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|2 years 1 week ago||Congratulations fellow Ph.D.!!||
Congratulations fellow Ph.D.! It really is an accomplishment when you think about all of the late nights of writing, studying, etc.
I also defended my dissertation a little less than a year ago and am looking forward to being back in AA to walk next weekend!! Go blue!
|3 years 6 weeks ago||The perks of being married to a teacher:||
a spring break trip somewhere warm(er).
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I've had 2 dreams about the||
I've had 2 dreams about the tourney since the brackets were announced. In the first dream, my wife woke me up and I was telling her about how seeding works (I was still half dreaming). In the second dream, I thought it was Wednesday when it was actually Thursday and missed the deadline for filling out my bracket. So I started panicking because I wouldn't have anything but Mich to root for.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Maybe this makes me a bad||
Maybe this makes me a bad Michigan football fan, but I honestly never really noticed the color of the facemasks.
I did, however, like the numbers on the helmets. I thought that was a really unique look (sans Alabama). Last year, anyways, I felt like it kind of sent a message like, "We are back to traditional Michigan football."
|3 years 7 weeks ago||What the girls who win don't tell you||
What the girls who win don't tell you is that their boyfiend or best guy friend told them who to pick for upsets. Then they pick the rest based on the above.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||FSU as a #3 seed||
As a #3 seed, I think FSU can make it far. Despite some bad losses, they are 4-1 against Duke and UNC (beat each team twice). I know, its not much of an upset and definitely not a cinderella pick.
As far as Mich, I don't like to speculate and jinx it. I pick them to lose in the first round, always. Then, worst case scenario I got the pick right. Losing a bracket pool is worth Mich winning in the tourney.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I agree with the 4 seed and 3||
I agree with the 4 seed and 3 seed predictions. However, to bump us up to a #2 seed, I think we'd need to beat OSU and Mich St., and do it at least somewhat convincingly (or at least look good while winning those games). Wins over Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana, for example, I don't think would bump us up to a #2.
Unfortunately, the Big Ten is at a disadvantage when it comes to tourney seeding because its so strong top to bottom (sans Nebraska and PSU). It will be tough or almost impossible for any BT team to get a #1, and depending on how MSU and OSU do this weekend, they might not even get a #2. Neither team has been exactly hot lately, although OSU played well last Sunday.
Its ok though, I think the BT will do very well in the tourney. I think Purdue and Indiana, as well as MSU, OSU, and of course Mich will all have a good opportunity to make some noise (not that all of those teams will, but they all will be ready). Playing tough teams in the BT week in and week out pays off this time of year.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||The simple fact that this||
The simple fact that this thread exists right now makes me so happy...
Tough call though on which is better. I guess I'd go with b-ball. Michigan is about championships. Both senior classes deserve a lot of credit for what they've been through and what they've done for the university and its fans. They make me proud to be a 2-time Mich grad (soon to be 3-time), and a Mich fan for life.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Good choice on the Hopslam, ditto||
Just got myself another 6-pack of Hopslam today, enjoying that right now.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||In Wisconsin's defense, they||
In Wisconsin's defense, they have been playing much better b-ball since they lost to Mich. They've won 7 out of their last 8, all big ten games.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||NOT 2003-2004||
Not sure how much this helps, but I had season tickets in 2003-2004 and I'm quite sure its not from that year.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||I think they keep the best of||
I think they keep the best of the same # seed closest to home.
For example, if Michigan and Illinois were both #4 seeds, but the committee thought M was a better #4 seed, we would be in the midwest, and Illinois would be in another region.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||I would say that #3-5 in the||
I would say that #3-5 in the conference sounds about right. Also, keep in mind that we have the easier portion of our schedule coming up, which may bump us up in the AP and Coaches poll.
Aside from OSU (at home), we don't really play any elite Big Ten talent. In terms of middling Big Ten talent, we face Purdue (at home) and Illinois twice.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||March Madness||
March Madness, definitely, hands down for me, especially the first weekend. Sixty-four teams playing a total of 48 do-or-die games in 4 days, it can't be beat. The tourney is where college b-ball legends are born (eg - Fab Five, Mike Bibby, Carmelo, etc.)
I have to say though, nothing beats my obsession with Michigan football the week leading up to the season's first game. A VERY close second...
|3 years 13 weeks ago||I definitely agree, Ohio is||
I definitely agree, Ohio is clearly the best team in the Big Ten. Despite that, we played hard, and kept it close until late in the second half. I don't think we could've asked for much more considering we were on the road and we weren't shooting lights out.
Proud of the way the (Mich) guys played, and can't wait to see Ohio in Ann Arbor!
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I agree||
I just finished reading the book yesterday too, and I felt like most of the information in the book I already knew, and the book didn't answer any of the burning questions that I had.
I think the key to Rodriguez's firing was the defense. The author only briefly mentioned that there was tension between himself and Shafer and himself and Greg Robinson. Nowhere in the book did he explain the hiring of Shafer or Robinson, or much about the firing of Shafer. They didn't explain why RichRod hired either of those coordinators, who else he considered for the position, his selection criteria for the position, etc.
The thing that I was somewhat surprised about was how much it seemed like RichRod preached tradition behind closed doors. He knew (or should have after a couple months) that a lot of what Michigan was about was tradition and why he was getting blasted by the media was because he was not traditional (spread offense, Mich Man, etc). I think by being more open about that with the media, he could have at least saved himself a lot of grief if not his job
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I agree||
I agree, hopefully we will be a lock when it comes to tourney time. But if we're not, that Iowa loss is one that we'll be wishing we could have back. I was saying this before the game had even started...
I think I have confidence issues when it comes to Michigan b-ball. In my defense, I was around during the Tommy Amaker era, so that explains a lot.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||On the first screen in the||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think as soon as Morgan sees that they are going to double Burke, he is supposed to abandon setting the screen (ie-not make contact on the screen) and "slip the screen", heading straight to the basket. The only problem is that Burke, instead of getting the ball to Morgan immediately (over the top or through a crease), he retreats, letting help rotate over by the time he would be able to get Morgan the ball.
On a true pick and roll, the point is that the screener rolls and seals off the defender on his back side. The guy is still being defended, only the defender is behind him as he rolls to the basket. Notice that Morgan never actually rolls, because there is no defender to seal.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||The team overall was very||
The team overall was very careless with the ball, and looked pretty slow and not very intense on defense, particularly in the first half.
Last year Morris and Morgan would kill teams with Morgan setting high screens and then rolling, slipping the screen, or Morris driving into the paint. I did not see very much if any of that this year. Does that have something to do with it taking time for Burke and Morgan to develop chemistry, or something to do with Burke's size? Why not have Hardaway or Novak run the same thing with Morgan?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Grandpa was an alum and||
Grandpa was an alum and diehard Mich fan, therefore my dad and uncle were Mich fans. Ergo, I was a Mich fan ever since I can remember (I mean that VERY literally).
Later on, I attended and still do attend Mich, finishing up my 3rd Michigan degree (BSE '07, MSE '09, Ph.D. '12).
Grandpa just passed away last winter, wish I could've finished my dissertation sooner so he could've been there. My dissertation will be dedicated to him.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I agree that the VT TD in OT||
I agree that the VT TD in OT was not a catch and was correctly overturned. However, I don't understand why VT fans seem to think that if the TD stood, that VT would have won. Michigan still had another possession to score a TD to tie the game.
Granted, Michigan's offense couldn't move the ball to save their lives. However, how many times when the team needed the offense to score this year did they (and/or Denard) pull it out, no matter how badly the game was going at the time? (Think ND, OSU, Sugar Bowl, etc.)
While it may be hard to logically explain how this team won some of their games this year (like the sugar bowl), I think this team had a few lucky breaks, and was able to overcome bad breaks. But more importantly, this team knew how to win, was hungry to win, and were able to will themselves to several wins. Knowing how to win is an extremely underrated quality in a team that comes from experienced players and great leadership. Many times, it is referred to as having 'it', and this team had it.
I am not entirely convinced, that even if the VT OT TD pass had stood, that Michigan wouldn't have still won that game.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||That is correct...||
Yes, you are correct. I felt like my post was getting too long to get into that, but since you brought it up...
It does, however, depend on your camera angle, as was mentioned and used in the post above. Also, imaging a football field and human beings on it differs greatly from imaging a sphere in relative darkness (as in my thesis).
However, my point stands that for an exact 3D rendering, you would need 2 cameras.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||You would need 2 cameras||
You would need only 2 cameras assuming that you know the exact position of each camera. Each camera gives 2 dimensions, and as long as each camera isn't in the exact same position (practically impossible), then you can find where anything is in 3 dimensional space. Of course, if you want to get real exact, you would want to sync up the cameras so that the shutters open and close at the exact same time.
This is how they do the strike zone thing in baseball. Also, this is how humans have depth perception (two eyes, a couple inches apart), and 3-D movies are shot (the cameras have two lenses separated by a foot or less). If it seems like I know too much about this, my Ph.D. thesis involves two high frame-rate cameras used simultaneously to determine a particle's position in 3D space as a function of time.
Edit: Of course the accuracy of your method is limited by camera resolution.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Question about defensive timeouts||
Overall, a very interesting post. Being an engineer, a couple further questions came to mind that would be interesting to look into:
Does taking a defensive timeout affect the rates of offensive success in converting a first down or scoring? In other words, not taking into account the clock, does a timeout benefit an offense or defense in these situations? This would mostly be something to take into account in issue 2 or 3 noted above for timeouts.
Also, is the advantage dependent on coaches/coordinators? Does it depend on unit ranking? Eg - Does a timeout benefit a 80th ranked offense more than a 5th ranked offense? (the same could be asked about defense)
Unfortunately, I don't have time to look at the stats for these questions, but the results would be interesting.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||I have a question...||
It seems like a lot of the OL that we have recruited for the 2012 class seem to have Oregon in their top 5 or 10 schools. Granted, Oregon is a top ten program in the country right now. However, from discussion during the Richrod era, its seems as though spread offenses prefer smaller, quicker OL, whereas Brady Hoke talks about having/getting big, strong OL.
Is this something where they tailor their OL bodies by the training programs once they arrive at the respective university? Or is this possibly a result of Richrod having already developed a relationship with some of these recruits, and Hoke taking advantage of that prior relationship/interest in Michigan? Or is it just that our OL recruits are so awesome that they are big, strong, AND quick, so they would fit well in any system?
|3 years 23 weeks ago||I'm sure Dantonio was||
I'm sure Dantonio was extremely disappointed in the MSU fanbase.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||I agree||
I also refused to do the wave for the same reason, and I was in the section that was trying to start it. A 15 point lead against any opponent is not enough of a lead for me to be distracted by doing the wave. At that point, I was still intently watching the game, making sure that we would pull out the W.
Also, just curious, does anyone think that it distracts the players? (not saying I won't/don't do it in a blow-out) Especially when the student section starts cheering (when the alumni picks up the wave) at a seemingly random point in terms of what's happening in the game; I could see that being kind of confusing. Maybe (and hopefully) the players are just so focused on what's going on in the game that they don't even notice...
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Burbridge recruitment||
I thought I had heard that we had cooled off on Burbridge because of admissions concerns, BEFORE he committed to MSU...is that not true?
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Quantum Physics||
I took a quantum physics exam at 8:30am the day after my 21st, seriously. Therefore, I studied on my 21st b-day.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||I just drove by on Sunday||
I just drove by on Sunday, but I forgot to bring my camera. From the outside, things looked mostly done. It looked like they were still working on some things on the inside though.
I haven't heard anything regarding a grand opening and whether or not that would be open to the public.