Row The Boat?

Row The Boat?

Submitted by Yung Geezer on February 15th, 2017 at 11:01 AM

So according to this Rovell tweet, P.J. Fleck has shelled out 50K for "Row The Boat".  I'm curious what the WMU Broncos think about this...all of that gear is pretty much useless now, right?  I suggest a LeBron/Cleveland type apparel burning in the streets.  Fire up Broncos

BREAKING: P.J. Fleck & Western Michigan have reached a deal to transfer the "Row The Boat" trademark rights to Fleck. Will cost $50,000.

— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 15, 2017

UM Hoops vs Western Michigan Tuesday 8:30PM Crisler Big Ten Network

UM Hoops vs Western Michigan Tuesday 8:30PM Crisler Big Ten Network

Submitted by ClearEyesFullHart on December 3rd, 2012 at 1:28 AM

Looks like Steve Hawkins just had a baby.

  No, not that Steve Hawking.   Western Michigan’s basketball coach.  His wife went into labor just before Western’s tip-off with Oakland.  NTSteve Hawkins has been a fixture on the sidelines for Western Michigan for a decade, and even the birth of his second child wasn’t going to stop him from leading the Broncos to a good Grizzly smackdown.  The 76-72 win moved Western to 6-1, with their only imperfection coming in their first game against a bad Cornell team.  That’ll happen when 3 of your best players are freshmen.

     NTSteve Hawkins thought he had it made with a solid team last year…Until nearly the entire team took their turn on the injured list.  Western would go on to have a disappointing year, 14-20.  In the offseason they lost Mike Douglas, Demetrius Ward, Flenard Whitfield, and Matt Stainbrook to graduation and/or transfer.  Those that stayed got a chance to build chemistry with some talented freshmen on a whirlwind tour/4 game exhibition fest in Italy, France and Monaco. 

The team we will see on Tuesday doesn’t look much like the one Kalamazoo watched last year.  And Broncos fans are happy for that.

     The Broncos, much like the Wolverines, have seen a major  infusion of talent in the offseason.  Brandon Paul’s baby brother Darius (6-8 freshman forward)   has injected a lot of athleticism into the front court, as well as adding 12 points and 6 rebounds to the cause. 


6-1 freshman point guard Jared Klein takes some of the ball handling pressure off of Austin Richie. 

Klein averages 2 steals to go with his 6 points and 3 boards, and helps to space the floor with his outside shooting (.429 behind the arc).  6-5 freshman swingman Connar Tara chips in with 3 points and 3 boards as well as 20 minutes of solid defense.

     Preseason all Mac West 6-7 senior forward Nate Hutcheson returns as the Broncos best player. 

He is averaging 14 points and 5 boards, scoring inside as well as out(.333 from behind the arc).  6-4 senior guard Brandon Pokley has been absolutely killing opponents from downtown, shooting a blistering .455(on about 5 attempts/g) from deep. 

6-2 sophomore point guard Austin Richie leads the Broncos in assists(4) and chips in from behind the arc shooting .316 from downtown.  6-10 junior center Shane Wittington leads the team in rebounds with about 9(WMU has outrebounded its meager opponents 37-29ish).  Wittington also chips in 10 points and is always a threat to erase shots in the post(6 blocks in his last game against Oakland).

     The Broncos are a nice team, and I think they will be very competitive in the MAC.  They’ve beat Oakland at home and South Florida on the road.  Obviously if #10 Bandon Pokley is getting open shots on the perimeter it’s going to hurt.  But yeah,

  And obviously Shane Wittington and Darius Paul are getting it done in the post…but yeah,

.  They’ve got some nice players, but you look at this team, and you look at our team, and there is a certain degree of “Anything you can do, Michigan can do better”.  And I think  this is what we will see on Tuesday.

     82-65 Michigan wins.

Go Blue! 

Hockey Realignment! WMU and St. Cloud to NCHC

Hockey Realignment! WMU and St. Cloud to NCHC

Submitted by Sambojangles on September 21st, 2011 at 10:21 PM…

Notre Dame still doesn't know where it will be playing in 2013-2014. Hockey East? Did their NCHC spot just get taken? Would they try to go independent in hockey too?

Tiny Upsetting Note - Turnovers

Tiny Upsetting Note - Turnovers

Submitted by Blazefire on September 11th, 2011 at 1:55 AM

I am basking in the glory of our win, so I don't want to come down here at all, but I feel like I should make a note. After our win tonight I was hoping to make the argument that our defense is a turnover generating machine. After all, our backfield did jump a couple of those routes pretty well. However, I'm not sure I can.

Last week we took over versus Western on turnovers. We may have won anyway, but still. This week, Western won, but still had 4 turnovers (2 Int, 2 Fumble) and an additionaly fumble that they recovered. The jury is still out a bit, but I'm not sure we can count on generating these turnovers all season.

Prove me wrong, Mattison!

Moving Picture Pages - How Not To Defend Power, Part I

Moving Picture Pages - How Not To Defend Power, Part I

Submitted by Chris of Dange… on September 9th, 2011 at 11:04 AM

In case anybody's wondering, I'm Chris of Dangerous Logic here, but parkinggod pretty much everywhere else on the web, including YouTube.

(apologies to those who are familiar with MPP from last year; this is for the new folks)

  I love Picture Pages, but I'm so obtuse that I usually have to replay the video as I'm reading in order to understand what's happening.  Finally it dawned on me that I have the game footage, a video editor, and a little bit of free time, so (with Brian's permission) I have annotated the play with pauses, spot-shadowing, and other kindergarden video effects to make it easier to follow.  I notice that Brian has also started including an annotated version at the end of his regular picture pages posts (in this case,, but he points out different things there so I think this is still useful.

Setup: It's second and two on the Michigan 47 on Western's second drive of the day.  Western runs a counter out of the shotgun against Michigan's 3-4 front with corners pressing and only Kovacs deep.

Wha'hoppon: The LT ignores Brennen Beyer to double RVB. Beyer crashes into the backfield only to get hit by a pulling guard as the RB runs by him on the counter.  Demens steps up into the hole but loses outside contain, and the RB cuts outside and may well have had a TD if Kovacs doesn't make a tackle 25 yards downfield.


Western Michigan game wrap (with pics!)

Western Michigan game wrap (with pics!)

Submitted by SFBayAreaBlue on September 6th, 2011 at 10:02 AM

[Ed: bump in case anyone doesn't know to read these yet.]

So, we're almost 3 quarters into the Brady Hoke era, and what have we learned?  Not a hell of a whole of a lot. Western was a cupcake, and we provided the vanilla frosting, the vanilla defense, and the vanilla offense.  There's plenty to criticize and the few good things all come with cupcake's caveats.  Next week will be the real barometer of our progress .

Somewhere in the back of my self-important mind, I worry that breaking down our offensive and defensive systems might give a very tiny advantage to our opponents.  So this year I'm going to do less system stuff and focus on individual plays and players when it comes to our team.  I'll save system analysis for scouting reports of other teams. 

But first, I just have to say:


You sir, have an awesome mustache.

Let's start with the bad:

Their first drive was cause for concern.  Just getting aligned was a problem on many plays.  


I'm pretty sure this isn't how you're supposed to defend a 3rd and 1. 

And on this next play, the confusion is so thick, you can cut it with a knife.  You could roll it into a batter and make... hmmmm... I'm hungry...

Despite being in a shotgun look, this is clearly a run formation.  What's the giveaway?  


How about the covered slot "receiver" making this an unbalanced line.  We've got 3 guys defending air, and the DB's are so far back, they're practically giftwrapping a 10 yard run.  


The QB meshes with the fullback to give an option look, and he wisely hands it off since our linebacker is way out of position.  


The ball carrier cuts back to the GAPING HOLE.  Meanwhile, our contain guy is so concerned with both the QB and pitchman, neither of whom have the ball, that he can't make a play on the FB. 

But I'm encouraged by the fact that we got it figured out before the drive was even over.


Here we are against the same exact formation and play a few downs later.  That's a quick adjustment, or maybe it's just that nobody f'd up this time.   Notice that the DB's are in a position to support against the run and we clog up the middle to stop the FB for practically no gain.  

Carvin Johnson was misaligned on the next play, but Avery did a good job to make a solid tackle and delay the TD. But as a whole, the defense looked like most of them have had 3 or 4 different coordinators in the last 4 years. 

I'm also concerned about the size of our front seven, and when we go against the likes of MSU, Neb, OSU, and god willing - Wiscy, well.... let's just hope things get better. 

[Ed.: more after the jump.]