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03/31/2018 - 10:26pm I mean this is what a

I mean this is what a mediocre defensive team looks like when the #1 offense is hot. Kansas is #40 in defense on Kenpom and #49 over the last 2 months on Torvik. They aren't good defensively (UM is #3 & #1 respectively in those metrics).

If we allow as many 3 pt attempts as they've allowed made 3's this game I'd be very surprised.

03/21/2018 - 11:58am Stauskas

I feel good about our chances vs A&M this weekend, but man oh man do I wish we had a pull up shooter like Stauskas this year.  Went down the rabbit hole of his highlights and he just made shots.

03/11/2018 - 7:16pm I think the draw is ok,

Double post.

03/11/2018 - 7:16pm I think the draw is ok,

I think the draw is ok, however, kinda pissed about getting Houston as a #6. According to Torvik we are playing like the 2nd best in the country since Feb 1st. They are playing 7th best since then. That's why I wish the committee took recent performance into account as well, not just overall resume. We basically have a sweet 16 or Elite 8 matchup in the round of 32.

I'd gladly trade with 4 seed Gonzaga in our bracket.

01/30/2018 - 8:07pm That's what I was thinking,

That's what I was thinking, either Drevno is getting canned or he is no longer working with the OL as a position coach.  Probably Warinner will be on-boarded as OL coach in the near future.

12/07/2017 - 1:34pm Yep, it would put our 2016

Yep, it would put our 2016 composite at 296.62 which would be #2.  Also adding Van Jefferson to 2015 would move us from #37 -> #31 for that year.

09/27/2017 - 1:33pm That may be my favorite of

That may be my favorite of the bunch, it's just such a beautiful play on both sides.

08/29/2017 - 8:53pm I'm hoping that with the

I'm hoping that with the offseason worth of progress and increased coaching focus (because of line responsibility now being split) that he will be at least serviceable.  Guess we'll find out pretty quick on Sat, because I'd say the best player on Florida's D-Line (Jefferson) is at DE.

08/24/2017 - 2:03pm I haven't yet, but would love

I haven't yet, but would love to try it.  Feel silly that I haven't yet, actually, I live in Snoqualmie so it's super convenient.

08/24/2017 - 1:38pm As far as areas to live,
As far as areas to live, depends how annoying you want your commute to be and what you want experience wise.
Bellevue - Most convenient obviously, but very expensive, especially in downtown proper.  I work there and love it, but live further east.
Seattle - If you want the downtown experience I'd suggest Cap Hill (though very loud/party heavy), South Lake Union (near Amazon headquarters), or Queen Anne.  Belletown is a decent option as well.  If you want more suburb type living I love the Montlake/U-District area.  You'll have to cross the bridges to get to work, which adds quite a bit of time during rush hour, however, there will be a light rail across I-90 in a few years, so that's nice.
Redmond - Wonderful place to live, especially downtown.  Pretty suburban in places, but enough going on that you won't get bored.  Probably the easiest commute to Bellevue.
Renton - Up and coming, undergoing a lot of gentrification.  However, I-405 commute during rush hours is death.  Is about 10 minutes from Bellevue but your commute could be 40+ mins.
Kirkland - Great downtown area near the water, lots of young professionals.  Commute can again be a bit annoying because of 405 and side streets get flooded as a result.
For things to do:
Tons of awesome hiking in the area.  I would recommend (in no particular order): Mt Si, Granite Mt, Rattlesnake Ridge/Lake, West Tiger Mtn, Mt Rainier, Mt. St Helen (specifically the Ape Caves)
Obviously you've got the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders for major teams.  Sounders are probably my favorite out of those to go to, because Seahawks games are just insanely expensive.  The Everett Silvertips can be fun if you're a hockey fan.
Lots of good IM sports in the area if you're into that.  Underdog and Arena sports are the two main players.  There are also a plethora of Rock Climbing gyms, and some really good indoor go karting that I like a lot.  WhirlyBall is also a blast and there are some good leagues in Seattle.
There are tons of culture type things to do as well, there is an under 35 membership at the 5th Ave theater that gets you cheap tix, as well as Paramount (more expensive, but better show catalog typically).  I had a Seattle Pops membership for a while and loved that, and the symphony is great if you're into more classic stuff.
For food some of my favorites are Jak's Grill, Din Tai Fung, Agua Verde, and the Salish Lodge restaurant.
08/03/2017 - 10:56am How is presenting facts to

How is presenting facts to you using maize colored glasses? We were the #4 class in the country last year and #8 the year before.  By star average we were #8 and #11 respectively.  Top 10 by pretty much any measure.  There are certainly things to be upset or complain about (finishing close games last year in particular) but recruiting is not one of those things.

08/02/2017 - 6:30pm You're either really

You're either really uninformed or trolling.  Over the last 2 years UM has recruited 35 4 or 5 star players, which is tied with Georgia for 3rd best in the country.  Alabama had 41 and OSU had 37.

You're also missing an important point, which is that it is much harder to recruit a full class of top end guys.  For instance, the top 21 guys (same size as OSUs class) for UM last year had a star average of 93.52.  Having a large class helps your overall score, sure, but will also lower your star average significantly.

03/10/2017 - 7:34pm Am I crazy to think we could

Am I crazy to think we could get all the way up to a 5 if we win the tourney?  Depending on who we face in final (Maryland is best option rankings wise it seems?) we could be #20 or higher on Kenpom with a #25-30ish RPI.

In addition to rankings we'd be BTT champs, have lost only 2 in the last 14 games both away and both by small margins, and have a perfect 6-0 record at neutral sites, with 4/6 of those against RPI top 50 and the lowest rated opponent having an RPI of #62ish (Illinois)  That's a great resume.

02/02/2017 - 11:52am A Visual

Realistically our class compares favorably to pretty much everyone except Bama/OSU.  I have some charts comparing us to each of the first 3 categories (Damn Son, Spectacular, and Still Awesome).  My embedding skills are subpar apparently though, so I'll just post the link.

01/31/2017 - 11:11am You're correct that OSU and

You're correct that OSU and Bama are a step above the rest.  However, it is easier to have a higher avg rating with a lower # of recruits.  For instance the average of our current top 20 (size of OSU's class) is 92.77.  Should we get Solomon and Collins as expected that jumps to 93.50.  Obviously it is ideal to have both quantity and quality, but bringing in additional players doesn't diminish the talent of the top 20 either.

01/27/2017 - 12:58pm From that Najee interview it

From that Najee interview it sounds like the condition of the weight room and the whole "guys look out of shape" negative recruiting spiel that was floating around really hit home.  Hopefully the WR renovations Manuel discussed last year will be completed in the next year or two to keep that from happening in the future.

01/05/2017 - 11:02am Surprise surprise.  Now maybe

Surprise surprise.  Now maybe we can get back to the important stuff.  I have more periscope videos to watch.

12/07/2016 - 4:48pm Very insightful post.  I'm a

Very insightful post.  I'm a big fan of how we've put shield punt teams on the defensive again with a few small tweaks.  Regarding you pointing out the hold...I can't believe you've done this.  I was just getting to the point where I wasn't upset about that game any more and now you've dragged me back with another missed call.

11/13/2016 - 2:25am I think you're looking at it

I think you're looking at it with "we just lost" colored glasses.  6th is literally the floor for where they can put us.  Current #7 has 2 losses and one of those losses is to us...

  • We have 3 wins over what will be top 10 teams in the upcoming rankings and a bad road loss by 1 point
  • UW has no top ten wins and a home loss to a surging maybe top 15ish USC
  • Clemson has 3 wins over top 15ish teams (with a great win vs Louisville), but a home loss to a top 25ish Pitt and a bunch of close calls against middling teams

Honestly the real challenge for the committee will be where to put Louisville.  Do they drop Clemson below a team they beat when both have 1 loss?  Can they drop us below Louisville when we have 3 top 10 wins and they have 1 top 15ish win?

If they are going by body of work it should probably be Alabama, OSU, Clemson/Us, Lousiville, UW.

09/30/2016 - 1:47pm I see someone went to the

I see someone went to the Hanz Zimmer / Christopher Nolan school for hype making.  Solid video overall though.

09/17/2016 - 10:16pm I mean our rushing attack was

I mean our rushing attack was pretty average, I don't necessarily feel like that's a huge issue.  With sacks removed we rushed 35 times at 5.2 ypc.  Deveon Smith had 11 carries at 7.9 ypc.  It seems people are upset that we haven't imposed our will or something like that, but the play calling is very much take what the defense will give, and the point totals in the first 3 games show that.

07/22/2016 - 10:20am If you're around average

If you're around average height I'd just get a used set or buy a set online.  I picked up some cheap Taylormades off Amazon about 3-4 years ago for around $200 (Driver, 3W, 4/5 H, 6-PW) and used those.  Once you get more comfortable and are consistent I'd invest in some decent wedges to expand your options (I found a 3 set of AW, SW, LW for like $50).

Then just work on your game until you become about a bogey golfer.  After that point it might be worth investing in some nicer clubs to give you an edge.

05/13/2016 - 10:56am I left after the whole Peters

I left after the whole Peters "homesick" fiasco.  Figured I'd never given Scout or 247 a chance and it was time for a switch.

03/18/2016 - 4:55pm Disrespekt? Just got

Disrespekt? Just got rekt.

Obviously it is because they had those weird nets the whole game.

01/20/2016 - 12:37pm I'll take the under.  Joe

I'll take the under.  Joe Bolden is just too hot right now for people to notice this.

On a serious note, bummer about Swenson, and I'm hoping he was given this information sooner than we think.

10/15/2015 - 11:02am Stupid

I get the whole hate week tradition thing but I've always felt that vandalism is a stupid way of expressing it.

10/10/2015 - 12:07am Reading into it too much?

I wonder if USC's loss to Washington played a role here?  With them falling Stanford suddenly looks a lot less impressive (haven't really beaten any great teams), which hurts NU's SOS.

09/04/2015 - 12:33am Encouraged

I'm pretty happy with the team tonight, despite the loss.  I really doubt Rudock will have as many INTs the rest of the season, seemed like 2 of them were just timing/route issues between him and Perry.

I expect this team to be 5-1 heading in to MSU week.

09/04/2015 - 12:14am Much Better

It was obvious to me that this is a much better coached team.  For instance, they can actually run a two minute drill.  We played a decent game against a good team on the road, not sure I could ask for much more in game one.

09/04/2015 - 12:08am Encouraged

I think to go on the road and play the way we did against a good team is very encouraging.  Also Peppers looks like the real deal, he blew up 3-4 plays by himself, and the Kick Return he got was great.

07/30/2015 - 11:59am Been Using it for A While

I was part of the preview program.  I've been very happy with Win10 so far.  Highlights for me have been the new start menu, cortana, and the Xbox app.  I'm thinking about switching to edge, but waiting for the addon support that they have promised (allowing easy porting of firefox/chrome addons).

07/29/2015 - 1:56pm All I had to do was plug the

All I had to do was plug the Xbox One controller in to usb via the charging cable and it worked right out of the box.  This is on Windows 10.  Not sure about other OS, but I'm 90% sure it also works that way on Windows 8/8.1.  Otherwise you might need drivers.

07/29/2015 - 12:37pm Love This Game!

Wish it was on Xbox One, but honestly the PC experience has been great.  Xbox One controller is fully supported for in game menus/tutorials etc and I can still use party chat with that schmancy new Xbox app for Windows 10.

06/10/2015 - 2:09pm The rule he is accusing

The rule he is accusing Michigan of violating is that of the Quiet period (applicable from June 1 - June 29).  From the NCAA website:

"A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution's campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period. [D] (Revised: 10/30/14)"

Evans was saying that if our coaches told Johnson that they wanted to evaluate him at the camp, then they are in violation of this rule, because in person off-campus evaluations are not allowed.  My counter argument is that they never said they wanted to evaluate him at the camp, simply that they wanted to evaluate him further and that he should attend the camp (but that the two need not be related)

06/10/2015 - 1:23pm If I'm Being Honest
I'll readily admit that we are probably skirting the rules here.  Evans' whole argument, however, is predicated on the assumption that the coaches told Johnson to come to the camp so they could evaluate him more (because this would violate the letter of the law for the quiet period).  In reality, all they said was 1) They wanted to evaluate him more and 2) He should come to the camp, but they never linked the two together.

The difference between this and the many alleged violations SEC coaches have been accused of is that this practice benefits the kids in addition to Michigan, whereas most of the others only benefit the school.  For that reason alone I think his point is bunk.

06/03/2015 - 12:43pm Super Excited!

04/03/2015 - 10:04am A Bit Torn

On the one hand, nothing wrong with more football.  On the other, adding bowls with crappy attendance generally means more costs for the schools to subsidize (required ticket allocations to sell etc.) which I don't think is a good thing.

03/20/2015 - 10:49am Hoping for another crazy basketball day

02/03/2015 - 12:29pm Yeah, he seems a pretty sure

Yeah, he seems a pretty sure thing after the tweets and his NW decommit.  I'm thinking that we end up with Perry, Jefferson, and one of Wheatley/Weber (probably Wheatley)

01/15/2015 - 12:06pm No Khakis.  That must be a

No Khakis.  That must be a decoy Harbaugh.

10/02/2014 - 10:30am Well, I don't want to speak

Well, I don't want to speak to hypotheticals.  We've had a good week of practice and will play as a football team on Saturday.


How'd I do?

09/26/2014 - 8:09pm I'll be there all the way

I'll be there all the way from WA.  Hopefully we show better than my last game, which was the soul crushing Nebraska slog last year.

09/25/2014 - 11:15pm I was just thinking about

I was just thinking about this the other day.  We brought Nuss in to run the same offense he ran at Alabama, which is basically to have a game manager at QB, and out execute/talent your opposition.  We don't have nearly the experience or talent advantage that they have, let alone a consistent game manager QB.  The result is blegh.

Even though Borges had no coherent offense whatsoever, one "positive" of his system (and I use that term loosely) was that when one of his bag of tricks plays actually worked it could result in a big play and RPS+.  Obviously the terrible performance that could result when none of his tricks worked wasn't good, which is why we made a change, but introducing a cohesive system like the one Nuss is trying to run takes time.


09/18/2014 - 10:49am I think you accidentally

I think you accidentally switched the worry about and soundly about section for Maryland.  Otherwise great and funny stuff like always.

09/17/2014 - 2:24pm As a longtime MGoBlog user,

As a longtime MGoBlog user, you should know that the first rule of caring about college football is to never miss out on a branding opportunity.  As a matter of fact, I nominate this post for the inaugural Tom VanHaaren and Heiko Yang Memorial Post of the Week™

09/11/2014 - 2:09pm Apparently there is a two

Apparently there is a two year re-classification process.  Even though App state will play a full FBS schedule this year as part of the sun-belt, they are not bowl-eligible and considered officially an FBS team until 2015.  For all intents and purposes I would consider them FBS, but technically he is correct (which, hey it fits the narrative of his article, so why not use it)

09/09/2014 - 1:22pm It's the same with tempo as

It's the same with tempo as it is with anything else.  When it works everybody wants it, when it doesn't not so much.  I'm sure the fervor for bubble screens will be down a bit on the blog after several of them got blown up on Saturday, but gosh darn if they weren't the obvious solution to all our problems last year.

09/09/2014 - 11:57am The perfect response.  Yes

The perfect response.  Yes Saturday sucked and the game didn't turn out as we hoped, but the season is not over, and I still think we can make some noise in the Big 10 title race.  The Notre Dame game hasn't defined the season the last several years, why should this year be any different.

09/09/2014 - 11:17am It appears the hardest thing

It appears the hardest thing to ask our fanbase for at this point is patience, but honestly that is what is needed.  Having a tough road game the 2nd game into a new offensive system with your Senior QB reverting to his old headcase ways is a recipe for disaster.  Our best hope is that the next 3 weeks allow the team to iron out some of these issues before the start of Big 10 play.