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01/14/2019 - 6:06pm Tyler Ulis was a 5'9" (might…

Tyler Ulis was a 5'9" (might have been generous) Kentucky PG not that long ago who won conference player of the year, he was pretty fun.

 

01/13/2019 - 1:59pm I was watching on the live…

I was watching on the live stream, one guy had the distance and missed a bit wide left, and the closest on-target one was 5-10 yards short. More people hit the taproom building or the trees than had it directionally on target.

I think some may have made it if if hadn't been snowing but in that weather, good luck.

01/11/2019 - 3:52pm Davis has a foul rate of 20…

Davis has a foul rate of 20 per 40 in Big Ten play.

is that bad

01/09/2019 - 12:43pm When you're that gigantic,…

When you're that gigantic, and are shooting that poorly, it's time to try the Rick Barry underhand method. 

Not surprising, but nice to see a visualization that turning the other team into heroball directly correlates with defensive efficiency. 

01/08/2019 - 11:26am Columbus native whose dad…

Columbus native whose dad also was at Ohio State moves back to Columbus and adds a "recruiting coordinator" position (and presumably a salary bump with it). Not sure how that reflects poorly on Brown. I mean, it sucks for us, but I get it.

01/03/2019 - 12:58pm With the last name of Dread,…

With the last name of Dread, I feel like the kids need to be named things like Judge or Existential.

LEVITICUS DREAD would also work. 

01/02/2019 - 11:41am Harbaugh wanted Patterson…

Harbaugh wanted Patterson over Peters in the first place. 

I think McCaffrey will be pretty good.

Oklahoma has been starting transfer QBs the last few years and it seems to be working juuuuust fine for them.

01/02/2019 - 11:39am Got his degree, stock…

Got his degree, stock probably wouldn't get better with another year; the reason this is an easy loss for the team to take is the same reason his stock wouldn't get better: the tight end position is absurdly deep. And we really ought to be using all three of DPJ, Collins and Black at the same time a lot next year if we're trying to play our best players, meaning less of the 2-TE sets and a lot more 11 personnel. 

 

12/19/2018 - 6:26pm I'd go with Gabriel, since…

I'd go with Gabriel, since Michael's been busy in the Bad Place

12/19/2018 - 6:25pm An updated jazz standard,…

An updated jazz standard, Stompin' at the Kasual Savoy

12/07/2018 - 12:31pm This South Carolina team…

This South Carolina team does things the Max Power way on offense

12/06/2018 - 5:12pm For almost any bowl game,…

For almost any bowl game, unless it is really important to you to sit in a section of Michigan fans, you will be better off buying elsewhere. If it's true that they've sold a bunch of tickets to this year's Peach Bowl essentially as a "seat donation" to get access to it next year as a playoff game, then there will be a ton of secondary market tickets at pretty reasonable prices. 

12/05/2018 - 5:51pm I'm not sure one way or the…

I'm not sure one way or the other about basketball but Pardon and Law is a way better name for a TV show than Ward and Langford. 

12/05/2018 - 1:17pm Really wanted JJJ as a Bulls…

Really wanted JJJ as a Bulls fan but Niko Mirotic made them too good for a while so they didn't quite lose enough last year. The NBA fit was obvious, decent shooter already, the length, young for his class, etc. I think Carter will be pretty good but JJJ had the better ceiling it seemed.

12/04/2018 - 4:01pm I don't think Drererk…

I don't think Drererk Prardronr is actually 7'3" 250

12/04/2018 - 12:54pm Between Urban and Wilson, a…

Between Urban and Wilson, a couple very notable offense cooks were also in that kitchen besides Day. Different situation from Riley, who ran that offense himself. 

Not to say Day isn't what Meyer and Kelly think he is. But it's not as obvious as it was with Riley/Oklahoma that it was him. Of course, he can keep Wilson as OC if he wants. Urban was also a hell of a closer in recruiting. Ohio State sells itself to some extent but Meyer was an upgrade in recruiting from Tressel. Will be interesting to see what Day does. 

12/04/2018 - 10:49am Another thing that makes the…

Another thing that makes the short rotation work: Teske's conditioning is rather ridiculous for a 7 footer who is that big of an influence defensively in a man-to-man. It's one thing if the guy is just parked in the paint in a zone. But he's everywhere. Guys that size aren't supposed to be able to play 34 minutes against one of the most athletic, paciest teams in the country. Played 31 against Purdue too, mixed between guarding another tall dude (Haarms only played 19 minutes) and guarding some professor that shows up to play at the IM building. 

12/03/2018 - 1:06pm Omaha's about a million…

Omaha's about a million people in the metro area for a town with a AAA baseball team and not much else pro-wise. And the most popular team in the state is a college football team. UNO is a top 10 attendance program for college hockey, Creighton's been very good in recent years, so not all THAT surprising that their attendance is good. People love them some college sports in Nebraska

11/29/2018 - 6:59pm The great part about just…

The great part about just allowing the players to get endorsement money/make outside money is that it DOESN'T implicate Title IX. The school wouldn't be paying them. 

And if you don't think the Michigan Money Cannon wouldn't be directed at sending money the players' way, well, I don't know what to tell you. Part of the reason you don't see Michigan's boosters be as flagrant as some of the others these days is because the Ed Martin thing is on everyone's minds. And that isn't going to change. But if they could throw money their way with it being okay under the rules?

11/29/2018 - 12:36pm It'll be DeJulius and Johns…

It'll be DeJulius and Johns. It usually takes point guards some time to pick up the offense. And can take a long thin guy like Johns some time to adjust to the speed and physicality of the new level. But they're the most talented of the bunch that aren't playing a lot yet, and at spots where the team will be able to use their particular sets of skills. 

11/27/2018 - 2:28pm (1) OSU's line played way…

(1) OSU's line played way better than it had in previous games

(2) Both of our defensive ends that have proven that they can rush the passer and also do things besides rush the passer were playing with injured shoulders (I'm assuming in Chase's case, given they never said what it was, but it seems a pretty safe assumption) of varying extent and your hands/arms are very important in being able to get around linemen, to set up moves, to get them off of you, etc. We really only had one defensive tackle who had any success rushing the passer this year, so without the ends getting home we were in deep doodoo. 

11/27/2018 - 2:24pm I strongly encourage their…

I strongly encourage their point guard to attempt to go Brunson on X, considering Brunson's own lack of effectiveness in going Brunson against X. Simpson getting in his head was basically the only thing that actually went right in the title game.

11/26/2018 - 2:06pm I think we have a better…

I think we have a better shot at beating OSU when they're running a more standard Meyer offense. Brown's generally quite good at scheming against that.   

Not getting any pass rush (probably in significant part because Gary's still playing hurt and Winovich presumably also had a bad shoulder) exposed the lack of speed at a few spots and they ruthlessly attacked it; some guys are simply going to not be playable against that level of speed/talent and they're going to need to realize this from the beginning of the season, so the fast guys are ready to be playing heavily against OSU. I don't think going heavy on zone coverage would have gone much better, as they seemed to pick out the holes when we did run it. 

11/26/2018 - 1:54pm leaning into history even…

leaning into history even more, "The Defenestration of Brahgue"

11/26/2018 - 1:51pm Shoulder last year and again…

Shoulder last year and again this year. And that makes it really tough on a position where you need some power in your hand/arm movements. See also: Winovich against Ohio State vs. Winovich in every other game the last couple of years (yeah, I know they haven't announced what his injury was, but considering how he was injured and we were all surprised his collarbone wasn't busted, an AC joint issue is almost certain).

Wish we could have seen him fully operational. If he can get the shoulder issue fixed and he falls to mid first round or later, some team is going to get a relative bargain there. 

11/23/2018 - 2:03pm Shouldn't be the O'Neill…

Shouldn't be the O'Neill crew as they're on Iowa/Nebraska today. Another thing to be thankful for!

11/16/2018 - 1:33am Unicorn Salad, Split Double…

Unicorn Salad, Split Double Down G String, whatever

11/15/2018 - 11:02am If nothing else, this…

If nothing else, this offense has a bunch of names that should get stars or shields. Hunter Littlejohn, Peyton Hendershot, Coy Cronk, WHOP Philyor, Ty Fryfogle? That's the good stuff.

11/09/2018 - 5:15pm The S&P+ projection is…

The S&P+ projection is Michigan 44, Rutgers 2. I want this to happen and for the 2 to be an intentional safety later in the game, because I want to know if they shoot the cannon for an intentional safety in a blowout.

11/09/2018 - 4:45pm 39 is actually friendlier to…

39 is actually friendlier to Rutgers than the S&P+ spread, even including "home field advantage." Which actually might work against Rutgers keeping things closer, because Michigan has a limited travel roster instead of a phalanx of walkons to send in for the entire 4th quarter if and when it's entirely out of hand.

In 2016, even after sitting pretty much all the starters after one series in the second half, our "backups" were basically all guys who were starting the following year. Khaleke, Bush, Winovich, Gary, our entire main five secondary guys, etc. This year it's going to be guys like Uche, Dwumfour, Ambry Thomas, Hutchinson, Hawkins, etc. It's not going to get all THAT much easier against the reserves.

11/06/2018 - 3:22pm We've played a lot of weird…

We've played a lot of weird games against Indiana, but I'd think that this team would ground Rutgers into dust just by rolling out of the bed.

11/06/2018 - 1:17pm Because a mid-round QB might…

Because a mid-round QB might never get a shot to start. Rise to the first round and you almost guarantee a shot at that, and therefore a shot at the fat second contract. 

For a lot of guys, leaving as a third or fourth rounder can make sense, they're more likely to have an opportunity to play right away at positions like defensive line or secondary, where there's rotations or packages using extra guys. QBs are a different thing entirely. 

11/05/2018 - 2:23pm He's 6'7", 6'8", and TE…

He's 6'7", 6'8", and TE weight not OL weight. There are some serious advantages to having that shape of player. We live with the occasional disadvantages. 

11/01/2018 - 1:25pm The upshot is that Canada…

The upshot is that Canada kind of is a fresh start himself - new to the staff this year. So give him some power to bring in some assistants he wants, new training staff, whatever, and let him try to run with it.

They seem tight on cash, and appear dysfunctional, so it might be tough to attract a really good outside candidate anyway.

10/29/2018 - 5:45pm Weather seemed to screw up…

Weather seemed to screw up both QBs in accuracy. But PSU's efficiency numbers in the pass game this year haven't been all that good overall, between the personnel losses to graduation/NFL and no more Moorhead calling the plays, that part of the offense has really taken a dive. Run game is still top 10 to S&P+, and Sanders is a home run hitter.

10/29/2018 - 2:58pm Iowa also has a terrible…

Iowa also has a terrible rushing offense this year, so I wouldn't read too much into that. They're much better throwing the ball, but the conditions seemed to make throwing tough on them. 

10/24/2018 - 2:11am The targeting rule is good…

The targeting rule is good and the idea is to make guys tackle such that even "inadvertent" ones rarely happen. Maybe an "unavoidable" exception (thinking along the lines of that Penn State linebacker who basically had no chance to avoid what got him booted against us in 2016).

That being said the one on that LSU player was horseshit. I'm not really sure how it was targeting at all. Incidental slight helmet contact does not equal targeting 

10/24/2018 - 2:06am Zeb! Please clap.

Zeb! Please clap.

10/23/2018 - 4:37pm "The problem is, you have to…

"The problem is, you have to keep finding those diamonds in the rough each class, each year, which is essentially impossible, even if you are really good at finding them. "

 

Or you have to have Wisconsin's "Dairy Farm Beefy Boy Offensive Lineman Replicator 5000." They have an injured defense, a rather meh QB, marginal pass catchers, and still will probably win 8 or 9 games. 

10/23/2018 - 11:07am That's not a real account…

That's not a real account for the news down there. There's only message board rumors and Chaps-esque accounts posting this so far. 

10/22/2018 - 7:57pm Unless he's decided being an…

Unless he's decided being an offensive lineman sucks and wants to play defense, very weird. It's not like the 4 game thing applies, he already redshirted, so leaving right this instant is strange. Even if he was passed on the depth chart for now, he's not been focused solely on OL for that long, and could easily take the job back in the spring or fall as he gets more coaching/experience at the spot. 

So... does he hate playing OL?

10/22/2018 - 6:04pm I think the mountain of…

I think the mountain of steroids and painkillers was neither the right way or the wrong way, but the Max Power way

10/22/2018 - 1:52pm Maybe it's Hudson being hurt…

Maybe it's Hudson being hurt, but Steuber might also be the most similar guy to send in as a JBB replacement in the game plan, especially when you're just trying to run it up their ass the rest of the game. Send in a run paver to replace a run paver.

10/22/2018 - 1:22pm I don't know, the electric…

I don't know, the electric football player just has a tendency to buzz about aimlessly in any direction

10/22/2018 - 12:12pm <<the gorgeous flowing…

<<the gorgeous flowing blonde locks of Chase Winovich>>

10/18/2018 - 5:04pm The first half passing game…

The first half passing game was kind of annoying but it seems like the halftime adjustments were "their defensive line is bad, we will spend the rest of the game donkeying them" and they didn't bother with any passing game adjustments because they barely threw in the 2nd half. Hoping they just shelved all those adjustments for the MSU game since they'll see zone again there while MSU's run defense is actually a thing. 

Of course, wind and rain may nerf that plan. Grumble grumble Sparty weather machine.

10/17/2018 - 5:20pm Solomon holding up…

Solomon holding up reasonably well against that OL despite just coming back from a leg injury and surely not close to 100% is a positive. In a month he's probably looking like the beast we expected him to be coming in. And allowing Dwumfour to used primarily on passing downs even when he's back to 100% will also be pretty useful. 

 

10/17/2018 - 3:07pm More to remember plus the…

More to remember plus the split second/on the fly kinds of decisions linemen need to make are also probably why offensive line typically has the highest average Wonderlic score for NFL draftees, even higher than QB. 

10/17/2018 - 3:01pm Johnson was already in his…

Johnson was already in his 60s when he came to OSU, and was a career DL coach that had turned down DC opportunities elsewhere and was also considered a good recruiter, no doubt when OSU hired him (and gave him an assistant head coach title) it was to have him just keep doing what he'd been doing for 20-some years

10/17/2018 - 11:30am I thought jihad was the BYU…

I thought jihad was the BYU/Utah game