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10/19/2016 - 5:26pm @PFF_Josh is such a homer


10/29/2015 - 12:06pm Steele didn't pick Minnesota outright

He took Minnesota plus the points.  He didn't make a straight-up pick.

01/14/2015 - 6:17pm Fangio

Fangio doesn't want to be a head coach.  Tomsula getting the job was pretty much expected.

12/23/2014 - 6:03pm Gotta look at DVOA stats

By DVOA, SF was mediocre in years 1 and 4 on offense (18th in both).  Year 1 we can throw out.  Year 4 certainly is dissapointing.

However, SF was 5th in DVOA offense in Harbaugh year 2 and 8th in year 3.  Oh, and by the way, the defense was 13th last year.  

So the meme that the defense carried the team?  True in years 1 and 4.  Wrong in years 2 and 3.   



12/22/2014 - 11:38am Balas has consistently said this

Balas has consistently said this for quite some time - that Harbaugh once (or twice) said he was basically coming and then changed his mind.

Not sure that briefly accepting the offer is the right term to use.  Rather, more like he would have said ok during the 2010 season or early on in the search before deciding Brandon was nuts.

10/16/2014 - 4:11pm Isn't FEI still using some preseason projections?

There are some bizarre results in there, including 1-5 Wazzu at #35 overall.

I don't mean to defend anyone, but S&P looks a lot more realistic at this point (Michigan at #23).

10/14/2014 - 11:30pm See here

Just an example: 

10/14/2014 - 9:44pm Cook

Cook will be a 1st or 2nd round pick in the draft this spring.

10/09/2014 - 7:25pm By S&P, Michigan is 37, Arizona is 43

Just a bit of a difference.

08/20/2014 - 3:23pm Whoops - duh


08/20/2014 - 3:11pm When was the last time….

When was the last time Michigan played two big non-conference games in one season?  UConn and Vanderbilt don't count in my view, so I suppose 2007 with ND and Oregon?

02/20/2014 - 9:45am Automatic arrest law

Many states, including New Jersey, have what are called mandatory arrest domestic violence laws.  In other words, if the police respond to a domestic dispute, they (generally) must arrest someone.  Sometimes, this will lead to both parties getting arrested if the police cannot determine who was at fault or if it was more of a mutual fight.  It does not necessarily mean she hit him first.

02/18/2014 - 6:24pm what's your email?

Be glad to help - I certainly view my share of michigan highlights, etc.  As a lawyer in the cable/Internet industry, I deal with copyright issues quite often.

01/14/2014 - 5:38pm McCarron will not be drafted in the 1st round

Let alone likely in the first 3 rounds.  He's just not a very good quaterback, and him declining the senior bowl invite was pretty stupid.  This makes what Nussmeier accomplished even better.

12/05/2013 - 12:50pm Don't sleep on Wisconsin yet

They do this every year - last year they got off to a much worse start and ending up winning the WCHA tournament.  They'll get hot the 2nd half of the season.  Plus, they're 16th in the pairwise despite the slow start.

07/25/2013 - 1:22pm 1999 Illinois Game Should Be on There

Up 27-7 in the 2nd half, before blowing the lead.  Then, down 28-27, the bad snap over Brady's head that took us out of field goal range.

That loss cost us the Big 10 title, a Rose Bowl win (at least, since it was 7-4 Stanford for the Pac 10), and possibly the National Title since a 10-1 Big 10 team likely is #2 in the BCS above Va Tech.

05/30/2013 - 9:51am Wisky's future schedules are strong

Don't look now, but Wisconsin has beefed up their OOC schedules.

2015:  Alabama, Wazzu


2016:  @ Va Tech


2017:  @ BYU, Va Tech, @ USF, plus LSU??


2018-2019:  Home-and-home with Washington


04/17/2013 - 10:31pm like every Chicago Blackhawks anthem?

Every blackhawks game sounds like that.

01/17/2013 - 10:49am Yep, heard from a scout

that he might go day 2 (round 3).

01/08/2013 - 4:38pm Vaccaro please

Jones is a 2nd-3rd day talent.

01/02/2013 - 11:31am Cable TV is low-margin

for cable providers.  They make their $$ of Internet.  I know quite a few cable companies would love to dump the cable TV portion and just charge for bandwidth used.

01/02/2013 - 11:29am Not going to happen

Disney (ESPN) is not going to agree to sell content in this fashion.  They make too much money as it is, getting $$ for each subscriber, whether that person watches ESPN or not, and $$ for each Internet subscriber (WatchESPN) whether that person uses WatchESPN or not.

And if Disney did agree to sell the content a la carte, it will charge a heckuva lot more than $5/month for us to watch.

12/12/2012 - 6:27pm They'll tell the operators

to move BTN to basic, as required in their contracts when a school in that state joins the B10, or they withhold that school's games in those areas or sublicense them out.  

11/28/2012 - 4:05pm Our Defense vs. Oregon Defense

Per FEI, we played the #6 (Ohio), #8 (ND), #9 (Nebraska), #20 (Alabama), and #27 (NW) offenses, so I don't think there's "no question Oregon played better offenses."

11/20/2012 - 12:02pm I would

trust credible anon guy on this one.

11/20/2012 - 11:50am Unlikely (IMO)

The content owners (BTN, ESPN, etc) don't want the model to crash.  ESPN gets $5.00 or so from every cable subscriber (plus more for each Internet subscriber for WatchESPN).  Were this model to collapse, and the government to require a la carte, ESPN will likely have to charge something like $30.00 per subscriber to recoup lost money.  How many people will pay $30.00 permonth for ESPN?

11/20/2012 - 11:28am In the long run

Yes, in the long run, they'll get BTN on expanded basic in the New York market.  Short term, Time Warner and others could hold out.

04/27/2012 - 2:00pm Wisconsin vs. OSU

Most laughable part of his assertion is this:  OSU is 6-5 against Wisconsin over their last 11 meetings.  That's the best record in the big 10 against OSU in that time.

03/22/2012 - 4:46pm Plaza!

The plaza was my wife's hangout as an undergrad, my spot during law school there, and is forever the first place I want to go when we're up there. Plaza burger, cheesecurds, extra plaza sauce and a spotted cow.  Pure heaven.

01/23/2012 - 3:03pm Wisconsin has a 10,000 seat backup IN MADISON

Brian - the argument is even more absurd when you consider Wisconsin has a backup arena all of 2 miles from campus - the Alliant energy Center, (fka the Dane County Coliseum).

In fact, Wisconsin hockey played here until the Kohl Center was built.  Even better, they can sell beer there, as it's off-campus.  Also, when conflicted out of the Kohl Center for the very reasons discussed above, Wisconsin has played 1st round WCHA playoff series at THE ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER as recently as the mid-2000s.

12/27/2011 - 12:03pm NCAA saw the stuff already

OSU turned it over to NCAA, so nothing further will come from this other than the public probably getting to see some interesting documents that will hopefully further stain OSU.

12/20/2011 - 2:53pm Big Ten decision to place UM and OSU in opposite divisions

Even more annoying now.  Wisconsin has a free ride next year - OSU's ineligible, PSU's a mess, Indiana and Purdue have no talent.  Seems like Illinois, since they'll have an actual coach to go with their talent, will be biggest challenge.

12/13/2011 - 8:59am Completely normal

Completely normal thing for a defense to do.  The burden of proof is far lower than at trial, his defense would know he's going to be bound over for trial.  No use having the prelim.

12/06/2011 - 3:33pm Floyd also had problems

when OSU kept coming out two to the wide side.  Floyd, as the boundary corner (cover 3) was consistently out of position.  For example, on the Posey TD, yes, Woolfolk got burned badly, but Floyd's only responsibility there is to cover that deep 3rd and he was nowhere near where he needed to be.

12/06/2011 - 2:28pm I've got to think it's (mostly) on Woolfolk

IIRC, Gordon went the whole second half, meaning that Woolfolk was pulled after the Posey TD (which was on him).

12/05/2011 - 12:54pm Kons is the best

center in the country, and if he goes pro, will be the first center picked.  I love Molk, but if he isn't picked, at least they got it right (and not Brewster, who's terrible).

11/15/2011 - 8:54pm Not needed for grand jury report

Grand jury report indicts Sandusky for what he did.  McQueary's part is proof that the PSU AD and Official in charge of campus police committed perjury.  

The details re:  did he talk to police were not necessary for the indictment.

11/15/2011 - 8:44pm Official in charge of campus police =


Also, as a former prosecutor, I can tell you that not every fact is in the grand jury report.  I can't quite speak to how the process works in PA, as I worked as a DA in Wisconsin, but I can tell you that you don't need every fact in your complaint, and you don't want to flush everything out for a felony prelim hearing.

11/10/2011 - 12:35pm Gallon will be RS Senior in 2013

At least that's one more upperclassman WR.

11/07/2011 - 12:49pm Disagree on OSU

OSU really took it to that Indiana powerhouse.  Great job holding on at the end (missed FG and INT for Indiana when down 7 late in the 4th).

11/07/2011 - 12:29pm Yep. Or not

dropped key 3rd down passes?  Or not tried to do too much and fumbled?  Or not missed wide open guys for 70 yard touchdowns?

11/07/2011 - 12:26pm Denard's accuracy

I thought he was more accurate Saturday than most games (save for the deep balls, which he can't throw anyway).

I wonder how much the abscence of the short passing game is on Denard missing open guys underneath.  His decision-making has never been a strong suite.

11/07/2011 - 12:22pm Last Year vs. This Year

Brian, I don't understand the post.  

You argue that the coaching staff didn't use Denard properly.  Which is fine.  But you then link later to the post showing that the Denard slide began last year.  In that post, Denard's stats from the 9 games this year are almost identical - running, passing, and INTs - to the last 8 games of last year.

11/07/2011 - 12:18pm 4th down play

That's the play I would run the speed option (or something like that).  Last play of the game regardless, why not run it?

09/19/2011 - 4:14pm The next 1st down inside the 5

Michigan lined up in the shotgun, Denard kept it on the zone read, and he almost took it to the house.  

09/07/2011 - 6:13pm I saw that too

Noticed he was wide open and thought Denard misread the play.  But Brian makes a great point - Denard's first read was Koger.  Once he came off Koger, his next read is Grady.  

09/07/2011 - 6:08pm Denard's passing table

I'm not sure how much worse Denard was.  Perhaps you're grading him a bit harder now than you did the first part of last year?  I certainly was guilty of that critiquing Denard during the game....

03/04/2011 - 1:04pm Media consolidation

A few programmers own most of the channels.  It's a bit scary.  Big reason they can't be purchases individually is that the programmer will require the cable company to carry a network on a certain tier.  Where depends on who has the most leverage.

03/04/2011 - 12:08pm Absolutely

Looks like your comment beat mine.

03/04/2011 - 12:07pm Networks will never allow a la carte

They'd lose far too much money, and most of their leverage.  It also would be very very expensive.  ESPN charges cable companies something like $5 per customer for ESPN.  If customers could individually purchase networks, ESPN no longer would have, say 50 million subscribers at $5 a pop.  Say only 35% of that 50 million want it.  ESPN will make up that lost revenue by jacking the price way up.