I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Not an item I'd highlight in my portfolio||
Although I'm sure even with those black-and-blue lookalike courts the craftsmanship of the wood is excellent and it's just the stupid Indianapolis bureaucrats or college administrators to blame for those monstrosities.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||With the joyless||
With the joyless standard-issue black-and-blue NCAA courts throughout the rest of the tournament, the FF is the only time the court doesn't disgust me now. Seriously, why does every site need to look exactly the same?
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Wichita State||
Beat the team that beat OSU, among other reasons to pull for them up to the final.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||But not these championship muppets|
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Best part of winning by 20||
Bringing in the subs. It was crazy.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Conversely, I felt very much||
Conversely, I felt very much part of the community when pursuing a master's at U-M. Something about autumn Saturdays in Ann Arbor does that. (I'll still pull hard for Vanderbilt the next time the two schools play, though. That really should have been the Gator Bowl matchup this past season.)
Now I'm in a doctoral program at another school that's been to a fair number of Rose Bowls, and I go to some of the games, but it's just not the same. No one in my cohort, even those who care about sports, goes to games.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||I dunno, that sounds pretty crazy||
On the Dial Global national radio postgame, they asked Beilein something about what he'd to do celebrate or have fun in Atlanta. He responded something totally generic, like, "I don't really know what to do to celebrate," but his tone expressed so much bafflement about cutting loose and having a good time that it conjured up images of the Beilein house with the grandkids when someone brings over subs.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Elite 8, I suppose||
Closer to the same number of contestants -- although it's really not comparable, because
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Havoc has indeed been wreaked||
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Which game did Alabama do this?||
I don't recall them, as the home team in a bowl, electing to wear white shirts with crimson sleeves and crimson-outlined white (or silver, or black, or anything but crimson) numerals.
I assume you're talking about the Pro Combat uniforms worn in a 2010 game against Mississippi State (and maybe sometime after that):
But Nick Saban has nixed the idea of anything more radical , proving that he doesn't like to land recruits and secretly hopes for his athletic department to wither away from lack of funds.
Kausler, D., Jr. (2011, September 14). Uniform changes at Alabama? Nick Saban makes his feelings perfectly clear. AL.com. I'd share the link but the spam filter said no.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||What game was that worn in?||
I'm actually from the state of Alabama and I don't recall ever hearing about Bama wearing that in a game. I could easily have been unaware though.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||See above -- these sort of ARE the home jerseys||
I'm unclear on whether U-M technically declined to be the home team or just elected to wear white as the home team, but either way, when you decline to wear the best uniforms in the sport to wear this, it effectively IS your choice of home uniform.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||But won't this be the home uniform for this game?||
As I understand from this thread, Michigan is the designated home team and elected to wear white, much like LSU, Georgia Tech, or the Dallas Cowboys. So for a game, at least, this is Michigan's choice for a home uniform.
|2 years 1 week ago||Yeah, i wasn't trying to be||
Yeah, i wasn't trying to be opaque, it's Vanderbilt. Good grief, man, Tennessee? Couldn't you just guess Arkansas or Miss State?
Saturday was a sweet sweet day.
|2 years 1 week ago||Exactly. The plausibility of||
Exactly. The plausibility of it really is funny. (Especially to me as an SEC fan at a B1G institution... i shall now run for cover from the flying MGoBrickbats....)
|2 years 1 week ago||The line that sort of gives it away....||
You could be right, but my intiution is pretty strong that it's a hoax for a couple of reasons:
1. Giving away tickets to something people paid money for is terrible business, because next year in a vacuum no one will buy tickets. (Next year Michigan will be a favorite to win the West so CG tickets will be in higher demand, but never mind that detail. In general it's bad to make people think tickets will be available for free.)
For $75 pp a better strategy is to find local charities that would like something for kids to do, give them tickets, and buy them popcorn and a piece of Spartan or Badger gear. Or just give them to corporate donors. To be fair, they probably already give them to corporate donors, which doesn't create the most engaged fans.
And a CL ad isn't exactly secret. What gives it away is....
2. The line, "Must have red or dark green casual clothing to wear," just sounds like a subtle dig at the participating teams. Of course you'd want to dress your extras as fans and of course it could just be an early holiday party with a huge crowd, but.... it's pretty obvious what event they're referring to, and it's only supposed to be obvious if it's satire.
I'd like it better (and be surer of myself) if they'd said, "Must tolerate moderate ambient noise and relatively small crowds."
|2 years 1 week ago||It says that virtually no one cares about conf chamipionships||
...any more. I thought the same thing about the argument that Alabama's in a better position than LSU because they don't have to endure the risk of competing for a conference championship, losing, and dropping in the polls. Apparently the SEC championship itself doesn't mean much to anyone.
Since that's the case, let's blow up the whole system and go to a playoff. If only college presidents were rational people....
|2 years 1 week ago||Only one way to know for sure....||
Send 'em an email. I'm curious what'll happen. (But i don't expect you to really get offered $75 to go to a game.)
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Paging PT Barnum?||
I find it amusing that some people seem disposed to belive the Craig's List posting is an advertisement for extras rather than a witty commentary on the lack of demand for the B1G CG. (No, i'm not including Brian in this. I presume he knows better.) Then again, maybe i'm the sucker and people pretending to believe the B1G would pay $75 for fake fans managed to fool me.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Blessed to be part of this 2-year slice of Michigan football||
I came here 3 semesters ago to start a master's program. My first game ever here was the opener vs. Connecticut with all the renovation fanfare. I'll graduate in a month, so this will be my last game here as a student.
Aside from just being fortunate to attend the University of Michigan, i feel oddly blessed to have been here at such a tumultuous yet exciting time in Michigan (and Big Ten!) football history. It feels like these 2 years have seen a decade or more worth of change: the excitement of the renovation; the first night game; U-M, OSU, and PSU all change coaches; NU joins the league and the B1G CG is born (and that weird tempest in a teapot about moving the OSU game to earlier in the season); on and on it goes.
I'll always cherish the memory of that on-field party today. It took a good half hour to get down there, but i got to walk across the Block M on the 50 yard line and the best-looking end zones in all of college football. Thanks for letting me be a part of this.
Go 'Dores! Go Blue!
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Miles? Seriously?||
I know there was a lot of animosity back when he turned Michigan down, but I truly can't tell if your irony is just beyond my understanding as a U-M n00b or if someone you came into contact with really has a screw loose.
Les Miles? The guy LSU fans want to run off even though every week he pulls some ridiculously improbable win out of his posterior?
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Glad it's not just my SEC||
Glad it's not just my SEC homerism. SC-Bama looks like a great choice, especially if Lattimore continues to play like that.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||How to contact?||
Good advice. Is there a way to send direct messages on here that I'm just overlooking? Or is it considered polite to just go stalk someone's blog and post a moderately-OT comment?
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Ha||
Ha, well, the hammer/nail quote is a good snapshot of where my knowledge is. At least I hope I'm open-minded about learning better ways to do things.
IIRC Steele's methodology is something like:
The results he comes up with are pretty convincing, IMHO. (I also tend to take his opinions pretty seriously because does so well in the Stassen predictions tracking.)
But I know that eyeballing it to call it convincing can be deceiving, whereas conventional statistical methods are a little more objective. I just don't know enough about those methods.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Injuries and scholarships||
I'm under the impression that injured players who won't play in a season can easily be moved onto a non-athletic scholarship, and that schools usually do this as a courtesy for their injured players. Is that not the case? Or does it have something to do with his injury being non-football-related?
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Too few Southern schools.||
Like, six too few. :)
Seriously, Harvard, Yale, and RISD seem really out of place, but apparently they wanted to meet some quota for the Northeast. Harvard's in a really cool city but the campus is uninteresting. (The Statue of the Three Lies or whatever it's called is about all I remember, and I lived there several years.) Harvard Square is great, though, although I've heard it's been "cleaned up" so it's probably ruined now.
RISD's a neat school, not an interesting campus. Yale? I like the buildings, but I like the same buildings more at Duke.
But yeah, I've liked Ann Arbor the 3.5 weeks I've been here. Seems to have a nice town/gown situation with the location of Central Campus. The buildings are kind of a weird pastiche; why is everything from the Law School south gothic?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||First game||
First time I've ever been to a game here. I feel the same way.
OK not exactly the same way, because I haven't been part of this all my life. But absolutely infatuated with your program right now, and laying the groundwork for true love.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Amazing experience||
Just... wow. Hopefully I'll write a very-low-content diary about it. :)
|3 years 14 weeks ago||But how much market is there for televised *real* analysis?||
Versus human interest stories and all that. It's gotten to be like the Olympics. I would assume that consumers of deep football analysis would seek it in niche media, i.e. on sites like this, more than on a mass-market TV show.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Come to think of it, the||
Come to think of it, the reason I called the brass one a block "M" was because that was the way it was described to me on an informal campus tour last spring. So perhaps I'm inferring a correspondence where none was originally intended.
I've always loved Michigan's "M" (the ubiquitous, non-split one), and especially how it naturally anchors such elegantly classic field markings -- neither pretentiously plain like ND's nor gaudy like Tennessee's. Maybe I should have applied to the School of Art and Design instead given the amount of time I spend thinking about this stuff.
Can't wait to experience my first game later today.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||It's good to step back||
I really enjoy posts like this, about the reason why any of this matters to any of us. I'm glad that attending U-M is giving me a reason to come over here regularly, even though I actually care very little about the game-to-game minutiae of Michigan's team.
Does college sports matter too much? Is the fact that it matters to so many people, people who don't necessarily share the stated mission of intercollegiate athletics, ultimately college sports' undoing? That's something I think about a lot.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Did the MAC ever abandon their experiment with that setup?||
I know they were doing that a few years ago, with cross-divisional games only counting as tiebreakers. Do they still?
I tried Googling for the answer but ended up on some thread on Spartan Tailgate blaming Dave Brandon for that idea. Really? Did I miss that?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||East and West||
I was actually going to make the same suggestion, including the "champions of the West" reference, so count this as +1 vote for East and West. They'll probably do something that makes way less sense, like the ACC with Florida State in the "Atlantic" and Va Tech in the "Coastal".
|3 years 15 weeks ago||As for counting only divisional games||
The only instance I've ever heard of such a thing is the MAC. Do they still do that? I find it hard to believe the Big Ten would follow suit.
It actually would be fairer, but it would also leave four near-meaningless conference games. I think I heard the MAC used non-div games as tiebreakers, but it's hard to get people excited about a "conference game" that's only a fraction of a tiebreaker.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||To a total outsider this seems crazy||
I'm just an SEC guy about to attend your fine school, but to me this whole idea of moving the game sounds like lunacy.
College sports uses tradition as a façade for big business. Chipping away at the façade to make a few bucks seems not to have any negative consequences, but it's starting to get out of hand.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Can someone explain that lumping maneuver again, reeeeeeal slow?||
I sort of skimmed and thought I understood what was going on until this part:
and then the chart and the whole "Schizophrenic statistics" section.
I need to read up on R2 but that's fine. (I think I vaguely understand it's generally a measure of how much variation is explained by your model, yes? Been way too long since I took undergrad stats.) It's this lumping stuff for which I can't seem to find a good background reference.
Unfortunately, to me this is the most interesting part. Sustainability of turnover margins from year to year is a topic that seems to drive a lot of heated discussions with fans convinced that their team's prowess in causing/not giving up TOs is being unfairly overlooked.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||It's too bad the SEC didn't think of the "Scholarship Division"||
With a name like that they could have gotten ESPN in a bidding war with the Comedy Channel.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||This approach makes a lot of sense IMO||
My only questions would be about competitive balance -- both with OSU and PSU in the same pod and with Michigan and Illinois playing both teams as permanent opponents. But I like the general approach.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Don't recall it being a problem in the SEC||
Despite internecine hatred and petty whining second to no conference, I don't recall schedule imbalance because of fixed rivalries ever being cited as an issue in the SEC. Maybe it's because two of the rivalries in particular, Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee, are revered as more important than competitive balance. Maybe it's because the other two rotating games provide so much schedule variance that it doesn't matter. Maybe it's because of fairly stable conference standings: LSU and Florida are always pretty good; State, Kentucky, Ole Miss [usually], and Vanderbilt are almost always pretty bad. No one complains when the rivalries are fairly evenly matched.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||SEC hoops divisions||
The SEC setup was particularly bad this year, where the top four teams were all in the same division so inferior W-1 and W-2 teams got byes over E-3 and E-4.
The men's hoops scheduling is pretty sensible though. That's how the Big 12 did it: home and home against opponents from your "division", only one game against teams from the other "division", but no official impact of the divisions on conf. tournament seeding.