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11/11/2017 - 4:51pm Refs

Can these refs do the Game? First time I've ever seen neutral or pro-Michigan refs.

09/23/2017 - 6:03pm Seriously, we need to bring

Seriously, we need to bring back Jedd Fisch and pay him anything he wants. The difference is night and day

09/23/2017 - 5:53pm Fire Pep Hamilton! Seriously,

Fire Pep Hamilton! Seriously, this is crap. Every 3rd down has been 3 guys running levels. Where's the creativity? Every play is vanilla garbage. Inside zone is the only play that's getting anything consistently. 

07/25/2017 - 12:47pm You don't hear this stuff

You don't hear this stuff about rugby because there is *no* coverage here about the faults of rugby. People keep saying to take away the helmets because concussions and CTE don't happen in Rugby or Soccer, but they do, and it's quite serious. It's quite clear, though, that the CTE researchers (especially at BU) have no interest in testing brain samples from other sports because it doesn't fit their agenda.

See: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/depression-continues-to-…http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/opinion/89765211/duncan-garner-tackling-th…http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/10739111/One-in-four-football…. , http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3264739/Rugby-dangerous-not-d… .

The coverage surrounding CTE and football is no doubt because football is a large target and it's a juicy target for controversy. One of the best ways to get attention as a journalist or a researcher is to pick a fight with a holy national institution - and to be honest, they've succeeded. People are very familiar with the worst possible outcome of CTE. But for every sensationalized headline, it just feels cheap. CTE is a serious issue, but we're doing ourselves a disservice by automatically associating it with football and football only. We don't even have a set of statistically convincing data to associate CTE with sub-concussive hits at the pee-wee through high school levels. You know, we could say that we should pull our kids out of these contact sports (soccer, football, hockey, baseball, basketball, rugby, etc) but until they get to the semi-pro level, we might be taking away the benefits they would get from participation in sports: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4532417/

07/25/2017 - 12:20pm This is true, the headline

This is true, the headline should read "99% of 202 ex-NFL players with severe mental issues were diagnosed with CTE"

Not only that, but the median age of death for those with mild CTE was 44 years while median age of death for those with severe CTE was 71 years. So what, does CTE extend your life by 30 whole years? Obviously that's a ridiculous statement, so I would really doubt the power that this data set has. What it does do, undeniably, is demonstrate that for the low percentage of individuals with psychologial issues, there is a link between their trauma and pychological state.

But keep in mind and this is very back of the envelope stuff, this study is over a period of 2 years and sampled players who died between the ages of 35-79. This means that these individuals would have played in the NFL anywhere from 1960 to 2014 - given that the total number of NFL players in any given year is 1696, and if every player was different every single year that would give us 91584 players (obviously there are players who stay multiple years, so lets cut that down to 20000 unique players and some would have died for other causes so let's say 10,000). So out of those 10000, 202 were shown to have severe psychological issues. Obviously there are more that wouldn't have been able to participate in the study so lets bump that number up to 500. There are no statistics as to how many football players died in that same timeframe without psychological issues so we can't do a direct comparison, but even with those crappy numbers, CTE is found in a mere 2-5% of NFL players. 

Supposedly their brain bank included those with military service and domestic violence victims, so it would seem that those would present interesting groups to study, if nothing else but to compare if CTE is a result of football.

It does piss me off that this study has no control group - I mean how does this bullshit even get on to JAMA other than because they know they'll get reads and the article will be talked about and misconstrued?

09/22/2016 - 5:27pm It might be that the coaches

It might be that the coaches planned for things they saw on film only for the opponent to break those tendencies. It doesn't make sense for technique to vary so wildly but consistent with everyone on the field if it wasn't done on purpose. 

09/02/2016 - 9:40am Boston? Preferably not Tavern

Boston? Preferably not Tavern in the Square Porter or McGreevy's

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01/20/2016 - 12:34pm That and rain... You would

That and rain... You would think that a little drizzle wouldn't affect the residents coastal city like Boston, but everything comes to a standstill if there's a couple drops of water falling from the sky.

01/01/2016 - 6:47pm Shoulda been 1.) Clemson 2.)

Shoulda been 1.) Clemson 2.) Bama 3.) Ohio State 4.) Stanford

11/21/2015 - 5:16pm I don't think running the

I don't think running the ball was the game plan at all. We had to keep them honest with a couple vanilla runs, but this game was always going through Rudock and the air. Opponents are going to keep playing like we have a 70/30 run/pass split when Harbaugh's gunning for 70/30 pass to run.

In that respect, this game was successful.

05/05/2015 - 9:34pm Wtf have you heard of

Wtf have you heard of graduate school? If you have aspirations of medical school, law school, business school, engineering and the sciences, vet school, education, social work, etc etc, community college is simply not an option

05/01/2015 - 9:54am WD

Do you actually feel that you were a driving force for hiring Harbaugh? Not antagonistic, just curious

04/30/2015 - 3:47pm I don't know.. if Morris can

I don't know.. if Morris can keep calm in the pocket and actually survey the field (both mental things, mind you), he can be quite good.. especially with that arm strength. I think it's going to be neck and neck, but Rudock starts at Utah and Morris relieves him later on in the season.

04/30/2015 - 2:48pm Boston proper here! Good to

Boston proper here! Good to see another MA MGoBlog reader.

04/27/2015 - 10:37pm Get ready for a dong punch of

Get ready for a dong punch of epic proportions :))

04/24/2015 - 7:46pm Disgusting, putrid people.

Disgusting, putrid people. America is the one of the few countries in the world where people of all religions, ethnic backgrounds, and personal preferences can live in relative freedom. To disrespect the flag and a veteran is one the most utterly low acts any person in this country can do. I hope they learn to appreciate the freedom and opportunity they were given by this beautiful country.

12/08/2014 - 9:56am Don't forget about

Don't forget about play-action from under center which generally makes the defense bite extra hard on something that isn't going anywhere, leaving a deep route wide open for a touchdown or requiring safeties to stop.

12/07/2014 - 5:08pm Wow. The machine is

Wow. The machine is activating.

12/07/2014 - 1:52pm I honestly am quite happy

I honestly am quite happy that Ohio State made it in.

Now they can get trucksticked by Alabama and we can all take great pleasure in their 62-7 loss or whatever it will be.

12/07/2014 - 1:49pm In your case, asquared =

In your case, asquared = arrogance squared

11/17/2014 - 5:57pm The point is not that he

The point is not that he deserves better than this... He definitely deserves everything that happened.

The point is that it is sad that he had a chance to escape the miserable spiral of doom and waste of life in bad neighborhoods and was about to be honored for it... and now he is brought back down to the depths from where he tried to elevate himself.

In essence, his actions were a result of his terrible past and tragically, he never finally escaped its clutches.

11/15/2014 - 12:33pm This is a ridiculous

This is a ridiculous statement. "Manball" is not incompatible with dual threat quarterbacks. MANBALL implies a power scheme and you can totally run a spread offense using Manball. The problem comes with how crappy the 2nd QB option is... We've had no development at the QB position for 4 years now and losing our only mediocre at best QB would cripple us.

11/09/2014 - 7:44pm The spread offense meme needs

The spread offense meme needs to die. Any adequate pro-style OC would know how to integrate read and package elements a la Seattle and San Fran while still utilizing the tendency-based advantages to which pro style lends itself.

11/08/2014 - 6:49pm Possibly the worst game I

Possibly the worst game I have ever watched. Offensive line looks good though.

10/29/2014 - 11:11am Freebirds doesn't hold a

Freebirds doesn't hold a candle to the chipotle. Fresh cooked food is wayyy better than canned and frozen food

10/25/2014 - 12:52pm There's always a chance, and

There's always a chance, and more so when there's absolutely nothing left to lose. I hope the coaches/players don't see this as Big Bad Michigan vs. lesser team which is how they've seen the last 9 games or so. If we have that scrappy, chip on the shoulder mentality, then we just probably could see Paul Bunyan back home.

10/24/2014 - 8:14pm *Hyman
.. not.. the other

*Hyman

.. not.. the other thing.

10/24/2014 - 1:42pm Yeah that's not gonna happen.

Yeah that's not gonna happen. Good try though

10/23/2014 - 11:22am Realize who the best players

Realize who the best players at every position are, for once. Don't throw any interceptions and don't fumble the ball. Put 11 players on the field for special teams. Learn what a time out is good for. Play as a team. 

Basic stuff.

10/22/2014 - 10:52am Agganis is great! Really big,

Agganis is great! Really big, modern concourse, can get really loud.

Hopefully there is some info about a Michigan section here as I'm trying to go also.

As for nearby bars, there's a very Ashley's like bar nearby called Sunset Bar and Grill (on Brighton Ave past Packard's Corner) with a huge selection of local beers on tap. Don't confuse it for Sunset cantina, which is closer to Agganis but is a margarita bar or something.

10/21/2014 - 5:27pm This is why I love MGoBlog

This is why I love MGoBlog

10/18/2014 - 9:41pm SEC well... Is actually that

SEC well... Is actually that good. Colley matrix rankings are basically the same and SOS is higher for the SEC basically across the board. It's definitely true that every team is beatable in certain situations but the way it's played out, SEC deserves 4/ top 5

10/18/2014 - 9:15pm It was neutralized by

It was neutralized by holding. Good no call

10/16/2014 - 5:58pm What if we actually win the

What if we actually win the MSU game...? If we've got peppers Lewis and Taylor healthy we might be able to hold their offense pretty well.

10/12/2014 - 11:37am Play calling is competent.

Play calling is competent. What's not there is focus... One guy messes up on nearly every play on offense and defense and we get blown out. Focus and drive is what's lacking

10/04/2014 - 2:22pm Rutgers has some serious

Rutgers has some serious problems if they don't win by at least 28. I'm guessing all of those points will come off turnovers, though. I don't see us scoring any TDs in this game because unlike Minnesota Rutgers actually has some studs on defense and on offense too.

10/03/2014 - 3:06pm 2009 MSU and OSU I will

2009 MSU and OSU I will agree. Tate really played his heart out in those games. I'd say Denard single-handedly won the 2012 MSU slugfest. But very very sporadic.

10/03/2014 - 3:04pm No I'm saying that the

No I'm saying that the players constantly say "the fans don't matter"... But the fans do matter and they should fuel the players fire. There has really been no fuel most of the past 7 years.

10/03/2014 - 2:51pm I love my alma mater but the

I love my alma mater but the program is trapped in a cycle of poor results because the fans attack the football team because of poor results. I have accepted this. I will feel involved again for two things: 1) only when the fans stop taking things for granted and stop equating being Michigan with second = last. 2) I want to see the players on the field actually playing *for* their/my school... I want to see a Novak aneurysm of leadership. I haven't seen the players give a shit about the school and play hard since the 2007 capital one bowl (and maybe Wisco 2008). Once these 2 things happen, I'll be back all in.

09/30/2014 - 12:28pm That's definitely not going

That's definitely not going to happen whatever the outcome

09/30/2014 - 11:42am Hate to say it but Schlissel

Hate to say it but Schlissel most likely doesn't give a rats ass about what's going on... It's worth a shot though

09/27/2014 - 1:05pm Sparty is impressive. Their

Sparty is impressive. Their players play with fire and intensity. They want to win no matter who the opponent is and should be able to run the table given their schedule... Although they won't get into the playoff due to their loss at Autzen.

09/27/2014 - 12:40pm That is a rivalry game ya

That is a rivalry game ya know. Not an official trophy game but it's been chippy the last 7 years between em. NU for some reason always has Penn State's number

09/26/2014 - 12:27pm Michigan won't win because

Michigan won't win because we're a team that doesn't know how to win yet. Minny 10, good guys 6.

09/25/2014 - 3:35pm I don't think there is any

I don't think there is any technique coaching going on in any practice ever. How else do you explain the wide variety in decision making and improvisation going out there? I also don't think our OL is bad. I think the core issue is that Gardner can't throw a slant or a curl and so teams don't have a fear of blitzing the shit out of everything.

09/15/2014 - 10:25am If you want to make some easy

If you want to make some easy money, bet against EVERY Big 10 team except Wisconsin that has a spread... Illionis will get stomped because they always do no matter the opponent, Mizzou will roll Indiana if you compare last week's performances, Pitt is actually not that bad this year -they killed BC- and Iowa is bad, Syracuse played pretty well this past weekend and Maryland makes way too many mistakes, I doubt MSU will score 45 points on EMU's defense, Nebraska is a paper tiger and Miami will exploit their weak run defense, and UMass played Vanderbilt close this last week, so I don't see Penn State dominating by 28 points.

I don't see us pulling out a win against the spread against Utah, either.. definitely not by a touchdown. We'll probably still outgain them by 200 yards but end up winning 24-23 or something like that.

09/12/2014 - 10:52am You never bet money on your

You never bet money on your team. Rule #20 of gambling.

09/11/2014 - 6:47pm Yet, we weren't. We outgained

Yet, we weren't. We outgained ND and ran for 4 YPC against a good defense. We held them to 47 yards on the ground. For once we were playing a team that didn't make ANY mistakes.. And the 5+ mental mistakes were the difference. Not scheme, not talent.. But simply not being able to play perfect football against an opponent that was perfect

09/11/2014 - 5:14pm No it's not the same thing.

No it's not the same thing. Michigan has not been a good team since 2007. We were Denard for a couple years, but aside from that we have been awful at at least one thing every year. 2008 - awful offense 2009 - awful defense 2010 - awful defense 2011 - awful offense mitigated by denard 2012 - awful offense less mitigated by denard 2013 - awful offense.

Guess what. We weren't awful at any one thing in the ND game. In fact we were good at everything but couldn't put the pieces together. We are ND ca. 2013. They simply have a better team than we're used to seeing this year because they took that mental leap forward.

As far as the eye test goes, this really didn't feel as bad as MSU 2010, MSU 2011, MSU 2013, ND 2012, OSU and Miss St. 2010 (that was basically a high school team out there), and VT 2011. In each of these games, we looked like a crappy team that resorts to gimmicks and heave and prays. Now we actually have a D1 team... If there's bumps in the road, so be it, but if we put it all together, we could potentially be spanking the buckeyes in Columbus come Nov. 26th

09/11/2014 - 4:17pm Dude he's a center one on one

Dude he's a center one on one against a massive fast behemoth Sheldon day.. At least have Gardner 3/4 seconds while doing it