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|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know. I'm not sure||
I don't know. I'm not sure why anyone would want to include Brian's theories about Dave Brandon's activities. Cook certainly doesn't have a strong track record of knowing what Dave Brandon is up to at any given moment. For instance, in December, 2010 he wrote "Unless meteors hit both Jim Harbaugh and Rich Rodriguez, the chance Brady Hoke is Michigan's coach in 2011 is zero point zero percent." http://mgoblog.com/content/brady-hoke-and-nature-information
Hoke was hired by Brandon a few weeks later. Cook certainly didn't have any idea of what Brandon was up to at that time.
Or, recently, when discussing potential replacements for Al Borges Cook wrote "Looking at the top teams in yards per play this year is futile since they consist of guys Michigan cannot get to make a lateral move (OCs at Alabama, LSU, FSU, and Georgia aren't moving)." http://mgoblog.com/content/totally-useless-list-people-michigan-might-hi...
Later that night, it became clear Alabama's immovable OC was coming to Michigan.
Cook certainly writes with an authoritative tone, but he doesn't really know what Dave Brandon is up to most of the time.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||To make a snap judgment about||
To make a snap judgment about DLine, most people will probably look at the team's rush defense and sacks numbers. OSU had a very good rush defense, but they also played very poor rushing attacks.
They played 13 FBS teams and 1 FCS team. You would not believe how poor the competition was. Look at the ever popular yards/carry. Only two of their opponents (Wisky and Indiana) finished in the top 50th percentile nationally in yards/carry. The other 11 (84% of their opponents) finished in the bottom 50th percentile.
And, while OSU almost led the nation in sacks, you need to look at their opponents sacks allowed/game. Their OOC games opponents included Cal (107th), SDSU (85th), Clemson (102nd). In conference they played Purdue (119th), Michigan (108th), Northwestern (111th), and Illinois 95th). So, of their 13 FBS opponents, 7 of them (53% of their opponents) were ranked 85th or below. Did any other team get as lucky as to play five teams ranked 100th or lower in sacks allowed?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan's OLine wasn't||
Michigan's OLine wasn't "manhandled" by Akron. They weren't great, but Michigan ran for 5.53 yards/carry against Akron. That was the highest yards/carry average Akron allowed to any team all season, and they played #10 UCF. Also, Michigan also only averaged over 5 yards/carry two times, against CMU and Akron. If you want to talk about manhandling, talk MSU, or Nebraska, or Iowa, or running into Penn State's 4 DT defensive line.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Iowa||
Since the above-posted schedule has no end time listed, there's no telling how long Iowa will go. They obviously gave Ferentz the open inning so his charisma can shine for hours.
|15 weeks 20 hours ago||they weren't mean to Sparty...actually pretty generous||
According to their write up:
"Title path: If not for an early stumble against Notre Dame, before they found Cook, the Spartans would have played for the national title last season."
Except, Connor Cook played almost the whole game. They had already "found" Cook, he just wasn't very good. 16/32, 50%, 4.2 yards/reception and a 95 QB rating. Their analysis is very generous to Michigan State, who actually turned to Maxwell in the closing drive because Cook wasn't getting it done. Cook isn't a first round talent, he just had the fortune to play OSU and Stanford, who are both lousy in pass defense (112th and 98th respectively.)
|22 weeks 2 days ago||academic study||
TWW, if you're interested in learning more about the "mindset of a troll," there are academic studies trying to understand this phenomenon.
Here is a story about a recent study done by psychologists from the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and University of British Columbia. I'm not aware of any studies that contradict these findings, or else I would post a link to that too in an effort to be balanced.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||yes||
If you go in the winter, like I did, it will be empty and gray, which is an appropriate way to experience all the eery memories housed there.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||yes||
worked in Moscow in 2003. I checked it out.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Right now, on the front page||
Right now, on the front page of Mgoblog, there is a typo in the photograph caption of Seth's article "Def Con Five." "Stop! Have you considered you many not have to do this?"
It happens here too. Brian's "plague" gaffe? That's two front page errors in two days.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||I'd like to think that he was||
I'd like to think that he was really impressed by the Mark Schlissel hire, and he wants to give Michigan a second look. Go Science!
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Question for Borges||
Coach, Michigan finished the season averaging 33.8 pts/game. That's the highest average scoring output Michigan has had since you and Hoke arrived. It's a higher scoring average than any team Rich Rodriguez fielded at Michigan. It's also a higher scoring average than any of Lloyd Carr's teams dating back to 2004. You were the OC for Michigan's highest scoring season in a decade, since 2003, when Michigan averaged over 35 pts/game.
How the hell is that possible? I mean, uh...What's the secret to your success?
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Also, when trying to gauge an||
Also, when trying to gauge an offensive player's competence and abilities, the very very last place you should look is their performance against Cal. Cal makes everyone look good.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||I believe Fulton graduated||
I believe Fulton graduated from the University of Michigan. It wouldn't surprise me if he watched Michigan very closely.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||And, most significantly, they||
And, most significantly, they have a losing record against the University of Michigan
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not to mention Hand plays||
Not to mention Hand plays defense and Florida's defense is currently better than Michigan's. Florida's D has been a top ten defense every year under Muschamp, will likely be elite in the coming years, and is putting a bunch of defensive players in the NFL.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||OSU is ranked 16th among||
OSU is ranked 16th among public universities, not 18th.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||cal is more lopsided than sparty||
Off the top of my head, Cal is currently more lopsided on one side of the ball than MSU.
MSU off= 86
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Oh, those clever 11w||
Oh, those clever 11w writers. They claim Glover-Williams is the top ranked junior in Ohio. Yet, scout doesn't have him on top. ESPN has him 2nd. 247 has him 5th. 247 composite has him 2nd. Rivals rankings are not out. I was wondering how they could put a headline like that without one site declaring him #1 in the state.
Ah, but there's the rub. Froholdt is tops in Ohio to ESPN and 247, just in front of EGW. But, Froholdt is not "in Ohio" at the moment. He's overseas, even though the recruiting sites all list him from his sophmore year in Ohio. Very clever.
I'm sure Ohio fans cleverly declare "There's no better football coach in America today than Urban Meyer"...but only on Saturdays when Alabama has a bye week.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||conference rank isn't that important||
He purposely reports that Minnesota was 4th in the B1G and South Carolina was 5th in the SEC. He is trying to make them sound run of the mill. But, what he doesn't mention is the the B1G and the SEC were both excellent in pass defense. The SEC had 4 teams in the top 20 nationally. B1G has 6 teams in the top 20. The ACC only had 1 top 20 team. The PAC 12 only had 1 top twenty team. A 4th or 5th ranked team from those conferences is unimpressive. A 4th or 5th ranked team in the B1G and SEC is still very good.
Minnesota is ranked 12th in the nation and South Carolina is 21st. Elite? Eh, I usually consider top ten elite. But, Gardner played fine against the top 25 pass defenses. He will be fine.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||correction||
Ace, you corrected the George Campbell gaffe as George Whitman. That, too, is incorrect.
The QB Guru name is George Whitfield
|1 year 10 weeks ago||you never know||
Ball could bounce the other way this year for MSU. Florida in 2011 was terrible on offense (105th) and great on defense (8th). They finished 7-6. In 2012, Florida was terrible on offense (104th) and great on defense (5th). They finished 11-2 as a top ten team with pretty much the exact same calibur offense and defense.
Maybe the ball just bounced a little differently. UF went from 113th in turnover margin in 2011, to 8th in 2012. (-12 turnover margin to +15)
Their defense was great both seasons. Their offenses stunk both seasons. Yet they improved dramatically. The reason why is probably in the details, not general statements about "offense improving" or "defense improving" because, generally speaking, they were the same team both years.
We all know that MSU will be great on defense and not great on offense. MSU will improve or regress based on how well they execute little things in clutch moments. They're basically going to be the same team as last year, but their season will be defined by just a few key moments, decisions, bounces or calls.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||A little more Newton detail||
Your point that Urban didn't kick him off the team is correct, but I don't think UF booted him either. Ohio fans frequently claim that Meyer booted "a Heisman winner" to vindicate Meyer's record. But, I believe Newton transferred voluntarily.
First of all, he got busted for stealing a laptop in November 2008, yet he was still on the team in January 2009. Then Newton decided to transfer. http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/sports_college_uf/2009/01/exclusive-qb-...
According to the article "Numerous factors played into the decision to leave, Cecil said, including playing time and the search for a fresh start after a November arrest for allegedly stealing a student’s laptop and throwing it out of his dorm window. The departure of Dan Mullen to Mississippi State also attributed to the decision"
If part of the reason he transferred was because Mullen left and playing time, then how can any Buckeye claim that Meyer kicked him off the team? He wanted to leave.
Lastly, this other article suggests that Newton bailed because he was facing an academic hearing for cheating. http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/Source-says-Newton-left-F...
Basically, article says he was going to get hammered/expelled at his Spring 2009 hearing, so he cut and ran in January 2009. Newton was a dubious character, a thief and an academic fraud, but Meyer didn't kick him off the team.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||from 2010, and a little 2011||
From 2010 I liked,
Yellow Swans: Going Places
Richard Youngs: Beyond the Valley of Ultrahits
Lali Puna: Our Inventions
Wild Nothing: Gemini
Rene Hell: Porcelain Opera
Silje Nes: Opticks
Sun Kil Moon: Admiral Fell Promises
Phosphorescent: Here's to Taking it Easy
From 2011, I have liked The Luyas, Panda Bear, Belong, Julianna Barwick, and Charles Bradley.