who's going to draft _____" and it's a guy I've drafted.
So you're saying I need a playmaker and a quarterback on par with Hackeberg & Cook (nevermind that my quaterback was statistically more effective than either of them)? Also keep in mind that Brian ends these after his first pick of the next round, and I have a compensatory pick after his last, so I have two picks in hand.
Just you wait. I grabbed skill position guys I thought wouldn't be on the board later for things that I needed, but I'm not done adding weapons.
I wish BiSB hadn't noticed Coleman. But I suggested Epping to him (Wisconsin blogs complain that they missed out on him) because I couldn't use him. As a center-returning-to-guard from the Big Ten's slowest-paced man-blocking offense, he just didn't fit what I'm trying to do. He's not Molk; he doesn't get reach blocks or go off the page. He's a little bowling ball of hate who explodes downfield and gave Minnesota a rushing attack that was better than decent. I was scouting Cobb as a plowhorse RB and realized it's Epping who gets him (and his QB) most of those manly yards. If I was running a MANBALL offense he'd be the first center I'd take in the league.
But I built my offense knowing with the 4th pick I wasn't going to get one of the two premier dual-threat guys in the league, and I knew with so few playmakers (there's between two and zero elite wide receivers in this league) trying to build a pro style offense around Cook or Hackenberg was going to end up looking like Ace's disjointed crap offense. So I Moneyball'd instead, recreating the production of Garder/Miller by building a perfect offensive line to run a ludicrous speed spread that threatens all parts of the field, and snagged two of the three safeties in the league with the skills to keep up.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||He's Not Just a Space Eater!||
He's Not Just a Space Eater! (drink). Guy played lots of 3-tech and sacked Braxton Miller twice.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||HTTV copies: The system is||
The system is Larry is emailing me the list of emails of people who did the $5 deal in chunks, and then I'm emailing those people when I can. The last chunk came at 6 pm last night and I sent those at 9:30 am this morning. So if you did the deal after 6 last night your book is coming.