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10/29/2018 - 5:16pm Thanks for the analysis!…

Thanks for the analysis! Super interesting.

10/19/2018 - 5:44pm Great analysis!

Great analysis!

10/15/2018 - 2:51pm My guess is that ESPN…

My guess is that ESPN controls how loud the crowd sounds on their broadcast in production, and makes it higher for their big games. 

10/11/2018 - 1:03pm I'm not sure what to make of…

I'm not sure what to make of PFF anymore. Between stuff like this and the individual grades every time Brian mentions them, it seems like they may as well be picking numbers out of a hat.

09/05/2018 - 12:49pm Because Florida's offenses…

Because Florida's offenses would be such an improvement on ours?

09/04/2018 - 6:36pm "Rammed down their throats"?…

"Rammed down their throats"? Taking 15 seconds before a football game to honor somebody is "ramming something down fans' throats"? I don't understand how something like this could make people so defensive.

08/27/2018 - 2:34pm Nobody is saying it's "at…

Nobody is saying it's "at the same level," but I think it's clear that when it comes to program culture, and how the coach feels things aught to be run, Harbaugh is a lot closer to "old school" guys like Urban than, say, Beilein. I hope shit doesn't hit the fan here in the same way but I think a lot of that is random chance. If Brady Hoke covering up Gibbon's rape (and Lewan's intimidation) had happened now it would be huge news.

08/27/2018 - 2:24pm I don't think they're new…

I don't think they're new problems, but what I think Brian is capturing is the general feeling that the old feeling of college football culture - maybe born of ignorance, but something that bound you closer to the players, coaches, and game you love - is slipping away, and what's left is scandal and exploitation. I think it gets to the core of the malaise I've seen around the board lately.

08/27/2018 - 2:21pm via GIPHY

via GIPHY

08/23/2018 - 12:11pm I don't have much to add…

I don't have much to add that others haven't said, but I'm at least happy to see I'm not alone in being turned off from the sport by this.

08/23/2018 - 12:09pm I feel the same way, and it…

I feel the same way, and it's really sad given how much I used to love this sport. If this happens at Michigan I'm officially out.

05/23/2018 - 12:27pm I invested my life savings in

I invested my life savings in apple. If I had done it in the 80s I would be aBillionare, so by 2030 i should be too!

03/21/2018 - 4:16pm No, I think he was saying

No, I think he was saying it's counterintuitive that each additional foot away the defender is makes the shot harder. He would think that there would be more of a strict cutoff at the point where the defender cannot really challenge the shot, i.e. there is a difference between 0 feet and 5 feet but not between 5 feet and 10 feet.

03/21/2018 - 12:08pm  
So long as it's just for

 

So long as it's just for personal projects, web scraping could be a good option and is a fun skill to learn. sports-reference.com is probably a good source. I also found another link that could help:

https://opendata.stackexchange.com/questions/4662/is-there-an-api-or-gl…

02/12/2018 - 10:38am Seems like many people who

Seems like many people who make rash judgments of others after learning that they were diagnosed with mental illness think of themselves as seeing the world more clearly than that person's psychiatrist. In most cases these people are just assholes. 

01/24/2018 - 3:59pm I don't understand this

I don't understand this board's obsession with the guy. He was co-OC for one year here, and we had a decent to good offense with Speight. The next year without him we have an awful offense with Jon OKorn. But people are willing to give all of the credit to the guy who was kind-of-but-not-totally in charge of half of our offense for one year? Come on. This landing spot is a better indication of his actual coaching status than a single year of being on a staff with a decent offense.

01/23/2018 - 6:15pm I hate to ask this but it's

I hate to ask this but it's clear I'm not on the same page here, so here goes: once she's aware there's an investigation going on what is a university's president's responsibility exactly? She can't exactly fire him when the investigation is still underway. And the report, to my understanding, didn't find him guilty of anything. It seems like the investigators and his immediate supervisors are more responsible here.

01/17/2018 - 7:50pm Digitally = with one's

Digitally = with one's digits, i.e. fingers, so you mean something different. I understand the difference between that and him using his genitals but I am not sure it's a difference that most people who hear about this case are even aware of... I think the relative lack of outcry is more to do with something else. Maybe it is the homosexual aspect as others have noted. I'd also say that gymnasts are already sexualized, so it may seem less repulsive to some because of that.

01/05/2018 - 11:44am My $.02

I stopped listening to the podcast because I thought Brian was rude/dismissive of Ace and Jamie Mac - not all the time, but enough. I figured if I just wanted Brian's take without all that I could just read the column, which is what I stick to now. I didn't listen to the roundtable so can't comment on that.

01/04/2018 - 3:16pm Legally - theoretically - he

Legally - theoretically - he wouldn't be allowed to be fired by Arizona for coming forward about it. This is an odd case because Dudek/all coaches generally have to get new jobs at different schools every couple of years due to coaching turnover, and if they have a reputation as a whistleblower they could be blacklisted. But the way Title IX is written, the university isn't allowed to punish the person for coming forward. This is maybe an instance where the law doesn't work as well.

01/04/2018 - 3:10pm I'm not sure at what point it

I'm not sure at what point it becomes "hearsay" and you don't have to report (or if there is a point at all), but in this case she told him directly that she was harrassed, correct? That's a lot more than just a rumor. Think about it in a different case, campus sexual assault. If a victim told a faculty member that they were victimized, the faculty member would be mandated to report - it wouldn't count as "hearsay" just because the faculty member didn't themselves witness the event.

01/04/2018 - 2:56pm Iirc from my trainings on

Iirc from my trainings on this stuff, because of Title IX Dudek (a university employee) would be a "mandated reporter" and have to say something about it, regardless of her wishes.

01/04/2018 - 2:56pm Others have given a good

Others have given a good justification for the style, but I'd just like to point out that despite asking for $7.5m they couldn't pay $10 for a copyedit.

01/04/2018 - 2:55pm my guess?

In most cases it doesn't (still)

01/03/2018 - 4:50pm You know, that gives me some

You know, that gives me some hope. Year 3 was always going to be a down year with so few returning. So this shows us as (a) a top 5 team year 1 with a great defense and ok offense, (b) a top 5 team year 2 with a great defense and ok offense, and (b) a definite step back year 3 with a pretty consistent defense and cratered offense. The offense this year is the only thing that sticks out as worse than on track, and it's being addressed with a staff overhaul. Bad as it was in the moment, and unlucky as we have been in ~*~*~clutch~*~*~ situations, it is wrong to say we're still roughly on track to be very good next year and after?

01/01/2018 - 5:17pm wish I had more than one

wish I had more than one downvote to contribute

12/24/2017 - 11:41pm Well seeing as how this is my

Well seeing as how this is my first, going over to my christian girlfriend's place for her family's party. So far so good! Learned one of her relatives was on Bump's Rose Bowl team actually

12/24/2017 - 10:18am I donated! Wonder if Harbaugh

I donated! Wonder if Harbaugh will kick in for $250,000? We're only 3 days in after all.

12/04/2017 - 1:01pm I hate to be a downer here,

I hate to be a downer here, but I thought Peters was largely mediocre in his few starts. He didn't mess up much (which granted was a huge improvement) but also didn't do anything so special that I'd be convinced that he's The Guy. A lot of people seem shy about Shea because they want to see Peters lead us for the next few years. All I'm saying is I'm not entirely sold, and I'll take a promising new QB if I can get one.

11/28/2017 - 4:13pm Would be a great hire. Would

Would be a great hire. Would be really curious to see how he does in the SEC, where nobody really runs the same offense (or even close to it). Or defense for that matter (/lack thereof).

11/25/2017 - 3:51pm The fact that we were able to

The fact that we were able to run the ball so well without a QB is very impressive. We also had guys open all day. Nothing wrong with the playcalling. I'm much less upset with the offensive coaching staff now than I was in the middle of the year.

11/20/2017 - 12:19pm are you really saying that

are you really saying that the B1G is mad because they were hoping to have a significant source of funding be fining Harbaugh... come on man...

11/19/2017 - 2:44pm This was my first away game

This was my first away game and I agree 100%. Madison is super cool and tailgating was a blast. The stadium itself is decent and the atmosphere a notch below the big house (if the big house is "quiet" as I've been told by some folks, then Camp Randall is a church - I was lower level row 60 fwiw). Jump around was also cool but not breathtaking. I expected more because of how many people talk it up and talk the big house down. My take-aways were a) very cool place, and b) the big house gets a lot of shit it doesn't deserve.

11/19/2017 - 9:12am I think he's just pointing

I think he's just pointing forward like the ball is going to drop in front of him.

11/17/2017 - 2:42pm Why is this attributed to Bo

Why is this attributed to Bo lol

11/14/2017 - 1:58pm Came here to say exactly

Came here to say exactly this. The point of having parking isn't just to incentivize people who might come downtown sometimes at the expense of people who are actually working downtown. If anything workers' convenience should be a higher priority for exactly the reason that they have to make the trip; others have an easier choice and can afford to not go if they don't like the commute.

11/14/2017 - 11:31am I got some advice on this on

I got some advice on this on reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/madisonwi/comments/7cqhoy/gameday_traffic/

I'd also appreciate input on how long I should expect to take to drive up, if anyone has it. Google says 2.5 hours from Chicago but my plan is to allot an additional hour for gameday traffic (leave at 6:30, get in at 10 for an 11am CT kickoff).

11/09/2017 - 11:20pm Protip: every year, someone

Protip: every year, someone is last in penalties against (we weren’t last year). Does the B1G just pick a new team each year to have the refs screw? Or maybe (just maybe) do we just commit more penalties this year?

11/06/2017 - 1:45pm Not sure what point you're trying to make

They just beat PSU... are you saying they beat us despite not preparing at all for our game this year?

11/03/2017 - 3:23pm My understanding is that this

My understanding is that this is actually very common in football. RBs will line up differently when they expect a handoff vs not, OL will line up differently if they are going to pass pro vs pull, etc. It's subtle but easy to spot if you look for it. I seem to remember some interviews with players on this site where defensive linemen basically say "yeah, you can tell which way your guy is going - the trouble is stopping him." And that's basically how it goes. I think it's pretty common among guys who actually play the game to know what's coming, the trouble is in stopping the plays.

11/01/2017 - 1:03pm Beat Michigan State.

Beat Michigan State.

10/19/2017 - 7:35pm You could do that a couple of

You could do that a couple of ways I guess. The most obvious one to me would be to build a model to predict the opposing team's playcall, and pick a play designed to beat it. But if you are using such a model and the other team knows it, they'd be able to intentionally trick it (because your play calling would be so rigid, you'd be much more vulnerable to the other team breaking tendency). You could also build a model to predict what plays will be most effective on down/distance based on previous data, but I'm just not sure that would give you good playcalls. So outside of the logistical challenges you said, my gut would say it's unlikely to give a strategic advantage. 

It should also be said that coaches do a lot of work to nail down the opposing team's tendencies. Having a model feed them the other team's likely playcall based on richer data than just their read from watching film seems like it could be a good idea, but isn't that different from what they already do. 

10/18/2017 - 6:15pm I heard once a rule proposal

I heard once a rule proposal where, instead of a kickoff, the team that just scored had basically a 4th and 20 from their own 35. Most teams would punt it - a safer version of the kickoff - and if you wanted an "onsides" you could actually use your offense to go for it instead of kicking an onsides kick, which is all chance. I'd be into it. 

10/12/2017 - 3:42pm That's what we've said for

That's what we've said for how many years now? Not how it works. I see no reason to expect it to be better minus cole and without many rising guys. It could be, but not likely.

09/24/2017 - 10:12am Works for Bama and every

Works for Bama and every other elite defensive team with a good OL.

09/24/2017 - 10:11am We basically have been the

We basically have been the past two years, I think we've been more conservative so far because of Speight's struggles. Hopefully that changes now.

09/24/2017 - 10:08am I basically agree with this -

I basically agree with this - the OL isn't getting worse, just overwhelmed. This happens because they are a bad to mediocre OL, and have been for the past 6 years. When we have good WR and decent QB play, we've been able to push opposing safeties back and have some success in both run and pass pro. Now without that, our OL is challenged and is not up to said challenge. So I don't isolate the OL as the only problem - but man, if we had done half as good a job recruiting and developing as we hoped the past few years, maybe they could actually be a *strength*, instead of a unit who plays best when the least is asked of them.

09/22/2017 - 11:41am From the rulebook: 
Holding.

From the rulebook: 

Holding. The hand(s) and arm(s) shall not be used to grasp, pull, hook, clamp or encircle in any way that illegally impedes or illegally obstructs an opponent

It doesn't just mean grabbing on to a jersey. It can also mean wrapping your arm around someone (even if it's just a "clamping" motion) and using that to impede movement, which is what he did. 

09/22/2017 - 11:33am He attempted one deep pass

He attempted one deep pass all game, what are you talking about?

09/08/2017 - 3:46pm Beside the point, but that SI

Beside the point, but that SI article is really, truly incredible. Just a gem of football (and Michigan)'s past. Very ahead of its time too regarding head injuries.