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09/16/2018 - 10:02am You probably heard. …

You probably heard.  Harbaugh agreed.  Bad decision, but the receiver needs to prevent interception.

09/16/2018 - 10:01am Me too.  And I can't email…

Me too.  And I can't email you either because (I guess) you have an automatic email linked to Gmail on Google.  So, here's hoping: MacBookPro Early 2013.  Safari.  Latest OS.  I don't comment much, but I would like to follow those that do.  

09/10/2018 - 4:57pm I don't believe in booing…

I don't believe in booing amateur athletes, but it's a bit rich to have the blogger condemn people for the game plan and then do the same himself.

 

09/09/2018 - 6:26pm I agree about the QBs.  As…

I agree about the QBs.  As far as the WM defense being bad?  How can someone disagree with that?  But it's worth saying that Shea was accurate and that would have translated against other teams if he had the same throws to make and that he did it early to help several drives.  As far as the OL, yeah, the jury is out.  They looked more organized than last year and (understandably imo) at ND, but they have a lot to prove and they can do it only against better teams.  

09/08/2018 - 7:04pm  

ND isn't looking very…

 

ND isn't looking very good against Ball State, but the broadcasters were right today that they offensive line had a lot of issues because it was first game and on the road, which puts a premium on experience for the tackles who have to make calls as the defense shifts because the center has ducked his head to make the snap.  I'm not saying the tackles are even average, but I'm holding the door open for the possibility.  As for as Quarterback, Shea is more of the real deal in game 2 than any QB since Ruddock at the end of his year.  

08/31/2018 - 11:20am Love it!  

Love it!  

08/28/2018 - 10:51am Respectfully Brian, you need…

Respectfully Brian, you need to get into some serious meditation or something.  It's just football.   I know it was an important part of your life and that you write about it, but that's all it is.  Football.

 If you really want to, you can go all zen about everything, but you don't have to.  Just go zen (or whatever) about football.  Once you realize that this too shall pass, then everything becomes clearer.

 Michigan football isn't perfect, but it can be a lot of fun.  Iowa's fabulous.  You can seek to change the corruption that plagues college football without bitterness and weather Urban Meyer and Joe Paterno, etc. with aplomb.  You can write about the joy of football again.   My two cents fwiw.  Don't worry, nobody listens to me , not even my dog. ;-)

 

08/23/2018 - 9:00pm The NCAA is not the primary…

The NCAA is not the primary cause of these behaviors.  It's members--colleges--are, and the primary purpose of the NCAA is to ensure that the colleges make a lot of money off of student-athletes.  They do so by organizing championships and by allowing colleges to assert that they are not running professional basketball and football programs that exploit their workers.  Michigan is good.  It graduates its athletes at a very high rate.  It takes care of them well physically and helps them get into the pros, etc., but let's not forget that if the players were represented by a union, they would make a lot more or that RR was known to go around the state and say that he would sell his wife (I'm being polite) for a 6 foot 5 inch QB who could run and pass.

08/23/2018 - 8:49pm Add to it that the main…

Add to it that the main source of profit--good players--have no representation and don't receive a share in the profits.  That's a recipe for hypocrisy and disaster. And I haven't even mentioned race.

08/08/2018 - 5:54pm Not to dis anyone, but if we…

Not to dis anyone, but if we have to rely on a high school guy saying that he liked Milton (70 yard arm) as a deep thrower than Patterson then we're not going to survive 3 more weeks.  Time to send in the covert action teams to plant bugs and cameras.  

08/07/2018 - 2:09pm I agree with the thesis that…

I agree with the thesis that Meyer should have known, but, after that, this is classic yellow journalism (in a bad way) by someone with obvious biases.  The writer loses all credibility with me when he accuses the State Bar of Ohio of acting unethically based on a report in a newspaper story that the OSU bar was examining a claim that the attorney who reported the tattoo story had violated attorney-client privilege.  That's the bar's job.  Did the bar find that the attorney had violated attorney-client privilege? No.  Did the attorney complain about the bar investigating?  No.  He knows it was the bar's job.

We don't know the full Meyer story yet, but he admits he knew and claimed that he reported it.  At the moment, we have two (two too many imho) claims of wife abuse.  Meyer and his wife counseled the abuser, who denies the second incident at lest.  I don't believe denials in these types of situations without extraordinary proof, so I imagine the the full story will be very ugly.  But we don't know yet.

Nor do we know MSU.  That was a sex criminal doctor with a sex criminal boss in women's gymnastics.  It involves people believing a doctor, but what does that have to do with big money football? At the moment, nothing, although that may change. 

When a story makes one feel self-righteous and attacks people that you dislike for any reason, it's time to put on the critical thinking glasses to make sure that there's something there.  

Again, I'm sorry.  I agree with the thesis.  I believe the wife.  But this blog post would not, imo, receive a good grade in a journalism class.

 

 

08/04/2018 - 10:00am I agree that it was Urban…

I agree that it was Urban Meyer's duty to know and also note that he has now admitted he did know,  I further note that this is a fan blog, and, therefore, different standards apply.  But this is a serious subject, and different standards apply to it than to the normal topics of a fan blog.  

This particular blog did not meet them.  It was a self-righteous tirade that discussed PSU and MSU first and as much or more than OSU.  It ignored obvious differences between PSU and MSU and the situation at OSU (at least as we currently understand them; the facts are developing).  It jumped to conclusions about what OSU will do.  

It also indulged in conspiracy theory: does the author really believe that Ohio bar is controlled by unthinking OSU fanatics?  There was a complaint filed by the owner of the tattoo shop. It was the LEGAL DUTY of the Ohio bar to investigate it.

Sorry, but please do better in the future.  

 

 

07/05/2018 - 2:10pm Darius Morris was much…

Darius Morris was much taller and a better passer (at the moment) than Z and not nearly as good defensively, but the main thing to remember is that Morris and Morgan were part of an average team (21-14).  We expect & hope for more now.  

I thought this article was going to be something different, but, imho, for Z to improve the team he needs to develop a reliable catch and shoot jumper.  Preferably from 3 pt. land.  

The other thing that he can improve is his offensive PG play.  He improved tremendously over the year, but he faces new challenges this year without Wagner and Rakhman to help him and lots of freshmen-rarely used players to integrate into the offense.

 I'm figuring that this latter (PG skills) might be the easier of the two opportunities for him to capitalize on, but I would never count him out on either one as he is a tremendously hard worker.  

06/25/2018 - 4:58pm Yes, I wonder too.  There…

Yes, I wonder too.  There are two relatively objective ways to  test whether the recruiting services are doing a good job.  One is to see how star ratings correlate to being drafted by the pros.  The second is to see how their college teams do.  By both standards, every recruit from Alabama should get at least 4 stars, and, lo and behold, they almost always do once they sign with Alabama.  I would say do away with star ratings because they don't mean very much and are often misleading, but I know some people love to compare star ratings.  No harm there.  But it's not for me.  This site has the best reviews of prospects, but if even it can't get good data. . . .

06/25/2018 - 4:56pm Yes, I wonder too.  There…

Yes, I wonder too.  There are two, relatively objective ways to  test whether the recruiting services are doing a good job.  One is to see how star ratings correlate to being drafted by the pros.  The second is to see how their college teams are do.  By both standards, every recruit from Alabama should get at least 4 stars, and, lo and behold, they almost always do once they sign with Alabama.  I would say do away with star ratings because they don't mean very much and are often misleading, but I know some people love to compare star ratings.  No harm there.  But it's not for me.  This site has the best reviews of prospects, but if even it can't get good data. . . .

05/30/2018 - 7:20am Close

Matthews form has improved greatly, but he doesn't stay square to the basket too often.  He kinda of floats, usually to the left.  This is correctable, although I don't know whether he will ever be a great shooter.

 If he has solid assurances, however, that he will be drafted, then it makes all the sense in the world.  I have read that there is often guarantied money for early second round choices now.  If he doesn't have, then I think it's a more problematic decsion.    While he can concentrate on basketball as a pro (and get paid!), there are a lot of pressures-distractions that can make development difficult even if he isn't studying.  He is also unlikely to get the careful development that Beilein and the coaches give, I would guess based solely on the fact that  undrafted players rarely make it to the NBA. 

Whatever decision he makes, I hope it works out for him.  He seems a hardworking, decent, intelligent young man who deserves the best.

 

 

05/24/2018 - 2:43pm Excellent write up

Thanks for the excellent write up.  I take away something slightly different: no one in the press knows for sure how he will perform at the college level because he didn't stand out at the H.S. level.  Can he?  Apparently Brown thinks he has a chance, and, as you note, he's found his share of winning football players in prospects that the press think are meh.  Welcome Mr. Faustin!  May all your dreams come true

05/07/2018 - 8:15pm Your point?

Of course they're going to be filled with hyperbole.  This is a fan site after all, but Patterson looks better than any QB in the last 2 years except for glimpses from Speight.  Reason for optimism! 

05/07/2018 - 12:53pm This is a recurring issue

The lack of African-Americans, other minorities, and women in many movies about historical events is a recurring issue because the oppression of the time place these people in less visible roles as a rule.   Hollywood or any author then faces the question of how to deal with this?  Do you have color blind castig, that is, cast characters without regard to race?  Sometimest that works well as with Shakespeare.  Sometimes though, it minimizes the racism that African-Americans faced and might distract an audience that knows about segregation.  I'm not sure that would have been the case in SPR, but it might have been on Spielberg's mind.

    Another choice is for the writers to work harder and find ways to integrate the cast in a way that was historically accurate.  If I were the writer, I beleive it would have been compelling for them to contrast Nazism's racism with the racism that African-Americans faced, and I'm also sure that they're were Afrcian-American heroes on the  beach.   SPR was narrowly focused on the experiences of a small unit, but I believe it could and should have been done.

There were African-American units that served with valor and disticntion (I know of none that didn't).  Tuskegee Airmen, of course, but also the Black Panthers tank unit that Patton reluctantly used in the Battle of the Bulge. 

05/07/2018 - 12:39pm Yes

Yes, and it wasn't just the segregated areas, although it was worse there.  Becoming a "boy" again after risking your life and limb for your county was galling and infuriating.  It took courage, self-discipline, and faith not to fight back violently.  America owes African-American soldiers a great debt for what  they accomplished both overseas and at home.

05/07/2018 - 12:31pm Exactly

Exactly right!  Softball is pitching and defense and Michigan has both thanks to the amazing frosh Beaubien!.  It has a chance to make Oklahoma City.   Go Blue! 

04/18/2018 - 1:53pm I enjoy

Thanks!  I enjoy these write-ups becasue they give something to read in the dead season and are intelligent.  As acknowledged, this evaluation is based on the flimsiest of flimsiest of evidence.   At 6 foot 5 inches at age 16--if I understand correctly--he may not be done growing in height, weight, etc.  I'd be interested in his arm lengths when it becomes available.  Both physical and football skills, including quickness and footspeed,  can be improved greatly through hard work, discipline, and good coaching in unbelievable ways, especially if you are "coming from nowhere."  The fact that Yale offered him a scholarship gives some hope that he as these latter characteristics. Welcome young man!  

04/18/2018 - 1:24pm unlikely

So, he needed a chance and he's got one.  Odds are is that he'll leave, but I don't think it has anything to do with gettting an inside look at the program.  Not that he'll shut his eyes and mouth.

04/13/2018 - 7:54am Wagner returning

Wagner returning would seem to depend on other factors than the NBA draft, I am guessing.  He's not going to make a splash in the NBA draft from all that I read.   He could go to Europe and make a lot of money though so he might enter this draft and see what happens before heading to Europe.  Or he just might stay and finish his degree if he hasn't already.  Seems like his family if full of professional non-basketball players who would value a degree highly.   Just speculating.

04/11/2018 - 3:33pm Pay Players

The answer to some of these problems is to openly pay players so that they have a reasonable choice entering schools and whether to stay of leave.  The other is not allowing high schoolers to enter the draft, and, if they don't sign a pro or agent contract, enter school.  For obvious reasons, both are needed.  Maybe that would work, but there are no easy answers.

It can be argued that the Duke and Kentucky players knew what they were getting into.   It can also be argued that Truval could have stayed and gotten an education.  Both are fair points in a way, but these are high school players who have had only one dream: play in the NBA and very little reality-testing.

 I'm hoping that Truval considers transferring somewhere or learns how to shoot the lights out this spring or in his first year.   The predictions for where he will be drafted range from late first to the second, with the second round being from more credible sources.

 

04/04/2018 - 5:09pm The Problem

I love Z.   He took his game to new, unexpected levels by playing awesome on-ball defense and being a decent offensive point guard.  He should start next year until someone can sit him  down--very unlikely.

     But the problem with the offensive statistics you quote from HS is that they're absolutely meaningless now.   We've seen how he shoots. He shoots below 33% on stationnary, set-shot, wide-open, 3 point shoots.  Worse on the FT line.   He has inconsistent form on both.  Some of this may be from exhaustion, but some of it is him not being a good shooter at the moment.

 Can he overcome it this summer>  I'll be rooting for him to do so.  He'll certainly work his you-know-what-off, but projecting next year based on HS statistics is not justifiable.

 It's more likely that Matthews becomes a little more consistent on 3 pts and at the FT line.  I't's much more likely that Poole takes a big leap.  Who knows about Brooks?  Remmeber, he was  a freshmen, and a decent backup would help Z too.  Without Wagner, they'll need more offensive threats.

03/25/2018 - 7:51pm Boren was right

It's RR who deserves the blame.  Boren leaving Michigan because your coach is a potty-mouth and lacks some Michigan values (academics and see recent news) appears to be pretty smart in retrospect to me.  RR wasn't all bad, but he wasn't all that good on or off the field.

03/25/2018 - 7:50pm Boren was right

It's RR who deserves the blame.  Boren leaving Michigan because your coach is a potty-mouth and lacks some Michigan values (academics and see recent news) appears to be pretty smart in retrospect to me.  RR wasn't all bad, but he wasn't all that good on or off the field.

03/14/2018 - 5:32pm Pick-and-Role

Sure, although the pick-and-role with Teske didn't show up until recently and has more to do with him learning to take the ball to the basket with authority than anything else.  NOT detracting from Z.

03/14/2018 - 5:30pm It's a team . . .

Thanks for a great right up, and I think Z is the most critical player.  Not because he's receiving most of the hype now for everything good about this team (rightly so), but becasue there isn't an easy replacement.  I would disagree that all Z-MAAR-Mo must all play great games to beat the best.  All of them had slower games in the B10 tourney, and they survived.  Matthews, Robinson, Poole, and Teske can play.  Finally, scheming so that Robinson's defensive limitations are limited is proof of both Y's scheming and teaching ability, not something to downgrade Y.

03/14/2018 - 5:30pm It's a team . . .

Thanks for a great right up, and I think Z is the most critical player.  Not because he's receiving most of the hype now for everything good about this team (rightly so), but becasue there isn't an easy replacement.  I would disagree that all Z-MAAR-Mo must all play great games to beat the best.  All of them had slower games in the B10 tourney, and they survived.  Matthews, Robinson, Poole, and Teske can play.  Finally, scheming so that Robinson's defensive limitations are limited is proof of both Y's scheming and teaching ability, not something to downgrade Y.

03/14/2018 - 5:30pm It's a team . . .

Thanks for a great right up, and I think Z is the most critical player.  Not because he's receiving most of the hype now for everything good about this team (rightly so), but becasue there isn't an easy replacement.  I would disagree that all Z-MAAR-Mo must all play great games to beat the best.  All of them had slower games in the B10 tourney, and they survived.  Matthews, Robinson, Poole, and Teske can play.  Finally, scheming so that Robinson's defensive limitations are limited is proof of both Y's scheming and teaching ability, not something to downgrade Y.

03/05/2018 - 1:14pm Mo can't

Wagner can't guard the 4 except in very unusual circumstances.  He can't guard the 5 all that well, but he's gotten better and become a good defensive rebounder.

02/22/2018 - 7:24pm Thanks

Great job!  I'm glad that Beilein has found somebody(ies) who can scheme defensively, and, of course, way to go Duncan!   Now if he can stay hot, there's a reasonable chance of making the sweet 16.  Who would have thunk?

02/15/2018 - 4:01pm Ceiling

He needs time to process and develop counters to what he is seeing and experiencing.  That'll probably happen over the summer to the degree that it will happen in college.  How big a jump he will make is impossible to know, but he seems like a player who scored based on athleticism and size only in high school and now has to learns necessary skills to score against players who are more his athletic and size equals.  I don't think he is a GRIII type of player because he has different skills and doesn't shoot the 3 very well.  If he hangs out in a corner, he'll just be ignored completely.  

02/12/2018 - 8:50pm A slump or a regression to his average?

Matthews hit some set-shot 3s this year that he missed last year, and now he's shooting like last year.  It's not possible to know how to view his 3 pt shooting exceot that set shots don't take you very far anymore.  More likely to be permanent is his increasing ability to finish around the rim against opposition despite being quite small and a poor jumper (for a major college player).  His vision and passing in the half-court are better too. 

02/12/2018 - 8:39pm I would it's very likely that

I would it's very likely that Matthews would be back next year unless he's willing to play overseas or D league.    There was s reason he didn't play very much at all Kentucky besides the two dudes in front of him. His offensive game was based on elite athleticism and little else.

     To get drafted and stick, he needs to continue to develop his offensive game in almost all ways except finiishing on the fast break and perhaps offensive rebounding.  The list is long: a better shooter through improving at the little and not-so-little things,  handler and distributer, decision-maker, driver (body control in half court), etc.   He's adequate in all these areas for a college player except decision-making and consistency where he is well below average for a player who handles the ball as much as he does.  I believe he will improve dramatically in some or all of these things, but he needs time and work.   Still, imagine this team without him offensively.  We'd be outside the tounrament without a question. 

02/07/2018 - 3:02pm Wow!

Wow! For three knowledgeable and sophisticated evaluatiors, they lost me when they started complaining about how low the rankings were.  They had just demonstrated numerous times why rankings are intereting and not irrational, they are deeply flawed.  Then one of them goes on to say that clases like this means Michigan will never beat OSU.  Hmm, somebody unmentionable does on a regular basis.   I realize M aspires to more than a sophisticated defensive system and a bad weather to beat OSU, but a few all pros have emerged from you know where too despite their rankings.  Be realistic but not disapppointed.   Let's wait two more years before calling out the dogs.

01/26/2018 - 8:21pm Tragedy and Crime

MSU athletics stayed in the last century on the issue of sexual harassment and crime by having the athletic deparment apparently handle these matters when athletes were involved.   Not every incident will prove to be unreasonable let alone criminal on the part of the department-administration, but too many will.   What were they thinking?  Not much apparently and young people surffered.

01/15/2018 - 4:19pm Thanks!

Thanks!  This is what I love about MGoBlog.  Somebody will do the hard work and let you know the facts.  What is most interesting to me was that Izzo had some mediocre and down recruiting years. I would think a fully examination of his player development skills requires a broader perspective.  Developing them into human beings (Scott Skiles!) has been more difficult!  ;-) 

 

11/14/2017 - 8:46pm QB was close to dumpster

Hoke-Madison recruited defense well.  On offense, however, Michigan had trouble all over the place, especially at QB.  The real problem with the OL was not talent--it had some--but development.

 At QB, however, none of them panned out.  You may say Shane Morris had talent.  Perhaps.  William Speight was serviceable last year except when he got hurt, but he was young too.  So maybe it was development there too, but there was always trouble recruiting on the offense, especially after it became obvious that Michigan couldn't develop its players.  Maybe a one or two good recruits according to the rating services (for all that's worth).  That's not enough.

 It's hard to evaluate how well a team recruits over an entire class because it depends on so much, and rating services react to who's recruiting a player.  Still, Alabama recruits well and has dominated for a decade.  MSU has not done particularly well by rating services, but they continue to compete because Dantonio can recognized unrecognized talent and develop it.  Both say something important.  

11/13/2017 - 12:02pm Difficult 2 weeks coming up

Nice Write up!  Everytime a game like this happens, people worry whether it's Bo or Saban or somebody else. That's the way it is. 

Marylnad came well-prepared on defense and, on offense, they gave another QB a chance.  He produced some and self-destructive some.  Are the opponents figuring out Don Brown's defensive schemes some.  Sure, why not.  Coaches are paid to be smart, but I think it's more of a growth issue on the part of a young defense and the fact that there's two teams on the field  trying to win.

The run offense?  OSU and Wisconsin will (85% probability) substantially slow  the Michigan run game unless Peters and the offense can develop a passing game that forces them not to do so.  My guess is that almost nothing (95%) that the passing game does will force Wisconsin to change its defense.  Too little time.  Too little pregame belief by Wisconsin that Michigan passing game can make it happen.  After Maryland, I have some hope that Peters (assuming he starts) can do so.  

Go Blue!

 

11/09/2017 - 6:24pm Read the article

One game does not a superhero make.  If Hudson does it this weekend against scatbacks,then the storyline changes for the blogger. Having said that, we want our writers to be Meeechigan homers without any objective at all, right?  Go Blue!

11/05/2017 - 7:30am Peters

Peters looks liket the real deal except he seems tentative some times as if he is trying to put too much touch on it.  That should work itself out, and Ruiz was great in general.  Getting pulled after a major pass pro mistake is a signal to the whole OL.  We need to protect the QB because we only have so many! :-)  Go Blue!

11/04/2017 - 5:59pm Better be scoring at 1.20 per possession

The only player I've read about or seen (in very limited) clips who can hold their own defensively are Matthews and MAAR.  Z works hard and stays on the ball, but I can't see that being enough with his size unless he  can score from outside and generally becomes the next Nate Archibald.  If Simmons or the really young, youngser learns the system, then Z sits against the good teams more than he plays.
        This game is not meaningless for players because it's experience and, for the younger players, competition, but the team will look very, very different in B10 play or we're not dancing I fear. I root for Ibi because he took all that flack last year.  Cheeze.  Go Blue!

10/31/2017 - 8:46am Yes, today, at that moment

Yes, he was concerned about Angelique.  She wrote a book about him I believe.  This was Harbaugh at his most personable.  Still a bunch of coach speak and competitive I'm not going to say anything to hurt the team, but personable.  

10/30/2017 - 4:24pm Hope

Peters gives hope of a better future at Michigan again.  No more, but no less either.   Wish O'Korn could have come through for his sake, but there's more than a little wierdness going on.  A 5th year senior drops two center exchanges?   Maybe if he were a freshman you could live with that, but not a 5th year senior.  As far as why did he keep starting?  Peters couldn't win the job during practice and was untested during games.  Every head coach concerned about this year would keep favor the senior in that situation.

 

 

10/30/2017 - 7:58am Sure

Sure, Peters is almost certainly not the savior this year.  Why go on about it?   We all know it.  One game does not a career make.

 But watching  a RS Freshman struggle is different from watching a 5th year senior struggle.  The RS Freshman has a chance to grow for the next three years.

 As far as actual performance, what stood out to me was that Peters tried to throw more balls with touch, that is, less zip.  His throw to Evans on the wheel route was a 6/10, but it was a touch pass.  I don't remember OK or Speight for that matter, attempting many of those throws.  

Go Blue!!

10/30/2017 - 7:42am Yes, life is strange

Yes, you are right, life is strange.  OK plays better when he doesn't have to think.  His best plays were almost always when he was on the run.   Peters showed some of that too, but he would stand in there, and he had a soft touch on some easy throws.   Sooner or later, however,  the M coaches are going to need to find a way to hit 20-25 yard plays consistently unless the run game is completley dominant.   A few fly and post routes that are good for more would help.  The opposing team is jumping  some of the short passes.  Go Blue!! 

 

10/28/2017 - 8:44pm Humor & blogging

Read Anthony Broome at Maize 'n Brew.  He says it all, and he says it with humor, something that is sometime lacking on blogs.   I can't add anything more to what's been said so far on this blog except to quote someone whose name I can't remember:  if people think that a multi-million dollar (or any) coach will trust an untested, redshirt freshmen over a test junior (Speight) or senior (OK) without a clear difference on the practice field, they have an unrealistic view of how coaching works.  Now its Peters or bust, I think, and I am optimistic, especially for next year!  Go Blue!!!