|3 days 17 hours ago||I could do a few. You're||
I could do a few. You're looking at one of them. But I'd really enjoy being a teacher if forces these days didn't conspire to make most of that job not about actually teaching. Maybe a different Paradigm of teaching where you are responsible for a small group of students mastering every subject to a level that prepares them for a really good college. Like one week we would learn about the Industrial Revolution and build an engine, and have a debate out of the gilded age about the shifting economy.
|3 days 17 hours ago||They give it all to the||
They give it all to the Bentley Library. When you're ready I'll make the introduction.
|5 days 4 hours ago||It's our All Big Ten post,||
It's our All Big Ten post, or more accurately our Top 125 players of the big ten. And it's important for us to prepare for the season. We play into the joke of certain readers not liking it but honestly they get good reads and it's great for getting us ready to talk about all of these teams. It's going to happen.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Oh, thanks for the reminder.||
Oh, thanks for the reminder. We needed some content and I'd quite forgotten it's time to get this going.
|5 days 14 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/m||
I literally outlined our policy this week. It included an example addressing just this specific case:
We cover Michigan sports here, with a heavy footbal emphasis. Harbaugh is persona numero uno so long as he's head coach of Michigan Football. When he wades into politics, people are going to come here and see what he said, because as MIchigan fans they're going to have people saying to them "Hey, did you hear what Harbaugh said...?"
I figure in that scenario holding our ears closed doesn't serve the readers. Providing just facts without political bending does serve them, since they know they can come here, get what was said and what context it was said in, and go forth to fight whatever Office Sparty said he said differently or whatever. Discussion is important in such cases because the original story doesn't always contain all the facts or context.
Taking a hard-line "no politics even if it comes from Harbaugh himself" approach just sets us up to constantly be taking down threads and looking like assholes for locking things down when we've got the one thread on the internet discussing this that isn't turning into a flaming hell-hole. Liberty unless there's a very good reason, and then maximum possible liberty, that's my motto.
Also: We put our pants on one leg at a time. This is also my motto.
And the thing about the bird who got up at 6.
And who's got it better than us...
|5 days 22 hours ago||I just want to say for the||
I just want to say for the record before my co-worker finds this thread that if you take a date to the one bar that WE ALWAYS MEET AT AND YOU KNOW I TAKE CLIENTS TO ALL THE TIME you can't act like it's creepy when you go on a date and happen to be sitting on the other side of the window from me and a client.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Hard to say. They can make a||
Hard to say. They can make a full recovery, but it often causes a setback in development. Jake Butt tore his in 2014 and came back to have a Mackey Award-caliber season followed by a Mackey Award-winning season. Drew Singleton (2016) is expected to make a full recovery and MIchigan didn't blink an eye at taking him. Garrett Taylor (2015) tore his ACL and lost his senior year in 2014. At the time he was committed to Hoke but decommitted when that class began to fall apart and Ohio State showed interest. He signed with Penn State, redshirted in 2015, and played on special teams last year.
If it's a repeat thing that might be different. Matt Falcon (2015) was an early M commit but tore his ACL a second time before his senior season and Michigan switched his offer to a medical scholarship. Instead he went to Western, where he's wearing a QB practice jersey in spring practice since he's still healing.
Vladimir Emilien was a bum knee, not an ACL tear, so if he lost his career to that injury it wasn't an ACL injury.
|1 week 23 hours ago||It's also fine in board||
This seems pretty straightforwad. A signature is like a bumper sticker: it's an expression of who you are, not a conversation.
Religion should not be THE reason to post something, for the same reason that you shouldn't post something for the purpose of promoting a business. Advertising is for advertisers.
Religious topics are fine. If Jason Avant writes about his religious journey in the Player's Journal (he should, it's a great story), or if the Pope weighs in on the quarterback race next week (he should, it'd be a great story), those are board threads because our interest is in Michigan.
Personal expressions of faith in replies are fine. They're a perspective, if not one most people will appreciate. If we moderated every perspective with no basis in scientific fact we'd never have comments on basketball threads.
We're not going to ban religion--freedom of religion doesn't mean freedom from religion. But we're also not going to tolerate people actively trying to use this forum to preach something, because that annoys readers and counts as advertising.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Peters & Speight: Both Things Can Be True||
Changed title and moved to forums.
|1 week 1 day ago||Frodo and the Two Towers||
Frodo and the Two Towers
|1 week 1 day ago||Lol Brian is leaning towards||
Lol Brian is leaning towards the camera and Demo is really big.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm collaborating with the||
I'm collaborating with the guys at Operation Sports for this. BossHogsGoingHam (sp?) is the guy doing Michigan's rosters and I'm working with him.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hahah Brian could have used||
Hahah Brian could have used this yesterday. Also 200 mgopoints for making this for us. It would have been 400 if brian had it when he wrote yesterday's post.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think you're taking "it's||
I think you're taking "it's boring" for "it's off-limits" for the purposes of generating a victimization that doesn't exist. That is politics, and off-limits.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks. We're not going to||
Thanks. We're not going to moderate bible verses out of signatures unless it violates some other board rule. That would be unnecessarily moderating personal expressions of faith.
|1 week 2 days ago||1. Not understanding what||
1. Not understanding what you're asking here. The plane crash was big news. The reactions of those who were on the plane were covered in news stories. Athletes crediting G-d for things isn't news, just like athletes listening to music isn't news. Starting a thread just for that seems like advertising.
2. Just the facts, and we moderate strongly against ppl whp jump to conclusions that aren't very reasonable. The blog is not the place where justice is served.
|1 week 3 days ago||More thoughts on politics||
MGoBlog strives to be a politics-free zone. We all have plenty of reminders elsewhere, and the consensus among readership is a strong preference for being able to come here knowing there aren’t going to be political triggers over having the freedom to discuss things of a political nature. This of course leaves a lot of gray area, and that gray area fluctuates based on factors like how relevant is it to Michigan and college sports, how well people are behaving in that thread, whether it’s off- or in-season, and, unavoidably, the political biases of whoever’s moderating.
Points will be deducted based on severity and how much trouble it caused us. The typical punishment for a blatantly bad idea is to lose your ability to post new threads until the day after the next election. Whoever initiated a particularly ugly thread will get it as bad as the worst responder. If the moderator determines someone intended to start a political argument the user will most likely be banned unless there’s a good reason not to.
You may get moderated even for accidental politicking, if it’s blatant enough to trigger a political flame war. If your biases are so strong that you can’t tell when you’re needling someone who thinks differently than you, then you don’t have the chops to be posting.
Views expressed by individual authors are those of the author and not representative of the blog. Moderators and people who work for MGoBlog are exempt from the politics rules because we have to answer for it in other ways (loss of job, readership, etc.) and it doesn’t make much sense to dock MGoPoints from people who can adjust them.
Mods and employees are asked to abide by the same political policies as the readers when posting anywhere on mgoblog.com, but are free to be ourselves everywhere else. This includes, notably, our social media accounts, for example @mgoblog is Brian Cook, a cranky internet person who lives in Ann Arbor and runs a Michigan blog, not MGoBlog the website.
Examples from moderation past:
If you celebrate Easter, have a happy one!
*Reputable is of course disputable—this is left up to the moderators. Typically if there’s a better source, the moderator will just change the link, for example if the OP has a HuffPo or FoxNews article linked and that article has some clearly political takes in it that would anger readers from another political viewpoint, maybe that will be changed to a local article that doesn’t. Certain sites [insert your own example] are not considered news sources because the question of whether they’re even news starts a political argument.
|1 week 5 days ago||Great question! Solo side: CB||
Solo side: CB in m2m, will has the crease (simple enough)
Trips side: There's a check:
We saw them play this a lot in '16. Often, unless against JT Barrett or something, they'd instruct the DEs to delay their pass rush to chip the RB if he's coming out of the backfield to give the LB a better shot at covering him and preventing a screen.
If the RB motions out of the backfield for a 0-4-1 look, the WLB takes him in m2m and again, you play outside tech. The general idea is to push everyything back to the inside, where it doesn't matter if there's an extra gap because how the hell are you going to find it against THAT?
|1 week 5 days ago||This is not fair holding me||
This is not fair holding me accountable to things I said in the distant past.
|1 week 5 days ago||Ordinarily I hate the overused "one team wanted it more" cliche||
Saying you don't like a thing "BUT" then saying that thing is called a paralypsis. Or parallipsis. Or something like that. Anyway it's totally a thing that I didn't just make up right now to describe a figure of rhetoric where someone tries to pretend they sympathize with the critical flaw in their argument then makes the argument anyway.
I don't want to pile on Michigan State BUT they DID go 3-9 last year.
Also Notre Dame went 4-8.
|1 week 5 days ago||It was Spam--they linked||
It was Spam--they linked directly to a specific service, and that service actually has some problems that the OP didn't mention.
If someone wants to advertise a financial product here, they can contact me.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes. Innocent until||
|1 week 5 days ago||James Joseph William Tecumseh Sherman Harbaugh||
I too thought Harbaugh had another kid. Let's save the memeing for when he does literally burn Georgia to the ground. Don't think it won't happen dudes!
|1 week 6 days ago||I think we're talking about||
I think we're talking about the same thing regarding Evans. I probably just described it wrong, but yeah, that acceleration off a cut is amazing. That's why I pulled out the Denard comparison, and why we have a tag here called "Chris Evans produces ankle slurry." Here's an inside zone play from the Indiana game:
Cole did NOT have that MLB blocked well, but Evans just managed to cut around the guy and turn it into a 10-yard gain. Here's another from that game which I initially had drawn up to demonstrate how IZ is different than DUO (Cole and Bredeson released):
Wheatley made this hole by crushing his end, and Bredeson should have gotten flagged for a blatant "you should call that every time!" hold--the latter is why I didn't bother with it. But anyway the safety filled so well he's got a chance to stop this for a 3-yard gain (no they didn't respect O'Korn). Watch Evans change direction and then when that safety is still trying to stop Evans is accelerating by him so fast that the MLB can only go for a ride to the 1st down marker.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||I like Higdon. He runs low||
I like Higdon. He runs low and cuts decisively. If he added some Hart-like push for extra yards Higdon is about as good as Mike Weber.
I think Evans is on another level than the rest because of his Denard-like upfield acceleration. Evans hits a hole so fast he routinely makes a defender in that hole miss or get a bad angle.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||This isn't new. I think they||
This isn't new. I think they copied from an AA News article on Brian from 2013. You can tell because it mentions pushback against Dave Brandon and uses a link for HTTV that redirects to DraftKings, which was probably an old promotion when they sponsored the book.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The time to get Babcock was||
The time to get Babcock was 10 years ago or maybe 20 years ago probably 20. Before the Ducks.
I know Michigan wants to make a splash or find a generational coach. But Red's tree is like Bo's in that there are a couple of good short-term options that will last us 10 to 15 or maybe 20 years. I would kick the tires on Bazin and Montgomery but I would not go much further before calling Mel Pearson and then having him annoint Muckalt as heir apparent.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They scouted Big Ben. There||
They scouted Big Ben. There was a reason, not football related, that they preferred the gawky 6'6 kid from Cudahy.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Seth explains the joke||
80% of this episode was talking about Red. The rest was Brian having a Jurassic metaphor for Mo Bamba, a little bit about how good baseball and softball's pitching is this year, and DPJ. So I thought I'd have a little fun with that bit.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I got 4th/156. If Gonzaga won||
I got 4th/156. If Gonzaga won I would have been 1st ($700 payout). Alas.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That had a lot to do with||
That had a lot to do with buying wheat futures at the trough of the market.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||1. We have a sticky for||
1. We have a sticky for that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||WNIT, man. It was ridiculous||
WNIT, man. It was ridiculous that the women didn't make the tournament this year--going 1-4 down the stretch with two losses to MSU was what did it, but the team still finished 11-5 in the Big Ten with a 22-9 record, better than most at-large teams.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||um....yes?!? [my name] at||
[my name] at [this site]
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Take everything from the||
Take everything from the hospital that isn't nailed down.
ESPECIALLY the mesh underpants. You'll need a month's supply and can't get them anywhere else, and trust me your wife is going to want them.
But as much formula and diapers and burp cloths you can scamper away with, and don't forget all the pumping equipment.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Man I scrolled a LONG way||
Man I scrolled a LONG way before this inevitable response came up.
One of the internal discussions was what happens when we have to touch on a political subject because Michigan sports are involved, and to go this far before anybody bit the poison apple was at the outer end of our expectations.
Thanks MGoreadership for being reasonable and polite to each other, and for respecting the spirit of the no-politics rule when Brian broke the letter of it. We all have varying degrees of pretty strong political opinions that blind us to nuance or exceptions, and encountering each others' hard points is a quick way to engender awful and fruitless discussions.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Add "or he graduates" and I'm||
Add "...or he graduates" and I'm on board. Guys do get degrees in 3 years and then you're incentivizing the right thing.
The thing Brian didn't mention is that when you add a scholarship to basketball or football you're really adding two scholarships because you have to match with a girl to meet Title IX. A school that regulary has 95 scholarships committed to football would have to either add a 10-person female sport or, more likely, cut a team like swimming & diving (9.9 scholarships) or baseball (11.7) or cross country (12.6) etc.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Adequate||
FS: Kinnel, the elder of the group as a true junior, has played enough now that we at least know what he is. Losing him would be a huge blow since nobody else seems ready to compete with him. Starter: B+, Bench: C-
Rover: Metellus emerging last year makes this way less fearful. Apparently Metellus was leading the Viper sweepstakes but got moved back to Rover because they trust him in coverage more than the other guys. Pencil him in as the starter as long as that holds. As for backups, well those are the guys competing at Viper. They also moved JKP back to Rover for now, so that depth chart appears set. Starter: B, Bench C
Viper/Sam: This is no longer a guy who stays on the field all the time. Against spread teams it's now a two-man race between Glasgow and Hudson, but I think the coaches want to see a lot more out of both of them: Glasgow has tackling issues and Hudson is still very raw in coverage. This battle could go into the season or become a platoon. Starter: C+, Bench C+
They're already platooning with a standard SAM, who is Furbush. Furbush's backup right now is Uche, though since they have different abilities they may be situationally played. Furbush is the guy they'll play against run-heavy teams like Wisconsin and MSU (and Ohio State's 2TE sets). Uche draws in as the 3-3-5 SAM and maybe pass rush specialist. Kwity Paye will be on this depth chart too though he may redshirt this year to get some separation between him and Uche. Starter: B-, Bench C+
Cornerback: We saw plenty of Lavert HIll last year and he looks a lot like a sophomore Jourdan Lewis. There was one play he made in the Orange Bowl that got a hellaciously bad PI flag, but on that play Hill was in the hip pocket of a very good receiver and made an underthrown ball impossible to catch. A guy making that play is ready to play, and Michigan was putting him out there in non-garbage time to get seasoning. He's a lock to play and could be really good.
Practice buzz is never more than 60% right and sometimes 100% wrong so I don't know what to make of the consistent flow of good things about David Long, but that they were totally expected. I wouldn't expect Ambry Thomas to be competing with those two yet, but given the progression of good cornerbacks I bet you'll see a lot more of Thomas by mid-season. Washington played some last year and still looked so unusable as an edge defender we can't even gauge his pass defense. And it should be a year before St-Juste is ready. Watson is a one-trick pony and if the others haven't passed him that's a problem. Michigan will dip into its safeties for the nickel and dime packages before playing too many cornerbacks, but an injury or two in this group could be a big problem.
Starters: B-, Bench C-
Basically we're looking at adequate with a floor of mediocre, but 2009-2010 levels are off the table, hopefully. With a great defensive line you can afford to be adequate in the secondary or the linebackers. Given the outlook is an A defensive line with B linebackers and a B- secondary, I expec this defense to fall somewhere among the Top 25 at least with a ceiling of Top 10.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It was also the floor for||
It was also the floor for last year. :/
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||It won't ever be the model at MGoBlog||
Our model works though because there are enough readers coming through to support a lot of ads, and for the regular donations to be substantial (and in my case HTTV is a huge deal).
UMHoops is pretty niche, though excellent. I'd rather they go to a sub model than shut down.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||points are back.||
points are back.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Rick Leach||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Consider their even strength||
Consider their even strength Corsi--a fair enough measure of how a team is playing and particularly how the coach's system is working. They've been Top 2 or 3 in the country the last 4 years in Corsi but haven't had the kind of athletes who can finish. Mel is one of the better coaches in america right now. Bazin is perhaps the best. Then you've got Tony Granato and Jeff Jackson (the Harbaugh and Meyer of college hockey). Then perhaps Jim Montgomery at Denver, then Mel.
Red is uncountable. It's like counting Paterno or Bowden in the last years of their careers.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Pretty sure it's 13. Let's||
Pretty sure it's 13. Let's count:
That's 13. Let's count again.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||very welcome||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Hi Seth right after the home||
Hi Seth right after the home loss to Ohio State, this is you of the future. This team will win the Big Ten Tournament and lose their Sweet 16 game by 1 point when Walton misses at the buzzer.
P.S. don't take nova.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||What time does Michigan State play?||
This would have been funny if they hadn't made the tournament. Getting knocked out in the 2nd round by a 1-seed is respectable enough that this joke feels lame.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad you can think about||
I'm glad you can think about basketball right now because I can't stop thinking about you and your girls.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've been trying to gather||
I've been trying to gather data for a Ticket Watch this week but it's hard to gauge this one because as you said the KU fans are setting the market and speculators are all over it.
The tradeout doesn't work in a way that would benefit ticket sharing: a ticket is for one entry and both games. I advise buying a really shitty ticket then sitting in one of the empty seats of a KU/Purdue fan.
The Indy game tickets were sitting at about $130 and moving at under that but there were still a hundred on our partner's site in big groups so speculators didn't sell out. That means there were tickets for cheaper to be had on the ground, but the market didn't translate to online.
Asking parents for their tickets won't work this time--I heard from a parent of a player that their seats are only good for their segment then the other parents will get their seats. This is also true for media, by the way, so if someone wants to give Ace and Dressler (the photog covering this game) their tickets for the other session I'm sure they'd appreciate it.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||lullvl||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Last I looked I'm still in #1||
Last I looked I'm still in #1 among MGoStaff.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Going by the first||
Going by the first half...
Also it depends on what kind of team you have. Lville played it right: matchup man to man, play the arc hard, and make Moe beat your endless bigs inside while crashing the boards and hoping to put M's bigs on the bench.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe they're right? I looked||
Maybe they're right? I looked up the box score for Trey in the 2012 tourney and it doesn't show he was credited for a block. Maybe these photos were staged or something.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||That's factored in! Those||
That's factored in! Those seats would be $85 or $60 now without the L'ville/Ky bump. The speculators and the Kentucky fans bought up what they wanted, and then there were still upper bowl seats. You can see lower bowl prices are really high--that's the uber fans' market. I figure those who are looking for cheap seats are playing the get-in market, especially since moving up to better seats is always available in these games as fans don't sit in for both sessions.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's a risk but those tickets||
It's a risk but those tickets are basically the ticket version of Uber: they'll put you in touch with someone who's selling and you have to work it out with them. If you are going to be late however that isn't nice to the people whose tickets you're buying.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's factored. Those||
It's factored. Those speculative prices expect to get Louisville and Kentucky.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||For some weird reason the||
For some weird reason the whole thing didn't upload. I noticed this morning that the file on my computer is 77.8 mb and the file on the server is 76.5. Uploading it again now.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||When you copy it you will||
When you copy it you will find the raw data sheet. Then go on Kenpom and grab all of the % to wins from all these tourney games except not those playing quasi home games. Match that to the differential in efficiency and then you can work backwards to find approximately Kenpom's win% calculation formula from efficiency differential, which you have already. Share with your friends.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I checked my twitter history||
I checked my twitter history and I'm clean. Not even an Irvin dis.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)|
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yay!||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||As my frequent 2nd half||
As my frequent 2nd half appearances on TV this year attest, you can already move down at Crisler after halftime, if not officially.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||So March 9 really is Mike Dantoni's birthday||
Michigan State really did go 3-9 last year. You didn't hallucinate that.
Also: Notre Dame went 4-8.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I can confirm that the Big||
I can confirm that the Big Ten is saying that. Sam's gut feeling says otherwise.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Looking for two tix for UM-PU||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||OT: Selling 2 Tix for Mich Vs UF||
Don't use the board as a kiosk please. Points gone.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I like the idea of Nova||
I like the idea of Nova through Buffalo. They'll want to keep Cuse out to avoid a home game but M fans will make it there aplenty. And if we advance it's MSG.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I called them both driveable||
I called them both driveable didn't I?
|7 weeks 51 min ago||We've been here--next to the||
We've been here--next to the cream cheese man. Sorry we missed you.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Bo admitted to cheating once.||
Bo admitted to cheating once. Contrary to NCAA rules Bo would allow non-scholarship players to eat the same food as the scholarship players. Cheater!
I don't think anyone claims Michigan players never got an impermissable benefit. Plenty of people embedded in the community have stories and I've heard a few myself. What Michigan does have is a credulous compliance department that is super serious about investigating and preventing it.
You'll note the cover we promoted last year's HTTV with had a stormtrooper on it. That was because compliance said we can't use a current student athlete. When I tried to say WTF I learned the way our athletic department works is compliance says and we do, not the other way around.
The way NCAA compliance works is not like the NCAA are the cops. The cops are at each university, and overseen by each university. The NCAA is more like Internal Affairs. You'll note the big violations they hand out are "Lack of Institutional Control" and "Failure to Monitor" or "Failure to Promote a Culture of Compliance." The fact is most schools these days purposely fail to monitor, promote a culture of non-compliance, and if they lack institional control it's because the guy the coach talks to for making things happen has stopped listening to the coach. In the South paying players is a totally functional black market, complete with networks, burner phones, and money laundering (mostly done through churches because who's going to investigate a church?)
Michigan and others like it are exceptional because they literally do promote a culture of compliance. Talk to any former Michigan player and they'll have a story about how compliance was up their ass over something like a friend fixing their car or a girlfriend who got a good deal on a laptop.
These are still highly valuable athletes getting highly underpaid relative to their free market value, and markets always find a way to correct. The difference however is not just in degrees but the kind of enforcement going on here is above the written expectations, while the norm is the Old West.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I may have had Walton in mind||
I may have had Walton in mind when I qualified Bardo's performance as by a sober person.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Podcast articles get picked||
Podcast articles get picked up by the stream. If you find it in iTunes you'll actually read the original draft that was uploaded, plus the first few comments. Anything that goes into a feed has to check out by the feed's own logic, so the fewer add-ons and whatnot you have running the better.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||If bosshogsgoingham would||
If bosshogsgoingham would check his email id have a roster for you with updates that aren't even public yet.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan's first AD, in fact||
Michigan's first AD, in fact maybe the greatest AD of all time and also perhaps the first AD in the nation, donated the money to build it because he felt bad leaving the job to take over his in-laws' banking empire in K.C.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Mom and baby are sleeping and||
Mom and baby are sleeping and they left me alone with the birth certificate form so we will see.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Estates, man. Like an idiot I||
Estates, man. Like an idiot I gave out the attorney's email address to all the beneficiaries for my grandma's estate without alerting my family members that we get billed every time he has to answer a question. My aunts were on pace to clean out the estate before I learned of it.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wonder if "File sent to Judge||
Wonder if "File sent to Judge Ball" was some sort of exculpatory evidence. Holmes wouldn't apply unless the big charge was dropped.
(I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet)
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||The plan was to put it in||
The plan was to put it in Lake Michigan but Wisconsin complained.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Anyone else think the refs had the UM v Minny Game Fixed?||
thread below it is the same topic, minus the tinfoil.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That write up is literally||
That write up is literally already written, and mentions a sponsor, and the sponsor has already approved the language we used. So it'll go on the front page soon enough--I guess by the time Brian was ready to go with it we were a half hour out from Ace's scheduled basketbullets post, and that was a friday afternoon, so better to wait till monday.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Naw||
Just a day. I started drawing it out in my shower Thursday morning, was thinking about it on my drive to and from Ann Arbor for the basketball game, and I added Iowa and Indiana minutes before posting.
Only change is I decided it would be in bad taste to keep the original thread that leads to ND and PSU:
Refs/Young Lads/The Big Ten
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Many times. That Harbaugh||
Many times. That Harbaugh edit I made that's in the upper right of the blog's banner is one of them.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||In Chicago's defense, they||
In Chicago's defense, they waited until AFTER they got rid of their football program to build the first nuclear reactor under their football stadium.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I was watching this game on||
I was watching this game on my phone that I was holding in my crotch while at a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert in this massive cathedral in Bloomfield Hills. When this happened I couldn't contain myself and fist-pumped. Then I looked around the transept to see how many black suits the sports-watching dude in a brown blazer had offended, and instead found three other guys who had to have been either watching or had a score tracker update.
This was before we had company Slack chat so Brian, Ace and I just had a gchat that was always open, and neither of them could do the muppets (or planned on having to, since who could imagine Michigan winning in the Trohl Center?) So I posted the muppets from my phone (had to copy the html directly from a football muppets and change the wordsy parts). I missed out on the marital credit one gets from going to a DSO concert, but it was totally worth it.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I'll pass that along but to||
I'll pass that along but to me that stuff's all whiz-bang popitude. I sat in with the site developers at our last meeting and it was mostly Greek to me. But the part I understood was that we're going to launch with a pretty barebones version and add some of the features in as we go. We might have a beta site going during the season to try those out.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||No way was that traffic||
No way was that traffic volume. First of unless you're literally a blog about Apple products there's no way 80% of your users are accessing you from an Apple product, let alone a smartphone. Second, not even a blog about iPhone apps would be able to get 80% of their readers to download their app. A college football blog that reaches a large demographic? No fucking way. If 5% of readership was coming from one app that would be a huge number.
I don't know very much about how this stuff works, but my (not at all trustworthy) guess is the HD App was regularly pinginig our database when the user was logged in, trusting our server to handle the load so the app users would be able to access the information more quickly.
Imagine we're the company that makes Tickle Me Elmo. We produce the Elmos and put them in a warehouse with two truck bays and have a deal with a couple of retailers, each with their own truck, to sell the Elmos and share the profits. They're so popular though that an unaffiliated guy opens the Tickle Me Elmo HD Store which promises to always have Tickle Me Elmos in stock and sell them at cost. He does this by sending a fleet of trucks to our warehouse to grab Tickle Me Elmos as soon as they get into the warehouse, leaving us a couple bucks for each one to cover the cost of production. Sometimes our own trucks can't even get in, and our retailers can't keep them in stock, because Tickle Me Elmo HD is hogging all of our resources. People love the Tickle Me Elmo HD store because they can go in and always get a Tickle Me Elmo for the lowest possible price, and they love the dude who made the store because he's not even making a profit off of it. So when we shut that thing down, people are mad. When we shut him down without an explanation and told them to go to another store which marks Tickle Me Elmo up to retail prices and can't keep them in stock, they're livid.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||At this point it has to be||
At this point it has to be from the ground up and expensive, and that's what we're up to.
The front page in January was just under 90% of our pageviews, because most people who use the site aren't contributing in the forums. But trusting those numbers ignores how a blog's community works. The forums are massively important to us because that's our core readership, and having that strong community is a big part of being the #1 blog for our niche. They're the people who will come to our events, who will exchange tickets with each other, who will use the services of our primary sponsors because they feel like part of that community. (Also they're the people who will be most likely to provide feedback). So yeah while there are 9 pageviews (and probably 30 uniques) who come by for the front-page articles to every 1 who's on the board, I treat it like the front-page-only folk are coming because the heavy users think this is the place to be.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I hear ya.||
I hear ya.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You said to stop spraying it||
You said to stop spraying it with Windex, and I have. What more do you want?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||That sounds an awful lot like||
That sounds an awful lot like going over my boss's head. I really like being able to write for MGoBlog for a living.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||MGoBoard: come for the||
MGoBoard: come for the bitching, stay for the deep cut Band of Brothers quotes.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW we've had several people||
FWIW we've had several people approach us that I've been cc'ed on. We're in the process of a total site revamp on Drupal 8 and Brian has already thrown more money at it than he pays me, so it's definitely somewhere between MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE UNIVERSE and having a guy to manage all of the advertising and podcasts and relationships and write nerdy articles about cool plays and databases, whatever that's worth.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Dude, we're operating with||
Dude, we're operating with IAB's 2008 ad sizes and our main sponsors are shoved into positions that nobody has ever had to support. I've done the numbers: just being able to serve 300-pixel-wide ads instead of the 160x600 skyscraper would double our passive revenue. If we were all about money we would have had 8 site revamps by now.
The server is top of the line, co-located, and just a year old, but was getting destroyed by the HD App, which was making ridiculous demands on it and blocking everyone else from getting in.
As for the site's look and functionality, we were mid-way through an upgrade when a new Drupal came out, then we were midway through an upgrade when the guys we'd paid an enormous amount to got really really slow and the football season started. And now we're with new guys and just getting started, but it's still going to take some months because we refuse to release something that hasn't been beta'd to the ends of the earth or lacks the functions our core readership expects.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Brian said he had to kill the||
Brian said he had to kill the HD App because it was causing a massive server load and people couldn't get into the site at all. I have nothing to do with the apps, but I do have to keep us above water and dedicating 60-80% of our year-old server's bandwidth to an unaffiliated app with zero revenue tied to it was unsustainable. We keep this site free because it's paid for with advertising.
We're a small operation of people who care more about 4-3 defenses than business things, but that's always been the case here. If that's "poorly run" I guess it's fair, but I've been to a lot of better run sites who don't care as much about the content and I think that shows too.
I think we need to be more open about what's going on with the site revamp, because we've literally been at this since 2012 and just now finally see a light at the end of the tunnel. I can't explain why Brian hasn't addressed it on the main page--we've all been telling him he has to do so.
The thing that bothers me about your post is "disdain for the readers." I'm the guy here who's supposed to be looking out for our mercantile interests, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms that we've got our readers--advertisers sliders set all the way to the left.
I can see how in the absence of information it might come across like killing the HD app was an incremental revenue decision of the kind that drove us nuts when Dave Brandon was all about that stuff. But it couldn't be further from the truth. Despite growing exponentially from the small, bookish community of Michigan fans it started as, this blog still writes for that tiny demographic. We don't badger you with a front page post just to say Michigan has 14 combine invites and another because Harbaugh tweeted a footrace at practice. We don't insult your intelligence with misleading headlines, or throw stuff written by advertisers into editorial spaces (when one comes in for a mention we write it ourselves and don't give sponsors a say in the final wording). And we skipped that entire era of video advertising despite my network partners literally screaming about the money we're leaving on the table, because we couldn't figure out why you'd want to wait through 30-second ads and a minute of a talking head to get at information we could write in two sentences.
If spit and polish matters more than that stuff, I mean, you should go where you like. But please don't do it over a misunderstanding.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh is like Obama||
I thought it was fine: national newspaper using Michigan's coach for what boiled down to a civics lesson, was gonna get reposted 6 times if we took it down, and standard operating procedure is to post the link and lock the thread. But these aren't normal times. A few of the protesters were banished for trolling.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||META: Political Posts||
Gripes go here. I know some people are very sensitive about politics right now so we are being vigilant but our policy has not changed.
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||I considered that. There's a||
I considered that. There's a way to break it.
The teams in a pod all play each other already so they would never end up playing each other weeks 6-8. So the way this home-away thing becomes a problem is if 4 teams with the same home-road schedule who don't play each other.
5 home games: OSU, NWern, PSU, Minn, MSU, Indiana, Nebraska
4 home games: Mich, Illini, MD, Wis, Rutgers, Purdue, Iowa
When scheduling weeks 3-5 the Big Ten just has to make sure it always plays two games within those groups. If we get rid of the pick-your-poison deal the Big Ten could mostly innoculate itself from this scenario by how it rotates those matchups.
That leaves only eight combinations of top four teams that could cause a crisis:
In that case I say give the top overall team an extra home game I guess?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Via my psychologist wife it's||
Via my psychologist wife it's VERY common for victims of abuse to themselves become perpetrators. The domino effect is one of the main justifications for treating child sexual abuse as a particularly heinous crime before the law. The abuse doesn't just damage the victim while it's happening--it fucks up peoples' wiring for the rest of their lives, and often leads to more people's lives getting fucked up.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This is a great synopsis.||
This is a great synopsis. Part of the problem was Lemming never learned how to have friends help him. He is kind of a kook and has a difficult time getting people to like him personally, so his whole business did not translate well to the kind of business where you need to have hundreds of scouts scouting thousands of players. Superprep started to go down that road, but their staff got folded into Scout. You can see a remnant of that in how Scout still primarily ranks players by region, a relic of the old superprep regional network.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I keep asking Brian to||
I keep asking Brian to explain. He said he'll have a grand update soon.
Anyway we had our first meeting with the new company doing the site redesign.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||No the issue was that some of||
No the issue was that some of the podcasts had a space in the filename and Apple couldn't deal with that. Then we couldn't be sure that was the problem because they take up to 3 weeks to refresh their cache when you update your feed.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Ouch, man. I can't speak for||
I can't speak for anyone else but I think I participate quite often on the board.
As for the other guys, I mean, where do you think we get the ideas for content? If you read the main page or listen to the podcast I think you'll find there's a ton of thoughts responding to or mentioning the board. I don't think we'd get any work done if we all responded to every thread, but the community is a huge deal to all of us. It's the first stop to gather the Michigan zeitgeist. When you read Brian's bolded alter-ego, that is basically a distillation of what's on the board.
What I haven't done much lately is Dear Diary. That's because the diaries don't come as often and the board is often a thread of news that's already posted.
We've never been much for divulging or discussing info on the boards that wouldn't go on the main page. I think that's the sort of thing the services do well, and if we started doing so it would be stepping on their toes. Putting insider info behind a paywall is one thing, but having it on a free site isn't a good idea I believe. Let Rivals and 24/7 and Scout do what they're good at, you know?
I also think we ease up at certain times of the year, this being one of them. I've got the new HTTV on my plate and we're putting the new site design together. Brian takes a step back after the football season to recharge. Ace probably gets into the comments the most often, but I know he gets depressed at the level of a lot of the basketball commentary.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know why you needed||
I don't know why you needed to post this. Doesn't everybody have this memorized? Or am I the only one?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Our moderating goals strive||
Our moderating goals strive to meet a standard best described as "fair asshole." My standard operating procedure is to ban a poltiical poster for the length that their offending post is relevant. So like a regula reader goes off on the president, they could get sent to Bolivia until the next inauguration day. Or if it has to do with an election they get banished until after the polls close.
If they're new users they'll just get caved.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I was at the kickoff meeting||
I was at the kickoff meeting with our new site redevelopers. Sorry, we have a few moderators who work for free and then those of us who work here chip in when we can. I figured getting the ball rolling on MGoBlog 3.0 was a higher priority.
Also stopped by Bentley Library to play with 1880s photographs and memorabilia, and tried a new Korean place for lunch, and put up today's softball article.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Boliviated. Points return Jan||
Boliviated. Points return Jan 20, 2021--I'm sure he's got a countdown clock already.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Post anything you see in the||
Post anything you see in the Moderator Action Sticky and we'll do our best to handle it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Most of the thinking happened||
Most of the thinking happened in the shower. My wife got me a pad of Aqua Notes (paper you can write on when it's wet) and I filled them with mock seasons. Note to married men: don't cover your shower with Aquanotes--wives who are 9 months pregnant tend to react poorly.
The 2-year-old stays home with me but she goes to nursery school and naps so that's when I can work--sometimes she plays on the floor while I'm writing.
Anyway I guess both of our bosses are paying us to be on MGoBlog in the middle of a work day, although I should point out mine is doing it on purpose.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Except as we showed this||
Except as we showed this year, Conference Championships are stupid. They throw out non-conference games, and often generate champions who just happened to win a bad division but clearly played a worse season than other competition.
Michigan and Ohio State both emerged from the Big Ten with stronger claims to be in the playoff than the Big Ten champ, and there have been many champions with way worse resumes than Penn State's last year. You don't want to ruin the national championship by leaving out schools because conferences made arbitrary division choices and throw out vital information. You don't want a season where Notre Dame is just an exhibition.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW I think you talked me||
FWIW I think you talked me into at least replacing those "Pick your poison" games with pre-scheduled rotational opponents.
We can do that and keep the rest: 3 games in Weeks 6-8 to play teams on your level so that all of the potential conference champs play each other, and a conference showcase to mop up the last games that weren't played. Conference championship goes to the team that comes out of all of that the strongest.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||2016: Ohio State was clearly||
2016: Ohio State was clearly had the best season in the conference, losing only a fluky rain game at Penn State and not going to the conference championship because their 2-loss opponent lost their other game to a non Big Ten school and the Big Ten is that weird conference who values head-to-head over overall record in determining tiebreakers. Wisconsin won their division but had the 4th best resume in the conference.
2015: Michigan State won a fluky game against OSU in the rain and even flukier game at Michigan (not to mention catching Oregon quarterbackless, and nearly losing to Rutgers and Purdue). They skipped Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa (until the B1G CCG). West division champ Iowa went 12-0 and played only one ranked team (#23 Northwestern), skipping Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. Ohio State again was held out of the B1G Championship by the head-to-head rules despite being the best team in the conference.
2014: Ohio State played Wisconsin. This was fine.
2013: Ohio State went undefeated into the B1G CG. In a down year for the conference MSU didn't play a ranked team until they got to the B1G CG, missing Wisconsin and OSU during the regular season.
2012: The top two teams in the Leaders Division were ineligible for the postseason so Legends Division champ Nebraska played 8-5 Wisconsin in a rematch (ick). OSU and PSU also would have been rematches FWIW.
2011: Wisconsin won a down Leaders Division without playing Michigan, setting up a rematch with Michigan State who beat up Michigan and also won a football game against us.
So since we created the divisions only once have we gotten a Big Ten Championship that wasn't a rematch or involved some team that got there by dumb luck and circumstance rather than competitive play. That's a systemic problem (nothing against the teams who went). And it's easy to solve by simply not creating arbitrary divisions or placing too much emphasis on any one aspect.
The thing I like about replacing the CG game with showcase games is every year we'll get to see interesting matchups that we didn't see already. The thing I like about having 3 weeks at the end of the season for a mini-playoff is it lets you wait to see which teams have earned pole position and play the crucial games you'll need to determine a champ.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Huh?||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||This is sort of like||
This is sort of like relegation but without the icky parts. Relegation tells fans of one team "You have no chance this year--go play some other sad sacks for the chance to be good next year." Because recruiting is a big deal in football, a few bad seasons early in the system would create a heavy institutional disadvantage, especially since other conferences don't relegate. Indiana and Iowa State tend compete for a lot of the same players--if Indiana doesn't have even a structural chance to win in the near future it'll hurt them in those fights.
Also I find value in Michigan playing Purdue and Illinois as often as, like, Iowa. Relegation would create some common opponents among the top and bottom echelons but historic rivalries might never get played. Think of the Jug sitting around for 10 years!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The biggest||
The biggest differences:
Ultimately my plan gets the top games played but helps the middle class look a bit better, leading to more Top 25 and bowl-eligible teams while adding losses to non-bowl-eligible teams.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||That system put THE GAME in||
That system put THE GAME in September. My proposal accomplishes everything they suggested but leaves end-of-the-year rivalry games intact.
The other big problem I had with the 538 proposal is that the middle ends up facing the top but the top and bottom never play each other unless they're rivals. So we end up with a similar problem where Michigan never sees Purdue or Illinois, with an additional problem that teams in the middle end up drawing a lot of games against the top teams and each other. The result would be a lot more teams going 5-7 and missing bowl games. I don't think a few blowouts are a problem, and it's better for the conference as a whole to have more more 6-6 and 7-5 teams.
I should add this to the post.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You mean the playoff that a||
You mean the playoff that a review of seasons since the beginning of the BCS era said would be most likely to include all NC contenders while discluding non-contenders?
|10 weeks 5 days ago||But Geographic doesn't care||
But Geographic doesn't care how good you are THIS YEAR. And that's kind of important. Every year we have these travesties where one Big Ten title contender didn't play any of the others, a West team emerges that was already beaten by all the East contenders, or head-to-head vagaries leave out the best teams. And rematches. UNGH. Rematches should be flat-out banned by the NCAA entirely. Plus teams from the opposite division rarely see each other--Michigan plays Rutgers and Maryland EVERY DAMN YEAR, to the detriment of games with far nearer historic enemies like Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Purdue, not to mention the Little Brown Jug rivalry.
Fuck regional divisions--all they do is force us to play more games we have less interest in watching.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I liked having 3 games where||
I liked having 3 games where you pick your poison (the upsets would be incredible because HA HA YOU WANTED THIS!) but yeah the easiest way to simplify this system would be to jettison the pick your poison games and have home-and-homes as you rotate through the season. Then you're only leaving three regular season games (plus the showcase) unscheduled. If you stick a conference-wide bye week in there, that gives fans 2, 3, or 4 weeks to plan their travel.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Uh, this system doesn't care||
Uh, this system doesn't care if you're good historically.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I track the secondary ticket||
I track the secondary ticket market closely during the season; most travel decisions appear to be made starting 2-3 weeks out. More important is having foreknowledge of home games, since fans who live out of town like to plan a week to come. In that case they'll have to content themselves with "it'll be a good game."
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||Works for me on Galaxy S7.||
Works for me on Galaxy S7. I'm looking into it for you. In the meantime, do all those things that they always tell you to do when an app's not working (restart, clear cache, sacrifice four live chickens, etc.)
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Niiiice. Can't wait to play||
Niiiice. Can't wait to play with it. Interactive graphs should have been a part of this site years ago.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Tiny Cass Tech corners. Both||
Tiny Cass Tech corners. Both Michigan and MSU want cornerbacks who can play press-man AND help out in the run game, and the coaching staffs didn't think he was going to be big enough to hack it. Someone above said Terry Richardson and I agree. Richardson even got pretty high recruiting grades but he was always too small to contribute on this level.
Penn State already lives with tiny quick cornerbacks and let their safeties get the edges (they have good enough linebackers to have them read and react to multiple gaps.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Brian's brother was working||
Brian's brother was working on it at that point. All we could have done would be to stand over him and tell him to work faster.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||We called him "James Whitley:||
We called him "James Whitley: Future Star of the XFL" and how's THAT for a dated reference?
But let's not kid ourselves; obviously this is about living up to the legacy of Vlad Emilien.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Literally his job is trying||
Literally his job is trying to keep the Lions from falling apart. I can't think of a harder job in the world.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||That's definitely Kelli. We||
That's definitely Kelli. We did an Israel trip together, right before her first husband passed away. She and I were the two history nerds they could put in the front of the group to keep the tour guide feeling fulfilled while the rest of the group ambled around behind nursing hangovers.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't know you were||
I didn't know you were friends with Anderson! I don't know him but I'm friends with his wife Kelli from our Israel trip.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I was just going to sit||
Well, I was just going to sit on this massive pile of evidence I've got here but now that you ask...
|11 weeks 5 days ago||No. Fucking. Way.||
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||FYI on the book||
I wish that was actually the "surplus". The book is a joint venture between me and Brian. The more books that are ordered the more it costs to make them. Also in 2014 we lost money on those. Anyway we decided long ago that if we are going to ask for Goodwill when we do the books that we shouldn't do it the rest of the year. Our main business is we provide free content that is paid for with advertising. I have never seen a dime from the apps, fwiw, so if somebody reads the blog in a browser with adblock software I still prefer that to someone reading it in any app because then at least you are seeing the blog as it is intended to be seen.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Endeared? I pay close||
Endeared? I pay close attention to our site analytics because I sell the ads around here, and I know we're about 52% Republican and have been as long as I've been in the gig. At most we've upheld the moral expections of less than half the readership, at the risk of annoying over half of it.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Stephen we should take this||
Stephen we should take this to email.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||The no politics rule is||
The no politics rule is because we don't want the board to be bogged down in political flamewars, which is what tends to happen, oh, every time politics get on the board.
But we don't have an official blog twitter. @mgoblog is Brian Cook's personal twitter account. And he's way WAY better than I am at keeping it on point.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It's weird to me that you||
It's weird to me that you sense a double-standard when I've sensed the opposite double-standard. I edit everything that hits the main page and I tend to not even bother most of the time when something gets in that might anger the left. I can't even think of an example of an objection, even though I know I've let a "Bernie Bros" reference slide a few times, and we routinely throw out anti-socialist buzzwords whenever we justify the blog's collective stance on paying college players.
However I watch like a hawk for any tiny thing that conservatives might not like because it'll generate responses in the thread, and sometimes another thread or public call-outs on Twitter (not to mention the always helpful watchogs at the RCMB who're always on the lookout for signs of the MGoCommunist Revolution). When we end up moderating for politics, the right is HEAVILY overrepresented, to the point where we often get yelled at by the banned for doing so on political grounds, even if the thing had nothing to do with politics.
There's of course a very good reason that our conservative readers are more touchy about their political bubbles than our liberal readers are about theirs: most of our writers tend to lean left (those of us who used to be right or centrists have moved there in the last 8-10 years or so), so it's far more likely for an accidental D to slip out than an R. And we're all wired to argue calls that go against us while not seeing the others. So whatever I perceive, I have to act knowing that it's not reality but only my perception of it.
I can't think of any good conservative sportswriters off the top of my head. I know a bunch (see pages of HTTV) who were, but who've flipped in recent years as the lines shifted around them--lotta George Will and Evan McMullen* fans if not outright converts. But then most of the people who cover Michigan are going to be from "TPRo" Ann Arbor so we're hardly a representative slice of America. Gregg Henson is a conservative. Paul Finebaum is a conservative. Oh shit what's his name, the guy who covers Michigan for Toledo radio and fills in sometimes for Grapentine? He's a major conservative. But they're in a different part of the business where they're expected to rile people up, so the same rules don't really apply to them.
But I will point out Frank Beckmann. I mean Beckmann had his own quite conservative radio show for years, but poke any Michigan fan--and you know our reputation--and we all love him, even if that comes with a "but I hate his politics" caveat after.
So I don't think it's just my biases: I think conservatives in general are wired to think more in terms of ideological battles, therefore counterintuitively ending up both the larger oppressors of ideas and the more likely to feel like theirs are suppressed. I think this is human nature: we see our own flaws in others. Also if this is a failing of one ideological faction, I'm sure it's equaled by other failings of the other side.
This again might be my bias talking, but even putting aside certain societal pathways that allow access to a job in sportswriting to begin with, in general journalism almost requires that you be obsessed with empiricism and ethics, and naturally suspicious of faith and loyalty. It makes us good informers, but bad line-toters, too quick to draw lines from facts to conclusions, too quick to judge what we see as immoral or irrational behavior, and less understanding of partisan or religious motivations. That kind of wiring just seems to lend itself to liberal politics, no matter where we started from, and it's something that a good writer has to always be cognizant of.
So speaking to the article's premise, I'm sure you have it wrong: the premise is that sportswriters, who are mostly liberal already and as a class ultra-sensitive to whiffs of rightwing extremism, feel duty-bound to speak out now only because of the extraordinary circumstances. I would guess that this conceit is also part of the author's bias, in order to point out just how not normal things are right now. But the author isn't wrong about our thought processes. I know there's a cost--I've seen it as I lost a few followers--but then the whole point of making a decision out of a sense of moral duty is you have to be willing to accept the consequences.
*[disclosure: I am too]
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I've been wrestling with this||
I've been wrestling with this for 2 weeks. I can get the podcast to work on every platform except iTunes. We have a valid RSS feed. I just don't know what gives? But I'm so frikkin frustrated with apple store right now.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||last year||
|12 weeks 2 days ago||At 4.87 stars, I have DPJ||
At 4.87 stars, I have DPJ third among M receiver recruits since 1995. Terrell and Walker from my own class of 1998 were higher, but then there were fewer rating services out there. Both were Parade All-Americans and were Lemming's #1 and #2 receivers. The 4th, 5th, and 6th were DiAllo Johnson (and ATH), Mario Manningham, and Tai Streets. Guys rated that highly are as close to can't-miss as you can get in recruiting.
Tarik Black (4.34, 13th overall), Oliver Martin (4.24, 16th overall) and Nico Collins (4.23, 18th overall) are all in a close group that includes Adrian Arrington, Kekoa Crawford, Ahmir Mitchell, Toney Clemons, Aaron Wright, and Junior Hemingway. Guys in this range are about 50-50 to work out, so expect one or two of those guys to wind up being NFL players.
Brad Hawkins (3.93, 28th overall) is a little further down the list, in range of guys who get a 4th star but maybe just miss the top 300 or whatever. Greg Mathews, Ronald Bellamy, Terrance Robinson, Devin Funchess, Dennis Norfleet, Tyrece Butler, Jeremy Gallon, Carl Tabb, LaTerryal Savoy, Jerry Dioron-Johnson, and Steve Breaston were in this range.
I can't find another year when Michigan recruited 5 receivers. This is the closest:
With 96 starts the 2008 class has the biggest contribution, followed by the 2012 class. You may be sensing a theme: a new coach comes in and wants different attributes in his receivers, so as soon as possible he'll grab a lot of them. FWIW the 3rd place team in starts was 2002, with Steve Breaston, Carl Tabb, and Jason Avant. If you imagine adding an Adrian Arrington and a David Terrell to that class, that's the kind of upside we're talking about here.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Brad Hawkins too.||
Brad Hawkins too.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I run a volunteering org for||
I run a volunteering org for young jewish adults in metro-D and we work with lots of other agencies of all denominations or none. Some of my favorites:
|12 weeks 4 days ago||There is no earthly reason we||
There is no earthly reason we can find to explain this.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||We repaired the feed. Every||
We repaired the feed. Every other podcast app in the world works. We will continue to try to get this one to work too. Hopefully that can happen before the last person finally decides that Apple has been making total crap since Jobs died and we never have to deal with their iShit again.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know how much stock||
I don't know how much stock to put in an OSU buddy of mine who tells me OSU stuff on Facebook, but he thought Meyer wanted to do what M is doing: split OL duties between two coaches, and Frey was a natural target if so. However they were waiting for the 10th full-time position to be official before moving on that.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Ha. Guess what: IT DEPENDS!||
Ha. Guess what: IT DEPENDS! hahahahahahahah
They're different, and I would never advocate an expert on zone coaching a gap-blocking offense, or vice versa. We unfortunately have two very good examples of this:
However, no offense can get by doing just one or the other these days. If you're gap-blocking all the time, you'll run into under sets and a million slants and two-gapping, planet-sized DL who can't be moved off the ball, and your run game will suck. If you're zone blocking all the time, you'll run into quick 4-man fronts with DL and LBs given single gap assignments who can never be wrong if they just stay in their gaps.
In this light Frey is a good hire for 2017 Michigan because HE can teach the guys how to zone block, and Michigan already has the best gap-blocking coaches outside of the NFL. They can learn things from each other.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||I don't think Michigan's||
I don't think Michigan's recruiting Slaton anymoe. Herbert decommitted so there goes the teammate angle that was our best shot, and Slaton only started taking official visits last week, which when paired with rumors seems to suggest he wasn't academically qualified to do so until this past semester. A kid in SEC country on the edge of qualifying by NCAA standards, given the things SEC country does to get a guy qualified when they're in that situation, is 99% not going to qualify at Michigan.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||I mean sure, but from the||
I mean sure, but from the running backs' perspective they had Ty Wheatley, who's probably one of the top 10 running back coaches in all of football, and now they're getting the coach's son who's never coached RBs before or played RB. That's a big downgrade however you cut it. They had to know Wheats would move on, but for a time there it seemed like they'd get Mike Hart--who's well established now as a good college RB coach--or Thomas Wilcher, who's run the preeminent football factory in the state for two decades.
This is the right move for Michigan, but not for the RBs specifically.
|13 weeks 1 hour ago||well yeah but dragonchild is||
well yeah but dragonchild is right i shouldn't have encouraged what was basically "Why doesn't your breaking news post include a neck sharpies?"
|13 weeks 2 hours ago||That sounds like a full post,||
That sounds like a full post, or three, especially since like "spread" and "pro style" those words over the years have acquired extended associations with other offensive concepts that coaches tend to pair with them.
Eye of the TIger used the phrase "Scripted Uncertainty" to describe zone blocking and I haven't found a better. The OL block whatever defender appears, and often use that defender's momentum against him--so if that guy is going hard for the B gap, shove his ass into the B gap and seal him there and see if someone else shows. Then whatever hole appears the RB has to find and take.
Gap blocking is more "We are running into this gap!" and you are put in an advantageous position to do that. So if whatever defender is going hard for the B gap, well, he's smaller and weaker than you are, and you're lined up playside of him, so you use the half second of knowing the play before he does to gain some downfield position and blow his ass back. The RB then charges into the gap with a lead blocker.
Harbaugh runs a lot of gap, and has at every stop except the one bad year at San Francisco when he didn't have the tools he needed to create lots of extra gaps. There's still scripted uncertainty in gap blocking though because lead blockers and pullers and RBs have to adjust on the fly to anything weird the defense throws at them. And there's still a ton of mauling the dude you know you're going to maul in zone blocking, especially inside zone, because usually the way the defense aligns determines whom you're going to block, and getting vertical push on a first-level defender is the best way to cut off second-level pursuit and create big runs.
And nobody runs just one or the other anymore. Not even Rich Rod, who used to be the spread-'em-out, zone-'em-out, big splittiest dude with a running game in football. In fact in 2010 his base offensive play was QB Power, a gap scheme, which sent Denard running into a pre-determined hole with the RB as his lead blocker.
That is a HIGHLY incomplete and unsatisfactory breakdown.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Let me be even more blunt:||
Let me be even more blunt: your friend is lying to you.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||A lot of this is from Steve Godfrey||
1. The kids don't have any reason to turn in friends for getting what they all think is deserved anyway. If you narc you'll be hated in every locker room thereafter.
2. They're good at hiding it in places even real investigators (let alone the incompetent flurbs who couldn't get out of the NCAA five years ago). They usually run the money out of a pool through local churches, who are never going to get investigated. It's 100% a cash and gifts business. They use burner phones. They get to the players early and teach them how to be "smart" about things--most of them LONG before they're signed anywhere.
3. They're good at taking care of the players and their families (especially in recruiting they talk to the family decision makers before they talk to the kids). They don't cut off money to guys who don't perform, or screw players over. The players in turn will protect their bagmen even over their coaches. As far as I can tell lately it has shifted to being more about the families than how it used to be the high school coaches, though it's still customary in parts of the country to give a coach a finders fee for delivering.
4. Local journalists aren't going to turn in their own teams and the boosters stay out of spotlight.
5. They still get caught all the dang time, but the system is the schools themselves are the primary investigators, so any school that has no interest in investigating itself never gets investigated.
6. The more provincial you get the easier it is to stay in touch without technology, which is why it works so well in the south, where the states are smaller with smaller populations and the families are relatively near. These are HIGHLY local operations. The bagmen live near campus and their influence wanes the further you get from there because they have to be reactive.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||Michigan offered its degree,||
Michigan offered its degree, plus his high school coach and best friend would be here, and he loved the program the campus and the coaches. Trust me, if he wanted money he'd have gone to Clemson.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||Ditto. Course the few on our||
Ditto. Course the few on our staff who haven't gotten the hell out of Applestan are constantly pressuring the rest to follow. But we owe it to those of our brethren still trapped in that dictatorship to try to make sure they still receive the same basic services, y'know?
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||Hasn't been an update in some||
Hasn't been an update in some time.
|13 weeks 23 hours ago||Huh, that's weird. I've got||
Huh, that's weird. I've got the original file in which the metadata says it was created 1/24/2017.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I figured if WD had a problem||
I figured if WD had a problem with it mkre people would so I made a new thing.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know what's up with||
I don't know what's up with that--Brian's aware of it.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I feel like we would have all||
I feel like we would have all the same tastes.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||COUNT IT!||
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Sam Sword, Jarrett Irons,||
Sam Sword, Jarrett Irons, Glen Steele, Ian Gold, Jason Horn, Will Carr, Josh Metellus.
The category name was "Sweat isn't a metal but 'Rob Swett' sounds pretty metal"
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Smoke green Snort white||
|13 weeks 6 days ago||It was the "3-9" of the||
It was the "3-9" of the aughts. $49.03 donations were all the rage.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry, "parted ways."||
Sorry, "parted ways."
|14 weeks 3 days ago||He is around and reads the||
He is around and reads the blog. When he committed he was told Tom Brady isn't a guy to worry about because he's too scrawny, which, okay he was. Griese was a rather big time recruit due to his bloodlines (Griese was technically a walk-on since his dad could afford tuition and save the scholarship) but neither Griese nor Dreisbach were all that good in '95 so Kapsner thought he had a good shot to compete. He redshirted in 96 and by 98 was behind Tom Brady Plus Drew Henson arrived. So that was that.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Braylon and Hart would be||
Braylon and Hart would be high 3-stars based on their position rankings, so it's not really fair to use them as examples of why every guy who isn't 4 stars or higher could become the best of his generation at his position. They're 3-stars the way Chris Evans or Devin Funchess were 3-stars.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Lemming rated him as an OL||
Lemming rated him as an OL and the best player in the class, but Hutchinson said he wanted to play defense initially so The Insiders (which became Scout) rated him as a middling DL. Today he would have been on the 5-star borderline, inside the Top 50. Kalis level.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Higher 3-star. I think I had||
Higher 3-star. I think I had him a 3.6 but if memory serves he was kind of up and down during the process.
|15 weeks 38 min ago||Does an 8-win season next year put Harbaugh in the hot seat?||
No, asking is saying, and someone who's been here for 5 years should know that. Docked 800 points (they won't return) so he can't start threads for awhile.
|15 weeks 16 hours ago||Scholarship count and||
Scholarship count and hypocricy
Please make a solid case if you think you have something on a rival. Being at 92 at this point isn't that. Normal from signing day to fall is 5-7.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Zach Gentry||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||After promising me he would||
After promising me he would not get mad if PJ Fleck left my one friend who really likes Western Michigan is now really mad at PJ Fleck.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||It's funny I think I use your||
It's funny I think I use your rosters. Let's collaborate since I always have changes to what you do.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Best I can tell he's legit.||
Best I can tell he's legit.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Yes. On approach the planes||
Yes. On approach the planes would be only a thousand feet or so above my house growing up.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||LTT started all year. If it||
LTT started all year. If it wans't for WMU's magnificent pair he'd have been all-MAC.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I disagree. His commitment to||
I disagree. His commitment to Alabama was always soft, as evidenced by the fact that his recruitment from there played out exactly like an uncommitted prospect's would. Michigan was always involved but he was visiting OSU etc. He's also very savvy, and knows that committing to Bama early would get a lot of the crootin world off his back as he went through the process.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||When the hell was that? When||
When the hell was that? When I was in high school Drew Henson skiied for Brighton and everyone in our league was trying to get on the chairlift with him to ask if he was leaning toward FSU or Michigan. I remember an article when Woodson was drafted where he recounted the craziness of his recruiting saga, how fans were writing letters to his hometown paper trying to tell him he should play running back at Ohio State (he also got death threats).
I also remember in 2000 when just about everyone on campus knew Charles Rogers, the #1 recruit in the country that year, was visiting Ann Arbor. People were buzzing all weekend about what bar he went to, was he going to make it academically, etc.
Granted the internet has made access to recruiting a whole different ballgame, and social media took it to another level as fans could interact directly with recruits. But the interest is nothing new, and interest in the top overall players in the country has been over the top as long as I've been paying attention, which is about 20 years.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Your center knowing what he's||
Your center knowing what he's doing is a huge deal to the functionality of an offensive line. I think Ruiz will be a our future center but would prefer he get a year of tutelage next to a four year starter.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||That would be stupid and||
That would be stupid and wrong.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I appreciate the help. Some||
I appreciate the help. Some of the stuff widely known at the time didn't get to high schoolers, and I didn't start to follow Michigan well enough to know more than the primary players until circa 1995.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know what you're||
I don't know what you're talking about. Nothing to see here. Move along.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Actually there aren't that||
Actually there aren't that many guys from the 1993-1996 classes we don't know about. Figure anyone who got their degree didn't leave for off-field issues I have a short list of transfers that fell into either Personal or Bad Scouting.
Personal: J.J. Brown, Jon Ritchie, Seth Smith, Trevor Pryce, Jeff Holtry
Bad Scouting: Clarence Thompson, Dana Overton, Earnest Sanders, George Howell, Anthony Williams, Rasheed Simmons, Tim Laws, J.R. Ford, David Bowens, Aaron Wright, Chad Carpenter, Grady Brooks, John Anes, and LeAundre Brown.
Keep in mind that I count "bad scouting" as anyone who transferred because he was unlikely to earn playing time with normal progression, but that could mean a David Dawson who can't unseat mediocre guys ahead of him, or Grady Brooks watching Larry Foote and Ian Gold running around and saying "Man, I could play anywhere else." However freshman who transferred and played for another power 5 school because he wanted to play right away would be "personal."
I marked that "Personal" because Brown was still on a typical track to start as an upperclassman but just didn't believe it. But it could be either. The point is that doesn't seem like there was any off-field thing, just a typical transfer thing.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Worse...he was a shield.||
Worse...he was a shield. Projected to be a 1st rounder and the highest rated WR in the country.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Because before I went to work||
Because before I went to work for the Michigan Daily in 1998 I didn't know anybody you could give me inside information about why guys were leaving and there isn't much from the internet from back then so I have to rely on what accounts are available and give guys the benefit of the doubt if I don't know.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Drevno has a track record.||
Drevno has a track record. Developing OL takes a long time even when it's guys you recruited. OL were a problem across the conference this year to attest to that. Ohio State started a true freshman at LG too and that went as badly as Bredeson. Mags hit his ceiling long ago. Kalis was good at times but that was a long term reclamation project, and what goes for Kalis is true for Dawson. And Drevno did wonders with Braden. And there is a huge gap because the 2014 and 2015 classes were recruited under bad conditions. So the guys that Drevno really could pick put were true freshmen this year. Do you really want to give up on the guy who developed great offensive lines at Stanford and San Diego because this year's performance wasn't up to your standards? That's why I find complaints about Drevno the hottest of takes right now. Right up there with hating on Speight.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||This is cause to worry. I||
This is cause to worry. I understand it from Dawson's perspective, but even if he couldn't crack the starting lineup next year Dawson was at least going to be the 6th OL, with is experience at a premium. Michigan was at least going to invite him back to spring camp and give him first crack at Kalis's job.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||I think it ended up too small||
I think it ended up too small to notice but I want everyone to know that I did not edit the yaldo eye center logo. They actually make the subtext fuzzy.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Bo's second bowl victory in a||
Bo's second bowl victory in a calendar year (after a decade with zero)!
That Bluebonnet Bowl was a critical juncture in Bo almost going to Texas A&M. First because Bo refused to talk about a new job until he'd beaten UCLA for "stealing" a WR recruit out of Detroit.
After the game however was the beginning of several weeks when A&M made their big recruiting move. Bo even disappeared from the locker room shortly after the game to be with the group of A&M/Cowboys/Oil Money guys who were recruiting him hardcore at the time.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah. But everyone remembers||
Yeah. But everyone remembers it as the Citrus and then they named a second bowl the Tangerine and it got so confusing that the old names aren't any better than sponsored names.
The Outback is a special case because it might actually be an improvement on "Hall of Fame Bowl". Given the length of that deal at this point there's no use fighting it. If they called it the "Outback Steakhouse Bowl" then I'd say just go back to Hall of Fame.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Technically it is. The||
Technically it is. The Bluebonnet Bowl ended in '87 and then they brought it back as the Texas Bowl (with some awful naming rights). There's three reasons I want to keep the Bluebonnet name alive:
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I'll pull my response from my||
I'll pull my response from my 2012 edition of this:
My beef is naming rights are a form of ambush marketing, and become a barrier to communication.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||This one has some history.||
This one has some history. Queen City is a nickname for Charlotte--apparently Cincy also claims this title so I may have overestimated how ubiquitous that label is. I'm a total junky for history of the British royal family so whenever I think of Charlotte I associate it with George III's (yes THAT George) wife whom it was named for.*
But the bigger reason I'm a stickler for this name is their first two naming rights were awful. It was the Continental Tire Bowl for just 3 years and then was one of two bowls called just "Meineke Car Care Bowl".**
Belk is a local department store chain that nobody outside of Charlotte ever needs to know about. It's also the third naming rights holder and the fourth name for the bowl, which began as the Queen City Bowl.
**Its other nickname is "The Hornet's Nest" because the locals were such a pain in the ass to the British that Cornwallis had to give up on using it as a base of operations, writing home that it was "a hornet's nest of rebellion." Hence the hoops team.
**The other is the Bluebonnet, which is now called the Texas Bowl, but every old college football fan knows the bowl they play in Houston is the Bluebonnet Bowl.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||mea culpa||
|17 weeks 5 days ago||It's tradition, you haters. I||
It's tradition (see previous), you haters. I put it out every year to bitch about ambush marketing and provide a useful table with:
|17 weeks 5 days ago||We're all presuming that if||
We're all presuming that if Michigan's in the Rose Bowl that nobody's going to sit out voluntarily. Brian put it to us at the beginning: where's the line? I think the less important the bowl, and the more injured/at-risk the player, the more understandable it is.
Also this is about setting demands not disappointment. If ANY Michigan player missed ANY Michigan game I'd be disappointed. If it's starting QB McCaffrey in the Rose Bowl, yeah I'm LIVID because a Rose Bowl is hella special and how can he abandon his team for something that means so much to them and us? If Peppers refused to play in the Orange Bowl I'd be really upset at him. But Gardner got his surgery after the Ohio State game, opting out of the Copper Bowl in the process, and we all understood, even if that meant Shane Morris starting against Kansas State. I feel like I could tell you fairly easily where I'd stand with any given example, but there's a wide range, if that makes sense.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Never assume our minds are||
Never assume our minds are "made up." A good argument sways--it's how we got here in the first place. Also, just from intra-group conversations I'm pretty sure the model all of us favor currently isn't "pay the players" so much as "remove the restrictions on them getting paid." I don't see what's wrong with Devin Gardner getting a free beer wherever he goes on campus. I don't see what's wrong--other that lying to the NCAA about it and the fact that nobody else can do it--with Ohio State's local dealership giving the players free cars. If I'm an Indiana State fan I can tell you the problem with that is there's no Indiana State fans to give cars or beers to Indiana State football players. As Michigan fans we should be all for letting people give free shit to players because we're at a perpetual disadvantage for being one of the few who doesn't do it anyway.
The trouble with the NCAA's report is it's including inflated costs. The cost of a student athlete includes what it costs to coach him, his share of loan repayments on facilities, travel, yada yada. When I got into this a few years ago while doing research for Bacon I learned Michigan pays maximum out-of-state tuition for all of its players regardless of what program they're in or what state they're from. Why? Because the athletic department has gobs of money and thinks spending it on the university is good thing and this is one way to do it in the books.
Also FBS/FCS isn't as different as the Power 5/mid-major divide. Michigan and Eastern Michigan are not in the same game.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||No I mean orange nuggat||
No I mean orange nuggat plebian pesto, or at least that's closer than you got.
The implication is that Michigan (currently, we're all aware of the recent past) is one of a very small number of programs that will only rarely find itself in a bowl game that isn't meaningful.
Until this year Stanford, a school we recruit against often, could also make that claim. Bo used to be able to sell kids on if you come to Michigan you're gonna play in a bowl game. Lloyd used to tell kids you're gonna play on New Year's. Now there's 80+ teams that make it to a bowl, so what's special about it? Well obviously the Sun Bowl isn't the Holiday Bowl, which isn't an NY6 Bowl, which isn't the playoff. So yeah, if I'm recruiting for Michigan right now I'll tell a kid considering Stanford that his last game won't literally not be worth playing. In recruiting, when it's teenagers being asked to choose between barely dissimilar heavens, those little points make you special.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I fixed. I read the wrong||
I fixed. I read the wrong article before that said he was out only for Illinois but he didn't travel for MSU.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I think that we can safely||
I think that we can safely assume that McCaffrey has earned every bit of his scholarship and more by this point.
|18 weeks 33 min ago||Having Denard Robinson try to||
Having Denard Robinson try to pass his way to Victory at Michigan State during the no-fly zone era in a trash tornado.