Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
For a moment I wondered if I was alone in feeling pride above all else in the wake of that heartbreaking loss. I should have known better. From Ace's post-game to hundreds of comments on the board, the blog has shown a fantastic display of sportsmanship in fandom. No moping, a shockingly minimal amount of attempted Sparty trolling, and an overflow of love and support for the team we put on the floor this season.
I've never visited RCMB (won't troll the squad but I'll troll the trolls), but I have a sneaking suspicion its not a pretty place right now. Pat yourselves on the back MGoBlog, for living up to the inflated ideals of the "Michigan Man," if only for a day. I enjoyed reading all of your input. This is what makes the platform so unique and meaningful for all of us.
We'd like to do some more live events this year in various cities (or at road games) that are worth visiting and have a large contingent of MGoFollowers, and I've been in contact with several former players who want to be part of such things, be it at a bar for a Q&A during an off weekend, or an away game tailgate.
The keys are sponsorship and venue. "You guys should come to my city" doesn't help, but if you think you could help organize a dig worthy of your fellow readers' shins in your city and can put us in touch with a sponsor to make it worthwhile, let me know. New York and Washington, D.C. are probably already taken care of; those Alumi Associations already have Brian out there each year.
The one we definintely want to make happen is Notre Dame, if, say, you are in with some South Bend people who'd want to make an impression on a Michigan crowd.
Email me if you think you can help, even if it's just to put us in touch with your local alumni association leader or whatnot.
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.