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MGoPodcast 11.6: On the Other Hand Seth October 7th, 2019 at 7:11 AM

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[After THE JUMP: on the one…]

1. The Offense

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Did that look like the #14 team in the country? Michigan is +4 in turnovers too. Patterson had an O'Korn performance. Terrible INT on a high-low read anybody should be able to make. First throw of the day is nearly intercepted too. Terrible sack he takes—Joel Klatt: "coverage sack"—literally every receiver is open. We're ready for McCaffrey at this point given Patterson's regression. One keeper and everyone says hurrah, and no more from the arc zone game until the 4 minute drill. What were you doing this offseason? Running game is getting nothing now because it's so simplified. Pass pro wasn't bad; Patterson made it look worse.

2. The Defense

starts at 23:54

Dominant performance. Stanley under siege: Michigan was sending their OLBs against Wirfs and Alaric Jackson while Kwity was winning inside. Key drive at the end Alaric Jackson has to tackle Michigan's edge guys. Blitz package was great: Iowa goes five-wide, Michigan consistently got McGrone through. Surprised Stanley didn't fumble when he was Statue of Liberty'ing the ball. Hello Mr. Dwumfour. Four-DE package was killer. Ace: they suckered Iowa into a passing down in the redzone. Stanley's "pre-snap read" to Lavert Hill was thrown too well. Revenge fade to Oliver Martin—Ambry lucky it was uncatchable. Clearly there was supposed to be a safety over the top when Hill got beat. Shout out Khaleke for his run defense.

3. Special Teams/Game Theory

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If you take a TO to ice the kicker, the HC has to take a Gatorade bath. Running short of the sticks: who thought that was a good idea and why are we doing it? Maybe don't kick pop-ups to one of the kick returners in the conference? Didn't put two guys back on 4th and 20, let the Aussie angle it. Mirror Ferentz showed once, but had a shot in Michigan's territory when Michigan declined the delay of game penalty. Michigan finally got some fluck. Homecoming: we didn't get the traditional band show with Temptation/Hawaiian War Chant.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

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Heisman stat padding afternoon for Jon Taylor. Purdue's out literally half their team vs Penn State; Louisville's going to have a better season than Purdue this year. The Journey: Rutgers. Blackshear and Sitkowski both redshirting to preserve eligibility for somewhere other than Rutgers. Tanner Morgan follows up 21/22 with not that. Pat Fitzgerald triple-ices kicker instead of getting another drive.

MUSIC:
  • “The Slow Descent Into Alcoholism”—The New Pornographers
  • “It Hurts Until It Doesn't”—Mothers
  • “Randy Described Eternity”—Built to Spill
  • “Across 110th Street”
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I just want to DK Metcalf the offense. That's where we are.

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TheCube

October 7th, 2019 at 7:26 AM ^

Thank god. All the people who keep saying the WRs can’t get separation can shut it for one more week. These guys are wide open every play. A college level qb should be able to throw it as they break their route for a catch. Glad Brian noticed Klatt caping for Sheas putrid play.
 

Secondly, fuck Wisconsin, these sneaky B side Wolverines always take dirty shots at our players and concuss a QB at the worst time. Wouldn’t be that mad if one of our guys take their important player’s knees out next time whenever that is. 

Dr. Funkenstein

October 7th, 2019 at 7:37 AM ^

Everyone’s ready for McCaffrey at this point if he’s able to play this week.... Everyone except Harbaugh though, hopefully he’s just blowing coach smoke to cover for his guy until McCaffrey’s healthy and ready to go... 

JFW

October 7th, 2019 at 8:10 AM ^

I'm very sad at Patterson's regression. He looked better last year in the old offense. 

That said, I think it's time to see what McCaffrey can do. I have to believe that they're being (rightly, IMHO) conservative in his concussion. 

BlueHills

October 7th, 2019 at 12:13 PM ^

I’m just curious as to what McCaffrey’s shown this year that makes folks think we’re better off with him as the starter, and that Patterson isn’t as good a QB? Here are some 2019 stats to think about:

McCaffrey: 45.5% completions. QBR 89.

Patterson: 58.3% completions, QBR 131.8.

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The stats speak for themselves. To be honest, Patterson didn’t have a great game on Saturday, but he’s still a more ready quarterback with significantly better stats.

kevin holt

October 7th, 2019 at 1:02 PM ^

The issue with looking at QBR alone is that it only accounts for passing attempts and whether or not they were successful. Several of Shea's issues wouldn't be reflected in his passer rating. E.g.: when Shea throws a short completion when he has someone else wide open downfield, that's a positive event to his QBR; when he takes a bad sack or scrambles when he doesn't need to, his QBR is unaffected because those are considered running plays; most importantly, his inexplicable inability to keep/run the ball has a huge effect on the function of the offense, as does his ability to get the ball out on time or to open guys (plus the hampering of the offense if we have to dumb it down and go half-field reads), and those things don't show up in the QBR.

Shea is a decently accurate thrower; he's just not seeing the field for some reason.

BlueHills

October 7th, 2019 at 3:45 PM ^

I wonder if it’s that he’s not seeing the field, or there are other factors we haven’t taken into consideration. Given his recent injury, and the fact that his backup is concussed, I don’t think his reluctance to run the ball is inexplicable. It’s possible that he was told to take it easy with runs unless absolutely necessary.

In any case, I hate to second-guess the coaching staff here. The guy is an accurate passer; he’s a proven winner (isn’t his record 14 Ws and 4 losses as a starter?), yet he’s getting a ton of criticism as a result of a game he led the team to a win in.

I’d say yes, there’s room for improvement everywhere, in fact, the entire offense needs to pick up their game, but McCaffrey isn’t currently available to play, and Milton has potential, but also has thrown more picks than TDs, if memory serves.

After the D’s performance against Iowa, I think Michigan’s at least competitive in every game left, except that Ohio State looks to be in another league altogether in terms of offensive firepower. And not just their QB. The entire offense looks like a machine. They’re very impressive. 

One thing Michigan doesn’t have yet is a game-dominating running back. Whether that’s on the O-line, or the play calling, or the backs, I have no idea. I just think folks are being pretty hard on a college kid who’s actually done pretty darn well.

ChungusAmongUs

October 7th, 2019 at 4:39 PM ^

The argument is that Shea is the reason that the offense has room for improvement. The offense goes through him every play and he has significantly underperformed. 

To say that he “led the team to a win” is awfully generous, considering all he did was not turn the ball over too many times

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crg

October 7th, 2019 at 8:06 AM ^

I was also impressed with Stanley's physicality this game - the Rothlesburger comparisons were not far off in that respect.  That - and our blitzing defenders might need to work on bringing guys down a bit faster and not just clinging on to them.

bronxblue

October 7th, 2019 at 8:22 AM ^

Michigan going 8-4/9-3 this year shouldn't be some random shocker to everyone.  Listen, I thought they'd maybe win 11 games if everything broke their way, but 9/10 wins with the bowl game felt not unreasonable.  I know people expected Michigan's offense to look awesome because they changed their OC but it hasn't and probably won't.  At that point, getting mad you were wrong about pre-season expectations isn't a team problem, it's a you problem.

And I'm tired of the "we suck and anything good is actually bad and anyone who tells you to be happy is a slappy" bullshit.  Yes, Iowa isn't a top-10 team.  But you want to know who was the #13 team in the country last week?  Oregon.  UCF was #18.  Boise #16.  Washington #15.  Like, look around and after that top 9-10 it's a whole lotta question marks.  Iowa isn't demonstrably different than any of those teams, and just because Michigan looks a hell of a lot closer to the Hawkeyes than OSU doesn't change that reality.  Maybe Michigan improves a bit this year; already the defense looks like it's made strides.

I really like this site, and I get that not everyone has to agree with my perception of the team.  But it's just so damn relentlessly negative around here right now, and it's infuriating because I already see the same ennui coming out with the basketball team when they inevitably struggle.  It's not that you can't be critical but just, I don't know, it's just tiring.

JFW

October 7th, 2019 at 8:54 AM ^

Amen. I wish I could upvote this times 25.

I had a lot more fun as a student watching Michigan football; and we had 2 8-4 seasons. 

A big reason it was more fun was the lack of concentrated pervasive negativity. 

I remember losing to Minnesota one year and thinking “man, they always seem to get us every few years. Oh well, we can still win the B1G.”

You know what? The offense looked bad. Shea has regressed. But the defense looked amazing and I just want to have fun with a win; and enjoy college football like I used to back in the day. I’ve really cut back on my sports media intake because so much of it is negative. If we can’t find some enjoyment in a win over a ranked team, at homecoming, with a tremendous defensive performance, then it’s sad. 

Criticism is fine. But the rampant blowtorch of cynicism and anger gets to be too much. 

I also wonder about the bias I see sometimes, If a team has a superlative offensive performance and wins a close one because their defense had a shit day, people aren’t nearly as bugged it seems. 

Booted Blue in PA

October 7th, 2019 at 9:18 AM ^

Yup....   Most of the time i get the impression that the majority of the contributors here are 12 to 15 years old.  If they had their way, we'd be on our third head coach since the beginning of the season and would have gone through at least two coordinators on each side of the scrimmage line.

Our #2 QB is out with a concussion but they're calling for him to start, that makes sense.  Don Brown is the worst DC ever, total 'one trick pony'... yet his defense just held the #14 team in the country to 3 points and after 8 sacks, 1 total yard rushing..... Oh yeah, they passed for less than 200 yards and no TD, but they did get a couple crossing route completions (one of which should have been called back for offensive PI but wasn't, that was his fault too).

Seriously, you bring in a new OC (which everyone clamored for for three years) and the offense is struggling while he installs a new system, imagine that.  The offensive line was supposed to be the strength of this offense, they don't look it in run blocking or pass protection for that matter. 

Reading the comments on this blog you'd think we were 0-5 not 4-1.  That one loss was to the #8 team in the country.   

By the way, Washington just fired Gruden..... how long until the Harbaugh to the NFL rumors start up again?   I know, I know..... some will hope that he goes, then again they'd say the same thing about his replacement, after he loses his first game.

Onward, Go Blue!

 

          

Michigan 10, Iowa 3   

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Michigan 10, Iowa 3 Ace October 5th, 2019 at 4:26 PM
Cam McGrone danced through Iowa's backfield all afternoon [Bryan Fuller]

It's a win.

Let's start there. Savor it. Michigan beat a ranked team. They even covered the spread.

You'd like more details? Well, that's unfortunate.

This was ¡El Assico! 2: This Time in Blue. Neither team cracked 270 yards of total offense. Of the game's 26 real drives, there were:

  • 15 punts
  • four interceptions
  • a lost fumble
  • two made field goals
  • two missed field goals
  • a single, solitary touchdown
  • Iowa's eight-play, 12-yard drive to end the game.

The defense, obviously, emerged as the game's heroes. The Hawkeyes, a team that still utilizes a fullback, mustered only three yards per non-sack carry. That's an important distinction to make, as Don Brown's group hounded Nate Stanley for eight sacks that, by the NCAA's tally, took Iowa's rushing output from 66 yards down to one. Kwity Paye (2.5 sacks), Jordan Glasgow (2), and Cam McGrone (1.5) were frequent uninvited guests in Iowa's backfield, and Khaleke Hudson sealed the win with a blitz that forced a desperation left-handed throw from Stanley on fourth down—Daxton Hill chased down the receiver near the line of scrimmage.

The touchdown. [Fuller]

After a rocky start for both teams, Michigan briefly looked poised for a blowout. Aidan Hutchinson handed the offense a quick field goal drive with a forced fumble, and after another defensive stop, Josh Gattis opened things up a bit. Shea Patterson hit Nico Collins down the middle for 51 yards to open the drive and picked up another first down with a crisp throw to Mike Sainristil to set up a short Zach Charbonnet touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, the Wolverines held a 10-0 lead and 101-57 edge in total yardage.

Then the game got trapped in the proverbial muck. Both quarterbacks were erratic; Stanley tossed three interceptions after going 140 attempts without one, while Patterson averaged 3.8 yards per attempt outside of the Collins bomb. Neither team could establish a reliable running game. The wind was the game's most impactful player for large swaths of the second half.

You can choose your favorite moment of absurdity, from Iowa calling a timeout to set up a fade to Oliver Martin, to Gattis dialing up a direct snap to Charbonnet from a covered receiver formation, to Kirk Ferentz taking an intentional delay of game before a 28-yard punt fair caught at the 14, to Stanley throwing a perfect fly route to Lavert Hill, to Donovan Peoples-Jones eating a nine-yard loss on a botched trick play, to Michigan unintentionally taking a delay of game before a punt that netted 25 yards, to Iowa punting from their own 49 on a drive that had reached the Michigan 25, to Stanley's final yakety-sax throw that looked for a moment like it might inconceivably work out. That probably doesn't cover all of it but I can't take responsibility for the damage that game did to my brain.

Ultimately, Michigan's defensive aptitude prevailed, or Iowa's offensive ineptitude lost out, or however you'd like to interpret that game, which we're all glad is over.

[Hit THE JUMP for the box score, if you dare.]

Phaedrus

October 5th, 2019 at 9:29 PM ^

This was the type of game I enjoy watching when it's not Michigan. The Nebraska v. Northwestern game was very similar and I thought it was great (except the end, I was hoping Northwestern would prevail).

Tight defensive games are awesome except when you're a fan of one team and have higher expectations for the offense. If it was a tight game because Iowa genuinely had a great defense I would have loved it. But when I see our QB spend the game not passing the ball to various open receivers it gets frustrating.

skegemogpoint

October 5th, 2019 at 4:33 PM ^

Anyone got Jedd Fisch’s cell number?  Jesus, Gattis, you’ve got to be the best bullshit artist on the planet to land a job as a D1 OC. 

lhglrkwg

October 5th, 2019 at 5:59 PM ^

Jedd made a pretty clever offense out of a transfer QB who'd only been around a few months. It started slow, but once everyone settled in it was pretty good. Most creative offense in Harbaugh's 5 years for sure.

I still dream fondly of the double fake screen to TE up the seam against BYU. Or that fullback counter vs Northwestern(?). Just a lot more creativity that year

Iowa 2019 Liveblog Seth October 5th, 2019 at 11:30 AM

Let them eat cake. [Eric Upchurch]

Iowa Links: Preview, FFFF Offense (chart), FFFF Defense (chart)

The Law: As always, the Liveblog Chaos Mitigation Post is The Law.

New features this week: Judgment.

How to use: You can + and - comments by clicking either button then clicking the comment you want to moderate. You start with 100% health and Level 1--if you get +'d you can gain levels and post more quickly.

So the liveblog doesn't become a deluge, the frequency you can post is limited by the blue bar—your "mana"—that gradually recharges. You spend mana every time you comment, the mana cost at that moment depending on your level and how fast and furious the comments are flying.

Link for those who like it in a new window: https://God.blue/splash.php?url=P4DkyEx08upBN1i5DxY_SLASH_LYTKVJLwMQPGGLEqAySONl2UkJWwpwBFGaD5NjbBAthr3JMKMxALU_SLASH_tBh3JwhnZW3ESEm8zx56A_PLUS_3VTzm4c4KI5oY7zJ4zPKcZgU_SLASH_YMJJGqw

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zh2oson

October 5th, 2019 at 1:58 PM ^

This liveblog is the Harbaugh/Gattis of liveblogs. Why do I have to log in with an email EVERY DAMN time I close the window on my phone?

Did Dave Brandon design this?

CarrIsMyHomeboy

October 5th, 2019 at 1:59 PM ^

Shea sucks, but let's not forget the lessons of RR and Hoke: (a) it can *always* get worse and (b) sometimes your best case scenario is unacceptably bad.

I think it's likely that Milton just isn't far enough in his development to even be equal to Patterson's level of bad. Maybe DMc can be better. Maybe. His health is so important for the season.

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Blue Vet

October 5th, 2019 at 2:14 PM ^

I came late to the party so I'm toggling between the second half and the taped first half. Just saw Collins' 51-yard reception / rebound. Wow!

And now Patterson running 15 yards for a first down. Wow!!

 

Punt/Counterpunt: Iowa 2019 Seth October 5th, 2019 at 8:29 AM
[Barron]

Something's been missing from Michigan gamedays since the free programs ceased being economically viable: scientific gameday predictions that are not at all preordained by the strictures of a column in which one writer takes a positive tack and the other a negative one… something like Punt-Counterpunt.

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PUNT

By Bryan MacKenzie
@Bry_Mac

My bad.

Life doesn’t always stop for college football Saturdays, and like despite my best planning, I occasionally find myself with unavoidable conflicts. When I was younger, there wasn’t much to be done. If you had a thing, you missed the game. You could catch the score later by watching Sportscenter for 30 minutes, or you could get back to your home or dorm to your Gateway 2000 to see those scores loading, one at a time, at 28.8 kbps. That was how I watched Michigan/Michigan State in 2002; I saw a score, and I said, “cool,” and that was it.

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Adjusted for inflation, that equals nearly $372,000.

Then smart phones came along. The early ones they didn’t provide much more than a score, a clock, and if you were lucky a down-and-distance, they allowed you to take the game with you. I ‘watched’ Tate Forcier shred Notre Dame in 2011 on my Blackberry in the back of a wedding reception.

[After THE JUMP: clickbait.]

But DVR changed the game. Now you can delay the start of the game by a minute, an hour, or a day. This created a choice that we didn’t have before: do I try to go radio-silent and start the game later, or do I start watching it live whenever I can?

Like many of you, I have taken both approaches. But having looked a little deeper, I fear my decisions to DVR Michigan games have been detrimental to the point of disaster. Consider:

  • October 27, 2012: The Tigers were in the World Series, and I wanted to watch Game 3 with co-workers. So I recorded the Michigan/Nebraska game. It was the last time Denard Robinson started at quarterback for the University of Michigan. The Tigers lost 2-0, and eventually got swept. Everything was bad.

  • October 4, 2014: Gary Nova. I don’t want to talk about it. Has it really been five years, Gary?
  • November 8th, 2014: I had a social engagement with my wife, and Michigan’s season was already well into its final collapse, so I recorded the game between Michigan and Northwestern. That game took a combined 3,746,121 years off our collective lives, though my soul ached on about a three hour delay from the rest of you.

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  • October 3, 2015. Had a family engagement in the morning (noon games kick off at 11:00 here), and missed most of the first half of the Maryland game. Michigan was a significant favorite, but their first 6 drives went punt, fumble, fumble, missed field goal, barely-made field goal on a short field, three-and-out. Things stabilize upon my return, and Michigan cruised to a 28-0 win.
  • September 16, 2017. I ran a Tough Mudder that started in the late morning, so I recorded the Air Force game. Sorry, Tarik.

This takes us to this year, and the part where I apologize. See, my son is on a 7/8-year-old baseball team (Go Lake Monsters), and I’m one of the coaches. The games start anywhere between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. central. Thus far this year, I’ve been able to see all of MTSU and Rutgers, but I missed the first half of Army and Wisconsin. And as you may recall, those first halves did not go particularly well.

And this is the really bad part: I’m going to have to miss almost the entire game today. And this is the really really bad part: I’m gonna record the game.

See, there are too few of these opportunities in a season. I used to enjoy watching the game because I enjoyed watching the game. More and more, it feels like every week has become about the result, and whether a Michigan win will keep Twitter from melting down, keep the chattering class of omnipresent pundits from jabbering in my general direction. I want to get back to that place where it isn’t about the outcome for the outcome’s sake, but rather where it is about enjoying a hobby because the hobby is enjoyable. And that starts, I think, with watching the game.

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If you all feel the need to chase me down like Coleman Reese in the Dark Knight in the interest of the Greater Good, I fully understand. Perhaps finding me and spoiling the score will avenge the football gods. Perhaps more serious measures need to be taken. Perhaps simply acknowledging the curse is enough to lift it. Or maybe there's some sort of animal we could make a sacrifice to. Like a giant buffalo. Or some sort of monster like something like the body of a walrus with the head of a sea lion. Or something with the body of an egret with the head of a meerkat. Or just the head of a monkey with the antlers of a reindeer with the body of a porcupine. I don’t know. Curses can be finnicky. But I made it a point last year to insist that there is no such thing as ghosts, and I think Michigan is the better team.

Good luck, and happy hunting. I’ll catch up with y’all around the fourth quarter. Michigan 27, Iowa 13

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By Internet Raj
@internetraj

 

YO WHAT UP FOOLS WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S COUNTERPUNT BROUGHT TO YOU BY ZIP RECRUITER, SEATGEEK, AND KRAFT EASY MAC.

IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHY THERE HAS BEEN A SUDDEN SHIFT IN TONE, STYLE, OVERALL QUALITY, AND CAPITALIZATION IN THIS WEEK’S EDITION, DON’T WORRY ONE BIT, BROSKIS (THAT’S SOMETHING DRAKE SAYS). YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD ABOUT THIS WEEK’S REORGANIZATION OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WHEREIN ITS OWNERS CAPITULATED TO THIS REALLY RAD MEDIA STARTUP, THEMAVEN, WHICH IS DEFINITELY NOT A ‘WANNABE TECH COMPANY” OPERATED BY DUMB, INDEFENSIBLE HUCKSTERS.

NO, THIS IS NOW THE FUTURE OF SPORTS WRITING. NO MORE SUBSTANTIVE, DELIBERATIVE, AND INCISIVE ANALYSIS. INSTEAD, JUST A RANDOM VERBAL SPLATTER PAINTING OF SEO-OPTIMIZED KEYWORDS THAT HAPPEN TO BE TRENDING AT THE TIME. JIM HARBAUGH. HOT SEAT. FIRED. KIM KARDASHIAN.

WELL, IT PLEASES US TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE “COUNTERPUNT” COLUMN AND ALL OF THE COPYRIGHTS, TRADEMARKS, IMAGES AND PROPERTY RELATED TO THE “COUNTERPUNT” BRAND HAVE BEEN IRREVOCABLY SOLD TO THEMAVEN. MOVING FORWARD, THIS COLUMN WILL NOW BE WRITTEN BY THEMAVEN’S NETWORK OF BARELY-PAID AND VERY HUNGRY (I’M SO HUNGRY) CONTRIBUTORS. EXPECT A LOT LESS WRITING AND A LOT MORE COMPLETELY OUT-OF-CONTEXT SLIDESHOWS, EMBEDDED TWEETS AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR SUBSTANCE, DECEPTIVE SPONSORED ADS MASQUERADING AS JOURNALISTIC CONTENT, AND OTHER SHORTCUTS TO COMPENSATE FOR ACTUAL WRITING. BASICALLY, EXPECT ELEVEN WARRIORS. ALSO CAPS LOCK. OF COURSE, IT SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE OLD BORING ASS WASHED UP BUM WRITER RAJ HAS BEEN TERMINATED FROM MGOBLOG.

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Expect more fun interactive content like this in future Counterpunts. I don’t know what grilled cheese I am but Kirk Ferentz is definitely the one that starts spontaneously oozing when its fourth-and-1 in plus territory

ANYWAYS, THIS GAME IS GOING TO… HOLD ON, LET ME LOG ON TO OUR PROPRIETARY IN-HOUSE ALGORITHMIC DATABASE OF COOL SAYINGS THAT OUR ANALYTICS SHOW GENERATE THE MOST ENGAGEMENT… “SLAP DIFFERENT”. YES THIS GAME WILL “SLAP DIFFERENT” AND I DON’T MEAN THE MSU BASKETBALL TEAM ACTUALLY MAKING A DEFENSIVE STOP. OOPS SORRY, THAT LAST CORNY PART WAS A JOKE WE WERE CONTRACTUALLY OBLIGATED TO INCLUDE PER RAJ’S MGOBLOG SEVERANCE.

OK:  MICHIGAN VERSUS IOWA. CAN’T BELIEVE IT. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH ALL I HAVE TO SAY BECAUSE I DIDN’T HAVE TOO MUCH TIME TO RESEARCH THE GAME BECAUSE I’VE BEEN IN A WINDOWLESS ROOM CHURNING OUT MEANINGLESS CONTENT FOR THE LAST 20 HOURS WITH ONLY ONE 2 MINUTE MEAL BREAK THAT WASN’T EVEN ENOUGH TIME TO HEAT UP MY EASY MAC IN THE MICROWAVE AND THE NOODLES DIDN’T COOK ALL THE WAY AND I ACTUALLY CHIPPED A TOOTH BITING DOWN ON A RAW-ASS EASY MAC NOODLE. UNFORTUNATELY, I DON’T HAVE ANY SORT OF DENTAL OR HEALTH INSURANCE BUT DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME I’M MAKING A WHOLE 9 CENTS FOR EVERY WORD I PRODUCE HERE, WHICH WILL GO A LONG WAY TO PAYING DOWN THE $250,000 IN DEBT I TOOK ON TO GET MY ENGLISH LITERATURE DEGREE AT NYU.

WHOO SORRY ABOUT THAT DETOUR THIS COLUMN TOOK. I THINK THAT’S THE HUNGER-INDUCED DELIRIUM THAT HAS WASHED OVER MY ENTIRE CONSCIOUSNESS. DID I MENTION ALL I’VE HAD IN THE PAST 24 HOURS WAS 7 EASY MAC NOODLES? OK WELL, TO THE GAME. MICHIGAN VS. IOWA. WOW. WHAT A GAME. LET’S LOOK AT THE ONLY ANALYTICS THAT MATTER: ACCORDING TO THE COLD, DETACHED CORPORATE RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY EMPTY SUITS WHO NOW CONTROL LARGE SWATHS OF IMPORTANT JOURNALISM, 76% OF YOU HAVE SKIPPED OVER EVERY WORD ABOVE TO GET TO THIS PART, THE END, THE SCORE PREDICTION. I’VE BEEN TOLD THIS IS WHERE THE MOST LUCRATIVE ADS AND IN-TEXT PRODUCT PLACEMENT GO, SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO TRY ON A NEW PAIR OF MEUNDIES (PROMO CODE: “PLEASEUSETHISPROMOCODEBECAUSEIFYOUDOIGET5DOLLARSANDICOULDBUYME2MOREEASYMACSYESTHISISREALLYALLPARTOFTHEPROMOCODEEVENTHISEXTRAPART”).

SO WHO’S GOING TO WIN? WELL THIS IS A MICHIGAN FAN SITE SO TO OPTIMIZE CLICKS AND ONLINE ENGAGEMENT, I WILL NATURALLY PICK THE NON-MICHIGAN TEAM TO WIN. YOU’RE ALL GOING TO BE ANGRY AND COMMENT AND CLICK A LOT, AND WHILE I WON’T SEE A DIME FROM THOSE AD-GENERATED REVENUES, AT LEAST SOME DISEMBODIED PROFIT SUCKING CORPORATE VAMPIRE WILL.

HERE'S AN AUTOPLAY VIDEO DON’T WORRY I MADE SURE YOUR SYSTEM VOLUME IS ON MAX.

MICHIGAN: 99 IOWA: 100 A COLD REFRESHING BUDLIGHT: 101

bronxblue

October 5th, 2019 at 8:42 AM ^

I too have found myself watching more and more games on delay, mostly because of family responsibilities (dance class waits for no one!).  So I get it.  I'll probably watch part of this game at the start and then be off to something in the afternoon.  I catch up with the DVR and it's actually a bit less stressful because I know the outcome, but it can be infuriating knowing what will happen and, at times, seeing all the opportunities where it didn't need to happen.  Like how I assume Doctor Strange felt during Infinity Wars.

As for Raj, the fact this post looks not unlike what a lot of Fansided/SBNation/Bleacher Report/etc. sites churn out is depressing.  SI should be a held to a higher standard.  Hell, the Athletic has started down this road and that was supposed to be the Tech Bro version of the sports journalism that still employed journalists.  

Anyway, Michigan wins.  It'll be not-fun for a while, but they should win.

mGrowOld

October 5th, 2019 at 8:51 AM ^

I watch virtually every game on delay.  

Negatives:

Can't participate in the oh-so enlightening banter in the open thread

Have to turn phone off until game over or caught up time wise

Pros:

No commercials

No halftime

Can watch when I want

If Michigan is pummelling someone (like Rutgers) I can get to the good parts quickly 

If Michigan is getting pummelled (like Wisconsin) I can fast forward to see if we've caught up any and if not, turn it off 

And Raj's column is fucking genius. Great, great job.

Wolverine 73

October 5th, 2019 at 8:55 AM ^

I loved SI back in the late 60’s through maybe the 80’s.  Then it started to slide and lose its focus on sports people cared about.  Then it stopped writing thoughtful, in depth pieces.  Somewhere along the way, I stopped reading it.  But this latest iteration makes the lousy SI of 2000 sound like Pulitzer Prize winning stuff.

Sheed In Space

October 5th, 2019 at 9:29 AM ^

Agreed. 
 

I have to watch it live, or not at all. I’ll be missing most of today’s game to go get shithoused with thousands of my Polish-American brethren at dingy Polish halls around Grand Rapids, most of which do not have TVs. 
 

My gut feeling says it may be a blessing in disguise that I’ll be too drunk to function, but that might just be the BPONE talking. 

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Blue Vet

October 5th, 2019 at 9:38 AM ^

Bryan: I have to watch the game on tape because when I watch live, bad things happen. I attended The Horror, I was in Columbus for TGWW-BD (The Game We Won—But Didn't), not to mention two Rose Bowls we lost.

Raj: GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE, WHAT A TERRIBLE, YOU'RE AN, I CAN'T BELIEVE WE'D, WAH!

(Thanks, again.)

 

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October 5th, 2019 at 9:47 AM ^

Gattis on the sidelines should help somewhat.  You play like you practice.  In addition, we have a somewhat healthier offense.

 

This will not be a repeat of Wisconsin.

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RedRum

October 5th, 2019 at 9:55 AM ^

Well, watching Mama Mia really interferes with college football. “The winner takes it all, the loser has to fall, it’s simple and it’s plain. Why should I complain”. 

Pierce Broaden is dreamy. 

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Phaedrus

October 5th, 2019 at 10:20 AM ^

I watch every game on delay even when I don't have to, like today. That way I can fast forward past the commercials. If I give the game a good 45 minute head start I still run into live action by the forth quarter sometimes. I would not do this if there were only a moderate amount of commercials. But the score-commercial-kick off-commercial and 4th down-commercial-punt-commercial patterns have become too much for me.

Also, Raj's post made me sad. I know some young adjunct professors who do that type of "content writing" to supplement their income and between the two jobs they make less than a waiter and receive no benefits.

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Sambojangles

October 5th, 2019 at 10:25 AM ^

I don't even find watching the game that enjoyable anymore. The mid-game and post-game hot takes online and among friends are (a) too much of the experience now to miss and (b) simultaneously fun and infuriating. Live sports feeds my Twitter addiction. But to watch the game without the live analysis, the puns and jokes, the complaining about the announces and referees and players and coaches, it's underwhelming to me now. 

BlueHills

October 5th, 2019 at 10:29 AM ^

I look forward to this feature every game day. Really, it’s better than the games themselves.

Here’s my prediction: somehow Michigan wins. The usual disclaimers apply.

          

The Morning Sound Alternative 09-30-2019 with Ann Cantelow   

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Colter Wall- Sleeping On The Blacktop - Imaginary Appalachia
Dom Flemons- Til The Seas Run Dry - Prospect Hill
Greg Brown- The Iowa Waltz - The Iowa Waltz 30th Anniversary Edition
Johnny Gimble- Goodnight Waltz - The Texas Fiddle Collection
Waylon Jennings- Honky Tonk Heroes - Nashville Rebel
Pokey La Farge And The South City Three- La La Blues - Pokey Lafarge
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Esad Plavi- Ledja Si Mi Okrenula - Kao Nekad
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Greta Thunberg Leads Iowa Students In Pop-Up Climate Strike   

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Greta Thunberg in Iowa CityWhen Greta Thunberg decided to visit a climate activist friend in Iowa City last week, 3,000 people showed up to greet her

          

Iowa voters say they want to hear more from Dems on foreign policy   

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Foreign policy is a pocketbook issue in Iowa, where the first contest of the Democratic primary calendar will be held next year.

          

A Year Without Cable   

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I realized recently that, besides the fact that we’ve now lived in Iowa for the last year, it also means we’ve lived without cable television. After all that time, what have we missed? Not a whole lot, it turns out. Sure, there are some things that I would like to have.  Some deficiencies I figured …

          

2019 NJCAA DI Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll – Week 2   

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Techstream Website Aims To Connect Students To IT Activities   

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In hopes of creating more enthusiasm for the IT field, the Technology Association of Iowa is launching a statewide database designed to connect K-12 students to computer-related programs and events. 


          

Texas - Iowa Wild   

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Ice Hockey. USA. AHL

          

Texas - Iowa Wild   

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Ice Hockey. USA. AHL

          

Allegra Hyde on Her #Debut #Story Collection, Of This World   

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Allegra Hyde is the winner of the 2016 John Simmons Short Fiction Award. Her debut story collection, OF THIS NEW WORLD (University of Iowa Press), is our feature today. She is young, fresh, and ready for you to buy a copy of her book, which offers a menagerie of utopias: real, imagined, and otherwise.
Q. What was your process for putting together this collection? 
A. Of This New World emerged organically from my longtime fascination with utopian communities. I’ve always been drawn to groups of people seeking to live out an ideal—groups like the Shakers or the hippie communes of sixties. No matter how well planned these utopian endeavors are, conflicts inevitably emerge. This is ripe territory for a fiction writer! Of This New World starts with a retelling of Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden and ends in a Mars colony. The collection includes stories told using conventions of science fiction, historical fiction, realism, absurdism, and other modes, but every story offers a different way of considering the utopian experience.

Q. How long did it take from start to finish to complete the collection? 
A. I wrote “Free Love,” a story about an uprooted flower child, back in 2009. The story was later published in the Bellevue Literary Review—my first appearance in a print journal—and this publication gave me the confidence to keep going. The rest of the stories emerged in the subsequent years, the last one being written in the spring of 2015. I received the news that Of This New World would be published in January 2016.

Q. Who read your drafts? 
A. My husband, Alex McElroy, is also a writer. We met in the MFA program at Arizona State University, so you could say our relationship was born from a fiction workshop. For better or worse, we work closely as writing partners: exchanging draft after draft of our stories. Alex has read my book, Of This New World, more times than either of us can count.

Q. Did you use an agent? If not, why not? 
A. I didn’t use an agent. Conventional literary wisdom seems to be that agents avoid short story collections, so I decided to go the contest route. There are actually quite a few contests out there, including the Iowa Short Fiction Award series run by University of Iowa Press, which I ended up winning.

Q. What is your best rejection story? 
A. A few years ago, I wrote a deeply personal story called “Bury Me.” I showed it to a professor who suggested several literary journals as possible homes for the story, though he said specifically that The Missouri Review probably wouldn’t be interested. After unsuccessfully submitting “Bury Me” to numerous journals and contests, I started to believe the story would never go anywhere. On a whim, I submitted to The Missouri Review. Several months later, I received an acceptance letter from TMR’s editors. Even better: the story was later selected for inclusion in The Pushcart Prize anthology.

Q Where were you when you received the offer for the book to be published? 
A. I was actually living in Bulgaria when I received an email from Jim McCoy of University of Iowa Press. He wanted me to give him a call, but I had to wait about six hours for our time zones to align. Those were a long six hours!  

Q. What words of advice would you give to a writer on the journey toward publication?  
A. I must turn to Anne Lamott for this one: “I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It's like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.” 



          

A #Literary Tribute: 13 Amazing #ShortStory #Collections Being Published in October   

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Dan Wickett co-founder of Dzanc Books posted on his FB page that there are 13 stories being published this month, including Pretend I'm Your Friend.  Many of them, as you see, are small press books, where interesting experiments are taking place. I am, therefore, declaring it Short Story Collection Month here at LROD. I will get some of these books featured here with author interviews in the Victory Over Rejection label, as many as I can. Perhaps you will take part in the month and buy a few to read and give as gifts, as 'tis almost the season.

Here is a list of books, authors, and publishing companies:

          

College football: No. 19 Michigan beats No. 14 Iowa; No. 4 Ohio State runs past No. 25 Michigan State   

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College football roundup Week 6: No. 19 Michigan hands No. 14 Iowa its first loss, while No. 4 Ohio State rolls past No. 25 Michigan State.


          

Upheaval at Sports Illustrated, Mergers in Digital Media | News & Notes   

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A staff uprising at Sports Illustrated...

Following Tuesday's New York Post report that editor-in-chief Chris Stone is exiting Sports Illustrated after 27 years with the magazine, The Wall Street Journal added late Wednesday evening that the brand's new operator, TheMaven Inc., is planning to lay off more than 40 staffers and replace them with "as many as 200 contract workers in coming months to cover sports," citing people familiar with the matter.

The news follows what has been a tumultuous two years for the 65-year-old magazine since its parent company, Time Inc., was acquired by Meredith Corp. in early 2018. After the merger, Meredith put a handful of former Time Inc. titles, including Sports IllustratedTime and Fortune, up for sale in order to focus on its newly expanded suite of entertainment, food and lifestyle magazines.

In May, Meredith sold SI to the licensing firm Authentic Brands Group, with an agreement that would allow Meredith to continue running SI's media operations for up to two years. That agreement lasted approximately two weeks, as ABG announced, in mid-June, a new licensing deal that would transfer the next 10 years of SI's operations to TheMaven—a two-year-old startup that bills itself as "a digital distribution and monetization platform," acquired TheStreet over the summer for $16.5 million and also hosts the websites of several Active Interest Media magazines.

On Thursday afternoon, a Twitter account purportedly belonging to "Sports Illustrated employees concerned about our future" went live, issuing an impassioned plea to Meredith and ABG to "drop TheMaven and save Sports Illustrated."

"TheMaven wants to replace top journalists in the industry with a network of Maven freelancers and bloggers, while reducing or eliminating departments that have ensured that the stories we publish and produce meet the highest standards," the statement reads. "With minutes' notice, transition meetings were canceled, with our futures and families hanging in the balance. The way that today's events have been handled suggests that the publication is in unstable hands."

As of Thursday evening, several current and former SI employees had retweeted the statement, along with numerous editorial staffers announcing that they had been let go. At around 7pm Eastern, TheMaven issued a statement, including the assurance that "approximately 300 distinct voices, the majority of which are journalists, will be producing stories for SI by January 2020, which will help drive an increase in SI content production."

Layoffs at Pitchfork...

Elsewhere, Condé Nast laid off Pitchfork's six-person video team as part of a move that will see those duties shifted to Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), the company's video production arm.

Part of a broader reorganization that's seen the video operations of most of Condé's brands centralized under CNE, the six Pitchfork staffers, a mix of full-time and freelance employees, have been offered the opportunity to apply for two open positions there.

"These layoffs affirm our need for a strong union at Pitchfork," read a statement from Pitchfork's editorial staff union, which was organized earlier this year in part as a reaction to previous rounds of layoffs and is represented by the NewsGuild of New York alongside fellow Condé titles Ars Technica and The New Yorker. "We are frustrated by how our coworkers have been treated throughout this process. Not only were they told that the financial details of their severance packages would depend on a 'professional' exit, but they were also asked to plan projects that would exceed their established exit date, which kept changing due to management's lack of foresight."

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Devin Nunes sues Esquire over Iowa farm story...

In between "Fox & Friends" appearances this week, Rep. Devin Nunes—a congressman from California and ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee—filed a $75 million defamation suit against Esquire, parent company Hearst Magazines and writer Ryan Lizza over a November 2018 article about Nunes' family's dairy farm in Iowa.

Filed in U.S. district court in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the suit—which variously describes Lizza's article as "false and defamatory," "click-bait, sensationalist, egregious misstatements" and "a scandalous hit piece," seeks monetary damages "for the insult, pain, embarrassment, humiliation, mental suffering, anguish, and injury to [Nunes'] good name and professional reputation in Iowa and elsewhere," adding that Lizza and Esquire "should be punished for their unlawful actions and a very strong message needs to be sent to prevent other so-called 'journalists' from acting in a similar way."

Nunes' main point of contention, per the court filing, is Lizza and Esquire's casting of the story as revealing a "politically explosive secret," including the article's assertion that Nunes and his family had conspired to hide the fact that they'd moved their dairy farm from their native California to Sibley, Iowa in 2006. The complaint does not specifically dispute one of the article's primary implications: that the Nunes' farm, like many others in the region, probably relies on undocumented labor.

As of last month, Lizza is now chief Washington correspondent at Politico.

Esquire is not alone in being named a defendant in a Nunes-initiated defamation suit this year. In March, Nunes filed a $250 million defamation suit against Twitter and a pair of parody accounts devoted to mocking him on the platform, and in August, he sued McClatchy Co. and The Fresno Bee—a newspaper headquartered about two miles outside the district he represents—for $150 million over "character assassination" and "knowingly false" reports allegedly meant to derail his 2018 congressional campaign, a lawsuit McClatchy described as "a baseless attack on local journalism and a free press."

Hearst Magazines has not yet returned a request for comment.

Read Nunes' full Esquire/Hearst Magazines complaint here, via Courthouse News.

More than half of U.S. adults get news from Facebook...

A July survey of more than 5,000 U.S. adults by Pew Research Center, the findings of which were revealed Wednesday, suggests that a majority of Americans believe social media networks have too much control over the news that users are exposed to on the platforms.

The full report can be accessed here, but perhaps most salient to publishers: the study suggests that 52% of all U.S. adults and 73% of Facebook users get news on the platform, compared to 28% of adults who get news on YouTube and 17% who get it on Twitter, and those numbers appear to be increasing.

"More than half of U.S. adults get news from social media often or sometimes (55%), up from 47% in 2018," the report says. "About three-in-ten Americans now get news on social media often (28%), up from 20% in 2018."

It's merger season!

Following last week's merger of Vox Media and New York magazine, Vice Media ended months of speculation by revealing, on Wednesday, that it's reached an agreement to acquire Refinery29 in a deal that values the latter brand at around $400 million, according to multiple estimates.

In a memo to staff, Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc, who was brought in from A&E Networks to replace co-founder Shane Smith last year, touted Refinery29's large female audience—claiming the combined companies will now reach 350 million people worldwide each month—its event series 29Rooms and "the synergies between our two cultures, values and beliefs," among other things.

Dubuc added that Refinery29 will remain a distinct brand within Vice Media's portfolio, similar to earlier acquisitions i-D and Garage magazines, with the deal expected to close "over the next several weeks."

In other consolidation news, Taboola and Outbrain—a pair of digital advertising platforms primarily known as the firms behind the links "you might also like" at the bottom of news articles—announced Thursday that they have entered an agreement to merge, pending regulatory approval.

Upon closing, the combined company would assume the Taboola brand name and be run by Taboola founder and CEO Adam Singolda, with Outbrain shareholders receiving a 30% stake as well as $250 million in cash in the deal. A joint announcement from the companies said that Taboola COO Eldad Maniv and Outbrain co-CEOs David Kostman and Yaron Galai will remain involved at least through a transitional period, but wasn't clear on what comes after that.

The companies said the merger will provide advertisers with "a meaningful competitive alternative to Google and Facebook" and enable increased investment in technology, which they say will drive more revenue to publishers and improve the user experience on their clients' sites.

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Our favorite future Iowa and Iowa State lines   

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College football players and coaches would never get caught saying they're looking ahead. But we here at the Hlastradamus Odds Pod can do just that. What lines stick out over the final 3/4 of the Iowa and Iowa State schedules? Mike Hlas and Tim Sullivan evaluate in the first part of this week's episode. Plus, we pick Iowa vs. Middle Tennessee and Iowa State at Baylor against the spread, as well as other noteworthy games this week.

          

Desktop Support Technician   

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IA-Urbandale, Urbandale, Iowa Skills : Troubleshooting,Technical Support,Windows 7/10 Description : Provides on-site field support to customers. Performs installations, repairs, upgrades and maintenance on hardware and equipment. Assists in the analysis of technical products, systems, and/or software for engineering support.

          

Customer Service Representative   

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IA-West Des Moines, West Des Moines, Iowa Skills : Customer Service Rep - Senior,inbound,outbound Description : Industry: Insurance Location: 4700 Westown Pkwy Suite 200 West Des Moines, IOWA 50266 Job Title: Customer Service Rep- Senior Duration: 06 Months (Extension possible) Pay: $18.13/hr Job Description: Processes orders, prepares correspondence, and fulfills customer needs to ensure customer satisfaction. Requi

          

FMC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University   

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AMES, Iowa — FMC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, FMC will have a representative on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research priorities for the center.

“We are delighted to have FMC become the newest industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and to join the center’s industry advisory council,” said Greg Tylka, director of the Iowa Soybean Research Center and a professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State. “Their support of the center’s research portfolio and the perspective and direction they will provide on the advisory council are most welcomed.”

“FMC is focused on solving customer challenges and providing solutions to protect crops and improve yields and FMC has its most robust innovation pipeline in a generation. It is with this shared mission that FMC is excited to join the Iowa Soybean Research Center and its mission to enhance soybean production and profitability,” said Brent Neuberger, senior technical sales manager for FMC.

“FMC will be a great addition to the collaborative efforts that the center is engaged in to support the needs of Iowa soybean farmers through innovative agronomic and discovery research,” said Ed Anderson, senior director of research for the Iowa Soybean Association and chair of the Iowa Soybean Research Center’s industry advisory council.

The center is a formal collaboration of industry partners, the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and Iowa State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Together, representatives from ISA and the industry partners make up the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. Current industry partners include BASF, Bayer, Cornelius Seed, Corteva Agriscience, FMC, GDM and Syngenta.

About FMC
FMC is an agricultural sciences company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies. From its industry leading discovery pipeline, to unique application systems, to modern biological products, FMC has been bringing new solutions to growers around the world for more than 130 years. FMC Corporation employs approximately 6,500 employees around the globe.

About the Iowa Soybean Research Center
The Iowa Soybean Research Center was established in 2014 by Iowa State University in partnership with the Iowa Soybean Association. The center was founded to increase soybean production and profitability for Iowa farmers through coordinated research efforts involving Iowa State, the Iowa Soybean Association and the private sector. More information on becoming an industry partner of the Iowa Soybean Research Center is available by contacting center director Greg Tylka, 515-294-0878 or ISRC@iastate.edu.


          

Iowa State Professors Receive Kolmer Applied Research Award   

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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented applied research awards to two professors. Tom Isenhart and Anna Johnson received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the college’s convocation in September.

The Kolmer Award is named for a former college dean and honors faculty or staff who have made significant contributions to improving the welfare of Iowans through research. Lee Kolmer and his wife Jean established the award. Kolmer served as dean of the college for 14 years beginning in 1973.

Isenhart, a natural resource ecology and management professor,  is known for getting research results to the public. He has built partnerships with landowners, farmers and agencies to improve water quality.

Since 1990, he and other Iowa State scientists have shown the benefits of conservation buffers. One result is central Iowa’s Bear Creek, which is a well-known conservation demonstration site and officially one of 12 National Showcase Restoration Demonstration Watersheds.

Isenhart and his colleagues pioneered research in developing saturated riparian buffers as a more effective water quality tool for tile-drained watersheds. He helped establish the state-federal partnership to develop Iowa’s first-in-the-nation program for water-quality wetlands through the  Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program.

Isenhart received his B.S. degree in botany and environmental studies from Iowa State in 1983 and his master’s and doctorate degrees in water resources from Iowa State in 1988 and 1992.

Along with teaching and research he advises the Iowa State Forestry Club and the student chapters of the Society of American Foresters and Pheasants Forever.

Anna Johnson, an animal science professor, also received the award. Her research is focused on farm animal behavior and welfare. Johnson is on the forefront of formulating programs, educational tools and assessment criteria to ensure farm animal health. Her research addresses animal handling, sow longevity and management.

She began her career at Iowa State in 2005 after serving as director of animal welfare for the National Pork Board.

She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Reading in 1995, master’s degree in animal behavior and animal welfare from the University of Edinburgh in 1997 and her doctorate in animal science from Texas Tech University in 2001.

Johnson is an active member of the development team for the Iowa Farm Animal Care program and continues to offer services as a member of ISU’s On-Farm Evaluation Team, particularly in response to cases involving pigs.


          

Iowa State University Announces New Staff at Research Farms   

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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University announces new leadership and staff changes at the Muscatine Island Research Farm in Fruitland, the Southeast Research Farm in Crawfordsville and the Northeast Research Farm in Nashua.

Agricultural specialists, Dominic Snyder and Cody Schneider, and superintendent, Myron Rees, will co-manage the two research farms in southeast Iowa at Fruitland and Crawfordsville.

Snyder joined Iowa State in 2017 and in 2018 was the sole full-time ag specialist at the Fruitland site. He will be the crops and research manager, the contact person for researchers and the contact for the Muscatine Island Research Farm Association.

Schneider joined Iowa State in 2016 at the Crawfordsville site. He will be the crops and research manager at the Southeast Research Farm. Schneider will be the contact for researchers.

Rees has been at the Southeast Research Farm in Crawfordsville since 2004 and superintendent since 2012. Rees will be the operations manager for both sites, which includes facilities, vehicle maintenance and infrastructure. He also will be the contact for the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association.

Chad Hesseltine has been hired as an ag specialist and will be working at both the Southeast Research Farm, Crawfordsville, and the Muscatine Island Research Farm, Fruitland. He began his appointment Sept. 30. 

Hesseltine has worked part-time at both farm locations for the past 19 years. He is familiar with the planting and harvest seasons, all equipment, and the various research projects and duties involved. Hesseltine also will be coordinating the on-farm trials program in southeast Iowa, working with Extension staff and area farmers. 

Shannon Hoyle was hired in June to replace Tyler Mitchell at the Northeast Research Farm, Nashua. Hoyle is a 2016 Iowa State graduate who will assist with crop operations, coordinate the on-farm trials program in northeast Iowa and manage the Borlaug Learning Center.

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences manages 15 farms at outlying locations throughout the state. These three research farms are owned by local associations. Each location has soils and topography representative of the area, which makes the research more applicable to those areas.

  • The Muscatine Island Research Farm, established in 1935, is a partnership with the Muscatine Island Research Farm Association and specializes in projects related to vegetable crops, irrigation and soybean diseases.
  • Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association purchased the main farm in 1987 near Crawfordsville. An adjacent tract was acquired in 2002.
  • The Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association established the Northeast Research Farm in 1976. In 2009, the Borlaug Learning Center building opened. It houses ISU Extension and Outreach and farm staff.

          

Deputy Sheriff   

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Within an established chain of command on an assigned shift, enforces controlling federal/state statutes and County ordinances designed to protect life and property within County boundaries; operates motor vehicle during day and night in monitoring events, situations and occurrences which require appropriate law enforcement action; interacts with all kinds of people in providing information issuing citations, warnings and arrest warrants, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.

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Financial Accountant   

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RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
Elderbridge Agency
• Recording new employee information into payroll records and recording all employee changes (FTE, pay, exemptions, transfers and/or resignations) into payroll records.
• Review attendance and hours worked before releasing employee timesheets to Financial Accounting Assistant for processing.
• Record time sheet adjustments into payroll records.
• Provide quality assurance and conformity to agency policies and procedures by matching approved purchase orders with invoices. Follow up with any missing purchase orders or discrepancies. Assist the Financial Accounting Assistant with coding of purchases.
• Assume responsibility for contract reporting as assigned by the Director of Finance.
• Assist Director of Finance as requested with analysis, review of accounting records, and audit preparation
Data Management
• Work with managers to determine proper flow of paperwork—intake/registrations and rosters.
• Follow up with employees assigned to enter data to ensure timeliness of information.
• Provide training as appropriate to employees and managers on correct submission of data as well as on the meaning/uses of the data. Assist employees to understand the importance of the data and how the data may be used.
• Report on data from IAPRS in conjunction with financial data from IAFRS to managers quarterly or more frequently if requested.
• Point out areas in which data does not appear to be accurate and work with appropriate manager/s or employee/s to improve dependability and accuracy of data.
• Work with the Data Information Department at the Iowa Department on Aging for continuous improvement of the data management process and the data itself.
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• Maintain all accounting records.
• Compile, review, and report quarterly financial statements for Central Services 2-5- 12 Inc. or as requested.
• Provide analysis regarding adequacy of rental income in view of property expense.
• Participate in budgeting for Central Services 2-5-12 Inc. with the Director of Finance COO and CEO.
• React to change productively and handle other tasks as assigned by the Director of Finance or COO, and CEO. Perform other agency duties as assigned.

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NIACC’s Lifelong Learning Institute To Hold Free Class on Mental Health First Aid   

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The Lifelong Learning Institute at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) will hold a class discussing “Mental Health First Aid” on Tuesday, October 8 and Wednesday, October 9 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Muse Norris Conference Center on the NIACC campus. Robert Lincoln will be the instructor of this free class. During Session One you will […]

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