a terrible blight on our fine country
|2 hours 2 min ago||I wasn't aware that's a||
I wasn't aware that's a secret. Like I think it's in his introductory post.
|4 hours 27 min ago||Man I called it a wham and||
Man I called it a wham and then got "corrected" by a certain former lineman who shall remain nameless.
It's hard to tell with this play but I think your analysis could be correct except I disagree about whether he's reading the NT. Maybe he should(?) be, but he's definitely watching the MLB because that's whose eyes he grabs, and that's whom he stuttered out of the hole.
And it makes sense from a play design angle. The NT could stunt or shoot into the wham block to cause all sorts of ruckus, and given he's lined up in a zero tech in a real 3-4 you're not going to get a lot of information about what gap he's going into--it's likely he has both of them and is just responsible for controlling his man.
On the other hand if as you say his first read is the gap he chose, he can watch to see if the MLB follows the center's pull (because that's a common enough key). If the MLB ignores the pull hit the backside; if he bolts to the backside you've taken care of the MLB. Instead he created option c: make the MLB do a stupid thing.
|7 hours 13 min ago||We have it.||
We have it.
|9 hours 7 min ago||Nice work! JZ and I got this||
JZ and I got this far and found their album "The Mean Streets of Ace Deuce" last night in the studio but all the sites had them taken down.
|23 hours 25 min ago||Ace was not in Donkey Punch.||
Ace was not in Donkey Punch. DP was big on campus when I was in school; Ace would have been in middle school then.
|23 hours 42 min ago||Working on that.||
Working on that.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This should not be happening||
This should not be happening anymore now.
When it happened before it was because one of the ad networks we run had some of these redirect ads in the mobile version. I paused them until they assured me they had found the problem and cleaned it up.
I've paused them again. Let me know if it keeps happening after 11 am today.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I think you're coming from a||
I think you're coming from a perspective that's shared by most in the college athletics world and many in the business world, but is not the perspective of most, and nor is it, I would argue, the right perspective.
Whether to speak out is ultimately an ethical question, right? On one hand, being part of an organization grants you access and a unique perspective. An enemy of that organization could use that perspective to damage the org. And one perspective inside is probably not a complete picture, so if one guy is talking and everyone else is mum the public will end up with a skewed perspective. That's why it's unethical to share secrets about the goings on of your company, your school, your program, etc.
However there is a higher level of ethics than that, and here's the disconnect. The people you're arguing with are speaking to these higher moral imperatives: that when your organization is diseased to the point where it's doing harm to itself and those who are part of it, the ethical thing to do is blow the whistle.
On both levels, we seek Truth. THAT is the moral we are serving when we keep our mouths shut about what goes on in our organizations. What I mean is that silence is NOT an ethic into itself. It is taught as such because it's self-serving; instilling silence is an effective method of protecting your organization from a few facts giving out a false truth, and of saving your own ass.
In this case, the Truth is that things were very wrong inside the Michigan program. And if ANYBODY who was around that program has absolutely proven his loyalty to Michigan and should be trusted implicitly to convey Truth about what went on in there, it's Gardner. We have had some impressive people come through this program, but he stands very high among them. If he throws shade on Brady Hoke, Hoke deserves it. If he throws shade on Nussmeier, it's because it's an open secret that the players did not trust Nuss.
These facts can no longer hurt Michigan; if Gardner spoke out a year ago it could have driven off recruits and damaged the team. But now we should all want to know the Truth of what happened to make Michigan so bad in 2014. Because what we care about more than Hoke's reputation here is that no player has to go through what Gardner did again.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Thickening agent. It makes||
Thickening agent. It makes the sauce stick to the pasta.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Boo 16-team conferences.||
Boo 16-team conferences. There aren't enough games to see your rivals. 16 teams is a league, not a conference. I'm with you on having a separate division for what's now the "Power 5." That in fact is what Division 1 was supposed to be, and they've actually threatened the NCAA to make a "Division 4" with their own rules if they couldn't offer full cost of attendance stipends.
|3 days 32 min ago||I have a toddler. I use what||
I have a toddler. I use what I've got on hand.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I heard it's a fight. TV||
I heard it's a fight. TV wants a night game, and Ann Arbor PD are like no fucking way you're going to have SPARTANS drinking in our city all day.
I'd bet it's 3:30.
|4 days 4 hours ago||When he sees holes and makes||
When he sees holes and makes holes and gets one thousand yar
|4 days 4 hours ago||They'll overnight if possible||
They'll overnight if possible or issue an e-ticket. I bought my 2012 MSU ticket from them at 3pm Friday and it was on my doorstep before we left the next morning. I think it added six bucks or something.
|4 days 4 hours ago||True. Actually I was planning||
True. Actually I was planning on it for early next week initially but the huge swing in Maryland tickets made it more relevant for this week. I had it ready yesterday but we had a flood of content yesterday and I didn't need to bump UFR down any further.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Here's your answer,||
Here's your answer, basically. They're not going to pretend like they're the only place you can buy and sell tickets. They do what they do: aggregate all the not-StubHub sites, and guarantee the tix you buy. If you want to use them for that, great. If you don't it's not like they lost business. They're our friends for a reason.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I think of all types of||
I think of all types of gambling it's hardest to lose your shirt on daily fantasy sports. I've lost more betting the guy in the row in front of me that 5 to 1 Peppers takes this one to the house. Peppers isn't returning 20% of punts so this is a bad bet. But I'm not buying the odds nor really trying to make money. I want that moment when Peppers does return one, when I'm high-fiving the whole section for calling it, and the dude is happily handing me $25 for not BELIEVING.
Gambling is dumb. It's also fun as shit.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Well put, and you're right. I||
Well put, and you're right.
I tried for a time of having the DK sponsorships be tied to JamieMac articles. As you know, Jamie got sick. And we weren't paying him (not that he'd take our money) to do it, and he still has a very good job he does a very good job of, so getting stuff in timely was a thing. Frankly there isn't anyone better than JamieMac so replicating that is impossible. But I will ping him now to see if maybe he'd do it again.
Obviously from these responses I need to figure out another way of presenting their content.
As for the visceral reaction: yeah; but I'm asking for what's a better compromise with the readers than "okay Seth you have to drop Draft Kings as a sponsor now because ESPN took $40 million or whatever to let your sponsor eye-fuck everyone who consumes ESPN."
Maybe just label the posts Fantasy Whatever. Maybe there's a better idea. Just know the difference between having DK advertise at their current level is very close to the margin of whether or not I can do MGoBlog as a living.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I think this is the most||
I think this is the most constructive idea so I'm posting my long reply to all the other suggestions under it. There isn't a color code but I can start labeling the headlines. The intent was never to trick anybody. If you don't like fantasy sports then you should skip it. If you do, and you're gonna end up trying daily fantasy anyway, let ours be the ad you click. They're paying us either way; the difference is whether you're playing against other MGoBloggers and that I try to pick a contest that's more fun and less something the people with algorithms are gaming. I am seriously, sorry for betraying you.
Why not just take donations instead of ads? If we start making levels of beveled guilt where you get something everyone else doesn't then that's great for the six-figure crowd to whom $100 or something isn't a big deal, and they don't treat it as a big deal.
But it's jolly rotten for anyone who can't afford that, which is a sizeable population. I've given to and been part of plenty of orgs that run on donations and they're huge sellouts. I can't tell you how many times I had to suck up to Mitch Albom while on the board of Volunteer Impact (and he still doesn't remember my name). The University of Michigan Athletic Department itself has to create special rooms and special meet and greets and throw names up everywhere to keep their donor base giving. It's annoying for the donors because they're constantly bombarded to give more and encouraged to play the game of one-upsmanship. It's annoying for the non-donors because they have to be bombarded with the names of people who can spend the price of their daughter's education on something like that. It's annoying for the coaches who have to smile and glad-hand these big ballers so they can go back to teaching kids to ball. The "let's let the rich pay for it so the rest can have it" model always becomes "let's let the rich have it how they want it and the rest can live in their J. Ira & Nicky Harris world."
But ads annoy. I'm Gen X; I've been inundated with ads since birth and rebeled against them too. But we also have to be realists: for half a century we got to watch TV for free because ads supported them. Michigan Replay would go to a break and you'd just have to sit there for several minutes watching GM parade their cars around before you could get back to the Brandy and Bo. The Buicks were on the same screen as the show. You changed the channel and instead of Bo there was a pickup driving over a pile of dirt and you dealt. It wasn't until cable bundles, and that they forced you to pay for the worst channel ever conceived by a non-fascist or communist nation to get the channels you actually wanted, that it got evil.
There's a transition that is going to have to happen for this to be worthwhile as a career for more than Brian. This blog started as internet obsessives who were just like "I'd rather write for basically free than not write." That was a STEAL if you read the site in 2007-2009, but if you saw Brian's apartment or Brian's car from that time (he still has the car) you'd recognize who you were stealing from. We don't want to ask readers to buy us new cars; we'd much rather earn the money to buy new cars by asking you to give a few seconds of eye-to-brain time to sponsors who won't screw you before you read 11,000 words De'Veon Smith runs.
It is now one of the premier sports sites on the internet, and is the premier site for any one team. We're not going to bring in the money the Freep does, but with far more readers than their sports section it would be nice if our staff writers could be paid like the Freep pays theirs, i.e. enough to have a middle class existence. I made less than anyone who reads this site except the students last year. I have a mortgage and a kid and a busted up driveway that I can't fix, and a widowed mom and grandma-in-law, and would like to have more kids. The model we're shooting for isn't to get rich of this--it's to be only as annoying as we have to be in order to go to bed at night without having to answer "when are you going to be done with this and get a REAL job?"
The best model for free content is to have a bunch of ads. The best way to have ads that have value to the sponsors is that they are not easily skipped. It would be highly unethical of me to take their money and then undercut it by waving readers away. What I can do though is portray them honestly, in our own words. What I can do is select them and know what they do, and only take money from those who are actually worth your while. I can put in the time and effort to translate what they want to say rather than slap them on ever lunch box. That blurs the line of content, but I also find it a more honest way of serving both the advertisers and readers.
I totally understand why Draft Kings is bringing this to the surface, because they're spending hundreds of millions right now to hit you in all the places you go for content where you can't actually talk to the dudes who sold it. I ask that you keep that in perspective. Find me another Draft Kings-sponsored media outlet who will explain why and how and from whom they're taking this money. ESPN's app makes you scroll past "Daily Fantasy" in the menu bar to get to "College Football." Grantland has videos where they're drafting entire teams. Our radio ad for Draft Kings starts: "Ace, this is an ad break in a sports-themed show, what does that mean? It means Draft Kings!"
As for Homesure Lending sponsoring UFR, that is a guy who is breaking even on his advertising and who only advertises in one place: MGoBlog. Matt is a friend going way back to when he and my brother played football together at Seaholm. He put his time in at a retail lender, saw every way they hose their clients, and built a business that works exactly not like that. He offered to sponsor UFR because he was sick of there not being UFRs when Michigan loses to Ohio State or in a bowl game. He came up with the idea of football eve because the night before the first game of the season he's so damn jittery his family has to just about throw him out of the house. He saved me more on my mortgage payment than his ads make for me.
Run down our list of advertisers. Matt. There's Kevin from the Alumni Association, who is best friends with Ira, and wants to send HTTV to every member, and who told me in his first converstation that his goal is to make Michigan Alumni association membership the best deal in the Big Ten. There's Taylor from Park n Party, who does what he does so he can live next door to the stadium and buy burger meat for Peg Canham's barbecues. There's the guy who wants to make Michigan watches, the guy who wants to make Brown Jug replicas, and the guy who wants his new coffee shop to be the place where people congregate to talk about how Beilein's frontcourt is up to 240/250 pounds each. There's TiqIQ, because they hired Jared Cooper who used to run the now-defunct Sporst Power Weekends. There's Stubbs, whose head dude is an MGoBlog fan, and their "ad" was basically to make Joe Pichey available. There's Reid and his boutique local law firm he has to fight the ways old people get screwed. There's Kenny Magee, who wanted to turn his collection of Michigan memorabelia into a shop so he can share it with people and spend his days talking to other Michigan obsessives. And of course our first and longest sponsor, Rishi from UGP, who if you were to try to build the kind of guy you want running a business from the ground up this is precisely what you'd come up with. He is also the benchmark I use to decide who we'll take money from.
Note that CokeZero, the Draft Kings of last year, is not on that list. They came to us with a dumptruck of money, but they also didn't get who you are or how to make something valuable to you. The previous year's big spender, CBS, is also not on that list. Coors isn't on that list. Volkswagon isn't on that list.
With DK I work with Larry Axelband, who has come on here and interacted any time there's been a problem with an account. He also made it $5 cheaper to get HTTV after the Kickstarter every year. He was the guy at his own daily fantasy site, and now he is one guy with a little compartment of a huge daily fantasy site. I would like to continue taking his money and making it worthwhile to him, because we are sports fans who like to play fantasy sports, and even my threadbare shirt is impossible to lose betting $3 on a team I've assembled that has a very small chance of winning. Drafting the team is the fun part anyway. If you're down with all this, seriously, I am very open to suggestions of how I can make it not suck.
Thank you for the feedback. The lines are open.
|4 days 17 hours ago||No it is the new don't||
No it is the new don't upgrade your iOS, or don't forget to wear sunscreen or look both ways before you cross the street or don't eat yellow snow. It is sage advice that can protect you from horrible things, and therefore whatever civilization you live in will emphasize it to the point where becomes cliche.
|4 days 17 hours ago||No but Utah had an Aussie||
No but Utah had an Aussie punter too.
These diagrams are meant to show the matchups. Kickers and punters largely play against themselves, and returners play against entire teams. I show the offense and defense of Michigan just so you can see who's up against whom.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I get you. But the first||
I get you. But the first sentence of the post says...
|4 days 18 hours ago||Only if Dave Brandon let you||
Only if Dave Brandon let you into Michigan Stadium for free.
Long before DK went ad blitzing they were supporting us, and they continued to do so when half the readership bolted because who wants to read about a puttering out Brady Hoke team after ND did to Michigan what Michigan just did to BYU.
We're sports fans here--fantasy sports is a no-brainer sponsor. Before we had one we had these rooms popping up on board threads. But I've been extremely careful in how we do it. We have ONE sponsor from that market. Before it was DK it was Draft Street, which Larry Axelband--our contact guy--built from the ground up. He sold that to DK and oversaw the incorporation of his play database into their system. Compare the player rating system of DK to FD one day and you'll see how effective that was.
I play these all the time but I prefer the two times a month or so when we have an MGoReadership game and I can recognize all the handles. If you think I can offset this better let me know; I wil incorporate it if I can or unless I have a very good reason not to. I think we've been very clear when Draft Kings is sponsoring that we do a thing, which is more than I can say for Grantland.
DK isn't shy about the fact that they've been in a war with FanDuel, and you're well aware of the outcome. But you should also note that while leaping from obscurity to ALL THE ADS, the only uptick in DK ad frequency on this site is they're now sponsoring a segment on the radio show.
We're trying to have our living and have our longtime sponsor, and have our readership not annoyed and have our site free. I can control what we put on this site and how, but I think it'd be unfair for us to stop doing the thing we've been doing for four years because our sponsors got huge.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Agree.||
|4 days 20 hours ago||That was my call and he's||
That was my call and he's still hurt.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I always do. It's the kicker||
I always do. It's the kicker and kick returner on the offense and the punter and punt returner on defense.
|4 days 20 hours ago||dangit. That got past both me||
dangit. That got past both me and the DK guy twice. Fixed
|4 days 21 hours ago||I asked. They can't because||
I asked. They can't because the contest has already started. The M players are still in the late games but I checked with DK and the M players can't earn points there so no reason to have those games.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I reinstated it. I like that||
I reinstated it. I like that fans think this is the place to come to start new traditions.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I'm too lazy to scroll up and||
I'm too lazy to scroll up and plus you but thanks.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Sure. Though some I keep not||
Sure. Though some I keep not erasing because I miss them.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Yeah we were just talking||
Yeah we were just talking about it. The UNO player deserved it. He tried to choke Porter.
|1 week 22 hours ago||1 million MGoPoints to||
1 million MGoPoints to whoever can find us a recording of Ace's ska band.
|1 week 22 hours ago||BOOOOOOOOO! Just for that I'm||
Just for that I'm calling that guy right now and getting him back on.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Because you can't blow your||
Because you can't blow your nose or sniffle on the radio. So you grab some TP and clean up.
|1 week 22 hours ago||David and I made our own||
David and I made our own lists. I had 7-0 over the Avs in 2002. The last game of that whole rivalry, the follow-up to the Statue of Liberty. Chasing Roy right out of Colorado.
David had 10-1 last CCHA 2008 quarterfinals. Porter's final game. Last night of Old Yost.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Gimmicky Top Five: Most Fun Blowouts||
|1 week 23 hours ago||(No subject)|
|1 week 1 day ago||So I have been doing this.||
So I have been doing this. Not as a chant but a little section 18 tradition that's now 3 games old. As time is winding down on a win I have been standing at the top of the section by the exit and yelling at the top of my lungs, "Who's got it better than us?" and about 30 people respond.
I don't think would work as a stadium chant. But so far people seem to like it as a circumstantial tradition. It also gives me a chance to really cut loose with my voice because I have a rather loud set of pipes
|1 week 1 day ago||Beautiful, man.||
|1 week 3 days ago||Well motioning a wide||
Well motioning a wide receiver inside can only be as old as when receivers lined up outside, so we're already into the last half of the 20th century.
I think what he was pointing at with "modern" is really "as opposed to how Lombardi blocked it." The Packers liked to swarm you with a tight end and a fullback. Most offenses aren't going to commit that many players to the backfield, so then either you line the receiver up on the opposite side (and limit your passing attack) or find a way to get him involved in blocking.
Most run attacks have receivers block cornerbacks. It's an easy enough block because the CB will run with you on a route and then realize it's a run. But the crack block is a way of getting better matchups, since the receiver is taking out an edge defender and that means the cornerback should meet a fullback or guard. Any power play is about getting those matchups and exploiting them to make space--a guard on cornerback block is going to create a lot of space to run through.
|1 week 4 days ago||Thanks.||
|1 week 4 days ago||OT - I'm Hiring IT People||
Sorry can't use the board as a kiosk, even if you mean well. Hope an hour of blind eye got you a candidate or two.
|1 week 4 days ago||University traditions are||
University traditions are cool. I for one would rather see the Mud Bowl continue in some form. The alumni who own the building seem okay with hosting it in whatever format. Get everyone with a stick up their ass out of the room, including IFC, and just make it the annual IM championship game for all IM football teams.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yep. You'll see ads for this||
Yep. You'll see ads for this starting Sunday.
|1 week 5 days ago||It goes back to a Utah||
It goes back to a Utah play:
BYU runs a 4-wide passing spread and Michigan will likely spend a good portion of downs in their dime, meaning there are going to be multiple slot receivers testing their seam coverage. I wanted to know ahead of time who's responsible because BYU likes to attack there a lot.
Zordich's answer seems to be saying they defend it the same way Penn State did in Paterno's old "Hero" cover 3, and how Saban's tree does it too (it's a key part of pattern matching). We were wondering if the above was on Morgan for reacting to the screen action, or Wilson or Bolden for not getting over. Rather it seems it was Peppers, who didn't stay atop this vertical release before heading to the flat. Anyway the quick seam in Michigan's scheme is whoever's lined up on top of the guy.
|1 week 5 days ago||If you mean the Cover 3 one..||
That was my question to settle an argument between me and Brian.
|1 week 5 days ago||He has an event coming up to||
He has an event coming up to promote his book. Might be a good q to ask. He doesn't tell most stories; that's why Big Jon was around to hear the ones he can tell. This isn't a PR guy or a journalist used to sharing information. He was an equipment manager and a friend to everyone who came through his locker room. You're not gonna get many negative stories about anyone from him, partly because he doesn't tell those sorts of tales, and partly because (my opinion) he doesn't seem to notice the bad in anyone.
|1 week 6 days ago||1. Harbaugh probably wouldn't||
1. Harbaugh probably wouldn't have worked for Brandon. Look how much effort went into that recruitment for December 2014. The Carr thing was smoothed over but all the captains and luminaries joining in to welcome him home...you'd have needed a very different AD to coordinate what basically some fans and program guys were motivated to do after some crazy circumstances.
2. Fire Red? No way. Berenson has earned his right to go out when he likes, whatever our preferences. If Grandpa brought the family to America and fought in World War II and built the family business and paid for this wedding, it doesn't matter how long the line for the bathroom gets; he can stay there as long as he likes.
|1 week 6 days ago||That part I think led to the||
That part I think led to the wrong idea. Brandon did make good money on his stock. He wouldn't have known that the stock would go up because that was mostly due to a crazy lucky (or smart) play by the CFO, who bought wheat futures the extreme low of the market right before they shot up to historic highs for three years. There was a WSJ article about it. That move allowed Domino's to make their product for way less than their competition for several years, and that advantage allowed them to do other things to take market share. No way the CEO from pre-2009 could have guessed the CFO in 2011 would pull off one of the best commodities trades of the century.
|1 week 6 days ago||Shit. I think my initial||
Shit. I think my initial email got messed up somehow.
|1 week 6 days ago||Via Falk directly: he didn't.||
Via Falk directly: he didn't.
|1 week 6 days ago||As I notioned when talking||
As I notioned when talking about it, a lot of these people have contracts, and a lot of them were 5-star recruits for their jobs. They lost some institutional knowledge but it's not like their only qualification was saying Yes to Dave Brandon. I don't think there's any way to undo this transition. The upside however is that the people we have now are at least competent and were trained by the best. And for the foreseeable future Michigan can still afford them. It's not ideal, and it's not what it used to be, but there are worse situations to walk into.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||One person was crushed to||
One person was crushed to death.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Jay is the ringleader of the||
Jay is the ringleader of the 409s. The other brother has been saying "I was horrified like all Penn State fans. I love my dad and miss him. We should all be thinking about the victims" to anyone who puts a microphone in front of him.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||The Lions: bad.||
The Lions: bad.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Which Birmingham?||
inquring people from the one in Michigan want to know.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We are starting to get close||
We are starting to get close to my political views so this'll be the last bit. I just don't see the harm, so why ban it? I will grant that there is a quite logical argument to be made to expand the definition of gambling to include just about any game where money is on the line.
But to me this should not be an exercise in definitions. It's a question of whether a business is so destructive to our society that it should be banned to prevent that destruction. You can extrapolate my frustration with people who get this mixed up to get a sense of my politics and I'm sorry about that. Anyway that's where my personal feelings on the matter come from. That and my own bottom line and that I enjoy playing daily fantasy games because it's an outlet for all this useless knowledge I have about football players.
Since I am clearly biased on this, and I am clearly not arguing the same question that the state of Massachusetts is arguing, I will hang up and listen from here.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||There is absolutely a poverty||
There is absolutely a poverty issue with gambling in general. I think that argument is weakest in this case. DK takes money from sports fans, especially online sports fans. The average MGoBlog reader is probably in the top 20% of Americans, because we have a lot of grad educations and high-paying professions, and highly motivated, intellectual people. Spend one day trying to track the Draft Kings people down or working through their system and you'll meet a bunch of 20-somethings who know way too much about the San Francisco Giants for an East Coaster, and never sleep.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Is that what Vegas is saying?||
Is that what Vegas is saying? They were told to slow-play because of legality concerns? Because, like, Vegas didn't have daily fantasy games out there too?
I am not as familiar with FanDuel, but Draft Kings was built by buying up the uber fantasy nerds. You'll remember Larry of Draftstreet, who was also Larry the guy who plays with stat sheets. Draft Kings acquired him and his database, and now has him putting projection lines on Baseball-Analysis.com etc. Football doesn't lend itself well to statistical projections or else we'd have a weekly article on it by now.
The focus on statistics is to make the dollar amounts as fair as possible. To me that sounds like a game: create fair rules where people can test their wits and knowledge. What they don't do is set some guys purposefully low to entice people to play, as Vegas is constantly doing with lines for Michigan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||^ This is why we have these||
^ This is why we have these before lunch.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This happened during spring||
This happened during spring practice. His whole family came to practice so Ian wouldn't have to be separate from them. However the family didn't want to make it public yet. This led to some practice observers who didn't know what happened saying things about Ian looking distracted or not all in or confused--not their fault since he was distracted and Michigan wasn't about to go make a media thing out of it against the Buntings' wishes. One noted his family was at practice and I found the death notice in Chicago. I told Brian and the guys here of course, and Sam and Ira, and Lorenz, but it was hard not screaming at anyone posting negative practice reports about Bunting all Spring.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You didn't see the names of||
You didn't see the names of the colors until after you voted, man. Only 80 votes, not "nearly half" were in at that point. The Iowa color was very noticeably orangeier than what Michigan has been wearing, as evidenced by photos when Michigan played Iowa. So anyone going Iowa yellow or darker was in favor of darker than Michigan was wearing.
That whole thing made me realize two things: 1) Way more people agreed with me than I thought, and 2) The highlighter mafia exists. Fortunately they changed the color to something close to a consensus and now it's just that minority instead of the bulk of the fanbase who'll be annoyed by it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Can you just trust everyone||
Can you just trust everyone who saw it that it is different? You're moving the goalposts way past where they need to be. We're not all insane. We all saw the color the second they came out for warmups. We've all seen the colors until now. Either start arguing that the whole color controversy is totally made up and by whom, or drop the annoying pedantic relativism. Shit was highlighter, now it's not. There is a consensus.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think I mentioned the||
I don't think I mentioned the field turf. I think you're right it would have to be cut out, since the whole field is synthetic. I don't know how hard it is to do, but part of it I'm sure would include getting the manufacturer of the field turf to match Michigan's color, then produce the custom turf. It may be quite the logistical hassle for that company. Anyway I refrained from demanding anything about that since I just don't know what would go into that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm good on tickets but if||
I'm good on tickets but if you want to do a ticket transfer.
Any readers need?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||TiqIQ. I also found two||
I also found two seats $100 apiece on the 45 yard line on Baltimore craigslist:
|3 weeks 39 min ago||What is "LOT 2"? I've been||
What is "LOT 2"?
I've been counting the times when I find 2 tickets in the same row and section (a nice old trick) and you can get an $86 and a $92 (including fees) right now.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||The OSU and MSU tickets both||
The OSU and MSU tickets both went up since I wrote this. Or at least the lows I was seeing got eaten up.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||It dipped way down Saturday||
It dipped way down Saturday night. Maybe that was a blip? They were still selling at face or thereabouts this morning.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Kickstarter?||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That's right! We're||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||^this. I didn't show that to||
I didn't show that to find an r-squared. OF COURSE they're related.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If your last name rhymes with||
If your handle is reflective of your first name and your last name rhymes with Borden then I think I remember this fight at Covington.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sponsor note||
This probably won't be much of a problem going forward, or it might be considering the twitching pile of biological material left all over Blacksburg on Monday, but Demorest's primary condition for sponsoring this is Brian isn't allowed to skip them anymore.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's funny because if he wins||
It's funny because if he wins he'll always be the guy who called 35-5.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There were unfortunately a||
There were unfortunately a lot of candidates for stock down. Cole was one of them, especially when he looked lost downfield early and getting blown back on a tackle-over power run that sparked a twitter war when Nick Baumgardner tried to be an analyst (what really happened: Cole got chucked into the B gap to ruin Plan A but Braden could have adjusted to that and didn't, and Smith didn't see Plan B anyway).
I don't want to get too down on the guy though because most FOUR YEAR STARTERS were not even playing yet at this point in their careers.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Not right to say here since||
Not right to say here since Bacon changed his name. Not hard to guess either if you've been reading this site enough.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Your athletic department||
Your athletic department doesn't hate you. The return isn't that of football but the program's culture.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think it was 800 pages when||
I think it was 800 pages when Ace got to edit it. He said most of what was cut was from the historical section.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||As always occurs, those who||
As always occurs, those who granted an interview come off more sympathetic. Bill Martin made a lot of mistakes I think. But he also is willing to talk on the record.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||He follows me because I write||
He follows me because I write here. He is indeed a bad ass.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think the book pretty||
I think the book pretty solidly proves Brandon didn't do what he was hired to do, even if he was hired to be PE CEO of Michigan (he wasn't). Michigan just reported a $7 million budget shortfall as a result of fans abandoning ship last year. They gave away an astounding ASTOUNDING number of tickets for the later games last year. Brandon fired or chased half the athletic department then tripled its size, hiring worse people for far more money than those who'd been run off. He blew up to $millions on utterly ridiculous things like the video board, and the cell towers. He destroyed generations of goodwill, ruined football's relationship with several classes of now-alumni, and sank Michigan's bargaining position in the league because other ADs couldn't stand him. Revenues increased primarily because of things that he had no part in: the Big Ten Network and the opening of the Skyboxes. Anything he brought in chintzy naming rights and jacking up ticket prices was more than offset by drying the well. If he wasn't cut when he was--if he was allowed to oversee the next football hire or preserve Hoke, the disaster would have been even greater.
If this was a private company DB was preparing for its IPO it would be the Wall Street Journal's favorite cautionary tale. Brandon failed in a lot of ways, but as a CEO he was an indisputable disaster.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That's next on my reading||
That's next on my reading list. Or at least it's that or The Art of Smart Football which I'm halfway through. I also still owe everyone a review of the book by Rob Lytle's son, which I meant to read last year and then I just couldn't because it's still too soon. And Kryk's book, which I don't have a copy of yet. And The Game about the OSU-Michigan rivalry. And an MSU guy sent me a historical book about the M-MSU rivalry that I stopped reading because while the history seems solid the slant seems to be too whiny.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Jon Chait just gave me shit||
Jon Chait just gave me shit for this. I've converted.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||We used to use blyve but they||
We used to use blyve but they priced us out. How much did you get?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Utah's "sleeves" are patches.||
Utah's "sleeves" are patches.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The outfits||
Whatever Jim wants I guess.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Those are really their names?||
Those are really their names? When you asked me to make that diagram I thought you were just making them up.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||In SLC and looking for tix||
Triple posted a thread(!) asking for tickets. Reset points to zero in hopes the user will be better aquainted with how the board works by the time he gets to 100 again.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||David Nasternack. Or||
David Nasternack. Or Nasternak. Or Nastysnack. Whatever--Brian's old friend and soccer-watching buddy, best known around these parts as the super nice guy who made one mean comment to a waitress near Penn State after that stupid game and it was her birthday and he made a very grand apology.
David started doing some administrative things last year because I needed to be selling ads and running HTTV and writing, and Brian and Ace needed to be more writing and writing and a lot of things were not getting done.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Do it. Do it do it do it do||
Do it. Do it do it do it do it do it.
I believe we would pay for this.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Ace voters, ladies and||
Ace voters, ladies and gentlemen.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Cleaned up this thread||
Sorry to people who had posts deleted. This thread is utilitarian; it will get long enough this season without the extras, and I'd rather not have to load 100 unnecessary gifs every time we have to moderate something.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||WestWolverine I'm 35 with a 1||
WestWolverine I'm 35 with a 1 year old.
Ballers is the new show with The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) on HBO where he plays a retired Miami Dolphins DE who manages players' finances. In the show the Rock's good friend/client is a firecracker former USC slot receiver on the back end of his career who has always worn #18, but gets assigned #41 on the Dolphins (then has sex with #18's mom--don't watch this with your 2-year-old).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Very good system guy but I||
Very good system guy but I almost like their other corner, harris, better because more upside. VanHoose is limited in what he can do. But he's really smart. You can have a good defense out of guys like that. Just none of us made that kind of defense.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Was that confirmed? Is the 41||
Was that confirmed? Is the 41 a reference to Ballers?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There was more to it than||
There was more to it than that from what I was told. I'm really really trying to get that story on the record; sorry to keep teasing you guys. He said "one day maybe." Make no mistake:
I don't think the Swarbrick and Martin renegotiations were as friendly as suggested in Bacon's book. From multiple sources Swarbrick lacks some very basic faculties required for friendship with humans. I think Martin knew he was getting bullied, but put that aside because he knew Michigan fans cared more about having this series than whether an asshole like Jack Swarbrick gets put in his place.
By the way, the ND game was always at home in the odd years, same as OSU. Michigan suggested having it the other way back in 1978 but ND didn't want to have M and USC at home the same years. As it was in 2007 when Martin was negotiating with Swarbrick, this was a thing Michigan wanted and Notre Dame wanted to get an advantage out of.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Excellent breakdown. I think||
Excellent breakdown. I think the point about 2013 being a Jerry Kill season is well taken, but that needs to be framed in Vanderbilt terms. Minnesota got to 8 wins by being not bad at defense and stretching bad talent everywhere on offense except center., RB, and tight end as far as it would go across a weak Big Ten and non-conference schedule. That is the mark of a good coach doing well in a bad situation.
He's probably not even a B in-game coach but he's an A recruiter and B+ program builder.
One thing he has done very very well at Penn State and Vandy but couldn't at Maryland is get great assistant coaches. Bob Shoop is on the list of elite defensive coordinators, and even though the OL cratered that was a depth chart thing and their OL coach has a very strong track record. Their DL coach is amazing.
Lastly, Bill O'Brien left that team in amazing shape all things considered--he whiffed on OL and that is a major major problem. But Hack is an NFL QB if they can get him through this year without PTSD, and the defense is loaded, and those tight ends, and even the young guys at receiver and linebacker look pretty good. So even if Franklin has shortcomings in some areas, a ridiculously easy schedule this year plus his recruiting efforts and last year's apparent success in a bad situation sets him up well as long as those players take care of business. He does do some things that rankle the old guard but they have the sanctions era to buffer him from that--nobody there can really complain that they want the Paterno tree to take over again, especially if that means giving Jay a job.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Five years ago I'd say the||
Five years ago I'd say the same. But
HE WON AT VANDERBILT!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||They tried to throw Cox at||
They tried to throw Cox at the problem too but yeah he was officially a safety who came over. Hicks didn't overtake him; Hicks was the original attempt at a starter, and when that wasn't working out they went fishing. He was also a non-factor in the wide open safety battle.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Also think how valuable a guy||
Also think how valuable a guy like Denard Robinson would be for a team. You sign that guy and hell you could create a special spread package for him for the 3rd quarter.
So many awesome football dudes could be thrown at this. And the teams could protect their stars and really come away with some good competitive football.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Would everyone just shut up||
Would everyone just shut up and be I it?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I was kinda hoping the board||
I was kinda hoping the board would just all quietly agree this is stupid because it always is. But I knew it wouldn't be, and was prepared.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not to mention all the||
Not to mention all the marvelous things you can do with newspaper. It's terrible how much the paper has shrunk in recent years, not because I ever read a word of 4/5ths of its sections, but because a parent with a subscription was a limitless supply of wrapping paper, project floor protectors, scarecrow stuffing, and firestarter.
I wonder if they have subscriptions to just plain paper? Or I guess I could sign up for all the advertising broadsheets, but they get glossy and that's just not the right texture for all these projects. I want something you can wet then wrap around things to make papier mache, you know?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||?||
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||He is? Show me?||
He is? Show me?
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Pair of Utah Tix (Standing Room Only) For Sale||
Use the TiqIQ thing for this.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||We all scouted him and came||
We all scouted him and came up with Carlos Brown. I don't see that translating to the Big Ten, where the defenders are as fast as he is.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Big, very raw, huge||
Big, very raw, huge potential, can't wait to see it live. I'm talking about Ace's ska band of course.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I can totally read that band||
I can totally read that band logo. Not trve metal.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I thought about Steele but if||
I thought about Steele but if I'm making Renes the NT I want a penetrating unblockable monster at DT. Brandon Graham is safe. So really it came down to Steele and Martin, or if I should slide Martin back to nose so I can insert Steele.
I'll fight you re: Shea/Tuman. Maybe Tuman's a better inline TE, but Shea you can put anywhere in the backfield or on the line and he's such a ridiculously good blocker it's like having a free pulling guard who can appear in any part of the running game, for just a moderate dropoff from Tuman's pass catching. Shea.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Floor of spleen means even if||
Floor of spleen means even if we suck we'll care again. It was referencing the ennui in the second stanza.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Just sucks for a great kid||
Just sucks--not just a guy we were getting un-ignorable practice reports about but one of the nicest guys on the team who was so looking forward to playing in front of his family in a few weeks. Just absolutely sucks.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||We kinda make fun of Moss all||
We kinda make fun of Moss all the time but like that he usually picks targets who are deserving. Moss likes to be an infuriating dipshit, but when he's an infuriating dipshit toward Valenti or Foster or Sharp it's funny. This article was actually way below his typical standards, which are not very high. I think he saw an opportunity to draw a line in the Harbaugh craze, capitalizing on the same Drew Sharpitude he regularly rips Sharp on.
Seriously nobody takes him seriously.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||His production on the field||
His production on the field was pretty limited by his coaches refusing to play him, and having three long returns called back for chintzy blocks that didn't affect the play. He rushed for 8.7 YPC, averaged 23.4 yards per kick return, and had 7.7 yards per target as a receiver, which was better than any Michigan receiver except Funchess. Being laughably underutilized had a lot to do with "his production on the field."
As for his coverage on this site, Norfleet got such because he was emblematic of the coaching staff's blind spot with regard to offense out of putting guys in space. This made him interesting, because normally you can count coaches not playing a guy as evidence that he's not as good as we think, but in this case there was mounting evidence that the coaches were just wrong with their evaluation. At its simplest, Borges hated the spread, and Nussmeier eschewed it, and Norfleet was the kind of guy a spread team could do a lot with.
So I wouldn't call what you stated a "fact." More like contrarianism.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Alex was trying to correct me||
Alex was trying to correct me but I left it in. I thought I was saying the final exit, like when the whole cast leaves the stage at the very end.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||What a hack.||
What a hack.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||What is there to like about||
What is there to like about Duckett? He was a drunk and a dick in college, and also caught the Spartan Bob TD. Then he was a drunk and a dick in the pros. Now he's a guy on the radio who's totally uninteresting because he can't talk about what he was doing when he played football and didn't pay enough attention to football to be of any use as an analyst. They needed a Spartan name for Spartan radio, but the Saban era guys are the opposite of the Carr guys from that same era: it's really hard to find one whose interests extend beyond Woooo and self-gratification.
|8 weeks 17 hours ago||Avatar madness?||
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Part of that--and I said this||
Part of that--and I said this in that roundtable answer I referenced--is there really weren't a lot of good options. Here's the decision tree:
Have Hack throw again!
Waitaminute they know he's throwing every down can we do ANYTHING else to get the pressure off him?
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||It depends what group of fans||
It depends what group of fans and how intense their level of caring is. LinebackerU used to be their closest thing to MGoBlog but the primaries from that have retired and their editor writes just this every year and otherwise does his normal job. Blackshoediaries on SBNation is now in control of the once-junior members, though Cari and Jared are among the best editors SBNation has on any of their team sites.
That portion--the kind who would read MGoBlog if it was Michigan fans we're talking about--are represented now by BSD and they agree with the "it's in the past" sentiment. It's not like it's that hard for good people to say "Child rape going on inside the program is inexcusable and they had a moral responsibility to report that." The position is more nuanced because they're in the thick of it--they saw the university try everything it could to put the damage everywhere but on itself. Regarding the NCAA, they don't argue whether it was deserved, but correctly point out the NCAA was grandstanding, and was trying to let Tim Beckman et al. do the damage it wouldn't by picking off the roster. Emmert expected half the team to transfer.
The "409s" as they call them--the group Jay Paterno is the de facto face of now--are met with nothing but contempt, the way we talk about the Rivals boards who bag on Rodriguez and think Harbaugh is going to go 12-0 this year because he whips the players harder, blah blah. I bet you interact with 409s more than the BSD crew because the 409s are active as shit and annoying as shit. Kinda like how everyone on Facebook has political opinions but you always seem to find the nutters.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||HSP||
Whoever's asking these questions (not Adam I'm sure) doesn't have any clue what a hybrid space player is.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Franklin is a lot of things||
Franklin is a lot of things but his one weakness appears to be he is not at all a gamer. Brady Hoke gave him a free Hail Mary yes, but he wasted a timeout in the closing seconds to save two yards before taking a safety.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||MGoBlog.||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||An excerpt. The cut off line||
An excerpt. The cut off line at top is about Hoke. It was about the big programs in the Big Ten East letting the past just be the past. I thought it demonstrative of the editorial sentiment in the book: these are the people who are embarrassed by Jay Paterno and the 409ers.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
There's no excuses made and no Joe except for mention of his cover 3. These are the PSU fans who hate THOSE PSU fans.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I showed this video in Dear||
I showed this video in Dear Diary. However I think you got a lot of that footage from Isiah Hole. Can you edit the video to give him some attribution? That guy works hard to get those awesome shots and deserves credit for it.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||It is fake.||
It is fake.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Who's he throwing to? And the||
Who's he throwing to? And the RB they got reminds me of Carlos Brown--looks good against bad competition but that won't hold up in faster Big Ten.
They had one safety but he isn't going to play now. So I like the left side of their line. That's it.
And yes, I do enjoy inserting player analysis into commodity talk.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I can't afford us.||
I can't afford us.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think he's saying he didn't||
I think he's saying he didn't realize the kind of powers he was dealing with.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||From my methodology. I've||
From my methodology. I've been checking on the prices daily and keeping a running average of the lowest prices. The "dip" is the lowest price I saw over that time. These are all over a week.
If you're buying at the dip (I don't know what they call it in stock markets because I grew up in a commodities home) you watch the price for awhile and when you see someone offer one substantially lower than the going rate you jump on it. This happens because people of differing personalities get into the market. There are people trying to make a buck, and then there's a bunch of people who don't want to set it at the bottom but use the current market to set their price. And then every so often there's someone who's like "okay I'll just make mine 3% lower than the lowest" because he/she's impatient and just wants to sell the damn thing.
However these will move so fast they're impossible to get in a high-volume market. So sometimes the best thing to do is just go in there and buy your dang ticket at the current market price because tomorrow it'll be higher, and by the time the next dip comes along it might not dip to the market price now.
|9 weeks 3 min ago||I thought he did well with||
I thought he did well with his trades this year. Every GM makes some head-scratchers (Fister trade was his) but other than that big one, Dom's biggest flaw was not being able to find good relievers, which is like firing a recruiting coordinator for not being able to find kickers.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||Brian's building a scary||
Brian's building a scary defense too. A decent nose and Zettel and Collins are both single-blocked, with Ngakoue and Biegel coming around the edges. Wartman-White is the best of the MLBs, and he's got two great man-press corners to make an evil blitzing 4-3 under work. The only weakness is the slot, but he's got two safeties, a WLB, and a nickel pick left to address it.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Yeah I'm not catching Schnepp||
Yeah I'm not catching Schnepp on the DL because he burned his Rnd 2, Rnd 3 and Rnd 10 picks to get A+, A, and B+ guys for 3/4 positions. If he gets a good nose tackle that's a VERY good defensive line.
But see the whole board. I used those rounds to get Peppers, Clement, and Longa. There is no player in the conference who can change the look of a defense like Peppers. And Clement-Elliot is a Gordon-Abdullah redux, with a HUGE dropoff after them. This is why Adam's running game is a Northwestern guy who's splitting carries with two freshmen behind a disaster of a line. Meanwhile Spriggs is his only OL I'd trade for any of mine (and some guys still on the board are better), and Butt is his best receiver after he reached for Westercamp and took Pierson-El too high.
Likewise Longa; the next WLB off the board was Joshua Perry. On the other hand there are good DL (Michigan's entire two-deep is still selectable, plus some returning starters from stiff defenses) nobody's going to pick for awhile because no-one wants to take the first B guy when there's four more just like him.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||You're kidding?||
You're kidding right? Ed Davis was the first pick we all were like "oh damn you!"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/wh||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Plenty since: a) The||
a) The sponsorship is for the length of the season.
b) The extended segment was to introduce her as such.
c) You have to be as entertaining on air as Liz Crowe or your introductory segment will be 2 minutes, and most of that Brian vamping while trying not to look annoyed.
Seriously though I've been looking for the right sponsor for our Podcast for a long, long time, and when Liz left the beer company she was working for to break out as a consultant and real estate agent, I approached her specifically for this, and made the price a secondary concern because she's the right kind of sponsor. She is, like Harbaugh, herself at full volume all the time, and part of the fabric of the Ann Arbor and Michigan Athletics community. With most of the things I sell we're just helping them market their thing because we have the right audience to market their thing. But this is one of those things where it's more like the sponsor wanted to help us and can justify it if a handful of MGoBloggers use her as their real estate broker.
The podcast is a marketable thing that a lot of our advertisers have been interested in; it's not like it took us this long to find a sponsor; it took us this long to find Liz.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Brian used to go out there||
Brian used to go out there once a year around now for the alumni association's thing; I don't know if that event was discontinued or he just didn't get asked this year. We are doing other things with the alumni association (announcement to come). We also did an event with Todd Howard the night before the 2013 Northwestern (firedrill field goal) game that I put together. We had planned on doing that again, and had the venue chosen and everything, but Michigan was so unwatchable leading up to M00N that we canceled it.
Maybe we'll do one after the season. Anyway if/when we do it'll be the second the Chicago Alumni Association Club asks us because they are an excellent group to work with. I think they're coming into town for Northwestern (homecoming) this year.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Why didn't you tell us? I am||
Why didn't you tell us? I am willing to move the event to your bachelor party.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||This is for that guy on the||
|10 weeks 45 min ago||One of the keys to all of||
One of the keys to all of this is Nebraska isn't leaving the Big Ten; everybody is joining the Big Ten, formerly known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, so that for the sake of TV rights and whatnot all the powers are negotiating as one entity, and scheduling each other.
I know it's a pipedream. What I don't want to see is the organic method of growing from a bunch of conferences into a league, because all that does incentivize the current conferences to snatch up any program bigger than a MAC school in a colonial land-grab, which is exactly how we found ourselves in a 7-team division with Maryland and Rutgers while Iowa and Wisconsin and Purdue come around less often than Utah.
The conferences grew organically well enough when television was regional and limited to four networks, and declaring a national champion was just a nerdy postseason excercise between professions that have to pay half attention. Today conferences are billion dollar corporations with their television networks, yet theyr'e still functioning under a system that expects them to be faculty representatives from elitist, non-profit educational institutions. The NCAA had their chance to become a true regulatory body, but instead chose to act more like an industry trade organization*.
The best thing for college football right now would be to acknowledge that the regional conferences that grew out of the 20th century are anachronisms worth preserving, like historic neighborhoods or whatever. Without that familiar structure the whole enterprise is at risk of becoming too desaturated, i.e. an NFL-lite, which is a crappier product fewer people will care about. When ESPN inevitably defaults on whichever round of promises it has to make to secure the TV rights to the last bastion of un-DVR'able entertainment, the BIG SIX or POWER SIX or whatever you want to term it will be in perfect position to cut Fox and Disney out of their revenue stream and make what they're making now by charging $5/month and selling ads themselves on a streaming college football channel.
The Big Ten is just the body out of convenience; the organizing structure of any major conference is sufficient to expand to include the 60-64 schools that operate truly professional-level (i.e. highly profitable) football enterprises. Technically everyone joins the Big Ten, or joins a new conference that handles all the "conference" stuff for the group, and is such a tour de force in college athletics that the NCAA has to kowtow to it.
I have no problem trying to fit Baylor and TCU into this (TT might be a stretch since their school's athletic budget is MAC-like despite the school's history). I only left them out because I thought a Texas-based mid-major conference would make for some rockin' good regional football.
* Specifically, one for mid-19th century cotton growers
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||Those take a long time to||
Those take a long time to make. This damn draft takes enough of that as it is.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||done.||
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||link to the 200 post?||
link to the 200 post?
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||This is college football not||
This is college football not the pros. I think it's more important that everyone in every division plays each other every year.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||Part of that is I hate to||
Part of that is I hate to break up some great Texas rivalries. You can build one helluva mid major conference out of Baylor and TCU SMU Texas Tech and Rice. Fill the bottom with UTSA maybe North Texas maybe Tulane. Historically Texas and Texas A&M refuse to go anywhere without their little buddies.
|10 weeks 23 hours ago||I removed the section on||
I removed the section on relegation. These schools have long traditions against each other even if they were not competitive. I would hate to lose Indiana even for a year just for the sake of recognizing 1 or even 5 good years out of say Bowling Green.
Rather I capped the conferences at 11 and left spots open for expansion. If the Big East wants to add Rutgers or the Pac Ten want to add Utah there's a mechanism, but that is their only expansion and it forces their teams to all play a 10th conference game instead of an out of conf opponent.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Don't reply to the spammers.||
Don't reply to the spammers. Just report them to LSAClassof2000.
We are working on a system where anyone logged in to account we mark as spam is ported to our old-old-old server that runs a superslow copy of the site except with an ad service that only runs invasive ads, and there's zero virus protection, so anyone who tries spamming us ends up having their spam computers locked into 50-minute load times and a gazillion software attacks.
I probably got the idea from Ernest Cline.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||And Bo shouldn't be over Yost||
And Bo shouldn't be over Yost unless we're taking racial prejudice into account. Leach beat OSU 4 times but every other QB on that list is a better passer. This is pretty much opinion. But yeah, Hart over Harmon and Wheatley as a 2...?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Ernest is friends with my||
Ernest is friends with my brother too. I see your criticisms of Ready Player one, but I was actually sick of all the references after the midway point but then I thought the story took off, and I was impressed that he managed to actually bring the "your dream comes true" theme to a satisfying conclusion. I think the deux ex machina was self-aware; the whole point is it's a game and meant to function as one. I'm 50% through Armada and I think Cline was so disappointed by people not understanding this that he's making it too obvious (or perhaps the entire point) in this book.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yep. That's why I said "two||
Yep. That's why I said "two quarterbacks." I've really been trying to not complicate stuff.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||We never really figured that||
We never really figured that out. I went with "plays as they would on your team" because I think it's more interesting to draft system guys for a system and whatnot. But here in the early rounds it's just a grab for superstars because at the end of 2014 nobody's saying "well if Hackenberg played behind Brian's offensive line..."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||They have had him for||
They have had him for awhile. He's a tight end. He's awful.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||But we've made that||
But we've made that explanation like 10 times in the last few years. In fact I think I started leading off these posts with "THIS IS NOT A FANTASTY DRAFT IT'S A BIG TEN PREVIEW" last year.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Every fan of every team makes||
Every fan of every team makes all of these same statements about why their school is better, and totally clean too.
Fact is the athletes are picking between heavens. Most campuses are beautiful. Most support staff are top notch. FBS coaches are among the top 200 in their profession. NFL talent comes out of so many schools that which coaches develop a position best has to mean less than what that individual player is made of (not that it doesn't matter, especially w/ quarterbacks). A little something extra makes a big difference because there isn't much difference between schools.
As for fans, this site's existence when every other indie team site but 11 Warriors can't support even one blogging career speaks to something unique about Michigan fans' dedication. I have a hard time imagining there could ever be a Grantland for Just Clemson.
Depending on what section you sit in though I'm sure you can encounter some pretty quiet old farts in Michigan Stadium. We even have a name for them: Blue hairs.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Labels man. Ask yourself||
Labels man. Ask yourself this: what do you call a guy who took money from some school then signed with Michigan anyway? Think that never happened with someone on the roster right now? Cut every "cheater" who broke an NCAA rule and there won't be many athletes left.
This is why I blame the NCAA first and foremost. Whenever you find a thriving black market for something there's always a shitty someone making the regular market not work.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In certain cases it's pretty||
In certain cases it's pretty clear. This is one of those cases. Clemson is one of those schools. Be mad at Michigan for not playing the same game as everyone else or be mad at the players who take liquid love over a minor preference in school choice, or be mad at the NCAA which creates all this madness. Pretending it doesn't happen is just naivety for the sake of sanctimony.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The charter schools are||
The charter schools are taking a few students. But the bigger effect is we built for a temporary population disruption.
In the 1960s, 85% (that's ridiculously high) of Bloomfield Hills homes had school-age children. Today that's under 50%. Those numbers were repeated ad nauseum in the local paper/e-newsletter (Patch) during the merging of their high schools.
Farmington won't be exactly like that--iBloomfield Hills was built almost entirely after the war and immediately filled with vets starting families, whereas Farmington was a thriving farming town for a century before it became a suburb. But that illustrates why, despite the population not being as hard hit as most of Michigan, these districts are still downsizing.
A bit of school funding history: up until I was in college (and Engler was governor) your property taxes went right to the school district. Communities like Ann Arbor, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, and Farmington voluntarily raised their property taxes to create elite schools. The rule itself though ultimately created an effect of really good schools in affluent areas and awful schools in poor areas, which isn't really fair considering the state should be providing a good education to all of its citizenry. So the state pooled everybody's property taxes into the state fund, shifted half of them to prisons, and doled out the rest evenly. In response these communities started passing regular bonds. Every few elections there's a bond issue on the ballot, everybody winks at each other, and we pass it, and that money can't be touched by the state. But it does raise the price of living here, because paying off the "bonds" is effectually a permanently increased property tax. It means if you're planning on sending your kid to private school, you can save money by buying a house in another suburb.
School choice is a politically charged thing that affects everywhere because there are parents who prefer privitized institutions everywhere. I don't think it's a primary effect in this particular case because the #1 reason people live in Farmington in the first place is the public schools. West Bloomfield is right smack in between Farmington Hills and Bloomfield Hills, but WB has relatively crappy (read: "just pretty good") schools, and far lower taxes because they don't pass school bonds.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not advocating. I'm||
I'm not advocating. I'm trying to explain what's going on in my community.
We have half as many kids as when all four schools were built, and one routinely has the air conditioning break down and leaks all the time. We pay out the nose in taxes for school bonds to make sure our schools have a huge flow of money, but we've been falling behind Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills lately even though we all do the bond thing to pay for public schools that equate to private schools. That's because they've downsized. BH went to one high school. Birmingham renovated both schools and sold off a big chunk of Groves (my alma mater) to be a Michigan State satellite. The competition for young families in these burbs is fierce and school quality is #1 on the list. So that's why this is coming up.
Like anywhere in the Midwest there are some poorer and some richer neighborhoods, but on the whole we're talking about a pretty affluent, education-obsessed suburban community that built for the baby boom and has been a bit oversized ever since that ended.
There's a social component, since over time the schools have tended to become somewhat racially and economically segregated. When we do inevitably downsize to three schools, I imagine it will be a good opportunity to undo that.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I live in the Harrison||
I live in the Harrison district; most of the families in our neighborhood send their kids to North already. Harrison's football program is great, but you can move a football program pretty easily. As for a dilapitated building that looks more like a prison...
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I couldn't take any more||
I couldn't take any more Buckeyes. All of our teams are going to have some of those stains on them--mine included--but at that point I needed to infuse the draft with some maize and blue, badly.
Also keep in mind the people drafting have some access to practice reports, and lots of practice hearsay. Not saying practice equals game, but the more the coaches and other players keep telling friends, family, and anyone in earshot this guy is for real, the more I tend to believe it.
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||I picked up the look a little||
I picked up the look a little bit. In the future we will add the quick spreadsheet to show where the teams are at by the end of each round.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||When most of the games were||
When most of the games were at noon, and a few were still at 1? Hell no. I was a nice drunk like the rest of college students, but even I respected the "wait until you don't taste your toothpaste anymore before you have a beer" rule of morning drinking, and by the time the day was day enough to start imbibing you almost had time to finish two drinks before walking down to the stadium.
The flasks (or in my case a bottle of coke that was 75% not coke) were the only way to get a buzz unless you were a truly committed drinker, and to be honest, we are all still University of Michigan students.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It wasn't from 9/11. I think||
It wasn't from 9/11. I think 2004 they banned them. I remember a bunch of people sent in complaints (damn these people I thought at the time) after the 2003 Ohio State game.
This one flag was pretty high up near the 35 yard line and was on a very long pole. I don't know why that game brought complaints--maybe the wind was up so the pole was being held lower than usual.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Toilet PaperGetting on TV||
Getting on TV was still a relatively new experience, and affecting what so many people were watching was kind of a thrilling thing. You'd see the rolls of toilet paper flying down after the first touchdown of the game and think to your young self "wow it would be so cool to be the guy who threw the toilet paper roll."
It really did look festive, like instant confetti or ticker tape. Anyway they stopped when I was 8 or 9 so I never got to throw a roll of TP.
I was definitely around for this tradition. It was 99% college students being inebriated (sneaking alcohol or a joint into the stadium was pretty easy pre-9/11) and wanting to throw something harmless. A lot of the mallows went at other students--friends sitting a few rows down and a section over, or a group of girls you walked in with.
But there was a mini-game of trying to disrupt the TV crews and the opposing band with them. You tried to aim it so your mallow would pass as close to in front of the camera as possible to screw up their shot, or once they started to bring clear plastic shields, you tried to thunk it off the shield or lob it over. Also by the late '90s the TV crews had these big sound-catching clear plastic radar/dome things, which were as tempting as an opponent's sousaphone. I don't recall there being any real point to the marshmallows. Just a bit of goofy gameday atmosphere.
|12 weeks 19 hours ago||(No subject)||
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Yes but the last I put down||
Yes but the last I put down for six months, and then again for over a year when I got fed up with how abominably boring it was. And then Sam waited at the Old City which was an old city and kind of like Oxford. And he waited longer. And then there came a boy with a name you'll confuse with the 1,000 other characters, and the boy took Sam upstairs, and an old man said something cryptic. And then there was an old scholar talking about how the Iron Islands were going back to the old gods and would have an election, and then we talk about Kraken politics a lot, and then there's a king's moot and people give longwinded speeches, and a guy we've never met wins, and then another guy we've never met has a meeting with a side character about all this, and then there's a battle between the whodafucks and the whaddafucks, and meanwhile there are battles in places a main character came through 3 books ago and ewwwww gross they put their decomposing king's corpse on a horse I have no idea who these people are or what they have to do with the story, is this Lemoncloak what happened to Lemoncloak, oh wait that's one of the guys who killed Breanne because that's what Lady Deathwhisper (or, you know, whatever they're calling reanimated Catherine who's amazingly even more of a bitch now that she can't speak). I'm way off. I think this is one of the people who were traveling on that swamp riverboat with Tyrion and OH HEY THIS GUY'S A KING NOW TOO YAY MORE KINGS I'm not sure if this is even the plot now or if I've switched to stuff my nephew tells me about World of Warcraft.
Then every character you know dies, and the side characters with house banners that are painfully described all take over the story, but now you are totally lost except all of these people are even less likely to give a damn that there's a zombie army about to attack from Scotland . The end.
The books suck, especially with the last book GRRM has given up on plot almost entirely to masturbate to his world. Benioff and Weiss are geniuses for turning that mess of series written by a creep of a man into something highly entertaining.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Very good reporting. If you||
Very good reporting. If you get a chance to talk to these recruits again, please ask them about how long they've been in contact with Beilein, how often they have heard from Michigan's staff as opposed to any other, how they'd be the best fit in Michigan's system, and whether the shade of maize affected their decisions.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||The Onion doesn't take||
The Onion doesn't take submissions, unfortunately. Otherwise yeah this would fit right in.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||The books suck. The show is||
The books suck. The show is awesome.
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||precisely.||
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Yeah I think that was during||
Yeah I think that was during the segment.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Battle committed to Michigan||
Battle committed to Michigan precisely so Langford wouldn't. Battle was preserving his own option by lying to Michigan about whether they were his only choice. This protected him in case the sanctions at Syracuse ended up worse than they were. That, to him, was more important than playing straight with Michigan. That was the only dishonesty I was talking about, but I put it in the context of how many basketball coaches, the majority I would guess, do not play straight with recruits. Battle acted no different than most of college basketball acts all the time in recruiting.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Putting a soccer game in||
Putting a soccer game in there was a tight fit--they had to raise the field several rows up to get a big enough pitch size. That cuts into both the bottom line and the available seating. And as we've seen it's not a good venue for hockey or basketball, since the gentle slope on top of the large playing surface quickly puts over half of the seats in a bad view.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry that's short for "Nike||
Sorry that's short for "Nike t-shirts."
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Regarding the old||
Regarding the old photo:
You are seeing letterman sweaters, not uniforms. In 1891 the players wouldn't really have a uniform; they would wear what George Southworth in the front-far right is wearing, and sew an 'M'. The "uniforms" weren't really uniform; player would get a new thing to wear once a year (a jersey, a a striped sweater, a vest, whatever) and might play in any one of them. I don't think we have any 1891 action shots but here's the team playing in 1894 vs Cornell:
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If you're wondering where the hell they're playing, that's the old Detroit Athletic Club Field on Woodward/Forest/Cass/Canfield, where the Whitney and some Wayne State University buildings now stand. In the background is the Old Main Building of Wayne State. Yes, off-campus football games were a thing back then.
Anyway those sweaters in the photo weren't maize; they were white. Bentley has one. The 1891 team all got them the day of team photos and they are the first known use of the Block M.
Another thing about this photo is James E. Duffy isn't present despite being one of the best players on that team.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||There isn't much difference||
There isn't much difference between Iowa, official Michigan, and Nike. As I pointed out they're all of a hue on the orange side. Even the faded yellow of Woodson's time was that hue, just with less saturation. So there's a clear difference between the three bright yellow options and the rest who want something 10 or so ticks in the direction of gold, and that's an 80-20 split. This is spectral, and there's a clear gap; drawing the line where I did makes the most amount of sense.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||The majority like the Iowa||
The majority like the Iowa yellow or Michigan's stated official color. There must be a lot of hideous polyester orange couches in Michigan right now
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Only the first 250 of them,||
Only the first 250 of them, 190 or so of which went to the official color. Since then the Iowa yellow has come back but the most popular remains the official color.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I took down the before and||
I took down the before and after. The only difference is a lot more votes have gone to Iowa--people are naturally moderates and that's the middle choice. I bet most people didn't realize Michigan's maize is darker than Iowa's, officially at least. On the football uniforms we've been lighter for quite some time.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe it should be noted that||
Maybe it should be noted that besides the fact that your screens are all tuned differently (unless you like me recently tuned it for print publishing standardization). If you've got a new iPhone replacement screen you're seeing a really washed out version. If you've got an older monitor chances are you're seeing a really orange version.
And your eyes are all different. Genetically it's impossible that everyone is seeing the same colors, though that may or may not affect how you feel about them. You have little red, blue and greed photoreceptors in your eyes that let in just that color and your brain then remixes them to form an image. No two eyeballs have the same photorecptors or the same tuning. Colorblind people often lack an entire set (usually red, which was the last one to develop in primates so we could see fruit against trees).
Dogs, by the way, don't have red receptors so they see the whole world in maize and blue. Gotta love dogs!
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I'm looking into this now but||
I'm looking into this now but Nike started the lightening and didn't make any big leaps except apparently between 1999 and 2000. However they had darker colored everything except on the pants.
What Adidas apparently did was increase the lumenance.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Harbaugh?||
Okay more choices:
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I can't even moderate this in||
I can't even moderate this in good conscience because it's certainly on topic.
Let every neg count for a "nay" vote.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Hi Oregon!||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Good call. For the record||
Good call. For the record there were 196 votes for the official one before I changed it.
People can see what they voted for after they vote.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Without getting too deep into||
Without getting too deep into pantone stuff you're missing the point by focusing only on whether the yellow should be "Gold" instead of whether it should be "not neon".
Maize is a color. It's not gold but it's between yellow and gold. What Adidas has done is not just go to the other side of yellow--the realm between yellow and neon occupied by highlighter yellow and lemon--but they've also been raising the luminence. Luminence is brightness, not whiteness.
Michigan has a pantone official maize that is more orange and less luminescent than straight-up yellow:
The ask is that they use that, and resist the temptation toward greater luminence/
As Brian mentioned, it's the difference between Texas's feel-good orange, and Tennessee's WE'RE ORANGE! orange.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Did you not google "Harbaugh||
Did you not google "Harbaugh pyramid of greatness?"
(click for big).
Yes we are trying to make this a t-shirt but it requires Harbaugh's approval. I imagine he is personally editing it.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||The mailing house is in||
The mailing house is in Minnesota. Biggest in the Midwest so they could get the biggest batches out. Better to have everyone get it Monday than have some get it weeks late.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||send me a photo of these. we||
send me a photo of these. we are insured against that stuff.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||that's fair.||
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Most of the really hideous||
Most of the really hideous stuff was on Brandon for approving it, but Adidas isn't blameless since they designed it in the first place. I put the incompetence things and the highlighter creep first because those I attributed those to Adidas.
Nike will probably be as bad or worse about the uniformz unless Michigan is very good at not letting them be. However we complained about the crappy gear when it occurred and I think that will go away.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||Well that was a Nike sweater||
Well that was a Nike sweater so maybe they'll bring it back now. I imagine Adidas was loathe to bring back something from the Nike era as a throwback, and there might have even been some rights issues around it. Anyway with so many alternates already i wasn't too bummed about not having one more.
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||seth @ mgoblog dot com||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah. I'm gonna make a .mobi||
Yeah. I'm gonna make a .mobi you can download and put on your device. That's seems to be the only way.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||fit is the last noun.||
fit is the last noun.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||This game will be played on||
This game will be played on September 5th. If it's rainy it will be 70 degrees and rainy.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks OP; this thread is||
Thanks OP; this thread is making my spamsweeper go ballistic.
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