WTKA Roundtable: The John Navarre of WTKA Roundtables

WTKA Roundtable: The John Navarre of WTKA Roundtables

Wolverine Historian

Things discussed:

  • Piped in music:  Let the band play!
  • Speight: It’s a mental physical correctable mistake. Expect a rollercoaster ride again.
  • UFR, he wasn’t that bad. It’s too late; he’s John Navarre to the fanbase. He’s already better than John Navarre.
  • Ed isn’t going to question Harbaugh; is going to question Shaw
  • Is Michigan trying to get out of the home-and-home with Washington?
  • Harbaugh’s Moe Wagner disease: refs just don’t like overzealous puppies? This game was really bad—and lopsided bad—from a crew who’s usually alright.
  • Kinnel is pronounced Kinnel like Kinnel not Kinnel also his +3 tackle was a star safety’s play.
  • What about Air Force? Score more than 22.
  • What’s up with JT Barrett? His OL sucks. Craig says Ohio State is disqualified from the Final 4.

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WTKA Roundtable: It Was 75-2 After All

WTKA Roundtable: It Was 75-2 After All

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Things discussed:

  • Guys who picked 31-17 admit it was closer to 75-2 than 33-17. The offense moving the ball in particular was wonderful.
  • Don’t get too excited: Florida’s coaching is atrocious.
  • The 3-3-5 created holes for linebackers and confused Florida by not letting them know where the fourth DL is going to be (example: first play of the 4th Q).
  • Michigan’s personnel is really well-suited to this.
  • Amazing that the 3-3-5 plans never escaped the submarine.
  • Around the nation: Ohio State’s dudes are just guys, JK Dobbins just took Mike Weber’s job.
  • Purdue! Brohm is the most Tilleresque play they could have made and that’s what they should do. Craig thinks the season got harder.
  • Predictions for Cincy: 75-2.
  • “You can go to a Michigan football event and see up on a large screen an overweight naked man on top of a shark.”

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WTKA Roundtable 8/31/17: How’s Don Brown Gonna Solve It?

WTKA Roundtable 8/31/17: How’s Don Brown Gonna Solve It?

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GIS “gatorshark”

Things discussed:

  • Florida: How do you lose 12% of your roster to credit card fraud?
  • This has been a really yappy offseason for Florida, and it’s been mostly coming from the top.
  • Media-Harbaugh Industrial Complex
  • More Florida: did the Muschamp D graduate or are these guys talented enough to remain a dangerous defense fettered to an Austrian-Hungarian offense?
  • Sam is now more concerned about the secondary than the offensive line. Experience matters and Brown is going to make them run a complicated system. Don’t need to grow up until Game 7.
  • Brian’s yard has no grass.
  • More Florida: their OTs are dinged up too. That’s bad for you.
  • Stupid Dallas game because they can jack up the ticket prices and don’t have to share with the conference. It’s a bad reason. But this was scrounging after ND screwed them; let’s never do this again.
  • Sam shares how prepared M is for Air Force this time.
  • Speight is the guy and here’s why.
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WTKA Roundtable 8/24/2017: Craig Sold a Book at Literati

WTKA Roundtable 8/24/2017: Craig Sold a Book at Literati

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[Bryan Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • Alcohol sales: Commerce is annoying. People in the suites can get up and get a beer without annoying Brian. Could you bring a keg to Michigan Stadium in the day?
  • Florida really humped the shark: Three-headed quarterback situation can’t be good news for them. Going with Luke Del Rio is really not good news, especially for Zaire.
  • The secondary has us concerned, especially after the starters. Sam suggests the trepidation might be the aliens at receiver making our guys look bad. Lavert Hill has come on.
  • Keith Washington: coaches asked him to develop some safety skills and that caused it—weird. Michigan is now thin at corner: JKP is probably going to have to move.
  • James Hudson to offensive tackle: good news for DL depth, bad news for OTs. It may not stick—this stuff happens in a Harbaugh program.
  • The defense is the defense: Don Brown will help the kids out by calling up good doctor blitz. Lost guys but gained experience in the system.
  • Having fun with the different types of players they’ve got. Michigan will spread it out to use the catching abilities of Evans, Hammering Panda, and the receivers and tight ends. Pep effect!

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WTKA Roundtable 8/17/2017: The Harbaugh Version of Speight

WTKA Roundtable 8/17/2017: The Harbaugh Version of Speight

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[Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Wilton Speight: most lethal downfield threat in the league? Pro Football Focus says so but we dive into what those numbers mean.
  • O’Korn is #2 to the coaches. Is that an O’Korn package or O’Korn for real or O’Korn to motivate guys or…? I mean we watched the Indiana game.
  • Sam eats some Tarik Black crow. Brian remains on Team Oliver Martin. Tarik Black is a dude. OH RIGHT THE FIVE STAR
  • Checking in with that SEC speed: Florida can lose players faster than Michigan State. It’s really 1-1/2 but remember they also lost their best player in the secondary to injury so this compounds an issue. Their corners < our corners.
  • Zaire isn’t locking down the Florida QB job, which means…?
  • Around the league: Craig makes a Mike DeBord bet. Can Wisconsin run out of linebackers? They had a ton of injuries last year. Iowa has a lot of talent if they can find a quarterback. Could Brian have made the money for the Big Ten that Delany did without adding Maryland and Rutgers.
  • Hoops: no idea what team these guys are gonna be. Might be a good year to only play Michigan State once. They’re in that next year conversation, but so are 5 other schools.
  • The Julia Louise-Dreyfuss Effect.

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WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2017: Did You Not Hear About the Shark?

WTKA Roundtable 8/11/2017: Did You Not Hear About the Shark?

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[SI]

Things discussed:

  • Is Michigan getting overrated? Weakness of the national picture makes 9th-ish okay. 15th seems about right. Hope is one of those Ohio State-like years when they’re super young and super talented and the next generation of NFL talent breaks out.
  • The spread comes back to Michigan. Patriots offense: spread out and work one-on-one and then Blount them. M’s personnel really fit more wide stuff.
  • Reviewing Speight’s 2016.
  • The returner battle is ON: Nate Johnson is good, Oliver Martin is forcing his way in, McDoom still exists. Nobody will be Peppers. How did Michigan block all those punts?
  • Offensive line: Bredeson, Kugler’s being a senior. Onwenu is all about endurance; can Ruiz give him a breather?
  • Is this a 9-3 team or a 9-3 team?
  • Ed doesn’t know about Jim McElwain and the shark.

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MGoBlog on WTKA: Hail to the Victors 2017 Edition

MGoBlog on WTKA: Hail to the Victors 2017 Edition

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In the studio: Fritz Seyferth; Billy Taylor, and Dr. Sap,
with Jim Brandstatter on the phone.

New book means we get to go on the Michigan Insider and yap about it. We split the show into two segments:

Segment 1: Billy Taylor’s Touchdown

We got the author, Dr. Sap, as well the guy who ran it and the guys who blocked for it: Billy Taylor, Fritz Seyferth, and Jim Brandstatter come on to talk about perhaps the greatest play in Michigan history.

Segment 2: Reviewing the Preview

starts at 37:30

Brian, Ace and Seth come on to discuss what we learned while putting the book together. We talk about the most worrying positions, Harbaugh’s sign, setting the stage for 2018, and handicapping the Big Ten East race.

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

Segment two is here. Segment three (Brian/Seth/Ace) is here. Segment four is here.

You can pick up the book from our store, or at any Ann Arbor Underground Printing store, The Bo Store, Literati, and Nicola’s Books.

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WTKA Roundtable 5/4/2017: Like the WWE Network Except with Sports

WTKA Roundtable 5/4/2017: Like the WWE Network Except with Sports

Last one of the year guys.

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No reason I just wanted to use this one and we’re running out of year [Eric Upchurch]

Things discussed:

  • Jaaron Simmons: His high turnovers and lots of bad twos are Ohio’s fault we think. Good on the P&R. Transition offense is only complaint that sticks.
  • DJ and Moe: Most have DJ in 2nd round and Moe not drafted but they’ll go to the deadline. No secret that they would go if either is a 1st rounder. Mo Bamba in a holding pattern.
  • Craig scouted winger Ignas Brazdeikis, a 2018 Lithuanian playing in Canada who reclassified from 2017. Phenomenal shooter, comfortable with both hands.
  • More thoughts on death of cable bundling/ESPN layoffs.
  • Search Engine Optimization: Nobody’s comfortable with that being the most important target for a content provider to be focused on.
  • Michigan State’s troubles: what’s taking so long? Waiting for a logical explanation (e.g. lost evidence).
  • America’s worst football coach comes at Harbaugh, then blocks Harbaugh. Tim Brewster’s block button is the Nixon’s List of 2017. I may have spent an unhealthy portion of yesterday trying to get on this list.
  • Craig submitted an article for HTTV about the 1880s that didn’t have enough about the Stevens Institute Game.
  • Will the NCAA legislate against Michigan going to Rome? Yes, because SEC coaches are shameless? No, because there’s no leg to stand on? Yes because that never stopped them before?

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

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WTKA Roundtable 4/27/2017: Rome, Melcome Home

WTKA Roundtable 4/27/2017: Rome, Melcome Home

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[by Vatican photographer @oss_romano via @AlanHoldren]

Things discussed:

  • Losers cry while winners go to Italy: Jealousy or clickbait: 100% of the people bitching about this have 0% credibility. Michigan’s academic schedule gives them an advantage in this. Should Big Ten batsports leave the NCAA?
  • News from Rome: Brandon Peters throws a good ball, Tarik Black’s a guy, and other things we already know.
  • NFL Draft: Absurdity of the league of morally bankrupt idiot sons testing for weed.
  • Melcome: Sometimes the obvious choice is the right one. M’s decline started when Pearson left. Being old is a downer—Craig wishes he was still just 2,987. Billy Muckalt, whether he’s here or an HC elsewhere, gives Mel a Mel; USA Hockey should take a look. Shields needs to stay.
  • The fall of ESPN and the dying world of cable bundling. It rankles that they could have kept 20-30 actual journalists instead of Steven A Smith. They had Grantland and the Podcast network and had no idea how to monetize them. The changing media landscape is not the place for suits who can’t see past the next quarter.
  • Scream shows don’t get watched.

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WTKA Roundtable 4/20/2017: Forza Spring

WTKA Roundtable 4/20/2017: Forza Spring

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[Bryan Fuller]

Things discussed:

  • Baseball is really good. Now up to #13 in the country.
  • Spring takes: It was fun. Brandon Peters looked gooooood. Speight had a bad day, but that doesn’t undo a season’s worth of seeing him start, play on the road, play injured, lead a team, etc. But man, that throw to Schoenle. But Speight was under way more pressure. But Craig was a few sheets to the wind when charting it.
  • The spreading: Are they getting the RBs good receiver matchups? A zone read package to bleed Peters? Making pass protection easier? All of the above, probably.
  • Like the backs. Like the receivers. The secondary looks like it reloaded.
  • Craig and Brian don’t agree on their favorite walk-on OL. Frey is good—smart to have multiple coaches for a position that, including TE, is over half of your offense.
  • Bush can run through some guys—you can see why they like Robo but Bush is going to be hard to keep from the field.
  • Khaleke Hudson is the Peters of the defense: seeing the things translate to college ball that made him such an exciting prospect out of high school.
  • Can you imagine telling Don Brown he’s not allowed to blitz?
  • That bonkers field goal. The other kickers looked good too. Will Hart can punt it long but takes a long time to get it off.
  • Toughest game on the schedule? Brian thinks Sam is giving Penn State too much credit. Their offense in the good part of the year was too based on bombing it downfield but that’s not going to last without Chirs Godwin.
  • Hurst: we’re gonna have to get used to playing more snaps. Really wish we had a Matt Godin on this roster.

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