I think you will get your wish.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Don't forget about Andy||
Don't forget about Andy Dirks. He's hurt right now, and won't ever be an all-star, but he's another home-grown talent.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I had to look up soupcon, so||
I had to look up soupcon, so well done. That's my vocab lesson for the day.
I think I'm going to add a soupcon of the word to my speech. I hope it makes me sound more like a Michigan graduate.
|6 days 22 hours ago||No love for Ace?||
No love for Ace?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The ending was good, and what||
The ending was good, and what the writers wanted to do all along. I read last night that they had the last 10 minutes scripted since the first or second season. I do not blame them for sticking to the plan.
The problem is that the show went on too long in between. I think the audience invested too much time and emotion into the mother's legend, and it overrode what the show really should have been about, which is Ted, Robin, and the other characters we actually saw. Also going 9 seasons, I think, kind of forced the Barney-Robin wedding to happen, which obviously made the divorce have to happen.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Does the B1G-ACC challenge||
Does the B1G-ACC challenge match the teams in order of finish in league, the previous season, meaning we are all but guaranteed to play Virginia?
Or is there a provision to avoid recent matchups--we played UVa two or three years ago. Either way, I really hope we get a (good) home game.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Care less about what other||
Care less about what other people, especially Sparties, think of you and you're teams. It will help your health.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously, were you (to the||
Seriously, were you (to the OP) just waiting for the moment they lost to declare our season better? And you had to post all that the minute their game was over?
We laugh when they obsess over Michigan teams and wish them ill in every game. Can we not fall to that level?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||College sports started||
College sports started without athletics scholarships. I'm not a historian (and unfortunately never got to take Bacon's class) but from what I remember, the first sports teams were clubs that got together with others to compete. As it got more popular and organized, they hired coaches, athletic directors became a thing, then the Big Ten and NCAA were formed to regulate it all. Still, the athletes were still true "student-athletes," as in students who happened to be athletes at their school. Athletic scholarships started as academic scholarships schools offered to get better players, which started recruiting. Given how important recruiting is, and how competitive schools are for the top players, I don't see how we can go back to the days of all walk-ons.
This is all based on my recollection of the limited reading I've done on the subject. If anyone has more details or correction, feel free to leave them for me.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To be fair, the money||
To be fair, the money argument drowns out a lot of other important stuff, which the OP correctly identifies as worth discussing. To use your analogy, if you put aside the burgers vs. hot dogs argument (I know what side you're on), maybe you can discuss and find common ground on sides, drinks, seating arrangement, etc. Yes you still have an elephant in the room, but at least you accomplished something.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating||
The BPI is ESPN's proprietary, secret rating system. It's analogous to their QBR rating. Since they own it, nobody else can use it. It's better than RPI, probably not quite as predictive as kenpom.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Because he'll definitely be||
Because he'll definitely be as effective in his 40th minute as compared to his 5th. On the second day of a back to back.
Not to mention the game tomorrow.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Tip: don't read the mgoblog||
Tip: don't read the mgoblog open threads. The only people who post are the ones who are upset enough at the way things are going to expend their frustrated energy here. The overly-optimistic posters get shouted down by the negativity.
And the even keel, reasonable people who might say "hey, it's basketball, a lot of it comes down to luck, we're halfway through a 40 minute game it should all even out in the end, and if it doesn't, it's just a game and not the end of my life" don't even bother.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||http://www.cbssports.com/vide||
CBS sports stream of the game
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Uh, successful as Izzo||
Uh, successful as Izzo assistant, Final Four coach at Marquette, took Indiana from disaster to Big Ten champions...he's not a bad coach.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not that I don't appreciate||
Not that I don't appreciate the effort, but isn't that all a fancy way of saying, "the good (4 of the top 5 seeds) in the BTT are good, so they are likely to win? Of course you are likely to see Michigan or Ohio play Wisconsin or Michigan State, they all did well during the season and are better than the teams they are playing.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Probably the first time||
Probably the first time anyone has beaten 11 B1G teams in one season, no? Last year I think Indiana beat everyone but Wisconsin. Maybe OSU or MSU in 2012, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting that they have so||
Interesting that they have so many close wins this season, given this kenpom article from last season which talks about how they were 0-6 in close games last season, and "predicts" that they will lose a close game in the tournament. Of course they did lose, but it was gloriously not close.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's probably selfish and||
It's probably selfish and short-sighted to think of our team as the most interesting, because every team has good stories when you study them deeply enough, but I have to believe the last few years of M basketball have been some of the best. The cast-off/underdog stories, the quirks each of the guys have, the famous relatives, nearly everyone has something interesting about them.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not only is Notre Dame not a||
Not only is Notre Dame not a tournament team, they also just dumped adidas to go to Under Armor, IIRC. Maybe adidas has a contractual obligation to include them in the special uniform programs until their contract runs out, but I don't think adidas would be inclined to go out of their way to promote ND.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You||
Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You would think with more games and fewer teams it would be much more effective (I'm not sure accurate is the right word).
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Brian writes his best by||
Brian writes his best by thinking of what makes him sad, or at least putting things in perspective. He being happy usually just ends up sounding like the Michigan Tube guys.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder how much it helps||
I wonder how much it helps though. How many olympic sports really benefit from the college training athletes receive? Right now I can't think of many, especially in the winter olympics--hockey to an extent, maybe skiing? In the summer there's track, swimming, gymnastics, crew, wrestling, maybe a few others? I feel like most olympic level athletes in the U.S. skip college to concentrate on the sport full-time. Michael Phelps, remember, never swam competitively for Michigan. So while our college system probably helps in a few cases, overall I don't think it has a very significant effect.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Not until we beat them again||
Not until we beat them again in the B1G tourney.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Babcock is the best hockey||
Babcock is the best hockey coach in the world right now (even though he has criminally never won a Jack Adams). He's 50 and been with the Wings nearly 10 years. They seem to be going down rather than up right now, and it's plausible that in a couple years they might "want to go in a different direction." If Babcock decides he has nothing left to prove in the NHL (a Stanley Cup, two other trips to the finals, plus whatever he does between now and then), maybe he'll want to go to the relatively low-key college job, where you have 30 games a year instead of 82 plus playoffs.
I don't think the pro to college jump is as big a deal as people are making it. Hockey is hockey, the only new issue is recruiting, and keeping guys from going to the OHL. I think he can handle it.
I know the whole Babcock-to-Michigan thing is kind of a pipe dream, but there is enough smoke around it that I want to believe. If it happens it would be awesome, but I'm not really counting on it.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||No, IIRC Belichick resigned||
No, IIRC Belichick resigned on a handwritten note the day of his press conference introducing him as coach of the Jets, and took off to coach NE. I'm not gonna look it up either, but there is a good story about it out there somewhere.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||When they resume the series,||
When they resume the series, they'll make a big, surprising announcement:
"FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE TATE FORCIER'S FINEST HOUR, MICHIGAN AND NOTRE DAME WILL PLAY IN MICHIGAN STADIUM DURING THE DAY, ALLOWING ALL FANS TO ENJOY SUNLIGHT AND TRADITIONAL MICHIGAN FOOTBALL"
|7 weeks 6 days ago||appropriate||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I hate how like half the||
I hate how like half the countries in the world have red white and blue in their flags too. Get your own colors, world.
Sweden has the best colors, obviously.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||I kind of understand what the||
I kind of understand what the author is saying, though I totally disagree with the attitude and arrogance she uses. Ice Dancing, as compared to singles and pairs skating, never had that wow element for me. It always seemed like "yeah, I could probably do that if I tried" (in the same way I think I could drive a bobsled down the track without killing myself, so no I can't really do that). It doesn't have the brute strength/skill element that the other figure skating disciplines have. In some ways it's like comparing curling to hockey: both take special skills and deceptive strength, but one just looks more difficult to do. That being said, I respect the hell out of all olympic athletes, they are truly the best of the best.
One thing that I think ice dancing has working against it: it's not obvious when someone fails. Unlike skating, gymnastics, the extreme snow sports, there are no spectacular falls. To the uneducated viewer, it basically all looks the same, so we can't appreciate how hard it is.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Eh, it's part of the game.||
Eh, it's part of the game. Speedskating is roughly the equivalent of track or swimming in the summer games, and they have a similar number of medals awarded for various distances.
Yes, it's not exactly fair that some sports have more chances to win than others, but it's really not that big a deal.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Can anybody explain to me||
Can anybody explain to me what NBC is doing with their Olympics coverage, specifically online? I have been watching their streaming of every event online, which has been wonderful. Thank you Comcast for allowing this.
However, I just realized something that I probably should have picked up on earlier. The online content is slightly different than on TV. The Sweden-Swiss hockey game this morning had Doc Emerick and Pierre MacGuire calling it on TV, I think, but the stream at work was being called by a single British guy. And the curling online often doesn't have play-by-play announcers at all. Is there some kind of broadcast rights issue that prevents NBC from mirroring their TV content online, or are they just being dicks because they don't sell/show commercials online, so they are not streaming the full experience.
Has anybody else noticed this?
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Explain to me how a sport can||
Explain to me how a sport can be revenue negative?
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||The British women's curling||
The British women's curling team somehow just scored 7 on the US women.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster||
7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster & Co. need to steal at least 3 in the last two ends.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||PSA:||
I know not every reader is in the Detroit area, and even fewer have Comcast, but I just discovered that I get CBC in HD on channel 999. Previously I believe I only got SD on channel 99, so if I wanted to watch the Olympics or Hockey Night in Canada it would be relatively crappy quality. Now there are even more options to watch the Olympics non-stop all day, as I did yesterday!
EDIT: Can we add a link to the NBC streaming coverage in the daily OP? It's not easy to find on the NBC website, especially if you want to watch replays without getting spoilers.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Whoever makes the daily open||
Whoever makes the daily open threads for the duration of the Olympics should copy and paste, or at least link, to this post, so everybody knows the law.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm not saying that either||
I'm not saying that either one deserves to lose their multi-million dollar careers over what seems like "normal" banter between friends (note, I didn't read them all), but this basically proves the front page lesson. You should try to avoid doing things that would reflect poorly upon you if put on the front page of the New York Times, or internet, or whatever. They both put themselves in a position to look like dicks, whether it's in or out of context. Kind of like Riley Cooper at the Chesney concert last summer.
Now, I do plenty of bad stuff when I'm in the safety and privacy of my friends, so I don't want to sound preachy. But if something I did like this did come out, I would have no one to blame but myself.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||The ultimate annoying guy who||
The ultimate annoying guy who totally had the Final Four correct in his bracket and won't stop talking about it.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||False||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember||
Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember not wearing them against Indiana recently. I was also surprised we wore blue against MSU last week.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I missed most of the game,||
I missed most of the game, and I just saw the replays going into overtime. Can someone explain why the near-goal where the Wisco player batted the puck out of the crease with his hand, behind the goalie? I thought the rule was hand on the puck in the crease = penalty shot. Is that not the case in college, missed call, or what?
Also, how is that not a penalty? He elbowed Nagelvoort into the back of the net?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||The Syracuse top is awesome,||
The Syracuse top is awesome, but contrasting-color basketball shorts don't work for me.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Is Nike getting their uniform||
Is Nike getting their uniform names from Buzzfeed headlines? "Hyper Elite Dominance," really?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I hope some people who||
I hope some people who applied more recently than I (fall of 2007, was it really that long ago?), and the others commenting, would reply. From what I have heard, it has gotten significantly harder to get in in recent years. To the OP, several years ago you would be golden, now I'm not so sure.
Apply early, of course, but everyone should know that the university is no longer on rolling admissions. Since the switch to the Common App, everyone (who applied before about Halloween) finds out at the same time, right after Christmas this year.
Also, because of the Common App, applications have skyrocketed in the last four years. I don't know how much it would help, but you should demonstrate that you are more likely than the average applicant to actually attend. They get a ton of applications from people who end up at other schools because it's relatively easy to apply with the common app, only an extra couple essays, not a whole new process.
I can't speak to out-of-state or scholarships, unfortunately. Good luck OP!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This actually brings up a||
This actually brings up a good point--could schools count football practice and games as a class, and offer a major in football, to make the scholarship related to education?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||As I always ask, where is this "incredible budget||
As I always ask, where is this "incredible budget surplus" you speak of? I've seen recent financials of the AD, though not this past year's, and although we are definitely not losing money (as we were in the 90s), the surplus is not huge. If I remember correctly, almost all of it goes back into their capital commitments for building the boxes at the Stadium, and the Yost and Crisler improvements, plus the other projects going on now and in the future.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Well, okay then. You know||
Well, okay then. You know that they fired that guy and next year we'll have a new OC, right?
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||I wonder if Schofield's draft||
I wonder if Schofield's draft position would be any different if Lewan had gone pro last year and he was the starter at LT. He would have gotten more attention, but some might have been negative as he was the leader on an otherwise terrible OL.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Both Championship games are in the West this year.||
Both Championship games are in the West this year. If one had to start at 1:00 EST, it would be 11 a.m. local in Denver. 3 and 6:30 are the perfect times to start the games that allow everyone to enjoy a Sunday before they start.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you. I totally agree.||
Thank you. I totally agree. They are a NFL team, and are not predestined to lose forever. It's not like they were terrible this year either, they won 7 games, including 4 in the division. They have talent and were extremely fun to watch this year despite the finish (does everyone forget the end of the Cowboys game?).
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I know this is joke, but||
I know this is joke, but let's not all forget that Al Borges is not a bad OC. He has a track record of success everywhere he has been, including most of 2011. Yes, it didn't work out this year, but I think it was more a matter of talent and fit than Borges being purely incompetent.
Actually, Borges for the Lions might actually work. Think about what he could do with Stafford, Megatron, Bush & Bell, plus an OL that seemed to figure it out and play well this year.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I don't have time to find||
I don't have time to find them, but there have been studies done that show that there is very little correlation between fumble recovery rate from one year to the next. If recovery were truly a skill, there shouldn't be much change in a team's rate from year to year. That's the main support for the argument that recovery is basically random. Also, as you say, location and bounce are such huge factors, it really makes it hard to show that recovery is something other than mostly luck.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I'm assuming you mean||
I'm assuming you mean Lombardi trophy--unless there's an important Lambeau trophy somewhere I've never heard of...
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Didn't he have that||
Didn't he have that last-possession play to tie against Florida State earlier this year?
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think there's any one reason, it's just||
I don't think there's any one reason, it's just that Rovell is annoying. Personally, I feel he could fill an interesting place in sports reporting, instead he just tweets pointless twitter polls, player salaries, and pictures of empty seats before games. He doesn't understand the passion and irrationality of college football fans.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||My Theory: Walton has the||
My Theory: Walton has the higher ceiling, and Spike isn't a guy the coaches can see leading a team to a Sweet 16 and beyond. So while yes, Spike is probably better for winning games right now, the coaches will continue to play Walton as much as possible to get him the minutes he needs to be significantly improved by the end of the season. Work out the lumps, get the chemistry with the other guys, all that now, in non-conference games which don't matter as much as Big Ten and tournament games.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||If you are looking at one||
If you are looking at one calendar year, I agree this was by far the worst. A combination of falling short of expectations, hopes for greatness dashed, and "general WTFness"--I stole that from Seth's tweet Monday after the Lions game.
In the angry aftermath of the Death to Backboards game against Wisconsin (2011 I think) I drafted a diary that traced Michigan (the state) sports from the moment Bo died in November 2006. From then, there is an almost neverending trail of pain. On top of what has been mentioned here:
Tigers lose World Series twice, plus the ALCS this year that they should have won.
Wings lose Game 7 of SCF in 09
Michigan Hockey: Air Force game in 2009, the Shawn Hunwick show ending 3 straight years 3-2 in overtime (lowlights including the Miami whistle game and NCG).
And probably more.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||It's the first time Ohio is||
It's the first time Ohio is playing Clemson since the Woody Hayes "incident." Drinking game suggestion:
Drink every time they mention Woody Hayes or Charlie Bauman.
If they show the video, punch a dude in the face.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||This game shows what great athletes these guys||
This game shows what great athletes these guys are. Running through six inches of snow, making cuts, and throwing. They are making something almost impossible look only difficult.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing||
I think Castellanos could go back, he was playing there up until only a year ago, and now he'll have a whole offseason to practice again. Then there's still a hole at LF, but I think that's a bit easier to solve. Other alternatives: free agents (Peralta and Infante could both play 3B or SS, and put Iglesias at third), I can't think of any others off the top of my head. Other crazy ideas that probably won't happen: Don Kelly, starter (especially with Leyland gone), keep Cabrera there and find a first baseman/DH.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but||
Check the schedule again. No Nebraska, but Northwestern in Evanston again.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||HTTV cover curse--Denard got||
HTTV cover curse--Denard got hurt last year, and now McGary.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Your first paragraph should||
Your first paragraph should be posted to the front page, top of every thread, and emailed to every reader. If everybody understood your point there, this board would be a much better place.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||"but you never want to give||
"but you never want to give up points if you don't need to. "
100% false. You do what it takes to give you the best chance to win. A few years ago New England did an intentional safety because they were down inside their own 10, and then IIRC did a successful onside kick and eventually won. Just yesterday the Lions declined a holding call that would have taken Dallas out of field goal range to save time, which they needed to come back and win. Sometimes giving up the points is clearly the right thing to do.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||OP, can you clarify what you||
OP, can you clarify what you mean by "later game"? I'm assuming you mean afternoon (3:30) start.
Also, did you mean to say "in November" in the first part of your post? It's kind of implied, but out of context "This is the first later game at Michigan Stadium since Minnesota in 1988" is clearly false.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||You can't call two timeouts||
You can't call two timeouts in a row, right? I think it's a delay of game penalty. So if it was right after a timeout, maybe everyone noticed but thought burning a down and possibly losing a couple yards was better than the alternative--calling another time out AND getting a penalty. Still a very bad, very obvious mistake, but at least it's an excuse for why no one called TO.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||State became what they are as||
State became what they are as a result of joining the Big Ten. Without admittance, they would be like Cincinnati, or maybe Iowa State or Pitt.
I still think it's unfair that Michigan is the only school in the Big Ten that has to deal with another large state school in the conference. Minnesota, Wisco, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio all absolutely dominate their state. It's a significant disadvantage to M.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||I've been using day.to for||
I've been using day.to for Tigers games. The feed cuts out every once in a while, but refreshing brings it right back. Looks like it has all the football games today. Quality is good and no ads if you use adblocker with Chrome.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||True, it's in Dallas. Which||
True, it's in Dallas. Which is still in Texas. I don't know about the geography (except that I know Texas if freaking huge, and Dallas and Austin aren't that close) but it still seems like the crowd would always favor Texas, even if it's just slightly.
I never understood the neutral-site rivalry games. Why would either team, especially the out of state team? give up the home game? It's the same with Florida-Georgia. It would be kinda like Michigan deciding to play someone in Detroit or Chicago every year.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Trey Burke was sooo||
Trey Burke was sooo close...:(
|27 weeks 6 days ago||It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone||
It wouldn't be mgoblog without everyone complaining about Ken Holland, the best GM in pro sports. Of course Samuelson would score the first goal tonight.
|28 weeks 13 hours ago||Instead, 3 of the bottom 4||
Instead, 3 of the bottom 4 teams in ESPN's power rankings--Tampa, Florida, Buffalo.
I would take the over, but I wouldn't put too much on it. Some other ESPN computer prediction machine said they would have 88 points, IIRC, in an article I read yesterday. That seems really low.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Even without the fine print,||
Even without the fine print, the offered refund should give them an out. By not taking the refund, you implicitly accept the terms of the new contract. At least that's what I think the proper legal explanation would be.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||I would argue that your last||
I would argue that your last paragraph is not only true, but a legitimate aim of the athletic department. Everybody wins when the stadium is full--it looks better on TV and feels more fun in person, which attracts recruits. Also, a full, fun student section is a more fun atmosphere for the students, which encourages better attendance. It's no fun to be a small group all alone for a Wednesday night game against East Nowhere State.
The point everybody seems to be missing is that the policy lets more students attend games! If they could only fit 3,000, in the student section, the adopted policy lets all 1,500 "extra" students a chance to go to probably as many as they can.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Michigan wins 30-12||
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all.||
Can you explain that again? I don't follow at all. How did we jump from not having enough seats for students who want to go to transferring tickets to non students?
|29 weeks 6 days ago||If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive,||
If it's anything like the EDSBS charity drive, Michigan fans will take losing personally and crush them.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||I do listen to the students, also when they boo||
I do listen to the students, also when they boo the announcer who says the drinking age is 21, when they chant you suck toward the Air Force Academy, after being begged not to. I listen to what happens in Yost after Red told them not to swear so much, and who still didn't show up at games on time or at all even after Denard, Devin, or Brady asked them to. Pardon me for not really respecting the mob opinion of that group.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out||
You didn't answer the question though. Is flat out denying 1500 students better than giving everyone who wants one a chance to go to the games?
Also, they do admit to breaking the contract, which is why they are offering an out. If anyone doesn't like it, they can get their money back. If they accept the new terms, then they accept them, end of story.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Android||
So you think that turning away 1500 potential customers (now and in the future) from all games is better than turning away a far smaller number from a selected few games? Let's be real, I bet there will only be over 3,000 tickets claimed and used for a handful of the total number on the schedule. I'm honestly curious if you think that's better.
Remember, the goal isn't only to make money. They athletic department is trying to encourage student attendance and enthusiasm. Obviously just selling tickets isn't enough, as evidenced by the 46% attendance rate last year.
|30 weeks 51 min ago||https://csg.umich.edu/executi||
What the president of CSG (Central Student Government) wrote about the policy: basically, he's in favor, as he sees it as a reasonable option given the issues and alternatives I happen to agree with him completely.
To everyone who is complaining, what is your solution to 4500 tickets being sold for only 3000 spots?
The only thing that really sucks about the whole thing is the way they sprung it on everyone, in the middle of September, only about a month before the season starts. It should have been communicated ahead of time, and it probably will be going forward. Then, they didn't know there was going to be any issue in April (five years ago they were selling 450 student season tickets, not 4500).
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Do you think that everyone in||
Do you think that everyone in the athletic department is so dumb they don't realize this? Are you so smart that you know more than they do?
Brandon does not seem like a seat-of-his-pants, do it because it feels right kind of guy. If anything, I get the impression he's extremely calculating and exhaustive in his analysis. I'm sure he focus-grouped and financial-modeled the heck out of every ticket price decision, and has pages of data that show that whatever level it's at will maximize whatever metrics they need to in both the short and long term.
Also, could you tell me where the "humongous surplus" and "gigantic mountain of profit" is? Also, you should probably copy the department, because I just read the AD's financials (surprisingly hard to find) for the last two years, and they had net decreases in fund balances every year. Yes, they're operating surplus is great, but they also spend all of that and more on capital expenditures.
|31 weeks 12 hours ago||This is probably the correct||
This is probably the correct answer. The relative inexperience of almost all the offensive players is what is keeping Borges from going no-huddle.
The last two years have probably been too much about figuring out how to use Denard and dealing with the various O-line issues to really get a solid no-huddle package installed. Now, with talent and depth at OL, RB, TE, they should have time to get everyone plenty of reps and experience, and slowly build the playbook to go toward no-huddle.
|32 weeks 3 days ago||Not a QB, but there was a||
Not a QB, but there was a pitcher in the Yankees system who was ambidextrous a little while ago. IIRC, he was trained by his parents to throw with both hands since he was a kid.
I imagine that anyone with the skill of being ambidextrous would naturally go toward baseball, where it is much easier to use the skill. And, it's hard enough for players to throw properly while practicing with only one arm, can you imagine if they had to split their time between both arms? I don't think it could work.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||That's not the point. Of||
That's not the point. Of course there are inherent advantages that you can't account for and correct--tradition, history, facilities, academics, location, weather, etc. The level playing field was referring to the fact that Michigan, Alabama, Toledo, CMU, and Indiana all follow the same rules--85 scholarship limit, no extra benefits, and on. Within the established system, the rules keep the competition somewhat fair.
Did Alabama beat us because they have more money to pay their players? Nope, pretty sure they beat us because they have a) better coaching and b) better players. We could have recruited some of those players, but we didn't, because (a) and also the other advantages Alabama has (close to home for SE players, recent success, better conference, history, fun school, good fanbase). I can accept that. I bet we would hate to lose to Ohio, Alabama, or anyone else even more than we have recently because their boosters can write bigger checks than ours can.
If the exploitation was so bad, why do 3,000 kids sign up to join it every year? They are free to do anything else with their lives, yet they choose to be a student-athlete, knowing the pros and cons that come with it. Kids are lining up to be a part, that doesn't sound like exploitation to me.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||An open market for players||
An open market for players ruins the "level playing field" that is pretty much necessary for parity, fair competition, and enjoyable sports.
In professional leagues, there is no "open market." The league and players conspire to limit the market through the salary cap, the draft, etc. The NCAA does the same thing through the amateurism rules. A player won't get any more or less cash (you could argue the relative values of the scholarships) by choosing between Michigan, Northwestern, Akron, or Alabama. It's what makes the competition compelling year-in, year-out in college football. Of course it's highly flawed, but it's the system we have, and which has largely worked for a hundred years.
The people looking for a change might not know what they're wishing for. Yeah, a more open market to funnel money that goes to the coaches, administrators, facilities, etc. would have some positive outcomes, such as more properly compensating the players who earn it, but the potential negatives are not considered. If you're okay with a system where the rich literally get richer, there there is an even more elite level of wealthy programs (probably only the top 2-4 in each big conference) getting all the best players due to their $$ advantage, then fine. Personally, I think there are major problems with that, and could potentially lead down a road toward the end of college football, as the smaller programs decide they can't keep up and shut down.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||I think you're correct on the||
I think you're correct on the larger point, so I'm going to nitpick. Smyly isn't the designated long guy any more, Leyland said he's pitched well enough to be the 8th inning set-up man.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Braun got caught, maintained||
Braun got caught, maintained his innocence and went hard after the people who accused him/were involved in the positive tests. He got his original suspension revoked, signed a huge new deal with a small-market team, and then got caught again. So not only did he cheat, but he lied about and profited off of it, all while handicapping his team. Peralta, as far as we know, did none of that except the original transgression. I think the cases are quite different.
|38 weeks 4 days ago||I'm glad this thread got||
I'm glad this thread got made--track the race here (thanks to Bell's Beer):
|40 weeks 13 hours ago||Haven't ordered yet,||
probably won't until fall when the price drops a bit and I actually have time to play.
Did anyone really expect the playoff to be in this game? Not only would it be a completely new thing to be added relatively late in the development of this game, but I'm sure EA has some contract language with the BCS that forces them to use the BCS in perpetuity as long as it's valid in the current year. They might have told EA they won't license the name/bowl games/everything else if they only had it in the game for one year in dynasty mode.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a Tigers fan, but my fantasy team is riding||
I'm a Tigers fan, but my fantasy team is riding Masterson and Ubaldo, so I hope they can keep their pace up for the rest of the season.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Should have put your wife in||
Should have put your wife in the picture with Tressel
|47 weeks 6 days ago||Seriously, of all teams to||
Seriously, of all teams to play consistently in London, the NFL sends the Jags? They are probably the worst possible team to go there and represent American football. However, given that they are near the bottom in home attendance in the league, the NFL probably has the least to lose by taking their home games.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I was there five years ago,||
I was there five years ago, and most of the cross streets had big letters painted onto the street, "LOOK RIGHT"
It was idiot American/European proof.
|48 weeks 4 days ago||Blame Hoke||
Since you are encouraged to donate in an amount related to the score of a significant game, the low per-capita donations must be a result of lower scoring Michigan games recently. If you're an optimist, you can say Mattison's defense has been awesome keeping the other team from scoring. If you are naturally angry, you can blame Borges for the offense not scoring as much as maybe they could have.
12.10 was too low for me, but I didn't want to go too much higher, so I went with 24.12, a good old standby.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||I know it sucks to lose a game like that, but I||
I know it sucks to lose a game like that, but I disagree that we need to get D this summer. We got DeKeyser, he looks great, just got hurt, Lashoff is only 22 and is playing in his second playoff game, give him a year to mature and improve, and basically the same with Smith. After Kronwall-Ericsson, pretty much everyone is young. They have the chance to get better.
Quincy--ok I can't defend (no pun intended) him. He should be good at this point in his career, or he should be gone.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Is it possible that the B1G||
Is it possible that the B1G basketball schedule is worked into a combined weekend like the Thanksgiving/OSU hockey/The Game? I think many more people would be inclined to travel if they could attend a hockey and basketball game on Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday.
Who makes the B1G basketball schedule and does anyone think they are taking this into account?
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Relevant|
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Mets||
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Probably not. I just read a||
Probably not. I just read a tweet that said that you will see every team in the opposite division at least once in 4 years. That can't be done with 2 year rotations, you only get 6 in four years.
I'm not sure how it will work out exactly, especially with the IU-PU protected crossover, but I imagine for Michigan it will be some thing like:
Year 1: Minnesota (H), Nebraska, Wisco (A)
Year 2: Minnesota (A), Iowa, Northwestern (H)
Year 3: Illinois (H), Iowa, Northwestern (A)
Year 4: Illinois (A), Purdue, Wisco (H)
Year 5: Nebraska (H), Purdue, Wisco (A)
Year 6: Nebraska (A), Minnesota, Northwestern (H), etc.
That set-up kind of staggers home/away to achieve the desired effect. Of course I don't know how that system would work across 14 teams, and gets the right home-away, competitiveness-fairness balance. But I think it works.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||If we can't beat Ohio, we||
If we can't beat Ohio, we don't deserve to be in the playoffs. I prefer this to the potential awkwardness of playing them twice in a row, which is looking pretty likely this year.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||So in 2016, our schedule will||
So in 2016, our schedule will look like this (obviously not in this order) assuming they keep as many home/road alternating series as possible:
5 HOME GAMES
4 AWAY GAMES
Also, in 2016 M has open dates in Week 2 (9/10--vacated by ND) and in the middle of B1G season. Unless they move the Ball State game in Week 4 to Week 2, or schedule a B1G game early in the season, they will have to play 11 straight weeks.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||I'm tired of all the||
I'm tired of all the negativity on this board about the Lions. They are an NFL team. There are only 32, and due to parity in the league, there is no reason they cannot be successful. Yes, they have been disappointing over the last 50 years, but that has nothing really to do with the future. They have a roster with talent, experienced coaches, and young players who are now maturing and learning how to play in the NFL. I expect success in the near future.
And really, how many teams in the league are really that "better" than the Lions, in terms of sustained success in the recent past and into the future? I can list only a few who are clearly the class of the league: New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, San Francisco (and they were a mess until Harbaugh), maybe the NY Giants. How about this list? Buffalo, Jacksonville, NY Jets, Miami, Arizona, Cincinnati, Oakland. We get to see the Lions firsthand, but it's not like that list looks much better. Point is, lots of teams struggle for a time period with hiring and firing coaches, GMs, and missing the playoffs. A streak of good luck and consistency of coaches and system should help them get back to the playoffs.
I guess I get it. Everyone wants to loudly profess how much they hate watching the team, how they will never win, etc. They are just lowering expectations as a defense mechanism, so if the team does do well they can be happy, but if they lose, they just shrug it off and can say "yeah, I expected that." People did the same thing during this basketball season. If I had a dollar for every board post here during the MSU/Wisco/PSU/Indiana games that said "this team won't make it out of the first round of the tournamet" I would be rich. If that works for you as a fan, that's good, I guess. Personally though, I prefer to be a little more optimistic. I'm realistic, but it's no fun as a fan if I'm expecting the worst at all times.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||A shorter regular season will||
A shorter regular season will never happen. Assuming teams are profitable (most are), each game means everybody gets paid more--the owners, the players, the arena operators, even the bars and restaurants around the arenas that rely on hockey (and baseball, basketball, and football too, obviously). They all want to maximize the number of games, until the point that it's too much wear on the players and/or the fans check out because it costs too much.
I too liked the short season and high frequency of games. I think I did watch more than usual because I got into the habit of checking the schedule and knowing there was about a 50/50 chance a game was going to be on. I think ratings go up after lockouts is because the fans who are any more than casual have built up demand and want to show the world that they still care about the sport.
Now, whatever happened in the shorter regular season doesn't matter. The playoffs aren't any shorter, it still takes 16 wins to get the Cup.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||At first I thought Brady would be better than||
At first I thought Brady would be better than Braylon for B, but then I saw you had Tom, so it's all good.
Then I thought that Biakabtuka (??) would be better. Teaching a toddler to read and pronounce that name would be hilarious and awesome.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||Um, Chad Henne? He's still in||
Um, Chad Henne? He's still in the League, as far as I know. And Denard will make a roster, even if he's not playing QB. So next season there should be 4 former Michigan QBs in the NFL.
This comment prompted me to look, and every Michigan starting quarterback from Elvis Grbac through Chad Henne/Ryan Mallett at least made an NFL roster. That's 1989-2007, and three head coaches (Bo, Mo, and Lloyd). It's a pretty remarkable streak, one that I don't think any other school even comes close to replicating.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||It's 9 inchesno, I'm not gonna make the joke.||
It's 9 inches
no, I'm not gonna make the joke. even though I should.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||I had to check my cover of NCAA, but yeah, it's||
I had to check my cover of NCAA, but yeah, it's Barry and RGIII.
|51 weeks 16 hours ago||The false dichotomys,||
The false dichotomys, generalization, fights and general grumpiness of everyone throughout this whole discussion (going back to the fall when people complained about the students coming late) is ridiculous. Pretty much everyone looks bad. So of course I'm going to add my opinion.
I like General Admission. If I want a good seat, I can choose to wait in line, as long as it takes, and I'll get a seat generally where I want. If my priorities lie elsewhere, such as drinking, studying, hooking up, or whatever, I can do that instead, but then I'll have to live with the consequences. Like most everything else in life, there is a trade off. Nearly everyone complaining about not being able to pregame and get into the seats they feel entitled to are just trying to have their cake and eat it too.
All the conversation about this is way overblown, IMO. It will work itself out, just like at every other school that has GA student sections. It might take a year or two of adjusting, but eventually people will figure out how to time their entrance into the stadium for their desired balance of morning partying and seat. The biggest difficulty will be getting large groups (I'm thinking 5-8 housemates, plus friends, out of towners, significant others, and other hangers-on) to all enter at once so to sit together. Groups will likely be smaller as getting a large group of drunk college students to all decide to walk to the game together is like herding cats.
Finally, it will be interesting to see what the student ticket scalping market is like. As time goes by in the morning, a student ticket is literally worth less and less. People will no longer rely on grabbing a ticket for cheap from some freshman girl puking next to a house on Hoover on her way to the game, just to get in.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||What happened to Woods 1-6?||
What happened to Woods 1-6?
|51 weeks 5 days ago||I dunno man, Ohio Stadium and||
I dunno man, Ohio Stadium and Spartan Stadium don't look very safe in this video:
|51 weeks 6 days ago||It's very possible that with||
It's very possible that with Hoke's "Fort Schembechler" mentality, he did not want the ESPN circus to be a distraction to his spring practice. So he told ESPN to wait until now.
|52 weeks 31 min ago||The Ewing Theory applies to||
The Ewing Theory applies to superstars, the kind of players who when they leave you say "well now they are going to suck." Like Ewing himself at Georgetown and with the Knicks. Hardaway isn't at that level, I don't think. Good, but not great player this year.
It does not really apply as well in college because everyone loses players every year.
|1 year 4 days ago||Dwyer is a walk-on and a||
Dwyer is a walk-on and a senior next year, he may decide that continuing to work with the team is not worth it if there is not much room in the goalie section of the locker room
AFAIK Janecyk is a walk-on as well, and might make a similar decision. If neither decide to do so, great, always good to have senior for leadership and depth.
Rutledge would be the only one to potentially see the writing on the wall and look for an opportunity elsewhere. He's was slightly higher rated than Racine coming into freshman year, however, so I hope Red can convince him to stick around to see if he develops, and can put last year behind him.
Nagelvoort seems like just a lottery ticket, hoping we find another Shawn Hunwick.
At least, that's my outsider's guess on the situation. You probably know much more than I do.
|1 year 4 days ago||Great pickup. I'm still not||
Great pickup. I'm still not sure if Racine figured it out at the end of the season and is going to play that well the rest of his career, or if he just got hot and his true performance is closer to what we saw in the rest of the season. Obviously, I hope it's the former, but it's good to have some insurance so we don't have to go through the first 5 months of last season again next year.
Also, Nagelvoort sounds like an awesome name to taunt from the student section. I would be lying if I said I wasn't a little sad the students will miss out on that. Obviouly, happier he's here to play for Michigan.
|1 year 4 days ago||Step 1: Get a tattoo (if you||
Step 1: Get a tattoo (if you don't already have one) in an innocuous place
Step 2: Ask if he wants to see your tattoo
Step 3: Show him your new tattoo
(This thread had far too much seriousness, and not as much snark as I expected)
EDIT: And now I want to add, he's a man who coaches football, not just a football coach. I'm sure everyone talks to him about his thoughts on football all the time. He might appreciate it if you tried to explore other topics completely unrelated to football--his previous career, books he's read recently, movies, anything you would normally talk about with someone you just met. I'm sure he's used to it by now, but if I were him I would appreciate not being bombarded with football questions.
|1 year 1 week ago||You missed the point. Do you||
You missed the point. Do you have a pathological hatred for Michigan because you didn't get in? No, and good on you for that. The post you responded to was clearly a joke. You might be the one who needs to get over yourself if you get so defensive.
|1 year 1 week ago||68-62 Michigan||
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Closer is a position made up||
Closer is a position made up by the save statistic. There might be a few games the Tigers wish they had a closer, but not significantly more than a real closer would blow.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Big signing, good for the||
Big signing, good for the Wings. It would have hurt if the hometown kid had gone somewhere else. I wonder how much he'll play in Grand Rapids, or if Kenny promised him a lot of NHL time in order to get him to sign.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Three of the four games are||
Three of the four games are on ESPNU for anyone who's interested and has it. Also on ESPN3.
I'm finding it hard to get excited about these games when Michigan isn't in it. It usually takes me a round or two of the NHL playoffs to start watching again after the Wings are eliminated.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Thank you sir.||
Thank you sir.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I'm not a big soccer fan, but||
I'm not a big soccer fan, but I'm trying to get into it and I'm pretty excited for tonight's game. Can someone explain to me why Tim Howard and Landon Donovan aren't on the team? Are they hurt, or stuck in Europe, or just not playing for the Nats anymore?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I took that to mean 2||
I took that to mean 2 home-and-home series--play in Ann Arbor on Friday, Columbus on Saturday (or Friday-Monday, as OP mentioned one would be). With the schools so close, that makes sense.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Thanks for the info. Looks||
Thanks for the info. Looks like a solid schedule, I'll think about buying season tickets or at least trying to get student tickets from people for some of those games.
I really hope we can continue some of the CCHA rivalries. FSU and UN-O are the only former CCHA teams we play next year. After everything settles, I would really like to see Miami, Notre Dame, and Western. They are all close enough we could do home-and-home series. Also, playing North Dakota again would be awesome.
As sad as the ending to this season was, seeing this schedule and getting ready to enter the B1GHC is getting me ready for next season already. Only 6 months away!
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Is anyone else more let down||
Is anyone else more let down by each round of the tournament? It seems like every year I get excited about the Thursday when I can watch 16 games over 12 hours, then Saturday comes and there are half as many games, and then next weekend it's half as many again...I can't really explain it, but if Michigan's not playing and my bracket is busted, I rarely care about the rounds between here and the Final Four.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Seth--I can do it from||
Seth--I can do it from 4-probably 5:30 if you still need mods. What's your email? (apologies if it's firstname.lastname@example.org, but I can't find it on the site)
|1 year 3 weeks ago||That's why they invented GRAD||
That's why they invented GRAD SCHOOL. One more year to do exactly what you said (drink beers and watch games).
|1 year 4 weeks ago||That's what she said||
That's what she said
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Just finished a Sam Adams||
Just finished a Sam Adams Boston Ale, I have a Tap Room Amber ale I'm about to open, and both Bud Black Crown and Bud Light (in green aluminum bottles!) that I may get to later.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||You would think Ohio and||
You would think Ohio and Indiana would have priority on Dayton. They are higher seeds and closer.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||GAME OVER. Good win for the||
GAME OVER. Good win for the guys, hope they put them away tomorrow and keep the Joe Louis streak going, and hope to keep the NCAA streak alive as well.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||1:01 left, faceoff at the||
1:01 left, faceoff at the Michigan blue like. Slubowski coming out as soon as they get the puck in.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Penalty killed successfully.||
Penalty killed successfully. About 2 min left
|1 year 4 weeks ago||It sounded like "Puck you||
It sounded like "Puck you twitch!"
I don't get it either.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||4-3 good guys. Trouba with||
4-3 good guys. Trouba with his second goal.
Can we turtle now and play the rest of the period like a penalty kill, like we did in the '11 Frozen Four game against ND (ntND)?
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Yes, absolutely. Win 2 in||
Yes, absolutely. Win 2 in Kalamazoo this weekend, then 2 next weekend in Detroit (most likely Miami and Notre Dame, assuming chalk in the rest of the tournament)
|1 year 4 weeks ago||67-64 Michigan. No half-court||
No half-court shot for the tie this time.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||80-66 Michigan||
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Kinda off topic here but I||
Kinda off topic here but I just want to ask: Shouldn't ESPN come up with a better name for their documentary series than 30 for 30? The 30th anniversary of ESPN was four years ago, and it seems like they are way over 30 movies by now.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I'll post this here for||
I'll post this here for future reference. If anyone needs feeds to Michigan hockey games, I found the one posted above at this site:
|1 year 5 weeks ago||There are 11 teams in the||
There are 11 teams in the CCHA, so the top 5 get byes to the quarters (like the Big Ten basketball tournament was before last year). Seeds 6, 7 (us), and 8 host 11, 10, and 9, respectively, in the first round. Winners advance and are re-seeded each round.
The semis and finals are single elimination, and held in Detroit (Joe Louis Arena). The NCAA tournament is also single elimination, just like the basketball tournament. 16 teams qualify.
Of course, this all changes next year when Michigan (along with State, Ohio, Penn State, Wisco, and Minnesota form the B1G hockey conference.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||ONLINE FEED||
Don't ask where I found that
EDIT: also, mine does not have sound, so I'm listening to the radio feed, which is slightly behind the video. But better than nothing.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Could you do one of these||
Could you do one of these after the weekend with the teams being considered for 1, 2, and 3 seeds? I think Michigan's resume is better than people think.
Also, a suggestion: make the quality wins/bad losses blind as well by referring to them by Kenpom or RPI rankings. It's pretty easy to guess who is who, defeating the whole purpose of the exercise.
This is a lot of fun, though. Thanks for putting the effort in to do it!
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Best 2/3 in the first round||
Best 2/3 in the first round (this weekend) and quarters (next weekend), then single elimination in the semis and finals.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I dunno. I see it as another||
I dunno. I see it as another opportunity to get quality wins against good teams, which would help the NCAA seeding. And I like our chances against MSU or OSU instead of Indiana. At least making the BTT final could be enough to push us to the 1 line (assuming other games fall our way, of course). And that makes the road to the ultimate goal easier.
It's a moot point now, but I think you are caring about finishing ahead of MSU too much. If neither team wins the BTT, people are going to care more about who goes further in the NCAA tournament anyway.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Maybe everyone else has a||
Maybe everyone else has a fetish for athletes' sweaty armpit hair, but I actually like the sleeves. It's not a traditional basketball look, but I like it on Golden State, and I don't think I would mind it on Michigan.
The zubaz look on the pants and sleeves is terrible though. Whoever at adidas who keeps pushing it needs some style advice.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Everyone who is hoping||
Everyone who is hoping Wisconsin wins is crazy. Understandable, I guess, given the emotions involved, but still wrong. According to the chart El Fuego posted above, with a Sparty win, the game Sunday determines Michigan's seed in the BTT:
Win, and they are a 2/3 seed, and will play MSU or OSU in the semis (assuming a win Friday against a bottom-half B1G team). Either way, get a bye Thursday and looking at a pretty easy first round game (at least as easy as B1G games can be this season). Beat MSU/OSU, and M is in the final.
Lose to Indiana, and 7/8 outcomes have M playing Wisco in the 4/5 game. It would suck to be the 5 and have to play Penn State again, but oh well. Anyway, based on how well UW has played recently, I like our chances in a rematch. Which would put us in the semis against Indiana, but it's hard to beat a team 3 times in one season.
Finally, MSU winning tonight (as I write, it's a 18 point lead with 2 min left) guarantees Indiana the 1 seed. They'll still want to win the title outright on Sunday, but with both tournament 1 seeds pretty much locked up, they might lack a little motivation. Every little bit helps.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Uh, no. Two 15s won last||
Uh, no. Two 15s won last year, taking out Duke and Missouri (who I had stupidly picked to win it all).
I agree that in general the 15s and 16s are teams that M should beat, regardless of how hard the BTT is on them.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Michigan 75-70||
Michigan 75-70 Purdue
Michigan 67-64 Indiana
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Wisconsin also plays next||
Wisconsin also plays next week @ MSU, who will hopefully be pissed off from losing to Michigan on Sunday. Anything can happen, especially with Wisconsin, but I don't see them coming out of Breslin with a win. Which will put them at 5 losses for the season, taking them out of the B1G championship (unless crazy things happen).
We control our destiny, no doubt about it. If M wins out, we'll be tied with Indiana at 14-4, everyone else will have five losses or more.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Assuming Michigan takes care||
Assuming Michigan takes care of business tomorrow night in Happy Valley, by this time tomorrow M will be:
Tied for second place in the B1G with MSU and Wisco with three games left and home games against MSU and Indiana still on the schedule. Win both and they get the second consecutive B1G title.
After tomorrow night's games I'll try to do a more in-depth scenario analysis of the end of season and B1G tourney seeding possibilities.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||That's a start, but adding||
That's a start, but adding two teams and two conference games still means you only play half the conference once (6/13). I would advocate going to 22-24 conference games.
If you look at football, they're going to 9 conference games. That's 75% of the schedule. M plays 31 games this season, and could have fit in more if they had scheduled a non-conference game on the open weekend in January (like they had in recent seasons with Arkansas and UConn). So I'll say 32 games. 75% of that is 24 B1G games.
Obviously, the ADs will complain that they lose 2-3 home games, to which I say, who cares? I think fans are more likely to attend a December home game against a B1G opponent than two games against the directional Michigans, Binghamton, and Arkansas, Michigan's home opponents in December this year.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||We really didn't get lucky||
We really didn't get lucky with our schedule this year. The only team to miss two of the top 5 at home, and one of only two teams to get all 5 on the road.
I hope when the conference goes to 14 teams (and beyond) they add more conference games, so they get as close to a double round robin as possible, eliminating this inequity.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Nope, it's gonna be Godzilla||
Nope, it's gonna be Godzilla vs. King Kong (H/T):
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I just want to say that I||
I just want to say that I look forward to these posts a lot. It's great to know what's going on around the country without having to pay too close attention to these kinds of things. The viewing guide is great as well.
The B1G power rankings of power are hilarious and informative too, and I can't wait to see them tomorrow.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Can we be clear about which||
Can we be clear about which game was "Game That Never Happened But Nevertheless Pains My Soul? As I recall, both games sucked, each in their own way.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Also Jimmy Hoffa. Both would||
Also Jimmy Hoffa. Both would be 100 today.
One was a thug and bully who intimidated all of his opponents, and one got killed in Detroit.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Solution: save a timeout in||
Solution: save a timeout in case that happens. Plan ahead for the injury potential, because the rule is also protecting you from your opponent playing the same dumb games.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||So Sparty (and any other||
So Sparty (and any other green-colored team) won't be able to do all-green uniforms?
Aesthetically, I like this, because solid-color football uniforms suck, and it's even better that Sparty's potential alternate uniform combinations will be illegal as well.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Only on a Michigan blog do we||
Only on a Michigan blog do we get Shakespeare's Henry V re-purposed into a call for fans to attend a basketball game. Very nicely done.
However, and I know I'm reinforcing the stereotype here, but I was a little bothered that it didn't always fit into the iambic pentameter. But well-done nonetheless.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Have you seen this board||
Have you seen this board after a close road loss? We do the same thing, complain about the refs.
The referees cannot overcome the pressure a loud home court puts on them, in general. It's part of life. The sooner everybody understands that's just the way it is, and its not a big conspiracy, the better.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Basketball!! Big Ten!!||
Basketball!! Big Ten!! Michigan!!!!
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Well, for one thing, time. If||
Well, for one thing, time. If the Fab 5 (really, we're talking about Webber) came back this year, it would be 20 years after their successes and sins, and 10 years after the conclusion of the NCAA investigation and penalties. It's far enough away that people do not remember all the pain that was a result of their actions. The distance allows for some forgiveness.
OTOH, Tressel was brought back 18 months after he was fired, during the season that included a bowl ban for which he was clearly responsible. The message OSU sent was that Tressel is forgiven for cheating, even celebrated. So soon after it all went down, looks bad to us (as rival fans).
|1 year 11 weeks ago||The play: The High School||
The play: The High School Football Recruit
Step 1: Attend high school, join football team. Step 2: Get recruited by SEC schools. Step 3: Hookup with designated coed tourguides on official visit. Step 4: Go home at end of weekend, visit another school next weekend. Never see those girls again.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'm in Chicago right now, and||
I'm in Chicago right now, and the TV I'm watching on has two different college hockey games (Minnesota on BTN, Yale Cornell on NBC) and a freaking AHL game, but I can't watch either the Michigan Or Red Wings games. Sigh.
OT, but they are talking about Penn State's new program. Has anybody been paying attention to them this year? How are they doing? Are they going to be an okay program in the B1G next year?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Since I can't watch the game,||
Since I can't watch the game, and there's no Friday drinking thread, I thought I should announce here that I'm celebrating the UP by watching "Escanaba in da Moonlight" and drinking some Buds.
Also, good to see the team playing better. Thanks for the updates on the thread.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Wow, Joe Webb is starting.||
Wow, Joe Webb is starting. Has a QB starting a playoff game after not playing in the regular season ever happened before?
|1 year 14 weeks ago||One of the toughest things||
One of the toughest things about Cleveland is the division. Pittsburgh and Baltimore's defenses are older now, but still pretty good. Cincinnati had a top 10 defense as well this year. Running the Kelly spread against those teams will not be easy.
For Kelly, I think there are better jobs available--Philly, if they want him, maybe Arizona (two other Pac-12 coaches are doing pretty well in the NFC West), and if he waits a year, maybe Carolina (Cam Newton!) or Dallas (Jones will give him all the players he wants to run the spread).
Finally, and this isn't really a reason to turn down the job, but the Cleveland weather and stadium is not suited to the spread. It has natural grass, its cold and wet for half the year, and it will be that much harder for the speed guys to make their cuts when they need to,
|1 year 14 weeks ago||What was wrong with the||
What was wrong with the nameplates on the hockey jerseys? They were designed to be throwback jerseys since the GLI was supposed to be played outdoors, and apparently M played with contrast colored nameplates sometime in their history. I haven't found any pictures to confirm, but I think it was likely intentional, not an adidas screwup.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Could you provide a list of||
Could you provide a list of what is and is not allowed? I thought that the fact that the moderators left this (and many other OT posts) active indicated that it in fact was allowed. But now you have taken it upon yourself to let everyone know that this does not belong on the MGoBlog board. Interesting. Please let me know under what authority you were granted this right.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||There is a chance we could||
There is a chance we could play the defending National Champions two years in a row. Notre Dame is always a big game, but it will be even better as they are coming off a good season (and should be nearly as good next year) and it is the last time they will be playing in Ann Arbor for at least 5 years.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Meh, seen that before|
|1 year 18 weeks ago||If he makes it last that||
If he makes it last that long, we just scheduled Arkansas for 2018-19
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Big division: M, OSU,||
M, OSU, Nebraska, PSU
The other 10 teams.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Check firstrowsports or||
Check firstrowsports or vipboxsports
save/memorize them, they usually work for almost any sport.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I have seen this before, I||
I have seen this before, I think they have been doing this bet for a while. Unfortunately, Brady has lost it it most of the time.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'm not a lawyer, but my||
I'm not a lawyer, but my understanding of the "Superdrunk" law is to distinguish DUIs between egregiously drunk drivers (Sheahan) and the borderline cases (blowing between a .08 and .14, I think). It gives judges better guidelines in sentencing, so judges don't go to extremes, like Kim Small throwing Jalen Rose in jail for a first-time offense.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Beilein?||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||As the Grantland article||
As the Grantland article about Oregon said a week or so ago, its not the up-tempo offense precisely that is such an advantage, but the fact that they can slow and speed up at will in response to the defense. If you can "trap" a favorable defensive lineup on the field, go super fast to deny them the chance to substitute. If you are not having a lot of success, slow down a take a little more time at the line. It still gives you the opportunity to see the defensive lineup before you call your play.
A higher tempo also means more plays in limited practice time. True, less time to teach, but I think more reps is generally the best thing for improving at practice. It can help conditioning. And, as Kilgore says above, running practice at a high speed will help the defense be prepared for opponents who run the no-huddle.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Well, the blog started around||
Well, the blog started around 2004 (I think). Would you want to do UFRs for any of those painful OSU losses?
Also, the utility of a UFR goes down the fewer games the players have left in their careers. Analyzing the Ohio game to evaluate the performance of Denard, Kovacs and the other seniors is only helpful for one more game, the bowl. The team will look significantly different next year, so why waste time on a bowl UFR? I think that's why Brian normally doesn't do them.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||79-51 Michigan||
|1 year 20 weeks ago||27-24 Ohio :(||
27-24 Ohio :(
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Better facilities, better||
Better facilities, better coaches, better recruits, more sports, etc. Maybe even cheaper tickets.
To say the athletic department "has enough money" is asinine. There is always an opportunity to improve the athletics, and the university in general, in some way.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Chad Henne was the first pick||
Chad Henne was the first pick of the second round in '08. I guess not technically first round, but as close as you can get. Plus, because the Pats lost their first round pick that year, it was 32nd overall.
But we'll ignore that and say, yeah, the Big Ten hasn't produced anyone good, ever.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This should go in the||
This should go in the divisions thread, but it's already buried, so I'll post this here.
The Godzilla vs. King Kong divisions:
|1 year 21 weeks ago||4. Macaroni & Cheese* /MURICA||
4. Macaroni & Cheese*
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Everyone on this board has||
Everyone on this board has some serious reading comprehension issue. The last paragraph of the OP pretty clearly states that he is taking expansion as a given, and that Rutgers is not as bad a choice as you might think assuming the Big Ten is going to expand somewhere.
Also, everyone who is against Maryland and Rutgers seems to have no vision for what could change. They assume that what those schools are now is what they will be forever. I believe that they have a very good chance to improve with the additional money and attention they will receive from joining the B1G. They can use the BTN money to upgrade facilities, pay coaches, etc. They can recruit better by promising nationally-televised games against Michigan and Nebraska.
As for fan support, attendance, and TV ratings, they obviously have room for improvement, and will improve, possibly significantly, with a move to a more prestigious conference. Remember Rutgers was very bad for very long. Maybe their current run of success will spawn more and more fans. Maryland too might grow its own brand with the help of B1G attention.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||The more I read and think||
The more I read and think about this, it sounds like a better and better idea. Maryland is probably popular enough to get BTN on basic cable in Maryland and DC, and Rutgers + other B1G alumni might be a big enough group to demand BTN in NJ and New York.
Everybody makes fun of Maryland and Rutgers for being not great at football, but I think they can be moderately successful when given the additional resources and clout the Big Ten provides. They will recruit better when they are on TV more, have better competition, .etc
My assumptions might be all wrong, but I can see where this is not totally unreasonable.
Also: Dodd article posted in other thread: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/dennis-dodd/21030684/delan...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Somehow the thread is broken||
Somehow the thread is broken online, so posting from the app.
I have defended the students before, but I won't here. I agree that more should have shown up today for the senior day activities. Here are some more potential solutions that are not kneejerk reactions like taking seats away from students:
As I said before, make the pregame more exciting. I don't know what exactly to do, but the students are obviously not impressed by the same thing. Do something special, and get the word out about it. I expect Charles Woodson back next year to make a #2 legends patch, so that might be a good way to start.
The students, especially the younger ones, need to make arriving on time (early) a habit. General Admission might do this over time, but I'm not sure if the university is totally comfortable with creating a Paternoville kind of camp out situation. Also, it can get messy as even more people try to squeeze close (even dangerous--lots of potential for a crush). And the top rows will still probably look empty.
But the AD should really engage the students directly. Talk to the frat councils and encourage them to turn off the music and kick everyone out an hour before kickoff. Give away pizza at the student gates. Try anything and everything.
I have some more, but I'll save it for the next time we have this discussion.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This girl||
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Sorry, but this won't happen.||
Sorry, but this won't happen. Nebraska did not join the conference to play Indiana, MSU, and Purdue. They want (really, need) to play at least 2 of M, OSU, and PSU every year. If Rutgers and Maryland being added to the conference really does happen, expect another random Legends/Leaders kind of setup. In fact, they should really just add Maryland to the Legends to keep it M's, N's, and Iowa.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||This just feels random and||
This just feels random and out of the blue. I know these schools have been talked about before, but now? It seems like the B1G was stable and happy with 12--no reason to go crazy to try to get to 14 like the SEC and ACC did (and how are those conferences liking the additions now?).
Nebraska was plausible because their fanbase and history could justify it--they brought in at least their share of the total pie in bowl/TV money, even before counting the ability of the conference to stage the championship game.
Can Maryland and Rutgers bring enough in BTN subscriptions and ESPN contract money to not dilute the amount received by the rest of the conference?
Finally, from a fan standpoint, this further dilutes the conference feeling between the schools. Does anybody else remember what it's like to play Wisconsin? I don't really, since we haven't played them since 2010 and won't until 2015, barring a championship game appearance, obviously. If a 14 team conference only plays 8 conference games, you don't play the teams in the opposite division more often than you do.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||31-9 Michigan Three stars:||
Three stars: AJ, Boo, JMFT
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I understand, and I||
I understand, and I appreciate the tradition. All I'm saying is that others don't share that, and it's not a poor reflection on them.
Also, I mentioned it on my post above, but my experience today was basically this: I wanted to leave my pregame at about 11:30. I got everyone together in my group, and about 10 minutes later we were gone. But then we had to pick up someone else down the street, then eventually I left the group behind as they were walking too slow. I had to wait in line at the gate so I missed kickoff and the first drive. So what? If I were alone I could have made it, but friends are important too. There is almost no point in attending an event like a football game if there is no one to share it with.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||For a lot of students,||
For a lot of students, getting to the game on time is not a priority. Just because you diagree with their choices does not mean they are wrong.
If anything, blame the athletic department. Give the students a compelling reason to show up early, and more probably will. I would start with general admission--if you show up early, you can sit wherever you want. That might encourage earlier seating. Second, come up with a more exciting pregame routine. The tradition of the band is unfortunately lost on the students, and nothing else that is going on is providing enough of a wow experience to get people there early. Flyovers and Jetpack guy last year were both really cool, but they need to get the word out about them better (nobody reads the stupid emails they send out on Thursday night about the game). Giveaways might help too, but it has to be more than throwaway value. A hat or $20 gift card for the first 10,000 students into the student section might me enough to convince people to come early.
In general, I believe the culture needs to be changed. This is my fifth season as a student, and it does appear to have gotten worse every year. Maybe the Rodriguez years hurt enthusiasm, maybe college students are more apathetic in general. Whatever the reason, it's true that students are not showing up on time, and don't really care. Part of the problem with the culture is that the slow people--girlfriends, friends from other schools, students who aren't die-hard football fans--keep the friends who actually want to go early back, since they have to wait for one last drink, or to meet at another party, or just because they walk down Hoover slowly. And once it's okay for some people to show up late, it becomes okay for everyone. If there can be some more momentum for showing up on time, I think it will snowball as students see others on their way toward the stadium early. Making it culturally unacceptable to show up late will help start to solve the problem.
By the way, there will always be out of state students, people that really don't care about football that much, and hard partiers who will never sacrifice drinking to watch the pregame and kickoff. The key is to get the Median 50% in sooner than they are arriving now.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I wish I could remember where||
I wish I could remember where I heard it, but I have a short story:
Someone was high at work, and his boss came around to confront him on it. The pothead, thinking he had outsmarted the boss, whipped out a medical marijuana card and said "hey, I have a prescription, you can't say I can't smoke." The boss came back with "you're legally allowed to drink too, but not on the job. You're fired.'
I don't think the laws will have much, if any, effect on people moving toward the states that legalized pot. It's still against federal law, still included in drug tests of most companies, and still has a significant mind-altering effect, that does not help productivity. Businesses and schools will make sure that pot smoking does not become any more prevalent than it already is.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||27-24 Michigan||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Since it appears he will||
Since it appears he will graduate in May, does he count as a grad-level transfer, eligible to play next season without taking a year off to redshirt?