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01/07/2019 - 7:34pm I wonder if this is related…

I wonder if this is related to Solomon leaving?

12/10/2018 - 4:41pm The TV broadcast had a blurb…

The TV broadcast had a blurb about how they had some common connections.  I couldn't remember the exact details but got them from this on-line article:

"The two head coaches first got to know each other when a former high school player of Martin’s ended up as an assistant on Beilein’s staff."

"Martin and Beilein were also assistants under Davidson’s Bob McKillop on the U.S. team that played in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia, where they spent 18 days rooming together in a dormitory in Russia."

Apparently they set up the home-and-home series during that 2013 dorm experience.

Or perhaps the surprise at them being "bros" is that they appear to have such different personalities/demeanors?   ^_^


11/18/2018 - 1:40am (No subject)


10/28/2018 - 1:37am If you are into history,…

If you are into history, lots of great audio books by David McCullough: 1776, Wright Brothers (though the end is depressing), John Adams [I have listened to all of these; he was the reader on the first two!!]

Others on my list by him that I have not yet gotten to: The Path Between the Seas (building of Panama Canal), Truman, Mornings on Horseback (Teddy Roosevelt) 

Also:  Bo's Lasting Lessons!  ^_^

10/21/2018 - 6:03pm I had a similar thought.

I had a similar thought.

10/12/2018 - 5:27pm I found the complete…

I found the complete schedule of band activities for that week's game on the marching band's Facebook site.

I was not able to find it on their UM website.

06/08/2018 - 4:17am 100% co-sign!

Plus mowing…

100% co-sign!

Plus mowing uses a lot of gas.  Supposedly many mowers are poorly tuned and thus generate way more pollution than they ought to.  

A counter-argument is that where I live lawn care provides lots of jobs (people hire out, they don't do it themselves).

Do you think my neighbors or my city would mind if I just had bare dirt surrounding my house?  I'm foolishly debating trying that experiment...

06/08/2018 - 4:07am ^^

Underrated comment.


Underrated comment.

05/31/2018 - 4:46pm Harbaugh video

Interesting way to describe how do it.

I figured I'd just have them watch the Harbaugh (smashing the overhead projector) coaches clinic video!

05/31/2018 - 4:43pm already have many futebol!!

Rounds ones are easier for me to figure out than the oblong kind...

04/25/2018 - 12:53pm loved Tom Hemingway

Grew up listening to his Saturday afternoon (and Rose Bowl!) football (with a rotating stable of side kicks, including Tom Slade), and trying to get to sleep to his late night basketball (that was a killer :^).

Was very bummed when WUOM stopped that and dumped all their music for all talk.  Used to help with Hazen Schumacher's Jazz Revisited Request Night when I was a student in the middle 80's.

04/16/2018 - 12:59am avatar checks out


02/02/2018 - 10:47pm Love this live-blogging

Thanks so much for the running commentary and video embeds of goals.  

I enjoy reading/watching it all - it's also a great way to catch up on the action and get a feeling for the flow of the game.

12/16/2017 - 1:36am anti-competitive?

The Ben Thompson article at Stratechery posted elsewhere in this thread:                         <;  

brought up a 2005 case involving Madison River Communication.  The idea is that "foreclosing a service that competes with an ISP’s own service is a clear antitrust violation" and the FCC can therefore fine and order a cease and desist to said company, which is what happened in that case.

So if I understand that right, it seems like regulations against anti-competitive procedures already exist and would proclude Comcast limiting your access to NetFlix to force you to use Hulu instead (since Hulu and Netflix are competing services).


Edit:  Reading more in the thread I see that a possible issue with this is that someone would still need lawyers to file the anti-trust case or complain to the FCC and that in general is probably not trivial or cheap.  Only those with sufficient resources are able to follow through with the possible legal recourse.

11/27/2017 - 9:11am did that for Alex Smith?

I thought when he became the 49ers coach JH initially did that for Alex Smith (taking out most options and greatly simplifying the reads and always having a dump-off) which really helped AS rejuvinate his career (I guess he had a reputation for throwing interceptions?).

Maybe the coaches went as simple as they thought they could get away with and thought they needed this kind of complexity to keep the OSU defense off balance?

11/19/2017 - 12:39am Thanks for live-blogging!

I really appreciate your detailed live-blogging and embedding videos of the UM goals!  Thanks so much!

11/18/2017 - 7:32pm to be replaced by who?

Harbaugh is the best we can possibly have/get.

11/17/2017 - 1:43pm Grey's Law

And then there's Grey's Law, a corollary to Hanlon's Razor:

"Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice."



10/20/2017 - 2:04pm user name checks out


10/20/2017 - 2:03pm Ed, Bob, Bo, & Steve

Ed Shuttlesworth  (one of my all-time favorite names)

Bob Thornbladh (just screams fullback at you)

Bo Rather

Steve Strinko  (loved the alliteration and awesome LB play :^)

10/17/2017 - 5:51pm He appears to think he is innocent


Sorry, don't know how to make those beautiful quote boxes:


"I never have had any part -- active, passive, or through willful ignorance -- in any effort, successful or unsuccessful, completed or abandoned, to pay any recruit, or any family member of a recruit, or anyone else on a recruit's behalf, as an inducement to attend UL."

                - R. Pitino



09/23/2017 - 10:05pm more 1st/2nd down passing?

I'd be interested to see the breakdown of the play calls.

Watching live, I had the feeling they called a lot more 1st down passes for O'Korn than Speight.  I recall at least two series for Speight where it was run, run, pass.  On the 3rd down passes, the Purdue defense pinned their ears back.

Seemed live that O'Korn was running a lot more 1st down pass plays.  But maybe just my confirmation bias talking...

09/23/2017 - 9:59pm at first annoyed

At first I felt annoyed b/c the players seemed so small and far away.

But then I started to like it b/c I could see almost the whole field of play and watch both the offense and defensive play develop and interact wholistically, and I could focus in on any player I wanted and follow them on a regular basis.

08/25/2017 - 7:01pm Receipts that are three feet long

Receipts that are three feet long

06/26/2017 - 5:07am difficult to deal with

I'm not sure about "difficult to deal with" but in an interview with Beilein after the airplane skidding off the tarmac accident, he talked about how it really changed his perception on a few things and what is most important in life, and he seemed to admit he was a bit of a control freak, and/or perhaps more cerebral than emotional/relational with his players.

With that self-realizationand he consciously changed his pre-game locker room speech at the Big10 tournament - rather than going through the usual X's and O's and strategy and scouting strengths and weaknesses, he just looked around the room, saw the mood and energy was high and talked about the emotional/motivational side instead.

05/30/2017 - 8:19am pictures on tickets


That was an awesome article.  Thank you!  I'd never read it before and didn't know all that background on Canham.

Canham even prints tickets with different scenes on them—the most beautiful and expensive football tickets in the nation, he says—because he figures people will save the stubs for scrapbooks, providing Michigan with an insidious kind of advertising.

He was so visionary and had so many interesting ideas, including that one.  He was right, and I fondly remember these growing up when my folks would bring them back from their once-a-year game, and still enjoy looking back at them to this day (along with the programs and my favorite feature - "This I Remember" :^).  I wish they would start doing it again.



05/23/2017 - 2:29pm Shepherding...and Desiring

Very interested to hear your take on "Shepherding a Child's Heart".  Multiple people at my church read it and we didn't all agree on his main strategy.

Ever read "Desiring the Kingdom" by James K. A. Smith?  Very interesting connection between embodied cognition, desire, liturgy, and worship.  Especially his cultural analysis of the (shopping) mall and big sporting events as "liturgies" that shape us "affectively" (as opposed to intellectually in a propositional sort of way) to think and behave in certain ways (chp. 5).

05/23/2017 - 2:21pm pet folk theory

I found it interesting that before the Illinois game, Beilein looked around the locker room, saw the energy in the guy's faces, decided to skip the technical pre-game and just gave a more emotional/energy pep talk instead ("what story are you going to write for your kids and grandkids?").

Beilein's clearly very cerebral about the game and perhaps his approach to coaching too, so in my pet folk theory, he relaxed a little and was a bit more on the emotional/personal side of things and the team responded to that change in approach and played their best four game stretch of the year.

I think the key then is to have that as a tool in the toolbox of coaching - when to focus on the technical and detail and cerebral, and when to switch up and focus on the energy and emotion and bonding in the lockeroom.  There's a tension, a delicate balance, in my view.  If, as a coach, you are all one, or all the other, it's hard to reach the absolute top.

The analogy I think of is when Fischer (and Bo :^) took over for Frieder during the 1989 NCAA tournament.  Invoking stereotypes, Freider was a details/cerebral/micromanager type.  Fischer was much more laid back and emotional and personal (with a swift kick in the pants from Bo in the locker room on occasion :^).  In the sudden change from strict, to relaxed, they hit the sweet spot and played their best ball of the year to win it all.

/end of pet folk theory  ^_^

05/23/2017 - 2:10pm cheese slicer

Yes, if it's around your stomach or other soft tissue.

But not so much if it is squarely on your hip bones, which is where it's designed (and tested) to be.  ^_^

05/09/2017 - 11:18am intermittent fasting

So I'm mostly working on the food thing.  It's hard for me to give up carbs (i.e. dessert :-), so I am just trying to eat less.  I started intermittent fasting (eat normally from 12noon to 8pm, then nothing except water until the next noon) the beginning of March. 

I'm losing about .5lbs/week so far.  It feels like when you fast and skip a meal (constantly hungry), but I think I can live with it.  I'm intrigued by the evolutionary argument behind IF (but don't know of the evidence to support it).

I'm not overweight, but about 25lbs more than in my 30's and was starting to see a spare tire and the pants didn't fit.  I have high cholesterol, which IF did not help (in fact cholesterol went up, along with LDL) :(  But it totally destroyed my Triglyceride and glucose levels.  ^_^

I bicycle for exercise (usually towing one of my kids on a trail-a-bike), run the stairs rather than the elevator at work, etc. - small stuff like that.  No weight training yet, but I guess as you get older, you need to (based on what others have already written above).

04/20/2017 - 10:46am This ^^, the back flips

Finally got to a game two years ago after many years away and tried to point out the backflips after a touch down to my two kids.  Not there.  I had a sad.

04/20/2017 - 10:43am scary at first

Man I do miss those urinals. 

As a young kid I felt scared and creeped out by the dankness and drearyness of the old dripping troughs (were all those pipes leaking, or deliberately set to to super low flow, I wondered) .  But even then I did appreciate seeing all the old timers shuffling through along with us.  Everyone was treated the same.  Badly, but the same badly.  ^_^

As an adult, I wish my kids could have that old school experience - harken back to the history of the place and what great players might have might have made their mark there long ago. 

Like Schembechler's speech to his first group of players in the old facilities - maybe even Yost used this trough!  Imagine that!!


04/20/2017 - 10:33am who knows about mine


And Luke 18:9-14 is an encouraging parable here as well.  Just quoting the end of it:


13 “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

14 “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

02/28/2017 - 6:03pm no pre-emptive attempt at rebounding a miss

It's funny to watch (the reactions of both) Duncan and Walton on the final gif of Mo shooting that three - Walton just stands there casually and puts his hand up before it's in, Duncan stands in the corner and then just starts toward the other end of the court before it's in.  Neither makes any pre-emptive attempt at rebounding a potential miss.


p.s. Also, yes, thanks Ace, I love this kind of breakdown as well!

01/25/2017 - 5:32pm Muppets too on Saturday night

Don't remember the channel, but in Western Michigan on Saturday nights, we also had the Muppet Show, maybe at 7pm?


That line-up really brings back the memories....

01/05/2017 - 11:58pm EE also viable

I don't think I've met anyone that got themselves into a strong physics or astronomy graduate program without a degree in math or science

It's also possible with the right engineering degree. I know someone who did a BS in Electrical Engineering (UofM) and a PhD at
U of Illinois in physics.

01/05/2017 - 11:24pm Cal tech is not typical

This is perhaps obvious, but I just want to point out that Cal tech is not a representative sample of college entrance requirements for science or engineering.

You don't have to be a natural in your field in order to find a niche (though it probably helps :-). But you do have to be willing to work very hard I think. "Slow deliberate practice ".

12/17/2016 - 1:51pm change her mind?

So, did the teacher change her mind after your eminently logical explanation??

12/13/2016 - 11:32pm "We know them as jive turkeys"


Another great line - outstanding use of 70's slang.    

12/05/2016 - 7:18am even longer drive back

This must be what Einstein meant by relativity.   :(

12/05/2016 - 7:14am USC went to the air

They didn't just go to the air, they stayed there, about permanently.  ^_^

In the second half they literally attempted something like 26 straight passes (possibly 28, with USC QB John David Booty doing two scrambles after the 12th and 20th straight pass attempts).

I don't think I noticed that live, just how badly they took to destroying UM's D.   ;(

11/28/2016 - 3:43am Same two-part response, just no s!#@

because children present.   ^_^

11/28/2016 - 3:34am first double-post


Not on mobile, not sure why?!!

I had rich text, I guess, and it asked me to do a Captcha check...

Then my original answer showed up twice...??


11/28/2016 - 3:32am Hanlon's Razor


From Wikipedia:

Hanlon's razor is an aphorism expressed in various ways including "Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity,"or "Don't assume bad intentions over neglect and misunderstanding."

11/27/2016 - 6:15am O-lineman's butt

This, exactly.  The pure solid materiality of the collision plus a little physics dictates what was possible for the ball to do or not do in that situation.  The ball exactly rebounds backwards at that point even as Barrett's lower body rotates forward (rotational dynamics :^).

I propose a new job qualification for refereeing:   refs should be required to know and have clear functional understanding of introductory classical mechanics [physics] (when reconstructing in their mind what they think happened on the play)!!

11/23/2016 - 4:16pm some evidence in UFRs


There is some evidence from both the offensive and defensive UFRs that Iowa did some new interesting things/tweaks, that we didn't respond to well or at all.

For example, on offense, Iowa was using "Wham" blocking, which UM didn't not counter appropriately (Seth had a neck-sharpies article on this after the game)

Another example, from UFR, was that when Iowa was on defense they were utilizing the scrape-exchange common against zone read offenses, which is what many of the Peppers' plays are.  There are well known counters to those that RR's offense used but Harbaugh never pulled out of his bag of tricks the whole game.  (sorry, not proficient at using the yellow quote box):


>>You mentioned something about a scrape exchange?

>>Iowa was scrape exchanging all night when Michigan showed them zone read action. If you're rusty on your RichRod era UFRs, on a scrape exchange the DE and OLB swap responsibilities.

>>Since I watched the Rodriguez era at Michigan this is familiar to me. Also familiar to me: the various counter-punches RR's Michigan threw at this.

>> JH's Michigan did not have this in its back pocket. On their last run of the game they were still getting got by Iowa's exchange, which continued to induce doomed Peppers keeps.

>>I was frustrated watching this, as Michigan is usually very good about anticipating responses to what they're doing and hitting at the weak spots of those approaches. Despite a whole game to come up with a response to this, they kept doing the doomed thing.


11/19/2016 - 6:16am Larry Brown not coaching SMU this year...


No disrespekt to either the current players or coaches of SMU, but one difference between this year's SMU and last year's is that Larry Brown is no longer the head coach. 

Whatever you think of the peripatetic nature of his career, it's clear he can flat out coach  (only guy to ever win both an NCAA and NBA championship).

Surprised no one's mentioned that yet in this thread.

11/17/2016 - 6:40am 14-13


14-13 UM over IU



11/14/2016 - 4:27am Stribling steps back?


It looks like in the first video posted that Stribling initially stands still and then takes a step back  before coming to the line where the running back is attacking.  Why does he do that? 

There are no recievers on his side of the field, and there is man plus a deep cover guy for the two receivers on the other side of the field.  Did he think it was play action?  Even so, there were three defenders for the two down field recievers.  I'm no defensive expert, just wondering - what was he reading on that play?



11/05/2016 - 2:08am Gold Jerry, pure gold!!

That was just amazing.  Never seen Bo and Hanlon in action like that before.  Had no idea that's how it worked.  Thanks so much for a fascinating rarely seen (in)side of things!!