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|1 week 15 hours ago||THIS. This...is so||
THIS. This...is so intoxicating...just cannot...stop...watching this video.
MGoBlog, forever remember this day! 12/11/13
|1 week 6 days ago||More broadly to this topic, I||
More broadly to this topic, I am always interested in learning more about the NCAA rules and what behaviors do and do not constitute violations (however arbitrary they may seem to be). I know that WTKA did (does?) have a weekly segment with a UofM complaince employee, and I frequently found those segments to be interesting.
I don't know if anyone on this blog is involved in or has significant knowledge of NCAA rules/benefits/violations/etc., but I would very much welcome a regular post or diary that addresses some of the most common (read: most often & widely debated) aspects of NCAA compliance. Perhaps this is something that could help to fill the long and lonely post-football months on the blog. Just one man's thoughts.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, this is why it will be||
Oh, this is why it will be wonderful when upvotes come back!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I believe Saban was quoted||
I believe Saban was quoted after the game saying that the kicker routinely makes 60 yard kicks in practice and they had the wind.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I agree with this; it||
I agree with this; it presents a good opportunity.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Have to agree with the OP.||
Have to agree with the OP. Michigan was beat by a superior opponent today, and it wasn't anywhere near close. Have to respect what is being done over in East Lansing. They certainly talk a lot right now, but I think they are doing a fine job of backing that up on the field. Respect for opponents seems to be something that exists less and less in today's sports, of all levels and ages.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Saban is or appears to be a||
Saban is or appears to be a huge prick to the outside world. However, I think if you look at recruit reactions and player statements, I think you would find that he is plenty personable in person. You don't garner the jobs, success and the allegiance he has without being able to work a room and relate to people.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||IIRC, he has no interest in||
IIRC, he has no interest in the #2 jersey (not out of disrespect), but wants to make "#5 the new #2" or something along those lines.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Seems like it's been a rough||
Seems like it's been a rough couple days for the NHL, between the hits on Jack Johnson, Dan Boyle, Justin Schultz and Niklas Kronwall. Obviously, this thing with Trouba was definitely not a hit, but it's another guy leaving the ice on a stretcher.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That and "stabilizing" price||
That and "stabilizing" price floors created by the underwriting group of the IPO
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Wisconsin was in know way||
Wisconsin was in know way getting manhandled by OSU. That is crazy.
Jared Abbrederis: 10 catches for 207 yards. Single-handedly made the OSU secondary look silly, especially Bradley Roby.
Now, I'm not saying Wisconsin mandhandled OSU or anything like that, but that game was surely not a one-sided affair.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Speaking specifically to your||
Speaking specifically to your first point, which has been made numerous times in this thread, what exactly is the point of stating that Hoke won in his first year with a majority of RR players?
To me it seems like such a nebulous and throw-away statement. Are we giving Hoke MOAR credit because he won without "his guys?' Are we giving RR more credit because he provided A BIT of development with some of his players? Are we sayint that the offense was clearly one of the most dynamic in the country? We know -- everyone knows -- that RR is a pretty darn good offensive mind, but what about the defense and the special teams? Isn't this the same thing we have been arguing about for the entirety of Hoke's tenure? One side of the ball being good to great with the other side of the ball either sputtering (in Hoke's case, I would argue) or just plain incomprehensibly bad (in RR's case, I would argue).
Didn't intend to rant, but I just simply DO NOT understand this argument from people. On the other hand, maybe I'm just crazy.... I don't know.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Regarding the O-line||
Regarding the O-line specifically, I think I fall somewhere in between these arguments. First, I think it should be noted and understood that the center of the line is young and inexperienced. They appear to be fairly physically blessed and show some great promise at times -- while also providing up sheer terror at others. I don't think we can or should expect this OL to be one of the best in the country -- the proverbial Alabama we so much enjoy comparing it to.
That being said, I think it is MORE than fair to be questioning the coaching of this position group. Also, to a lesser but still related degree I think it's appropriate to question Borges. When it appears that the OL is making no significant strides in learning and technique, I think it is more than appropriate to question Coach Funk. What is he doing in practice? What technique is he teaching? Yes, we have a young and inexperienced OL in the middle, but we are certainly not the only team in the country to ever be in that situation. I would even be satisfied - right now - if we saw moments of absolute brutality and domination by the inside guys, mixed with the frustrating and held-scratching "derp" moments of missed targets or incomlete technique. It doesn't even seem that we are able to see moments of greatness or potential with regards to their abilities. The problem, to me, is that it doesn't appear the OL is getting better each week.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Completely agree with your||
Completely agree with your statements. I thought the defensive line was able to generate decent pressure on a largely consistent basis. Were they setting the world on fire? No, absolutely not....but I thought it was a marked improvement from what we have previously seen. I think they finished with 4 sacks and I would imagine at least 5 more Hurries? Black was disruptive most of the evening, and it seemed as though there was intermittent pressure from the ends as well. Just my observations.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think aynone enjoys||
I don't think aynone enjoys the 5-minute in game delays to review a clearly unquestionable call -- probably less so for the calls that really are difficult to determine.
Howver, I think you are conflating two things here. Let's assume that the technology to GPS/insert something into the football exists, as has been discussed above, the advancement in technology doesn't necessarily need to slow the game down. I guess my point is, essentially, that there is no reason greater technological reliance absolutely necessitates more interruptions in the game. Perhaps more concentration should be placed on the technology implementation than the technology itself?
I hope that made sense...
|10 weeks 4 days ago||This should be a virtual||
This should be a virtual mountain of upvotes.
*sigh*.....to the better times
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In All Seriousness....||
I would really like to see Chesson continue to emerge and develop. He has become more involved in the passing game over the past few weeks and he seems to be playing well on special teams (especially punt team). Today, it would be great to see him establish himself as a credible threat on the outside. Provide good targets (read: EASY) for Gardner to hit on a regular basis. Become a bit of the "release valve" for Gardner that Gallon always seems to be.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||This. Times 10. Desmond||
This. Times 10. Desmond appears to be turning into a reliable and sturdy MLB. He doesn't seem to have the flash all the time (fabulous interception tonight aside), but he is always around the ball carrier and making plays. Additionally, I completely agree with what you said re: when he makes contact. He's one of the first LB's I feel like we've had in a while that really does DELIVER the blow to the opponent. He always seems to be screaming to his assignment. One thing I will always remember from my cfb days was that coaches would say "If you're going to make a mistake on a play, make the mistake at 90 MPH." Desmond seems to be living that type of mantra, and that is what I want from my MLB.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure it's the only||
I'm not sure it's the only reason the last three games were close, but I largely support what you are saying. If Devin lessens or eliminates the turnovers, the momentum shifts of each the last three games seem largely different.
Also, several of the turnovers have been of the back-breaking variety (a turnover is never good, but turnovers for pick 6's or giving the opponent a less than 30-yard field immediately after the defense has come off REALLY doesn't help things). From that perspective, I would think it fair to say that the defense has held up fairly well for the positions they have been placed in.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||That seems like a fairly||
That seems like a fairly logical assessment right now. Maybe Georgia (Gurley can really tote the rock -- I hope Mr. Green is able to watch some of that film)? I don't think that Oregon, Clemson, OSU, or Michigan could keep up with the Tide right now. Perhaps (hopefully) the end of the season will show a slightly different story.
I am very excited to see what Saban dials up for Johnny Football next weekend, however. Hate the man's (public) demeanor and the tactics he uses, but you've got to give credit to the machine he has created. My hope is that Michigan is on a similar trajectory in the next few years.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||+1 to this comment x 1000.||
+1 to this comment x 1000. Post of the day.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Thoroughly surprised. Not||
Thoroughly surprised. Not that Spencer Hall doesn't typically write inviting and entertaining pieces, but WOW(!) that was a great narrative.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I am unequivocally not saying||
I am unequivocally not saying that I understand this practice, but I can say with certainty that it is very frequently used. Living in the Southeast has really solidified this fact for me. I do think it's more of a "Transitive Property" type of feeling (Ex. "My Team only lost two Alabama by 14 and LSU by 7, so because Alabama beat ND by 365 My Team could have beaten them too"). Or, largely because of OSU and UofM's relative weakness the past few years, people assume that the entire conference is now just a pathetic attempt at "Grown Man Football." The fact of the matter is, in my experiences, when an SEC fan cannot root for his/her team that indiviidual ALWAYS defaults to support the whole "S-E-C" mantra.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I have a weird feeling about||
I have a weird feeling about that Cal game; nothing to really back that one up . . . just maybe a game they will overlook or be overconfident for.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||I have always found Duke's||
I have always found Duke's campus to be absolutely gorgeous; the architecture, the design, and the grounds. I understand that Durham isn't exactly paradise as it surrounds it, but Chapel Hill is quite nice and right next door. Makes me wonder why Duke isn't included on these lists more often. Am I crazy?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I did the very same thing.||
I did the very same thing. Maybe next time . . . (looks longingly into the distance).
|28 weeks 6 days ago||TREMENDOUS||
That was a TREMENDOUS listen for a Friday morning. Thanks OP! Hoke's recruiting prowess is no surprise if this podcast is to be believed. I feel like I could sit in a room with Hoke and just listen to him talk for hours.
|30 weeks 19 hours ago||Excellent point.||
I think this is the most important point. As awesome as this entire series has been - and it has been awesome - I think it really does show the respect this (football) staff has for MGoBlog (and its readers). The degree of specificity and insight he was willing to provide is still astonishing to me. It really helps us readers get a better grasp on Borges' thought process and motivation(s).
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Completely agree.||
As long as "usually" is replaced with "always."
|30 weeks 5 days ago||He can't possibly be serious||
He can't possibly be serious . . .
he must have been joking!