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07/14/2018 - 9:48am My prediction...pain


My prediction...pain

07/13/2018 - 3:05pm But, I wanna be able to make…

But, I wanna be able to make shitty posts that everyone hates & not have it count against me!

07/12/2018 - 7:06pm I don't know how to post it…

I don't know how to post it on the new website, but there was a picture that Mattison posted on Twitter last month with all the defensive line guys having a BBQ at his house.  I was surprised how big Aiden looked.  Amongst a lot of large fellas he looked like one of the biggest.



07/11/2018 - 4:59pm That Brandon Graham hit was…

That Brandon Graham hit was one of my all time favorites.  I'm happy for the guy to win a SB last year after that 2008 debacle.  He was the shining star of that team that was otherwise hard to watch.

07/06/2018 - 8:35pm I respectfully disagree. …

I respectfully disagree.  The overwhelming body of research on weight loss & dieting supports the idea that one must chose a nutritional approach they can adhere to long term in order to have success keeping weight off once it's lost.  If you take a short term diet approach and chose to cut certain foods out that you know down the road you plan to reintroduce, the research suggests you will likely to gain all the weight back & then some.  This is one of the reasons I don't like a dietary approach that eliminates foods or macronutrients completely.  

07/06/2018 - 2:57pm The majority of people that…

The majority of people that are overweight are like that because of uncontrollable calorie intakes.  It just happens to be that carbs are the least filling of the 3 macro nutrients.  But, I'd guess most of those folks probably over-indulge in foods that also have a high amount of saturated fats as well.  They just aren't eating well.  I don't think it's specific to carbs.  I'd also bet they don't exercise regularly, take in adequate protein, or take in adequate fiber.  But, I don't think carbs are anything magic.  It's a multi-factorial problem.


Have you found that you cannot control your portions when you consume carbs?  If you eat for example a piece of whole grain toast with some eggs, a serving of mashed potatoes with a chicken breast and a serving of greens, a banana in a protein smoothie, or some granola mixed into greek yogurt it would cause you to overeat those carb portions?  


I only ask because those are quality foods and those meal samples would be filling if combined with the other foods.  I totally get staying away from something like a donut, french fries, potato chips, etc. that have higher degree of processing and/or higher level of palatability which makes them easier to overeat, but I can't imagine why someone would want to do completely away with carbs all together.  I'd recommend being aware of portion sizes (and exercising regularly) and focusing more on quality foods rather than giving up an entire macronutrient.

07/06/2018 - 2:57pm The majority of people that…

The majority of people that are overweight are like that because of uncontrollable calorie intakes.  It just happens to be that carbs are the least filling of the 3 macro nutrients.  But, I'd guess most of those folks probably over-indulge in foods that also have a high amount of saturated fats as well.  They just aren't eating well.  I don't think it's specific to carbs.  I'd also bet they don't exercise regularly, take in adequate protein, or take in adequate fiber.  But, I don't think carbs are anything magic.  It's a multi-factorial problem.


Have you found that you cannot control your portions when you consume carbs?  If you eat for example a piece of whole grain toast with some eggs, a serving of mashed potatoes with a chicken breast and a serving of greens, a banana in a protein smoothie, or some granola mixed into greek yogurt it would cause you to overeat those carb portions?  


I only ask because those are quality foods and those meal samples would be filling if combined with the other foods.  I totally get staying away from something like a donut, french fries, potato chips, etc. that have higher degree of processing and/or higher level of palatability which makes them easier to overeat, but I can't imagine why someone would want to do completely away with carbs all together.  I'd recommend being aware of portion sizes (and exercising regularly) and focusing more on quality foods rather than giving up an entire macronutrient.

07/06/2018 - 2:47pm When calculating the GI of a…

When calculating the GI of a meal one must consider the entire meal & not just the individual foods that make it up.  Mix any high GI food like mashed potatoes, white rice, etc. with a protein source (as most do at a meal) like a chicken breast & a serving of a green veggies like green beans & it's a wash because the chicken & green beans are very low GI and that meal will keep you satiated for quite some time and still allows you the pleasure of the mashed potatoes.  It's really only problematic for folks eating high GI foods alone, which is one of the reasons high protein diets are beneficial.  But, there's not need to get rid of CHO (even high GI CHO) all together.

07/06/2018 - 9:45am Uh oh, another keto mention…

Uh oh, another keto mention.  Are people really this bad at controlling their carb intakes that they must refrain from eating any to keep from over eating them?  Anywho...I often feel like the only person in world that doesn't really like chicken wings, so I'm with you in that they are not a quality food.  In all fairness I prefer white meat to dark, so I'm sure that makes a difference.  But, buy a quality chicken breast, marinate it overnight with some Stubbs, & throw it on the grill for 10 minutes.  I'd much prefer that over wings any day.  Mix in your favorite non-starch (asparagus, green beans, broccoli, squash, cucumber, etc. with some seasoning & extra virgin olive oil) & you're good to go.

07/06/2018 - 9:36am Well, Purdue doesn't play UM…

Well, Purdue doesn't play UM or PSU, but they do play OSU, MSU, & Wiscy which are all likely losses.  Iowa, Indiana, Minny, NW, Neb, & Mizzou all seem like toss ups.  They likely win at EMU, BC, & Ill.  I'd say 7-5 or 6-6 regular season seems reasonable.

07/05/2018 - 10:03am I'm not sure Bosa carries…

I'm not sure Bosa carries more hype.  I know he's edged Gary on last year's post season rankings & this season's preseason ones as well, but the recruiting piece of being a #1 will always be a way other highly regarded recruits will relate to & look up to him.  Also, Gary is a bit more outspoken & seems to be a little more driven so he's not afraid to talk about NCs & having the best d-line in the country, etc.


At the end of the day, the results of this coming season will make all the difference.  OSU certainly has the edge & it will likely require Gary, UM's defense, & the team as a whole having a better season than OSU & Bosa in order to combat what OSU is likely pitching to him that they have the better DE, d-line, defense, & team.

07/04/2018 - 4:59pm This is a kid in the heart…

This is a kid in the heart of OH (not Toledo/NE OH) that OSU also really wants.  I know there are some high level recruits that we got because we got in on them early or OSU wasn't initial high on and we already established relationships when they eventually offered, they are from NE OH closer to UM than OSU, etc..  But, this is a 5-star national level recruit that OSU wants as desperately as we do in the heart of OH. 


I'm sure we're saying all the right things and making a strong push, but I will be surprised if he doesn't go to OSU.  The one thing we have going is (that OSU doesn't) Gary.  There aren't many overall #1s, so that helps.  I know they have Bosa & just graduated some good guys, but there aren't #1s and don't carry the same cache.  But, I think it will take a special season (one that is better than OSU's & contains a win over them) to shift the tides enough to make him come to UM and not just make it interesting.  

07/04/2018 - 9:26am Portland, Maine


Portland, Maine

Pros: Largest "city" in Maine, doesn't feel like a city, easy drive to Boston, lots of bars, shopping & restaurants, the Old Port, lots of culture (art walk downtown first Fri of every month etc.), ocean town, beautiful in the summer & fall, lots of fall festivals like apple picking, fairs, & festivals


Cons: Winters suck, lots of people moving to the area, roads & infrastructure not keeping up with growth, traffic sucks at times particularly in summer, cost of living particularly housing is high and salaries don't support it, very hipster, can be cliquey, no one pays attention to college football (all NFL & Patriots)

07/04/2018 - 9:06am Well, these aren't that old,…

Well, these aren't that old, but we are 0-2 against Utah & S. Carolina the last two times we've played each.  We lost to Utah in '14 and '15 and we lost to S. Carolina in the Outback Bowls in '12 and '17.  I'm also a little bitter about losing to FSU two years ago in Peppers supposed last game that he never played in and the Alabama game in '12 where we got handled.  I don't like our chances against Bama yet, but I wouldn't mind extracting some revenge on Utah, S. Carolina, & FSU.  

07/04/2018 - 8:56am How about a link in our…

How about a link in our profile so that we can access our most recent posts quickly and continue to interact with threads that folks are responding to us?

07/04/2018 - 8:51am Yeah, I never understood…

Yeah, I never understood this gamesmanship.  I feel like it dates way back to the early 1900's and the idea that you make the other team uncomfortable, ala have to bring your own water, is outdated.  I can understand that you're not going to put millions of dollars into flat screen TVs & leather sofas, however there's no reason for them to be so small and look like a HS locker room.  There is no reason to have crappy stools and chipped paint on lockers.  It doesn't have to be flashy, but like paint the danged thing.  They should be similar in size to the home team's locker room and if the home team has basic accommodations like AC, ice, adequate number of toilets, sinks, and showers, etc. then the visiting locker room should also have those things.  

06/26/2018 - 9:05pm Personally I find watching…

Personally I find watching UM football stressful, especially the past IDK 10 effin years or so.  But, good ways to relieve stress are exercise, time with pets, reading, getting outside even if just for a walk, meditation is great too.  Meditation doesn't have to be anything complicated other than sitting in a quiet area for a few minutes, breathing, and working on clearing your mind, which is impossible, but just trying is what counts. 


My stress reduction plan is quite simple, but I guess it sounds long and hard if you're not used to it.  I start my day with a little bit of reading while I have my morning coffee before work.  Reading about positive things, not the news or work stuff.  It helps clear my mind so I don't get to work already stressed about work.  DO NICE THINGS FOR OTHERS!  It's not for them it's for you.  It feels good & keeps you from getting caught up in the rat race.  Let someone else in traffic.  Purposefully go behind the car next to you instead of in front of them.  Buy the person their coffee in the drive through behind you.  Simple little stuff.  Go to work & do your job to the best of your ability, then leave it at work once the day is over.  From work go straight to exercise.  I prefer the gym to lift, but if you want to go for a run, walk your dog, play some tennis, whatever you like but you must use your body.  Go home and spend some time with you loved ones.  Try not to drink too much alcohol, too much caffeine, or eat too much junk.  A little of all of them are fine.  Do whatever you enjoy or have to do around the house in the evening.  Turn off all devices and dim your lights in your place an hour before bed.  Get into bed 20 minutes before you try to sleep and listen to some soothing music and do a short meditation.  Then go to sleep for at least 7 consecutive hours.  That's how I do it at least 4 days per week.

06/26/2018 - 1:05pm It's a 45 minute drive away…

It's a 45 minute drive away for god's sake.  

06/26/2018 - 9:24am It's interesting because UM…

It's interesting because UM's struggles (late Carr on) was occurring at the same time as the rise of the internet availability, smart phones, social media, & internet recruiting services (and us following them).  Coincidentally this is also the era I grew up in as I'm 39 years old.  Folks under 30 may think I'm nuts if they can't remember life without internet and a cell phone.  I long thought this "new" phenomenon was bad for UM, but it's hard to separate the coaching inconsistency (and shittyness at times) from the recruiting as there have been great recruiting years mixed in with poor (for UM's standards) ones.  I'm not totally sure why some of recruiting services are falling off (rise of free recruiting info like this blog?), but I feel like it will be good for UM.  I don't think it will ever go back to the way it was, but I think less information is better for the blue bloods, particularly in out of region recruiting where it's likely a UM or a Bama would have a larger reach than say an MSU or an Ole Miss.  I've always thought this, but now there is at least some chance to test this theory.

06/26/2018 - 12:24am Well, Dantonio has also has…

Well, Dantonio has also has 7 years where he didn't win 8 games and 5 years with a losing record in the conference.  If you compare MD & JH coaching numbers head to head JH matches up favorably.  JH has more 10+ win seasons in less years coaching in college and only one fewer conference championship.

06/26/2018 - 12:19am Well, lets look at the…

Well, lets look at the numbers

Meyer : 177-31  .851, 3 NCs, turned around 2 smaller programs in Bowling Green & Utah, then took over two of the more fertile & successful recruiting programs and was equally successful at Florida & OSU.  His numbers pretty much speak for themselves.  To date about the only knock on him is he isn't Saban.


Dantonio: 118-62 .655, 3 conference championships, one playoff appearance.  He has not had the luxury of being in a fertile recruiting ground like FL or OH, and not been at a blue blood program.  From all accounts, he's done a lot with what he's been given.  However, in his 14 seasons as a head coach he has only won 8 or more games in a season half the time.  He's had 7 seasons with 7 or fewer wins.  And, he's had 5 years where he didn't even have a winning record in conference.  So, he's kinda boom or bust almost 50/50.


Franklin: 60-32 .652, 1 conference title.  He has a much smaller HC tenure.  He started at a lower tiered program for 3 years, had one losing season and two winning seasons, which competing as Vandy in the SEC is pretty impressive I think.  After taking over at PSU and has only been there 4 seasons, 2 of which were mediocre and 2 of which were very strong.  


Harbaugh: 86-38 .694 winning percentage (college only), 2 conference championships.  He started out at San Diego with one OK season at 7-4, followed up by 2 11 win seasons.  Then at Stanford he had 2 losing seasons followed by 2 winning seasons including an 12 win season and Orange Bowl victory.  At UM he's had 3 winning seasons, two of which were 10 win seasons and one what most would called a rebuilding year with only 8 wins.  


So, this article sort of skews the numbers to support their argument.  I think if you only consider college career, that is sort of framing the question in a way to get a desired result.  I'm not sure how you can argue who is the better coach and ignore the most challenging coaching position there is (NFL) and his success their.  But, even if you do, I don't see much of an argument to support Franklin or Dantonio over JH.  JH has a better winning percentage than both, more conference titles than Franklin, only one fewer conference title than Dantonio in a lot fewer years, and more 10+ win seasons than Dantonio in way fewer seasons.  Franklin's had 2 really good years in a row, but it kind of seems like they are framing his entire coaching career on the last two years.  I think that's way too small of a sample size to say he's a better coach.  Let's see what he does over the next 5 years then we'll see.

By my watch I'd go 

1. Meyer

2. Harbaugh

3. Dantonio

4. Franklin - Check back in a few years, but the last few have been promising

06/25/2018 - 9:06pm What a recruiting weekend!

What a recruiting weekend!

06/25/2018 - 6:34pm I guess that depends on…

I guess that depends on whether you are looking at their entire coaching career, college coaching career, or B1G coaching career.  If you're looking at the whole thing it would be hard to argue against JH who is the only of the 4 to have NFL success.  If you're looking only at college I'd put JH #2 behind Urbs.  If you're looking at only B1G I'd probably have him #3 slightly edging out Dantonio.  All 4 have had very successful B1G tenures.

06/25/2018 - 3:42pm I continue to see in these…

I continue to see in these kid's comments how impressed they've been with Ben Herbert, the new weight room, and how Herbert & his staff are really getting the most out of them.  I didn't think so many kids would care that much about S&C.  Here's to our new S&C staff & facility getting it done on the recruiting trail!

06/24/2018 - 7:32pm I wouldn't put a ton of…

I wouldn't put a ton of stock into that list. One, it's a small sample size. Two, MSU was an abboration. Three, PSU was a juggernaut and a night game at Happy Valley is no picnick...ask OSU. The only two I give credence to are Iowa and Utah. It's hard to travel to travel time zones and play at night and Iowa is no picnick either. I wouldn't worry too much about this.

06/22/2018 - 8:24pm You are also taking the…

You are also taking the bottom line approach.  That only tells you about the bottom line.  It's a lazy take.  It involves little analysis nor gives you any indication to what the future holds.  And, I'd disagree that OSU and MSU are our top in league competition.  I think PSU provides more competition than MSU at this point.  The reality is MSU is lucky to be 2-1 against us.  It should be the other way around and I'm confident we will beat them regularly moving forward. 


Now, OSU is another story.  I don't think looking back at how things were in the 90's is all that relevant today.  The recruiting landscape has changed since the dawn of the internet, recruiting services, social media, etc.  UM simply has not been able to match OSU's recruiting since that time.  It hasn't under late Carr, RichRod, Hoke, or Harbaugh.  IMHO UM can't expect to out recruit OSU with any regularity nor can they hope to beat them more than once every 3-4 years.  I'd happily take beating them 33% of the time and is the best I think we can hope for until Meyer is gone.  Meyer et al. has recruited at a level that we can't compete with and I don't see that changing anytime soon.  We can regularly produce top 10-15 classes with an occasional top 5-7ish class, but Meyer appears to be poised to recruit top 5 classes regularly.  But, we have the best coach we're ever gonna get.  Our best option is stability and keep Harbaugh around as long as possible to build a roster and depth suited to his style/system.  We have done that with many positions with the only real outlier at o-line.

06/21/2018 - 6:09pm My last day of school is…

My last day of school is tomorrow (teacher) so I plan to workout at whatever effin time I prefer every day, spend lots of time with my girlfriend and 2 dogs (Harbaugh & Maizey), spend a bunch of time at my family's summer home in Mount Desert Island enjoying the summer ocean breezes of Maine's coast, and just generally relax and recharge the batteries.  I'll probably spend way too much time on here too so I apologize when I get inevitably annoying.

06/21/2018 - 8:57am That is certainly one way to…

That is certainly one way to look at it.  It is the realistic, bottom line, pessimistic stance.  Believe me, I get it.  I can understand why you'd be frustrated.  However, if you chose to, there is another perspective to take.



When it comes to winning Harbaugh has been here for 3 seasons.  He has a combined record of 28-11.  In 2015 he went 10-3 and beat a good Florida team in a quality bowl.  That was better than expected by most accounts.  In 2016, he again went 10-3 and lost to a good FSU team in the bowl.  That was expected to be a really good year and was for much of it, but losing 3 of our last 4 was a disappointing way to finish and likely began the beginning of a bit of a recruiting down turn.  In 2017 he went 8-5 and finished with a disappointing loss to South Carolina with a bit of an implosion in the 4th quarter.  The previous 3 seasons were a combined 20-18.  5-7( 2014), 7-6 (2013), and 8-5 (2012).  So, clearly the record has gotten better under Harbaugh.



When it comes to our rivals our record vs OSU is 0-3 and 1-2 against MSU under Harbaugh.  But, if you look closer it's not as bad as it sounds.  Our record in the previous 3 years was also 0-3 against OSU and 1-2 against MSU.  However, the last 3 years included our closest lose in double overtime to OSU during the past 6 years, which could have easily been a win if not for a controversial call.  And, our combined score against MSU the past 3 years was 64(MSU) - 66(UM) and that also included a final second play we that we lost the game in 2015 on a dropped punt for a touchdown.  The previous 3 years against MSU our combined score was 74(MSU) - 29(UM).  So, clearly things have improved under Harbaugh's watch against our rivals despite the same record.



When it comes to recruiting (ESPN rankings) Harbaugh's average class raking is #10.6.  He had classes of #6 (2016), #6 (2017), and #20 (2018).  The previous 3 year average was #21.6.  Hoke had classes of #40 (2015), #18 (2014), and #6 (2013).  So, again clearly things are improving under Harbaugh.



Now, there are some parallels that are alarming between Hoke and Harbaugh.  The main one being that both started to get worse as time went on.  However, Hoke's best year was year #1 and Harbaugh's was year #2.  Hoke continued to get worse every year and only exceeded expectations in year one.  Harbaugh has only had one bad year and it was expected due to a lot of young players playing.  And, Harbaugh's worst year was way better than Hoke's.  Both coaches have also had poorly performing assistants on offense they had to get rid of (Borges & Drevno).  But, Harbaugh made the adjustment sooner than Hoke.



So, there are absolutely some frustrating parallels between the last 2 coaching regimes, particularly when it comes to winning and recruiting and how they have gotten worse as time has gone on.  However, Harbaugh has shown the ability to improve over time and Hoke did not.  Harbaugh's down turn was expected due to youth and Hoke should have in theory gotten better over time.  And, when you look closer at the record against the rivals things are not as bad as they seem and there is reason for optimism in the future with Harbaugh and at the very lease a wait and see approach for another year or two to see if improvement happens and last year's down turn was circumstance or a trend.

06/21/2018 - 7:08am Still curious about a…

Still curious about a conclusion.  That was an honest question.

06/20/2018 - 6:34pm Bluey, what are you…

Bluey, what are you conclusions?  I'm assuming it's that the 2018 class sucked in comparison to the previous two?  Well...duh.  It was a rebuilding year with a lot of young guys playing and a lot of returning players and not a lot of immediate playing time opportunities.  This led to very led buzz for the team, particularly on offense.  I'm not sure that tells us much other than demonstrates an expected cycle of things.  Lets see how '19 and '20 pan out before we say our recruiting is going down hill.  One year of a predictable cycle is not at all unreasonable nor surprising. 


If you have a completely different take I apologize.

06/20/2018 - 11:21am I'm looking forward to the…

I'm looking forward to the all time (post-Bo) team, should we be so fortunate to receive one.  I'll take my stab at one.


OT - Lewan & Long (I know they are both LTs, Jansen if required to have specific RT)

OG - Hutchinson & Backus

C - Molk (UM career, not NFL)

QB - Henson (based on UM, Brady if we take overall career)

RB - Wheatley

FB - Floyd

TE - Butt

WR - Edwards, Howard, & Funchess

DT - Hurst

NT - Branch

SDE - Gary

WDE - Graham

OLB/SAM - Ryan

OLB/WILL - Foote

MIKE - Irons

CB - Woodson

CB - Lewis (could go with Hall, Law, Hill, etc.)

S - Jackson (kinda cheating but he played some safety late in career)

S - Welborne

06/20/2018 - 11:03am It would sure be an…

It would sure be an interesting matchup to watch.

06/20/2018 - 6:59am Totally agree, but which…

Totally agree, but which differential is more important to a game's outcome?  Woodson >> Stribs or Brady >> Henne.  I love me some Woodson.  He's my all time fav UM player.  But, in that matchup the QB has the larger impact on the game IMO.

06/19/2018 - 12:47pm My take is that the…

My take is that the positions where the 5-stars are better are only marginally so.  The positions where the 3-stars are better are 1) at more important positions, and 2) are significantly better.  I'd take Braylon & anybody over Terrell & Toomer.  And, with Brady as your QB.  Just take Brady, Edwards, & Biakabutuka & give them some semblence of an o-line and you're good to go.  


Who would you pick if the two teams played head-to-head?

06/19/2018 - 12:11pm Braylon makes up for the WRs…

Braylon makes up for the WRs IMO.  He's better than any of the 5-star WRs, but I'll give you the DBs.

06/19/2018 - 12:10pm I take the 3-stars in a game…

I take the 3-stars in a game if these two teams played each other any day.

06/19/2018 - 12:05pm I think the all 3-star team…

I think the all 3-star team is better than the all 5-star team.  I know recruiting rankings do count & do correlate to wins, but that has to tell you something.  Maybe the sample size of 3-stars is larger and that accounts for this?

06/17/2018 - 8:40pm Hopefully we can get him on…

Hopefully we can get him on campus for the PSU game and when we spank (and he sees Hudson knifing through making plays behind the LOS) them he changes his tune.

06/15/2018 - 8:19pm There is zero research out…

There is zero research out there that exists that demonstrates that low carbohydrate diets are more effective for fat loss if protein and calorie intakes are equal.  That is the bottom line. This is widely supported in the literature.


The reason ketogenic diets are so popular is because people over consume carbs.  There is no magic metabolic trick that makes burning fat as a substrate superior to carbohydrate.  Let's look at a few points that keto supporters often cite and what the current body of literature suggests.


The proposed fat loss advantage of carbohydrate reduction beyond a mere reduction in total energy is based largely on insulin-mediated inhibition of lipolysis and presumably enhanced fat oxidation.  A study by Hall et al. examined the effect of 4 weeks on a low fat diet followed by 4 weeks on a keto diet. Although insulin levels dropped during the keto diet a slowing of body fat loss was seen during the first half of the keto phase.


Another common keto claim is that the production and utilization of ketone bodies impart a unique metabolic state that, in theory, should outperform non-ketogenic conditions for the goal of fat loss. However, this claim is largely based on research involving higher protein intakes when comparing low carb diets to keto diets. A meta-analysis by Clifton et al. found that a 5% or greater protein intake difference between diets at 12 months was associated with greater fat loss. Soenen et al. also demonstrated that the higher protein content of low-carbohydrate diets (not low carb CHO content) was the crucial factor in promoting greater weight loss.


I am familiar with Volek and his work and without getting too heavily involved into that separate discussion as this was more about fat loss and sustainability I will just say that currently the literature that supports to keto approach for athletes seems 1) to be more beneficial for endurance athletes than strength/power athletes, and 2) the studies that show increased fat oxidation & aerobic capacity with keto approaches have come at the cost of increased oxygen demand (and also often don't equate protein intakes).  There is also evidence that shows a higher carb intake was preferential for performance, so I think the research here is also still supporting the idea that keto is not superior.


So, again at the end of the day if you equate for protein and calorie intakes keto has no advantage to other dietary approaches.  Yes, people over consume carbs. Yes, reducing carbs is beneficial as a means of reducing total calories. However, if you reduce the same number of calories and keep protein the same, keto is not superior.  If it works for you great. Consistency and adherence are more important than what's optimal when it comes to dieting. But, don't fear carbohydrates as long as you're not over consuming them.

06/15/2018 - 7:33pm At the end of the day…

At the end of the day adherence trumps all when it comes to dieting.  Consistency is more important than optimal.  So, if you've found something you can follow that works for you, stick with it.

06/15/2018 - 9:50am The ideas that you can lose…

The ideas that you can lose weight in a caloric surplus and that controlling insulin (in order to burn fat as a substrate instead of glucose ((carbs)) is superior to a more carb heavy diet (assuming calories are the same) are not consistent with the body of literature on the subject.


The current body of research summarized by Alan Aragon et al. in the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) provides us 4 keys points regarding diets focused on improving body composition.


1) Diets primarily focused on fat loss are driven by a sustained caloric deficit. The higher the baseline body fat level, the more aggressively the caloric deficit may be imposed. Slower rates of weight loss can better preserve lean mass (LM) in leaner subjects.


2) Diets focused primarily on accruing lean mass are driven by a sustained caloric surplus to facilitate anabolic processes and support increasing resistance-training demands. The composition and magnitude of the surplus, as well as training status of the subjects can influence the nature of the gains.


3) A wide range of dietary approaches (low-fat to low-carbohydrate/ketogenic, and all points between) can be similarly effective for improving body composition.


4) Increasing dietary protein to levels significantly beyond current recommendations for athletic populations may result in improved body composition. Higher protein intakes may be required to maximize muscle retention in lean, resistance-trained subjects under low calorie conditions.


06/15/2018 - 7:45am Congrats on your success!  I…

Congrats on your success!  I'm curious if you feel this approach is sustainable long term?  The reason I ask is because the overwhelming body of research suggests (the more weight you lose the stronger the correlation) that if you are only "dieting" short term and plan to eventually stop your current approach, you will likely gain it all back and then some. 


I only point this out because "no cheating" is impossible to maintain long term.  At some point most folks need to find a balance between eating things they enjoy and things that are low(er) in calories (because the tastiest foods are high in calories) ((this is purposefully engineered by the food industry that is in business to make money off you eating/buying more of it)).  Eventually when this will power wanes many people go to a binge on all the foods they've been avoiding.  So, being able to eat the foods you crave in moderation is an important part, as well as accepting the fact that foods lower in calories can still taste good, but won't taste as good as junk food (like comparing an apple to a cookie). 


So, my take home point is to find a strategy that you can follow long term that allows you to occasionally eat the foods you enjoy while using the majority of the time to eat the foods that will hep you maintain a healthy body composition.  This is all about coming up with a long term apporoach to eating versus "dieting".

06/15/2018 - 7:09am I would simply focus on…

I would simply focus on improving your food choices and getting enough variety.  I like the 90/10.  If you follow sound nutrition 90% of the time, you can pretty much eat whatever you want the other 10% of the time without having a negative impact on health, performance, or body composition.  So, 90% of the time I would focus on eating regularly spaced out meals every 3-4 hours with each meal containing a whole food protein source like lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, low/non fat dairy, nuts, or legumes.  Then, I would focus on consuming mostly whole grains and try and get a variety (think lots of different colors) of fruits and veggies (frozen or fresh are both fine), and drink plenty of water.  If you do this you will likely get most of the vitamins you need, adequate fiber, enough protein, and the sort of carbs that will keep your blood sugar and energy levels fairly consistent throughout the day.

06/14/2018 - 7:49pm Out of curiosity are you…

Out of curiosity are you using a keto approach because you want to or just being supportive of your wife and getting healthier?


There are a lot of dieting strategies out there from keto, intermittent fasting, carb backloading, tracking macros & calories with various counters, using portion sizes ala Precision Nutrition templates, etc.  They all work by simple thermodynamics.  They are using different strategies with the same goal in mind of reducing calorie intake.  I would just caution you that although keto can be effective there is no magic to cutting carbs and it is not superior to any other strategy that involves the same amount of calories that include any combination of carbs, proteins, and fats.  This is supported by research and if you want some I'd be happy to provide you some.  The reason cutting carbs is so effective because it's a lot easier to over consume calories from carbohydrates than protein or fats because they are not as filling and foods high in carbohydrates tend to be higher in calories.  But, if you want to keep your carbs and find other ways to cut calories don't feel like you have to cut carbs in particular.  If for example if you are active, play sports, or like to workout cutting carbs all together can be challenging.  If it works for you that's great.  It can be effective.  I however, would never want to cut carbs completely and think there are much easier ways to create a caloric deficit. 


You have to ask yourself if you can follow this approach long term.  If you plan on only doing this "diet" for a period of time, then go back to the way you were eating before, I would not recommend that strategy for you.  All the research says not only will you gain all the weight back, you'll likely gain some extra pounds than you had before you started dieting.  Instead you want to find a long term sustainable approach to how you eat rather than a short term diet.  if you can't see yourself doing it long term your results will likely be short lived.



06/14/2018 - 7:00am This problem goes back…

This problem goes back further than this.  And, while of course wins and development help recruiting, the problem was more than recruiting & development.  There are plenty of schools that got better o-lines than UM with less recruiting stars and less heralded coaches.  So, there's also a fair bit of either bad luck and/or poor identification of talent.  However, a look at the offer sheets of these players would say it's more bad luck.  Guys like Dawson, Kugler, Kalis, LTT, Bosch were scouted fine because other big time programs wanted them.  So, there's gotta bit quite a bit of bad luck.  Statistics would say if you get the '13 haul every year you'll be just fine and their particular outcomes were the outlier.  But, we should be much better with the recruiting and coaching we have at the present by simply having a larger sample size over time and the numbers should eventually bear that out.  Also, coaching stability will help

06/11/2018 - 11:30am If that isn't a future coach…

If that isn't a future coach I don't know who is.  He is very mature and understands the big picture very well...very unselfish.  And, FWIW he looks like he's about 25 years old.  What a great kid.

06/08/2018 - 12:54pm I don't think either DM or…

I don't think either DM or BP will fare well until our o-line gets better at pass pro.  Shea has the ability to make more plays outside of the pocket and use his feet.  DM is better than that than BP I'd assume, but I have seen him take any live snaps yet under the heat of college defenses, so time will tell.  But, with our current o-line I have a hard time believe either of them will fare better than average and BP in particular.  Hopefully by 2019 (assuming we don't lose Bredeson) we should quite a bit of experience and above average pass blocking and really good run blocking.

06/07/2018 - 5:54pm Let's talk after the season…

Let's talk after the season. I feel like UMs stock will go up and PSUs Wii go down.

06/06/2018 - 8:52pm Can we no longer go to our…

Can we no longer go to our account in order to find previous posts?  That was a convenient way to see if anyone replied to your comment.  Is that no longer a thing?

06/06/2018 - 5:06pm Is it just me or does the…

Is it just me or does the back button for web browsers not return you to the previous mgoblog page? I seem to have to reopen blog posts each time from the top toolbar.