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11/04/2018 - 9:25pm I'm glad Harbaugh mentioned…

I'm glad Harbaugh mentioned Ben Mason. If I wasn't so lazy I'd try to clip out the kickoffs, and he might have been doing this all year, but several kickoffs featured #42 being trailed by several white jerseys who kept bouncing off him...

04/25/2018 - 3:43pm All great advice - I'd vote

All great advice - I'd vote for Grand Canyon as well, but I've done the 21 day trip on the river there (twice), and that experience is surreal...

02/04/2018 - 8:04am Replay on YouTube

https://youtu.be/UE4Ellfp22s

01/17/2018 - 9:57am The plays he would call...

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The plays he would call...

12/27/2017 - 9:35am This ^ - remember all those

This ^ - remember all those beautiful moments of Peppers blowing up wide receiver screens?  Gregg Williams has him playing so far back that you can't even see him on your teevee screen, so they no longer happen - when they drafted him they talked about his potential as a blitzer...if he's blitzed once this year I didn't see it...

I'm also a lifelong Browns fan, but I encourage my younger family members to find another team to root for...

rs

 

12/07/2017 - 9:53am I am guessing that Coach

I am guessing that Coach Edwards hasn’t contacted him because he is waiting for the draft so he can pick his roster...

12/04/2017 - 9:52am Agreed on the wear-and-tear

Agreed on the wear-and-tear comment. I don't know if Ty Wheatley's attitudes towards running back by committee (RBs only have so many carries/hits to the body, don't burn them all in college) was the mode with running back coaches before Wheatley, but in my mind it's nigh on criminal to run someone as many times as BC did,,,he averaged almost 30 carries a game over the last six games...

And I'm glad for him too, but hope he gets a chance to make money in the pros...

08/06/2017 - 7:46pm Yes to GLOW...

Yes to GLOW...

08/03/2017 - 10:06pm Seconded

and the vernal falls trail is cool too - anyone who's not feeling the hike to the top can hang out at the bridge.

06/14/2017 - 3:23pm Johnny Greenwood of

Johnny Greenwood of radiohead. The opening riff to electioneering is insane. And if we are talking about bass we can't forget Bootsie Collins, who, like Bo in football, has forgotten more about laying down bass lines than other people know.

05/17/2017 - 3:29pm I hobnob with goober

I hobnob with goober smoochers.  Duh.

04/24/2017 - 10:35am Yes

I have taught in Rome a few times, so I can speak to bringing students there.  Rome is a fun town for young folks (as is Florence), with lots of energy and great music and cool clubs. I will bet that they have a blast, and maybe learn a thing or two...

 

04/20/2017 - 9:15pm Great stories, great thread

Great stories, great thread idea...

I can't tell all of the stories about this guy, because they pile on so fast that they seem impossible, but I can tell two...

He was a systems programmer, which, no disrespect intended, breeds some true weirdness. I'm the new nerd, so folks lined up to watch the manager introduce me to him. 

I walk around the corner of the cube wall, ready to stick out my hand in the traditional form of male greeting. He has his shoes and socks off, digging beneath his toes with a screwdriver, wiping the shit that comes out on his pants. 

He sticks out his hand. What do I do?  I shake it, and plan the most pain-free way of ridding myself of the obviously now diseased appendage as quickly as possible.

About a week later, I walk to the print room to get my latest botched attempt at writing a master file update. He's standing there, peeking over the cube wall, into a room full of young, female data entry clerks. He's snorting like a bull (after ducking behind the wall), and clearly enjoying himself. On my way back from the print room, I see him do a final snort, run into the bathroom, and emerge looking very happy ten minutes later.

He did lots of other stuff, and I eventually transferred to a different branch, so I have no idea what becomes of him. I only hope that there is a bullpen of data entry clerks and newbs wanting to shake hands wherever he is now...

12/31/2016 - 8:17am Agreed

The talent difference was clear. The coaching difference was also clear - if Hoke or Rodriguez get this far then this game turns into an ugly blowout.

Remember when tOSU and MSU fans were comparing Hoke's and Harbaugh's first seasons and saying the same thing was going to happen? It didn't...

10/16/2016 - 10:01am Agreed -I also think that

Agreed -I also think that Michigan will be more successful with four man rushes, because of better coverage downfield and the fact that Michigan's d-line will not bounce off of Barrett like Wisconsin's did.

I am not as concerned about the Death Star as I was before this game. The fact that I am no longer concerned concerns me.

08/28/2016 - 4:11pm The head coach needs to clap

The head coach needs to clap more.

08/14/2016 - 3:28pm What else?

08/05/2016 - 9:43am RIP - he really tied the

RIP - he really tied the movie together...

I'll show myself out...

 

08/01/2016 - 12:51pm How any observers can watch

How any observers can watch this stuff and think that Harbaugh might want to go back to the NFL is a bit of a head-scratcher...

03/07/2016 - 11:39am "it's a bold strategy, Cotton

"it's a bold strategy, Cotton - let's see if it pays off for 'em"

01/25/2016 - 10:19pm Hard to not like this,

Hard to not like this, although I wish I could find a better version...link is here in case the embed doesn't work 

01/25/2016 - 5:24pm Thanks for this!  Interesting

Thanks for this!  Interesting how this coaching staff tells recruits (and even commits) to enjoy the recruiting process...big difference from previous staff, clearly...

01/23/2016 - 11:12am There was a timeout to call

There was a timeout to call that play.

Teske has good hands, good sense of the game, and looked like a college big handling the ball (i.e. he could dribble more than once).  His conditioning, timing on defense, and strength and aggressiveness felt like weaknesses, although I liked the fact that Medina played man so he couldn't just sit in the middle of a zone and had to close out on shooters and do the high hedge on ball screens.

Medina is clearly well-coached (as was Solon), and Teske runs the offense, which had some in the stands grumbling about how he should dominate. For instance, he passed out of a double-team three consecutive times to open three-point shooters, who made all three.  I can see the complaining about not dominating (I think Solon's tallest player was 6-4), but I also liked how comfortable he was passing to an open teammate.  At the end of the game, when Solon needed a basket to tie  they threw the ball to him (a well-executed post move for a dunk tied the game). He then blocked a layup with 1.1 seconds left to get the chance at the last shot. 

I was more comfortable with where he's at than my friends who went to the game were, for what that's worth.

 

01/23/2016 - 10:17am I was at the game, and I will

I was at the game, and I will attest to how well the inbound pass was thrown as well. Great high school game...

12/28/2015 - 10:42am Why does white boy basketball

Why does white boy basketball assume no trash talking?  Larry Bird had the reputation as the biggest trash talker in the league...

12/12/2015 - 4:23pm Interesting that wide

Interesting that wide receiver is a position at which Michigan is getting lots of talent...I thought with Harbaugh's rep that that wouldn't happen, but the way that Chesson (and Darboh) have produced obviously caught some folks's attention.

I've said this before, but I love having a coaching staff that looks to exploit other teams's weaknesses rather than simply complain about being unable to execute.

12/11/2015 - 10:48pm And if it is a response to

And if it is a response to Harb...sorry, HARBAUGH recruiting New Jersey so well then it's nice to be on the side that's making the other guys react for once...

12/07/2015 - 9:25pm Agreed. After watching

Agreed. After watching McCaffrey run, the advantage of a quick guy who can see angles helps me understand why the coaches risked Peppers at tailback. 

Still not sure why Thomas Rawls couldn't get any run...and I'm now feeling a bit sorry that I made fun of Fred Jackson's comparisons for him...

11/29/2015 - 1:15pm I don't think we gave enough

I don't think we gave enough credit to Mario Ojemudia as a zone-read defender either...Michigan wouldn't have the game with him, but he's big enough, fast enough, and a good enough zone-reader to have made a difference (along with Glasgow, of course)...

11/28/2015 - 9:13am (No subject)

11/25/2015 - 11:13am The play calling has been a

The play calling has been a surprise, for its general inventiveness and the way that the coaches don't keep beating their heads against stacked boxes. 

I'm curious how this three-headed monster works, especially upon hearing the troubles that tOSU apparently had last week...

11/09/2015 - 7:45pm Agreed. It's amazing to me

Agreed. It's amazing to me the difference...he's still speaking coach speak, but he's clearly thinking about a thousand things a minute...

11/07/2015 - 7:43pm One of the things I love

One of the things I love about this coaching staff is little they care about proving something by running straight into a brick wall a dozen times. This group is always using plays to set up other plays, based on what they've seen in film and how they've seen the opponent come out during the current week. It's fun to be on the side that has the smart coaches...and players...

09/29/2015 - 9:57am The comments by Peppers, in

The comments by Peppers, in concert with the remarks posted elsewhere here by the BYU player, show the difference in coaching staffs...we can go on and on about execution, but this staff has figured out ways to prepare their players for what they'll face. The level of surprise that the players have in the ways that HARBAUGH and his staff prepare show that they didn't have this last year.

No wonder this team had no confidence last year. They were getting out-coached every week. 

It's good to be on the other side of the out-coached...

 

09/21/2015 - 6:20pm As someone who sat in on a Bo

As someone who sat in on a Bo press conference in the 1980s, I can neither confirm nor deny that he could clear out the room with a fart. I think he could fart on command. 

09/08/2015 - 4:48pm There are ways to do this for

There are ways to do this for football. Think engineering - a program takes a student five years to compete, as the student takes semesters off to work for a firm doing specific activities. I'm guessing that there are models that smart people can come up with here that involve no sanctimonious arguments on either side...

08/07/2015 - 7:22pm Lawyers, guns, money.

Lawyers, guns, money.

08/07/2015 - 6:00pm This is all fascinating to

This is all fascinating to me, and speaks to one of the things fueling my mancrush on HARBAUGH. He's taken the disciplinarian/pushpushpushpushpush style of Bo and updated it.  The coaches on here know way more about this than I do, but it seems as if this coaching staff has added the need for discipline and driving the team to be better but made that part of a larger effort to be a true team. It also feels as if these coaches (and they can speak to it, since so many of them played and/or coached in the NFL) are in an odd way sympathetic to what the players are going through, even as they push them past the point of being comfortable. It's a combination of this-is-what-it-takes and we-will-get-you-there-even-if-you-think-it-will-kill-you that seems fresh...

 

08/06/2015 - 9:28pm Holy cow - "Having all this

Holy cow - "Having all this extra stuff, audibles, all these extra signs we can do, it makes it a lot harder but you gotta learn it."

 

Audibles. Yes.

07/22/2015 - 1:56pm Moby Benedict is one of my

Moby Benedict is one of my all-time favorite humans. He was my boss when I reffed intramural sports at U-M, and was an amazing supporter and wonderful person.  

Thanks for this!

 

 

07/10/2015 - 10:44am Thanks as well. I

Thanks as well. I particularly like how Harbaugh didn't participate in the usual hey-you-kids-get-off-my-lawn schtick, that kids these days are selfish and unconcerned with anyone but themselves. The fact that he talks about Twitter as a good thing also made me very happy...

05/22/2015 - 12:53pm Rome. Andiamo, beetches...

Rome. Andiamo, beetches...

05/03/2015 - 7:11pm Was his inability to perform

Was his inability to perform at Michigan indicative of a bad fit with the coaching staff?

04/22/2015 - 9:18pm I am honored and proud to

I am honored and proud to hang out digitally with ya'll, a proud bunch of degenerates!

04/21/2015 - 3:14pm I'm glad Mr. Dunaway

I'm glad Mr. Dunaway understands the Intertoobz...and I love the comment from Ambry Thomas...sounds like any other seventeen year old trying to stay cool...

04/18/2015 - 11:24am This is an interesting to me.

This is an interesting to me. Despite the weirdness and the 'epitome of uncool' factor, Beilein gets sons and brothers of NBA folks to play for him. My guess is that those in the know realize what Beilein can do for someone's game. This pickup might also start to change the narrative that John Horford started, about being unable to work on his post game while playing in this offense.

I'm curious as well about the outpouring of confusion about Davis. I don't necessarily think that every move this staff makes is golden, but that's the point, right?  Roster attrition, injuries, unexpected development (MAAR, Dawkins are only the most recent examples) - these make roster management an art, not a science. 

Finally, I too would like to see less of the inability to rebound that we saw against UK last year (and Wisconsin this year). Beilein has identified a weakness and is trying to solve it. Will he get the Cauley-Steins of the world? No, because I don't think that Cauley-Stein (as an example) has enough of an offensive skill set to help Beilein's teams. However, the Jordan Morgans and Mitch McGarys of the world - big men who understand spacing and offensive roles - will be of enormous help, and getting one or two (even in the same class) might just take this team to the next level.

Beilein's taking a huge risk, which I'm assuming he knows much better than the rest of us. 

03/12/2015 - 12:36pm For those of us who are huge

For those of us who are huge fans it can be hard to understand this sort of action, but there are more than a few members of any football who play simply for the scholarship and opportunity. They don't necessarily love football, and they play as long as they need to.

 

02/17/2015 - 6:01pm This position is a no-brainer

This position is a no-brainer in the current landscape of college admissions. I'm a bit surprised that Brandon didn't do this, but then I'm guessing he didn't need to talk to the folks at admissions or retention because the brand was going to be so strong that no one would ever leave.

She looks like a great hire, and she will greatly help in the transition...and I agree, a Hello:  Mama G post would be marvelous...

 

01/28/2015 - 10:57pm Stealing a parking meter in

Stealing a parking meter in front of Markley.  I didn't do that of course...

 

01/27/2015 - 3:16pm He's generating more media

He's generating more media attention by not answering the questions than by answering them, even controversially...he's a media genius in my mind...