|10 hours 30 min ago||About That...||
A very minor nitpick - 1997-98 wasn't a total loss, so to me it was always more like nine years if you want to go by the record alone (sanctions notwithstanding). My question always was how the hell did we follow that up with 12-19 and so on from there until 2007. I get it though - it quickly became not very fun very quickly, as witnessed by those of us who would brave Crisler for effectively meaningless games - for tournament / seeding purposes - in February and March in the late 1990s.
|11 hours 9 min ago||Don't Worry About It...||
Don't worry about it - as you post more and create more threads, titles will usually get more precise. I mean, if I had a nickel for each time someone complained about a thread title in all the time I have been a mod here.....let's just say I would have enough nickels to drive better than a Jeep....maybe.
|11 hours 28 min ago||Besides...||
Besides, I don't get paid for this mod thing, which means I don't get paid nearly enough to keep bumping a catch-all award thread, especially if they are going to come in at this rate.
In all seriousness though, I do think a thread for each is warranted - they all deserve the discussion they are getting for their contributions.
|12 hours 56 min ago||As For Me...||
Right now, my ads are the Alumni Association and Amazon, probably because I was renewing my membership, shopping for Christmas and finding creative ways to make January a very lean month over and above the protests of my kids. Definitely influenced by recent browsing habits.
|14 hours 27 min ago||Wow, 2016...||
Wow, 2016. Greg Lake and John Glenn in the same afternoon.
I was actually just listening to "Brain Salad Surgery" this morning in my office. I have always been a huge progressive rock fan and this is indeed depressing news. It was ELP and a few other groups that, as a kid, got me into synthesizers and synthesized sound.
RIP, Greg Lake.
|14 hours 33 min ago||I Remember That...||
I remember that as well, as well as the gripe made by a few people in the scientific community that sending Glenn up on Discovery was more a favor than something that added value to the mission. However, I thought it was pretty cool to give him another chance to go up at all of 77 years of age like he was at the time.
As a result of that, I think he became one of the few people ever to have been part of a ticker tape parade twice in their lifetime, just another achievement in a long and awesome list of Glenn's achievements.
RIP John Glenn.
|17 hours 1 min ago||Yikes...||
Yeah, for as much flack as Hoke gets from Michigan fans - and I count myself among those who has taken the odd shot at him (even just a little bit ago) - he isn't the primary reason Oregon is where it is. It was a pretty cheap shot - you certainly would hope that you'd never see the president put their foot in their mouth when it comes to one of their varsity programs here.
To be fair to the man, he was kind of working from behind given the state of Oregon's defesne, and one year under a coach that was inches from being canned anyway is just not enough in that case, it seems. I could be wrong there - he does have some things to answer for here, but it is a multi-faceted series of fails that bring Oregon to this point, not the least of which is what looked like awful recruiting (both for size and talent) on defense during Helfrich's time there.
All that said, he took the job knowing all this, which makes me wonder why he did.
|17 hours 8 min ago||Apparently...||
Apparently one FSU blogger does, given the comments above, or would like to think it was 25 years ago. Sadly, he missed out on a couple details, such the fact that the actual anniversary of that game was 9/28, as I recall, and Toddrick McIntosh is not being subbed into this game at DE only to score the Seminoles' 7th TD of the game either.
Nope, it's 2016 and I think we're ready for this one. More than ready actually.
|20 hours 26 sec ago||Thinking About This...||
I was probably going to put something together with Massey and Sagarin numbers for the bowl games in the next week or so, as I always find what those two say about some of these matchups to be interesting. A unified table / spreadsheet might be an even better idea though, even if it is a pain to put together.
|20 hours 45 min ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that it does seem like an awkward rule regarding class load and credit requirements, from the sound of it, and it is definitely a shame that he will not be able to travel with the team as a result. I get that the NCAA wants players to maintain their degree requirements and the like, but why punish someone in Samuelson's position as a transfer?
I still believe there is room for the NCAA to make these rules less punitive to students who are indeed making choices which for them will lead to a net positive in terms of playing time, academic success, etc..., but then the NCAA doesn't seem like a very introspective organization when it comes to how their rules impact others.
|23 hours 28 min ago||I Guess....||
I guess the only question I would have then is how many years will it be before he is left on the tarmac at George Bush Intercontinental? I willl go out on a limb and guess that it is three seasons, and like his stint at USC, after a game where Houston plays as though it died recently.
|1 day 11 hours ago||That Tweet...||
.....came with a video:
|1 day 11 hours ago||I Suppose...||
I suppose, but who's counting?
*looks through files and finds certain Excel files*
|1 day 12 hours ago||The One Thing...||
I recognize that there is more and/or better talent in certain parts of the country--but I mostly attribute that to areas that simply play more (or less) football due to culture, weather, etc. I'd like to know if there are truly regional differences in the kind of athletes that each part of the country produces.
I think the only thing you are going to be able to show reliably is in the first part of this statement, and indeed Football Outsiders has already done a workup on how the most D1 talent per capita comes from the southeastern US, Texas, California and some other locations. I have to think that this study - done about 40 years ago - might have had different results, so the volume of football talent seems like it follows migration patterns in the US to some extent.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Well...||
Well, if a thread from yesterday is any indication, it might be that - as strange as this will sound - some people find Jones' fake personality attractive, because from what I understand, it cannot be his actual personality. The attraction of inexplicably going 8-4 despite being horribly overrated cannot be underestimated either.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Now, Now...||
There's Jai Alai, but I would recommend bringing your own xistera, or some curved, cut PVC if you can't find a xistera at Dunham's. Also, hunting down shooting locations for various episodes of "Miami Vice", if you were into that show, is pretty fun.
|1 day 21 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be at least a little fair, there has been a lot of rumbling in the Detroit media that it could very well be a race between WMU and CMU because they are both graduating QBs, but yeah, when the first question asked by the CMU fans was "Source?" on a CMUSports-labelled account, we might be waiting a little bit.
All the same, I hope he finds a role and wrecks a few teams wherever he goes.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Yeah, this pick seemed like a no-brainer - I would have been shocked if it had been anyone else actually.
I do agree with others, this clearly means that he's almost there but not NFL there, so do come back, Jabrill to hone these skills just a little bit more.
(I'll miss him too, guys)
|2 days 43 min ago||Another Snowflake...||
Last night's performance does not give me a lot of confidence when you sit here and look at some of UCLA's metrics nine games into the season. Offensively, there is not much that says we're in a position to beat the Bruins. It's a slightly different story on defense, but can Michigan slow them down THAT much? I hate to say that it seems unlikely.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Nice Run...||
The 9-0 run here hopefully keeps up for a bit longer - would be nice to pad this a bit going into the latter end of the 1st half.
Also, Dakich needs to get back on that court and get more information about the video mentioned in passing. We need links or a name or something.
|2 days 11 hours ago||About Levy...||
The only thing that I really remember Levy being pretty decent at was hockey commentary, and as I recall, he was on the crew for some of the longest playoff games ever played in the NHL. Having him do football at all is really kind of strange, and I am not at all shocked that continually sounds unenthused.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Although....||
Yes, although you don't hear a lot of people say, "Simply squeeze the bulb and gently Butch Jones the area", although maybe they should say that given the behavior of the man. Actually, that could very well apply to a few coaches.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Interesting...||
I guess the only real question is how to tell my wife that "Supernatural" sits comfortably between Neil Gaiman and GQ, but well below things like The Seahawks and Katy Perry.
Oh well, I will find a way to do that.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Heart Of Dallas Bowl...||
Hey, you get an Echo at the Heart Of Dallas Bowl....
"Alexa, what is the best way to watch an Army / North Texas matchup?"
"Valium and bourbon."
|2 days 16 hours ago||A Little Warning....||
I am going to say this just once - regardless of your feelings for the man, please strive to be a better person in moments like this.
While I don't understand what evokes such a reaction in you regarding Salaam per se, whatever it is has no place in a thread about his death.
|2 days 16 hours ago||You Know...||
As always, you're glad the dude's OK, but then you wonder if he went through the lengthy process of incident investigation, after-action reviews and the pee test and didn't once think that perhaps driving a bus was not all it was cracked up to be.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Interesting...||
If Baylor was looking for a hire that was, in every measurable sense, not what was there before both culturally and otherwise, then this is probably a good move for them. Still, I wonder what Rhule could do to overcome the toxicity of the air in Waco, if you will, because part of lasting success involves that, if you're Baylor, assuming this is their attempt to find "a better way", if you will.
|2 days 19 hours ago||If By That...||
If by that you mean that this is a place where you will find a lot of disillusioned professionals convening to potentially have it out in certain threads, then yes, it kind of is. Actually, that's one of the wondrous things about the place, when you think about.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
This one got off to a bad start and became a talk about raising the point threshhold for threads.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Same Here...||
I just read that others had read this and have agreed that this is what they read.
With that said, I think that almost makes the thread META now, so we'll open up the floor to debate that now.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
I would actually agree with you, except it isn't a fix that we have the capability to make. That's a Brian / Seth thing, so if anyone wants to lobby for it, you have my blessing anyway - I can't speak for the other mods necessarily. For all the years I've been here as a lurker and active contributor, I can't fathom why it is set where it is admittedly, and maybe that's my own problem really.
|3 days 53 min ago||Actually...||
Actually, I dare say he might even be better and last longer than some of those names did at the position, but then this theory is definitely predicated on being drafted by the Browns, who might as well try a DE as their "system QB", whatever that "system" might be.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Yeah, But...||
Yeah, but this one got off to a slightly faster start, so we'll go with this one.
One of the great things about moments like this is that being first to the news isn't the sole determining factor.
Also, congratulations to Jabrill on being named a Heisman finalist - even if he doesn't win, that's another thing for a very nice resume.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Some More Information...||
Offensive and defensive stats and rankings in FBS for Michigan from TeamRankings:
|3 days 17 hours ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
This has gone on the Friday Night viewing list - my wife is having family over on Friday, but if they are still brave enough to be around at 9 PM, they will have to suck it up and watch this, just like they've been forced to watch many games over the years when they seem to want to visit for the holidays.
Thanks for the heads up on this one, OP.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
Well, that didn't go to well.
Actual Harbaugh Nitpick: Sideline Demeanor
I don't think the board is in the mood, although this one went ever-so-slightly better.
|3 days 17 hours ago||In Ann Arbor...||
December 17th in Ann Arbor? That's a good each way bet on the weather. Getting a few of those teams to experience some Midwestern winter weather would be amusing to say the least though, as I imagining survival gear on those sidelines (actual survival gear for everyone if we have an early cold snap).
I mean, such a playoff would be interesting, but I don't know how practical this would be from a coordination standpoint, or if schools would go for such a model necessarily.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Interesting...||
For the options that Purdue realistically had - options which probably did not involve names like Strong, Miles, and a few others - this is probably one of the better hires they could make, although I don't know how well-equipped Brohm is to pull Purdue out of the predicament that it is in. I hope they are a patient lot down there - if he does it at all, it might be a while before they see results, I would think.
|3 days 23 hours ago||About Rawls...||
Watching Rawls find a role with the Seahawks - he's had 41 carries for 201 yards in the last three weeks, which comes out to 4.9 YPC, so not too bad - is another one of those things that, like others here, makes me ask a lot of "what if" about the Hoke era when it comes to coaching and a few other things. If Rawls had a better OL and better OL / RB coaching, I think he could have been fun to watch.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Goat Indeed...||
What would this be then? His 17th season? If so, that transforms 201 wins into an average of nearly 12 wins per season, which I would think definitely puts him in some rarified air when it comes to sustained success.
6th round pick indeed. That was such a weird draft, 2000 was.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
I would like to see Hurst and Cole stay personally - I think that measurably shifts the projection for next year if both of them do. From what I understand, based on what I've heard from folks, Hurst is definitely leaning in that direction anyway and it is good to hear that Cole is also leaning in that direction.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
In case the link isn't working for some...
|4 days 14 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
$5 million per year gets you fourth in the SEC West? I think I want Kevin Sumlin's job.
Only for a couple years, of course. After that, I will have paid off a few things and bought some others and they can get rid of me.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Agreed There...||
I would agree there - watching a quarterback duel of Austin Appleby and C.J. Beathard is not going to be on the "One For The Ages" list, although I think Florida might just be able to beat Iowa, at least when you look at the matchup on paper. This one will probably come on to who makes the first egregious mistake on defense, I imagine.
|4 days 15 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
Boston College vs. Maryland is the sort of game for the "day after Christmas, just returned a shit ton of sweaters, ate at Panera and now I need to sleep it off" crowd. They did get that right at least.
Auburn-Oklahoma isn't excatly compelling either - "The Rather Overrated Bowl" perhaps? "Disappointment Bowl"? It could be a lot of things.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Neither Have I...||
Neither have I, to be honest, and what I understand even less is the tendency for my family to give me the bowl gear as gifts as if there were any shot that I would wear any of it anyway. I suppose it is the assumption that - as a fan and alum - I would be open to quite literally anything with a block "M" on it, and apparently the many years of never seeing me in those shirts and hats has failed to dissuade people from buying them for me.
That being said, I do keep the stuff as discussion starters for those games when I want to relive them.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Such Threads...||
They were never disallowed, of course, but throughout this season, it has been very difficult to keep an NFL thread on the first page of threads for very long.
Also, this Lions fan wondered why people weren't creating them that whole time too, so a change of pace might be welcome.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Alrighty...||
Well, if this is how you end up owning the state of Florida, by beating its two premier teams in bowls two years in a row, then I guess that's how you do it.
Oh, and it has been said already, but bring on FSU Twitter. This should be an interesting month.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Long Enough...||
Michigan Football Fan Base Culture
I think we let this one hang around long enough, plus I keep getting DMs about leaving it up.
|4 days 17 hours ago||Now That You Mention It...||
Now that you mention it, there is a certain understated poetic quality to the idea of Greg Schiano going to Purdue, if that's what you're into when it comes to coaching hires, that is. I never quite thought about it that way before. Tell me more, not Greg Schiano's agent....
|4 days 18 hours ago||Already Covered...||
OT- Rant about the Playoff Committee.
We're good with these for the moment - choose any of the other CFP threads currently going.
|4 days 18 hours ago||You Know...||
Admittedly, we had it on in the background, the Selection Show, but the playoff rankings were something for which the whole room went silent, and when it was revealed that Michigan was #^, myself and others walked up to the screen in the family room and took turns giving the finger to Penn State's logo - it was cathartic.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Oh Wow...||
|4 days 20 hours ago||Now, Now...||
Now, now, give us a little credit here.
A thread asking an honest (albeit repeated answered question) question is fine to a point, that point being "Is there a thread for it already?".
A thread lamenting our bowl fate - again - might be in a little more danger because then you have to compete with about 40 other threads which are doing or have tried to do the same thing, so it better be quality lamenting.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Already Covered...||
Why would anyone think the top four has changed? It's over.
I think we're already covered with a couple threads on this subject. Please throw your comments in there.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Well, Well...||
Well, if I had to guess what the committee will realistically do given the results of this weekend:
2) Ohio State
3 and 4 might flip, but I don't think so. I think this order - as it was earlier in the week - is what we're going to get.
Would love to be wrong about #4, would love that to be us, but I very much doubt it could be now.
|4 days 23 hours ago||This One...||
This one should be obligatory for these threads....
|4 days 23 hours ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Hi, guys. It's me, 2014.
Tom Brady/Orange Bowl weird coincidence...
Just thinning out the Championship Saturday fallout a bit.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Certain Threads...||
Franklin vs Harbaugh...
There are certain thread concepts which - and you know I hate to say this - are simply stupid because no one in their right mind shares the opinion even though the OP seems to believe they do.
This was one of them.
|5 days 8 hours ago||The OT / Not OT Thing...||
One of the informal guidelines that they handed down to me at least when I (perhaps foolishly) took on mod responsibilities, is that items on former players, alums, and the like - even transfers - were never OT because they did in fact cross paths with Michigan at some point in their career.
I don't know if you're responding to someone on the app though, in which case, never mind me.
|5 days 11 hours ago||The Only Thing...||
The only thing we can really take away from the pregame analysis is that Dave Wannstedt is apparently a fan of The Notorious B.I.G. Actually, that might be the most important take of the night, depending on how this game goes.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Clemsoning...||
Well, if we're going to hope for Clemsoning, let's hope for something epic like Deshaun Watson lining up in shotgun AT THE GOAL LINE in that game against Florida State a couple years ago, only to have the snap sail past his head and back to the 24 or 25 yard line. That was AFTER a holding call on FSU gifted Clemson a spot mere inches from the goal line, as I recall. If they are going to do it on a big stage, let it be something like that play with the chance to go ahead in the game.
|5 days 14 hours ago||This Person....||
This person seems to get it, I think.
|5 days 16 hours ago||That's About It...||
That's about all that's left now preventing us from being somewhere other than the Orange Bowl - a very unlikely upset , one that would rank with some of the more notable ones in recent memory, and the potential for a very ugly BTCG. That being said, when it comes to hideous, grinding football, if that's what we need, we may have sent two of the Big Ten's best representatives of that very thing to the right game.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Because You Asked...||
Well, because you asked nicely, we'll bump this one back to the top later today and then again tomorrow so you get maximum enjoyment out of it.
In all seriousness, I get that many might find this season - particularly the manner in which it ended - a bit anticlimactic, but there's no need to dissuade other users from seeing the bright side.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Tuned In Now....||
Twice in a row now, Temple stalls out and forces their kicker to get some practice in on long FGs. Fortunately for them, he's 1-1 in these last two drives.
Also, Navy is uncharacteristically loose with the ball today - two turnovers when they had less than ten all year, I think.
|5 days 23 hours ago||About This...||
I don't even remember an organized 2016 prediction thread - there were several over the course of the summer during times when people were actively avoiding talking books and movies.
I wrote down mine, however, and I predicted 10-2 with two of the losses coming on the road, one to a rival, so more or less right. It's the especially egregious way that the one rival loss went down that will sting for a long time, of course.
|5 days 23 hours ago||There's Still Today...||
There is still today, as others have pointed out - at least in theory, in vague "What will the CFP think?" theory. Virginia Tech still has to play Clemson, and while an upset in that game is a longshot for sure, we can still hang our hopes on that if we're not ready to give up hope. Technically, you shouldn't give up hope so long as the chances are non-zero, or at least I like to say that.
If it is the Orange Bowl, I want Florida State - that would be a fun game, I think.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Preparing...||
I am mentally preparing for this game already....
|6 days 12 hours ago||Just Tuned In...||
Well, that was a brief return that ended badly for the Bobcats.
I can almost hear the "YOU HOLD ONTO THE BALL, YES?" discussion on the Ohio sideline.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Sale Ads...||
You know, many years ago, I think there was a poorly phrased "For Sale" ad on The Tonight Show which was something to the effect of "Soccer ball for sale, signed by soccer legend Pele, or by someone named Pete". You do have to be careful about which ads you choose to answer.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Well, Well....||
Welcome back, Alum96!
As for the e-mail, it is entirely possible that I mistyped - in fact, when I looked at my "MGoNotes" and then compared it to the e-mail address I wrote down from your profile, I think I did. Now, there's some random stranger wondering why the hell I am looking for them and asking "what's up?". Nice.
Anyway, nice to see you.
|6 days 18 hours ago||This Quote...||
"He asked for permission to talk to everyone and we granted everyone," USC coach Clay Helton said in November. "I think that's the only respectful thing for him. You want the best opportunity for yourself and you don't know where that would be.
That's a great stance for Helton to take really and you would hope more coaches felt that way about players and didn't try to block them from talking to institutions that they might play, either in or out of conference. Way to make it about a student looking for the best opportunity for themselves, not about trying to maintain a competitive edge necessarily.
|6 days 19 hours ago||I Will Be Watching...||
I will definitely be watching along with the rest of you. My wife doesn't understand why I have spent the entire week pouring over statistics and footage of two Pac-12 teams that I see maybe twice a year for a moment on TV in any other season. I don't quite know how to explain to her my unusual investment in this game, nor will I try. I shall simply watch and sip some wine perhaps....although if Colorado is losing, I'll be sipping it rapidly.
|1 week 47 min ago||Just Remember...||
"Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at 900 miles an hour
It's orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it's reckoned
The sun that is the source of all our power...."
|1 week 11 hours ago||Well, About That...||
I don't necessarily think they are wrong either, and I am sure I am a bit biased but the fact that I find myself actually agreeing with something Skip Bayless said this week, just as an example, is a testament to the very weird place I am in as a Michigan fan right now. What's even stranger is that it is a place I wouldn't complain about, being able to touch the floor of the CFP from our current position.
|1 week 12 hours ago||You Know....||
I remember when Deloitte - then Deloitte, Haskins and Sells - used to be the auditor for the Michigan Lottery. Now, they are into Glee Dresses and who knows what else since they merged with Touche Ross and a couple other firms. Apparently, they create clever rhymes with well-known local dailies too. How times have changed.
|1 week 12 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
This seems like an unexciting move by a program that could have used just a little bit of excitement about now, but like any such hire, I suppose we'll have to see where this goes. I haven't checked Hammer And Rails yet, but I have to think that they aren't freaking out in a good way over this one on the surface.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
|1 week 16 hours ago||Yikes...||
That's a stunner. It would have to be for something that didn't happen on the football field because Indiana was starting to become a team that you had some trepidation about playing even if you figured you could still win, which for them is progress. I would be intrigued to hear the reason they did this because....yikes.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Interesting...||
Why not make the refs wear 360 scan hats and get get a good three-dimensional perspective on every call?
I mean, Big Ten officiating would still suck, but now it could suck in first-person AND in 3-D.
|1 week 17 hours ago||I Actually Did...||
Because the request came up over the holiday, I did send one to the address provided late last week, but I haven't seen a reply yet. I l also asked if it was OK if I updated the blog just in case he wanted to keep anything private.
|1 week 18 hours ago||To Add A Little...||
One of the main contributors to last night's collapse sits right in the stat line too -
FG% in the first half was 55.2%, and in the second, it fell to 40%
3FG% was 50.0% in the first half, and that tanked to 23.1% in the second.
What that means is that eFG% fell from 75% to 45% across halves. Unless we're playing the bottom of the KenPom pile, it's hard to win going cold like that.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I guess I get Miles because of the recruiting ties, even if he is in his early 60s and there would be a clear understanding that his tenure would be quite finite as a result perhaps. That might not be a bad stopgap hire, I would think.
I guess Lane Kiffin is one of those names that will always come up, and I am sure a team will take a flyer on the man again at some point, and he's a good OC, but you would think that - at least right now - he's a less than compelling name for an HC position.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Don't Know...||
While I don't know that such an alignment would ever happen for a lot of reasons - one important one being that many of these teams are quite comfortable for financial reasons in their current situation, I did like that Rutgers was finally relegated to ..... some fate, nobody cares exactly what and that as it should be.
|1 week 1 day ago||Just Shown Now...||
I had to laugh at the sign they just showed pleading with Virginia Tech to beat Clemson. I mean, I guess this isn't a terrible forum for expressing your CFP wishes, considering that for insurance you kind of, well, need Virginia Tech to beat Clemson. It may not be absolutely necessary, but I applaud the person who brought the sign for the awareness.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah, That...||
The answer is a fairly compelling one indeed. I don't foresee conferences or the networks giving these championship games up ever for that answer alone, even if for rankings purposes they may very well be blatant window dressing, as the BTCG will basically be this coming Saturday.
|1 week 1 day ago||Can Confirm...||
We took the kids to the Lake Michigan coast in August and stopped in the Cracker Barrel in Stevensville at one point because my wife likes to torture me and my low-sodium diet sometimes, but I was initially shocked by the amount ND gear - all of it looking oddly bootleg - for sale in there until it struck me that I was not all that far from South Bend there.
|1 week 1 day ago||My Own Situation...||
Oh, I have been able to be my normal painfully polite self because I've successfully avoided discussing The Game with the Buckeyes in the office thus far this week. Indeed, the entire discussion with one of them was them turning a corner as I was coming down one of the aisles on Monday. It's been kind of nice to be respected enough (also nominally in charge) and not have to worry about......yet.
They'll give me the normal week of mourning and razz me this coming Monday. That's how it works here.
|1 week 1 day ago||You Know...||
You know, for a group that has to take so much abuse - some of it deserved, some of it admittedly gratuitous - you would think that officials would have developed a nice, big callous when it came to these sorts of situations, but no, it's "unsportsmanlike" and you get fined by the conference. There's a lot that isn't right about this, in my own opinion.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks Indeed...||
Thanks for the other thread, BTW. I thought this might be the better way to go though, so I apologize for the inconvenience.
I actually wrote myself a virtual sticky to bump this about every 6-8 hours depending on site traffic until Saturday, so hopefully I can keep that up.
|1 week 1 day ago||Bumped The Original...||
Matching Harbaugh's Fine Update
ST3's post was fine, but I thought it might be easier just to bump the original thread, and I was reminded about doing so just now, so apologies to ST3.
Please to post the updated totals in the thread though.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
I have realized why so many college coaches are tyrannical loons: So much can come down to one tiny detail; a whole season of precision can be undone by one bounce here or there. It’s excruciating and irresistible.
To me, that's also what makes many of the coaches who are actively involved in the strategy, if not the playcalling, some of the best at being able to mitigate the chance that anything is overlooked, even though ultimately you cannot control, say, the bounce of the ball or the direction of a play once the ball is snapped, things which can destroy CFP chances potentially.
|1 week 1 day ago||Coming Down...||
Why Barry Alvarez Might Be Our Savior
Not sure how much help we get from Barry, and neither was the board. Indeed, perhaps none at all, considering he must leave the room when Wisconsin is brought up.
|1 week 1 day ago||Question...||
Apologies if the question is in, well, questionable taste, but now I am curious -
If Barry Alvarez is our savior, what does that make Brooks Bollinger?
Asking purely for academic reasons here.
|1 week 1 day ago||Get Well, Larry....||
I cannot even imagine what it is like to be a kid and facing your 92nd surgery - the strength and resolve and courage that this must take is incredible and I wish I possessed it.
Wishing a speedy recovery to the toughest Wolverine there is.
|1 week 1 day ago||Also This...||
It's Great to be a Michigan Wolverine!
This is the ChadTough stuff from yesterday. Donate to a great cause and speak your mind about what passes for "best practice" in the Big Ten simultaneously!
|1 week 1 day ago||Coming Down...||
This is probably a stupid idea, but …
My avatar is confused about this one frankly....
|1 week 2 days ago||Speculation Ahead...||
Speculation at this point, but some interesting suggestions....
|1 week 2 days ago||Not Going Well...||
"turnovers cost us the game"
The tone of the remarks so far do not bode well. No offense to the OP, but we're trying to be diligent about things this week.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nice Distinction...||
This was my immediate thought actually - we need Penn State to win and it has to be fairly close, but then I consider which teams are playing and it might be a classic Big Ten field goal fest anyway, but the point stands. We also need some help from Colorado and Virginia Tech, as others have said, which really leaves us rooting for chaos to have a realizable shot sadly.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Article...||
How do you compete in a business where third chance has become the new second chance—and no one ever remembers what the first problem was all about, anyway?
It is one of the few professions where you can get multiple chances to do the same thing, succeed or not, move on and all the while weather storms which would derail people in other careers for good basically.
Very interesting piece indeed.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Development...||
Like others, I think Florida is the team that could probably benefit the most and might be the easiest fit for Zaire. I very much doubt Wisconsin does something un-Wisconsin, and MSU seems OK with....whatever the hell that is that they have going on.....Lewerke and DeWeaver in that order, I imagine. That being said, even if he chose MSU, I think we'd still be in OK shape going into that game next year.
|1 week 2 days ago||From A Mod Standpoint...||
I'll put my own view as a site mod here - very few of them were in fact removed up until the point Brian put an official end to them with the thread last night. The things I look for personally are things like "Could this discussion fit into another thread?" or "Is there so much about this on the board now that other things are being drowned out?", just to state a couple informal criteria. In some cases, that's what it came down to when I was going through them.
If it were up to me (it isn't), I might not have called for an end to them, but they would have been heavily monitored only because you really can only dissect it so much before you are being redundant or you aren't adding to the already good discussions going. I think the disagreement among bloggers here is where that line is precisely.
|1 week 2 days ago||Early Today, This Thread...||
Ocean Spray Cran-Grape because I am actually still sitting at my desk at work.
Granted, not for much longer, but the presence of a drinking thread now had me momentarily thinking, "Fuck, was I buried in paperwork THAT long?"
I suppose I will pour a rum and watch the rankings show later, of course.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's Too Bad...||
That's too bad - he really was fun to watch when we was healthy, but of course, sadly it seemed to be a rare occasion when he was in fact healthy.
Best of luck to him. It would be interesting to see him play a down or two in the NFL, although that doesn't seem quite so likely at the moment.
|1 week 2 days ago||Conference Champions...||
I think this is also where the people who push for conference champions to get into the CFP run into a problem, and we're seeing it right now in the Big Ten where the teams that are going to the BTCG aren't necessarily worthy of being in the CFP based on resume alone.
To me anyway, there is a danger of overweighting "Did you win your conference?" when there are teams that didn't but might have a better argument by resume for a higher ranking than you, never mind that in this case we beat them both in the case of the Big Ten.
I mean, it might not always be Michigan, but this is bound to happen more than people realize, I think.
|1 week 2 days ago||Didn't See It, But...||
Given the timestamp on it, I was out in the middle of a parking lot walking off a meeting (because it was that sort of meeting) when it came down, but I did read it and I was curious what the reason might be myself. Hopefully, someone does provide an explanation.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very True...||
That's very true. After all, imagine being the teams that are selected to travel - just days before Christmas - to Boise, Idaho to play in the cold of the Idaho Potato Bowl. Prime destinations await some of these teams indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||Useful Stuff...||
I hate to say bad about the site that I mod, but most folks never reference that tab - just look at the number of times people have said a certain thread should be in the HOF not realizing that they could add it themselves if they so desired, hence the words "user-curated". Same thing with the depth charts to a certain extent, but depth chart threads generate some good debate (well, usually), so they generally get to stay.
I just find it amusing that the only time that tab actually gets referenced right away in threads is when people start threads about where to eat. Suddenly, it is indeed useful.
|1 week 3 days ago||2016....||
William Schallert....of ALL character actors....
Ron Glass ("Barney Miller")
Gene Wilder.....fuckin' unfair, man
I could go on, but yeah, 2016 can eat shit.
|1 week 3 days ago||Background Cleanup...||
Admittedly, I did ease off the brakes because people basically wouldn't quit and I figured perhaps it would cease eventually, but I did begin some background cleanup of certain threads, so your options in the first couple pages of threads should be somewhat.....streamlined.
|1 week 3 days ago||Won't Go Too Far...||
Based on the responses so far, I doubt this one gets very far, and we've got a few threads in the last day or so which talk about constructive protest too.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Request...||
PLEASE limit the number of appreciation threads, if you must create them, lest we get appreciation threads for the appreciation threads. Let's just hit the highlights, if someone is indeed going to start creating them.
|1 week 3 days ago||MORE Cleaning...||
Honest question about our new AD
I think we've had our fill of the "shaking fist at the Big Ten" threads
Ironic - B1G Fine Issued From City That Couldn't Impartially Referee Youth Hockey
This could easily have gone into the thread about the fine.
Why does Harbaugh play not to lose?
I don't foresee this one going well.
|1 week 3 days ago||Thanks Indeed...||
Lost in all the teeth gnashing are quality statistical posts like these which confirm that - by the metrics that actually tell people things - we are one of the best in the country at, well, a lot of things - technical term, I know.
Thanks for putting these together. At least for me, this is the stuff I pay particular attention to when it comes to gauging where we are so I do appreciate them.
|1 week 3 days ago||Different Approach...||
I think a series that takes particularly controversial calls in games - not just ours but throughout the conference - and breaks them down in contrast to the rule being enforced or not enforced would actually be a pretty fascinating read if it was done properly. It could be done in conjunction with a series on the various types of calls as well, but something that took it right down to the field level would really be fun to do, I think.
|1 week 3 days ago||Whatever, Delany...||
The egg is still on Delany's face for refusing to address some obvious deficiencies, and I will say this - good on any coach that calls the conference out on these problem every chance they get. They can fine schools, but that they refuse to comment or look inward is so much more telling than a fine.
|1 week 3 days ago||Cleaning Up...||
Did we at MGOBLOG prove that Barrett got the first down?
See the Parallax Error diary, also about 15 other threads in the last 36 hours.
|1 week 3 days ago||What Used To Exist...||
Statsheet.com, which is now sadly defunct, used to keep the game logs and call tendencies of basketball refs and that was a huge resource for me during hoops season. Something like what they had would be an awesome thing to peruse for any game where the crew was known, if someone ever created such a site for football.
|1 week 3 days ago||It Might Just Be Me...||
Granted, maize and blue spectacles may be on here, but I think that for what he had and what he did with it in terms of talent and keeping this defense a top five defense on a lot of metrics from start to finish in the regular season, that seems to me like it is argument enough. It's probably a good thing I don't vote in these selections, but I think Brown has a case that is difficult to beat here.
|1 week 3 days ago||What If...||
What if the next one caused an infinite recursion of threads on this subject?
Wait, it already did.
|1 week 3 days ago||Definitely Agree...||
Oh, I definitely agree, although to be fair, that wouldn't necessarily stop an NFL team from hiring him theoretically. What might stop them, in my opinion, is that his act would go over like a lead balloon in an NFL locker room. I can't think of a team that would want the grief, quite honestly.
|1 week 3 days ago||If There Is Help...||
That's what I was thinking, to be honest - if there is help, it may need to come from a series of unfortunate events (well, unfortunate for some) in the games which will be played this coming Saturday, including our own conference championship. The odds of all the stars aligning are slim really, and I don't know that even that would be enough but it would definitely remove obstacles.
|1 week 3 days ago||About That...||
About that, a large chunk of those comments should hopefully be gone at least on the main site. I just removed the whole subthread even though individual remarks may or may not have been problematic - that's just how the interface works here.
I just don't want to see anyone say things they'll regret, especially in a thread reporting this sort of event.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I couldn't even tell you if such lobbying worked when it came to the CFP committee. It isn't as if their criteria are absolutely transparent, but I don't know that I've ever heard anyone say that they listen to this. Well, unless this is part of what is meant whenever the word "deserving" comes up, but I guess if there is hope to be had, then we can hope that a very wide dissatisfaction with the result for reasons beyond the score helps when evaluating that loss. I have my doubts personally.
|1 week 3 days ago||Correct...||
This is the place to report them since this thread gets checked periodically throughout the day.
If you can, provide the link to the user profile. That way, they can be nuked en masse.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Tragic...||
23 is much too young, much too young.
Very sorry for your loss and thoughts go out to you as well as the young man's friends and family.
|1 week 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 4 days ago||Frame By Frame...||
I guess that's my big question here - to me, like a lot of other people, it looks like Barrett is short and every angle I have seen seems to confirm it, but I am biased and I would love to see a frame-by-frame breakdown of the video from the angles available to see if there is something which is being missed. At this point, most likely not because we've probably seen the frames that matter, but I wonder all the same.
|1 week 4 days ago||Just No...||
Sour Grapes: Why it's good OSU won
|1 week 4 days ago||Good Stuff...||
Coming to the end of the season being #2 in the overall rankings here is actually rather impressive - if only the Committee really understood or appreciated advanced stats and predictive analytics as much as MGoBlog.
Going down the list, I will add my voice to the chorus of people that think Rutgers might be better off if they were relegated.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some Cleanup...||
Proposed nomenclature: The Spot Atrocity
"Spotrocity" would get my vote, but I don't forsee this one going well right now.
Again, no offense to the OP. The initial reaction didn't bode well, that's all.
|1 week 4 days ago||About This...||
Right now, barring a series of unlikely events on Saturday, I would be impressed if we made the CFP and the Orange Bowl seems much more likely given the two scenarios, but I will prepare myself to be shocked all the same.
Either way, I have about 10 days off during the holidays and it will be me, a Christmas ham, a lot of carbs and wine and bowls.
|1 week 4 days ago||About That...||
That's something you'd have to lobby Brian and Seth about.
I honestly agree with you from a mod standpoint, and to be honest, I don't know why the threshhold is so low unless it is to encourage people to test their MGoWings once they get the minimum amount.
It does make cleaning up a bit of a chore, but for now....well....
|1 week 4 days ago||This One Thing...||
Overemphasizing conference championships – ironically an idea originally championed by Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, now perhaps to his detriment – sacrifices common sense.
I actually agree with that - conference champion should not necessarily be the determining factor when looking at two teams that are close in resume (especially when they are comparing teams with obvious differences in resume), especially when those two teams are this year's Penn State and Wisconsin. If either of them found a backdoor into the CFP, there is something seriously cracked about the criteria.
|1 week 4 days ago||We're Covered...||
Cherry Pick Silver Linings
To some extent, that's been the theme of today, but then quite a few threads experess some legitimate gripes too. We don't really need another thread asking people to do this.
|1 week 4 days ago||Bad Things...||
I did a bad bad thing
At least you didn't pee all over the seat and not wipe it up. THAT is terrifying and unforgivable.
You are forgiven here, of course.
|1 week 4 days ago||About That...||
I'll be staying at the Hyatt near O'Hare for a quick weekend trip in about two weeks (family-related), and I have always wanted to wander on down to Park Place, which is not a terrible walk from that very hotel and place my "WHERE'S THE ACCOUNTABILITY, JIM?" sign in front of Big Ten HQ....for a lot of reasons really, but this seems somewhat appropriate.
|1 week 4 days ago||You Hope...||
You can hope that they see it that way, but a few things that concern me in that respect is that the CFP committee is pretty obtuse about vital aspects of its criteria and further, they tend to use a vocabulary which suggests that even an otherwise "respectable loss" can still turn your CFP probability estimate from "significant" to "NY6 sounds OK about now" rather quickly, especially if it is your second loss.
That being said, I will be watching intently when the rankings come out now.
|1 week 4 days ago||Typically...||
It typically rolls like that, although we'll see at some point in the future - if it happens - when Alabama takes an inexplicable step back and goes 7-5 and yet several writers south of the Mason-Dixon line see no reason that this should keep them out of the Top 15, we shall see the theory tested, I imagine.
Well, even that likely wouldn't happen - the beat guys in the SEC can't all be stooges, can they? Hmmm....
|1 week 4 days ago||More Compressing...||
#6 in Coaches Poll
We'll go with the open thread created by Leaders And Best for the sheer amount of information for now, but if you feel that a separate thread just for the coaches poll should stand, let me know.
|1 week 4 days ago||Alright...||
OK, I'll address this -
I don't do these things to spite people or piss people off. In an examination of the threads, it seemed like yours probably could easily fit inside one mentioned about plus a few on the second page. Yours was an interesting point - I actually was intrigued by it, but the determiner here has to be avoiding too many similar discussion and also trying to keep some of the more original stuff as visible as possible.
So, I apologize if you're pissed, and to be sure it isn't a perfect system - it was a mere judgment call on board content, not the quality of it. Again, your point was actually really interesting.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fandom Badge...||
If there ever actually was a Fandom Badge for dedication, it would be yours and your alone.
Incredible respect for the effort and the love of Michigan motivating this journey, and if you need help getting those images posted, there are tons of people here that can help - we would love to see them, I am sure.
|1 week 4 days ago||Iowa...||
I was still up at about 2 AM last night moping around the house and I suddenly became more upset about the Iowa game than yesterday's game because it seems like, in another scenario, we still have a decent shot at the CFP if we win that game. No guarantees, to be sure, but a probable shot rather than virtually no hope, which is where I am at now.
|1 week 4 days ago||More Cleanup...||
Holy crap, thinning it out a bit....no offense to the OPs. Most of this is because there are existing threads where these discussions could easily fit, including the Snowflake ones.
8 Team Playoff?
Admittedly gloomy day after question: are we Army to their Navy in this rivalry?
Why do we wear down so much?
Don't just blame the refs....even if they were bad
Will teams like WMU ever have a chance in CFP?
How does UW loss to Colorado not put UM in Playoff
Maybe the fumble wasn't entirely on Cole/Speight?
|1 week 4 days ago||2006 Vs. Now...||
I kind of have the same feeling right now - it was very easy for me to process 2006 and move forward from that one, but I am having a little more difficulty with yesterday's game for numerous reasons which have been mentioned here. Part of it too is that we've only won this game once since then, and it was to a down OSU team, an ever-so-briefly down OSU team. We haven't won in Columbus since I was in my 20s, and that is beginning to wear on me a bit.
Well, more than a bit, if you ask my family.
|1 week 4 days ago||Nice Post...||
I was banging my fist on the floor for a minute or so after yesterday's game, up until the point where my son asked my wife "What's wrong with dad?" - my kids have seen us win this game exactly once (2011) in their lifetime and don't really have memories of me (or anyone else in the house) being happy after that game. Maybe someday, eh?
That being said, this blog definitely helps to vent and commiserate and, ultimately, learn and grow from the experience.
|1 week 4 days ago||From Our Game...||
I don't know that I can list just one thing in our game - there were several great individual plays and performances that stood out even if the result sucked ultimately. Some of them have been mentioned above, particularly the Darboh catch on fourth down that gave us some hope for a bit. If I had to base it on an emotional high, that's probably where I was at my highest, albeit ever so briefly.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not At All...||
Why would you forego 15 extra practices and another game - a rather nice bowl potentially despite the outcome of today's game - out of some sense of indignation or pride? I would argue that anyone who did this, no matter what they thought of the officiating or whatever, certainly wasn't in the right frame of mind.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Hope You Don't Mind...||
I hope you don't mind if I ask this, but what the hell does this post even mean in the context of the OP's question?
I mean, I realize a lot of people create accounts after losses like this just to say nonsensical things, but you're taking it down an interesting road here.
|1 week 5 days ago||Checking In...||
Just got home from my 20th high school reunion - kind of needed that distraction after today's game, and indeed, I had a good time.
Now, it's Dark Horse Pinot Noir and the end of the Clemson-South Carolina game, and then who knows after that....maybe a movie because I need a break from football for a few hours.
|1 week 5 days ago||A Little Cleanup...||
No offense to the OPs, but a little cleanup here...
Fuck this and penis jokes POSBANG
How can the officiating be fixed?
Moment of Zen for a bad day
So we won a basketball game today
|1 week 5 days ago||About This...||
I was sitting at my 20th high school reunion mulling this game over, and I thought about this - I suppose if we want to point to something that is progress which was evident in this game, it would be this, in my opinion. He was most definitely not outcoached, and indeed, coached good enough to win this one, I would dare say, but execution and officiating were wirking against us here.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not That...||
The servers did, however, fail to get a first down but they were awarded one on refresh anyway, or at least that's what is happening over here.
In all honesty, all I am hoping for at this point is some capacity improvements if nothing else, having given up hope on the major improvements that were mentioned a couple years ago.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Would Agree...||
While it isn't the sole reason that game turned out the way it did, I do think someone should catalog the questionable and shit calls in this game really because I do agree with Harbaugh about that interference call, among others. That truly was one of the worst officiated iterations of The Game in recent memory.
|1 week 5 days ago||Draining...||
I have a reunion to go to later and I will be an emotional wreck because of this game.
Anyway, glad to get that out of my system - at last, I use these threads for their correct purpose.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Am Watching...||
I was up at 6:45 AM because I had to cook, but also because I couldn't very well sleep with this game being played today - The Game, of course.
Also, because my wife decided that today was a good day to have people over for lunch. This is NOT the case, but what do I know about such things.
|1 week 5 days ago||There Was A Time...||
There was a time when they covered the America's Cup and bowling too, which was during the time when they were reasonably objective about most things sports. Maybe they need to return to their roots....maybe that's the problem.
|1 week 5 days ago||There It Is...||
...and there it is, rather expected after the TCU debacle to follow up the Kansas debacle.
I guess they put that ad in the paper again - "WANTED: Insane man to take thankless position as head football coach of dysfunctional nightmare. Inquire at UT-Austin campus."
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Development...||
The crew down at the Iron Bowl made an interesting statement, which seems to make sense, and that is that if this is the case, then the OC hire is important, but more than that, it makes sense because Orgeron is pretty good at connecting with players, or so it seems to me as well.
Still, it is kind of anticlimactic for the firing of Les Miles to eventually result in the hiring of Ed Orgeron, but apparently that's where we are.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Am Here...||
It's very unlike me to be up at 7 AM on a Saturday, but yet here I am watching GameDay.
Of course, it's very unlike me to actually be hosting anyone on a Saturday morning - let alone THIS one - but yet I shall be forcing my in-laws to watch this game over a late Thanksgiving luncheon.
I plan to be watching The Game. Not sure what they plan to do.
|1 week 6 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 6 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 6 days ago||Massey Predictions...||
Massey still has the predicted probability of victory at 42% with a predicted score of 28-25 in favor of OSU.
Wondering if the line gets closer to something like three points before tomorrow. I think it would make it a little more interesting than it is now certainly.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Get It...||
Day After Yesterday POSBANG
I get that some people detest these threads, but let's try to keep it civil all the same, eh?
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Funny...||
I actually sent this to the TV screen so my kids could see it, and my wife walked in just as the portrayal of Jake Butt was firing footballs and....yeah, I will have to explain all that at some point this afternoon. The kids were amused by it at least, as was I. These get better and better as they do them.
|1 week 6 days ago||Tuned In Now....||
I didn't realize that the last time Texas lost to Kansas was during the second term of Franklin Roosevelt. That fact has to make it hurt even more on some levels.
Also, this is more Mark May than I am accustomed to watching - it is resoundingly uncomfortable.
|1 week 6 days ago||Seconded...||
I don't think I've actually set foot in a store during the holiday season - save for emergency supplies like this morning - in about ten years or so. I've always been a huge proponent of simply doing the shopping online and avoiding lines and crowds. My mother-in-law always calls to ask if we want to go shopping every Black Friday, and we always decline.
|1 week 6 days ago||Realism...||
One of the amusing things about this place is that, like most sports blogs, the threads for realism about rivalry games are always on time - about two weeks after the game is actually played if it is a loss, and about two minutes after the same game if it is a win. Well, maybe more like two days after a win, if we factor out threads started in irrational exuberance or started while drunk.
|1 week 6 days ago||Black Friday...||
We gave up on in-store shopping many years ago around here in favor of Cyber Monday, so basically today is spent avoiding stores (although a trip to Meijer at some point today for a lunch on Saturday is sadly unavoidable) and watching movies and sports. It is also a day to actually clean the fridge, because if I am going to make another fucking turkey like I am supposed to do, someone better make room for THESE leftovers too or else I may need to invite people over just to eat leftovers and watch hoops / football.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Herman To LSU...||
The breaking news alert just came up at the bottom of my screen, so I'll take that to mean there is indeed something to this. If Herman ends up at LSU - as early as Saturday, per the report - then yeah, Texas gets stuck with....basically whoever is insane enough to deal with that football culture, and I don't know that it would necessarily be quality unless there was an insane amount of money involved.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||These Videos...||
These videos throughout the week have been helping me keep my eyes on the most anticipated moment during Thanksgiving weekend anyway, but alas there are still about 41 hours yet to go until it happens.
Thanks for sharing this one, OP.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||I Admit It...||
I admit that I did get a little tipsy during the second half of the Lions-Vikings game because of the stress, but if it is quite alright with the board, I intend to do better later on when I am officially off cooking / kitchen duties. Actually, after a full day of family, drinking is usually the only thing that helps.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Nice to see the tradition of Michigan being an athletic tradition in families continue unabated.
Welcome to Michigan, Jess Speight.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Deep Frying...||
I plan on deep frying tomorrow's turkey. Yes, we do a couple dinners here.
Hopefully, however, I don't experience cooking my turkey during the ignition sequence of a rocket - I've done this a few times and haven't had a mishap yet, so here's to hoping.
Happy Thanksgiving, folks.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Note To OP...||
No problem on starting the thread, Erik.
Actually, because basketball generally doesn't produce the same volume of "snowflake" type threads, they sit relatively unregulated and open to creation by whoever wants to do it. I can still fish out the ones that overlap too much, but the hoops world of MGoBlog is rather unregulated.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Rule....||
Jabril scouting as JT
No evidence = no thread.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Life Champions...||
If it really were the case that being second in the weaker division of an overrated conference equated to "Life Champions", imagine how Missouri must feel this season at all of 3-8. Pretty shitty, given the criteria that Tennessee has set forth for off-the-field behavior alone, I would imagine.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That Thought...||
Pretty sure that, if something like that ever happened, I would be quite unsure what to feel or what to do with any feelings that I had in that moment. It would be the most anti-Lions Lions success story in quite some time, perhaps in the history of the franchise.
I will join you in the corner so I can chastise myself for entertaining this particular train of thinking now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Very cool and moving story indeed.
I agree with CRISPed in the DIAG, Lewis seems to me to be one of the next "Michigan Men" in that sense that not only will he excel on the field, but he'll bring the experiences and the lessons learned in Ann Arbor to whatever he may pursue and do some great work off the field as well. His career is another one that I am sure many of us will follow as he leaves.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Limited Interest...||
Hot take: It's a down year in the B1G because all the QB's suck, AND because MSU sucks
Especially in a game week as important as this one, I think the limited interest in anything our conference compatriots in East Lansing may have to say is only highlighted.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks Indeed...||
I will join the list of people who have said that of all the hype videos that get posted, the most anticipated ones are definitely Mello's. They are always quality and I love the nod to the Marvel intro in the latest round of them as well. Thanks for doing these throughout the season.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Admit...||
I admit that I tend to overdo these things, these sorts of requests - last time I went to a gathering like this, I actually brought Gratin Dauphinois style potatoes (basically fancy scalloped potatoes) rather than just chips and soda, although I did bring those as well. Another time, homemade Spaetzle, which paired well with Sprite, weirdly enough.
I do have a great authentic Swedish meatball recipe though - one of the perks of having a wife who is in fact part Swedish.
REPLY TO BELOW - When I return home, this afternoon, I will get out the recipe file and share them here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks For Sharing This...||
Although the stakes on this game already had me pretty hyped and wishing that Saturday would just get here, the video definitely helps with that as well.
Actually, now I was Saturday to get here faster - where the hell is that DeLorean when you need it?
Thanks for sharing, OP.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Already Covered...||
NCAA looking to revoke ND's 2012 and 2013 wins
Already covered this one yesterday.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Holiday Is Here...||
Thanksgiving is at my house this year, so basically today is about frantically cleaning and wondering where to hide all the shit that you figure people would ask questions about - awkward questions, of course. It's also about leaving work a bit early so I can get some last minute supplies and begin to embark what is normally a long night of prep cooking for tomorrow. If I am around and modding in the wee hours tonight, that's why.
The one saving grace? Football will be on the TV on Thursday. Well, the big TV in the family room. The kids can argue over which cartoon to watch in the living room.
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|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Was About To Say...||
I was about to say this - it really is awesome of UMProud to take on these threads this year. I know it is a tradition around here to celebrate our MAC friends and their football games, but it was great to see it regularly covered this time around.
Thanks, man. You have done the blog a solid.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If I Had To Guess...||
Nielsen is the program's spokesman, the liaison between local and national media, and the primary contact with television and radio networks that broadcast Baylor games.
I am going to guess that these are no longer his duties unless the image that Baylor wishes to portray to the broadcast media is still the image that it has anyway, which is not a very pretty one.
Just when you thought that Baylor couldn't make itself look WORSE.....there they go.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Whatever, Dennis...||
A handful? Harbaugh has lasted no more than four seasons in any of his head coaching jobs. Any mention that he might not spend the rest of his career at Michigan brings a howl of protest by its fans.
No, Dennis, it's more because you continue to push a weird line of trolling and refuse to give Harbaugh's situation and reasoning for returning to Ann Arbor proper context...you know, the sorts of things a reporter should do. But whatever.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting...||
And he told Hicks: If you go somewhere and there aren't Ohio State guys to help, you find a Michigan guy. They're just like us.
Now there's something you wouldn't think Hayes would say, but then Hayes and Schembechler really had an interesting relationship on and off the field and I think it is reflected in the players both coaches had over the years.
Interesting piece actually. Thanks for sharing that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||But A Purple One...||
But a purple-faced shit stain. Let's be clear about this now.
A purple-faced shit stain who is taking the Terrelle Pryor approach to these allegations, basically saying "Everyone commits academic misconduct, cheats people, cheats on you, cheats on me, whatever."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just Barely...||
Just barely actually. I think the ending line right before the game was something in the 1.5 to 2 point range in favor of Michigan - someone can correct me on that though. Actually, when betting open on this one, I don't remember it wildly favoring either team actually.
Oh well, they get to see if they can perhaps get their own back in 2020, right? I think that's when the home-and-home with Virginia Tech starts anyway.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Random Speculation...||
Dantonio to Texas?
If there's some active speculation out there, then that's fine and please post it, but random speculation rarely goes well by itself on the board. Also, it seems unlikely he would go anywhere now - for a lot of reasons.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good Read...||
The Wolverines blocked two punts. No, they didn't return either of them, but they have been fantastic this season at blocking punts. They haven't been great at blocking them backwards, however, but I've pretty much just guaranteed that they will do it against Ohio State by typing this sentence.
I get the feeling that we might see a lot of things - on both sides - that we haven't seen all year, but then it has always been that sort of game for the most part, just one of the things that makes it the best rivalry in my own opinion anyway.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Respectable Loss...||
But according to the Dienhart theory, a respectable loss will still enhance OSU's strength of schedule argument whereas Michigan is physically unable to improve regardless of the outcome of the game.
Did I do that right?
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|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yet Again...||
Yet again, the "X" thing.
I do not understand the compulsion of Ohio State players, fans and apparently coached to make this week "Gratuitous Little-Used Consonant Week". I mean, are they thumbing through their Scrabble dictionary in hopes of using that "X" on a triple letter score?
Urban Xeyer, whoever that is, really has to help thex emude a more seexly dexeanor.