WTKA Roundtable 11/16/2017: Holy Holy Pants Man

WTKA Roundtable 11/16/2017: Holy Holy Pants Man

Submitted by Seth on November 17th, 2017 at 7:24 AM

Never assume malice when you can whatever incompetence etcetera.

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Things discussed:

  • You gotta be multiple: Michigan ran a lot more zone this week. Chris Evans is getting good at it
  • Defensive breakdowns: when you play an aggressive defense one guy not getting his assignment gives up a big play.
  • How good is Wisconsin? They can’t pass, the defense is shutting down bad offenses well, the running game is overpowering bad defenses. The health of the center and the safety matter muchly. Mirror images of each other: who can hit harder?
  • Craig: Jonathan Taylor is better than Saquon Barkley.
  • Wisconsin ain’t played nobody!
  • They have a never-ending pile of linebackers. Better tight ends. Brian hates the hoodie-wearing cornerback because it’s not aerodynamic (and he was grabbing Simmie Cobbs like crazy).
  • Big Ten conspiracy to make the Badgers a playoff team? Don’t encourage Craig. Also do you realize how incompetent the Big Ten refs are, and now you’re going to task these yahoos with believably fixing a game too?

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

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MGoPodcast 9.11: We Have to Inform the People

MGoPodcast 9.11: We Have to Inform the People

Submitted by Seth on November 13th, 2017 at 7:27 AM

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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 talking to ourselves.

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Offense

starts at 1:00

That 3rd Q gave us something to complain about. Ground game was effective despite LBs screaming into gaps at the snap. Worst UFR experience: Denard vs Indiana. Higdon and Evans are good backs. Offset draw came back. Zone too. Injuries...collar pull. Not the game to ding up Higdon and Gary.

Defense

starts at 24:30

Defense: Maryland got some edge things. Brand would be a player if he was 6'2. Uche moving Prince, stealing McCray's screen picksix. Hudson gets a Eurostep blocked punt. Are any complaints valid? Defense got a little gashed vs an offense like Ohio State. Everyone got put to sleep by this game, including Ace.

Ace’s Hockey Podcast and Brian’s Basketball Podcast

starts at 39:12

Four Minnesota-Michigan hockey games a year makes all of the griping over the Big Ten realignment worthwhile. Quality win bonus for this weekend is going to help them on the tournament bubble. Quinn Hughes is fun, thinks he’s hockey Denard. Marody we underrated.

Beginning wasn’t good—once Wagner woke up things went better. Livers can hold up but he’s not bumping Robinson out of there—might round into a defender later this year. Runner runner jumper.

Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

starts at 56:38

Jamie hadn’t heard the news so you get to hear him get the news: Cajun Hoke vs. Real Hoke is happening. Everybody gets a win over Illinois. Huskers give up a ton of yards to Demry “Who needs a mesh point?” Croft: Iowa couldn’t move the ball on Wisconsin after, you know. Michigan State are who they are: another 6-6 team that gets lucky but when it’s dry out they get shredded by Ohio State. Penn State was down 6-0 to Rutgers. The Justin Jacksoniest game ever.

MUSIC:

  • “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme Song”
  • “Poets”—The Tragically Hip
  • “Rocky Top Kazoo”—Candice Brooke Norman
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoRadio 3.9: You Can Feel Very Smart Beating a Seven Year Old at Chess

MGoRadio 3.9: You Can Feel Very Smart Beating a Seven Year Old at Chess

Submitted by Seth on November 10th, 2017 at 7:28 PM

1 hour 23 minutes

MGoRadio3.9

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The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking 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 Ecotelligent Homes

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1. Minnesota After UFR

starts at 1:00

You should probably block Khaleke Hudson. Minnesota’s approach to this game was bad. Not baffling—they were recycling ideas that worked once each for Penn State and Rutgers. Just…bad. It was bad. Offense things: JBB is obviously a good power blocker; when the offense was going to be a spread-to-Speight outfit in the offseason he probably was too bad at pass pro to be viable. Nice to see the running backs now picking up the subtleties of power running.

2. Hoops Preview LET’S GOOOOOOO

starts at 20:58

Who’s our point guard? Guessing Simmons will end up there, but it’s weird to go into a season without that spot settled—when was the last time that was true? Charles Matthews is the guy they trust to isolate and crate his own shot. MAAR’s usage up this year? Rebounding misses Derrick Walton; Moe Wagner knows he has to start grabbing boards to make the NBA. Teske is now Big Nasty (up from Big Sleep). Duncan Robinson is a coach out there. He might be the best shooter in the country; he might be the worst defender too.

3. Gimmicky Top Five: Thoughts About Board Games

starts at 44:50

We welcome special guest Reid McCarthy from Ann Arbor Elder Law to call Brian to task for calling out Settlers of Catan. This becomes a segment on all the board games we love and hate, and just put together once and thought it was cool but never actually played before losing a piece and now it’s worthless no YOUR childhood was ruined by MouseTrap. Also Brian realizes 5 minutes into talking about Wizards of the Coast buying out Dungeons and Dragons that he just went deeper into nerdiness than even this blog is comfortable with.

4. Maryland Preview w—once again relegated to—sg Seth Fisher

starts at 1:12:35

At least they have an excuse for their quarterback play. THE BORTENSCHLAGER experience might be over in favor of 5’11” Air Force kid. It’ll be like the Rutgers game but not the Minnesota game, basically. Come to me you precious easy passing yards. Come to meeeeeeeee.

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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. Tonight we return to the considerably more ravey stylings of WILSON, featuring his tracks “Roll on Your Wave”, “World Class”, and “In the Meantime” Also “Across 110th Street”.

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    WTKA Roundtable 11/9/2017: The Capron Conspiracy

    WTKA Roundtable 11/9/2017: The Capron Conspiracy

    Submitted by Seth on November 10th, 2017 at 7:01 AM

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    Things discussed:

    • Craig discovers a ref who’s been screwing Michigan for 114 years.
    • What-ifs: Lew Alcindor, Antonio Bass
    • Minnesota’s secondary was all kinds of out of position—not a good test.
    • Is inside zone dead and buried? No, but this is a power team now because the guard play, and JBB is moving dudes.
    • Once Michigan has a passing game, they’ll be able to really punish guys like Wisconsin’s 2nd corner, who got toasted by Simmie Cobbs.
    • Khaleke Hudson’s big day; Winovich would like to know where his stats went.
    • Is Michigan backing off Ohio? Michigan is recruiting Michigan and treating the rest of the U.S. as the rest of the U.S. No approach is all upside.
    • What happened in Iowa City? Penn State and Michigan State have bad pass defenses that have been sheltered by the Big Ten.

    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 9.10: Footloose and Fancy Free

    MGoPodcast 9.10: Footloose and Fancy Free

    Submitted by Seth on November 6th, 2017 at 8:13 AM

    1 hour and 29 minutes

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    [Patrick Barron]

    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 talking 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. Weatherfeels and Offense

    starts at 1:00

    Wetfeels: Brian’s 20-year streak of going to home games ends; Thanks Delany. Shout out to Black Engineer for tracking this: 20 commercial breaks, which is twice an appropriate limit. Did not play even 5 minutes of football between commercial breaks, couldn’t even get to 9 minutes of real time.

    Offense: he Indiana split flow counter worked all night—we were actually getting annoyed with the Minnesota linebackers screwing that up. Manball approach took advantage of DBs who couldn’t run support. Running game is now consistently getting to ol’Stanford/Wisconsin levels. JBB is still an awful pass protector. Higdon’s long speed is impressive (>>>). Passing game look extant and functional early, later was just eating sacks, and unnecessary.

    2. Defense

    starts at 27:38

    They completed three passes and gave up five sacks—you really have to work to find complaints here. They kept running the wildcat despite that not working at all. Khaleke Hudson finally got a chance to be hitman. Might have been robbed of the grounding sack; if that’s the case he passes Foote with 3 sacks and 7.5 TFLs in a single game. Some of that was attacking the not-mesh. Like a shark. Hurst was Hurstian.

    Metellus ejected for nothing—least equal offsetting penalties ever.

    3. Brian’s Wet Gophers: Hoops & Hockey

    starts at 44:50

    The guys read my joke Lantana read verbatim because they’re deranged. Do you know who else is deranged? Spencer Tillman.

    Hoops takes: Mathews (GVSU caveat) might be the real deal. Duncan Robinson is Duncan Robinson. Zavier Simpson started over Simmons; that probably won’t last. Expect Simmons to win that with Z regularly in. Working on transition a lot. Teske rebounds, knows his way around the court, has some passing skills.

    Hockey: Michigan doubled up Ferris in shots, earned a win and OT loss. Lack of skill up front came back to bite them. Marody coming into his own at least. At-large conversation. It’s fun to go to Yost again.

    4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

    starts at 1:03:00

    Chaos reigns in Iowa: JT Barrett made a statement in the Heisman race, which is that J.K. Dobbins was getting 8 ypc and they forgot to give him the ball. Josh Jackson is so good. Wadley finally got loose. Northwestern plays for OT with a 7-point lead because he always wins in OT. Maryland is down to an Air Force quarterback. Did Purdue put it on Lovie Smith? Indiana made it a game with Wisconsin. Penn State and Michigan State both discovered the other doesn’t have a secondary: 103 passing attempts in a rainy game.

    MUSIC:

    • “I Ran”—Flock of Seagulls
    • “Sunglasses at Night”—Corey Hart
    • “Source”—Fever the Ghost
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    Likes vodka. He’s a shark. He’s a Belgian shark. He likes chocolate and cycling.

    MGoRadio 3.8: The Little Brown Growler

    MGoRadio 3.8: The Little Brown Growler

    Submitted by Seth on November 3rd, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    1 hour 23 minutes

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    Note there are 8 cups in this photo, and only 4 are coming home with me, so some of you who were here stole my cups you cup-thieving bastards. Drop them off at Bear Claw from your Cadillac while wearing black goggles and jumpsuits and all is forgiven.

    SPONSORS!

    The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be talking 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 Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Jug Tales, with Greg Dooley of MVictors

    starts at 1:00

    The origins of the oldest and greatest rivalry trophy were way more normal than the legends, but there are some really good legends, like the time the Jug was stolen by some frat guys and they pretended to have found one.

    2. Rutgers After UFR

    starts at 21:45

    Let’s talk about Peters: not just an O’Korn versus Purdue game. We nitpick because that’s what we do. The power running game and the tweaks to it were really encouraging.

    3. Gimmicky Top Five: Other Things That Would Lose to Rutgers

    starts at 39:10

    We welcome MGoBlog sponsor/business attorney Richard Hoeg of Hoeg Law to try to help out Mr. Emmert in his goal of giving the NCAA some credibility again.

    4. Minnesota Preview with Disinterested Ben

    starts at 1:06:14

    Ben Mathis-Lilly of Slate is here so we stuck a mic on him while we preview Minnesota and not the things that BML talks about because who wants to talk about that? Brian and Ben apparently, because I have great takes from watching Iowa-Minnesota that I want to share and they’re all “Hey, 15-month-year-olds, what’s up with that?”

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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. “Little Brown Jug”, some stupid songs Seth downloaded, and “Across 110th Street”.

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    WTKA Roundtable 11/2/2017: There’s Rain and Then There’s Rainman

    WTKA Roundtable 11/2/2017: There’s Rain and Then There’s Rainman

    Submitted by Seth on November 3rd, 2017 at 7:49 AM

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    [Patrick Barron]

    Then he's going to throw a touchdown and it's like ooh he's calm and collected again.

    Things discussed:

    • The Petersing! Exciting to see he was hitting his checkdowns, varying speeds. So calm and cool. O’Korn had a particularly bad game to get himself pulled. The margins here are small: don’t get carried away.
    • Good idea to wait until Rutgers?
    • How did O’Korn stay ahead of this guy? There are practice guys: Bolden memorized the offense but didn't learn how to play football. Could be that explains O'Korn's practice performance vs his on-field performance.
    • The Peters Progression: Spring game was just the lunch menu. His sister went through the leadership crucible at Purdue in volleyball. He was so cool, laid back, Yzermanian even.
    • Section 38 has three dancers. Scott Childers wants to get the whole section dancing.
    • The ground game mauled people. Felt so good.
    • Hey remember Rich Rod?
    • Ohio State vs. Penn State: no, Don, we aren’t happy about it. Barrett looked like a Heisman player in that one—definitely not like he looked when they played Oklahoma.
    • Is the run game sustainable? If the passing game can keep the safeties off yes, because they’re blocking well.
    • Minnesota: the weather could screw Michigan by taking away the part of the game where we’re superior.

    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 9.9: An Off-Putting Person

    MGoPodcast 9.9: An Off-Putting Person

    Submitted by Seth on October 30th, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    1 hour and 27 minutes

    It's nice to be surprised that a quarterback did something poorly.

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    [Marc-Grégor Campredon]

    1. Offense

    starts at 1:00

    The turning point was that outside Higdon run where a different guy handed off to him. Peters can go soft or rocket it in there depending on the situation. The bad: all explainable and freshmany. The good: ALL THE REST! May be some John O’Korn vs Purdue caveats. Running game: McKeon is becoming a big run masher. Big sets worked against a weak run defense. Everyone on the OL kicked someone’s ass. Everybody rooting for Kareem Walker. Drevno

    2. Defense

    starts at 29:28

    Back to usual: rooting to keep them under 200 yards. Ban skill player wildcats. One drive was the Grant run, one drive was Rescigno going unstoppable throw god and almost getting sacked on the MSU thowback screen. Gary went off. Rutgers sacked on 20% of dropbacks. Aubrey got the start. Gary can jump high. Cornerbacks ignored again.

    3. Special Teams & Feelingsball

    starts at 43:38

    Jim Delany ruins Big Ten football to enrich himself—fans left the stadium because the commercial breaks were coming at a 4 to 1 ad minutes per game minute ratio at that point. Suggest soccer-style ads and play football. Internet Raj does not consider 4th down spot karma against Rutgers a 1 for 1 trade.

    4. Around the Big Ten with Jamie Mac

    starts at 57:00

    Let’s talk about the big game this week, after we talk about road dog Nebraska pulling it out against Purdue, and Minnesota-Iowa kindly waiting for the 3:30 games to end before having anything that we need to watch. Wisconsin beat Illinois by throwing to their left tackle. Penn State-Ohio State: I hate those guys. Prevent Fitzgerald invites doom, replay officials tried to help MSU too on the Felton Davis fade.

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    MUSIC:

    • “Locked in the Truck of a Car”—The Tragically Hip
    • “Time Has Come Today”—The Chambers Brothers
    • “Justin Scott”—Big K.R.I.T.
    • “Across 110th Street”

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    MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

    MGoRadio 3.7: Dramatically Improved and Still Below Average

    Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    1 hour 22 minutes

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    Excuse me sir, I found your column banal and infuriating.

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    The Sponsors

    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 talking 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 Ecotelligent Homes

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    1. Penn State After UFR

    starts at 1:00

    Defense got got: Penn State mitigated the DL, confused the LBs, and ignored the cornerbacks. Trace McSorley had his unstoppable throw god game. Nitpicks from getting picked apart by the Nits: don’t play an RPO team with your safeties at 15 yards, or get McCray on a Barkley-like object. Offense was some improvement, still a long way to go. Line calls look screwy: is Kugler to blame?

    2. A Refuse Repartee with John U. Bacon

    starts at 24:17

    The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism comes out soon and Bacon just Before we start, dear listener, I want you to imagine your over/under for how many minutes it takes us to:

    a) say “Shut up, John”
    b) mention Dave Brandon
    c) call Bacon “Dave”

    Also we talk about about WWI soldier, ladies’ man, ancestral pirate, amateur surgeon, hockey coach, machine gun officer, and hero.

    3. Gimmicky Top Five: Other Things That Would Lose to Rutgers

    starts at 52:48

    Brian takes issue with people who reply in gifs, Seth takes issue with everyone who ever talks on the internet about anything, ever. Princeton has to deal with some awful red version of Sparty trying to steal their artillery. Hillary would lose to Rutgers.

    4. Rutgers Preview

    starts at 1:06:00

    Ross Douglas in a Jake Ryan role is not going well. The defensive tackles are big and the noses are more than solid. Michigan should be able to flip the strength of the formation, blow out Turay, and run power to the house enough times to get Brandon Peters some snaps. Their offense is three running plays and can’t get the ball to Janarion Grant. We strongly suggest Michigan’s special teams also avoid doing so.

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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. This week our bumper music was provided by the (A+) Machines because they gave me a sampler back when our bands played a show together. The songs are “Antidote”, “Any Given Day”, and “Come Back Swinging”. Plus as always “Across 110th Street”.

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    WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

    WTKA Roundtable 10/26/2017: You Can’t Get What You Want ‘Till You Know What You Want

    Submitted by Seth on October 27th, 2017 at 8:20 AM

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    [Eric Upchurch]

    Things discussed:

    • Penn State played a very good game; Michigan played an uncharacteristically bad one.
    • Michigan was expecting the Barkley at QB thing; Gary just got too far upfield.
    • Playing safeties at 15 yards is asking for run-pass-options in your face
    • PSU hit their bombs; why can’t we chuck it to the 6’8” guy?
    • Trace McSorley has been lucky previously; he was flat-out good in this one.
    • Don’t put McCray on Dudes. Guys? Fine. Not dudes.
    • Cornerbacks not tested after Long’s pick; played entire game in slots.
    • Uncharacteristically Michigan lost one-on-one battles on the DL in this one
    • Brian calls Craig Ed. Ed-Craig likens running quarterbacks to guerilla warfare. Ed-Craig listens to punk rock and opera. Joe Jackson narrowly edges out the 5th century BCE’s Caíndelbáin al Óengusa of the Cholmain clan of the southern Ui Niall as the greatest musician in Ed-Craig’s 3,001 years on this planet.
    • Devin Bush had a bad game.
    • Brian is taller than Grant Perry.
    • Can’t live without a passing game—safeties are 8 yards off the line of scrimmage.
    • Peters won’t start but this is the game to get him on the field
    • Jose says the defense has performed poorly in 10 of their 7 games.
    • Personnel issues, not coaching issues.
    • McCaffrey vs. Peters: Brandon has the golden arm, McCaffrey has to grow physically but has an edge as a runner and natural swagger.
    • One-minute hoops takes.

    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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