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01/12/2019 - 8:26pm "Going to California"

Love…

"Going to California"

Love that song.

01/08/2019 - 12:32am That is odd.

That is odd.

12/31/2018 - 11:40am 220, 221 whatever it takes. 

220, 221 whatever it takes. 

12/20/2018 - 9:06pm Protip: eat the whole lemon,…

Protip: eat the whole lemon, rind and all.  The bitterness of the rind cancels out the sourness of the pulp.  Honest.  Slice lemon into wheels.  Remove seeds.  Eat the whole wheel.  Easy peasy.

11/30/2018 - 2:17pm What’s so remarkable to me…

What’s so remarkable to me about the defense is that it seems so effortless.  They don’t appear to be exerting themselves. They’re just always in the right spot. 

11/27/2018 - 11:21pm There's a reason why teams…

There's a reason why teams with lesser talent run a spread option with a dual threat QB--rather than a pro-style, power attack with a pocket passer--because it gives a team a chance to win by outscoring its opponent.  The system works, especially in college.  The offensive scheme itself puts up points and takes some of the pressure off your defense.  Now imaging running that system with all 4 and 5 star recruits, coupled with a shut-down defense, also with 4 and 5 star recruits.  You have an elite program like Ohio State under Urban Meyer the last 7 years.  Heck, you have every Urban Meyer team going back to BG and Utah when he was winning with 2 and 3 star players because his offensive could cover for a weaker defense.  In contrast, look at Purdue under Darrell Hazel.  He didn't have the athletes to run a pro-style power offense and the lack of points put too much pressure on his defense which also lacked athletes.  As for Michigan, I'd say the talent of the starters are comparable to OSU's (although we lack OSU's depth) and it's good enough to beat most teams.  But when facing an elite team with equal or better talent, every advantage matters, and Harbaugh's offensive scheme offers none.  

11/24/2018 - 5:06pm Warinner's problem was that…

Warinner's problem was that he wasn't Tom Herman, shared OC duties with Tim Beck (and probably Urban), and they still went 12 - 1 and then 11 -2 (beating the best MI team we've had in decades) and making the playoffs only to lose to powerhouse Clemson).

The concepts are NOT fine.  It offers no schematic advantage.  The variety you mention are few, far between, and consist of trick plays for the most part.  Otherwise, it's straight ahead.  It depends too much on overpowering the opponent man for man, along all 22 positions, offense and defense.  Against lesser talent, that's enough to win.  Against teams with equal talent, it makes it really hard to win unless you have Alabama 2012 levels of talent and depth.  Even Saban realized this and opened up his offense.  Urban has always known this and runs a power spread with the best talent around along with a modern dual-threat QB game (even with a hydrant like Haskins) that is varied and multiple on EVERY play.  A defense doesn't know if it's going to be a zone read give, zone read keep, inverted veer, standard QB option football, gap power, ISO, counter, RPO, or air raid.  They can do all these things out of mostly the same spread formation.  That's what a modern spread with a dual-threat QB can do for an offense schematically.  For the past 7 years, we've come into the Game at a decided schematic disadvantage. 

I'm not saying Ed Warinner is necessarily the answer, but I am saying a power, pro-style, straight ahead attack with a pocket passer makes it too difficult to win consistently against elite teams.

11/24/2018 - 4:11pm We've maxed out what we can…

We've maxed out what we can do with this type of offense.  We cannot beat teams with equal or better athletes with an offensive scheme that offers no advantage.  The legit QB zone read helped, and we used it to the fullest this year, and it's still not enough.  Hate to say it, but get rid of Pep, let Ed Warinner install a modern offense.

11/20/2018 - 7:16pm They would need to pay me…

They would need to pay me more.

11/17/2018 - 8:37pm We have four more games…

We have four more games ahead of us.  Sounds like he'll be back for the stretch run.

11/06/2018 - 12:36pm Especially if they had…

Especially if they had someone reading the captions out loud—like an audiobook. 

11/05/2018 - 1:19pm Are they on fire?

Are they on fire?

10/31/2018 - 2:50pm You will not go blind. That…

You will not go blind. That was a lie. 

10/30/2018 - 11:30pm I think they have a stat for…

I think they have a stat for that. It starts with an R.  

10/30/2018 - 7:12pm Don't forget about OSU and…

Don't forget about OSU and their culture of telling the truth and respecting women.

10/29/2018 - 9:56pm Wait.  Illinois had a…

Wait.  Illinois had a defensive coordinator?

10/26/2018 - 12:11am I don't think I totally…

I don't think I totally understand what you're saying but I don't necessarily disagree either.  You seem to make sense.  My point is that if you have two teams that are equal in every way, offense and defense, except for the QB position, the team with the true dual-threat is more likely to succeed in college than the one with a pure pocket passer.  As an example, I would argue that the only real difference between MI and OSU in 2016 was JT Barrett's ability to run.  Admittedly, a lot of bullshit went against MI that game, but MI still outplayed them for the vast majority of it.  Barrett's running is what kept OSU in it.  Even a mediocre MI team led by Devin Gardner put up 42 on a great OSU defense because Devin could move the chains with his feet. 

Take Denard and Brandon Peters.  Each was a 4* star out of high school, but one could run better than he could pass and the other could pass better than he could run.  I would say they are directly inversely proportional in terms of their comparative running and passing ability.  My point is ALWAYS recruit Denard first.  Too many other things have to go right to be successful with a Brandon Peters type QB.  That's why even college teams with far lesser talent running a spread option with a dual-threat QB can still put up 35 points against a top 10 D1 team.  Unless you're 2012 Alabama, you don't give yourself enough of a chance to win with just a pure pocket passer--so don't focus on recruiting one.  Try to get the best dual-threat QB out there every year.  I don't understand why any college team would not want a dual-threat QB, especially a TRUE dual-threat--one who can pass well and run well.  Now he's the unicorn.

10/25/2018 - 1:19am This is why college teams…

This is why college teams should always recruit dual threat QBs.  The playbook doubles (hyperbole, but you get the point).  Doesn’t matter what type of offense you run, you simply have more options with a QB who can run and pass.  Even if his passing ability is mediocre, a dual threat QB can get a team to the playoffs more easily than a pure pocket passer (all else being equal).  Too much has to go right for a team with just a pure pocket passer to be successful, like having an overpowering O-line, and a top ranked defense.  The last team like that was 2012 Alabama then Saban went dual threat.  By comparison, just look at OSU’s problems this year with a one dimensional QB in Haskins. They can’t convert third downs and score in the red zone like they used to with Barrett and Miller. More than the coaching, more than Warinner, this Michigan team is better because defenses have to play a dual threat QB. Forget pro-style QBs who can’t move. 

10/23/2018 - 9:42am OSU would be crazy to let…

OSU would be crazy to let him go. They already sold their soul to the devil, may as well dance with him too. 

Of course if OSU were a serious institution, they would have already fired the lying hypocrite. 

10/22/2018 - 1:12pm As some guy on Deadspin…

As some guy on Deadspin mentioned, Urban’s been too busy respecting women and not telling lies to prepare his team properly. See, he’s a man of principle. 

10/20/2018 - 5:51pm Always, always, always…

Always, always, always recruit dual-threat QBs!

10/18/2018 - 8:46pm I think most bars can fit 40…

I think most bars can fit 40 or more people.

10/15/2018 - 1:48pm I’m convinced our D line…

I’m convinced our D line will never get a holding call in their favor. It’s not just Winovich getting a bum deal. I think I saw three egregious holding non-calls in the Wisconsin game. Plays where our guy was either tackled or being strangled. Pathetic. 

(I’m at work so haven’t been able to listen to the podcast yet. Sorry if I’m repeating what was already discussed.)

10/15/2018 - 1:12am They (we're talking Fla--I…

They (we're talking Fla--I don't know about OSU) would if they wanted to keep the kid eligible.  They stuck him at a CC taking remedial classes, which is fine, but he was enrolled at Fla and suited up for Florida's football team, all the while his CC credits didn't count toward his degree.  So they weren't helping him earn a degree at all, just keeping him eligible to play. He should not have been there.  He should have been at E. Mississippi Community College until he could handle Fla academically.

"But his hands were good and he could run fast!"  --Urban Meyer

10/14/2018 - 11:51pm "In Gainesville, Hernandez…

"In Gainesville, Hernandez took rudimentary reading and writing courses at a community college, courses that may have helped him but did not count for college credit."

This part of the article most infuriates me.  If we're not going to pay the kids, we can at least educate them and help them earn a legitimate degree.  If anyone needed more evidence that Urban Shit-turd-liar doesn't care about the kids, will say and do anything, and use kids and spit them out merely to reward himself, here it is.

10/13/2018 - 10:55pm Why would any program not…

Why would any program not want to have a dual-threat quarterback?  Only recruit dual-threat QBs!

09/02/2018 - 12:14am I agree with what many…

I agree with what many others have said. The OL play has not gotten better since last year.  The tackles were not good at all.  We're not going anywhere without better play from the tackles.  We need ONE offensive coordinator to call the plays.  I think Jay Harbaugh can be sacrificed to open up a spot on the staff for an OC/RB coach.  

On the plus side, it's only game 1 and the OL play may improve as the year goes on.  The other pieces are there . . . once the play calling gets straightened out.

08/28/2018 - 12:19am 31-14 Michigan

31-14 Michigan

08/24/2018 - 6:39pm I despise this focker even…

I despise this focker even more.  Can his spuriousness be any more transparent?  What a complete fraud and coward.

08/24/2018 - 6:39pm I despise this focker even…

Double post.  My bad.

08/24/2018 - 12:18pm How do you not fire a guy…

How do you not fire a guy after an investigation reveals MORE malfeasance, especially when the initial information was damning enough already???  Pathetic.  

08/20/2018 - 4:34pm Guns don’t kill people;…

Guns don’t kill people; Devin Bush kills people. 

08/09/2018 - 11:09pm With regard to running back…

With regard to running back blocking, the biggest loss IMO was Ty Wheatley Sr. leaving.  His backs were incredible at both pass pro and run blocking.  I was amazed at how his backs were able to identify the right person to block.  As an example, I noticed a lead back under Wheatley bursting through a hole and then not only correctly looking inside for the right person to block, but looking BEHIND him for the correct block.  That's pretty sophisticated . . . and great coaching.  

08/09/2018 - 10:29pm Warning: long post below.  

Warning: long post below.  

I think you have accurately described the legal situation facing the school and Urban, but I still have a problem with it (the situation, not your description).  Urban is resorting to strict legalese to try and absolve himself of responsibility for having harbored an accused domestic abuser (for almost 10 years).  But Urban has near total control over who is on staff.   If Urban wanted to fire the kid at any time, he’d be gone.  Let's say Urban did follow proper reporting protocols.  If Gene Smith wanted to keep the kid but Urban didn’t, does anyone think the kid wouldn’t have been gone in a second?  The alternative is if Gene said to fire the kid and Urban said no, but that’s not what Urban is asserting happened here because he would then be admitting liability.  Yes, there is an investigation going on now to determine which alternative actually happened, or if nothing at all happened (either because Urban never reported it like he claimed he did, or because the school/Gene did nothing once Urban reported it), but the fact remains it was still up to Urban to keep the kid on staff or not.  The information so far points to Urban keeping a person with a history of domestic abuse allegations on staff for almost a decade.  He’s fired people for far less—eg, not calling plays as well as expected (Warriner) or for having violated a protective order (our boy Zack Smith).  Bottom line: Urban wanted the kid on staff so he remained on staff.  The legal issues, while important, are beside the point, IMO.  Regardless of whether he followed proper reporting protocols he should be fired.

Also, I keep hearing Bucknuts saying Urban may have lied, but it was only to the press, and that he told the truth when it mattered by reporting Zach Smith through proper channels.  Well, see above for how I feel about Urban trying to get out of jail by using the Nuremberg defense.  The bigger issue for me is that his lies confirm what we’ve all known or suspected about Urban—that he’s a fraud.  If he hadn’t lied at media days and simply said he imprudently kept a POS on staff—because of loyalty to Earl Bruce or whatever—and that he realized too late that Zack Smith should have been let go sooner, he would only be guilty this one time of failing to live up to the ideals he espoused—a big mistake, but a far more defensible one, especially if he offered some contrition too.  Instead his lies indicate he had no ideals in the first place, that his sanctimony and righteousness was all a façade, a bait and switch to lure recruits.  Everyone except Bucknuts already know this, but his most recent lies are further proof.  He’s a horrible human being.

07/15/2018 - 11:03pm If I’m having a heart attack…

If I’m having a heart attack, I don’t want a defibrillator.  I want a defibrinow!

07/08/2018 - 5:16pm Donovan Warren came here.

Donovan Warren came here.

06/27/2018 - 12:34pm Ha!  I spelled stupid wrong…

Ha!  I spelled stupid wrong.  I'm not that bright either.

 

*stoopid

 

06/26/2018 - 6:31pm I actually had a…

I actually had a conversation about this the other day.  Chaps are always assless, otherwise they're simply pants.  Calling them "assless chaps" is redundant, like "studip bucknuts."

06/25/2018 - 3:13am We need another Zach, of the…

We need another Zach, of the H. variety.

05/16/2018 - 2:45am Same.

Same.

05/04/2018 - 6:34pm I do not, but after reading

I do not, but after reading Malcolm Gladwell, it would seem the better thing to do is to keep your son where he is and not advance him a grade.  Gladwell's thesis is that kids who are more advanced than their cohort group, athletically or intellectually, obtains an advantage that then accumulates over time.  Better to be the smartest kid in the class, or the best athlete on the team, than the worst or being in the anonymous middle.  If your son was not so precocious, the better choice, per Gladwell, would have been to keep him back a grade so that he would be more advanced per his new cohort group of younger kids.  I'm not sure if Gladwell is right, but I thought it an interesting perspective.

05/02/2018 - 8:12pm Not a single player, but the

Not a single player, but the most overrated sports moment for me is The Catch.  It's just a freaking roll-out pass to the tight end!  Why is it so revered???

05/02/2018 - 6:55pm As a dumb freshman, I loved

As a dumb freshman, I loved living in South Quad for all the reasons others have mentioned.  I almost had too much fun and nearly flunked out.  As an adult, and with the benefit of hindsight, I think I would have told myself to go to North Campus.  The inconvenience of having to bus back and forth, I think, would have forced me to treat the school day as a 9-5 job and go to the library between classes instead of going back to my dorm in S. Quad to take a nap, nurse a hangover, play video games, and ultimately decide to skip my afternoon classes because pick up basketball on that side court of South was just too important.  

04/23/2018 - 4:43pm His tape reminds me of Vinnie

His tape reminds me of Vinnie Sunseri at Alabama.  I'll take that any day.  

04/20/2018 - 3:19am As an aside, after all these

As an aside, after all these years (I'm old) I still marvel at how freakin' awesome our uniforms are.  Just take a look at that pic of Khaleke at Penn State (do not think about the actual game).  Those maize pants and clean white jerseys with that helmet . . . . spectacular.  Bring back maize pants on the road!

04/02/2018 - 11:37pm We lost because we couldn't

We lost because we couldn't make shots, but fuck the refs.  Only one team is allowed to be physical?  Ticky-tack fouls on blue only, missed out-of-bounds call near the end, Nova getting away with every flop like an English soccer team.  Fuck 'em.

03/26/2018 - 6:26pm My taint is better looking

My taint is better looking than his brother (and kind of similar too).

03/10/2018 - 3:08am Big-time intercollegiate

Big-time intercollegiate athletics has become what you currently think it is--as solely entertainment for students and alums--but that's not what it originally had been about.  Athletics in general, like other extra-curricular activities, were originally intended to enhance the overall educational experience of the student/athlete.  There are valuable life-lessons to be learned from being part of a team and competing against others--discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, etc.--which is why athletics is still part of the high school and younger curriculum, regardless of how much money or entertainment it provides.  But all of that has been lost when it comes to D1 Football and Basketball which is now, seemingly, only about entertainment as a way to make money.  That's been the criticism of the NCAA--either uphold (and enforce) the original mission of athletics as part of the overall educational experience, or stop with the hypocrisy and admit it's about making money for NCAA institutions and pay the athletes.

03/09/2018 - 2:12am This might also have been the

This might also have been the last music video I paid attention to.  After that, videos, while never a huge part of my music consumption experience, dissipated completely.

02/23/2018 - 12:15pm I’m hopeful for this reason.

I’m hopeful for this reason. If I recall, and I’m sure the board will let me know if I’m not, that OSU team that beat Bama had an O-line that could do it all. They could zone block as well as run power and gap with equal aplomb. It didn’t hurt, of course, to have Cardale open things up over the top, but they had a varied run game and offense that could counter whatever the defense was trying to take away. OSU still does to an extent, I suppose, which is why they put up 40 a game. Fingers crossed for Warriner here.