I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|1 day 12 hours ago||It'd be even cooler if you||
It'd be even cooler if you could vote as much as you wanted on any one post, with each vote giving or taking away points from the poster, with that stipulation that every vote cost you points as well. At the very least it'd be interesting to see if I had a tolerance threshold for just going FFFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKKKK YYYYYOOOOOUUUUU and clicking the down arrow 5,000 times.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I think the most likely||
I think the most likely outcome - not that I'm doing anything but opinionating - is that a "Division 0" is created for what we now call the BCS teams and what next year we'll call the Power Five or whatever. Those teams do have a considerable amount of leverage and are probably tired of D-I continuing to add schools like Incarnate Word and Grand Canyon just because nobody will rewrite the rules to make it more exclusive. And the more of those schools, the less voting power they have. Totally get that part of the argument of why there'll be a schism. But I think the obstacles are larger than their collective will to try and overcome them, and the concession they'll wrest from the Indiana States is a new football division with different rules.
|1 day 13 hours ago||I know I've never seen the||
I know I've never seen the two in the same room before.
|1 day 14 hours ago||That's a colossal if. A much||
That's a colossal if. A much bigger one than it's ever given credit for. People tend to assume it's a given that the big-power schools can make more money by leaving the NCAA, but duplicating the necessary infrastructure is not cheap. Everything from new rulebooks to compliance manuals to layers upon layers of bureaucracy to 30-odd new national championship tournaments - and it apparently takes two years just to leave a conference, so surely it will take longer to split from the NCAA. Especially when you have to create all that new crap from scratch, or at a minimum delve through the layers and decide what you need to change right away. Even issues like, do we all leave as a conference or do we use the opportunity to kick a few unwanteds to the curb? And then you're also expecting everyone to agree on the idea in the first place - because it's not gonna happen without a critical mass.
In short, there are hundreds of decision makers each looking to do what's best for their school. All those stars have to align before this schism occurs. It would take a lot for that to happen.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Yeah, it's been kicked around||
Yeah, it's been kicked around for years, because people want to imagine patterns and orderliness. That won't happen without a centralizing influence to force order to come from chaos. The NCAA is not that influence.
|1 day 14 hours ago||If anything increases||
If anything increases pressure I think it'll be the extra losing. Playoffs force everyone to end the season on a down note, except for one team. Fans of teams that get to a BCS bowl and then win it will feel better than fans of teams who get to the playoff and lose. It's the bronze-medal phenomenon.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I probably only speak for||
I probably only speak for myself here, but I think unfairly grayed-out comments are easy to spot - they're usually followed by non-grayed-out comments of a reasonable tone. Plus you could see the headers.
Ultimately I think my broader opinion is that practically any moderation system is better than no moderation system. I'd rather have the problems that come with one than the problems that come with not having one.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Here's the other thing the||
Here's the other thing the negbangs did: people could express their displeasure of a post without actually having to write about it, and when people write about it, they do so with a distinct lack of civility. I'm as guilty as anyone. I'd much rather click a little arrow. Does that sometimes result in groupthink and undeserved negbangs? Yeah. Is that still better than when every time Gnarly Face posts, five posts pop up underneath calling him a jackass? Yes. If we could somehow have a combination of the up-and-down arrows and the graying out of posts that'd be faboo.
|1 day 15 hours ago||On the plus side, if we do||
On the plus side, if we do manage to advance, there's nothing scary about anyone in Group H.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Ah, true. Pretty unlikely||
Ah, true. Pretty unlikely though.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I don't think it's possible||
I don't think it's possible to lock up the #1 seed before the final game. You can clinch advancement but not the #1 seed.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Two major obstacles to ever||
Two major obstacles to ever seeing a Cinderella story in the WC: one, there's months of prep time in between now and then, and that doesn't really help the underdog because giving a powerhouse that much prep time for a specific opponent is pretty tough on the underdog. Two, you don't always control your own fate precisely because of group play. You can win all three games and then you win your group, but you can also end up easily in a situation where you're depending on some other underdog to also win.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I have this dilemma as||
I have this dilemma as well. I can't decide who's a bigger prick, you or Justin Bieber. Would I rather go to a Justin Bieber concert or read a novel full of your fuckery? Hard to say, man. Hard to say.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Jebus, we got fukt. The||
Jebus, we got fukt. The toughest CAF team and two nasty UEFA ones. Of the other teams from our pot I wouldn't want to swap into Group B or D, but there are some damn nice-looking ones (E, H) that I sure wouldn't mind.
|1 day 16 hours ago||For some reason, and it's not||
For some reason, and it's not just soccer, every so often somebody on MGoBlog feels the need to go into a thread and be a jackass about it. I don't personally go into things like, say, UFC threads, and lob a shit grenade about how UFC sucks and all its fans are stupid, but some people get their jollies this way.
|1 day 18 hours ago||There are actually nine teams||
There are actually nine teams in Pot 4 and seven in Pot 2; the first thing they'll do in the draw is to move a random European team from 4 to 2 and then they have a fancy procedure to make sure that team is with a South American team from 1 so as not to have a group of three European teams. So if Italy or the Netherlands is moved over to 2, then they could be drawn with Brazil and us to create a disaster. From Pot 2 I'd say there are three African teams we don't want plus the European team if it's someone really good.
The flip side of course is that teams will be looking to Pot 3 as their potential minnow pot and praying they don't get the US. Italy had such a rotten showing in 2010 and I think our nightmare scenario is the same as theirs.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Of course, this year every||
There are, but most of them are in our pot.
I think we'll be alright as long as we don't have to deal with the Netherlands or Italy, although it would help also if we got someone from Africa that isn't Ghana.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Yeah, I can see why he'd be||
Yeah, I can see why he'd be popular in Columbus. Most of the rest of the world was pretty cheesed off about Tressel and his lying, hypocritical ways and Gee summed up the feelings of the faithful perfectly by thinking it was all just a big joke.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Clarification I should've||
Clarification I should've mentioned: Coming out of high school, UVA has 'em prep; they go to the local CC if they get to UVA and then flunk out. It's much rarer, because a lot of guys who flunk out prefer to just go to a school where the grades they already have are good enough, especially if they're NCAA eligible but not UVA eligible. A few, though, stay local and take the necessary CC classes.
|3 days 17 hours ago||The classes the two-year||
I think it's worth pointing out at this juncture that this is usually the barrier to JUCO players at higher-level academic schools. Fuzzy-sounding "admissions standards" are usually blamed but - at least at UVA, and I'm sure Michigan is similar - UVA doesn't take JUCOs because their credits don't transfer in. Either UVA has no equivalent class, or the equivalent class can't be verified to be up to snuff to earn a transfer credit. UVA will send ineligible players to a nearby community college to brush up their grades, but that's because UVA can control what classes they take. I imagine U-M is similar, with a similar unwillingness to just fudge the transfer-credit requirements.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Both the polls and computers||
Both the polls and computers like Ohio right now. If Ohio and Auburn both win I don't think that changes. Maybe the computers but they're only 1/3 of the vote. Human pollsters will pick the undefeated team.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Sparty hasn't been to the||
Sparty hasn't been to the Rose Bowl for over 25 years and maybe twice in the last 50. It's cute that they'll get to go again. A nice little underdog story. Barring something crazy they're going to the Rose Bowl win or lose, so they might as well win and keep Ohio out of the title game.
|3 days 22 hours ago||If the commercial doesn't do||
If the commercial doesn't do it, the presence of PETs (Performance Enhancing Tacos) in Spike's bloodstream probably will.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Fangraphs also calls Fister a||
Fangraphs also calls Fister a top-20 pitcher in the league, which is quite the exaggeration. The Tigers alone have three that are better, and it's not that hard to come up with 17 more.
|4 days 16 hours ago||It still doesn't mean the||
It still doesn't mean the same thing as "hyped up."
|4 days 16 hours ago||He's 39, so, not falling||
He's 39, so, not falling apart is no guarantee. We needed a closer and we got one - that's fine. My point with Valverde is exactly that - he looked great and then imploded, so acting like Nathan buys us two years of nothing but guaranteed 9th innings is foolhardy. I'll withhold ecstasy re: closer signings til he saves the fourth win of the Series.
|4 days 17 hours ago||This is cool but hard to get||
This is cool but hard to get that excited about....considering Valverde was also going to be a solution to the closer situation.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I'm gonna grammar nazi and||
I'm gonna grammar nazi and I'm not sorry. Hyped. Hype is a noun. A person cannot be hype.
(Also if they need chrome helmets to get fired up then someone isn't doing their job.)
|4 days 18 hours ago||Here's the thing about Robbie||
Here's the thing about Robbie Ray: He can be traded for anything. While a bird in the hand is much better, Dombrowski's modus operandi is to stockpile pitching prospects and trade them for what he needs. He does this all the time. Bet you Ray gets traded for something useful before he pitches 10 games with the Tigers.
|4 days 18 hours ago||No, you can't. Every||
No, you can't. Every reliever on the FA list is 27 or older. Last year's cheapest reliever went for $1.5 million. That was lefty Oliver Perez, with a career ERA of over 4.50 and a WHIP close to 1.50. Krol goes for roughly league minimum and he is younger than the whole free-agent market and better than most.
Go to the free agent list and tell me which lefty you'd rather have.
|5 days 6 hours ago||I didn't say they were.||
I didn't say they were.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Phil Coke is a "serviceable"||
Phil Coke is a "serviceable" lefty, which is to say, he doesn't implode sometimes. I'll bet you can't find one that matches Krol's 3.95 ERA and comes as cheaply. Krol tailed off some in September but that's to be expected in one's first major-league season. He's 22. I don't know what else you'd want, because "serviceable" is a euphemism for a journeyman who sometimes has a good season and sometimes doesn't. Show me a relief pitcher who isn't a risk to fall apart and I'll show you a future starter or Mariano Rivera. Krol's as good as any and better than quite a few.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Porcello's season needs to be||
Porcello's season needs to be evaluated without the 9-run disaster he gave up against LA in April. Without that outlier his ERA is 3.87. That and a 1.28 WHIP is awfully solid, especially for a still-improving 24-year-old pitcher. Easy to forget he's still at an age where a lot of guys are just barely making their debuts.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Because a good pitcher||
Because a good pitcher pitching six or seven innings is more valuable than a good pitcher pitching one or two innings. If it's that important to have a lefty in the pen, it's probably also important to have one in the rotation.
Oh, and P.S.: Ian Krol is a lefty. So it puts a quality lefty back in the bullpen anyway.
|5 days 8 hours ago||And a passable insurance||
And a passable insurance policy at third base.
|5 days 8 hours ago||We've pretty much passed the||
We've pretty much passed the point where anyone can say "don't let a few bad apples spoil the batch" when it comes to the Alabama fanbase. Murder, tree-killing, death threats to the kicker, tea-bagged LSU fans..... basically what it's come to is, if you are an Alabama fan, you're a sick fuck unless you can prove otherwise.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I'm not sure I really want||
I'm not sure I really want Brian Wilson. Baseball-wise it'd be a solid pickup.... I just think sometimes "being colorful" is a euphemism for "attention whore" and when you wear a Spandex bodysuit to the ESPY's, you're creeping toward being the latter.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Huh. Guess this puts Smyly||
Huh. Guess this puts Smyly in the rotation. Fister's a really solid pitcher and I'll be sorry to see him go, but if Smyly and Porcello pitch like they did for most of last year, they'll be fine.
Best and worst random tweet: "If the Tigers traded Fister for late-inning relief help, I am going to take Dombrowski for a ride in a shiny red Porsche Carrera."
|1 week 3 days ago||+1 Informative. The extra||
+1 Informative. The extra month explains a lot. Thanks.
|1 week 3 days ago||Question for Hanukkah||
Question for Hanukkah celebrants: It sure has moved up awfully early over the past several years. Does it cycle backwards at some point and move closer to Christmas again? What keeps it from eventually ending up in July?
I'm not the tiniest bit Jewish but I've got some friends who are and I've partaken at times in Hanukkah celebrations. Including the latkes. Especially the latkes. My friend's mom makes the best frickin' latkes.
|1 week 4 days ago||I doubt the ban comes from||
I doubt the ban comes from simply exercising their right to criticism. I'm sure we'll never see what the criteria were for the ban, and yes it's a little bit petty and WSU probably ought to be happy it even has fans, but I'll bet the stuff that set off the AD went beyond "harsh" and "criticizing the product."
|1 week 4 days ago||Because we're there.||
Because we're there.
|1 week 4 days ago||Looks familiar:||
|1 week 4 days ago||Because it's there.||
Because it's there.
|1 week 4 days ago||-- Don't give Dave Brandon||
-- Don't give Dave Brandon any ideas:
"We are gonna make a fortune with this place."
"We can charge whatever we want - $10,000 a day, $20,000 a day - and people will pay it."
"Sure, we'll have a, a Coupon Day, or something like that."
"Don't get cheap on me, Dodgson."
-- Not to pile on the offense, but, to pile on the offense:
"Our lives are in your hands and you have Butterfingers?"
"We can make it if we run." "No. We can't."
"That doesn't look very scary. More like a six-foot turkey."
"No wonder you're extinct. I'm gonna run you over when I come back down."
|1 week 4 days ago||Seriously, how much more fun||
Seriously, how much more fun would the pass rush be if you had to fence your way past the O-line? Don't even get me started on the added excitement of a safety blitz.
|1 week 5 days ago||Said the guy most likely to||
Said the guy most likely to be snarkily contradictory.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think I liked the Army-Navy||
I think I liked the Army-Navy game better when they wore traditional uniforms. What game in the country is more traditional? I'll admit to actually liking the blue and gold pattern on the Navy helmet.... but the Beat Army flags on the back ruin it.
And for once I agree with
Finally I was never sure why I was supposed to care about what it said inside the uniforms where you can't see 'em. Sure, put all sorts of stuff on there to inspire the players, but I'll never see it so I can't really get too hyped up about it.
|1 week 5 days ago||5. Call daughter to make sure||
5. Call daughter to make sure coaching this game is allowed per family contract.
|1 week 5 days ago||UVA has a guy with a sword||
UVA has a guy with a sword too, but for whatever reason they won't let the players use them. Damn NCAA and its arcane rules.
|1 week 5 days ago||Pretty sure you can't bring||
Pretty sure you can't bring swords onto the field. I'll check the rules but there's probably some blanket statement in there that would be interpreted to ban that stuff.
Also, even though staring down a 7-5 season kind of sucks, you really don't want the stink of 2-10 floating around. No, I think we want my avatar as far away as possible, so as not to spread that particular shit-epidemic.
|1 week 5 days ago||Go to a cupcake game or two.||
Go to a cupcake game or two. The pomp and circumstance of a game plus a Michigan win should be helpful for impressionable young minds. Sort of hate to say it this way but he probably won't know the difference between a biggish Penn State kind of game and a Purdue type. Perhaps you can find a meet-the-players event of some kind, any kind, and let him meet some of his favorites.
Also, perhaps some history DVDs. When I was younger two of my favorite things in the whole house were our "Schembechler Years" tape and our Michigan-OSU history tape. Damn near wore them out.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably because it's the one||
Probably because it's the one thing they have separating them from other metro-area universities like U-M Dearborn or Wayne State. If ever they have even just a bowl-eligible football team they'd probably see a big spike in applications.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just under an hour since this||
Just under an hour since this thread was posted and the words Terrelle Pryor haven't been posted once yet. Shame.
|1 week 5 days ago||Process of elimination. I||
Process of elimination. I can see only two reasons for a statement like that.
1) Glanville shouldn't take that job because it's a dead-end job.
2) You're just lobbing a grenade at EMU for the sake of being a jerk.
Since I know you have no history whatsoever of posting things just to be a jerk, ever, I'm just sure it's something you of all people would never do, I assumed #1. Forgive me if I'm wrong and it was actually #2.
|1 week 5 days ago||The list of things you fail||
The list of things you fail to see would kill a rainforest if printed.
|1 week 5 days ago||Does this mean we'll have to||
Does this mean we'll have to deal with another round of "THE COMEBACK" commercials or whatever they were calling it to hype up Rose's recovery? They somehow failed to generate in me any sympathy for the shocked, saddened, and downtrodden fans depicted in the ads.
|1 week 5 days ago||...because a guy Jerry||
...because a guy Jerry Glanville's age is looking for rapid upward mobility?
|1 week 5 days ago||I stopped hearing "poo poo||
I stopped hearing "poo poo head" in kindergarten. I believe the proper term for 3rd-grade level would be "gaywad."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Tai Streets's catch-and-run||
Tai Streets's catch-and-run TD in 1996 would have to be on here. That was the deciding play in the 13-9 win. I think that game more than anything is what cemented Cooper's reputation as a coach whose teams boasted a lot and never delivered against Michigan.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Jesus....you must be a huge||
Jesus....you must be a huge walking-around prick. Thanks not at all for being a jerk. I guess people should just stop contributing interesting content.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This is kind of the NBA||
This is kind of the NBA equivalent of baseball's rookie dress-up day.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, it's important to||
Yeah, it's important to distinguish between fleecings and acquisitions that just didn't work out. Not gonna win them all.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Somehow I doubt Andy Dirks is||
Somehow I doubt Andy Dirks is the one thing standing between us and a championship.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wow....I don't know whether||
Wow....I don't know whether my jaw dropped farther when they signed Prince, or now.
This is pretty clearly about finding the money to keep Max Scherzer. That the infield defense will improve and there's now room for Castellanos are side benefits. Probably not really about second base as Kinsler isn't a huge upgrade over Infante.
Also, as fans I think we're contractually obligated to offer lineup suggestions to the manager, so a good nominal lineup I think would be:
There might be temptation to want to bat Castellanos higher but I think that's a good starting point for him as a rookie. You could argue for Kinsler at leadoff but they're very close in terms of OBP, Jackson has more speed, and if Jackson's going to strike out like he's been doing lately I'd rather it not be when guys are ostensibly on base (like they should be for the 5th hitter.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Best I can guess for the Hoke||
Best I can guess for the Hoke GIF is "Dang it!" I like it just for the mixing of profanity levels. Of the other guesses I'm definitely ruling out "Devin!" and "Brendan!" (his lips don't come together for a B or V.)
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The worst part is she could||
The worst part is she could be tremendously alluring and sexy. Instead she's made the conscious decision to be a whore.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ah, well.....in that case,||
Ah, well.....in that case, those folks are wrong, if what they're doing is complaining that IU didn't let us sub. As long as IU didn't sub, no leg to stand on. I wouldn't call it a special exemption for the FG because the rule is based on giving the defense a level playing field with the offense. When there's six seconds left, that's your leveler - I'm sure what Pat Fitzgerald wanted to do was leisurely roll his guys out there and let them get all nicely tucked in to their positions, but oh well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Literally nothing I've wanted||
Literally nothing I've wanted to see happen from the late qualifying stages has happened. Bummer for Iceland especially. Doesn't look like they can get there.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||O I C. I apologize then.||
O I C. I apologize then. The 'netz don't always allow for the clearest interpretation of a post.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not sure what outcry||
I'm not sure what outcry you're referring to, but in the case of up-tempo offenses, they usually don't substitute in the middle of a drive, so that rules doesn't come into play. The intent of the rule is to prevent the offense from being able to use its ability to dictate the pace to unfairly use substitution shenanigans. The rulemakers decided in this case (and wisely so) that there's no time for foolish tricks and if you can't figure out what the other team is doing with that substitution then that's your problem.
I must say I'm glad Devin decided to go to the right with that play because if they'd had to set up on the other hash they'd never have made it in time. That more than anything else is why Northwestern couldn't sub.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I beg to differ. The abyss||
I beg to differ. The abyss is dark and full of
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There's winnable and then||
There's winnable and then there's winnable. Air Force for a while now has been a pretty straight-up .500 program, which really put them just on the fringes of winnability for Michigan.
Never heard anything about Mercer dropping its program either now or in the future - they just joined the new A-Sun conference so with conference support they probably won't be going anywhere.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Brian, the scenario in the||
Brian, the scenario in the rulebook directly above the one you quoted governs this situation precisely.
QED. The refs nailed it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Really? You're doubting the||
Really? You're doubting the veracity of the Bentley Historical Library, otherwise known as the official archives of the University of Michigan? I mean....really? And you're getting snarky and sarcastic over that while making a false and totally un-sourced Internet claim?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Can I interest you in some||
Can I interest you in some charming Florida real estate just west of Miami?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You forgot, "The players like||
You forgot, "The players like them" as if a player would ever stand up and go against Brandon by saying "god these things are stupid."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't see any||
I don't see any here.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"Storied" ECAC? The only||
"Storied" ECAC? The only story the ECAC has ever had (as a lacrosse league, anyway) was as a holding pen for various and sundry programs until they found a real conference. It never engendered any real rivalries and teams bolted as soon as they could, and in recent years was basically the remnants of the old GWLL and a couple teams that hadn't yet found a more permanent home.
We were hardly a key addition, and the death knell for the ECAC really sounded when the Big East, rather than the Big Ten, began sponsoring lax.
Anyway, the ECAC still exists, it just won't sponsor D-I men's lax after this year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I suggest, "LOOK OUT DEVIN!"||
I suggest, "LOOK OUT DEVIN!" That way he has advance warning.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I like rollouts. I||
I like rollouts. I especially like rollouts when the O-line is so pitifully bad at protecting the quarterback. You have to pass the ball sometime. You can't do it the normal way. A rollout is a great way to get that done, and further it puts a talented runner on the move already so he has the option to easily pick up a few yards. Usually. But the really nice thing is that if the coverage is there and the pressure is there, instead of being a twelve-yard sack it's a two-yard sack.
I hate rollouts to the short side of the field because sideways plays to the short side of the field are stupider than stupid and I don't want to hear about that being the throwing-arm side because Devin is capable of throwing when running left.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Picky picky. The game would||
Picky picky. The game would be a fine excuse for the broadcast to show some old highlights of a terrific beatdown. Desmond Howard, Derrick Alexander, Jarrod Bunch. Who wouldn't want to relive that? Besides Ole Miss fans.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The conference-blog||
The conference-blog projections on ESPN have us in the Gator against Ole Miss. I would enjoy that, being a rematch of a Gator Bowl 20-some years ago.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Yesterday while staring at a||
Yesterday while staring at a 9-3 deficit I caught myself thinking, "Well, if we were to win this game, it would increase the degree of difficulty in the bowl game, so maybe we should just go ahead and lose out and get a nice easy bowl opponent."
Then I was like, "wait, that's stupid. I'm talking about trading a win now for a maybe-win later. What a terrible idea I just had." That's some thinking straight out of loserville.
Win the games, man. Just win the games and let the other chips fall where they may. Trading wins now for maybe-wins later is stupid.
Edit: I tell you what. You guarantee me, with 100% rock-solid, unassailable odds, that by losing out we will 1) fire Borges and Funk and 2) hire coaches that are guaranteed with no chance of failure whatsoever to be outstanding coaches, the best of their kind, who are absolutely guaranteed to produce positive results of the highest order, and I will accept your premise that losing the next three games is the best thing for the program.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||So that's maybe 26 years||
Or quite a hell of a lot longer now that the Big Fuckup In Charge, Jim Delany, has made a royal fuckscrew of the Big Ten and we won't get to play this game much anymore.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Eventually, should all||
Eventually, should all schools just ditch their colors and wear rotating colors every month for a different cause? Let's just do that. I didn't like maize and blue anyway and my attention span is far too short to pay attention to the same color all season.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Whoa whoa whoa. Why is it||
Whoa whoa whoa. Why is it that someone has the right to demand half the necessary change but nobody needs to finish the job unless they're actually Brady Hoke? According to intertubez foolishness it's OK to DEMAND CHANGE because this is UNACCEPTABLE but hey, it's not my job to come up with an answer, I've pointed out the problem and that's all I have to do. Pay me Brady Hoke's salary and I'll talk about the rest? Silly.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I was thinking about posting||
I was thinking about posting in the snowflake thread about how bad the O-line is. Then I realized - that's not a snowflake, it's a raindrop.
But - following two teams at once is useful for comparison purposes....and my 2-8 going on 2-10 Hoos have a wretched offensive line that looks better than Michigan's because the OC has a system that hides their weaknesses as best as possible. I blame Borges for not figuring out how to do the same and I blame Funk for how piss-poor they are in pass-protection.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Southern Miss must be one of||
Southern Miss must be one of the most epically sucky teams if Purdue's results are worth including and theirs are not.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ah yes....the lesser known||
Ah yes....the lesser known cousin of "for all intensive purposes" and "give him the reigns."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, you wanna know what I||
Yeah, you wanna know what I did? I saw the word "Valenti" and I was like nope. Not gonna. Not now and not ever. If Seth hadn't been so self-congratulatory in Dear Diary I'd've totally missed instead of mostly missed one of the most epic things ever. Now I have to click on every thread that says Valenti on it, which is not good life advice.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I always love the little||
I always love the little touches they have on ship's crests. In this case I'm digging the nod to the fact that G. Ford was an Eagle Scout.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Probably because weddings are||
Probably because weddings are scheduled further in advance than the football schedule.
Now if you want to argue that there should be no such thing as weddings on a fall Saturday....yes. But I would suggest that this game was pretty late in the year for U-M/MSU and people might've figured they'd be OK.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Not only that but conferences||
Not only that but conferences are lining up their bowl tie-ins this many years in advance too. BYU just happens to be a conference of one. This is their tie-in. If they don't get on the train, they're going to get to 2016 and find there isn't room anywhere for the independent.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||All this talk about "why||
All this talk about "why isn't BYU in a conference" sort of ignores the glaringly obvious fact that if BYU wanted to be in one, they'd still be in one.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You misspelled "extremely."||
You misspelled "extremely."
|4 weeks 4 days ago||MGoNitpick: "Callow" may not||
MGoNitpick: "Callow" may not be the word you're wanting there, as it means something along the lines of youthfully naive and inexperienced. I could be wrong and that may be exactly what you're going for, but it sounds strange to me.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That would be a totally sweet||
That would be a totally sweet future.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||So is anything going to||
So is anything going to actual wounded warriors, or is this just for the sake of look-at-me?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He's either a stupid Alabama||
He's either a stupid Alabama fan or a smart Auburn fan.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Different Nelson Cruz. The||
Different Nelson Cruz. The one traded with Ausmus was 39 in 2011 and played his last big-league ball in 2003.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||There's probably an inverse||
There's probably an inverse correlation, to be honest. Marginal big-leaguers have innate experience in maximizing a minimal amount of talent. Star players for whom everything came easier will have tough time imparting the hows and whys to anyone but fellow stars. Ted Williams was a famously lousy hitting coach. He had such a natural swing that he couldn't teach others how to do the same because he never had to actually learn.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That saying about wrestling||
That saying about wrestling with pigs comes to mind. You'll just get shit all over you and the pig will enjoy it. Lewan decided to wrestle with the pigs. Bad idea.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||You're going to hate our||
You're going to hate our hottest pitching prospect, Justin Verlanski. He's reminiscent of Sidd Finch.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Brandon Inge and Matt||
Brandon Inge and Matt Walbeck.
Also, maybe your dumb ass should go check out what a Hall-of-Fame caliber player Sparky Anderson was.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Fine, let's have another kind||
Fine, let's have another kind of discussion, in the hopes that it will be more intellectually stimulating to you. What kind of panties is your wife wearing?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The OP did ask, "What are you||
The OP did ask, "What are you doing this weekend besides the game." But apparently you were too beer-obsessed to notice.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Have you been to the Louvre||
Have you been to the Louvre before? I'm guessing you probably have if you live overseas.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||No need to apologize, I say.||
No need to apologize, I say. People who see a thread they're not interested in and actually take three minutes out of their day to declare their lack of interest and then insult the OP are the ones MLive-ing up the joint.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The question is not whether I||
The question is not whether I can handle it. I'm inside the car. The hood is all I'll notice, except when I'm trying to find it in the parking lot and then the color is a real asset. The question is whether the other drivers can handle the envy over having picked silver or white instead.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||2006 GT, V8, 4.6 L. It runs||
2006 GT, V8, 4.6 L. It runs like a dream and always has, but certain other parts of the car need a little attention that they're not going to get when I'm driving it every day. Plus these roads, man.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I bet you're a lot of fun at||
I bet you're a lot of fun at parties.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that was me too. I had||
Yeah, that was me too. I had like 3.0s but my mom knew I could do better than that. I just didn't feel like doing homework. Ever. Nope, not scarred for life. I'd say keep the message coming. If your kid's like me, he'll get to high school and a combination of maturing just a little (and therefore doing a larger percentage of assigned homework) and less of the high school grade being based on homework will boost the ol' GPA.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||A 2014 Escape. 4WD for those||
A 2014 Escape. 4WD for those occasional days in winter when snow makes life difficult. Plus I like the change in sitting higher up with a much, much better view of the road. And since I like my cars not to look like washing machines, it's "sunset orange."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Bell's is delicious as far as||
Bell's is delicious as far as I'm concerned. There might be some better microbrews running around but Bell's as "Michigan's export beer" represents the state fantastically well. I like me some Sam Adams and Leinenkugel's as well - in fact, quite a lot - but I'm exceedingly pleased that Michigan has an offering that can easily stand up to those of other states, and that it's getting bigger and more popular by the day.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Very interesting. Deserves||
Very interesting. Deserves all of the upvotes. I have to say this: Growing up, my mom made it clear that among the colleges I would apply to would be an instate school. I had to apply to one so that I would have the inexpensive option. If my grades slipped below an acceptable level, which they did all the time in middle school, my mom's threat would be, "if you don't pick up your grades you'll have to apply to Michigan State because you won't get in to Michigan." As a middle schooler I wasn't any easier to get through to than the average middle schooler, but repeated applications of that threat eventually took hold.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'm excited. I'm picking up||
I'm excited. I'm picking up my new car this afternoon. Not only is a new car very exciting but now I can semi-retire my Mustang, which if all goes well I'll still have in 50 years, from everyday-car status, and get busy sprucing it up like it needs.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||All of which go properly||
All of which go properly punished. The reason we can hold that crap over their head is because Dantonio never gives a shit.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I don't really agree with the||
I don't really agree with the first paragraph. Calvin would win, but enough folks would say Stafford or Suh to keep it from being a landslide.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I go back and forth on this||
I go back and forth on this and I can't make up my mind. Truth is, both are in their prime and have just superhuman abilities in their sports. If you asked me which is the better player in their sport I'd say Calvin. But as to which is a "bigger sports icon"? I don't know. I'm not sure it's a question with a right answer. I'm just feeling privileged right now to be able to not just watch them but root for them. Both fit the mold very, very well of what fans in this town embrace in their superstars. I like to leave the "Manny being Manny" stuff, the celebrity bullshit, for other towns.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Steve Yzerman had no trouble||
Steve Yzerman had no trouble holding his own against Barry Sanders in terms of recognition.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Blame your AD. South and||
Blame your AD. South and North often don't share a division but play every year. I imagine if your AD gets his shit together (and can get another AD to do the same) you ought to be able to play at least one rivalry as a crossover every year. The exception might be if the teams are more than one division apart.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||You might be right but you||
You might be right but you can't complain about having your words used in that way if you put them out there on the Internet.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||ESPN guys said some||
ESPN guys said some interesting things on Sportscenter. One, the Lions are definitely a high-ceiling, low-floor team right now. Very true. Makes them a pretty captivating watch, too.
Second was that people who liked Brett Favre's style ought to be loving Stafford. The word "gunslinger" got turned into an overused cariacature, but Stafford flies by the seat of his pants a lot the way Favre used to. That goal-line dive was awesome.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Pfeh, GP South got the||
Pfeh, GP South got the fastest ticket out of the playoffs anyone could have: a first round date with Cass Tech.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||As a voter I never received||
As a voter I never received any instructions from the SB Nation operators of the poll, and my favorites link that used to go there now goes to MMA rankings (blech.) I think they let it die, which is a damn shame. Brian let them take it over because he was feeling overworked in trying to run it; now that he's got underlings I wonder if he'd feel inclined to bring it back.
I always thought that Brian's commentary was a million times better than the SB Nation guys, as well.
|6 weeks 10 hours ago||And 1924 Notre Dame.||
And 1924 Notre Dame.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||"Texas to the Pac-10" and||
"Texas to the Pac-10" and "Texas to the ACC" were also thrown out there at various points in the realignment years, but admittedly not as often as "Texas to the B1G." None of them have come to fruition, so I'm past putting any credence into this stuff.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Why, is the thread not||
Why, is the thread not supposed to have cold water thrown on the speculation?
I don't see what was so offensive about that. "Texas to the B1G!" has been rumored for years. Several dates on which this was supposed to be announced have come and gone. They're like doomsday prophecies. Why is pointing that out so offensive?
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||I can think of a lot more||
I can think of a lot more downsides than that. Doesn't take much effort.
How about we just collect 'em all and add USC, UCLA, FSU, Miami, Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, LSU, and Alabama? Those schools all fit most or all of your criteria. Would you like to just have a 28-team conference?
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||"Smoke" over the past few||
"Smoke" over the past few years has had Texas ending up in three separate conferences other than the Big 12. They're still in the Big 12. Where they are staying.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||I think you're wildly||
I think you're wildly underestimating Missouri and overestimating Rutgers. They had a nice little run there of going to bowl games in Birmingham and Toronto and such under Schiano. Otherwise their most famous accomplishment happened in 1869. Historically they are among the absolute worst programs ever. Even their pinnacle of success under Schiano doesn't match what Missouri accomplishes in an average year.
There is no rational B1G fan anywhere that wouldn't trade Rutgers for Missouri in a heartbeat. The only person that likes that is Jim Delany.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, giving no thought to it||
Yeah, giving no thought to it at all would be the only way you could come up with that conclusion.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm not sure why I should||
I'm not sure why I should believe this now when it wasn't true the last twenty times it was supposed to happen.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I mean the reasoning as to||
I mean the reasoning as to why it got included in the UFRs. That started in the RR era.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I believe when Brian||
I believe when Brian originated RPS, it was a way to explain why a play got destroyed (or did really well) when a player who looked responsible didn't actually do anything wrong (or right.) RPS is added up only so that if they're really big numbers, we can point to the brilliance or incompetence of a coordinator; small numbers are chalked up to the roll of the dice.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I mean, it's kind of a good||
I mean, it's kind of a good thing that Ohio can be burned by large fast deep-route-running tight ends, isn't it? I'm sure we can find one of those somewhere.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||GERG was borrowed from EDSBS,||
GERG was borrowed from EDSBS, which coined the term while GERG was coaching Syracuse.
Mizzou is in the East because the SEC didn't want to bother realigning. To make things geographically proper they'd have had to split Alabama and Auburn.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Another query: Could the RB||
Another query: Could the RB be giving a verbal signal to Gardner (since he's right next to him) that the CB is blitzing? Like this perhaps: Gardner reads as you've said it before, and the hand signal is for Fitz as well, who keeps his eye on the CB. CB blitzes, Fitz calls out a signal, Gardner pulls and throws to Gallon. Could that be part of the equation or is the check to Gallon entirely determined pre-snap?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Let's not give Miami a bunch||
Let's not give Miami a bunch of credit for self-imposing bowl bans. I'm not as impressed as the NCAA. In 2011 they announced this on November 20, one day after becoming eligible at 6-5. They did the exact same in 2012. In other words, rather than take any chances early and possibly ruining a very good season, they waited until they knew they weren't missing out on much. And by taking them one year at a time - and waiting until most of the recruiting cycle was over - they never took the intended recruiting hit.
Rather, they clevered their way out of the brunt of the sanction. This was similar to when FSU had a bunch of key players suspended for the first two games of the season based on that academic scandal that wiped out a whole bunch of Bobby Bowden's wins, and then hastily rearranged their schedule to play a pair of the worst I-AA teams they could find during the suspensions.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Actually more or less a||
Actually more or less a perfect example of why my idea would be fine. Rosenberg did have proof of a sort. Some people lied so he would have it, but he had it. The NCAA came in with the finest of fine-toothed combs. Michigan was able to prove that the story was 95% bullshit. Lots of people were willing to talk to them and say so. Records were freely offered up. The NCAA said, OK, here's your wrist slap for the tiny little things we did find, and that was that. They took the article at face value and Michigan was able to prove it mostly false. A model, IMO, of the way things could go to bring down the hammer when the hammer is warranted.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I've never seen one of these||
I've never seen one of these investigative reports not have backup from witnesses as well as documents. It could happen, theoretically, yes. I suppose a reporter (who doesn't like his job very much, because he'd be fired soon after) could write a huge article without a shred of proof. But the NCAA certainly has the latitude not to go after a program.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Were it up to me, NCAA||
Were it up to me, NCAA investigations would consist of little more than the work done by investigative journalists taken at face value, with the question then asked, "Prove this wrong." The NCAA is not the government, therefore I see no reason why "due process" should prevail as it relates to "admissible evidence."
The NCAA has a fundamental problem which it can never overcome as long as it takes that view: namely, that nobody in the know ever has an incentive to talk. As long as its rules are written so that "due process" prevails, the NCAA simply cannot overcome that. But who cares about the fruit of the poisoned tree or chain of custody of evidence? We're not talking about jail time. Why should the process not simply be, "Well, Miami, Charles Robinson makes these accusations and has this to back it up. Here is this fellow Nevin Shapiro and he says all this. Care to refute that?" That would get people scrambling to talk instead of clamming the hell up. I understand the problems with proving a negative, but when it comes to the investigative journalism, they don't simply make shit up. These stories are always backed up with documents and witnesses when they're this big. If a payment from Oregon to some "scouting service" looks shady, it's shady, and why should it be on the NCAA to prove that rather than on Oregon to prove it isn't?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||You mean the crap left behind||
You mean the crap left behind by Randy Smith was awful.
We hired Trammell knowing we were asking him to manage shit teams, that's what we did to him. Dombrowski took Randy Smith's leftovers, made them worse the same way the Astros are doing now (and being praised for), handed Trammell Mike Maroth, Nate Cornejo, and Adam Bernero for a starting rotation, and said "good luck dude." That's how we treated Alan Trammell. Used him as a bridge between bad times and good times.
Now, do I really think he'd be the right choice for the Tigers now? Probably not. But blaming Tram for bad teams is ign'ant.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Fuccccckkkkkk. I have yet to||
I have yet to see the Fire Leyland crowd come up with a better idea. I doubt there are very many.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Which is true, but instead of||
This statement is so completely out of left field. Show me an example of this.
Edit: Dummy me thought you were referring to MGo only. I take it back as regards the rest of the Internet. I can't pretend to be responsible for that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Look, man. I'm sorry about||
Look, man. I'm sorry about your family situation. Really. I can't pretend to imagine what it might be like, as I'm not married myself and don't have kids.
But in your anger over people not wanting to jump on the breast cancer bandwagon, that might help you understand where people are coming from here. You're not happy because you take it as insensitivity to your situation. OK, well, maybe think about it this way too: I had a little 7-year-old cousin who died of cystic fibrosis. The disease took a great little guy far too soon and ruined a marriage besides. It is different from your situation but not appreciably "better" or "worse."
But where are the teams wearing purple for cystic fibrosis? Where are the cereal boxes, 5-hour Energy bottles, bumper stickers, races for the cure, helmetz, NFL merchandise, and publicity campaigns? Do you think that people who've been affected by other diseases (of which there are far too many to count) might be a little bit offended by the total silence about them and the massive laser-focus on one particular cause only?
I'm not saying this because I want to be special here, just the opposite, I'm saying this because there are hundreds, if not thousands, of other causes, which affect nearly everyone. And people will start to get understandably upset over being called an asshole for not supporting breast cancer when there is nobody jumping up to support the causes that affect their own family.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Here's the thing: this is not||
And that's really the crux of it right there.
People are not tired of this because they think breast cancer is not a worthy cause. People are tired of this because they feel amount of attention paid to it has begun to come at the expense of other worthy causes.
A perfect case in point, I think, is this: When UVA played FSU a couple years ago, the game was used to promote bone marrow drives and donor registries. Unfortunately, you wouldn't have known this unless you happened to be watching the game at the exact time the announcers talked about it. (Or you saw the publicity efforts of the school, which went largely ignored by the media outside of local newspapers.)
Yet everyone now knows about Oregon and they are being widely praised for their charitable efforts, etc. Shouldn't there be at least as much publicity when a team tries to promote a more obscure cause? Maybe a heck of a lot more?
But pink sells. That is what bothers people. Ignoring a long list of very worthy causes while the 250th team to wear something pink gets heaps of praise.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||My personal tipping point was||
My personal tipping point was a radio ad that was advertising a breast cancer fundraising event in Providence. It talked about the need for money and so on and finished with a solemn lecture: "Remember, it's your fight too."
I thought, wait a sec. Nobody in my family has died of breast cancer. They have died of things like pancreatic cancer and cystic fibrosis, but nobody gets on the radio and lectures people who have not been affected by those diseases about how it's their fight too, nor should they. Everyone has things that've affected their families, not all of which is breast cancer, and we don't need to be told we're obligated to join a cause that is already dominating every product, headline, and football uniform for a month. In fact, we shouldn't have to be guilt-tripped into joining the fight for any particular cause at all. There's an overload in general, but that guilt trip was my particular straw on the camel's back.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Just once I'd like to see a||
Just once I'd like to see a team do something to raise money for a cause that:
-- doesn't have a publicity machine
-- is far deadlier
Something, anything. Mo-vember is great but it's still tiny compared to the pink powerhouse. At least Oregon is not claiming they're doing it to "raise awareness" and is actually putting some money where their mouth is.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||When people disagree with you||
You're probably right on some level. At the same time, though, there is also a mob mentality that shines pretty brightly at times. That tends to be when there is unbridled criticism, and then someone comes on whose criticism isn't as strong as people think it should be - and then that person is branded a "defender" of the subject of criticism. "Guys, I think Borges is doing a bad job too, but here is a thing that isn't his fault" gets turned around so that when you say a thing like that, you're a "defender."
The other thing that's annoying (and very related) is how many people took Coyote's post to be a defense of Borges and started jumping up and going "no way man, Borges is terrible!" The OP had nothing to do with Borges. It was about the board atmosphere. But mention the word "Borges" without any scathing criticism, and somehow people felt the need to refute the lack of criticism. The point was very badly missed by a lot of people who are too laser-focused on Al Borges.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Borges is not the point||
Borges is not the point here. Borges is this post's MacGuffin; the post is about not setting up straw men, being halfway constructive in criticism, and trying to keep it civil and not MLive-y.
Also, your question about "when is it OK to question him" is exactly the sort of straw man Coyote is trying to remove. The choice is not between "flame away" and "sacred cow."
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Something else to add to the||
Something else to add to the Smart Borges theory: I don't there's any reason to believe that the spread --> manball transition should be especially easier than the manball --> spread transition. Some extra complexity to the spread, perhaps. However, you're still trying to get your players to do new things and approach the game differently.
I think there's a lot of merit to the idea that Hoke and his staff saw Rich Rod try the rip-the-band-aid-off approach and decided it wasn't conducive to their longevity. So they're taking the change a lot slower. Which in turn puts Year 3 a little behind what it might have been, but the fanbase doesn't immediately revolt either.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't really recall anyone||
I don't really recall anyone getting up and patting the guy on the back for throwing a beer.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Because at some point in the||
Because at some point in the history of the city, racist stuff happened, so nobody's allowed to accuse anyone else of it no matter how racial the comments? OK then.
You're painting the discussion with a far broader brush than you accuse me of doing.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||OK. Let me know when racial||
OK. Let me know when racial epithets are hurled at opposing fans at Comerica and internet wackjobs stand up to call the racism justified and then my logic will be nice and exposed. Can't say I've heard of such a thing yet, though.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't have until there||
I wouldn't have until there started to be other people who stood up for the guy. I don't know how many it takes to start representing a fanbase, but the more "Angels of Fenway" there are, the less anyone can get away with calling it isolated.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Benoit didn't exactly start||
Benoit didn't exactly start the game.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't mind that so much, I||
I don't mind that so much, I only minded when some holier-than-thou columnist (usually a Yahoo one hunting for pageviews) would take fans in (for example) Chicago to task for holding up signs that said things like "Chicago Stronger." Oh, so despicable, they would say. How dare they. IME (and many others as well) if you use it to brag about your sports teams, it's fair game for others. I don't even think it was a lot of Boston folks being offended so much as columnists presuming to be offended on their behalf.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I look at it like this: Now||
I look at it like this: Now that we've avoided the curse of the sweep, let's take three and not have to go back to Boston. The Sox have yet to figure out our starting pitching.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, poaching the MSU||
Yeah, poaching the MSU president basically means it's just that easy to spin it as a step up in the world. "Hey, look where your president really wanted to be all along." Easy.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||At this point I'd give||
At this point I'd give Porcello a little work. I know they're saving him for really, really long relief, but the guy needs to get on the hill.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||That musical theme always||
That musical theme always reminds me of "Sleigh Ride." "Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, let's go...."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I don't really have anything||
I don't really have anything against David Ortiz per se, I just like watching Red Sox fans watch their little bishie strike out for his fourth time this series to end the threat.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||So a Red Sox fan rips the||
So a Red Sox fan rips the ball out of the hands of the lady next to him (no idea whether they're together or not) and against her protests, throws the ball back on to the field.
Red Sox fans are giant walking-around douchebags. Empirical fact.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||If not for the pitching, this||
More or less true for every playoff team at any time during the playoffs in any year.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Oooo, I'm sorry. We were||
Oooo, I'm sorry. We were looking for "Borges sucks" or "Fire Rich Rod." So that'll cost you all your remaining MGoPoints.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||"The academic fraud||
Survey says: Bzzzzt!
"The academic fraud violations stemmed from the former tutor constructing significant parts of writing assignments for three football student-athletes."
Not one ounce of those penalties stemmed from the no-show class taught by Julius Nyang'oro, which is what I was referring to. Try again.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Since the only evidence you||
Since the only evidence you seem to recognize is NCAA verdicts, perhaps you should read what the Freep alleged and what the NCAA found. They are different, ergo the Freep made some of it up.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||According to the NCAA, UNC||
According to the NCAA, UNC did nothing wrong when they put fake classes on people's transcripts. UNC did do this, it's an accepted fact by the school itself, but the NCAA found no wrongdoing. So your use of the NCAA as the arbiter of violations is incorrect, not to mention disturbingly naive to the point of mental illness.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, everyone sticks with||
Yes, everyone sticks with perfect adherence to the practice rules and all 120-some HCs will be able to snappily recite, when asked, which objects the training staff may put on a stick.
Also, there are no players taking money from boosters except those which are caught.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sorry, but when the rule||
I'm sorry, but when the rule book is so monstrously arcane that a rubber ball on a stick is illegal but a hat on a stick would be legal, I cannot expect head coaches, with all else that's on their plate, to know that. Compliance, sure. But even then, what is compliance supposed to do, ban rubber balls on sticks? Hold yearly meetings with the coaching staff about rubber balls on sticks?
Cumong, man. I'm down for "follow the rules." But if you write a set of rules and some of them, nobody remembers, I think that's your fault, not theirs.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Easy solution: use censuses||
Easy solution: use censuses and some UN data to find out how many high school age kids are in the world and pay for that out of the AD's pocket. Then at the end of the year turn in to the NCAA any school that thought it was paying for someone's fifth official visit.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah....occasionally this||
Yeah....occasionally this happens:
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ah, technically they'll be on||
Ah, technically they'll be on official visits since Ross paid for their attendance. Which may be tricky in the legal department.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Pictures always, but always,||
Pictures always, but always, make things look further away than they are, especially in a stadium.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||The only reason they have so||
You're probably doing a little exaggeration on purpose, but Bristol's a 1/2 mile oval, and of course the straights are not a full quarter-mile each. Using Google Earth it's about 360 yards from the far edge of one semi-circle turn (on the track) to the other.
Can you see pretty well from one end-zone seat to the other end zone at the Big House? I mean, not awesome, but people seem to fill those seats up regardless. Then you should be able to see alright at the (much more grandly sloped) Bristol. Most people would be seated on the sides anyway. Don't get the idea that Bristol is anything like a typical racetrack. It's a racetrack inside a large stadium, not one with grandstands scattered around the edges. As others have said, hockey : Big House :: football : Bristol. Very logical comparison.
And people will come. These are two of the yee-hawinest fanbases in the country, you think they'll pass up the chance to see a spectacle like that? Michigan's record could be safe not because of the venue, but because there's a better-than-fair chance that those two teams will be horrible by then. Tennessee has been spinning its wheels for years and VT is gradually crumbling at the seams (seen their offense lately?) By 2016 it's not inconceivable these could be two pissed-off fanbases coming off non-bowl seasons.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||They have been trying to make||
They have been trying to make this happen for YEARS.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think by "at the line||
I don't think by "at the line of scrimmage" Ferentz means "all piled up next to the ball."
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I sort of doubt it actually.||
I sort of doubt it actually. I can see this strategy resulting in a lot of situations where the punt catcher has eight opposing men bearing down on him. That can't make it easier to catch the ball. Ferentz better have a really sure-handed guy or this strategy could backfire.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Boy would THAT go against||
Boy would THAT go against every grain in DB's body.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Because Gholston LITERALLY||
Because Gholston LITERALLY TRIED TO MURDER DENARD BY SNAPPING HIS NECK.
If any further differences need explaining, I can't help you.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, um, Raiola annoys the||
Yeah, um, Raiola annoys the shit out of me because his talk-to-talent ratio is far too high, but even I have a hard time believing he simply ran up to a bunch of innocent, angelic band members and cursed them out for no reason at all. I fully support any action the Lions will take against him, because he was out of line, but I also refuse to pretend there wasn't an iota of culpability from someone in the band.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Tell me it wasn't hilarious||
Tell me it wasn't hilarious when they were like "Gardner has a 57% completion rate so far against some bad opponents and that's continued today.....uh, he's 11 of 14."
Gardner wasn't super-precise but I think I'll take 11 of 14 or whatever he finished with.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||I'm putting this here||
I'm putting this here because I took offense. Mike Patrick needs a history lesson. That is all.
|9 weeks 16 hours ago||The stress of football may or||
The stress of football may or may not make his condition worse, but I guarantee it's not helping.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||They do this with basketball||
They do this with basketball too. AD's and other conference-affiliated people are required to leave the room when a team from their conference is discussed.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||If one thought we should||
If one thought we should contend for the Big Ten title before the season, and now decides we cannot, in that case I would consider that giving up on the season.
|9 weeks 20 hours ago||The team is undefeated.||
The team is undefeated. Until such time as that changes, no, my expectations (which are the same as Brady Hoke's) are also unchanged. I'm a realist of course and I've seen how badly this team is capable of playing - and I've also seen how good they're capable of being.
Put another way, I'm not going to dive into this woe-is-us shit and give up on the season just because I'm butthurt about Akron. Fuck that.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I'm pretty sure Brian also||
I'm pretty sure Brian also said pro sports OT is OK during football season. Actually, I'm dead certain of it.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||He's got a ring. Before that||
He's got a ring. Before that people said "well he needs a ring to be validated." Now he's got one and people still don't consider him validated. Hell with that - he's one of the top five QBs of all time.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The Territorial Cup between||
The Territorial Cup between Arizona and ASU is hands-down the stupidest trophy. Not because the trophy itself is all that stupid, but because the schools trumpet it as "the oldest rivalry trophy in college sports." The cup was awarded to ASU (by God knows who) for going undefeated in the state (then territory) of Arizona in 1899, and then was promptly lost until 1980 when someone dug it up somewhere and stashed it in the university archives. In 2001 ASU decided to make it a rivalry trophy between them and UA. So it's the oldest object being used as a trophy. Lame, since the history of the Brown Jug runs a hell of a lot deeper.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Correct, which is why, to get||
Correct, which is why, to get technical, he was hired in the 20th century, since 2000 is the last year of the 20th, not the first year of the 21st.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||No, I'm not saying that||
No, I'm not saying that sucking was a necessity. I'm saying that getting rid of the attitude that we'll win because we're Michigan so we don't need to put in the effort - that was a necessity. The losing was not what brought us out of the doldrums. Rich Rod was what did that. Barwis did that. RR and his staff looked around and saw a lot of entitlement and not enough of an effort or buy-in - from the players to the facilities to the admin - to continue to be an elite-level program.
It's possible the losing did even help a little bit - you don't know what you've got til it's gone, etc. But that outsider perspective, coming from someone who knew how to win with less, was exactly what Michigan needed. RR brought in guys who wanted to be at Michigan, not Justin Borens who felt they deserved to be at Michigan. This quality happens to be what makes Hoke so good.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||We survived the slow descent||
We survived the slow descent into the football-program equivalent of crippling dementia precisely because RR gave us that roundhouse to the cock. And a badly-needed one it was too. Lloyd was a great guy but he was letting the program get so destructively comfortable in its ways that it was getting to be painful to watch. We were at the point where we could usually count on beating Illinois. Yippee. RR lost a lot of games but that was the price to pay to jolt the program out of the apathetic, pizza-snarfing, lazy-shuffling, moving-back-to-Mom's-basement days of the end of the Lloyd era.
I'll never be convinced the program was headed in the right direction in the 36 months or so before Lloyd retired. Rodriguez might not've been successful on the win-loss column but he gave the program a badly-needed swift kick in the ass.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||To get really technical,||
To get really technical, Bobby Williams was a 20th-century hire, and frankly when they hired John LLLLLLL (as Wojo used to hilariously call him) nobody noticed any difference in the Sparty program.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I saw that as a comment||
Yeah, I saw that as a comment on Kiffin's ego, nothing political.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||IME the whole Saban-to-Texas||
IME the whole Saban-to-Texas notion is 100% the product of overactive egos at UT.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Whoever your favorite||
Whoever your favorite defensive lineman is, or whoever you think the cleanest most angelic player in the league is, I guarantee they've wrenched someone's ankle or gouged a kidney or something in a pileup. Welcome to football.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Don't forget one of the major||
Don't forget one of the major contenders for the AL ROY as well.
Nevertheless, I think the Dominicans would have something to say about your assertion.