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10/22/2018 - 7:03pm You heard it here first.  I…

You heard it here first.  I have “5-7” reasons why that press release is bullshit.

 

10/22/2018 - 1:25pm Its surprisingly calm.  He…

Its surprisingly calm.  He stands up there, and calmly explains that the whole thing was an orchestrated sham by Dantonio and his cronies.

10/22/2018 - 12:27pm Harbaugh just voted in his…

Harbaugh just voted in his press conference that Lewerke is injured.

10/20/2018 - 11:16pm And Notre Dame didn’t win!

And Notre Dame didn’t win!

 

its nearly the elusive quadfecta!

10/20/2018 - 10:02pm Even Lewerke admits they…

Even Lewerke admits they were late for their walk and that they ran into the Michigan players.

 

"We were doing our normal pre-game walk," Lewerke said. "I guess maybe might have been a little late. We always link arms, walk down the field. To my knowledge, (strength and conditioning) coach (Ken) Mannie had gone and informed the Michigan players we were about to do that and just asked them to step to the side. They didn’t, so we just kept walking. I guess one of them ran into one of the guys, and we just kept doing our walk.

10/20/2018 - 12:39pm I just hope it washes away…

I just hope it washes away all of that white paint they used a couple hours ago to cover up bush’s artistic masterpiece.

10/17/2018 - 9:18pm Kelly Baraka says hello.

Kelly Baraka says hello.

10/16/2018 - 12:13pm Fake news.  I checked the…

Fake news.  I checked the forecast this morning and the prediction was 18% chance of rain with winds at 10-15 mph.

What source did the OP use?

10/14/2018 - 8:55pm Thought?  Hear is a thought…

Thought?  Here is a thought.

The last two times Michigan beat MSU by 10 points or more (2006 and 2002); Michigan State fired their coach as a result.

Let’s beat them by 10.

10/14/2018 - 8:40pm I’m always down for a good…

I’m always down for a good joke, but the best one will write itself; a picture of Dantonio’s face on Saturday afternoon.

10/14/2018 - 8:37pm Yeah: more like:

Q: Why…

Yeah: more like:

Q: Why does Spartan Stadium have a natural grass field?

A: Because it’s Michigan Agricultural College and growing grass is about all their graduates will ever amount to in life.

10/12/2018 - 7:04am Night game in September at…

Night game in September at 60 degrees = acceptable

Night game in mid October with a sub 40 deg low= hard pass.

Question, is this the definition of a “fair weathered fan?”

I’ll see myself out.

10/12/2018 - 7:01am Anybody can have noise. …

Anybody can have noise.  Oregon has noise.

Like it or not, we have tradition. You mind as well embrace it.  Like Bo said many years ago, “we may have had better facilities at Miami (NTM) but we didn’t have the nail that Yost hung his hat on there.”

10/12/2018 - 6:55am “We don’t need them”


This…

“We don’t need them”

This is an unfortunate take.  WD, you know as well as any with your super guide that the only reason we have a  competitive team with a proud tradition to support today, is because of the generations before us. Generations that:

  • Invented the linebacker position
  • Invented the concept of the platoon system, which features using different players on offense and defense
  • Literally built Michigan Stadium
  • Won 11 national championships and 42 Big Ten Championships.
  • Contributed a lot of money to keep this empire going.

Do you think the Wistert brothers, as an example, have the ability to stand the entire game?

My personal preference is to stand because the seats are so damn small, but if I have elderly folks behind me, you are damn sure I’m talking with them first and being courteous towards their ability to see the game.

Noise impacts the game.  Whether or not somebody is standing in row 40 doesn’t.  Choose your battles folks.

10/12/2018 - 6:46am This morning, every ESPN…

This morning, every ESPN reporter picked Michigan to win.  Like 20 of them

 

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24956493/college-football-week-7-game-picks.  

10/12/2018 - 6:44am Somebody tell Izzo (and…

Somebody tell Izzo (and Meyer): It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

All this “I didn’t know about that specific case” smells like the bullshit it is.

I understand the concern about being innocent until proven guilty.  With that said, if the local police and courts don’t bring charges because they are corrupt, that doesn’t exactly mean that these guys are innocent. It means that you helped create an excuse.

10/11/2018 - 7:53pm On babies; they asked me to…

On babies; they asked me to bring my clear plastic bag in through the handicapped gate; which is where they have a bag inspection area set up.

Also recommend hearing protection for the little ones.  Lastly, there is a lactation room behind section 40 for mom and child.

10/11/2018 - 7:47pm Please delete my sign in one…

Please delete my sign in one year.

10/11/2018 - 9:54am If anybody might find…

If anybody might find themselves in need of a higher resolution image of this, let me know.

10/08/2018 - 7:56pm Just heart-wrenching to…

Just heart-wrenching to watch.

Thanks Ace for all of your contributions.  Best of luck for your future health and endeavors.

10/08/2018 - 2:24pm It was a mud bowl last…

It was a mud bowl last Saturday.  Tossing the pigskin around, we could barely stay up on two feet.

10/08/2018 - 12:12pm It would be great to have a …

It would be great to have a “ranking” of each network based on average time at commercials during a football broadcast.

10/07/2018 - 8:25pm Didn’t they get absolutely…

Didn’t they get absolutely railed by Ohio State in a Big Ten Championship Game a few years ago?

If that was 7 years ago, which it may have been, then I feel old.

10/05/2018 - 9:03pm I’m not the only one hitting…

I’m not the only one hitting F5 F5 F5 for MGoWeather!!!

10/05/2018 - 11:10am Wake up a little grouchy…

Wake up a little grouchy this morning? Did you forget what a POSBANG thread is?

10/05/2018 - 7:16am Michigan has only had 1 Big…

Michigan has only had 1 Big Ten game with two or more accepted offensive holding calls in the same game since 2011. It came against Indiana in 2015.

Here is to hoping that might change tomorrow!

10/04/2018 - 2:32pm Or worse, the opponents…

Or worse, the opponents coach their line to hold more, given that they see it is never called!  That is my biggest fear about the animal I’ve created.

10/04/2018 - 8:56am If you watch the video, he…

If you watch the video, he cuts the reporters question off.  He has seen the graph, and is clearly pissed about it.  

10/03/2018 - 4:48pm “You know the difficult…

“You know the difficult thing there? You know what’s shocking to me? We’ve played two Big Ten games. We have 10 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, but we don’t get held,” he said. “Take a look and compare that with the other teams in our league. That one’s a little tough. Obviously we go back and forth and study the films very hard on Sunday, so it is what it is. 

“It’s not like for three years that we’ve been here we don’t have sacks and tackles for loss. In fact, that’s s measuring stick for us, as you know. When you play two Big Ten games and have 10 sacks and 24 tackles for loss, that’s a lot. You’re upfield doing things, and you know … I’m not sure of the numbers.”

10/03/2018 - 3:40pm Warde, please invite me to…

Warde, please invite me to that lunch!  That way I can answer any clarifying questions...and make my own, unofficial threats...!

10/03/2018 - 2:31pm The trend has been…

The trend has been remarkably consistent going back to 2012.  I don’t think it’s a small sample size.  

10/03/2018 - 2:13pm Even if it’s accidental! …

Even if it’s accidental!  Intent doesn’t matter!

10/03/2018 - 2:11pm As the author of the graph,…

As the author of the graph, I don’t think it necessarily means there is institutional bias.  We are only talking about a small handful of refereeing crews.  There can be subconscious bias going on with a couple crews; or we could just be staring down the barrel on being on the wrong end of a statistical distribution.  

Also could be something around D Line technique, or the way opponents scheme against us.

I heard Don Brown was asked about the graph in his press conference today, it will be interesting to hear his reaction once the transcript is up.

10/02/2018 - 9:49pm Hey guys, at the risk of a…

Hey guys, at the risk of a thread jack (don't let it be a thread jack!) - but with like 4 of these threads in the last 48 hours, I couldn't create another new thread on this.  I updated the offensive holding chart for 2018 through week 5, and included Iowa.  In case anybody wants a copy.

https://twitter.com/GreenDotGreg/status/1047298537313259520

B1G Holding - Week 5 2018.png

10/02/2018 - 9:38pm Guys, just to note - I…

Guys, just to note - I updated my initial analysis for 2015-2018 week 5 (and added Iowa back in :))

B1G Holding - Week 5 2018.png

10/02/2018 - 3:58pm The purpose of the…

The purpose of the visualization is to show the data, not perform statistical tests. That said, Michigan finishing in the bottom 3 of the Big Ten in this metric in each of the last 6 years is evidence enough to be provocative. The goal is to get the Big Ten thinking about this; not produce “proof” of a conspiracy.

10/02/2018 - 3:50pm Depends how you cut it …

Depends how you cut it (accepted or all, etc.) but Michigan, Alabama, Clemson has a cluster of “we get screwed” far and above everyone else.

10/02/2018 - 2:16pm As I said in my tweet, I’m…

As I said in my tweet, I’m happy to share the underlying data and perform some additional analysis if they see an avenue to better publicize this.

10/02/2018 - 1:46pm I shared visual with John…

I shared visual with John Bacon and a member of the football team last Spring.  I assume Harbaugh knows about it.

10/02/2018 - 1:36pm They have outliers too -…

They have outliers too - Alabama, Virginia Tech, etc. - but I only care about how Michigan is slighted!

10/02/2018 - 1:16pm This was precisely my theory…

This was precisely my theory, and why I did this specific analysis.  I analyzed other types of penalties too, but this is the most glaring.

10/02/2018 - 1:14pm That honestly just clicked…

That honestly just clicked yesterday when I was looking at the graph again. Woomph!  If I go back to 2012 it would likely look worse.  That is when this “trend” against Michigan started. 

10/02/2018 - 1:13pm I analyzed both.  It doesn’t…

I analyzed both.  It doesn’t equalize things.  I only included accepted holding in initial graph because I felt like in full “conspiracy mode”; refs might call the ones that they know are getting declined.

10/02/2018 - 1:11pm Yup, I totally shit the bed…

Yup, I totally shit the bed on that one!  Note to self, when you filter the teams in Tableau, maybe go off of a list and not by memory!

10/02/2018 - 1:09pm This is why I did the…

This is why I did the analysis last December.  Every game I find myself bitching about the refs.  Am I a homer or is it legit?  This was an attempt to answer that question to myself.

10/02/2018 - 1:08pm It’s my analysis; and I did…

It’s my analysis; and I did look at referees.  Sample size is too small to glean anything useful. O’Neill was in the middle of all referees for Michigan games.  

10/01/2018 - 8:44pm Nope. I’m waiting. I guess I…

Nope. I’m waiting. I guess I’ll wish in one hand, and shit in the other, and see which one fills up first.

10/01/2018 - 8:38pm Yes, you could do this.  The…

Yes, you could do this.  The data has the game time for the start of every play.  You would just need to compare it to the start time of the subsequent play.  You could also bifurcate runs vs. passes.

Edit: actually, that won’t work... because all it will do is segregate no huddle teams from pro style offenses.  Damn.

10/01/2018 - 8:12pm This is my officiating wish…

This is my officiating wish list:

  1. Increased transparency.  Officials and individual calls/lack thereof are reviewed after every game.  The results are publicly disclosed. Brian I’m good with weekly officiating UFR for Michigan games for starters ;)
  2. Professional NCAA officials. Officials today have other normal Joe Schmo day jobs. You can’t expect to get top quality refereeing when this isn’t their top career priority.
  3. On the replay topic, I’d decrease the amount of intervention.  I’m tired of 2:30 media timeouts and 5:00 replays.  You can review whatever you want, but if you don’t have a conclusion within 30 seconds then you go with the call on the field.  This is a hard deadline, not a guideline.  Correct obvious mistakes; don’t treat replay like analyzing the Zapruder film.
  4. Targeting.  It sucks.  Fix it.  Whatever encourages safety but at the same time can be consistently applied and rule clearly interpreted.
10/01/2018 - 5:02pm I’d like to see an…

I’d like to see an officiating UFR for every game, personally.  I’d read that one even more closely than the rest!