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12/05/2017 - 11:04am basketball and rules

There's a good (old) essay called the Heresy of Zone Defense by art critic Dave Hickey. He basically uses the NBA to illustrate how some rules liberate and other rules bind and constrict. He's talking about the old Dr. J era, but it mostly still holds true. The basektball related part gets translated to the art world. 

It's worthwhile if you're fan of basketball or art or just reading. It''ll take about 5 minutes. Take it or leave it.

https://thomascummins.com/the-heresy-of-zone-defense/

 

11/25/2017 - 10:55am Backup

If Michigan is in the game into the second half and O'Korn gets injured, would they /should they burn McCaffrey's redshirt if he gives them the best chance?

10/31/2017 - 11:58am AP!

It says he's gonna be just like Adrian Peterson!!!

(it does not say that)

05/21/2017 - 1:35pm 3 books

Just finished:
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Really enjoyed it.

Currently:
The Building edited by Jose Araguez. Short essays (like 2-3 pages) on specific buildings. Good so far.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. Really good, brutal so far. Picked up in big bend which is kinda where it takes place.

03/04/2017 - 12:41pm You're doing it wrong

You're doing it wrong

02/08/2017 - 12:29pm yep

intergalactic high character guys at that.

02/08/2017 - 12:28pm and

what comes after the fall? more pride? or just more fall?

01/30/2017 - 8:58pm multiples

It's a lot of guys in one class, but there are ways to create separation that open windows for WR's. Some of these guys will redshirt which allows the staff to focus on elite guys instead of filling numbers. Some of these guys have the physical tools to enter the draft early ir they maximize their potential. Between those two factors and the ball skills Hawkins showed on film this year, it could make sense to keep at WR until a need emerges elsewhere.

01/20/2017 - 1:43pm ?

Did anyone at the NCAA ask the student athletes for their thoughts on these trips?

01/09/2017 - 12:56am Yeah

All those puns about Peppercorny

01/04/2017 - 12:07pm Wait

I thought only registered and attending composite 4 star athletes got the Belk's card...

01/02/2017 - 3:10pm And then...

Keith Richards would smoke the cockroaches.

11/06/2016 - 1:52pm hmm....

There seems to be no correlation between on field play and the shifting of positions in this poll...

10/29/2016 - 6:25pm Re: pass rush

Wouldn't bring this up otherwise, but in terms of lack of pass rush, it seemed at some point on the second half the refs basically stopped calling even blatant holding on their OL. Saw Taco literally get tackled out there. This may have been more of a factor tan lack of heart or effort. 

10/23/2016 - 9:48pm no no no

You're thinking of Emo Benjamin.

Eno Benjamin is the high school running back who is really into experimental ambient, somewhat electronic music and sound effects. He collaborates with that guy from the Talking Heads on stuff. Totally different guy. 

10/13/2016 - 3:00pm NCAA

I'm sure the NCAA will happily scoff at your video evidence of someone being injured. They prefer magic 8-ball's and bingo hoppers when it comes to time to make real decisions.

10/13/2016 - 9:57am Depth

Hard to say. Even a talented guy with potential would have a hard time getting meaningful snaps with this 2 deep. 

We're bringing Rashan Gary off the bench at the moment...

10/03/2016 - 4:00pm Speight

While it's early, and the jury is still out on Speight long term, we're starting to see evidence that he's the kind of guy who doesn't freak out and wilt in big moments. The touchdown pass to Darboh last weekend was spot on, and last year against Minnesota he stepped into a tough position and made some nice throws after a shaky start. No one should slap the "clutch" label on him just yet, but there are reasons to be optimistic.

Continued improvement will probably be necessary to beat teams like Ohio State. Hopefully he is on the Rudock trajectory...

10/02/2016 - 12:11pm Thanks

appreciate it.

09/30/2016 - 1:58pm So fresh

So clean

09/29/2016 - 7:40pm well...

I don't know who Janet, Chrissy, and Larry are, but I've got friends and that's a fact. 

Like Agnes, Agatha, Germaine, and Jack.

09/27/2016 - 11:55am so....

...we should expect 3 more years of bonus eligibility for him, right?

08/23/2016 - 4:03pm hmmm....

I think we have to beat MSU and OSU before we can worry about whether they play other teams and whether they beat those teams or don't beat those teams....

05/10/2016 - 2:15pm hmmm...

You're right. We should probably stop thinking critically about all things until the different dimensions things is possible. 

04/29/2016 - 3:05pm Telling

I give it zero fakes out of five

04/28/2016 - 11:31pm To quote laramy

I'd have to say yeah

04/28/2016 - 11:35am the difference

While the offense the last couple years hasn't been what it was with Burke and Stauskas, it is sitll way more advanced than what Michigan ran under Amaker. JB's offense has pick and rolls, dives to the basket, and ways to draw the defense away from players to get them open. Execution hasn't been as strong, but there is a system in place to try and help generate open looks.

Amaker's offense was maddening. Literally, players would just swing the ball around the perimeter the majority of the time with no off the ball movement. There was very little cutting, they did nothing to move the defense, and that would be followed by a dependency on someone (Daniel Horton, Dion Harris) with a decent amount of talent trying to create a decent look out of desperation on almost every possession.

04/26/2016 - 7:21pm yeah, but...

the fact that many of those highly rated players didn't improve (some seemed to regress) under Amaker was the problem. That, and an offense that seemed to consist of passing the ball around the perimeter followed by one guy trying to get off a pull up jumper...

04/26/2016 - 7:01pm me too

Green Day - Dookie

04/11/2016 - 11:36am NCAA

The NCAA will put an end to this effective immediately.

04/05/2016 - 6:56pm hmmm....

If I'm Warde Manuel, I demand an apology and a correction promptly.

 

 

03/05/2016 - 7:55am Punctuation matters

"and never will I take full responsibility for me."

03/04/2016 - 12:20pm whoa

easy there with the blanket statements, clown.

03/02/2016 - 10:37am evidence

I went onto youtube to search for video of the incident, but I couldn't find the clip.

02/12/2016 - 12:13am No.

They have bigger plans. Dantonio will conduct spring practice in Andromeda to appease his recruiting base...

02/05/2016 - 9:35pm yes

His name is Khaleke Hudson.

02/05/2016 - 9:18pm han

same dude said, "Never tell me the odds."

01/28/2016 - 4:24pm what about...

...your own personal Jesus? Someone who can hear your prayers? someone who cares?

01/21/2016 - 4:23pm not necessearily

I don't think necessarily obvious that this was Harbaugh's plan going in. With judging one way or the other, it could be realistic that he thought the process would take longer and that the early commits were guys he wanted to build with early. The season exceeded most outsider expectations. Doing so may have opened up doors to recruits that seemed unrealistic to the staff originally. 

If the 2017 class is handled the same way, then you can say it's a pattern. To say otherwise is rushing to slap a label on something. We may see a very different and more selective strategy with the next class. 

01/20/2016 - 12:43pm no

Let's not pretend this is admirable.

Being less bad is not the same as being good...

01/18/2016 - 11:00am And

And the beauty is he doesn't even know it...

01/14/2016 - 9:14pm Umm....

Think this would actually make the bubble stronger.
Imagine 100,000+ yelling "Dwoooooooommm..." Every time he makes a play.
Oregon can keep their receiver with the fancy name if we get this guy...

12/15/2015 - 11:42am Hmmm...

Not Tom Brady?

11/13/2015 - 9:35am Woof as in: Someday I'll figure out how to embed. Here a link instead: https://youtu.be/dRa75_Hlr28
11/12/2015 - 11:44am hmm....

Is it time to resurrect the "MSU recruits intergalactically" meme???

10/27/2015 - 7:33pm options exist in the distribution

While no team is going to put up 100 3's per game, a sound offensive philosophy will skew towards getting as many high efficiency shots as possible. On every offensive possession, a team will have multiple opportunites to take a shot. Teams run their offense unitl they get a shot that they're happy with and take their chances with it.

Anyone will take a layup given the opportunity. An open 3 for a solid shooter is something most teams will live with in their distribution. Long 2's should fit into the "only if we can't get anything else" category. The higher percentage of quality looks, the better off you're going to be.

10/27/2015 - 1:55pm disagree

not saying Rip was incredibly inefficient, but "definition of efficiency" is probably overstating it a bit...

10/27/2015 - 1:52pm true

They matter, but guys like LaMarcus Aldridge are the exceptions that prove the rule. Very few players at any level can hit that shot with enough consistency to make it efficient. Even Aldridge has started spotting up from three more often in the last few years of his career.

10/27/2015 - 12:15pm hmmm...

Because mid-range two pointers are all the rage now?

I'd rather see him use his size at the hoop like he did against Duke a few years ago and knock down shots from beyond the arc.

RIp was fun to watch, but his game wasn't really all that efficient.

10/15/2015 - 12:29pm #EraOfParticipationTrophies

#EraOfParticipationTrophies