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Ace Pod 1.7: The Thinking and the Logic

Ace Pod 1.7: The Thinking and the Logic

September 16, 2019

Pitt apparently had precisely two plays they thought could work on the opponent’s one-yard line. And they didn’t work.

The Ace Pod now has a sponsor! Thank you to the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, whose website is now fully armed and operational.

This week’s mailbag discusses:

  • Unpleasant victories (“no disrespect to Akron”)
  • Pinpointing why we are the way we are (it’s The Game, guys)
  • The possibilities of a 2QB formation (trash it)
  • Reasons for hope with the offense (many, in my opinion)
  • Which announcing team is the best we can hope for right now (it’s bleak out there)
  • How to get a good picture of a dog (cut loose)
  • A quick health update (progress!)

But before all that, I dig into Pat Narduzzi’s lengthy defense of attempting a field goal from the one-yard line with five minutes left in a seven-point game. While he succeeded in getting his defense on the field, that may not be the victory he believes it is. #NardDogg4MSU

MUSIC:

"Choking on a Piece of Meat, Pt. 2"—The Poets of Rhythm

MGoPodcast 11.3: Twelve Angry Men

MGoPodcast 11.3: Twelve Angry Men

September 15, 2019

It's the bye week, and that means hoops preview edition. Except we have to laugh about MSU first, duh.

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 LendingPeak Wealth ManagementAnn Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, the University of Michigan Alumni AssociationMichigan Law GradHuman ElementThe Phil Klein Insurance GroupFuegoBox, and Perrin Brewing

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[After THE JUMP: A dozen done dirty]

 

1. Backcourt & Sparty No!

starts at 1:00

The Sparty No!ment: give up a Vinny Testaverde Techmo Bowl first down, get a gift PI call, unnecessary fire drill field goal they make but there's a 12th guy on the field, misses the second by lots, complains about officiating: CALL 9-1-2! Shape of the program could change radically. Up-tempo? Turnovers? Posting? Auto-benching no more? Who are we? X's team, obviously. X should learn a left hook. The two is a ???? but we're guessing it's Teske despite being huge for the two because that seems the most promising lineup. DDJ and Nunez had disappointing starts for guys with supposedly great shots. Bajema is a Caris-ian X factor.

2. Frontcourt

starts at 32:45

What's Livers, and what happens when he tries to basketball more because he seems to be a pretty good basketball player. His pull-up is a good bad shot. His defense is statistically Matthews-like but not Matthews-like. Michigan needs him on the court as much as possible. The four is Brandon Johns or Livers, pending a big leap from Brandon Johns that could mean a lot for this team. Certainly he's an athlete, numbers shot up, is jacked, decent shooter in high school, what does Juwan want to do with a GRIII type? If it's rebounding and athleticism Johns is in business. Colin Castleton: Reuvers-style four? Certainly a Wagner-style five when Teske is off the floor, which is like never. Second to Bol Bol in high school at swatting. What do you want Teske's foul rate to be? They also have a 6'10" guy from Columbia (not THAT Columbia).

3. Big Ten Hoops Outlook

starts at 59:46

Hot takes of the week. The conference looks weird: big one and everyone else. Michigan State gets back Winston and Tillman, the end. Aaron Henry looks like he's going to be a player too. Torvik has a mess after that: Purdue (#7 nationally), return Haarms, no Carsen Edwards, Eastern as a PG..this is way overrating Purdue? Turgeon's coaching is now underrated; time to take the Terps seriously. Illinois: if Dosunmu isn't one of the best players in the conf it's an upset. OSU has a point guard. Torvik has PSU #19 in the country but uh… Wisconsin's scorer is…oh we're going to hate this team. Michigan shouldn't be behind a team replacing its entire offense and a team that's like How do you offense? Next team on this list is Rutgers after a disaster of an offseason—Torvik loves Geo Baker maybe? Indiana bad but they added Joey Brunk. His Hoop-Lens on/off splits are incredible:

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4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:36:15

The John L. Smith special. El Assico ends in the most El Assico way possible after they build weird scores with 2's and 3's. Minnesota lucky to to be 0-3 against three cupcakes. OSU murderates Indiana, who loses Penix, OSU looks complete. Penn State plays an MSU game with Pitt, as Pitt does. Narduzzi went for a field goal down 7, 4th and goal from the one, burned a timeout….WTF!?! Missed it of course. Pitt also outgained them. Maryland's offense fizzles out behind a bad OL. Purdue bloops out to TCU.

MUSIC:

  • “12 And Pinball”—Sesame Street
  • “Number Song”—DJ Shadow
  • “Down for the Count”—Reflection Eternal
  • “Across 110th Street”

THE USUAL LINKS:

And we made it this far without talking about the State game.

The Teams: 1947

The Teams: 1947

September 13, 2019

2 hours and 2 minutes

Seth and Dr. Sap bring you a podcast about Michigan's greatest teams. This episode: The Mad Magicians of 1947.

Previously: 1980, 1999, 1901, 1964, 1976, 1925

THE SPONSOR:

It is sponsored by HomeSure Lending. If you're buying or refinancing your home, this is the guy to talk to. He'll work on your loan directly and walk you through a process that can get really confusing really fast. I used him. Brian used him. Everyone else who used him is glad they did.

[Description, diagrams, some video after the JUMP]

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1. FRITZ AND HIS MAGICIANS

(starts at 1:00)

Fritz Crisler: the John Beilein of Michigan football. Headed the rules committee, put wings on Michigan's helmets, and made Michigan the non-cheaters they would more or less remain until today and certainly were not before. The War: 1945 Army game and Crisler invents the platoon system. He also uses the War to replace his players with soldiers stationed at Michigan's various programs. Michigan's 1945 team was tiny and young, and the 1947 team was those guys as juniors and seniors PLUS the war heroes who came back. The Mad Magician offense: base power out of the single-wing, tons of screens, reverses, spinning fullback. Has a lot in common with the Army offense we just saw..

2. THE TEAM THE TEAM THE TEAM

(starts at 21:21)

3. INTERVIEW WITH CENTER DAN DWORSKY

(starts at 57:23)

One of the great products of the University of Michigan, Dworsky designed Crisler Arena, LAX, and a bust of Crisler. He was also one of two great linebackers of his day, with Penn's Chuck Bednarik, though Dworsky was probably better. We get him on the phone and share his recollections of this season.

4. THE GAMES, THE GAMES, THE GAMES

(starts at 1:09:59)

Blow out MSC, blow out a very good Stanford and Pitt (69-0!) to climb to #1. Tight game with Northwestern until the offense explodes in the second half, tight game with Minnesota and another with Illinois. Just 6 points (by Wisconsin, during backup hour, in a 40-6 win) given up the rest of the season.

5. ROSE BOWL, VOTING, WRAP

(1:40:27)

Michigan takes the train to Pasadena and beats the crap out of USC

Heisman vote: Johnny Lujack of ND wins it (that's sorta fair) over Chappuis. ND gets the #1 nod after the regular season (with some help of some #4 and #8 votes for Michigan from Southern media mad that Michigan plays three African-Americans), but a re-vote after the Rose Bowl puts Michigan on top. Assessing Crisler as he retires and leaves Bennie Oosterbaan in charge.

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MUSIC
  • "Near You"—Francis Craig and His Orchestra
  • "Temptation"—Perry Como
  • "Hawaiian War Chant"—The Don Ralke Chorus
  • "Loaded Pistols, Loaded Dice"—Roy Brown
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 9/12/2019: LloydBall

WTKA Roundtable 9/12/2019: LloydBall

September 13, 2019

Things discussed:

  • Shea's keeps: Mentioned Neck Sharpies—you still have to test that shuffled end sometimes anyway
  • If you have a spread offense and the other team can shut off your keep game, you've failed.
  • Borges problems again: not punishing teams that are soft on the edge.
  • The CB blitzes were RPS-3's because they were crushing the Arc Read Zone
  • Frustrating because McCaffrey comes in for three plays and they're all bad reads.
  • Nico doesn't have one jump ball situation. Throw it to covered Nico!
  • Shea's seeing ghosts.
  • Michigan fumbled on three of its four possessions, Ronnie Bell gave up 100 yards of field position on punts.
  • The RB rotation is irrelevant.
  • One great call: the wheel route. Lost the screen game—surprised that wasn't more part of the gameplan.
  • Smoke route? You cannot let teams play 10 yards off your receivers.
  • Spath's source: His analysis is off but the source is good. When you have an RPO, you don't get to do decide if you're running or passing.
  • The second 4th and 2: disagree whether following the blockers would work.
  • Caller: Army's offense isn't applicable to the rest of the season/they're not going to run that 3-3-5 again.
  • Army's defense has a lot of blitzes—Michigan got got by a blitz once, picked up that blitz later.
  • Have to be worried when Rice plays better than you on offense.
  • Is it fixable?
MGoPodcast 11.2: Early Season Issues

MGoPodcast 11.2: Early Season Issues

September 8, 2019

It was never a t-shirt. It might have been a spittle-flecked blog post.

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, and Perrin Brewing

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[After THE JUMP: All things borked]

1. Offense

starts at 1:00

Shea and his reads: Harbaugh's job is to lie but we think he's definitely injured. Sometimes there was an overhang read but mostly: yeah. His passing too was probably affected by that.

Ready to buy Charbonnet as a star. We got a lot of data this week. Missed Runyan a lot—not great from Hayes, huge missed pickup by Turner. Giles Jackson has freshman slot disease: need to teach them to cut inside the blocker. VanSumeren screwed this up too. Quarterback has to play better, period. Targeting call: can't call that—have to account for a guy changing position.

2. Defense

starts at 26:38

Irrelevant to the rest of the season. Uche had a good game, Hutchinson had a good game, can't blame him for Army doubling him by having another guard slam into the guard blocking him to get a short gain. Michigan chose to go with a 3-3-5, take the dives to prevent anything big. You're going to

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 55:10

Ronnie Bell: making us miss DPJ/Peppers. Third punt was yikes, and fumbled a punt. Liked how Michigan played the 4th quarter—problem wasn't going for it; it was the playcall. Michigan got RPS'd by Army who called something to beat the arc read. How did ULSM not go for two? Michael Sessa on FG blocks. Commercials: so many in this game that Michigan ran out of their in-game frippery before the 4th quarter.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:20:25

Wisconsin Rutger'd CMU (hey we could have played CMU) and Quintez Cephus is back. Both teams have a bye now. Indiana had their fun. Buckeyes had their fun; Justin Fields completes 80% of his passes. Iowa found a receiver against Rutgers—not the one we gave them. Michigan State gets 51 points wearing the Mountain Dew uniforms against the Broncos (hey we could have played WMU). Penn State got outgained by Buffalo; 23 for 24 is a bad run game. Maryland what? Illinois has former Michigan guys and beat UConn, has EMU (hey we could have had a bye then played EMU) next week. Colorado-Nebraska was a Lions job. Tried to have their punter kick the OT field goal. New center is taking some time to get used to it. Two signs Nebraska is back to the Osborne years: Colorado rushes the field, and they're playing a criminal right out of jail.

MUSIC:

  • “Army”—Ben Folds Five
  • “Time Trap”—Built to Spill
  • “Don't Leave Me THis Way”—Lee Fields
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 5.1: Let’s Have a Real Good Time

MGoRadio 5.1: Let’s Have a Real Good Time

September 6, 2019

The thing about Murderwolf is he doesn’t party under overpasses.

Special Guests: Greg Dooley, program writer, Michigan uniform know-it-all, and Dude of MVictors, and Craig Ross, 3,000-year-old druid.

The Sponsors

We can do this because people support us. You should support them! The show is presented by UGP & The Bo Store, who are the living embodiments of the Pitbull philosophy.

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, and Perrin Brewing

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[After THE JUMP: A real good time.]

1. History of Army-Michigan and Herbert O. Crisler wsg Greg Dooley

starts at 1:00

The first year of the modern winged helmet. Fritz Crisler arrived and helped to spur the development of platoon football. Army and Michigan played football in Yankee Stadium. Army weaponized the use of the draft to build an unstoppable college football team and also were among the first teams to use substitutions in college football. Brian thinks that the FCS should eliminate substitutions again. Crisler was a Chicago guy, got his nickname from Amos Alonzo Stagg himself. The 1945 sophomore class that made up much of the team became national champions as seniors in 1947, while Army won a disputed national championship in ’45.

2. MTSU Recap wsg Craig Ross

starts at 32:28

Michigan could have run arc read keeper on every play and have won easily. Was probably a weird outlier to forget about going forward. Play calling for the passing offense was finally linked to the run offense. A few really nice RPO’s. A bit of Big Ten West discussion: Hunter Johnson looked very bad for Northwestern but they’re not on Michigan’s schedule so it doesn’t matter. Teams that schedule legit FCS schools (like Minnesota) don’t get enough credit. Craig still likes Wisconsin. Vincent Gray needs to work on not getting eliminated from the play when blocked. Charbonnet displayed the whole package. Turner had a good game too. The receivers have to get used. McKeon seems promising. Craig likes Shea’s accuracy but not his decision making. Ben Mason is not ready for big time. Josh Uche needs to play. Jordan Glasgow was a guy you wanted to seize the job of WLB and he looked like he did it. There’s a spot for Dax Hill on this defense and hopefully he seizes it. The defense is far more diverse than last season.

3. Army Preview wsg Craig Ross

starts at 1:09:59

Brian finally reveals that Pitbull content origin. Army will not be fun this weekend. They build their offense around consistently getting 3 yards. They convert almost every fourth down but if you get them in 3rd and long, it’s over. Army is built for upsets by limiting possessions, but they still need to get a little lucky. Michigan’s offense should score on every drive in this game. The spread (Michigan -22) doesn’t feel off, but there is a real chance of nervousness. Michigan hired Georgia Tech’s defensive coordinator as an analyst for this game. Army is going to blitz a lot because they’re undersized. Seth likes their other LB more than the captain..

4. Why Pitbull?

starts at 1:28:23

A very short segment.

MUSIC:

Every week on MGoRadio we feature a different local or friendly band. This week we’re honored to have Duke Charrell from Parliament Funkadelic (George Clinton’s band). Check out Duke’s stuff on Spotify.

Apparently all the guys from Parliament Funkadelic are from Michigan, most are huge Michigan fans, and they all funk around with their own stuff. If you’d like your band featured on here, reach out.

  • “Fire & Lightning”
  • “Liquid Galaxies (Grains of Sand)”
  • “Wave (End Game)”
  • “Across 110th Street”
The Ace Pod 1.6: Q: Are We Not Good?

The Ace Pod 1.6: Q: Are We Not Good?

September 6, 2019

The Ace Pod now has a sponsor! Thank you to the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, whose website is currently a work-in-progress but will be ready for primetime soon. If you, too, are interested in sponsoring the podcast, please contact Seth.

This week’s pod covers a variety of football questions, including:

  • How do I not feel a certain way when something goes awry early?
  • How much playbook-concealing is actually necessary?
  • Why so many 2-TE looks in the spread?
  • What is the optimal usage of Josh Uche?
  • Is Mike Zordich the best position coach in the country?BPONE is a coping device but it doesn’t have to be a way of life.

MUSIC:

“Uncontrollable Urge” — Devo

WTKA Roundtable 9/5/2019: I Agree With Al Borges

WTKA Roundtable 9/5/2019: I Agree With Al Borges

September 5, 2019

Things discussed:

  • We could run the Arc Read/Split Zone thing every play. Borges calls it the "QB bluff run."
  • Freshmen: Hayes killed it, the RBs killed it.
  • You could see they had some screens in the offense—
  • Not crisp—Craig compares us unfavorably to Bowling Green.
  • Charbonnet: Has a chance to join A-Train and Hart as great pass pro RBs
  • Shea: decision-making still not great, but accurate and efficient
  • MTSU tried to get to the perimeter, "did so belligerently." Brian liked their offensive gameplan, not so much defense.
  • First time Brian charted some off coverage—greater diversity. Natural to play Cov2 against teams that are trying to get outside.
  • Gray: UFR less encouraging than live.
  • Mason not ready. Goes so hard he ends up on the ground and can't get back to the play.
  • Michigan has to find a way to get Josh Uche on the field. Hutchinson looked close to a breakout. Did work inside.
  • Army: Their offense is all about 10 minute drives: three yards is a win because they'll go for every 4th and 1. Rice is so bad and played Army pretty evenly.
  • Around the league: Justin Fields, Wisconsin, Penn State: impressive starts. Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue. Northwestern has a five-star QB who comes in and sucks.
  • State: Man you need some offensive tackles.
  • Nebraska: congratulations you have a slot receiver; you already had a good one.
MGoPodcast 11.1: Everybody Get Colitis

MGoPodcast 11.1: Everybody Get Colitis

September 1, 2019

All weight gain and all weight loss are good, so if you lose 50 pounds and gain it back you get superpowers

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, and Perrin Brewing

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1. Offense: Debut of Speed In Space

Offense is different but not that different; Gattis keeping some things in the barn. Two-minute drill actually 2mD'd. Double QB formation was pointless and not very practiced. RPO-RPO-PA TD on the other hand is glorious. Four-verts TD to McKeon, and some bombs to Bell—they're not afraid to strike fast and deep. CoJo debut is a wrong-shoulder catch that none of us were expecting. Please put Nico in the slot if we're going to ball it up quick. Want some Harbaugh back in the offense. Charbonnet blitz pickups: on, trucking: on, acceleration: on, other backs: good enough that Tru's gotta be 3rd down back. Sat in pocket too long (both QBs) even when orbit motion got RBs wide open. Schoonmaker looks big. Karsen Barnhart ahead of all the freshmen.

2. Defense

starts at 35:29

Hot takes. Cornerbacks: Ambry and Gray both looked really good. Still a three-man rotation—not weird for this game but weird if it goes on. Uche gets off the line so dang fast—this QB frustratingly kept throwing accurately after Uche's already nailing him. Ben Mason thing not going well. Going 3-3-5—that's one way to make chicken salad. Hawkins looked alright. MTSU's center went out screaming. Asher O'Hara you are so obnoxious. Hutchinson better pass rusher inside than out, Danna had a nice hurry, DEs nerfed by offense's design.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

starts at 1:01:55

Had timeouts at least but when you have timeouts you don't need to clock the ball and burn a down dudes. Of all the dudes to put back there for punt returns, NOT LAVERT HILL. Hudson had a lot of pressure on a punt. Moody had field goals, most of the kickoffs, Nordin had the extra points. Wall of the non-dressed teammates? Included German Green, Jalen Perry, Sammy Faustin.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:20:25

Northwestern: Hunter Johnson was terrible, this is going to be gross. Minnesota: lines are major concerns after getting pushed around by a (good) I-AA team. Tulsa is the most incompetent jokers ever—MSU crowd is chanting "We want Rocky!" Wisconsin: played a bad team but Taylor catching passes out of the backfield is terrifying. Rutgers had a functional passing offense (against a terrible defense, with three picks, but hey!). Purdue? Purdue??! Five turnovers…Purdue. Nevada's kicker got a scholarship after the game. Brandon Peters isn't the worst. Nebraska got into a game with South Bama? Hoosiers hold off Ball State. Iowa: Very Iowa, lose Alaric Jackson.

MUSIC:

  • “Blame It On The Tetons”—Modest Mouse
  • “That's How We Burn”—Jaill
  • “3am Spiritual”—Smith Westerns
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 5.0: I Assume You Mean Northwestern

MGoRadio 5.0: I Assume You Mean Northwestern

August 30, 2019

Special Guests: New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon joins us to talk about his latest book, Overtime

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 GroupFuegoBox, and Perrin Brewing

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1. Preview Wrap

Brian is tired and terrified by July betting lines. This feels like at least 10 wins but the identity of the one or two losses means everything. Michigan finally has QB depth and OSU doesn’t! Dylan McCaffrey will play. Michael Dwumfour is the guy who really matters on the interior and Brad Hawkins is an X-Factor too. Michigan took away slot fades last year but may have to change that approach, Hawkins will be the guy to defend those.

2. Bacon

starts at 21:09

John Bacon jumps on the podcast to discuss his new book “Overtime”, which has been riling up people on Brian’s Twitter timeline. He shares stories about blackmail, Sarah Harbaugh, Grant Newsome’s leg, and amateurism in college sports.

3. Extra Bacon

starts at 44:55

Bacon is high on Ryan Day but admits the uncertainty. He feels that Michigan is set up best of any season since 2006. Schedule is difficult but it sets up well. Indiana is the trap game of all time. Bacon thinks PSU and MSU is falling apart. Bacon says this is Gattis's offense now and the tempo change is the most important. Bacon says Harbaugh scheduled Army. Team feels this is the most relaxed it’s been since Harbaugh arrived.

4. MTSU Preview

starts at 1:09:32

MTSU has a good slot receiver who is Giles Jackson but slow. Everyone is 50 lbs lighter than everyone on Michigan. Scott Shafer is the MTSU defensive coordinator. Seth feels that there’s nothing to learn from this game, Brian says that we can look at Brad Hawkins vs. the slot. Seth makes an Arrested Development reference. New QB after a 4 year starter leaves.

MUSIC:

Ever week on MGoRadio we feature a different local or friendly band. This week we’re honored to have Duke Charrell from Parliament Funkadelic (George Clinton’s band). Check out Duke’s stuff on Spotify.

Apparently all the guys from Parliament Funkadelic are from Michigan, most are huge Michigan fans, and they all funk around with their own stuff. If you’d like your band featured on here, reach out.

  • “Tantric Dance”
  • “Cosmic Vines”
  • “Liquid Galaxies”
  • “Across 110th Street”