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A lunatic. Woody Hayes at the end of the Game in 1971:
At the link above MVictors has handily gif'd crucial portions of Hayes's meltdown that you can send to loved ones during moments of crisis. Need to remind your brother-in-law that he may be a grown-ass man but he's got the emotional stability of a toddler who missed his nap? There you go.
Ohio State's current coach has a slightly different approach:
have you ever seen a man willing himself to explode, well now you have pic.twitter.com/1vdksXjRRH
— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) November 17, 2018
There needs to be an equivalent of the Vince McMahon gif that's just smash cuts to increasingly distressed versions of Meyer culminating in that.
A smooth operator. Bill Bonds fulminates about the overweening importance of The Game, and you know what? He's right.
Legendary take on Michigan / Ohio State from longtime @WXYZDetroit anchor Bill Bonds. Stay 'til the end.
Classic. He's forever an all-time great. pic.twitter.com/mCLXkJch9l
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) November 19, 2018
[After THE JUMP: Don Brown! Luke Yaklich! THE BROTHERS KARA-NAH-SOV]
The man, the mustache. Ivan Maisel on Don Brown:
Harbaugh professed his awe for Brown's ability to correct a flaw in his defense from the sideline.
"He's really gifted at seeing things on the field," Harbaugh said. "Some coaches got to see it from the press box. Some got to wait until they see the film. He stands out to me as being really good, maybe the best I've ever been around that way."
Take last week against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights' Isiah Pacheco, running out of a three-back set, went 80 yards for a touchdown. Wolverines defensive end Chase Winovich and free safety Tyree Kinnel both bit on a fake reverse, and Pacheco ran inside of them and right up the field. Brown moved his ends wider and put middle linebacker Devin Bush Jr. man-to-man on the tailback.
"They ran it two times for no gain," Bush said, "and they stopped running it."
"I mean, I can't think of any times where he gets hit with the same call twice," Harbaugh said. "Maybe once since he's been here."
Is that ability unusual? "Yeah, that is," Harbaugh said. "It's a gift."
That's a deeply-reported piece worth your time.
At the end of time. Lawrence Marshall winding it up:
This time last year, Lawrence Marshall didn’t know whether or not he’d be back for a fifth year.
At that point — a redshirt junior — Marshall had played in 10 career games, with just nine tackles to show for it. Defensive line coach Greg Mattison approached Marshall after last season and expressed a desire to have him return. Still, Marshall was understandably reticent. He could have easily departed as a grad transfer and found a more regular role elsewhere; it would’ve been hard to blame him.
Then Mattison told Marshall a story that helped bring clarity to the situation. Mattison left Michigan for Notre Dame in 1996, a year before the Wolverines won the national title.
“‘Lawrence, you don’t want to feel that way,’ ” Marshall recalls Mattison saying, “ ‘leaving and Michigan winning a national championship and you left at the wrong time.’
“I was like, ‘I don’t want to be that person.’ ”
Winding it up in a different way. Josh Uche spooling up the jump drive:
The physical talent and pass-rushing ability have always been there. Which begs the question: why did Uche spend his first two seasons at Michigan on the sideline?
“Since being at Michigan," Uche explains, "it’s kind of been a struggle."
As a freshman, Uche tore his meniscus and caught a "bad virus." He played in four games that season. The next year, he suffered a stress fracture in his foot and missed fall camp before seeing limited time in 10 games.
Uche understood why he wasn’t getting many snaps; Michigan’s staff simply didn’t know what he could do. Yet he felt that when he did play, he flashed enough to warrant more snaps.
“It was a battle that was happening with myself,” Uche said. “ ‘I deserve more, but I know why.’ ”
QBs graded. PFF has Patterson third in the Big Ten and there's a big gap back to #4:
The Big Ten leaders in passing grade from quarterbacks pic.twitter.com/NFo7QsV8VV
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 20, 2018
NFL beckoning. Kiper's latest rankings feature a lot of Michigan players:
Devin Bush: 6
Rashan Gary: 8
Karan Higdon: No. 5 RB
Ben Bredeson: No. 3 G
Chase Winovich: No. 5 OLB
David Long: No. 7 CB
Lavert Hill: No. 8 CB https://t.co/Ilgy2EFB39
— Chad Shepard (@UMShep) November 14, 2018
Bredeson that far up the G list is a bit of a surprise. He's playing well but he hasn't really leapt off the field as an obvious NFL player. FWIW, nine cornerbacks were off the board by the end of the second round last year. If the NFL draft advisory board agrees with Kiper at year's end I'd guess both Hill and Long are out the door.
Patterson is not listed in his top ten QBs, FWIW, and Gentry didn't make his TE list. I'd call this "preliminary": OSU fans seem to hate Michael Jordan as their C but he still checks in second.
Many offenses require many vengeances. ESPN's #1 up and coming NFL player at the midpoint of the season? Yuuup:
1. Maurice Hurst, DL, Oakland Raiders
Age: 23 | Snaps through Week 10: 354 | Drafted: Round 5 (2018)
…at this point he's the only thing Raiders fans have any rational reason to be optimistic about. Hurst fits another one of the classic undervalued draft archetypes: the smaller defensive tackle who creates havoc inside yet falls because NFL scouts don't take him seriously because of his size. The patron saint of that category is Aaron Donald, who didn't go in the top 10 despite being the best player in the 2014 draft. We think the Raiders would be very happy if Hurst followed in the more reasonable footsteps of Geno Atkins or Grady Jarrett.
Bad draft day takes about his fall had to be coming from people who didn't watch the tape.
Basketball defense graphed. Got dang:
The Michigan defense relative to the rest of the country: pic.twitter.com/OY7PzHcgX1
— Jordan Sperber (@hoopvision68) November 18, 2018
The "bad" performance in there was against George Washington, which scored 20 of its 61 points after Michigan had taken a 71-39 lead. Seven of those last nine minutes were heavy on freshmen and walk-ons.
Quinn captures some of what makes Michigan so difficult to cope with on that end:
Outside the locker room after Saturday’s win, Livers tried to explain what’s so unique about this team. In reality, he is one of the unique parts. Despite not practicing at the five position in the preseason, he now regularly finds himself there when Beilein shifts to a small-ball lineup. It’s proven wildly effective and is now a mainstay. Beilein tells Livers to think of himself as Draymond Green with the Warriors. This is, in many ways, Michigan’s ideal proxy. Going small spreads out opposing defenses on one end and creates a situation in which its own defense, perhaps the best in college basketball, can switch on every ball screen. “Yes,” Livers said, “Coach B has really taken a liking to it.”
At any given time, though, when starting center Jon Teske checks into the game, Livers shifts to either the three or the four position and Michigan presents an entirely different look. Against Providence, when the Friars feasted on a few offensive rebounds, Beilein fielded a lineup measuring 6-1 (Zavier Simpson), 6-7 (Brazdeikis), 6-6 (Matthews), 6-7 (Livers) and 7-1 (Teske). Moments later, Beilein was back to the small lineup. Afterward, Providence coach Ed Cooley mentioned that Michigan is able to “camouflage” its lineups.
“That’s a fun way to play,” Cooley said.
They can yo-yo between small ball lineups and giant ones, depending on what the opposing offense is trying to do.
Etc.: Both new MSU trustees want to fire John Engler. Lawsuit against three MSU basketball players accused of rape moves forward. The Stanford Orange Bowl mic'd up thing still exists. Speech restrictions are a sign that you may be in an employer-employee relationship. I don't recommend reading this Bill C article on flaws OSU can exploit.