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05/11/2018 - 11:03pm Maybe Toronto is a panic and will take Blake

If I'm the Pistons I at least see how off the rails they just went.

11/06/2017 - 12:18pm Agreed

It looks like Brown responded by slanting the whole line and left Hudson as the backside edge guy. He could attack at will on any play away from him and since the d-line often delayed Minnesota's RB, Hudson could sweep in for a TFL.

Also, he was the optioned guy on the run option, Minnesota's O-line left him unblocked, but Minnesota's QB and RB seemed not to be reading him and looking at Bush or McCray. 

10/11/2017 - 10:35pm Belgium

Being a Chelsea fan, about 1/2 the team is or was Chelsea property. This way I can keep weep when I see KDB and Lukaku dominate.

05/04/2017 - 10:14pm My Favorites

I'm a podcast junkie so here goes...

For sports (beside MGoBlog) I love Football Weekly which is a mostly English soccer podcast. Their intros especially are pun-tastic. I also love the Lowe Post. All my NBA news comes from Zach Lowe. His connections and hunches are amazing and make him the "it" guy for basketball news and analysis.

My go to DC politics & policy (split 50/50 between news and DC policy talk) is Vox's The Weeds podcast. Amazingly educated group that are also funny. Vox is my go to news source right now and this podcast is part of the reason why. In fact I'm listening to an episode right now.

StartUp -- A guy that starts a podcast company (leaving Planet Money and NPR) documents that process via podcast. It becomes his companies 1st show. 

Containers - A small 10/12 episode show on how container ships changed the world. Amazing how one change can impact so many different fields and regions in the world.

Reply All is a great show. Looks at tech but in a human interactive way. Last episode their founder's (StartUp's protagonist) phone was hacked and he found himself paying for Uber rides in Russia despite being in NYC. They then track how it happened and try and play detective. If you want a good show of theirs to try out I recommend Episode #53 "In The Desert". A couple buys a new house and it's being listed by Apple as the site of where numerous stolen cell phones are. They obviously are freaked out and ask a host of the show to solve the problem.

For history I love Revolutions. As the name implies, it tells the stories of different revolutions. English civil war is season 1, then American, French, etc. Currently as part of a fundraiser, when you donate to his show you can vote on which revolution to cover next. Cool idea. Great show.

Serial is a classic. Season 1 changed podcasting. Season 2 kinda sucked. But season 1 was game changing.

Song Exploder -- artists break down how they made a song. Cool names like Angel Olsen, Grimes, Mitski, Clipping and even the Bojack Horseman theme song take part.

I have more suggestions but this seems like more than enough for now.

04/26/2017 - 10:53pm Sports for a non-sports site?

Not all sites are doing badly. Vox just had a Q&A on their podcast about Vox and said they're making more money than they ever thought they would. I could see her end up at a place like that. Looking for sports related news not necessarily sports news but yeah there are places for talented people to go.

 

She could write a book or something too. 

01/31/2017 - 5:43pm I agree with much of what you

I agree with much of what you said. The one thing I think helping Detroit is Gores and Gilbert. They have the money that MLS really needs it's owners to have. Being a DC United fan I see the issues having a "poor" owner puts on the team. DC need a new stadium and need a USL team but can't afford to do both so they keep losing local talent they could develop with a 2nd team. I think MLS because of some issues in the past (Chivas, Tampa Bay, etc.) are still terrified of teams closing and really value owners with big money.  These two not only have that but they have run spors franchises successfully (Gores less so but he really bailed out a franchise that was starting to spiral around the drain). That gives these two credibility and Detroit is a sports city that outperforms it's size (look at Tiger attendence numbers).  It seems like such a good match and opportunity and I think MLS is going to really push this through as quickly as possible.

01/31/2017 - 5:32pm Mascot Name

Nain Rouge? Seems like it'd be cool. Can go for a Cavalier color scheme. Should name the stadium something like the Ward or some other prison punny name. Probably will be called Quicken Loans Field.

This team could be amazing between Gores and Gilbert's money. Use the Michigan Bucks as the USL affiliate for youth players. DSC could have a huge youth devlopement map. Everything in MI + northern Ohio + some of Ontario could be used to claim and devlop home grown players.

 

 

01/12/2017 - 12:04am Tony Bennett

Chances aren't great of getting him but he is from the midwest originally and UVA as a university is a mess right now. Maybe? My next 4 in order would be Chris Mack (Xavier), Chris Holtmann (Butler), Archie Miller (Dayton) and then Gregg Marshall (Wichita State).

 

12/07/2016 - 8:44pm Personally I want Nate Leaman

Young (mid 40's), midwest born and raised and most importantly what he's done at Union then Providence is amazing. Providence should not be winning Hockey East. Union went from bad to ECAC leaders under his watch and are now bottom tier of the ECAC since he left. 

11/08/2016 - 3:40am Possible to transfer

Not saying this is the case, but would it be possible to grad transfer a 6th year?

 

Say Johnson can get into a WMU grad program. Would he be allowed to play there next year?

10/16/2016 - 5:45pm Some Good Options

There are some good coaches out there for schools. I don't think there's this real dearth of options.

Tom Herman (HC - Houston), Larry Fedora (HC - UNC), Brent Venables (DC - Clemson), Willie Taggart (HC - USF), Charlie Strong (soon to be ex-HC - Texas), Pat Narduzzi (HC - Pitt), Matt Rhule (HC - Temple), PJ Fleck (HC - Western Michigan). Dave Aranda (DC - LSU), Lane Kiffin (OC - Alabama), Bob Stitt (HC - Montana), Blake Anderson (HC - Arkansas St.), Chris Klieman (HC - North Dakota St.) all could move this winter. If I'm Purdue I'd ask about Stitt and Kleiman. Both have made due with limited talents and both could appeal to the types of recruits Purdue would get.

 

Aranada would be a great get if there's an unexpected Big Ten opening at say Penn St (if they collapse down the road) or Illinois (if Lovie decides he's not a college guy). But all in all there are some good names on that list. There might only be 1 elite known quantity but there are a couple of elite coordinators too and a bunch of intriguing other options out there. It's just about matching that to the school so you get a good fit. 

 

10/16/2016 - 5:00pm He'd be a good fit

Colorado School of Mines was another high education school where many recruits won't qualify so you won't have a Gary Anderson situation. He'll have low expectaitons and be able to run weird plays and schemes.

09/21/2016 - 7:57pm Blitz

I know the QB released the ball quickly so a blitz wouldn't have got home but....

If Thomas has the outside gap for a run (well it'd be an alley if there was a WR out to the left), why not blitz? If Colorado runs outside the tackle he'd be there. If they run away from the tackle, he'd kill any cutbacks immediately and possibly track down the RB sooner. If it's a pass he either gets to the QB or forces the RB to pick him up. If a WR from the right runs across the whole field to his zone then 1) it's a long play and the rush may get to the QB or 2) Clark is sitting behind Thomas anyway. The only issue I could see is if the RB runs past you to your zone but then you can turn and follow. 

It seems to me, if you're the outside contain and have no TE/WR to your side of the field, you should also blitz with the idea of run contain being the first goal. 

Thanks.

09/19/2016 - 2:01am Yeah I agree

I think the redshirts to be are done for the year. I think in any case, come B10 there are fewer opportunities to run them out there ideally. Sure Rutgers and Maryland are terrible but we still aren't going to play 80 players those games. Those games seem more suited to the backups getting more minutes. Next year starter types.

09/18/2016 - 4:23pm Yeah that will be the interesting list to see...

I bet at the end of the year the redshirt list will be much bigger than the current list. Peters, Davis, Walker, Eubanks, Spanellis, Kemp, Uche, Gil, EMB, Mettelus, and Nordin all seem likely to end up redshirting. I think they wanted to give a handful of these guys a little taste of college football and that's why they played. 

 

The questionable list would probably include Crawford, N. Johnson, and McKeon. McKeon seems college ready and has a low ceiling so there is little real cost to playing him. Crawford and Johnson are both talented enough but not really needed as of now. With that said next year's possible WR could be elite so they can maybe eat the cost of a 5th year for that minimal benefit of playing them this year. 

 

I don't know. We should create a new burned redshirt watch list now that B10 season has started.

09/18/2016 - 4:11pm Short Term vs Long Term

If this helps us marginally this year some might be okay with it. I just hate when you have seniors that finally start to click and would have been very good with a 5th year.

 

Just think about Taco, Gedeon, Dymonte Thomas, Hill and Stribling. How nice would it be if they were coming back next year? Sure this assumes they wouldn't enter the draft but how many of these had meaningful contributions as freshmen? Would it be anywhere near what a 5th year would do?

 

 

09/07/2016 - 10:38pm 56-7

We have to give up a touchdown, right?

08/03/2016 - 4:30pm Adidas does not stand for that

Adidas a German company wouldn't use the word soccer. It's an urban myth that makes no sense. The founder was Adolph Dassler. Adi was his nickname and in combination with his last name you get Adidas.

 

Edited: Sorry for being the 4th response.

07/21/2016 - 8:35pm Different Standards?

I think it's fair to have different standards for different things. NC is a US state and the NBA should be able to hold them to a higher standard. I don't see why we can't add some complexity to real life. Ideally, China would be a beacon for freedom and democratization. They aren't. Can I be disappointed with them? Sure. But can't I also ask more from a State that's been a part of a democracy since 1789 (or 1868)? 

 

 

 

07/21/2016 - 8:35pm Double Post

So important I wrote it twice

 

 

07/13/2016 - 1:17pm T-Shirt Idea

You know when you were in elementary school and all the kids drew a picture and they made it a class shirt? Can we please make a shirt like that but with the wolverine drawings and the name below?

 

I think it'd be hilarious.

05/20/2016 - 5:58pm I DVR sports

Can start a football game around halftime and can catch up by the end of the 4th quarter. Same with hockey. Hate ads and how they kill the flow of games. If I can catch up to the live stream by the end of a game AND save 90 minutes, that's worth the anxiety of missing a kickoff.

04/26/2016 - 8:47am BPL is fine

There is a non-English team in the league so calling it the EPL is kinda weird.

There's a remote chance Cardiff come up again so EPL/BPL who cares?

04/26/2016 - 8:44am Two years ago they should have won the league

Don't know how they are on the rise now. I love Klopp but Liverpool have 2 elite players and one of them is always injured. I think Liverpool won't likely finish any higher next season with Chelsea returning to form.

04/26/2016 - 8:40am It wasn't like he didn't deserve being fired

His off-field antics definitely justified his firing.

04/26/2016 - 8:37am He's also a racist

Kind of kills the underdog story when you're caught on tape using racial slurs. This isn't a guy to root for.

04/08/2016 - 3:31pm They are unpaid

They get benefits but no salary therefore they are unpaid labor.

04/01/2016 - 5:04pm So what? That's just a single factor.

So more injuries today means pitch counts don't work? Limiting pitch counts would be flawed only if high pitch counts were the sole causation of injuries. Today pitchers might be pitching heavier work loads earlier in life (like pre-teen years) and that shows up in injuries down the road. They could also be throwing harder every pitch. If you have to pitch 9 innings in two days you aren't going to be throwing hard late into the game so it'd be dumb to throw 95+ in the 7th, 8th, 9th inning like you see some starters do. Pitchers might throw more sliders/curves that torque the arm differently making it more likely to be injured. Pittchers might be stronger (to throw faster) and that means they put more wear and tear on the shoulder when they go against their arm strength by rotating the shoulder (slurves do this). You are fighting against a stronger resistance force than less players that didn't do weights 20-30 years ago. Also, Tommy John used to a much more serious surgery so more players may have been steered away from surgery to things like physical therapy.

 

All in all, pitch counts might be limiting injuries but other factors are overwhelming the benefit pitch count limits bring.

02/21/2016 - 1:06pm Can they just starting giving technicals for it?

Call it taunting or some other name. Just get it out of the game. It's so overused and so stupid. If you do it once a game that's fine but Sparty does it 15 times a half.

02/17/2016 - 6:00pm Or maybe this offer just was extended to him

And he had no idea that it was a possibility at signing day? Signing day was the 3rd and this is two weeks later. Maybe Dallas just decided on him this week?

02/15/2016 - 7:49am Not flimsy

Johnson HOPES he'll make it in after a prep year. He still might not.

Murphy might have decided not to wait for the spring to sign a LOI. He might want to know where he's going now.

02/10/2016 - 1:13pm I think putting sports into a larger context is okay

I think this podcast does a good job of showing the effects of sports into the world we live in, including yes politics and social issues.

 

To me that makes this post okay.

02/04/2016 - 1:21pm Onwenu

Does anyone else see Larry Warford when they look at Onwenu? Both are big guards that still have nimble feet and can move and pull.

Can you imagine pulling him? I feel bad for the LB or S that rushes down and find themselves staring at a 330 guard who's hauling ass.

01/29/2016 - 6:16pm Start impeachment proceedings for Jim Delany

Then kick out Rutgers for cause. 

01/29/2016 - 6:12pm What about Norm Bazin?

What he did at UMass Lowell is amazing. His first three years there he went to the NCAA tourney which is amazing considering they had won 5 games (and lost 24) the year before he was hired

01/22/2016 - 8:33pm Drew Sharp may indeed write the exact same article tomorrow.

Like literally the same article.

01/19/2016 - 1:07pm Pride and Prejudice (remake)

I read this book in AP English and we recieved extra points for seeing the movie and writing a paper on the differences between the book and the movie. I made a date night thinking the movie would suck for me but my gf would like it because it was girly or whatever (High School logic). However, I liked it a lot. I'm a huge Keira Knightly fan so maybe that's why but I liked the movie.

01/18/2016 - 3:33pm Who's coaching the defense?

Is it Billy Powers? If this defense was average we'd be an elite team this year. The scoring is insane. I'm not too worried when we're down a couple of goals and have more than 5 minutes left on the clock.

01/17/2016 - 8:09pm Can't go down 11-0

That's just unacceptable in a big game. I don't know how a team can come out so flat so often. After that though, the game looked good. I liked all the back door cutting. We need to do that more often if teams are going to extend their defense to the 3 point line.

01/12/2016 - 3:04pm College Baseball?

College baseball is the EXACT opposite though. Nobody in the B1G cares about college baseball but it's a huge thing in the SEC. The pre-season NCAA rankings have Florida (#1), Vandy (#3), Texas A&M (#5), LSU (#7), Miss St (#11), and Arkansas (#25). The B1G has one team (Michigan, #24). There's also only 1 PAC-12 team (UCLA, #10). 

The College World Series is on ESPN non-stop in the spring for a reason. 

01/09/2016 - 4:02pm Not so fast...

Have you seen Rutgers or the B1G West recently?

12/02/2015 - 3:50pm Jackson should get promoted

Let Zordich take over the safety job by himself and hire a new LB coach. 

11/25/2015 - 12:42pm No that's NHL specific

We should have a "Pick a Card" of justice for the Big 10.

11/24/2015 - 6:05pm Just curious

Why is Mullen not a USC candidate? After the last two coaches full of bravado and a combined 40-21 record (Sark went 12-6 and Kiffin went 28-15), Mullen might be a great pic. USC can recruit by itself, Mullen can develop talent, and has a solid record in a tough conference.

11/24/2015 - 5:57pm I'm skeptical of it happening

I'm just using that term because Maryland fans seem to think that's happening. I'm fairly skeptical myself. I think Oregon in a weaker Pac-10 was able to build up (as you mentioned) before Kelly. Maryland has not had that. They're bad right now and that's with a very weak PSU and Michigan not at 100% yet. When Michigan comes online fully, Maryland would have to develop with 3 elite teams in their division, which is more than Oregon faced in their conference.

11/24/2015 - 5:18pm Yes

But maybe the contract he signed with Miss St (last year?) prevents him from jumping to a SEC team. That's something I'd have put in place if I was their AD. 

 

If I'm Mullen, short of UA dropping millions to make Maryland "Oregon 2.0", I'd rather jump to a place like USC or Miami. Both can be elite programs with good coaching and I think USC might be dying for someone without off-field issues for the job.

11/12/2015 - 2:40pm My Ideas on OOC Scheduling

Michigan played 12 OOC games last season but that includes the B10/ACC matchup which is not scheduled independently by Michigan. Assuming Michigan wants to stay in that 10-12 OOC games a year, here is my plan. Four locals, three regional matchups, and one game against each the A10, MWC, MVC, and WCC gives Michigan 11 OOC games and none of them should be these horrible RPI games. It makes the schedule fairly tough, but with the exception of the regional games (Dayton, Cinncinnati and Notre Dame), Michigan should be favored in every other game. Sometimes Michigan might match up against an elite mid-major but most years that'll be unlikely.

Locals (play each annually or biennially)

Central Michigan (MAC)

Oakland (Horizon)

Western Michigan (MAC)

Detroit (Horizon)

I think all of these make sense and should be played regularly. Might have to sometimes miss a year here or there to get the schedule to work but should play as often as possible. These teams don't hurt the PRI and actually are good competition. Playing some of these games at the Palace is a good way to have some "road" or "neutral" games where Michigan fans stil outnumber opposing fans.

Regional (play Dayton/Cinncy biennially, ND and random regional)

Dayton (A10)

Cincinatti (American)

Notre Dame (ACC)

The A10 and the American are both solid confrences. Playing potential A10/American champions and/or tournament regulars is a nice RPI boost. These games also get you media coverage in Ohio and Wisconsin. Dayton has averaged 22 wins the last 4 seasons and has had wins in the last two NCAA tournaments. Cincinnati is supposed to be really good this year (Kenpom has them at #14) but they're normally not that good. Last year they went 23-11, won a #8 seed and beat Purdue in OT in the first/second round. They haven't missed a NCAA tournament since 2010 and they normally have a single digit seed (somewhere between 5 and 9 normally). If you beat Cincinatti it's a good win (especially if it's on the road). If you lose, it doesn't hurt your rankings much. 

Notre Dame is somewhat difficult to schedule in advance with the ACC/B10 challenge. Obviously can't play them twice in a season. Maybe they could get a deal done with the ACC and B10 to make sure Michigan and ND never face off in the challenge when they're already scheduled. They should have an annual match with ND just to keep the rivalry alive while we wait for the football and hockey rivalries to continue.

I'd like to build up a rivaly with these schools and possible other regional schools like DePaul, Marquette, Butler, Toledo, Valpo, Illinois St., etc. Trading Dayton and Cinni off and adding other regionals when it works gives Michigan a nice regional footprint and adds some spice to the OOC.

A10 Confrence (play one a season, besides Dayton)

The A10 gets it's own section because 1) I always forget it's a Power 7 and listed it before in the mid-majors, 2) they have a bunch of good but not great teams and 3) we never really face these teams outside of tournaments.

The A10 has good team and if we rotate playing various A10 teams it would be a good move for the schedule in terms of both excitment and RPI. It would keep the schedule fresh with new teams on the schedule while guaranting, as much as possible, matchups with teams that have good RPIs. Also, the A10 gives Michigan alums on the East Coast (George Mason, VCU, Rhode Island, George Washington, or St. Joseph's.) and St. Louis (West Virginia of the A10) a chance to see the team. That's always a plus.

Mid Majors (play each confrence once)

Missouri Valley: Wichita State, Northern Iowa, Evansville, Illinois St., Loyala Chicago, etc. Gives Michigan another regional game (except Wichita) and gives us some good mid-majors. Half this conference is ranked 150 or above in the RPI with 3 in the top 75 of Kenpom's rankings. 

Mountain West: Boise St., San Diego St., Fresno St., Colorado St., UNLV, New Mexico and Utah State all give Michigan intriguing games. Also, it allows alumni out west to see Michigan when they're on the road. 

West Coast Confrence: A very good mid-major confrence with Gonzaga, BYU, St. Mary's, Pepperdine, etc. Normally the WCC has a couple of tournament teams (between 2 and 3 a year) which means good RPI numbers. Gives Michigan alums more chances out west. Michigan doesn't often play these teams so it'd add more intrigue to the schedule.

 

 

 

 

 

11/09/2015 - 3:51pm How does an assistant coach not leak this?

Why did it have to come from a player? It's really disgusting that none of the adults on that team stood up for the players. All of them should be fired after the season. Basic negligence. 

11/01/2015 - 12:40pm Why would there be a change?

A drunk otter picture was 100% better than anything he could have written. It summed up things nicely.

11/01/2015 - 12:39pm Only if

Only if he wore his hanging chad costume.