and... i like them? I think I like them.
Everyone has their own special moments. You know, the moment the light bulb goes on and you say to yourself: "Self, the Board is absolutely unreadable now."
My special moment occurred yesterday morning when I just couldn't stop myself from checking the Board (dumb, I know). My instant reaction?
YEEEEEHAW! Doom, death, despair, Ignorance, insults, opinions galore!
(I know, I know. Cool story bro. But I'm getting there.)
Tell me, MGoPeoples, when was your "Jump the Shark" moment? Did it happen back during the post-Carr coaching search days? The Fire Rodriguez days? The Fire Borges days? After Akron? After UConn? After Penn State? This weekend?
Disclaimer: This is not to say that we will never visit the board. Its simply an open discussion so people can see why some regulars stop visiting the Board and adjust accordingly. And for those of you that say "Good, stop reading. You're a douche bag anyway," I say "Fine, I will!"
I just wanted to take a quick moment to let you all know that I've stepped down as a moderator on this here Board. LSA is stepping in to pick up my slack and probably perform a much better service than I have of late.
I've been a moderator over 2 years now (!) but during past few months my outside life started to cut more and more into my personal time. Two little children, a wife, and my career now leave a lot less time for my extracurricular activities. A while back I stopped working nights - thank goodness BiSB and now JGB were there to pick up my slack - and I now find it increasingly more difficult to read through all of the threads created each day. I realized that was not fair to Brian and you all, especially after seeing what a great job JGB is doing and realizing that a full-time moderator needs to be available much more than I have been.
In addition, when BiSB rage-quit I realized that he was feeling all those same things I am without having thought about it. The Board is a great place but it just doesn't have the same feel as it used to. I can't place my fingers on it and I don't want to go negative, but it just doesn't feel the same. I'm hoping that by becoming a "normal" poster again and not moderating anymore will un-jade me. You all might or might not realize this, but being a moderator is pretty damn hard, and not-so-rewarding, work. I always took great pride in knowing that Brian and Seth appreciate our hard work at keeping the Board classy and respectable (e.g. not MLive-ish) but the wear-and-tear of the daily job is pretty tough. At least it was for me. I'll still be around to help provide damage control in case anything blows up and the Board goes crazy if they need me (kind of like BiSB is doing now).
All that said, its been a pretty entertaining run. A special thank you to: (a) FormerlyAnonymous and Brian for thinking enough of me to recommend and accept me, respectively, as someone who was worthy of my former role, (b) BiSB and JGB for being good friends and colleagues, and (c) most all of you for being respectful, patient, and understanding. With that, time for profitgoblue to make like a fetus and head out! You stay classy, internets.
So, in the post The Lamentation Of Their Women, Ace created a few gifs of some of the plays. As someone who reads the blog at a company where they block youtube, these gifs definitely came in handy. It also helps that they are hosted by this site due to imgur gifs/flickr photos also being blocked (I miss a lot of the kttens and Lloyd Brady photos due to this). I really have no idea how long it takes to create these, but I would like to say to Brian and Ace that they are very much appreciated.
I was wondering if this will be something that we will see more of in future posts or if it was just a spur of the moment thing and if so, could we use the gif system a bit more. If they take too long then no big deal, but I just wanted to say that the effort was appreciated and I hope that it can continue. I realize videos and picture pages are very helpful, but hopefully gifs can be used some more as well.
Anybody else really like this new (maybe) addition?
Sometimes I hate people. Sometimes is almost all the time.
- Brian Cook, March 19, 2012
Reading some of the threads at mgoblog, I can begin to understand Mr. Cook's sentiments. In light of this, I want to hail and praise and thank the moderators of mgoblog. Recently, some threads have started to degenerate. And no, this has nothing to do with bewbs. It has to do with stupid, mindless, irritating, trolling, time-wasting posts. I had almost forgotten why I came to mgoblog in the first place. It was to avoid endless threads elsewhere (Mlive?) with virtually no real content or news or analysis or commentary. The moderators here protect us, and we are often clueless of our protectors.
(from a gloss explaining rangers in Lord of the Rings.) They secretly guarded and protected Eriador which included the Shire unbeknowst to its people from spies and invaders.
This explanation of rangers, including Strider/Aragorn, provides a good description of the moderators. They have an often thankless task. They guard and protect the realm of mgoblog, (often) unbeknowst to its people, from spies and invaders. Policing threads and deleting posts, administering the banhammer, occasionally participating in discussion, makes this one of the best blogs ever.
I want to single out BISB (Blue no longer in South Bend) and mgoprofit. There are others, who are in the background, and I want to thank you too.
I salute, thank, praise, and honor all of you who serve as moderators.
Starting last week, several college basketball coaches are competing to raise the most money for their chosen charities. All you need is a noble heart, a healthy disdain for losing to Ohio at anything and a ESPN account and you can cast a vote that will help Coach John Beilein win $100,000 dollars for donation to the charity of his choice which happens to be The St Louis center. The St. Louis Center is a caring, residential, family living and learning environment providing for the physical emotional, and spiritual needs of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Visit the Coaches' Challenge from this link here:
promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2012/m/index and vote for Coach Beilein every day through February 27.
The four region winners will then enter the Final Four, which runs through March 8, and the winning coach/charity will be announced March 9. Right now Ohio and Michigan are tied for the lead at 32% apiece and we should all know the travesty that occurred the last time we tied Ohio in something, and for those that have the animosity about November 24, 1973, you know exactly what I am talking about. This may not be redemption for that day but, you still get the joy of beating Ohio at something while contributing to the greater good, and what better way for you to start or end your day.
It appears that Michigan has thrown its hat into the race for 2013 recruit Su 'a Cravens a 6'2 210 pound safety from out of Murrietta CA. Cravens, who is a five star prospect (according to rivals), runs a 4.5 40 and is considered an elite safety who could also project as an outside linebacker at the next level. Cravens scored 19 total touchdowns on offense and collected 96 tackles, 11 sacks and three interceptions on defense to earn a spot on both the ESPNHS All-American second team and the ESPNHS Underclass All-American team . Already he has offers from top programs all across the country including USC, Stanford, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. Florida, Nebraska and Michigan are the latest to offer.
Here is a link to an interview with Cravens by ESPN espn.go.com/blog/high-school/football/post/_/id/4465/get-familiar-top-2013-talent-sua-cravens
This is the only highlight tape I could find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFyvqpfokR0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
This kid is a big deal and with USC and Oklahoma being the early front runners (according to 24/7sports), this will likely be a an uphill battle for Michigan but with Hoke's west coast recruiting pedigree and Greg Mattison's defensive resume, I would say Michigan has as good a chance as any in landing this top prospect.