Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
The first bump of a diary post. I cosign on this general approach to tackling the site. As a forinstance: in the post about bug tracking yesterday there were a few folks posting links to SMQB and elsewhere; these should probably go on the message board now.
Okay people, so now that Brian has brought us MGoBlog 3.0 I see that many of us are confused about the difference between Diaries, and the MGoBoard, and comments, and why Ninja quite frequently wanders around pantless in public. I thought I'd make an attempt at clarifying some of the confusion, and throwing a couple of ideas out there and seeing what sticks.
So without further ado, I give you MGoComenting for Ridiculous Idiots Who Waste Too Much Time on This Damn Site Which (Amazingly Enough) Has Not Yet Rendered Us Unemployed.
So, here we are with all these options. Brian Cook, or the MGoMafiaDon as he may be called, has given us an updated site with options galore. What's a kinda sane person with an unhealthy obsession with all things Michigan to do? Here's one humble man's ideas:
- DIARIES: This is your own little area of MGoBlog. It gives you the ability to have your own tangential mini-blog, your own little cubby hole in the MGoUniverse to do with what you will. Want a spot to to display your photoshopped pictures of Charlie Weis making love to a chocolate cake? Go for it. Want a gallery of your favorite in-game pics? Here you go. A list of the recruits you'd most like to see us sign? That can go here too. Personally, I'll be using it as a place to list where Kate Beckinsale and I will register for wedding gifts when she finally leaves her husband and decides to become Ninja's sugar-momma. In related news, people can comment on your diary entries much like we can coment on Brian's posts. So feel free to tear down one man's dream of having a beatiful, intelligent woman support his MGoHabit at the bottom of this one. And I hope you feel good about yourself when I'm crying myslelf to sleep tonight.
- MGOBOARD: This is the spot for discussions, basically about anything you'd like. Think McGuffie lacks top-end speed and you'd like to get flamed for it? This is your spot. Interested in talking Tigers? Feel free to make a thread here. Wondering why we don't have a DE recruited yet? Yup, that's here too. I'd also propose a daily open thread in this section for those crack-adled regulars who have the attention span of a ferret on crystal meth. Someone could just start it as "Open thread for July 1st, 2008", etc. first thing in the AM. And luckily for those of you who think we're all nuts, you don't have to wade through it. (And you're right btw- we're all completely bat shit insane. But in a good way.)
- BRIAN'S POSTS: Obviously the reason we're all here, to get a daily and sometimes hourly fix on all things Wolverine. As I understand it the comments section after these posts will most likely be topic based. As Brian has said it's currently open, but the above format would give us the option to self-govern and let him do less babysitting and more digging into the important things in life, like what Mike Barwis had for breakfast today, or what Mike Barwis wore today, or when Mike Barwis will officially turn our 5'6" WRs into laser cannon toting T-Rex's with 4.3 speed and a two story vertical.
So, what think you MGoPeople? Like I said, I'm just throwing it out there to see what sticks.
Mainly when looking at recruiting, you judge a team's class based on how many 4-5 star players they have. Despite the in depth coverage that services like Rivals and Scout attempt to provide, the system is not foolproof.
Michigan, according to Rivals.com, has four 3-star players committed. Obviously, any fanbase can call their lower ranked recruits "sleepers." However, this may be the case for a few of Michigan's 3-star guys.
For example, Teric Jones exploded on the camp and combine scene this year, having the fastest 40 yard dash at the All-American Underclassman Combine. However, Jones received only a 3-star rating from Rivals.com. The culprit for this is that Jones did not start in his junior season, but rather split time with another Div-1 prospect, Indiana commitment Cortez Smith. In his limited time however, Jones did make an impact, however, averaging more then 10 yards per carry.
Another 3-star prospect that has blossomed of late is Michigan commitment Dewayne Peace. While Peace does not have great numbers on paper outside of his shuttle time, Peace does not blow off the profile page. He is only 6-0 and 180 pounds, but he does the little things to help you win. Peace has some intangible characteristics to his game including excellent hands and ball skills. While not having mind-boggling stats by any stretch in his junior year of HS, Peace could be a very productive receiver at Michigan.
While the recruiting services do their best to rank impact players at 4 stars or more, they do overlook certain circumstances around recruits that may be holding them back.
Too bad the new commenter rules don't include a rule prohibiting blatant stealing from the second-funniest college football-related blog not named Every Day Should Be Saturday. Too bad indeed.
We have no choice, mGoCommentariat. We must break you.
Well, here I go trying to make my own mini-blog space. Hopefully it will be a version of the former MZone's know your foe.
First about me. I am a long time wolverine fan (circa 1978) living just across the border from South Bend, Indiana. You know, "those guys". The "Fighting Irish". I drive by the campus twice a day, too and from work. It's not as bad now, I used to drive by staduim before they rerouted traffic. My friend, a ND fan, lives in one of the few houses that you can see the Golden Dome from the state of Michigan. You get the picture.
Enough about me, here is what is going on behind enemy lines....
Well Notre Dame had their fantasy football camp where rich white guys can pay big bucks to pretend to be Rudy.
The South Bend Tribune runs the typical college town articles, unless your name is Ann Arbor News (Zing!). One of the more recent ones was the meh recruiting so far this year.
"It's shaping up as a good year, but not a great year, like last year," Lemming said. "This is going to be more of a complementary class. And that's all Notre Dame needs, really, but they need to finish strong. I think they've been slow to pull the trigger on some guys (in terms of offering scholarships). And that has hurt them."
Other than that, kids comming in for conditioning workouts like everywhere else.
I am already starting my mojo to try and score some tickets for this year's game.
If you guys haven't made your way to Jay Paterno's blog on Barack Obama's website, do so now as it is a must read. Well, not his blog, but the hilarious comments that ensue:
Jay actually responds to a few of the Penn State fans that are dogging him for blogging on a Friday morning when he should be working on improving PSU's horrifyingly bad offense. After a few responses it appears that Jay gives it up and the comment section totally explodes with mockery. We even get comments from famous guests such as Anthony Morelli, Zack Mills and Rich Rod!! Woooo!
Let me start off by saying that I don't necessarily believe in what I am about to say. I don't disagree either, however. It is simply something that crosses my mind from time to time when the bowl season comes around and people start their yearly clamoring for a playoff system. Basically, why is that people assume that the BCS system is wrong so often. The most common argument is that the game is played by people and the champion should be decided by people.
The logical fallacy, however, is that people are more skilled than computers to make the call of which teams are better than others. This is rather arrogant of us as humans. Granted humans are arrogant in general (heck some people even think that they are important enough that their actions have an impact on the global climate that has been around and developing for millions of years). The main problem with the BCS system isn't the fact that the MNC is decided by computers - the problem is the algorithms that are used to determine said champion.
What algorithm should be used to determine the national champion? I have no idea. There are, seemingly, infinite stastics that could be taken into account when determining a champion. Somewhere out there, though, I am sure a perfect formula does exist to determine a true national champion. Anytime a decision needs to be made, regardless of circumstance, math can be applied to aid in the decision and come out with the proper answer - football should be no different.
Until this golden formula is discovered we are stuck with lousy algorithms and biased humans. So heck, let's just have a playoff already - for now at least it has to be better than the alternatives.