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08/20/2018 - 12:56pm Points via the official…

Points via the official twitter account.

Brazdeikas = 17

Matthews = 13

Poole = 12

Davis = 12

Johns = 8

Brooks = 8

Teske = 6

Livers = 4

DeJulius = 2

08/18/2018 - 12:18pm Find an ADP sheet that…

Find an ADP sheet that matches your league rules and take the highest available player until you fill your spots. Don't think you are smarter than the experts who do this for a living because you almost definitely aren't. 

08/17/2018 - 12:40pm I don't think you can have…

I don't think you can have three people to one side with two in the backfield without one of the three to the side being ineligible. You need 7 on the line of scrimmage. 

08/17/2018 - 9:29am Where has Sam been this week…

Where has Sam been this week on WTKA? Ira is good, but it lacks a little without Sam. 

08/10/2018 - 3:53pm I'm 6'6" about 215. I was…

I'm 6'6" about 215. I was surprised thinking he had to be at least 6'1 or 6'2. 

08/10/2018 - 10:57am Any sighting / thoughts on…

Any sighting / thoughts on Brooks? I happened to walk past him a week or two ago on campus and he struck me as bigger than I imagined. Could he play some 2 (old suggestion from Craig Ross)?

07/31/2018 - 10:27pm Also, the zero ad, clean web…

Also, the zero ad, clean web and app appearance is great. 

07/31/2018 - 10:25pm I think it's worth it. The…

I think it's worth it. The price is pretty negligible and I feel like it's worth supporting the model. The UM coverage was great for basketball with Quinn and it seems like they are working on it with the new football guy. The national football and basketball stuff has been good as well. If you're looking for content it seems like there's always something to read. 

07/26/2018 - 6:56am A couple of interesting…

A couple of interesting comparisons to follow .

DeJulius is listed as the same height as MSU has Foster Loyer, but 20 pounds bigger. Will be interesting to see them side by side. 

Matthews and Nunez are listed exactly the same. That seems odd given the pictures I've seen. 

07/20/2018 - 9:34am If it ever comes to that, I…

If it ever comes to that, I'd recommend the bathrooms down the stairs behind sections 22 and 23. For some reason, there are always lines way out of the door for the surface level bathrooms while I've never seen less than 15 available urinals and stalls in the one down the stairs. 

07/09/2018 - 2:45pm Honest question, what is the…

Honest question, what is the basis of the England hate? I get the imperialism and all that, but they seem like a solid team that has likable players. Can't say I've ever met an actual English person in my life, so I don't know if their fans are a problem, but I like watching the Premier League and seeing all the Spurs players staring is fun. 

07/09/2018 - 1:50pm Stitcher hasn't found the…

Stitcher hasn't found the last two podcasts either, though they seem to be in google music. Anyone have a good recommendation for an android podcast app (preferably free)?

06/14/2018 - 4:21pm While I don't disagree with…

While I don't disagree with anything you said, as a Tottenham fan I will be rooting for England (and Belgium to a lesser extent).

06/13/2018 - 6:17pm Same here. 1/7 got in and…

Same here. 1/7 got in and she was the only out of stater. Several seemed like good candidates to me. Definitely makes me concerned for my 5 and 10 year olds when that time comes. Gets harder and harder to get in. 

06/10/2018 - 10:25pm Hero


05/29/2018 - 5:46pm WLA

That's a blast from the past. Didn't they get banned en masse eventually. Usually funny stuff though.

Varsity Blue?

05/25/2018 - 10:55pm Agree

Be kind and generous and set an example of decency, but I think the real measure of success is them eventually not needing you. I need to do better at giving my girls independence to make mistakes.

05/23/2018 - 9:54pm Buick

Not a fan of the campaign in general, but the one where the girl goes, "my grandpa has a Buick" makes me laugh every time.

05/16/2018 - 5:04pm Defense

While I think Don Brown has done amazing things, the defense has fallen short in a few key moments that could have changed big games (after Darboh dropped the third down at Iowa in '16, after the Barrett 4th down in '16, after O'Korn's INT against OSU in '17, after Hidgon's fumble in the Outback Bowl).

05/15/2018 - 3:28pm Agree

I'm with JFW. Just got rid of an 11 year old Edge with 200k+ on it and never had even a minor problem. Gas mileage could be better, but that was a solid car that did a great job for my family. 

05/15/2018 - 9:32am Maybe

I have four in section 22 and have been able to sell two of them as a season package and do better than break even for the past two seasons. Haven't gotten any bites on stub hub yet this year, so it may be a tougher market. Game by game is going to be tough to recoup unless you are only selling the good ones. 

05/04/2018 - 1:47pm so

You proved to the section that you are a big fan, proved you were an asshole, and irritated a bunch of people who have a different approach to enjoying a game.

05/01/2018 - 1:46pm oh yeah

One more, no draft. Open market to sign whoever. Eliminates all incentive to be bad, which is a huge problem in MLB this season.

05/01/2018 - 1:42pm Yes

I know this would be very hard to ever have happen because of the financial disincentive to the owners, but relegation, even within the existing 30 team MLB would make things a lot more interesting. Imagine...

MLB1 - Teams 1-7 make the playoffs, teams 14 and 15 relegated to MLB2, teams 13-10 play three game series with the team to lose two series also relegated.

MLB2 - Team 1 gets 8 seed in championship playoff, team 2 gets promoted, teams 3-7 play a miniplayoff for the last promotion spot. 

Advantages: good teams only play other good teams during the season, 18/30 teams are in some sort of playoff (competing for good and bad things), but only the good ones can win the title, every team starts the season with a path to the championship

Disadvantages: those games between teams sliding to the bottom of MLB2 are going to be attended by about 6 people. 

04/30/2018 - 9:17pm 2005 OSU

Sat in section 43, about row 30. Band was on bleachers on the field for some reason instead of in the actual stands. No one could see over them, so everyone (literally everyone) was standing on the benches. I am 6'5", but I still couldn't see without standing on the benches. For whatever reason, the two rows behind me decided it was all my fault and started yelling at me. Closest I've ever come to physically assaulting someone was when this pretentious jack ass said, "you are not acting like an adult. You can't blame the people in front of you, you need to take responsibility for your own actions."

03/30/2018 - 7:20am Twitter

Looks like Ace got into a bit of a troll fest on this. Started out a little funny, ended up just kind of being an asshole.

03/21/2018 - 1:28pm Robinson

I was thinking about this earlier. I think it's Robinson. seems to be very aware, can rise up and hit the shot if they don't pressure him, underrated ability to drive if necessary, good height to see.

03/11/2018 - 11:11pm Standings

Any sport that gives its championship or playoff spots based off of standings (ie, all professional sports) treats every game as equal. Should the Lions or Tigers losses in the first month of the season not count as much against them?

03/11/2018 - 11:09pm Agree

I also think they did this because mid-majors don't have an opportunity to schedule tougher opponents late in the year.

03/09/2018 - 12:13pm Agree

This is huge if you are interested in Michigan playing in Detroit (or MSU, if you lean that way). The committee is probably going to have to move things around in an unexpected way for UM or MSU to make it to Detroit, but it's a lot easier to conceive if Nashville is available. 

02/26/2018 - 6:54am Hot

This year at least, Michigan is coming into the tournament on a roll.

02/23/2018 - 7:11am also

Monte Morris, Brian Bowen

02/23/2018 - 7:10am State of Michigan

Josh Jackson, Eric Davis, Myles Bridges, Kyle Kuzema... Not surprising that there are so many people from the state involved since Dawkins is from here. Also might explain why UM was never really in on those guys.

02/04/2018 - 7:35am Thanks

Thanks for putting this up. Good perspective.

A few thoughts.

- Part of my unease with this team is that it's so different than a normal Beilein team. They are winning with rebounding and reasonable defense, but I'm so used to seeing a smooth efficient offense with great three point shooting that I don't really know what to make of this.

- Need to figure out how to get off to better starts against inferior teams. One of these times they won't be able to claw back.

- Hard to call Matthews' second half solid without mentioning missing 6 straight free throws while Minnesota was extending the lead out to 10.

01/19/2018 - 7:50pm American Vandal

Just watched American Vandal on Netflix. Got drawn in by the dick jokes and Serial spoof, ended up scared for my kids when they get to high school.

01/12/2018 - 4:12pm Little Different Take

I'm not sure I've totally digested your argument, but I think it's fine that taking more early shot clock shots reduces your efficiency in the last 5 seconds if the volumes work out in a positive way.

Let's take 100 possessions. Say you score 1.2 points per possession when you shoot in the first 25 seconds and 0.8 points per possession in the last 5 seconds. In this example, say 80% of your possessions result in shots in the first 25 seconds and 20% are in the last 5 seconds. In this scenario you score 1.2*0.8 + 0.8*0.2 = 1.12 points per possession.

Now say you start shooting more frequently in the first 25 seconds, but don't get quite as good of a shot. Say you get 1.15 points per possession on 95% of your possessions. Now the 5% of the time you're shooting in the last 5 seconds you get a little more chucking and your ppp goes down to 0.75. In this scencario you score 1.15*0.95 + 0.75*0.05 = 1.13 points per possession.

Now these numbers are totally cherry picked to make my point, but it is possible that this philosophy could result in better overall offense.  

01/10/2018 - 12:09am Last Three Possessions

Agree with you on this. Beilein is a great coach, but he has the tendency to get conservative too early. Michigan basically didn't run offense on the last three critical possessions and came up empty in them all. Contrast that with Purdue getting good shots off of their weave motion thing. Good game, but frustrating.

01/05/2018 - 1:12pm Especially when the employer regularly reminds you

Especially when the employer regularly reminds you of the arrangement.

01/05/2018 - 12:29pm Ed

I like Ed, for what it's worth. The roundtable might not be the best situation for him, but I have started listening to his football analytics podcast and it's pretty interesting, especially if you like to bet on games. 

01/05/2018 - 12:19pm OC Search - Mike Gundy

I thought this article was pretty cool about how Mike Gundy found his current OC. Obviously Harbaugh would be looking for different attributes, but it seems like a good way to get talent and fresh eyes into a system.…


12/15/2017 - 2:34pm Things Change

When I graduated high school in 1997 I had literally never heard of a GPA above 4.0. I also took the ACT once and had never heard of studying or prepping for it. Seems like it's gotten a lot more intense. 

12/15/2017 - 2:32pm New To Me

I think they have been doing it for 2-3 years. It's kind of a weird thing where they stress to the interviewer that the interview isn't necessarily a factor in admission. The kids had TONS of questions and it ended up being more of me selling them on Michigan than selling themselves to me. I got mostly bright and interesting kids, so it was kind of a fun experience. 

12/15/2017 - 2:06pm Interesting

20 years ago it was rolling admissions and we all scrambled to get applications in on September 1st (I think that was the date). It was kind of nice not knowing when you were going to find out and really nice to have it over so early. 

I did some alumni interviews for the College of Engineering this cycle and it was kind of nuts listening to them all explain the system and the anxiety that came with it. Good luck to everyone!

12/14/2017 - 12:37pm Additional Info / Context

To add into the discussion, here is what UM's KenPom rank was heading into the NCAA tournament going back to 2011 (first year he has current ranking on each game)

Year KP Rank KP Seed Actual Seed
2011 39 10 8
2012 25 6 4
2013 11 3 4
2014 16 4 2
2016 55 14 11
2017 20 5 7

If you add up the deltas you get a net of +6 which means on average, Michigan has gotten one seed better than KenPom would have predicted over the last six NCAA tournaments. Of course all caveats about this not being what KenPom is supposed to be apply, but it's another data point that maybe this doesn't matter as much as I thought it did. 

12/14/2017 - 10:28am Good Question

I don't know, to be honest. I would think you could somewhat accurately know which teams were expected to be good in each conference. You could also look at the end of season KenPom conference ratings and see that you should stay away from anyone in the MEAC or SWAC.

1 Big 12 Conference 19.81
2 Atlantic Coast Conference 16.02
3 Big East Conference 14.54
4 Big Ten Conference 13.66
5 Southeastern Conference 12.91
6 Pac 12 Conference 10.12
7 American Athletic Conference 5.9
8 Atlantic 10 Conference 3.95
9 Mountain West Conference 3.41
10 Missouri Valley Conference 2.08
11 West Coast Conference 0.81
12 Colonial Athletic Association 0.45
13 Mid American Conference -0.41
14 Southern Conference -0.61
15 Sun Belt Conference -1.68
16 Summit League -2.14
17 Western Athletic Conference -2.89
18 Ivy League -2.99
19 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference -3.08
20 Horizon League -3.22
21 Conference USA -3.79
22 Ohio Valley Conference -4.64
23 Patriot League -4.79
24 America East Conference -6.63
25 Atlantic Sun Conference -6.78
26 Big Sky Conference -7.59
27 Southland Conference -8.34
28 Big South Conference -8.55
29 Big West Conference -9.04
30 Northeast Conference -10.49
31 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference -17.47
32 Southwestern Athletic Conference -17.66


12/13/2017 - 11:46pm Opponents

I don't think anyone is suggesting Michigan play three more of those types of opponents. But, what would you say to playing East Tennessee, Idaho, and Nicholls State? All three are currently in the 150s not the high 200s and 300s.

12/10/2017 - 3:37pm Buy Online

My daughter and I regularly get solid tickets for less than $10 (fees included) from StubHub or SeatGeek. just watch it and be willing to wait until the last minute.

If you use the code CollegeBB on SeatGeek you'll get $20 off your first buy (got that from Gary Parrish's podcast).

12/01/2017 - 4:28pm Agree

As a Spurs fan, I have kind of adopted England for this WC. Would be nice to see Kane, Dele, and Dier do well. 

11/30/2017 - 11:49am Phrasing

I didn't phrase that right. I am suggesting they try a Pack Line like Wisconsin or a 2-3 like Syracuse, not that pack line is a zone. 

Here are Michigan's adjusted offensive and defensive ranks in Big Ten play for the last 5 year (via KenPom).

  Offense Defense
2013     2    7
2014     1    9
2015     9   11
2016         5   11
2017     1   11

When there is this consistent of a discrepency between offensive and defensive performance over more than a full recruiting cycle, I think it has to be more than concentration and effort.


11/29/2017 - 10:41pm Defense

It continues to be frustrating that the defense is so bad. I wish Beilein would pick some sort of defensive philosophy other than straight man to man when he doesn't emphasize pure athleticism in recruiting. It seems like if they could master the pack line or maybe a 2-3 like Wisconsin or Syracuse to pair with what has always been a super efficient offense they might take the next step.