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05/07/2018 - 1:41pm FWIW, Vandy was better than

FWIW, Vandy was better than they felt this year, particularly on defense. Expectations were low coming into the year ("Derek Mason gets fired" low), and the Dores exceeded them thanks in large part to that D - though in the end the numbers didn't end up that pretty, anyway.

03/25/2018 - 3:50pm How is "Jordan Greenway" not

How is "Jordan Greenway" not a white running back for Iowa?

12/20/2017 - 12:46pm FWIW on Doyle

His teammate Cam Goode is as rock-solid to Virginia Tech as it gets (probably doesn't have any other realistic options at this point anyway), and doesn't intend to sign during the early period, either. It's just a weird thing with kids at that school - though I expect VT to try to lean on Goode to sign anyway, just no ceremony.

Of course, regardless of whether or not a kid intends to decommit after not signing in this early period, remaining on the market while a ton of schools now know their needs (or have new needs after losing a kid who signed with someone else, etc.) certainly opens wiggle-room if and when new suitors suddenly come calling.

11/29/2017 - 6:57pm The abortive FailJail swap

...for Ford Field has almost certainly cost Detroit an MLS team this time around. I would imagine they'll get that hammered out (with more time to deal with the beaurocracy) and be one of the selections in the next round of expansion.

It's a bummer; I was looking forward to the Detroit City douches being really upset. (Not so bummer-y because I'd like to see Nashville get one of the franchises, and they're probably going to).

11/16/2017 - 4:23pm Brian if it makes you feel any better

When I was charting the Virginia Tech game, there were broadcast angles on empty formations that showed zero of the receivers in the frame. The ACC Network (which consists of ESPN's F-minus personnel) is the worst of all television options. A completely Rick-free environment.

11/06/2017 - 1:08pm came for the football talk,

came for the football talk, stayed for the ripping on the worst board game ever created

10/17/2017 - 1:36pm Michigan didn't pass on

Michigan didn't pass on Terrance Davis. They got straight-up beaten for him (because he didn't want to go too far from home and his single mom - DeMatha is almost adjacent to Maryland's campus).

10/14/2017 - 12:40pm I do what I can

I do what I can

10/13/2017 - 10:18pm fyi you're commenting on a

fyi you're commenting on a post that is the answer to your question

10/13/2017 - 9:32pm I came to the comments for

I came to the comments for this specific point. He is not eligible since he's covered by the wide receiver. That is a missed call, and a very obvious one.

It's illegal touching, should have been a five yard penalty and loss of down.

08/08/2017 - 5:07pm I can tell you now that

I can tell you now that Michigan doesn't have an issue with the Belleville coaches being upset with them. Jim Harbaugh could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and he wouldn't have an issue with the Belleville coaches.

07/21/2017 - 12:33pm A funny Freeze slappy Twitter anecdote

Here's a story about when peak stupid on the internet was reached (I'm paraphrasing because trying to find a Twitter mention from a year ago is not worth the story, as long as I relay the gist of it):

At some point last Summer (oddly, after I was covering Virginia Tech, and when I certainly hadn't chimed in about the stupid Freeze-satellite camp imbroglio), some Ole Miss moron quote-tweeted Jim Harbaugh doing something with his kids - one must assume hanging out at Camp Michigania or something like that - and told me it was hypocritical.

I found this tweet to be time consuming and boring, yet educational. It was a little ridiculous to indulge "idiot with internet connection" with my interaction, but I continued to read on.

"What the fuck are you talking about?" I asked this intrepid Ole Miss fan.

"Jim Harbaugh is a hypocrite because he is hanging out with his family when he always prioritizes satellite camps over his kids," Einstein responded.

Just sit back in awe of how stupid this man could be: Jim Harbaugh is out proving that Hugh Freeze was lying about not being able to spend time with his family being the reason he was against satellite camps (at the time, I responded something something golf course, not knowing he was out seeking Tampa's finest sex workers instead), and yet somehow in his twisted mind morphed that into a guy who was very honest about loving work - but also loving his family - being the hypocrite.

It was very strange.

07/13/2017 - 3:10pm Selfishly, I'd love to see

Selfishly, I'd love to see Detroit and Nashville get two of the bids (aside from Sacramento, which looks all-but guaranteed, they also seem to have two of the strongest cases, along with Cincinnati). 

The fail jail thing is always so strange to me. Where's the resistance? Outside of a few politicians who have obviously held up the matter incessantly, it seems like everyone is in favor of there not being a jail there, and most are in favor of a stadium. Living downtown for three years before I moved to Nashville, I met literally zero citizens who wanted a jail there, or thought it was a good idea. Selection bias, sure, but there's got to be something to that. Even as someone really leery of Dan Gilbert ("gobble up all property for personal gain, be painted as hero of city" sits a little uncomfortably with me), it seems like a win-win here.

05/30/2017 - 2:08pm They aren't hiring a coach to

They aren't hiring a coach to "win a couple conference games." That would be stupid. They're hiring a coach to compete for national championships. To pretend otherwise is pointless.

05/30/2017 - 2:05pm Fisher also played TE at TC

Fisher also played TE at TC West under Wooer (though IIRC he was a bit heavier in high school). They like to have a really good blocker out there, since they are a run-heavy offense, and then of course the play action can be deadly as long as that sixth lineman-type can run at least a little bit.

05/30/2017 - 11:37am Those are reasonable

Those are reasonable expectations. The bar is high. Of course, coming off a disappointing year or two to end the John Paul era, the new coach won't be held to a "make the Final Four or get fired" standard by any stretch of the imagination. But with Michigan's resources, facilities (will be better than any other school from the first day the new coach hits campus), and recruiting footprint, they should be able to break into consistent tournament contention extremely quickly if they get the caliber of coach they think they'll be able to hire. It's not even a hot take, just the truth.

05/30/2017 - 11:35am JP was making 114k from the

JP was making 114k from the university (probably more from other sources of income, like camps, as is typical in non-revenue sports). 

John Tillman at Maryland makes 115k in university compensation, and 248k total (including plenty directly from Under Armour). Nick Myers at Ohio State makes 305k, but I believe that number includes the external sources of payment.

05/29/2017 - 5:24pm Shouldn't take that long if

Shouldn't take that long if they get the caliber of coach they expect/should be able to get.

05/29/2017 - 5:20pm They're already reeling in

They're already reeling in top-15 classes or so (very good, but not elite with only 70 programs compared to 125 in FBS football). Recruiting hasn't been and won't be an issue, almost regardless of who is the coach.

The talent returning would probably make U-M a top-25 team next Spring, without taking into account the bump from a very good coach. The rising senior class was the second full D-1 class, IIRC.

05/29/2017 - 5:16pm He's only 50. People are out

He's only 50. People are out here suggesting 70-year olds.

05/29/2017 - 5:15pm Though his wife runs the

Though his wife runs the Wolverine War camp still, there's probably a bit of bad blood with him that would make it a little surprising (though given that bad blood would be mostly with JP, who knows).

05/29/2017 - 5:10pm They will pay top dollar (or

They will pay top dollar (or they wouldn't have bothered firing John Paul). They'll get a top coach - and there's a specific one out there that I think most folks consider the leader in the clubhouse.

05/23/2017 - 3:49pm It's pronounced "St. Just."

It's pronounced "St. Just." He thinks it's very weird that everyone says "Joost" (and this is where the "juice" nickname came from - mispronunciations of his name).

05/17/2017 - 4:47pm Lewis was always an absolute

Lewis was always an absolute technician (no pun intended, I guess) from the first time I saw him as a sophomore. Sure, most things technique-wise can be taught, but there's also a natural ability to internalize and apply technique that I doubt I'll ever see anyone have to the degree Lewis did. So from that perspective "maximized his potential" seemed more likely for JD than it does for Thomas - of corse with the benefit of hindsight that we know Lewis pulled it off and have no idea if Thomas will. I think the run support will follow in a similar vein - not that Thomas won't get there, but seems like less a guarantee to than Lewis did

What Thomas has is a better physical package overall. Perhaps not as exciting with the ball in his hands, but just as quick 0-60 and with better overall speed, and of course another inch or two of height. King kids tend to start a little farther behind build-wise than Cass kids, but that can also mean even more long-term upside than expected in Thomas's frame in the long run (at least inasmuch as we're comparing him directly to Lewis).

03/15/2017 - 12:40pm

01/31/2017 - 5:41pm The MSU experience metric...

Is an interesting one, albeit in the feelingsball department more than anything. If you lose a star upperclassman, that's bad. If said player picked your school (over his childhood favorite and the one he thought was a better football fit) primarily because he was told there would be no repurcussions for not bothering to go to his classes... there's an Ewing Theory On Steroids situation possible.

01/23/2017 - 5:10pm Benny's is on the overrated

Benny's is on the overrated list for me (though I do like it - it's just not remotely special). Its reputation primarily comes from people geeking out over seeing athletes there because it's close to the area where many of them live.

01/23/2017 - 4:59pm Dissing Leopold's is

Dissing Leopold's is capital-N capital-O (also capital-K) Not OK.

01/17/2017 - 8:36pm I would say especially NTs.

I would say especially NTs. Less height can mean better leverage, and they don't need as much arm length as the guys on the edge do to fight with lengthier, more athletic liinemen.

01/17/2017 - 1:49pm One should not drop bananas

One should not drop bananas unless absolutely necessary (or you get the multi-banana box). One must hold it behind you to prevent being hit from behind by a shell. 

This rule is of course no longer applicable when approaching a new set of mystery boxes, because you don't want to miss out on a new mystery box when the worst thing you can get from it is another solitary banana.

12/23/2016 - 5:23pm And most importantly, Zaxby's

And most importantly, Zaxby's is awesome. I maintain that their marketing campaign should be "zaxby's: actually as good as all the idiots say Chik fil a is."

12/21/2016 - 6:02pm I cheated. It is.

I cheated. It is.

12/21/2016 - 6:01pm Not going to look before I

Not going to look before I ask because you can't make me...

FSU's is the same Marcus Lewis who decommitted from Florida to commit to Michigan, but then couldn't work things out academically to go to U-M, yeah? From DC Gonzaga.

12/14/2016 - 2:13pm Black didn't do the full day

Black didn't do the full day of workouts at the New Jersey Opening camp (he skipped the testing, IIRC), but he did get picked to the elite group when they separated them out for the 7-on-7 portion of the day. He was solid there, but had a much more notable performance the day before at the New Jersey Rivals Camp.

A lot of kids who were great at one of those two were just OK at the other - the nature of camps on back-to-back days.

11/15/2016 - 12:27pm Probably unfair to ask anyone

Probably unfair to ask anyone to be as intelligent as Kovacs (intelligent though JKP is on the field). Probably not quite as physical as Kovacs, either. 

A version of Jarrod Wilson that plays in the box has always been my comparison: always around the ball, rarely flashy doing it.

11/07/2016 - 1:03pm Awesome guy. I first got to

Awesome guy. I first got to know him covering basketball for mgoblog, and even after I moved out of town and hadn't been to a home game in years (while still working for the Wolverine), he recognized me walking down the street on my way to a game as a fan this Fall.

Really sad he's gone.

10/27/2016 - 11:26pm I believe the proper

I believe the proper diacritic marks are "Papier-mâché"

10/10/2016 - 2:19pm I didn't realize how bad the

I didn't realize how bad the block in the back call was until seeing it described here. The broadcast commentary guessed it was on Lewis (which was certainly not the case, except inasmuch as it wasn't legitimately on anybody, so it could be illegitimately on everybody), but even assuming the Hill block is what was called, the force isn't enough to be why that dude fell down, and it was close enough to the side that a reasonable official doesn't call it.

09/23/2016 - 7:30pm  
"Again, they aren’t getting


"Again, they aren’t getting bled to death by paper cuts. It’s more like a video game, where they don’t notice the heinous alien lurking around the corner, get vaporized the second they cross its path, and then get to restart from the nearest checkpoint."


09/12/2016 - 2:15pm It was at 3:15 in the third,

It was at 3:15 in the third, but not as routine as I had remembered on a curl route. Pass was actually broken up by the defender (which I didn't notice live).

09/12/2016 - 1:48pm Possible, but not the one I'm

Possible, but not the one I'm thinking of. It was in the first half or early 3Q.

09/12/2016 - 1:06pm Haven't gone back to watch...

but I thought there were four drops. The two from Butt, then one directly through Poggi's hands, and then either Darboh or Chesson (can't remember and have to go back to check) dropped a slant right through his hands, as well. Might not have been considered a routine one, though.

09/07/2016 - 4:56pm Yep, that's what I'm saying.

Yep, that's what I'm saying. If you're relying on that guy to cover a slot receiver, you'd better get home (obviously there's no way know if BC would have had this been a pass play, but it seems like a safe assumption) or have a linebacker-style guy who can carry slots downfield (fortunately, Michigan has one).

09/07/2016 - 3:12pm What's the move if it's a

What's the move if it's a pass and #1 and #2 both go vertical? Safety covers #1, #2 should be free up the seam. I guess the concept is that the pressure comes quickly enough that #2 can't get enough space over the PUP's zone?

09/02/2016 - 2:17pm thx.


09/02/2016 - 9:52am Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two

Oklahoma faces Tom Herman two weeks before Ohio State. A little information-sharing to work in favor of the Buckeyes?

05/23/2016 - 3:21pm For those down on Michigan's

For those down on Michigan's program after a disappointing year, it's worth noting that three of the four teams making championship weekend (all except Loyola) were U-M opponents. UNC and Brown pasted Michigan early in the year, but the Wolverines almost upset Maryland late in the season.

05/19/2016 - 8:42am It is what it's going to be

It is what it's going to be (in basically every sport - not just lacrosse). Schools aren't going to stop recruiting early. A couple years ago, the lacrosse pundits were saying, "it'll stop when a school gets burned by it," but that's happened a few times now, and it hasn't slowed things down in the least.

Sicne lacrosse is so skill-oriented, as opposed to being strictly about athleticism - it's closer to basketball than football, for example, in that regard (but even well past basketball in the skill/athleticism balance) - so teams will never really be bad by missing out on late bloomers, they just won't reach heights they could have otherwise. Really, it has helped and will continue to help parity in the sport.

A wise coach is wrapping up attackmen and goalies relatively early, and waiting a bit longer on midfielders to see if some develop athletically and skill-wise to be better than those they would have wrapped up early.

05/13/2016 - 8:34pm Harbaugh probably makes more

Harbaugh probably makes more in a year than the entire Hawaii athletic department (and won almost as many games last year as Hawaii has in four years running). I'm sure he's not losing sleep over that one.

05/13/2016 - 7:59pm They were a D-1 program for

They were a D-1 program for barely a decade (and despite making two NCAA tournaments, had never won a game in the tournament) before Tierney arrived. They certainly weren't Eastern Michigan, but the level they're on now was not only unprecedented, but not a realistic prediction, either.