LIST OF WWE PERSONNEL?!?
|1 day 23 hours ago||I can't tell, but one of||
I can't tell, but one of us--either you or me--has no idea what sarcasm feels like.
|1 week 2 days ago||I appreciate the||
I appreciate the even-handedness (and also believe Brian's shallow caricature was too simple-minded) but ultimately believe you miss the mark by being too even-handed. Brandon made uncommon mistakes uncommonly often; that I find difficult to debate.
|1 week 2 days ago||Has anyone else ever thought||
Has anyone else ever thought to compare Dave Brandon to John Taffer? They seem so near one another in worldview and verbiage.
|1 week 2 days ago||I don't think "Dave Brandon's||
I don't think "Dave Brandon's great failure is being a piece of shit human being." Because many, many POS people succeed in every generation. If you want to keep it general but also accurate:
|1 week 2 days ago||It's rather unclear. I||
It's rather unclear. I believe we are actually at 86 (26+19+26+15) at this moment.
But in September Hoke spoke rather confidently about 3 players (implied they were linemen of the offensive variety) meeting the ends of their career, and the public is yet to learn their names. So it is conceivable that we still have 2 spots remaining at the moment to either give a walk-on or a transfer. We'll see.
|2 weeks 46 min ago||I'd say it is unlikely but||
I'd say it is unlikely but it's plausible and we aren't in position to make conclusions about its probability or veracity.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Meaning: better than the Beatles.||
Meaning: better than the Beatles.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Even when you don't think the||
Even when you don't think the Rolling Stones could be any more highly rated, they remain underrated.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||That getting hung up on what||
That getting hung up on what music is "cool" is precisely beside the point. That it's far better to listen to any music and just enjoy it (no matter the artist, tone, genre, or gender), because it all has redeeming value when the superficial judgments and passing acoustic fashions are stripped away.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Eventually Rutgers didn't||
Eventually Rutgers didn't hire Chris Partridge on the back of the hypothesis that it would rankle other NJ coaches (who dislike Partridge...perhaps out of envy, perhaps out of something substantive) and hurt their recruiting.
This article ends with the conjecture that having Partridge on staff "can't hurt" in pursuit of Fuller. Is that strictly incontrovertible? Or merely a guess?
Basically: I'm wondering whether NJ coaches might ever irrationally direct players away from Michigan because of his presence on the staff. That may seem ridiculous, and I'll consider that possibility strongly, but the fact that Partridge appears an excellent hire, and yet Rutgers dumped him for this recruiting reason leaves me wishing to fairly consider the other possibility as well.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"Bizarre aversion" may be a bit strong||
Depending on the year, Gore was targeted 2-3 times less often than he had been before. That doesn't promise that Harbaugh doesn't like the play. It could just as easily mean that Harbaugh does like other plays disproportionately more. A reasonable follow-up is whether this trend existed at Stanford and USD. And a reasonable follow-up follow-up is whether Harbaugh would have ever been well served to feature it at a time he stubbornly resisted. Minus those, this remains an unbizarre tendency and likely a product of SF-specific circumstance.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I thought EA dropped its NCAA||
I thought EA dropped its NCAA football game because of the O'Bannon pressure. Guess I wasn't paying enough attention.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Third in star average.||
Third in star average. Meaning it's last in size, not talent density. Which is a critical distinction.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think the voting rebegins||
I think the voting rebegins round-by-round, so the margin doesn't matter for now so long as Beilein can get into the final four.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Ha, is that the structure of||
Ha, is that the structure of fluoxetine with cat whiskers? So random.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Underinflated footballs do||
Underinflated footballs do not compare to scuffed or pine-tarred baseballs. One has a completely equivocal observation that in no way convincingly addresses the issue of intent; while the other is an unequivocal watermark of cheating. People are merely guessing that New England cheated. The evidence is lacking. Those who are deciding to make a decision on the matter are dabbling in weak-mindedness. When the observations are equivocal, the strong-minded approach requires us to neither call them cheaters nor innocent but to pause. Because, for the public, knowledgeable conclusions are so far impossible.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I come from a long line of||
I come from a long line of electricians--brother, dad, uncles, grandfather, etc.--and was the family's first to go to college (UM, '06). Technically, I still haven't stopped. B.S. in CMB and PolSci, then left to get an MD and am now finishing a biochemistry PhD.
For me, the thought that people would judge or misunderstand me because my parents stopped after high school never crossed my mind. Maybe that judgment happened, but I never noticed and wouldn't have cared. The bigger struggle for me is NOT explaining to the world why I come from the family I do but explaining to my family why I'm entering into the world I am (academia, science, school, school, school). No doubt, they don't understand my life trajectory. But they can tell I'm happy, so there's no tension; just lagging understanding.
As for the money: My folks did everything they could to help, but that was very limited, so I look out lots of loans (and worked one or more jobs for "fun money"). I always figured I was the best bet I could ever make and that a few thousand dollars at that age would far outstrip its value in 10-20 years when finally employed and paying it off. I know I'd make that gamble a thousand times more if given the opportunity.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The fulfillment; Oh! I always||
The fulfillment; Oh!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||(1) What would Mike Hart's||
(1) What would Mike Hart's fumble probability have been?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Has Peyton one-upped for next||
Has Peyton one-upped for next year? For reasons meaningless beyond superficial satisfaction, I'd like Charles to outlast Peyton in the NFL. If only by one day.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's Detroit against the||
It's Detroit against the world, and I'll vote for the good guys e'rytime.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Pipkins? (Since you're||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Bleacher Report is getting||
Bleacher Report is getting increasingly legitimized, but not by this article. I won't comment on its literary merits but its logical ones:
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Preach it, Felix!||
Preach it, Felix! Testify-testify. By which I mean "Amen," aka "I agree."
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Who was the "Golden Arm" from||
Who was the "Golden Arm" from 1986 that Bo pejoratively referenced?
EDIT: Whoops, so this was tardy like a mid-January comment about the Times Square crystal ball. That's what I get for opening this tab, and submitting it an hour later.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||False.||
No, Johnson didn't say "Harbaugh is taking the easy way out." The article said that.
Johnson said this:
"You look at the top schools in college and there's the chance to win 10, 11, 12 games and play for the national championship every year"
"The difference between the top schools and everyone else is just so huge.
"You're guaranteed by just showing up that you're going to win eight or nine. On the pro level, that's not the way it is. It's a grind."
Not the same. In fact, none of Johnson's quotes even directly name Jim Harbaugh. It's a hatchet job. Don't let yourself be a mindless siphon for the messages in manipulatively-compiled articles.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That quote||
"Give them four years, as long as you can revoke it for any reason."
That doesn't make me think "He's going to be great in congress." That makes me think he's going to be great in Kansas, where citizens have a celebrated history of voting against their own interests.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Johnson basically||
Johnson basically communicated "Harbaugh is going to find it so easy to win big at Michigan." You guys can get outraged about anything.
If anyone deserves ire, it's the author, who deliberately slanted the narrative and gave leading questions in order to deliver a story about the opposite of "courageousness."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Super weird.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||w00ts!||
Way to go ladies!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Regardless of degree, the||
Regardless of degree, the same logic would apply for:
1) an OSU commit
2) a MSU commit
3) a lesser commit to any other school that may not yet have a Michigan offer, only burdgeoning interest, who wishes to use discretion not to keep fan base assholes from digging into him but to avoid a one-in-the-hand/two-in-the-bush mistake in case the Michigan offer never comes
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||That was a HUGE hire for OSU.||
That was a HUGE hire for OSU. He's been the best DL coach in the Big Ten for a career-length and has belonged in the "arguably best in the nation" discussion over the same duration.
OSU's staff has a lot of great parts, but only a few are truly irreplaceable (meaning it's exceptionally difficult to imagine *anyone* getting a similarly good coach). If OSU were to ever lose Warriner or Johnson, those are the ones. Everyone on the staff belongs to the top level, but with many peers.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||HAHA! & WAT?!?||
HAHA! & WAT?!?
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Hmmm. Not yet. Trying||
Hmmm. Not yet.
Try typing something that is aerosolizable. Like anthrax. Even tuberculosis.
Or something water-borne like cholera.
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Addressing #1 and #3 in reverse order||
There's a miscommunication here. When I invented the compound noun "small social innoculum" apropos the US outbreak, I intended it to mean "very few people got Ebola here."
I suspect you are referencing the equivocal study from 1995. It's results have since remained unsubstantiated. You seem independent, capable, and knowledgeable, but just for sake of being explicit, I'll summarize the study anyway:
Two separately caged monkeys are put in a room with a long history of Ebola infections. At t=0, only one monkey has the infection. Later on, the other monkey gets Ebola too. The researchers cared deeply to ignore the possibilities of mistakes/contamination and inferred from this that monkey two must have inhaled aerosolized Ebola exhaled from monkey one.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||Owing to its obligate||
Owing to its obligate oral-fecal transmission mode, calling Ebola highly infectious is a significant misnomer.
Even in dense cities, each infection triggers between 0 and 3 new infections on average. Between (1) that factor of the infectious material being non-aersolizable and weakly infectious, (2) a lack of a true zoological reservoir (bats), (3) miniscule social innoculum (2 explanted cases from west africa in the United States), and (4) more capable american hospitals with longstanding quarantine practices and meticulous approaches to hygeine: Given those things, it was easy to expect that the fears of an american epidemic were overblown to an ostentatious degree.
|6 weeks 23 hours ago||Your conclusion about Urban||
Your conclusion about Urban focusing 10-15% less on Ohio than Tressel is not based on an unequivocal interpretation of the numbers.
I'm not talking about statistical significance but the fact that you admit Urban is signing much larger classes than Tressel did. As such, unless you want to separately argue that the state of Ohio is producing significantly fewer top recruits now than a decade ago, it would make more sense to provide the absolute numbers.
Based on sum-total rather than percent, I suspect Meyer and Tressel pulled equivalent numbers from in-state.
Going quickly off the values you provide:
(Ohioan recruiting rate) x (Avg class size**) = Average number of Ohioans per class
Meyer: 0.4 x 23.5 = 9.4
Tressel: .55 x 17 = 9.35
**[23-24 for Meyer; 16-18 for Tressel]
This doesn't speak to whether Ohioans are similarly dense on the Meyer roster as the Tressel rosters because, as you speculate, Meyer actually is redshirting way less than Tressel, though I'm not sure whether that is clearing Ohioans from the roster at a lesser, equal, or greater rate than non-Ohioans. That would be a part of the analysis of greater interest.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||"And Meyer isn't really known||
"And Meyer isn't really known for developing QBs."
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I totally understand that.||
I totally understand that. It's so common as to be the convention.
But your happiness has nothing to do with the standards and thresholds of logical coherency. Judging people on the basis of their behaviors may feel good and many times it may even pay off in terms of predicting the future. But that doesn't change the truth that it is a strictly incoherent way of reaching conclusions.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Judge the behavior, not the||
Judge the behavior, not the person. It'd be a dour mistake to spend life thinking everyone is precisely what you see and no more. Especially given that, each time you make a mistake or fail, you are sooner to appeal to circumstances ("if only...then I wouldn't have...") than flatly call yourself a lifetime failure.
/Fundamental attribution error'd
Having said that: Yes, they are people with recently deplorable BEHAVIOR as it relates to their son and his money.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||If you hate me for saying it,||
If you hate me for saying it, then I hate your behavior right back: Devin Gardner was such an easy guy to root for. By all accounts, a great influence. I'll miss knowing he's on campus. Give 'em hell, DG!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I'm tired of this sense of||
I'm tired of this sense of "B1G brotherhood," too, but the OP's first sentence is worth rereading.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||That ball boy's hair:||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||There's a guy on Oregon's||
There's a guy on Oregon's sideline--seemed like a ball boy--with AWESOME hair. Think Kid 'N Play, except bigger, and highlighted (highlit?).
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I know Kaminski is their best||
I know Kaminski is their best prospect, but it's possible Jackson is more valuable to them. Having said that, they can still do a lot of damage with Kaminski and Dekker.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is the most curiously||
This is the most curiously esoteric conversation-with-oneself I've ever read on Mgoblog...which is really saying something.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Probably. But it also||
But it also probably won't matter.
I get the strong sense that Urban was interviewing guys like this:
"So I'm not interested in your system or ideas. My offense is now your offense. My terminology is now your terminology. Your job is to learn how to speak it, teach it, and call it."
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||This may be a reading comprehension moment||
I'm not sure how the OP would rank Durkin(DC) relative to Narduzzi(DC), but now that Narduzzi is a HC, he immediately struck me as irrelevant to the ranking.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I am not convinced Harbaugh||
I am not convinced Harbaugh feels that way. His saying that is equivocal, because saying the opposite would be bulletin-board-stupid.
I'm glad OSU made it to the playoff, though, as I don't doubt that it will provide extra motivation to these coaches as they start this era.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Isn't enough on its own, though you admit that||
That sounds like my first two years at Michigan. And I really like how my story continues to turn out.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Taking a "I guess we are||
Taking a "I guess we are scoffing at Gregg less these days" leap of faith:
From afar, I always speculated that Singletary must be excellent. Sorry to see him go. I doubt he's irreplaceable, but suspect he'd be very tough for most programs to replace. Hopefully Harbaugh knows one better. I doubt he doesn't.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Last I checked, the NBA had||
Last I checked, the NBA had fallen to third. Behind the NFL (obviously) and CFB.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I can't understand the negs||
I can't understand the negs you've commandeered here, but this post was built of clear thinking. It was a bit long, but very good.
And you can distill it down and bet all your cattle that this part is the operative one:
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I was basically at Michigan||
I was basically at Michigan the same time as Tolbert, and I still have a uniqname. I consider this finding equivocal.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||After watching rivals do it,||
After watching rivals do it, two recent Heisman winners do it, Chad Henne do it, heck even Tate Forcier did it, why doesn't this board want to believe a true freshman QB can succeed at Michigan in 2014?
I'm not talking about probability. I'm mocking some board members' implication that this idea doesn't have a shred of plausibility.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know that this counts||
I don't know that this counts as confirmation, but this was my assumption. It's established that Harbaugh will be the play-caller. I suspect that makes Dresno an OL coach with a fancy title, a few extra responsibilities, and added latitude for sharing opinions.
I also wouldn't be surprised, on this line of thinking, to see DJ Durkin share the DC title and spend part of his time coaching STs, as he already has a reputation of being excellent at that.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Yes. The app has a virus of||
Yes. The app has a virus of some kind, I figured.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||That's so nice. Ann Arbor is||
That's so nice. Ann Arbor is the best.
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||What was his?||
What was his?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The question and answer are||
The question and answer are not only very basic but already well covered. Here're the Cliff's Notes:
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I really enjoy it when he||
I really enjoy it when he covers Michigan also.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||A great man. Supremely easy||
A great man. Supremely easy to root for. Until the last of the dying days, he made me believe I'd soon belong to the fanbase with everything, that we could be the only top tier winner in america led by an imperishably likeable guy.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I'd say that loss, although||
I'd say that loss, although yeah it was a loss, actually heartened me on this team. In my mind, we just got cemented as the Big Ten #2.
Losses suck, but damn was that game fun to watch.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Not knowing Grapentine, I||
Not knowing Grapentine, I somehow expected this thread to be about the now-critical international helium shortage.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||The early word coming out of||
The early word coming out of Spartan Stadium, according to Spartans:
"the smallest crowd we've ever seen."
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Swap out the adjective||
Swap out the adjective "relevant" for "valuable" and I can agree with you.
|13 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, because that's what||
Yeah, because that's what everyone at Stanford is saying: "I wish he never came here."
|14 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 23 hours 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.
|15 weeks 23 hours ago||I will watch Michigan win at||
I will watch Michigan win at anything but the top three are set in stone for me:
|16 weeks 31 min 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.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This is no place for reason and evenness.||
|17 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.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||1999 immediately spring to||
1999 immediately spring to mind.
|18 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.
|19 weeks 5 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.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Sigh...Theon.||
|19 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.
|20 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.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Me too, aside from the||
Me too, aside from the buggersome irony of protesting protests, I loved what he wrote.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Could anyone submit an FOIA||
Could anyone submit an FOIA request to see whether this email is real?
|20 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.
|20 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.
|21 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.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Quit smoking the bad stuff||
Quit smoking the bad stuff and understand jokes.
|21 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.
|21 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.
|22 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").
|24 weeks 2 days ago||In person? I know math is||
|24 weeks 6 days ago||This post is better than the||
This post is better than the others.
|25 weeks 42 min ago||Just don't be an||
Just don't be an asshole.
|25 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.
|25 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!"
|26 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.
|26 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.
|26 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.
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 39 min 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|27 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.
|28 weeks 23 hours 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.
|28 weeks 23 hours 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.
|28 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.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Palabra a tu madre.||
Palabra a tu madre.
|28 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!"?
|28 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.
|28 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.
|28 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.
|29 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.
|29 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.
|30 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.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not familiar with Jim Rome||
Is this on television or radio?
|32 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.
|32 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.
|32 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.
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||Not only was the uniform||
Not only was the uniform battle lost years ago but these are SOCKS, so whatever.
|33 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?)
|33 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.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||This is an important post.||
This is an important post.
|33 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.
|33 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.
|33 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.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||This isn't a diss, just a||
This isn't a diss, just a correction about praise:
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I think he pretty obviously||
I think he pretty obviously means George Campbell.
|33 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?
|33 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).
|33 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.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Projecting?||
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Ugh||
I hope not. That would be miserable.
|34 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.
|34 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.
|35 weeks 18 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:
|35 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.]
|35 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)
|35 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.
|36 weeks 1 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.
|36 weeks 9 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.
|36 weeks 12 min 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.
|36 weeks 20 hours ago||Amen.||
|36 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".
|36 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.
|36 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.
|37 weeks 21 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!
|37 weeks 21 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.
|37 weeks 21 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.
|37 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.
|37 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.
|37 weeks 22 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.
|37 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..
|37 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.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||This post was meant as a||
This post was meant as a reply to TheBarwisEffect (7:51).
|37 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.
|37 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?
|37 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.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Left to right, these three||
Left to right, these three jerseys may well be ordered #1 - #2 - #3.
|37 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.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||There's no way this isn't a||
There's no way this isn't a satirical post...right?
|40 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
|40 weeks 5 days ago||It's in this chronology, at the end|
|41 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.
|41 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.
|42 weeks 2 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).
|43 weeks 14 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.
|43 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.
|45 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
|45 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.
|45 weeks 4 days ago||Deepest sympathies.||
|45 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.
|46 weeks 14 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.
|46 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.
|46 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?)
|47 weeks 26 min 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.
|47 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.
|47 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.
|48 weeks 11 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?
|48 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."
|48 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?
|50 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.
|50 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.
|1 year 3 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
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week ago||Oy.||
Sometimes the MGoLogicMachine is astoundingly broken.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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.
|1 year 2 weeks 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?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Portmanteaus are pun-damental||
As far as the Big Ten is concerned, this win puts Michigan in an excellent posi-chigan.
|1 year 3 weeks 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.
|1 year 3 weeks 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
|1 year 3 weeks ago||More like...||
More like the Weird Al version of a famous Elton John number.
|1 year 5 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 7 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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.
|1 year 8 weeks 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?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Wait (...) come again (...)||
|1 year 15 weeks 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 15 weeks ago||Very good point||
The thought of those numbers is sobering if also depressing.