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|1 day 16 hours ago||This||
Highly likely that how to handle this was discussed before the event. It wasn't just Spike -- seems like all the players were on the same page with regard to Mitch and next year, i.e., don't talk about it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||In terms of development||
GRIII is the hardest to get a read on. On the one hand, he might be better off in a professional environment. I don't think he is getting pushed hard enough on the college level, and he needs to be pushed. On the other hand, of the three, he seems the most likely to benefit from the experience of another season at Michigan, in more of a leadership role, another year older. I imagine the NBA would like to see him become more assertive, and that will likely happen if he stays.
McGary is a natural leader and will be on the next level. There really isn't any question about that if he is healthy, and there's the rub -- the decision really depends on his health. We don't know all that much about how it fits into preparing for the NBA combine and other workouts. Staying at Michgan another year would allow him complete control over his rehab, but maybe that's not enough -- his second contract in the NBA will be a big one, and if he stays he delays that by a year. Nonetheless, I tend to agree with the people who are saying he should stay and become a lottery pick next year.
Stauskas seems (to me) like he wants to go. I also tend to agree with the conventional wisdom that he has progressed as far as he can at Michigan. He can reprise this year and be just fine, maybe improving as a defender.
In sum, I think GRIII might be persuaded to stay, by his father and others. But McGary is gone if he is healthy. Stauskas I don't know.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
Interesting how small the "Ohio" is there.
But yes, the OP is completely wrong about why "State" is featured. As noted above, it's because OSU, MSU, PSU and others.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe||
Maybe change the rules for how players can line up. I can't remember ever seeing a fake extra point. Can you all?
Make it harder (but not too hard) to make the kick, but easier (but not too easy) to convert a fake. Require a certain number of players to line up outside, or behind the line, or make the holder catch the ball with his knee off the ground (forcing the whole operation further back behind the line of scrimmage, I would think). Basically, make it different from a field goal.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Some may recall||
Some may recall that the "Director of Football Operations" position was integral to the Free Press non-scandal in 2008 or whatever. The DFO (Brad Labadie) didn't properly file the paperwork for the hours players spent with the team, resulting in the minor practice-time violations that Michigan self-imposed sanctions for.
So it is not quite as grand a job as it sounds, though it is important that someone do it well. I'll guess it involves a lot of following up with people, "Say, coach/player/employee, have you filed that paperwork yet? We need it by Friday."
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Must be auto-correct, then||
I don't use Chrome, but it seems like those must be auto-correct errors and not typos.
It doesn't bother me, I was just curious and in retrospect it seems a bit silly to have thought it was voice-recognition.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I'm curious||
I'm curious to know what writing tool you're using to produce "passed" for past and "admiral" for admirably. Voice recognition software? I've always admired your ability to write very long and yet concise and readable comments, seemingly very quickly. While most of that can no doubt be attributed to a sharp mind, what tools do you use?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Last year's experience||
Last year's experience will help. Even for the five (five!) guys who redshirted.
Also, new leadership will emerge from among the group who went through the crucible last year. That will help, a lot. This is not a judgment on Lewan -- I'm not sure anyone else could have done much better, and clearly he made an effort. He'll be a better NFL player for it.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Definitely||
But even if it were not so, the answer will always be, "The University of Michigan does not publically disclose information on disciplinary matters involving students."
It might be possible to add something like, "Disciplinary matters involving students are outside of the scope of the Athletic Department. We are not involved in the University's handling of such matters."
The best you're going to get is general answers like Dave Ablauf gave the Daily, simply confirming Gibbons was at the Athletic Department on December 19. Remember that all of this is the result of documents being leaked to the Daily. The University did not release the information, and thus cannot comment on it, other than to confirm basic facts. I doubt Hoke can even explain his choice of words after December 19, but if he could, it would go something like this: "I couldn't announce that Brendan was no longer a student, because that was not public information. I also couldn't say it was "a violation of team rules," because the Athletic Department was not involved in the decision. In retrospect, it would have been more accurate to say it was a "personal matter" and not "family matters." For that I apologize."
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Probably not that||
Probably not that they think so little of Hoke -- it's more that they don't think.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Responsibilities||
Brandon's role would be in the pursuit of Borges' replacement. A "process" that was handled extremely well, even if just lucky -- Michigan was in a position to act quickly and take advantage of Saban's move. You make your own luck.
It's hard to imagine Brandon being directly involved in Hoke's evaluation of his staff after the season. His job is oversight in that respect. Hoke keeps him informed and maybe asks for advice or an opinion, but that's it. If Brandon doesn't like what Hoke is doing, he can fire Hoke. As many others have said here, if it's any other way, that's a big problem.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||KILLJOY AWARD||
Goes to the person who has gone back into my history and downvoted every comment he could find. How screwed up do you have to be to do that on a day like today? He even downvoted me in the official posbang thread!
Not sure why. Most interesting thing is that the person actually upvoted two old Minnesota-game comments about epilepsy in my family, so he is not, apparently, a total douchebag. But still, hard to grasp the overall motivation.
[EDIT III, December 17: After another attack yesterday, I've once again gone back and upvoted the comments he downvoted, using my old account. So each of his 70+ negs results in a +1 for me...]
|18 weeks 1 day ago||We have a winner (woomba, above)||
It's a good question. My understanding of it comes from years of hearing it in interviews and the like. I've always assumed it went beyond Michigan, but it seems likely it originated with Bo. He had a knack for expressions like this. If you've ever taught undergraduates, you know what this is about.
We have expectations for each position. We convey those expectations to you (the players). The player who best meets those expectations will play. There is no seniority system, and it doesn't matter what your recruiting profile was.
Players who do their homework and understand what is expected (i.e., what to do) at their positions will get a chance to play. Yes, there might be someone else who does this better than you. That's life. But if you do the work, you will get a chance to show what you can do. If you don't do the work, you won't see the field. Simple as that.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Mods||
Basically the mods have the power to do that. It just means the person melted down in some probably offensive or personal way, but not in such a way as to warrant a ban. It really just means that they can't post threads, vote, or edit anything.
The mods also have to power to restore points or bestow a clean slate. How long one spends in Bolivia (a.k.a. Oblivion) presumably depends on how you behave there (and what you did in the first place), and I imagine you can appeal to the mods after a while. I suspect most people wanting a clean slate just start a new account, although if you have an early-ish join date it sucks to have to change your account. [I changed mine due to a old bug that Brian acknowledged but never fixed, which is fine.]
NOTE: If you find yourself wondering why you keep getting inexplicable downvotes, you might consider editing your signature to remove the blank line returns in it...
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Aaaaand...||
A disagreement downvote... Immediately upvoted by somebody else! Seems like a decent system. Good work, Brian!
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Limits||
Maybe +100 (votes) and -999? That way, if Chris Perry joins MGoBlog and posts a comment, he can get to 100 points immediately. And if it's an imposter, he's off to Bolivia on the express.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||100 points||
When you reach 100 points, an up-down arrow will appear showing the total upvotes and downvotes for each comment.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Help me and my new avatar reach 100 points!||
Thanks in advance. Here's how I feel about the return of meaningful points:
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Correct||
The rule has two parts. You have to play in no more than 30% of the regular season and the injury has to occur in the first half of that season. So he can only have played in four games (the NCAA rounds up: 30% of 12 is about 3.6, which rounds up to 4) before the midpoint of the season. Shane meets the first criteria, but not the second.
Plus, you have to have an actual, documented injury. In DG's case, they documented the injury at the time. I remember some speculation as to whether or not the injury was very serious, but it was reported and obviously a doctor signed off on it. Nothing like that was done for Morris, even if he hadn't played in the game at MSU.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
The OL next year should be improved. There will be at least three, probably four starters with significant experience in the previous year. So the second-year improvement dynamic will be in place for all of them. By the start of the B1G schedule, barring injury, DG should have markedly better protection.
So DG will get a chance to shine, to not make the kinds of mistakes you list. If he continues to have problems, then, sure, Morris will be given an opportunity to take some meaningful snaps. But that's not my expectation. Gardner will be lights out next year in B1G play. He carries the torch for Denard, Lewan and everyone else who stayed.
I won't say I have high expectations for the team as a whole next year, but I will say that it will be the most enjoyable season in a long time. The team will play well. 2013 will be seen as the final transition year of the Hoke era. The glorious part of that is Hoke gets a quarterback who will be 22 next year (Devin turns 22 this December 14), and 23 with an LSA degree and a Master of Social Work for his final game.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Plus||
In my experience back then people would always upvote me to counteract the "disagree" downvotes -- and I would do the same if I thought someone was being unjustly downvoted, whether or not I agreed with whatever it was.
Note that I'm talking about back when you could get negged to oblivion or upvoted to respectability with just a few good or bad comments. There was a real sense that if you had something good to say, you'd be rewarded for it -- there were plenty of examples around, people with exponentially rising point totals because they were interesting, authoritative, funny, and the like. People tried to emulate them if they could.
Without a meaningful point system, you don't have that effect.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||#2 isn't a legends jersey (yet)||
So Peppers can wear it without much ado. I mean, Justin Turner had it. If Peppers is a bust or just decent, then it doesn't matter -- he can still wear #2.
#2 will get a patch, and it will say "Charles Woodson" on it. Peppers has to accept that reality if he wears it. No matter how good he is, it will always be Woodson's patch.
The patch numbers are fine, and I think it's great to give them to established players who have earned them, but I don't think they should ever be taken away, once given, from a player who remains in good standing on the team. Surely these coaches feel the same way.
If you start taking numbers away, you're stuck in the insanity that is #1. Honestly, I'd like to see them patch it, with AC's name on it, the same year they do Woodson. Braylon becomes just one of the great players who wore #1. Just like, say, Gardner would be if he were to achieve enlightenment and win a Heisman and a national championship next year wearing 98. Then at least they could give #1 to someone. The current limbo is just stupid. Just give it to George Campbell, or whoever.
|20 weeks 16 hours ago||Yes||
Thank you. Although not bothering to use the term "mailing it in" correctly could be construed as mailing it in, it was really more of an eff it thing.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||That's because||
That's because (assuming you watched it on television) the run took place during one of the two long in-game interviews promoting the documentary on the 1973 Game and its aftermath. So you are forgiven for not knowing what down it was. They barely acknowledged it happened and didn't show any replays.
Apparently, there is a law that says interviews cannot be conducted while play is stopped -- they must be conducted during plays. Stoppages are for advertisements, not interviews. Even though these were basically advertisements. Harumph.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Good attitude||
The contact with recruits these days is a change from even a decade ago. It parallels the rise of social media, which is here to stay, even as it changes. So there's no reason to freak out if there is a learning curve -- you and Tom and the like are shaping things to come. You seem like you have a unique angle of approach, so keep on going.
General observations like this are interesting, even with your small two-year data set. Three years from now I hope you will step back and give us a more nuanced impression of this phenomenom over a full five-year Michigan recruiting cycle.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Not a turning point||
A low point. But it's not just this game, it's this season -- whatever it turns out to be, it will be the low point in Hoke's early tenure at Michigan.
This season is a turning point, yes, but toward the future. Toward teams with a critical mass of experienced players (a.k.a. depth), though not fully so until 2015.
On the coaches, have to wonder about how the loss of Jerry Montgomery affected the chemistry.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||The way 6-1 happened||
You're right about expectations -- they are lower now because of the way 6-1 happened.
The shift in the direction of the program this year has already happened. It's not a big deal. Indeed, it's a good thing, a reality check.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||This||
He needs to be doing everything he can to be ready to play defense if needed. Special teams, sure -- that doesn't take away from anything, and obviously he is an asset there. But preparing to play on offense would detract from his focus on defense.
Good question, bad idea.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Might depend on interest||
Of the last five games in East Lansing, four have been at 12 Eastern. Only one was at 3:30, the first of the Rich Rodriguez era -- high rubber-necking interest there with 2-5 Michigan, so the time was moved.
But the usual time for games at East Lansing is 12.
7-0 Michigan vs. 7-1 MSU might get moved, but probably not. Michigan isn't going to move much in the rankings, and MSU will, at best, be in the 20s by then. So the game won't have much national interest.
If MSU loses to Indiana this week (for some weird, instinctive reason, I am optimistic) then you can book it at 12.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Kerridge||
Kerridge forces his guy to sidestep him, cutting off his angle to Green and stopping his forward momentum. Kerridge did exactly what he needed to do. If Kerridge slows to get a more complete block, Green has to cut back.
Agree, though, that the announcer ignores the fact that BOTH Kerridge and Green are running through a gaping hole that didn't appear by magic.