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|2 weeks 6 days ago||Curse of the NFL?||
Harbaugh seems to go away from using plays that work before they stop working. I wonder if this is in part due to time spent in the NFL against better coaches (and players) who have both the practice time and the experience to catch on very quickly to what you're doing. Could Harbaugh be in the habit of giving our opponents too much credit? I read choosing not to run the fullback dive on the 1 yard line as the offensive staff figuring that with a month to prepare, FSU would have been anticipating Michigan's most obvious playcall in that situation. In fact, FSU was out on jet skis instead of in the film room, and from the replay, it looked like the dive would have worked. Seems like our staff outsmarts itself sometimes. Still, I'd much rather that than Hoke-ian "we will run this until it works" despite repeated evidence that it's not going to work.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||silent||
"You'll never get the entire stadium to be silent."
That's not actually true; the entire stadium has been silent before. Like, pin-drop, hear the heartbeat of the person next to you silent. Granted, that was the moment of silence before the first game played after the 9/11 attacks. So let's hope we never have a reason to repeat that moment. But for a moment big enough, it is in fact possible to get all 110,000 to be quiet at once -- and it was a truly profound thing to experience. If that could be organized for the Penn State game, whoooo boy would that make a statement.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Not a vision problem?||
It looks to me like on that run, Smith's original intent is to hit the left side A gap (which I guess becomes the B gap once the fullback goes through it? Point being he's trying to go to Poggi's left). Two steps toward that gap, he realizes the MLB is going to get to Poggi's outside shoulder, so Smith redirects right. He isn't able to change direction quickly enough, so he ends up running into, rather than around, Poggi's block, but in the process he also draws the other UCF linebacker to the same spot. As a result, Poggi gets a two-for-one, Smith bounces off Poggi's back, and runs to daylight on the right side.
To me, that's not a problem with Smith's vision. It's actually his vision working as desired -- he sees his gap isn't going to be open, takes one step right to get a 2-for-1 off his fullback, then takes another step right to break loose. Seems patient and disciplined to me.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Original Punt/CounterPunt||
Surprised to see a guy as steeped in Michigan football as alum96 asking this question.
Yes, in the original incarnation of Punt/Counterpunt, the one that used to appear on the last page of the free gameday programs, that was the format: one guy picked a win (or blow out), the other picked a loss (or narrow win if an upset pick were really that unbelievable). My recollection was that Punt and CounterPunt roughly alternated whose turn it was to predict the win and whose to predict the loss; maybe they flipped a coin? (Nick can probably clarify, since he's been part of this column since long before MGoBlog existed.)
|1 year 19 weeks ago||/godwin'd||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||design||
Maybe Fisch designs the passing plays, but then Drevno is the one who actually calls them? Fits with Fisch's role as "passing game coordinator" that he would design the route combinations, etc.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||ding ding ding!||
We have a winner. Everyone is so focused on the culture change explanation that they miss the more likely one: Harbaugh is famous for attention to detail, right? And famous for going 100%, with full enthusiasm, at whatever he's doing, right? You can bet that if he actually had access to a submarine, then the players would literally be eating and sleeping onboard. Since he does not, he's patterning meals and sleeping arrangements as closely to those on a sub as he is able. The lack of fancy chefs, etc probably means nothing more than that.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||scary||
Just remember: the only thing scarier to Alabama fans than the idea that Harbaugh set up this entire camp just to evaluate one prospect, is the idea that he didn't set up this entire camp just to evaluate one prospect. The first means Harbaugh is keeping up with the Sabans. The second means the writing is on the wall.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||PC, old guard, and privilege||
Hero of the Blog David Foster Wallace wrote one of the more insightful pieces on this that I've heard. Among the many topics he touches on in what was billed as a book review of a dictionary but was in practice profound and thoughtful essay on how people use language and how their use of language reflects on them as people, DFW discusses political correctness. A quote:
“There's a grosser irony about Politically Correct English. This is that PCE purports to be the dialect of progressive reform but is in fact - in its Orwellian substitution of the euphemisms of social equality for social equality itself - of vastly more help to conservatives and the US status quo than traditional SNOOT prescriptions ever were.”
Emphasis mine, and I think that captures exactly what the "don't offend anyone" PC climate of college campuses (and many other places) really accomplishes. Let's pretend we live in a post-offensive world, and by pretending it's true hopefully it magically will be. The problem with this is twofold: (1) it immediately shuts down any debate, productive or otherwise, about issues that might conceivably offend someone (which means pretty much all issues whatsoever), and (2) as a consequence, when no conversations are taking place on the middle ground because the people with middle-ground views refuse to speak (or are afraid to because it will make them "politically incorrect"), then small, very vocal minorities on the fringes end up dominating every single debate. This in turn empowers the small vocal minorities, not only because they're the only voices, but also because they can keep shutting down middle-of-the-road perspectives by shouting about how those perspectives are politically incorrect. Both (1) and (2) then end up completely shutting down any rational discussion how how to actually accomplish the difficult work of changing the world for the better (at least, in any way other than by pretending that we already live in such a world).
In my view, a second related major cultural shift has enabled this, too: today, by and large, students on a campus like the University of Michigan's live in a bubble, and don't have to interface with many of the difficult issues of our time on a regular basis. It's a lot easier to duck engaging real issues by claiming it's un-PC to do so when there's no actual pressing need to engage with the issues anyway, because your local climate mostly shields you from them. Which, depending on what you think the purpose of a college education is, may or may not be a good thing. Certainly it's easier to concentrate on fluid mechanics when you don't have to spend a lot of time engaging with socioeconomic inequality.
Anyway, long story short, political correctness and fear of offending someone undoubtedly has a chilling effect on productive social dialogue. Quotes like that of the OP suggest a growing awareness of this fact, and I wouldn't be surprised to see an anti-PC backlash build in the relatively near future.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||edit!||
Before it's too late, you might want to consider editing your post so that "Michigan" is spelled correctly...
|1 year 35 weeks ago||thanks||
Appreciate the correction.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Really, Jay?||
"took time to talk to me rite out of school"
Really, Jay? 'rite' and 'school' only three words away from each other?
Look, I realize that a 140 character format can be restrictive. But this was only 126 characters! You had room! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE USE CORRECT GRAMMAR WHEN ACTIVELY REPRESENTING THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION WE LOVE! Why is this so, so hard?
I realize I'm more up on my grammar high horse than most, but seriously, this kind of thing is embarrasing to Jay, the University, the idea that football players have brains as well as athletic talent... I'm on board with your message, Jay, I really am, but could you please take an extra 5 seconds to reflect before you attack twitter with enthusiasm unknown to mankind?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||USNews||
The question isn't really whether a fellow message-board poster is taking US News rakings too seriously. The question is whether a high school student who hasn't actually spent multiple semesters on each campus is taking the rankings at face value. Having degrees from both institutions, I can speak with some authority in saying that academics are a wash. (And at that level, how good an education you get has far more to do with you personally and what opportunities you take advantage of than how many Nobel laureates are in residence on campus.) But I wouldn't expect a high school senior to know that. The attitude that "#1 is #1" may indeed be exactly the attitude a competitive high school athlete would take.
It's funny, actually: US News rankings are a lot like recruiting rankings. They're accurate in broad strokes, but if you take the exact numerical order too literally, you're missing the forest for the trees, and could easily come away with a false impression.
[Edit: this post was supposed to be a reply to Pinky above]
|1 year 39 weeks ago||ncaa problem||
They actually can't do this. The NCAA rules for having a championship game stipulate that your conference must (1) have at least 12 teams and (2) have those teams split into divisions, with the winner of each division meeting in the championship game. I personally agree that it would be nice to have a championship game without divisions, but it's not actually an option under current NCAA rules.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||H4=?||
Yeah, remind me again what H4 even stands for? If I check this site 5+ times per day and can't remember, how is the casual reader ever supposed to catch up? I'm sure that over time, a clever inside joke akin to "Hokepoints" will present itself. Until then, no need to force it. "Breakdown" or "Technical Dossier" or something not necessarily hilarious, but usefully descriptive, seems like a better title for this series.
Title-snark aside, this was an excellent article. Thanks!
|1 year 42 weeks ago||upvote||
on mobile, so consider this an upvote
|1 year 42 weeks ago||odd||
An odd interview that jumps all over the place would be no surprise from Coach Harbaugh. At the same time, I don't think it's the interview itself you're sensing. I think Dodd may just not be a very good writer. This article reads like a first draft: most of the material is there, but not yet organized into a coherent story.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||not just driving either||
I strongly believe that poor driving habits are not a reflection of someone's ability to drive, but a reflection of a much deeper inability to cope with the existence of other people around you. You see this with people walking on sidewalks, pushing shopping carts thru Costco, even moshing at rock concerts. It really is possible to do your thing, drive fast or slow, whatever, without always being in someone else's way and/or constantly putting others in a position where they're in your way. It just requires you to actually pay attention to what's going on around you. And it is shocking how few people are capable of it.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||sarcasm?||
Are you being sarcastic, and I'm just missing it? Because this fanbase was starting to get very restless with Lloyd by the time he retired. (Not the sane members of the fanbase, true, but 'fan' and 'sanity' do not necessarily go together.)
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I resent that||
This board hasn't become populated with self-righteous and holier-than-thou dbags. We've been here all along. In fact, I'm pretty sure we founded the place. /get off my lawn.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||To underscore this||
I briefly worked for the company that (at least at that time) made all of the ink for Coca Cola. There are no fewer than EIGHT Coca-Cola reds, because if you want red ink on an aluminum can to look like it's the same color as red ink on a cardboard box, you have to use different color red inks. Likewise, it's not at all trivial to get the maize in the jersey to match the maize on the helmet and have them both match the maize on the field.
That being said, there's still no excuse for not having them all match. It might not be trivial, but it's certainly doable. Though apparently we can't expect such sophistication from a supplier who can't even make a jersey durable enough to survive a B1G basketball game...
|1 year 43 weeks ago||So, like||
most of the Hoke era, then?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||H4||
Nice rundown Seth. Can you remind me, though, what 'H4' stands for?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Great Odin's Raven? By the||
Great Odin's Raven?
By the Beard of Zeus?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||analogy||
Maybe it's like setting the time on your alarm clock or car radio or whatever to be five minutes fast. When you actually think for a second, you'll remember that the number is intentionally inflated, but when you just glance at it you can easily forget that and get a different impression about what time it is -- which is exactly why one might set one's clock fast in the first place, and the same reason one might lie about weights and heights.
/Food For Thought
|1 year 48 weeks ago||on mobile||
on mobile, but here's a +1 insightful.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Crack Barrel||
I, too, am a huge Cracker Barrel fan. In fact, I was once so excited about the pre-meal biscuits that I proposed to the waitress when she brought them out. My then girlfriend, now wife, was not amused. I am no longer allowed to go to Cracker Barrel.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||new pres||
Luckily the institution now also has a new president, who to all appearances has handled matters relating to the AD with complete aplomb. And I'm under the impression that Hackett has indeed cleaned house some since he arrived ('Lochdogg' being exhibit A). So we may in fact be seeing some of the institutional overhaul you call for.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||epic typo||
Who's a genius whore? (Sorry, that one was too good to pass up.)
|1 year 49 weeks ago||lead vs lede||
I asked this exact same question just this past weekend. After convincing ourselves it might be right either way, we decided that in all probability, 'lead' and 'lede' were probably alternate spellings of the same word back in the day before spelling was an established thing. It appears that grammarist agrees.
And we insist on conventional spelling in idioms only because those of us who know better want to be able to distinguish ourselves from the unwashed masses. It's the gang symbol of the intellectual elite.