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01/18/2018 - 7:09pm Recall that Jim and Sarah had a preemie last January

John was born on, what, Jan 11 last year at 4 lbs 13 ozs -- that's a low birth weight and the little guy spent some time in the NICU.

I'm gonna bet that there was some re-ordering in staff responsbilities as a result and it didn't all get sorted out well.  Drev stepped up to more OC, o-line coaching broken into a coupla pieces, one of which was zone vs power.  It never felt like Pep was part of the family -- never heard him discussed by staff, credited with anything amazing.

Jim hasn't made any excuses, but all the staff changes last year, a new preemie in the family and who knows what else -- I can see things getting disordered, especially with the way that Jim is the heart and head of the program.

Part of that enthusiasm unknown to mankind was directed a bit elsewhere, I've been thinking.

Or maybe I'm just sentimental and full of crap.


11/30/2017 - 1:26am Second try on embedding the graphics
11/29/2017 - 8:28pm Just a hat tip to Ernie Harwell

Here's the 2-2 pitch, fouled into the upper deck down the first base line, ...and a man from Pinconning is going to take home a souvenir baseball.

Not sure why Pinconning came to mind.

I grew up in Traverse City -- my sons grew up in Illinois and California.  They tease me that everyone in Michigan knows each other -- we all know each other's towns, that's for sure.

11/29/2017 - 8:21pm I think you have a lot of the motivations spot on

For one, Michigan wil NEVER be an underdog in the eyes of anyone not an M student, alum or alum-by-proxy-or-preference.

For B, Jim came here with the really big dollars, big headlines and big talk.  If he's on your team, you love him.  If he's not on your team, you're gonna hate him.

There was a big difference in Sideline Jim 2015 and 2016, and Sideline Jim in 2017.  Frankly, I think his own expectations for this team were modest, noting his talk about the team was how much he liked the way they came to work, the way they prepared, etc -- all process stuff.  The last two years, all his talk was of outcomes, every week was a Championship Week.  This year, he prepped differently for OSU, probably at the expense of some other prior game planning/film evidence.


11/29/2017 - 8:12pm RE the assumption that holds should correlate w TFLs

The correlation holds ok for teams not named Michigan, Ohio State or Norhwestern.  If you run the linear fit with those teams excluded you get a liney-looking line, with an R-squared of 0.44 -- not awful.


If one does the same analysis with the high-TFL rate teams in (Michigan at 103, OSU at 95 and Northwestern at 88 -- yeah, I know, I left Indiana in at 88 -- dunno why), then you get something that has bugger all for correlation:

Really shows the deviation from expectation pretty graphically.  Sumpin's odd here -- but even overall, you don't get ref credit for being an agressive team on D.  Who the heck knows -- conscious, sub-conscious -- if you're that good, they figure you don't need the help.  Who knows.

I yield the remainder of my time to the gentleman from Pinconning.

07/30/2017 - 12:43pm Stop at Blue Ribbon Flies or West Yellowstone Fly Shop -- get a

guide. Call ahead as far in advance as you can. These folks know where/how to get the action you want and how to tailor it to your needs. If you're driving in from the Madison Valley side, stop at the Slide Inn off 287 -- Kelly and his guys can give you a great steer -- they guide in the Park as well as outside, but are probably booked up as guides. Check the websites of these shops and you can get recent reports. You can fish your way all the way to the Park on either the Madison side from Bozo or down the Gallatin side on 191 -- tons of places to pull over and fish. Dang. I'm envious.

07/20/2017 - 12:34pm Yeah -- I think that is a huge recruiting point

for the kind of guys they want.  Here's another guy, heavily plugged into the NFL, able to help kids get looked at, guided to the right people -- M gets to burnish its claim as THE college program that will get you to the League.

Who has stronger in-program NFL people?




07/11/2017 - 4:17pm Love the attention to detail

In the playbook requirements, the anticipation-scouting-planning and Hammer's grading. That is a formula for success in any endeavor.

First game I ever saw.

07/08/2017 - 3:43pm Scott Fogler and Chet Leach

Fogler is a great teacher in ChE and an inspiration, Chet taught Engrg Humanities -- great class on the 20th Century novel. Chet passed away a few years ago -- terrific guy, big loss

02/24/2017 - 1:15pm Yeah -- that's why I put in the comments about sources of error

A lot of times, you learn more about a phenomenon by figuring out why a model didn't match the empirical results.  Was m really m, was v really v, where did the momentum go if it didn't yield the predicted m2v2?



02/24/2017 - 10:51am Get back to work


02/24/2017 - 10:50am Try conservation of Momentum with varying bat speeds

Ball on tee.

Testable hypothesis -  m1v1 = m2v2

Estimate bat speed using camera -- distance over time, use slow mo and ratio it back up to real speed

Use bat mass over, say, the last 10 inches of the bat (maybe an ME can help on that -- I'm a biochemical guy).

Get ball velocity off the tee using camera again.

Good exercise is looking for sources of error if m1v1 doesn't = m2v2 -- ball compression, bat compression, measurement error, etc


01/09/2017 - 9:45pm ESPN Classic w no announcers is terrific

No babbling -- whew

11/10/2016 - 4:30pm I respect the exercise -- interesting, but re CFP overall

it's just the old bowl system with a plus-one game.

Committee decisions at the point it matters:

  1. P5 conf winners minus one -- who is the minus one?
  2. P5 conf winners minus two with one P5 conf #2
  3. P5 conf winners minus one with a G5 undefeated -- who is that deserving G5 undefeated?
  4. P5 conf winners minus two with one P5 conf #2 and one G5 undefeated.

I guess multiple multiple-loss conf winners would make this bollocks, but it's still hard for me to see more than two P5 conf winners getting locked out.  Haven't looked at the history, but my admittedly poor memory doesn't bring a lot to mind.

The old bowl conference commitments are probably no worse than seeding 1-4, and adds the benefit of tradition/fan planning on locations.  

The championship game?  Well, that's special now isn't it?

All the lead-up is woo-woo-ESPN-makes-money. 

Not a fan of the lead-up.  You win your conference, you get a shot.  You don't and you are among the hopers.

10/31/2016 - 1:08pm And he didn't drop the ball before crossing the goal line.

Coaching +1, discipline +1.

10/31/2016 - 1:07pm I still can't figure out where #10 from State came from on Devin

Bush's decleating GIF.  He destroys one guy, then gets up off of two guys.  Howzat happen?

09/15/2016 - 1:30pm Sept 18, 1982 -- Wedding day, lost to ND

Some no-name fullback had the game of his life against M.

Great 34 years and counting.

04/08/2016 - 6:20pm Anyone notice Coach Brown has

Anyone notice Coach Brown has picked up on the classic M baseball cap?


He gets it.

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01/26/2016 - 10:48pm Excellent move

My advice to you is to drink heaviily.


It will soon be over.

01/26/2016 - 10:46pm We were probably in the same place at the same time

Sure I remember Milliken's.  As a little guy, I suffered through many long hours there with my brothers while my mom shopped.  Best part, though, was stopping at the Potter's Bakery counter to get some doughnut holes to shut us up and validate the parking if Mom didn't buy anything.  Nice family, the Millikens.  Went to elementary, junior and senior high with one of the Milliken girls and my dad was on the medical staff at Munson with John M.  I liked bugging out of Milliken's and going two doors down to Bilmar's Sports -- bought my first Wilson A2000 there, along with my K2s for racing in the winter.  Unbelievable place to grow up.

01/26/2016 - 6:12pm Ran into him in Traverse City many years ago

I grew up in TC where they used to have a summer stock theater series called the Cherry County Playhouse.  They'd do Broadway/Neil Simon stuff from the 50s and 60s, originally under a tent and later in the round in the dome at the Park Place, bringing in non-A-list celebs to play the leads.  Vivian Vance was always there, MGoGirlfriend (Iater MGoWife) and I saw Marsha Wallace ("The Bob Newhart Show") in "Same Time, Next Year", Dick Van Dyke would be there, Dick Van Patten (coincidence?), folks like that.

One day, I was downtown for some illegitimate reason, and a car pulled into a parking spot on Front Street next to where I was walking.  A gaunt gent got out whom I recognized and I was my usual poised self -- I stopped and stared at the guy, mouth open probably.

The guys looks at me and says, "Say, aren't you.....?".

I recovered enough to say, "No, Mr. Vigoda, I'm not.  I hope you're enjoying our town.".

He grinned and told me he'd like to stay all summer, but be gone before we iced over.

He was playing on "Barney Miller" on TV at the time, I think, and was starring in whatever show they were doing for those two weeks at the Cherry County Playhouse.

Nice guy.

01/01/2016 - 12:25am Way to nut up, Sparty.

Way to nut up, Sparty.

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09/13/2015 - 12:55am Adams appr = the kid Oregon

Adams appr = the kid Oregon State sent out, however, State is a bunch of ok match ups for Michigan. M D-line doesn't get pushed 5 yards downfield in run game. Cook will throw 2 picks under duress. Burbridge will catch 8 balls. M O-line is going to need to out-physical State's D-line like they did Beavers'...hmmmm. State secondary will give up some balls, yields to an accurate passer. Gawd, that O kid was awful, can't throw a lick, runs poorly, poor decision-maker. How does a program like O wind up with that guy being their best QB? State aggressiveness w inside lbs will give opportunities to TE in seams w multiple verts, I think.

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09/11/2015 - 6:19pm Go see Kelly Galloup at the

Go see Kelly Galloup at the Slide Inn south of Ennis. He's from Traverse City and a fantastic guy -- he'll probably send you to the Grizzly Bar, but if there are any Blue in the area, he'll know who they are.

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09/11/2015 - 11:32am Nosebleeds seats are really

Nosebleeds seats are really high and steep -- I get vertigo up there. Nice place to see football if it's not too hot in Mission Valley. Embiggening for the Super Bowl a few years ago added to height and transit issues, but parking remotely and taking train in and out is pretty decent.

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07/15/2015 - 6:55pm Wait. Wut?

Wait. Wut?

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07/04/2015 - 6:35pm They are still hard to watch

They are still hard to watch -- stone-footed first touches, running up on each other, inability to turn, plays into space with far too much pace, mis-timed runs, ball-watching, inability to track back with runners, it's just far below better sides.

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07/01/2015 - 11:19pm Traverse City -- 12-1 in

Traverse City -- 12-1 in 1975, lost to Livonia Franklin in first Class A state championship game at WMU. My younger brothers were on State Champ teams in 1978 and (I think) 1980 in the Silverdome. Great program under Jim Ooley, before they split into Central and West. St. Franny has always been good, contributing Joe Kerridge to current M teams, the brothers at that other school.

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05/20/2015 - 1:02pm Ran into Ernie, Paul, George and Al one time

at Tiger Stadium on the concourse where the ramp went over to the press box.  I was with the future MGoWife.  We came smack face to face with the three MLB Hall of Famers and the Michigan Sports Hall of Famer.  I was really cool -- began speaking Hawaiian: ubba erba gleeba ubba glurba.  Fortunately, future MGoWife is always composed (and very pretty).  She had her (!) glove and asked the guys to autograph it.  All four men were extremely gracious, and probably didn't mind a cute Michigan coed asking for autographs, even with a dorf like me standing there unable to speak intelligible English.  We've moved 4 times since then and have no idea where her glove might be.

Double dorf.



04/23/2015 - 9:29pm Who is Jim Rome?

Who is Jim Rome?

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04/08/2015 - 3:20pm Linebacker?


04/08/2015 - 2:49pm I am very much the lucky one

32 years and, hopefully, counting.

04/07/2015 - 8:43pm Hmmmm. In my era, a woman powdering her nose was

having a pee, in terms considered more ladylike.

I guess I was much older then, I'm younger than that now.


04/07/2015 - 8:41pm Maybe a time-warp issue

In my era, a woman powdering her nose was having a pee, but expressing it in terms considered ladylike.

Or maybe I'm just not getting the ironical references.

I do have my Forrest Gump moments: "I'm not a smart man."

04/07/2015 - 8:37pm My life is never THAT cool

Close, but not quite.

04/07/2015 - 8:03pm My wife and I were at that Minn game, too

South endzone -- our eldest son was about 6 weeks old and being looked after by some nursing friends of my wife's.

04/07/2015 - 7:50pm Yeah -- next month.

It's less than 60, I guess.

04/07/2015 - 7:35pm You're right -- needs a punchline

Maybe someone threw a Bucknut and a Sparty in there, never to be seen again.  Human sacrifice.  After I left.

04/07/2015 - 7:30pm I am properly chastened

We'll be back.

Also, I was in MoJo, but in 1976.

04/07/2015 - 7:21pm I mean..."Woof"


04/07/2015 - 7:11pm We saw people stumbling out of Melange and the Irish bar

You guys must have been having a lot of fun!

04/07/2015 - 7:06pm The dog's from Chesterton, Indiana

1M is MGoOldest son who was an MGoEnglishMajor.

1Ucla is second son who somehow became a Bruin.

I am just old.

Wife is still pretty.

04/07/2015 - 7:06pm The dog's from Chesterton, Indiana

1M is MGoOldest son who was an MGoEnglishMajor.

1Ucla is second son who somehow became a Bruin.

I am just old.

Wife is still pretty.

04/07/2015 - 7:03pm My brother, you hit the dinner check spot on.

Also the value of seeing all those guys -- absolutely priceless.  Those are a lot of very, very good people.

03/26/2015 - 2:20pm Wow -- great stuff.

Really enjoyed that write-up, esp in this low season (not a CBB fan).

One thing that strikes me watching play after play is how Jim seems to prefer getting big guys into space to block little guys over trying to get little guys to make other little guys miss in space.  That seems really sound in that you don't rely on having quicker little guys all over the place, rather you can do a lot with somewhat lesser athletes in the skill positions.  

It does put a lot of pressure on the TE, H-back, U-back, fullback types to be able to target a smaller DB and not just be trees out in space.  However, all of those Stanford guys with the ball in their hands did a lot to make use of the big guy coming out to block, setting up the block so the big guy could do his job.

This seems a lot less random than relying on your quicks to be better than the other guys' quicks.  It also may be a clue into the Seahawk Dilemma -- they are big and tough at DB positions, fast at LB positions, and may be able to defeat all those big-guy-in-space blocks.  It's really tough to be that good on defense through just the quality of your guys, the Seahawks being less dependent on scheme and relying more on their superior Jimmys and Joes.  Not many teams can collect that kind of crowd and keep them on the field.

Jim seems to prefer being able to block a guy rather than deke a guy as part of putting guys in position to succeed.  I may be getting overly charged on this, but blocking scheme in the base and to get mismatches in blocking, and blocking technique all over the field is the foundation for what he wants to get done.  Blocking seems to be the great equalizer in the Harbaugh scheme.

I also like some of the practice video showing the offensive line how not to give away depth on run blocking, permitting quicker lateral action on the line for pulling, doubling, etc.  It used to drive me crazy to see the Michigan guards pulling and going two yards deep into the backfield, not able to get to the hole ahead of the ballcarrier.  That part seemed to get fixed a bit last year, with pulling happening a lot more laterally and not turning shoulders from the line of scrimmage, more able to attack downfield.


03/23/2015 - 4:54pm Good riddance -- it was a

Good riddance -- it was a gimmick, an unnecessary distraction, and another money grab. Play well, win games, avoid nonsense.

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01/23/2015 - 4:51pm As much as your cut-and-paste "scouting reports"

As much as your cut-and-paste "scouting reports"

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12/30/2014 - 2:31pm Wow -- a little off the topic, but

the difference between Alabama in the weighted total and #2 tOSU is greater than the difference between tOSU and the next four and close to five.

11/22/2014 - 6:24pm Arizona on the way to 9 wins

Arizona on the way to 9 wins

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11/22/2014 - 6:24pm Arizona 42-10 -- so far

Arizona 42-10 -- so far

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