A Serious Candidate for the MGoBlog Michigan Blogs Section

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 24th, 2011 at 5:48 PM

There's a new blog that is clearly MGoBlog inspired and because of its tremendous focus on a particular somewhat peculiar behavior of Michigan's head football coach, should rightly be added to the Michigan Blogs section.

Who's with me?



August 24th, 2011 at 5:50 PM ^

I think Brian should figure out how to RSS the most recent picture from that into a table box between MGoDiaries and MGoBoard. now that shit'd be epic


August 24th, 2011 at 5:53 PM ^

Linked on the front page a few months ago. I was hoping you guys wouldn't rediscover this because it is my official source for all Brady Hoke pointing needs.


August 24th, 2011 at 6:06 PM ^

Is definitely my 2nd favorite "blog" on the interwebz. I can only hope that he continues to point at things as the years go on. May there never be a shortage of pointable objects!


August 24th, 2011 at 7:22 PM ^

Not pointing pictures but some screen caps that were brought to my attention recently. 

*1999 Notre Dame game: Hoke and Jim Herrman praying the defense will close out ND's final drive.

And a couple "You da man," shots from 1997 between Hoke and Woodson.

*1997 Michigan State game after Woodson's Super Man interception...

*1997 Ohio State game right after Woodson's punt return...

Zone Left

August 24th, 2011 at 8:04 PM ^

You joined up and made 20k+ posts over a couple years just to promote your blog of pictures of a guy pointing who wasn't directly involved with Michigan athletics when you joined, didn't you?

Zone Left

August 24th, 2011 at 8:31 PM ^

That is how these threads typically go. Someone with exactly 100 points starts talking up a "great new blog" he "found" before indirectly and then directly admitting it's his own blog and he's looking to build his audience.


August 25th, 2011 at 12:17 AM ^

But this is, after all, MGoBlog. Have we really determined that Hoke's pointing is more frequent and effective than the average coach?

At the very least we should search an industry-leading sports-photo wire service's database for Hoke's name vs. several other comparable big-name university coaches' names for a time period ranging from the beginning of their coaching careers until a given date after their hiring at their current prestige job. (You could make it the number of days between Hoke's hire and today.) Then we would look at the ratio of pictures featuring pointing (semi-objective criteria involving elbow angle and finger visibility would have to be established) to total pictures.

This would just be a start, of course. There are a few obvious issues to be worked out, methodologically; for one, the fact that Hoke spent his early career at a high-profile gig might affect the number of pictures he's involved in, actually suppressing his pointing ratio. (anyone standing next to Woodson in 1997 was going to get photographed, but a guy who spent his early career at a more obscure school would ONLY get photographed if he were doing something visually interesting like pointing.) I'm sure Misopogon can help with this.


August 25th, 2011 at 12:52 AM ^

I believe STATS, Inc. has distinguished  "Quality Points" (arm, index finger straight) from your garden-variety point.  A QP earns up to 2.0 Point points, depending on how close the arm and finger are to a 180-degree angle.  (Some believe that eye contact should be factored into the analysis, but purists disagree.) Hoke is known for his high QP: P ratio.

Contrast a typical Hoke point with the following:

This is clearly a poor effort.  Fulmer's finger is pointed overly skyward and his arm angle is all wrong.  This earned very few Point points.

It's no surprise Fulmer was fired.



August 25th, 2011 at 1:34 AM ^

Until then:

Arm is 120 degrees give or take, and finger is straight, so this would be minimum 1.0 on the QP scale jmblue outlined for us above.  Cant really assess eye contact here.  Also a poor showing.  Now we can finally see where exactly Willingham failed in South Bend.