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11/16/2018 - 9:37pm correlation ≠ causation

correlation ≠ causation

11/08/2018 - 11:45pm God I must've seen this like…

God I must've seen this like 50 times.  A classic.  "He's in the neutral zone!  His body is aligned in the neutral zone!"

11/05/2018 - 10:03am I’m going to choose to…

I’m going to choose to believe this is because Gary is returning for his senior year.  

Yes I’m aware that does not affect the 2020 scholarship count.  He’s coming back LALALALALA

10/14/2018 - 1:26pm I mean, that was a pretty…

I mean, that was a pretty good team that year.  I'll take a blowout win over MSU and a coinflip game at OSU if offered that right now.

10/14/2018 - 1:21pm Lol  Nice save.

Lol.  Nice save.

09/25/2018 - 6:15pm One other useful note on the…

One other useful note on the TD run: Shea's throw fake to a slant on the backside is what kills off the playside safety (#23), who takes a false step and lets Higdon outside of him.  Great play design.

09/20/2018 - 10:53pm Whoa, that's awesome.  Any…

Whoa, that's awesome.  Any idea when the events at the Grotta and Weber's happen?

Thanks for sharing!

09/18/2018 - 3:24pm Interesting, thanks for…

Interesting, thanks for sharing. For what it’s worth, I think metrics generally bear out that OL recruiting rankings have less reliability than any other position (though they still mean something).

09/17/2018 - 11:39pm Dude. Everyone knows who you…

Dude. Everyone knows who you are. 

09/17/2018 - 3:11pm This is so spot on to me. …

This is so spot on to me.  It’s michigan football (fergodsakes).  Media timeouts are a little annoying.  It’s still really, really awesome to be in Michigan Stadium.  For all the consternation about piped in music and tv timeouts, at worst it takes the experience from a 100 to a 95 for me.

I think (perhaps unconsciously) people just have zero tolerance for anything these days because the games themselves have been so frustrating for 15 years. 

09/16/2018 - 10:58pm When you’re in single high…

When you’re in single high man coverage, you typically can’t give up the outside.  You lose leverage and give up a big play. When you funnel the play to the inside, you’re allowing your help to come in and tackle.

09/16/2018 - 1:47pm People can't even form a…

People can't even form a coherent thought as to the whole offense or defense.  I doubt they'd do much better trying to talk about the WRs or LBs.

09/11/2018 - 10:09pm I remember reading that…

I remember reading that quote for the first time and thinking it couldn't be real.  It perfectly encapsulates the Lloyd Carr era.

09/11/2018 - 6:58pm Oh, I’m pretty convinced too…

Oh, I’m pretty convinced too, but it has nothing to do with this list. 

09/11/2018 - 6:37pm So, a 6-item list of…

So, a 6-item list of platitudes is what convinces you?  I mean, they’re good lessons, but every coach in the country has stuff like this. 

09/06/2018 - 8:32am +1 insightful

+1 insightful

09/05/2018 - 6:26pm I don't think 1 out of 5…

I don't think 1 out of 5 games being one-score is a huge number.  Many fewer than MSU, for example.

As to your second point, I just don't know what "looks lost" means.  When you watch a football game, does the losing team always "look absolutely lost" to you?  What is different about our games?  The games you mention as doozies are tough games against mostly good teams.

I agree that we're losing too much.  But the stuff you describe as "losing our swagger" is just the period of time we've been losing a lot.  Everyone agrees we've lost a lot since Iowa.  But I don't think it's had much to do with swagger.  We've been terrible at QB and OL since that time.  When you suck at those positions, you're going to lose a lot.  That's absolutely on Harbaugh, but it has nothing to do with swagger.

09/05/2018 - 2:19pm That’s not a big enough…

That’s not a big enough sample to say much.  Part of it is luck. Part of it is missing plays like the interception Hawkins couldn’t make last week, or the one Metellus couldn’t make against OSU. That’s partly player development and coaching.

A huge part of the consternation here is that, as Brian had mentioned, our good fortune and “make plays” moments over the past 10 years have come against Minnesota and Indiana, and not OSU and MSU.  That’s just the way of the universe, man. 

09/05/2018 - 12:25pm What make sure you say they…

What make sure you say they weren’t prepared?  Is every team that we’ve beaten over the last 4 years unprepared because our d line blows theirs away?  Or were we just better than them?

Fact is, sometimes other teams are better. That’s on the coaches, to make the team better.  But unless you have some kind of expertise don’t act like you can tell whether it was preparation or scheming lack of fire or whatever other explanations people have been coming up with.

09/05/2018 - 12:31am What is the point of…

What is the point of trolling if you don't even make a little effort to pass yourself off as a Michigan fan?

09/05/2018 - 12:29am This is a great post.

This is a great post.

09/05/2018 - 12:12am This stuff is so simple.  I…

This stuff is so simple.  I don't know WTF Harbaugh does all week.

09/04/2018 - 11:57pm Let's see if I do this right…

Let's see if I do this right.

  1. Call the plays that work.  Harbaugh keeps calling the plays that don't work.
  2. Unless those aren't working.  Then call the other ones.
  3. Always know ahead of time which plays work and which ones don't.
  4. Show lots of fire on the sidelines.
  5. Unless that doesn't work or is penalized.  Then calm down.  But not too much.
  6. Don't wear glasses on the sideline.
  7. Never pass near the goal line.
  8. Unless your running didn't work.  Then you should've passed.
  9. Always be aggressive.  Blitz a lot.
  10. But not too much.  Don't ever get burned deep or you're an idiot.
  11. Alright fuck this I don't want to be coach anymore.
09/04/2018 - 4:12pm I think this sentiment is…

I think this sentiment is representative of the sensationalization of everything in our culture lately.  To keep things interesting, seemingly everything has to be the last-chance-ever or the most-critical-game-ever or the most-important-election-ever.  The reality is much more boring.  This is one game.  It does not define Michigan's reality.  Michigan will continue to be a power program so long as people keep being interested in it and it has access to a giant bucket of money.

People also constantly seem to forget that football seasons are often defined by a few moments in a few big games.  We have not come through in those few moments over the past 10-15 years.  That combined with some bad coaching hires is what gives us our record.  No curse, and nothing that keeps us from being at the level of other power programs.

09/03/2018 - 9:41pm Cumong man.  You must have…

Cumong man.  You must have something better to do.

09/03/2018 - 8:38pm Meant to be a reply to above

Meant to be a reply to above

09/03/2018 - 8:38pm You are an awesome…

You are an awesome contributor, and need to apologize for nothing.  Thanks for these—win or lose, I love watching them. 

09/02/2018 - 8:40pm Don't come back.

Don't come back.

08/28/2018 - 9:28pm I think the article was fine…

I think the article was fine.  I think people are just eager to complain solely because of MSU and OSU.  If we had lost our marquee nonconference games but won the bowl games, people would cite the MSU/OSU/Big nonconference record instead.  It's cherry picking.

It's also fine to complain about MSU and OSU, but everyone should also recognize we're literally inches from being 3-3 in games against those teams.  We've had some rough luck.  Everyone needs to calm down a little bit.  It's a low sample size.

08/28/2018 - 6:07pm I get MSU and OSU, but why…

I get MSU and OSU, but why are we picking bowl games as the measuring stick?  We've won 2 of 3 against Penn State, and had big wins over very good Colorado and Wisconsin teams. 

Something tells me that if the bowl record was 2-1 and the Penn State record was 1-2, we'd hear about how we're 2-7 against MSU, PSU, and OSU instead.

08/28/2018 - 5:48pm I'm sure there will be a…

I'm sure there will be a bevy of better coaches lining up at the door after we fire our All-American alum coach, after 4 winning seasons (two of which were 10-win seasons).

08/27/2018 - 1:00pm Maybe I’m dense, but how…

Maybe I’m dense, but how could an S&C program even contribute to an increase in foot injuries?  Is he not focusing on the right foot muscles?  Are the other players’ quads so strong that the slightest step on Black’s foot caused it to implode?

08/24/2018 - 9:12am It is pretty mind blowing…

It is pretty mind blowing. Recovering that phone could be done by pretty much any decent PD in a few hours. And at least one of the people on the committee is a former federal prosecutor, and knows full well what can be recovered from a phone with deleted texts.

08/23/2018 - 5:51pm I'm not sure I want to see…

I'm not sure I want to see any balls out.  He should at least use a ball lifter.  Have some decency.

08/23/2018 - 5:32pm What's that I hear?  Is it…

What's that I hear?  Is it...no, it can't be...it is!  It's actual football content!  Huzzah!

08/23/2018 - 5:30pm My guess is that he hasn't…

My guess is that he hasn't been mentioned because he was a colossal disaster for that half season, and will probably never see the field again.  No offense to the kid, who's talented enough to be a D-1 athlete and is probably working his ass off.  But, it did not go well. 

08/23/2018 - 4:21pm Yeah, but do they get a ball…

Yeah, but do they get a ball lifter for the truck too?

08/23/2018 - 9:58am I’m not sure what other…

I’m not sure what other authorities are supposed to do in this situation.  I don’t think Meyer violated any laws.  It really comes down to whether OSU wants to require a certain level of ethics and oversight in their AD, and it’s been clear since the Tressel invesitgation that they don’t prioritize that over on-field performance.  Not much that anyone else can do about that, other than point it out and scrutinize it. 

08/23/2018 - 9:44am This isn't a legal…

This isn't a legal proceeding.  There is no judge or jury.  Normally, at the initiation of a case, parties will send out preservation orders requiring potential witnesses to preserve evidence that might be destroyed in the ordinary course of business.  Not going to happen in something like this.

Urban is a liar, but there was no legal requirement, as far as I can tell, that he maintain the information on his phone.  Obviously it looks bad, but it's OSU's call in the end.  I think we all know where their priorities lie.

08/22/2018 - 9:53pm God.  What an incredible…

God.  What an incredible showing of spineless immorality by pretty much everyone who has touched this thing.

08/21/2018 - 8:22pm Maybe I've missed them, but…

Maybe I've missed them, but have there been recent scandals were an assistant coach--rather than a booster--has directly given cash or other impermissible benefits?  I would think that would certainly get that assistant coach a show-cause, and likely get the head coach fired.

08/21/2018 - 7:21pm I agree.  No matter who…

I agree.  No matter who handed the cash, that's a serious allegation.  And if it was an assistant coach, that is a bombshell, in my mind.

08/21/2018 - 12:23pm So, what he said is the…

So, what he said is the opposite of what the article indicated?  It’s disturbing (but not really surprising) how many people here started forming views without even clicking on the link. 

08/12/2018 - 10:43pm I'm amazed we've gotten this…

I'm amazed we've gotten this far without mention that the glasses are to blame.

08/08/2018 - 2:18pm Yes.

Yes.

08/02/2018 - 10:55pm Seriously?  I mean, I love…

Seriously?  I mean, I love me some Jim Delaney shade, but how is Jim Delaney responsible for how these schools police abuse in their ADs?  What control does he have over them?

07/27/2018 - 9:04am Thank god Brian doesn't…

Thank god Brian doesn't agree with you.  If you want mainstream cookie-cutter stuff like that, head over to Maize & Brew or any one of the many other blogs that can give that to you.  Thankfully, we get something unique at this place.

05/23/2018 - 12:37pm Spot on.  Something like 90%

Spot on.  Something like 90% of actively managed funds do worse than Vanguard, while charging you substantial fees to shuffle deck chairs around for you.

05/23/2018 - 12:32pm Honestly man, unless you're

Honestly man, unless you're really really good at this stuff, it's unlikley you're going to be able to do better than an index fund over the long haul.  Any information you think is helpful to your analysis is already known and accounted for by the many people doing this professionally, so it's almost certainly already factored into the current price (if the information is even useful at all).

05/20/2018 - 3:29pm His hair color is so weird.

His hair color is so weird.