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07/15/2014 - 3:51pm Thank you Seth

I haven't commented in two years, but I logged on to say thank you Seth. These words...

I can't remember how sports became such a part of my life any more than I remember how my dad entered it.

My sentiments exactly.

Thank you Seth for these words. I have also had my dad for 34 years and found out today he is now cancer free. 

May God grant you peace and people to carry you through. 

03/06/2012 - 1:30pm hmmm

I picked a bad year to start

03/06/2012 - 1:29pm yes

Which is why using a predictive tool to select my brackets was as rational of a choice as flipping a coin. There are years when Kenpom's projections would win a pool, and years (like last year) when using it would mean last place. This is why I don't think you refer to it in looking at Michigan's tournament potential - as Brian did in this post.

03/06/2012 - 1:17pm Kenpom

I am a huge fan of Kenpom and effeciency stats, and watch entirely too much college basketball for a man my age. Having said that, the Pomeroy ratings are a wonderful tool, but can also be generally useless in March.

Last season I decided to use Kenpom and Kenpom only to determine my selections in my bracket...this did not end well. 

As long as we're mentioning teams that are "better than Michigan" in Kenpom world - let's not leave out the Memphis Tigers whom Michigan soundly beat by 12, the Wisconsin Badgers whom Michigan pounded by 18 and of course you can't forget  Rick Majerus and the Saint Louis Bilikens

Kenpom should be used in moderation, and is useful for many things...just not predicting the success of Michigan's tournament run. Perhaps a few days of not looking at would do Brian some good

10/14/2011 - 4:30pm Sad

I know I should have expected disappointment but I was hoping for...

* Stories from the 1997 team

* Stories from actual games in the rivalry

* Something resembling analysis of tomorrow's game

Instead we got an hour of glorified elementary school level arguing - good times

Still love Marcus Ray though, an important member of the greatest Michigan defense I will probably ever see. Hope for the best for him

10/14/2011 - 3:59pm both expected

Marcus being arrogant and callers sounding like morons is exactly what I expected

10/14/2011 - 3:54pm link

10/12/2011 - 4:24pm Coordinators

"How much does everyone love the coordinator pressers?"

yes, yes, a thousand times yes

08/24/2011 - 3:18pm yes

I was going to post the same you're quick

I thought I saw this as well, making it the only thing worthwhile about the BTN preview show.

I have been hoping for the speed option desperately since hearing of the new regime. 

Because of this I wondered if I just imagined it or dreamed it being on the BTN.

I tend to imagine and dream a lot of things about Michigan football this close to the first game

08/23/2011 - 10:25am Thanks Tom

When I first visited Mgoblog I was stunned by the quality of your recruiting update.

Thanks for everything and good luck to you

05/11/2011 - 2:03pm Sad News

I still have my Michigan Basketball #54 T-Shirt that I bought because of how much I loved watching Tractor Traylor play. Such sad news

04/20/2011 - 2:37pm excellent

This post is top-notch...full of information, caters to the layman (me), and specific to this fall's season prospects. Thanks Craig

02/01/2011 - 1:52pm Those Who Stay

I am feeling very Fred Jackson-like in my assessment of Thomas Rawls... a shorter version of the A-Train

01/28/2011 - 1:54pm agreed

But there are good reads and bad reads on every play in football as well. Ultimately Brian is evaluating results more than process. But process is considered as well...

At any rate, if you were doing the final full possession for UofM, you would have to give Darius a good read (+1) and Stu's shot would probably qualify as something like a +eleventy billion.

mgoblog has taught me more about football than any other source, but I know what Coach Beilein is trying to accomplish on any given offensive possession: spacing, openings due to defensive underplay/overplay, dribble penetration and execute. I was just disappointed with the evaluation of the offense in this post. UMhoops does an excellent job and Brian has said as much before so I'm done whining now

01/28/2011 - 1:23pm Can be done

Don't evaluate players by potential reads, but by actual possession by possession performance... +/- players based on execution, individual battles, and give Coach B credit in the RPS department for good play calls offensively and defensively

Having said that, I'm not literally asking Brian (or anyone for that matter) to do UFR for Basketball. I just think the comparison to the Amaker offensive philosophy is laughable at best

01/28/2011 - 1:11pm UFR

If you did UFR for Basketball you would come out with a different conclusion about this team's offensive execution. Add experience to Hardaway, Smotrycz, and Morgan and this will improve dramatically next year. Comparison to the Amaker offense is like saying Debord and Rodriguez were both good offensive minds

01/27/2011 - 10:32pm HAIL

It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

01/27/2011 - 10:17pm Analysis

There are so many great statistics to analyze, but all I keep thinking is


01/27/2011 - 10:10pm What a Win

Stu has ice-water in his veins

Novak did everything a leader needs to do

D-Mo played all 40 minutes - 17 pts, 8 assists, 4 reb

Michigan out-rebounded MSU at the Bres...


01/24/2011 - 2:59pm Webb

If Sam's gut feeling turns out to be true, I'd say that was a pretty productive initial hosting for the new staff

01/22/2011 - 4:06pm wow

what a totally rational time to evaluate Hoke's recruiting abilities. 

01/20/2011 - 12:52pm mine too

prayers up

01/19/2011 - 4:03pm Coordinators

Hiring excellent coordinators is such an underrated part of evaluating a good head coach. The fact that Borges and Mattison speak so well of Hoke, even though both have been in the game for much longer is a major credit to Hoke. 

Yesterday I kept thinking about Greg Robinson and how they kept showing him again and again throughout the Gator Bowl. This hire makes me very happy

01/19/2011 - 3:03pm no

freeze this thread and see if it is still relevant on January 19, 2012

01/19/2011 - 11:01am awesome

keep em coming

01/18/2011 - 6:15pm Pretty Sure

Just a guess here, but I don't think Mattison is coming in to run the 3-3-5

01/17/2011 - 11:55am yes

yes, yes, a thousand times yes

01/14/2011 - 3:34pm Brian...

Brian's coming around...each post has a small percentage less vitriol toward the Hokester. Brian loves him so Hoke!

01/14/2011 - 3:15pm Let's Go Fu

01/14/2011 - 3:09pm NIT

The NIT would be a great accomplishment for this group...NCAA or bust next season

01/14/2011 - 3:04pm emo

emo whine posts must be paid for...but not with life sentences! Parole!

01/14/2011 - 2:57pm FREEDOM!

Liberty and Justice for all

01/14/2011 - 2:45pm grain of salt

Karsch didn't cite any sources, it was just how he said it...take it with a grain of salt.

I hope he's right too

01/14/2011 - 10:59am or this

is he a power forward?

01/14/2011 - 10:49am punk

It seems like Golden started his poaching with our commit (and former commit) list...not cool Al, not cool

01/14/2011 - 10:47am ok

those are agreeable terms

01/14/2011 - 10:42am hmm

All that glitters is not Golden

01/14/2011 - 9:51am Brandy's

Tales from Michigan Stadium is a good read as well

01/13/2011 - 6:13pm Awesome

The blurred figure with dreads, appearing to wear #16 will be back! GO BLUE

01/13/2011 - 2:51pm well said

While I disagree with the "ceiling" under Hoke, I simply cannot find anything like this anywhere else. My hope for you Brian is that when September 3 rolls around you'll be filled with hope again just as you described in my favorite post...

01/13/2011 - 11:16am yes

love Chrome

01/13/2011 - 10:28am ok

Ok, I was initially not happy with Brian's anti-Hoke stance...but I'm down with Michigan fans having dissenting opinions. I guess I enjoy his writing so much, I'm bummed he doesn't feel the same way I do about Hoke. Oh well, it's not like he stole my rug

01/13/2011 - 10:04am at some point

Brian will inevitably embrace Hokemania and voice his is not that day. Tomorrow isn't looking all that good either

01/12/2011 - 3:57pm ouch

too much faith (hope) in the Big Ten for me

01/12/2011 - 3:56pm agreed

the only way this defense makes the jump we're hoping for is with a raging beast mode Mike Martin in the middle

01/12/2011 - 3:22pm please

please be true, please be true, please be true, please be true...

01/12/2011 - 3:21pm Keep Fred

Keep Fred -> Keep Jeremy

01/12/2011 - 2:21pm wow

not sure if it is just you - but it definitely is not me

01/12/2011 - 1:20pm Denard

Special? Yes - Special..."he loves Michigan" - feeling's mutual Denard

01/12/2011 - 11:19am yeah

Justin Feagin...srsly?!