OT - Row Designation in the Big House

OT - Row Designation in the Big House

Submitted by funkifyfl on September 28th, 2016 at 10:35 AM

Sorry if I'm missing a board guideline, but I have a quick question regarding row designation at the Big House as I'm trying to get some tickets for Illinois. Several sections at the Big House do not appear to reach field, more specifically Sections 5, 7, 8, 10, 14, 16, 17, 27, 29, 30, 32, 36, 38, 39, and 41 (OCD is an awful thing). My question is whether seats in these sections use the same row numbering as the others.

 

In other words, is Section 5, Row 1, actually at the same height as say Section 6, Row 20? Or alternatively, does Section 5 just "start" at Row 20, and Section 5, Row 20 is right next to Section 6, Row 20? Thanks in advance for any info.

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Resources

2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Resources

Submitted by Dubs on March 14th, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Everyone has their own preferred methods, but I figured I would make a post that could more or less consolidate all resources people use to help them make picks.  I used to love the Wall Street Journal "Blindfold Bracket," but they did away with that last year in lieu of something a little more time efficient.  Here are my two:

WSJ Madness Machine (change variables such as 3 pt shooting and experience and it generates your whole bracket for you in seconds): http://graphics.wsj.com/ncaa-madness-machine-2016/

My other resource is (of course) Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight:  http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-march-madness-predictions/

Any other resources you got?  Post 'em. 

Defensive Players Adjusting to Brown?

Defensive Players Adjusting to Brown?

Submitted by funkifyfl on February 9th, 2016 at 12:09 PM

After the excitement that was NSD, I'm still starved for substantive discussion before spring practice starts. After reading some of the ESPN Way Too Early Top 25 thread, someone mentioned that they expect this defense to be tops in the nation. My question is whether anyone foresees any issues transitioning to Don Brown's defensive schemes coming off last year.

 

This defense will be crazy talented and experienced. The d-line has 7-8 starter quality players and multiple stars. The secondary has 2 incredibly high caliber athletes and good experience. The linebacker corps is definitely the weakest of the 3 defensive units, but with Peppers playing the hybrid blackhole of space position, UM will likely only need 2 fulltime 'backers.

 

Just as I expect the returning offensive players to improve after having another year in the Harbaughffense, I think it naturally follows to ask whether the defense may take some time to adjust to Brown's style. Fortunately, Michigan's first 3 games are against teams that were fairly abysmal last year and are all at home. Colorado had 4 wins last year which is more than Hawaii and UCF combined. That builds in some nice cushion for the defense to learn the nuances of the scheme. Frankly, the D line should have no problem adjusting because other than run fits and select drop coverages, their complexity is likely limited to stunts and twists. The secondary plays a lot of press man, and that won't change much. So it really boils down to the LBs.

 

While last year's D handled pro style offenses well, once Glasgow went out and they played spread offenses or IU, things went south. There are some potentially mitigating factors (read: Durkin packing his bags during OSU week), but nevertheless, do you expect there to be any growing pains as this talented, experienced D adapts to Brown's schemes and likely integrates 2 true freshmen and essentially a new LB corps?

Harbaugh - Spending every minute of practice on the field

Harbaugh - Spending every minute of practice on the field

Submitted by The Mad Hatter on March 13th, 2015 at 8:36 AM

"Under the previous coaching regime, a fair amount of the time allotted by the NCAA for practice work in the spring was spent in team meeting rooms.

Under Harbaugh, if Michigan's on a practice day, it spends its full four countable hours on the field -- non-stop."

The players seem to be impressed.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/03/michigan_players_wow_by_jim_ha.html

 

OT: Les Miles loves grass

OT: Les Miles loves grass

Submitted by Don on November 7th, 2010 at 7:27 AM

Literally.

via ESPN.com:

BATON ROUGE, La. -- As Les Miles' latest stab at fourth-down trickery was about to unfold, the LSU coach bent down, snatched up some blades of grass -- and ate them.

"I have a little tradition that humbles me as a man, that lets me know that I'm a part of the field and part of the game," Miles said as a smile widened on his face. "You should have seen some games before this. I can tell you one thing: The grass in Tiger Stadium tastes best."

Where did the forum item on DD/GBMW/Webb go to?

Where did the forum item on DD/GBMW/Webb go to?

Submitted by Don on June 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 PM

So am I going nuts again, or did somebody pull down the forum topic concerning GBMW's assertion that RR was taking twice the number of allegedly academically marginal kids as Carr and that Brandon et al were reining things in? If so, why? (aside from the fact that I think the underlying assumption is unverifiable bullshit, that is...)