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|58 min 54 sec ago||I think his point is Dantonio||
I think his point is Dantonio takes a few years to get his system up, and at UT waiting 3 years means death. At MSU he lucked into his 2-4th years coinciding with the Rich Rod period, and those wins gave him the stability he needed to basically build another Wisconsin.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Is that what I said? Darn it.||
Is that what I said? Darn it. I really thought there was something between "Michigan's offense this year" and "Unstoppable." You know, a realm described as "noticeably better" or "more than marginally improved."
WRs of his caliber are a coveted commodity because pure talent makes offense easier. "All but unstoppable" is a straw man and not necessary.
|1 day 19 hours ago||"Dire need" is strong. What||
"Dire need" is strong. What Campbell would have brought however is very rare, and teams that have it can only get so bad on offense (ie they can't crater the way Michigan did this year) because "throw it to Braylon" is actually a plausible offense. A receiver who's a matchup problem for every corner is a huge, huge weapon. Teams can choose to get burned by that guy, or overreact to him and create space for everything else in the offense.
The other guys on this roster (Drake Harris is the best hope for a breakout guy) are not that kind of guy. They will need to get open the old fashioned way: running great routes, getting clean breaks, and having the right playcall and the right QB read all work in tandem. That requires a lot more execution and makes it so fail points are that much more likely to doom a drive. To be effective a less talented receiver typically needs lots and lots of reps with the QB so that their mistakes don't doom them. They have to develop skills like kickout blocking that force defenders to play them honestly.
The big difference is speed and catching radius. Pass defense is always a gamble: how much can I play up and still catch up if they try to burn me deep? Against Jeremy Jackson the answer is "very." Against Megatron, the answer is "never--it's going to take everything I've got to stop this guy."
Also Campbell was an ace in the hole for recruiting every other position. Recruiting is very much a momentum game, and when Michigan lost Hand due to a crappy season they were more likley to lose Campbell, and losing Campbell now means Michigan has lost all momentum in convincing 2015 and 2016 (!) kids to bunch up here; current commits have to be defended, current battles are tougher to win, 5-stars who were considering MIchigan will stop entertaining the idea.
There was a moment in 2009 when Notre Dame was vanquished and it seemed Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix might join Demetrius Hart. That's laughable today--and it was unlikely then--but imagine a world where Michigan kept winning in '09 and Bama lost some game they shouldn't have (it happens in football), and then 2010's backfield was good enough to get them to 9 wins, and then in 2011... College football fortunes can change by that much from 5-star decisions, long before that 5-star steps on the field.
|1 day 20 hours ago||You obviously missed the||
You obviously missed the hyperbolic irony of the very fact that there's a tag called "100% worst thing ever."
|1 day 21 hours ago||Yeah, this study doesn't take||
Yeah, this study doesn't take into account the profound amount of swearing going on in Michigan Stadium which might otherwise have been on the blog.
Also I don't know if you include the liveblog, since that's got more people in it than the game threads and is probably far more efficient, though it's also moderated. Would be interesting to see a comparison.
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|1 day 21 hours ago||Fine work, though what makes||
Fine work, though what makes you think an epic, front-paged article gets you out of the "End With a Cat" rule I put upon ye?
I suggest labeling the upper-left quadrant of long threads with little swearing as "Excited."
|3 days 18 hours ago||I was there right after you||
I was there right after you (98-'02) and got in the Daily for my impromptu t-shirt business. I sold Naked Mile t-shirts of all sizes to the crowd, and brought a bunch of XXLs to give to girls who ran so they could be covered when they got to the finish line.
At that time it was standard practice among the people in the crowd to take any cameras that appeared away and yank the film cartridge out (remember when cameras had FILM in them?!?!?). The organizers wrote a letter encouraging the onlookers to police this.
Some photos still made it of course, but you had to be quite the motivated pervert to conceal a camera, snap a quick one, then get out of there before somebody stopped you.
|5 days 10 hours ago||The late "Crazy" Jim Shafer||
The late "Crazy" Jim Shafer was the original owner of the property (and my moms landlord in college), which includes that house next to it. The owners of Blimpy Burger rented the property from the Shafers until Jim's widow finally sold out to the university.
The attitude is part of the shtik. They yell at you for sitting while in line or leaving the door open or not being ready with your order or for bringing a blimpy virgin or for asking for extra ketchup or for dawdling in your decision of root beers, or ordering your cheese when you were asked for a patty number. Shtik is just weird tradition, something a college football fan ought to appreciate. There are enough places in the world that serve greasy spoon burgers without any shtik that I can appreciate.
|6 days 1 hour ago||These were mostly empty||
These were mostly empty cupboard burns who normally would have redshirted.
-Campbell needed a redshirt badly but we played him cause he was a five-star and the DT depth chart was a Mike Martin and air. But the moment you saw him (which was rarely) he looked terrible. He couldn't contribute.
-Denard played because there were no other QBs after Forcier except Nick Sheridan and (Ungh) or Cone. Denard is absolutely the kind of guy who normally redshirts to learn the system and adjust to college life. He could do amazing things but as you saw vs Iowa he wasn't really ready.
-Roh was way too small as a freshman; he played because the depth chart was empty of WDEs. Teams constantly doubled Craig and ran over him. He is another guy you absolutely redshirt. MSU's Marcus Rush is a perfect comparison.
-Hawthorne was a flyer who got invited I think because he was a sort of leader among the Pahokee guys, however he was wasted on special teams in '09
|6 days 20 hours ago||You make a very good||
You make a very good point.
[so much for the stop]
...just for argument's sake since I've established a counter position, you don't go into 2013 thinking "well I'm going to have a top-5 class in 2017 so I'd better burn what shirts I can."
The situation that produced recruiting classes where Michigan already has 22 blue chip guys signed before they're even considering giving a scholarship to one of the best in-state players (Norfleet) or having one available for a gem in OSU's back yard (Henry) isn't repeatable. That was Year 2 after a coaching change, during a season that ended with a BCS win, with a roster depleted of talent because 80% of the Class of 2010 isn't here anymore. Horray for top-o'-the-country recruiting classes; let's still not do that again.
If Michigan is on the level of, say, Alabama (or, sigh, Ohio State) where they can count on having their pick of the 2017 4-stars, okay, maybe, but still, you're going to have attrition, and some guys aren't going to work out, and if you redshirt them you still have that option of not renewing a 5th year. If you're playing them to clear out roster space, why are you playing them?
So..I guess I was able to argue that one away after all.
|6 days 20 hours ago||I thought i saw a reference||
I thought i saw a reference to it in brian's links post, sorry.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Very much no. First of all||
Very much no. First of all you shouldn't be recruiting any guys you don't think will be able to play. Carr did some of that, but so far Hoke hasn't--every guy except some of the Rich Rod holdovers in 2011 has a skill level that you can immediately see how it will be an advantage to this team and scheme if he develops properly. Second, if he gets on campus and you can see he clearly can't keep up, well, give him an extra year to develop and if he doesn't you have a choice whether to offer that 5th year.
Take the lowest-rated OL among the big hauls of the last two years: Dan Samuelson. Here's a guy with an awesome initial punch but who doesn't project to a game far beyond that. He committed to Nebraska before committing to Michigan, and if you head over to Lincoln for comparables you'll find they've built a lot of their line out of guys with that same skillset. You don't want Jeremiah Sirles sitting in pass pro for ages because he has shorter arms and limited lateral mobility and that's not ever going to be his game. But he's great at knocking a DE or DT off the snap, and they use him to gain edge after edge in their speed option game. In a pro-style offense this guy's upside is Riley Reiff, or Matt Lentz if you're making him a guard and using him to key the ISO offense. He's the exact opposite of Patrick Omameh.
That's an OL example so it's a bad one for redshirting discussion, but it demonstrates what you're bringing the bottom third of the class in for. Allen Gant doesn't have the speed to play safety but he's a smart guy whom you can trust will work his ass off to maximize his talent and be fine academically, so you grab him and hope as he grows he can carve out the same spot Cam Gordon had on this year's team; if you blow him on special teams last year you don't have that.
As for who to put on special teams: the two-deep and redshirt freshmen. Michigan's kick return squad was J.Jackson, Funchess, D.Hill, D.Thomas, C.Gordon, Ross, Rawls, Gedeon, Houma, Dileo, and Norfleet, with rotations in from Chesson, Bolden, D.Smith, RJS, and Furman (Drake Johnson was a ST starter until he was hurt). You'll note there's two starters in there, and three true freshmen, two of whom were on my list of "redshirt them dammit!" You'll note neither of those guys made particularly outstanding blocks; I think Hill's unnecessary light trip away from the play is what killed Norfleet's return vs. OSU. The rotational guys did better anyway. Thomas at least was the "gunner" -- the speedy guy you have jet downfield from the furthest spot from the kickoff, so he's the hardes to replace, except by the end of the season Michigan had Norfleet doing that job anyway.
|1 week 21 hours ago||That's contract stuff.||
Two different guys run the two apps for iPhone and Android, respectively, and neither are MGoBlog employees so you'll have to wait for updates from them.
Because they work independently, I can't really control how or when they update the apps. They just send us a check for the ads. Since it's a very small revenue stream (I can't sell space directly so the CPM is way lower), it doesn't get much attention either.
The guy who does the iPhone app (Elaydin) is usually very on the ball with updates when we change something; the Android guy usually takes longer but is still pretty quick. When Brian makes changes to site code we're terrible at communicating that, so really they're left to adapt to whatever happens, so you have to appreciate how dynamic those guys are, as well as appreciating the apps themselves.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Once Said Something Positive About Rich Rod AFTER he was fired||
I feel like this and the "confess your bad opinions!" page should be combined.
|1 week 1 day ago||I know some of the staff keep||
I know some of the staff keep in touch with Facepalm Guy. Rapture Guy showed up at our Penn State tailgate with the Black Shoe Diaries and LinebackerU people, but I didn't talk to him (he seemed pretty drunk at the time). I did email w/ both of them when we did those shirts.
|1 week 1 day ago||Trademarked. Sorry. We could||
We could do something like "Cu Later, Alligator" but nobody would buy it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well it wouldn't be the first||
Well it wouldn't be the first time in this country that lethal action was used to defend oneself from a snowball-chucking mob: that's what sparked the Boston Massacre.
|1 week 3 days ago||I posted this in a Dear Diary||
I posted this in a Dear Diary recently. Yes, the athletic department canceled the alumni pep band, and thanked them for not making a big deal about it.
|1 week 6 days ago||I've got a high tolerance.||
I was never very bothered by those guys. M-Wolverine read and posted on everything on this site, so of course things had meaning to him. He also came to every MGoEvent, bought every MGoThing, and participated in as many MGoActivities as we'd let him.
Mejunglechop wrote some good diaries in the day and I don't remember him being an outright asshole to me ever, or to anyone else ever except about the Brandon Brown shit.
If I could pick any guy to not ban it's chitown. So what if most of the time he posted with quibbles; his quibbles were very informed and more often than not when he chastised me (his favorite target) he was right and it made the post better for that.
Brian makes these calls, not me. But my main concern with sending the committedcontrarians on their way is we're giving up on anything they contributed, which wasn't nil.
Various people had problems with me--especially since I was one of the first to detract from the site being all-Brian--and gave me shit in the comments. Those worth answering I answered cordially and took their concerns seriously, and eventually even guys who hated me (jg2112 comes to mind) seemed to get used to me and could appreciate what I posted.
People have been shits to Brandon and BiSB--and I've been telling those guys to just ignore the shits as sad internet people and treat the good people being shitty as such. I guess banning is an answer. The best answer with non-useless people is to win them over.
|1 week 6 days ago||try hitting refresh. links||
try hitting refresh. links get loaded badly occasionally. it seems to be working for me.
|1 week 6 days ago||Dammit. I wish I knew it was||
Dammit. I wish I knew it was my fraternity playing; I would have been there (not that I know a single person in Phi Psi now, and if they're competing in the Mud Bowl they're probably nothing like the collection of stoner-intellectual-comedians I joined, but still: dammit).
|1 week 6 days ago||They're still a pretty awful||
They're still a pretty awful company. 99% of the time if you see it on BR it's been stolen from somewhere else. ALWAYS check to see if you can find the same article or video elsewhere first. They don't attribute so it takes a little googling, but not that much.
|2 weeks 13 min ago||when did you graduate W&M? I||
when did you graduate W&M? I have a bunch of friends who went there '98-'02 ish
|2 weeks 14 min ago||Ah, that glorious day on||
Ah, that glorious day on campus every year when the co-eds emerge from their long hibernations under North Face jackets, and play with frisbees.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Because doing the same thing||
Because doing the same thing we've done the last 18 times in a row is so insane it's the absolute LAST thing they'll expect us to do!
I got nuthin' man. Sometimes our offense does things that are really stupid.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Because 98% of plays (and||
Because 98% of plays (and 100% this year) that guy's job is to accept a snap and quickly have it down right before the kicker arrives. That's hard to learn, and Michigan's backup quarterback this year is a freshman whose time is better spent learning the offense. Last year the backup quarterback was a receiver.
Why not Cleary (or last year: Bellomy?) Because Dileo asked for the job and was good at it, and those guys were just trying to move up the QB depth chart.
I think most teams have a QB in there not because you really need a guy to be a passing threat, but because you need a guy with large, good hands and a sure temperment to not screw up holds, and that's a lot like a quarterback. FG fakes should get a guy wide open out of surprise, since it's a terrible formation to pass out of if the other team is expecting that. And finally you'd be surprised how many of the other guys can actually throw pretty accurately--they are major athletes after all--even if they've never developed the ability to read defenses, etc. This isn't a play where you need to read a coverage and pick apart a defense; it's one where you need to lob it to a tight end.
Michigan probably doesn't do much fake field goal-ing because their edge blockers aren't big receiving threats. If Jake Butt wins a job on the field goal team maybe we'll do that more, but this year the eligible receivers in our field goal formation are Joe Bolden, AJ Williams, and Brennan Beyer (the last edge guy is Schofield, who's ineligible by number). None are going to quickly out-run a safety or be particularly likely to catch the ball even if they're open.
By the way, if Dileo wasn't the holder they never would have gotten that play off at Northwestern. He was the far side receiver, and that was important because he only had to run half the field instead of all of it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||98 kid? Jesus we're talking||
Jesus we're talking about the college destination of a kid born when I was in college.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'd like to get a deeper||
I'd like to get a deeper response when I got the time but wanted to mention quickly that I had to narrow the scope of this by taking out a lot of how the bubble game affects the regular running game. They've found running room from the same formations.
So I don't mean this to be an indictment of all the things they do. Just that it shouldn't take 20 times doing a thing and getting bashed before bringing out a constraint. I love that they are repping the base play because it is a great fit for them. But a constraint to it is really easy for them since they've done more pass patterns than anything.
I did wonder if this is a post-snap read.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No. And by the way it has a||
No. And by the way it has a name: the "Transcontinental." It's a play they pulled from the old Lloyd days, back when Charles Woodson or Steve Breaston was the receiver-quarterback.
I looked at it and that was out of a completely different look than they've been using to run the bubble game. Only similarity was that the receiver stepped back like he's getting a bubble screen, but only after taking a step forward to get the defense backing off. Ultimately the action and situation didn't seem to match the downhill bubble game--it was closer to Michigan's shotgun passing game where Borges bunches lots of receivers to one side then runs triangle rouotes and floods with them.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Taylor Lewan||
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