landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Ok...||
Why did he drop the ball? Why did he not have more time to recover from the error? Why wasn't his first reaction to fall on it? Why didn't he have any support in the backfield to minimize the effect of a catastrophic play during the last seconds?
All of these factors have solutions that go beyond a single person making a single decision.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||Since you make the same point repeatedly...||
... I'll bite. Punting is a relatively high risk play. You long snap the ball and there is a certain probability that it will be botched. Whenever you put the ball in the air, you lose control of it. Hopefully you get it back, but it's never guaranteed, and your game plan needs to mitigate that risk in critical situations. A lot of moving parts have to come together to complete a successful punt and a certain proportion will go wrong, period. Quit trying to look for one person to point the finger at. If you understand football, you understand that "it's a team game" is not simply coach speak. That's 101. Thanks for contributing.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||I'll say it||
Coaching. How do you not have someone (Peppers maybe) lined up behind O'Neill in case of a botched snap? Situation like that, I didn't like the punt to begin with. Putting the ball in the air for a long snap is risky and it's a critical moment. Defense stepped up the whole 4th qtr especially on State's last drive. Would have preferred another run attempt and take our chances if we didn't convert. State would have only had one play opportunity if they got the ball.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Shiver me timbers||
As long as they don't take away the awesome M decor and best live music in town on Monday nights, I'm OK with it.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||What I want to know is...||
...what kind of FOOL pays MONEY to get access to VETTED information? There is only ONE person in MY world who has THE ability to DECIDE whether or not INTERNET rumors have any VALIDITY ...
... and it's ME!!!!1!!!one
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Fire Brandon Fire Hoke et||
|1 year 30 weeks ago||The man is crafting the||
The man is crafting the ultimate sarcastic response to every email he gets. No time for blogs
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Who is wolverine devotee? Is||
Who is wolverine devotee? Is that a thing?
|2 years 10 weeks ago||are you sure||
you don't live in New Zealand?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||what part of "everything on the internet is public||
what part of "everything on the internet is public domain" do you not understand?
when 95% of ATM's in this country are running an operating system that will no longer receive security updates next month....
everything is public domain!
|2 years 11 weeks ago||David Molk||
dude quietly excelled most of his career, came back from serious injuries to kick ass and chew bubblegum. promptly ran out of bubblegum
|2 years 11 weeks ago||smell the dairy air||
do you expect us to think your mgoname is about an x-man in Wisconsin ? I call bs
|2 years 11 weeks ago||DB||
At the end of the day, the bottom line is that Dave Brandon's thinking outside the box will imagineer synergies that will forge a totally new paradigm.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||So||
A bunch of predators lost their "leg wand"? Sounds like justice has been served!
Eight year olds, dude.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Remember||
that scam vendor who was around here a few years back? yeah....
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Credentialing||
the degree is all that matters. what classes you took or even how good your grades are diminish in importance drastically upon graduation, and continue to diminish until completely irrelevant after about a year. what helps open doors and increase salary is the prestige of having a U of M degree.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||turrible||
he ain't lying man... if you are a bureaucrat or have gobs upon gobs of dollars or euros for bribes (don't bother with the ruble) you can do OK. otherwise you are forked
|2 years 15 weeks ago||???||
do you know Russian history?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||$||
Russia has a ton of millionaires and billionaires... it's just that all the money and power is centralized in Moscow. their entire bureaucratic system is designed to funnel money to the center. the Muscovites farm their subjects, simple as that
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Please||
inform my creditors that my student debt is not something I own and will have no tangible effect on my life. Thanks.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||truncating a word and replacing the truncated part||
truncating a word and replacing the truncated part with a "z" or something is an urban thing to do. get it? it's hip gibberish, youth identification, bro. Urbz just wants to be in with the kewl krowd(tm)
|2 years 17 weeks ago||perhaps||
wolverheel is also being sarcastic?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||So||
I had norovirus last night. symptoms hit right around 7pm. haven't been that sick since the Great Markley Quarantine of 2003. still, with an M victory, it was a great night! but if you have any posbangs to spare for a sickly man, it would greatly aid my recovery. anyone?
|2 years 17 weeks ago||the sky is falling and I want my||
the sky is falling and I want my mommy
|2 years 18 weeks ago||agreed||
I thought he made some funny wisecracks and provided quality color commentary (fwiw) some people you just can't please I guess
|2 years 18 weeks ago||"seems like someone punched him in the nuts"||
vague. please explain...
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Arcadia||
the hop rocket is good again. last year was poor as hell, chalk it up to new brewers. but now it's got that fresh, dry hop blast up ya nose and down ya troat
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Kate||
Upton can maintain her sexy figure while eating Hardee's with such vigor? suddenly my life choices don't seem so deplorable
|2 years 18 weeks ago||players =\= coaches||
different animals. one is a player who went to a school to give himself a good opportunity to succeed and had a good career doing his job. the other is a malevolent schmuck who made it his life's work to undermine the greatest thing in the world and did so by cheating to create an unearned competitive advantage. apples to oranges, bro.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||or...||
those snarky comments are accurate and amusing, which is why they're so common
|2 years 18 weeks ago||This||
everything about the Lions for the past half century reeks of a thoroughly dysfunctional organization. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Stafford rumor is true because it would be stupid as hell and exactly what a reasonable person would never think to do. therefore, Lions!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||This could be nice||
if they hire Tressel, I think I could officially stop caring about the Lions for the duration of his time with them. that would be a nice vacation from the endless misery
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Take yo panties||
Take yo panties off!!
|2 years 19 weeks ago||fun||
considering Bama's offense... it's only not fun to watch if yours is the other team
|2 years 19 weeks ago||this||
all day, this. take a job with the same title, better pay, comparable prestige, and... dun dun dun ... less drama? yes please.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||meh||
unless there is concern of complete incompetence, abuse of position, or real malfeasance, such as theft or forgery, I can hardly think of a less important thing to know about a candidate than the fallout at their previous job. most managers are better at protecting their asses than actually managing, and most organizations are dysfunctional groupthink ego strokefests. so if he was, in HR speak, "not a good fit" at organization X that has probably very little predictive value in determining his "fit" at organization Y.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||hold the phone||
I know everyone's excited but let's not get ahead of ourselves. consider.... what if he made some bad real estate investment deal? someone needs to find out because... if so... do. not. want. yo. also, does he even lift?
|2 years 19 weeks ago||nah||
but I'll cut you a new pair of slacks. deal?
|2 years 20 weeks ago||yes||
the solution is to make it easier to lose one's license. case in point... the people you described
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Master of Fail||
Would've gone to grad school somewhere else
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Fuck it. That's the answer for everything.||
Gotta put this one squarely on the D. Borges had a solid gameplan that played to Morris's strengths under neutral circumstances. Once we were down 2-3 scores, that was no longer tenable. C'est la vie.
Fuck it, Dude. Let's go bowling.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||This must be||
how Ray felt in Bruges
|2 years 21 weeks ago||analogy||
2013 is Uncle Frank. "[redacted] wept."
2014 is Pinhead. "We have such sights to show you."
|2 years 21 weeks ago||really?||
people care about this? life begins at 110 bro
|2 years 21 weeks ago||All I got M-related was a||
All I got M-related was a stylish winter hat
Got some cool swag for the fam, though.
For the mother, a Columbia maize vest
For the brother, winter hat and athletic shorts
For the sister in law, Columbia maize fleece
For the nephew, a U of M Camelbak bottle from UGP
And the best one I think, for my niece, a custom Michigan cheerleader outfit for her American Girl doll.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||There are gaps for sure, but||
There are gaps for sure, but playmakers abound on the roster. Enough talent to win more games than they have, at any rate.
If you consider payroll as a proxy for talent, that might bolster my case as well. Though certainly, some confounding variables there...
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Normally I'm not one to call||
Normally I'm not one to call for a man to lose his job, but I really don't see how keeping Schwartz can be justified. A complete failure to perform. This team has incredible talent and potential, and they simply weren't well-prepared week in and week out. That's coaching.
Edit: Did not read the title closely. Haha, I see what you did there. Nice. Anyway, I would take care of business ASAP
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Off||
I envy you and your "off." Far from feeling dead, I feel dread. When I look at our upcoming schedule, I feel sick to my stomach. When I think of M snapping the ball again, I get a knot in my guts. Fucking shitty.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Aren't stupid?||
Clearly, you do not frequent message boards
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Flash in the pan||
What you're talking about is not what produces results. It makes good movie scenes, but what you see on the field is produced by years of systematic preparation, not throwing chairs.
I'll take rational consistency over emotional outbursts any day. I doubt Nick Saban relies on such methods.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||"Are" defense? Lol. You make||
"Are" defense? Lol. You make the same incredibly bad mistake repeatedly... as does another poster. Hmmm...
|2 years 29 weeks ago||...||
>I say we let him go!<
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Well, that explains why it||
Well, that explains why it wasn't on the board when I looked. All righty, then! Fearless leader stealin my thundah
|2 years 29 weeks ago||I love||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Indiana||
I usually sit in the student section as an alumnus, and my old roomate from school came back to town for the IU game. I told him how bad the student section had become, and they did not disappoint... worse than normal, for sure. Quiet, disinterested, and generally ignorant of the things they could be bothered to comment on.
That said, my experiences in the real people sections has not been much better. Sad days, indeed.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Two sides||
Agreed, from a PR perspective. Using the word "bully" makes us sound like victims... damn all that. Gotta take the noble path -- call them out for being dishonorable goons, fine, but saying they "bully" us around just makes them sound stronger.
Howeva, perhaps Lewan really knew what he was doing, chosing this lingo that makes us sound weak, for the purpose of lighting a proverbial fire under the team's proverbial ass, to use the parlance of our times.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||"yet alone"||
that's a good one... I like it. "Yet alone" sounds like it almost means something, even. Put it up there with "could care less," "irregardless," and "for all intensive purposes."
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Tough v Dirty||
I don't recall Charles Woodson trying to twist anybody's neck after a tackle.... just saying...
|2 years 30 weeks ago||+1 Classic|
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Nice||
TD call by the ref there for ohio. Can't imagine what he thought he saw.... think he was just scared of the fans?
"TD! TD! Please don't hurt me!"
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Holy boneheadedness Batman||
Holy boneheadedness Batman
|2 years 30 weeks ago||New Rule||
Tackling from the front of the jersey = facemask
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Marky Mark||
I love how indignant he looks whenever a foul is called against the Spartin's
|2 years 30 weeks ago||The 3:30 slot is especially||
The 3:30 slot is especially bad today
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Minny||
is actually 30-22 against the Huskers. Though, their last win in the series was back in 1960
|2 years 30 weeks ago||As much as I hate whining||
As much as I hate whining about the refs... I agree with this. Refs, being human, will bend to social pressure -- they know they aren't expected to call every foul that occurs. Holding in the trenches is a good example of this, as some say it occurs nearly every down.
The question is, if a coach is banking on an unseen limit to the amount of PI the refs will be willing to call based on their subjective expectation of normalcy, is that a legit strategy? I am thinking yes. If the Spartin's can be skilled enough to get away with consistently bending the rules, then we ought to be able to counteract the effect with equivalent skill. Tit for tat.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||lol||
|2 years 30 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Dystopia||
|2 years 31 weeks ago||ePinions||
Right, and I agree with most of what you wrote as well. Not much point trying to convince those with blind convictions that they're full of it, though... "does not compute" for them. Sign of a bad computer.
My point of contention is simply with your statement that "so many things had to go wrong for us to lose." Our tactics at the end of the game left the door open for an unlikely sequence to burn us, when there was a chance for us to clinch the outcome and crush all hope. Perhaps an aggressive plan would have burned us as well, but I think there's something to be said for going down swinging, instead of watching your fate be handed to you and leave thinking "What if..."
Fuck it Dude. Let's go bowling. Oh yeah and I'm still pretty sure we beat State. Both of 'em. Mark it, Dude.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Culture||
A pretty pervasive trend in US culture these days is the demand for instant emotional gratification. Specifically in this case, people want the experience of feeling right without putting in the work to be right. Not to mention the almost complete abandonment of civility. But I digress...
This is not a binary argument of "Borges right or idiots wrong"... lots of pricks spouting off and in the wrong, but Borges is not beyond critique either. They stacked the box because they felt no threat from our pass -- why weren't we exploiting the mismatch with Funchess? Missed opportunity, I vouch. Our inability to run was amplified when we abandoned the pass almost entirely, late in the game. Up 10 at the end of the game, you run clock... up 7? Better score, otherwise you abdicate the outcome of the game to the other team's will. OT? Better score. Yes, yes, Gibbons should have rabble rabble. The probability of a FG being blocked or missed is real, and is why you don't simply rely on the FG. The coaches' plans and decisions effected the outcome.
So, plenty of room for critique, but there is a right way to do it, which is to be civil and stick to the facts. Sad to see this board abandon facts for tabloid-esque speculation... "oooh he's tugging at his shirt! What does this *mean*? It's obviously significant!" "Guys, for real, those gestures indicate that he is criminally insane. I saw it on CSI." Sad, weak little minds.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Frustrating||
Reminds me of Lloyd after the 2007 Rose Bowl loss, wherein he said something to the effect of, their game plan was optimal and they were not going to change it (even after getting stymied in the first half and blown out in the second). Really?
There is cowardice behind such stubbornness; change requires us to admit fallibility. Lloyd was effectively blaming the players with his inflexibile rhetoric -- and Borgess implies the same. "Change our tactics? Why would we ever do that! If we can't succeed, it's not the fault of our plan, that's for sure!" While not explicitly stating so, reason dictates if it's not the plan at fault, then it must be the agents executing the plan.
What is most frustrating about this rhetoric, IMO, is that the players take the heat for not being able to execute these pristine game plans, while not being put in a position to succeed due to said game plans. Though, I suppose this prepares those student athletes going pro in corporate America for what to expect...
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Smile until you mean it||
Nothing says "positive energy" like intolerance, because everyone knows there is a 100% positive correlation between quality and the things Dave Brandon likes about your attitude.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||So, I was about the click||
So, I was about the click that link and then I decided to look at this instead
|2 years 31 weeks ago||There there, guys. Let me cheer you up||
Works every time
Mr. Lebowski's in seclusion in the west wing.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||In-famous?|
|2 years 33 weeks ago||"We talk so abstractly about||
"We talk so abstractly about poetry because we are all bad poets."
|2 years 33 weeks ago||froze bowl||
They point to Rose Bowl records, sure. But I don't put a lot of heft to them... bowl games are fluky -- matchups divorced from the season's context or rhythm, with oft-aberrant or unexpected results. And frankly, there is a good deal of legitimacy to the whole "it's a home game for them" meme. Bring those cowards from the warm climates into the frozen North on Jan 1 for an outdoor game, see how easy it is for their players to adjust to a radically different climate. It's not the distance, the cold or the heat objectively, but the radical change in temperature relative to what one team is adapted to that creates a disadvantage.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Production angle||
I find the production angle interesting. Certainly there is something to be said for over-exposure, but doesn't that presume that the product has always been inferior, but was considered high profile due to under exposure? I'm not convinced.
Anyway, re: production, one specific thing I noticed is the camera angles tend to be shallower for a lot of SEC games. That is, the view originates closer to the plane that the game is being played on, which creates a dynamic effect (think how often highlights and replays are from a field-level POV). I first noticed this when watching A Train dismantle Auburn way back when, and thought, "This is kind of nice, having the lower angle." And also have noticed it often while watching SEC games, on CBS in particulae. Maybe there really is no pattern or correlation here, BUT....
If there is a trend of broadcasting B1G games from a higher POV, then that would not help the teams win "the eyeball test" -- which is important, as "the eyeball test" was the sole reason Alabama got their rematch vs LSU in the NC a few years ago. Obviously, the B1G still has to win gamesssss but the perception of the conference is what opens the door for those opportunities.
So, is the camera angle a real trend, or imagined? Is it a byproduct of stadium design? Or is it intentional on the part of the broadcasters, to create a more dynamic-looking product? Thoughts?
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Hmm||
So, you don't know where the word "Iran" comes from?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Maybe so||
But I have a hard time believing he was the best they could get, or that they actually thought he would be good
|2 years 34 weeks ago||When they hired him in the||
When they hired him in the first place, the move was so bizarre and unseemly, the only good rationalization I could come up with was that they hired him to be the fall guy for Pete Carroll, riding out the sanctions with no real expectation for success, and fire him after the sancrions expire, having already found a solid replacement. Maybe most of this has transpired --time will tell-- but firing him at this time, in this manner, indicates a base, reactive decision-making process in which they had no idea WTF they were doing from start to finish.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Yowza||
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Our running backs are not||
Our running backs are not their running backs and oue line isn't their line. Throwing a young RB into a desperate situation (which our last two games have been) behind our blockers is setting him up for failure.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Maybe||
they gave him an honorary bachelor's degree before the game
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I think the term is "Big Lots||
I think the term is "Big Lots Buckeye" -- gotta degrade the retailer's class in tandem with that of the institution
|2 years 34 weeks ago||One thing I find very||
One thing I find very reassuring about this game is watching Yeldon et al embarrass another DL as he did ours... a small comfort in camraderie. We are one of many poor bunnies in the python's belly
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Is it just me||
or does Clinton-Dix sound like some kind of kinky torture?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||As stated before, this is a||
As stated before, this is a pretty typical display from the OSU fan base, primarily due to the homogeneity of thought and culture throughout the state itself.
But, did you consider that Whisky fans are likely to be wearing red tonight, as well?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Yeah but||
the weather isn't bad enough to dull those resplendent Husky helmets
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Really?||
We're doing this?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Yakov||
In Soviet Russia, bans mod you!
|2 years 34 weeks ago||So this is the new world order huh?||
Pretty sure I've seen this one before. It's cool, though
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Confused||
Is he the one that looks like Devin Gardner, or the one that looks like Taylor Lewan?
|2 years 34 weeks ago||The Dude abides||
The Michigan Insider without Sam is like The Big Lebowski sans Dude. The Michigan Insider without Ira is like The Big Lebowski without Walter. It's the chemistry, man.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||What about Bob?||
To be fair, Bob is a pretty scary MF
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Someone||
Has a massive penile fixation.
No, not *that* type of massive penile fixation. The psychological kind.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Rrrrrick's||
Indeed, I often reminisce upon my halcyon days at the U, as I endeavored to charm the brilliant ladies of the Maize and Blue. I recall many a evening at Rick's American Cafe, whereupon I and rather homely yet enticingly witty lasses of about 20 years, would imbibe the finest cognac and entwine our minds in elaborate philosophical musings. In one instance, I proferred the ironical observation that Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, while being a robust and poignant defense of the virtues of the common man, was so overly verbose and obfuscating that no common man would ever be able to comprehend it. What a blunderous miscalculation, indeed, for such a lofty thinking man of historical import! It is to laugh! Yet my companion insisted that Kant's method was sound, as his intent were toward a mere proselytizing of his aristocratic contemporaries. Needless to say, I ne'er did call upon this lady for affectionate company in even the most dire of circumstances.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Angrrrrr||
Upset in terms of frustration, embarrassment, etc... sure. Anger, doom and gloom? I think it's a bit of an overreaction. The sky is not falling. This happens to good teams at times. Do I think we'll win out and take the crystal ball home? Not likely. But we are still undefeated, and that's what it takes.
As for predictions, recency does not equal primacy - and this is only one data point. Like I said, it was a trap game. No one should have expected to see M's best performance yesterday, while a below average performance would be more likely than for other games. Were we worse than expected? Yes. And Akron was better than expected. This dynamic combined to nigh-disastrous results, but the crisis was averted. I doubt this team will look so unprepared again.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Get a grip, folks||
This was a trap game. They are called such for a reason. Yes, it was bad. We should feel bad, to a point, but then you get over it and move on. At the end of the day, we have as much at stake as we did at the start of the season. We have lost nothing but maybe some pride - we can still win the B1G and hell maybe even the MNC. Of course, not if we continue to play like we did yesterday... but why would that be the case? These kids will learn, grow, and move on. This performance should not be considered any more valid than previous performances in terms of predicting the rest of our season.
Oh and as for ND, their game v Purdue was also a trap. They also escaped. It happens.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||You'll have to excuse him. He||
You'll have to excuse him. He smoked a big, fat bag of crack before getting on the internet
|2 years 36 weeks ago||GFG||
1) it is common 2) the definition is not ambiguous. "Molest" means to pester or harass someone. Not necessarily of sexual nature. Get your mind out of the gutter.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Starters get donuts, backups||
Starters get donuts, backups get the cupcakes. Or something
|2 years 36 weeks ago||"even without removing sacks"||
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Yabba Dabba Blue, MF||
Yabba Dabba Blue, MF
|2 years 36 weeks ago||You're probably also the kind||
You're probably also the kind of person who uses a GPS instead of a good old map n compass! Do you expect the world to be spoon-fed to you? Does mama clean behind your ears for ya, boy? I tell ya this, nothing worthwhile is easy. The easier it's made for you -- the worse it is for you! MGoBlog makes you dig if you want content -- god bless it. Sorts the real Americans from the rabble. I say, if any change is made it should be towards even greater difficulty of acquiring content! And, whatever happened to text-based formats? Those were the days.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||A typical exchange between||
A typical exchange between Spartan fans:
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Donations can pay for||
Donations can pay for anything unless the donor requests the money be spent on specific things. Other than that, the AD determines how to use the money they get. Ticket sales and revenue can pay for anything and everything. My understanding, at least.
That said -- there is no way in hell prices are ever going down. That was the joke.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Solid performance. The length||
Solid performance. The length of the video is impressive -- just think how much experience Sadler is going to have coming into the big game v UM. Sparty will have the best punting unit around!
I would be downright scared of Sadler, if not for our demonstrated aptitude in blocking punts. That will truly be the matchup to watch for... Thomas v Sadler.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Brings a whole new meaning to||
Brings a whole new meaning to "snatching defeat from the jaws of victory" don't you think?
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Great news for everyone||
Now, a multitude of expansion projects can be paid for cash-up-front, and existing debt can be paid down quickly. No more need for that pesky progressive ticket pricing, or the perpetual inflation in ticket prices, as these have lost their raison d'être. Right? Guys? Amirite?
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Face of a wolverine. Text||
Face of a wolverine. Text reads: "eat mor chikin"
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Can we make this look like BK McPurpleface?||
|2 years 38 weeks ago||"Deport Miley Cyrus" was my||
"Deport Miley Cyrus" was my fav
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Pleasantly surprised||
Got myself a student ticket to scope out the situation (it's more fun, anyway). I was surprised at how well it went. I expected a tremendous bottleneck, but things were quite efficient. The cattle corral had dissolved by at least an hour before the game, when I came in, and there was little to no wait to get in. We were assigned sections at the gate, which was not to my liking, but we were able to get good seats where we liked.
The sections were pretty well full by a half hour before kickoff. I was up in the ~50s rows, and the people around us were generally loud, knew what to do, etc. Can't speak for the youngin's in the lower rows, but that's a shame if they were less enthusiastic due to 1) being young and ill informed 2) standing in the sun for 4 hours without social lubricant (e.g. libation) to get primed 3) ???
My only real complaint, personally, is that I like to follow the band into the stadium and I don't think I would have gotten a good seat at all if I did that -- for the season opener, a notoriously poor student-turnout game, it's one thing. For a marquee game? Forget it. Which is a shame -- that is really a great part of the #gamedayexperience. Better to have a noodle than a drum cadence, then? So be it. Pasta et circenses!
|2 years 38 weeks ago||the split started but died||
the split started but died before intersecting in the SE corner, due to action on field and the marching band playing The Victors.
it took about 8 tries before the wave got beyond the student section. they got the order of operations right, but the execution wasn't superb.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Errrday||
OL, DL, 3rd down conversions, red zone efficiency, points
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Quoting The Stranger||
I really would have gone with "Darkness warshed over Toussaint."
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Marketing, people. Someone||
Marketing, people. Someone got paid to make this. Marketing.
Glad to see M and OSU are together leading the B1G... in terms of embracing the spurious corporate demeanor we have all come to admire
|2 years 39 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|2 years 40 weeks ago||In theory, yes||
But, how many consumers will look at the careers of a significant sample of college athletes, then consider how those careers panned out based on expectations from rankings they read 5-years years prior, then compare those 5-6 year-old rankings across different service providers, then make a rational decision based on said comparison, to switch to the service provider that may have had better accuracy, on average?
On average, consumers do not perform this many steps in decision making. Purchases tend to be on impulse. Even if purchasing decisions were rationally-based, if you're talking a 5-year delay before revenue takes a hit, then that organization would be considered successful for those 5 years. Quarter-to-quarter and year-end earnings are the driving force behind most corporate decision-making. How many investors will wait 5 years before they see returns? Again -- impulse decision-making. Yada yada yada.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Skew||
It stands to reason that an objective evaluation would result in a more precise appraisal, which goes both ways -- positive or negative. The fact that participants tend to get ranked higher than elsewhere after participating indicates that this is not an objective evaluation.
The inherent conflict of interest sheds further doubt on the process, as Rivals has reason to inflate the rankings of participants: Players getting higher rankings due to attending the Rivals camp gives players an incentive to attend said camp. This generates immediate revenue for the organization as well as bolstering its prestige by making their camps in greater demand among the most serious prospects.
Thus, plenty of room for skepticism as to the legitimacy of their process. Howeva, Rivals is a for-profit organization, not the high-school athletics equivalent of Consumer Reports, so this behavior is to be expected. They exist to generate revenue -- to the extent that accurate information genereates the most revenue, they will be accurate, but if skewing information generates the most revenue, then they will skew.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Isn't that what "Normal" is||
Isn't that what "Normal" is for?
|2 years 41 weeks ago||This||
It's only a problem for people who get admitted late in the year, or really don't have their shit together.
Waitlist sucks. You may get tickets out of it, but they will likely be scattered around the stadium, varying week to week where you'll be sitting, as you'll be stuck with unwanted leftovers. Ask around, search craigslist etc to see if someone wants to unload their entire season.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Counterfactual||
What's worse than revisionism? Using a counterfactual to support your argument. No one can say what Canham would or would not be doing today.
Anyway, you might want to account for inflation. A salary of $50,000 in 1969 equates to $323,000 today. Hoke gets quite a bit more than that, but your comparison is misleading.
Finally, solvency is being in the black. The AD is firmly in the black. Maximizing profit =/= solvency.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Canham sold merchandise. He||
Canham sold merchandise. He did not coerce people into frivolous spending.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Plutocracy||
Your voice is directly proportional to your donations. Ask not what your athletic department can do for you, but why the athletic department should care about you in the first place.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Arms race||
Sometimes an arms race is a race to the bottom. What is the point of us "keeping up"? What is the direct, tangible benefit? If this cannot be measured, then to hell with it
Every penny needs to be stripped from the hands of stadium patrons? I disagree. Let the gluttons destroy themselves. M is doing just fine. No need for M to be everything to everyone. Let Bama be Bama and do their thing -- cold and heartless as they are, we will still attract a cadre elite talent that is thoughtful enough to stay away from a meatgrinder. Has our recruiting slumped after Alabama unveiled their new facility? Last I checked we are still attracting elite talent.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Aristocrats gonna crat.||
Aristocrats gonna crat. Consider the positive, friend: your lower station in society is what gives our overlords their inflated sense of self-importance, so you actually do have some meaning on this earth.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Odd Side Ales||
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Nice||
Pretty much the same thing happened to me. First week on the job at my internship. Taking a leak in the men's room, when an innocent-seeming fart let itself fly, and sure enough I could feel a little dribble and roll down the back of my leg. Good news is, I got a long afternoon lunch break.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Yes||
and Sharktopus as an intro act
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Never raced||
But I worked the docks on Lake Huron up north for years, and we always had a good showing of sailors on their way back. Some were dour after a tough loss or malfunction, but quite enough were down to party. From what I hear Bell's is a much better sponsor than Bacardi
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Woah||
Six degrees of MGoBlog?
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Also, all students through||
Also, all students through one gate? Turribly inefficient. Any system which requires its own gate is probably a bad idea. Keep It Simple, Stupids: scan the tix and let the chips fall where they may.
I don't understand what is gained from exerting this level of control over the process, besides some visceral feeling of satisfaction from some bureaucrat in an office somewhere... you know who you are...
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Using the parlance of our times||
Tyler Sellhorn is taking us for the proverbial "ride"
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Narcissism||
I'm glad you have no problem with making light of a tragedy that involved harm and death to helpless, trapped, terrified people, but feel the need to open up about your feelings being hurt on account of racial stereotypes. Good on you, chum.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Clearly, Wi Tu Lo was not the||
Clearly, Wi Tu Lo was not the pilot of this joke
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Cool story bro||
This was already posted in the Friday Storytelling thread, though. Still a good chuckle. When the anchor got to "Bang Ding Ow" I was on the floor
|2 years 45 weeks ago||It's like Deep Blue Sea meets||
It's like Deep Blue Sea meets Birdemic. I can die happy, now.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||86||
A friend of mine ran with the bulls the last two years in a Manningham jersey. Balla.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||A news station in San Jose||
A news station in San Jose mistook a racist joke for the names of Asiana Flight 214 captains.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Dude, chinaman is not the||
Dude, chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian American, please.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Do you even lift?||
BEEN IN THE ARENA = DO YOU EVEN LIFT BRO
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Fucking nihilists||
Say what you will about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos!
|2 years 46 weeks ago||good idea||
|2 years 46 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Binary Star lyric||
"Rodney King never felt a beat like this"
Harsh, man. Harsh.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||MGoQuestion||
Will "validation" stickers also be dynamically priced?
|2 years 48 weeks ago||I saw a U of M plate last||
I saw a U of M plate last year that read ASHLE.
My only regret is that I did not snap a photo, as my phone was dead. Alas
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Do you realize||
that you just undermined your original argument?
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Disagree||
With my background in sociobiology, I can say that there isn't a whole lot to back up your claim. Both genders are "programmed" to discriminate based on physical characteristics. Naturally, we look for different things, but the general idea is characteristics that indicate good reproductive fitness (youthful appearance, physical stamina, etc.) are selected for more frequently than characteristics that indicate the contrary. Perhaps circular, but that's why it works.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Where were you?||
NOMO, Macpodz, Ragbirds, and the omnipresent Laith al-Saadi -- just to name a few of the more college-oriented groups
Looks like someone wasn't paying attention
|2 years 49 weeks ago||"A Storm of Sword-Swallowers"||
"A Storm of Sword-Swallowers" by Loras Tyrell was the Westeros equivalent of "50 Shades of Grey" -- or so I've heard
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Fuck you, Wladyslaw II||
Fuck you, Wladyslaw II Jagiello. You were a dick to your cousin and caused undue strife within the Lithuanian nobility at a crucial time in history. Despite your dickishness being reconciled, resulting in victory at the Battle of Grunwald, you fucked it all up in the end by failing to take the castle at Marienburg.
That was 600 years ago, but you know what? To this very day, every time someone looks at a world map, there sits the Kaliningrad Oblast as a testament to your utter failure and douchebaggery. Boy, you really screwed the pooch on that one. Do you have any idea how difficult it would be to take those lands now? Not gonna happen. Yet you had a golden opportunity at the exact right moment -- and you blew it.
It's almost as bad as your father not being able to sack Muscovy after three -- count 'em, three -- siege attempts. But you know what? At least he put some real effort into it. What do you have to say for yourself? Now, if you'll kindly excuse yourself and go pound sand, I'm going to rub one out and cry myself to sleep reading Konrad Wallenrod.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||NSFW||
I'm pretty sure he's talking about porn
|2 years 50 weeks ago||This is not a comparison.||
This is not a comparison. Maybe that has something to do with why people take issue with your comments... they are poorly-wrought attacks instead of thoughtful criticism
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Age discrimination!||
That shiz illegal brolo
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I'll say.||
You just turned my cranium into fifty shades of grey matter
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Meh||
Kid could just be blowing smoke up the media's collective ass. Ass collective? Either or.
But seriously, no corroborating witness or anything, this is just his account of the interaction. Kid might be a tremendous douche. Should be taken with less than a grain of salt.
Howeva! What intrigues me a bit is what might Urban have done to warrant this kid calling him out --fairly or otherwise-- in the first place. Now that could be a story. Unless this kid starts trolling other coaches -- which could be spectacular in its own right. Just sayin.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Tagger of Hash||
No need to get it twisted: you have high expectations. That's just how you roll.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||"But if someone I told not to bothered showed up face to face"||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Awesome||
Great info, and your writing style is smooth. A delight to read. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy
|2 years 50 weeks ago||OT?||
Don't think so. From the FAQ:
"Anything Michigan sports related" is on-topic. Harbuagh is an M alumnus. Topics about him are not OT anymore than are topics about Woodson, Brady, or Gary Moeller.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|2 years 51 weeks ago||REAL RECOGNIZE REAL||
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Commentating||
Maybe Rutgers games can have an innovative commentating format, akin to those shows with C-list celebs mocking incompetent criminals or old trends. Now that would he a Wow! experience
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Confused||
And here I thought Jersey Shore wasn't getting another season. But when did they start caring so much about sports?
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Pork futures are up||
|2 years 51 weeks ago||90's baby!||
Best decade EVA
|2 years 51 weeks ago||The good news is||
today I am moving from Ohio back to Michigan. I am happy as a clam.
Downside is possibility of t-storms, heat, humidity, etc etc. TBH though, I don't even give a single flying fudgesicle cuz MEEEECHIGAN baby!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Guess the whole GoT vibe went||
Guess the whole GoT vibe went over your head, but that's ok. Not everyone can be a complete dork. Only the few, the proud
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Seconds||
I second your seconding
Up voted too, but that was lost amid its endless Fiveness
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Let them eat Normal||
Let them eat Normal
|2 years 51 weeks ago||You get a vote, but it||
You get a vote, but it doesn't count for anything. Just like the current points system!
|2 years 51 weeks ago||No religion speak! Gods were||
No religion speak!
Gods were just invented to scare children.... er... help them sleep. Whatever.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Life-long Lions fan here||
Let's just say my girlfriend nicknamed my dong "Mr. Callous Phallus"
|3 years 2 days ago||8 (teen) year olds, dude||
When he moved to Columbus he had to go door-to-door telling everyone he was a pedarast
|3 years 2 days ago||Iced Earth||
The best way to combine honoring our fallen veterans with outdoor partying, bonfires, hard drinking, etc: 'MURICAN METAL! \m/
|3 years 4 days ago||Yessir. Al laid out his||
Yessir. Al laid out his philosophy quite nicely, and frankly that part of the interview is some of the meatiest and honest sports commentary I've seen. Al really put himself out there for this interview, even revealing some wrinkles in his decision-making; specifically I'm thinking of the bit in Part 1 where he talked about the tremendous anxiety he used to feel leading up to games. How a man deals with this --and it seems Al has done so admirably-- is a big part of the game, and may have some influence on his management of "turns." But now we're getting speculative....
Anyway, football --any sport really, but especially football-- is a complex system. As much as I enjoy the quantitative analyses featured on this blog and elsewhere, the temptation --really a cognitive imperfection in our "design"-- tends toward a linear concept of causality. One of many aspects of the Self to be overcome.
|3 years 4 days ago||Let me help you with that||
"Best thing I've ever read[.]"
|3 years 4 days ago||Like a boss||
Borges layin' down the law. Love it.
REAL RECOGNIZE REAL
|3 years 5 days ago||Clearly, their neurons fire||
Clearly, their neurons fire at a slower rate, resulting in higher speeds being unsafe for Ohio natives. Sad that the rest of us have to sink to their level whilst driving through their state -- which is unpleasant enough on its own.
On the other hand, perhaps the state knows that lowering speeds is the only way to get people to stay in Ohio a bit longer.
|3 years 1 week ago||Perhaps he meant Bronn. That||
Perhaps he meant Bronn. That would be cool
|3 years 1 week ago||Meat Chicken||
That has to be the lamest insult-pseudonym I've ever seen for anything. Yes, chickens are made of meat. Furthermore, chicken meat is delicious. How is this not compliment?
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Disappointment||
I remember a few years ago, ESPN was doing a fluff bit before a game between M and Ohio, and had some OSU slappy interviewing El Presidente. Talking about the game and what-not. At one point the slappy tried to get El Pres to put on a Ohio hat and that s^$*# got SHOT DOWN! I gave the POTUS some credit for his display of good taste.
This is disappointing
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Octopi||
The internet has failed to provide footage of an octopus eating a duck... but here is a close proxy: Octopus Eats Seagull
I hope you enjoy this experience as much as the octopus did.
GO WINGS WOOOO
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Not to mention||
The overzealous self-flagellation committed by the school president, only to have further sanctions imposed.
If we learn one thing from this, it's that cooperation with the NCAA is no good. Whatever a school self-imposes, they will pile even more on. Fight tooth and nail ala OSU tatgate, get a slap on the wrist. Try to anticipate the level of severity they are expecting and meet it, it's only going to get worse.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||$$$||
In my reckoning, the real travesty is not in what athletes receive from the schools, but in the restriction of them to profit from their own likeness and ability. Here's an idea:
Keep the scholarship/stipend amounts about the same, but throw in the option for students to receive the amount in cash. Then give them a share of video game, tv, jersey, and merchandise revenue, as well as market their own products, promotions, etc. This way players will be able to make money based on their "market value" without forcing the school to justify why they paid -hypothetically- Trey Burke more than Blake McLimans-- a tough conversation to have for institutions that bandy about their pious and egalitarian values.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Cartoon Character||
He would be called "Blackface McDingleberry"
|3 years 2 weeks ago||In the spirit of disastrous marriages...||
Not gonna lie, every time I see Jeyne Westerling I think of Maureen Ponderosa of "Always Sunny"
No real point in sharing this .... other than to make the rest of you suffer this same cursed vision as I!!!
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Meh||
Friedrich Nietzsche: "Never trust a thought that did not come by walking. The muscles must be in celebration with the mind."
I think Barwis might agree.
I think Barwis and Nietzsche might also agree with my own assessment of your all-too-common sentiment: The ease with which one is distracted is more an inidication of a bad listener than a bad speaker.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Fresh||
So, I take it Massengill is going to be the main sponsor?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Hyperbole||
You're spot-on. GA is not a bad thing at all, unless you plan on showing up late and want to get top-notch seats despite that.
Many are wailing and gnashing their teeth, saying that they will have to arrive 3-6 hours early. Really? What friggin planet are they on? Emotionally-fueled hyperbole -- a classic tactic of petulant children since the dawn of time.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Dx||
When you see consistently irrational decisions (e.g. Lions draft picks) and a culture of people covering their asses, punting decisions, etc. that is a classic symptom of micromanagement. Seems to fit the bill from my angle.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Good point, but I disagree||
As a team, the Lions would certainly afford him greater opportunity for success than Jacksonville.
Also, I'm not sure the pressures would be greater in MI than there. Yes, M fans could have raised expectations somewhat, but I think most of us are pretty grounded regarding his ceiling in the pros. Local media will hype him wherever he goes, so that's a wash.
My big concern actually is all the social pressures he'll face going home. When someone from an underprivileged area hits it big, there are all sorts of hangers-on, parasites, or even just bitter old friends who will try to drag him down. Being so close to home will only make it easier for these leeches to get access to him. Denard is a nice enough guy, as well, that he may find himself caught up in that garbage out of the best intentions. Here's to hoping he keeps his wits about him and avoids the pitfalls.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Interesting angle||
I don't doubt the potential. Considering the students' ability to pack themselves into the lower rows like sardines, this could work even if they underestimate attendance on occasion. There would be a safety concern, as well as damage to the bleachers. In 2005 during the OSU game, on the last two enemy possessions, my group was screaming and jumping so vehemently that the bleachers collapsed under our feet. Not sure if they have been made stronger since, or what. Also, fire code concern, etc.
You may be on to something though. In general, i am with you that the logistics of filling and emptying the stadium and grounds of their patrons is a major issue that needs to be fixed.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Probably true||
But I'm not sure shrinking the student section will significantly reduce the ratio of late arrivals, or even no shows. There will still be people whose parents buy them season tix, or have money to burn on season tix to only attend a few games, or other irrational purchase decisions. As the university increasingly courts the more wealthy and privileged prospective students, this aloofness will likely continue.
No doubt: as with the validation stickers, this price increase and possible reduction in student seats is a petty cash grab.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Preference||
GA > Assigned seats
When going to see Bruce Springsteen do you want to sit in an assigned seat or get GA tickets and stand where you like -- proximity to the stage/field and size of group are much more flexible. There is nothing second class about it-- it's better.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Demand||
I expect GA tickets will be more in demand than student tickets of yore, from a non-student perspective. Serious fans have an opportunity to get great seats in the most fun sections.
If Brandon is serious about attendance, he definitely has to abandon the validation stickers, or at least make them easier to get (on game day for example) to leverage this demand increase.