The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
A few of us, fellow Michigan athletics junkies, are now MBA students starting our first year at Michigan, and this week we have a big project designed to help businesses in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood develop positive business models in their community. Each of our sections will be showcasing our business ideas tomorrow (Thursday) at Eastern Market from 11:30AM to 2:00PM. If you're in the Metro Detroit area and can swing by on your lunch hour, it would mean a lot to us (and Section 5 in particular). Stop by and say hi, I'll be the guy wearing the Bo/Harbaugh skinny M hat.
Mods feel free to delete if this is too far from the beaten path.
"The University of Michigan is one of the world’s 25 best universities and the best school in the Big Ten, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
The survey ranked UM No. 24 and 17th in the U.S.
The survey ranked schools by “several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices and the per capita academic performance of an institution"".
Source: The Detroit News, 8/25/2015
As we fade from the OT season it occurs to me that it would be fun to reincarnate an old thread idea about mgoblogger profiles, or Q & A's, for our more regular posters. I know somewhere down a trail here on the blog you can find some old ones, but they are indeed years old and there is a new crop of folks it would be fun to know more about. I thought of a few categories:
1. regulars: guys like robf, ray, sadeto, duckstep, brutus, e.german, everybody murders, cali and s.d. mick
2. regulars who will need to disclose their prescriptions: mad hatter, mean joe, rafi
3. mgolady bloggers: wendy, mabel, and of course mgobrewmom
4. some of the OG's: don, blaze, space coyote, and the mods, or updates if they have old ones (mgrowold?)
So the questions for the board would be 3-fold:
a.) good idea? b.) if so, who would you like to hear from? 3.) what format (set questions, maybe follow-up Q & A) would work?
Maybe run them on Mondays or Tuesday, slower days on the blog so they wouldn't clog up good football days, when we get back to OT season, or maybe a bad idea and just fo'gettaboutit!
** Please don't be offended if I missed you on a list - I have limited brain power and it's late**
EDIT: Looks like the board likes the idea, but best to wait until at least past bowl season, and maybe past hoops season - unless of course that turns into a dumpster fire.
I MeanJoe07 hereby decree on this 24th day of August of the year two thousand fifteen that every last monday of the "OT" season shall henceforth and forevermore be referred to as Marsupial Monday.
You voted for it in my survey, 17/20 Mods said it was okay, (Check out my diary entry if you're confused) and now you have it. Welcome to the first annual Marsupial Monday thread!
MeanJoe07's 7 Rules:
- All and any topics are allowed subject to moderation, blog rules, and rule #2.
- 51% of all posts must be Marsupial related. This will be strictly enforced. The other 49% is whatever you want subject to moderation, blog rules, and this rule.
- All gifs, memes, jokes and poems involving a Marsupials must be upvoted.
- When you create a post you must say it out loud or in your head using an Australian accent, mate. (I'll know if you didn't)
- If you find this thread reprehensible, be glad the next one isn't for another year and that Koalas don't live very long.
- All rules are suggestions except for rule #6.
EDIT - Moved to board so it is well-seen.
OTHER EDIT - Bumped once to catch others on the rebound from the weekend.
ANOTHER EDIT - Bumped one more time to catch people who take the weekends off here.
So you are aware, the OT Season officially comes to an end at midnight on the 27th of August, or one week before the first game as per tradition. There will be some cleanup of a preliminary nature starting before then, but it will be mainly background items and removing recent threads with, for example, numerous downvotes – basically subtle strategies to attempt to maximize the amount of football content before the actual deadline comes.
What does that mean for you? Veterans will know the answer, but for newer folks or infrequent visitors, here is your yearly reminder.
At midnight on Thursday, you may no longer post threads about your favorite shows, movies, books, music and so forth. There are usually narrow exceptions made for major breaking news of regional or national importance and a few other things. Ultimately, it is case by case, but the thread will be reviewed and, if found to be OT, will disappear as soon as one of us cares to leave the bar and find a computer.
A few things of note (non-comprehensive, of course – we reserve the right to throw other stuff out there too):
1) The Snowflake Rule will apply after games, however based on some feedback, I would like to experiment with something this time around. Those threads will get created, but we can ease off on the “clamp down” sooner theoretically. What I would expect then is for people creating threads about specific moments in a game to attach to their content a reason that you believe it is important that this observation stand apart from the established threads for general observations – video analysis or some detailed notes and observations would be immensely helpful, for example. I understand why the Snowflake threads are not popular, but there has to be a way to mitigate hot takes and make sure they don’t bury more worthwhile content.
2) Having seen #1, please take care in general to consider carefully what you want to say if you’re going to create a thread. Search the first three pages of threads or so for similar threads – that’s typically what I use as a measuring stick for “redundant”. Most weekends in the season, three pages covers about 2 days of threads, or after a loss, about 30 minutes of threads.
3) DO NOT attack players or fellow MGoBloggers personally. Ad hominems are essentially your ticket to Bolivia or worse depending on the severity of the statement. I know people get emotional after games, but do try to run your initial reaction by your frontal cortex first for proper review. Criticizing play and strategy is fine, but basically bringing someone’s mom into it, if you will, is your way of telling the mods you no longer wish to be here.
4) Report potential infractions or questionable posts in the Mod Sticky with a link to the comment or thread. We will review them as soon as possible and dole out point deductions and so forth accordingly. If it is raining in La Paz, we will provide appropriate gear assuming we did not spend the money on beer first. If there is a delay in getting to an issue, remember that the mods have lives too, but if it is something that really should go, say, right now, tweet me at @LorneEC3 and I’ll address it right then or make a note to do it ASAP.
5) Sunday NFL threads will be allowed as usual. Pro sports events which are significant are fine as well – just not every bit of news like we get during the draft and free agency periods sometimes. I know people gripe about the amount of Lions coverage during the NFL season, but try to remember that a sizeable number of the active users on this site also live in Michigan. Do feel free to throw in some coverage of your own teams, if you so choose, but be selective due to OT restrictions.
6) Threads covering other college games should typically be OK, but do try to keep the tradition of “Saturday Noon Games Thread”, for example, on the weekends (and on Fridays when sometimes there is a significant slate too). The tradition of MACtion is absolutely OK. If something noteworthy is happening in a particular game, a separate thread should be fine but detail the reason for breaking out of the open thread coverage.
I will let JustinGoBlue add whatever he feels is appropriate in the comments, and remember to check the MGoBoard FAQ for a high-level version of some of the parameters as well.
Mod edit (lol): It seems like we're constantly bickering about the on/off topic split; this is about as simple as I can make it:
If it involves
- (U of) Michigan topics, the institution or its people
- Any Big Ten team or school
- Any future opponent in any sport
- A topic of high interest in Ann Arbor
- A topic of high interest in college sports at large
it is NOT off topic.
Pro sports are off topic but allowable at moderator discretion. The working assumption is that Detroit teams are more interesting to the board than San Diego or Seattle teams. Sorry, San Diego and Seattle.
So I wake up from a much-needed power nap to find no friday night drinking thread. What the heck is going on around here? We are 13 days from the season opener and we are getting very close to the end of summer. Yesterday I watched oldest son's football scrimmage and it felt alot more like October up here than mid-August. Two questions:
1. Your drink of choice tonight is....
2. Your plans to squeeze the most juice out of what is left of summer is/are....
Have a great weekend while you watch for surfacing subs.