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09/29/2017 - 5:44pm Should maybe wait for offensive UFR, but

Brian keeps talking about the defensive holding flag Crawford drew as if its the worst blown call that's ever gone in UM's favor, and I can't figure out why. Unless I'm thinking of a completely different play, the Purdue DB executed a perfecty-legal-within-5-yards jam approximately 12 yards downfield, which definitely warrants a flag.

09/28/2017 - 11:19pm Yep. Not an accident,

For Urban to specify lying about recruiting as the fireable type of lying.

"If I am able to coach, I want to coach at one place, the University of Florida. It would be a travesty, it would be ridiculous to all of a sudden come back and get the feeling back, get the health back, feel good again and then all of a sudden go throw some other colors on my back and go coach. I don't want to do that. I have too much love for this university and these players and for what we've built."

 

04/22/2017 - 12:58am That show is ridiculous

It's visually amazing in terms of fight choreography and set/costume design, but the plotlines and characters require a very strong ability to suspend disbelief. It's kind of the opposite of Game of Thrones in that most major characters are involved in super-intense martial arts battles in every episode but only one semi-important character has been killed off through the first season and a half.

04/16/2017 - 9:00pm Hard to believe

How has Delaney gotten away with making us wait so long to see Rutgers take on Purdue? Isn't that the sort of titanic matchup that conference expansion was designed to create?

03/19/2017 - 11:17pm Fuck Duke!

And the best part of watching the late games is when

MICH 73

LOU 69

cycles through the upper right corner. Never gets old.

03/12/2017 - 6:38pm Yeah I understand

The B1G's highest seed being Purdue as a 4. But Minny as a 5 and Wiscy as an 8 seems exactly backwards to me.

02/22/2017 - 3:58pm Wahoo is correct.

Gaslighting is a specific technique where someone attempts to convince a subject that his/her sensory perceptions are not accurate reflections of reality. Lately it has become a trendy label to throw at any attempted obfuscation, but claiming a verifiable falsehood is exactly what gaslighting is.

02/16/2017 - 10:42pm Wagner

with the dagger!

But I said it in German, because, you know, he's from Germany.

02/16/2017 - 9:52pm Wagner

mit den Dolch!

02/12/2017 - 3:35pm Defense was excellent

When they couldn't buy a bucket to start the second half, they stayed focused and avoided breakdowns to prevent IU from getting any momentum. Well deserved road victory!

01/27/2017 - 1:36pm Sometimes crootin' reminds me of my favorite Onion headline

Wheelchair-Bound 12-Year-Old's Prayers Finally Answered

"No," say God,

01/26/2017 - 11:25pm Announcers said Indiana

is the best rebounding team in the B1G; we beat them 23-20 in that category. They only had 5 offensive boards, and I'm pretty sure at least 3 of those came on one possession after we lead by 20+.  Winning the turnover battle 16-6 was also helpful. Also, every starter plus D. Robinson scored double figures; assists and rebound were evenly distributed. Great team victory!

01/12/2017 - 12:56am Perimeter dichotomy drives me nuts

It looks so hard for our guards to beat anyone off the dribble, and so easy for anyone to beat our guards off the dribble... I just don't understand basketball stuff I guess.

01/05/2017 - 1:03am Yeah I know

They did that a time or two but I want it to be the first option, because IMO its the best option.

01/05/2017 - 12:00am Best

Xavier passes like Spike. Worst: Xavier does not shoot like Spike. Blatant plagiarism aside, what I would really like to see is Wagner catching the ball in the high post with DJ in the low post/ short corner with shooters spacing the floor. Obviously that's not typical Beilein offense, but it would be nice if he could adapt.

12/20/2016 - 11:17am Good write-up, Ace.

The really frustrating thing is that Harbaugh won the 2012 NFC championship by anticipating and exploiting Atlanta's use of the scrape exchange after Kaepernick ran for 180 against Green Bay the week before. For whatever reason, the Iowa gameplan was just a clunker.

12/18/2016 - 11:36pm Of all my failed pickup lines

Bare with me takes the cake.

12/11/2016 - 9:12pm So USF trades Willie Taggart

For a poor man's Willie Taggart? Not bad.

12/07/2016 - 12:30am Rahk was far too passive

He only had two fga's, both of which were jumpers. He's not a good shooter, so if he's not attacking the rim, he's an offensive liability.

12/07/2016 - 12:14am Pick and roll offense

was horrible tonight. That's one area where Donnal is still better than Wagner and Wilson; hopefully the chemistry will improve as the season goes on.

12/06/2016 - 11:41pm 22 points in the 2nd half

And pulled out the win. Obviously not what we'd like to see, but similar offensive performances the last couple years resulted in blowout losses. So there's that.

12/06/2016 - 11:36pm For real.

Did he attack the rim even once tonight? Because that's pretty much his entire offensive game; if he's not doing that, the other team can defend 5 on 4, which is not ideal.

12/05/2016 - 8:28pm I second this

Multiple pictures would work a lot better than dotted lines, imo. Even just one more still per diagrammed play would make a huge difference, especially in showing how the defenders react to players' motions and cuts.

11/19/2016 - 10:41pm Plus 1

Informative

11/19/2016 - 9:14pm Oklahoma scores again

Has anyone in the Big 12 heard of this thing called tackling?

11/19/2016 - 9:07pm Not a fan

Of your unnecessarily negative speculation re: McDoom, but yeah, the lack of any jet sweep action whatsoever was a bit puzzling

11/19/2016 - 8:54pm As a 49ers fan,

I've seen the best and worst of Harbaugh. Best being when he used Kaepernick's legs to murdalize Green Bay in the playoffs, then anticipated Atlanta's response to win the NFC championship the following week. The worst was his record against the Seahawks; the pattern was barely winning at home and getting smoked in Seattle. He's definitely not infallible, but he's still better than 95% of other coaches.

11/19/2016 - 8:28pm Who are the top 5 rb's

of all time? Think about it. De'Veon, De'Veon. De'Veon, De'Veon, and De'Veon.

11/19/2016 - 12:36pm University

of College School, obviously.

10/17/2016 - 9:08am only one a

in Cesar.

10/16/2016 - 4:09pm I'm guessing

that's why the "pretty much" qualifier was used.

09/22/2016 - 11:38pm sidewalks and crosswalks are for pedestrians

Cyclists are vehicles, according to Ohio law, with all the same rights and obligations as drivers.

09/13/2016 - 5:26pm TD vulture 2

The way Hill hops into the endzone is fantastic.

05/08/2016 - 1:43pm Poor writing indeed

I lost count, but out of 110+ paragraphs.

 

At least 70 were one sentence. 

 

The longest paragraph.  Had three sentences.  Or at least sentence fragments.

04/27/2016 - 8:56am Are you

Terrelle Pryor?

02/18/2016 - 1:14pm Death penalty

for MTSU

02/16/2016 - 9:38pm I'll accept mediocre defense

Given Beilein's reputation as an offensive mastermind.  However, it seems like forever since we saw the offense firing on all cylinders against a respectable opponent.  Some of that is obviously due to injuries, but still. 

It shouldn't be that easy to prevent Duncan Robinson from getting open looks, and it shouldn't be that hard to find easy buckets against teams that focus on preventing those looks.  Overall, there've simply been way too many bad offensive possessions, especially this deep into the season.

Whenever Beilein's time is up, I personally hope our next coach is defensively oriented for two reasons.  First, because sound defense is far less susceptible to variance than Beilein's offense has proven to be, and second, because I've seen countless instances of good defense leading to easy offense, but it's hard to come up with many examples of the inverse.

11/21/2015 - 4:30pm It's getting to the point
  • It's getting to the point that I'm seriously considering giving some credence to MGrowOld's conspiracy theories.  Or maybe there's an "unless the victim is named Rudock" addendum to the targeting rule.
11/13/2015 - 10:24pm I love the depth

We have so many guys who can go off for 20+ on any given night. Obviously Walton, LeVert, and Irvin once he gets back, but then add Spike, Dawkins, and Robinson.  Not to mention, with a favorable opponent and/or individual matchup, any of the bigs could go off. That offensive efficiency record we set a couple years back could be in serious jeopardy; I'm looking forward to lots of death from above this season.

10/15/2015 - 9:59pm This is a good diary but

Simply saying MSU position X is better than UM position X lacks nuance.  If you rated each position on a 10-pt scale, I think it would be much more informative.  For example, it might go a long way toward explaining why a MSU offense that's equal to or better than UM at every position other than TE hasn't managed to significantly outproduce UM's offense, or why UM's 5 better, 3 worse, 3 even comparison on defense results in shutouts for us and just good enough to win for them.  

It might me my homerism talking, but I think more of their position "wins" are by a slim margin (RB and 2nd WR, example), while we have have several players who are vastly better than their MSU counterparts, especially in the secondary.

That being said, I appreciate the time and work you put into sharing your football expertise with the board, and I hope to see more of these diaries going forward.

10/10/2015 - 9:03pm I was actually wondering

how UM fans who bet the under felt about Green's TD.  Glad to see that blue is thicker than green.

10/10/2015 - 7:13pm I keep telling myself

They're gonna give up some points eventually.  It's inevitable.  

But is it?  I mean, really?

03/13/2015 - 12:53am I hope he can at least sub in

If Spike or Rahk gets the foul trouble autobench, I'd much rather have Walton at 80% than a healthy Dakich.

01/24/2015 - 12:23am Sorry, but

Even with a full(ish) roster, I just don't see any way that we hold them under 1.3 PPP.  But nevermind the final score; if we can string together just three consecutive offensive possessions featuring crisp, purposeful ball movement, then I will be giddy with the thrill of moral victory.

01/18/2015 - 8:50pm Fat guy touchdown!

Fat guy touchdown!

01/08/2015 - 12:24am You shouldn't say

that the Eastern Conference looks weak? Why, because then people might ask your opinion on the up vs down effects of gravity on an earth-sized planet? 

12/27/2014 - 12:02am Imagine the poor sap who cuts his hair

How deep are the bite-marks on that person's tongue?

"Oh, Hi! So you wanna go with that look again... Awesome... Yeah, You look great!"

12/26/2014 - 10:58pm Lots of good tight ends is dead on

49ers fan, so I've seen a lot of his offense over the past four years.  The difference in production before vs after the departure of Delanie Walker was significant.  Can't wait to see what he does with Butt and Bunting.

12/21/2014 - 12:27am Your respective avatars

So similar in theme, yet so different in effect.

12/11/2014 - 1:44am Holy poop now I'm scared! If

Holy poop now I'm scared! If we don't get Harbaugh, Wiscy could steal our consolation prize! Commence panic!!!