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Entirely new look and new site. ETA now pushed back to early 2015.
MGoFilms (copyrighted name). Like 30 minute documentaries on awesome things. We have the first under production right now.
Statistics sub-site. We're building a depository of all stastistical knowledge we posses, on the front-end as readily accessible stuff (so you can, e.g. go to the OSU page and quickly see their sack-adjusted YPC and YPA, etc. On the back-end, we're going to make all of our data and databases and spreadsheets built for Hokepoints, etc. free for download to the public so those readers who know how to work a spreadsheet can make their own stats.
More t-shirts (accepting ideas). One of these is a tshirt I've been wanting forever, based on that Kipling poem in the locker room that all defensive players at MIchigan have been chanting since 1995.
Weekly enewsletter with highlights from that week's coverage on the main page, aimed at readers who don't read the site every day but would like to know when to check in.
- This will be announced soon: we're partnering with a ticket reseller to have a free, Facebook-login-based ticket exchange. The spreadsheet can get abused.
|10 hours 8 min 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.
|10 hours 26 min ago||On re-watch last night Green||
On re-watch last night Green looked a lot better that I thought live. His acceleration through the hole clearly stood out from Smith's
|11 hours 1 min ago||Here's your listening for||
Here's your listening for today:
"Death of Optimus Prime" is the signature dirge of my generation. You play that for Generation X'ers and we'll all be sad, and probably not realize why. And it's on the same album as Lion's solo in the title song, and The Touch, and Dare, and a Weird Al song and...what did we do at that age to deserve the kind of thought and effort that went into this movie?
This was for a cartoon based on a flimsy premise to sell a neat idea for toys, and the cartoon was standard '80s Saturday morning chum (we ate it up nevertheless), probably on par with G.I. Joe in storytelling.
They could have made a 120-minute toy ad and we would have bought it. I imagine a studio today would say "make a 120-minute toy ad and don't put any more thought than that into it."
("...and get that Bay guy with all the explosions").
But they made THIS. It's not just the music. To kill off an icon like Optimus at the start of the movie, then eject everyone into space, created a titanic sense of being totally lost as the plot progressed. The filmography, even, was amazing. Remember in the cartoon you would have a static background and watch characters melt into their car forms from a static shot. This one has a shadowcasting spaceship attack, a view of Hot Rod transforming from the undercarriage, and as he accelerates toward base we get "Dare!"
As they say in that not-famous-enough scene: Holy Shit!
Whether or not the live action version for another generation was any good, the cartoon they made for our generation WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Why is this film not a pop culture icon on the level of Legend of Zelda and Python?zk_w1YAI
|11 hours 48 min ago||The DE had come off his block||
The DE had come off his block and was running right at Gardner, forcing a throw on the run. Bad description but the point stands.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Man I don't know how you got||
Man I don't know how you got so many negs because I wholly agree and I thought it jumped off the screen that Smith was better. I fully expect him to come out far ahead in the UFR. He had better balance, better vision, and was especially better on contact. Green got more open holes and finally took advantage of them later on while Smith got every yard that the OL made for him except those from breaking away, something Green couldn't do either.
Smith had his long RRRAAAAGE run right about the TV announcers were talking about 40 times. He got caught from behind then ran in 9(?) yards for a TD the next play when it looked like he had no space to do that.
|3 days 12 hours ago||THAT is the right number for||
THAT is the right number for Funchess.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Anyone who says they know||
Anyone who says they know where he's going to commit before he commits to Michigan today is lying.
|4 days 10 hours ago||GURU RATINGS: Scout: 4* #3||
Scout: 4* #3 RB, #24 Ovr
Yes, Scout, you were the first with the rankings again. Congratulations Scout.
Full head of hair. Already 10 lbs and hand-sucking so more college-ready than most of her class. Requsite Coachquote :
Coach sounds excited.
1'10, 10 lbs.
FAKE 40 TIME
Kind of looked around at things for 40 seconds but not sure if she was really focusing on anything and that was reported by obviously biased parents. Four FAKEs out of five.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
Definite pinkshirt. Works her way around the house after a year to pick up locomotion.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
With Seth's, Bryan Fuller's and Adam Schnepp's babies already in the 2014 class it's gonna be a fierce competition for playing time behind Upchurch's brood. Business meetings might have to be scheduled during these playing times. MGoBlog appears done with its 2014 recruiting and is moving on to the 2015 class.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Absolutely. Thx for bringing||
Absolutely. Thx for bringing it to our attention.
|4 days 11 hours ago||Anyone who's ever gotten me||
Anyone who's ever gotten me to change my mind on something. Agreement is boring; an argument I lose is a treasure.
|5 days 4 hours ago||I caught that but I haven't||
I caught that but I haven't been able to edit it yet. There's another copy edit I have noted to change whenever I get back to a computer. You don't want to see what my phone does to articles.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Navy has a slightly different||
Navy has a slightly different deal with Under Armour than most schools have with their apparel companies, due to the "make us look stupid and we'll blockade the Chesapeake" clause.
|6 days 9 hours ago||I oopsed--that wasn't||
I oopsed--that wasn't supposed to be front paged.
You're welcome Demo!
|6 days 10 hours ago||Wheatley isn't 100% to go to||
Wheatley isn't 100% to go to Michigan. His dad made it clear that he's not pressuring his son, and while he's a Michigan fan he's approaching the process with an open mind. You can't fault him for that.
I'm guessing Roseboro only held off his announcement because it has become customary for recruits to try to time their commitments in the way that maximizes how much Ace is screwed. I'd say hours before the season would be a Level 4 trolling. Half a class agreeing to commit in a 2-day period after a Michigan-Ohio State basketball game is a 10.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Mods weigh in: starring good threads?||
When you're moderating would it be a ton of extra work when you see a thread that's particularly good (good discussion, good photoshops, important news, special analysis) etc. to put an asterisk at the end of the title, and maybe if it's getting pushed down change the posting time so it bumps back up?
The board in-season gets so crowded that I thought the good stuff (e.g. EGD's annual preview) could use some extra glitter. But since you guys would have to be doing it, I wanted to gauge whether that's feasible/worth your time.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Joel Zumaya?||
|1 week 11 hours ago||"Don't like feedback"? Find||
"Don't like feedback"? Find anyone in blogging/media who likes feedback more than me.
Your feedback just sucks, is all. This site won't ever be a "Top Ten Reasons Brady Hoke's Job is On the Line" place, and nuck-nucking has been part of its id since its inception. It's also free, so if you don't like something, you can move on, and if you don't like an image you can move onto the paragraph beneath it.
Criticism implies you know something about the thing you're critiquing. You can't even accept the premise that the "pretend fantasy team" was just a vehicle, and now you're bitching about a graphic that a lot of people did like, which occurred after a jump, which article started with "If this isn't your bag skip this article."
I considered your criticsm; I find the premise of it so wholly disproved that I've chalked up your defense of it to stubborn whininess.
|1 week 12 hours ago||IT'S NOT A.... Screw it. If||
IT'S NOT A....
Screw it. If you don't care about other teams at all that's fine, but portraying this as a series about fantasy teams is so wrong and SO GORRAM IRRITATING to those of us who spent all the time and effort to put it together.
It says right on the cover it's about previewing the best players of the Big Ten. It said it right on the top every time. And with this one there is hardly a mention of who's on what team until the very bottom.
This wrap-up was literally written with the people who didn't want to read the entire series in mind. And still you complain with a complaint that demonstrates you couldn't read or completely ignored the FIRST SENTENCE of the article you're commenting on.
I don't get irritated very often with readers, but your remark is just bullshit. Things like the fact that there aren't many good linebackers in the Big Ten are things most readers will find useful in their converstations about football this season. If you just don't want to know about any team but Michigan and who Michigan plays this week that is totally cool and I commend you for finding your limit.
Just please stop barging in with your "hey guys nobody cares" shit because it's insulting to the time we put toward it for the sake of providing really in depth information on relevant things for free.
|1 week 1 day ago||If anyone gives a damn,||
If anyone gives a damn, somebody wanted to republish this and I patched up some of the mistakes I'd made in the family history, is why there was a recent update.
|1 week 4 days ago||Can't use Michigan, can't use||
Can't use Michigan, can't use anything that involves a player or anything Michigan might think belongs to them.
The CLC's rules are arbitrary and really come down to "I might want to make that t-shirt so you can't" or "that might offend Notre Dame because everything offends Notre Dame." The standard isn't what's copyrighted; it's what a bunch of rich, litigious hypocrites might want to be copyrighted in their wildest dreams because they can push a button any time and ruin us if we don't play by their rules.
|1 week 4 days ago||Thing 1: CFBStats is no more.||
Thing 1: CFBStats is no more. Marty sold out. The new cfbstats will be....MGOBLOG. We're building the data now and will release it early this season as a part of the site. We've scrubbed a bit better, for example I went through all the "Superbacks" and labeled those who are tight ends (Northwestern) or slot RBs (Arizona) as such.
Thing 2: I figured out a really handy way to deal with fumbles: there's a 51% recovery rate for the offense on those. So we can conveniently assume that any fumble is "half a turnover" and treat it as such.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah the statistics ruling||
Yeah the statistics ruling should be fine to cover this. We also use players' names on this site without paying them for it, because talking about people is free.
|1 week 5 days ago||I didn't want to confuse||
I didn't want to confuse things with hots, but YES, as you and another poster pointed out, having an RB try to read three potential attackers is a recipe for bad, and in this case the offense should have hots programmed in.
Hot reads have their own problems of course. Another way coaches deal with multiple defenders is during re-MIKEs a receiver might become a blocker instead. 2008 is a horrible example of good offense but RR did a lot of that in 2008. His RBs were terrible blockers, so rather than have them try to read, they'd switch a guy's route into blocking. This was part of how RR rediscovered TEs, since he could put Martell Webb or Kevin Koger into slide pro and actually get a guy blocked, something Minor/Brown/McGuffie/Shaw couldn't do.
|1 week 5 days ago||Lewan talked about that play||
Lewan talked about that play a year or so ago, said the way they were blocking power for that game was not to combo--they would MIKE and then the first uncovered guy to playside had him. When SC came out in an under they MIKE'd to the MLB.
The purpose was to get downfield and blow up the Mike (hopefully creating a mess for the pursuit in the process), and let Omameh deal with the first thing he sees--I'm guessing they saw as much of Omameh dragging ass out of his stance as we saw and figured the most they would get out of him is a kickout.
Having AMR solo Clowney probably seemed as ludicrous to AMR as it looked. But my understanding of Lewan's explanation is there was no combo, and it was straight-up man, not gap blocking.
|1 week 5 days ago||Well yeah the point of the||
Well yeah the point of the article wasn't that this is why Devin got sacked; it's explaining what ID'ing the MIKE is.
Though there were lots of missed slide protections. There's the famous example:
Michigan was running Power-O against an under. With the MIKE ID'ed in the C gap, Lewan had the MIKE and the TE next to him (Alex Mitropoulus-Rundus, who had played like 8 snaps all season) should have had the 5-tech, Clowney. That was a bad MIKE, compounded because the puller, Omameh, ran right by Clowney as well.
I know that was 2012 but the OL issues didn't start in 2013. The OL haven't played well but a major source of the problems Michigan's had with pass blocking was the TEs and RBs not slide protections correct, and oppponents doing lots of things to take advantage of Michigan's trouble in that area. Given that, I'm displeased that the coaches were installing all these little trick offenses but never bothered to have Devin, the leader of this offense since the Minnesota game of 2012, learn the protection scheme.
A reader above pointed out Vince Smith was MIKEing when he double-pointed. That's the last backfield player Michigan has had who's made those calls correctly.
|1 week 6 days ago||I told Misopogal to put it in||
I told Misopogal to put it in her calendar because we're going and staying in Seattle with my cousin and his kid the same age as ours. She asked what I wanted for dinner, but I said I can't think that far ahead right now.
Figure they'll be 7 year olds by then so they'll be old enough to enjoy it.
|1 week 6 days ago||Read your HTTVs...||
Michigan got THE WAVE from Michigan-UW.
I love this series. Dave Brandon earns a pass for the next dumbfuck thing he schedules.
|1 week 6 days ago||Incomplete list of things in the works:||
Some other stuff too but where we have contract negotiations going on
|1 week 6 days ago||Michigan isn't going to be in||
Michigan isn't going to be in the fooling people business this year. They need to get to mediocre at a base thing, and most practice time expenditure is on that. Every opponent has seen base stuff. The intelligence stuff will be what they install week to week--wrinkles off the base thing. Right now there's nothing an enemy will see that helps them.
|1 week 6 days ago||Brian prepped an unverified||
Brian prepped an unverified voracity to post later and since he's working remotely he posted the thing instead of putting it in the hopper. That was at 10 so when I went to post the 10:30 article I saw the 10am post and removed the 10:30 one for half an hour.