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05/03/2018 - 10:37pm prayers for a speedy recovery

I'm a lurker, but this deserves an actual post. prayers for a speedy recovery and productive rehabilitation

05/25/2016 - 2:47pm Couple of pointers from my experience

This is from my experience from being hired at my current position about 3.5 years ago in a completeley different field...caveats apply.

1. If you were contacted by a 3rd party recruiter your prospective firm hired, it is possible that his commission is based off of your starting salary.  If that's the case, let him negotiate salary on your behalf--you're not the "bad guy".  If not, my professions' 2015 salary survey just came out and it reflects what the other posters say--changing professions netted 10-15%.  If you're reasonable, generally the worst they will say is "we can't do that" and will more likely counter.  If the counter is acceptable to you, accept it--don't be greedy. If it's not, one more counter would probably be ok...if they counter something unacceptable, walk away

2.  You can negotiate other, smaller things. Do you have membership dues in a professional organization? Are there educational meetings the company could pay for you to attend? Do you need specific equipment? 

3. Research, research, research to "calculate" your worth and don't sell yourself short.  

06/04/2015 - 12:34pm multiple addresses for 2 books

Seth, In Brian's email, he said to email you (he provided a link) if we purchased two books but wanted them sent to two different addresses.  I sent the information to you, but should I still fill out the form?

07/15/2014 - 1:21pm God bless

God bless you and your family in this tough time. I'm not sure how you were able to write what you did, but it was incredible.

So is the support from the MGoFamily. Its incredible how so many random people from around the world can come together and offer such heartfelt and personal condolences, with in some cases, only Michigan sports in common.

Two more reasons to love this blog

04/06/2014 - 12:29am I actually saw improvement on the oline

I'm not sure why everyone saw the same oline. I saw at least some marked improvement. The inside zone actually got linemen to the second level. Even though they struggled at times to get push, zone blocking doesn't always require it, as long as blocks are sustained long enough to get the next guy to the second level or clog up enough defenders to allow the cutback. I saw several 3-5 yard gains bw3cause of that. there were far more intermediate runs than last year

03/27/2014 - 2:38pm I tend to agree. But the point is that many

I tend to agree. But the point is that many arguments are being made about this being a bad idea because of said fallout. The board can't rule on that. If a spade is a spade, you can't call it something else because it may change the game we're playing. We'll have to sort the wash later.

for the record, I generally can't stand unions because of what I've seen them do to my family in the automotive industry, but that's not the point here. we're just talking about how to define d1 football players . They now have the choice to organize at their own peril/benefit

03/27/2014 - 1:32pm This ruiling isn't really about Unions

Many negative comments on the ruiling are mistakenly directed by how one feels about unions. I.e. "They're okaying a union and ot will ruin college football because..." No, this ruiling simply defines the players as employees and so now MANY laws regarding employees are now applicable. The students have only been told that they fall under the definition that allows them to unionize. ..if they choose. So really, if you're hacked off about the idea of a union screwing up college sports, you're hacked off at a bunch of kids that think a union is in their own best interest.

02/01/2014 - 2:52pm i lied

two time second team all SEC and ME grad

02/01/2014 - 2:50pm Jonathan Goff at Vandy

Jonathan Goff was an all-American and 4.0 Academic All American LB and EE major for the Dores when I was in grad school there. I think he wad drafted by the Giants. doable if you've got the stones.

10/08/2013 - 12:59pm YPC baseline

Seth, the YPC baseline seems skewed because of Gardner scrambles. I think we should look at this from the perspective of how much MANBALL helped our running backs. as much as Gardner running around and doing stuff is an asset, we really don't went him to get an arm/leg/head shanked off. Did the Minnesota gameplan help the running backs get yards? I think that's the important question

09/10/2013 - 12:29pm 75 can be eligible

75 can be eligible by formation and if its declared to the officials that that number is eligible. the officials inform the other team

09/08/2013 - 12:49am It fits a multiple threat guy

Tom Harmon was like a sextuple threat. We don't live in that era anymore, but Gardner is about as close as we have. He throws, runs, blocks (!), and has some TD receptions to his name. I like it. Plus it probably hacks off the NCAA since he is a QB.
and the OP made a great point about people learning about harmon. I didn't know much, so after the game, I read a lot about him...even had my wife look at a couple pictures so she could tell me if he really was that attractive...

08/24/2013 - 10:23pm Agreed, but sarcastic criticism here changes

Agreed, but sarcastic criticism here changes nothing, except further the opinion that fruitless petty criticism on the boards is your MO. If you had a more balanced approach instead of cruising the boards looking for something to criticize, we may find your comments less annoying. I don't mind criticism, but when I see your name, thats all I ever see

08/24/2013 - 10:09pm Good project for you

Why don't you jump right on that? Seems right up your alley, since it involves being negative and critical. Why don't you start your own free site so you can do it "right"?

08/02/2013 - 7:15pm news*

typing on a tablet sucks sometimes

08/02/2013 - 7:14pm well played, well played

And that's why these blogs are so superior to the main new sources

06/27/2013 - 10:46am Anniversary buddies!

Our fourth too!

06/25/2013 - 1:09pm it's a joke

it's a joke. lighten up. Humor is one of the best assets of this site.

06/04/2013 - 11:37pm Rounded up and just a few orders of magnitude off.

Rounded up and just a few orders of magnitude off. but seriously; this is why I love this site: nerdome meets incredible football knowledge.

06/04/2013 - 12:43pm Planck's Constant?

How could you forget? Especially after the quantum mechanics associated with dilithium

04/15/2012 - 5:18pm Defending Denard catch-22

If this is indeed true--and I think it will be--Denard will be the ultimate catch-22 for defenses.  He will hurt them running, but more importantly, he will hurt them because he could run.  The MSUs and Va Tech's of the world will put 9 in the box, but Al and Denard will be able to counter that with quick hitting throws Denard will actually understand.  The defenses drop back to counter that, but can't play a completley base defense because Denard could run. 

MGoBlog has harped on--and rightly so--constraint plays for years.  A Denard that understands and can correctly implement a sophisticated passing scheme creates a constraint out of every QB sweep and zone read.  They will run it not just because they will be effective, but to remind defenses that they can.  Meanwhile, Gallon and Roundtree--and Fitz running--will comfortably rack up yards because QB iso will no longer have to be bread-and-butter.  Nevertheless, defenses will have to respect it and therefore give Fitz one more step or Roundtree and Gallon one-on-one coverage.

Too bad we have four months to wait... 

04/15/2012 - 4:29pm Some things we may have learned from both the game and Al

They are really, really happy with Denard.  If they weren't, Denard plays more than two series.  We also got some quantitative data out of Al of why they're happy with him: he cut his picks by four times.  Just think about that: if he cuts his picks this season by as much as he did in the spring, he throws less than 4 interceptions the enitre year!  

Based on hints that Al dropped about depth and such, I wouldn't put much stock in Burzynski playing with the ones.  I feel like they were playing a lot of the guys on the line in a "what if" scenario because the depth is so shallow on the line.  What if a guard goes down?  The backups have no game-ish experience.  That was the concept of playing Russ and Devin so much.

Given the playing time of Russ yesterday, his actual play, and Al's comments about him and Devin, I really do think we will see Gardner at receiver some this year.  I think they are comfortable with Bellomy being the #2 if Gardner was to be injured playing receiver.

I was so dissapointed when Jack threw that pick...He's always been my hero, walk-on QB and physics major...I have two physics degrees and was a walk-on QB for my intramural flag team....

12/08/2011 - 9:29am Man, you beat me to it.  I

Man, you beat me to it.  I was going to say something about uniting sci-fi and fantasy nerdom with football.  In fairness, Brian has long ago proved this by doing UFRs; what fan breaks down football plays with such detail without a little arm-chair tactician in him?  This post made me want to revisit Babylon 5 on Netflix.  And the creepy thing?  Delany does look like a plausible Centauri.

11/30/2011 - 2:56pm Hoke is not Carr or RR (wow, I'm a genius)

I totally agree that Hoke/Borges offense adaptdability is also where Brian was wrong.  RR treated the spread like Carr treated 3 yards and a cloud of dust (2008 Capital One Bowl aside); they stuck with it even if it wasn't working well.  Ironically, Hoke is different where Carr and RR were similar; he allows his coordinators to adapt to the personell.  After all, he's just a Defensive Line coach...

11/30/2011 - 12:46pm Hoke is not Carr

Though Brian's January predictions have proven true, his total 180 on his opinion of the future stems around one main thing: in January, Brian thought Hoke was going to be simply another Carr, with his conservative play calling and stoic, boring media appearances.  In a couple recent posts, he has flat out stated that he was wrong.  Hoke is not Carr.  In comparison with Carr, he is a gambler; not in the vein of a Myles who's got two nines and calls, but like a person who seems like he reads the Mathlete and makes educated, smart "gambles".  On this Blog, those are called "statistics" and "expected points."  Where Carr would punt on 4th and 2 from the 40, Hoke keeps Denard's helmet on.  Where Carr would kick a field goal, Hoke pulls a guard and a tackle and has a skinny, white holder run off tackle for the first down to the one.  Carr's gambles were running the standard, once-a-year-for-twenty-years-from-the-same-formation trans-continentals to Navarre.  Hoke's is points look better than 20 yards in field position.  Mattison and Borges have a lot to do with that (and Brandon getting the $$ to secure them).  Without a defense, going for it isn't as many expected points.  Without an offense, there's no confidence to get the first down.  

But equaly important is the coordinator's (and Hoke's) press conferences that consistently endear them to the football technicality lovers on this blog.  I LOVE to read the transcripts of the coaches explaining what happened and using football terms to matter-of-factly explain why something didn't work.  And the "bubble screens?" retort from Borges was amazing.  If Rodriguez and his coordinators would have had press conferences like these, where even when they're not coaching a team to victories they're winning over fans with their simple desire to talk football, he may have still been around.

After this season, I'm glad he's not.*

*I read Three and Out and felt bad for the guy.  I feel like he still could have been succesful if given a fair shot, but I'm glad that chapter (or book...ha) is behind us.

11/30/2011 - 12:17pm Caps

Does THE KNOWLEDGE ever get tired of hitting shift?  He probably gets yelled at by the mods on MMOs.

08/01/2011 - 1:36pm Excited for Trek and Denard

Man I can't wait for the new season to start.  And the new Trek movie.  I guess until Sept. 3rd, I'll just have to read MGoBlog and dig my copy of Star Trek out of the DVD collection. 

06/14/2011 - 9:46am Good post

My favorite part:  "It totally depends on whether you saw doom coming (Brian) or didn't (the rest of us)"

Brian is rather doomy.  Do the rest of you check up on him and make sure his head isn't between his knees and rocking back and forth?  

In all seriousness, the contrast between all of the writers is what makes this a great site.

09/23/2010 - 4:10pm Read-option

I flew up to the game from Nashville and commented to my brother that Denard made a terrible read on the play he "may have read wrong" from above.  He read it terribly.  The DE was sitting high just waiting for him and he should have handed off.  

But that's the beauty of Denard: even great quarterbacks miss-read a play, but even if he does, Denard has the ability to make something of it, like that 20 yard scamper.   What's even better is that he hasn't miss-read many plays at all!  That means he can "make something of it" already 5 yards down the field.  Take someone who can consistently turn his mistakes into positive gains add to it a person who hasn't made many mistakes plus dilithium and you get DENARDED.....