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12/07/2018 - 5:51pm Chris Carter was 1-2 against…

Chris Carter was 1-2 against Michigan 

12/06/2018 - 2:45pm It will help if you debate…

It will help if you debate him instead of the "make snarky comment, post lol" method you're using now. 

He's obviously saying that 1) he doesn't see a serious problem for several hundred years (debatable, not laughable), and 2) he believes human technological advancement is occurring at an astonishing speed (true, not debatable), and 3) he believes that advancement will be able to solve the climate crisis before we need to worry (debatable). 

I see one assumption up there that I agree with, another that's debatable, leading to a conclusion that's debatable.  So make your arguments.  

12/06/2018 - 1:23pm This is awesome, thanks 

This is awesome, thanks 

What do coral feed on?  I know they excrete something to form the shell (if it's even called that).  This is an amazing discovery, but that's a tremendous amount of growth they're talking about.  Growth usually takes energy/resources, and that's going to take it from somewhere else.  Maybe in the sense of vast oceans this doesn't matter, but hopefully they've thought that through. 

IOW, if it takes 100 years for nature to do it, that's baked into the ecosystem.  If these guys are now going to do that in a few years, that seems like a massive effect.  But what the hell do I know. 

12/05/2018 - 12:20pm People keep defying history…

People keep defying history with their takes.  In college football, it always starts with the head coach, then it's school name/brand, then it's academics/alumini/fans, then it's location/recruiting, then it's facilities.  Bagman can fit in their somewhere and have a large effect for a brief time. 

But it always starts with the head coach.  If you get that wrong, forget it.  How does the Michigan fan base of all fan bases not get this? 

12/04/2018 - 6:56pm Guys, we can all ignore…

Guys, we can all ignore Diagonal Blue (aka Maizen or Shawn L Martin).  He was humiliated utterly by Beilein last year and disappeared during the football team's 10 game win streak. 

He's best ignored.  If you'd like to neg, go ahead.  But certainly don't reply to his trolling. 

12/04/2018 - 2:43pm Of all days for an Ohio…

Of all days for an Ohio shitbird to be yelling scoreboard... the one where yet another OSU coach goes down in flaming shame seems odd. 

12/04/2018 - 2:41pm This is how they got the…

This is how they got the president to accept it?  All the hand-wringing that day with the BOT, president, the wives... this is is what they came up with?  

That seems like it will certainly come out if true.  And that makes everyone involved look even slimier. What a joke they've made of their university. 

12/03/2018 - 4:13pm I think with a legitimate…

I think with a legitimate left tackle, he throws more this year.  Which is why I believe Runyan goes to the right side and Mayfield (assuming the preseason hype was meaningful) goes to LT.  OSU exposed our poor pass blocking.  The staff did a great job covering for it most of the year.  

People forget how bad the ND game was.  It was so bad.  The line got better certainly, hail to Warinner, but they also knew they had a problem and took action to mitigate it. 

12/03/2018 - 3:28pm Look, I understand all the…

Look, I understand all the entreaties to open up the offense.  And next year when that happens (to an extent, and because of an experienced QB and better OL), there are going to be so many old white dudes saying "see, they should have done that last year LIKE I SAID... I'm so correct about LIFE LOOK AT ME!!!!" 

But.  No one could have predicted OSU would have torn through the defense like they did this year. Protecting the football, leaving the game in the hands of your defense by not turning it over and by possessing the ball, was a great formula for success in 2018.  It probably works fairly well against the OSU team that showed up for 12 of their 13 games.  It didn't work against whatever THAT was that showed up in Columbus. Yes, sure you knew THAT OSU team was going to show up.  You knew better than Vegas and everyone else.  Bullshit, but believe what you like. 

If Harbaugh and his staff knew THAT team was going to show up, then yes, they would have taken many more risks, and earlier.  But given the sample set of both teams for 11 games, their strategy was correct.  Now you can question if the error was all season, meaning you can't ask your guys to start throwing the ball all over the field when you get behind in game 12 when they haven't done it all year.  You have to practice that in weeks 1-11, so get that going against the Indianas and everyone else.  Fine, fair enough.  But remember 2017 OSU: nothing to lose that game, so they did everything they could, took all the risks.  Everyone but the QB executed just fine. 

What they did this year likely informs next year: if the defense is excellent, they'll probably be similar on Offense with a few more chances taken given an experienced QB and better OL.  And from now until eternity I'll bet Harbaugh throws everything he has at the Buckeyes from the jump. 

12/03/2018 - 11:27am Still want him as the DL…

Still want him as the DL coach at Michigan when Mattison retires. 

12/02/2018 - 10:25pm Welcome back to first world…

Welcome back to first world football fan problems, mgoblog! 

12/02/2018 - 10:12pm Is there a trick to having…

Is there a trick to having comments load at 100 for a page instead of 50? Or, you know, all of them without a count limit 

11/29/2018 - 1:29pm Reminder that SkyBlue is a…

Reminder that SkyBlue is a Sparty troll 

11/29/2018 - 10:25am 2020 is a long way away.  It…

2020 is a long way away.  It would have been great to get the top choice at QB so he can recruit for the class, but everything will be OK.  

11/29/2018 - 9:41am Is anyone actually taking…

Is anyone actually taking this post seriously? 

Post evidence of this claim or mods should delete 

11/26/2018 - 12:26pm It's the same Maizen…

It's the same Maizen nonsense, Shawn L Martin.  He cowered and fled social media, and predictably back when things go bad.  This guy is the football fan equivalent of that dick in the 10 Commandments who keeps undermining our man Moses, or Grima Wormtongue if you want a moden and SciFi example. 

I read to see if it's changed because every opinion should be heard after a loss like that, but it hasn't.  Same garbage.  I'll ignore it from now on. 

11/26/2018 - 12:00pm This puff.  Originally says…

This puff.  Originally says the problem is stars.  When confronted with good evidence to the contrary, he morphs it into offensive style. 

As if offense was the problem on Saturday.  Everyone knows your shtick, Martin. 

11/26/2018 - 11:57am You certainly care enough to…

You certainly care enough to read the board and post emo in this thread.  Your fandom is fine.  You just want your misery broadcasted and you want us to pick you up.  Read some of the optimism here, it's real and the team will be fine. 

BTW some people will react negatively to your post and others like it.  The reason is simple - you've got to get back to center on your own.  We're all hurting (to the extent that fandom should be affecting our lives in any real way) after that game, we're working to get ourselves back.  Not our job to keep helping others back up the hill.  And if you're going to stay down, CYA.  I'm not going back in the firefight to drag a dead body up. 

11/23/2018 - 2:36pm Borland and Werner may be OK…

Borland and Werner may be OK, but they're B1G OK, they're not OSU OK.  They're not MAC-level, but I think most B1G teams would have guys they'd prefer to them. The trio is the worst group we've seen at OSU in some time. 

11/22/2018 - 11:10am So they don't roll over on…

So they don't roll over on them 

11/21/2018 - 12:26pm Maybe you can help him with…

Maybe you can help him with this analysis, and he can help you not be a dick. 

11/21/2018 - 12:24pm I stand corrected.  Google…

I stand corrected.  Google machine explains that Schiano replaced the quarters scheme with man-free. 

11/21/2018 - 12:20pm Come get your neg for…

Come get your neg for Luckeyes 

11/21/2018 - 12:18pm Yeah, did the same and that…

Yeah, did the same and that was awesome.  Thanks Seth 

Only problem was a I read Uppsala, the location of the first building to inspire the term, and now just want to find an old PC and play Civ 2 for the rest of the afternoon.  

11/21/2018 - 12:10pm No stealing here.  They're…

No stealing here.  They're going to walk in, violently win this one, then walk out as the OSU fans cast their glance low and the stadium police wave them by.  

11/21/2018 - 11:17am I think they run the Cover 4…

I think they run the Cover 4 that's now the rage everywhere, but we'll find out in Seth's Fee Fi Foe Film. 

It seems everything OSU does to mitigate something opens up another problem somewhere else.  It's an aggressive scheme in which they continually get caught.  Bill Connelly's article said they're good on most downs, but then get killed for big plays. 

They're aggressive, but everyone has been able to scheme them.  So they fix what happened last week, but the next team finds something new.  They don't have the killer athletes to make them right anymore. 

11/21/2018 - 10:35am This is great stuff, thank…

This is great stuff, thank you.  I'd only quibble with your conclusion that 74 yards isn't anything to get excited about.  That's actually pretty massive: based on just the median yards per game (408), that's an 18% increase in yards allowed.  If you look at the passing effect alone, where it seems Bosa would really have an effect, it's even more stark: 67 yards on the median passing offense of 233 yards per game is a 29% increase.  That's massive. 

Numbers go up or down depending on where those 8 opponents fall on the distribution.  But to my mind this seems significant.  Small sample size though. 

11/20/2018 - 4:01pm I was thinking typo was well…

I was thinking typo was well, and what you wrote, but wasn't sure. 

Very sorry to hear about your family, I hope she and all the others admit their wrongdoing and pay the price. 

11/20/2018 - 2:59pm What exactly are they…

What exactly are they alleging she did?  This confuses me, but I'm not very smart. 

"Simon told State Police investigators that she was aware that in 2014 an MSU sports medicine doctor was the subject of a Title IX investigation. The AG's Office says in the court documents that Simon knew that Nassar was the subject of that 2014 investigation." 

11/19/2018 - 1:44pm This is fine.  Gnashing…

This is fine.  Gnashing teeth over it is dumb.  He's goaded into it, said he believes in his brothers and coaches.  

I think the only difference it may make is his OL may be a little more amp'd to support him.  And if he fumbles or makes a mistake, the Buckeyes will throw it back at him.  But fuck it play free. 

11/19/2018 - 12:05pm He posted the clip, so…

He posted the clip, so presumably he watched it.  This looks intentional to me and many others, and you can just as easily be framed a homer slappy for your explanation. Who knows whether we're wrong or right, but it doesn't look much better or worse than what #72 did to Winovich. The explanation from their side is "playing to the whistle", which is just as plausible as yours for Chase. 

Both of the plays look like garbage to me, it's weak football and they should cut it out. 

11/19/2018 - 12:00pm Yeah I've avoided a lot of…

Yeah I've avoided a lot of the outrage threads because the hit didn't seem that bad to me.  In context of this ankle stomp, I'm even less concerned.  Chase needs to quit that shit out, right now. 

 

Larger context, I've always hated the idea of a "nasty" player grinding someone into the ground after they've fallen, and it's almost always in reference to OL.  You pancaked a guy, great, go find someone else to block, pancake them.  It would never occur to me to tell that kid to jump on the guy and keep his legs pumping downward.  It's just so stupid.  But it's encouraged at every level today.  Much worse in terms of recruiting, where this type of thing being called a "nasty streak" is ingrained.  Oh, hey a kid who hit the genetic lotto is 6'7" and can move at 280 lbs, so he can knock down high school kids who are half his size.  Surprise.  But now let's encourage him to JUMP ON TOP of that 5'10" 185 lb future accounting analyst and push him into the ground with all of his might.  This proves a lot to all of us as Div 1 coaches.  It's utter nonsense.  

11/19/2018 - 11:01am What is this referring to? 

What is this referring to? 

11/15/2018 - 2:03pm It is for Brohm.  He was…

It is for Brohm.  He was born in that city, was a standout high school player there, and he attended Louisville for college.  It's going home like Harbaugh, Frost. 

11/14/2018 - 1:27pm Why don't we just poach…

Why don't we just poach Mekhi Becton from Louisville, now that they've launched their program into the sun? 

11/14/2018 - 11:10am I would posit that our…

I would posit that our offense is not good by design on 3rd and long.  I have argued this most of the season.  "Good" here is measured by conversion, and M is not good at that.  M also doesn't turn the ball over.  And by not good by design I mean not turning the ball over is valued much higher than conversion, much more so than probably any other team. 

On 3rd & 10 if you're expecting an elaborate play call, forget it.  Maybe on the opponent's side of the field, or if it's near the half, or if it's not a competitive opponent, Michigan may work something up.  But 3rd and 10 vs. a good opponent is going to get a safe play call: give a WR a chance underneath or some other play that is very safe first and foremost.  If M converts, great, if not they'll happily punt. 

This is a result of 1) defense being the strength of the team, and 2) couldn't trust the OL to block early in the season. 

If Michigan gets behind, this will change.  If they feel more trust in the OL, this could change.  And at OSU they may say fuck it and let it all rip.  Otherwise it won't change, this is what they've done all year. 

11/05/2018 - 9:52am Maybe.  But it will probably…

Maybe.  But it will probably play out the same.  OSU has bad inside linebackers and slow safeties, and both groups tackle poorly.  That's a really poor match-up for a team like Michigan that wants to pound it inside and then go over the top.  The Tarik Black TD has to terrify.  They have to protect those safeties, so they have to play deep (they'll come up if they get behind because they'll need to take some chances).  The LB's will probably have to play aggressive to avoid getting overrun.  

That means lots of 3.5 yard runs with a few pops for big gains on the ground, and the middle of the field open for passing and some deep shots getting home.  Exactly how the last few went. 

Defensively, OSU will get theirs if Haskins is on... but if he's off (like McSorley, Lewerke, Hornibrook), it will go exactly the way the last few went.  And though those QBs may have had some injury/limitation, the constant pressure and confusion of Don Brown's defense drove the poor results more than anything else. 

11/04/2018 - 9:01pm Several of those are from…

Several of those are from various iterations of a Sparty troll account, which has since disappeared. 

11/04/2018 - 6:41pm Unironically saying "I'm…

Unironically saying "I'm concerned it still isn't good enough to beat Alabama."  2018 football is wonderful. 

11/01/2018 - 11:30am I liked Marcus in the past -…

I liked Marcus in the past - he gave some sobering truths about Michigan's team under the Hoke years when I wanted to believe we'd turned the corner.  He can provide good analysis.  But he always, always lets his ego get in the way, and he hasn't earned that. 

I was fairly excited about his show on WTKA.  But it was bizarre - every time I tuned in he was mopey, egotistical, and even seemed disinterested at points.  Dead air.  I think he blames Michigan fans for that failure instead of himself.  I'd like to see him get back on track.  

10/31/2018 - 9:31pm Hey assholes, when the kid's…

Hey assholes, when the kid's family denounced Durkin, it was over for him. 

When ALL OF THE PLAYERS publicly made it clear they wanted this guy to fuck off, it was their way of making it very easy for you to understand it was over for him. 

10/30/2018 - 3:21pm I sympathize with his…

I sympathize with his condition, but also understand he is a fraud and a liar and this condition does not change that.  

10/29/2018 - 3:21pm Can't have it both ways…

Can't have it both ways there.  If he sets up the safety inside, then cuts back out, McKeon is spent on that guy.  He's slowing to block that guy for exactly this, and only has momentum beyond that point because the safety doesn't engage him.  If Patterson cuts it back out McKeon gets occupied.  Brian's right it would have been a nicer play.  Maybe he thinks if he guns for the pylon (i.e. moving away from #2) he can go a long way.  But I think that guy has the angle, and he's a corner.  

EDIT: watching again, Brian may be right.  Hard for me to gauge Patterson's speed through that window.  Not a TD, but maybe a chunk play. 

10/29/2018 - 1:59pm The first chunk play…

The first chunk play opportunity you note above, with Patterson not setting up the arc block, is going to get cut down by #2 after a decent gain. Missed opportunity for a nicer play, but don't think that's going to be a chunk. 

10/29/2018 - 11:43am "would have seen the field…

"would have seen the field quite a bit this year" 

Not TRUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuu 

10/26/2018 - 2:49pm I wonder if Chryst and his…

I wonder if Chryst and his OC know that. 

10/26/2018 - 2:47pm This is too obscure for 85%…

This is too obscure for 85% of this website's users.  Which itself is about 25% or so of the Michigan fanbase I'm guessing?  Which of course is about .001% of MSU fans. 

So yeah you and the 29 other people who commented on this post will get it.  

10/25/2018 - 10:26am Does John Snow kick everyone…

Does John Snow kick everyone's ass?  If yes, that seems like a dumb scene.  If no, it does not remind me of it. 

10/24/2018 - 11:10am This is all context.  The…

This is all context.  The strength of the team is the defense, full stop (especially early in the season).  They are going to protect that defense by 1) running the ball, keeping the defense off the field, 2) not turning it over and putting the defense in a bad spot, 3) playing field position like this: take risks as you move across the 50, or when they see an alignment or defense the staff believes provides an opportunity worth that risk.  It's been that way all season, and it's not going to change.  A lot of the frustration on playcalling can be relieved if you see the season in this light. 

I think Shea can take more shots downfield, meaning deep balls, but that's it.  Everything else I'm OK with.  Remember the near pick that Perry poked out?  All of the "route combos/need slants/high-low them/etc" is an accumulation of opportunities on some plays that people disparately see, and they are probably there, but continually taking those shots are too risky for the staff.  Maybe Patterson throws some picks in practice, so they've put the regulator on pretty tight.  And he may be growing now and gaining more trust - that slant to Collins into the teeth of the Sparty defense was the best pass all day -, so we may see more of it.  But the offense will be based on the above unless Michigan gets behind. 

10/22/2018 - 1:42pm I understand your point, but…

I understand your point, but I don't believe it's too much.  They should have learned a stark lesson from that horror - everyone involved with the university should have learned from it.  That have to be absolutely hypersensitive to it because only a cultural problem could lead to something that long-standing and terrible.  Lies and cover ups should be stamped out at every level. 

If true, a coach is lying about a pretty important event involving a player, and the player feels compelled to go along with it.  That's a problem, full stop.  Then yes when you have that occurring in a football program plagued with past sexual assault issues, within a university that culturally enabled them, I'll link them.  MSU absolutely should.  An individual lying is one thing, another corroborating that lie is a cover up.  That should be sounding serious alarms at MSU.  Saying "it's about practice" minimizes it.