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WTKA Roundtable 12/5/2019: In Ann Arbor It’s Always 24-12

WTKA Roundtable 12/5/2019: In Ann Arbor It’s Always 24-12

December 5, 2019

Football things discussed:

  • Best OSU team at least since 2014, probably ever
  • Most undisciplined game, especially by the defense, in a long time.
  • Craig calls out fans: 25,000 truck drivers invited, students late, even calls out MMB
  • You get to halftime down 12 it's over. Four key sequences: Patterson gets two called runs and doesn't cut behind his blocking for a TD, then fumbles the snap. Offsides. And two long yardage situations when they didn't cover a drag route.
  • Like the Wisconsin game because DTs can't hold up.
  • Sorta like the PSU game when PSU didn't do anything and Michigan shot themselves in the foot, except Ohio State kills you if you do that.
  • Sam: I get mistakes from Chris Hinton, but when it's Khaleke it's gotta be LBs just freaking out because they're overmatched. Haskins botched his 4th down run because pin didn't work 1st time and he cut back.
  • Brian: Justin Fields hasn't stepped on Ohio State's campus; doing nothing all day every day except football is why Ohio State wins this game; Michigan won't hit parity until they have that kind of dedication. M's DTs don't have the level of focus, OSU's players have learned how to dribble a football.
  • Heartening to see the offense come along. It's not "What are we doing?" anymore.
  • Scuttlebutt: McCaffrey can throw the ball. Sam: If Boston College calls Don Brown he'll take the call, but not sure they will.

Hoops things discussed:

  • Battle for Atlantis: WHY DON'T THEY GIVE YOU A TRIDENT? That floor is an abomination: always wet ballroom is gonna lead to injuries.
  • (Unless Juwan Howard is around) His speech at the end of the tournament established him as a mensch.
  • Credit to Ohio State's hoops team who beat an injured UNC on their floor. UNC might not be very good—they don't have their same five-stars and eyebrows guy anymore. Leaky Black is playing, Brooks just a guy at center, they're going to be .500 in the ACC this year.
  • Louisville: doesn't bother us—schedule loss since Cardinals have been prepping for Michigan all year. They were LOCKED IN for this game, especially with how they prepped for the screens. M had two days to prepare for L'ville and they had 2 months.
  • The Screens, The Screens, The Screens! UNC: Michigan runs you off so many screens there's no way to keep up. Like Michigan State: are you going to keep hedging as well if you're banging off screen after screen?
  • Won't matter for Iowa because Iowa doesn't play D. M's going to become a better post team, but that's not efficient offense.
  • X has to be better at faking passes that aren't there and going to Livers in the corner. Semi-contested threes are their money shot.
  • Ohio State the team to beat in the Big Ten? Of course: nothing goes wrong for those guys. What about Purdue—other than recruiting Matt Painter is among the best coaches in the country.
MGoPodcast 11.14: I’m Here to Serve

MGoPodcast 11.14: I’m Here to Serve

December 1, 2019

Fair warning: this is 80% basketball.

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1. The Game

starts at 1:00

One of the most frustrating things about this Game is the guys making the mistakes were the upperclassmen who dominated in their roles all season. Why have a defense? Sad field goals? Ain't gonna fire Jim Harbaugh because he's going to keep putting out S&P+ top ten teams. Ain't gonna fire Don Brown because he's one of the best. Josh Gattis looks like a keeper. Jon Runyan survived against Jon Runyan. We're never going to beat Ohio State until the system changes. Pay the damn players already.

2. The Battle for Atlantis: ISU and UNC

starts at 13:15

They should not play in this tournament again; surprised nobody got hurt when there's random water appearing all over the place. Are long twos good, because Michigan is forcing its opponents to take all of them. ISU: Wagner looks like another big out there, shot looks good. UNC: A beating, even with Michigan's two biggest stars fouling out with over 5 minutes left. Michigan's turnover-forced rate is terrible because they're forcing teams to dribble into two range then shoot. Also this was the Eli game (24 points on 16 shot equivalents). NBA thinking: if you have an isolation advantage go get it.

3. The Battle for Atlantis: Gonzaga

starts at 36:55

House money until they get a five-point lead and then it's on. X has changed his shot so it gets out quicker and he's still making them. Changes the offense that he can go to the paint either way too. Multiple times this year we've been furious about turnovers and then they put up a graphic and Michigan's above average. Wish we had redshirted him so we could see what he'd develop next year. Tired Teske: logged a lot of minutes and still managed to play good defense. Wagner's length was a huge problem for the Zags. Also he's as expressive as his brother when he gets a bad call.

Refs: Zaga was fine until the flagrant that wasn't. UNC was getting calls on flops; the one on DDJ when Cole Anthony jumped under him was atrocious.

Brooks was 1 of 6 from two but they were decent late-clock shots and a runner. Best case scenario for this season was DDJ or Brooks is starter-caliber and they both are. Brooks: still acts like a role player, just his role is assassin. Haven't seen Juwan's team increase ORebs from Beilein, suspect the 2-3 zone was from Phil Martelli.

4. Hot Takes and the Big Ten.

starts at 1:05:33

Going into the season it looked like MSU and the field. Michigan could beat Louisville and be #1 in the AP, not that rankings matter. Ohio State are also playing like contenders. Maryland is not. Purdue is too weird. In both of MSU's losses they doubled Winston until he gets the ball to Tillman and make him shoot outside. Rocket Watts: terrible start, Foster Loyer is unplayable. IU resurgence: not worried if their best player can be matched by Teske. Wisconsin is looking like what we thought Wisconsin would, and Reuvers is trying to do the Happ thing. Rutgers is a top 75 team; they're not good but they're not going to be the worst in the conference by far. Speaking of: Nebraska is abject. Northwestern too, but beat Providence. Louisville: terrifying on paper, blew out some barely top-100 teams. Juwan Howard: so…

MUSIC:
  • "If This Tour Doesn't Kill You, I Will"—PUP
  • "NBA On NBC Theme"
  • "Basketball"–Kurtis Blow
  • “Space Jam Theme Song”—Quad City DJs
MGoRadio 5.12: The Broad Side

MGoRadio 5.12: The Broad Side

November 29, 2019

wsg legendary journalist Robin Wright, plus Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis, former Michigan OL Thomas Guynes, and our own Ace Anbender

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[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1.The Game 1969 with Dr. Sap and Robin Wright

starts at 1:00

Famed journalist Robin Wright calls into the podcast to discuss her experience covering the 1969 Michigan vs. Ohio State game, along with Dr. Sap and Seth.

2. Battle 4 Atlantis Recap with Ace

starts at 25:20

Is there a roof on the ceiling? No. Ace was impressed with the defensive turnaround between UNC and Gonzaga. There’s still a lot of low hanging fruit with this team: Franz being worked in, Simpson turnover rate quite high even after a strong weekend. Eli Brooks is a revelation, an excellent defender. Has any Michigan player progressed faster in one year than Brooks? Livers does not need a lot of space to get a shot up any more. Not facing many late shot clock situations. Michigan doesn’t allow you to take threes or have assists, they want you to shoot iso twos. Seemed like they got the short end of the stick when it comes to refereeing, fouls should go down when that corrects itself. No nervousness when Castleton comes into the game. If Michigan can beat Louisville…

3. OL Discussion wsg Thomas Guynes

starts at 52:25

Discussion about the OL at Michigan and across the B1G. Michigan doing better on twists on the interior, still struggling to move the line of scrimmage at times. An overarching theme in college football: a lack of competition. Who has Bama played? Who has Chase Young faced in terms of great OT’s? Haskins is the #1 at running back right now.

4. Indiana Recap and Ohio State preview

starts at 1:19:22

Indiana dinked and dunked quite a bit but their drives came to a quick end when Hutchinson, Paye, and Uche came off the edges. Michigan didn’t really respect Indiana’s interior OL. Shea was dealing on offense, we haven’t seen that guy in awhile. For the first time all season, Shea felt good enough to beat to OSU. Michigan did some new RPO stuff to confuse Indiana, getting them out quick enough to potentially avoid Chase Young. Ohio State has been dominant this season, and it starts with Chase Young, because there isn’t a ton else in the pass rush outside of Young. Of Davon Hamilton’s 4 sacks, 3 are against Maryland and Rutgers. Michigan needs to focus on Young and hope they have enough time to hit some downfield shots to make the defense loosen up. Corners Wade and Arnette grade out as okay but not great in PFF. Even if Okudah is on Nico, you still have to try. Linebackers are better but more exploitable to the RPO. Weather will probably be insignificant. Fields has minor ankle and thumb issues. Seth isn’t as impressed with the OSU OL. They spread it out and let Fields run it.

MUSIC:

The Seaweeds are a Minneapolis band made up of some Michigan ex-pats, notably longtime reader Paul Sonda. https://seaweedsband.com/

  • "Still Running"
  • "Sweet Country Life"
  • "My City"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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MGoPodcast 11.13: The Dumb Indiana Feeling

MGoPodcast 11.13: The Dumb Indiana Feeling

November 24, 2019

That's what you need Nico Collins to do is to sit on somebody in the air.

The Sponsors

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Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic

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1. The Offense

starts at 1:00

Start with the stupid—when Giles Jackson wasn't initially ruled down on his kickoff return we felt in for it. Announcers, Tom Allen's fire-up speech don't help. The Whop for Hawkins trade. First time one of the fearsome foursome receiver recruiting class got over 100 yards(!!!). Nico Collins DPI magnetism. Transition period didn't need to not do that. Things that don't happen anymore: confusion before a snap, timeouts because they're disorganized, running things that don't have a counter. Good downfield adjustments by the young slots. Who can stand up to these receivers? Wheel route to Giles Jackson: looks exactly like Michigan's RPO game. Interior OL: best Brian's ever graded.

2. The Defense

starts at 32:19

Indiana's scripted drive worked with those TE flare screens. Phantom DPI on Lavert Hill worked, Ambry and Lavert feel very differently in run defense: note how Indiana played a screen from trap coverage on that TFL versus how Hill stopped and the guy got around him. Then: shutdown time. Kemp and Hutchinson caused the pop-up that Dax Hill fielded. He's alright that guy, whose first start is broken down. He did fail to switch on one rub route. Dwumfour's limited role. The Uche idea: I believe in not trying to run a jet-around at the guy who immediately steps upfield. Lane integrity versus scrambles: a rare breakdown, next time Ramsey got sacked. McGrone missed a tackle on the TD. PI business: first play is horrible, second one is PI, holding behind the LOS: that's never been called before, but if the ball's in the air it's not defensive holding because—duh—the guy is basically a running back.

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, Game Theory, and Hoops

starts at 51:45

Do you know how to football? Yep, you play until the whistle! Last IU guy prevented what was going to be a 50-yard return. Wildcat snap on 3rd and 3 (unless you're running it twice?). Screwed up end of the half against IU again! Two-point conversion: legitimate tactical decision. Hart contributed to the Dumb Indiana Feeling with his first two very weak punts. Indiana's live stats were very drunk.

Speaking of very drunk: 86 possessions against Houston Baptist! Everyone's pulling out the record books at halftime. Bajema! X went left! Nunez: ~~~~~~euh, went 2/8 but most of those shots looked good. His defense…euh. Castleton looked nice, got up and down the floor well, more comfortable on defense. British student announcer was offended by HouBap shots; Brian was offended by Dragon Ball Z. Everyone but Wilson scored.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:14:06

Iowa-Illinois: too depressed to yell BIG TEN! Illinois forced a lot of FGs, Peters 4 YPA, Illinois lives off turnovers and died by the TO. One was a flea flicker INT. They have the Maryland offense of run defenses. Wisconsin-Purdue: Jonathan Taylor rampant. Backup kicker hit a 62-yard field goal (woulda been good from 62.3), breaking a record from the 19th century. Rutgers 140 yards of offense, MSU gets 5.1 YPP versus Rutgers. Rode Elijah Collins, and he got stuffed twice on 4th and 1. Devontae Dobbs rotated with 3 other guys at LT: roster mismanagement on the tackles is on the list of things wrong with MSU. Maryland played four quarterbacks against Nebraska—none had a pick (don't forget the six sacks though). Three yards short of a passing Rutger. Locksley-Gattis debate: resolved. Northwestern Rutger'd themselves by getting a lead (2-0) while having negative yards. Penn State evisceration (5 YPP) covered up by OSU fumbles. Penn State's rushing defense absolutely destroyed.

MGoRadio 5.10: Go Back to Your Tik Tok

MGoRadio 5.10: Go Back to Your Tik Tok

November 22, 2019

NOTE: Our sound card that converts the audio to digital crapped out so we were using a weird mixer this week. The audio quality suffered as the mixer found weird ways to emphasize some things and not others. Seth sounds far away. Brian sounded too quiet on the live feed. We should have it sorted out next week.

wsg Steve Lorenz (@TremendousUM) and Craig Ross

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Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic (this link gets you 40% off your sub)

[After THE JUMP: dddddd]

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1. Across the Crooked Blue Line, with Steve Lorenz

starts at 1:00

Steve Lorenz of 247 comes onto the podcast to talk about Michigan football recruiting, including the hunt for a QB, TE, and a CB.

2. Hoops So Far, with Craig Ross

starts at 25:20

Craig was right about Eli Brooks proving himself as a real player. Matt D thinks Brooks is Michigan’s best defender, Craig thinks it’s Teske. Defensive rebounding is rough but sample size. A glimmer of hope with David DeJulius. Little bits from Johns, Castleton, and Nuñez with Franz in the wing. The big question: can rebounding get better? Turnovers? Can the 3 guard lineup work? It’s working for Ohio State, with DeJulius playing better it could for Michigan. When Franz comes back he should get a lot of the Nuñez minutes and then some. Craig thinks OSU is the real deal. Purdue can’t shoot right now, should still make the tournament. Maryland’s 3 point shooting needs to be better, as does their free throw shooting. Pieces are there, but they’re Maryland. Elon seems to be a better team than advertised. App State isn’t bad. Both of those are better than Houston Baptist. Creighton is a top 40-50 team.

3. Michigan State After UFR

starts at 52:25

Michigan’s game plan was just toying with MSU. Michigan got to the edge frequently, getting 175 yards off of those and had a few RPO’s for 44 yards. Diverted the attention away from Willekes and Raequan Williams. There wasn’t much double A-gap blitz from MSU. State seemed surprised by the RPO’s like this is still 2015. Ronnie Bell had a phenomenal game, especially blocking. WR blocking as a whole was great. Bubble screens, end arounds to test the edges set up by blocking. Michigan is probably going to have to replace two wide receivers in the offseason and Brian feels okay about it. Michigan ran zero pin and pulls, while MSU probably practiced against it constantly. Patterson’s stats were great but he didn’t grade out well due to accuracy. Got bailed out by receivers, but not many bad reads. Defensively: not much to say. Metellus loses the plot a couple of times and a there’s a TD early but not many other negative things. Defensive ends being so good has allowed Michigan to mask some of the deficiencies at DT. Khaleke Hudson is now the greatest punt block guy in Michigan history.

4. Indiana Preview

starts at 1:19:22

This is probably the best Indiana in a long time. A trap game except everyone respects Indiana. Peyton Ramsey is back at QB while WR Whop Phylior is in concussion protocol and TBD. Nick Westbrook is somehow still at Indiana. All of their WR’s are loping downhill guys. Stevie Scott is back at RB, he’s just Big De’Veon Smith. They don’t get a lot of big runs and Michigan is good at preventing them. They might hammer away for four yards at a time but the interior OL is bad. Michigan will probably be in the 3-3-5 a lot. Indiana goes 5 wide all the time but it’s mostly dink and dunk. Seth is adamant that Michigan is a bad matchup for Indiana. The defense is not talented but well coached. Tiawan Mullen is a great corner and is a true freshman. Indiana is highly dependent on blitzing to get pass rush, which is good for Michigan since M is great at blitz pickups.

MUSIC:

The Lucky So & Sos are a Washington DC-based jazz/funk/hip hop band. Established in 2014, the Lucky So & Sos put on a high energy show heavy on improvisation that melds elements of bossa nova, samba, funk, Latin jazz, gypsy jazz and blues with hip hop. Find them on bandcamp. https://theluckysoandsos.bandcamp.com/releases

  • "Costa E Sol"
  • "History"
  • "Function Tax"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 11/21/2019: The Title Remains It’s Over Because It’s Over
MGoPodcast 11.12: It’s Over

MGoPodcast 11.12: It’s Over

November 18, 2019

Mark Dantonio come back out of the tunnel you coward so you can hear me bury you.

The Sponsors

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1. The State of State and the Offense

starts at 1:00

It's over. Without the most unlikely finish in the history of football, Dantonio is 1-4 against Michigan, and that win is with five interceptions from John O'Korn. They lose the best parts of this team, their recruiting is worse than Tulane, and he's about to sit for a deposition. Who's taking over? Secret Santa to decide who's offensive coordinator.

After the shaky start they score on every drive. A relief to see Michigan come into a game like this and attack the secondary. Patterson buys time productively. Feeling good about Gattis now, which is important: can't keep going through coordinators. Counterpunches to the way MSU plays so aggressively against the run. Flare screens put LBs in conflict. Cornelius Johnson: brilliant play design. Guz Malzahn ran that play to beat Alabama. DPJ dumpoffs working because Sparty safeties are not 5-star athletes. Transcontinental: shoulda thrown it to McKeon. MSU's top tacklers were all in the back seven.

2. Defense and the

starts at 30:03

First late hit on DPJ was not a late hit. Aiden Hutchinson gets a PF for one shove in a mess around the goalie. Cody White and Luke Campbell got PFs for the same play: White got it for taunting. Black got one for flexing at nobody. Lavert Hill: one arm flex is okay even if you stop the play on purpose to do it. Jacub Panasiuk is the guy who on two separate instances tried to get Michigan injured: twisted Higdon's leg (Higdon got flagged) and tried to break Ruiz's ACL (Onwenu got flagged) last year.

Defense: says something that MSU's first play (and one of their better ones) was a backwards pass they fumbled. Max run by MSU is 4 yards—Michigan's defense this year isn't a TFL fest but they make it work by being stingy after a yard. Khaleke Hudson shatter machine tag: reactivated.

They got off the bus with their helmets on. Is that not the most little brother thing? Are they going to get out of bed with their helmets on? Sonny the equipment manager designed the pants and had a Bo hat on the statue while the game was on. Brian: I just thought they took Giles Jackson's pants. MOVE! and line shift worked again, turned a 4th and 1 into a punt block. Seniors are unloading on MSU on Twitter. Ambry Thomas is literally undefeated against blocks when this is what we were concerned about coming out of high school and he had the stomach issue. Dax Hill DPI: receiver is fighting to get somewhere but it's not the ball: Dax has won over the top of the route. Especially frustrating coming off the PI they didn't call on Nico. #FreeJulianBarnett

3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, Game Theory, and Hoops

starts at 58:15

I need you to be as angry as a Panasiuk down 38 points. Fixing the environment in Crisler by filling the lower bowl. Harbaugh's WWE-style callout. Khaleke Hudson passes Marquise Walker as the greatest punt-blocker in Michigan history. Used Giles Jackson well in this game. Game Theory: 4th and 3 was a good idea, got a DPI, not M's fault it wasn't flagged.

Creighton: M managed to slow the game down. Nunez defensive liability, can see his shooting, is a placeholder for Franz. Eli Brooks is a trend. DDJ is coming on. Want to be up-tempo but Pink Teske problem nerfs that. Played Bajema.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:35:06

Flexing with one arm to avoid a personal foul. Northwestern won by 39, line moved to under that but if you got it on 40 you were brutally wrong. Iowa fluked away the Gophers. Jonathan Taylor has reached the records part of the season. The 21 points to Rutgers is the most Ohio State has given up all year. Johnny Langan even got a 1st quarter TD.

MUSIC:
  • "That's Where You're Wrong"—Arctic Monkeys
  • "Humble"—Kendrick Lamar
  • "God's Gonna Cut You Down"–Johnny Cash
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 5.9: Losing Your Fastball

MGoRadio 5.9: Losing Your Fastball

November 15, 2019

The institution of consensus-based representative democracy in America built on trust, compromise, and a mutual pledge to each other of our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

wsg Nick Hopwood of Peak Wealth Management

The Sponsors

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[After THE JUMP: dads]

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1. Maryland After UFR

starts at 1:00

Patterson started well with accuracy and then really trailed off. Without a credible QB running threat, running out of the shotgun is only going to be mediocre and that’s where we’re at. They left Shea’s running in the garage. Brian not optimistic that it will all come together against a very good defense. Had a trap that was just power. This feels more and more like a Harbaugh run game week by week. Backs are going to need to be willing to cut up field if the pin and pull is now the base running game. Anthony McFarland stiffarmed McGrone. Mike Danna had a very nice game but unfortunately he’s going to be gone next year, will probably get drafted. Uche probably going to the NFL too. Vincent Gray had the best coverage of his career.

2. Gimmicky Top 5 things that are irretrievably broken

starts at 24:04

We count down the top 5 things that are irretrievably broken.

3. MSU Preview: Offense

starts at 1:08:32

OL has 3 guys who are definitely out, one guy sat out last week. Started two true freshman last week and starting a guard at RT. Devontae Dobbs seems to be hurt which is why he’s not starting on the offensive line. Top WR Darrell Stewart is out for this game, while their top TE is out for the year following Illinois. Two backup running backs are starting after a bunch of transfers, one of them looks like a dude: Elijah Collins. Receivers are Cody White and not much beyond that. Lewerke was doing a lot of running against Illinois.

4. MSU Preview: Defense

starts at 1:25:24

MSU’s defense has taken a step back from dominant to just good. Seth thinks it’s because they lost an NFL safety and replaced him with Xavier Henderson. Panasiuk-Williams-Willekes are a good defensive front but weakness now without Bachie. Just run power away from Willikes. Antjuan Simmons is good when he doesn’t have to think in the viper-like position. DT’s are really good. Josh Butler and Tre Person are not very good corners. Nico is going to be open. Nico Collins needs to get 15 targets. Their kicker has been wonky this season.

MUSIC:

Neco Redd, a neo-soul artist from the West side of Detroit. She toured Europe as a member of Amp Fiddler, and has worked with Boney James, George Duke and Kid Rock. Her debut album we're featuring is NO DISCIPLINE and she's currently working on a jazz project "Smoking Gun" with Amp Fiddler. Facebook: facebook.com/pages/NECO-REDD-EXPERIENCE, or Twitter: @NECOREDDLIVE 

  • "No Discipline"
  • "History"
  • "Detroit City"
  • “Across 110th Street”

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WTKA Roundtable 11/14/2019: If You Aren’t in Prison

WTKA Roundtable 11/14/2019: If You Aren’t in Prison

November 15, 2019

Football things discussed:

  • State preview: Lewerke is less broken, they're 86th not 128th.
  • MSU played a better game than Illinois, but for a lot of Sparty Nos.
  • MSU was running Michigan's arc read—how little brother was that.
  • State's Brady Hoke Concussion Adventure: they tell the truth that they didn't give a shit if Lewerke had a concussion, then the medical staff is like waitaminute we've got to lie.
  • Bachie is a huge loss though they have more good linebackers. What they don't have are the elite secondary players.
  • This is just the cusp: recruiting has been a crater, and they're going to lose almost all of their good players.
  • KJ Hamler told the announce crew for MSU-PSU he didn't go to Michigan State because people don't come out right up there.
  • Credit to Michigan State for taking a comeuppance they've deserved for years.
  • Malik McDowell: everything people were worried about with him came true because he went to Michigan State.
  • Lloyd Carr did not like Bobby Williams.
  • Watch the Illinois game: Gotta dial up more shots.
  • The Dread: last year things felt bad even though Michigan was up a touchdown forever until the DPJ touchdown. But Michigan was still dominating that game.

Basketball things discussed:

  • App state: Zavier Simpson's worst game since he won the starting job, had a good game against Creighton.
  • Running sets that Juwan brought from the NBA. In the 2nd half the offense gets better because they're on offense by their bench and Juwan can yell at guys.
  • Pink Teske: was pretty tired out there—maybe tempo isn't going to help his style. Gave up a lot of OREBs. But Teske iced the game too.

Other things discussed:

  • Who's Alabama beaten? Brian: They'll have beaten Auburn; that's not as good as the other 1-loss teams. Oklahoma or Oregon is going to have one more win and a conference championship.
  • Buying Minnesota? Yes they can win the West. But they played even with Penn State, whom Michigan was better than on the road, so they're on our level.
  • Ed does a Brian impersonation.

Well your numbers are stupid

MGoPodcast 11.11: The Michigan State Beat

MGoPodcast 11.11: The Michigan State Beat

November 10, 2019

Say something to the alums and students and former players about the future of the program.

THE SPONSORS

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan we’d be all be very sad ex-Vox employees with “real” jobs.

Our other sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Peak Wealth Management, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni Association, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, Perrin Brewing, and The Athletic

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[After THE JUMP: NOOOOOOOO!]

1. Basketball

starts at 1:00

Recapping a Sparty No! for the ages. From the 4th and 16 pass to Illinois's version of Nico Collins, to keeping an obviously concussed Lewerke on the field for a pick six, to extending Illinois on 4th down by tackling their receiver in the end zone.

Hoops vs Appalachian State. Nunez is a great shoo—oh he committed another foul. Wings: thin until Wagner can play. Ivory Towers lineup and three guard lineup tested. Eli Brooks more like Three-li Brooks: confident and can run the offense! Concern is for people who haven't seen Zavier Simpson play the last three seasons. Livers not off the dribble. Teske! Looked like a murderpost for the first half. Using his passing, saving his energy with the new pick & roll defense? Michigan going to try to draw fouls again! Around the league: Purdue looks interesting, Maryland looks talented as hell but going from watching Purdue play offense to Maryland is jarring.

2. Gimmicky Top Fives: Sparty No!

starts at 32:45

Get your piss hot.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 55:16

It's an ECAC team out there right now. Pastas sending pucks on net and they're not going in. Defense looks organized. Fixed some of the things that needed to be fixed, except the power play. Don't yet have the talent to be the team they want to, and don't have the experience to be a good not talented team. Next year there's going to be some totally rad dudes.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:19:03

A very validating Row the Boat performance: Tanner Morgan has his second-best game of the year, with Sean Clifford going almost toe to toe (three interceptions, 23 more attempts, one more yard). Can't count Purdue right now. Need to talk about David Bell, who's kind of a dude already. John L. Smith and Brady Hoke were better in their last four years than MSU. They're running arc read. Brian Ferentz invented the quarterback draw. Ohio State conspiracies: Chase Young gets suspended, he's from Maryland, and Young's DeMatha HC is a Maryland assistant; corroborated by onside kicks and more running up the score.

MUSIC:

  • "Scythian Empire"—Andrew Bird
  • "Horizon to Cliff"—Built to Spill
  • "The W.A.N.D."–The Flaming Lips
  • “Across 110th Street”