"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
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|34 weeks 2 days ago||I must have ...||
I missed the chapter in Bo's Lasting Lessons that outlined how to act like a complete scumbag like this. /s
How does someone figuratively give the finger to every one of his critics so effortlessly?
|34 weeks 4 days ago||It Makes No Difference|
|37 weeks 2 days ago||The big difference is the NC||
The big difference is the NC coaches made an immediate impact at the school where they took over
Unlike at Michigan after Carr '06-07 and Rich Rod, these coaches didn't have a roster to rebuild AND system to install:
Mack Brown (Texas 2005)
@ Texas he was 70-19 in the 7 years before they won it all
Urban Meyer (Florida 2006 & 2008):
@ BG he was 17-6 in 2 years, then 22-2 at Utah. He went 9-3 at Florida before winning it all
Les Miles (LSU 2007):
Nick Saban (Alabama 2009, 2011, 2012):
@ MSU he was 34-24 in 5 seasons. @ LSU he was 48-16 in 5 seasons with a championship in 2003. @ Alabama he went 7-6 then 12-2 before reeling off 3 titles in 4 years
Gene Chizik (Auburn 2010):
He's the exception. He went 5-19 in 2 years at Iowa St, then 8-5 in his first season at Auburn before going 14-0 behind Cam Newtown and some booster cash.
JimBo Fisher (see what I did there?) (FSU, 2013):
31-10 in 3 seasons at FSU prior to 2013 championship
|1 year 11 weeks ago||THANK YOU||
I took them at 30:1 last fall.
After the 8-4 start and McGary going down, I forgot all about that bet :)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The stats put out||
On 2FG% and offensive efficiency are ridiculous.
I was shocked last night watching BTN's Basketball & Beyond last night, I was surprised to learn we gave Nebraska their only home loss.
UM went 5-0 @Minn, @Neb, @MSU, @Wisc, and @osu
Those 5 schools went 73-9 otherwise at home.
Neb played MSU and Wisconly once (2-0) & MSU and WISC played each other only once
MICH's one-plays had a .377 leage winning pct. MSU's had .466, WISC .488
UM played the other top 7 teams at least 2x, save for ohio state, whom we played once (on the road)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Thought the cosmic calendar was well done||
Even though I knew the entire 'mankind is only a few seconds in relation to the universe', I thought it was well done, especially the inclusion of the asteriod which caused the dinosaurs to go extinct. I thought the cartoon was longer than it needed to be, though I appreciated learning of the individual between Capernicus and Galileo. The scalability of the observable universe is always fun to see, especially the tease NDT did with multiverses.
Really enjoyed the sentiment at the end with NDT meeting Sagan in the 70s and Sagan inspiring him to be the person he is today.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Seth Davis had us dropping 1||
Seth Davis had us dropping 1 spot this week.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'm enjoying||
The irony of your post, which criticizes a) statistics and b) regurgitation of opinions put forth on this site, and is then backed up with statistics and blaming youth.
Intentional or not, well done sir.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Dave Brandon||
IMO, was guilty of this in 2010/2011. Waiting solves nothing. Once you know that what you have isn't cutting it, take action.
Brandon could have let RRod go after osu 2010 and aggressively gone after Harbaugh (SF didn't offer him until late Dec), etc.
But he waited. And part of our underachievement this year can be attributed to the makeshift 2011 recruiting class which resulted.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Best gift ever||
I suck at embedding pictures ... but my bother put together a promo event with Desmond Howard and Jalen Rose for the Notre Dame weekend. He had them sign this and gave it to me for Christmas:
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Thanks LSA ...||
Appreciate the additional insights.
I do undestand the limitations of statistics ... my genesis here was literally the thought 'we never used to not score TDs, right?"
It's one thing from the RRod era to realize we were inept due to personnel and execution.
This seems to be a new direction - I can recall many games in the past two seasons where we come out, the opponent stops what we're trying to do, and we just keep doing it anyway. That 3rd and 2 QB option from Staae's red zone was a horrible play call. I don't think we tried to roll out Gardner until our penultimate drive.
Running into a brick wall over & over again (no pun intended) isn't going to weaken the brick wall.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Misrepresenting stats?||
So you're telling me if I dig through the PREVIOUS 42 SEASONS, I won't find one other stout defense?
Law of large numbers .... the fact that we have not scored a TD in 4 of our last 18 games when we failed to do so a total of 11 times going back to 1968 speaks for itself. We don't make adjustments. We come out and broadcast what we're going to do, and when the opponent makes adjustments, it gets ugly.
I noticed a trend. I looked back to previous results and the trend I noticed is supported as something that didn't use to happen often at all. There was no agenda, just the thought of 'how often did we used to fail to score a TD?'
|1 year 31 weeks ago||The difference / contrast:||
MISSOURI has gone from 40ish to #5 in a few short weeks with consecutive wins over SEC schools.
Northern Illinois, Texas Tech, and Fresno St have not moved up in the polls more than marginally with consecutive wins over non-SEC schools.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||The point I was trying to make||
Was simply that Missouri plays in the SEC, beats SEC schools, and shoots up in the polls.
This does happen every year it seems (conference major, unranked, starts out 6-0 or 7-0, shoots up in the polls).
However, I think too much is being made (as is usually the case) about "quality wins" over SEC competition. You could easily frame an argument the SEC this year is not deep, is not cannibalizing itself, and is simply top-heavy with mediorcre teams. A stigma that has plagued the Big Ten for many of the recent seasons (present season not included).
I am not commenting on the strength (or lack thereof) of the Big Ten this year at all. I am only trying to present facts / results that point to the teams that play in the SEC this year, in a vacuum, away from the "SEC" label, are no different than other conferences.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||That said, 2019 sets up nicely||
@ Wisc, bye, Iowa/@ Ill
Division slate: @ PSU, RUTGERS, @Maryland, BYE, vs MICHIGAN STATE, @ Indiana, vs OHIO STATE
|1 year 32 weeks ago||So the MSU/osu home/home or away/away is permanent?||
|1 year 32 weeks ago||1st down||
Michigan ran 35 1st down plays Saturday.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Two things:||
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I saw that||
And laughed. Chantel Jennings recently joined their Big Ten Blog network at the Worldwide Leader, and I've been very unimpressed. She was linking to Drew Sharp almost every time she did the lunchtime links (hasn't since I emailed Adam and Brian ... hmmm), and her game wrap was a joke.
"Gameball goes to: Whitmer. Coming into the matchup with the Wolverines, Whitmer had thrown only three touchdown passes all season. Against Michigan, the 6-foot-1 signal-caller threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception while picking apart the Michigan defense."
She also cites the numerous big rushing plays our defense allowed:
"a defensive line that gave the Huskies huge holes to run through time and time again."
I looked at the play-by-play. 78 yards on 21 attempts. 11 of those 21 attempts went for 2 yards or less. Yes, in the 2nd quarter we allowed 12, 10, and 16 yards within 5 rushing plays. Outside of that, nada. The entire second half they ran for 12 yards on 7 attempts (before picking up 13 on draw plays when we went to prevent).
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I heard||
A stat once, and can't back it up, but some talking head noted that for NFL games, if a team scores a defensive TD they win a ridiculous amount ... like 75-80%.
If that's the case, our 4-0 record is quite improbable. Maybe that's my take-away from this team. They're improbably good.
At some point in the first half, I realized that our offense was Maverick from Top Gun after Goose dies. The shitty Maverick who can't engage. It seemed apt at the time ...
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Drew Sharp ...||
Belives "Voting isn't an objective act. It's all subjective" and "he Big Ten remains a competitive embarrassment and, as a result, I devalue the conference"
His words, not mine.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Re: #5||
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I could not agree more||
With your post - all aspects, really. I think UL wins that game 80+% of the time the way it played out. However, the questionable calls (namely #2 on Burke and the recanting of #4 on Hancock) closed the door on the other 15-20% chance UM pulls it out.
I also share the same sentiment on the conference affiliation and the naming of the official pool. There was likely no controversey/conspiracy at hand here, BUT WHY RISK THE SUGGESTION?
To me, it's just one more bonehead decision by the governing body that is the NCAA.
What is really hard for me to get over is how great of a game was played, but I know I won't want to rewatch it in the future because the officiating was so terrible. For all of the hype and nonsense ESPN spews, Dan LeBatard was spot on: "I thought the refs were over-matched last night and I thought they were terrible last night ... they made alot of brutal calls that seemed to only go against Michigan, but it was such a fun game to watch, I forgave them. But then again, I'm not Michigan."
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Stanford forefit||
The inaugural game featured Fielding H. Yost's dominating 1901 Michigan Wolverines football team, representing the East, who crushed a previously 3–1–2 team from Stanford University, representing the West, by a score of 49–0 after Stanford captain Ralph Fisher requested to quit with eight minutes remaining.... The game was so lopsided that for the next 15 years, the Tournament of Roses officials ran chariot races, ostrich races, and other various events instead of football.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||McGary vs. Withey||
McGary: 12/17 shooting, 25 pts, 14 rebs, 3 stl in 35 mins
Withey: 6/11 shotting, 12 pts, 8 rebs, 5 blk in 39 mins
Who would have thought going into this game that McGary would win this matchup? Dude's become a big man in the past 3 games.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Thank you ...||
Always enjoy Twitterverse posts, but particularly apt ths week re: Marshall Henderson:
combines the shooting conscience of Allen Iverson, the people skills of Genghis Khan, and the personal aesthetic of Joe Dirt
That sir, is brilliance in description.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks for the feedback||
Edited so table is now a link to GoogleDoc
Will attempt to use generalized linear model later if I get some time
Tournament scoring is a small sample (2 games, sometimes 4 for Final Four metrics if Regional round played at basketball arena). Statistical coincidence about the top and bottom teams (higher than reg. season avg, lower than reg. season avg) making Final Four in 4 of past 5 seasons? That result surprised me.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I don't have enough points to post ...||
Yesterday I did a similar study - gathering all 80 Sweet Sixteen teams from 2007/08 through 2011/12, comparing their season scoring average, their tournament scoring average (non-football stadium sites) and their scoring average for tournament games at football stadiums.
The sample size isn't as large as I'd like, but a few interesting points emerged:
The last five years, there have been 11 basketball-arena sites hosting the second weekend of the tournament and 9 football-stadium sites.
Overall, scoring is down 8.1% the second weekend vs the first weekend, and down 8.4% from a team's regular-season scoring average.
The true basketball sites have a larger drop in scoring: -9.9% from tournament average, -10.5% from regular season average.
Football stadiums see a drop of only -6.2% and -6.3%, respectively.
All Final Fours have been played in football stadiums over the past five tournaments.
Scoring is down 15.0% from previous tournament performance and -14.9% from regular season performance.
Ford Field -15.74% (tournament) -10.73% (reg season)
Lucas Oil -14.81% (tournament) -15.40% (reg season)
Reliant Stadium -11.67% (tournament) -13.19% (reg season)
Superdome -11.39% (tournament) -14.11% (reg season)
Alamodome -8.04% (tournament) -9.15% (reg season)
EdwrdJones Dome -7.84% (tournament) -10.40% (reg season)
Phoenix Stadium -4.11% (tournament) +4.77% (reg season)
Georgia Dome +9.11% (tournament) +8.21% (reg season)
Also interesting was that in 4 of the past 5 years, out of the Sweet 16 teams, one of the top two teams with scoring averages increasing most over regular season averages made the Final Four.
Equally interesting was that in 4 of the past 5 years, one of the bottom two (S16) teams with scoring averages dropping the most from the regular season averages also made the Final Four:
2008 UCLA (#1) Reg Season: 74.0 pts Tourney: 60.5 pts
2010 Duke (#2) Reg Season: 78.0 pts Tourney: 70.5 pts
2011 Kentucky (#1) Reg Season: 76.4 pts Tourney: 65.0 pts
2012 Kansas (#1) Reg Season: 75.0 pts Tourney: 63.5 pts
2008 UNC (#16) Reg Season: 88.7 pts Tourney: 110.5 pts
2009 UConn (#15) Reg Season: 77.3 pts Tourney: 97.5 pts
2011 VCU (#15) Reg Season: 71.5 pts Tourney: 81.0 pts
2012 Kentucky (#16) Reg Season: 76.7 pts Tourney: 84.0 pts
|2 years 11 weeks ago||I simply find it interesting ...||
This thread has close to 100 posts, while the Purdue game recap had only 40.
That being said, it's Friday and I'm tremendously bored @ work, hence my reading through pretty much anything of remote interest on the Web today.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||First 30 mins, last 10 mins||
Wonder what Belein said in the under 12 timeout
UM scored 40 points in first 29 mins
UM scored 40 points in final 11 mins
First 29 mins UM missed 33 of 55 shots
Final 11 mins UM missed 7 of 33 shots