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|2 hours 48 min ago||Rumors flying about Branson being fired!||
Sucks for Branson.
|2 hours 52 min ago||That is all true but I would||
That is all true but I would offer that this is EXACTLY how the SEC characterizes itself, right down to its nominally tougher academic standards (WE MAKE THEM DO MATH!) and recruiting rules (WE SAY 25 AND NO MORE!). The East at the time gave these measures the same level of skepticism we have for when Slive hammers on them.
The big difference is the presidents: they were by and large East-oriented dudes who were often antagonistic to their own football programs (and non-Protestants). The NCAA was primarily organized under the premise that those guys wouldn't eff around.
|2 hours 59 min ago||I think we have to decide||
I think we have to decide that as a fanbase. We don't have to "cheat" to win; we have to draw a line of what we will or won't do, and have good reasons for it.
The Big Ten in general and especially this Michigan program is very good at drawing lines but they've been arbitrary and nonsensical. Slow pace isn't a gentlemanly thing; it's just tradition for tradition's sake.
The argument isn't whether we should draw a line--it's WHERE. Dave Brandon seems to make these decisions entirely on profitability. Much of the Big Ten seems to be saying "no to paying coaches and players but okay fine we'll look the other way at DUIs and the spread." Michigan and Minnesota have both glommed onto more tight ends and super slow pace as inveterate traditions.
Yeah, a Division I-AA existence isn't the end of the world. But if we're going to do that, we should just do it, not flap around as if we're still Yost's program dispensin justice off in the Old West.
|3 hours 7 min ago||Hard to do not knowing what||
Hard to do not knowing what happened inside the program and without putting an in-law unfairly in the crosshairs of fans. Dig?
|3 hours 7 min ago||No sarcasm. Brian seriously||
No sarcasm. Brian seriously doesn't read our shit half the time.
|3 hours 14 min ago||Not really the story of DB at||
Not really the story of DB at Domino's. Brandon came in when Bain bought it from Monaghan, who ran Domino's like a family company that had some weird traditions and funded Monaghan's weird politics. Brandon's job from the start was to make the company function like a corporation, and he had to fight a lot of institutional people to do so. He was undoubtedly successful at this, and I am sure it informed his actions at Michigan as he methodically cleaned out anyone who wasn't on the same page as he was.
DB's baby was the oven baked sandwiches and other non-pizza products, and in modernizing marketing and delivery. The change in recipe was a response to a consumer taste test in 2009, and while Brandon indeed was part of the "our pizza sucks; we're making a new one" response, it was Come to Jesus moment for everybody in the company. DB didn't get to see the fruition of it; they announced the shift in December 2009 and Brandon took the Michigan job in January 2010. He remains a head honcho but not a particularly engaged one.
Domino's recent success wasn't really Brandon's doing. They were extraordinarily smart (or lucky) to have a near perfect response to a shift in the commodities market: Domino's has to carry a significant amount of wheat futures so they don't run into a shortfall, and they happened to sell off a ton of those futures in 2010 right before wheat prices went into a 4-year freefall. The guy mostly responsible for their record profitability was CFO Michael Lawton, who foresaw the glut of U.S. Wheat in 2010. That is still paying off.
|4 hours 2 min ago||I don't know what Brian||
I don't know what Brian knows. I know about the Adidas thing because my wife's relative owns the company Adidas contracted with to make the thing Falk poo poo'ed.
|4 hours 6 min ago||That is on me. I still need||
That is on me. I still need to execute.
|4 hours 33 min ago||The actual reason he was||
The actual reason he was forced out is his story to tell. I can report on things I know happened. I think everyone who knew Jon Falk immediately recognized that he'd never leave Michigan voluntarily.
|4 hours 48 min ago||We never get marching orders.||
We never get marching orders. I don't think it's a giant leap to guess this column's name will have to change. I used that this time but I'll leave it off until it's no longer relevant.
|5 hours 5 min ago||I haven't heard it or read||
I haven't heard it or read the comments yet but I know Michael Taylor and people who know Michael Taylor.
Let's put it this way: the guy is PASSIONATE about things. He's been very right more often than very wrong, but the lack of filter has led to some famously silly outbursts. Like he trashed the Mattison hire when he wanted Corwin Brown (this was obviously before Brown had his sad and scary episode). And he was furious that the university wouldn't cover his arm surgery if he didn't have it at UM Hospital. I came across him right about the time that Rich Rod's Michigan career arc was where Hoke's is now, and remember him getting enflamed on the side of RR for reasons that made me reconsider my RR support.
I don't think anybody hates the fans who want to enthrone Shane Morris more than MT does, and he has good reason given the shit he went through when Shane Morris's name was Elvis Grbac.
I'll go check out his comments, but take Taylor with the understand that he's a good guy who gets really flamed up about things from time to time. He is definitely on the list of guys who will sound like they're trashing the program when really he's not saying anything more than what a lot of passionate fans are saying.
|2 days 3 hours ago||The inside guys on the line||
The inside guys on the line aren't allowed to release downfield. So the receiving team can bring pressure without worrying about those guys as passing threats, or back off and not worry about those guys racing past them downfield.
So you're stuck in the NFL with five offensive linemen on the line. If you turn three guys in the backfield into blockers as well you've taken a lot of speed out of your punt coverage.
Also the NFL has some ludicrously good pass rushers all over the place, so the shield is more likely to be destroyed.
One last reason for its popularity in college (doesn't affect the pro): college football had the shield punt a long time ago but teams stopped using it because the defense (punt return) team would have the first guy to the shield just cut (dive at the legs of) the shield defenders. UNLV brought back the shield punt right after the NCAA ruled that out. I think the NFL has a similar rule so that doesn't answer why pro teams don't shield so much as why the shield took all this time to gain popularity in college.
|2 days 3 hours ago||When Christianity reaches||
When Christianity reaches 5,000 years, they'll have two nights for every holiday as well. It takes a religion about 2600 years before it realizes there are two sides of the family you have to please.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I've had most of my world||
I've had most of my world turned upside down in a matter of months. My dad died. Then his life insurance company proved to be the kind that makes life hell on widows to save a handful of months' in interest. Then my mom had a major injury this week that could finish off any optimism in life she had left. In the interim I got taken for $30,000 by a kickstarter scammer who convinced me to print thousands more copies of HTTV and the Penn State book that he'd sell in stores (he sold less than 150--all he wanted was the print job).
My MGoBlog work isn't half of a career, so since those books were turned from the majority of what I planned to make this year into a net loss, I'm cleaned out, at the same moment my entire support structure came down, and at a time when I was badly needed as someone else's support structure. This has made home life stressful as we've had to give up on doing anything that costs money while fearing the next thing that goes wrong could destroy us.
So what's a couple of 50/50 games that became blowouts in part because Michigan was unlucky and in part because Michigan puts itself at a disadvantage by not doing the things teams on their level do to gain an edge?
I'll watch football on Saturdays, and the rest of the week I'll slowly be putting the shattered pieces of my life back together. Life is brutal, and no matter how much you appreciated the things that are good in it, they can be taken away from you in a heartbeat. Bad things happen, and bad years happen, and bad people will continue to profit from not being burdened with how their actions will affect others. You can't prevent all the bad shit; you can try, and you can decide to move on despite it, and appreciate that which is still good.
Today it's sunny out, and my 6 1/2 month old daughter is learning to sit up and had her first solid meal, and she smiles at me. I start the day with that, and then I go back to work.
|2 days 6 hours ago||That was my thought entirely.||
That was my thought entirely. What doomed Rodriguez was bad defense, and what doomed the defense were bad defensive staff choices, and what doomed Rodriguez into making those choices was Martin not offering Casteel more money than he made at WVU.
The guy at the top can undermine everything you do, and blame will fall upon you. Brandon will pay unneccessarily massive sums for your coordinators, but he's also replaced 90% of the people who made Michigan a top program.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Winner. I'll email your||
Winner. I'll email your account email.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Sorry dude. I posted this||
Sorry dude. I posted this from the emergency parking lot at the hospital. Would have gone out mid afternoon if not for the sequence of events that put me there.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Hope you don't mind I edited||
Hope you don't mind I edited your comment--the family asked to not share the family thing on the internet until all family have been told.
|3 days 16 hours 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.
|4 days 3 hours 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.
|4 days 8 hours 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.
|4 days 9 hours 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.
|4 days 20 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.
|5 days 2 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.
|5 days 22 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.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Is that what we're trying to||
Is that what we're trying to do?
|1 week 2 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.