|5 weeks 2 days ago||FYI for Ann Arbor residents:||
The Secretary of State near Maple and Dexter is the least unpleasant one I've ever had to wait at. The employees were actually... cheerful? I don't know how else to describe it, though it was the first evidence I've seen that DMV employees retain the capacity to experience positive emotions.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Right to Work||
If college athletes do successfully unionize, there could be a recruiting advantage for schools in right-to-work states. Presumably student-athletes at schools in right-to-work states (like, uh, Michigan) could not be forced to join the union as a condition of their scholarships. Schools in these states could offer recruits a choice of whether to join the union or not. This would be especially interesting in the hypothetical Brian raises, where schools collectively bargain with the union to get rid of one-and-dones.
"You want to get to the NBA as soon as possible? Commit to Michigan and don't join the union. Go to Kentucky, you're stuck there for at least two years."
(I'm not trying to get political, and not passing judgement for or against right to work laws. Merely pointing this out.)
|23 weeks 10 hours ago||Avon Old Farms||
"Connecticut doesn’t exactly have the reputation of being a great football state or a place where a lot of talent comes from . . . ."
I believe that his high school, Avon Old Farms, is also the home of former Wolverine Michael Cox. So, there is at least some history of talented players from the area heading to Ann Arbor.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Can someone take over map editing duties?||
I was the one who created and maintained the map in the original thread. So, it turns out that having a 1-year-old is not really conducive to spending a ton of time on mgoblog. If someone else could take over the map, I would really appreciate it. Google maps makes it really easy to update, I just don't have the free time these days. Shoot me an email at jayloh-at-gmail-dot-com and I'll gladly hand over the reins.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Map needs a new editor||
I haven't updated the map at all this season - we had a baby in early September, so I've been a bit busy. Would anyone else be willing/able to take over as map editor? It's not hard at all. Shoot me an email: jayloh [at] gmail dot com.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Download good, streaming bad||
I've had the restart problem with Downcast, but ONLY if I try to stream the podcast rather than download it first. Once it's downloaded in its entirety, it works fine. I'm not sure how the official Apple podcasts app works, but perhaps it's a streaming issue?
(Also, I heartily recommend Downcast. It is a great, great app.)
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Paul GYARmati?||
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Why isn't he still the coach of the future?||
I thought the assumption was that he took the Tech job to build his resume before Red's inevitable retirement? My memory is that Brian or somebody reported that Dave Brandon wanted to make sure that Red's replacement had head coaching experience, which prompted Mel to look elsewhere.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Thanks, added.||
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Baltimore location changed, apparently||
Someone left a comment on the google map that the Baltimore viewing location has been changed from Ropewalk to a place called Crazy Lil's, so I updated the map to reflect this.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Up-to-date as of 9/2/2011||
I hadn't been in this thread for a while, so the map was a bit out-of-date. I think I've got everything updated now. If anyone knows of any other places, or sees info on the map that's incorrect, let me know and I'll fix it.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Easy there, guys||
I don't read this or Misopogon's previous post as accusing Hoke of abusing medical scholarships or doing anything shady. They're pointing out that we're in the uncomfortable situation where our coach has publicly committed to taking more recruits than we were aware we had scholarships for. Now that we find out where those scholarships are coming from, it's understandable that some would cock an eyebrow.
Brian's bound to write something one way or the other, after his one-man campaign against the Saban/Nutt school of recruiting. I wouldn't be surprised if he writes essentially what all of us are thinking - if Hoke was going to Saban anyone, he'd go after the slot ninjas, not Pace and Talbott. Regardless, if he doesn't cover it in some form, we'll be seeing all the ESS-EEE-SEE bloggers call him a hypocrite.
EDIT: just to be clear, this was meant as a reply to MCalibur, MGoShoe, Don, etc.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Nah, go with player names.||
Woodson for a boy, Biakabutuka for a girl. (That's a good girl's name, right?)
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Is it too late to kill this "B1G" thing?||
Just because the conference decides to give itself a silly new logo doesn't mean we have to buy in and use it ourselves. It only takes three more keystrokes to type out "Big 10", and it's definitely worth the effort.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Congratulations!||
Glad to hear it. Things are trending upwards, but it's still a tough market.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Offtopic, but were you able to find a biglaw job?||
I remember a thread from quite a while ago where you mentioned that OCI hadn't gone so well. Hope everything worked out.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||If a tree falls on him in the||
If a tree falls on him in the woods and nobody's around to hear it... would anybody care?
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Great music||
I gotta say, I love the background music for that highlight reel - seems perfect for a big guy like that. The only way it could get better would be if this was the soundtrack.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||I'm guessing you're at ND Law?||
I spent all last semester combing the Midwest for summer jobs, and wound up finding one with a firm in Indy. If you have an interest in talking strategy, drop me a line at jaloh [at] nlaw [dot] northwestern [dot] edu
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Truth||
With patent prosecution, you know all your deadlines far in advance. You can plan accordingly and actually, you know, have a life outside the office.
(So I've been told, anyway. I'll find out for sure this summer and report back.)
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Networking is key||
I know a couple weaker students who got summer jobs long before I did, because they knew the right people at the right firms.
Also, your first semester grades don't have much bearing on your final GPA. My first semester was pretty average, but it's come up every semester since then.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||I should clarify,||
I'm not sure if he meant they were working with YouTube and Justin.tv in a general, ongoing sense, or if he was talking about some new specific push.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||2L||
And it's every bit as bad as everyone says it is.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Thanks, updated.||
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Let's give him some credit||
He was probably booed at more than once.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I wish him the best, but...||
I think it may be more a reflection of the Raiders' talent than Stevie's.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||...will repeat 40-year-old platitudes?||
Look, I love the quote in it's original context, and the historical significance is great. That being said, deploying it every single time a player leaves really diminishes its meaning.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Sports Bar and Grill and Bodeans have multiple locations||
Will they all show UM games?
And am I correct in assuming that these are all just sports bars that show a ton of games? Or is one an official UM alumni gathering spot?
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Up-to-date as of 8/15||
I've got everything from the thread in the map as of today. I've also reorganized a bit - there were so many bars, I had to clean things up to make it easier to use. Good problem to have, I guess.
Is it kickoff yet? I can't wait to head to Duffy's or Mad River for the UConn game.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||When my wife started watching football with me...||
She would stick up for Pam Ward, and call me sexist when I complained about her announcing. Now that she knows a bit more, she complains even worse than I do - if there's going to be a token female announcer, Mrs. Lo wants it to be someone who's going to represent the gender well.
|4 years 2 days ago||Hmm...||
Is the interest in Willie Beavers due to his football skills, or just his fantastic name?
|4 years 1 week ago||Is it at the M-Den yet?||
I'll be in A2 this weekend, and thought I'd swing by to pick up a copy if it's there - faster than waiting for it to be shipped.
|4 years 1 week ago||You forgot...||
|4 years 2 weeks ago||How do you think he got so many?||
One point per post * 10 posts per argument * 12 arguments per day = a lot of mgopoints.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Honestly? Me.||
I had a sexy-sounding job too: I designed jet engines. The new joint strike fighter? I did some work on that engine. My coworkers designed the engines for the F22 raptor (that was before I started working there). And you know what? It was no fun whatsoever - just a lot of long hours in poorly-lit cubicles for not nearly enough money.
I was half-joking in my first post - I really do have a lot of respect for the folks who stick with engineering. My classmates and profs at UM were the smartest group of people I've ever worked with, and I say that as a current student at a top-10 law school. That doesn't change the fact that most of the engineers I keep in touch with are no happier than I was, and not a one of them gets the pay or appreciation they deserve.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Yeah, that's the plan.||
Fortunately there's quite a few IP firms here in Chicago, so I'm hopeful that I'll be able to land something good when I'm done (still have two years to go). Good luck finding a job, it's rough out there.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||My father has one of those from his college days.||
When I was a kid and first saw it in the closet, I thought he must have been a huge chemistry dork to want to carry test tubes with him all the time.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||And me...||
Of course, I decided to go to law school instead. Look elsewhere in the thread to see how that turned out.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||"Engineering sucks."||
Seriously, the happiest engineers I know are the ones who aren't engineers anymore.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Hence my suggestion to limit this to scholarship athletes.||
If you add up all the scholarship athletes at UM, there's probably... what, 200ish? I'm thinking the work-study would probably average out to around 400/mo per player, which comes out to around $320k per semester across the entire athletic department. I am probably a bit spoiled by UM's huge budget, but that doesn't sound like a massive amount for most major athletic departments.
For schools that have trouble with that amount... well, it may encourage some of the programs that aren't competitive, can't put butts in the seats, and don't get eyes on the TV sets to drop down to Division 1AA. This is getting into a whole new topic, but programs like EMU and FIU are a net drain on university coffers, and may be better served in a lower division.
*Edited for spelling. Sorry, the original was input on my phone while I dodged a hurricane here in Chicago.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Don't know about you,||
I got paid for UROP.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Right.||
I didn't mean to suggest that it would be legal right now, just that it would only require a minor rule change compared to giving athletes some sort of semi-pro status.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Truth bomb:||
I answer to all three of those names.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Interesting - didn't know about the fingerprinting.||
I guess Google's being proactive. I did a little research and came across this article, which gives a good summary of the whole Viacom/Google copyright suit.
It looks like that case is going to turn on whether Google's old policy (not actively policing, just waiting for notice from the copyright holder) is really sufficient for the Safe Harbor provision in the DMCA. They were complying with the letter of the law, because they were taking down videos as soon as they got notice. However, they weren't really abiding by the spirit - they were aware that large amounts of copyrighted material was being posted, but they counted on being safe because they didn't have specific knowledge of which videos were infringing on a copyright. (The relevant portion of the DMCA is here, look at (c)(1)(A).)
Honestly, this is really shitty for google. If they don't use this fingerprinting system, they're probably going to be liable for contributory infringement because of all the copyrighted material that gets put up. When they do police the videos, they're going to wind up flagging a bunch of content (like the Hitler videos) that's almost certainly fair use, so there would be no liability for it anyway. They're choosing to err on the side of "please don't sue us."
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Yeah, you're right||
We haven't spend much time on the DMCA yet in class, so I was a bit hazy on the process. Still, the point is that google is doing this to protect themselves from liability, not because they really want to censor videos.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Re: youtube||
Google isn't pulling the Downfall parodies because they're taking it upon themselves to enforce copyright law, it's to protect their own ass. Hypothetically, every time someone posts a YouTube video that infringes someone's copyright, Google can be held liable for contributory infringment. So they try to do a good job policing the videos to protect themselves, and sometimes they get a bit over-zealous.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Fixes||
EDIT: Looks like it's already taken care of.
Don't worry Tom, html is a wily enemy. Like velociraptors.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Another way to think about it...||
The finder acquires a certain property right in the phone when he picks it up; i.e. it's his until Apple comes calling (with the requirement that he make a reasonable effort to return it). When he sold it to Gizmodo, he can only transfer the property right that he owns - the finder's right.
So, if he transferred his interest to Gizmodo, they would have the same rights and obligations as any finder. From their side of the story, it sounds like they were contacting Apple about returning the phone, and when Apple asked for it back, they returned it. Everything seems above board there... (or at least, that's how I'd describe the situation if I were Gizmodo's attorney).
Admittedly, I haven't started outlining for Property Law yet, so this may not be exactly correct.
EDIT: going over my notes, it looks like the above would be true if the phone were lost, meaning the owner had no idea where to find it. In this case, the phone was mislaid, meaning the owner accidentally left it behind but probably knew where it was. Generally speaking, for mislaid property the "locus owner" (bar owner, in this case) is supposed to get possession of the item until the owner retrieves it. I'm not sure if the finder committed theft by taking it with him... maybe.
Sorry for the brain dump, but this is what you get for bringing up Property Law while I'm studying for finals.
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Scare tactics||
I think it's mostly Apple rattling Gizmodo's cage for outing their new gadget. Apple is famously tight-lipped about their upcoming toys, and having a prototype on display like that had to be like seeing your hot young girlfriend in Playboy.
They could probably stretch and make a claim that Gizmodo knew that the phone was not the property of the "seller", and so they were basically receiving stolen property. There's no way it would go to trial, though. Gizmodo turned the phone back over to Apple, so I doubt they'd get much more than a slap on the wrist under any circumstances.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I always called my homebrew "Responsibly".||
That way, no matter how many I had, I was ALWAYS drinking responsibly.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I call BS||
I've heard your trombone playing - now THAT'S nails on a chalkboard.
Seriously though, I read a while ago that perfect pitch is a mutation, so anyone with that skill truly is a freak.
|4 years 15 weeks ago||It's A factor, but not the driving one.||
The biggest thing that controls whether or not something is "fair use" is economic impact. If there were a substantial number of viewers who were going to IrishEnvy rather than mgoblog, Brian would lose ad revenue - courts would consider this an impact on the market. But, as Brian points out, IrishEnvy gets a piddling number of viewers, most of whom probably wouldn't visit mgoblog anyway.
So, although it sounds dumb, this guy is safe because he runs a crappy messageboard that nobody reads. He's protected by his own obscurity.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||Maybe I'm alone here||
But I think that Dominick's is never, never OT. I don't care what forum or website you're on, sangria and constant buzz are always an appropriate subject.
|4 years 19 weeks ago||Ocarina of Time||
Ocarina continues to be one of my all-time favorites - I go back to it every couple years, and it never gets old. Also, gamerankings.com ranks it the #1 game of all time, so it's got that going for it too.
Of course, how you weigh that bit of evidence probably corresponds with your opinion of recruiting sites.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Y'all probably know my wife's||
Y'all probably know my wife's family too. She was just commenting that her brother and Evan were friends from way back. Huron high?
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Let me know which one is the UM bar||
and I'll put it on the list. I could take a chance and guess, but it would be like setting up a reaaally awkward game of Russian roulette.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Sounds like European Soccer...||
Which we all know is only two steps from communism. WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?
|4 years 25 weeks ago||If there's any justice in this world,||
you'll be negbanged into oblivion.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||I don't remember that either.||
Maybe he was "injured".
Then again, considering how often every other player on the team went down with some serious injury or another, Hawthorne's leg could have fallen off and it would have gotten lost in the noise.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||I think that was largely a matchup problem...||
Cincinnati's D-line this year is undersized, so lining up against a power-running offense was a real struggle for them. (Why does that sound familiar?)
And like I said, I'm not claiming Kelly's a defensive genius, but I think you have to give him some respect for putting together an above-average defense after replacing 10 starters (4 of them drafted!) at Cincinnati, of all places.
|4 years 29 weeks ago||NSFMF||
The Bearcats just had 4 defensive players drafted (3 of them from the secondary) after a year where they were ranked somewhere around 30th in total D. This year, they had to replace 10(!) starters on D, and they're still in the top 50. Kelly's no Bo Pellini, but the meme about him not playing defense isn't necessarily 100% accurate.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Loved this quote earlier in the article:||
"Purdue's Drew Brees needs a strong individual workout to answer some of the questions that remain after the combine regarding his ability to throw the ball down the field effectively."
Wonder how that worked out?
|4 years 30 weeks ago||TA-NOO-TAH NO SCARED! ME BLITZ!||
(If you're confused, read this. Now.)
|4 years 30 weeks ago||It worked for Omameh,||
It worked for Omameh, apparently.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||In terms of success, BK = RR||
I think that if you look at recruiting rankings, Cincinnati was at least as talent-deficient relative to the Big East when Kelly took over as WVU was when Rodriguez took over there, and Kelly has arguably had even more success - I don't think WVU ever went undefeated.
Admittedly, we know that transitions can be rough no matter how good a track record the coach has. I think that the difference between Weis's system and Kelly's is a whoooole lot less than the difference between Carr's and Rodriguez's, though.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Skyline||
Skyline chili, Montgomery Inn ribs, and Graeter's ice cream.
Hell, now that I think of it, Weis will probably interview for the Cincy job if Kelly leaves.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||I'm partial to my Palm Pre||
Slick OS, combination of touchscreen and physical keyboard, and Sprint's 3G coverage ain't too shabby. My only complaint so far is that interesting apps have been hard to come by, but if you're a techie the homebrew scene is thriving.
In the interests of full disclosure I have to admit that my wife hates it, but that's mostly because it isn't an iphone (apple fangirl...)
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Yup...||
|4 years 33 weeks ago||It was the one with "Bad Ass||
It was the one with "Bad Ass Motherfucker" written on it.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Then back on the list it||
Then back on the list it goes.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Dunno...||
I'm not sure, that came off of Bouje's spreadsheet... maybe somebody got it confused with Mad River in Chicago, which is a UM bar?
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Good call on the Milwaukee thing - updated.||
Is there a regular UM gathering at Fanatics, or was this specially arranged for the Iowa game?
|4 years 37 weeks ago||That's a nice tie you have||
That's a nice tie you have there.
|4 years 37 weeks ago||Thanks, although Buckley's is||
Thanks, although Buckley's is already on there. Is Rocksport not doing Michigan football at all anymore?
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Shameless self promotion...||
I put together a google map over the weekend with all of the bar suggestions from the spreadsheet:
Or I could just save you some time and tell you that it looks like people prefer the Fox & Hounds in Dallas and Fort Worth.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Cool, added to the map.||
I've got everything from Bouje's list in there too. It's actually pretty damn impressive when you zoom out and look at the whole US.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Thanks, I've added it to the||
Thanks, I've added it to the map. Is this an official alumni association bar?
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Yeah, that'll teach me to||
Yeah, that'll teach me to search the site before posting. Bouje apparently has a spreadsheet here:
If it's cool with him, I'll just use that list as a starting point and copy everything over to the map.
EDIT - damn, you beat me to the link.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||YAM?||
I'm mostly just wondering whether that whole Chargers TD drive could be classified as "Yards after Mundy".
|4 years 40 weeks ago||But then you're getting away from red zone stats...||
The whole idea of red zone stats is to measure how well your offense does when you've got the opposing defense backed into a corner. Yes, it's a somewhat arbitrary system, but it is what it is.
Our offense's ability to make long plays is great - yet we're only a middle of the pack Big 10 team when it comes to putting up points once we get close to the goal line.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Simplify||
What up, Jeag?
The issue with more complicated metrics is that not all of this stuff is readily available (at least, not on the NCAA site). For the red zone stats they keep, a missed field goal equals a blocked field goal equals a turnover equals a failed fourth down conversion.
Now, you could approximate the sort of stat you're talking about, by taking
I think I'm going to lean towards the points per red zone trip metric that someone suggested earlier, as that's pretty damn easy to calculate, and it reflects the main goal of the defense: keep points off the board.
For anyone who wants to take a look at the numbers, I'm getting them here:
|4 years 40 weeks ago||That's a good idea...||
Points per red zone attempt is much more intuitive than a nebulous percentage or efficiency... the question is scoring. The data I have doesn't tell me whether each touchdown was followed by a PAT, a 2-point conversion, or whatever. Should I just round and assume everything is worth 7 points? Not sure what the best method is. I could put something together, though.
EDIT - I just noticed that they actually have total red zone points in with the rest of the data... I can use that to calculate points per red zone trip. I think I'll do that when I look at the offense later, since that's essentially the type of metric I'm going for here.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Interesting concept, but||
Interesting concept, but there's no way to do that without getting a lot more data. All that's on the NCAA website is the number of red zone drives, TDs, and FGs - although it does break down TDs into rushing vs. passing, which I might look at later.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Could be done without too||
Could be done without too much difficulty - I'll try to look at it tonight.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Partially because a TD||
Partially because a TD doesn't always result in 7 points - sometimes you miss the PAT, sometimes you go for two. Mostly it's because I like round numbers, and using a 50% weighting is a pretty good approximation. If I do this again in a few weeks, I'll take a little more time and see if using a 7:3 ratio makes much of a difference.
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Alright, now it's done...||
Sorry for hitting save before I had the numbers in - didn't mean to leave you all hanging.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||I think you missed the point.||
Chris wasn't saying that OSU is dying, but that the offensive style of football they use is a waste of talent, and it's being left by the wayside. Sure they're probably at least 50-50 to win the Big 10 again, but it's largely because they recruit like nobody's business.
|4 years 43 weeks ago||MINOR RAGE!!||
I would think that based on the relative strength of ND's secondary compared with their D-line, our gameplan will probably be to run it down their throats all day. Obviously having Hemingway out would be bad, but I think that having Minor healthy(ish) is going to be more important.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||Good read, thanks for posting this.||
Just as an etiquette FYI, though - you shouldn't copy and paste the whole article over here, you can just use an excerpt or highlight. Web revenue is based on clicks, and if the whole article is here, readers don't have an incentive to click and read the original.
Edit - oops, bouje beat me to it. Sorry for repeating.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||...and then threw a pick.||
Yeah, not a great night for him so far.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Steller?||
No, they just meant that these guys would have done better.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||That's no pharmaceutical company... it's a space station!||
Or a defense contractor, anyway. The stadium is on the grounds of the main facility for Pratt and Whitney, a jet engine manufacturer. Pratt donated some land that used to be an airstrip to the state of CT around 2000, and it was used to build a stadium for UConn.
I used to work at Pratt and spent a decent amount of time in East Hartford, so if anyone wants to know a little more about the area let me know.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||It's more than just punishment||
Whether there's a rational basis for it or not, as fans we like to hold Michigan to a higher standard than other schools - hard to justify that while our APR is nosediving.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Dear lord, people...||
I'm as pissed about Sparty's behavior as anyone, but look at this board - we sound like them. Replace all the "MSU"s with "UM"s and vice-versa, and this could pass for an RCMB post. We're a better program and fanbase than they are, and we know it - we don't need to obsess about them the way they do us.
EDIT - I know there are worse offenders on the Mgoboard, but I've been getting fed up with all the Dantonio/MSU stuff recently and this post had the bad luck of being the first Sparty-centric thing I read today.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||That's what I'm thinking too.||
I'm not sure how I feel about it - on the one hand, it does creep me out that people make a living by telling fans where high school kids will go to college. On the other hand though, it IS the analysts' job, and someone passing along that info for free could cut into their bottom line.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||First name, last initial?||
Then we'd have Terry T., which makes me think of a whole other player...
"You're in for a special serving of PAIN-cake, and you WON'T want seconds!"
If you're confused: http://tinyurl.com/ssptq
|4 years 48 weeks ago||So you're saying it's going to happen?||
Not trying to jinx the kid, but you can definitely see a trend.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||COOOOOOOOOOOCKKKKKK...||
Someone had to do it.
|4 years 48 weeks ago||That's quite an epic post||
That's quite an epic post there, but I want to touch on the point you made about Boerma and Haithcock not caring about football. To me, that's the single biggest difference between the way that Nix (the previous director) ran the band and the way Boerma runs it. Jamie Nix was a football fan who also happened to be a band director; Boerma is a band director whose job happens to involve football. You can see it in their attitude on the sidelines - during big plays, Nix would be jumping up and down screaming like a madman, whereas Boerma often just looks confused about what's going on. Nix wasn't perfect as a director, but he understood what your average football fan wanted to see/hear because he WAS a football fan. Boerma and Haithcock could really use a dose of that.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Isn't Furman a linebacker?||
I don't really see how getting Furman helps WRT missing on a safety prospect, unless one of them is a possible position switcher?
|4 years 49 weeks ago||He transferred to Cincinnati.||
He transferred to Cincinnati. I think he was academically ineligible though, and never made it on the field there either. Too bad, what a waste of a great name.
Also, didn't he have a little brother named "Sir" or something similar? I vaguely remember hearing that somewhere.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Ditto, same situation here -||
Ditto, same situation here - my last year in band was the last year with Jamie Nix as director. The first game I went back in A2 the following fall (Boerma's first year), I went to check out the band. First observation: they were much quieter. Second observation: they were doing a freaking Cirque du Soleil show.
I threw up in my mouth a little bit.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||We did the Simpsons theme as||
We did the Simpsons theme as part of a cartoon show in... 2006, I think? That might be a little weird to play in the middle of the game, though.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||It would help a lot if said||
It would help a lot if said band director would let the band turn it up to 11. The band CAN be loud; anyone remember Bohemian Rhapsody from a few years ago? Right now, they're trying to change the band's focus and make it more musical, as opposed to entertaining. If you want more damn sound, write an email to the director (Boerma) or the director of bands at the school of music (Haithcock) and maybe they'll let the band cut loose a little bit.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Yeah, I made it down for that||
Yeah, I made it down for that one - and as a New Haven resident, I was pulling for Yale too. That was a fun 0-fer weekend, dammit.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||It just figures...||
After living in Connecticut for the past few years, I'm packing up and moving back to the midwest next week. Of course NOW is the time they talk about actually playing a game out this way. Grr arrrgh.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Really?||
I can't tell if you meant that comment seriously or not, but I didn't read the "least vested interest" bit as an insult. I think it was an honest observation that Lynch was probably the most impartial commentator on matters pertaining to BCS standings. A harsh truth for IU fans, but not inaccurate.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||I've been saying for a couple||
I've been saying for a couple years that there should be a bowl game at Lambeau, preferably a Big 10 vs SEC matchup. We could even call it the LamBowl.
|4 years 50 weeks ago||There were a couple Indiana||
There were a couple Indiana Jones fragments in that John Williams show. We weren't able to put it on our cd because of the iffy copyright scenario, but we did record it. If you happen to know anyone who was in band in 2002 (or was it 2003? Help me here, Ameed) we got copies of the recording. I don't think I have mine anymore, or I'd hook you up.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Laziness||
He was rated very highly as a freshman in last year's version, IIRC. Without any playing time to re-evaluate him on, I guess they decided to keep him awesome. Hopefully he will be in real life, too.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||I always seem to forget that||
I always seem to forget that Mike Hart wasn't the only one to get carries between 2004 and 2007. That's not intended as a slight on any of the other guys who were on our roster, more a reflection on what a workhorse Hart was.
There are exceptions of course - I'll always remember that Jackson game against Iowa, Carlos Brown against Illinois '07, a couple others. But I would never have believed that Grady picked up almost 500 yards in 2005.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||YPC is off for MSU RBs||
I didn't check anything else, but that 2.0 number jumped out at me... unless I'm missing something, that should be 3.25 per carry (325 yards over 100 carries). Still not nearly as good as our RBs, but slightly better than it looks.
Anyway, nice work on putting all this together. I'm feeling like Cartman in that South Park episode about the Wii... I'm strongly considering freezing myself for the next two months so I don't have to wait any longer for football!
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Thanks, that's good to hear.||
Thanks, that's good to hear. The problem with vague rumors is that they could be anything - if it's just being a little chippy on the field, then BFD.
Edit: I would +1 you for the helpful answer, but IE6 doesn't like the thumbs up/down buttons.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Woah dude, chill. I skimmed||
Woah dude, chill. I skimmed that thread yesterday and didn't see anything other than people mentioning that he had an iffy reputation. If there were any other details then I missed them.
As I said, I have faith that the coaches know what they're doing - it doesn't make me suddenly 100% unconcerned, though.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Awesome, he sounds like a||
Awesome, he sounds like a heck of a talent.
I'm a little worried about the behavioral issues we keep hearing about... does anyone know whether this is a "in the past" thing (a la Cornelius Jones) or if this is a recurring problem?
I have confidence that our coaches wouldn't have offered him if they thought he would be trouble, but it's still a bit concerning.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Jeag, a girlfriend who can't||
Jeag, a girlfriend who can't handle the Beerbelly is a girlfriend that isn't worth keeping.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Ditto on Ben Folds. I caught||
Ditto on Ben Folds. I caught his solo piano tour when he was at Hill Auditorium, and that was freakin' incredible. He's a great performer, and the acoustics in there are awesome.
|4 years 51 weeks ago||Nice work... but who are the||
Nice work... but who are the 3 people who voted for the gymnastics unis over the football blues? That's bordering on heresy, in my book.
|5 years 1 day ago||Yeah, that would be a real||
Yeah, that would be a real improvement - cluttering threads with posters showing off their e-manliness by calling out the guy who gave them negative points. No offense, but how is knowing who gave you a thumbs-down going to help? In most cases I've seen where a post has received a large number of negative points, it's because of blatant douchery by the poster. I don't think there's much random thumbs-downing going on.
|5 years 1 day ago||Part of the problem is that||
Part of the problem is that there are a lot more posters on the board than there used to be. Don't get me wrong, having more people on the board will encourage more discussion, but a certain percentage of the new folks will be morons/trolls/whatever. As their numbers grow we need more effective self-policing tools, or Brian's going to be spending more time using the ban-hammer than he does writing posts. Nobody wants that, not even the trolls.
What's in place right now is just a starting point that will be refined as Brian tweaks the system (and we posters figure out what to do with it).
|5 years 2 days ago||I'd just like to mention that||
I'd just like to mention that I'm on my Palm Pre right now, and the site looks just fine. The obvious solution is new phones for everyone!
|5 years 3 days ago||If I remember correctly, one||
If I remember correctly, one of the VB guys has actually worked with Tom Beaver (in real life, not on the interwebs). I believe the phrase he used to describe him was "creepy gnome", or something along those lines.
|5 years 5 days ago||I honestly think that this||
I honestly think that this whole points system is just part of an experiment for Brian's masters thesis in game theory. What strategies can people use to maximize their points? How do you "win"?
"I call this game... Blogger's dilemma."
|5 years 1 week ago||I heard that he might have died of food poisoning...||
Because when they found him he had ten year old nuts in his mouth.
|5 years 1 week ago||Yeah, that was the sort of||
Yeah, that was the sort of game that made seniors come back for their 5th year and hope to suck less.
Also, the gamechanging performance: offensive holding.
|5 years 1 week ago||I had one friend who, for the||
I had one friend who, for the rest of Ecker's career, would start wildly screaming "Pitch it! Pitch the damn ball!" whenever Ecker got a reception. Sort of a PTSD thing, I guess.
Why did you bring this up, exactly? Do you really like seeing grown men cry?
|5 years 2 weeks ago||We all know it's just a lame||
We all know it's just a lame attempt to bump your point total.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Todd Reesing?||
I've only seen a couple Kansas games, but that's the image I have in my head for Tate: shortish, scrambly, and somehow always making plays.
Argh, why isn't it football season yet? I can't wait to talk about, you know, GAMES.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Is it just me, or does that||
Is it just me, or does that Bill Smith guy look like the food critic from Ratatouille?
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I would just like to mention||
I would just like to mention that I think it was partially my suggestion that got the ball rolling on the whole automated-moderation thing. Of course, as an infrequent poster I now don't have enough points to start a new topic. Hooray unforseen consequences.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||This is yet another excuse of||
This is yet another excuse of people using the internet as a replacement for their brains.
Good article, though; I'll clip it to my Evernote so I remember it later.
|5 years 6 weeks ago||Sweet Baby Ray's is good, but||
Sweet Baby Ray's is good, but for me no sauce will EVER beat Montgomery Inn (available at every Kroger.)
-slightly biased Cincinnati native
|5 years 10 weeks ago||I was once mistaken for||
I was once mistaken for Graham Brown, by virtue of being a tall gumpy white guy in a warm-up jersey. Does that count?
And yes, I signed an autograph for the guy. I still feel a little bad about that.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Yeah, somebody (I think||
Yeah, somebody (I think either Brian or SMQB/Doc Saturday) did a feature on this a couple years ago, and found that when you look at a percentage basis rather than raw numbers, it was something like an order of magnitude difference in terms of likelihood of being drafted early. I'll try to find the article and link it here.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||They Might Be Giants||
Istanbul would be sweet... I know they have a couple other songs that would work well, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment. I'll edit the post later if I think of any more.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||That game was pretty awesome.||
That game was pretty awesome. Also, that Tunison guy was the coolest ref in the history of sports - I don't think I've ever seen an official tossing candy to the student section before. I think we might have to change the "We want Shegos" chant, but "We want Tunison" just doesn't flow as well.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||I can't speak as to what||
I can't speak as to what would look better on applications; I got into UM without any AP classes (of course, I went to a podunk school that didn't offer any).
However, I did want to mention that even if your son does get AP credit, it wouldn't hurt for him to retake those classes when he gets to college. I was a peer advisor for the College of Engineering, and several times I worked with kids who were struggling in upper level courses because their high school AP classes 'taught the test' rather than the material. If it's not a huge financial crunch (and not to make any assumptions, but he's going to a Catholic prep school...) it would behoove him to take those classes again once he gets to college. It should be a fairly easy A (which would count toward his GPA, unlike the AP credit) and it would make sure that he really knows what he needs to know before taking the higher level courses.
Just a thought.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Pardon me for offending your||
Pardon me for offending your delicate sensibilities... I don't care what uniform the kid wears on Saturdays - I saw someone making a goofy face in a picture and thought it was funny. If you think a winged helmet should make someone immune from a little light-hearted humor, then that's your business. Personally, I think we should be able to laugh at everyone equally.
Or maybe you're just in a trollish mood... I can't really tell this early in the morning.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||In Storrs? Not much.||
Storrs is in the middle of nowhere... If you're looking for stuff to do, I think you'd have a little more luck in Hartford (or New Haven, if you don't mind driving - the area around Yale is a lot like Ann Arbor.)
|5 years 23 weeks ago||You don't think that adding||
You don't think that adding an extra in-conference game for EVERY team in the conference would get better ratings than the cupcake games we have now? If we added one team (or god forbid, three) to the Big 10, we'd get the addition of one marquee game in the form of a championship, and devalue a bunch of other games. I personally don't think that would add to the prestige of the conference (is the ACC more prestigious than the Pac 10?), and I would think the money/ratings would be a wash.
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Why add a team?||
Drop one instead, and get back to playing a round-robin schedule in the Big 10. I like PSU as a program, and they've got a great tradition, but it still irks me that we have 11 teams in a conference called the Big 10. If we dropped one school and played everyone in the conference every year, it would help our strength of schedule - we'd get an extra in-conference game, rather than some cupcake no one wants to see us play.
It works for the Pac-10, and it used to work for us. Why not go back to it?
|5 years 23 weeks ago||It's a Pitt-centric article||
The link is from Pittsburghlive, hence the focus on Woodley (plays for the Steelers) and Breaston (originally from PA). Branch and Watson don't really have any connection to the Pittsburgh area. That's my guess, anyway.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||What'chu talkin' bout?||
Oh, Willis... He used to be the director of the Men's Glee club, and was crazy good - they won a couple VERY prestigious international competitions while he was there.
I sang in church choir with him a couple years ago though, and now that guy is just crazy... not good anymore. I about choked when I saw that of all people HE was the one brought in to teach the Victors.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Hate to break it to you Brian,||
I'm still getting red text all over the place. I'm stuck using IE6 on my work computer - not allowed to add software or else I'd try firefox.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||--'I don't think we can beat||
--'I don't think we can beat anybody "just because we are Michigan".'
--'The fact is we lost to Toledo at home. That is unacceptable.'
A little cognitive dissonance? That statement sounds more than a little elitist to me.
I would agree with you that most of our players are more talented than most of their players. HOWEVER, the players at important positions for us are all less experienced. Sure, I'd take a senior Threet over their senior QB anyday - unfortunately for us, Threet's a freshman, and he's going to play like one.
Regardless, I said in my first reply that I wan't trying to start anything in this thread, and I really didn't want to, so I'm just going to drop this. This discussion is going on in several other threads as well, so we can talk about it somewhere else if you really feel like arguing.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Honestly? That IS about my||
Honestly? That IS about my expectation with the team we fielded on Saturday. After the App State loss last year, I got over my elitism - I don't think that we can beat lower tier teams just because we're Michigan. If you can throw out your bias and compare our offense this year against a MAC team position-by-position, I sincerely believe that we come out on the short end of the stick. The O-line is probably a push at best, and although our skill players are more talented, they are all freshman. On top of that, two of our most best freshman players were out of the game on Saturday, leaving us with our crappy inexperienced players, rather than our good inexperienced players.
I have tremendous faith that given a year or two, we'll be humming along and scoring like nobody's business. But until we get more maturity and experience on offense, I've tempered my expectations.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I have to disagree, I don't||
I have to disagree, I don't know if you do have good reason to be angry. Frustrated, yes. But not angry. Let's take a look at the offense we fielded on Saturday: An offensive line made up of inexperienced, MAC-level talent; a redshirt freshman quarterback who was replaced by a walk-on when he got injured; a true freshman running back, and a young receiving corps minus two of its top three players due to injury. What the hell can you expect out of that squad? You could have the best coaching staff in the world and still not get production out of a crew like that. Sure you can assign some of the blame to the coaches, but I don't think you can really be too surprised or angry about what happened.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I don't really want to start||
I don't really want to start anything, since the topic was already covered in the 'save mgoblog' thread earlier. But to clarify, I was talking about the extreme overreaction "OMG FIRE DICKROD" posts, not simple negativity. I'll be the first to admit, this season sucks. Our team is young and lacking talent, and we're going through tough times - but that's not a reason to go completely off the deep end.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Seriously, can't these people||
Seriously, can't these people go back home to the Rivals boards? We don't even have one half of a season done, and folks are getting ready to throw Rodriguez under the bus. It's like voting for impeachment after the New Deal took more than a month to get us out of the Great Depression.
|5 years 44 weeks ago||I'm not a fan of Neuheisel,||
I'm not a fan of Neuheisel, but you have to feel good for UCLA, especially that Craft kid. I wish OUR quarterbacks improved that much at halftime.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I always hate predicition||
I always hate predicition threads, but ESPECIALLY this week. I have absolutely no idea what to expect, and I don't think anyone else does either. I could see our inexperienced O-line get manhandled, and our QBs and RBs getting smushed like little bugs all day. I could also see us getting Shaw, Mcguffie, and Odoms the ball in open space, and let them do something awesome. Both of these things will probably happen in varying amounts.
The only thing that I'm going to predict is that I'll be drunk by the time the game is over. Whether it's in celebration or mourning, we'll find out in about 48 hours.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||You're preaching to the||
You're preaching to the converted, my friend. Hopefully he'll figure it out soon.
More damn sound!
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I'm leaving my grandfather's||
I'm leaving my grandfather's 80th birthday party waaaay early on Saturday to watch the game. I would feel bad, but my dad's skipping it with me, so I think I'm in the clear.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Boerma||
I graduated in 07, so I didn't march under the new guy last year. Nix, the old director, was REALLY into football, so he didn't mind sacrificing some musicality in order to get more noise. My impression from talking to Boerma, though, is that he's 95% musician, 5% football fan. I don't know if he realizes that the crowd doesn't care how beautiful your pianissimos are while playing the Cirque de Soleil show - they want loud noises and songs they recognize.
To be fair, though, the band is in the worst possible place for the student section to hear them. It's a nice idea to get all the loudest fans in one section, but I think the band and students could feed off each other better in the old arrangement, when we faced each other in the north endzone.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Yeah, it's real.||
They're doing it instead of Respect, I believe. That was a fun song to play, but I never could understand what the heck it had to do with football... I guess this is a little better fit. (Although I think 'Fear the Reaper' would be a great slogan for this year's defense...)
|5 years 45 weeks ago||You can also use the Zattoo player||
UM is streaming the BTN and the local ABC affiliate over this Zattoo player they're testing... The quality is so-so, but it's definitely better than nothing. As long as you have a umich.edu login, you should be able to set this up.
I copied these instructions when someone else posted them a couple weeks ago but didn't take note of whom it was. So, a big tip of the hat to whomever it was.
1. go to http://www.itd.umich.edu/news/2007spring/05092007.html
I set this up on my mac a couple weeks ago, and it seems to be working fine.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Exactly...||
Yeah, when I finished the book, it was almost a relief. I really did enjoy the story, but I felt like I was trudging through it one page at a time. I've heard that 'Name of the Rose' is a little better, but I need to recharge a bit before I read anything else too complicated.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I plowed through 'Bo's||
I plowed through 'Bo's Lasting Lessons' a couple months ago. I had frequent downtime during testing at work, and ripped through it over the course of two nights. That was pretty awesome... so many good stories in there, and it was actually pretty good advice, too. Much better then the memoirs most athletes/coaches put out.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||I've been on a novel kick||
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson - not as good as some of his later stuff (hello, Cryptonomicon!), but still an entertaining story.
Foucault's Pendulum, by Umberto Eco - also a good story, but soooo hard to read. The whole book feels dense - not in the 'stupid' sense, but just that there's so much stuff in it.
Before that I think I reread American Gods by Neil Gaiman - I highly recommend this one. Good concept, well written, fairly easy read.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Damn, if that's the case, why||
Damn, if that's the case, why didn't we get Spencer Brinton on the field?
|5 years 46 weeks ago||To be fair, that was a||
To be fair, that was a sophomore Terrance Taylor in 06. This is a senior, Barwisized Taylor going up against a redshirt freshman who's only in the lineup because of injury. I'm willing to give Molk the benefit of the doubt for now, and chalk it up to Taylor's badassedness.
It's better for my mental well-being this way.
|5 years 46 weeks ago||I was really pushing to get||
I was really pushing to get people to call Rivas "Chubbs". It never really caught on, though... too bad.
"Donuts for field goals!!!"
|5 years 46 weeks ago||Well, you know the saying...||
"There is nothing to fear, but Fera itself."
|5 years 47 weeks ago||It was alright...||
Could have had a better voice-over guy, though. We've got James Earl Jones as an alumnus, right? I think he owes us one.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||My problem with USC comes||
My problem with USC comes from the whole Hollywood attitude of the program, the sense that they're somehow 'entitled' to the limelight solely by virtue of being in LA. I was in the marching band during the last couple rose bowls we played against them, and during all my interactions with their students and their band, I got this overwhelming feeling that in their eyes if something didn't have to do with USC, it wasn't even worth talking about. I know that Michigan fans are often accused of being arrogant, but what I saw in them just took it to a whole different level.
Do I hate them like I hate OSU? Not at all. It's more like Notre Dame - I have respect for the team and the history, but God do I love to seeing their fans get knocked down a peg or two.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Aren't Lopata and Griffin||
Aren't Lopata and Griffin both seniors anyway? So they wouldn't be back next year regardless.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||There is for me...||
I got engaged about a month ago, and when my fiancee asked if I had a date in mind, I just told her that it had to be between mid-January and August.
I knew I had the right woman when her response was "well, obviously - and not the last weekend of August either, just to be safe."
|5 years 48 weeks ago||I thought that early||
I thought that early enrollees counted towards EITHER the class before them, or the class they would be in if they came in during the fall. So, we could count one or two toward the '08 class and the other(s) towards '09... Is that not the way it works?
|5 years 48 weeks ago||It's possible - I'm going||
It's possible - I'm going based on what I read on the Scout boards back when I subscribed, and their insiders do have a sort of 'revisionist' way of reporting, sometimes. I definitely remember reading reports that Caper was not as impressive as billed, even before he comitted to MSU, and that UMs interest was waning.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If I remember right,||
I think we were really interested in Baker, but were only putting out a half-assed effort on Caper - just enough to make sure no one could accuse us of not trying to land him. Regardless, Teric Jones was our #1 instate RB target, and we got him.
Norman... I can't really remember, which makes me think we probably weren't after him too hard. That's just a guess, though.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Hell yeah, me too. I think||
Hell yeah, me too. I think it was that game that really started my addiction to football.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Edit - removed||We really should have a 'delete post' button.|
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Yeah, you're right||I thought better of it right after posting... I'm editing out my comment, cause it's just not worth arguing over.|
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Damn straight||
"Or the Men's Glee Club. M has the best. Bar none."
Hell yeah. One of the oldest, and certainly the best. Of course I might be a little biased, but I won't let that get in my way.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Texas!||
I was at the Rose Bowl in 2005, and I think that's the only time I ever went to a game and came away liking the other team MORE than when it started. The fans were nice and knowledgable, and I feel like the two schools have a lot in common. I'm not going to lie, that's a big reason I'm thinking about Texas for law school.
Aside from that, I like Penn State and ND because of the football tradition at those schools (although Weis is making it REAL hard for me to root for them), I like Cincinnati because both my folks went there, and I also will usually root for 'smart' schools - Northwestern, Cal, etc. There's something about a good school succeeding at football that feels vaguely like the nerds getting back at the bullies.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Nah, I disagree...||
Obviously this is Brian's blog, so it's totally up to him (duh.) But, one of the things that he's written about several times is his view of blogs relative to the (lol) MSM. He's consistently said that because he doesn't have any access to protect, he can write pretty much whatever comes to mind - no fear of reprisals in the form of losing that access. If he compromised on that, it would be like selling out, and not in the good "Let's pay SMQB to do what he does well" sort of way.That's how I'd view it if I were Brian, anyway - from the standpoint of a reader, I have no problems with getting more inside info. Hell, I'd love it if we could get more pictures of Cone looking half-retarded: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=C4&Date=20080330&Category=SPORTS06&ArtNo=803290806&Ref=PH&Profile=1054&Params=Itemnr=14
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Oh yeah, and before Brian||Oh yeah, and before Brian gets in his shameless plug, this IS why I bought a copy of HTTV. Of course, it took me only a day to read it... can you make next year's book about 10x as long? That would help fill up the offseason a little better.|