WTKA Roundtable 8/30/2018: How to Freakin' Take a Freakin' Before and After Pic

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Seth August 31st, 2018 at 7:31 AM

Things discussed:

  • Previewing ND: Wimbush can't throw a slant.
  • RB is a situation—starter is out and if Christian Turner went there he'd probably be the starter.
  • Receivers are a fleet of interchangeable 6-5 guys
  • Losing Heistand (OL coach) to Bears is big (for next year)
  • First team to 14 wins
  • Mone game?
  • How does Michigan mitigate the OTs
  • Michigan feels favored to us, but on the road at night…nothing would surprise
  • Defending Wimbush's legs
  • Tight ends mitigate skill position depth?
  • Notre Dame walks the walk with off-field things
  • How much do we believe in S&C? Internet turned on Gittleson.
  • Is this the Gentry game?
  • Imagine Grant Perry with 80 catches
  • Harbaugh's history from the gun

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

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Now Craig's going to get phone calls for liking kids

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MGoPodcast 10.0-c: The Exotic Toxic Cultures of the Big Ten East

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Seth August 26th, 2018 at 4:12 PM

1  hour and 12 minutes

This is the third—the Big Ten/schedule preview—of three we recorded as this year's gigantic preview podcast at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown.

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 there wouldn't have been a season 5 let alone 10.

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, and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Maryland, Ohio State, the others…What do we do?

starts at 1:00

Maryland's bully culture got a player killed. Ohio State kept Zach Smith for a decade of spousal abuse, lied about it, and destroyed evidence, then did somersaults to not fire him. How many things flew under Joe Rexrode's nose at MSU? Favorite thing about Iowa is they'll periodically drop MSU shade over Chris Rucker playing right after they got out of jail. Indiana fired Kevin Wilson because Indiana has integrity. Please institute the DeBord Rule.

We need a new NCAA. We need to empower the players. We need some kind of standard for who gets to be a strength coach.

2. The Big Ten East

starts at 38:32

OTHER THAN THAT Mrs. Lincoln, how's the division? Indiana Al Borges'd themselves, Penn State lost a looot of guys but has the Heisman candidate at QB, Michigan State wasn't as bad as 2016 or as good as 2017 but might be better by 2018. Maryland collapses. Ohio State skates.

3. The Big Ten West

starts at 52:13

Wisconsin has the top six offensive linemen in the conference, a perfect nose, two more years of Jonathan Taylor, Hornibrook, and possibly some serious wide receiver problems. Northwestern is a front seven. Nebraska is in Year Zero. Purdue is interesting but not good. Iowa?

4. On the Line

starts at 1:07:40

Staff picks for wins/losses on the season. At Ohio State is a clearly troubling prospect now that they got to keep the guy who should have been fired. At Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, at Northwestern are the losable game.

MUSIC

In case you didn't notice this morning our season preview gives tribute to the Queen.

  • "Chain of Fools"—Aretha Franklin
  • "Today I Sing the Blues"—Aretha Franklin
  • "The Long and Winding Road"—Aretha Franklin
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS

Thank you Zach Smith; you ruin everything you touch.

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MGoPodcast 10.0-b: Hips Don't Lie

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Seth August 25th, 2018 at 12:43 PM

1  hour and 12 minutes

This is the second of three we recorded as this year's gigantic preview podcast at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, our gracious hosts and yours this fall if you act fast enough.

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 there wouldn't have been a season 5 let alone 10.

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, and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Defensive Line

starts at 1:00

Wheeee! Let's start with the TFL machine who never comes off the field, then the #1 overall player in his class who's a potential #1 overall pick, and the five-star defensive tackle about to blow up, and the guy getting more hype then all of them. Backups? Trust Don Brown to pull a guy out of Rhode Island, but the rest are eh, not that the starters come off the field.

2. Linebackers

starts at 25:03

Let's talk about the best hybrid space player in the country, unless you mean the middle linebacker. Josh Uche is a special player about to have a much greater impact, and oh man are there some new guys jumping into the fray. Rabid squirrels and doom.

3. Secondary

starts at 41:47

It's just not fair: Michigan has four or maybe five guys who might start for any team in the country, including perhaps the top two cornerbacks in the country. That Detroit-style cornerback pipeline means something totally different now.  Casey Hughes the Utah Transfer has found a home as the fifth guy. Brandon Watson love is shared, though we're not comfortable yet with "ol' Bwat" as a nickname. Behind them is a parade of unready spiders.

4. Special Teams

starts at 56:02

Wild Thing, you make my heart do things. Ace isn't sure he agrees with our new definition of a "bet" as it relates to his haircut. Concern about consistency. The punters were bad and could be a weakness this year. Discussion of Michigan's punt blocking, which is still good but came down hard from seven(!) blocks in 2016. Punt returns are a disagreement over DPJ. Kick returns are over: the anti-Foug rule is the end of kick returns unless your kicker can't boot it out of the endzone. But practice a power return just in case they can't. Brian wants there to be a Hayden Epstein rule.

MUSIC

In case you didn't notice this morning our season preview gives tribute to the Queen.

  • "I Take What I Want"—Aretha Franklin
  • "Sweetest Smile and Funkiest Style"—Aretha Franklin
  • "It Ain't Fair"—Aretha Franklin
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS

I should have told Jim Harbaugh that we were doing this podcast today because he would come in here just to join us for the Dwumfour segment.

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MGoPodcast 10.0-a: Early Zentry Candidates

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Seth August 25th, 2018 at 8:22 AM

1 hour and 27 minutes

This is the first of three we recorded as this year's gigantic preview podcast at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, our gracious hosts and yours this fall if you act fast enough.

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 there wouldn't have been a season 5 let alone 10.

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, and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Quarterback

starts at 1:00 …actually 5:00

Shea Patterson is the K.C. Lopata of quarterbacking. Hugh Freeze jokes are still allowed—Ole Miss scouting shows a guy throwing just RPOs and sight read single-coverage throws that work when his WRs are better and don't when he's against Alabama. When is the last time we had an expectation that a Michigan quarterback would hit the open guy? Tate Forcier maybe? Henne? The Forcier comp is strong with this one. Peters back to #2 (yes, that's solid) is good for him after a year that he wasn't brought along like a young guy ought to be.

2. Running Backs

starts at 20:35

Higdon was 6 yards away from going to the NFL, got much better at finding his holes, is excellent once he's past them, is still weirdly less mass than Chris Evans, who had Eddie McDoom's job as well as his own. Argument of Evans vs. DPJ in space. The heavens opened up and Peters sent a wheel route TD to Evans…against Rutgers. Can anyone block?

Fullback: we try to say BEN MASON with capitalization. You have to platoon these guys but the platoon is probably going to be tight ends and Ben Mason plus a Ben Van Sumeren play. Seth calls a Peter Bush TD vs Rutgers.

3. Receivers and Tight Ends

starts at 39:00

Freshmen receivers suck, sophomore receivers pushed out all the juniors. DPJ and Black are great, Perry has been getting all the practice hype lately, Collins and Oliver are going to be good too, and we even like a couple of walk-ons, one from seeing it. It'll be okay. Last year wasn't.

Zentry is an early entry (see what we did there?) candidate, and that means the freshmen will be brought along. It says things about McKeon that he came in as a redshirt freshman and forced Ol' Skillet Hands out.

4. Offensive Line

starts at 59:51

The guards are fine, Brian has a hot take on right guard. Tackles…don't say that word. Integrating Shea Patterson: RPOs and please be average at pass blocking. I want to point out here that we put the segues in after recording, so Ace actually got to the "don't say that word" joke before I did, and I meant it as a callback to his joke, except now it comes before his joke so it sounds like it's my joke.

Jeff George Jr. appears seconds before he leaves the program.

MUSIC

  • "How I Got Over"—Aretha Franklin
  • "Spirit in the Dark (Reprise),"—Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles
  • "A Change is Gonna Come"—Aretha Franklin
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS

I think they're prepping or a Gentry early entry. A Zentry. In case you don't know that's his Zoolander name. Is that a thing?

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WTKA Roundtable 8/23/2018: Ohio State Has No Integrity and It's Depressing

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Seth August 24th, 2018 at 8:02 AM

Image clipped from video published by USA Today Sports

Things discussed:

  • Urban kept Zach Smith on staff for a decade after he learned Smith is a spousal abuser.
  • Urban lied about meeting with Courtney in 2009.
  • Urban lied about his knowledge of the 2015 warrant and continues to lie.
  • Urban’s first action when the media finally caught up to his secret was to delete evidence.
  • Gene Smith is happy to lie to protect Urban Meyer.
  • A three-game suspension is total window dressing. It’s not even really 3 games, it’s just he can’t be on the sidelines for two of them, so he can do all the coaching but doesn’t get to do the things the public sees.
  • The report outlined a clear and inarguable case for a guy to get fired, and the 12-hour session with the BoT and Meyer was all about how to staple a John Englerian reason to keep Meyer on to the back of it.
  • Urban Meyer wouldn’t even apologize to Courtney Smith, though he apologized three times to “Buckeye Nation” and said he’s sorry they’re all going through this, because he believes he’s the only victim here.
  • If you support Urban Meyer after this, send your kid to play for Urban Meyer after this, or make excuses for Urban Meyer after this, you lack integrity and that makes you a bad person.
  • Ohio State, like Michigan State, has no shame, and it’s a shame.
  • Ohio State University’s hard fought for academic reputation is now ruined.
  • Hope Urban was worth it.

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

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WTKA Roundtable 8/9/2018: Mayonnaise the Team

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Seth August 9th, 2018 at 6:12 PM

[photo: Patrick Barron]

Things discussed:

  • Is Jack Morris a Hall of Famer?
  • Heard back in the spring that Kekoa Crawford was leaving but Eddie McDoom leaving sucks a little. Oliver Martin and Nico Collins passed them last year, Grant Perry is performing well this fall, Martin is your guy after Perry.
  • McDoom misused: end-arounds were good but don’t throw him fades. We’ll miss the name the most.
  • OL problem last year wasn’t a Drevno and Frey problem; it was a Drevno and Pep problem. The worst line at picking up stunts Brian’s ever charted.
  • Michael Barrett to Viper: athletically it’s a good fit and it’s a spot that needs depth and a future, but he might outgrow the position if he gets up to 6-0/240. Currently he’s a clone of Khaleke Hudson. Barrett’s shuttle time was better.
  • Kelly-Powell and Brad Hawkins stepped up in spring, J’Marick Woods under pressure to hold his spot, Sam wants Woods moved to Viper.
  • Tackle: Runyan (via Warinner) is going to be one tackle.
  • Running back blocking: it’s about ID’ing the block not technique?
  • Offense coming to Shea or vice versa? Some of both: Ole Miss didn’t have a playbook, which made it hard to move the ball at all against decent defenses.
  • The thing about Shea: he can throw a fade. DPJ and Black can make that work.
  • Over 100 people showed up for the Urban Meyer rally, but the online Bucks sound a lot like them.
  • Last year’s coaching staff: was there some disutility? Yes.
  • What Brian meant was you can get HTTV at MGoBlogStore.com, UGP, the Bo Store, M-Den, Literati, and Nicola’s Books.

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

How are we going to have a defense without any dreds?

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WTKA Roundtable 8/2/2018: Why Are Our Rivals So Terrible?

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Seth August 3rd, 2018 at 9:41 AM

[Bryan Fuller]

We’re back!

Things discussed:

  • Meyer: The guy in charge now isn’t the guy in charge before, but the guys in charge before
  • Perspective: the MSU thing is way worse, but not being Engler is a possible motivation to overreact.
  • How is it the biggest story out of media day is Jim Harbaugh? Only one guy in the national media is digging into Aaron Hernandez, all the arrests at Florida.
  • Craig tells the story how Lloyd suspended a star player for a big game on the whiff of a serious charge.
  • Impression of new OSU president is he’s a serious dude.
  • Legal issue: Unless there’s a mandatory reporting there’s no legal issue. It’s completely an ethical issue.
  • Everybody knew. Everybody on the Ohio State beat knew.
  • What one ESPN guy is covering and nobody else seems to be: We’ve seen this pattern at Florida, where Urban “counsels” a violent person who’s useful to him and that’s the end of it until something else happens again.
  • Bringing back Reschke: The usual at MSU. The whole idea of letting players vote is a gross dereliction of responsibility. Jermaine Carter tweeted out that he wasn’t surprised because their entire offensive line talked the same way. Negative recruit away: If you wanna play with racists go to State!

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

Segment two is here. Segment three is here.

THE USUAL LINKS

What, are they gonna bang the rocks the wrong way?

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Not Just a Shooter 1.7: How to Draft Your Next Great Tank Commander

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Seth July 13th, 2018 at 7:29 AM

45 minutes

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1. BIG MEN

starts at 1:00

Five went in the first seven picks, though not necessarily in the order we would’ve taken them. Is there Tom Izzo shade? Of course.

2. B1G MEN

starts at 22:33

We run down the draftees out of the Big Ten, including Los Angeles Lakers center and LeBron James’ teammate Moe Wagner. Is there Tom Izzo shade? Of course.

3. LUKA vs. TRAE

The biggest trade of the night inextricably ties the draft’s top two lead guards together. The guess here is that’s great news for Luka Doncic and Dallas and much less so for Trae Young and Atlanta.

4. WINNERS AND LOSERS

starts at 34:33

The Mavs had a great haul even beyond Doncic. Michael Porter Jr. may be the ultimate boom/bust. As is the NBA norm, it’s better to be young and unproven than an experienced non-superstar.

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MUSIC

  • “Apollo’s Mood”—The Olympians
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS

Josh Langford really loves to step in, then brick

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MGoPodcast 9.28: Party On, Steve

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Seth July 9th, 2018 at 10:22 AM

1 hour and 15 minutes

We are at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, our gracious hosts and yours this fall if you act fast enough.

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 there would be VERY long hiatuses between podcasts.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationHuman Element (don't skip their new ad), and Ecotelligent Homes

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1. There were many commits

starts at 1:00

The state of the recruiting industry: ESPN has checked out so blowhards can still cash a check, Rivals is good when it's a top 150 guy going to their camp. Scout and 247 have merged. As a result we have a lot of complaints about the state of the recruiting industry.

The 2020 guys: Khalil Branham has a jugs machine with noodles. Chicago Warren: "man-child." Seldon is a Jermain Crowell defensive back.

2. Inside the Crooked Blue Line with Steve Lorenz, Offense

starts at 19:45

A lot of this class looks like their rankings could go up. Rating over ranking. Elite11 is not as strong this year, Cade held. Charbonnet: Fournette Light, see you in the Top100. Eric Gray might have done too much. GJII: Michael Barrett disease. Erick All: if Iowa and Wisconsin like him we do too. Trente Jones: one of those Stanford-Michigan guys. Barnhart: Paw-Paw plays the Phil Paea schools.

3. Inside the Crooked Blue Line with Steve Lorenz, Defense

starts at 47:19

Hinton can't get higher. Herron: maybe not moving up but had one of the best SPARQ scores. Ojabo: OSU and PSU, one of the best camp performances since Harbaugh came, pretty good quote. Newburg: Motor of Winovich, plug for Bill Greene (247 scout who does great scouting). Velasquez: 87 is the rating to annoy Michigan State fans, perfect Viper. Quinten Johnson: Khaleke physically, top 10 SPARQ, got a Bama camp offer, can't believe he's not a 5-star of the year. CT: Michigan thinks he's a 4-star. D.J. Turner transferring to IMG (another top SPARQ score) star ranking doesn't match those offers—one of M's top corners in the class, like Gemon Green. Mazi's big.

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MUSIC

  • “Future People”—Alabama Shakes
  • “Soul and Cigarette”—Daniele Luppi & Parquet Corps
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS

He rolls outta bed and he's watching Mazi Smith. Also we're not doing phrasing anymore.

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MGoPodcast 9.Supplemental: Abdul El-Sayed

MGoPodcast 9.Supplemental: Abdul El-Sayed Comment Count

Seth June 28th, 2018 at 5:14 PM

42 minutes

Wherein we interview Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed. This podcast is not and does not constitute an endorsement of the candidate. When a former Michigan athlete (lacrosse before it went varsity) is running for governor and reads the site and asks to come on the podcast we say "Okay, but we're not lobbing softballs".

Abdul did this whole interview without any notes and was very engaged in the toughest questions we could throw at him, so a lot of this interview went off anyone's idea of a script and got into some granular back-and-forth on complicated issues and events. That makes it hard to write up—what do you leave out?—so I'm going to present MGoBlog's questions below and you can get Abdul's answers by listening to the podcast.

Things discussed:

  • Abdul's incredibly depressing Wikipedia page. How offering to serve got him thrown into a commission to run the Detroit Health Department after the emergency manager had shut it down. What did he do there?
  • (at 7:30) Flint Water Crisis: What's the DEQ gotta do now? If the "money's there" where is it, how much will it cost? Could it have been faster? Will anyone believe them when they say the water's clean? What's Flint fatigue? How were the measurements made?
  • (at 12:20) Lead Abatement Report: After Flint stuff his report on lead poisoning was changed? By whom? What level of lead is "safe"? How to operate a bureaucracy, setting culture of serving the public versus "closing the ticket."
  • (at 18:20) Single-payer "MichCare" plan? How does it control costs, what's the upfront investment and transition costs, how does it compare to other plans? What are the incentives in the system and how do you change that?
  • (at 23:20) Vis a vis recent Supreme Court decisions and a White House that would have substantially different views on, uh, civics: What is under the scope of a governor? Specifically would he as governor use state resources to support ICE and enforce federal immigration policy and political incarceration he doesn't agree with?
  • (at 27:54) Brian's YIMBY hour: How do you address the relationship between housing and property assessments caught in an impossible Proposition A situation between rate of housing prices and rate of inflation? How do you decide the mils? How often do you do it? Note: on this question Abdul primarily addressed over-assessment that was leading to tax foreclosures in communities adjacent to gentrification, and education funding, while Brian was asking more about the Ann Arbor housing crisis (where nobody can sell their home). Brian recommends City Observatory dot org. Also SightLine.
  • (at 35:31) Education: School of Choice effect on school districts in lower income communities. Promulgation of charter schools? Funding of charter schools?
  • (at 37:30) Lightning Round: Regents for Michigan State: can we get two D's who didn't go to Michigan State? Ballot proposal to legalize marijuana? Ballot proposal against partisan redistricting? Plan to reduce the cost of a college education? Favorite Michigan athlete of the last 15 years?

MUSIC

"Across 110th Street"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before" Alexander Courage

THE USUAL LINKS

Consider the gauntlet thrown down, sir.

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