"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Well, 'twas the night before the season and all through the internet MGoBlog's numbers were about to spike. I've done this in years previous too, but here's some really helpful information to anyone who's new.
First, see that bar up top? Under where Bo is yelling at Harbaugh? Click through lots of those links. You'll learn an awful lot.
For example, Brian's FAQs: http://mgoblog.com/content/mgofaq
Also the MGoBoard FAQs: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/mgoboard-faq which includes great information such as:
What should I title my threads?
Please make your thread titles as informative as possible: "Justin Feagin" is bad. "Justin Feagin leaving the team?" is good.
Read those. It'll save everyone a headache and you some downvotes. There's a depth chart, Ann Arbor restaurant list, Mod Sticky, and lots of other useful links. Just click them. Go ahead. I'll wait...
OK, and finally, typically the impetus for this thread every year is the 30th "Where can I catch the game in ___________" thread that someone posts, where either they didn't see the first 29 or are making a joke after the horse is quite, quite dead. as such:
That's accessible up top. It's from 2009. There are 300+ replies. There is a map. In Myanmar guy's defense, the Asian area of the map doesn't have many pins.
Welcome to this corner of the internet, enjoy it.
Sincerely yours in football,
The season is upon us the liveblog is a thing of the past (at least to my knowledge - MODS, any update on that front?)
Nevertheless we have...The Open Thread or [open thread] or (OPEN) thread or OPEN THREAD --- however you'd like to word it, the preference is yours.
For newbies, this is the thread that many board members post in during a game - it's that simple. So do not post your random thought, your "hot take," or your halftime review in a seperate thread. It creates clutter and more than anything, you're no better than the rest of us.
The disadvantages to the open thread are...you have to refresh or post often. Trolls. And it's tough to pick out a good comment before it's already on the previous page.
However, that's part of the open thread culture and you're either up for the challenge, or you're not. The choice is yours.
NOW --- let's make some rules for the upcoming season. A "code of conduct" if you will.
Here are a few unwritten exisiting rules to get us started...
1. The open thread may be started (1) hour prior to tip/kick for big games and rivalry games...(30) minutes prior for all other games.
---Don't be "that guy" that whines that someone started the thread too early unless it's ridiculous. But if you just got beat to the punch, STFU and have a beer. Nothing worse than that person who complains about starting an open thread at 3:30 for a 3:30 game that currently isn't on TV because the noon game still has 4-5 minutes left. Just shut up if that's you.
2. 2nd Half threads are about FEEL - not about number of posts! It's quite simple, if we're losing or playing like shit...start a 2nd Half thread. If we're beating the piss out of someone, don't fuck with the MOJO.
---We don't want to hear you whining about "oooh there are 400 posts already."
---All 2nd half threads deemed unnecessary by the board are INSTANT negbomb threads
---Also, it just divides the conversation unless everyone leaves to the new thread (which again, is fine if we're losing and need to try something different)
3. DO NOT start a snowflakes thread until the game has ended! An exception can be made if it's under 4:00 minutes in the 4th qtr and we're up by 4 touchdowns on a rival. It's the 4-4-4 rule.
---All violations of this rule also result in negbang (and a new thread being made when the time is right)
---Yes, we've had instances of a premature snowflakes thread and the team came back (us @ Northwestern) or the other team came back on us (in basketball).
4. Don't feed the trolls - if you see a troll, call it out for everyone to see - neg it and pile it on EVERY future post...and go on about your open thread experience. Do not engage in meaningful conversation. Do not argue.
---Most every open thread will have some idiot acting like a 12 year old that thinks it's cool to downvote every post. If that's you --- fuck you. To everyone else, don't worry about it, downvotes don't mean anything...however, if you successfully identify that person, board rules say you get posbanged until the end of the thread or until you make your next dumb post...whichever comes first.
5. If you're experiencing a 501, 502, 503 or any other 50-error. Remain calm. Do not keep hitting submit. Simply copy your "oh so" important post so you don't lose it. Wait until the crisis is over...then paste and submit it.
---There will undoubtably be double and triple posts. Try not to be the dreaded 10+ in a row post.
6. Open Threads for non-Michigan games are generally (College Gameday) (Noon Games) (3:30 or Afternoon Games) (Evening Games) and (Late Games)
---Doesn't happen every week where you get all of them, in fact, it rarely happens...but don't get bent out of shape if you do see it...that just means there's a lot of good football on that day and you should be happy.
---Open threads for our rivals games are permitted if it's a big game or the only game (i.e. OSU/Va Tech)...if it's MSU/Indiana at 3:30 on a random Saturday? Negbomb.
7. Being drunk is NOT an excuse. Go have fun, get wasted, but face the consequences for anything you may say or do.
---If you can't hold your alcohol like a big boy, go to the little kids table in the kitchen. The rest of the thread doesn't have to deal with you if you're being obnoxious.
8. Any reference to "F*re Harbaugh" = automatic negbang.
---I didn't want to spell it, couldn't risk it. But it rhymes with "tire"
9. No personal attacks on players - that said - demanding that someone be benched or taken out of the game is not a personal attack...it's a recommendation.
10. Bring your A game, keep your head on a swivel, enjoy yourself.
...NOW, new rules anyone?
We've all seen the ESPN commercials featuring college mascots. ESPN Race for the Heisman (Sponsored by Nissan), etc.
However, just a moment ago, while perusing EDSBS, I came across an ad that led me to these videos. (Playlist Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpaQ0B_u17E&index=2&list=PLbsTzthpl0yk74L9-mTS2JzUlv0Z2UNri)
These were the first time I can remember ever seeing a college mascot in a commercial that wasn't at least ostensibly advertising the broadcast network in question. This is just an outright advertisement for Reeces' Puffs cereal.
We all know that companies would love to get college athletes in their ads if they could. Companies would've been champing at the bit to get Denard and his smile to eat their cereal on TV and flash that winning smile. Both because of their name factor and school allegiance. Regardless of your feelings on that, they currently can't, because then the NCAA, who has no problems benefiting from sponsorship, would stop them from playing any further.
I'm just wondering what your take on this is. Is it acceptable for schools to use what is ostemsibly the "12th Man/6th Man" in ads, and profit from that where the athletes are not permitted to do so? Without exception, University Mascots are "played" by students at University events, sometimes a student athlete in their own right (often a gymnast). Who currently plays Goldy? Would the NCAA have a problem if that studen were on scholarship and was inside the Goldy costume for this commercial? He wouldn't be using his own likeness - but at the same time, the school and company are profiting off of the character he represents. Is this any different than Michigan just happening to sell thousands of "16" jersies?
Moreover, is this why Dave Brandon was pushing for a Mascot? Another potential revenue stream for the university?
Buying shoes for the kids yesterday which was right next door to a Rally House (a chain sports apparel store for those who don't know) in Grandville. They're having a sale of 50% off all UM Adidas apparel. Their sign said the sale was in store and on-line. it's worth checking out, they have a pretty big selection and still a lot in stock at that location.
Just saw an article in the Daily about new UofM initiatives to curb alcohol abuse.
As part of the plan:
The University will also pilot a program to alert the parents of first-year-students who incur a second alcohol or drug violation.
Am curious the thoughts of the board on this new initiative. I personally feel kind of odd about this. Seems a bit intrusive and kind of a nanny state thing. Personally, I don't drink, other than a toast at a wedding or the like, so something like this wouldn't impact me. Still, isn't college a place where students start to learn to take ownership for their own behavior? Not sure what to think.
Well, next Tuesday is the middle of game week, so this is the final TCT for the year.
I've been racking my brain trying to come up with a good thread topic, but I don't have much besides the Dave Brandon hate and the Rutgers embarrasement, and of course HARBAUGH.
So, simple question, finances don't matter - you get TWO cars forever. One for you/one for the spouse/2 to share. Figure they're always immaculate and someoe else is footing the bill for gas, insurance, repairs, etc. Remember - you don't get to trade these 2 in. If you both end up with Mazda Miatas I hope you're not planning to haul the kids around. Or live in the snow...
What are your 2 cars for the rest of your life?