From Portage Northern.
|2 days 17 hours ago||The Mantras||
Just saw the Mantras at the Tonic Room in Chicago on Saturday night. Pretty damn impressive show- they took maybe 90 seconds total across 3 "set breaks" but basically played non-stop for 2+ hours.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oops||
I posted "Lowered Expectations" as a reply to the first reply, and now see I was beaten to the punch. Sorry for inadvertently stealing the reference and posting higher in the thread...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Carlos Spicyweiner||
You'd be a great candidate for...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Defender on sideline||
The defender who slipped was Besler. But he didn't slip so much as get boxed out at full speed, bouncing off the fresh-legged 6'3" Lukaku. Great hustle to recover before he appeared to get overzealous losing contain to De Bruyne's right foot. I agree that's forgiveable, especially since Besler was solid throughout.
Wondo's miss in the 91st is the bitter pill. That was our chance to steal it for Howard.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Like this one?||
Not a video, but...
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Appreciation|
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Burke's "Tat's"||
I'm not usually a grammar nazi but can't resist this one... what do Burke's tattoos have?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||first timer||
never been to a posbang before. showed up late cuz i'm shy. but i banged all of you.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||billy madison||
Touch her boobs? That's assault, brotha!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||When did I say that?||
I think the issue is that I've gotten off track a bit from the question of whether universities should be involved. I'm not sure how to approach that and recognize it does run the risk of apparent guilt without due process.
My issue is that "but what about the falsely accused!?" is used as a straw man for limiting societal efforts to prevent and properly punish sexual crimes. There just aren't any numbers to back up the claim that false accusations are a serious problem in our society that needs addressing. Meanwhile, a significant percentage of offenders get to "glide past due process" by never even appearing in a police station or court.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||understood||
I'm not the authority on which victimization is "worse," but the justice system (and society at large) already does a pretty good job of protecting people from punitive consequence for committing (and even moreso being falsely accused of) sexual offenses. Protecting the victims of those crimes? Seems like there is room for improvement. So I've taken my stand there and it seems you have as well.
I don't begrudge you for the opposing position, but it really runs the risk of minimizing the impact of sexual offense by emphasizing something like "for the rest of [the falesly accused] lives," as though being a victim of sexual offense doesn't carry consequence for the rest of one's life. Or that "there is a 100% difference between being the victim of false accusation, and not being one," as though there is no grey area between sexual misconduct charges from a university and a criminal conviction of rape.
I do agree that it's a huge unknown as to whether harsher prosecution (or anything that results in a greater number of falsely accused receiving punishment) would relate to any reduction in the number of sexual offenses committed overall. The larger issue of how to reduce sexual crimes on campus or in society at large (and whether or not universities have a place in that effort) is much more complex.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
That's a system, it's just an imperfect one. And if I followed some earlier chatter that occured in the thread, one that applies in the state of Michigan? How the state reached that system is presumably a long series of decisions generated by events and thoughtful discourse of the nature we're all trying to have here. Again, I'm not a lawyer.
Though tempers have flared, I think everyone is agreement we should continue the discussion as a society in seek of perfection, or at least the semblance of consensus. Perhaps we're among the last few keeping it alive for tonight as this thread approaches a relatively civil 100 replies.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||and i would argue||
And I argue that it's easy to take your position when you've not been asked to bear the burden of being raped. Nor have I, but your theoretical condition upon which my argument holds water is ridiculous.
Listen, I absolutely agree that no one should be unjustly sentenced to the legal or social ramifications of false accusation; it would be an unimaginably horrifying scenario for me or my family. I also think no one should be unjustly sentenced to being a victim of sexual offense; even worse offense when the perpetratror suffers no repercussions. One of these sentences is vastly more common. In my opinion, its consequence is at a minimum equally as devastating. To me that makes the "what if it happened to you?" line pretty bogus. Yet I answered it, anyway, above.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Believe me||
Believe me, I understand that. The ramifications of a criminal conviction compared to sexual misconduct are demonstrably different. I'm just answering the hypothetical I was given by guthrie.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
So my options are A) go to prison for a falsely accused sexual offense or B) no longer lobby this blog for any action that reduces the number of sexual offenses that occur (even if it means A is incrementally more likely for everyone)? Well sure I'd take B if those are my only 2 choices, but in actuality that's not how it works.
Or maybe I'll just say "yes." If I were falsely convicted for a sexual crime, I would go to prison. Or possibly kill myself if I had the chance. Like rape victims sometimes attempt- to the tune of 13 percent, per suicide.org. I dunno if they have an angle or not, it's just the first Google result. This blog likes data over perception. Show me the data on outcomes for the falsely accused.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yup||
Solving that conundrum is what what the justice system is designed to do, but it'll never be perfect. Not until we have robot lawyers and judges, at least.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I'm already assuming that||
I'm already assuming that risk by having sex, it's just an extremely low one relative to the odds of getting raped and seeing no justice for the perpertrator. But as tough as it is to make such decisions, I'm willing to accept a small increase in the number of falsely accused having their lives ruined if it leads to a significant reduction in the number of rapes total.
It's a callously practical position as much as a serious attempt to look at it from the female perspective. I'm a male, but I think any (and all) discussion optimally includes perspectives from both sides and this forum skews heavily one way.
As I already stressed, my issue is reality versus anecdote. I realize false accusations occur, but my admittedly cursory research suggests its pretty uncommon compared to rapists seeing no legal or social consequence. Whether and how a university/legal system can solve that underlying issue is another debate. The solution is not so simple and I admire but don't envy the difficult task of sorting it out.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Straw man||
I think this is a bit of a straw man. The flip side of your tale is exceedingly more common: the girl gets raped and has to live with that while the male guy goess to the next party.
I certainly fall on the side of the fence that says being raped is worse than being falsely accused of rape, but I'm willing to entertain the counter-argument. My issue is that your scenario is pretty rare while rape is an unfortunately popular behavior.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Question||
Which is the worse (and far more common) injustice to the innocent: being sent to prison or getting raped and watching "the guilty people walk"? To present what may be a reasonable summary of the question:
|7 weeks 3 days ago||thanks||
Clearly I need to re-visit the trilogy. Er... parts I and II at least.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||i'm with you||
Good question. I would like 2 shirts and an HTTV e-copy, no physical copy. Last year there was some flexibility but this year the options seemed more rigid.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Long nap||
Guessing I missed a reference here... but Ty Isaac is visiting tomorrow.
That's gonna be a long nap...
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Sponsorship?||
I was about to make a contribution yesterday when it occurred to me that some pure Beveled Guilt must result in a higher return for the blog*. I always like a new MGoShirt, but aside from a few HTTV articles I may or may not have much interest in (if I want to read Craig Ross I'll just buy his book), some variation of the information will pop up on here anyway.
Also might have been a bad idea to announce the Draft Street sponsorship, especially since it didn't come with specifics other than whatever they are providing "won't show up on Kickstarter.
* Rest assured it will be one or both. Given the amount of time I spend on here while at the office, I consider it employer-subsidized funding.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Well...||
I mean... surely you must be aware, as noted by the OP, that the Michigan difference just produced the same type of error. Apparently it's not about Michigan or Ohio... the Amercian educational system isn't deilvering.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Spellcheck is your friend||
Does photoshop not have spellcheck?
Tho they did spell his last name correctly, OP...
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Spice?||
Good stuff, Seth. The numbers sure back up the stereotype that Lacrosse kids like to party. But let me assure you, no one is smoking synthetic marijuana.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Paging Dr. KateHate||
Expecting Buccaneer_9 to pop in with his standard Kate Upton hate-crusade post in 3... 2... 1...
|13 weeks 2 days ago||missed opportunity||
wish i'd thought to add, "the kid really left us hanging" before you got your reply in. wordplay > whining.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||this is the worst||
this is the worst news related to chads since 2000
|13 weeks 3 days ago||F*** YOU JOBU||
from a little gem of a flick called Major League
|13 weeks 3 days ago||appreciate his time here, but...||
I feel a little guilty making personal evaluations with limited insight, but the evidence at hand suggests he is equally well-described as a "great talent" as a "hipster meathead douche." To be fair, it can take awhile to mature in both respects and I hope he becomes a respected performer in the league and excellent representative for the school.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Birthday bang||
Off work today, just boarded a plane in Chicago, heading to New Orleans for my friends bachelor weekend.
Also, its my birthday. That's gotta be worth a Friday bang or two?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||sounds like||
sounds like a name out of the key & peele east/west college bowl sketch
|14 weeks 2 days ago||NBA talent||
Sucks to lose guys early, but I will focus on the positive bit Brian mentions. Pumping out NBA players will attract the attention of more. We may never have the cachet of Duke, Kansas, UNC, but have clearly moved up a peg or 2 in the eyes of the recruits.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||onward and upward||
Onward and upward, young men! Best of luck in the league.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||frightening||
|14 weeks 3 days ago||hype relative to expectation||
For a guy drafted 24th overall (after 10 other guards), the offensive performance this year looks pretty good. There are holes in his game, but given the near uniform sentiment around here that he was making a big mistake/not ready when opting for the draft last year, he is certainly "killing it" relative to expectation.
Among qualifying NBA rookie guards...
PPG - 10.0 (ranked 4th)
Scoring per 48 mins - 21.0 (ranked 3rd)
FG% - .427 (ranked 4th)
3FG% - .353 (ranked 4th)
FT% - .828 (ranked 2nd)
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Browns fan living in Chicago||
I don't really care for the Bears, but they needed to fill a slot position between 2 studs on the outside (sound familiar, Lions fans?) and went with... Domenik Hixon, a poor man's Jason Avant.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||saw st vincent last night||
went to see st vincent at the riviera in chicago last night. she has the voice of an angel but thrashes guitar like a demon; very talented, very sexy, suitably pretentious for a musical "artist."
nothin much to say about sunday yet. took my lady-friend home, came back, hit a pipe and started mgobloggin. hoping to play pick-up ball later, but its right on the edge of warm enough to find a game outdoors in chicago today. is winter over yet?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||suggestion||
i understand the hesitance to make a board post about this, but you'd get better traction than you will from this comment. there may not be a ton of responses, but no one will perceive that as cluttering the board (there have been many posts around here about old game tapes to be given away/sold/digitized) and there is definitely a small segment of readers who may take you up on the offer.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||hijack, sure||
yeah you hijacked, but at least you kept in line with the dead horse beating.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||its real||
around here i'd be foolish to say it's a "trend" without actually looking into our propensity to blow big leads, but i'm with you. about 10 mins into the game yesterday i texted my friend: "tenn looks good but we look better. gotta extend this lead so we can do our usual take big lead, give up most of it, pull out a victory anyway thing"
since the fab 5 comparisons keep coming up... a theoretical kentucky run (the real one ends tomorrow) would have to be one of the best ever SOS-wise (using AP ranks). i threw in last year's tourney run just for comparison.
fab 5: temple, e tenn st, #11 oklahoma st, #3 ohio st, #12 cincy, #1 duke
2013 michigan: s dakota st, vcu, #3 kansas, #14 florida, #16 syracuse, #2 lville
theoretical kentucky: kansas st, #2 wichita st, #5 lville, #7 michigan, #4 arizona, #1 florida
|18 weeks 1 day ago||well played humblebrag||
Would be great to see smarty pants beat sparty pants
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Hmm...||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||maybe||
Well a Rock'N'Roll HOF induction and offer to play couldn't bring the band back together, but maybe an Arena League Title can.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||and||
and I responded to myself instead of you... well may as well just keep digging this hole deeper...
|19 weeks 2 days ago||and||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||damnit||
Not only did you figure out his post before I finished typing my explanation, it was done via mobile and looks like shit!
|19 weeks 2 days ago||misinterpreted||
I think you misinterpreted his design, which gives the top 2 seeds byes straight to the semis, skipping the first 3 rounds. It's by no means the easiest method, but it works and does protect teams who earned the higher seeds.
8 no-bye teams (round 1) vs each other = 4 winners
4 round 1 winners vs. 4 single-bye teams = 4 round 2 winners
4 round 2 winners play eachother = 2 round 3 winners
2 round 3 winners vs. 2 "straight to semifinal"-bye teams = 2 round 4 winners
2 round 4 winners vs each other = 1 round 5 winner (tourney champion)
Kinda tough to explain without a bracket graphic, but I think what I just typed out makes sense...
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Gino's||
Gino's pizza is delicious. Good call, coach.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||wait||
How is this easier than the top 2 teams getting a bye and the remaining 12 playing a first round game? You end up with a field of 8 in a round 2 quarterfinal, just like its currently designed.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Woodson photobomb||
The Woodson photobomb pic is as close as I've seen, but he's got his hand to his chin so its at best a sort of philosophical half-smile about how easily the faces of worldy beings belie their attachment to fleeting circumstantial emotion when blind to the cyclical unity of nature.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Time to bust it out||
Time to break out my "Henne Given Sunday" shirt again!
|19 weeks 6 days ago||all good||
doesn't bother me really, but around here the rule seems to be "better never than late."
as for the product itself, i am curious what will distinguish it from the existing social networks. it's not really clear from what i've read, other than some buzzwords about accommodating the demands of today's college students in some special way...
... and the whole OSU exclusion thing.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||SIAP|
|20 weeks 1 day ago||huh||
always thought i was the only one checking out the wikipedia "hybrid animal" page
|20 weeks 2 days ago||WIN THE GAME||
WIN THE GAME
WIN THE B1G
WIN IT ALL
|20 weeks 3 days ago||As a Toledoan||
As a Toledoan, I... I... damnit. Got nothing.
As a Cavs fan... shit still nothing.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||Here we go!||
Homosexuals and Christians are both OK by me!
|20 weeks 6 days ago||2nd to PSU, now at PSU||
I'd like to think PSU would hesitate to hire a guy accused by anyone of committing a violation "2nd to PSU," but I don't believe in anything anymore.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||agree, but...||
I know you're criticizing the poster rather than GR3, but the relatively late recruiting profile leap that benefitted him early as draft prospect has caused some reactionary negativity. While it's absurd at this point to suggest Joe D (or any GM) would be making a mistake to pass on the kid in this year's draft, I would have said the same about THJ. Especially after his sophomore year, he didn't look particularly draftable to me beyond the athleticism and pedigree. A year and a half later, I'd say he has an NBA roster spot somewhere for a long time, topping out around intermittent starting "role player" or great 6th man.
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||clutch||
actually answered his question. nailed it.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Jabrilliant||
|26 weeks 1 day ago||wait||
but... but... that's a phrase reserved for white players, the scrappy guys!
|26 weeks 3 days ago||looks like moreno||
knowshon and this guy have a similar problem:
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Your Avatar||
Mr. Rodgers, forever unclean!
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Completely NSFW||
Frankly I fear that novelty accounts represent a "jump the shark" moment for MGoBlog, but I love this place and the voting says otherwise, so I'll play. Brown Bear is right. Watch this.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Kinda true||
Funny, I've always seen being delusional as a key trait of the Michigan football fan. Perhaps the post-Carr era has finally taken even that from us. Or maybe it just used to be delusions about how good it can be, and now it's about how bad it will get. Football and basketball have certainly traded places on that front.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Well put||
Wouldn't come without its own problems, but I;ve advocated for similar and don't see how this system could be worse. Start with a very narrow, very transparent scope of profits from appearances/images/apparrel and go from there.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Eat candidate?||
Mmmmm... cut and dry available candidate.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Started to get absurd||
That was getting out of hand.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Fun Game||
Great game to watch, with a nice dose of schadenfreude for our struggles. Happy 2014, all.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Long Term||
Somewhat different career trajectory, but he's the same age as Bill O'Brien. Seems like they genuinely want to give the reins to someone for the long haul. Without the NFL pedigree, I don't see Golden getting a cup of coffee in the NFL for 15-9 in 2 seasons at PSU, cratered program or not.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Wow that's awful||
I'm from Toledo and thought this might be the Mud Hens 5/3 Field. Glad to see it's not, but hope everyone involved stays safe and GRFD gets it under control.
|29 weeks 4 hours ago||not bad||
the idea is both as constructive and implausible as any i've heard to combat the late-game rule-hacking. might put games to bed more quickly when a team in the lead has the poise to hit FT.
part of the problem is that you'd probably still foul. at a certain point, a coach will foul to preserve time even if it means 3 FT, intentional-1, intentional-2, or any other solution.
|29 weeks 5 hours ago||Not old enough||
Not old enough to remember, but it's an interesting case study on sports rule-change. Players of a game can find a way to force the issue.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Epic 1st Post||
Haha don't really agree with either you or Clarkie regarding the state of the program or underlying explanations, but that's a hilarious post.
I'm sure you have an existing account on here and created another one just to get these feelings about Clarkie off your chest semi-anonymously, but if not...
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Agree||
Section 1 preaches pet issues that belie some personal politics, but nothing warranting that attack in regards to comments in this thread. He's earned whatever reputation he has, but I personally don't remember racism ever being part of that.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Sundays||
Look forward to watching his pursuit of the NFL dream. Get your Rocket Boots ready, kid.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Old School Video Style||
This will probably be up on NBA.com in 30 minutes, but THJ... doesn't show but there were only 2 seconds left on the shot clock.
Trying to embed below, but maybe LINK will work?
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Guilt: Beveled||
Holiday guilt, known to be among the more nefarious forms of guilt, has been beveled. Thanks, MGoBlog.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Don't forget||
If it's a Chicago (Wicker Park, well now maybe Logan Square) hipster, you must include a fixed gear bicycle, PBR, and American Spirits! Plus the glasses are often neon.
I know this shot is NYC, but the trap will work here, too...
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Weird Science||
And I'm pretty sure it was the same one used by Wyatt and Gary used to create the hottest physical specimen in the world.
So I have no problem with it.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Sounds about right||
Finally got around to watching the Zona game on my DVR last night (was hoping to get through a conflicting event during be actual game without having it spoiled, only to get a "can't believe we blew that" text), and considered putting together a diary on this topic. Should have known one was coming after reading between the lines in the recap and seeing the game for myself.
Walton will come around, but at a minimum Spike should be in a relatively equal time share at this point and has probably earned at least a nominal starting spot going into conference play. His passing was sharp, defense acceptable and showed some of that outsized moxie at times.
Now about that late FT he missed...
|32 weeks 5 hours ago||I sat mathews||
Gotta be pleased with the output from those 2 tonight. I have em both but sat Mathews for Moreno/Vereen. Captain Hindsight is really in my face about it right now.
|32 weeks 5 hours ago||lost by 1 yard||
My opponent had Brandon Marshall, who hit 100 yards receiving on the nose with a long pass in the 4th quarter on MNF. In my league that was a 4pt bonus, the final of the matchup, which gave him a 2 pt win. Needed a -1 yard stat correction; didn't get one.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||Making Excuses||
And now you're making excuses, just like Michigan. Why isn't your girlfriend taking the practice quiz for you by now? She's been on the team long enough but we haven't seen the same develop we get out of Magnus' girlfriend. If this one dumps you, it's a serious indictment of both your boyfriending and posting abilities.
Just busting balls, EastCoast! I don't post a ton, but twice (including yesterday) have had an MGoBoard post rack up huge downvotes mostly on account of not thinking before I clicked "submit." It's a brutal board but sometimes you gotta own up to it.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I was off to lob a grenade at||
I was wrong to lob a grenade at the students, who it seems did their part and certainly weren't responsible for empty GA. However, I stand by the statement that empty seats are a joke at the Big House.
I don't think the piped-in after playclock start altered the game much, but glad I'm not the only one who wondered about its application.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||I'm about the same age, and||
I'm about the same age, and have the same general sentiment about the piped-in. I want the crowd to be active and the stadium to be loud, and the music certainly seems to encourage it. Not that it's a new problem (if anything, it's been less of one since renovation), but it sucks that the Big House crowd struggles to intimidate our opposition. Saturday started out with everyone standing (I'm up in row 80-ish but no one sat for the majority of the first quarter) and making a lot of noise. That definitely seemed to wax and wane not only with the scoreboard/situation, but the piped-in. It's a powerful tool if we can use it right, but the timing/selection had me missing the "good old days" once or twice.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the input||
I only made it to ND and OSU games this year (coming from Chicago, and my other tickets stayed squarely with M fans or maybe a spare Buckeye friend of the family for the Nebraska game), but usually make it to at least a few games per year and rarely see empty seats at big games like I did on Saturday. Reports of logistical clusterfuck provide some explanation, though no clear indication why it was so bad compared to recent memory.
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
The selections are played out - every stadium in every sport in the country has SNA and Hell's Bells can be heard in most of them at some point. "In the Big House" thankfully didn't catch on, but we are good enough to come up with an original concept that fans can get behind.
Have fun at the game tonight. Beat Duke!
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
Thanks for the constructive thought about the better half of my OP. Maybe it's not piped-in per se that gets me, but the lame and repetitive nature of the timing and selections.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Third Round Talent||
Agree. He could be a 3rd round talent, but he's probably a 7th round draft pick.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Deserved||
Sea of red was less offensive to me than the empty seats, but it wasn't even the student section.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Pfft||
Pfft. Those hot new singles weren't even in my area.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Haha no problem||
It's all good man. The student section bit was off the mark and I lead with a known controversial issue that really doesn't need to be re-visited right now. The music playing during opponent playclock is a new one, but the piped-in debate has also been played out. Honestly I didn't even mean to complain, just ask what gives? This is why I lurk.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Note to Self||
Note to Self: Do not post on MGoBlog
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Fair Enough||
Anyone who sold their tickets to a Buckeye is a jerk. A lot of of our fans were jerks. I'll condede again that I don't know if its fans (students or otherwise) arriving late or Michigan Stadium for failing to support a system that can get that section of the stadium full at kickoff.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure||
I'll admit to not knowing the actual boundaries of the student section. Apologies to the students if I'm off base on that.
However, I'm not sure what you mean by "always." I'm not the oldest fan, but have been attending for 20+ years and don't recall that being an issue for many games, especially not the Game(s), in the past. Maybe I'm just wrong to be bothered by it.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||not alone||
IU will put up points on us
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Toledo Rockets||
They are serving alcohol at the Glass Bowl in Toledo this year. Tonight may be the first game with the new policy, actually. Not a comparison for Michigan Stadium, just pointing out in regards to the "university owned" bit.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||the right mix||
That comment was a nice bit of doublespeak between threat and admission of culpability.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||i'm not sure either||
"I blame this loss all on coaching." - WingsNWolverines (emphasis mine)
I'm not sure what game he was watching, either...
|44 weeks 5 days ago||sleepwalking?||
that was comatose! hope we've emerged on "the other side of darkness," because the jerk store called and they're running out of us.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||An Embarassment||
Blah blah Bowden outcoached us blah blah rush four blah blah Gardner panic blah blah offensive line black hole. We've all got plenty to say (fairly) about today's performance, but I'm glad to hear how Lewan feels. Hope he gets the message across in the locker room.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||My picks||
Michigan -37 (like the under but will pass on that... Michigan 45 - Akron 3)
Illinois/Washington OVER 62.5 (like the Huskies but will pass on that... Washington 42 - Illinois 30)
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Two Jumps||
So much content this one required 2 jumps! Well, the second one doesn't really jump anywhere, other than maybe to some vague conclusions about our RB depth.
|48 weeks 2 days ago||Heart skipped a beat when I saw the TE Collage||
That TE collage reminds me a bit too much of the "Never Forget" banner.
|48 weeks 3 days ago||Something to that||
Rather than add in 4th downs, would it make sense to exclude any failed 3rd down conversions in which the offense attempted a conversion on 4th down? I'm able to keep up with the Mathlete's impressive efforts here but don't have the brain to consider whether that serves the same purpose as what you're getting at.
Also curious how downs resulting in a turnover impact the data, if at all. I look forward to future iterations on the topic.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing says football season||
Nothing says football season like getting pumped up by a video that starts with 1 minute of guys catching balls in a dong forest.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
To be fair, I was thinking of Outback, not Sugar. The latter don't really deserve a 'z' at the end. Bumblebee are the worst. No matter what I hope we've experimented as far from tradition as we'll go, and anything in the future will be more modest alterations.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Uniformz||
Fantastic real football content, yet perhaps the most revealing part of the write-up:
Tacit approval of uniformz... say it ain't so, Brian. GTFOML.
*Full disclosure: I'm not particularly anti-uniformz
|50 weeks 7 hours ago||Makes sense||
Your interpretation makes sense, and perhaps I was digging too deep for some specific use of the term. It's appropriate for me, as that was just about when my brain began its Michigan myelination. I lost some Maize and Blue matter up there during the down years, but never stopped supporting the program. Proud to be part of the 89 Bandwagon.
|50 weeks 16 hours ago||Same||
Same, except I chose it over "worst state ever" because I grew up in Toledo and from what I can tell Ohio is probably not the worst state ever. Anyway I'm happy with the shirt, but need some answers.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Bandwagon 89||
Apologies for being too lazy to post your Trey Burke thread, and also for going off-topic from your already off-topic threadjacking, but could someone clever enough exlpain to me the "meaning" of the "Bandwagon 89" MGoShirt? Obviously it relates to the 89 MBB NCAA title, but generally I think of bandwagon as a bad thing. I had a hunch it was related to Steve Fisher, but Google only turned up the page for the shirt itself. I assume a lot of UM fans will want to know the answer to this.
|1 year 2 days ago||guess you could say OSU||
guess you could say OSU already got deHYDErated
|1 year 6 weeks ago||hmmm||
[damnit: this comment has been redacted by the author because it was a failed attempt to reply to the first comment in the thread.]
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Eastbound and Down||
Kenny fuckin' Powers (it is)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||bingo||
hear that? it's the sound of the secondary education bubble bursting. for a quick visual glimpse at the subject (written by a professor at UM - Flint): http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/04/update-on-the-higher-education-bubble-i...
also: great avatar, EGD.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Spike||
I rarely use the term "LOL" but LOL @SpikeAlbrecht! Think it's fair to say he's proven he's not afraid to take a shot.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||A.K.A. "Swiss Army Knife"||
I think "Stanfordizing" in this context means having players at a position who compliment one another to exploit mismatches on the defense. At TE the example is Funchess as pass catcher (but needs to learn to block) and AJ Williams as mauler (who hopefully can catch from the H-back spot). Tough to defend a pair of 6-6 TEs when one is 240 and the other is 290, especially if they can competently fill the opposite role.
Another example cited by Brian in a recruiting profile was Dennis Norfleet:
From that class, one complimentary counterpoint to Norfleet's electricity will be Sione Houma's power. Again, to cite the recruiting profile:
Bottom line is that the personnel needs to bring a variety of skill sets to allow the offense to bring diverse formations and packages.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||That was good||
Also, I'm just too childish to ignore:
"As impressed as I was with Butt as a receiver"
|1 year 43 weeks ago||It certainly is||
No foot removal required. That was about as polite as you can be for a grammar/spelling Nazi.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||This look x 1000||
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Kudos||
I've been steering clear of posting anything since Saturday because the threads are so repetitive, but this gives me the opportunity for what I'm sure will be my only post on the entire topic that is the Cowboys Classic.
Admittedly I couldn't possibly have read each of the tens of thousands of comments on the game this week, but I appreciate that you're the first poster I've seen make specific suggestions on what Borges could have done differently rather than just bitch or repeat "Denard run" ad nauseum. I'm not sure these (or anything else) would have worked, but I also would have liked to see a few wrinkles. The 5 wide idea in particular strikes me as interesting and could have been incorporated into a short, efficient passing attack that allowed some space for Denard to move.
That said, I support Al and the toughest argument to overcome is that he's making $750k to do the job and has been pretty successful doing it this way. Doesn't necessarily prove that the knows better than the armchair coaches, but it's a pretty good sign. I get what you're saying about not doing it differently despite being a disaster on its face. However, I also respect that he's willing to stand behind the gameplan. I also think there is some merit to the argument that our offensive performance wasn't that bad relative to other opponents Alabama has faced. Al's reluctance to do things differently comes off as founded in experience and confidence rather than stubbornness or lack of appropriate hindsight.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||avatar identification protip||
go to images.google.com and click the camera icon on the right hand side of the search box. copy and past the URL of an avatar (or any image on the web/your computer) and voila:
|1 year 46 weeks ago||fair enough||
good luck with the efforts and enjoy the game!
|1 year 46 weeks ago||add it to the perma-thread||
not sure why you're offering this to the board unsolicited, but maybe just put it here for the oregonians:
or just add it to the:
|1 year 46 weeks ago||amazing win||
i was in that corner also and welled up upon the ref signaling TD. on the verge of full-on tears of joy, a lone drop fell from my eyes before i pulled it together. that day, and that tear solidified and symbolize michigan football as the thing i love above all else, outside of friends/family (sorry, cats).
nice tidbit about being the only game at michigan stadium with another team name painted in the end zone- i had forgotten that.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||wish you the best||
great to have something like michigan football to just forget about tough times past, present and future for a few hours. hope you and your family make it through the challenges. keep your head up, OP.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||i'm gonna be an mgodick in this thread||
6" and up? that should include just about all of the WR.
seriously though, it would be nice if one of those guys emerges by the end of the season.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||i'll pile on||
compound error... how is this way OT?
|1 year 46 weeks ago||well played||
the one on the far right (OK i admit it i know that's supposed to be "scary spice") actually looks like it could be her, but the rest are pretty great mockeries. i chuckled as well.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||weird pictures||
first of all- nice diary, OP. this post was a pleasant trip down memory lane and i dig your formatting style with the pictures to the side of related paragraphs. the 90s were certainly a great time to grow up a Michigan fan and '97 was a great year.
now for some verboten offtopic commentary.... i was clicking to embiggen the pictures and noticed a couple things. 1) the fake nipples on the batgirl* suit, 2) the fake nipples on robin's suit (!?), and 3) wtf is going on in that picture of the "spice girls"?
* can't argue she was on the downslope by the time this movie came out, but i'm 30 and alicia rightfully holds a place in my boyhood fantasy hall of fame
|1 year 47 weeks ago||for good measure||
that's what she said
|1 year 47 weeks ago||hmm||
i realize the board poast below may mean #1 on the depth chart and not necessarily starting, but... did this require another thread?
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Forgot about Pick Six||
Submitted my entry: USC, Michigan, Clemson, Ohio State, Louisville, UCF
Thanks for setting it up again this year, Jeff.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||DVR||
I'm not exactly a loyal customer and will be salty if they can't work it out with BTN, but dishnet DVR > directTV DVR.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Funchess Hype Level: Upgraded||
First Heiko refers to Funchess as the "proverbial 'weapon'," and now Brian dishes out some lofty praise. All part of the "swiss army knife" offense as an eventual foil to mauler AJ Williams. I expect they both get eased in, but based on what has been reported here each has shot to supplant Moore by mid-season.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Solid suggestions||
Nice guidlines for students, but I don't see many counterpoints to the anti-HAIL arguments laid forth thus far other than "something is better than nothing." Maybe it is, and hopefully the "test year" will yield some useful data.
My take is that this should have been more focused on football. Seems like the impetus for the program was an empty student section on national TV, so the AD should have started by ensuring that won't happen. We are all in agreement that the best incentive is offering the right to priority seating. Maybe throw in some rewards for basketball and hockey, then build from there with non-revenue.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I think you mean||
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Research fail||
Makes sense and should have been obvious at a glance. You're too lazy too look, I made a bad choice for my source. Between the two of us some useful information has arrived afterall via Bentley Statistics Archives (you'll need to query by individual stats - career - defense - total).
You were dead on with Irons and Simpkins, with Kovacs coming it at #15 all time at Michigan in total tackles (this list goes back to at least the 70s). Could crack top 5 all-time with another year of what he's been doing, all positions included. Much less of an achievement than I erroneously reported, but still impressive.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Kovacs. Simply Amazing.||
I'm taking a look at Big 10 all-time career total tackle leaders on sportsreference.com and looks like Kovacs will be the first Michigan player ever to rack up 300 tackles. He is #16 in total (266) and #17 (151) solo tackles. It favors 4-year players, but he will pass current Michigan #2 Jonas Mouton and #1 Obi Ezeh this year. If he stays healthy this year and keeps pace with the first 3 seasons, he should end up top 5 all-time in career tackles. Not bad for a walk-on.
[EDIT: In speaking to snarling wolverine's point below- Ezeh/Mouton/Kovacs as top all time tacklers really goes to show we had never had to put that much youth on the field at LB, or anywhere for over a century.]
|1 year 48 weeks ago||James Rogers||
Was surprised to see James Rogers name on the list of former Wolverines currently in the NFL. Dude stuck it out in the RR era, was forced into action through "Never Forget" and may have been our best CB in 2010. Good to see him working for a roster spot with the Bucs after spending some time with the KC arena league team last year. Looks like he had 3 tackles and a pass deflection in the preseason opener against Miami. Go get 'em, kid.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||For Suggestions from MGoUsers||
Check out the map from this post. Duffy's isn't too far away and seems to be the most cited UM bar in town. For better or worse, it has a college atmosphere (packed with drunk young people and all the sights, sounds and odors they come with). Rockit is actually in Wrigleyville and although I haven't been there on game day it might be a little easier to find a seat and actually watch the game. Sorta depends what you're looking for.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Damn you Seth||
Should have known something like this already existed on here but I swear it never turned up during numerous mgosearches for "DUI." At least most of my reference points were from 2012 so I didn't completely duplicate the effort, even if it didn't add much to your findings.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Meant to put this on the board||
Intended for the board but it's somewhere between diary and forum post- mods you make the call.
Now that I'm the lamer replying to his own post, I'll add some opinion as commenter that I held back as OP. FWIW I toe the line between drunk-driving is a horrible idea and "legal gray area" but...
In googling around, I didn't find many examples of coaches publicly handing out no suspension at all for DUI type offenses. Perhaps those stories are just harder to find, but Hoke would be in a significant minority if he doesn't sit Fitz at all. He's due in court on the 28th, so unless that gets changed I don't see any way to delay the decision and justify benching him for a game other than Alabama.
Secondly, I couldn't help but come across references to bad memories from 2008. Both Stonum and Grady received 1 game for DUIs and went on to become repeat offenders. Without no intent to question Rich Rod's judgment, I have to point out that Grady's .28(!!) BAC was probably a sign he needed intervention rather than a 1 game suspension. Stonum missed an entire year and still slipped up. I give Fitz the benefit of the doubt, but recent history makes me wonder if 1 game is enough to get the message across.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||no thumbs||
only because they don't have opposable thumbs
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Genetically Improved||
Worked pretty well last year...
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Damn||
I'm like a female Chinese basketball player.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Charlie Ward||
Had a pretty long NBA career- probably longer than he would have lasted in the NFL. Interesting sidenote- he also got picked in the MLB draft.
EDIT: Yeah, what he said ^^
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Glad to see you, kind of. But||
Love the "kind of," thrown in there. Not exactly Fort Schembechler but a media-lover, Hoke is not.
|1 year 52 weeks ago||i don't think this violates the "no politics" rule...||
|2 years 4 days ago||logos shmogos||
can't really add much that hasn't been said about advertising on the jerseys, but i'm almost as concerned with the idea of instant replay at the end of games. i'm a fan of the NBA but in many cases the last 2 minutes of a game already take ages and that may get worse if refs are checking replay for every close call on a charge/block or potential flagrant call.
|2 years 5 days ago||totally understandable||
i nearly welled up when van bergen tells denard he's a legend
|2 years 1 week ago||Godwin's Law in Action||
That was pretty quick, too.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||had a run-in with chappelle||
I was at a Sushi joint in NYC some time between Seasons 1 and 2 of his show and told the people at my table I thought I saw Dave Chappelle at a table in the back corner. They didn't know who he was, which shocked me, but I was starstruck. However, I didn't want to go up to him and interrupt his meal. He must have seen me looking though because on his way out he walked past and said "Hey man how's it going" when I made eye contact and shook my hand. I told him I loved the show and that one of my favorite moments was from the "Playa Haters Ball" when they show a picture of Rosie O'Donnell and one of the haters says, "She wears the underwear with the dickholes in 'em." He laughed and said, "You wouldn't believe how hard it was to say dickhole on TV."
Also met Charles Barkley at the Philly airport (he was on the 76ers and they were en route to Detroit to play the Pistons). I was a huge fan and managed to get his autograph out in the terminal. Later when I walked past him on the plane, Rick Mahorn (at the time a Sixer) said to me, "Rub his head, kid" (pointing at Barkley's bald head). Barkley gave me a stone cold stare and told me, "Don't do it, kid." Before I could respond, Mahorn grabbed me by the wrist and put my hand on his dome. I nearly shit my pants but I'm pretty sure even Sir Charles had to laugh. Also, standing next to Manut Bol (RIP) and watching him fold himself in half to enter the airplane door was pretty amazing.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||slightly amused||
doesn't add much more value than the legitimately brainless mgovideo post from yesterday, but it sure says something about the quality of offseason posts that at least a few people are concerned this is something other than satire.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Careful||
You can do some serious damage to your "twitter" if you trip and fall during a naked run.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||At a glance||
Kinda looks like Minnesota and Illinois have their hands on eachother's knees... NTTAWT
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Great Stuff||
Great stuff as always, Mathlete. This is a step towards debunking some of the arguments against aggressive 4th down play. No amount of data will overcome the "getting fired" concern from coaches or placate the rage of an average fan when a critical 4th down attempt fails, but any coach that has confidence that the numbers mean something should be able to keep a cool head when it doesn't work out- much like a good poker player can avoid going on tilt after a bad beat. Not a perfect comparison by any means, but In both games you have to balance the statistical and the psychological.
As for the easter eggs, I didn't have the patience to search but took a look at cells with formulas... very cheeky.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Need some context, but...||
Your point is correct. Durant hit his apex late in the game while Bron played on a plateau. But if I remember correctly, they put a 4th quarter head-to-head stats graphic up at one point that was a much better means to represent the KD clutch >> LBJ clutch argument. This screen cap is isolating LBJs 4th quarter stats from his own numbers in the first 3 quarters (presumably to suggest they are outliers). To be fair to ESPN, the postgame crew was not particularly critical of Lebron's 4th quarter efforts, but that graphic is guilty as charged.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Cooper got the win that day||
Jake the Snake had his 2nd ranked Sun Devils poised for a perfect season and likely national championship (#1 FSU was the only other undefeated squad but they lost in a rematch with eventual champs #3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl), but the Buckeyes trashed those hopes with a late TD drive to win 20-17. Small redemption for Cooper, who had his own undefeated season/title hopes spoiled in the Game just 5 weeks earlier in Columbus.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Dropping balls!||
Bold use of simile, Heiko. Well played.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||It's so cold in the D (NSFW)||
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Three Words||
Howard Stern Show. Hey now!
|2 years 6 weeks ago||great ice cream||
don't know about his football skills, but kid makes some fine ice cream.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Organized backpack attack?||
Never seen this one. Fantastic.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I think the infatuation part||
I think the infatuation part is strictly because we kick off the season against the Tide this year. Sure, people may have bought into him as an insider on the recruiting trail, but if his handle were "War Eagle," would any of us really give a shit? It's not just a different perspective on things, it is the Alabama part in particular that gave him some kind of notoriety and in turn a supposed credibility. Regardless, I hope to see him continue posting despite the whiffs. Glad to have a non-troll fan of another big program contributing.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||In fairness to THE_KNOWLEDGE||
I think it's "comments commence"
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Seconded||
I got almost $3k from CarMax for a 2003 Saturn L300 with 80k miles that was in pretty rough shape a couple years ago. It was a little below private party estimations (right on par with trade-in value) at Edmunds but I had a check in my hand about an hour after arriving at the site. Given how much time it can take to advertise, find a private buyer and hammer out a deal, it was totally worth it.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Alvin Greene per Wikipedia||
|2 years 10 weeks ago||you have a case||
sounds like you have a case of having too many hands
|2 years 17 weeks ago||take it to the limit||
over $20k since i posted a minute ago.
just participated in my first "modbang." (banging the moderate button, not banging the moderators, although i like them too).
|2 years 17 weeks ago||over $19k total||
never done any beveled guilt, never had a copy of HTTV, but this seemed like a good chance to make a tiny contribution. thanks for keeping it free and loaded with content you just can't get anywhere else.
way to go, MGoBloggers. much like brian et al, you never cease to impress.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||what don't you like about the potential temple matchup?||
nice wins over duke and wichita state early in the year, but is there some personnel/style element that makes you think its a bad matchup? consensus seems to be that we don't want to meet teams with a lot of size. temple has a couple big guys (6-11 michael eric, 6-10 jimmy mcdonnell) but doesn't look like either gets a lot of usage. anthony lee looks to be their prominent post presence, and he's only 6-9. after that it's all 6-5 and under.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||coming from his dudeness...||
lewbowski references always apply to the situation
|2 years 22 weeks ago||double-stamp it||
|2 years 22 weeks ago||enjoy this year's team||
next year we will "supposed to be" this or "expect to do" that, despite the loss of stu/zack's box score contributions and tremendous leadership. with the way things are shaping up, perhaps we should expect nothing short of greatness and contention for titles year in and year out. that's just the price of the "michigan arrogance" that demands greatness from our sports programs, and i'm willing to pay the price of being disappointed by results that most schools would kill for. but 2011-2012 basketball? this one is a freeroll. obviously i would be massively disappointed to suffer a first round upset in the field of 64, but beyond that nothing could temper the joy this season has brought. feels great to be back in the conversation.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||fill me in||
what is zaching? spelling suggests it has nothing to do with zack novak, which is unfortunate.
ok i let myself google that for me, and see what's up. anything against cancer is good by me.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Crackpot||
I have it on good authority that Craig Ross is a loony and a hack. You should read some of his insane attempts to define the "unified theory of NFL pick'em." If you're lucky you'll be able to soon, once he gets a pick'em blog up and running with a couple of other shmos who know nothing about football.
Seriously though, Craig- I appreciate your keen reporting from the coaching clinics and glad to see you're finally commenting on the board.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||hypothesis||
decided to do some extremely minimal statistical analysis to test one aspect of your comment. although i'd be interested to consider the effects of giving up third/fourth chances, all "second chance points" are a second chance on a previous miss, regardless of what happened earlier in the sequence. with that in mind, a simple ratio of second chance points per offensive rebound should be a loose metric for how badly one opponent (Illinois) versus another (OSU) punished us on the offensive glass. i'll call it the obvious: "points per second-chance opportunity" and abbreviate Pp2c.
thanks to the handy box scores over at mgoblue, i have a single resource for making this comparison. (spoiler: i'm also throwing in both MSU games and it's ugly)
chart meet eyeballs. eyeballs, chart. b-nut's hypothesis/fear that we (obviously) shouldn't allow OSU to grab as many offensive rebounds as we did against Illinois is spelled out in a minute sample size. same number of rebounds, 7 more points (+.5pts per offensive rebound!)
furthermore, eyeball loves chart regarding MSU being a monster around the offensive rim. they will make you pay and showed it in both of our matchups. although the OR totals are low, this may be a factor of efficiency in actual second chance opportunities (fewer "third/fourth chance" situations).
what i'd like to do is compare this to the other side of the coin from brian's "subtle hint" in the game writeup. unfortunately i have no access to numbers for what ace calls "transition points directly following a defensive rebound". the obvious counterpoint he set up is "points per transition rebound" (PpTR), which was 9/9 (1.00 PpTR) for Michigan according to Ace. in brian's model, aggressive offensive rebounding opponents are a challenge, but it can be mitigated if PpTR is also high. makes it even easier when the opponent manages a mere .64 points every time they earn a second look.
anyway this was my first attempt to add some analytical value to the blog. not much to offer but conceptually its relevant to the current squad and our rebound struggles. cheers to all for getting me thinking about hoops strategy.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||trick to remember this||
"I" before "E", except when your coach is a Beilein
|2 years 23 weeks ago||user average seed||
can you show the mean/median seed assigned for a given team? or at least let users see a "community" bracket using those figures. seems like that could turn it into a cool crowdsourced bracket prediction.
another suggestion would be to turn this into a pool game as a pre-cursor to the actual bracket pool. set up a group, invite your degenerate ncaa basketball gambler friends, pitch in $20 each, and whoever has the closest to the actual bracket wins the lot.
we should have had something similar for this recruiting season. enough with the nonsense- put your money on the line and predict which kid lands where. gotta be a recruting violation in there somewhere, but i bet there would have been a lot of gamblin' fools on this board to run a real racket.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||greatest valentine ever||
that sure was romantic.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Kid Rock?||
Is that you, Bob?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Heard they're selling like hotcakes||
Really turned the tide on the Kid Rock argument.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Fair enough||
You've given me no choice but to realize I'm not asking "fans" or "players" these questions- I'm asking myself. And the answer is definitely "yes." More importantly, the program's hiring of Hoke reflects the reality that (the royal) "we" still believe in doing things the right way. We've maintained a highly successful program while for the most part avoiding the ugly side effects of the win at all costs nature of NCAA football, and that won't change, nor will the fall ritual of piling 100k+ into the Big House. That's a big part of what makes Michigan winning B10/National Titles even sweeter, and we're still competing to be the leaders and best.
Cheers, M-Wolve. The sky is not falling.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||This is why I lurk||
Asking hard questions == trolling. FWIW I believe we can remain a top level program without resorting entirely to tactics like oversigning, under-the-table benefits or allowing kids to skip class or have tests taken for them. I do worry that this means we fall behind the so-called "elite," but feel that it's far from a certainty (hence the liberal use of questions marks and the word IF). Furthermore, I couldn't be more proud of how Hoke's attitude has rubbed off on our program and players thus far, teaching them how to win, how to lose and why "doing things the right way" is more important than which happens more often. I agree that this resonates with many coaches, players and their families, but some kids just aren't on board with that philosophy. Finding the right mix of talent and character instead of just pursuing the most stars on a recruiting profile is a challenge, and the numbers demonstrate a correlation between recruting rankings and future team success.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||at what cost?||
Are we willing to lose games in the name of "doing things the right way?" Will we, as fans, be holding our heads high even if Ohio under Meyer beats us on a regular basis behind the strength of shady recruiting practices (if that's even a legitimate claim at this point)? I'm not saying we can't win with quality kids (see: team 132), but it will be interesting to watch how much UM fans can take as the NCAA plummets deeper into its wild wild west era. Perhaps more importantly, will we see enough 4* and occasional 5* kids continue respond to that attitude, suit up in the maize and blue, and feel successful even if our program struggles to keep up? Fans and players alike are sure to have their faith tested if college football continues towards even greater semi-professional status and we choose to honor the spirt of the "student athlete."
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Section 1 NYT Jihad?||
Forget the Freep. Bigger and better targets remain.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||MSU 71 @ NW 80||
winning on the road in the B10 is apparently not easy. sound familiar? we heard about this a lot in football this year. many attributed it to a down year for football in our fair conference, but consensus seems to be that B10 basketball is way up. regardless of sport, seems like the road is an unfriendly place up here.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||what's lloyd brady's cut?||
did he approve use of his likeness? semi-serious question.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||NW PG||
what's with the spin move at the top of the key every time he gets in the half court?
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Your tone... it's all wrong||
I think your frustration shows with a statement like "lacks basketball intelligence in a major way," and the "make a living teaching basketball" justification rubbed some people the wrong way. The kid has time to grow and his mental game can catch up to the physical skills under JB. I love that coach gives free license to the shooters; THJ just needs to reign it in sometimes.
FWIW, I agree that he took a few too many 3s tonight, and a few were rushed. You can tell he is an emotional player and sometimes that type of hype/energy can be tough to harness (see: Denard Robinson). That showed up when he seemed to lose control attacking the hoop at full speed in the first half, and again when he took some of those early shotclock threes late in the game. It's an issue that needs some work, but if he had knocked even 1 more of those down (particuarly when UM was down 70-68), we wouldn't be worrying about it tonight.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Pretty much||
OP needs to work on blog ettiquette (get crushed around here for criticizing star players without intelligent arguments, statistical evidence, or heavy positive counterpoints), but you saved his ass on this one regarding Hardaway's shot selection. I didn't need to look up the numbers to know we're better off having Douglass, Novak and Smotrycz taking those shots, but that's ugly.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Church||
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Thanks for clarifying||
Figured it had to be sarcasm given the large increase in odds, but I guess my detection skills are waning. D'Antonio is an aggressive coach, so I sort of understand trying to make up for that early safety by going for 2 early. I thought the 4th quarter miss would burn Sparty in the end, but the other sideline one-upped them on game-theory 101 failure.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Question about your tweet||
Posted in another thread ("game-theory gods"), but had to ask you directly. Was this tweet sarcasm or serious?
Everyone was blasting Richt for the conservatism and it sure seemed like playing for a 3rd down FG was a mistake, but you don't seem like the type to identify that as an "easy call" sarcastically. Also, which D'Antonio 2 point conversion attempt was the worst, or are they all equally dumb?
|2 years 29 weeks ago||probably missed it but...||
has anyone mentioned d'antonio's 2 point conversion decisions? that game is over in regulation if he just kicks the XP all 3 times instead of going 1/3 on the 2 pointers. i'm with the mathlete (game theory manifesto), who argues:
in this case, i actually think the one in the 4th quarter was the worst of all. trying to go up 3 instead of 2 makes sense if the opponent has 1 possession left or you don't think you'll get the ball back, but at that point MSU was dominating and if you're up 2, another TD and XP pretty much seals the deal. alas, sparty pulled it out and richt is the one taking heat. i tend to agree, although there was a tweet from the mathlete that confused me a bit:
honestly i couldn't tell if this was sarcasm or not, but the mathlete doesn't appear to be a particularly sarcastic guy. it's possible he disagrees with all of us regarding richt's OT decision making right there.