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07/12/2018 - 12:16pm Wasn't it Gallon with the…

Wasn't it Gallon with the invisibility cloak?  We could be thinking about different plays; I'm remembering Gallon's wheel route that went WAY downfield as time was ticking down.

07/12/2018 - 12:13pm Hear hear!  Smith wasn't a…

Hear hear!  Smith wasn't a burner but he was responsible for some of Brian's best wordsmithing, like "nuclear-powered icebreaker" and "Godzilla vs. the fishing village".  He had his own ways of dealing with DBs.

And while we're talking about Smiths, Vincent's blitz pick-ups were some of the most beautiful plays I'd ever seen, because I'm the kind of guy who sees beauty in a crushed ribcage.

07/12/2018 - 12:08pm That was fun and Woodson…

That was fun and Woodson jumped high to get it but by then we all knew he could do that.  The pressure on Leaf forced him to throw on the run and he threw a wobbly duck that Woodson plucked with ease.  The stakes were one thing, but that was probably one of his easier picks.

The MSU pick. . . that was a throwaway.

07/12/2018 - 6:30am Eh, I doubt it's that simple…

Eh, I doubt it's that simple anyway.  "We can take over this business that built a brand by doing the little things right, and cut ethical corners like crazy, and we'll make lots more money without losing any of their established customers!  I'm a genius!" said every dumbass MBA-toting Dave Brandon twatwaffle investor, ever.

You don't have to be ethical to be a successful coach, but some of what Beilein gets out of his players is because he's John effin' Beilein.

07/11/2018 - 12:24pm It's sincere flattery that…

It's sincere flattery that goes both ways.  I freely admit I'm a social dunce but I don't think I broke anything.  I hope not, anyway.

07/11/2018 - 10:05am Not to beat a dead horse …

Not to beat a dead horse (well OK I am, sorry) but we agree, no one expects anyone in the top 20 of any class to be in a hurry to commit to Michigan.  It's the 30-60 paradox that's a mystery.  The #30-#60 (or #50-#100 if you prefer, same point) recruits are NOT projected in the first round, are barely on the NBA's radar at all, and Beilein has a proven record of developing these guys into first-rounders.  Yet while he's nabbed a couple in this range, they're so much the exception that no data-driven argument can be made that "I can get you drafted in the NBA" has any broad appeal among recruits.

It's probably a combination of things but common sense -- that all the reasons near-elite prospects don't sign with Michigan shouldn't basically add up to 100% -- disagrees with reality, and it's always weird when it happens.

07/11/2018 - 7:35am Swing for the fences indeed…

Swing for the fences indeed.  This guy doesn't know football or even weights.  He could be a dud or White Rashan Gary.

07/11/2018 - 7:28am Yeah but sabermetrics don't…

Yeah but sabermetrics don't account for voodoo.  I wonder how the Heat will adapt to DR's "you win if he scores exactly six points" rule.

07/11/2018 - 7:26am Beilein's been doing this…

Beilein's been doing this for a long time though, and it seems to have no impact on recruiting at all.  We can account for a number of players who either don't think they need the help or can't meet Michigan's expectations, but you'd think "this coach can get you into the NBA" would be a much bigger sell than the nothingburger it's been.

At this point it is what it is, and the deep tournament runs get Michigan as much exposure as any program would want.  So we don't need it, but I'll continue to be baffled.

07/06/2018 - 7:08am So, is MGoBlog a pornography…

So, is MGoBlog a pornography site for Michigan State arsonists now?

07/05/2018 - 6:27am Why'd it have to be snakes?

Why'd it have to be snakes?


07/03/2018 - 11:04am Didn't know of Denver before…

Didn't know of Denver before yesterday

It's a city in Colorado, but that's not important right now.

07/03/2018 - 9:19am 143%?!

We the fanbase…


We the fanbase demand no less than 144%!

/ One gross, if I may use the expression. . .

07/02/2018 - 9:52am There's such a thing as…

There's such a thing as natural talent but since we've learned the difference between fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle, you absolutely can "teach" speed and it's not a matter of "you have it or you don't".

Now, if it's just a matter of semantics and the coach is just talking about how few 230-pound fellows can run fast, OK, but trainers who say you "can't teach speed" are generally outdated types who apply S&C techniques to develop slow-twitch muscle because they're not aware of the difference.

This kid supposedly just started lifting, so if this coach has any part of it he's unfortunately going to lose a significant amount of speed by packing on slow-twitch muscle.  That's my concern.

07/02/2018 - 9:23am You can’t teach speed. You…

You can’t teach speed. You either have it or you don’t.

Argh let's hope a HS coach with a mindset stuck in the 1970s doesn't hold back this kid.

07/02/2018 - 8:40am Mr. Gray, in the endzone,…

Mr. Gray, in the endzone, with the football.

07/02/2018 - 6:40am So we now have a Gray, a…

So we now have a Gray, a Black, and a couple Greens.  MGoBlue roster also says we have a White and a Brown.

No Blue!

06/29/2018 - 10:28am We shouldn't make it…

We shouldn't make it September 1st until we beat Michigan State and Ohio State.

/ time paradox

06/28/2018 - 12:53pm We agree there but I'm…

We agree there but I'm calling out the top 20 or so as the exception.  If you're the ninth-best HS player in the country, college is just a waiting room before you become an overnight millionaire.  I think there are problems with this but I can't say they're crazy.

Where it makes no gorram sense is if you're like #38 or whatever, not sure where the threshold is but at some point the drop-off is significant enough that you're still top-tier college talent but barely on the NBA's radar.  These are the kids that really could use some seasoning, but Beilein's hit rate on this bunch is far below what I'd expect for a coach with his resume.  Sure, some of them are egomaniacs who think of themselves as the one-and-dones they aren't.  Some just don't qualify academically.  Some probably really need the money they're being offered under the table.  Scheme?  Beilein practically pioneered the 3-and-D.  Personality?  His reputation is impeccable.  I could just be in denial of reality, but as long as this is the Internet I'm gonna vent and say something feels off.

06/28/2018 - 8:54am Michigan's unmatched ability…

Michigan's unmatched ability to put recruits ranked significantly lower than Carton into the NBA, Beilein and company have to feel pretty good here.

I hope all goes well but this is not going to matter.  It never matters.  I have absolutely no idea why it doesn't matter, other than maybe the top 20 recruits have egos to match and (to be fair they ain't crazy for thinking this) don't need the help; they see themselves as one-and-dones anyway.  But if you don't have scouts stalking you already, yeah, you should take some time to meet Beilein because of his record on improving draft stock.  But for whatever reason, "I can help you become a first round draft pick" just isn't on anyone's minds.  It's bizarre but it happens too often for me to pretend otherwise at this point.

06/27/2018 - 10:19am I just accept being…

I just accept being miserable and the cause of others' problems.  Not good for self-esteem, but at least there's no stress involved.

06/27/2018 - 9:06am Where koalas roam, the…

Where koalas roam, the butter is always warm.

This is also an euphemism, but I'm not sure for what.

06/27/2018 - 7:19am Yeah thanks to Brown we've…

Yeah thanks to Brown we've been pulling in a lot of 3-stars from New England, but they can ball so I'm all for it.  Let our class rank drop if it's because Brown found a Dude who's officially a 3-star because literally the only guy who saw him play was an ESPN intern.  It's called Moneyball; you don't have to fight Alabama and OSU for every damn hyped recruit if you can find talent in fields they're not even looking at.

06/27/2018 - 7:11am Greg Mattison as well.  They…

Greg Mattison as well.  They both love them some stunts and positional versatility.  My memory tells me I think one or the other even flat-out said that nose and 3T were basically interchangeable in the Brown-Mattison system, because a good portion of the time they'll stunt the two anyway.

Ditto the SDE, even, as long as they've got a Wormley or a Gary there with the requisite power to play 3-tech.  They've even been getting Solomon to slim down.  Not that they'll stunt anyone along the D-line on every down, but I think they discovered they really like having three quick guys in the 280-300 range who can cause confusion by being able to both penetrate and shift.

06/26/2018 - 7:41am Light pollution ruined my…

Light pollution ruined my stargazing.

Now y'all get yours.

Burn it all!  Damn you all to hell!  Aaahahahaha!

06/25/2018 - 2:06pm I would hope he settles in…

I would hope he settles in to narrow down his ambitions.  It's likely he's biting off more than he can chew because he doesn't yet understand what he's getting himself into.  That's not a knock on him; I made the same mistake in HS -- I underestimated the time demands in college because of how I was able to juggle things in HS.  There literally isn't enough time in a day to master everything these days, which is probably why football programs are leery of his interest in baseball.  He doesn't need to do everything just to show he has "it", and it wouldn't make him any less of a man to narrow things down.

06/25/2018 - 1:51pm Ah, the "he wouldn't come…

Ah, the "he wouldn't come here anyway" token PR offer. . . OK, I get your point, but the risk there is you might get a Kurt Taylor situation.  I guess if this is the right or wrong call depends on how likely you think the guy would defy expectations.  Me, I think predicting what a HS student will do is inherently risky, and I'm risk-averse so. . . yeah.

06/25/2018 - 1:25pm Can you elaborate? …

Can you elaborate?  Apparently the story here is that he's a LB/S hybrid that doesn't fit in OSU's scheme.  This isn't OSU passing on a nobody or UM yoinking a coveted recruit; it's as pure a win-win as these stories ever turn ou.  He'd probably never play at OSU and Brown's viper(!!!) IS a LB/S hybrid so he's a very meaningful M pickup.  Maybe I'm missing something I don't see the upside for anyone if OSU fought to keep him in the fold.  Keeping him away from Brown isn't worth the scholarship slot.

06/25/2018 - 12:35pm Never mind, on second…

Never mind, on second thought that might not result in a balanced enough or large enough roster to field a squad even if we go all the way back to Bo's years.

06/25/2018 - 12:08pm Throwing one into the hat. …

Throwing one into the hat. . . how about an "all-coach"?  Guys who returned to the nest in some function other than an assistant behind the curtain.  Harbaugh at QB, Wheatley at RB, etc. . .

06/25/2018 - 11:15am I don't think Warinner is…

I don't think Warinner is directly comparable to Drevno.  As an example of the Peter Principle (we agree there), he more reminds me of an offensive variant of Brady Hoke -- a craftsman who can find 3-stars and castaways and hone them into beasts, but wanted more and got burned for it.

Drevno. . . I don't know what went wrong there, but it didn't happen overnight.  He got the most out of Hoke's old crew and I seriously doubt Harbaugh took him as a flier, even if he was part of Harbaugh's mad grab for assistants when he first got here.  Contrary to popular belief, I doubt his OC duties did him in.  For starters, the OC positions on Harbaugh's staff have always been fluid, so Drev was neither in the position to stagnate the playbook nor get overwhelmed to the point of failing to do his basic duties.

Pet theory here, but based on player interviews I think Drevno suffered from getting "in too deep".  You do something for a long time with constant pressure to improve, you go so far down the rabbit hole of details and minutae that you lose sight of how to teach what you know, which is death for a coach.  Furthermore, a number of Hoke's guys thrived under Drevno since Borges had them block for basically every kind of modern football play in existence, so naturally Drevno figured these new kids could do the same.  So he had guys making 5-6 reads at the line before they could even tell left from right.  He should've realized that on his own, and his failure to do so made firing him a necessity, but all I'll say in his defense (assuming I'm not way off the mark) is that it happens.  A lot of programs and coaches go through cycles of simplicity and complexity.  I think Harbaugh went through an episode of self-scouting not merely because it was urgently needed, but because Drevno didn't.

06/19/2018 - 1:04pm Featuring a duo of safeties…

Featuring a duo of safeties named Jordan.

06/19/2018 - 1:00pm As long as we're meandering…

As long as we're meandering through offseason this way there'd better be an All-Walk-on squad in the pipeline.

06/19/2018 - 12:54pm The underlying point I saw…

The underlying point I saw was that the 3-stars are thin on playmakers beyond the best 2-3.  The honorable mentions were still very productive college players with some standout games, but not the sort of terrifying hell-beasts you'd to scheme to avoid.  If Seth filled out 2-deeps and we had the 3-stars face the 5-stars, whoever's coaching the former would be sweating the risk of injury.  Case in point, I don't like Roy Roundtree's chances vs. Charles Woodson but Tom Brady might at least look that way now and then and not have it be a complete waste of time.  If both went down or took breathers then the first(?) guys off the benches are Tae Odoms vs. David effin' Long.  Good luck with that, 3-stars.

Some while back some folks on the Internet made an all-UDFA NFL team (active players only), and they found legit starters at every position.  That's as far as they went, though, and my suspicion is that filling out a full roster that way would've been iffy at best.

BTW, Seth, maybe you could assign coaches (HC, OC and DC) to these squads, including retroactively?  Not to compare (so not necessarily "the best") but you seem to have some ideas formed around a quasi-cohesive squad presumably for someone to coach instead of just compiling a who's who grab bag, so it'd be insightful to know which brains you're channeling.

06/19/2018 - 12:10pm The year Woodson won the…

The year Woodson won the Heisman he had 7 picks; Marcus Ray had five and Weathers two.  The #1 pass defense in the country and IIRC it wasn't close.  Not that running on Michigan was a chocolate fondue party but offenses overall had somewhat more success there (kind of like the difference between getting hit by a dump truck vs. getting hit by a train but still), and the offense wasn't really putting teams away to force opponents into desperation mode. . . but opponents kept throwing.  They weren't merely good at stopping the pass; they were darn good at baiting QBs and DCs into thinking there was a chance.

06/19/2018 - 9:21am (No subject)

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06/14/2018 - 6:22am BS, those killings are…

BS, those killings are necessary to establish an imminent danger in the narrative while keeping the core cast intact.

06/13/2018 - 7:27am Wrote a song about it.  Goes…

Wrote a song about it.  Goes like

(He is our hero)
(Get rid of)
(Step on Spider!)
(We love you Spider!)

(Apologies to They Might Be Giants)

06/13/2018 - 7:23am (No subject)

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06/13/2018 - 7:20am I'm sure the coaches looked…

I'm sure the coaches looked into that.  After all, every QB at Michigan has to beat the WDE.

06/08/2018 - 1:43pm I knew there was a high…

I knew there was a high social cost to Brian not UFR-ing our recent losses to OSU.

06/08/2018 - 1:38pm Is hurling a thing?  I've…

Is hurling a thing?  I've never done it, only seen it once ever, but then again when I know I'm going to run I like to have my stomach empty.  I'm a wuss so beyond the 2 mile mark any excess weight feels like I'm dragging a tire, whether it's keys in my pocket or food in my stomach.  When I get nauseous it's invariably due to heatstroke.

I'll definitely get the shakes, though, if I push my kick past the sensation of exhaustion.

06/07/2018 - 10:39am I don't assume anyone who…

I don't assume anyone who can't do something to the point of giving up on it entirely is "otherwise smart".

06/06/2018 - 1:06pm LFFFFFGGGGG!!!!!!



Cat-like typing detected?

06/06/2018 - 11:55am Prestigious?  No.  Not that…

Prestigious?  No.  Not that NBA athletes are better or worse on average than any other league, but there are fewer of them, so the ones you're stuck with have a disproportionate amount of leverage.  If your boss is a stupid owner who threw a ton of money and draft picks at overrated, aging high-volume guys or some such, congrats, it's now your job to make someone else's mess work.  In college you can bench a player; in the NBA a player can fire you.

And in that context, we're talking about the Pistons.  The thought, to me at least, is as appealing as middle management at Amazon.

06/06/2018 - 6:33am Can't browse diaries. . . is…

Can't browse diaries. . . is there a link somewhere that I can't find, or are only seven left in existence?

Also can't check my own content.  I hope that's not gone; I liked checking back for LTTP replies.

I also can't see hamsterdance anymore.  I don't care about this though.  Just thought I should mention it.

06/01/2018 - 1:31pm My my

"It’s not that (the running back is) not blocking as much. It’s just we simplified our bag of tools with Coach Drevno being gone. A lot of O-linemen couldn’t catch on to the stuff that we were doing. It’s a lot more simplified stuff."

The message conforms to what everyone else is saying, but that's a surprisingly raw choice of words that made it out of Ft. Schembechler.

06/01/2018 - 6:49am I wish I could agree

I really do.  It's nice to have a nasty streak, but we've been burned so many times that it's painfully clear it's way down the list of priorities.

The linemen we've done well with, for the most part, are those with smarts, motor, and lateral mobility.  Molk, Lewan, Schofield, Cole, Magnuson. . . these guys were good at seeing what's in front of them and staying in front of it.  Yeah you had to be big enough and strong enough as well, but S&C is an assembly line at this point.  You gotta be able to move at that size, otherwise "nasty" won't matter.  And I've seen way too many "nasty" linemen go 4-5 years here and out without getting that far.

I understand that most HS recruits suck at pass pro so I'm not worried about the pickup per se, but (more an aside here, not a response) I get very annoyed by evaluations saying, "Oh, he can just learn pass pro."  How are you so sure?  I would happily sum up a really good O-lineman as a 300-pound ballet dancer, and I sincerely express that as a compliment.  The guys who amazed me the most were light on their feet for their size, with good short-area burst and refined footwork, and the potential for that is not easy to see in a 300-pound HS kid that's mauling people.  You can set up a decent run game with five "finesse" linemen, but you can't protect the QB with a bunch of knuckle-headed "road-graders" that can't pick up a damn stunt.  Often times it's coaching, but sometimes it's the brain or feet that can't keep up.

05/30/2018 - 12:20pm This content is offseasony

as any offseason content can possibly get.  You can't get any more offseasony.  If you were to ask, how can someone make content any more offseasony than this, the answer is. . . you can't.

05/30/2018 - 6:49am Not many calls

As we've seen, the refs basically give our opponents carte blanche to bearhug our DL and rip their jerseys off.  Makes single blocking more effective when you're given permission to cheat.

Brown's blitzes are designed to get a free hitter through the line so it won't work all the time, but it does annoy me.