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01/21/2019 - 5:46pm Somehow, "The Sounds of…

Somehow, "The Sounds of Silence" just started playing in my head.

01/20/2019 - 10:54am Championship weekend is the…

Championship weekend is the best time to watch NFL football. You get two games in a row, adverse weather conditions, and generally exciting games between really really good teams, with all on the line. By comparison, the Super Bowl is generally a letdown, since it's been two weeks since the last game, and the pomp and ceremony of the game (plus commercials) are huge distraction from the football itself. 

The College Football Playoff has the right idea by doing the semifinals back-to-back. Maybe one day I'll get to actually enjoy it as a fan of football instead of angry and disillusioned coming off of a Michigan football disappointment.

01/18/2019 - 6:18pm Going 14-0 is obviously…

Going 14-0 is obviously better than going 7-7 through this stretch, however, I don't really care too much about the record. This will be fun, entertaining basketball for eight weeks. You can't ask for much more than that. February blowouts against Rutgers and Illinois of years past are dull; the improved quality of the Big Ten means every game, even the mismatches, are likely to be good to watch.

01/17/2019 - 7:17pm OP sets up a ridiculous…

OP sets up a ridiculous strawman. Literally no pitcher that has gone 4-13 has been more valuable than a 20 game winner, and no one would ever argue that. It's probably possible, theoretically, but both pitchers would have to be in the extremes in offensive support, in both directions. 

I wouldn't even say that wins suck as a stat, they're fine for certain purposes. However, the point of advanced stats and sports analytics is that there are many other stats which are better, and can and should be used for the intended purpose. 

01/16/2019 - 10:27pm Fair enough, I think I went…

Fair enough, I think I went a little too far in assuming that the people commenting on the board are random denizens of the internet (including myself), and I did not stop to consider how many are actually plugged in.

On the other hand, I still believe that each of those people you reference have blindspots which basically disqualify them from giving Manuel a fair grade. He has to juggle everyone's separate and conflicting sets of priorities. Just because Manuel did something to piss off one guy, doesn't mean his overall performance is bad. On top of that, we only see the publicly-facing things he does, and I expect the most important administrative stuff happens without anyone outside the AD knowing how or why.

I'd be interested in hearing more color from you to explain your grade, since it's borderline failing, and it seems to be an outlier among the grades given elsewhere in this thread.

01/16/2019 - 8:47pm It's impossible for the…

It's impossible for the board to have any reasonable grade of Manuel. We have no way of knowing everything his is doing, or is not doing, behind the scenes. The fact that the Faehn situation was handled poorly is a negative mark, though in my opinion the bigger problem is in the communication around the hiring, rather than the hire itself. Other than that, I cannot thing of any major issues with the AD, which is a good sign. 

01/16/2019 - 1:29pm So OU is going to have 3…

So OU is going to have 3 straight transfer QBs win the Heisman?

01/13/2019 - 2:55pm It looks like an easy pick…

It looks like an easy pick now but the Chargers were a sexy upset pick, I heard people talking about it all week. Undefeated on the road all season, better record than the Pats, etc. I agree though that next week should be tight. 

01/13/2019 - 2:51pm Is it really that critical…

Is it really that critical that we hire another highly effective recruiter? Gattis and Campanile are known to be strong recruiters, on top of the guys currently on staff who can do it well. We have survived with at least one dud recruiter on staff in the past (Drevno, Mac). While recruiting is a priority, obviously, I think we have the luxury of being able to hire a coach more for his on-field prowess than recruiting chops, based on the makeup of the rest of the staff. 

01/13/2019 - 2:37pm Looking ahead to next week,…

Looking ahead to next week, it should be a very interesting AFC champ game. Despite the Patriots' dominance of the AFC, they haven't won a road game to go to the Super Bowl since 05. In that time they've fallen to Peyton Manning teams in Indy and Denver. Is the KC home field advantage enough to mess with NE? Can Mahomes hold up to the pressure as essentially a rookie?

01/11/2019 - 5:28pm Texas Southern's coach for…

Texas Southern's coach for the last 6 years was Mike Davis, Bob Knight's successor at IU. He left for Detroit Mercy this season. I don't know how much he had to do with TSU's current schedule, but at Detroit he scheduled a bunch of road games to start the season - kinda what you have to do in order to get any games at a small school. The buy games are basically athletic department fundraisers.

01/11/2019 - 3:08pm Northern Illinois is the…

Northern Illinois is the wrong cupcake to schedule. We probably won't lose, but they are by far the strongest MAC team in the last decade. I predict an uncomfortably close game that everyone freaks out about; luckily, we get Rutgers the next week.

01/08/2019 - 6:34am Is it the end for OSU too?…

Is it the end for OSU too? Pls say yes 

01/07/2019 - 7:18pm I think the point is that…

I think the point is that you sign a NLI with the name of the school, not the coach on it. You should be committing to a place that you want to "play school" at and not just be infatuated with a particular coach or even group of coaches, since as we see, coaches come and go, and it seems the exception rather than the rule now that you will have the same coaches your entire career. Whether or not it plays out that way in the real world is a different story.

01/07/2019 - 3:53pm I agree that Notre Dame just…

I agree that Notre Dame just threw this together, but I think that’s because the NHL came in with the winter classic and Notre Dame said hey, we already have the ice on the football field, let’s do something else while it’s there. If you want the outdoor games to be successful, they have to be an EVENT the AD is committed to promoting, not just an afterthought. 

12/21/2018 - 1:50pm "...until we start winning…

"...until we start winning things again"

I mean yeah, that's what we're all staying for.

12/20/2018 - 11:30am I agree that the NHL draft…

I agree that the NHL draft model makes the most sense, especially for MLB and NBA, but I'm not sure it works for the NFL. I disagree with your assertion that the NFL would tell these guys to play in bowl games, and in fact I think the opposite would be true - the NFL team might encourage guys to leave even earlier to save them for the following season. We may be on the slippery slope now anyway, but I could see NFL-level guys starting to quit mid-season, once their own team is out of playoff/conference contention.

12/20/2018 - 11:22am Nobody yet has mentioned…

Nobody yet has mentioned what has changed on the NFL side.

For one, NFL salaries have skyrocketed, changing the risk-reward tradeoff of playing vs draft position. The NFL salary cap has gone from $34M in 1994 to $177M this year. In 1994, the top three picks signed contracts worth 14, 17, and 19M each, and by 2010 rookie contracts were up to 50M. Last year's top 3 all got $30M guaranteed, per the rookie wage scale. The players used to be gambling thousands; now they're risking millions.

Also, the NFL draft-scouting industrial complex has expanded, so the bowls are less of an opportunity for players to showcase for the league. There is already plenty of film and draft analysis, so much that one more game (for the big schools) isn't going to change the pre-draft opinion. 

12/13/2018 - 3:40pm It blows my mind that so…

It blows my mind that so many points were scored without the 3PT shot. It was 74-74 at halftime! And of course it went to 3OT. 

12/11/2018 - 12:19pm I don't think M would have…

I don't think M would have been relegated in 2008. They won two conference games; meanwhile, Indiana was 1-7 on a schedule that did not include Michigan or Ohio State.

12/07/2018 - 1:59pm I'm unsure if the ACC wants…

I'm unsure if the ACC wants WVU. They had a chance to get them when Maryland left for the B1G, but invited Louisville instead.

12/06/2018 - 4:33pm Mark Titus calling Iggy …

Mark Titus calling Iggy "Faux Wagner" has me rolling. I love the theory that he's just Mo in disguise.

12/06/2018 - 4:22pm The Dave Brandon postmortem…

The Dave Brandon postmortem took months. Brandon quit on Halloween, and I think "The Failure" came out on a random day in February or March. 

If Brian is working on something of that nature, I would expect it to take a few weeks at least. We should give him a break, he's coming off of football season, where he claims to work 80 hours a week. He has two kids. I expect something on Urban Meyer, but there is no reason for Dear Leader to rush it out. 

12/05/2018 - 1:04pm Do Purdue and Iowa put…

Do Purdue and Iowa put beating OSU on a spiritual level in their programs? No? Well then how did they win games the past two seasons?

The program culture thing we ascribe to MSU and OSU success is total BS, retconned to explain the unexplainable. Not only is it wrong, it's insulting to the players in the program who work unimaginably hard 365 days a year to play for Michigan. You're basically saying if they just thought a little bit harder about the rivals, wins would follow. It doesn't work that way.

12/05/2018 - 12:59pm All you have to do is follow…

All you have to do is follow Nate Silver's work (among many others) to realize that people are bad at thinking probabilistically. 

12/04/2018 - 4:57pm I defer to you since I know…

I defer to you since I know you actually played and I'm just a random guy on the internet, but I think "doesn't know Xs or Os" is an overly harsh characterization of the CEO-type coach. I'm sure that every head coach in the country knows Xs and Os on at least one side of the ball. But the CEO archetype delegates more authority over system implementation, playcalling, etc. than other head coaches. In my mind, it's a trade-off: if Harbaugh is QB coach and intimately involved in the offense, there are defensive and other responsibilities (recruiting? PR? other random stuff?) that are obviously less emphasized, in terms of his time/attention. If the HC can leave more to the OC/DC, then he can focus on different things.

I think coaches can and do change styles as they get older. I would think that keeping up with tactical developments in the game is difficult, and ultimately a long-tenured head coach would rather hire an innovative, younger guy to do that. Seems to me that's what Bob Stoops did (though as I go through his coaching tree, I notice a lot of OCs that went on to become HCs, but few DCs, so maybe I'm assuming too much). 

11/23/2018 - 4:13pm It's not gambling if you…

It's not gambling if you know you're gonna win, Comrade

11/19/2018 - 3:52pm Brian suggested it on the…

Brian suggested it on the podcast, and I've been thinking about it a lot: what if Harbaugh just blasted O'Neill publicly, by name? The Big Ten would fine him, probably a lot. But they couldn't possibly assign him to any more Michigan games, could they? After the badwill a public call-out would cause, I don't see how it would be fair to put his crew on a M game.

11/13/2018 - 10:40am People keep saying this, but…

People keep saying this, but I can't really believe it. In the scenario you describe, Alabama and Michigan will both be 12-1. Michigan will have 10 conference wins compared to Alabama's 8, plus a conference championship. Alabama's OOC wins are an FCS team, two mediocre Sun Belt teams, and a really bad Louisville team. Losses would be comparable, both to other playoff teams. 

Alabama may be the best team ever, but something as subjective as the "eye test" really can't override the resume comparison without causing an uproar.

11/08/2018 - 4:11pm Didn't read the article. Is…

Didn't read the article. Is the lack of cash really the problem? As other commenters have said, other schools do more with less. If Rutgers had any sort of football (or general athletics) tradition and support, they would have boosters willing to fund quality coaches to make up the difference.

In the long term, the money will even itself out. But I'm willing to bet that even after a decade of equal Big Ten money, Rutgers will have a 4-year rolling conference record that is significantly worse than Indiana and Maryland in the East, or Purdue and Illinois in the West. 

11/07/2018 - 12:25pm Tip for Haskins: get off the…

Tip for Haskins: get off the field before 10 a.m.

11/07/2018 - 8:08am When a player announces that…

When a player announces that they are leaving the team and transferring, are they generally allowed to complete the current semester? I would think yes but want to know if anyone knows for sure. And if they are allowed to do so, how many actually do finish off current classes? I would imagine some would think that it's not worth it to keep going this year and drop out.

11/06/2018 - 8:44pm The "Champions Classic" has…

The "Champions Classic" has 3 teams that have won national championships in this century, went to last year's Sweet 16, and are ranked in the top 4. And MSU, which gets included for...reasons.

11/06/2018 - 3:52pm "Slam" Francisco is GOAT…

"Slam" Francisco is GOAT basketball nickname

11/06/2018 - 2:08pm The Detroit Lions had a…

The Detroit Lions had a Sackenberg on Sunday, then

11/06/2018 - 12:10pm I often wonder who does. The…

I often wonder who does. The embarrassing state of our game threads is likely due to self-selection bias, as the only people posting are not watching live or on TV, drinking and enjoying with friends. Only the denizens in the dark recesses of the BPONE are alone on their computer and ready to post here during a game. I don't mean to cast aspersions on fellow mgoposters but, yeah that's exactly what I'm doing. If you feel bad enough about the team to go straight to UNACCEPTABLE after the first 3 and out, maybe you should try going outside for some fresh air and sunshine.

If you, reader, think I'm talking about you, I'm not. I'm only referring to the vast majority of other people posting on the game threads.

11/06/2018 - 10:09am A few more big games and he…

A few more big games and he could get invited to New York, and Bovada agrees. Tua's gonna win, of course, but I can't think of many other options to be the other invited nominees. Having a Harbaugh-coached QB as a finalist would be great for the publicity and recruiting. 

11/06/2018 - 7:15am I feel like we're beating a…

I feel like we're beating a dead horse on this. Yes, Brandstatter isn't great at play-by-play, we all know this and don't need to bring it up every month. He's also been around Michigan football for nearly 50 years and clearly loves the program. He's obviously not the long-term solution, so who cares? I hope the school is looking into a long-term radio announcer, someone who is young and passionate and can be the voice of the games for the next 30+ years. It's a big decision, no need to rush it.

Also, calling the radio broadcast "unlistenable" is hyperbolic BS. It's Michigan football, it happens one day a week for three months of the year. Are you really going to miss a game because the radio broadcast sucks? Come on. That's like saying pizza is "literally unedible." At the end of the day, it's still pizza, it cannot be that bad.

11/05/2018 - 10:35am Death penalty for hockey too…

Death penalty for hockey too, since that on-ice assault by Tropp and Conboy is still probably the worst thing I have ever seen happen during a college sporting event. Regent Cook won't forget that. FYS

11/03/2018 - 9:16pm The one sack should hardly…

The one sack should hardly count. It was right before halftime and Shea could have thrown it away but was clearly trying to get tackled so the clock would keep running. 

11/01/2018 - 3:16pm Temple got kicked out of the…

Temple got kicked out of the Big East in 2001. That was after about 10 years in the conference. So we need to wait at least 6 more years for the Big Ten to consider doing it, probably.

10/25/2018 - 3:16pm If Brohm leaves Purdue he is…

If Brohm leaves Purdue he is going to Louisville. Nowhere else, especially not Maryland.

10/25/2018 - 11:21am Murderwolf is on all sides…

Murderwolf is on all sides. Murderwolf is everywhere

10/25/2018 - 11:14am For the first second after…

For the first second after the snap, Belly moves like an inside zone read: The quarterback and running back get a mesh on, the tight end is kicking, the RT is threatening the next level, the RG is trying to get around the frontside DT, and the backside guard and tackle appear to be combo'ing the backside DT.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the center is unaccounted for in that paragraph. In the diagram I see, its the C/LG combo'ing the backside DT and the LT going to the second level. Also, I think I you edited the post while I was posting, since I distinctly remember the original post saying "the RT is kicking ass" instead of threatening the next level in the paragraph. 

10/25/2018 - 11:05am Sports Ilitch-Rated— Matt…

Sports Ilitch-Rated

— Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) October 25, 2018
10/24/2018 - 5:34pm Seth this is amazing I just…

Seth this is amazing I just have two minor quibbles: (1) The description of "Belly vs Even Front" doesn't match the graphic - shouldn't it be RT/RG are doubling the DT, and C/LG doubling the NT, and LT releasing? I could be wrong (credit to you guys, everything I know about football I learned on this here blog) but I that's not making sense to me as written. 

(2) Why are the Michigan plays presented upside-down, with offense on top of the LOS? It threw me for a loop when skimming through the pictures at first. 

Lastly, and this is me being very greedy, but do you have any examples of similar plays against the Michigan D? Interested to compare and contrast the MSU approach with Don Brown's response. Thanks!

10/24/2018 - 5:18pm They're not the only school…

They're not the only school that does this. In order to protect the school's brand and intellectual property, they have to make sure it's not being used illegally. It sounds like they are being reasonable in cooperating with Pinconning to resolve the situation. 

This is an old article that gives some background on what and why colleges have to do this. Interesting to note that Kansas State is apparently well-known for being liberal with licensing the Powercat logo to high schools that wish to use it, while others (like MSU) are way more strict about who they allow to borrow the logo. And I cannot bring up KSU's Powercat without saying that sideways it looks like a bird ventriloquist.

10/23/2018 - 1:53pm Scored 39 once and nobody…

Scored 39 once and nobody was happy about it

10/23/2018 - 12:49pm Obviously not the same, but…

Obviously not the same, but it strikes me that the Zach Smith situation was handled with the people that count. Meyer tried to keep it between the OSU AD and Ohio police. It wasn't until the media was aware that tangible change happened (first Smith's dismissal, then Meyer's suspension). I completely agree that some things get better when handled through the free press.

10/22/2018 - 2:14pm Didn't DPJ do a like 6 foot…

Didn't DPJ do a like 6 foot box jump? I think he probably squats a bit.

Also if you thought the OSU game was the Rondale Moore coming out party, you're not paying attention. He had like 2 touchdowns in the first quarter of the Northwestern game.

Also also, have you heard about someone like Jabrill Peppers? It wasn't that long ago that he was here. I heard he's pretty athletic.

I have more but it feels like piling on. This is not a good OP.