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09/18/2017 - 1:20pm The discontent

The discontent with the offense is not irrational. I feel like, as Michigan fans, we are conditioned to KNOW-- not believe, but KNOW-- that the offensive problems we are seeing will manifest themselves in a loss that should not have happened. We can see the "Welp" coming, like standing on a beautful shoreline and watching the ocean recede at our feet before the tsunami of disappointment comes rolling in. You just know it is coming, and you watch every down and situation when teams are not put away just wondering if this is the play when it happens. If that's pessimistic or negative, all I can say is, when I'm watching a game, I spend a vast majority of my time waiting for the "not in the face" moment. When you see the offense struggle like this, the expectation just grows worse. As Brian said in the preview, we've seen other teams overcome these frailties and inexperience, just not Michigan. So, we wait for it... 

09/03/2017 - 12:18pm Onwenu

No one has mentioned him, which is a big win at Guard for us.

09/03/2017 - 12:17pm Hill

Yes... was going to write the same thing on Hill. He has to get his head around and spot the ball, but it's hard to do when you're a step or two behind, which, I would rather he try to make a play on the man at that point, but still, he did not look back for the ball enough for me. Was very impressed by Brandon Watson's pass break up, which is the best possible example of getting your head around and making a big play. He also tried for the hand fighting breakup on the great catch on the sideline by the Florida receiver-- impressed by his ball awareness.  

09/03/2017 - 10:47am I really believe...

that it is mental with Speight. He gets big eyes on open routes and even though he hangs in the pocket, when pressure is imminent, he panics. I don't get the feeling the game has slowed down for his mind because he is so amped up and he loses his touch. he is always fired up, and could really use a much more mentally relaxed approach to competing.

The two corner fades -- if you're going to throw that ball and run that play, put it up for your guy to grab it. He is rarely capable of making that throw.  It was unconscionable to miss Crawford on the sideline throw. On the other hand, he has a gun deep over the middle and is great into the flat, especially to the TE, but he doesn't have enough command of his toolset to just slow down and hit things in the middle range near the boundary. The throw to Eubanks, further down the field, was outstanding; dropped it into his hands between two defenders who were on time (great catch, too). Another great piece of work was the throw to Crawford on the "inelligble receiver" TD (forever in quotes), where things broke down and he made a great play-- that happens with him, too. 

One other, minor thing he needs to work on is his body language on play action. It's the same every time and it doesn't ever look like he's actually going to make a hand off-- there's no deception. That said, he is a very good reader of the pocket for a college player and gets out of trouble with his feet quite well for his size, only for his panic/ competitive frenzy to sometimes let him down (you're out of the pocket, play is broken, you're leading and in the red zone, throw it away). Mixed bag for sure, frustrating for efficency, especially because Time of Possession should often be ours and you need to finish drives when you own the ball. First drive of the 3Q was the most promising thing on offense on the day. That should be all day. 

 

 

07/08/2017 - 7:14pm Bought my first skateboard

Bought my first skateboard from him (his used Jeff Phillips).

05/24/2017 - 3:24pm Thanks! Bitly helps me track

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03/31/2017 - 9:13am Yesssssss

Firmino/Coutinho/Mané behind Origi?

10/03/2016 - 11:50pm Football IS Terrifying

Yes, sir. I wrote about this before the season. Eternally waiting to get soul punched.

https://backrowmanifesto.com/2016/09/01/the-terror-of-loving-college-fo…

08/29/2016 - 3:49pm One of my favorites

Adored him. This is terrible news.

 

08/26/2016 - 1:56pm I worked on the first staff

I worked on the first staff ever hired at Scorekeepers. I did not enjoy it, but liked my co-workers.

Best experience was seeing The Pixies at Ricks in 1988 while I was in High School (my friend's band opened for them). 

08/21/2016 - 4:56pm Sterling

Having watched Sterling for a few years before we sold him to City, I see the same problems with him... he is great in the first 95% of the field, but he lets himself down too often with his final touch/idea. If he could just get his head up and make the right pass/ shot based on the situation, he would be incredible. Maybe he will get that intelligence, he's young, and he has started strong, but he is just missing that killer edge right now.

Also, when Kompany is back, do you sit Stones or Otamendi? 

08/20/2016 - 2:47pm We were awful

Another depressing weekend... Liverpool are like watching Groundhog Day. :(

 

07/24/2016 - 9:41am Great question!

I have been to many live score performances and the top two were probably the 1931 DRACULA (with Bela Lugosi) with a new score by Philip Glass, who performed it live with his ensemble and THERE WILL BE BLOOD with live orchestra that included composer Jonny Greenwood, which was incredible.

I just missed the live NY Phil performance of FANTASIA, as my kids vetoed it (I have work to do) and, at the price, I did not want to risk them squirming for 2 hours in the concert hall. I also missed the recent John Carpenter tour where he was performing his film music, although I am unsure what the film component was.

I've also produced something of this nature with a screening of the Buckminster Fuller documentary, with live score performed by Yo La Tengo, which was beautiful.

Ones I would like to see? I would love to see UNDER THE SKIN with live score (its on Apple Music if you havent heard it), and, crazily, TRON LEGACY, which was scored by Daft Punk which, I would love to see live as it has lots of orchestral and electronic mixed and I think it would be amazing. (EDIT: I see someone mentioned this above while I was typing! Great minds think alike!)

The reason live soundtrack "songs" over the film would never work is the editing of the songs in the film and the fact that, likely, the performance would distract from the film. When done right, the live scores do a beautiful job of amplifying your emotional experience of the film without overwhelming your visual interest in the movie, IMO. as an example, the Glass DRACULA, they sat behind the screen and were illuminated very softly at the bottom of the image, smaller than subtitles. It was amazing to be able to look down and reference them while having this HUGE image of the film to enjoy. 

07/23/2016 - 6:33pm yeah

Was thinking of buying the day pass, but the HEAT and the crowds and the island... it just seems overwhelming. Hoping they do a show at Barclays Center or MSG and I can beat the Ticketmaster scammers and get a seat. 

07/23/2016 - 9:00am So many great lists

My two cents on recent work is

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM/ SOUND OF SILVER/ THIS IS HAPPENING

all three are incredible records.

 

 

07/23/2016 - 8:53am Just adding

Flip Your Wig to the Hüsker Dü three. All three albums, with ZEN being a double album, came out in a single 14 month period (July 1984-September 1985).  

Unless you wanted Everything Falls Apart on there, which is also awesome.

Great list!

06/27/2016 - 12:36pm Oh, he'll get his...

Clegane Bowl will happen!

04/26/2016 - 10:03pm I'm not a scouser, I'm a

I'm not a scouser, I'm a Liverpool supporter, and the many scousers I do know put the lie to your claims. The only one being cavalier about the deaths of football supporters is you. 

People are entitled to their opinions, but not their own facts. 

 

 

04/26/2016 - 9:48pm disgusting, comparing the

disgusting, comparing the club's supporters to defending pedophiles and blaming the support for Hillsborough... I think today's verdict shows that Thatcher and the police lied about Hillsborough, and they deserve blame. Sad to see you on here trolling on the day when the conspiracy of lies was finally exposed. Your clarity is well registered, your statements are lamentable in their myopia. 

04/26/2016 - 9:20pm The Heysel disaster, which

The Heysel disaster, which has nothing to do with Hillsborough in terms of its evolution as a tragedy, was also preventable on so many levels. People lost their lives when a retaining wall collapsed and crushed them-- that stadium, in a state of horrible decay, should never in a MILLION YEARS have been hosting a major European final. The ticketing policy of allowing neutral tickets to be sold to rival supporters next to each other was another massive mistake. Why were supporters throwing rocks? Because the terraces were falling apart and the concrete had broken into pieces. 

That said, Liverpool fans' behavior in attacking the Juve support is indefensible and the tragedy at the stadium saw convictions for the supporters who attacked rival fans. The 39 of Juve have been commemorated at Anfield during matches against Juve and those supporters deserve justice as well.  

Idiot fans who sing about Munich are deplorable. But that crash has nothing to do with official misconduct or football-- it was a terrible air tragedy. When i say "no one deserves to go to a football match and not come home", that means Heysel, that means Munich, that means Hillsborough. 

All of that said, the stupidity of so many comments on here is embarassing for a Michigan board. To claim that an entire fanbase is morally responsible for Heysel is outrageous, and to say "always the victims"-- a direct insult about Hillsborough-- is equally so. 

04/26/2016 - 7:34pm For those interested

The Guardian has posted an outstanding, detailed account today that lays out the facts. It is long, but very much worth the read if the story is of interest to you:

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/apr/26/hillsborough-disaster-d…

So much misinformation and stupid tribalism is founded on the lies that spread for decades about this disaster-- ticketless fans, drunks, etc. It was a wholly preventable tragedy that was caused by the mismangament of the authorities. And then papers like The S*n post lies and they get picked up as taunts and slowly, the narrative takes on a life of its own. This is unforgivable, sorry but it is.

04/26/2016 - 7:23pm You should be ashamed for the

You should be ashamed for the misinformation you have posted here. 

04/25/2016 - 10:54pm Kante

Kante has been absolutely incredible for them, by far the most underrated player in the League this year. And Mahrez at £400K? Amazing. If anyone but my team have to win the league, happy it is them. I remember everyone laughing when they hired Raneiri... who's laughing now? Well done to LCFC.

10/16/2015 - 5:45pm OT

Did you see the new National Lampoon documentary? It is very good.

10/06/2015 - 4:17pm Thought about this last night, would love an answer:

Shouldn't the Lions have let them score there to get the ball back? It is a miniscule chance of winning, but it is the only chance they had at all... not that it mattered, just curious.

09/07/2015 - 6:26pm I remember the first time I

I remember the first time I went to Utah and decided to go jogging... it was NO JOKE. Altitude, although not discussed here, had to be a significant factor for the players.

09/04/2015 - 12:39am 2 huge INTs on Perry breaking

After 2 huge INTs on Perry breaking off routes, maybe throw to someone else?

09/04/2015 - 12:37am so teachable

There just seems to be, at crucial moment, someone popping up and making a vital mistake on offense; Perry on the hitch in the red zone, Rudock not seeing Ty Isaac uncovered and wide open on the slant on the pick six, Kalis pulling past his block on 4th &1, Smith missing a cut to the left that would have made the chase for 1st down irrelevant, Darboh cutting inside on the screen, Rudock not being able to lay a deep ball in to Chesson who was wide open all night, a missed field goal, two poor onside kicks-- everyone at a vital moment made a crucial mistake that tipped the scales. It was *there* for us. It was *there*. You could see it. Which is what makes it hurt more.    

08/21/2015 - 1:23pm (No subject)

08/08/2015 - 7:34pm Um

Believe me, the parallels are not lost on me... :|

07/24/2015 - 2:44pm except

this article was written by Mychael Urban, but yes, bad owner.

07/08/2015 - 9:20pm Justin Lin

Justin Lin, who has directed the first two episodes, cannot hold a candle to Cary Fukunaga as a filmmaker. Lin did FAST & FURIOUS films which, your mileage may vary, but his storytelling, direction of actors and shot selection in this show is lightyears behind Cary's work. Janus Metz Pedersen, who directed this last episode, has very limited experience and the episode felt like an improvment in some ways over the first two. And also, inconsistent with them.

One of the things that set Season 1 apart was Fukunaga's artistry (who will ever forget the single take "white supremacist drug deal gone wrong" sequence?) and mastery of tone was consistent throughout the show- he knew how to make a gothic noir and how to work with actors. This season, the actors seem to have free reign and the direction is by the numbers, not even mentioning the inferirority of the writing-- metaphysical clunkers are interesting when delievered by a spiritually damaged Rust Cohle, but giving secondary characters lines like "it ain't what it used to was" or the plotting, which is spread too thin across too many characters-- all of them deeply damaged-- expanding the problem of inconsistency and tonal monotony.

did I mention I actually like the show? It's like a soap opera-- fun, and watchable...  but Season 1 was on another planet it was so much better.

07/08/2015 - 1:09pm Any word

Any word on Hackett re-structuring management in the athletic department? Didn't Brandon oversee a massive expansion there? If so, where are those costs being allocated now? If expansion of coaching support staff (with roles like the one Weist is taking), great... Any ideas?

I'll take my answer off the air.

06/06/2015 - 4:55pm bliss

06/06/2015 - 4:45pm Loved

seeing Suarez bag one in Evra's face.

06/06/2015 - 3:45pm Messi missing

again. Hoping to see Suarez bag one here, but respect to Juve for settling in; they're still in it.

05/15/2015 - 12:21pm I know

I know you didn't mean it this way, and that most people are just quoting old Bigs Bunny cartoons, but using "maroon" as a pejorative (like Bugs Bunny did) is actually a racist term.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maroon_(people)

Again, not accusing, just always bothers me when peope use this term without knowing to what it refers...

 

05/13/2015 - 9:11am New film at Cannes

Title on topic, movie likely not, but still... Love this poster.

03/27/2015 - 4:00pm widget

Brian should set up a Harbaugh Twitter widget on the homepage.

01/11/2015 - 10:28pm Old man, but

Kathleen Hannah was the lead singer of Bikini Kill, Tobi was the drummer, neither are in Sleater Kinney (Brownstein/ Tucker/Weiss).

01/07/2015 - 9:20pm Bummed

I am very bummed that Gerrard is going to LA. Like most longtime Liverpool supporters, I think the club was cheap and disrespectful not offer him a phasing out in a Giggs-type role and a new contract, but OTOH, he said he would not accept being a squad player, so, it's a shame. He has slowed down though and is missing the attcking dynamism of his early years... That said,  when he played this week in a box-to-box position (and not as a deep holding MF) he played great-- grabbed 2 goals (albeit one on a free kick), but against Wimbledon, so, it's not the standard required.  He's given his life to club, it is dispappointing to see him not given a contract to see him play at LFC to the end. But time goes by, men get old, and they move out of the game. It was inevitable, but a shame to see it play out this way.

I am also bummed he chose LA and not a reunion wth Ged Houllier at NY Red Bull as I live in NYC and would have been an instant season ticket buyer, as would thousands of other LFC fans in the area. Now his games will be on at 10:00 PM EST and later and, even with an MLS package subscription, I'll miss many of them, as will a ton of fans. 

Doubly disappointed.

12/22/2014 - 12:08am Just lost my fantasy league

Just lost my fantasy league by .18.

 

.18

 

My QB, Matt Stafford, lost 3 yards, .3 points, taking a knee to end the game against Chicago.

 
 
 
08/20/2014 - 1:13pm I wish him the best

Terrible news. I wonder if he suffered head injuries playing football? We showed a film at work that detailed the possible links between ALS and brain injuries suffered playing football. Kevin Turner, a fullback who played at Alabama and in the NFL, was diagnosed with the disease, as was former Raiders fullback Steve Smith. Here is a trailer for the film:

http://vimeo.com/39458228

Chris Nowinski, former WWE wrestler and Harvard football grad, is very involed in this reasearch through his Sports Legacy Institute, which tracks the long term effects of concussions on the lives of former players.  More here:

http://www.bu.edu/cte/about/leadership/chris-nowinski/

Anyway, just curious to know if Mr. Shaw draws any parallels himself... 

08/05/2014 - 9:23pm You won't believe what these

You won't believe what these ten former MGoBlog recruiting experts have to say about the top secret methods behind Michigan's recruiting process ---->

08/03/2014 - 8:44pm I was

one of the first people hired by Scorekeepers, worked as a cook. Would guess it opened in 1994? 93? Anyway, I graduated in Dec 1994 and it was already open for a couple of years by then for sure.

08/03/2014 - 6:52pm agree.

I could watch more of that all day long.

08/02/2014 - 9:40pm Nope

Liverpool is Michigan.

Man United has won more titles since 1990 than any other team... they are OSU. 

Liverpool is the winningest team in English Football history... they are Michigan.

More:

Benitez (LFC) and Carr (M) regimes end almost at the same time-ish.

Liverpool sign manager Roy Hodgson under dubious Director of Football decision

Michigan sign Rich Rod under dubious AD decision

Liverpool put in the worst performances in ages, M has three terrible seasons

Liverpool bring in Dalglish, a "Liverpool Man"

Michigan bring in Hoke, a "Michigan Man"

Liverpool does ok, struggles again, brings in Brendan Rogers.

Michigan sticks with Hoke. 

On any given weekend, Liverpool and M seemed to be 100% synched up; one would win, the other would win. One would lose, the other would lose.

Trust me, I have endured both, side by side, for decades. The parallels are scary. #GoBlue #YNWA

 

08/01/2014 - 8:27pm If you're going...

...have fun. I'll be pulling for mutually assured destruction. Sad for me to see United in the Big House... talk about cognative dissonance...