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05/14/2018 - 10:53pm Dinardo's job is to come up

Dinardo's job is to come up with some sort of compelling story line- for now, and going into the season. Harbaugh gives away very little, so that doesn't make it easy.

And to be fair, it's the some questions and doubt we have here: it's Harbaugh's 4th year, against all expectations, offense has proven thus far to be Michigan's weak point. What direction is the offense going?

04/30/2018 - 9:06pm No! The Rose Bowl is pretty uncomfortable

...precisely because they put plastic seats on the bleachers. Worse than economy class on budget airlines. When I went, it was really uncomfortable, especially if you have legs anywhere close to long. The seat pitch is not great enough. (I don't know what the pitch is in Michigan Stadium, but I would imagine that it is not any better- maybe 32 inches?)

The last time I was there ( I think it was for a regular season UCLA game), I remember it was pretty bad, with those seats and stuck behind the UCLA alumni band. We mentioned this to an usher, and he invited us to sit near him in empty seats in the handicapped section.

04/30/2018 - 8:40pm Let the MBB control the

Let the MBB control the music.
If they decide to use any piped-in music at all, encourage the band to jam with (and over) the music to make it more of a live, game-day experience.

04/19/2018 - 10:59am Please. let's not allow

Please. let's not allow ourselves to get excited about Patterson until the NCAA rules him eligible for this season. And he still will need a line and backs who can protect, and WRs who fight to get open and fight for the ball.

04/19/2018 - 10:51am Won't know till September

The coaches were/are fine. The defense was/will be excellent (for the most part).  One would assume the RBs should be good, the WRs better.

We're mostly where we were last year: question marks at QB and the OL. Won't know if that has really improved until September. It's going to be a long four and a half months.

04/18/2018 - 2:52am The regular season just doesn't matter as much anymore...

That's probably true for fans regarding most sports. Which reminds me, isn't it almost that time of year to start thinking about the pro basketball and hockey, and maybe who to root for? Have they started their playoff season yet by any chance? Who's playing?

04/18/2018 - 2:38am In the old days, maybe. But

In the old days, maybe. But nowadays summer term at many schools is a lot bigger than it used to be. And the local fan base tends to live near there year-round, With younger kids out of school, a lot more families can attend- at prices much more affordabke than Major League games.

04/18/2018 - 2:19am interestingly...

...research has found that people tend mind the number of commercials more than the length. So three 60 second commercials is considered less intrusive than 4 (or 6) 30 second spots.

04/17/2018 - 11:52pm Better training and

Better training and oversight, sure, but I don't know that making refereeing a full-time job will make that much of an improvement. Even full time officials in various blow calls- often, depending on who you ask and who they root for.

While Michigans, OSU's, Texas's of the world may have loads of money to burn on such things, not sure that the rest of the NCAA membership would be crazy about taking on this additional expense for a marginal difference in accuracy.

I suspect better use of technology is the more likely solution.

04/17/2018 - 11:44pm The only way to make a

The only way to make a success of that, instead, would probably be to go heavy on the international side- Mexico, Cuba(?),Central America; ideally Japan, Korea, Taiwan- as well as other sites in North America- but you would definitely want a presence in NY/NJ, LA, Las Vegas, the Southeast, NOLA(?), maybe Vancouver, Portland,

You could probably keep the payroll down (and excite fan interest) if you limited rosters, adding rules that gave more advantage to the offense and reduced the amount of relief pitching.

But facilities are a huge problem- baseball is unique in the design of its playing fields, which make it very difficult to retrofit venues which were not designed for it (LA Coliseum Dodgers, anyone?).


04/17/2018 - 11:27pm Wasn't the USFL model exactly that?

...(Or was it the WFL?) To hang around long enough that they'd merge or get bought out by the NFL? Wasn't that Trump's plan- they moved the schedule from spring to autumn, basically so they would have a better chance of suing the NFL (hoping the NFL would settle out of court),

Instead they won at trial and were award $1 which was tripled(!), and that was basically the end of the league.

04/17/2018 - 11:06pm Basketball

Coach's timeouts don't bother me. The chance to gather and strategize a last shot, etc. is an important part of the game,

It's the fouling/free throw parade that really slows things down.

Maybe change the rule to:
in the final minutes-
BONUS: team fouled can take the choice of shooting OR taking the ball out.
+BONUS: team fouled takes the shots AND takes the ball out

Switch to a 15 second shot clock in the last few minutes of the game.

04/17/2018 - 10:54pm I'd love for them to figure

I'd love for them to figure out a way to make the puck more visible (that the players didn't whine about),

04/17/2018 - 10:50pm CFB "somehow work in home games for the top seeds"

Quarterfinals: Friday/Saturday before Christmas- top four seeds host home games.

Semi-finals: Saturday after New Year's Day

Final: 16 days later (Monday night), mid-January, Very limited practice, meeting time allowed for the 'bye' week.

Only two schools would have their season "extended" beyond the current system. and adding restrictions on the bye week prior to the final would give players time to heal, study, attend class.

04/17/2018 - 10:28pm diving, flopping, and "injuries"

And of course the reason it is so bad AND it matters so much is because of the lack of instant replay; and the fact that most games are so low-scoring (1-0, 2-1), so each such call can have a great effect on the outcome. If soccer scores were 12-9, 8-4 they wouldn't make so much difference.

04/17/2018 - 10:17pm Baseball

3 balls for a walk
Allow non-pitchers who have been out at least three innings re-enter the game.

Northern teams play a summer schedule, with its own tournament before Labor Day.

Shorter, Split season: divison winners of both halves receive byes


04/17/2018 - 10:08pm Football

1) Restart the game clock when the ball is spotted after an incomplete pass (just as they have been doing with the ball going out of bounds) until the last few minutes of each half.

[Increased passing, especially incomplete passes, is a big reason for games going longer than the used to, and games fluctuating so much in length (run versus pass)]

2) Eliminate the score/commercial/kickoff/commercial interruptions.

3) Eliminate the 3 minute commercial breaks,

4) [Instead], on each stoppage for instant replay, try to limit the total stoppage to 90 seconds. The replay booth/center has 60-75 seconds has to overturn the call or let it stand.
TV, immediately go to 60 seconds of commericals BEFORE showing replays. Come back, give TV 10 seconds or so to show viewers whatever relavant footage there may be and explain it, and get on with the game.

Showing us replays from various angles over and over before the officials make a decision is really a meaningless waste of time.

5) Similartly, 60 second commercial on an official time-out for injury.

6) Reward the defense for a goal line stand by giving the ball to their offense with better field position (to 20 or 25 yard line; or make any failure on 4th down in the red zone a 15 yard penalty & loss of down from the spot (LOS or spot of the kick).

04/17/2018 - 9:28pm Soccer is most in need of

Soccer is most in need of fixing- starting with the flopping and the overtime format, especially the 'Golden Goal' (!!!)

04/17/2018 - 9:05pm After a score, start each

After a score, start each possession at the 25.

If a team scores and still trails by 10 or more points (or trails at all in the last three minutes of each half), they take possession at their own 25.

04/13/2018 - 9:13pm Not much of a distraction, if at all

When I studied video/filmmaking in college, we were taught that when shooting documentary (and I believe this was observational as opposed to direct interviews) people are self-consciously aware of the cameras and equipment for about twenty minutes, and then "forget" the cameras are there. Then they tend to revert to their "normal" behavior.

(This was the old days, so one professor even suggested not recording the first bit if you really need to save "film/tape", but you take a chance on missing some  good footage. Nowadays, digital recording makes any such cost savings negligible).

Millennials grew up with cameras and being recorded all the time, so one would assume that they are less self-conscious or affected by being on camera.

04/13/2018 - 8:55pm In the long run, I think the

In the long run, I think the rules will eventually be changed so that the only time we see kickoffs will be at the start of each half, and maybe the last few (3? 5?) minutes of each half. Otherwise, the offense will take possession at the -25. I could live with that.

04/13/2018 - 8:52pm I think this will transition

I think this will transition where teams will spend less time and effort on the kickoff return, and more on two or three guys sure-handed guys deep, and  "hands" team at the front and midfield. Kickers will be expected to pooch, or line drive, or do that one bounce on-side of varying degrees of force to try to control the distance.

04/09/2018 - 8:02pm Is this about being spiteful?

Is this about being spiteful? Or something else?

Could simply allowing the immediate transfer be construed as some sort of admission of guilt?

Or is this about the other transfers, some of which are closer to home, or sharing the same recruiting turf? And what did this mean: "The appeals of Patterson's five former teammates are not related to that of the quarterback."

04/09/2018 - 7:45pm SF Bay Area; The Finger Lakes; NW LP; NOLA (except summer)

OP says "in the US".

Marin, South Bay area have pretty easy access to the culture of San Francisco, without so much of the cold, foggy weather.

The Finger Lakes in upstate NY have some nice, small towns, and incrementally improving wineries.

Loved San Diego, but the mono-climate in SoCal can get a bit dull. "San Diego is boring" is a theme. I recall going back to visit Ann Arbor one warm spring day, and it seemed like the whole town was out, making the most of the (precious) nice weather. In San Diego people would sometimes get lazy, get frustrated by the traffic, and decide, "The beach and the sunshine will be there- let's just go tomorrow,"

04/09/2018 - 7:22pm "the salmon of Capistrano"



04/03/2018 - 9:29am I wondered if some of the

I wondered if some of the reason he started (besides his superior athletic potential) was to keep Robinson out of early foul trouble, in large part to make sure Robinson was on the court when free throw shooting might become a factor.

04/03/2018 - 9:19am All year, when Michigan was

All year, when Michigan was in trouble and needed someone to make a play yet everyone else seemed incapable of doing so, MAAR was the man to come through, with a quiet intensity.

That made him fun to watch and much appreciated. I hope Michigan finds someone who can replace that, and wish him great things in life.

04/03/2018 - 9:15am "We're still lacking scoring"

I think what we're lacking is consistent scoring. Too many players will seem to get hot for a game (or two), and then grow cold for several. Granted that made the team extremely interesting to watch- it seemed like a different heroes just about every game down the stretch. I realize some of that may have had to do with how different teams were defensing Michigan and the mismatches created with switching.

I realize that there is some tradeoff for the increased energy expended on defense- a tradeoff that has proven worthwhile for the most part, and hopefully with more talent and depth that situation will be improved, Simpson is never going to be a great offensive player, but what he brings to the table with his defense, running the offense, leadership, basketball intelligence, and even rebounding(!), more than make up from his weaknesses shooting threes IMO.

Michigan needs more scoring from more guys simply playing up to their potential in any given game; and certainly more consistent shooting from the free throw line- which we all thought would be our undoing.

Unfortunately, for most of the tournament, only one or two guys seemed to have particularly good nights shooting- and it seemed like it was different guys each time. In some ways, that made this one seem like a team of destiny. But I mentioned before the game that I had the feeling they would need at least three guys to shoot well (especially from three) to beat VU, and they didn't get that. Wagner was great the first few minutes and then in patches; MAAR for much of the game. At least Simpson got 10. But far too little from Mathews, Robinsoon, Poole, Livers to win. And there were too-long stretches when Michigan was not scoring at all- ice cold. 3/23 (13%) from three will lose most games no matter who you play, made worse when you are being out-rebounded. Not doing a good enough job on the defensive boards and allowing too many second-chance points can also be demoralizing.

04/03/2018 - 8:31am "Defense can only carry you so far"

Yeah, only as far as the championship game.

04/03/2018 - 4:35am Strong chance he goes, but I don't think it's a slam dunk

Not so simple a choice, in my view. To get paid sooner rather than later vs. how will he get the best, patient coaching to have the (best) kind of professional career he wants for himself?

Being German (with their stronger safety net) means he may not be as desperate for the payday as your typical American. He's not a poor kid from the inner city who needs the money to help his family.

Sure the money is tempting- probably too tempting- but still he needs a lot of development of his skills- defensively in particular, and maybe more important, to develop some more emotional maturity.


04/03/2018 - 4:03am Wagner

Started strong and faded somewhat, although he was probably playing with the most confidence for Michigan. But some weaknesses in his physical and emotional game showed- not the least of which was that technical that gave him an extra foul and meant he had to sit and play more cautiously on D the rest of the way.

I am wondering if that might negatively affect his NBA draft stock. I believe he would definitely benefit from another year under Beilein's tutelage.

04/03/2018 - 3:57am 13% from Three

That will not get it done in any game, much less the Championship final.
And a good number of those were threes were uncontested. Hit a few more of those, go 9/23 (39%) instead, and that's 18 points. Meanwhile, Villanova, mostly you-know-who, was hitting contested threes.

The (12) ORBs and follow up baskets where the other big difference- seems like they made almost every one of them.

Villanova is really good- but not really that much better. Play ten times maybe they win six

04/02/2018 - 9:20pm Any good streams?

Any good streams?

[Haven't been able to get Discord to work for me]

04/01/2018 - 8:02am MAAR

A large family gathering made it to a game in December. I was telling them, whenever Michigan needs a play to be made, more often than not, it's MAAR who is involved.

He might have struggled from the field the last few games, but still, his leadership and the ability to propel Michigan in the direction of victory are outstanding.

I feel MAAR and Duncan Robinson will represent well on Monday night.

03/31/2018 - 10:00pm Yeah, how dare he make us

Yeah, how dare he make us sweat like that?

03/31/2018 - 9:04pm I for one, can't figure that

Hate to admit it, but I for one, can't figure that Discord thing out. Got on the site, but dumbfounded- can't find the stream, just lots of annoying popups here and there. 

Wish there was more explanatory info on using it- lost the stream I was using in the second half, and the one I had to fall back on kept breaking up.

03/31/2018 - 8:38pm MAAR's shooting has been off

MAAR's shooting has been off for most of the tournament. But he still finds other ways to lead and make plays when Michigan needs them.

03/30/2018 - 9:02pm Blitz Pick Up (including

Blitz Pick Up (including stunts) is a normal part of the practice plan for many teams. They obviously need to spend more time on that.

So many times the OL was getting beat with that pass stunt where the DE loops inside and the DT contains.

03/30/2018 - 8:55pm One might wonder if Beilein

One might wonder if Beilein and the success Michigan Basketball is having might have made an impression on Harbaugh. The basketball team has a great personal chemistry, and a family like love for one another. Beilein was humble enough to critique himself and how they were doing things, and the weakness in his coaching (defense) addressed that.

03/30/2018 - 8:50pm No, I think it was more a jab

No, I think it was more a jab at the players, not at Tolbert, and only obliquely Harbaugh and the coaching staff. I think he was saying that maybe they were focusing on the wrong things. Winovich gave the specific example that he felt that players were sand-bagging squat lifts on their lift days so that they wouldn't be too sore (or torn up) for their running competitions.

While Harbaugh loves competition and thinks that brings out the best and loves to set that up on a daily basis, sometimes that brings unintended consequences- you have players who might win the battle, but lose the war. Another example Harbaugh gave recently of Speight throwing INTs in the Florida game because they had spending so much time with the 1s versus 1s and not enough time with the Scout team playing various zone coverages. Sounds like Harbaugh and the coaching staff have reevaluated everything, including to how they relate to the players, to get better results on the field in 2018,

03/29/2018 - 7:57pm Would have preferred cancelling Washington, keeping VT

Would rather have seen them cancel the Washington series, frankly.

For the purposes of recruiting, playing in front of the Michigan diaspora, and maybe even media exposure, it makes more sense to play VT especially for the road game.

We'd still have a chance to play Washington in either the playoffs or the Rose Bowl, as well.

[OTOH playing Cal or UCLA (or Stanford or USC), or a San Diego State in a 2-1, would probably be more worthwhile]

03/29/2018 - 7:31pm 'stagflation' went away

While inflation/stagflation did indeed go away "after a certain presdient took office", taming it was more due to the policies of a certain Paul Volcker, who was actually appointed by a certain President who preceded the "presdient" you are referring to who was given the credit.

03/29/2018 - 6:51pm If I had to chose, I would

If I had to chose, I would prefer Moe go for thirty on Monday night. He seems to be an every other game sort of guy recently.

Especially as that may be the last time we see him in a Michigan uniform.

03/29/2018 - 6:48pm might sound off the wall, but...

Would Beilein dare start Teske on Krutwig?
Challenge him right away, and have Teske absorb a couple of those fouls Wagner often seems to pick up early and sometimes causes trouble down the stretch. Then as Krutwig starts to gets worn down pick up fouls, bring Wagner in to run wild no matter who they put at the 5.

That would also keep Wagner a bit fresher (and less exposed to injury) for the finals.

03/28/2018 - 10:24pm Beilein

Fans (and Michigan fans more than most) lose patience far sooner than players. The "UNACCEPTABLE!!!" crowd will probably always be around, but they usually have little idea of what is involved in the sport at that level, and frankly, they are what diminishes the Michigan Fan Experience, probably more than losing.

Beilein above all, requires patience and trust. I know this: I was disgusted with the talk about driving him out in early 2018, would  have been disgusted with Michigan to see Beilein forced out, and moreover if I retained interest in MBB had they done that, I most would have HATED to see him hired anywhere else in the B1G and FEARED to go up against a Beilein program.

How many times do you hear these guys mention "brothers" and "love" in their interviews? And it sounds convincing? They really mean it. Yeah, every sports program talks about striving to be "like a family". This year's team personifies that, perhaps more than any other team I remember. Beilein, the guys he recruits, the atmostphere he creates- deserve the credit for that. The patience and love he has for his players to develop is unsurpassed. That on top of his technical mastery, passion to teach, and humility to know his own weak points and do something about it (defense being the most obvious example), make the man a truly great coach and human being and molder of men.

Beilein is certainly better than we M fans deserve, maybe the best coach we've ever had or will have, and deserves to stay as long as he wants, which hopefully means a long, long time.

03/27/2018 - 5:24am I love that second photo.

I love that second photo. Everybody else in the shot has a look on their face asking, "What's gonna happen?"

Zavier Simpson, hands behind his back, has a look saying, "Doesn't matter what happens or what you try, I got this."

03/27/2018 - 4:52am Yeah, but I still wish the

Yeah, but I still wish the shooter and maybe a second guy were around for a possible rebound while the rest get back on a defense. OTOH maybe it is a matter of be confident we're going to make the shot.

But so glad that Michigan is so much better on defense now- going cold, especially in tournament games, used to kill us, but now we know the storm can be weathered.

03/25/2018 - 8:55pm Without looking it up, I

I agree with what I think you mean. Without looking it up, I think "NCAA sanctioned events" means events that the NCAA does not run themselves (bowl games being a good example), distinct from NCAA run events, such as tournaments and
"stuff the NCAA officially hosts and puts on".

Not to nitpick, just to clarify and avoid confusion in the future.

03/25/2018 - 7:43pm The riff-raff can't handle

The riff-raff can't handle alcohol.
Let 'em eat cake.

03/25/2018 - 2:55am Yep. May whoever wins our

Yep. May whoever wins our game on Saturday prevail next Monday night.

Go Blue.