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05/21/2018 - 12:58pm Thanks for feedback on breathing pain

The shoulder pain lasted a few days and was not a big deal.  The breathing issues resolved in about a day.  Within 12-18 hours she went from being unable to breath to able to with only some discomfort.  What made things worse for her is a nurse came by and told her that if she did not start breathing better there could be complications.  So she got upset as now she has to breath and be in acute pain.  Fortunately she figured out that if she stood she was fine.

05/21/2018 - 9:58am Warnings about sore shoulders

The sore shoulders to me implies a laparoscopic procedure. They blow up a body cavity with I believe nitrogen to have more room to work with. During the procedure the gas leaks into other areas of the body. Sore shoulders are a common symptom. This is not a big deal for a short procedure like a gall bladder removal. My wife was under for almost six hours. She had a benign mass removed from within her uterine walls and they pulled it out in tiny pieces. The consequence of that is so much nitrogen had leaked into other places like her diaphragm she was unable to breath without being in extreme pain. What was more surprising to us is that all of the doctors or nurses at UM were surprised by the symptoms and could not treat them. They could not even explain why? All the nursing staff wanted to do was drug her up on morphine and good riddance. This would have been a disaster since my wife gets nauseous on morphine. It was only upon discovery that she realized that when she was in the up right position that the pressure on her diaphragm was reduced so she could breath. This of course enraged the nursing staff in out patient even more because now she was up instead of in bed.

So moral of the story if you have severe discomfort after a laparoscopic procedure, it is the gas. If the pain is severe something as simple as changing positions may be effective enough to bring enough comfort until the gas moves out. Lots of medical staff seem to be ignorant of this symptom. The gaggle of new residents on their first rounds at least were informed as my wife told them of her trauma the night before.

And happy that evil gall bladder is out. When they start acting up they are painful. Especially when stones lodge into the ducts that connect the pancreas.

04/13/2018 - 4:02pm We will beat Notre Dame

My statistical analysis is our mean is 10-2.  I only looked at one game and concluded we will be Notre Dame regardles if Shea plays or not.

04/02/2018 - 3:19pm Its just stats

When I was a kid my parents made trail mix for our backpacking trips.  Part of it was M&M's.  Me and my sibblings would eat most of the peanuts, rasins, and other stuff so that we had mostly M&M's at the end.  Yes we would eat a few M&M's.  But we would have a great treat at the end as we would gobble down M&M after another.

If only stats were that way.  Just like flipping a coin, rolling dice, or pulling the lever on a slot machine, the past has no impact on the future.  The odds of a great shooting output or another flameout are exactly what they were in the Loyola game adjusting for competion.  

So the question to me is how many threes in how many attempts do we think we need to beat Loyola?  Presume we get off 25 attempts, how many do we feel this team has to make?  If we get 10 or more we have a shot.  Now figure out the odds of that.  May have to account for the fact our opposition is a bit better a stopping treys.

03/29/2018 - 9:50am Fire Beilein and Harbaugh and everyone else

Sports is a chaotic endeavor. The difference between bad and average and average to good is a sliver. When there is a setback like Levert getting hurt two years in a row or us not having a functioning QB on the roster our results oriented mind do not care. Regardless of the great work that mgoblog has done to educate us on what stats and issues contribute to the condensing of the final stat which is a W or L, we still dwell on the W and L sans everything else. If there are too many L's we call into AM 1050 and insist we are sick of it and demand a firing. Never mind that the best laid plans of even the best do not work out because of fate and even the best make mistakes. Even Einstein rejected the standard model.

03/27/2018 - 4:06pm Game prep verses luck

I have to agree with other posters who point out writers have to write about something. There is no doubt that Loyola is a good team. That all said per Bambi's article they have been lucky in that in two of their games they did not have to deal with the opposing teams starting center. In the case of KSU the opposing center was their best player. This turned Tennessee and KSU into Horizon like teams. UM will be the first team since Miami where Loyola will not just have to deal with big guys, but division one big guys who do exceptional things. How do they deal with the fact our best perimeter players are our tallest players? I know that we have had some issues with small lineups. However, Beilein will have a week to prepare.

In my opinion we will be able to get our trey looks. If we lose its because we shot 4-22 again, but not because we did not get good looks. I don't think Loyola can game plan and take this away without giving up something else that Beilein can exploit. They may be forced into a small lineup and perhaps play zone or a pack line defense. No way their one big can stay with Wagner on the perimeter. Wagner and DR are going to get their looks.

02/15/2018 - 5:25pm Jaaron Simmons

Prior to the season I thought Simmons had the best chance to become the starting PG. However, as others have pointed out he made too many mistakes and his defense was subpar. Plus Simpson made his case as a first rate defensive pest. Beilein might have hung in with Simmons, but every time Simpson was playing minutes, other teams were struggling even if Simpson struggled to make open perimeter shots. Prior to the last game, Simmons was the only player with meaningful minutes that generated a net negative in advanced metrics. So him sitting a lot was not for Beilein trying. I thought the experiment was over after Wisc when Simmons came in and the bad guys promptly went on a 10-0 run. It seemed like OSU all over again. I think Beilein realizes this team has a cap on what it can do in the tournament. If Simmons can get it and there is a combo threat at PG, there is something to be had. So he keeps pushing hoping that Simmons can fit in. This is all house money because none of us thought UM could be better then a borderline tourney team. So lets go for it.

02/13/2018 - 9:20am One more situation to consider

There is also the case where the other team screws up, shoots too early, you get the rebound, and get a scoring opportunity.  We make an assumption that the other team is going to get the last shot.  Either by good defense or a fubar that might not happen.  Any calculation would also have to look at how many times the initial defensive team scored when the shot clock was off at the end of the 1st half.

02/09/2018 - 11:32am Interesting Question

I see what you are doing.  You are leveraging the fact that there is advantage for the last possession.  The rhetorical question is if that is indeed the case the other team can foul back presuming both teams are in the 1-and-1.  As someone pointed out there is a point where you cannot say it is worth it because as pointed out there may be concerns of running out the clock so the other team does not get a possesion for free or there may not be adequate time to run a meaningful play.

The implication is even if a team is in the double bonus it would be worthwhile to foul.  I think to draw a conclusion we would have to look at the success rate of last possessions in general

 

02/07/2018 - 4:25pm Beware of Nebraska

This entire unacceptable thread reminds me of Nebraska.  Because of various things, like what was before the Big12 was weak along with the demise of Oklahoma for awhile Nebraska had a glorious run.  After Osborne left there was an expectation of a continuation of what had been there before.  Never mind that football had changed and running the option was not going to work any longer or that Nebraska was going to be a hotbed of recruiting.  Another coach was not quite up to the standards.  It was unacceptable and he was fired.  Another coach was brought in who was not up to the standards of the previous coach.  It was unacceptable and he was fired.  Repeat and rinse until Nebraska is at the bottom.  Now Nebraska has their "Harbaugh" savior in Frost.  When 10,11 win seasons do not happen I am sure the unacceptable crowd will come out again.

The reality is the unacceptables only care about wins and losses.  If the wins were lucky and the losses unlucky, never mind.  I do not post much.  But it was pretty obvious to me that the 2011 season was really scary and I had reservations that we were in for tough times.  Part of the problem since 1997 is every setback is unacceptable.  R^2 had his own issues but we forget the upperclassmen or lack of them was due to the failure of Carr in his last couple years.  So we brought in an incompetent insider who ran the program into the ground.  If Hoke had remained in 2015 is there any doubt we would have lost all of our Big10 games?  It was only Harbaugh who got a functioning QB in.   Now Harbaugh is struggling through the recruiting gap recruited by Hoke.

If you fire Harbaugh, a coach every NFL franchise is licking their chops to peel away from Michigan who is going to take this job.  No hot shot coach or recruiter would ever touch Michigan. 

Unless a coach is failing on the tactical side, you do not evaluate him until he has all his players in place.  That is not the case.   UM went 8-5 because there was a lack of depth at the most important positions because of recruiting failures by Hoke.  If Harbaugh had an average Big10 QB the team is at least 10-3.  

If the unacceptables at Nebraska are as virulent as those at Michigan Scot Frost will be in hot water also.  The reality is Nebraska from a talent perspective is shot.  They have the wrong players for what Frost wants to do.  Yet the unacceptables will expect a return to the equivalent of when Nebraska used to go 10-1.

 

01/27/2018 - 1:36pm Lovers love and Haters hate

My interpretation of the original response is us as fans are results oriented.  Despite our claims that with a glance we can tell if a scheme is putrid or ingenius, we really do not know nor can compare to people that spend ten hours a day doing.  If the team wins they are our God's and if they lose we throw them under the bus.   The team was incredibly young in too many places and suffered injuries at all of the locations that they could not.  Young players like Henne can appear to prosper if someone else is carrying the load, like example Braylon Edwards or in the case of Georgia the most run heavy offense in college football.  Or perhaps you are the 4th string running back on Bama any you have to practice just one play.

Here is my problem with Monday morning coaching.  Next year if UM offense is great we will ALL jump on the Harbaugh and hated assistant coaches bandwagon.  We might even cluck about how they much have "listened" to us.  It won't matter that it is older players with more depth knowing a system.  

If you truly believe that the UM football staff sucks you should root against them.  If they win they are lucky and we know luck runs out.  False wins will perpetuate an illusion of success and the bad coaching will continue.  Yet all to often the results change and we forget our anger, as long as the result is a win.

My enjoyment of mgoblog comes from the attempt by the people who run the site to look beyond the wins and losses.  What I said in the paragraph above was somewhat saracastic and unrealistic.  We are all Michigan fans and want to root for UM to win.  At the least, what you should do is put out an article on why you believe the offensive staff including Harbaugh are failing by showing failures of scheme, development, and managment.  This is where the owners of this site thrive.  Instead of lamenting on why Michigans defense sucking in 2010, they pointed out that the middle linebacker was beging miss positioned for what they thought he was intended to do.  That kind of stuff is way more productive, than "Pep stinks"

 

 

01/09/2018 - 9:39pm Evil disorder

Greetiings to all.  I have empathy for those who have to go through these horrible experiences.  As someone who has read mgoblog for years I think of the unfairness of someone like Ace whose insightful comments has changed me from a results fan to someone who enjoys the journey of UM athletics.  I know so much more because of this site and view myself a better man because I appreciate the competition and development of the players rather than wins & losses.  Yes, wins rock.  Regardless, I love all of the comments on the analysis of the game prior and post.

That all said I am  a little guy who is blessed with a digestive system that can subsist on broken glass and iguana claws.  I lift weights maybe twice a week and seem to fidget more distance than most marathon runners get in on a standard practice.  Even if I was not blessed to be good enough for sports I have so far avoided issues this first half century out of dump luck and genetics.  But that said just like I would give it all up to be part of the Michigan football team I would give it all up to be Ace. 

I am convinced these labels that we give general conditions are probably several dozen different syndromes.  This is what makes diagnosis and treatment so difficult.  What works for Peter nearly kills Paul.  And that is the scary thing.  All we have is the scientific method of observation which requires we do an action and observe said action hoping that we properly isolate the change.  So my only solace of encourgement is to keep trying and maybe you will find the thing or things that work.

The easiest thing to try is diet changes.  But even that can be hard.  My sister in law has a corn allergy.  It gets set off by her drinking soda pop.  Why?  The citric acid that is added to soda pop is harvested from mold grown from corn syrup.  When the corn syrup is seperated from the corn enough of the corn proteins are not processed out and do no get processed out when the citrate crystals are collected from the mold.  However, if there is a type or set of foods that give your body grief, it is something you can control if you are fortunate enough to identify the vectors.  Despite these difficulties I think it is still worth a try.

My son is a perfectly normal kid if he takes his magnesium bath, does not drink cows dairy, and takes his methol B12 tablet.  Without it he goes out of control.  If my wife accidentally consumes MSG or other "natural flavorings" she is out harder than any date rape drug.  

My family is lucky because the cause & effects are not subtle.  Some of these other vectors that cause more subtle impacts like long term inflammation are really hard to track down.  Worse, the vector may not even be food as some people get an inflammation reaction to complex hydrocarbons.  

For all of the people out there who have to live with this nightmare mystery be it Ace or all the folks on this list I do not know but share a love of Michigan atheletics I hope you find not just temporary relief that allows to tolerate a bad situation but a permanent solution.

 

 

01/02/2018 - 10:44am Looking forward to next year

I am looking forward to next year when we run the table going into the OSU game and all of these Harbaugh haters talk about what a great coach he is and what great fans they are.

01/01/2018 - 9:32pm You cannot run a lot with young players

So we had a redshirt freshman who did not get the majority of the snaps throwing to two freshman receivers, one who was hurt the entire season until this bowl game.  This is what happens when you have young players.  We are all upset because the QB did not know the entire playbook.   So here are your choices with Speight transfering.  You have O'Korn who knows the offense but can't make the plays and Peters who does not know the offense and maybe makes the play half the time.   Unless a young QB is completely surrounded by a another ten that dominate for them, they are going to look bad unless you get really lucky.

01/01/2018 - 9:32pm You cannot run a lot with young players

So we had a redshirt freshman who did not get the majority of the snaps throwing to two freshman receivers, one who was hurt the entire season until this bowl game.  This is what happens when you have young players.  We are all upset because the QB did not know the entire playbook.   So here are your choices with Speight transfering.  You have O'Korn who knows the offense but can't make the plays and Peters who does not know the offense and maybe makes the play half the time.   Unless a young QB is completely surrounded by a another ten that dominate for them, they are going to look bad unless you get really lucky.

01/01/2018 - 9:32pm You cannot run a lot with young players

So we had a redshirt freshman who did not get the majority of the snaps throwing to two freshman receivers, one who was hurt the entire season until this bowl game.  This is what happens when you have young players.  We are all upset because the QB did not know the entire playbook.   So here are your choices with Speight transfering.  You have O'Korn who knows the offense but can't make the plays and Peters who does not know the offense and maybe makes the play half the time.   Unless a young QB is completely surrounded by a another ten that dominate for them, they are going to look bad unless you get really lucky.

01/01/2018 - 9:32pm You cannot run a lot with young players

So we had a redshirt freshman who did not get the majority of the snaps throwing to two freshman receivers, one who was hurt the entire season until this bowl game.  This is what happens when you have young players.  We are all upset because the QB did not know the entire playbook.   So here are your choices with Speight transfering.  You have O'Korn who knows the offense but can't make the plays and Peters who does not know the offense and maybe makes the play half the time.   Unless a young QB is completely surrounded by a another ten that dominate for them, they are going to look bad unless you get really lucky.

01/01/2018 - 7:36pm Young players tend to choke

The youngest team in college football lost their starting QB, RB, FB, their top two WR's, and 3 of their 5 linemen from the beginning of the year and we call a bunch of kids chokers.  Nico Collins who has been hurt the entire year started his first game in the bowl game as a true freshmen because there was no one else.  

01/01/2018 - 7:36pm Young players tend to choke

The youngest team in college football lost their starting QB, RB, FB, their top two WR's, and 3 of their 5 linemen from the beginning of the year and we call a bunch of kids chokers.  Nico Collins who has been hurt the entire year started his first game in the bowl game as a true freshmen because there was no one else.  

12/04/2017 - 10:44pm Fire Harbaugh and Beilein twice thrice a billion times

This thread is a joke.  Every time a bunch of kids have an off game we demand instant accountability when a bunch of 1st and 2nd year players do not play well.  College basketball is even worse now because any individual who thinks he is remotely ready for the NBA is gone.  So the pressure to cycle in replacements without selling your soul is almost impossible.  We have seen this for a decade.  Michigan struggles in the 1st half of the year while Beilein and his staff figure out what they have.  Most of the time it seems to work out.  We have had pretty darn good success with our share of Big10 league wins, championships, and deep NCAA playoff runs.  Beilein is stuck every year with what Harbaugh experienced this year, young players who are inconsistant.  

This is the reality of teenagers with the burden of living the lives of fame for armchair atheletes.  They are going to fail us despite the best attempts of coaches.  We have a bunch of new folks trying to figure out how to be a point guard, our wings failed us, and our best player stunk in the 2nd half.  I'm having flashbacks to 2010 when everyone was out to fire Beilein until the team figured things out and almost beat Duke in the 2011 tournament. 

The reality is outside of a couple programs if you want the best players you have to cheat.  Or hope that your reaches pan out every year because every time you succeed you have to start over because of losses to the NBA draft.

 

11/21/2017 - 10:53am MSU offense is pretty bad also

MSU put up only 14 points against UM despite a +5 TO margin.  In their last two games they were blasted by OSU and completed two passes against Maryland.  MSU has a horrible Oline and has many of the same problems.  Their advantage is they have a NFL caliber center and a QB with some experience.  Other than that their problems are similiar in that they have functioning tackles and their receivers are young.

11/21/2017 - 10:47am please elaborate on Harbaugh at fault for QB mess

To Jeep can you please elaborate on why Harbaugh is responsible for the QB mess?  Or do you expect a redshirt freshmen to just be good.  Or do you just expect Russell Wilson to grad transfer from the Seahawks every year.

11/21/2017 - 9:16am Disjointed thread

This is about the most disjointed thread I have seen on mgoblog in years.  We love our coaches but think they suck because a 3rd string QB who is a red shirt freshmen can't be on the same page and run nuaned RPS with his freshmen receiver and freshmen TE, hoping the freshmen guard can just figure out the basic blocking scheme.  This is not a movie where the script writer works everything out.  This is a very young inexperiencd team that barely knows the basic plays much less be in a position to play RPS.  If the staff spent all of practice putting in three Al Borges plays and not work on the basics which they do not have they would get murdered even worse.  This board is unbelievable.  We are complaining that we can't implement the most subtle counters to the opposing teams when we are on our 3rd string QB.

If anyone wants to truly see what happens when your starting QB goes down, look at FSU.  A BCS team absolutely loaded with talent at all levels may not go to a bowl game because the backup QB could not run the offense.

What I think we really need to do is take some of these former coaches on this board and give them a bunch of 15 year old kids.  Then put them up against a bunch of seniors and pundit them on why they could not out scheme them.  

I think this staff has done a marvoulous job putting a competative product out on the field despite a massive failure by the Hoke staff to properly identify offensive talent.  Where is this team if Harbaugh and his staff do not pull a rabbit with 2 grad transfers and Speight who was lowly regarded.  

We live in a society that requires instant gratification.  You build a foundation one brick at a time.  When you have everything in place then you can do what Wisc does and spend half your time on RPS.  What this team needs to do first is getting the basics which they do not know.  The 1984 Tigers and the 1989 Bad Boys could never be because the groundwork from suck in 1975 for the Tigers and 1980 for the Pistons was an eight year process, something this board has no paitence for.  Both teams would have been torn apart three times by this board.  College football is a four cycle.  Until I see what Harbaugh and his staff can do with his seniors verses other teams seniors, I withhold my judgment.

 

10/23/2017 - 10:52am Complaints about Brown and not adjusting

I saw a lot of complaints that Brown would not adjust.  I think one of the reasons for the man press is it is simple to implement and for young players to pick up.  Zone schemes require a lot and when there is a bust you will look really bad.  Brown has mentioned in the past he is not adverse to running zones as a complement.  In fact this is how you get your interceptions just like last night.  These players are just not ready to play the complete defense.

10/22/2017 - 10:11am Disagree on jump ball in the NFL

I have to disgree with the statement that NFL does not throw jump balls.  There are tons of big receivers who make their play by going up and making plays on jump balls.  There are also a ton of other big receivers who have prospered by being open despite being covered.  This is what Tarick Black before his injury and Nico Colins hopefully in the future are supposed to bring.  The problem in my opinion is the other young receivers in addition to dropping a lot of balls are not properly running their routes.  I will also disagree that all college programs have simple passing schemes.  Maybe a spread & shred is like this.  However, plenty of programs expect multiple reads from their QB.

10/22/2017 - 12:03am Sometimes you get beat up

I just watched the defending superbowl champions give up 42 points right after pundits were talking about 16-0 was possible.  The only difference between pro and college is that any given sunday can happen on any given saturday.  PSU had just the right talent and circumstances to drub our defense.  Its part of football in that you will get your ass handed to you and look bad in receiving it.  We are angry and want to fire everyone.

10/21/2017 - 11:27pm Where is the pass rush

It seemed that in the last two games the pass rush has sort of disappeared.  There was too much time to make throws.  We seemed to blitz a lot and it never got there.  I'm wondering if the lack of depth is catching up and our Dline is just wearing out faster.  Agreed it seems like we had no answer to about anything PSU was doing.

10/21/2017 - 11:17pm Insane Snowflakes

If you do not have a QB, you have nothing.  FSU, a BCS contender lost its 4th game because they are relegated to starting a true freshmen.  Everyone is talking about coaches failing to coach or run the right play.  If you do not have the player to comprehend what needs to be done everything turns to dust.  The FSU fans are in the same mind set looking for their pounds of flesh and gallons of blood.  They want everyone fired despite someone bringing in top5 recruting classes and has already won one NC.  College football is fast becming like the NFL that the margin of error is tiny.  Harbaugh only has two years of his players in since most of his first year were Hoke's recruits.  I will make my decision on Harbahugh and his staff when it is his seniors all on the field not sophmores and redshirt freshmen.

10/18/2017 - 3:38pm Need a QB with a pulse still

I think you are looking at statistics in a fishbowl.  Last year we had a QB who was a threat to succesfully apply a passing game.  Was that 5.5 due to PSU concentrating on removing what we succesfully do on passing, or maybe it was a bad game?  However, regardless of the reason PSU had to prepare for a balanced attack and had to defend as such.  Even if Speight was having a bad day, PSU had to initally game plan that the passing part of the UM offense was a threat and made running easier.  

The second item is you look just at ypa which is not the entire measurement of a QB's effectiveness. Last year Speight had a QBR of 79.7 against PSU.  Not very good but not horribly awful.  O'Korn just generated ratings of 19.9 and 25.6.  I will say this. If O'Korn generates another 25 like QBR unless lots of crazy things happen we are not winning.  If he gets to 75, we have a fighting chance.

I agree we can win with just running the ball against PSU.  However, the QB has to be able to function at some level as a QB.  If we get a complete blackhole like we have the last two games we cannot win.  I don't care how dominant our Oline is.  They can't all block two people each.  O'Korn could not even execute RPS when Harbaugh set him up with a perfect can't miss plays.

I will make it simple.  10-20 for 58 yards and missing every opportunity to take advantage of PSU selling out to stop the run means we lose.  I hope I am wrong.

 

 

 

10/18/2017 - 10:50am We need a QB with a pulse

I am hoping O'Korn has an inspired game playing in front of family.  If he is unable to approach even Sheridan level of play, TO differential will not matter and there will be no way to rush for 200 yards even with a dominant offensive line.  Somehow something meaningful in the passing game be it real yards or feigned passes that are QB runs have to there.  Else the PSU defense just keeps throwing more bodies into the box.

It seems like no matter how dominant our defense is if it is under constant pressure will it will cede 10-14 points base line on what the mgoblog narrators have labeled "frippery"  So the question to me is even if our defense plays a perfect game how does our offense get to that 15+ value?

The big outlier as we saw in the MSU game is winning the TO battle.  I see us needing to win the differential by 3.  I am expecting 15 meaningful possesions by each team(assuming defensive struggle).  We have the better kicker and we may be able to leverage our frippery when we do have a short field.  Again without a pulse at QB the TO's will have to be maximized.  PSU turns over in cases where they are likely to score and/or we get a very short field.  

I will be glued to the set come Saturday night and rooting as hard as I can tell.  But the stat brain in me tells us the odds against us our glum as the teams greatest weakness is at the most important spot.  This of course assumes that O'Korn does plays for himself a perfect game be it skill or luck.  My definition of a O'Korn perfect game is no TO's and taking no big sacks that kill field condition.  In the IU game we got lucky in that there should have been two interceptions.

 

 

10/15/2017 - 10:28am How to beat PSU with a crummy QB

The only way to win is to win the TO battle by a good margin.  I would say by 2 or 3.  Then have some crazy plays go our way. For 2-3 series I would tell O'Korn look to run on pass plays after 3 seconds until PSU adjusts.  If we get a lead ride our defense the rest of the way.

10/10/2017 - 4:36pm John Navarre in his one NFL start

All I have to say about John Navarre is he threw four interceptions that day.  I was so confident in his ineptitude I picked up the Lions defense in FF.  

10/10/2017 - 4:36pm John Navarre in his one NFL start

All I have to say about John Navarre is he threw four interceptions that day.  I was so confident in his ineptitude I picked up the Lions defense in FF.  

10/10/2017 - 9:15am Time to fire coaches because

So it is the coaches fault that we lost a game because we have a dearth of experienced Olinemen and we have a grad transfer.  We should thank our lucky stars Martin did not screw up and hire Harbaugh in 08 else we would have talked about what a crummy coach Harbaugh was.  We fell a long way.  This was going to be a four year program.  We still have a shot at ten wins which would be pretty darn good in my book.  

10/02/2017 - 10:48am I hate Pete Carroll but still applaud

I hate Carroll also and his caring about his players and teaching them new life skills like how to take a bribe is so fake.  And then he carpetbags out of USC and leaves the progam in ruins.  That all said going for it on 4th and 3 and scoring a TD guaranted me a FF win.  Agreed with the rest of the thread hard to hate Russell Wilson even if he plays for team thug.  Though it appears that Sherman has been out of the spotlight.  He probably stopped taunting when the team stopped winning.

09/13/2017 - 4:52pm Reader71 is correct

Greetings. I agree with the other idea reader71 brought up. The run action is opening up big pass opportunities. They are the RPS when defenses over commit. The long pass is a chunk play that is there and open. The best plan in my opinion is to hope our QB figures it out. Giving up for more modest gains will not beat the great teams. We go as far as our QB can take us.

09/13/2017 - 4:52pm Reader71 is correct

Greetings. I agree with the other idea reader71 brought up. The run action is opening up big pass opportunities. They are the RPS when defenses over commit. The long pass is a chunk play that is there and open. The best plan in my opinion is to hope our QB figures it out. Giving up for more modest gains will not beat the great teams. We go as far as our QB can take us.

09/06/2017 - 11:58am Zone blitz

One thing that I think the defense really too advantage of was the use of the zone blitz.  There was a 2-3 year window when no one had an answer.  Carolina used it to make a playoff run.  Teams figured it out and by 1999 it was no better than any other and could only be used as surprise.  With our linebackers and our mobile Dlinemen it was a lethal surprise.  And of course it helps to have a HOF corner taking away half the field.

09/06/2017 - 11:02am How to determine best kicker

I look at two things in a kicker.  One is the accuracy and range in general.  A kicker who like Nordin gives the HC an option to consider 50+ FG's verses punting is a big advantage.  How many coaches have no choice but to punt when it is 55 away?  Even with a limited sample space the fact Nordin even attempted to try a 55 FG implies he is pretty darn good.  Everything points despite the limited sample space that he is going to be a threat at long range and that he has accuracy at long range.

However the more important item which could be random and we may not know for much later or perhaps never know depending on how many tight games we play in is how does Nordin do on kicks when everything is on the line.  I will always prefer the kicker who always makes the 42 kick at the end of regulation despite a range of 50 than a kicker who is capable of knocking it in from 60 but sometimes will miss from 42.  

If you miss a 58 FG in the game there is recourse.  If you miss a FG on the last play of the game it is over.    Nordin has part one down.  Jury is out on part two.

In summary it is only one game.  So far so good.

05/06/2017 - 8:27pm R^2 was creative and flexible

I disagree that R^2 was not creative.  Two years ago he got a team to the PAC 12 championship game by throwing the ball to big receivers which was a complete departure from spread & shred and billions of tiny slot receivers.  R&2's biggest problem is Zona is just not a football hotbed.  No one has ever won there.  Zona has three career 10 win seasons and R^2 has one of them.

05/05/2017 - 2:39pm Money and other stuff

Some recruits may be interested in money and other stuff.  If you are not willing to give them the money and other stuff they expect you are not in.  For those who remain everyone is after them.  

04/18/2017 - 1:16pm PSU won the way we lost

We lost to OSU because in the 4th quarter every 50/50 call did not go our way.  PSU perhaps loses when the bomb Barrett throws late in the 4th with his receiver breaking free goes incomplete because of an iffy no call.  Was it clear pass interference?  No.  Could it have been called pass interference?  Yes.  If it was a Michigan defender against OSU, most certainly yes.  

04/16/2017 - 10:24pm Crying Bad Ump overrated

I just watched the Tigers, Indians game.  This is a level where in theory the best umpires in the land are trained and paid to be perfect.  Yet over and over again the Fox Cam showed pitches that were balls called strikes.  Yet none of the hitters on both sides seemed to be bothered.  Perhaps if it was a September pennant game they may have had a different attitude.  But if highly paid professionals are unable to consistantly call balls & strikes, what chance umps being paid peanuts?  From the written account it sounds like it was a poorly called game.  But nothing outside the standard deviation of what is normal for baseball or softball.  Fortunately unlike Football one badly called game is not as big a deal.  Even in playoff situations it is a multigame situation unlike football where there is no recourse.

04/04/2017 - 9:53am Kizer not ready to go pro but still the right move

Kizer most likely went pro because his draft stock is at the highest.  If he came back his senior year and did not improve it would be obvious to the scouts he has topped out.  Pro sports is about drafting on potential. Once your upper bound is no longer certain your value is less.  So yes Kelly is correct in that Kizer is not ready to go pro.  But Kizer knows his value will never be higher than it is now.  So still the right move by Kizer.

04/03/2017 - 2:02pm Why will Red Berenson not retire

I have seen this a number of times and interested in if anyone has ever compiled stats on coaches.  There are some folks who are born to work.  It is part of their self worth.  When they are no longer capable of working they die.   It is possible Red Berenson is one of these kinds of people.  Playing and coaching is what gives meaning to his life.  Without it there is no purpose to live.  Not saying we should not fire Red because firing him will kill him.  It could also be that what I say is a bunch of huey as I just take the cases that I recall.  After all Bobbie Bowden did not kick the can.

I personally find it hard to move someone out who has made the program.  But this is a business and anything competative can have the moniker of the NFL, not for long.  Hopefully a working solution can be figured out that gives Red his dignity of at least contributing to how he ends it verses an arbitary firing.  I do not have a solution.

03/22/2017 - 2:15pm Kaepernick and the anthem

Kaepernick was a QB on a crummy team that did not have a coaching staff that could play to his strenghs.  No clue if he will ever have success as so much of that is opportunity based.  He certainly will get a look as his price may be right.

In terms of the anthem you have to understand what your fan base is.  My perception is that NFL fans are generally going to be more patriotic and have a more negative perception of what they view as denigrating America.  It is like the Dixie Chics and their drop in popularity with country music fans.

The base question is who is paying your salary.  Whether Kaepernick likes it or not more people than not who support his salary disaprove of his actions. So he has to accept the consequences that some fans will not want to root for him because they view him as anti American whether that is true or not.

03/08/2017 - 2:46pm Impossible for non traditional powers to win the NC

In my opinion the window has closed, especially when the BCS expands to 8.  When it was just 2 you perhaps could be lucky as anyone can win one game.  A team with a lot less talent is somehow going to have to win not one game, or two games, but now three games.  One or two great players can carry a basketball team if the rest are the proper role players.  But as pointed out football is a team game where the preponderence of talent at every position makes it impossible for a lesser team to consistantly win.  The only way I could see a 2nd echelon team winning is if they stumbled on a once in a era QB.  Texas beat USC and Auburn won through Alabama and lastly Clemson beat Alabama.  In all of those cases the rest of the talent on those teams were not chump change and certainly division one.  The question is how far can you drop the talent on the team and still be carried by a dominant QB?  In an age where the 2nd Dline is pro capable on some teams I am not sure this can happen.

03/03/2017 - 4:13pm Dunn verses Alstott

I had forgotten about Alstott.  Now that you have revived my memory I always thought Dunn was the better runner between the tackles.  He was one of those wiggly angle guys that no one could get a clean hit on.  If you were bigger than Alstott and hit him head on you stopped him.  But the same monster that could stop Alstott cold would get only 20 percent of Dunn and we burrow for another yard.

03/03/2017 - 2:14pm Little RB's

Just playing devils advocate of those on the list only Charles has been a feature back for consistant years.  Bush pulled it off once.  The guy you want to list is Warrick Dunn.  He played at under 190 and was a feature back for years.  More impressively he ran well between the tackles.  Charles and Bush were always home run hitters.

03/03/2017 - 9:28am 225 pounds is a lot of weight

Not disagreeing that a pro prospect should do more.  If you begin weight training at 14, and have access to a professional staff for years you probably should be able to do more.  That all said it reminded me of an interview by a Lions linebacker several years ago.  He talked about how at the beginning of the season he was capable of benching 225 over 20 in preseaon yet by the end of the season he was lucky to get 8.   It would be really interesting to go into a mirror mirror universe and measure the performance numbers of players after 20 weeks after enduring the equivalent of automobile wrecks every day.  Aka its not so important whether you can perform a feat of strength in ideal conditions, but can you do it under duress.  I'm sure if someone could figure out a test for recuperation they would make a billion.  The guy still able to bench 225 10 times after 20 weeks of destruction is worth more than the individual who benched 25 in preseaon and is down to 6 because of injury and need to rest.