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|5 days 13 hours ago||Sick of reading about needing big men||
who can score. We don't need those at all. It would be ideal if we just had a couple bigs who made opposing guards think twice about entering the lane. But our personnel is, by objective metrics, sufficient. Unfortunately, ti appears our players' effort is dictated by being able to hit easy open shots. When the going gets tough for us (which equates to whenever we play a good defensive team) we fold. If the team defended like their lives depended on it then we could compete with the upper echelon teams like IU, Xavier, SMU even when the offense is not clicking. Some teams dig deep, we check out. All is not lost though, the team can still develop a more resilient, fighter mentality. Go Blue!
|1 week 6 days ago||Thank you||
First - I don't think anyone on the board disagrees with the idea that the staff should tell the kids they no longer have a spot as soon as they possibly can. But we have no information that they are not doing that. People are assuming that the staff knew months and months ago. I honestly do not think the staff knew in October, if they would have a spot for Weaver.
I am fine with this practice as long as there is transparency when the offer is extended. And I have absolutely no reason to think that there was any lack of clarity on the part of the staff when these kids were offered early. It seems clear that this staff tells kids to explore every option and to visit whatever school they want even after they "commit" to us. I suspect part of that is due to the fact that this staff tells kids no spot is guaranteed. I bet they even tell some of them to have a contingency plan in place and as things become clearer they will update them. The bottom line is the staff does not know if Weaver will have a spot until very close to signing day when the picture becomes clearer. I get that that sucks for Swenson and Weaver because they want to come to Michigan, but I do not think it indicates our staff doing anything unethical.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It seems like...||
It is a net gain in the coaches eyes and I don't doubt their assessment of O-lineman. I might be a little more leery if we were talking about passing up a 4 star for a 2 star or unranked recruit. But Swenson is a 5.9 on Rivals and Spannelis is a 5.8. So considering how difficult it is to correlate rankings with success for O-line anyway, I completely agree with the staff and their decision pass on Swenson for Spannelis seems to be well thought out.
Also, regarding the media fallout, I am sure I not saying anything new, but I have not commented on it while I have been waiting for the info to flow in. Seems like Swenson was told months ago to pick up his game or else he might lose his spot. I don't like the thought of pulling offers either, and I can't relate directly to the athletic arena because I was not not a college athlete. But if I am applying to schools during my sophmore or junior year and the school told me you are in because your current grades qualify you, but we need to see improvement in a few areas over the next year or two or we may rescind your acceptance for a more qualified candidate, I would not have a problem with that. How could I? And I have read nothing that convinces me that was not what was happening. Just because Swenson, his parents and his coach say he still wanted to go to Michigan and Michigan pulled his offer, that does not mean the staff did not relay a message similar to what I suggested above to him, motnhs ago, and maybe even a year ago when they first came in and evaluated everyone who had committed. So what the media is reporting is NOT inconsistent with what I think is perfectly acceptable, transparent behavior.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Tyus Edney||
In 1995 it was a buzzer beater in the tourney when Tyus Edney went the full length of the Court in 4.8 seconds and got a shot off. If you assume our 10 possessions average only 2 seconds each, Minnesota did that 10 times in a row yesterday. Granted they did not make them all, but they were allowed to execute it. I also love Beilein and support the team 100% but you are right, put someone on this issue. It is crazy how many basketball games come down to execution in the final two minutes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This x 1000||
WTF was going on for the last minute? I have never seen so many possessions in that time period. In addition to letting them roll the ball, we just entered some ridiculous mindset that the worst thing in the world is a foul and so we should just let them drive for layups. Thank God we shot free throws well. A couple more missed free throws and we very easily could have lost this game up 9 with a minute to go. You should apply some light full court pressure to make them use an extra few seconds to get the ball upcourt, and then you still have to play solid defense. You try not to foul, but you have to defend and contest to burn the clock. There should have been half as many possessions in the last 1:04.
EDIT: Just checked and Minensota had TEN possessions in the last 64 seconds! That means we had about the same number. I know they fouled quickly, but good God man, that is terrible defensive execution on our part.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Good info||
I believe as the rotation gets settled, everyone will play better because everyone will have a better understanding of what they need to do to increase the chances of winning. Because we don't win games with one on one athletic superiority, we win with execution, I think it takes us longer to figure out what is going to be reliable. Once you know what you can rely on, then you can gameplan a lot better. Our post play and defense may not improve a lot, but if the team can learn how to execute Beilein's offensive system against good defenses, we will be fine. And fun to watch.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I miss Albreches||
and I like that name change.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||SEC is so slimy||
They are vehemently opposed to this but yet when Clinton-Dix and Dee Hart were being recruited Alabama paid tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade the facilities at the high school they went to (Dr. Phillips in Orlando). Such bullshit.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Not gloom and doom, but very frustrated thusfar.||
In all of our wins we have shot over 50% except one 48.3% and one 48.4%. In our 4 loses we shot 40.4%, 32.1%, 35% and 37.7%. In the past, under Beilein, when we have not been great, I have still felt like we could beat almost anyone if we shot well. And this is one of the worst years, in terms of my excitement for each game, because our poor shooting nights have not been random, they are imposed on us by our opponents, which means I feel like I know what is likely to happen before tip off, based solely on who we are playing. I get the random off night and can deal with that as long as there are random hot nights where we get some unexpected wins. E.g. I would gladly exchange our win versus Elon for a win versus Purdue because it would show that our success or failure is more dependent on what we do than on what our opposition is doing to us. I hate the feeling that every team with a pulse, defensively, can impose their will on us and take away our strengths, and we have no ability to do the same thing to them. The bottom line is that this team has only shown the ability to out play bad, or questionable (Texas and NC State) outfits. That makes for a very boring season, and a dissapointing one when you start with the (so far incorrect) thought that we were only clearly inferior to a few teams on the schedule. It sucks when you turn on a game against the number 20 team in the country (not Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, etc.) and after 5 minutes you realize what seems inevitable, so you fast forward through the game just to get the confirmation that you were right.
Now this is the part where I pray that I am wrong about this team going forward, and that it all turns around tomorrow. Go Blue!
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Orlando area resident here -||
Orlando area resident here - with kids. SInce you said "serious question" I will bite.
The Magic Kingdom is ridiculously crowded almost every day, although you can randomly get lucky. The other parks do have down times still. Year in and year out the busiest week is 12/24-1/1. The couple days on either end can be equally bad. The second worst week is Easter, followed by the other "long weekend" holidays - Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day. If you can go from mid-Jan through Feb, end of April through mid-May and middle of Sept through middle of Nov, you will have the best luck (and the best weather.)
Best way to enjoy the Magic Kingdom is to get Park Hopper passes and go to the MK for the first few hours that it is open and the last few hours and do a less crowded park in the middle. Or schedule your Fast Passes between 11 and 6 and do a few of the other things that you don't really have to wait too long for in the middle of the day (Tom Sawyer Island, Tomorrowland Transit Authority, Steam Train, Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor, Mickey's Philharmagic, ride the Monorail, etc.)
I hope this helps keep one or more MGoBlogger sane while they are down here.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||This sucks||
It feels like we are shell shocked when people play defense against us. Almost like we are surprised that teams won't just let us run our sets without harassing us. Makes us look so soft. New Flash - in an actual game, the other team tries to stop you from scoring and they really want to score and get rebounds against you.
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||This is a fun game...||
Things Tim Beckman does not believe exist...
|13 weeks 16 hours ago||Looks like we took out MSU and OSU...||
in rounds 2 and 3 on the way to the title. Suck on that Spartans and Buckeyes.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||27-7 Michigan||
27-7 Michigan Wins
|17 weeks 4 days ago||33-3 Michigan Wins||
33-3 Michigan Wins
|19 weeks 1 hour ago||I like our chances against both MSU and OSU||
I think the general consensus is that we are finally experiencing the benefits of great coaching and we are physically and emotionally prepared to face MSU. But I also think that we match up well with OSU's offense when Cardale Jones is under center. I like our chances against OSU better with Jones at QB than JT Barrett. It seems like with Jones, the OSU offense is based on a physical running attack using both Elliott and Jones and an assortment of downfield shots. I like our ability to stop the running attack with the occassional shots at our corners. Of course, the flip side of that is I have no idea how our offense will perform against OSU's defense. I have significant concerns that Rudock will need to see and attack tight windows. Right now, when he is required to do that, he typically tries to scramble or throw the ball away.
Anyone else prefer to see OSU with Jones at QB over JT?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Thank, OP||
A Utah (Sept 3) - 3
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Kam is awesome sauce...||
from the left corner
|41 weeks 4 days ago||This gif is great||
Is the Rhino pro style and the goat spread?
|44 weeks 5 days ago||He's Joel Osteen||
You can't get a better inside source than his - the Almighty Heavenly Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth, and Omniscient Source of Michigan Football Knowledge.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I feel terrible for you||
We had litter mates (boy and girl) and we had to put the boy down last fall. Hardest thing I have ever had to do. Just know that you gave Kodie a great life and in return, he gave you a treasure trove of wonderful memories.
|45 weeks 22 hours ago||Excellent point||
Remember when the previous staff kept talking about accountability? I never recall seeing a concrete example so I came to believe that it just meant protecting each other, no matter what. That can be admirable but it certainly does not equate to improved on-field results. This article provides actual examples of how a staff can take actions that will teach the players to be accountable. It is like Harbaugh has said - it isn't about talking it, it's about doing it.
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Oops then||
got excited for nothing. Feel free to delete!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Finally JB sending a message||
Irvin and Levert riding pine.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Finally JB sending a message||
Irvin and Levert riding pine.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Why in the hell is Mort even reporting on this?||
Seems outside of his zone of interest. But whatever - welcome to the circus Mort.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Last night was UGLY. Yet we||
Last night was UGLY. Yet we still should have pulled away in the last 90 seconds if we had been able to run some traditional Beilein sets. We either couldn't or didn't . The crunch time possessions amounted to Spike, Caris and Zak getting the ball 30 feet from the basket and shooting a long three. It just seems like our offense is pretty bad (at least against the zone). The last few years I always felt like we would get a really good look when we took the time to execute whatever it is that Beilein had in mind. Right now we do not have that and our bail out play is Caris going one on one or someone shooting a long three. Sucks. But I have a lot of hope that it will improve and this team will challenge in the B1G.
And is it just me or was anyone else yelling at Zak Irvin to either get back after he shoots a corner three, or follow his shot. I don't know what he is supposed to do, I have to beleive that from that position he has the go-ahead to rebound. But twice he stood there with his arm in the air, presumably waiting to call someone, while the ball proceeded to hit the front of the rim and bounce straight back at him. And I don't know how he didn't know they were short on the release because I could tell watching on tv.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I see your point. The kids||
I see your point. The kids that play for those schools will still play for those schools because the available slots at Power 5 schools will all be taken. And you are absolutely right about basketball. But I suspect there are a number of recruits each year who choose a Cincy or UNLV or UCF who did have some Power 5 offers. Rule changes that permit schools to offer more benefits could still affect the non-profitable programs in those instances.
Also, I was thinking in more general terms. Let's assume you operate an FBS program and you want to be competitive with the Oregons and Ohio States of the world. If you are UNLV, you already have an uphill battle. But now you need more money for football because new rules permit more benefits. I don't think there is any doubt that this situation you are in makes it even more difficult to get additional funding to accomplish your objective. If you are perpetually in a position where you are spending gobs of money on something that you cannot suceed at, then I can see the likely outcome being a decision to dump football and either save the money or invest it elsewhere. If you have no desire to compete with the big boys then you are right, it probably won't matter.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||I figured it out||
We are hiring Jim as Coach and John as AD. That is why the timing is so difficult.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||You are the opposite of crazy||
The idea that we need a "big name" hire as AD is absurd. There is absolutely no support for the proposition that a really good AD from a smaller school cannot scale up to handle our Athletic Department. It seems the people who are claiming we need a "big name" AD are only saying that because they think it is a prerequisite for hiring the right football coach. I do not think that you have to be the AD at Oklahoma to understand that Jim Harbaugh is the most desirable candidate. Christ, everyone here knows it and we aren't in Athletic Administration. If we had Harbaugh as our coach now, 99% of the people clamoring for a "big name" AD would be saying, "Who cares, just hire someone smart who won't muck it up." I would love to look at Dartmouth's Athletic Department's growth and evolution under theri AD and judge him based his job performance. Maybe he is the right guy. Maybe others here have analyzed all the various schools' athletic department performance under a number of metrics, but I have not seen that. So saying Brad Bates, or Warde Manuel are better because they are at a big school seems like a stupid way to prove they are better than someone we have not heard of. The Dartmouth AD obviously loves sports or he would not be an AD, so the idea that he (or any other viable candidate) is going to actively make decisions that make us less competitive seems illogical. If that happens you would have to believe that is coming from Schlissel and then the issue is not with the AD. Michigan needs a great athletic director, it does not need a "big name."