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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. 

10/22/2018 - 1:22pm We were worried about…

We were worried about Harbaugh not having that fire. 

We were worried about Brian Cook phoning it in, maybe going USMNT. 

Worry no more. 

Thanks Sparty. 

10/22/2018 - 11:50am This is much more important…

This is much more important than is generally being made out. 

Did Dantonio really lie about whether his QB practiced or not?  And did the QB feel compelled to support that lie with one of his own?  There are all kinds of things wrong with that, just on a football culture level - meaning wins and losses and mindset for that team. 

But pairing that with the sexual assault history of the school and sports programs, and this takes on a much, much bigger role.  Like the OP, I'm allowing for some type of explanation.  But right now it looks like a flat out lie.  That would be quite stunning. 

10/22/2018 - 11:32am I didn't realize until that…

I didn't realize until that video that he carried it so much, all of the bullshit takes. Of course it drives him, so he only let a little bit of it out.  But the team deserved to see that. 

10/22/2018 - 11:29am This is a big part of what…

This is a big part of what the "bush league" stuff was about.  It's Harbaugh backing his players unconditionally.  He cares much more about them than he does anyone outside of that locker room exhorting him to keep it civil.  

10/19/2018 - 3:41pm LFG!!!! 

LFG!!!! 

10/19/2018 - 11:10am I get that's your take, I…

I get that's your take, I don't agree with it.  Catching at 6 yards when you need 10 with a sole defender in the area is a take.  It's low risk, and maybe it leans toward too low a risk, but a 5* athlete should make a move and get to the sticks.  Of course he didn't want him to get immediately tackled, he wanted him to get the ball, beat a single defender, and get 4 more yards.  Drags or other routes bring the WR back toward defender population, and introduce more risk. The corner made a nice play, you move on. 

I've read the fades are garbage takes.  I don't know if football coaches have caught up with that, or given they seemingly haven't, they may know something more than what those takes espouse.  Regardless, single coverage is what OC's seek endlessly.  They got that for the end zone shot they wanted to take.  3rd and 10 in the red zone is low %, and that play is as high a probability as they wanted to risk. 

The coaches view the team's defense as its strength.  They're not throwing the ball all over the yard.  They want to protect that defense and put points on the board where field position and opportunity allow them to take what they believe are good risks.  That's the mandate.  In that light both of the play calls above are reasonable and good opportunities given down and distance. 

10/18/2018 - 10:55pm I feel like this didn't get…

I feel like this didn't get enough hype above.  The QB keep is great.  But they ran what looked like outside zone most of the game!  They haven't done that in forever.  Wiscy could not have been expecting that.  

And they even had the techniques down!  Both JBB and Ruiz do that arm rotation thing that allows them to keep engaged with the defender as they're trying to seal them.  That's great stuff.  So prepare for that MSU, plus the down G, plus the ISO, plus the powers, plus the jet sweeps, plus the split zone and now the arc block.  Oh and that QB keeper too.  

And I'm guessing something else will come out on Saturday. 

10/18/2018 - 7:57pm I think people on this site…

I think people on this site still read these as gospel instead of an excellent review of one man's opinion of the game.  Brian is as good as it gets, but even then it's very open to interpretation.  Someone in the comments calling for Pep Hamilton to be fired after that performance, woof. 

The Iowa-ass hitch: I don't get what you don't get.  This is exactly what they want: DPJ with the ball alone against a defender.  Make a play.  Beat a guy and the first down is easy.  3rd and 10's aren't easy to convert for any offense, even the best.  This is a very low risk, high percentage play where the alignment and action have gotten the ball to your best receiver at 6 yards alone against a defender.  I'd bet OSU/Oklahoma/Clemson/whoever take that play on 3rd and 10 all day.  

Collins fade: same thing, it's 3rd and 10, this time in the red zone. They put everyone on the other side of the field and get exactly what they want - giant receiver against not-giant DB.  Who cares if the LB took away the slant, did you expect them to leave that DB alone with half the football field emptied of defenders?  No safety, 1-on-1 coverage; again low risk and good opportunity.  I see teams converting on this all day on Saturdays, and again I'd think a lot of offenses would actively scheme to get that match-up. 

The best part about Milton's run is the finger point, directing where he wants his block.  He's not nervous, he wants to score. 

10/18/2018 - 4:48pm Is enabling mass sexual…

Is enabling mass sexual assault for a decade contagious? 

10/18/2018 - 3:07pm The one guy says he's…

The one guy says he's playing, no equivocation.  Another guys says believe that guy.  UMBIG11 says yeah it's looking good, don't know what that was about yesterday, I subscribe to what first guy says. 

10/17/2018 - 5:07pm Yep, everybody calm down. …

Yep, everybody calm down.  Gary loves Michigan, and IF this is what's happening, I don't blame him at all.  

10/16/2018 - 8:12pm sonofabitch 

This is going…

sonofabitch 

This is going to take a little work  

10/16/2018 - 2:08pm So we're all still…

So we're all still masterbating?  Well that's just great, 1-3 for Harbaugh 

Have we learned nothing 

10/16/2018 - 2:02pm That's fantastic, thank you…

That's fantastic, thank you. 

I follow you on twitter, and if I can offer a bit of a critique - if you can go back to basics continually with your discussion, it's helpful to us newbies who want to learn.  Didn't study it, don't have the basics down, so if you can keep re-treading the basics as you explain the concepts, it's really helpful. 

10/16/2018 - 12:26pm Maybe it's not so bad to…

Maybe it's not so bad to have multiple minds with input into the offensive playcalling?  Who would have thought 

10/16/2018 - 12:23pm This is so great Seth, thank…

This is so great Seth, thank you 

Is there a pass play that runs off of this? 

10/16/2018 - 12:05pm The obvious distinction is…

The obvious distinction is that not everyone has a lottery ticket waiting for them at the end of their Michigan football career.  So they don't risk what Gary is risking In This Completely Hypothetical Scenario. 

10/16/2018 - 11:48am I wouldn't mind seeing it at…

I wouldn't mind seeing it at all.  By all accounts Gary has given everything he can to Michigan for 2 1/2 years.  If he did decide to sit in order to secure his future because there was a risk to his draft potential because of an injury, I wouldn't blame him one bit.  If Gary was my kid and faced with that situation, I'd advise him to sit. 

Let's hope that's not the case and he can go on Saturday. 

10/16/2018 - 11:42am The game plan will not…

The game plan will not change: run the ball, rely on the strength of the team which is the defense, and take opportunities when they present themselves. 

The running game will have some wrinkles, which is awesome and could get M moving on the ground.  If you were able to crack that defense on the ground they'd be in real trouble.  So M will definitely try that first.  When field position opportunities or something they've seen on tape allow for some risk, they'll take some.  But anyone expecting them to throw it all day a la ASU or NW are fooling themselves.  Michigan doesn't need to, it has a defense it trusts and a kicking game they feel is better than MSU's. 

10/16/2018 - 11:34am Bachie is an excellent LB -…

Bachie is an excellent LB - he's All-American level, or at least in that discussion.  He makes all of the run fits correct even when their very good DL makes a mistake.  The other LBs are just OK (including the racist Papa John Reschke).  Devin Bush is better than Bachie, but he's a no-doubt first or second team AA right now. 

10/16/2018 - 11:21am You can't just dismiss big…

You can't just dismiss big plays like this.  If you have a defense which is selling out that completely for a pass (and I didn't see the game, so don't know), you're gambling.  So if a more conservative defense would have allowed only 20 yards on that play, it would have allowed perhaps more on the other plays.  It would average out to the same. 

You can't dismiss an unsound defense that allowed huge plays as still a really good defense, because, you know, stopping big plays is a part of defense.  In many coaching circles that's the first order of defense. 

10/14/2018 - 8:01pm Come get your neg son 

Come get your neg son 

10/11/2018 - 11:40am Yeah that seems like a…

Yeah that seems like a problem PFF 

10/10/2018 - 2:59pm In the OSU game last year,…

In the OSU game last year, Harbaugh had Evans on an angle route being covered by the DE(!)  Pretty sure he sent all the WR's to the other side of the field and OSU was in man coverage (started with 2 WR's right, and the remaining WR on the left side ran a post to the right... but it's hard to tell with camera angle).  It was right after OSU scored.  It was the perfect set-up, and I mean immediately the DE is trailing and this is a big gainer.  Maybe a TD. 

O'Korn dropped the snap. 

10/10/2018 - 2:01pm Ads inside the stadium 

Ads inside the stadium 

10/10/2018 - 10:59am Isn't it Murderwolve, as in…

Isn't it Murderwolve, as in wolverine?  Or has the joke passed over me 

10/09/2018 - 9:23am I would really like to know…

I would really like to know who asked the question about benching Patterson.  That's just the dumbest, lowest common denominator question you can ask.  This isn't East Lansing.