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|1 day 15 hours ago||Supposedly close with Khalid Kareem from last cycle||
The SDE that committed to MSU, decommitted about a week later, was going to choose Michigan until he decided to choose Alabama the day of he commitment, then decommitted from Bama and ended up at ND.
Long ways off for an '18 commit.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I agree||
I know when I upgraded Irons from my 1980s clubs passed down from my pops to my new ones, my distances were completely different. Maybe it's not as drastic of a change with the current clubs the OP has, but switching out clubs one-by-one could lead to a lot of inconsistencies in the game with the different club heads, grooves, shafts, etc.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Akron is actually the type of team you want to play||
They won the MAC regular season, and while the MAC isn't amazing, it is a top heavy conference with some good teams at the top. Actually, they may have been beyond the middle tier RPI teams you want to play, they finished last year with a top 40 RPI. But top to middle tier MAC teams are what Michigan should be scheduling, instead of bottom tier MAC and worse mid-majors with RPI 250+
|5 days 17 hours ago||I made a troll thread once a couple years back||
A couple years ago I made a troll thread about moving a QB to WR. This was back when there were a few very outspoken fans about moving DG to WR and starting the new era for Michigan under Morris.
So I made a thread something like "Michigan should move QB to WR" and then the twist was that I said they should move Morris to WR. I put a bunch of tags in the thread like "trolling", "does anyone even read these", etc, and some got that it was a joke, and others were upset. The MODs let it stand for a couple hours then it got out of hand. Then Morris ended up moving to WR and even my troll thread turned out to be right. So yeah.
No comment on the asteroid.
|5 days 17 hours ago||That's because Michigan had the upperhand for 40 years||
Look, MSU fans have been incredibly annoying since they've started winning. I absolutely get that. There is this idea amongst their slappies that because they've won x out of x+1 that it will automatically remain that way forever, and their rationale is that "we were told we wouldn't win ever with both Rich Rod and Hoke", as if that has any bearing on a Harbaugh lead team.
So yes, absolutely, they have been awful because they finally have something to brag about after 40 years. They absolutely were little brother in every way. Now they are winning. We were arrogant, especially to them. We acted like they were beneath us, because on the football field they absolutely were for 40 years. They were a joke. We were winning B1G titles left and right.
But MSU just went to the playoffs. Even if they were lucky to get there, they did. They've won two conference titles in the last three years. They won a Rose Bowl. They beat Baylor. They've had sustained success for the better part of a decade now. Yes, some teams come and go, they've been fairly consistent under Dantonio and had success. They have a right to brag about that.
They've gone past bragging, and have been downright annoying. In turn, whenever Michigan has some success over them, or even before they have success over them, they've become downright insufferable.
So yeah, I agree they've been insufferable since football was invented in 2008. The Michigan slappies have just turned into maize and blue sparty slappies though, and both are equally annoying.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Sparty slappies are insufferable dickholes||
So are Michigan slappies, just on the other end of the spectrum. I'd ask "if they jump off a bridge, would you too?", but the insufferable dickholes can all go jump off the figurative bridge as far as I'm concerned. It makes us look stupid as a collective fanbase when we act like insufferable dickholes.
|5 days 18 hours ago||About Y-Iso||
Most teams have a base defense and then they have change-ups to that defense. A cover 4 team will have a trap coverage or play MOD/MEG at different times. A cover 2 team will play straight cover 2, then trap, then quarters and sink on the quarter route. Etc.
Most teams only employ a couple checks for handling trips, and while that check may change based on opponent, you won't likely progress through a game not knowing what to expect. That's why I love trips, because it forces the defense to become predictable.
That's a bit different in the NFL, with more practice time, but the theory still applies. In the case for that article, Sherman is known for undercutting the #3 crossing, which is a huge threat out of trips. Knowing that he does that allows you to have a China concept on the short side of the field and overload the weak side of the coverage (Sherman's side) and high low a LB or safety. Easy pickings.
Other teams will just go to a straight man. They may keep their CB over to defend the Y. Well now you have a CB covering a TE, and can take advantage of that matchup either by utilizing the TE's body in the pass, or utilizing the TE as a blocker in the run game.
Too often, trips gets looked at for its benefits on the trips side of the ball. But the isolation on the backside of the formation is often just as dangerous, if not more, because of how the defense is forced to rotate their coverage and become more predictable to cover the trips. Harabugh has utilized a lot of trips in the past, and I expect him to keep doing so, whether the TE is in a 3-point, 2-point, or part of the bunch inside the trips.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Just because people are disappointed||
Doesn't mean it isn't a floor. Hell, I was really disappointed in Hoke's last season, and pretty much all of Rich Rod's seasons, but those were some pretty bad floors that we witnessed.
|5 days 20 hours ago||My refutes||
That may not be looked highly on, but whatever.
1. I'd argue the '17 team will have less talent, at least as I view it right now (FYI, that doesn't necessarily mean we finish with a worse record). We lose something like 17 starters after this season. While Harbaugh has recruited well, so did Hoke, and last year's players had the benefit of experience (mostly under Hoke, but still experience). Now, with proper player development, '18+ could/should be more talented. But I'm not really that excited to throw last year's group under the bus as less talented when they just won 10 games. Those were some good players, and we only lost a few, and that's why we have high expectations this year.
2. Ok. I hope it's a rare win. But saying "you'll remember winning on a crazy final play for a long time" is, I dunno, I'm sure they're thinking "Ok, then". We've also said that with the last two coaches, I'll let Harbaugh prove it on the field before getting on my perch. Both programs have really good coaching staffs now though, and MSU is 2-2 against OSU the past four years, so I don't expect wins to just come easily (and they didn't even in the Carr era all the time). I expect some really hard fought games and hoping Michigan to win their share, and I fully expect Harbaugh to put Michigan in a position to do that.
3. MSU's ceiling isn't 9-3. They travel to ND, but ND lost a lot of talent, especially on the OL, and MSU may be able to take advantage of that. They have a pair of good QBs, but lost their fair share of talent just like MSU did. I expect MSU to lose that game, it's not a great matchup for them, but I wouldn't be shocked if MSU won. After that, they have OSU and UM at home. Wisconsin at home is a bad matchup for Wisconsin. BYU could be tricky. 9-3 looks like a baseline for MSU. 9-3 +/- 2 wins seems realistic. And Michigan's floor isn't 9-3, sorry to break that. Michigan goes on the road to Iowa, MSU, and OSU. There is always an opportunity to slip a game you should win. UM is baseline 10-2 +/- 2 wins in my book (assuming catestrophic things don't happen, but there is always the chance they do).
|1 week 1 day ago||It's an interesting choice||
TCU has some good speed backs on their roster, but they are just that, speed guys (2nd on the depth chart is a converted WR). Green looked improved in 2014 the couple games before he went down with an injury, and I thought he ran much tougher in the few snaps he got under Harbaugh.
Moving to more of a zone scheme, where he looked to be gaining some comfort, and with some improvement, he could be a solid player for him. A couple years back there was a stat about how RBs did once they got through the first line of defense, and Green actually had good stats. His issues were getting through that first part. With some improved blocking, familiarity/comfort in the scheme, and some improvement in some areas, he still has some other very nice abilities. It would be interesting to see it all click in his final year.
|1 week 2 days ago||Perhaps he's thinking of Soloman||
FWIW, Michigan is recruiting Hudson as a 3-tech. He could potentially flex out to 5-tech, but I think he's better staying inside full time.
|1 week 2 days ago||Their starting line up is alright||
Their depth is a big fat question mark.
Nicholson finally started playing like a guy that could take a decent enough angle and have the desire to tackle to take advantage of his admittedly good athleticism in the last couple games.
I liked what I saw from Copeland the first couple games of the season, at least compared to the other CBs on their roster. I don't think he's a world beater yet, but he was back for spring which was big for his development and showed some promise. He's at worst solid this year and average B1G CB.
Both Cox and Hicks are essentially as average as they come. Both are actually decent athletes for safeties, but of course, Hicks is playing CB (not his natural position) and Cox can be picked on a bit due to the scheme of their defense.
So they should actually be solid this year, but not like the DBs of some of their great defenses. It's not nearly the tire fire it was at points last year though.
|1 week 2 days ago||FWIW||
He played on and off throughout the season, but was third on the depth chart in spring. There really isn't a large impact on MSU from this, and in some ways may be addition by subtraction (based on his former teammates reaction to the Green v Edmondson thing, they weren't exactly on his side, making me believe he didn't really get along with them too well).
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes|
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm all for the no politics rule||
I'm all for the no politics rule for its intention. If people honestly can't separate this from political discussion, then that's on them for being so charged that they can't see past political affiliation to something good (Brock having the opportunity to speak at a major convention) and UM related.
|1 week 3 days ago||He's not a Saginaw thug||
Trust me, I've known some, he isn't one.
|1 week 3 days ago||I think this has been asked for many times||
It's an appropriate feature, and based on Seth's response above, I'm hoping they plan on implementing it on the new site. I think a lot of people share common interests around here. Other times, I feel like reading about actual Michigan sports rather than the posbang thread. It would be nice to have it divided.
|1 week 4 days ago||I just stated the facts||
They are consistently top 20 in attendance. A ton of people left during the Purdue game when the weather went crappy. A bunch of people left the year before against Nebraska when Nebraska nearly came back from multiple scores.
I remember attending the 2006 Michigan vs Northwestern game. Michigan, of course, was in the process of an undefeated season and it was a late October game. Michigan was up 10-0 at half time. Then it started rain/snow/sleeting and the stadium emptied out. There were less than 50,000 people there easily, and I'd guess closer to 30,000 left in the stadium.
Michigan and no team is completely immune from fans being fairweather in the literal sense. Particularly in today's age, when you can go just about anywhere and see a game in high-def on a huge screen. That's just the reality.
So yeah, it's easy to talk when we pack in the largest attendance nearly yearly, but MSU's "attendance problem" is largely overstated because it's relative to Michigan's huge attendance, which isn't immune to period of lapse either.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's overstated||
Attendance problem is easy to say when we have a stadium that packs in 110,000 some games, but Spartan Stadium holds 75,000 and are near capacity for most games. Both sides share their pictures where it shows the stadium half empty despite a game being played, but for the most part, they are packing in 70,000 a game, which is a pretty good number by college football standards.
MSU was 19th in average attendance last season (Michigan of course was first), which was 6th in the B1G behind Michigan (1st), OSU (2nd), PSU (7th), Nebraska (11th), Wisconsin (17th), MSU (19th), Iowa (24th).
Because of the number of home games, MSU finished 14th in total home attendance last season; they were 11th in total game attendance (including away games), for whatever that is worth.
|1 week 5 days ago||Most of those were before Iowa and Oregon offered||
Those two seem to be legit threats. Obviously, he's from Iowa. He had supposedly said previously that an Iowa offer would be difficult to pass up. And being the type of player he is, Oregon is always an attractive option.
Not sure where Michigan would fit for him, but he and McCaffrey played pretty well together this weekend it seems.
|1 week 5 days ago||Eh, he started at the 4 until about 2007||
Many of those years he was starting along with David Robinson. Around 2006 they started mixing in more "small ball" (small ball at the time meant only one post), but started another true post along with Duncan. Duncan, being able to stretch the floor out to 15 feet or so, was your standard PF type. Then around 2007 they really started moving away from the traditional two post and played Duncan at Center.
So he started at PF early in his career and only went to majority center for the 2nd half of his career. He was a post player, however you want to designate it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Always found him exciting to watch||
He wasn't nearly as "athletically gifted" as many others, only in the sense that you don't consider some of the best footwork the NBA has had to offer a part of being "athletically gifted". He wasn't fundamental in the sense that "fundamental" often means "not as good" in basketball lingo. He was a perfectionist. Despite age, often times nearly impossible to guard because of the variety of footwork and moves he could pull off at any given time. His 10 foot bank shot was a shot of the past but seemed unstoppable when combined with the totallity of his game.
He should, no doubt, be a 1st ballet HOF and known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. As far as retirements in 2016, people will almost surely remember Kobe as the bigger name, but in my opinion, Duncan was clearly the better player.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Don't know previous scores off hand||
SPARQ is really just a way to compile a sort of combine into my ne score. It's a good indication of overall athleticism, just like the combine is, but at the end of the day you still have to put on the pads and play football. Either way it's certainly not bad to score well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think we need more information here||
What have you already watched, and what have you enjoyed.
Without that information, I'm going to list The Simpsons (available on FX Now), because it's the greatest show of all time. But most people already know that. I mean, Seinfeld, Curb your Enthusiasm, Bob's Burgers, King of the Hill, South Park, Fawlty Towers, 30 Rock, Parks and Rec, The Office, Arrested Development, Trailer Park Boys, all highly recommended comedies.
Breaking Bad, Lost (which I don't think is even really that great in retrospect but at the time they did a great job making you addicted to it and binge watching a million episodes in a row), the first few seasons of Dexter (don't bother after that), Luther, Sherlock, X-Files (lots of filler episodes though), Louie, Mad Men, all dramas I really liked.
Then there are the documentary series. Anything David Attenborough or Ken Burns is great. Judge Judy, those are great shows.
I'm not a TV junkie though unfortunately. I spend more time on movies as far as watching a screen. Lots of great looking shows that I just haven't seen (including GoT, The Americans, Mr. Robot, The Wire, The Sopranos, House of Cards, all great looking that I just haven't watched. So that shows my ignorance on the issue.
By the way, if you're looking for historically great, imdb now has the top 250 tv series of all time rated as well. LINK
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Replica jersey looks really bad over pads||
Doesn't quite fit right.
And I guess that's why Harbaugh wasn't a DB. And JT Barrett was looking really white.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan will have at least 7 TEs on the roster next year||
Unless someone transfers. Likely 1 JR, 3 So, and 2 FR by eligibility (Dunaway will likely be on RS). And that doesn't include H-backs like Poggi and Hill, though they will both be Seniors. On the flip side, Michigan also have a few FB/TE/H-Back options coming in with Lasater and Mason, so that's a net even.
So 1 is probably appropriate without another top flight TE coming on board. But probably need at least 2 next year. Michigan should always have at least 3 TEs per two classes.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||We were early||
But there didn't seem to be a ton of mutual interest the past few months as Michigan focused their sights elsewhere, for whatever reason.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think the ship sailed for Michigan a while ago||
It seemed early on there was some mutual interest, but I think MSU and PSU pushed harder for him and when Michigan fell behind they didn't really put in the effort to play catch up. Don't get me wrong, still think Michigan liked him as a player, they just saw more likely options elsewhere on their board that were above, even, or near where they had Dotson.
But Dotson is a nice pickup for MSU. Nice frame, pretty good athlete, willing blocker. He won't confuse anyone for Funchess, I don't think he'll be running away from Safeties, but has strong hands and a long stride that should allow him to get separation and make plays within their offense. Good pickup for a rival. Rumors that they may be losing one of the TEs on their depth chart and they lose the top two guys after this year, so they need bodies at the position.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Florida was the rumor||
To play with Nuss, but they picked up another grad transfer RB. Rumors about Jacksonville St haven't amounted to much and don't make much sense. So in summary, no
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Let me count the ways.||
1. MSU is a rival. 2. We play MSU. 3. MSU has beaten us a lot lately. 4. MSU had depth issues at DL that Michigan could exploit. 5. MSU's DL was a major factor in last years game. 6. MSU has mitigated those DL concerns to a certain extent. 7. That extent isn't perfect and MSU still has areas that can be exploited, though not as many. 8. So the degree that MSU is improved by this may interest some. 9. It's football talk in the off season. 10. People, like me, like talking football. 11. People also like recruiting, which this generally is, but with a guy that is immediately eligible and will make an impact this fall. Etc.