Wall Street Journal: Student No-Shows

Wall Street Journal: Student No-Shows

Submitted by w2j2 on September 25th, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Student indifference is easy to spot at matchups they expect to be lopsided: 45% of the student seats went unused at Georgia's non-SEC games. In the Big Ten, Michigan's student section had wide swaths of empty rows before kickoff Sept. 14 against Akron, the week after a stirring home win over rival Notre Dame. At Ohio State, the student no-show rate hit 26% for a game last season against lowly UAB.


Eric Thomas (motivational speaker) visits M

Eric Thomas (motivational speaker) visits M

Submitted by JimBobTressel on September 25th, 2013 at 7:47 PM

You may have heard of ET The Hip Hop Preacher (FB Page) before. He's a highly demanded motivational speaker that travels across the country visiting various athletic teams, companies, and organizations, giving his unique brand of pep talk. Think Ray Lewis but more subtle, less dramatic, and more effective.

I've been a fb fan for a while. Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

Liked · 11 minutes ago 

Great Session with U of M football!!! S/O to coach Hoke and coach Singletary for showing me love!!!


One of his speeches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QufehP-F9yo

The guy rules. I hope the team took something away from the talk. He's very, very good at what he does. Athletic teams all over the world and at every level (NBA, NFL) have this guy in high demand.

Run/Pass balance on 1st down

Run/Pass balance on 1st down

Submitted by joeismyname on September 25th, 2013 at 4:57 PM

I was reading over at GBMWolverine.com and a poster mentioned how against Akron, UM ran on first down 20/27 plays, and against Uconn they ran on 23/27 first downs. He also said against ND the balance was about split in half.

That got me thinking that maybe Al's 1st down play calling is too predictable and conservative (which has probably been mentioned here) and why we would often see the box stacked on first down. Thus when we lost a yard or 2 due to the extra players in the box, Devin is now forced to make more hero-like plays on 2nd and long translating into mistakes.

Do you all think maybe in the bye-week they will think about mixing it up a lot more on first down as they get ready for the B1G schedule? Maybe Al was intentionally holding back a lot against our very inferior opponents on first down to not give up too much film, despite Brady always praising whatever team we play no matter how good or bad? Obviously it backfired quite a bit by rattling Devin.

Something tells me the coaches are going to come out firing a lot stronger vs. our B1G opponents (maybe minus MSU as I think they will be expecting a field position battle) and we may be pleasantly suprised, as long as the team doesn't cough it up too much.

just some thoughts I hope you all expand on.

this is my first thread, be easy on the OP :)

How bad is it?

How bad is it?

Submitted by Ron Utah on September 25th, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Running for our lives...against UConn

2013.  The season of Manball.  The season of Devin Gardner.  The thumping of CMU.  The return of Ol' 98.  The full bucket of KFC after Notre Dame.  The...WTF just happened?

Brady Hoke appeared poised to repeat the third-year success of past Michigan coaches with more of his recruits taking the field and the full installation of his offensive philosophy of MANBALL.  An easier schedule meant 9 wins was almost a worst-case-scenario.  Ohio at home was going to be the most significant edition of "The Game" since 2006.

Is it time to throw all of that away?

Michigan is 4-0 heading into its first bye week, but never has undefeated felt so much like a funeral.  CMU went as expected, Notre Dame was pure joy; now there is an anxious certainty that armageddon is just around the corner.

You know it's bad when the gif is from The Shining

But I thought, "Maybe it's not as bad as it looks.  Maybe there is some semblance of hope in the numbers that I'm just not able to see now."  So I set out to find solace in statistics, in search of some great white buffalo to sooth my soul.  

Let's start with Akron.  We're talking about a team that has picked-up only 17 recruits ranked above two stars on rivals in the last five years.  To put that in perspective, Michigan had 17 players with FOUR stars or better in the 2013 class alone.  Saying there is a "talent gap" is like calling the Grand Canyon a pothole.

Maybe a chart will make me feel better:

Date Opponent Surface Result Rush Yards Pass Yards Plays Total Yards Yards/Play
08/29/13 @ UCF Grass L 7-38 134 116 60 250 4.17
09/07/13 James Madison Turf W 35-33 69 287 57 356 6.25
09/14/13 @ 18 Michigan Turf L 24-28 107 311 79 418 5.29
09/21/13 La.-Lafayette Turf L 30-35 134 321 70 455 6.50
  Totals     444 1035 266 1479 5.56

This is Akron's offensive output through their first four games.  UCF held Akron to 168 fewer yards and 1.12 fewer yards/play.  How bad is 5.29 yards/play?  Last season, only Alabama, Northwestern, Ohio State, and South Carolina averaged more yards/play against us.  All of those teams finished the season ranked #17 or higher.  UMass averaged 3.92 yards/play; Purdue 3.49; Illinois 2.53.  Even Nebraska only posted 5.02, while Air Force managed 4.63.  

Not since GERG has a cupcake been able to move the ball so effectively against Michigan, and even the 2008 defense had a better average yards/play than 5.29.  So yeah, that's really bad.  I'm not feeling any better yet.  Maybe another chart?

Date Opponent Surface Result Rush Yards Pass Yards Plays Total Yards Yards/Play
08/31/13 Central Mich. Turf W 59-9 242 221 68 463 6.81
09/07/13 22 Notre Dame Turf W 41-30 166 294 72 460 6.39
09/14/13 Akron Turf W 28-24 177 248 62 425 6.85
09/21/13 @ Connecticut Grass W 24-21 192 97 72 289 4.01
  Totals     777 860 274 1637 5.97

That's better.  Our offense cranked out 6.85 yards/play vs. Akron--even better than we did against CMU.  Sure, there were some negative plays and the MANBALL didn't really get going until late, but you can't argue the offense wasn't productive when it piled-up 425 yards on just 62 plays.  The real problem was the 62 plays--a number indicative of bad defense and turnovers.  If we get to 70 plays--roughly our average in the three other games--we're looking at about 480 yards of offense.

But there was something in that chart that bothered me...

HOLY $#!%!!!  We only managed 4.01 yards/play agasint UConn?  The only game we did worse than that in 2012 was Nebraska.  We put up 4.80 yards/play agasint 'Bama, 5.26 against MSU, and even managed 4.53 against ND.  Only MSU and VaTech held us under 4.01 yards/play in 2011 (3.73 and 3.54, respectively) and NO ONE kept us that low in 2010.  In 2009, Penn State held us to 3.42.  Three teams did in 2008--but those three teams had a combined seven losses.  In 2007, Penn State allowed just 3.91, while Ohio didn't let us move: we averaged just 1.49 yards/play.

What do you notice about all those teams?  They're good.  Most of them were really good.  I am not willing to go back further than 2007, but I seriously doubt Michigan has ever had such a poor offensive performance against a cupcake.  We averaged 6.22 in The Horror.

I need more chart.

Date Opponent Surface Result Rush Yards Pass Yards Plays Total Yards Yards/Play
08/29/13 Towson Grass L 18-33 81 206 55 287 5.22
09/14/13 Maryland Grass L 21-32 25 349 79 374 4.73
09/21/13 18 Michigan Grass L 21-24 47 159 57 206 3.61
  Totals     153 714 191 867 4.54

UConn managed just 3.61 yards/play against us.  That's basically what MSU and VaTech did to us in 2011, and it's far better than Towson or Maryland fared against the Huskies.  It's even better than the 3.68 yards/play we allowed to CMU.  Only Purdue and Illinois were held to lower yards/play in 2012, and only Illinois in 2011.  Miami (NTM) and Delaware State were the only teams held under that average in the RR era, and in 2007 we held Minnesota to 3.50 and Notre Dame to...1.44.

So...how bad?

In the Akron game, the defense was really, really bad.  Against an opponent whose players barely make the Rivals rankings.  In the UConn game, the offense was even worse.  While UConn's 40 three-star recruits (and one four-star!) in the last five classes make Akron jealous, they're hardly a football powerhouse.

The good news is that only one side of the ball sucked in both games (although special teams certainly haven't helped much).  That kept us from a second-coming of The Horror.  The bad news is that we are capable of playing at historically bad levels on both sides of the ball.  Elite teams don't do that.

Based on the last two weeks, it's hard to look at any of our remaining games and feel totally secure.  We're not playing anyone as bad as Akron or UConn the rest of the way.  If our offense plays like they just did, Minnesota could beat us.  If our defense plays like they did against Akron, Indiana could beat us.  I just threw-up in my mouth thinking about that.

If we can get the team to play to its potential on both sides of the ball, we could definitely still get to double-digits in the win column.  That's a big "if".  For now, I'm revising my 10-2 prediction to 8-4.   We could easily lose four-out-of-five in November, or Penn State could trip us in October.

It's frustrating that I am this nervous/anxious for the Minnesota game as a measuring stick.

we're here

we're here

Submitted by dex on September 25th, 2013 at 11:58 AM

we're here


you wanna hear a story?


we live in a world 


where society has poisoned the souls of men


they hover over us like a dark cloud


we can't do nothing bout it though


'cause we're just everyday workin' people


those in power


they get down on their hands and knees to talk to us


and they proclaim their lies


and whisper secrets to each other 'bout what's best


but see


we normal folk


we got secrets of our own


like what's gonna happen


when we decide it's time


when we decide to walk upright


what are you gonna do then?


oh i know the answer


you're gonna run and hide


but we're comin'


send us your rejects and broken souls


just don't send anyone you want to come back


when they see the face of fear


they never come back


anywhere mary went


the lambs were sure to go


but not to slaughter




to prosperity 


we're here

META(?): The Epic Threads thread

META(?): The Epic Threads thread

Submitted by DISCUSS Man on September 25th, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Not sure if this qualifies as META, but let this thread serve as the thread that people link famous/long/ranty/funny-that-it's over threads.

Example: McFarlin, RR rants/wars, Down In Front(!) wars. 

Like last week's "Worst/Craziest Sporting Event Experiences" thread, I need a good laugh. 

Or some of your favorite and funniest threads you've posted in.

BBrown: Teryn Savage Update

BBrown: Teryn Savage Update

Submitted by Brandon Brown on September 24th, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Since the "Names to Watch" article I posted about Mr. Savage spun ridiculously out of control, I thought I'd try to forget about that and relay some actual information. After all of the commenting and counter-commenting tonight, Teryn himself posted on the board to say that it's really no big deal, he's not offended and his opinion on Michigan has not changed. He also told me that he is talking to Coach Hecklinski tomorrow about setting up his visit, possibly for the Minnesota game.

Eastern Christian Academy (2014 Commits Canteen/Watson) @ Maplewood TN 9/27

Eastern Christian Academy (2014 Commits Canteen/Watson) @ Maplewood TN 9/27

Submitted by Look Up_See Blue on September 24th, 2013 at 9:22 PM

For those of you Michigan fans living in the Nashville/Middle TN area I wanted to let you know that there's a chance to catch a couple future Michigan Men in action this Friday.  Eastern Christian Academy (home of 2014 Michigan commits Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson) is coming to Nashville on Friday 9/27 to play at Maplewood HS at 7 p.m. CST.  I'm trying to get confirmation that is game is being played because It's not on Maplewood's schedule, but is listed on the Eastern Christian Academy schedule on Maxpreps.  I couldn't find their school link anywhere.  The Maplewood coach mentioned this game to me a few weeks back but wasn't certain if it was being played or not.  As soon as I can get a confirmation I'll post it here.  I'm sorry if this is useless to many but just thought I'd let ya'll know about this chance to see some Michigan prospects playing in this area.  My plan was to attend and then give a small report about their performance, but I have to go out of town for a bachelor party this weekend so I won't be able to go.  If anyone makes it please let us know how Canteen/Watson performed, Go Blue!!!!

IU releases new "We Are IU" rawk music video

IU releases new "We Are IU" rawk music video

Submitted by FabFiver5 on September 24th, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Maybe it's a State of Indiana thing? Not to be outdone by terrible ND and Purdue videos, the Indiana Athletic Department has released it's own RAWK MUSIC video highlighting a half empty stadium and a bunch of white kids rapping.