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11/27/2018 - 2:41pm Sadly, sports is a tad…

Sadly, sports is a tad random.

OSU shot itself in the foot over and over against Purdue.
- 4 drives stalled inside the RZ with no points
- defense got caught in blitzes in wrong gaps repeatedly

Against us...OSU never chose wrong on run blitzes always hitting the right gap, OSU never missed a blitz going off a double to pick up the LB...it was like a perfect game on those things. 

I can't stand that they seem to get this right against us when they fail against others.

I tend to think they prepare more for us and find some weaknesses other teams prepping one week do not find. MSU often does similar. 

It is exactly what we expect from this staff and do not get.

11/25/2018 - 10:44pm I believe they could be if…

I believe they could be if they did try.

Seeing OSU get carved up all year and not gameplanning that way was a huge mistake.

Coaching staff did the same with MSU. Sparty was getting hamblasted by the passing game all season.

In both games, we went with the run game first and foremost, both times using just enough (but not enough) zone read QB keepers to make the D honest.

But in both games, we could have gone pass happy early to establish dominance, in essence setting up the run with the pass.

Most teams all year decided to go all out against the run because Jim wants to run first. And everyone knows it.

NOT doing that would have been the great changeup and gotten our first couple good drives into the end zone and changed the entire landscape of the game.

Clearly, OSU was playing with emotion and if we hadn't given them every opportunity to keep getting more and more confident instead of wearing them out with frustration, well, emotion turns to mistakes quickly as we found out.

11/24/2018 - 8:55pm I agree with you, my fellow…

I agree with you, my fellow Kentuckianan.

Plus not that many of us on here so struck by that.

11/24/2018 - 8:46pm and it showed how little we…

and it showed how little we run it

total confusion on that play

11/24/2018 - 8:45pm To me the lack of pressure…

To me the lack of pressure was due to OSU never calling a playcall that did not get the ball out in 3 seconds or more. There would have been pressure (and was) anytime Haskins held on for more than 3. They were clearly planning on quick passes all game.

The defense was very predictable in its coverage schemes. Haskins appeared to know exactly where to throw it on every single play. The presnap reads were telling them who would be matched up on who and they picked on the right defenders all day long. Kinnel, Gil, Watson. 

They had a plan to expose people in our man coverage and we never seemed to offer a look that Haskins had not memorized on film. 

Kind of ridiculous if you ask me.

And while the injuries hurt, it was not going to matter. We did not make them change their gameplan at all. 

Our strength on offense and defense all season has been to show one look and do something else.

Either OSU completely figured it out on both sides or we simply did not offer enough looks.

11/24/2018 - 8:24pm The blocked punt changed the…

The blocked punt changed the game...but it was right after the Gentry drop that cost us a first down.

Have we ever punted without a shield like that this year? What was the point of that? 

It did not work. Whatever it was.

11/24/2018 - 8:18pm So strange.

The offense…

So strange.

The offense seemed to be growing up to this game. More and more RPO and zone read, both of which were working. More and more shotgun and pistol, which kept getting better and more varied.

And then this happened.

The offense has the ability to be varied and difficult to defend. That did not happen today. Today, a stubborn Harbaugh wanted to wear down an OSU defense...and he almost did it. They were playing poorly in the second quarter, Michigan had developed some rhythm on offense. 

The defense sucked the momentum out with poor penalties before the break and then the offense turtled up again in the third quarter. Predictable plays but also incredible missteps. Dropped passes, missed assignments on blitzes.

Harbaugh kept wanting to run because he saw how Maryland lit up these Bucks last week. Yet OSU did something totally different on defense. Rather than wait and see as their LBs did all season, they were instructed to pick a gap and hurtle themselves into them. They did and guessed right almost all day long.

Was it fate? Did they know so much about Warriner's blocking schemes that they knew how to attack them? Maybe.

The offense scored 39 points, yes. Of those only 19 were not in garbage time, 6 came on the gift kickoff muff. The offense struggled mightily today and had very little of the creativity that it has shown all year.

...and given the issues OSU has had all year, why we did not go shotgun with quick passes to protect a first-time starter at RT, I will never know...OSU cannot guard the pass unless they blitz heavily...quick passes are the answer and that was NEVER in our gameplan

By throwing LBs into gaps, OSU had a defense set against run or pass if it was in the Ace or pistol set. Dash into run gaps or cause adaptations in the pass pro, either way would hurt a slow-developing playset. 

We adapted once it was too late.

Yet...

imagine a 27-19 game in the third quarter, (another) Gentry drop is caught instead...

no blocked punt TD
no Shea panic INT

two plays to me that really changed the game were going for 2 in the 2nd quarter - momentum swing back to OSU and kickstarted that FG drive and that Gentry drop before the blocked punt

I hear a lot about offensive philosophy or our athletes aren't good enough

We lost because we were ARROGANT. Our staff thought we could just line up and beat OSU. The reason other lesser teams played the Bucks tough is that they had special gameplans for them. They attacked OSU's defensive weaknesses. 

We were content to run a vanilla gameplan and think we could overpower them. Not going to happen.

We have the athletes we did not have 3 or 4 years ago. They were let down by the scheme. 

You must treat this game like The Game. Harbaugh and company did not.

this is therapy for me so it doesn't matter if you agree

 

11/21/2018 - 8:50am After the ND loss, many were…

After the ND loss, many were cherrypicking the end of 16, all of 17, and first game of 18 to show Harbaugh's record as 9-9 over an 18-game span. Okay, let's hold onto that and then look at the rest of the games before and since. 

29-3 is his record before and after that 18-game span. (And even includes the punt drop game.)

38-12 looks pretty good, 29-3 looks amazing and 9-9 span included 10-12 games of injured QBs.

11/09/2018 - 5:16pm Long's INT was thrown by…

Long's INT was thrown by McSorley, not Stevens.

11/08/2018 - 7:47pm Gentry, Collins, DPJ stats…

Gentry, Collins, DPJ stats starting to look at lot like Butt, Jehu, Darboh circa 2015. The distribution similarities of Shea :: Rudock to top three targets certainly seems system-y these days. Harbaugh is getting the receiver and QB play he wants.

10/28/2018 - 4:54pm Loved attending UM Baseball…

Loved attending UM Baseball Camp when Freehan was the coach. He coached catching position (obv.) so it was cool to have him working with us when I was 15 or 16, getting tips from a legend. He also would pitch live games himself and I hit one to the 400 sign for a triple off him. He struck me out pretty easily the next time up. Still had the pride. :)

10/27/2018 - 9:26pm Should not have had that…

Should not have had that last play. Pass was uncatchable OOB plus the DB played great defense. All contact on the DPI was instituted by the WR. Mizzou got screwed. Assuming the #SECconspiracy was rolling deep there to keep it appearing like there were more than 3 top 20 SEC teams.

10/27/2018 - 10:02am True story.

True story.

10/26/2018 - 2:35pm Easy question deserves easy…

Easy question deserves easy answer.

 

Install TACKLE OVER plays.

 

/Borges'd

10/25/2018 - 4:40pm I loved in the 90s when…

I loved in the 90s when people said SNL sucks so bad, these folks are shadows of the 70s!

I loved in the 00s when people said SNL sucks so bad, these folks are shadows of the 80s!

I loved in the 10s when people said SNL sucks so bad, these folks are shadows of the 90s!

... assuming we will just keep going ...

 

SNL cannot be amazing every week in every sketch. It is literally writing and performing 60 minutes of sketches and jokes over a 7 day period. Pretty incredible they have anything fit to be bad.

And then they actually make something awesome once in a while too.

10/25/2018 - 4:37pm He was head writer for a…

He was head writer for a time too, before Jost joined up.

10/22/2018 - 3:35pm Fun fact: Blaha has degrees…

Fun fact: Blaha has degrees from ND (undergrad) and M (MBA) but not MSU.

Too many people made fun of him in both places and he became a Sparty?

10/22/2018 - 3:26pm Peoples > Person

Peoples > Person

10/22/2018 - 8:51am It's bitterness that so many…

It's bitterness that so many fans without direct ties chose Michigan over MSU. The funny part is that most fans chose Michigan well before Walmart was ever in Michigan. (So they literally got their M gear at Meijer, but Meijer MIchigan Fan isn't as "clever".)

 

...on a related note...

After hearing Blaha's bitter call at the end of Saturday's game, I looked up how long he has been calling Spartan football games.

Blaha has an undergrad degree from Notre Dame and an MBA from Michigan.

The biggest Sparty homer didn't even go there! Haha.

10/22/2018 - 8:49am Help me understand Sparty…

Help me understand Sparty mindset, is UMAA supposed to be a put down?

10/19/2018 - 5:14pm Even MSU's blogs are…

Even MSU's blogs are offering up disrespeKt, misspelling their own school's name.

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10/15/2018 - 7:54am (No subject)

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09/23/2018 - 7:00am Retroactively I wish that…

Retroactively I wish that rule applied to punters who never possess the ball too. That it can't be advanced. 

09/15/2018 - 4:29pm won't be this predictable

won't be this predictable

harbaugh wanted an all run drive

frustrating bc SMU is selling out on run every play unless obviously passing situation

09/09/2018 - 4:58pm I thought that place was…

I thought that place was great too when I've stayed there.

But they "updated" it and it's now just a hotel. Lost all of its charm, imho.

08/21/2018 - 3:30pm I lived in North Lawndale…

I lived in North Lawndale for 4 years. It was (and is) a very violent place, but ONLY among those who are in the illegal drug trade. Very few are the violent acts against innocents, but that doesn't mean that the death and violence is okay because it's among criminals. And criminals are still human beings.

The real question is not about stopping crime once it happens but about stopping crime BEFORE it happens and that's a systemic shift that a mayor and a police force cannot implement alone. 

Nor can traveling "salvation forces" from well-meaning churches.

Empowering people to know that there are options beyond crime is hard to do when it's all you've known. A tract or a free dinner isn't enough. Or even a coat of paint. 

I was very involved in my church there and my wife taught school on the West Side where we lived. We have been involved in Benton Harbor for more than a decade too, doing similar work on the ground, living in the community. (If you need my bona fides.)

And I'm studying to become a pastor to continue to promote real, lasting change in Jesus' name that isn't a "just be more like rich white people" solution, but one that is grounded in God's clarion call to uplift the poor and the oppressed. And to be part of interfaith (including those without faith) measures to rehumanize those who have been dehumanize by policies and talking points that place the blame squarely on "making better choices."

#breakingallthepoliticsandreligionrules but needed to say it

Lots of good is happening in the city of Chicago. Lots. Mostly by people who live there.

08/21/2018 - 2:31pm As a Dutchman with a "Van"…

As a Dutchman with a "Van" moniker, I find the stereotyping of my people as such an integral part of a sitting club to be incredibly hilarious.

You just know those cats were farmers' kids from West Michigan, who spent their teen years in the muck pulling onions and celery, man. Haha.

Though I enjoyed the Frisian and Norman 11th century pulls (no de Jonge? just Americanized DeYoung?).

Excellent work and a great way for me to kill time this morning rather than doing what I should be doing.

Fielding Van Blue

08/19/2018 - 12:18am Well played, my brother.

Well played, my brother.

07/23/2018 - 7:22pm My bad, everyone.

While I…

My bad, everyone.

While I've been living in Louisville, Herron was committed. I go and spend a summer in Alaska and now he's gone. 

Maybe he will recommit when I go back in September?

07/19/2018 - 10:01pm This was a blast from the…

This was a blast from the past:

Seeing Mike Vander Beek on the FB list...he was from Hudsonville and we played baseball together in middle school. He was a LB/TE/FB/LB at Michigan. One of those guys. 

Then my neighboring towns of Zeeland (Riemersma - once played on a 3-on-3 team with him) and Jenison (Brandt).

Plus my father used to be head football coach at West Ottawa back in the 70s.

Fun post. Five stars.

07/19/2018 - 9:58pm Agreed - except Gillette…

Agreed - except Gillette misses out on the timing part of this. St Joseph Bears.

07/03/2018 - 2:19am Petersburg, Alaska

NOTE1: I…

Petersburg, Alaska

NOTE1: I have only been here 6 days and am only staying 2 months / full-time summer pastor at the Presbyterian church in town

NOTE2: I have also lived in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Benton Harbor, Hudsonville/Borculo (MI)

PROS:
- Fish / crab
- Mountains
- Whales 
- Glaciers
- Kayaking, Hiking, Boating, Cycling
- Very Few Tourists - because island and no cruise ships
- Weather - not hot
- Small town

CONS:
- Rain (a lot) - though looking good next few days
- Cost - everything is pricey in Alaska, especially on an island
- Accessibility - plane or ferry to get here or get elsewhere (costly too)
- No arts or sports to attend

 

Louisville, Kentucky

NOTE3: Only been there for 9 months; attending seminary

PROS:
- Lots to do
- Easy to navigate, traffic is nothing
- Temperate winters
- Food is outstanding
- Nearly every arts or sports available (even if minor league or major college)
- Close to other places (1 hr to Cincy, 5 hr to A2/Detroit/Chicago, 2 hr to Indy, 2 hr to Nashville)
- Kentucky Derby is nuts
- Incredible parks
- Great free stuff for kids
- Big Four walking bridge over O*** river
- Bourbon
- Surprisingly good breweries
- A bunch of stuff I haven't found yet

CONS:
- No fresh water lakes or swimming locations
- Louisville and UK people
- Hot in summer
- Kentucky Derby is nuts
 

06/13/2018 - 3:47pm My history degree worked out…

My history degree worked out just fine. In fact, learning how to analyze information critically is probably the number one skill needed in today's marketplace. Knowing there is not a simple answer to everything is infinitely valuable.

06/13/2018 - 3:45pm Agreed. I originally did…

Agreed. I originally did Comm because they killed Journalism while I was mid-degree, but it lead to successful stint in marketing (writer then creative director then VP level). 

05/29/2018 - 6:37pm heard Charles was gone

figured no one left to laugh in his face

04/03/2018 - 12:44pm There was definite fatigue...

...but not from Monday, it was from scrapping so hard Saturday night to come back. Nova got a big lead and despite not playing more subs (top 6 played 28+ minutes in a blowout win), they cruised to the win.

BUT...our shooting was either hot or cold this year and it's a testament to Yaklich that we ever got this far with a below average shooting team.

Imagine last year's offense with this year's defense. Wow. We might see that next year. 

04/03/2018 - 7:27am hello post

Great FT shooter...he can recover it

04/02/2018 - 10:08pm wrong guys taking 3s

Don't need Z or Charles launching. they can't guard the rim. Drive to win. yaklich needs to tighten up wrinkles weight is showing.

04/01/2018 - 9:49am That and KU

wasn't even trying to close out, they just turned to look for a rebound that was not forthcoming

03/31/2018 - 7:18pm worst part about the lack of fouls on them...

they get TONS of fouls called normally...they are physical but getting away with it.

even moser talked about pushing moe more in second half ("get into his legs") - they pushed him and got away with it in the first

03/31/2018 - 7:14pm It's not our first time playing a touch defense either

Michigan playing like they've never seen the bright lights before.

03/31/2018 - 7:14pm It's not our first time playing a touch defense either

Michigan playing like they've never seen the bright lights before.

03/31/2018 - 6:49pm We are rushing...

No patience on offense, need to tire their defenders

03/29/2018 - 1:50pm he should transfer down

to D2 and light it up...or Europe but he will never get better under Izzo

03/28/2018 - 4:32pm Not aging well...

Gentlemen, anyone want any takebacks?

This is why hot takes suck.

03/25/2018 - 6:31pm gorgeous

was worried, since as soon as I turned it on, BU tied it at 3 (sorry, all), but seeing these two late goals has been beautiful

03/25/2018 - 9:34am great eight was normal

throughout the 80s into early 90s ..palace even used to host an early season tournament of the tourney great eight the following year.

elite eight was a ESPN/CBS invention in early 90s that took years to gain acceptance

03/25/2018 - 12:16am ku still had shot

to win it but missed

03/08/2018 - 8:56am Best juxtaposition...

Teske hits the jumper, the Purdue radio audio says "WHO knew that he would be their star in this first half?"...

...immediately cuts to slow sip of coffee from JB. 

Amazing.

03/01/2018 - 1:04pm images and quotes

very different than names

names are fine, as it is information publicly available - images and quotes are owned by the person legally speaking