he grew a beard
|8 min 56 sec ago||Swap out the adjective||
Swap out the adjective "relevant" for "valuable" and I can agree with you.
|11 min 54 sec ago||Sample sizes and context are||
Sample sizes and context are irrelevant when--qualitatively--you introduce a phenomenon that literally hasn't happened in decades. Prices like these at UNL, Michigan, and Ohio State are unprecedented across the last 40 years.
"No prior snapshot of the situation was like this. Suddenly, a snapshot of the situation is like this." The trend, P-value, and frigid weather are immaterial when that is the case.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Yeah, because that's what||
Yeah, because that's what everyone at Stanford is saying: "I wish he never came here."
|1 week 45 min ago||If you like IPAs...||
Bell's Two-Hearted Ale is arguably the best in the ten-state area.
And it comes with the additional charm of being named after one of Hemingway's earliest short stories (before he even felt comfortable with having more than one character and, therefore, dialogue)--"Big, Two-Hearted River." He wrote it in the upper peninsula near the Fox River.
Apparently he travelled there to be close to nature after the first Great War. As the biography goes, he returned from war mentally scarred and on the brink of insanity. And that trip to a "big, two-hearted" Fox River proved restorative. It comes out in the short story that there are two bellies to the river--one pristine and full of fish, the other swampy, fly-ridden, and without anything to eat. And Hemingway's guy decides to spend zero time in that other belly as a metaphor for the zero time he is willing to spend talking about the war.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think the results would||
I think the results would have been more interesting if the OP would have asked for favorite sports behind football.
|1 week 1 day ago||I will watch Michigan win at||
I will watch Michigan win at anything but the top three are set in stone for me:
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Your right about the "cum hoc||
You're right about the "cum hoc ergo prompter hoc" implication of that poster, but he is right (inadvertently or otherwise) about something:
If all of us wish to retract our support from the coaches and none of us show up at that bus, the players are nevertheless affected and free to (mistakenly) assume it is their fault and that it is they who we don't support.
Executing a mean-spirited (toward the coaches) logic like yours (and yours totally does fulfill the requirements of logic) has mean-spirited outcomes (e.g., that relate to the players), which is unsurprising.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is no place for reason and evenness.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Was ready to scarf on a||
Was ready to scarf on a confirmation bias smorgasbord; but this wasn't good enough to lure me in despite my primed state.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||1999 immediately spring to||
1999 immediately spring to mind.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The OP is being clumsy with his word choice and reasoning||
(1) They aren't downplaying the MSU rivalry. They simply aren't playing it up as they do for OSU.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I fail to see how someone who||
I fail to see how someone who clearly spends a lot of time presupposing their own intelligence could resort to an expression of the ad hominem fallacy as the best argument in their favor at this random moment.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Sigh...Theon.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not going to be||
I'm not going to be aggressive toward you but your opinion deserves to stop breathing.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I just hope that whoever goes||
I just hope that whoever goes has the good strategy and presence of mind to be equanimous. It will do their voices no good to be inflammatory. Be calm and well prepared. Greatly emphasize the word "stewardship" and its sore lack in the Michigan athletic department.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Me too, aside from the||
Me too, aside from the buggersome irony of protesting protests, I loved what he wrote.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Could anyone submit an FOIA||
Could anyone submit an FOIA request to see whether this email is real?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||"Math is hard" (or something||
"Math is hard" (or something like that) so I'll forgive you this time, but either you didn't read his post or you didn't understand it.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This was doubtlessly||
This was doubtlessly pretentious, but as Just Another Self-Important Person myself (and therefore tolerant of the disease), I enjoyed it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Concussion-gate is surely||
Concussion-gate is surely reprehensible, but there is NO WAY this PR storm is "magnitudes greater" than practice-gate...it'll be hard to fairly judge it sooner than 18 months from now, but it seems unlikely to even be equal.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Quit smoking the bad stuff||
Quit smoking the bad stuff and understand jokes.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You have a brain that||
You have a brain that sometimes short-circuits until very dumb patterns of alpha-numerical characters are the result.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yours is the most honest post||
Yours is the most honest post yet in this thread. And something too seldom said. Michigan fans have simply wanted an excuse and now they have it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I was negged unrelentingly||
I was negged unrelentingly this summer for saying that. Granted, mine was a thread, where yours is a post. But, still, it's amazing how fast and far things can change. 95% of the posters in my thread were neggy because they had nice things to say about Brandon (and many had very negative things to say about Bacon: "anyone can criticize", "he's really starting to come off as a douchebag").
|10 weeks 2 days ago||In person? I know math is||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This post is better than the||
This post is better than the others.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||Just don't be an||
Just don't be an asshole.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I applied to four schools and||
I applied to four schools and got a full ride to MSU, Wayne State and Oakland, and nothing to Michigan. Since I'm a member here, you already know where I picked to go. It wasn't a hard choice, either. All the admissions offers came early and I sent in my acceptance before mid-November.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I don't care about the lemon,||
I don't care about the lemon, but it was a special kind of dimwitted gymnastic that led him to feel comfortable publicly typing the equivalent of:
"Bolden was out there for the first snap and Morgan wasn't...but that wasn't the spirit of my bet. Therefore, I don't lose!"
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It reads as if the document||
It reads as if the document was created by an iphone translator of an audio file.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I trust the coaches. So what||
I trust the coaches. So what if I had dreams in April of some players being starters in August. Last year was a cluster[- - - -], and I haven't captured but a scant few hyperbolic words and clips of the team since. Glasgow has been routinely mentioned as a coach favorite, has the size, and is described as a "technician." I believe this. And hope he brings it.
I really hope he Kovacses every last one of his doubters (by which I mean 98% of this board).
In the same vein, everytime week talk about the week 2 OL, it is oft assumed that Glasgow's re-intercalation will rearrange the line and push Mags back to LT and Cole to the bench. I don't think we're going to see it happen that way. Get used to watching Cole. He's likely here for the long haul. Which isn't yet confidence instilling, but is certainly highly exciting.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not convinced about||
I'm not convinced about Pipkins yet. I think he has every tool, but he was never better than inconsistent before his injury, and then that happened and we've only heard spring and fall buzz since...which I'm always careful to remember is flush with hyperbole. He could be our best inside man since Alan Branch...or he could have lost his job to Ryan Glasgow. I don't believe it for sure, but I'm willing to entertain it. It's totally possible. Glasgow has been a coach favorite for a long time now, said to be a technician (their favorite kind of player), and is listed at 296lbs). Recruiting rankings be damned, I have no doubt he has solid-to-great potential too.
Either way, I think we should (and will) play Mone. I suspect he can help us.
|13 weeks 28 min ago||How's that working in the||
How's that working in the race to exchange Thomas for Clark? Or to push Cole and Miller off the field to make room for the two Kyles?
Yes, it's always a possibility that this is a motivational tactic, but Hoke's aforementioned camp depth charts (Safety, OL) seem for real. And we're much closer to gameday now than when the first rough RB depth chart came out.
Add to that, Glasgow has been getting praise from these coaches for a long time...and is regarded as a technician...and has the correct size for the position. It isn't a stretch to think he is ahead of Pipkins, especially one year after an injury, and given that Pipkins never played consistently before that injury. It also doesn't have to be bad news if Glasgow is in front there.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Like everyone else, I am||
Like everyone else, I am surprised that Glasgow is mentioned as the starter over Pipkins.
But what is even more surprising is all the fan chatter that goes like this "Oh, I know our coach said this, but it actually isn't real. Pipkins will obviously be the starter." I have all kinds of experience with obstinance and can understand that, but the illogic is hard for me to accept.
It's one kind of weird to have April dreams of what the starters will look like in late-August, and it's another to be emotionally attached to those predictions, but to stick to them even when evidence surfaces that sink your special ideas...well I just don't know how to talk to someone like that.
The same thing is happening w/r/t Dymonte as well as Kalis or Bosch (and maybe both) not being starters.
There's an optimistic perspective here: Underdogs are playing even better than top prospects. That is a far cry from necessarily bad news.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||It's much too early to||
It's much too early to conclude his star is extinguishing but it's also too late to begin *entertaining* the possibility that it might extinguish before shining again.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Me too. But the AD hasn't||
Me too. But the AD hasn't recently seemed concerned with that. Not only have the wings and pants not matched in recent years, but in 2011 when numbers were ON THE HELMETS, we couldn't even get those numbers to match the wings lying 10cm away.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, he didn't type what he||
Yes, he didn't type what he meant. If he'll grant a stranger (me) the liberty to try to speak for him, he **meant** that most fans here are assuming that if Kalis intercalates somewhere on the line it will be to either LG or RG with Magnusson sliding to the LT position fans think is more natural for him. But that may be both untrue and more complicated than necessary.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||As I was scrolling down, I||
As I was scrolling down, I was thinking about the tip top ones in my opinion: Ann Arbor, Ithaca, Cambridge, and Madison. That those litter the top of the rank give me reason to think the ordering is rational...but then I see Hartford ranked unreasonably high and I see Lafayette--easily the worst college town in the Big Ten and one of the worst in America--ranked better than Bloomington. Yeeesh, those are tough to explain away.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Viewer comprehension is fundamental||
At the end of the video it is mentioned that donors paid for the new facility. I believe they even drop the unequivocal "100%" on us.
But, even if that wasn't true, I found your post mean-spirited and chauvinistic.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Untrue and suggestive that you don't yet understand||
It isn't that these schools will now choose to pay men and not women, it's that the schools are finally availing ALL athletes to profit from their market value, whatever that may be...and the market says that amateur women's tennis has basically zero market value, so those girls will not be paid anything extra.
The concept here is no more unfair or illegal than a physician yielding a much larger salary than a french fry cook.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||He's right next to Kyle Kalis||
He's right next to Kyle Kalis on the list of guys that Michigan fans dream up as starters in April and whine about being absent in August. I want them in there, too, but only if they are good enough.
At present, it appears these two are underperforming. It's too early to proclaim their recruiting profiles as overrated or their college days as under-developed, but it's likewise too late to just now find ourselves willing to even wonder if "hmm, there's more than a 1% chance these guys aren't going to be all-stars."
Having said that, I still have high hopes for their careers. I'm beginning to expect their impact in 2014 will be minimal, however.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Palabra a tu madre.||
Palabra a tu madre.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||That's interpretable two ways:||
Are you "scared" that he will underperform or scared as in "whoa, he's large and beastish!"?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not one to whine when the||
I'm not one to whine when the list of starters we predict at the beginning of April don't carbon copy transfer to the end of August.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed on that. But it's||
Agreed on that. But it's worthwhile to distinguish between getting more information and getting information more efficiently. I'm happy to come here for twenty minutes each day, plainly trust the Michigan blogetariat to collect stuff worth knowing, and then absorb all of that.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Is this snark supposed to be a legitimate dig?||
Now's an odd time to flex your misanthropic muscles so sourly.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||My girlfriend and I began a||
My girlfriend and I began a trip from Bloomington, IN to western New York (Rochester, Ithaca, Letchworth, Ontario/Chimney Bluffs) on Sunday and kicked it off with a one-night stay in Ann Arbor. Because when isn't Ann Arbor the best way to start a trip?
We visited the museum on a slow Monday before Dominick's, Frita Batidos, and an exit from town. We arrived around 10AM and within seconds Jabrill Peppers and another player I didn't recognize (older) came in through a different door on the other side of the reception desk. A pretty neat start!
And then we strolled through for about 45 minutes (to properly indoctrinate her) before taking off. If she weren't around, I'd have probably spent 90 minutes there for myself...but I tend to really like reading every centimeter of text on a placard.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Are there any concerts that||
Are there any concerts that could sell it out that fans would be likewise proud to mention? A music festival with multiple artists of the correct names could, but that seems somehow beneath the AD and inconsistent with the 3 hour target length.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think I like Taylor||
I don't think I like Taylor Lewan and don't care to spend an hour lionizing him as I still do Jake Long...or even Mike Hart, but I still see that scapegoating him here is too convenient and eminently irrational.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not familiar with Jim Rome||
Is this on television or radio?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I grew up in Algonac which,||
I grew up in Algonac which, because of all the canal networks is like a poor man's Venice of Michigan. Situated right there on the St. Clair River. I love the area and totally recommend your trip.
The eastern shore tends to be less choppy, but if you hug that shore with US numbers on your craft you may raise the attention of the border patrol. That's me being over-cautious, though. The truth is that BC isn't present or persnickety to such a degree to ruin your time about that. As for the SCR segment of the trip, I bet it takes twoish hours at cruising speed. I bet crossing Lake St. Clair from the Detroit River takes a little less than that.
The most texhnically difficult aspect of your trip will be entering the rivers after the lakes. I think entering the Detroit R. is by far comparatively trivial, but entering the St Clair River is much less so. It's sort of a cop out claim, because there are so few fresh water estuaries in the world, but that is the world's largest one. And the labyranthine sandbars and tributaries can be tough to navigate for a newcomer.
If you ever travel the reverse route, it's a cinch, and I wouldn't bother recommending any one route over any other, only to pay close attention to lighthouse lines (!) and depth. Because it'll barely matter otherwise. Riding the river out is more likely to put you on a fair course than riding the river in. So if you do have a GPS with you for the trip from LSC to SCR, I'd recommend using it to tiptoe the US/CA border into the River between Harsens and Seaway islands. Alternatively, you might just want to follow a freighter in; they'll hug the other (southeastern) edge of Seaway Island.
I worry you'll get lost or run aground without GPS or if on another path. Then again, I'm probably overthinking things just in case, so how about I wish you luck and return to the positive outlook I has when I started writing this, because it really is a cool, summer mini-adventure you've come up with.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||My sense of humor is very||
My sense of humor is very awesome and nonexistent, by which I mean very bad and omnipresent.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||If I've learned anything in||
If I've learned anything in the last few years, it's to base my attendance--not on the questions of cost or product on the field, but--on the question of whether the stadium has WiFi. If they have it, then clearly you gotta go.
|19 weeks 3 hours ago||Not only was the uniform||
Not only was the uniform battle lost years ago but these are SOCKS, so whatever.
|19 weeks 1 day ago||A Brief Treatise On The Nature Of Unclickability||
Is there supposed to be a link here? (Or is there one and my phone is filtering it out?)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||You are only repeating||
You are only repeating yourself here without rewording your argument in ways helpful, revelatory, or new. When I retyped "Maryland and others" as your opinion, I was explicitly admitting that you weren't singling them out. Which is my point.
Go back and look: When I called your Maryland-Michigan comparison weak, that was never about you singling out the Terrapins (...) I typed "and others" after all. Instead, I tried to highlight the silliness of comparing Michigan to an entirely different species of athletic department. Maryland and the other "90+%" in or below their athleto-economic strata do not have Michigan's luxury boxes, television pipeline, fan base, or--since this is about DB--"brand power." I think you didn't realize this part as my point.
Just because we know some athletic directors fail but others succeed at Maryland-like ("bottom 90%") schools doesn't mean that if Michigan hired Joe (Bad-With-Numbers) Schmo as AD, he still couldn't find some degree of financial success. Because the last relevant comparison (2010s lower 90% schools are bad comparisons) is of a very different financial era (1990s Michigan is a far better comparison), and in this era Michigan, Texas, Ohio State, et al. haven't had an opportunity to test a hypothesis about (a) low AD quality and (b) department poverty.
I don't have the credentials to talk about this quantitatively, but from the qualitative perspective, a bad AD has way more room for error with Michigan resources than with "bottom 90%" resources.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||This is an important post.||
This is an important post.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think you've made the best||
I think you've made the best argument anyone can for Brandon (...) that his decision to hyper-fund nonrevenue sports has the potential to turn those nonrevenue sports into national juggernauts. That's by far the best thing he's done.
And, depending on what happens in the O'Bannon case, it might even turn out to have been laced with some Machiavellian providence. Because what happens if the nation's ADs start having to reallocate a significant portion of revenue to a new source (the athletes)? Well one likely outcome is that nonrevenue facility building will come to a standstill nationwide. If true, then those select few who capitalized on the recent meadowy interregnum between the onset of new big money (e.g., BTN) and the onset of new big costs (i.e., O'Bannon) will reap the rewards for a generation.
Having said that...if I'm right, and Brandon's biggest value to Michigan was this, then why keep him around in a post-O'Bannon era where revenue allocation changes significantly? Because in that kind of (putative) future, this great skill of Brandon's would be way moreso a matter of history whereas the problem areas would remain well rooted in the present.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Saying "but Maryland and||
Saying "but Maryland and others lost money last year" is a maximally simple-minded comparison. A better comparison would be "Remember the years before Bill Martin came on and Michigan was operating in the red?"
But while that is a much more fitting side-by-side for illustrating that it takes more than just any ol' schlub for Michigan to turn great revenue gains, it ignores some Brobdingnagian changes to the financial landscape over the last 15ish years.
Would Goss and Roberson have still overseen the department's financial dive beneath the dirt if they had luxury boxes and the BTN cash cow? Or would they also have seen Michigan almost-peerlessly leading the nation in revenue if they had those things to make their jobs easier? It's impossible to certainly answer the 2nd question, but my suspicion is yes.
Meanwhile, I agree more with the following corollary of what Brian said than with what he actually said:
Bill Martin gets too little credit for the Michigan athletic department's current financial situation, and Dave Brandon gets too much.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||That's fair||
Hoke specifically connected with Mattison and Nussmeier while Brandon made Michigan's coordinator jobs (in ways not specific to any particular coaches but nonspecific to maybe all coaches) more attractive.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||This isn't a diss, just a||
This isn't a diss, just a correction about praise:
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I think he pretty obviously||
I think he pretty obviously means George Campbell.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||What signs are there that||
What signs are there that Schlissel cares to even evaluate a sports guy's (Brandon's) work record?
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Hagerup is the popular||
Hagerup is the popular favorite to punt. Because he's better at it (or at least he was the last time he played).
|19 weeks 4 days ago||If this weren't a zero sum||
If this weren't a zero sum game, I'd agree, but it is so your take woefully underemphasizes the positive value achieved should OSU swing and miss here.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Projecting?||
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh||
I hope not. That would be miserable.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Yes. Ambition matters.||
Yes, if a difficult thing is available to be won, and if any of the nation's best care to try, then it is important to me that Michigan cares to best them all.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I know I'm opposing the||
I know I'm opposing the popular opinion here, but there's an aspect of threads like these that's kind of creepy to me. And that aspect is only accentuated each time someone types "drools" and then submits it as a totally normal thing to say.
|21 weeks 19 hours ago||I don't have any Ball O Twine||
I don't have any Ball O Twine suggestions, but the next time I design a trip that includes heading as far north as the T Falls, I think my path will be making a constellation of that and these:
|21 weeks 4 days ago||You have me clapping in ways||
You have me clapping in ways that are not sarcastic. Seriously. But no seriously this is not sarcastic. Goddammit all the mgosnark has me unable to even take myself seriously...except seriously, yours is a seriously important post. Not sarcastic. Seriously. Dammit. [Gives up.]
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Baylor kept this on the DL||
It's very difficult to understand how this wasn't even on the differential diagnosis until now. Marfan's is elementary Med School 101. More yet, Austin's past medical history and physical exam extend well beyond the characteristic and into the pathognomonic.
A baseless suspicion I have is that Baylor knew, that Isaiah knew, but that they conspired to hide it**, weighing the costs of continued play against the benefits of getting into the NBA, gambled, and came "this close" to winning everything. No matter the verity of that, I wish him the best. It's a powerful story.
**(and why should that be so bad, anyway? A case like that might not invoke "informed consent" but it sure would call up "informed refusal" at which point a healthy-minded patient has every right to [a] make his own decision and to [b] have his records held strictly privately)
|21 weeks 6 days ago||What does it mean?||
I haven't decided if I like the shirt (I might love it, if only because it's so freaking weird/non sequitur), but I know I can't stop staring at it.
|22 weeks 51 min ago||This board may not be as bad||
This board may not be as bad but it's hardly innocent of most of those counts of obsession and (inf-/sup-)eriority complex.
|22 weeks 59 min ago||Your answer is a cop out.||
Your answer is a cop out. Saying "that sort of already happens" doesn't address whether it will happen more blatantly or frequently in the new system we're crafting. And it's that *quantitative* answer, not your cop out qualitative answer, that matters.
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||The OP underestimates Delany's Machiavelli-quotient.||
The OP severely underestimates Delany's Machiavelli-quotient. Delany's doesn't say these dumb things from his position of power because he thinks they are correct. Rather, he says these dumb things from his position of power because he thinks he has a chance to manipulate enough people into getting his way if he does.
|22 weeks 21 hours ago||Amen.||
|22 weeks 4 days ago||What is meant by concentric||
What is meant by concentric waves? I assume it means the rows from 1-50 go at a different rhythm and pace than the ones from 51-100. Is that true? Has it ever happened? It seems as difficult as it is original. "Exceptionally".
|22 weeks 5 days ago||The next time Tyrion and||
The next time Tyrion and Jamie meet is going to be fascinating. Clearly "oh and please kill dad on your way out of town" wasn't supposed to be part of Tyrion's escape itinerary. A major aspect of Jamie's motivation for saving Tyrion was to ensure everyone with Lannister blood can keep it pumping.
Not only that, but Jamie's life is about to get way harder. Not only is Kings Landing and the Lannister name weakened by Tywin's death, but it now seems exceptionally likely that the Iron Bank--sensing the ever lower odds that the Lannister's can pay their debts--is about to insert itself opposite the Lannister's in ways more Machiavellian than perhaps any other agent of the game.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Good for him. I hope he finds||
Good for him. I hope he finds elite success but that his team finds none. No hard feelings.
|23 weeks 22 hours ago||Any difference between my||
Any difference between my original point (as intended) and yours is difficult for me to dissect away. Everything you wrote is everything I meant, but you did a superior job distilling the matter. Thanks!
|23 weeks 22 hours ago||I don't hate Dave Brandon||
I don't hate Dave Brandon (or anyone really). That's such an important clarifying point. This really doesn't have to go that way. In fact, more than simply "not hate him," I've actually said a LOT of nice things about Brandon's work in this thread (re: construction and revenue).
I do have concerns, however, and believe if we could harmoniously meld JUB's voice with Brandon's business strengths, we would have literally everything we want: Prolific construction projects, elitely-paralleled revenue streams, and a diminishment of RAWK, stadium advertisements, and poor treatment of ticket-holders. And I believe that kind of optimism is also reflective of something in reach.
If you care to lambast me for having a wish list, for wanting the Michigan AD to shoot for the stars, rather than shoot for the NFL, then we have less in common and less to talk about than I previously knew.
|23 weeks 22 hours ago||I think you've misinterpreted||
I think you've misinterpreted my concerns re: Brandon. I'm thrilled about the construction (thrilled about the scope, the architectural contiguity, and the fine treatment of non-revenue sports; it's all fairly unparalleled).
Meanwhile, I don't blame him at all for the OSU/MSU home/away asymmetry. But the slow creep of advertising, price gouging, and intermission RAWK have his fingers on them. And these things act to diminish the numbers and faith of the assembly. They increment Michigan football more toward the common than the exceptionally unique.
|23 weeks 22 hours ago||Honestly: If his relationship||
Honestly: If his relationship with the U-M AD were of a consultant, that would make me just as happy.
Really, I don't inflexibly care for JUB the man to be in charge. But I do care for the man in charge to have more of his kind of sight. I'm troubled that the man in charge thinks people with JUB's vision should be black-listed rather than listened to.
|23 weeks 22 hours ago||I won't deny that Dave||
I won't deny that Dave Brandon is really awesome at some things. I do, however, worry about the longterm cost of those things he's awesome at.
|23 weeks 23 hours ago||If you would like to||
If you would like to submarine the discussion before it begins, you are welcome. But it bears mentioning that there's a subtle but important difference between bashing an incumbent and praising an outsider. Is celebration of the cosmological constant a bash against Einstein? It can be if insistence upon negativity is your thing today, but it isn't mine now or ever. I came here to be positive--to praise an author with fine ideas.
Only out of unfortunate coincidence did the fact that Brandon has certains exceptional skills but also certain undeniable demerits have to be a part of the conversation I envisioned.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||No doubt I'm a fan and that||
No doubt I'm a fan and that brought me in reach of a question about a barely visible Michigan jersey. But my tendency to try to answer it the way I've been--to be quasi-verbose, detail-oriented, equivocate where necessary, and express myself at least semi-quantitatively so long as it's possible--are more emblematic of my occupational hazards than my fandom problems. Though there's no doubt I have those problems..
|23 weeks 1 day ago||We can't say whether there's||
We can't say whether there's a nameplate over that jersey. If we pay attention to the spacing between the locker border and the beginning of the Peppers nameplate, we see that neither adjacent locker could possible show its nameplate in this close-up photo. Bust out your ruler if you don't believe me.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||This post was meant as a||
This post was meant as a reply to TheBarwisEffect (7:51).
|23 weeks 1 day ago||False. The "angled tip that||
False. The "angled tip that stops abruptly" that we see on the right could be the upper left hand corner of many numbers. In the Michigan numeral font, a 3 is one of them. It's equivocal.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||You may be right about this||
You may be right about this being a recruiting prop, but if you pay close attention to the distance between Jabrill's nameplate and the edge of his locker, you'll see that your comment that the adjacent lockers don't have nameplates is baseless. They wouldn't be in the photo whether there or not. So that "evidence" of this being from a recruiting trip is equivocal. If it's from a recruiting trip (an important question to answer if we want to put this behind us), then this would *likely* be a picture that's already been in circulation. Can we find a 12-month-old match?
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It's important to know||
It's important to know whether this is an up-to-date photo or from a past recruiting visit.
IF it's recent, then the most interesting thing is what's on the photo's lefthand side. Given the evidence on the arm (that the number begins with a "1"), chest numeral (the number ends in a 1), and chest numeral placement (alignment precisely under the adidas logo tells us this is a #1 jersey and not a #11 jersey), it would appear the jersey was recently hanging for either (a) no reason at all or (b) because someone got it.
Earlier in this thread, I wrote about how it doesn't really make sense for any of the receivers to be getting a #1 jersey right now (Funchess, Chesson, Darboh, Harris, Canteen). But it isn't strictly insane to wonder whether the coaches might change their minds about Funchess's jersey.
Maybe it doesn't make sense for him to have a TE legacy jersey now that he's switched positions. A tempting hypothesis compels us to ask whether the #87 might have been freed up by a Funchess move to #1 (by far the most deserving player on the roster). In such a world, Jake Butt could be a fitting wearer of #87.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Left to right, these three||
Left to right, these three jerseys may well be ordered #1 - #2 - #3.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||It appears unlikely that your||
It appears unlikely that your suspicion is correct. On the arm, we can see that the number at least begins with a 1. Your observation of that is correct, but there are more details to glean.
On the leftmost edge of the photo, we see a thin fraction of a number on the chest. Usually that wouldn't be enough to be helpful but, the fraction we see on the chest is of a tall number, unbroken from top to bottom. In Michigan's numbering font, that can only be a "1." But of all the details viewable here, the characteristic most fingerprinty of a #1 jersey is that the number on the chest is centered precisely under the adidas logo.
Not only does the jersey begin and end with a "1," but it also has only one "1".
Either the jersey is hanging there for absolutely no reason, or it's been given out this year. Funchess? Harris? Canteen? Darboh? Chesson? They all seem unlikely. Because of the Kramerishness, Funchess is easily eliminated. Harris wasn't even the best newcomer this spring. Canteen getting it would be a slap in the face to Harris. Darboh hasn't even played in a game. And Chesson had a lukewarm debut.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||There's no way this isn't a||
There's no way this isn't a satirical post...right?
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Why not describe him as Jake||
Why not describe him as Jake Ryan? Especially with JMFR's move to MLB. I understand the Winovich thing, but I just happen to believe the coaches might've found two in one cycle. Winovich = Ryan, 2012-2013. Furbush = Ryan, 2014
|26 weeks 5 days ago||It's in this chronology, at the end|
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I think, whenever he finally||
I think, whenever he finally steps down, there's a very good chance that I'll be happy with how Brandon handled the non-revenue sports.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Either Intro Biochem or||
Either Intro Biochem or Signal Transduction.
Ursula Jakob and Kenneth Cadigan are the chiefmost reasons I became a physician-scientist.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||The issue wasn't that he||
The issue wasn't that he spoke with her during the criminal medical investigation (that that still seems peculiar).
|29 weeks 15 hours ago||I restocked my bar today. I'm||
I restocked my bar today. I'm doing some Grand Marnier right now. I don't think I've ever had anything like it before. It's less like a spirit than a dessert.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Hang your hats||
Numbers like these and historic wins/win% are just about the only traits separating us from everyone else with 7-6 or 8-5 records.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree. I think the most||
I disagree. I think the most popular posts should almost never have jumps. Jumps should be reserved for the dense statistical analyses, GIFathons, and dear diaries.
The primary advantage of the above: If you are a frequent reader and the material you most care about is jumpless, the only link you have to click is the one to mgoblog.com
|31 weeks 4 days ago||The O.P. got close to||
The O.P. got close to constructing a coherent argument but couldn't finish.
His anecdotes are certainly not evidence that the OL will be good...but they bring further good reason to believe it is too soon to judge the badness we've seen. And that it is *certainly* too soon to say data from 2013 and the spring game conspire to predict with certainty a poor 2014. Which is just another way of saying "maybe." Which is fair.
So yes: This is what it's come to: Cop outs, technicalities, and "optimism" that--depending on your shade of glasses--is painted in such broad strokes as to be concurrently pessimistic.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Deepest sympathies.||
|31 weeks 6 days ago||It's the benefit of the||
It's the benefit of the honeymoon phase. Penn State is going through the same thing now with Franklin. A 10-win season would change so many things around here, our recruiting and collective mood ain't the least of it, either.
|32 weeks 15 hours ago||Weird getting so much more||
Weird getting so much more posting for prelims than the real thing. It's finishing up on BTN now. Michigan leads Oklahoma by just over 2.3 points going into the final round. The announcer has me believing this is a small lead. (...) But I know 0.001 things about gymnastics, so don't trust anything I say.
Meanwhile, Sam Mikulak, chasing a third straight NC in the all-around, leads the TrFr from Stanford by a mere 0.100 points.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I imagine Mikulak usually||
I imagine Mikulak usually participates in all 6 events. Why no Rings today? Simply because he had the luxury not to bother?
EDIT: I'm assuming the lack of a score for Sam in that event (on the linked page) denotes that he did not participate...though I now see how this assumption might be wrong.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Gymnastics NCAAs||
I don't know about the process. How does a "preliminary" round differ from the rest? I can guess** but I'd rather some nice person give me the outline.
**(Assuming: this round allows passage of the best participants into the next rounds but only the participants, not the scores, carry on...meaning it doesn't matter much in the ultimate scheme whether Michigan is "in the lead" right now?)
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||Do you consider everyone who||
Do you consider everyone who isn't fat a suspect in a PED conspiracy? Because Lebron isn't exactly "jacked"; he's just what it looks like when a skinny athletic boy grows up.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||On another board I frequent||
On another board I frequent (a mixed Big Ten board), a longtime Alabama poster claimed ("for what it's worth") the UA OL performed much better when Lindsay was starting than when he wasn't.
|33 weeks 4 days ago||Weird guy here||
As a guy five-sixths through a really weird Big Ten adventure (Michigan, B.S. [CMB, PolSci, 2006]; PSU, M.D. ; Indiana, Ph.D. [Biochemistry, In progress]), I appreciate the melding of allegiances so long as Michigan always remains #1. I look forward to seeing a copy.
|34 weeks 12 hours ago||"Definite?" I love the||
I love the optimism, but it surprises me slightly. I was under the impression that Michigan (#4) wasn't even the highest (nationally) ranked team entering the Big Ten championships as it ranked behind OSU (#2).
Now I don't at all deny the silliness of ranking a still-undefeated returning national champ anything but #1, but the 2-3 teams ranked above us this week are bound to give us a run for our money.
Right? What am I missing?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Reading that, I let myself imagine you also saying this:||
"I generally like knowing things, but science is starting wear thin with me. Analyzing every aspect of the universe takes some of the magic out of life."
|34 weeks 3 days ago||Can't say I've paid much||
Can't say I've paid much attention to Brian's opinion of this guy. What is it?
Does it specifically regard him by name or more generally regard the corporateness and social-medianess of everything and -one under DB's reign?
|36 weeks 4 days ago||No way! Though he is||
No way! Though he is misguidedly lauded as one of the best science speakers of this generation, he's actually one of the worst. He dumbs his material down to incomprehensible levels. One time, I watched as he discussed subatomic particles by comparing them to various fat, skinny, purple, green, and polka-dotted monsters he had just made up.
That helps no one understand anything and is unforgivable. It was condescending at worst and an example of quitting because "making the esoteric accessible" was too hard at best.
Neil may not be Carl, but Michio is almost no one. Unlike the other guys, if kids aspire to be Kaku, they aren't shooting for the moon but for the top of the telephone pole.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Mixed...but trending quite positively||
My expectations were unfairly high, but I was disappointed by how much better Carl was at this than Neil. Tyson's prosody seems a few increments more awkward, less genuine and more forced than Sagan's. And the content of Tyson's speech is slightly condescending, whereas Carl *truly* may have been the best public speaker of in the history of scientific education.
To me, Sagan remains unparalleled in his ability to dissolve esotericism and make even the most distant, infinitesimal and convoluted thing immediately accessible. Most importantly, he did it without a mote of evidence against him of "dumbing it down." A sensationally uncommon gift, that one. Maybe I shouldn't be too hard on Tyson for falling short there. Yeah. I know that's true.
[Exception: I adored the personal anecdote of the elderly Sagan inviting the 17yo Tyson to Ithaca.]
So OK, despite my mild criticism, I liked the Cosmos reboot very much. A feast for the eyes. The storytelling was eminently worthwhile. And the prose was not bad--it just never had any hope to meet Sagan's.
I think shows like this serve the most noble and vital roles for humanity. Especially given the quality disintegration viewers have witnessed on the History, Discovery, and Science Channels in the last decade--where "lowering the bar" has welcomed Pawn Stars, Punkin' Chunkin', and so much other hollow dimness in place of the depth on which those channels built their reputations.
In sum: The show didn't reach my theoretical dreams, but it's in reach of my pragmatic ones.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I am not a hoarder||
(and probably have no business sharing my opinion, but this is the internet so...)
I would probably save them. Probably would store them alongside a VCR in some large, hermetically sealed Rubbermaid bin in a garage, attic, crawl space, whatever. They meant something to your dad, I bet. And they already belong to the class of things that are underground in a time capsule and have been for 20-30 years.
It'll probably take another 20-30 years until you want to look at them to either have an old-timey moment (it won't be long before VHS technology feels identical to film reels and projectors) or connect with how you and your dad shared common hobbies/sports-passion, but I bet that day will come.
/Even moreso: Sorry for your loss
|39 weeks 1 day ago||FTR: I didn't say it was||
FTR: I didn't say it was going to be nefarious. I never came close to those thoughts.
I am just saying it's pretty clear this would be perfectly unlike any union ever. I mean they are stretching the semantic bounds of "employee" just to approve the **IDEA** of unionship. And it being so different from more recognizable unions has me entering the subject without any predisposed notions of what shape it will take. I only know it will be different, somehow.
The players haven't been particularly explicit about their visions for organizing. It remains to be seen whether they can acquire certain static benefits under the guise of the idea of being a "union" without actually acting like a union (with meetings and bargaining and dues and strikes and union presidents).
Because it's never been done before. Which is also my point: Doing all of this without a due-collecting, bargaining body remains an extant possibility, particularly because, if approved (to reiterate), this will be the most peculiar worker union in history.
IE: Could they (1) become a union, (2) acquire health insurance and guaranteed scholarships, and then (3) never do anything uniony again so long as "(1)" and "(2)" aren't taken from them? Well that'd be weird. But I think it's still possible. And more than that, it might be the best option.
Meanwhile, while I applaud their innovation and leadership, many of these student-athletes seem weakly-versed on the nature of the task before them. I bet many individuals in their group have very different ideas of what their dream union would look like and are only now realizing it...or maybe are not realizing it even yet.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Oy.||
Sometimes the MGoLogicMachine is astoundingly broken.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Why would they be "surely" doing these things?||
If they become a union, they'd be rather unlike any union ever. I am not yet convinced they'd have a central office and administrative (union) body. If not, then certain union expectations like dues and strikes aren't strictly necessary.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I severely dislike the tendency to call this weather "the worst"||
Calling the "worst" is a self-fulfilling prophecy for being unhappy about 1/4 of this year. I'd rather call it prodigious or historic.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||BTN growth||
I wonder how this will impact the next contract cycle, specifically as it relates to the New York-area acquisition that still seemed so certain (for 2017) when we went to sleep last night. Must anything change?
|40 weeks 3 days ago||Portmanteaus are pun-damental||
As far as the Big Ten is concerned, this win puts Michigan in an excellent posi-chigan.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||PoA does not concur||
Were the Pussification of America not distracted by its own weeping/caviling over some doubtlessly banal politically correct trivia, it would deliver a dissenting opinion.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Math||
Regarding the commentary below MSU: 12/20 is not 3/4. It is 3/5. Unless I misunderstood what you meant by "3 every 4."
/hopes tone isn't miscommunicated
/not actively trying to be a dick
|41 weeks 6 days ago||More like...||
More like the Weird Al version of a famous Elton John number.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||If Nebraska really is #9||
If Nebraska really is #9 material, I think that's the bigger story. Michigan has been here before and quite recently, but I for some reason doubt we've had a Top 10 Big Ten mate for a while. I don't think Northwestern's been at that level in ~a half-decade.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||You made my head spin||
I don't understand what you are talking about or why you are talking about it. But if I were to accept your invitation for mammothly confusing thread tangent, I'd begin by correcting you: The Michigan AD is technically autonomous.
The preciously small amount of money the AD gets from the state goes to the salaries for a couple employees who, for bureaucratic reasons, aren't allowed payment from the AD itself. Make no mistake that the percentage of money spent on those salaries versus the entire AD annual budget is nigh infinitesimal. Therefore, claiming the AD isn't self-sustained is a misleading technicality.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||These pictures aren't from||
These pictures aren't from this storm. I've seen these very ones of these very lighthouses floating around in email attachments and Michigan-landscape-related clickwhore sites for a few years now.
That doesn't affect how incredible the images are. They are. But I don't like the dishonesty of claiming the photos are dated to 2014 and the result of recent storms. Lame.
|46 weeks 3 days ago||Of course things can always||
Of course things can always get worse. Aside from the fact that it exists in words "It can't get any worse" doesn't exist. Is impossible. Thinking being 123rd out of 123 is proof of something is borderline lazy. That Michigan is 123rd out of 123 can never act as proof that it can't get any worse because being last isn't like standing on the basement floor with everyone else standing on top of you. It's more like being suspended somewhere in the middle of an infinitely deep sink hole, unfathomable emptyness below you, with everyone else suspended above you.
No matter what, seriously no matter what, it can always get worse.
NOTE: I think we can and will improve next year at OL, but that's because my favored theory favors interior-OL experience/talent as more valuable than exterior-OL experience/talent. I typed this because believing things can't get worse is logical fallacious and also one of my pet peeves.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||Senselessness to the max||
I cannot imagine investing the activation energy necessary to (1) recognize sports fandom seldom yields returns large enough to be worth it and (2) step away from the unhealthy aspects of being a tireless fan...only to swap teams and do it all over again except in different colors. Why not stop tirelessly following the sport altogether?
|51 weeks 20 hours ago||Wait (...) come again (...)||
|1 year 1 week ago||Two things about this Picture Pages||
Setting: I agree with you Brian. Aside from issue #2 below I agree with all of your content, but
(1) It's not really cool to have this argument with SpaceCoyote from two separate speakers of very different capacity. Especially if you're going to go all pejorative. It would have been far more appropriate to either (1a) post a long-winded response within the thread corresponding to SpaceCoyote's diary or (1b) post a counter diary of your own. Front paging your side is kind of bush league.
(2) I've always felt you were wrong about "The expectation is for the position." You seem to interpret that as implying the coaches who espouse this slogan have at the heart of their coaching philosophy one rigid system and intend to bend the players to fit that mold rather than bend the mold to fit the players. I believe that is wrong in ways that are sensational. I believe the more straight-forward and less inflammatory interpretation for "The expectation is for the position" is that players are expected to rise to the occasion for their starting position no matter their inexperience because this is Michigan. (...) Which is why I find it so auto-stultifying that you could also use your fingers to type:
Either you believe that players can be put in positions they can succeed or players are expected to succeed in the positions they are put in.
and then identify with the former camp of believers.
|1 year 1 week ago||Very good point||
The thought of those numbers is sobering if also depressing.
|1 year 1 week ago||I wish there were a national||
What I'm about to ask is too unreasonable to ever see done because full-roster depth charts for each team are (1) sometimes unreliable and (2) almost certainly scattered across the internet, only findable via 120 individual google searches for 120 teams, without a convenient "master" page BUT (...)
I wish there were a national data base for roster depth charts because I'd kill to see a comparable scatter plot with axes for Productivity (YPC, e.g.) versus Depth Chart Average Years (or Depth Chart Upperclassmen Percent).
I'm not shy at all about aiming blame at the coaching staff, but I likewise think there's merit to saying "but" the OL depth chart looks like this:
That is 18.125% upperclassmen depth, and while I understand that UCLA's depth chart is shockingly youthier, I suspect that (a) 18.125% Upperclassmen still falls in the lower 5th/10th percentile nationally and (b) bears stronger correlation to productivity than some of the charts here (this is not a dig at your work[!], but an educated supposition).
The putative analysis I captured above (in bold) also has the indirect advantage of differentiating an underclassman who starts at OL because he beat out veterans from an underclassman who starts for sheer lack of any other good alternatives.
|1 year 1 week ago||I'd like to know the success||
I'd like to know the success rates (first down conversion) for the 3rd and 4th down attempts. It seems to me that, no matter the distance, our passing game in those spots has been satisfactory while running it--even on 3rd and 1--for example, is the equivalent of euthanizing that down.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||More than anything||
I would like to know the percentile in which Michigan falls nationwide for having a depth chart with 18.125% upperclass constitution:
/I'm a broken record too
/but my record seems more broken
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I am glad to have that||
I am glad to have that information. For your records, you overlooked three kids. Their breakdown is actually:
That is worse than ours (1 versus 3 upperclassmen)! A couple things are noteworthy, however. (1) I still suspect 18.125% is rare (yes, 6.7% is rarer). (2) Like ours, UCLA's results are famously disappointing.
To sense for possibility: Do any examples exist of a team with a good OL whose depth chart possesses fewer than or roughly equal to 18.125% upperclassmen?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Quick clarification||
You forgot Burzynski.
Of our 16 offensive linemen, there are six with non-freshmen eligibility. Of those, only 3 are juniors/seniors.
Unfortunately there will only be 4 juniors + seniors next year. Worse than saying "better luck next year" is saying "baseless optimism next year; better luck in 2015."
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Still never addressed the most important perspective||
So I repeat:
I think looking at it this way betrays the depth chart. Regarding eligibility, Michigan's OL depth chart is constituted thusly:
I understand that absence of proof is not proof of absence but I seriously doubt there is a team in the nation for whom less than 18.125% of their OL depth chart is built of upperclassmen and I defy someone to prove otherwise.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||[blank]||
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I think looking at it this||
I think looking at it this way betrays the depth chart. Regarding eligibility, Michigan's OL depth chart is constituted thusly:
I understand that absence of proof is not proof of absence but I seriously doubt there is a team in the nation for whom less than 18.125% of their OL depth chart is built of upperclassmen and I defy someone to prove otherwise.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Well written: alternates||
Well written: alternates between terribly uncomfortable (in a candid way, you well transfer that to the reader) and hilarious. You get all the fan merit badges.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I'm surprised there isn't||
I'm surprised there isn't more talk of Yzerman for all his years, Stanley Cups, 10 all-star years, 2 decades of being captain, Conn Smythe, Selke and Masterton trophies. And I think he almost won the Calder once. He's my #1 and he's running away with it.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Boom, the OP has officially||
Boom, the OP has officially been blueboy'd.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Since it was succinct, this||
Since it was succinct, this was worth the click and read.
Thank you for the time and effort!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||B.5||
I'm in between B anc C. If these data points are being collected for analysis and I have to pick one, I guess that'd be a B, but that's misleading of how torn I am.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||At home?||
The RRR is never in Austin or Norman. It is at nobody's home.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Your experimental test is sensitive, but not specific||
That is also what every truly new poster says when accused of being someone they aren't.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||No way!||
I went to high school in Marine City.
Grew up downriver, in Algonac ("the Venice of Michigan").
I never see these towns talked about, as in ever. Very cool.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||At this point in the season||
At this point in the season (and until 4-5 conference games have been played), this conference-stats-only perspective is really far less useful. The way you've compiled this likely overrates Michigan, since Michigan has only played Minnesota. I have really been appreciating your season-long stats and would be really pleased if you could compile graphs for the 12-game and 8-game regular seasons. At this point, the data through 6 weeks is way more useful than the conference data through 1-2, which would be best served as a cute, incomplete novelty copied/pasted somewhere after the full season's run down.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I thought Lewan looked hurt||
I thought Lewan looked hurt in this game--only slightly surprising since he wore a boot all week--and I'm surprised I'm the only one writing about it. He misplayed several downs early and the whole left side seemed to fold. He improved in the second half. Based on his first half playing speed (slow), I think he stepped up and played through a LOT of pain.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Well done!||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Why are we assuming the NCAA||
Why are we assuming the NCAA is responding to public outlash here as if that ever impacted them before?
The simpler explanation appears to be that they ruled him ineligible by the book, then on appeal addressed special extenuating circumstances to overturn that ruling and make him eligible.
Give the NCAA flack when it deserves it, but this seems more like the rarest case when they did everything right.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Link, please?||
|1 year 15 weeks ago||This makes me want to watch||
This makes me want to watch Grosse Pointe Blank again!
|1 year 16 weeks ago||More from Brian. WAY more.||
I'd increase the percentage of front page writing done by Brian, working him until the distance between his fingerprints and underlying bone was thin as tissue. Even if only for that day, it'd be worth it.
I respect everyone else's time, thought, and commitment, but the content quality isn't the same. It's the difference between A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again and a mishmash of undergrad honors theses and creative writing assignments. Hard work well done, but done by non-savants. Not the same.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Canadian||
Molson Canadian. When I'm away from home (Michigan), as I've been the last six years, no beer kindles my heart like Two Hearted Ale, and when I can't find Bell's, anything cheap and Canadian is an acceptable, if far inferior, replacement. I much prefer this to the common on-tap domestics.
It's like Don Cherry visiting Joe Louis Arena and being swaddled by his neck tie.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Maybe this makes me the neo-Pollack, but...||
I love it as is.
I'll be severely disappointed, however, if they add an upper deck above *one* endzone as Brandon has suggested. Call me a sentimentalist cemented to the past, but I'm a sucker for the continuous bowl. Disrupting those slopes with upper decks would be a drag. But even worse is the idea that we'd only do this to one endzone (at least at first)! That would disrupt Michigan Stadium's countless lines of symmetry, which is much less forgivable.
Ohio Stadium recently met official plans to fill in the "gaps" on either side of its locker room tunnels. Effectively, it won't be a horseshoe any more but an ellipsoid like so many other stadiums. And what a shame! That's how you rust a pretty icon. Not by fixing it when it's broken, as we planned in 2007, but by fixing it when it isn't, as OSU is doing now and Dave Brandon is hoping to here.
If it has to happen, fine!, I'll stand in line and learn to love it, but these would be my preferences:
(1) Only do this if we are *certain* we can fill it during down years (Seeing Beaver Stadium, e.g., 10,000 belong capacity is thoroughly depressing).
(2) If we are going to add an upper deck, then add one to BOTH endzones at the same time to preserve bowl symmetry.
(3) If we are going to go ahead with this, then North and South brick facades might as well happen too, and they need to look marvelous.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I like your work, Mathlete,||
I like your work, Mathlete, but I wish (and it seems from several of these comments that I'm not alone) you would re-explain PAN in the first paragraph of each of these posts or at least link to a previous explanation of the methodology. It's hard for me to critically engage the topic if I'm fumbling halfway in the dark.
I understand this quote superficially ("Points Above Normal. PAN is essentially how many points above an average FBS team was a team/unit/player worth") but the algebraic formula is what I'm wanting.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I like your work, Mathlete,||
I like your work, Mathlete, but I wish (and it seems from several of these comments that I'm not alone) you would re-explain PAN in the first paragraph of each of these posts or at least link to a previous explanation of the methodology. It's hard for me to critically engage the topic if I'm fumbling halfway in the dark.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||And how about Urban at OSU?||
I believe this brings Urb's total to 10 or 11. Who are they?
|1 year 17 weeks ago||YES!||
I THINK THAT IS IT!
Most genuinely: Thank you.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Help me recall||
Hey, I'm hoping to use this thread as a jumping board for identifying a movie I've been hunting a long time.
I think it's a movie from somewhere in the late-70s to early-90s. Like the O.P.'s film, this one's characters attended the University of Michigan. In fact I believe campus provided the entire setting--with the only scenes I remember happening in some sort of large dorm room or apartment with a fireplace. If I'm not mistaken, the characters were grad students.
I can't remember anything about the plot (I know, I know). I can barely remember anything except for Michigan sweatshirts and, well, maybe some snow. The tone of the movie might fall somewhere between Dead Poets Society and The Breakfast Club. I want to find it so badly, but as you can tell have very few items here that are googlable.
Does any of this mean anything to any of you?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Inevitably, I'll get negged||
Inevitably, I'll get negged for this, but I didn't like the drive-by sneer at the child who has, for the moment, defeated brain cancer. I know that child would never interpret being called "the most buckeye" as a putdown, but the fact that this post effectively ranked him alongside cooler poopers makes this site, today, in this instant, look too dang petty for my taste.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||That seems like an awful lot,||
That seems like an awful lot, but I can't truly tell whether the volume is impressive without some context. For instance, how does the arrest record of the Big Ten or Pac 12 or Big 12 compare over this period?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||A tradition I've always||
A tradition I've always wanted to start--though entirely impractical--is for every Michigan fan in the stadium to pay attention, turn away, and go dead silent for thirty seconds when the opposition enters the field before kickoff. I guarantee a mass of 110,000 expressing apathy in unison is way more memorable than a smattering of ineffectual boos that anyone can hear anywhere.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||How many invisible women even||
How many invisible women even wear perfume?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Yes.||
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Occam's Razor||
Or rivals is just baiting both fan bases.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||This looks photoshopped.||
This looks photoshopped.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Don't forget Justin King||
Don't forget Justin King going in the other direction.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I think offenses like this||
I think offenses like this are empty and misleading without given context...namely intent.
As an undergrad, I sometimes made "molotov cocktails" with pharmacology grad students. We'd fill pyrex with 95% EtOH, soak in a makeshift wick, and light. Our intent was too damage NOTHING. We even would have been sad if our pyrex vessels had burst. We just wanted to sit outside MSRBIII with a Two Hearted Ale each and watch a few geeky candles glow for those forty-five seconds near midnight. Admonish me as you will, but I never thought that was a big deal. And if these wrestler guys NEVER intended to damage anything, just light a novel candle (which seems to me perhaps improbable but doubtlessly conceivable), then I'm on their side and am sad to see the misleading characterization of a benignly intended event turn out so poorly for them. If, however, they intended to damage anything in my dear Ann Arbor, then eff them. I leave it to the courts to discern which is which. For now, none of this is clear enough to have me pick sides.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||One of the most embarrassing||
One of the most embarrassing aspects of this is that the entirety of my career can be distilled down to being patient about conclusions, skeptical of my mind, and diligent in seeking alternative explanations. At least it's Friday.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Ha well then I guess there's that.||
My cursory glance was moreso than I thought. Carry on.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Huge Pros, curious about Cons||
Sounds a lot like a Grad version of the residential college. Cool and thank you and I'm doubtless about the place looking just...prolific.
BUT almost every apartment has 6-7 bedrooms? That's weird. Excluding those international students who come without much in the way of apartment expectations (and may love that idea), I can't imagine many others will be as excited to give up the basic charm of "getting away from it all" off-campus at the end of each day. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the concept, but Munger's palace sounds like a place where precious alone time will be hard to come by.
Grad school is flush with introverts and eccentrics and, unlike undergrad, is sparce on students able to identify 6 friends to live with every day. Is this more compatible with them than I'm thinking?
[Ed: BTW, I understand how complainy this sounds and am not lacking for self-loathing about that. The gift is unconscionable in its grandness. Just wow. Not inconsistent with that wowness but as a supplement to it, this post is about constructive criticism: I'm surprised the facility is going to be used the way I interpret it to be used.]
|1 year 31 weeks ago||I've only heard rumors and reserve the right not to judge||
His reputation preceeds him. Who cares?
So eff me running if I turn around and assume a single thing about him not only without meeting him but on the basis of reading what others--usually jilted MSU fans--have to say. The rumors may or may not be true. I don't care. Even in the worst case scenario where the bad reputation is deserved, his son is Blue and I can all too easily ignore dad forever.
For now: I've entered Benefit Of The Doubt cruise control.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I mean...I guess Brian could||
I mean...I guess Brian could do that. But I really hope he doesn't. Without diminishing Michigan's recent basketball success and how spectacular it was to see, football>>>basketball for me. And that's without yet mentioning footballas Michigan's athletic flagship and the same for this here blog.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Almost literally||
UNC won the Director's Cup in its inagural year. That was in the early 1990s. Stanford won it the next year and has never lost since. Frankly...it's ludicrous, by which I mean impressive.
Having said that, Stanford sponsors more varsity sports than, I believe, everyone else (and far more than most). W/r/t the Director's Cup, this is beneficial as the cup's formula puts a cap on how many men's and women's sports** can annually score for each school (meaning Stanford is more able to remove their lowest performing teams from the scoring list than everyone else).
**Anyone here aware of the official cap?
|1 year 34 weeks ago||If the offer is still on the table...||
I sent you an email. Thank you for the offer even if it doesn't work out.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Admitting that science can||
Admitting that science can never possess (but only assymptotically approach) objective truth, it turns out that it is nigh impossible to *prove* a cause-and-effect delineation and still very difficult to delineate one that is even persuasive. Having said that, while typing from an academic tower (I'm a recently graduated physician scientist), I've skated over the point and risk seeming heartless. I'm not hostilely doubting the relationship between collisions and brain damage. It makes plenty sense to me. But that isn't enough to satisfy the burden of proof. It's only enough to make us legitimately wonder and worry and legislate safety precautions knowing, even if we are wrong, we are treading thoughtfully.
These two posts were just about being honest that the thin gray line does exist. That a study like this, even if enough to persuade us to action, isn't itself proof of the theory.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I'm not saying||
I'm not saying it isn't conceivable. I'm not even saying it isn't probable. But this type of a situation is ripe for cum hoc non propter hoc fallacies. My favorite clinical example of that relates the tale of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) from the last 15 years. HRT was designed for postmenopausal women [...] to help balance them out. Over the last 15 years it became celebrated for a short while and then fell into disuse (because it correlates with stroke and breast/endometrial cancer risk across all demographics).
The logical fallacy part plays into why it became celebrated in the first place: There was one seminal study suggesting HRT caused a decrease in coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the study failed to consider alternative possibilities. For instance, it turns out all of the HRT-taking women in the study were of higher socioeconomic status (SES) and had, on average, the better diets and activity regimens that the higher SESs have relative to the lower SESs. Turns out HRT actually has no effect on coronary artery disease. The scientists spoke too soon--believing that just because HRT use correlated with less CAD in their study that it was causing that effect.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I, too, was surprised by Brian's claim||
I've been expecting to see Pipkins and QWash starting side-by-side.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Boo. I thought "then" worked||
Boo. I thought "then" worked just fine. Ryan smokes more meth and then the poster does too.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I'm glad I wasn't the only||
I'm glad I wasn't the only one whose interests were piqued by the narrowness of the national dialogue.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The crying thing (which I trust is informative enough)||
According to Derrick Green, Hoke cried while accepting his commitment. This was an interpretation over the phone. And now the anecdote is picking up steam on television and espn.com. That's fine. And, because I care to try to avoid the Fundamental Attribution Error, and because I don't find sentimentality pathetic to care anyway, I'm not inclined to judge what a man cries about. But I do care about truth (and to struggle and equivocate before making decisions). And I'm not yet convinced that this even happened.
With the little knowledge I so far have of the anecdote, it seems additionally conceivable that Hoke is an exuberant fellow and responded with the type of emotion that might be honestly misinterpreted as crying.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||I admit this wasn't||
I admit this wasn't particularly revelatory, but, seeing as zero of the dozen or so message board, tv, and article mentionings I've seen account for alternative explanations, it was relevant to type about one...no matter how rudimentary. If you disagree, then this thread will slip off the front page in fifty minutes. No big deal.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||I disagree ardently. (1) Not||
I disagree ardently.
(1) Not only is Fox's possession of 51% of the BTN temporary (they are contractually obligated to rescind controlling shares at some future unspecified date and, until then, act as a powerful TV figurehead with the ability to well grow the fledgling network) but...
(2) NewsCorp, which owns Fox, which owns BTN, has long had vested interests to bring their own full-time college network to the New York thumbprint. Less-than-coincidentally, the day after the Big Ten acquired Rutgers, NewsCorp purchased the Yes! network. In 2017, when the Big Ten drafts its new television contracts, it's predicted the BTN per member payout will exceed $47mil**.
All told, Delany probably feels mighty proud of himself on this and, from several worthwhile perspectives (those related to revenue, not tradition or fan interest), he ought to feel exactly as proud as he does.
**(Caveat: So long as "sports bundles" are still the cable paradigm: This is the biggest of all the bets that Delany has made. If sports bundles die before then, though there's no evidence that'll happen so quickly, not only will the Big Ten be revenuedly eff'd, but we will have also acquired Maryland and Rutgers perfectly in vain. This is not at all expected, but humans tend to be sucky predictors of the future, so anything is possible.)
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Maybe ND is less conservative||
Maybe ND is less conservative than I imagined (though, shooting from the hip, I might additionally suggest it's less liberal than you just expressed). Even if so, that does little to nothing to make the "Closeted Te'o" hypothesis inconceivable.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Am I the only person who||
|1 year 44 weeks ago||M-OSU game flowchart as a discussion of enzyme thermokinetics||
Our flowchart's K(m) today is inferior to theirs, but I think our V(max) could wind up superior nevertheless.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Really?||
The scorer's table almost exclusively shows OSU promotional stuff, not advertisements (except in that OSU promotional stuff might be seen as advertisements of OSU itself). Therefore it struck me as marketing (attempts to communicate the value of OSU's program to fans).
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Tangent on the nature of modernity||
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Japanese yourself right!||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||To neg or not to neg||
Woohoo! The manifest destiny of cost-benefit analyses!!! Yea! Let's change everything! Let's replace the Michigan Stadium flood lights with black lights, body paint all the players as Maori tribesmen with phosphorescent paint, and play half-field night games while Thievery Corporation rents out the south endzone for a rave! Is there any way to rent pandas on leashes; I feel like this would be superior yet with three pandas on six leashes.
Having gone off the deep end, please allow me to come back. Nothing makes a young fellow feel older than the realization that whereas he used to mock those who resisted change, he joined them before he had the sense to notice. Listen, I have no interest in watching Michigan stand shin deep in stagnancy while competitors pass it by. I care deeply about our success and wish to capitalize on every competitive advantage. But our institution, this football program, is itself a natural advantage. I admit, in some ways, Michigan may need to change. Further, I admit it's difficult to tease out that which is best off unchanging versus that which is best off changing. But concrete signs exist to separate the change-worthy from the unchangeworthy. Pointedly, good change comes with good reason--a story and logic lending a solution. Good change happens never for mere change's sake.
Michigan as a realm of real-life fantasy named football is both strong in brand and rich in character. It doesn't need your sparkle. Blue endzones. Matte-finishes. Canned music. It's just glitter. Please stop the gimmicks. I was born in 1983 and, yet, so as to help balance the extremes in conversations like these, I find myself longing for the era in which the bowl on Stadium & Main held a six-feet-thick residue of suitcoats, bowler hats, and sun dresses. I long for this far more than is reasonable and productive. Help me help myself, which i promise will help you too. Please quit this nonsense. This isn't simply directed at the O.P. This is directed at every purveyor of a new idea designed--not to address some fault, but--to make some classic something "POP!"
Stop effing with our ess!
|1 year 48 weeks ago||With respect to deriving any||
With respect to deriving any meaning out of Ohio State's spot, the analysis here is deeply flawed. Ohio State does not make public their revenue from things like apparel sales.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I see something other than the number 2 here||
"Little bunny foo foo, hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice to bop 'em on the head."
|2 years 9 weeks ago||As it turns out, I guessed||
As it turns out, I guessed right. I think I'm the first one. Where can I go to redeem my one MGoPoint?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I don't find your disagreement sufficiently explicit.||
My post calls this concomitantly a major loss and not-quite-as-major-as-it-could-be. With which part do you disagree? Meanwhile, I completely agree that Fonoti has been playing well.