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.

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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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MGoPodcast 9.14: We Forgot Our Hats

MGoPodcast 9.14: We Forgot Our Hats

Submitted by Seth on December 11th, 2017 at 6:16 AM

1 hour and 52 minutes

“They’re going to need a bigger boat.  —Ace Anbender”

—Brian Cook

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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. Hoops Ups and Downs

starts at 1:00

Jordan Poole is going to be a joy. Putting too much on Charles Mathews to carry the team on both ends. MAAR is in a bit of a slump offensively but he kicks it better than he used to. Wagner is heating back up. Robinson will come back. Is Livers in line for the midseason Beilein light to go on? Texas: we’re gonna feel sad about missing Mo Bamba; big chance to change the trajectory of the season. Down year in the Big Ten.

2. The Mississippi Trio

starts at 33:24

Shea Patterson: We think he’s more of a Tate Forcier, or ceiling of a Johnny Manziel minus the off-field issues. Didn’t see a five-star quarterback, definitely don’t think he’s going to be a shoe-in to replace Peters. It’ll be a competition, but Peters has got to be the favorite. Van Jefferson is the son of an NFL receiver, and pretty productive/polished, would be immediately helpful. Deontay Anderson is big and athletic, another bullet in the safety chamber. Greg Little, et al., not happening.

3. Ace’s Hockey Podcast, wsg David Nasternak

starts at 50:48

Who are these guys? They get three points off Minnesota, get swept by Wisconsin, split with MSU? Corsi doesn’t work on State because they’re too selective with their shots. Hughes doing way too much. Hope is Top 20 bubble-ish, .500 is still a massive upgrade. Better but still first-year Beilein-ish.

4. Inside the Crooked Blue Line wsg Steve Lorenz of 247Sports

starts at 107:35

Barrett is a take; what position should he play? JaMarr Chase is Michigan’s best shot with a Louisiana guy for a long time—you never know when a new coach at an SEC school gets in the mix though. Recruiting Tremble hard. Every OL is a tackle—Petit-Frere is a battle, Patterson had a great senior film. Hufanga: got his last visit. Gotta get Reese back on campus. 2019 shaping up to be great.

MUSIC:

  • “Bottoms Up ft. Nicki Minaj”—Trey Songz
  • “Cinco De Tomorrow”—Damien Jurado
  • “Mr. Steal Your Girl”—Trey Songz
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 12/7/2017: Hey You Should Know Something

WTKA Roundtable 12/7/2017: Hey You Should Know Something

Submitted by Seth on December 8th, 2017 at 7:46 AM

He’s a pinhead. He’s a small-minded, grouchy…he’s a great coach.

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Things discussed:

  • Shea Patterson: Game is like Baker Mayfield, but this is a different offense and writing off Peters to beat him out is silly. Also silly: concern trolling from rival fanbases. Craig compares him to 1970s Vikings, also Jim Harbaugh.
  • Sam feels good with Patterson and Van Jefferson. The safety, Anderson, could be the biggest impact one. Sam thought Michigan had Jefferson on signing day (yeah go ahead and read into that).
  • Sparties gonna Spart: we feel bad for the Outback in East Lansing.
  • South Carolina preview: dink and dunk offense that dies against elite defenses (hello!).
  • Arizona State University and Vice President of Football Operations Herm Edwards unveiled plans for a restructured ASU football New Leadership Model approach using a general manager structure. ASU is a a collaborative approach to managing the ASU football program that includes sport and administrative divisions, which will operate as distinct, but collective units focused on elevating all aspects of the department to form a multi-layered method to the talent evaluation and recruiting processes, increase its emphasis on both student-athlete and coach development and retention, and provide a boost in resource allocation and generation.
  • Is Michigan’s offense complicated? Auburn’s Wing-T system is a ton of motion and frippery to make something very simple look complicated. Michigan is sort of like that.
  • Hoops talk: ideas for PG and the four? MAAR, Brooks, Poole at 1-2-3 and put Mathews at the four. Beilein offenses can’t handle a PG who won’t shoot.

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 11/30/2017: Quarterback Depth is Important, People

WTKA Roundtable 11/30/2017: Quarterback Depth is Important, People

Submitted by Seth on December 1st, 2017 at 6:22 AM

Everybody else on the field has visible, public accountability.

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Things discussed:

  • A one-possession game
  • The quarterback play: Inability to execute on pass plays that were open was the difference. O’Korn took sacks he didn’t need to.
  • Harbaugh schemed guys open.
  • J.T. Barrett completed just two passes in this game; Hudson got one bust on a Cover 2—complaints of man all day are unfounded.
  • They got THE STOP they needed; offense just needed to score on the two chances to win the game the defense game them. But okay, the defense didn’t give them a third chance.
  • Metellus on the drag on K.J. Hill: why is that not LaVert (in fairness he gave up one to K.J. as well)
  • The slot corner stuff on the secondary was bad luck; looking back against expectations they were exceptional. QBs caveat.
  • Next year’s defense looks really good. Put Aubrey in Hurst’s spot, find a linebacker and some depth and let’s goooooo.
  • Speight transfer: kind of a surprise, implies McCaffrey is pretty good, he thinks he’s even with Peters. Idea that Harbaugh had anything to do with it is laughable.
  • Brian thinks it’s justified for Michigan to restrict his transfer to teams we don’t play next year (no Rutgers, Indiana, etc.)
  • Defenses as good as Michigan’s have been drawing a lot more holding calls. Michigan got boned a lot on this game and vs. Wisconsin. Florida was the best officiating we got all year (and they screwed M out of a TD and called Khalid Hill for illegal downfield. Opinion: get professional referees!

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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MGoPodcast 9.13: A Very Brady Hoke Well

MGoPodcast 9.13: A Very Brady Hoke Well

Note: This podcast was recorded before all coaching Hell broke loose. Also before the Speight news.

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This was recorded at the Residence Inn Ann Arbor in one of their TEN conference rooms.

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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Offense

starts at 1:00

We sympathize and agree with John O’Korn. Chris Evans coming out party: loved the motion stuff they did with him and Higdon on the field. Option routes are confirmed in the most horrific way imaginable. What a brilliant gameplan.

Defense

starts at 17:57

Valiant effort followed by a late fade when all hope is lost, as predicted. Hudson and Gary payoffs. Rampant first quarter, Gary went out to give them a hole. Man defense got burned when Barrett broke contain or when Khaleke missed an RPO assignment. Some pretty bad officiating, injury to Kinnel. Metellus got beat on drag routes—that’s a speed issue and concerning.

State of the Program Feels

starts at 28:14

Outlook for Brian ever getting an ad read right is bad. Outlook for the team next year is good. Defense loses Hurst, which is big, but they have a lot of highly rated bullets. Would have liked to see more from the freshman linebackers in the running to replace McCray. Secondary isn’t as starry but everyone’s back and they’ll be better than good. Offense loses the fullbacks and Cole, returns Peters, the RBs, the WRs, the TEs, and three good interior linemen. Can they find some tackles?

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:31

We play match the blowout score to the Big Ten end-of-year rivalry blowout. Anything to say about these various hilarious blowouts? Wow Nebraska. Rutgers asked everyone to leave the stadium and use the porta-potties. Playoff implications of the two teams Michigan just lost to. Coaching searches.

MUSIC:

  • “How Soon is Now?”—The Smiths
  • “Why Is It So Hard?”—Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
  • “Beacon Hill”—The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.11: What Are Your British Qualities?

MGoRadio 3.11: What Are Your British Qualities?

Submitted by Seth on November 24th, 2017 at 7:08 PM

MGoRadio3.11

I have a deep and everlasting pit of ennui that has infused me. That’s true but you’re highly analytical.

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This show was recorded before a live retail audience at The Bo Store. It is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be quasi-popular angry dudes on Twitter.

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1. Wisconsin After UFR

starts at 1:00

Whatchya going to do? Peters was fine, not great. The power run offense couldn’t do to T.J. Edwards and co. what it could to the pushovers we faced the last three weeks. O’Korn is who he is. Significant problems with line calls looked worse than normal, Wisconsin’s defense has something to do with that. Expect Ruiz to be an upgrade next year since the 5th year center isn’t getting the line calls any better than a true sophomore should.

2. Brian’s Hawaiian Hoops Podcast

starts at 19:58

The LSU loss was only mildly catastrophic: not a bad game, explainable since their little PG was going off. A bad result however because of its outsized effect on Michigan’s schedule, which needed some big games out of this tournament. Speaking of point guard…euh. MAAR is basically the PG right now; can we get something out of Poole?

3. The Game wsg Greg Dooley

starts at 43:02

1964 Michigan football captain Jim Conley is in the store with us, so while Seth talked to Jim about the biggest badasses in Michigan history, the podcasters have to listen to Greg Dooley about the history of the 1950 Game, when Oosterbaan out-punted Ohio State in a snowstorm. This led to Woody Hayes. A lot of talking about other things.

4. Ohio State Preview wsg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:10:10

O’Korn versus this defense is not recommended. Tiny house hunters. British things. Something about colons.

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MUSIC:

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you. These were all bands of Dan Roehrig:

  • “Over”—Brad's Dead Fish
  • “Spare Change”—Final Cue
  • “Wealthy St. Anne”—Daniel Roehrig
  • “Across 110th Street”

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