Long piece on this year's Game vs OSU at Buckeye blog Eleven Warriors

Long piece on this year's Game vs OSU at Buckeye blog Eleven Warriors

Submitted by StephenRKass on August 17th, 2017 at 2:04 PM

There is a long piece on this year's game with the Buckeyes at Ohio State blog Eleven Warriors.

LINK:  2017 Look Ahead:  Ohio State at Michigan

It seems a pretty even-handed non-snarky thorough review. My personal take is that Michigan's defense is going to be a lot better than most anyone is predicting. I will believe in Michigan's offense once I actually see it on the field against a solid defense. I'd like to think it will be an upgrade, but I have been let down by the OL for a long time. I'm hoping that is beginning to really change with both Drevno and Frey focusing on line play.

Don't tweet at recruits, say stupid things about recruits, stalk recruits

Don't tweet at recruits, say stupid things about recruits, stalk recruits

Submitted by StephenRKass on July 30th, 2015 at 2:26 AM

On occasion, I will wander over to Eleven Warriors, largely because they often have something or other about Michigan. There is a decent article by Ramzy Nasrallah about the plague of fans who personally tweet at recruits.

LINK:  The Worst of Us:  Fans Who Tweet at Amateur Athletes.

This article is a followup to a previous article he wrote on the same topic.

LINK:  11W Etiquette:  Following Recruiting without being an Asshole.

Inside the article, Ramzy highlights at least one Ohio State fan who abuses twitter, with the handle Laostar7. Ramzy writes,

Don't get too upset with Laostar7. There are hundreds of Laostar7s. Rather than taking a flamethrower to Ohio State's many intrusive sports enthusiasts I chose to showcase only one. Every fan base has a sparkling collection of Laostar7s. The numbers of members enlisted in these brave militias vary by school.

I hope the number of Michigan fans doing this is slim. But earlier in the article, there is reference to at least one Michigan fan who uses twitter to contact Ahmir Mitchell, among others:  John Peters.

LINK:  John Peters.

Reading Ramzy's article, and then following the link to @John_Peterz and to Laostar7 is disturbing. And it reminds me why I have zero interest in twitter. Ok, there is a use to twitter, but it isn't for me. Regardless of whether you tweet or not, heed Brian and Ace and Seth and Ramzy, and have NOTHING to do with EVER contacting / tweeting / insulting / calling / talking to a recruit you don't have a prior personal connection to. It is wrong, an invasion of personal space, counterproductive, and for those of us over 30, downright creepy.

Phil Steele predictions on Michigan, Ohio, & Big 10

Phil Steele predictions on Michigan, Ohio, & Big 10

Submitted by StephenRKass on July 11th, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Over at Eleven Warriors, Phil Steele gives a long interview on his process of ranking teams, along with his take on Ohio, Michigan, and the rest of the Big 10. It is a fascinating read, and gives a sense of why Steele does such a good job of predicting. (LINK:  http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2012/07/12344/12-0-is-a-possibility-chatting-with-phil-steele#more)

Of greatest interest here are his comments on Michigan. Here are a few quotes:

 Last season, Brady Hoke and the Wolverines were one of the bigger success stories in the country. Do you think that can be sustained?  

Phil Steele:  Last year, Michigan had the best case scenario. Going 11-2, that’s about as good as it can get. When you look at things a little bit closer, the bowl game (against Virginia Tech)for example, they got out first-downed 22-12, outgained 377-184, but at the end of the game, they ended up winning.

You look at the Notre Dame game, heading into the fourth quarter you’re thinking Notre Dame is going to win by 24 points. They completely dominated the game and then ended up coming up short when Denard Robinson had a touchdown pass in the final seconds.

This year the schedule gets a little bit tougher. I do think this season’s team is a little bit stronger if they can get the defensive line going.

I just don’t think they’ll overachieve like they did last year.

I have them as an underdog against Alabama, a slight underdog at Notre Dame, an underdog at Nebraska and an underdog at Ohio State. That doesn’t mean they’ll lose all of them, but I think their odds of getting 11 wins are a little more difficult.

There is more in the interview on Michigan, but you can only quote so much. The whole piece is very good. Interestingly, Eleven Warriors predicts that Michigan will beat Alabama (although, Steele begs to differ, and thinks it would be quite an upset.)

An Eleven Warriors Modest Proposal

An Eleven Warriors Modest Proposal

Submitted by MGoShoe on June 7th, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Yes, the author makes a nod to Jonathan Swift.  Still...

I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing college football fan of my acquaintance, that a former football power well outfitted is a most a most attractive candidate for a second-tier conference trying to increase their stature in the FBS world. I propose, therefore, that the Big Ten should drop the University of Michigan from the ranks of conference teams and facilitate its entry to one of the lesser conferences for the good of all involved.

I have reckoned upon a medium that a team of such formerly high stature, if given an annual slate of conference foes such as that offered by someone like the Mountain West or the WAC, would prosper greatly in both the number and the margin of victories. At the same time, the conference that acquires this former power will prosper by including U of M in their ranks in both the athletic and academic realms. Meanwhile, the Big Ten prospers by adding higher quality programs that are not currenly engulfed in scandals and beset by numerous transfers.

This to me appears to be a win-win situation. So, 11W readers, what thinkest thou of my proposal?

So MGoBlogerati: what dost thou think of his proposal?

[Edit: I thought I didn't need to do this.  I guess I was wrong.  A Modest Proposal For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public]