I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
The last few weeks (at least), when the 2nd half open thread goes up, there are some folks on the (first) open thread that bitch about the need of an additional game thread. And then it takes some time for a majority of folks to switch on over, with some posters never making the jump. Essentially it just divides the board.
I remember the first 2nd half game thread going up - the logic was that the original game thread was already some # of posts long and becoming unmanageable. What? Is this something that effects mobile device users? Because for me (PC), the number of posts on the thread doesn't make it more or less manageable.
I made this post to bring discussion and hopefully more unanimous actions by the board. I I don't care too much either way, but I do care that more posters are posting together - it imporves the quality of the thread (and by that, I mean the number of people who lose their mind and whine about the same thing).
- Don't post a 2nd half open thread - only one thread for the game needed
- Post the 2nd half open thread and make the jump on over.
Any chance that we come to some sort of clear majority on this critical debate and save this football season?
EDIT: some folks are angry I posted this during the game. It was my "5 minute break from the game so that I don't lose my mind." (actually I just put the game on a smaller window on my computer). I didn't really expect y'all to discuss this during the game.
(and, fire Borges, etc)
PSU blog has a podcast, invited me to be the requisite opponent expert/jerk. And guess what they lead with? Ah heck don't guess here's what they lead with:
The podcast link: http://curtinrdchronicles.com/2013/10/08/a-quarter-and-two-seconds/
Well it has been almost two weeks since the moderation system floated to the top of the page and then disappeared completely. During this time of great hardship I have learned to appreciate what I had in the past, and how important a moderation system is to a board like this. I have come to realize in its absence, how much I relied upon it. These days I have no mechanism at my disposal to avoid reading posts that lack insight, posts that contain grammatical errors, and those that are simply not funny. I am at a complete loss in identifying the currenty popular opinions in order to align myself with them; I can barely identify bandwagons to jump on to, and my motivation to post is at an all time low. How am I, a simple blog reader, to singlehandedly separate the wheat from the chaff, the sheep from the goats, in each individual thread?
If I look back at when this feeling began, I can trace it back more than two years to April 27th, 2011 when Brian first implemented the slashcomments system, effectively limiting the rainbow spectrum of communal expression to a palette of 5 basic colors. Trips to Darkest Bolivia were replaced with the less ominous "-1", and posts that inspired rolling laughter were now simply "Funny". There was much protest, but we continued on, and made do.
At certain moments it seemed that our respected leader was on the verge of delivering us back to the promised land. For instance, in October of 2012 he wrote to us:
I am planning a move to Drupal 7 as soon as it is feasible and will be starting that process as soon as the OSU game ends. Unfortunately, that process is going to take a while because some critical modules are still not updated. So the site will remain static until then; when I move to 7 the full glory of pos/negbangs will return. Prepare thy anus.
Nearly a year later our anuses remained at the ready, when things instead took a turn for the worse, and our 5 remaining colors faded to total blackness. All I can say is that during these difficult times we must stick together and keep on posting. We will post not in an ordered hierarchy of merit, rather we will post in a chaotic soup of equality, but we will post nonetheless. I have hope that one day this board will rise again, that one day excellent posts will again receive their rightful level of exaltation, and that terrible posts by trolls will be driven down depths of derision that they deserve. I have hope.
After painstakingly going through and sending hundreds of emails I believe I have now communicated with or provided a book to everyone who backed us on the Kickstarter.
If you a.) Backed us on kickstarter, b.) don't have your stuff yet, and c.) haven't heard from me recently, you should:
Check which country you live in. Look at the ground beneath your feet. Does it exude the sweet air of freedom mixed with hotdogs and beer?
Most common error: A lot of international orders get backed up in customs and stay there for days. Apparently our information is so good other countries don't want you to have it!
Solution: We have all of these orders tracked so if you're international AND remember sending us your address already, email me and we'll figure out where yours is. Of those we've looked at so far most are due to arrive in 1-3 days from today.
Go back to the kickstarter and find your order:
Most common error: started to buy and then didn't, or credit card expired before we charged it.
Solution: Buy the book now.
Check ALL the email addresses you use. You're looking for a prolific deluge of "WHERE ARE YOU HOW CAN I GET YOUR STUFF TO YOU?" emails from Kickstarter and myself going back to June. Trying to log into kickstarter is a good way to figure out which email you used.
Most common error: "Oh, I used my spam email address." Or even "I created a new gmail account that is like menormally+kickstarter@gmail"
Solution: check it and respond.
Check if you moved recently. You know what's slower than 3rd class mail? 3rd class mail that needs to be forwarded to a new address. If you were a just-a-book or just-both-books order and didn't spring for rush shipment your book went 3rd class batch and we have no way of tracking your order, but if you were in any higher tier we can.
Most common error: "I only ordered a book but moved and gave you my old address."
Solution: Email me and we'll see if we can help you out. If you have a hoops book coming in October you can give me your new address now, or we'll email you eventually to confirm your address for that.
Check your t-shirt order. If you ordered something that isn't currently in the MGoStore, e.g. the photobomb shirt, that means we had to reprint it, and your order may have moved to the back of the line so we could process more orders faster.
Most common error: You requested last year's HTTV shirt with the Brian photobomb. You may even know Brian personally, in which case he probably requested an opportunity to talk you out of that shirt. You should call him and see what you can get out of this.
Solution: Wait another couple of days. The last of these went out Aug. 8.
Books are still on sale, and The Draftstreet Deal is still going. Also let me know if your book came damaged because we bought the insurance for that.
Last night was the AAUM Chicago Football Preview event at which Brian, Sam Webb, and Coach DiNardo spoke.
The event was hosted by law firm Jenner & Block on the 45th floor of 353 N Clark in Chicago, the views were amazing and Brian made this Chicagoan happy by enjoying a local beer, Goose Island 312.
Sam Webb spoke first regarding the freshmen that he expects to make impacts this year. If you frequent MGoBlog there weren't many surprises, but Sam does have good relationships with the coaches and he said we should expect to see a lot of Dymonte in the nickel this year, especially with Jake Ryan out. Dymonte is a capable and willing blitzer, and is definitely a new toy for Mattison to play with. The other impact freshmen were familiar names: Jake Butt (if he can block) Patrick Kuegler (Depending on his shoulder injury/OL performance), and Sam made a good point that by the middle of fall camp we'll know if Derrick Green is going to be the #1 guy. RB reps should shake out a winner. Also, Sam is under the impression that Shane Morris should/will have to play this year. Both for his own and the team's benefit when it comes to the future.
Brian had the podium next and he went through a powerpoint (that he claimed to try to make "serious" and "lawerly" but it did have a cat picture) discussing the 3 X-factors for Michigan's year. Again, nothing too shocking for regular readers, but the new faces on the OL (Brian said that last year's was quite bad, as evidenced by the non-Denard running game, or lack there of), the pass rush (or lack there of), and Devin Gardner are the 3 keys to Michigan's season. On the OL Brian expects Kalis to be a B+ player even as a RS Frosh, that Braden will impress, but not be as good a guard, and he's leery about Miller, but that's mainly because Molk and then Mealer have shown how important the center position is. This is a line that will (hopefully) grow and gel together as the season progresses.
Coach DiNardo talked through the Michigan schedule and how it really favors Michigan in most games. In terms of big games, Michigan rarely faces an opponent that doesn't have the same type of game (big/tough) right before or after. For example, after Michigan and Michigan State play, both team's next game is Nebraska. So the mental energy required is pretty equal. Except for Ohio. OSU has 3 "better than bye weeks" before the Game. DiNardo also liked to troll a bit, asking why we wanted to be in the same division as OSU, and why we don't want The Game moved. He does think that M and OSU will rematch this year in the B1G Championship.
All 3 members were asked for their record predictions, Sam and DiNardo said that 10-2 is to be expected, Brian said 8-10 wins. All 3 agreed that OSU will be tough, that MSU at MSU will be a toss-up, and that the game at Northwestern will be difficult too. The Q&A hit on a few more personnel and recruiting questions, as well as the state of the league. The panelists all agree that Michigan is 1 year away from having piles of talent and depth everywhere, and that Brady and Urban are out-recruiting the rest of the B1G by a mile. DiNardo said he never thought we'd see a Big 2 Little (8 or 10 or 12) again, but based on recruiting that's where we're heading. In terms of the B1G's reputation, the panelists agree that the diversified nature of B1G schools hurts the football prestige. DiNardo made the point that Michigan and OSU have the ability to compete on a national scale with anyone, SEC included, but what's important is the rest of the B1G stepping up as well. However, we have more schools where Football isn't the #1 priority. At Minnesota for example it could be argued that Basketball and Hockey are the #1 & 2 sports. In the SEC it's all football all the time except Kentucky.
If you have the chance to go to an Alumni Event like this I'd highly recommend it. I know Brian is headed out to an east coast event shortly, it was a good time.