OT: Updated Vegas Odds for Tigers World Series

OT: Updated Vegas Odds for Tigers World Series

Submitted by Ron_Lippitt on July 10th, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Vegas just released the updated baseball odds for 2012.  They show:

Tigers at 14/1 to win the World Series

Tigers at 15/2 to win the American League

(Apologies for lack of link.  I'm behind a nasty work naughty filter that prevents betting sites as a category.  Perhaps someone can post link)

Weren't the Tigers pre-season favorites to win the World Series -- something like 6:1?

Btw.  Today's updated odds show Yankees at the top with 9/2 odds to win WS, Texas at 5/1. Yankees and Rangers are tied at 5/2 to win the American League

ESPN article on fraternizing with the enemy: UM & Ohio

ESPN article on fraternizing with the enemy: UM & Ohio

Submitted by StephenRKass on July 10th, 2012 at 1:10 PM

There's an article over at ESPN on UofM recruits fraternizing with Ohio recruits at The Opening. (LINK:  http://espn.go.com/college-sports/recruiting/football/story/_/id/8143990/michigan-ohio-state-rivalry-put-hold-opening)

Really, just a piece of fluff. But as I think about this, it just goes to who people are. If someone is cool and you get along with them, it doesn't matter what school they go to, or will go to, or went to. The flip side is true:  just because someone is at Michigan doesn't automatically mean that you're going to be friends.

I remember several Michigan athletes who were jerks. And also have known some from other schools who were good guys. You never know.

Freshman numbers (so far) *updated

Freshman numbers (so far) *updated

Submitted by Heiko on July 10th, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Erik Magnuson took a picture of his new Michigan locker on June 22, which incidentally had his number on it.

He will be wearing No. 78. 

I figured a lot of the incoming freshman who have similarly found out their numbers would have updated that info on their twitter profiles, so I did some "research." Lo and behold, here's what the twitterverse says so far:

Offense:

  • OT Erik Magnuson -- No. 78
  • OL Kyle Kalis -- No. 67
  • OL Dan Gibbs -- No. 79
  • OL Ben Braden -- No. 62
  • OL Blake Bars -- No. 71
  • RB Dennis Norfleet -- No. 26 (Dileo is wearing No. 9)
  • RB Drake Johnson -- No. 29
  • FB Sione Houma -- No. 39
  • TE AJ Williams -- No. 84
  • TE Devin Funchess -- No. 19
  • WR Amara Darboh -- No. 82
  • WR Jehu Chesson -- No. 86
  • WR Bo Dever -- No. 3

Defense:

  • DT Ondre Pipkins -- No. 56
  • DT Willie Henry -- No. 69
  • DE/DT Matt Godin -- No. 99 (Thanks mgouser Denarded)
  • DE Chris Wormley -- No. 43
  • DE Mario Ojemudia -- No. 53
  • DE Tom Strobel -- No. 50
  • LB Joe Bolden -- No. 35
  • LB Kaleb Ringer -- No. 49
  • LB Royce Jenkins-Stone -- No. 52
  • LB James Ross -- No. 15
  • CB Terry Richardson -- No. 13
  • S Jarrod Wilson -- No. 22
  • S Allen Gant -- No. 12
  • S Jeremy Clark -- No. 34

Special Teams

  • P Kenny Allen -- No. 91

And bonus pics:

 

Seth will have a post about it once all the numbers get revealed. 

Attacking Alabama

Attacking Alabama

Submitted by SCarolinaMaize on July 10th, 2012 at 7:10 AM

The local radio personality (Walt Deptula) was previewing Alabama for this season during my ride home last night.  He was stating that they could be starting 3, count them, 3 RS-frosh at the LB position.  So I decided to ask the board, if you were Gorgeous, how would you attack them? 

I realize they are very gifted players, but they are young, and could make some mistakes in their reads, first step, etc..  So, can you read option keying on the LBs, use slants with a clear out, counters?  What would you use to take advantage of the inexperience at LB?

Never OT: Charles Woodson Packers Christmas Ornament On Sale 7/15

Never OT: Charles Woodson Packers Christmas Ornament On Sale 7/15

Submitted by jg2112 on July 9th, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Today I walked with my kids to the local mall. At the Hallmark shop the workers were setting up this year's Christmas ornament display (already yep). I saw Michael Oher, the Ghostbusters doughboy (Charlie Weis?) and Darth Vader with a Santa hat on. Then, I saw that Charles Woodson has been honored with an ornament. He's wearing his Packers uniform, but who cares? Get the best CB in Michigan history on your tree. According to the salesperson, they go on sale this Sunday, but you can reserve them now.

Have a look:

http://www.hallmark.com/Product/ProductDetails/1795QXI2094_DK 

Looking for clarity: Field Corner and Boundary Corner

Looking for clarity: Field Corner and Boundary Corner

Submitted by Mich1993 on July 9th, 2012 at 9:47 PM

I’m trying to understand the difference between field corners and boundary corners to understand whether Michigan’s current abundance of field corners (Countess, Avery, Taylor, Hollowell, T Richardson) and lack of boundary corners (Talbott + freshman in 2013) makes much of a difference after this year.  For 2012, it seems that Floyd should be fine as the primary boundary corner.

What I’ve learned so far is that the boundary corner plays the short side of the field and the field corner plays the wide side of the field.  Also, typically the better of the two corners play the field corner.  The field corner tends to have more coverage responsibilities while the boundary corner has more run responsibilities.

My hunch is that this isn’t a big deal and that if you’ve got 2-3 corners or more that can cover you should be ok.  It seems that the strengths of the field/boundary corners can be accomodated by which safety plays deep.  If the field corner can cover but not play the run, then the safety on his side plays closer to the line of scrimmage.  Same goes for the boundary corner.  Even if both corners struggle against the run, you can still bring one safety up and play 8 in the box to stop the run.

It seems to me if Courtney Avery (or Taylor, Hollowell or Richardson) is better in pass coverage, but not as stout against the run as Talbott then we’d want Avery and Countess starting at the corners in 2013.  What about Countess?  Do we play him at the boundary corner in 2013?

Another question, which was Charles Woodson’s primary position?  He had the size to play boundary corner, but he was clearly our best DB so that would push him toward field corner.  I suspect he played both depending on where the other team’s best receiver was.

Can someone help me out?