Even Unverified Voracity Is A Little Tired Of Barwis Porn

Submitted by Brian on July 18th, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Programming note: there was a lot of negative feedback on the "Anti-Carr Team"; it appears most found it meanspirited, and I have to agree. It was fun in concept but not execution and has been discontinued. If you need a complete team, there is a diary entitled " The Game I'll Watch In Hell ."

Blog fixes. You should notice the MGoStore block is back. Click for sweet t-shirt action. Also: the "more" links in the diaries tab now lead you to something that's not totally useless. Before, they actually had worse functionality than the tabs, as they'd give you five posts without any option to see another page. Now they'll show you 25 and there's a full pager. Also, the Fanhouse links on the left sidebar are fixed.

Crankiness level: medium. Red Berenson has always been admirably straightforward about how damned ornery NHL teams picking off his best players makes him. Sometimes he's okay with it (Jack Johnson); other times he's near livid (Mike Cammalleri). The Pacioretty reaction falls in the middle:

Q: Was he frustrated with your decision?

Pacioretty: A little bit. He's very understanding. He knows I want to be a professional hockey player. Sometimes, not everyone has the same mindset for developing as a hockey player. I think there might have been a little bit of friction there, but not too much. I know he supports my goal to one day play in the NHL.

The official word:

"We're disappointed that Max Pacioretty has chosen to forego his eligibility at the University of Michigan," Berenson said in a statement released by the school. "Max was certainly a positive force on our team last season. We would like to wish him well in his pursuit of his dream to play in the National Hockey League."

Eeeeeeeeeeee. Again. Okay, even I'm getting a little tired of reading about Superhero Mike Barwis. Mere days after ESPN published three separate items about the former ninja who may have assassinated Prince Moriyoshi in 1335 comes a Dennis Dodd piece. Naturally, it starts with wolves:

The pet wolves died last year. Mike Barwis had two of them which, to anyone who knows Michigan's strength and conditioning coach, is hardly a surprise.

The rest of it is per standard. Barwis makes grown men cry. Larry Foote can fly now. Player X came in a 200 pound fatty and now bends steel bars with his forearm hair. Barwis ate a baby once and crapped out Lawrence Taylor. Barwis got in a time machine, travelled back to the Indian subcontinent when it was still floating in the ocean and got the natives so fired up they threw it into Asia.

Barwis invented flour.

Also there's this quote from Threet:

"We have to scare people again," Threet said. "There used to be a certain intimidation factor. You'd see Michigan run out and touch the banner and you knew you were in for a long day. Some of that has started to go away."

Word.

Historian. The 2000 Michigan State game for your edification:

Meanwhile. The Ann Arbor News' editorial leadership has taken every possible opportunity to criticize the Michigan athletic department this summer. Meanwhile, in Lansing they're publishing 4,000 word puff pieces about the new athletic director's little league baseball coaching:

Runners stand on first and second. It's 6:33 p.m. on Monday, June 9, at a baseball field behind Chippewa Middle School in Okemos. Coach Mark Hollis gives the sign to his baserunners: double steal. As the next pitch crosses the plate, both break into a sprint.

"Get there!" Hollis barks, and both do with ease.

It is, after all, little league baseball.

Michigan State's athletic department is consistently in the red, features a football team one point above the APR's minimum, and has a coach that provided more ammunition to Michigan fans in one year than John L Smith did over his entire tenure. Also his last recruiting class sucked. (This one? Pretty good so far.) But the rush to lionize is on.

Diaries of note. A number of good things in the Diaries: gsimmons85 tackles press coverage as Shafer will apply it:

You wont see a lot of straight jam technique, rather the press is an inside shade, outside foot back, inviting the fade (michigan corners will know how to play the fade better than any other corners int he country) then on the snap of the ball, they execute what is called a shadow technique. Shafer describes it as imagining that the sun is setting behind the offensive player, and the defender gives ground, with short shuffle steps, and tries to stay in the shadow as long as possible. Forcing the offensive player to make the first move, makes it harder to get a corner off balance with a missed jam.

Simmons is a high school defensive coordinator who's used Shafer's schemes for the past four years and is very complimentary of his stuff over on his home blog Three And Out.

Meanwhile, Blue Seoul interrogates the Barwis hype. In doing so he accidentally stumbles over some interesting numbers about fourth quarter swings. Over the last five years:

Michigan was outscored in the 4th quarter 19 freaking times. 6 of those were 4th quarter collapses where we lost the lead, and 4 of them were double digit 4th quarter leads. WVU was outscored in the 4th 21 times, BUT ONLY 1 RESULTED IN A LOST LEAD. One! One freaking game did they lose in the 4th quarter. ... Conversely, WVU only won 7 games in the 2nd half, 2 of those in the 4th. Michigan won 7 games in the 2nd half, but 9 in the 4th.

I cosign the proffered explanation:

I think this has more to do with coaching. Lloyd would sit on a lead, lose the third quarter and then open up a bit to win in the end. Whereas with RR he doesn't hold back. He's either going to beat you and put you away in the first half, or just trail for the entire game.

(There's probably an element of luck in there, too.) An interesting thing about the Rodriguez offense as it was constructed at West Virginia: you can't turn off the "scoring offense." Michigan could grind into the line a few times, throw on third down, avoid risky plays, etc, etc. West Virginia could try to do that, and Pat White would rip off a 50 yard run or something. The downside to this is the lack of comebacks: WVU had one kickass dimension, but if you shut that dimension off you were going to win.

I don't think this is the ideal for Rodriguez, but when you've got Pat White -- especially as a freshman and sophomore -- that's just what you've got. It would have been interesting to see if Rodriguez added more passing to the WVU offense with a senior quarterback, as Carr always did.

Also:

Etc.: More LLP in Taiwan; he goes for 22 against the hosts; Purdue blog Off The Tracks interviews yrs truly.

Comments

mjv

July 18th, 2008 at 11:32 AM ^

Brian, The changes made to the Diary board are a step in the right direction. If it could go all the way to the same type of board that MGoBoard has, which identifies the number of comments and (the number of new comments) it would make it far more efficient to read what is in the diaries.

gsimmons85

July 18th, 2008 at 11:57 AM ^

and i dont know how to do it, or if it can be done. I like getting email notification when someone has asked for my oppinion of somethng. i feel like i let people down alot when they ask specific questions about something and i dont see the comment becuse it was on a thread from a few posts ago, or a diary from awhile ago. can we get that function on diary entries? comment email notification? probably not, but i thought i would ask.

MechEng97

July 18th, 2008 at 12:00 PM ^

Yeah I'm getting slightly tired of hearing the same Barwis jargon in every interview. I was blown away the 1st time I heard the guy talk last winter, but I now wonder why he has to use the technical term every time he wants to refer to something. Sounds cool I guess. I just want the [email protected] season to start so we can see what we have. I belive it's a great step forward, just wonder how much of a difference any of it will make without a mobile/experienced QB...

gsimmons85

July 18th, 2008 at 12:38 PM ^

sorry that made me sound like a whinny biotch... dont even worrie about it... btw, notice the "over" wide 5 split you will remeber from this year at the 3:58 mark of the 200 msu game... like i said, not a new defense, very common adjustment to tendencies... the difference is the execution and the jimmies and joes making it work or not.

jamiemac

July 18th, 2008 at 12:39 PM ^

Did I see Lazurus, a member of the now defunct Anti Carr team, make a sack in garbage time? Still hard to believe the brutal 2000 defense pitched a shutout in the Big 10. Then again, Sparty was no great shakes that year. Was that option play down there by the goal line a "oh no Sparty" moment or what!?!?!

Blue in Seattle

July 18th, 2008 at 2:13 PM ^

It is interesting how much we all complained about Lloyd not being open with the press. Now before the season has started, we are already tired of "TOO MUCH" press about the Michigan Program. well, I guess we all get ready for the season in our own way. for myself I'm reading anything remotely related to Michigan, and spending wayyy too much time on YouTube watching Woverine Historian. Couldn't find MSU '96, but of course found OSU '96 http://youtube.com/watch?v=c4_wATSa4MI

Jim Harbaugh S…

July 18th, 2008 at 2:17 PM ^

Programming note: there was a lot of negative feedback on the "Anti-Carr Team"; it appears most found it meanspirited, and I have to agree. It was fun in concept but not execution and has been discontinued. Wow this is terrible news. I really like the Anti-Carr team. Mean spirited? - hardly, it was critical of players who flat out sucked - nothing screams "sports fan" more than ripping on athletes who suck despite the fact they are better (athletically) than those doing the ripping. I may have to do a similar feature myself.

jamiemac

July 18th, 2008 at 3:35 PM ^

Good to see our Iowa friends paying us a visit.

For a good anti-UM laugh, you both should check out the "game I will watch in Hell" diary. Classic stuff of all the UM tormentors in the recent past. I am sure you will be quick to hang some of their posters on your wall.

 Sadly, no Hawkeyes made the list as most people on this site are a little to young to remember the likes of Larry Station, Ronnie Harmon and Rob Houghlin, the latter is a dead man if I ever see him crossing the street.

enjoy the rest of the summer, keep up the good work at BHGP. Enjoy the site as I have a soft spot for the Hawks......are they gonna start covering the spread in their home games like they once did!?!?!?!

caup

July 18th, 2008 at 2:50 PM ^

I LOVE that quote by Threet. When I was a student, Bo was the coach and that intimidation factor was definitely present. Bo's teams wouldn't always win, but they would ALWAYS beat up the other team. I remember numerous quotes from other teams saying how they hated to play Michigan because they'd still be banged up and sore the next 2 games after that. I loved hearing those kind of quotes. One in particular was (I think) from Cleveland Gary of Miami, FL who said something along the lines that yeah, they won a comeback thriller against in 1988 but the guys were so beat up after the game that they could barely get back on the bus.

SFBayAreaBlue

July 18th, 2008 at 8:29 PM ^

you take the scoring margin of the second half and compare it to the game margin, then you take the scoring margin of the 4th quarter and compare it the game margin.  basically it means that in some extra games michigan had a big lead in the third quarter, lost it, but then won in the fourth by not as much.  so they get a '4th quarter win' but not a 2nd half win because they had negative margin for the 2nd half.

chitownblue (not verified)

July 18th, 2008 at 3:51 PM ^

FWIW, I was at the 2002 Iowa/Michigan game in Ann Arbor, and that pretty much felt like hell to me.

caup

July 18th, 2008 at 3:58 PM ^

...because I consider that 2002 Iowa game the nadir of Michigan's "intimidation factor." The Hawkeyes came into our House, physically whipped our asses, celebrated raucously ON THE FIELD after the game, then talked shit to the media after the game about how easy we were to push around. What a humiliating exhibition that was.

chitownblue (not verified)

July 18th, 2008 at 4:04 PM ^

I don't remember the raucous celebration (I'm not saying it didn't happen, I just don't remember) or the shit talking (I think I tuned out all media related to that game) - but I do definitely remember getting the shit kicked out of us in every single phase of the game.

caup

July 18th, 2008 at 4:21 PM ^

stayed on the field an extra long time, even after the place was nearly empty, whooping it up with their fans, many of whom hopped the wall. Meh, they deserved that indulgence, I suppose. Maybe "raucous" was an overstatement, but still. Also, none of the "shit" they talked after the game was untrue, either. Just a matter of the truth hurting.(Gallery: "we couldn't believe how easy they were to push around", Sanders: "they gave up", etc.) That's when I was convinced that our S&C was outdated. I'd never seen a Michigan team so physically dominated before.

jamiemac

July 18th, 2008 at 4:51 PM ^

Yeah, that sucked. Total ass kicking, although it was close at half. That 1984 game was about as bad as I have ever seen UM get its ass kicked as well. The 2003 game, though, pisses me off more. Those close losses that can be traced to play or two will burn me forever. Worst.Punt.Formation.Ever. 1990, 1-point loss because Moeller tried some fancy lame ass extra point formation and a needless 2-point attempt failed. The subsequent one trying to chase that missed point after the next TD missed as well and we blow a double digit lead. Painfully, the week after the Desmond PI in the end zone vs MSU. Cost us a Rose Bowl when it was all said and done. 1985, enuff said. Thank God its Friday, as I now need a drink.....or a joint.....eh, probably both.

The Barking Sp…

July 18th, 2008 at 7:15 PM ^

If Iowa 2002 was a nadir, what the hell was Appy State and Oregon? And sorry, but I also think USC 2007 Rose Bowl was more Nadiry because we were supposed to be friggin' dominant. But another Big Boy (this one really big) toyed with us as if it were our first day in prison and the soap was dropped. Purposely, of course. I'll never forget Pete Carroll and the "Shizzle, brizzle, we was just havin some fizzle up in the mug, me and Snoop Dogg was thankin, 'ain't no need to whip out the gats on these mothafuzzles, we just having fizzle'"(It may or may not be a well known fact that Pete Carroll and Snoop Dogg together have killed over 500 rival football team coaches and rappers). Oh, the woe of these last eight years!

The Barking Sp…

July 18th, 2008 at 7:28 PM ^

After watching that presentation by Wolverine Historian, I can honestly say I wish my name was Herbie Haygood. I just hope that Herbie studied piano while young, and continues to be a great jazz piano player to this day. That's what I would do if my name was Herbie Haygood. You wouldn't have a choice.

hat

July 18th, 2008 at 8:23 PM ^

Yeah I'm getting slightly tired of hearing the same Barwis jargon in every interview. I was blown away the 1st time I heard the guy talk last winter, but I now wonder why he has to use the technical term every time he wants to refer to something.

It may be that sportswriters are just reusing the same Barwis quotes over and over.

Wolverine Nation

July 19th, 2008 at 11:10 AM ^

"MSU... has a coach that provided more ammunition to Michigan fans in one year than John L Smith did over his entire tenure." I love the sentiment, but I have to disagree here. JLS was never cut out to be a Big Ten coach and provided us with the memorable 2004 and 2005 victories.

Don

July 19th, 2008 at 1:11 PM ^

The over-the-top portion of Barwis Mania will disappear as soon as RichRod's first loss occurs. Then the over-the-toppers will do an immediate 180 and start screaming for Barwis's and RR's head. "A team that's so well-conditioned should never lose!! Kirk Ferentz (or insert name of choice) would never have lost that game!"

will

July 19th, 2008 at 1:24 PM ^

Apparently it is next to impossible to get UM-MU tickets through the Miami box office even for alumni. Does the UM box office make single game tickets available to the public? Whats my best bet for getting tickets to the game, and how much should I expect to pay? Is scalping a reasonable possiblity? Are there decent accomodations in AA? I used to go to games all the time, but would just drive back to Toledo and stay with my grandparents. Are there post game MGoBlog happy hour parties? Will "War does not determine who is right. It determines who is left"