WTKA Roundtable 2/1/2018: Man Up

WTKA Roundtable 2/1/2018: Man Up

Submitted by Seth on February 1st, 2018 at 4:27 PM

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Things discussed:

  • Superbowl: Does Philadelphia have enough talent to defeat one-handed, 80-year-old zombie Tom Brady with a bunch of Ed Fengs at receiver? No. No they don’t.
  • Not talking about MSU: A lot of talking about MSU. Izzo’s response is wanting. The optics of John Engler as MSU president (problem with it isn’t politics but cronyism).
  • What Michigan can do: Take the lesson in transparency and make the FOIA office the example for the country instead of a whataboutism target.
  • Dantonio/Izzo: The ESPN investigation started in 2014 when Title IX office demanded every public university go back through their old sexual assault cases (e.g. the Gibbons one) and is separate from Nassar. The connection between the two is the institutional rot that allowed both to occur.
  • Kudos to MSU students, faculty, some of the media (e.g. Jemele Hill) and some of the people we interact with online (Izzone, Jerbear, Vanini) who’ve been advocating strongly for their school to come clean. Some of the local beat writers like Hondo Carpenter, Graham Couch are part of the problem.
  • Why are they culpable if they were duped? For YEARS they didn’t watch him, didn’t investigate it, didn’t take action.
  • Dennis from the OC: You can run for these leadership positions—filing deadline is May.
  • Caller: Insular attitude leads to this culture of hiding offenders.
  • Superbowl: Nike Foles has a trio of good backs, the best OL in the country. Ed thinks New England will blow them out. None of the guys said this but I’m saying it because I have some thoughts and I’m writing this podcast up: Philly has to man up and not be afraid of New England’s pick routes—the Patriots are masters of putting you out of your gameplan and that’s the worst thing you can do against them (see: Jacksonville, who’s one the best man defenses in the country, going to softbatch Cover 4 in the 4th quarter). Your best weapon is Brandon Graham vs. not great pass protection. Take the occasional pick play in the face, and keep Brady under pressure.
  • Blake Griffin to the Pistons: Over/under on how many games he plays before he breaks down. Long term this isn’t the answer except if it goes sour they can tank and get a real star to pair with Dre.
  • Michigan-Minnesota: shocked how bad they’ve fallen, except Ed says he’s not shocked. M picked apart NWern’s zone but Dunc didn’t make his shots.

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here.

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WTKA Roundtable 1/25/2018: Grimy

WTKA Roundtable 1/25/2018: Grimy

Submitted by Seth on January 26th, 2018 at 7:22 AM

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Things discussed:

  • Nassar and the failure of MSU to do anything about it: By number of victims the biggest abuse spree in U.S. history—MSU didn’t feel the heat until the judge allowed five-and-a-half days of victim statements. From the beginning several years ago to Simon’s resignation letter there’s been no accountability, absolute bare minimum reticent response.
  • Nebraska & a grimy Rutgers who got one assist. Vs Nebraska we saw a lot of switches to take away Michigan’s pick & roll—that happened against Purdue too but Michigan could rise up over Haas like they couldn’t over Roby.
  • Craig: Rutgers is good at D, Nebraska isn’t that great.
  • Purdue: Expecting an insane shooting performance that the Boilermakers win because they have an ent surrounded by 50-percent shooting Legolases.
  • No, the Izzo comment wasn’t anywhere near as bad as Joel Ferguson.
  • Hockey: Won four in a row, biggest series of the year is this weekend.
  • Coaches in and out: is Ed Warriner on the staff or on Vrabel’s staff? If he sticks, could have a major impact. OSU fans: he’s not a recruiter, not an OC, but hell of a line coach.
  • Craig spilled the beans about a book. What book? A book?

You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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They had one assist, and that was not a surprise.

MGoPodcast 9.17: The Eclosion Stage

MGoPodcast 9.17: The Eclosion Stage

Submitted by Seth on January 23rd, 2018 at 7:42 AM

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We are at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, or at least Brian and the equipment is; Ace called in.

We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be sighing to ourselves.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Maryland Game

starts at 1:00

What has happened to my basketball team, why are they running the Amaker offense? The Poole explosion. Cowan can ball—Z got six turnovers from him. M kept Hueter mostly off the box score, missed switch/moving screen got him open for the almost heartbreaking screen.

2. Nebraska/Rutgers

starts at 11:45

Michigan visits The Bank. Worst performance of the season by a lot—absolute dead legs. Just six assists. Credit to Nebraska/Miles for coming up with the just switch everything defense. This is a bubble team that’s not on the bubble: in 5/6 games Nebraska’s had an 80-90 Game Score on Torvik (% likelihood winning discounting luck)—that’s a good team. Also credit to Delany for those dead legs. Rutgers guy disputes “The Cable Subscribers”, gets no assist because Rutgers had ONE assist.

Suspect Michigan’s offensive problems aren’t just being tired: they don’t have a guy they trust to take the ball off the dribble. Barring a Simmons breakout that doesn’t appear fixable.

3. Bracketology

starts at 31:55

M seems headed for an almost certain tournament spot but it’s also very likely to be an unfairly low seed (10 right now). Big Ten looks bad to RPI but these teams are all dangerous and sweeping past everybody except road games at OSU/Purdue is no even likely. Torvik thinks 8 seed. M can’t get help from their noncon wins: UCLA is off the bubble. Texas predicted to miss the NCAAs because the Big XII is tough. Poor Maryland gets in if it’s not a bad year in the Big Ten. Need a Walton-level breakout from someone or a win at Purdue to move up a seed. Poole goes supernova?   

4. Ace’s Hockey Podcast wsg David Nasternak

starts at 43:05

Michigan sweeps Penn State, which gets them ranked above Penn State and has them right smack on the top of the bubble. Win and a tie at Ohio State would be huge this weekend. M is reactive on the penalty kill—not very planned. Lavigne moved up from 56th to 18th in save % in a weekend (but what a weekend!). Marody is one guy. Love how Penn State plays hockey. The 2nd line was the best line.

MUSIC

  • “Where is My Mind”—Pixies
  • “No Rain”—Blind Melon
  • “Cuyahoga”—REM
  • “Across 110th Street”

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I’m gonna wear all my clothes backwards like Kris Kross.

    WTKA Roundtable 1/18/2018: Duck and Cover

    WTKA Roundtable 1/18/2018: Duck and Cover

    Submitted by Seth on January 19th, 2018 at 8:11 AM

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    This took place before the “basketball game” of course.

    Things discussed:

    • Craig was playing tennis and dodging ICBMs. Craig finished the set.
    • The MSU game: Powering through a Teddy game, State was committed to backing down Robinson and Matthews, who won man-up on Bridges. How does State do it next time?
    • Craig likes TV Teddy—said the awful calls were mostly on his cohorts. Back when Craig was a kid in the crannogs of pre-Celtic Britain, Teddy was better than the rest, and they played six basketball games a week with no ill effects.
    • Maryland game: Terps made their bricks, Michigan stayed in it with good D until the shooting arrived.
    • All hail Yaklich! Encouraging they’re this good at D without a D guy. Groundwork laid with Donlon last year. Three better defenders getting more minutes: Z, Matthews, and Teske. P&R defense is vastly improved—M always been a hedge and recover team but they’re much better at it now.
    • Second guessing: Why have Z on the floor in a free throw situation?

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    Valentine comes out of the Big Ten pro rasslin days.

    MGoPodcast 9.16: Another Bounty of Memories

    MGoPodcast 9.16: Another Bounty of Memories

    Submitted by Seth on January 15th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

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    We are at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, where the conference rooms are fortunately soundproof enough that passers-by can’t hear you crying when you’re trying to eulogize the voice of great football.

    We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be sighing to ourselves.

    Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Keith Jackson Remembered

    starts at 1:00

    The man is remembered, with some of our favorite clips. Everywhere Keith Jackson went was the Rose Bowl. Mastery of self-effacing understatement. Interaction with Brian Griese and Bob Griese gave the 1997 season that much more gravitas.

    2. Hoops: Inferior Coaching is a Good Excuse

    starts at 18:02

    Michigan State: A TV Teddy special can’t ruin an all-timer. Izzo eating his own liver on national television was fun. Wagner made Ward sit a few times in this game. Zavier Simpson could not be checked by Winston. Livers and the fact that Michigan can play five out is why this wasn’t the death matchup for Michigan we thought it would be pre-season. A complete defensive performance, took away the three-pointer from a scary shooting team. Beilein’s best defensive team? It could have been an incredible basketball game without Teddy—this crew is such an utter disaster and needs to be removed from the game.

    Purdue: Respect to Purdue, gah the end. Zavier Simpson creates efficient and his assists are very efficient: 99th percentile? Transition defense is excellent—no more MSU running off Michigan makes, M 1st in the country in transition D. Absent something else gaudy this Michigan team is a 6th or 7th seed that nobody wants to play.

    Ace talks a bit about CFS and what the community has done. CDC has historically failed those who suffer from it, stigmatized, most doctors don’t know it.

    3. Gimmicky Top Five: Things That Were Supposed to Get Better But Didn’t

    starts at 1:01:43

    In honor players coached by Tom Izzo, we thought we’d talk about things we’re surprised haven’t improved. This was supposed to be wicked burns but they’re self-owns. Lots of self-owns. Ad reads that are self-owns. Bourbon’s fine but it’s kiddie whiskey. Let’s talk toughness, Miles Bridges. Also lots of talk of nads.

    4. Ace’s Hockey Podcast wsg David Nasternak

    starts at 1:18:48

    Quinn Hughes is going to break somebody’s ankles. Michigan is 15th in the pairwise, ironically tied with Minnesota whom they beat three times. Big Ten is a lot better: OSU, PSU, Wisconsin, ND, Minnesota all playoff teams, Clarkston is good. M defense getting better. Special teams suffering, probably spending more time on 5-on-5. Will take a hard schedule .500 team on the bubble in Mel’s first year.

    MUSIC:

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    they’re not quibbles they’re great throbbing anger touchstones.

    WTKA Roundtable 1/11/2018: A Pro-Style College Lifer

    WTKA Roundtable 1/11/2018: A Pro-Style College Lifer

    Submitted by Seth on January 12th, 2018 at 8:55 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Patterson gets compared to Fran Tarkenton by someone other than Craig.
    • Assistant coach turnstile: Enos WRs for now, won’t get coordinator tag until Arkansas buyout runs out.
    • John Gruden’s return to football; don’t be shocked if he goes after Pep.
    • Enos at Arkansas: had a great first year, dropped off a bit, then became a top-10 rushing offense. He’s a college lifer, and there aren’t many pro style guys who can say that.
    • The national championship game: Georgia contained Hurts’s running but they needed Tua to throw deep—and he could. RPO drive opened up Georgia’s defense, would have won the game if not for the kicker.
    • We’re guessing Tim Drevno will stay.

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    WTKA Roundtable 1/4/2018: A Lonely Cook

    WTKA Roundtable 1/4/2018: A Lonely Cook

    Submitted by Seth on January 5th, 2018 at 7:11 AM

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    Ira’s in for Sam today.

    Football things discussed:

    • Brian groans
    • Every quarterback regressed this year. Unprecedented under Harbaugh, who’s had QB success since San Diego. Wasn’t just protection.
    • Down three guys on an OL that wasn’t very good to begin with.
    • No valid complaints about the defense, though some people manage to do so anyway. Microcosm of the season: constantly put behind the 8 ball and held the opponent to a beatable score.
    • Mo Hurst was the best defensive lineman in Craig’s 3,000-year lifetime. Cam made Ira laugh.
    • Would Roman come? Would we go to a pistol? Pistol gets you more of a downhill running game out of a read-option shotgun game, changes quarterback footwork.
    • One of the problems with this offense is Harbaugh might have stepped back from running the offense.
    • Go back to his third year of Stanford: things got better from there too.
    • New coaches: likely to have five new guys if Drevno and Pep are gone too, plus there’s a tenth assistant.

    Hoops things discussed

    • Hoops! Ira’s not a fan of the gap: the space between the BTT and the tournament could lead to too much rust.
    • Michigan’s the third-best team in a bad league, but it’s a four-bid league. The defense is ranking better than their offense on Ed’s numbers.
    • Livers emerging is a big deal because Robinson should be out there with Teske to hide his perimeter defense, return him to his Microwave job.
    • Z is never going to be Derrick Walton but he’s becoming an excellent version of himself now that he can shoot: never doubt Beilein’s ability to make anyone a 36% 3-point shooter.
    • Donnal is at 6.3% DREB at Clemson, which means everyone on Michigan’s court is outperforming him. Wagner has improved after his draft grade circled that spot, and Teske is a major upgrade.
    • Poole is the Quinn Hughes of the basketball team: once he settles down Michigan really has something
    • When was the low point last year? Maverick Morgan or the Ohio State loss?
    • Root for Texas, UCLA and LSU. Texas might be really good—Bamba getting better could make that a signature victory this year. Central Michigan could help too.
    • Watch Oklahoma’s Trae Young: Ira says he’s Steph Curry II.

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    It was bad year, and it’s manifesting itself on the radio.

    MGoPodcast 9.15: Not This Down

    MGoPodcast 9.15: Not This Down

    Submitted by Seth on January 3rd, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    1 hour and 54 minutes

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    We are at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, which has nine or ten conference rooms depending on if we count Wisconsin’s loss to Rutgers in basketball.

    We Couldn’t Have One Without the Other

    We can do this because people support us. You should support them too so they’ll want to do it again next year! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be sighing to ourselves.

    Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad,Human Element, Lantana Hummus and new this week introducing Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. The Bowl Game Happened, and Hey, a Basketball Game!

    starts at 1:00

    Hit Kenpom Time at 7 minutes, positive step forward for the program despite getting almost nothing from Mo and Matthews. Very different to want Z taking shots. Getting Robinson back to the bench, where he can be on the floor with Teske, is the best part of starting Livers. Typical Beilein team coming together, Teske earning equal time. Best shot at a tourney win is beat Purdue at home—RPI hell going to put a good team on the 10 line. RPI should please adopt hockey’s adjustment where if a win would lower your RPI they drop it. Does Poole need a Xanax or roll with it?

    2. The Bowl Game Happened, We’ll Talk About It

    starts at 32:14

    Every quarterback who played this year regressed. Losing the mash brothers lost the running game. Standard crazy good D with a big safety crack on a slot fade. Not upset with the direction of the program; upset with the takes this year invited. No excuse for pass protection to be THIS bad.

    3. Next Year

    starts at 46:17

    Defense returns Don Brown and 10-ish starters, with some backups in line for breakouts. One guy they lose is the best DT in program history but deeper team could murder a la 2016. Bring back two elite LBs with a lot of good backup options, and possibly the two best CBs in the country plus Ambry Thomas.

    Offense seems pretty bad. Looks like another staff shakeup coming. RB should be fine, Ben Mason is fine at fullback, Gentry/McKeon will improve, get more from Eubanks and Wheatley. WRs won’t be all freshmen anymore. Interior OL has to get better at pass pro. Bredeson needs a jump next year since he doesn’t fit with the mash-you unit. Gotta find two tackles, can probably find at least one?

    Special teams: Gotta find a punter, Nordin good.

    4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi wsg Richard Hoeg of HoegLaw

    starts at 1:13:28

    One of our advertisers wrote a viral Star Wars take so we invited him on. Brian loathed The Force Awakens for making a 2016 remake of IV. Agree there was a Marvel-ish iconoclasm to it—this bothers Richard and Brian thinks this series badly needed it. Ryan Johnson got a crap sandwich and figured out a way to make the third movie not Return of the Jedi. Do you want Windsurfing Skywalker? Casino planet too ham-handed—important for plot because it sets up a bigger galaxy that hates the First Order.

    MUSIC:

    • “X”—Xzibit
    • “Fiery Crash”—Andrew Bird
    • “Star Wars Theme Kazoo Cover”—Morpeef
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    Kylo-Ren. Kylo-Rey is like they’re now dating. You’re shipping them.

    WTKA Roundtable 12/21/2017: Michigan Needs to Recruit a Guy Who Looks Like Prince

    WTKA Roundtable 12/21/2017: Michigan Needs to Recruit a Guy Who Looks Like Prince

    Submitted by Seth on December 21st, 2017 at 1:24 PM

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    Things discussed:

    • People are freaking out that we’re just third in the Big Ten. Not freak-out worthy but this class doesn’t have any solid Top 100 guys (Otis Reese isn’t solid) and a couple of real fliers. Probably a blip?
    • Craig Ross runs through the Harbaugh 3-stars so far: they’re mostly working out.
    • Craig likes Haskins more than Green.
    • Certain positions (e.g. defensive back) you either have it or you don’t.
    • This year’s class of DBs are all long and skinny dudes, and they took a pile of them despite not losing anyone. Brian thinks it’s about defending slot fades, which was the defense’s one weakness this year.
    • Some of them (e.g. Sims) are going to be safeties, or at least slot defenders. If there’s room to play this year that’s the job that’s available since M has a solid top 4-5 outside with Hill, Long, Watson, Ambry, and JKP.
    • Crootin around the conference. Big Ten East again dominating: Ohio State again, Penn State had a great class. Maryland is doing well in the rankings (still doomed). MSU has a Top 25 class. That’s 5/7 East teams who are the top five classes in the conf.
    • Early Signing Day? Brian: boo, less pomp. Saban: boo. Ed: yay, Saban hates it. Craig: yay it’s more honest. Brian: but boo, more Stan Draytons.
    • Doyle: hasn’t visited anywhere or been visited, signed under the same circumstances as exist now, said he’s signing with his HS teammates in February, so no worries.
    • We like the Peterses.
    • OL recruiting: in good shape, Frey getting Frey guys, Drevno is trying to close on Patterson and Petit-Frere. Biggest recruiting miss last year was Isaiah Wilson.
    • Hoops: You can rest Wagner, and the rest of the two-deep against literally the worst team on Kenpom.

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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    “It’s a shot but I shouldn’t be taking shots; I’m above that.”

    WTKA Roundtable 12/14/2017: Just Go Play Basketball

    WTKA Roundtable 12/14/2017: Just Go Play Basketball

    Submitted by Seth on December 14th, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    “We know what we’re involved in. We’ve seen the ball, it’s a basketball, it’s not a highlight object…what’s a highlight ball called?”

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    Things discussed:

    • Patterson a done deal, again tentative leader to start next year remains Brandon Peters. Shea’s like Tate Forcier if you came in on the higher side of Forcier. Patterson has to learn the offense, drop-backs, while Peters has a two-year head start on all of that.
    • Tolbert: Michigan wanted to get stronger after the OSU game. Has this been an issue before? Another run at Turley?
    • Texas: They made Shaka look baaaad with his drop-ins.
    • Hoops: Is Michigan playing defense?
    • Out OREBbing Texas: Charles Matthews is the best we’ve had in years and years. Beilein’s got no choice but to put it down to the post.
    • Is Wagner a 1st rounder after this year?

    You can catch the entire episode on Michigan Insider's podcast stream on Audioboom.

    Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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