The company that hosts the poll software has pulled the plug on it temporarily, as the increased traffic here was causing excessive loads on the server. I'm trying to work around the problem but a lot of voters were locked out of voting this week and I can't access the existing votes, so no poll today. Hopefully this gets resolved ASAP... if I had to guess I'd say there won't be a poll this week.
A snafu occurred and I have to re-do the second half for the defensive UFR.
The Dot Com. Thanks to the kind assistance of Drew Montag from UMGoBlue.com I've acquired the rights to MGoBlog.com, now a valid place to point your browser to get to this location. No more "blogspot" when explaining this place to your friends.
In the offseason I might move off blogger to a Wordpress blog located there; we will see. There are Wordpress plugins that would allow the blog to have a better commenting system, diaries (probably), and other cool stuff that I've wanted to implement for a while. Downsides: given the levels of traffic MGoBlog is receving, a dedicated server might be required, which is more expensive than the current hosting thing, and this place has amazing google juice. It's on the first page for "Michigan Football," in front of MLive and GBW. (But behind the MZone. Damn you, MZone!) Giving that up would suck. But it's under consideration.
Ads, Ack. Ah, grim "monetization." As this is now a profession it's unfortunately a requirement. If you don't have adblocking you are probably noticing a big banner on the right hand side of the blog. I am testing out some ad stuff; I hope this isn't too bothersome. At the moment I'm pretty annoyed with the Ad Council stuff -- it moves! I hate it when ads move -- and this might be temporary to the extreme; I hope to strike a balance between irritation and paying rent. Any suggestions are welcome.
Stubhub stuff. If you're looking for tickets to the game, the left sidebar has a number of Stubhub affiliate links. Like this one for Ohio State. It helps the blog if you use them, and you like helping the blog, right?
I'm trying to pull down the game so I can bring forth some highlights... this is not going that well. So a double-barrel UFR blast tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to do video clips, but maybe not. There's not that much to discuss about the defense: it sucks.
Well, yeah, that sucked. But way less than last week because Michigan declared itself to be no-fluke pure suck by about midway through the second quarter. I was given the opportunity to disconnect and erect a wall of sarcasm between myself and the team, and this I did. There's no pain here, just a steady drip of resignation. Mmmm.
So I'm all out of rage. The reaction at this point: whatever. Who's the next coach? For the first time since 1968, Michigan is going to go looking; chances are the next guy isn't currently working at a MAC school. Unless it's Brady Hoke. Maybe he can bring back Stan Parrish! Oh, the tingly bits are tingling at the mere possibility.
Anyway, I'm going to Chicago to day to watch Brazil tear through the USMNT like it's Michigan's defense, so content will have to wait until tomorrow. This is just a heads up that I'm out here and will be posting with alacrity this time. No need for kittens when you've already set the clock ahead to next year. UFR will be abbreviated as per the standard practice to ignore plays which have no outcome on the bearing of the game. Garbage time started right after Dixon's third long touchdown of the day and charting will cease there, though I'll go in and grab all the Mallett plays to evaluate how he did. (Not well is your answer.)
One thing: yes, Les Miles is back on the table. I know I wrote a big long post claiming he was not a candidate for anything, and I still remain fairly skeptical, but a large portion of the "not a candidate for anything" post rested on the dual assumptions that
- Michigan would not be looking for a drastic change in the tenor of the program, and
- Lloyd Carr's personal enmity would be a major negative.
IE: it was written in the expectation that Carr was going out on a high note instead of as Bump Elliot with a national title. Obviously this is not the case and Carr's opinion is likely to carry little weight with an athletic director already inclined towards national searches that acquire proven winners instead of, say, Mike DeBord. So Miles is no longer a longshot. I got a solid tip from someone claiming that he would jump at the job if offered, FWIW, and his public non-statements in the past week about the Michigan job tend to reinforce that vision. He has a specific $1.2 million buyout for Michigan, but that's nothing. Someone will step forward and donate that much if it comes to that.
It is coming. It took an inordinately long time to get even a crappy copy of the game down and then there was the whole hairshirt selection and test-drive process, which was time consuming. I am through the first quarter now and hope to have it up tomorrow-Thursday. We're up 14-7! I hope this ends well!