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02/18/2019 - 11:05pm He’d have to pack on 30 lbs…

He’d have to pack on 30 lbs in a year to be plausible. That’s a tall order.

02/17/2019 - 1:29pm I wouldn’t say Bredeson is…

I wouldn’t say Bredeson is not good. His UFR is generally pretty low amplitude, though, especially for how often we ran left last year. Early in his career he had significant difficulty with targeting correct blockers on pulls (this may be what the poster is remembering), but the junior Bredeson was, of course, better at it. I do think Onwenu is much better than he gets credit for, even in pass protection  —his UFR +/- and protection - totals suggest that he was the team’s best lineman last year.

02/13/2019 - 1:59am Yes, Garrison was at…

Yes, Garrison was at Minnesota. He’s not the one who ejected Beilein. He is, however, the one who missed that blatantly obvious double dribble. 

02/09/2019 - 3:37pm I was half expecting Marv…

I was half expecting Marv Albert to exclaim “Yes!” after the Matthews 3 and for Mike Fratello to breathlessly telestrate all the Simpson-to-Teske pick-n-rolls.

02/07/2019 - 4:45am But the term “camp” did not…

But the term “camp” did not come from Milton or his family; it came from the author of the post, who could have easily used “family” or even “inner circle” to describe him and his mother discussing his future with the staff. Word choices matter — even the subtle ones can create bias.

02/07/2019 - 4:35am PeeWee Herman

PeeWee Herman

02/05/2019 - 3:14am Seth, that story is here:…

Seth, that story is here: https://mgoblog.com/content/considerable-attrition-stanford%27s-2010-recruiting-class

Ace sounded an alarm bell about these apparent recruiting routines, and warned us that such tactics were likely to leave a bad taste in the collective mouth of the fan base.

02/02/2019 - 2:15am 1. Simpson was 2 rebounds…

1. Simpson was 2 rebounds and 3 missed bunnies away from another triple double.

2. The team showed several telltale signs of fatigue: they were late on closeouts, missed a ton of shots short, and went for strips rather than post D.

3. I wish Brooks looked for his shot more. Iowa jumped his passing lanes on at least three occasions because he was not likely to shoot or drive. In his defense, he did make several crisp passes that should have been assists if not for missed layups.

 

4. I disagree about Poole. He has excellent vision - he has made many whoa-how-did-he-even-see-that plays. But he can be undisciplined and a questionable decision maker.

 

01/30/2019 - 10:31am Your point still stands…

Your point still stands about the rarity of no-TO triple doubles, but 23/210,000 (MLB perfect game percentage) is .0109% not .109%.

01/25/2019 - 1:48pm Savage is a cool last name,…

Savage is a cool last name, but Osman is an awesome first name, given the history. Arabic has some excellent names that have made their way into black naming traditions - e.g., Rashan, Tarik, Khalil just from the FB team.

01/25/2019 - 2:56am Matthews did begin by saying…

Matthews did begin by saying “Iggy — he’s my little brother...”, which I took to mean that their instincts and approach to offense are similar.  Didn’t get a sense of passive-aggressiveness.

01/24/2019 - 12:33am Jonkembe Teskutombo!

Jonkembe Teskutombo!

01/18/2019 - 5:59am Mr. Ray? As in James Earl…

Mr. Ray? As in James Earl Ray, who was convicted for assassinating MLK? Honest mistake, I’m sure, but that’s some unfortunate timing.

12/09/2018 - 4:55am Hill had a 3.9 GPA at one of…

Hill had a 3.9 GPA at one of the most academically rigorous high schools in the state. I’m pretty sure he cares about academics.  Wishing him well.

11/28/2018 - 3:01am “Doesn’t look like anything…

“Doesn’t look like anything to me.”

Logged in to +1.

11/24/2018 - 11:47am What a loss for us. She was…

What a loss for us. She was fantastic - she knew all 500 of us by name, could make miracles out of debacles and saved my bacon more than once. As Bando mentioned, she was the first person many of us met in the MMB, and she set the tone of professionalism immediately, from the first day of camp in the sweltering August sun. She had deep institutional knowledge and was fun to talk to. Condolences to her personal family and to our MMB family, and a warm and hearty thank you to her.

 

Joby (Bones '94-'98)

11/20/2018 - 6:39am #75 was Jarvis  who was fine…

#75 was Jarvis  who was fine. I believe you meant #72, Stepiniak, who had at least 4 dirty plays.

11/19/2018 - 6:08am That was mentioned by…

That was mentioned by another poster, not by anyone on staff,and seemingly incorrectly at that. I definitely don't remember any insta-pressures.

11/18/2018 - 11:57am Inside 25, yes. No kick was …

Inside 25, yes. No kick was > 34 yards. But they were true and that's what matters.

 

Also, excellent description and usage of "whamma jamma mojo lean"!

11/18/2018 - 1:33am Yes - Revenge Tour _resumes…

Yes - Revenge Tour _resumes/continues_ in 157 hours. Really appreciate the recap.

11/17/2018 - 8:03pm Even has Ronnie Bell's…

Even has Ronnie Bell's number on his post!

 

11/16/2018 - 12:28pm Most people on this board…

Most people on this board enjoy Gus's enthusiasm, myself included. Plus, tasty doses of Detroit and Michigan homer love.

11/16/2018 - 6:08am IIRC, Milton had 3 guys in…

IIRC, Milton had 3 guys in his face a second after the snap, escaped one sack attempt, couldn't immediately find anyone open and (probably wisely) just took the sack to keep the clock moving.

11/15/2018 - 10:32am Hawkins is also a RS…

Hawkins is also a RS freshman safety. Underclassmen safeties usually aren't very good, unless they are 5 star athletes. He'll get much better.

Edit: I think he's a true sophomore. He played ST a lot last year.

11/15/2018 - 7:14am Agreed. His feet were…

Agreed. His feet were outside of the protected area and he established position for a full beat before contact.

 

As much as Brazdeikis's defense was impressive (and welcomed), Simpson is probably the best defender in the country and showed it tonight. Livers plays like Shane Battier, a glue guy - knows everyone's assignments and keeps the flow going. Teske moves his feet really, really well. Matthews's decision making was great, often passing up open 3s (not his forte) for high % midrange and drives.

11/14/2018 - 2:02am Fantastic suggestion re: Ron…

Fantastic suggestion re: Ron Johnson. Very good OP suggestion of Carter and Wangler.

11/13/2018 - 8:53am Milton did not play in the…

Milton did not play in the ND game.

11/11/2018 - 1:59pm Milton did the smart thing…

Milton did the smart thing on 3rd and 7, up by 35: take the sack and let the clock run. He was immediately pressured, muscled out of it, and decided not to throw when there were no options (and not just throw OOB and stop the clock). The game might be fast for him, but that play wasn't evidence of it.

11/11/2018 - 12:59pm Great work! I swear I would…

Great work! I swear I would like this diary even if it didn't support my proclamation that Onwenu deserves a dangerman star more than anyone on the OL. Don't get me wrong: I'm as excited as anyone about Runyan's mid-season improvement, and the whole line's progress should be celebrated (hail Warinner), but I think Onwenu has been our best lineman this year. He corrects mistakes from fellow linemates and TEs on his pulls, almost invariably picks up twists and stunts, has been excellent in pass pro, and regularly deposits DTs 3 yards downfield. He's All B1G, in my meaningless opinion.

 

11/07/2018 - 10:09am I feel like Livers looked…

I feel like Livers looked like this before his ankle injury last year, and that he has a more complete game than he's given credit for. He does do many small things well off the ball, as does Teske.

11/06/2018 - 1:35pm He flipped the ball to the…

He flipped the ball to the referee after his touchdowns, Barry Sanders-style. Very efficient in his path to the QB. Seems like a really self-possessed young man with a classy but ferocious game.

11/05/2018 - 3:41pm Poor Savannah State. Aren't…

Poor Savannah State. Aren't they also the only team that has more than one rutger?

11/05/2018 - 1:59pm I'm happy to see Runyan's…

I'm happy to see Runyan's ascent to solid player, but I'm a little confused by something. If Michigan is so left-handed running, why do Runyan and Bredeson have comparatively low UFR amplitudes? Ruiz and the right side of the line frequently seems to be turning in and sealing off some poor DE or blowing a DT off the ball. Are Runyan and Bredeson doing something more subtle?

 

Also, I thought for sure that the Epic Double Bird would be McCaffery's collarbone fracture.

11/01/2018 - 9:42am Agreed. Understandable the…

Agreed. Understandable the first time. Unacceptable the second time and beyond.

10/28/2018 - 7:03pm Can I safely assume you're…

Can I safely assume you're joking?

10/25/2018 - 9:06am That WR is Martin, a RS…

That WR is Martin, a RS freshman. He's turned upfield (never turn upfield). He'll learn.

10/11/2018 - 9:31am I'm not so sure about that…

I'm not so sure about that. Linemen hit a player every play. That's a commonly cited reason for why their CTE rates are highest. Also, mass x acceleration would argue that a DT/OL collision involves larger forces.

10/07/2018 - 10:55am Devin Gardner frequently…

Devin Gardner frequently deployed the whirly-bird when he first became a starter. It's exciting to see another player with the peripheral vision and athleticism to be able to do it.

10/06/2018 - 9:31pm His last pressure escape…

His last pressure escape move to extend the play was very reminiscent of Devin Gardner from 2012 and early 2013 (before Gardner had to run for his life every other play).

10/06/2018 - 9:24pm On the stuffed 4th and 1…

On the stuffed 4th and 1 play we ran behind Runyan, who got rocked back and is probably the least capable of the 5 OL to drive someone off the LOS (not incapable, just less so than the other four). Meanwhile, Onwenu and JBB flattened their guys. Short runs to the R side A and B gaps were more common after that.

09/16/2018 - 9:50am "And the offense was able to…

"And the offense was able to stay in rhythm, stay with the omentum they were creating."

 

That's our secret - the players have digested this playbook and fattened up this offense, so we can gut out a win anytime.

09/13/2018 - 6:32am Denard's first pass as a…

Denard's first pass as a starter in 2010 looked exactly like that. He turned 90 degrees, pump faked the bubble and threw to a very open Roundtree across the middle.

09/12/2018 - 12:17pm Ambry: He's a bad mo-

Press…

Ambry: He's a bad mo-

Press Corps: Shut yo' mouth!

A: I'm just talkin' 'bout Nico!

PC: We can dig it.

Cue moving bass line, wah wah pedaled guitar and string orchestra

 

End scene

 

09/01/2018 - 11:26pm 1. We overpursued and…

1. We overpursued and vacated so many rush lanes on speed rushes to try to get to a poor passer (I realize you can't just let him sit there). That did get corrected with quicker speed to power redirections, but not until a lot of damage was done.

2. ND wide receivers blocked very well, and the plays ensured they had a hat on a hat, and that their runners went to the correct side of their blocks so they picked up 10 yards instead of 3. Contrast that with our screens, which had decent blocking, but often had runs to the wrong side of their blocks.

3. Despite not coming up with the pick, I thought Hawkins looked really good. Dwumfour was Mo Hurst 2015 when he was getting moved by doubles. I saw Uche on downfield coverage on a TE at least 3 times.

09/01/2018 - 9:15am Seth,

Should bands…

Seth,

Should bands interested in being featured on MGoRadio email you directly?

Thanks,

Joby

Www.Elementbrassband.com

 

08/28/2018 - 8:01pm Welcome to the Valley!  Lots…

Welcome to the Valley!  Lots of jobs over here at UC Davis; many Michigan alums too.

08/21/2018 - 11:20pm The Internet (and the solo…

The Internet (and the solo album by Matt Martians)

Element Brass Band *

Tall Black Guy

 

 

*shameless plug for my own band, but seriously we're pretty good. 

 

08/18/2018 - 8:17am Best comment this week.  We…

Best comment this week.  We will cheer when the physical specimen Milton (who should really be a WR) uses his God-given natural athletic talent to get the ball to the heady, cerebral, scrappy Martin.

08/13/2018 - 1:18pm Maryland is in the B1G…

Maryland is in the B1G footprint.  Comcast has, for the most part, dropped BTN outside of the footprint.

08/02/2018 - 10:13pm Nick Baumgardner, Freep…

Nick Baumgardner, Freep columnist and former MLive beat reporter.