"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
|1 day 17 hours ago||Riiight. That. Damn you,||
Damn you, statistically best QB in the conference who left because he didn't want to split time with the statistically second best QB in the conference I still have!
Don't underrate Jones; he's the Junior Hemingway of that offense; the other guys are the short-range dink-n-dunk targets. And don't underestimated the combo of Smith's downfield threat and Sudfeld's downfield accuracy, especially when that makes space for Venric Mark and Corey Clement to operate. I leapt at what I thought was the best space athlete in the conference, and because of that Mark's been unfairly downgraded when before his injury he was better than Shane Wynn and more marketable than Josh Ferguson and Dontre Wilson. In retrospect I could have had both Wisconsin RBs and gotten, if not Mark or Wynn, then one of those other guys later. Or Trae Waynes. I'm somewhat less horrified at my one bad pick now that dudes like Caputo and Rush and Murray and Longa have fallen to me so late.
I totally agree this offense needs some pieces: a route-ninja slot to complement Jones, and an unguardable tight end target, and most of all a new Roberson, but where can you find a passer as efficient as Devin Gardner with the legs of Braxton Miller and the zone-read proficiency (a vastly underrated skill) of Roberson? As you've said, Braxton Miller and Devin Gardner came off the board before I even got my first pick.
Then again if I could find such things, well, with that offensive line...
|1 day 18 hours ago||It's like the AP poll. I keep||
It's like the AP poll. I keep winning, and they keep underrating me because the quarterback isn't a 5-star.
Results are on the field!
The team the team the team!
Games are won in the trenches!
A bird in hand is worth two fish in a barrel!
My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty...
|4 days 17 hours ago||In all fairness she was||
In all fairness she was referring to this depressing photo taken at the spring game:
|4 days 19 hours ago||Fine, I'll play. He||
Fine, I'll play.
He donated more than 4 Million dollars to build Mott Children's hospital, and contributed to the Michigan Stadium renovation fund before he even took the office
Being rich means you give money to charity instead of paying it as taxes. Brandon was indeed a HUGE Michigan donor, and that indeed has colored his perspective of his job at Michigan. Building Mott = good thing. Contributing to Bill Martin's Michigan Stadium upgrade, eh, Brandon was one of the people who stood most to gain from those upgrades. I don't think this makes him an especially wonderful guy that he did it. It doesn't make him a worse guy either.
He took a 3 Million Dollar pay cut
From a job he was assigned by Bain and where he was always a bad fit for a corporate culture that to be fair would have been a bad fit for most people. He wasn't long for that job though. Remember they had to change the entire pizza right after he left. His tenure as Domino's CEO, if it was proof of anything, it was that CEOs get paid WAY too much money to be spectacularly mediocre at their jobs, and that his short-term policies of cheapening the food while raising prices and Wow factors were not sustainable for that company, and certainly not a good model for Michigan.
to take over an athletic department that was hemorhaging credibility like a stuck pig. He was tasked with cleaning up his predecessor's disastrous 3,5,7 win football hire and a basketball team that after finally breaking into the tournament seemed to be sinking back into mediocrity at 15-17.
I think you're giving him credit for things he didn't really do either well or anything for. Beilein's team got better than 15-17 because he found 3-stars who were 1st round NBA draft picks. Brandong didn't get Trey Burke to come here. And while Bill Martin had his faults exposed dramatically in the coaching search, who in the world WOULDN'T have hired Rich Rodriguez in 2008? Dave Brandon's biggest role was to waste months of recruiting time when he meant to fire RR, and then do a lot of private jetting before hiring a candidate they could have had at any time.
Brandon provided strong leadership and a stronger backhand through one of the darker(albeit ridiculous) chapters in Michigan football history.
Absolutely. He handled stretchgate magnificenty. Not perfectly but I don't want to mar the statement or undermine what an excellent and honest job he did there when 99% of ADs in college football would have just told the NCAA to go screw, which would have still worked with the hapless NCAA but wouldn't have been worthy of Michigan. I don't think Bo could have handled it half as well. Or Canham. Or Duderstadt. Etc. When we do finally send Brandon packing, we should shake his hand for this at least.
He hired a coach who immediately breathed life into a program on the ropes. That coach took a 5 win/yr team to an 11-2 record and a BCS bowl win.
New coaches tend to do that. That season was flimsy at the time and appears flimsier in retrospect.
He hired Beilein's assistants.
Beilein did. Trust me on this; Dave Brandon did nothing but approve their salaries.
He hired Greg Mattison
Mattison said straight-out that he came for Hoke. Brandon deserves credit for paying him.
You've gotta give credit for Al Borges too then. Anyway Nussmeier's hire is another one of those gray areas where the PR stunt that went with it backfired, and now it's wait-n-see if he works out. He's not a slam-dunk; he wasn't going to last under Saban anyway (for reasons that we might see as positives) and a lot of the causes for optimism with Doug relate to things Brandon wasn't looking at.
He oversaw the rebuilding of Crisler Arena
Bill Martin's plans. Brandon added the fountain and some other amenities but Bill Martin deserves the lion's share of the credit for the Crisler renovation plan.
I think it is a fair assumption that Brandon has done more for Michigan athletics and the world at large than 99% of us on the board, a fact that can get lost in petty vendettas and very real differences of opinion.
Because he's been put in a position to do so by circumstances that weren't entirely his own doing. Dave operates under the assumption that he deserves his fortune, but in many ways he's a poster child for extremely lucky guys who are really pretty mediocre and cannot possibly admit it to themselves.
In this man's opinion, Brandon has made very real sacrifices and deserves a great deal more respect than he gets on this board.
You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that his "sacrifices" were self-serving, and that his administration of Michigan on the whole has courted the vitriol he gets from the fanbase.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I'll bet you 100,000||
I'll bet you 100,000 MGoPoints that Bernstein and Ilitch did it to capitalize politically on Michigan fans' distaste for the fireworks. Such things never come this far to get voted down by the regents, and those quips are too good and too targeted at the fanbase to be off-the-cuff responses.
We just witnessed a little play by two astute politicians, at the expense of another politician. This is politicians playing their games; at least this game stopped the fireworks.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Wow that wasn't staged at all||
Wow that wasn't staged at all guys.
|4 days 21 hours ago||I think everyone uses||
I think everyone uses themselves as a gauge of what's a "normal" level of wealth. People with the same annual household income as Brian can probably afford tickets every year though it means doing just one big vacation in addition to it. People with average income for this state make a lot less than that. Mortgages and car payments and food don't scale with earning power, meaning the poorer you are the bigger a difference a few thousand dollars will make.
I think it WOULD be a great event if they offered it to the public, but it's a shallow offering if they just keep it to season ticket holders. If I have a neighborhood cider pressing because everyone has apple trees in our used-to-be-an-orchard streets, and send everyone home with homemade apple cider and donuts, that's an awesome event. If I limit it only to people on the block who use my lawn guys, it's a conspicuous event that's nice for those who can attend but so mean to those who aren't invited that on the whole it's better for the neighborhood if it never happened.
With all things offensive, the party who gets to decide if it's offensive is the offended party, not the offender or an unaffiliated party. People are offended, therefore it is offensive. I think if the standard for a program of this size is to have it open to the public, then there's very good cause to wonder why Michigan went off the standard. I'm looking for other comparables. Virginia has theirs three times a year and it's public; so far Minnesota's the largest school other than Michigan to put a tag on it, and from what I can tell you could donate $5 at the door and get in, or not donate.
It's conspicuous, and there's no reason to disclude the public unless you're trying to send a message that ESPECIALLY appreciate a certain level of backer. Except Michigan has shown a bazillion times already how much they appreciate the people who give them large sums of money; they've done the worst job of any like program convincing the fans who can't speak so loudly with their limited wallets right now that they're appreciated too. You shouldn't act like their complaints are invalid, or brush them off as some unbased bias against Dave Brandon. The reason this half of the fanbase doesn't give Dave Brandon the benefit of the doubt is that he's been an utter asshole to them on so many occasions now that they expect it.
|4 days 22 hours ago||I look forward so much to Ron||
I look forward so much to Ron Utah's comments on these. Every time he's like "I wonder who's going to draft _____" and it's a guy I've drafted.
So you're saying I need a playmaker and a quarterback on par with Hackeberg & Cook (nevermind that my quaterback was statistically more effective than either of them)? Also keep in mind that Brian ends these after his first pick of the next round, and I have a compensatory pick after his last, so I have two picks in hand.
Just you wait. I grabbed skill position guys I thought wouldn't be on the board later for things that I needed, but I'm not done adding weapons.
I wish BiSB hadn't noticed Coleman. But I suggested Epping to him (Wisconsin blogs complain that they missed out on him) because I couldn't use him. As a center-returning-to-guard from the Big Ten's slowest-paced man-blocking offense, he just didn't fit what I'm trying to do. He's not Molk; he doesn't get reach blocks or go off the page. He's a little bowling ball of hate who explodes downfield and gave Minnesota a rushing attack that was better than decent. I was scouting Cobb as a plowhorse RB and realized it's Epping who gets him (and his QB) most of those manly yards. If I was running a MANBALL offense he'd be the first center I'd take in the league.
But I built my offense knowing with the 4th pick I wasn't going to get one of the two premier dual-threat guys in the league, and I knew with so few playmakers (there's between two and zero elite wide receivers in this league) trying to build a pro style offense around Cook or Hackenberg was going to end up looking like Ace's disjointed crap offense. So I Moneyball'd instead, recreating the production of Garder/Miller by building a perfect offensive line to run a ludicrous speed spread that threatens all parts of the field, and snagged two of the three safeties in the league with the skills to keep up.
|5 days 18 hours ago||He's Not Just a Space Eater!||
He's Not Just a Space Eater! (drink). Guy played lots of 3-tech and sacked Braxton Miller twice.
|5 days 19 hours ago||HTTV copies: The system is||
The system is Larry is emailing me the list of emails of people who did the $5 deal in chunks, and then I'm emailing those people when I can. The last chunk came at 6 pm last night and I sent those at 9:30 am this morning. So if you did the deal after 6 last night your book is coming.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Add loss of soccer, at least||
Add loss of soccer, at least for now.
I totally hear you on these, though keep in mind they're retaining a lot of DS people and according to Larry adding a lot of the things that were great about DS to DK. I'm personally after them to get the pick 'ems back.
It wasn't a buyout or corporate takeover. Draft Kings is the far larger, and the Draftstreet people were for this because they were reaching the limits of their market saturation. Unlike Michigan, they ARE a business and can't be faulted for taking an opportunity to control such a larger share of their market, and maybe inject their particular coolness into it. Think of it like Rivals buying 247--there are things that 247 does that are SO MUCH BETTER than what Rivals does and that's how they carved out a large niche in the recruiting space that only a giant like ESPN has been enter since 2002. If they bought 'em to get rid of 'em it would indeed be a sad day, but if they added crystal balls and better bloggers and boards, and the composite scores, and could afford to keep most of the scouting staff, well, that would be a good recruiting site.
Maybe that's a bad analogy. Like I said, it's not all bad here, though there are valid downsides.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Yes: So you think it's a||
Are there people who grab anything by [the oppositione party] and demonize it any way possible?
Should we pay attention to these people other than pointing from time to time that they just poison the discussion
In Michigan and in politics you should pretend those people don't exist. Especially on internet discussion boards, the tendency is to use them as the straw man for all opposition. Colter/Kos and the people who repeat what they say are useless people with invalid ideas. The WORST thing you could do is act like they represent the other side, because they don't. They represent the 33% of humanity who are fucking useless to a debate because they can't imagine any validity to someone who disagrees with them. We ignore Drew Sharp and Mike Valenti for this reason. Someone's gotta serve the dumbfucks. You shouldn't ever.
But you can't tell what's in anyone's heart. So treat everyone, even the dumbfucks, as if they aren't. Approach every debate with it stipulated that the person you're debating is coming from an earnest and well thought out position of his/her own, and only debate the best points, not the crappy ones.
So how to approach this thread:
Act like nobody's just anti-all-things-DB because that position is facially ignorant. Argue the points (It's not hallowed ground; it has a tractor buried in it and Seth threw up on it once. It is gimmicky but it's not gimmicky in place of the band on a football Saturday so who does it harm?) not where theyr'e coming from.
One aspect of it
My point is it's a crucial aspect of it that undoes the good with too much senseless bad. This movie night came right on the heels of Wisconsin's successful feel-good thing, and in copying it somebody said "but let's just limit it to the season ticket holders." Right now Michigan has a HUGE FUCKING PROBLEM with the part of its fanbase who've been priced out of being season ticket holders. It's going to piss them off to be excluded when there's a clear precedent that they shouldn't be. And the damage that will do is far greater than the pleasantness for season ticket holders.
From your points it seems the big thing I need to convince you of is that the PR problem with "REAL Michigan fans" (read: "poorer" Michigan fans) is a major problem. I think there's strong evidence, especially this year, that Michigan's support with a large segment of its fanbase has been undermined by the mercenary practices of the athletic department, and that this is ultimately bad for the school. We're not talking about equivalent 4-person families, one who chooses to spend $6 grand on season tickets and another who chooses to take the family to Europe for two weeks. The non-season-ticket holders are disproportionately young, and that makes them an important demographic to the future. They're also the group who'd most be interested in the novelty of a movie in the stadium (a greater number of bluehairs probably won't think it's worth the discomfort of sitting on a bench outdoors for that long). The students, the recent alumni, the working class non-alumni: these are important demographics to the support of a college football program, and they've been consistently shut out recently.
My interest in Michigan running smoothly is professional (I make my living from there being lots of Michigan fans) and personal (I am a HUGE Michigan fan). The latter is a shared interest with every Michigan fan. We don't want to sit in a half-empty stadium when the current students and young alums are the bluehairs. We all get a little upset when we see more Spartan gear in a store than the Michigan stuff. And we want our kids to get into this.
Think how awesome it would be for a young dad who was heartbroken when he couldn't renew his season tickets this year given the extravagent cost to see Appalachian State et al., but could still take his kids inside the stadium to watch a movie for free one day. Think of what happens a few years later when that family's deciding whether their new circumstances can afford them a Europe trip or a Michigan football game, and in the intervening years the kids did or didn't have this memory of the Big House.
It's a wasted opportunity. It's not a big deal by any stretch, but it's another pinprick in a very sore spot, and another good reason that Dave Brandon should be removed as far and fast as possible from this thing we love.
|5 days 20 hours ago||"Chose to support the||
"Chose to support the program" is utter and complete bullshit, and goes to the heart of the widespread hatred among Michigan fans for Dave Brandon.
There are thousands and thousands of Michigan fans who would support the program if they had the means. What's it cost for a pair of season tickets in a middle-ish section these days? $3,000? $4,000? That's 10% of the average income of a family in this state. You can be a highly intelligent, hightly motivated, college-educated, responsible, non-drug-doing person and you're still more likely to not be able to afford those prices than otherwise.
I have no glee, veiled or otherwise, at ticket sales slumping. I predicted them, and the prediction came true; you shouldn't confuse that for glee. I also predict the offensive line is going to be kinda bad this year; if it would not be do you have ANY doubt that I'd be so so so happy to be wrong about that?
Michigan isn't Disney. For one it's a non-profit. For two the whole point of college football is you're trading competitive quality and seat comfort etc. for a thing that's affordable enough to be a hardfast tradition. For three it's not a corporation but a public institution. The college football team of a major state university is the front porch of that state's entire educational system. Michigan is a public trust of the people of the State of Michigan, not an entertainment conglomerate. Michigan doesn't belong to Dave Brandon; it belongs to US.
So let me state my position a litle clearer: offering a movie night is cool, and anyone complaining that they scheduled it for reasons of hallowed ground or Superbowlization should get over themselves; it's a friggin movie on a large screen. I vote for The Big Chill.
But the standard for these, as set by a fellow Big Ten program, is to make it public. Michigan's PR disaster right now is with the public. The people Michigan has been screwing over the most are the segment of die-hard Michigan fans who bought season tickets for years or would buy season tickets for years if they were in any way reasonable or feasible while, you know, still paying off college loans or saving so your daughter won't have to.
It would be a strongly positive gesture at a relatively tiny cost to invite every Michigan fan to a free movie night; instead it's a paltry gesture to people who've been recently fleeced and chose/were able to just suck it up. And when you put it in context of all the things that Dave Brandon has done while in control of this public trust to show he doesn't believe in anything public, it ends up pissing off the large number of people he's already pissed off all the way in return for small consolation to a small number of people he's pissed off somewhat less. It makes Michigan less likeable, less desirable to the people who will support it in the future, and that's how a little fucking movie night can become yet another thing that someone with an earnest, financial, and personal stake in Michigan finds appalling.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Dave you asshole you couldn't||
Dave you asshole you couldn't make it public like Wisconsin. When you put it behind a paywall it just makes the people on the other side more resentful. The folks who'd get the most out of it are locked out. Ultimately a few season ticket holders can enjoy it but it's the non season ticket holders who've been most angry w this AD.
I think a movie in the Big House would be cool and since it's not on top of anything else it can't hurt the experience of games. It's bad PR out of a good idea though because they couldn't resist the temptation to keep it closed from anyone who hasn't already paid $2,000 this year.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Here's Why||
The cynicism is because Wisconsin and who knows what other schools just did this same thing except open to the public and free. This AD has built a well-deserved reputation for hoarding all things about the program, from access to the players to access to the history to access to the building. They're deaf to anyone who's not a paying customer and they ceaselessly drive up the cost of being such beyond reason.
To offer season ticket holders an extra day of access and not anybody else when the standard is to make it public is another example of Brandon's mercenary approach and further confirmation that he sees nothing public about Michigan athletics and nothing worthwhile in the many former season ticket holders and other fans who've been unable to justify the exorbitant price tags and PSLs. It's a small boon to give the people who already feel fleeced and another slap in the face to the fans who used to be able to walk on the field and throw a football around on a summer afternoon, and now just get locked out for another thing.
Because everything Dave Brandon does is a reminder that you mean nothing to him except the dollars you can bring to him, and he gets to hold Michigan hostage from you unless you pony up.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Thanks and that's AWESOME||
Thanks and that's AWESOME news!
|1 week 13 hours ago||I emailed larry for you.||
I emailed larry for you.
|1 week 17 hours ago||okay. Updated.||
okay. Updated. Link: http://mgoblog.com/sites/mgoblog.com/files/currently-current.jpg
|1 week 19 hours ago||I disagree with the||
I disagree with the characterization of the portrayal, though I grant you that the writer not the reader is ALWAYS at fault for the readers' interpretation.
If my intent means anything, I thought I was contrasting the TV coverage of it like a warzone (zoomed out with a reporter in a box in a corner emphasizing the fear) and my mom and her sisters' interpretation of it as such, while showing my cousin was right there noting that the Israelis are laughing at the tourists running off the beach when they hear sirens, and her treatment of the Skype call as an opportunity to show off her new apartment's hardwood floors.
Then I showed which portrayal I agreed with by talking about how the war coverage was treated on the news like a sports event. The hidden message in all of that was the really important thing--the great meaning of life within this little vignette--was an adult daughter and her mother talking to each other about her new apartment.
|1 week 20 hours ago||My dad loved babies in||
My dad loved babies in velour. He bought two velour sleepsuits for my daughter but he only got to hold her in one of them one time, since by the time she grew into the first it was already summer.
This velour thing was one of the things that set me off this past week. Every night I put her pajamas on and the sleepsuit is sitting in the drawer. I keep praying for a cold night to come before she grows out of it.
|1 week 1 day ago||See, I took this question as||
See, I took this question as a game that you just thoroughly enjoyed. The Game '97 I spent terrified that Ohio State would climb back in and take this beautiful thing from us. Michigan had just screwed OSU out of awesome seasons in '95 and '96, and we all felt the Big Ten was out to get us.
Braylonfest I remember finding annoying because I wasn't yet used to 3:30 starts, and because MSU was spread-'n-shredding us to death until Stanton got hurt. Then they carted the lights in and they were shining right in my eyes. The end happened so quickly it was more surreal than enjoyable for me. I walked out being like "did I really just see that?" And still terrified of zone reads. Also it was my first year not living in Ann Arbor so I didn't have my gameday down or anything.
The '98 PSU game I just enjoyed from start to finish. The student section back then was like they'd triple-cloned everyone at Yost, gave them liquor, and crammed them into a phonebooth. You could still carry in plastic bottles then so people filled their Cokes with 75% rum. During commercial breaks there were always people hiding between the rows passing a joint. And Michigan just owned them all day in the most "we are the defending national champs you not" way possible. It was so...college.
Comebacks are awesome but for 90% of those games you wanna sick up.
Last year's Game rates up there for me too despite the outcome. I was sitting with BiSD, which if you've followed that guy on Twitter you know he's the best for spur of the moment quips in-game. And that game was just awesome to behold--except when Michigan got hosed on two crucial calls and I wanted to stab things.
|1 week 5 days ago||The roll doesn't end. I had||
The roll doesn't end. I had to take a QB because the rules, but keep in mind that these guys all still have to pick guys who will be on the field when all these other players are.
So at the end of the day if one guy has Indiana's offense if Indiana got first dibs on their entire offensive line from anyone in the conference, and zero holes, and everyone else has at least two holes...
Still. Damn you Roberson.
|1 week 5 days ago||If you pledged over $50 you||
If you pledged over $50 you get a free t-shirt plus a bunch of other stuff. You should have received an email by now with a link taking you to a side page of the MGoStore where you can pick which shirt and which size and tell us where to send it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Hang in there. We're updating||
Hang in there. We're updating the pages at UGP (the MGoStore page we sent you to). If you chose the international option on the kickstarter then you've already paid intl shipping and we'll make sure you'll get your copy--you may have to go back to the MGoStore. If you're international and you pretended to be American we will hunt you down and destroy you.
|1 week 5 days ago||If you're a backer you should||
If you're a backer you should have your link to your digital copy in your inbox right now.
What are you still doing here?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Live with the fact that you||
Live with the fact that you can't change everything, and lend your voice when someone tries to fix something. The world gets better by inches, and most people are just doing what they think they're supposed to, not trying to damage people. Cut cable if you think you can do it. Vote, I guess, but this is one of those rare both parties are equally corrupted sorts of things.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||right.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||had a british beer at Bad||
had a british beer at Bad Brad's. Can't remember its name but it was really good so I had another. And another. I think the third was tall.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Guy out of GLYC named his||
Guy out of GLYC named his Snake Oil.
If you name it Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki then when the coast guard has to say your boat name three times...
I like "Not Just A Shooter"
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Ken Holland is way ahead of||
Ken Holland is way ahead of you on that moneyball tactic. The Red Wings shifted to college players (mostly) in their drafts after Bettman passed the "Red Wing Rules" they were using to develop players overseas.
The Red Wings try to maximize how long they can hold onto an asset.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||This is old. Until now I||
This is old. Until now I thought Henri the Otter was a reference to Le Chat Noir du internet
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes you don't have to scratch the surface||
"Being offensive" is such watered down phrasing. It carries a suggestion that the person being offended should have a little control over their (over-)sensitivity.
So let's change "offensive" to "being an asshole" and "politically correct" to "not being an asshole." The reason to change the moniker of the Washington NFL team is because it's being an asshole.
The debate over sports teams named for Native Americans, either as groups or tribes or labels, is probably one of the shallowest debates out there. There's nothing past the surface: the teams were called a thing long enough to become a tradition to those fans because for years and years nobody gave a damn if we were being assholes to Native Americans. Our governments spent the 19th century paying people to kill Native Americans; just acting like a complete and total asshole to them by the late 20th century was a huge step up.
Finally, thanks to the Civil Rights movement, society started giving a damn about whether we were being assholes to some of our people in public spaces, and since then it's been a big hassle to pull down longstanding traditions of being assholes.
I've got a good friend--really smart guy--who's a HUGE 'skins fan. I asked him to frame the debate, since I don't have a stake personally, and just plain didn't understand the other side (I am politically anti-being an asshole, and Lions and Tigers and Wolverines are content with endangerment protections and Red Wings aren't even things, unless they're clay jugs). He said the problem with changing the name is it feels, to them, like an invasion. The analogy he used was what if somebody came to you and said your daughter's name means "person who lynches." He fully understands that it's offensive--he can't argue it at least--but it's REALLY annoying when people who aren't the child's father are coming up to him and making him feel bad for it. Maybe he will change it--people need to back off and realize he wasn't trying to offend anyone.
There's plenty of holes you can pick in his analogy, but at least it's a better argument to debate against than "Irish don't care!"
As to that, if you made a softball team called the Smelly Bloggers, I wouldn't be offended, even though I am a blogger and might resent the implication that I am smellier than the average person, because I am not easy to offend and relatively well groomed. BUT it's still being an asshole to bloggers, and by using that term you should be reasonably sure that you'll be being an asshole and will offend some bloggers. Ultimately you shouldn't be doing things that are assholey.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's offseason and the trolls||
It's offseason and the trolls have been pretty well behaved lately. I'm leaning toward having some of these discussions. We've got one of the most intelligent collection of sports fans this side of Grantland. I felt bad that I nixed the Sam discussion before. Maybe it's time we start trusting the intelligence of the readership to frame debates that affect sports.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Boooo. If you are a Game of||
If you are a Game of Thrones TV watcher and don't expect at least one major character to be killed off in a season finale...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'd put the old address in.||
I'd put the old address in. I'll leave the form open on Kickstarter until the day it ships. It's all going first class (THANK YOU DRAFSTREET!!!!) so it'll arrive days after we ship.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||er....well...yes?Maybe a||
Maybe a better explanation is in order: his article in HTTV is about how the wants of the administrators (more money), the players (fairness), and fans (all this stuff) is putting too much strain on college football, and then suggests a way to compromise and save the sport for everybody. The part where he was outlining what the fans want was getting HUGE. So he siphoned much of that section into an article on his blog that he references in the article. Like an idiot I turned down the opportunity to have it published on MGoBlog (cause I didn't want to take away from HTTV) and SI jumped on it.
So the HTTV article is still pretty fresh, though you'll recognize parts from this article and from Fourth and Long, and from Three and Out, and from where he references MGoBlog, because all of those things are part of the big story.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks, Congress! Signed:||
Signed: people with an Internet message board on college football that bans politics.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Nowadays the Big Ten||
Nowadays the Big Ten schedules like the SEC. Also the point I was arguing was about whether the SEC was historically better, just more ignored. Their scheduling practices back then aren't taken into account by SRS, which rates SOS by the SRS of opponents. SEC teams effectively got the same credit for beating a 7-5 Sun Belt team as Michigan got for beating a 7-5 Big Ten team because Big Ten teams didn't have MAC opponents to draw an equal number of MAC wins into their equations.
Nowadays the Big Ten is worse than the SEC. That's been discussed so much that there's little point to discussing it further, so the intrepid SEC fans looking for ways to expand the concept of SEC dominance to every aspect of daily life could glom onto SRS to prove they were always better.
Also, you know, this is a free blog with other content on it, so if you don't like content that discusses the past I'm not at all offended if you just don't read it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's fair to publish||
I think it's fair to publish on SI what he put on the blog. This was stuff siphoned off from his big article in HTTV that covers all the parties to college football and what they're looking for and getting.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Sometime in the next few days||
Sometime in the next few days pre-orders will become available on the MGoStore. We just finalized a distribution deal but they won't know what stores they'll put it in until they sell it to those stores, and they can't do that until we get it to them.
Also we're going to do the Draftstreet Deal again. Stay tuned!
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Tenuous one. His brother Mike||
Tenuous one. His brother Mike helped put us in touch with Dennis Franklin.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Because I was going more for||
Because I was going more for the original joke (this guy thinks the phonebook is important) not the twist of irony afterward.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||We're racing to finish it||
We're racing to finish it right now. And I just had my art directors go on vacation at the worst possible time. We want to get the surveys out to the backers today or tomorrow. I did make this for the lead on Dooley's article:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just copying from the||
Just copying from the official roster.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, I was calling out||
Yes, I was calling out MGoReaders for being exactly the kind of nerds who have opinions on freshman TEs wearing 94.
And though that particular one doesn't bother me at all (I love weird numbers) I am totally a roster numbers nerd. It's not the numbers that give the players symbolic meaning but the players who give the numbers meaning. So it's interesting to me to see which players get what jersey because for the next half a decade at least I'll likely be associating that number with that person.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Fair enough. As you may have||
Fair enough. As you may have noticed I gave some personal shout-outs to people with connections to the site.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Stewart was a safety, and||
Stewart was a safety, and mostly a backup. But yea his one moment was incredible and saved the season.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||You remember Cat?||
You remember Cat?
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||So long as we're just talking||
So long as we're just talking about any old traditions, the flag on the long pole. That lived until 2003 I believe.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||No school turns down||
No school turns down character. Not having to worry about a kid wasting a spot in the class is a big deal even if you're Alabama.
As for turning away bad character, if a kid has bad downfield vision and lobs everything, AND he punches a security guard, it's easier to part ways.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Via a Sparty who should know,||
Via a Sparty who should know, MSU did not pull his offer, but they've been kind of cooly not saying much to him for a few months now. I think State feels comfortable with the quarterbacks they have and are bringing in. The main attraction with Campbell is he's the quarterback of a Michigan pipeline, but if you want to crack Cass Tech Jayru really isn't the guy to do it with. Damon Webb was.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I'm appalled by anyone on||
I'm appalled by anyone on here who's getting worked up over a decommit switching to a rival. If playing early is important to him damn right Michigan wasn't the right choice. Since he committed here Brandon Watson started looking likely to start post-Countess/Taylor if Lewis/Stribling/Peppers don't already have those down. Meanwhile ND switched to a more aggressive man defense that better fits Crawford's skillset.
He was fair about the decision, giving the Michigan coaches ample time to replace him. Wish him best of luck and be thankful that 17-year-olds aren't forced to honor meaningless decisions they made at 16.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||In this it's reversed. Ross||
In this it's reversed. Ross is smart--he reads the play well and reacts. But physically he isn't built to take on blockers. Jake Ryan is the more athletic of the two.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I think I wind up playing the||
I think I wind up playing the Indiana: start way behind because of one bad move, look really awesome all of a sudden and then just as I'm about to pull it odd I get knocked flat by some bullshit out of my control.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Because I have to pretend I||
Because I have to pretend I have a fandom limit in order for people to take me seriously, I'm going to believe you.
This ruler in my hand? Um, I'm measuring the diameter of my coffee mug. Does it look too wide to you?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||#1||
I think every locker had a jersey hanging in it. Notice how there's no plate on #1 though?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Actually over several weeks||
Actually over several weeks of agonizing and mad searches because we're all hypercompetitive and want to show off all this accumulated knowledge.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||How has nobody fallen into||
How has nobody fallen into this beautiful trap I laid by listing all these awful linebackers? If Heiko was still around Santos wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes after I mentioned him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Well you've known from the||
Well you've known from the start what the big reveal will be at the end of this series (Hint: a major character DIES OH NO!)
And with all the night's watch politics removed already, the resolution at the wall shouldn't take too much screen time to wrap up (Spoiler: a major extinct mammal DIES OH NO!)
Aria is like one scene away from where she's left at the end of that book (Spoiler: a major plotline DIES OH NO!)
Sansa's storyline in this book is wrapped up already. So is Dany's. The reaction to Oberon's death won't be felt until next book/season.
And nobody cares about the Greyjoy-Bolton storyline.
What more do they need to cover?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think mgoblog ever||
I don't think mgoblog ever tried to be first with information, especially recruiting information. We go for the final word, not the first one. And we moderate the discussion so the idiots don't poison it.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Find out Next Week. Same MGoTime, Same MGoChannel.||
Looks our DRAFTers are having a BREEZE of a time!
Will Ace take the bait and draft a quarterback who doesn't ever (have to) throw more than six yards downfield?
Will BiSB start drafting based on # of Twitter mentions?
Will Brian forget to check which positions have like no depth and start pretending Hackenberg can play them?
Is Seth about to drop a mega-whammy that turns this thing completely around and sets him up to win every round here on?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||One good bit of news:||
One good bit of news: admissions is really tough on transfers to Michigan because they don't respect the coursework of other schools, but if there's a short list of schools that shouldn't be a problem with, USC is one of them.
Of course, I couldn't get them to transfer credits from the friggin Harvard of the Francophone world (Paris IV, La Sorbonne) so...
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Great Debate...||
I'm not sure I'd call it a debate. More like a bunch of angry drunk dudes throwing things at one another while their safeties helplessly give chase.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||aw||
ah, so. Was that what you were looking for BiSB?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I don't see anything wrong||
I don't see anything wrong with the quarterbacks. Ace, do you see anything wrong with the quarterbacks?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||1998 vs Penn State||
Student section was the loudest I've ever witnessed. PSU had a good team (they entered 1999 as FSU's only competition for potential nat champions) but time and again they would try to score in our endzone and we'd push 'em back. I think there were 3 goal line stands and PSU got 0 points out of them.
I was a freshman in that student section. You can hear us in the recording, drowning out Keith Jackson. Just a pleasureful game all day.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||Henry right now is a nose||
Henry right now is a nose tackle from the one guy I was asking about the DL. That's extraordinarily tentative. Willie still has technique issues and they still want to rotate two good guys at NT, and don't yet know what in what shape they'll get Pipkins back. Probably not good.
Also the NTs will play some 3T in the natural progression of Michigan's substitutions. But see the note by Space Coyote above about technique. Will Campbell was a kinda similar player to Henry and he wound up a 3T. For now though they want someone not a freshman at nose.
I slotted Wormley because he's the one dude to emerge so far from that pile so far.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Me being cute. The T is for||
Me being cute. The T is for tackle.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||DOn't let Ace see this idea.||
DOn't let Ace see this idea. We made him write an entire preview; he shouldn't know I would have been totally okay with this.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Not brian.||
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Not an accurate portrayal||
All those people are wearing PANTS!
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's the easiest way for||
That's the easiest way for us. Make sure to check both emails when they come though--had a problem last year of guys doing that and then they'd order two books with the same email address. So I'd be emailing "email@example.com" a million times saying "collect your stuff!" and meanwhile there would be "firstname.lastname@example.org" who showed up as a guy who double-entered his info (those get checked but not necessarily checked into).
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Weird that meijer was in your||
Weird that meijer was in your list of examples. They're a pretty transparant company for being a Walmart competitor. Costco is another company that doesn't mind saying "we pay this, we mark up to that, and we make our money how."
I guess the nature of being a blogger making a book is that I fall to the extreme of "I'll tell you my business and you can decide for yourself if it's your business."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||No Secrets.||
My accounting isn't a big secret. This year:
4% of Kickstarter: Kickstarter's take.
$16,000-$20,000 for printing it (printing more copies because we're close to getting a distribution deal)
$7,000 for the t-shirts and mailing kickstarter copies.
$10,000 production/paying authors
1st class Shipping/Sponsorship: a wash.
Post-kickstarter sales/distro: highly variable.
Profit is split 30% to me, 30% to brian, 40% to the blog. The blog is using it for the big site upgrade which is still supposed to be done by next football season.
I made about $6,000 last year on the two books together. That was almost all from football--I ended up doing the basketball book for basically free, which is why we pared it off from football this season. These take at least 1,000 hours of work from me (assigning articles/editing them all/creating layout/handling the finances/picking all photos/writing all captions/getting everyone their stuff/etc etc etc) to make one book, so it's only an efficient use of my time if we end up getting widespread distribution and selling a lot in stores. We use the kickstarter to get to a break-even point on printing and then try to sell what we printed to make it profitable.
I don't want to add my personal problems to the outcome of this Kickstarter--who really fucking cares if I'm making HTTVs and an MGoLiving, or have to get a "real" job--but since I've got adult responsibilities now I need this thing to take off this year.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Everyone does it" is one of||
"Everyone does it" is one of my pet-peeve fallacies. You just picked two schools on extreme opposite ends of the tenor of their recruiting, and then made a statement concerning the entirely of the field. It's like saying every dog sheds: it is true, but ignores a massive difference between a portuguese waterdog and labrador retriever that can be useful in making your dog decision.
Spinning half-truths into a negative sales pitch against a rival is common in sales, and it justifiably gives the sales guy and his company a bad reputation. When the client realizes he's been lied to, they come away feeling like the salesman's more interested in making his sale than getting the client value.
What you hope is that it comes back to bite him in the ass. Media advertising guys dogged on blogs for years: nobody takes us seriously, we'll be gone in a few years when everybody has to grow up. I still come across clients who've been told Quantcast numbers aren't trustworthy because you can't tell how many people looked at the ad, as if that makes a 728x90 on a website inferior to one in a newsletter that goes into someone's junk mail. They wouldn't be doing it if it didn't work, but long-term (and I believe Hoke and Co. will be here long-term) it tends to come around. The longer you lie, the more likely you are to be caught.
Though I agree a high school football player deciding between Michigan and Ohio State probably isn't very savvy in sorting through sales bullshit. So it goes.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Are people on an internet||
Are people on an internet message board kind of dumb? Does the Pope shit in the woods?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I admit the Mark pick was||
I admit the Mark pick was silly, considering other backs on the board. I was planning on grabbing Drummond there and BiSB (as he's done several times in this draft) got him right before I went. That could come back to bite me or it could work out okay, but mostly it's resulted in my team getting more crap than it deserves for my strategy of drafting positions of relative weakness first.
Even the Mark pick spurred the others into drafting running backs when that's one of the least important positions. And if you watch I'll take a guy at a position and then there will be a run on what's left. Is Countess a better player than some guys on the board? He isn't. But there's a steep drop from him to a pile of cornerbacks that everyone started snatching up so they don't end up with Raymon Taylor as their best CB.
I learned last year that being at the turn position means you have a long time to wait between picks, so if you're not directing the flow of the draft you could get caught after a run. That's how I wound up with awful guards last year. So while the others are going BPA I'm picking up necessary pieces who won't be available later on, and letting the other guys fight over 6th rounders in positions where I can get a perfect scheme guy on the cheap.
BiSB's winning, and it's driving me nuts because I'll have a guy I plan on drafting and for five picks after my last people will be lining up for the position I just filled, and then BOOM Drummond, BOOM Kenny Bell, BOOM Donovan Smith.
Actually that last boom was just me trying to get Smith to jump before the snap again. I know, I'm ruthless.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Not "forced" but they send||
Not "forced" but they send out reminders to include proper titles.
M hasn't gone further that that yet. Anecdotally an MLB team has taken away press credentials for someone's paper not using the corporate sponsor's name for the stadium.
If someone wants to donate $3 million a year so Mich can always pay top dollar for a head coach, other than wondering how a single person could have that much to blow on sports fandom, whatever, yay. There is a crucial difference I see between that and asking to be recognized for it in every press release.
Can you tell where the boundary is? What won't Michigan sell to a rich egomaniac? Advertising in the stadium. But that tradition was about drawing a line: this university is a public institution of the state of Michigan, and no matter how much money you have you don't get to distract the other people from the football and the band and the experience they came for. Now that tradition is a bare token, a single building left standing in the middle of a total devastation.
I think of Bo, who dared the NCAA to come after him for letting the walk-ons eat with the team despite NCAA regulations that prohibited it. He thought it repugnant to tell the guys who didn't have a scholarship that they're less worthy of food than the recruited guys when everyone had to practice as long and work as hard. Dave Brandon was one of those guys. But he totally missed the lesson about why you shouldn't do anything to exacerbate differences between people that come down to luck, that the same earnest effort entitles you to the same bench and tray as the guy on scholarship and NFL fast track.
Part of what informs my opinion--my bias perhaps--is that I grew up around a very large range of wealth, from Pontiac to Southfield to Birmingham for those who know metro Detroit. If there's ever a great equalizer between born rich and born poor it's being a kid eating the same cafeteria food. Kids are just worse at the shitty things we do more subtly as adults. So some (far from a majority) of the rich kids would always be trying to separate themselves. Is your backpack a Jansport? Oh that's not a North Face jacket is it? My dad's car has mobile! They tried to have seating for themselves in the cafeteria and you had to donate two fruit rollups if you wanted in. Like I said: bad at it. But the cruelest thing they did was they'd offer fruit rollups or Ecto Cooler juice boxes or a cool michigan trapper keeper to whoever will do such and such thing that is embarrassing. Like call the kid "master." It sickened me to watch kids take the deal. How could dignity be a thing you sell for a trapper keeper?
So if you don't agree with me fine. I respect that to some people words are easily ignored and what's a little hardship in press release comprehension next to money so the next time there's a Casteel situation the AD won't offer him a pittance then whine about the evil of the coach pay market. Your argument is valid. Just know that mine is too, and that it comes from a sincere distaste, not loyalism.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||No because the readers would||
No because the readers would find that hilarious every time they saw it and it would make a profoundly ironic statement. Plus our site cuts names short so they'd just know me as "The State Street..."
I'll send you the insertion order. We do demand upfront payment though.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||You do realize I'm not Brian||
You do realize I'm not Brian right?
When have I shut down disagreement? Do you remember my reaction to M-Wolverine's ban? It's still on the board, along with many many many examples of engaging with critics and encouraging more.
There's a reason I share Brian's sentiments about what is appropriate to sell and what should be above money. For one, he hired me to be his business manager, implying, I hope, a level of trust that I will never sell something that would damage our integrity.
We shouldn't be proud or lucky that someone has $3 million to give and the best thing they can think to do with it is give it to an organization that has so much money they have to invent insane things to do with it. We should have an AD who understands, intuitively, that language isn't something that's his or Michigan's or anybody's to sell.
How is the offensive coordinator of the football team different than an academic chairmanship that was endowed? It seems intuitive. How often is Doug Nussmeier mentioned in the media? Way more than an academic seat. One is using your money to substantively improve the university, and one is just advertising.
I sell advertising. I know what its purpose is and how it can be effective, and I challenge our sponsors to engage readers in a way that shows how the advertiser will benefit you, not shout at you. Slapping your name on a thing is shouting. Shouting is obnoxiousness. Selling off the right to shout at all the other fans is whoring yourself.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||State won't play a neutral||
State won't play a neutral site game? Did they inquire about doing it on Saturn?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||FUck, it, sign a home and||
FUck, it, sign a home and home. Worst that can happen is two repeats of Dallas in a way better place than Dallas.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Excuse me but this||
Excuse me but this paragraph:
Takes a special kind of psychopath to create. To take that money you have to think that any kind of dollars are more important than clarity of communication. If someone wants to give to the university and add their name to an adjective, the response should be "Absolutely not because it makes the University of Michigan look like a whore."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Any season before 2012 was||
Any season before 2012 was Maple Street Press, and they refused to share how many copies they sold. From the royalty checks it appeared to be 20,000, but that was with a national distribution deal. There have only been three kickstarters and three that I've published, and the first one was coming off an 11-win season and BCS Bowl victory.
Are you sure about the competition? We are friendly with The Wolverine, who took it in the teeth this year when the alumni association decided not to send members a copy anymore. They're also a very different animal, from content to layout to structure. I've bought that thing every year since 2000, and recommend it to every Michigan fan, but it's still really just a very large program. And the Lindy's book last year--which let's admit, was pretty bad--is now combining Michigan with Michigan State.
The RR years coincided with a massive growth in readership for MGoBlog. Actually the coaching search for RR kicked it off, followed by record and steady growth for those three years. Part of that was saturating the market, part of that was when the whole controversy of that period--nothing generates readership like an angry, ongoing debate between apparently entrenched enemies. The coaching search for Hoke was the peak, with another short peak around the time Kalis committed.
Understand, there are readers who've been here since before Rich Rod who will buy the book if Michigan goes 1-11 and then announces a name sponsor for it. Speaking personally, I am both one of, and profoundly appreciative of anyone who is still a Michigan fan after a Belle Tire 1-11 season. I'm also aware of the fact that not everyone is like us.
So I guess what I'm saying is thank you for sticking around, both for my livelihood and for showing me that I'm not the only nutjob around here.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The first one did indeed||
The first one did indeed shoot up faster. The second one got their quicker because there were two magazines. This is a considerably less interesting football team, and the site's numbers have reflected it. Anyway the good news is kickstarters make their money at the beginning and the end.
I would stress that it's very important we hit the goal this year of all years. I can say no more on that yet. But I do have an extra incentive:
JOHN U BACON is in. His article's 90% done--it takes off from where 4th and Long left off to discuss all the changes happening in the basic structure of college football and predicts where it will be when it all shakes out.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||What the hell it is we're doing...||
BiSB and Ace covered it. I'll reiterate:
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Those are important||
Those are important questions. However, I was thinking of scrapping those tests in place of drawing a 3D image of what I think his vocal chords look like based on the position of his trachea, and then making sweeping statements about his ability to communicate using speech.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know how you can say||
I don't know how you can say that when so many homo sapiens have neanderthal genes. I agree that he is bipedal. What really stands out is that enlarged cranium. What's the brain weight to body weight ratio? It's gotta be a new record for species.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Grant Perry (WR #1) has the||
Grant Perry (WR #1) has the standard directional Michigan schools offer list and interest from Indiana.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||You have to expand the level||
You have to expand the level of hype with the level of how much people followed recruiting. Both were the 2nd pro-style QB to the prevailing scouting substances. But there weren't Elite 11 camps, etc. to gauge these guys on, nor was there a massive recruiting industry.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Hey you found the joke.||
Hey you found the joke.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||They opened up that offense||
They opened up that offense plenty in 2006. In 2007 Henne was too hurt to be much use by the ND game. And first halfs in 2005 were generally good offense but Michigan would go into a shell as soon as they got that 10 point lead, running Hart left every play until Hart got hurt.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I used more than stars.||
I used more than stars. You'll note one is the top of one group and the other the bottom of the next group, which reflected the rankings where either straddled that line between 4 and 5 stars. The difference was the fan reaction. Morris: trepidation over his senior season and lingering effects of mono. Gardner: leaping gazelles we've got ourselves a Vince Young for whenever Denard is done.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||It wasn't that set in stone||
It wasn't that set in stone but yeah he was the heir apparent after a redshirt year then a season as Navarre's backup with spotted seasoning. He got hurt in fall practice and that lingered (though he still served as holder), while Henne beat out Clayton Richard. Michigan lost to ND that year partly because of nightmare officiating but mostly because the offense was streamed down and super conservative so as not to wreck Henne's confidence.
Had Gutierrez not been hurt, Michigan wanted to redshirt Henne, though once Clay decided on baseball that would have ended.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I didn't chart guys whom||
I didn't chart guys whom Michigan brought in with the intention of having him try out as an athlete QB but the majority figured he'd end up a receiver or DB. That includes Denard, (friend of the blog) Diallo Johnson, and Antonio Bass. Feagin I included because he was the only QB of his year when Michigan desperately needed one. It's just too hard to place the other guys in these piles, since they weren't recruited with the same sense of "this is our quarterback of the future for this year."
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Y'all just jelly of my Shane||
Y'all just jelly of my Shane Morris-to-Dennis Norfleet screen-a-thon.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It'll also be harder for ESPN||
It'll also be harder for ESPN to maintain a monopoly on being THE sports channel. What I expect will happen is ESPN will try to be a group provider, bundling ESPN and 2 and U and whatever all together. If it's Congress that forces the split, they'll still have to offer each separately and competitively price them. End result should be that ESPN will have to downsize and sell off a lot of its contracts.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It's utter bullshit. The||
It's utter bullshit. The report is based on what the channels are charging the cable operators, not what their value would be on the open market. The cost of BTN is what people are willing to pay for BTN. If they make it too much people won't get it.
The whole point of unbundling is they're using bundling to way overdrive prices for channels people don't want. Severe downsizing is bound to happen because they can't go on living like they are.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The offensive line page IS||
The offensive line page IS blank. Turn in your goddamn editorial!
|9 weeks 6 days ago||We Must Protect the Sanctity of Amateurism!||
How can this kid ask for such an "extra benefit" like that? What about the competitve advantage it gives over Boise State's opponents whose recruits died of exposure or starved to death because their schools respect the inviolate principle of amateurism?
Isn't a free education at an outstanding institution like Boise State University, not to mention free room and board and equipment and top coaching and a chance to play in the NFL enough remuneration? How greedy can you get to ask for an advance when you're already getting all of that!
Think of the slippery slope! If the NCAA allows one school to put a roof over a kid's head before he gets to campus and feed him, then what about the next school that wants to get a recruit out of a crack-addict's house, or pay back a high school coach who takes the kid in? What happens when schools are dishing out so much money to feed and clothe and house their recruits that they can't make payments on their new $35 million practice facility for the women's equestrian team that replaced the 10-year-old $15 million one they haven't paid off yet?
And, oh man, think of how this can be abused for recruiting! We'll have SEC coaches going all around the country picking kids off the street and getting "homeless exemptions" for them. I can just imagine Spurrier ripping 14-year-olds out of crackhouses, sticking them in dorms in Columbus and enrolling them in the local high school. Saban will start feeding all of Africa just to pick the athletes he wants to bring to the United States!
The NCAA and its member conferences and schools don't have unlimited funds, no matter what multi-billion dollar TV rights deals, soaring gate prices, and licensing deals they've made and don't have to pay any taxes on. They can't just start giving handouts to kids too lazy to have parents who make enough money to feed and house them. What, do you want athletic directors taking taxis instead of separate limousines from the airport to the 5-star hotel hosting their meetings this summer?
NCAA should be about student athletes playing for the love of the sport. How dare any non-already-millionaire demand they should be able to profit from their own potential value?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Our annual preview magazine||
Our annual preview magazine that I publish with Brian. Ace wrote the opponent previews (except ND which BiSB penned):
|9 weeks 6 days ago||2013||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Damned if they do and if they||
Damned if they do and if they don't. Rape is really hard to prove in a court because the nature of the crime is there's only one witness, and there's always a plausible explanation for the defense, and many victims don't want to come forward. So lots of rapes go unpunished, which is awful.
So under the White House's "I'm doing something really" instructions the schools are going around on limited evidence and picking off possible sexual assaulters, which absolutely means they will round up innocents as well as criminals who got away with it, and both will have the same case to make about the injustice.
Every way this works out is awful. I don't know what else to do. They've gone after fraternities and homeowners before, but in the case of the former they nail the national organization and the fraternity recharters as somehing else, and in the case of rental properties what good is it to charge rental property owners for undermanaged college housing?
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Running QB - / -> Spread, as||
Running QB - / -> Spread, as our fine servicemen can attest. There were a lot of extreme QB-rum teams that weren't spread offenses. Minnesota was an extremely run-with-the-QB oriented team, and they weren't very spread.
I guess I could calculate based on 3rd WR versus heavies (FB/TE etc.) targets which teams are spreading the field.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||Michigan wasn't extreme but||
Michigan wasn't extreme but we ran with the quarterback a lot more than most teams. Hoke gives out hokum; his teams have yet to run anything remotely like a Carr offense, and with Shane Morris (who's pretty athletic) I don't think they will unless Speight becomes the starter too soon.
Flexibility wasn't really the problem. It was more that Borges/Hoke had no idea how to run the offense they inherited, and they badly bungled the transition to something they would know how to run.
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||Rutgers previews made him out||
Rutgers previews made him out to be the athletic alternative, because it fit the narrative. He wasn't Navarre, but Dodd as an offense was as passy as Notre Dame.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||It was the Tennessee game,||
It was the Tennessee game, when he was dressed for motivational purposes.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||No space. We are in the||
No space. We are in the process of moving. The "garage" is really a 1-car car port. The tiny little Sylvan Lake house we're moving out of is all boxes right now. Also: Manball.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Because I do not work on||
Because I do not work on football Saturdays. I would only go if Ace or Heiko couldn't, and then in would have to dress up as they do and be there working. When I interviewed Bob Lipson (creator of Michigan Replay) a few years ago he told me don't do a job that makes you never able to enjoy the football game.
There are few things I like more than being in the Big House and screaming for Michigan. Why give that up?
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Years ago two buddies and I||
Years ago two buddies and I went to a Mud Hens game vs Norfolk (the Mets AAA affiliate) . We had front row outfield seats and this guy was warming up (for the Tides) literally right in front of us. He looked like a stone giant--huge guy all hard lines. He was throwing so hard in his warmups that the crack of the ball hitting his warmup catcher's glove was distracting people. I've been following his career ever since.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The football comparisons||
The football comparisons don't take into account how far down the pecking order college hockey is from the NHL. If, say, Bill Belichick left the Patriots to coach Penn State, that would be a step down but still within the realm of "well if he wants to be one of the sport's greatest legends that's one way to go." This is more like leaving the Pats to coach Saint John's.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||When they played Seaholm I||
When they played Seaholm I had just done an article that week that mentioned Russ Bellomy's "omigod that is taking FOREVER" pass to Kerridge and Malzone had almost exactly the same throw; it arrived with zip and led his tight end downfield perfectly so he had enough time to make an easy catch with forward momemtum.
His passes have touch, which is a foreign concept to so many coaches in Michigan there's a small cottage industry for bitching about it. Rice has the oldest, stodgiest offense in the league--not surprising when a guy hired the same year as Bo just retired this year--but it was also one of the best because Malzone can hit his secondary receivers in stride.
Now think about the makeup of Michigan's roster. Gone are the guys like Dileo and Gallon who can murderate you with curls and ins at every yard marker. We've got a bunch of thunderbacks, various backfield weaponry, and a bunch of huge leapy wide receivers with a couple of route ninjas and ha-ha-puny-human-you-cannot-press-me-eat-my-slant guys. So long as Malzone can make the 50-yard throw to keep those safeties back, he's a great fit for Michigan.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||He does that for charity.||
He does that for charity. Nice dude. Froze his bantha off in that suit to come to marlin's last event.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||Now you're not a low-pointer||
Now you're not a low-pointer anymore.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||Yes.I've been on about this||
I've been on about this kid forever, and according to all of my high school rivalry sentiments I'm supposed to be a Rice hater. Get mini Drew Brees now before MSU steals him and beats us over the head with him.
Quick-thinking and accurate are the two things I like to hear about a quarterback. The arm's good enough. The height I can live with. I hate throwing out tautological terms but this guy isn't a gunslinger, he isn't a stud, and he isn't a blue chip--what he is to his bones is a quarterback.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Their bag men one was good||
Their bag men one was good too.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Good for them if they get||
Good for them if they get him, but with a 5-star recruit, and considering MSU won't go any more extra lengths to land one than Michigan will, I wouldn't count an April lead for much.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||not my only typo. Let's just||
not my only typo. Let's just be happy I didn't break the keyboard....yet
|12 weeks 4 days ago||We are. Actually it would||
We are. Actually it would have launched already except all of our t-shirt ideas are too negative and bitter.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||That's a pretty high pedestal||
That's a pretty high pedestal you're standing on.
The nature of a miscarriage of justice is the victim is often a guilty party. The State of Michigan could decide to use this failed drug test as proof of marijuana possession, which carries a maximum sentence of 1 year (lawyers correct me if I'm mistaken). Doing this, however, would be considered totally injust, and McGary the victim of that injustice.
The NCAA's crime is far, far greater than any McGary admitted to. Mitch did a thing (tried pot once in college) that society has judged to be somewhere between tsk-tsk and not as bad as jaywalking. You can't even claim he was letting his teammates down (like a couple former hockey players of were doing persistently) because he was only dressed for the Tennessee game as a motivational thing--he wasn't going to do anything more than root for his team from a seat. I doubt he was the only Michigan fan in the building with THC in his bloodstream, to the detriment of exactly nobody. Comparatively the NCAA decided to enforce the letter of a rule it found so draconian they had already agreed to change it, and decided that appeal with full knowledge that it meant the end of McGary's college career. Fucking with a man's life is a HORRIBLE thing to do.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||To be clear, I don't believe||
To be clear, I don't believe any of those are wrong. What's wrong is the NCAA having rules against these things that it doesn't enforce equitably. Laquon Treadwell ought to get paid to play college football, and Terrelle Pryor deserves a nice vehicle, because what they do has high value--what's bullshit is that the NCAA promises punishment to anyone who does so in the name of preventing big-money schools from having an competitive advantage, and turns a blind eye to Ohio State and Ole Miss obviously subverting the rule to gain a competitive advantage.
A kid from a poor background, who stays away from drugs and gangs, and stays in school, and jumps through a million hoops to meet NCAA academic standards, and all the while hones himself into a nationally elite athlete, well that kid ABSOLUTELY deserves to be renumerated once people are paying $150/ticket to watch him perform, and the renumeration should be at market value as established by collective bargaining by professional representatives on his behalf. That's how capitalist economies work.
The NCAA is like a corrupt and inept government: they make a communist rule to maximize their own profits, and don't enforce it because it can't be enforced, and the result is criminal behavior is reinforced and good behavior punished.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I'm waiting for Brian Cook to||
I'm waiting for Brian Cook to respond to a comment before my "random" neg test.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||NEG bang||
In honor of NCAA sticking by their enforcement principles, one random guy who got his post negged today will be banned from the mgoboard for 1 year.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||A little rough on Ramzy,||
A little rough on Ramzy, there. He's the closest thing there is to a "Brian Cook of [Name of Team]" on the interwebs. I've seen him rip on Smith before, especially for his handling of Tressellgate.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Nothing there||
I have a vague memory of the details only because I was on the Michigan Daily when the allegation came out. In 2001 they were investigating a shady agent who misused players' money or something and it appeared Woodson had a relationship with him going back to summer 1997. The agent said he'd loaned Woodson $10k or $14k (the former is what the rumor always says, the latter is from my memory) after the Ohio State game that year. Woodson flatly denied it.
The university investigated and found nothing and since this was the same athletic department then in the middle of committing seppuku over Ed Martin that was good enough for most. I didn't know the Daily reporter who covered it at the time so I didn't know details. Mostly I remember being asked my opinion of it by Heather Kamins, then news editor, future EIC, because I was always "the guy who likes sports" guy in the room.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||ok||
Here's last year. Funchess is a TE in these stats until Minnesota, obviously.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Alabama was 70% WRs, 13% TEs||
Alabama was 70% WRs, 13% TEs and 17% RBs in attempts; and 76% WRs, 12% TEs and 12% RBs in yardage. That's average.
Calling Funchess a TE is dubious but that makes it 78/12/10 in attempts and 79/12/9 in yards. Still not much from TEs.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Marlin brought them.||
Marlin brought them.
|13 weeks 17 hours ago||I went to mark my calendar||
I went to mark my calendar for Rutgers-Michigan, but it was already marked Yom Kippur, just the most important holiday of the year.
Actually, making it a night game helps some in that regard. Day games will be lost to services, but the night event is just a breaking of the fast meal at someone's house.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||kate upton easter thing||
We're not a titties blog. 10% of our readership is female, a large portion of our readership have culturally conservative sensibilities, and almost half of our readers during the daytime are at work. Despite my personal appreciation of Kate Upton dancing around in underwear--and that appreciation is very great--it doesn't add anything to the site.
Kate Upton's a Michigan fan and Brian made an explicit exception for her. Were it up to me I'd just rather not have this sort of thing on here. It's not like you can't find half-naked women on the internet elsewhere.
Main point: Responding to people who are offended tends to just make it worse for everyone--if they have to put up with our tastes and sensibilities, at least let them make their feelings known without coming down on them for their religious feelings.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||This goes back to our "who's||
This goes back to our "who's at fault" arguments in the first This Week's Obsession. I pointed out that Barnum and Omameh were very effective guys for Rich Rod's offense, and that it was conceivable that, with such a huge 2008 class of OL he could spend scholarships elsewhere in 2009 after reeling in Schofield and Lewan and then get his next generation of OL in 2010 and 2011.
But OL want stability, since they know they probably won't be starting for several years at least. And in fall 2009 the program was rocked by the Practicegate crap and subsequent rotten season right when it was most important to nail down those 2010 recruits--lots of targets who ended up good OL elsewhere slipped away. Then in 2010 Rich Rod was walking dead, more so with every loss, and that stink kept the 2011 OL away. Jake Fisher decommitted when Rodriguez was fired. Hoke didn't have time to patch that up as well as find DL and DBs and re-recruit Denard, etc.
So it was we went two years without recruiting any Michigan-level offensive linemen, and lo and behold going into 2014 there are no plausible senior or junior starters on the offensive line.
It wasn't shit that happened overnight. We're eating the fruit of 2009 and 2010.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I mean, Patrick Omameh was||
I mean, Patrick Omameh was one of the best linemen I've ever seen at releasing and finding and pulverizing a guy downfield on a zone block, but he was the worst puller football's ever had.
Barnum couldn't pull. Mealer couldn't pull. Taylor Lewan couldn't pull.
It is true: no offensive lineman under Funk that I can think of has EVER been able to pull correctly. As to your conclusion from that, well, um...
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Way less than now according||
Way less than now according to Jack Weisenberger. The players back then didn't have practice limits and splitting defense and offense was new, so they got an advantage by the offensive guys getting together and having extra practices. They also ran fake plays in their dorm hallways and on the train. Thanks for the excuse to ask.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Nebraka's offense had this.||
Nebraka's offense had this. It's a fake sprint option. The RB maintains pitch relationship then stops and upends the pursuit. Then Martinez would square and pick a level on the resulting flood route.
|14 weeks 21 hours ago||Sometimes the jump takes a||
Sometimes the jump takes a few minutes to upload for some reason. I published directly to the page today instead of publishing a draft last night like I usually do.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think it's my place,||
I don't think it's my place, either to speak for everyone, nor subject authors to readers' judgments based on their politics.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Among many interesting||
Among many interesting tidbits, one near the top caught me the hardest: even if they did start paying the players, this shit would go on, because they're so much better at it than any university is equipped to be.
We've been under the assumption that if you could pay players, say, a % of their jersey sales, Michigan wins because our fans can buy so many more jerseys. But these guys figured out a player's dad needed his tractor fixed, and got the tractor fixed. How the hell do you compete with that?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for the assist. I||
Thanks for the assist. I haven't coached or played the game so I've had to pick things up from lots of myriad coaches who, as SC pointed out below, call things all sorts of things. "Frontside" makes more sense for a passing play, is why I used it, since "Playside" suggests the direction the play went (which was to the backside). I've given up on ever having one set of lingo for things and just go with whatever will convey what I'm trying to communicate to lay people.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||You guys don't have Devil's||
You guys don't have Devil's Night outside of Detroit?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, pretty much. I mean,||
Yeah, pretty much. I mean, people who come to a blog that's writing about Michigan's spring game sound pretty disingenuous when they complain something with obvious social ramifications isn't newsworthy.
On the other hand approval is basically code for "Horray I hope this leads to all gay athletes being accepted."
I don't find it objectionable that people on this site have opinions that a lot of people have. I find it more objectionable when people either a) suggest that having those opinions makes you a bad person, and b) people who respond to the hint of a suggestion that they're masking their true feelings with bouts of outrage and calls of slander.
If you're looking for bigotry I'm sure you can find it. If you're looking for someone who slandered you as a bigot you can find that too. My recommendation is to look for basically good people who are trying to get their opinions in amongst a testy, politically charged bed of weeds.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I bet you $1.35 they will||
I bet you $1.35 they will title it "10 Athletes With a Secret You Won't Believe"! And I'll bet another $1.35 I can find ten more articles that day which are less relevant or worth covering.
We're not there yet--we're so far from there in fact that your complaints at this juncture make me want to bet a buck-thirty-five that you're just trying to share your frustration with the fact of the societal shift, and not actually just upset over what went into the news today.
I imagine coverage of future outs will be less about firsts and more about how famous the guy is. Sports are a natural platform for proving equality, because they're the nearest thing we have to a pure meritocracy.
My perspective on it is hearing my grandpa talk about Hank Greenberg. A lot of Detroiters in the 30s didn't want to get dragged into "Europe's War" and they ragged about the "Jewish agenda" trying to goad them into it. Naturally a version of rather tame anti-semitism was quite strong in that place and time. People tried to make him feel awful about not celebrating Christmas and the like--I don't think he got beat up or anything. But that was why he loved Greenberg. Hank was neither the first nor only Jewish guy in sports, but to my grandpa every home run was an act of heroism because it further proved that you could be a Jew and All-American.
I don't think this news is about you. I do think it will keep coming up as more athletes come out, and that gay guys will be glad of every announcement because each one is further proof they're normal dudes even if they would rather play H.O.R.S.E. than style hair. And that people who want gays and lesbians to feel welcome to be such will be glad of the news too, and those who don't will keep cringing.
And again, that's all in the future. Today for the first time a guy who might be in your bracket is openly gay, and I bet you there's 135 more who breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn't them.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||1. "The Media" is a pretty||
1. "The Media" is a pretty big place, and we don't really all talk to each other about how to portray things. Right or wrong, what's covered by "the media" is a reflection of peoples' interests, not some great collusion. Newsflash: people like to read about sex. A lot!
2. My experience talking with big-time athletes has led me to believe--with the caveat that each place is different--that a football or basketball or hockey locker room is generally way more homophobic than most places. College locker rooms especially. They're also notorious places for raunchy sexual details concerning women, and all other manner of talk that isn't considered appropriate in most places. The military too. Comraderie and mutual trust has an effect of loosening the tongue, and all sorts of attitudes that aren't allowed in polished public society creep out. Also Newsflash: young men like to talk about sex. A lot!
3. We've seen one NBA player and one NCAA football player come out before the NFL draft. I'm not saying every athlete in a new sport who comes out should get a day named for him, but to think it doesn't even warrant mention in the national press that the first D-I basketball player is gay. I mean, we discuss a lot less interesting shit than that on the front page, like Michigan's spring game for example.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, actually I saw the same||
Yep, actually I saw the same weakness in my argument and was editing my response to cover it when you responded. Apologies for altering the original--go read the 2nd paragraph through the basketball analogy.
Or just read the basketball analogy.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Why it's news||
A lot of people have questioned why it's a big deal, a question that's increasingly relevent the more barriers are broken down.
To deny it any consequence is to deny either the prevalence of anti-gay sentiment in American culture, or deny the prevalence of gay people in America. To the former, note that EVERY state and U.S. territory has had either a statute or a constitutional amendment concerning gay marriage (for or against) on a ballot in the last 4 years except Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Nationally, 34% of Americans oppose allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt a child (another 9% are "unsure"). Sixteen percent think businesses should be allowed to refuse service to gays and lesbians.
To the latter, 3.5% of Americans currently identify as homosexual, 8.2% say they've tried it, and 11% have admitted some same-sex attraction. If homosexuality is random, it is highly likely on a team of 115 players that someone is gay. Given these odds, and the number of people who have actually come out among thousands of Division I athletes, it is an almost certainty that there are gay players who remain in the closet, and that they're doing so because they have a reasonable expectation of being ostracised for it, because over a third of Americans apparently would ostracise them for it.
When there's a first for a sport, that's still big news. Before Larry Doby and Roy Campanella and Willie Mays can be baseball players, someone has to be Jackie Robinson. Derrick Gordon is now and shall be for the rest of his career known as the gay guy who plays basketball. The next guy will be a basketball player who happens to be gay.
In basketball terms, social acceptance of homosexuality may have built a 15-point cushion, but there's still a lot of time on the clock, and every score still remains relevant to the outcome, whether it's a layup or a dagger three.
It's not just some people, and--this is important--it's not just bad people.
Over the last few years I've been in contact with more and more high-level athletes, and occassionally discussed their feelings on gay teammates, or gay opponents. None of those I've brought it up to personally give a damn, but they all admitted they have a lot of teammates who have very strong anti-gay feelings. Specifically, there are lots of athletes who used Christianity as their ladder out of terrible situations, because there is no institution in the country that does more good in the terrible places in America. As a consequence, there are lots of athletes who carry very orthodox Christian beliefs with regard to their definition of sexual morality. That orthodoxy was for many years essentially unopposed within major sports, but now it is being heavily challenged by society's growing sensitivity toward oppression within its ranks. In every locker room--and I guarantee you Michigan's is included--this is a thing.
Regardless of how you feel about it, the more players in more heavily-watched sports who are openly gay, the less of a target any openly gay player in any revenue sport will be, and the easier it will be for other gay athletes to come out. Whether you're for this or against this is up to your political feelings. The fact of this social shift and how it interacts with sports is undeniably a big deal.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Bolivia until November for||
Bolivia until November for both of you.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||You ought not to make fun of||
You ought not to make fun of Texas's CEO without making fun of ours for slapping his own name on Roy Mannings's office.
Also: I still feel weird with our MGoStyle of apostrophe-s'ing possessives that end in 's'.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||If I wasn't a Michigan homer||
If I wasn't a Michigan homer I wouldn't watch the Pistons because they aren't fun to watch, they don't complement each other, they're not interesting or particularly likeable players, they don't win very much, and there's always a better sport (college football/hoops/hockey, NHL, baseball) than David Stern's milquetoast, mostly rigged squeak-a-thon. But I would feel bad about it.
Since I am a Michigan homer, not drafting Burke because it was too obvious was a moderately bad basketball decision and a collossal marketing disaster, since it left absolutely zero room for Michigan fans to take it as anything but a middle finger to Michigan fans. Given the rest, not drafting Burke was exactly the excuse I needed to finally get off the 2004 bandwagon.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||That was it.||
That was it.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||7 seasons as opposed to 9||
7 seasons as opposed to 9 isn't off by all that much.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||EDITS||
I noticed my mistakes on Beilein's section but needed Riley pointed out -- redshirts throw me off in basketball; I remember Riley as a Fisher guy but I guess you're right. Edits made.
|16 weeks 18 hours ago||There appears to be a big||
There appears to be a big oversight in the understanding of his situation. He can't get a scholarship because the signing deadline has passed. He can still walk on the team and earn a scholarship next year, as walk-ons regularly do. In this case it's probably all but guaranteed.
This is the process of going around the LOI that his mother wouldn't sign. Come a year from September he will be a scholarship MSU RS freshman and Ohio State fans will think he is transferring just after Dymonte Thomas does.
|16 weeks 20 hours ago||Yes--i meant that but didn't||
Yes--i meant that but didn't clarify the reasoning. The whole point was to compare it to the Rose Bowl hosing.
|16 weeks 20 hours ago||I started a reply that became||
I started a reply that became Hokepoints this morning instead of the Spring thing I was writing. Nice going.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Doubtful. It is basically a||
Doubtful. It is basically a full-time job for at least 3 people (publisher, editor, art director) for 3 months to do one of these, and even our basketball-hockey book--with one of the largest hockey fanbases in the country--didn't make money.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Gigggittyggigglewheeee||
|16 weeks 1 day ago||You know Monumental who makes||
You know Monumental who makes those awesome wallpapers? His app is awesome.
What I love most about it is it will email PDF versions of the plays to you. It's made for coaches but I use it to diagram things for mgo all the time.
He's also the same guy who designs the covers and section pages for HTTV
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I regret that I have but one||
I regret that I have but one account to pos-bang with, as opposed to Brian who has six.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Liveblog is happening. Mods||
Liveblog is happening. Mods to your stations at 4:45.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I feel bad about that too. I||
I feel bad about that too. I can only plead laziness--I didn't want to babysit the thread deleting every ugly tangent, and didn't want to ask one of the mods to do so.
I can't speak for RCMB or 11W's staffs, but ours all share a very strong view on this issue, so it's particularly hard for any of us to do a fair job of moderating it for politics. Personally I felt this was a good example of a thread that should be locked, since any discussion would be inherently political and the news was, if still a turning point, inevitable.
This is a pretty chickenshit response and you should feel like it isn't enough, just as I always am like "wait why did the judge overrule that objection in My Cousin Vinny--I mean except to get the joke in?" I know Ace, myself and BiSB were tweeting pretty strongly about it. Why is it okay for us to put our views all over social media and restrict them on the MGoBlog forum? I don't know. I feel bad about it. So let's go with answer B: I'm too politically biased to handle this well.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||One typically ranks in the||
One typically ranks in the top 5 of public universities in the country, the other almost always in the top 30. That's out of (at last count) 630 4-year public institutions/campuses.
One is the school that almost every major research institution tries to emulate, the other is the school they were trying to emulate when they wrote the law that created virtually every [Something] "State" or "A&M".
There's an appreciable difference in the standard 8-page, heavily annotated B+ research paper I generated for a Michigan history of antiquity class versus the 3-page piece of shit my brother submitted in an equivalent class and got back an A- on.
But in general, if public universities are quarterbacks of all the pro football leagues, you're comparing Tom Brady to like Matt Stafford when there's all the backups and all the international leagues etc. behind.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||March Madness: "Stirring Reminder of what America Was Founded On||
not going to end well.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||You'll have to ask him for||
You'll have to ask him for sure, but I don't think Ace has ever thought "I was going to have this difference of opinion but since SETH is against it..."
I'm flattered you think so.
Maybe because I could kick his ass?*
*in NCAA '14
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I hate to be the one to break||
I hate to be the one to break this to you but way too much power is in the hands of the bureaucrats. Changing that is way beyond the scope of this blog or the debate over college football players unionizing.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Out of everyone who draws an||
Out of everyone who draws an MGoBlog paycheck I couldn't find anyone who has a significantly different view from Bryan (BiSB). I didn't ask the photographers though.
I don't think an opposing viewpoint in this case needs front billing because there isn't a good case to be made. Sometimes there's one side of a debate that is way more correct. I despise the sentiment of things being "my" opinion or "yours." There's one reality and we should strive to have our opinions most closely match it based on available evidence and logic.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||in the law as written, no.||
in the law as written, no. I've studied Title IX mostly from its enforcement standpoint. The way it's enforced is the schools have to submit rather detailed numbers on how much money they spend in total on sports and per-athlete, and how much revenue those sports bring in. The actual number of participants and the dollar amounts of scholarship are 2 columns out of 60 in the ensuing spreadsheets.
The NCAA then uses those numbers to check whether schools are providing equivalent spending beyond the necessitites to women's sports. Many schools in recent years report ridiculously large incomes and expenditures on women's sports. That's because they break up donations, e.g. a new basketball arena is split between the men's basketball team and the women's basketball team and five other women's teams who will be using the facility for storage. The grossest example of this I found was TCU, which essentially called its new indoor football practice facility a warehouse for the Equestrian Team that the football players just happen to use.
So schools could still find ways around it, but payments to football players would absolutely upset current Title IX compliance procedures.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Being annoying in the mod||
Being annoying in the mod thread isn't the same as being annoying on front-end threads. I'm not saying this thread is Nam (it's not Nam; there are rules!) but I have considerably more patience with someone of a different/stupid opinion trying to plead his case in the mod thread than arguing with general readers.
Everyone knows Section 1 is a political dude. There's still a place here for people with political views so strong that they tend to infiltrate and color their views of other things, so long as they keep their shit in check.If he didn't also add positive things to the discussion on a rather regular basis in threads where readers go he'd have been long gone. I rather prefer to have Section 1 on here since his difference of opinion is useful and he therefore represents the edge of what we will tolerate.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Well there's technically||
Well there's technically taxable and there's realistically going to be taxed, and those are different things. All of this should be taxable, but find me 250 congressional districts in these United States that will elect a candidate with "he taxed football!" hanging around his neck.
The IRS has to bow to political pressure, and for such meager sums there are only a bare handful of politicians who would pass up the opportunity to give those sums away to win points with football fans.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||In re: Title IX, the short||
In re: Title IX, the short answer is yes, but.
Title IX's weakness has long been that it doesn't recognize the need for greater compensation of revenue sport athletes because of their greater value. At the core of this argument is recognition of this same fact. Of COURSE it affects Title IX, because as it is written if you start spending more on 85 football players you have to spend the same on 85 female athletes.
The point of Title IX was schools that can only afford 120 scholarships will give 85 of them to football players, 15 to men's basketball players, and then use up the other 15 on baseball, wrestling, track & field or what have you--all boys. If you separate revenue sports from non-revenue it will shift the balance of overall athlete support by the universities. Effectively, you'll be shutting down non-revenue women's sports and replacing them with non-revenue men's sports.
Ultimately I would like to see the NCAA keep its scholarship equality but release revenue sports from the economic equation.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Says he's still offended.||
Says he's still offended. Would like you to remove all references to the NCAA in this article about Key & Peele so that readers won't associate the two.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I think the word he left out||
I think the word he left out is "primarily" educational.
Do you learn things in the course of playing sports that you wouldn't learn elsewhere? Of course. You also learn things flipping pizza or waiting tables that you wouldn't learn in class, but that doesn't mean a student's side-job isn't by nature economic.
Is the primary purpose of the University of Michigan carrying a football team to teach life lessons to those students who choose to pursue football as an activity? Of course not. The university carries IM sports for that purpose, but the varsity team is a multi-million dollar business that is operated for primarily economic reasons.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I know one of the Key and||
I know one of the Key and Peele writers. He is offended by the comparison.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I worked for the Michigan||
I worked for the Michigan Daily all through college. I got paid for writing articles and editors got paid more, even though it was a priceless privelege to be a part of one of the top 2-3 school papers in the country etc.
I didn't feel bad for getting a paycheck for doing a thing that was mostly educational because it was also a job and it generated (ad) revenue, and I felt like my contributions provided value.
The NCAA has been resting on absolutes. Lots of people are afraid if you cross that line at all that the whole system will collapse. Maybe it will and college athletics are going to be pro leagues someday but I doubt it since the class that was certified wasn't the 20 athletes at the 30 schools that generate disproportionate revenue. The union has to represent all of the players, and they're not well served by Denard making $1 million; they're served by stipends for spending money, and having agents to look out for their interests in decisions, and in lifelong medical services for injuries sustained. And the NCAA can only give up what it negotiates. Like everything else in our free capitalist country, what product we end up with will depend on what the people making it agree on.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||You probably have noticed by||
You probably have noticed by now that whenever we have a former player doing something with MGoBlog there's an 80% chance he's a defensive back. To a man, those guys have said they think Roy Manning will be a head coach of a major program someday. B-Will said he's thought that since their playing days. That may not make him any better of a defensive backs coach, but all indications so far is he's a fantastic position coach.
|17 weeks 11 hours ago||Congrats Justin!||
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||I noticed that. I have a||
I noticed that. I have a former co-worker with whom I have an annual $0.25 bet on our brackets who always talks about his 12-5 picks.
This provides evidence that it's a more common upset. However it's only 0.23 over the norm, so if you're picking all 12s over 5s you're probably going to get 3 wrong.
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||True, but you have to factor||
True, but you have to factor in , which is the result of a history major who got up at 5 this morning with a poopy crying 3-week-old and once that was returned to a normative state went about googling how to work with logs since the last time he'd done so was in the mid-'90s with a TI-86.
The data are linked if you wanna make a go at it.
|17 weeks 19 hours ago||har har hardy har. I believe||
har har hardy har. I believe I did state my caveat that I think VCU will have as tough a time with SF Austin as the top seeds.
I also took OSU and Duke over Michigan. I have never been so happy to have my bracket so annihilated.
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||Okay I'll put it another way.||
Okay I'll put it another way. I was negotiating another 40k tourney and liveblog for you (successfully)
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||I think seeding bias is||
I think seeding bias is allayed by the fact that top seeds are given an appreciably easier road. Say a Duke team that ought to be the worst 2 seed is overrated to a one-seed. That hypothetical team gets a 16 seed instead of a possibly decent 15 seed in the first round, and the 9 instead of the 7 to get to the Sweet 16, and a 4 instead of a 3 to get to the Elite 8. They'll also most likely get to play a few miles from home.
I don't know how to separate the value of that higher seed from how good the team is.
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||I had a client call at 11 and||
I had a client call at 11 and was having trouble getting it uploaded to google for some reason. In a bit.
|17 weeks 20 hours ago||That's why I used a||
That's why I used a logarithmic progression. A 2-seed is expected to get 2.4 wins; Michigan just needs to beat Tennessee and they'll be outperforming expectations this year by 0.60. If they lose, they'll underperform by just .040
Here's how seeds performed versus my log expectations:
That's pretty damn close to zero. Two-seeds are expected to perform almost exactly as well as 2-seeds have performed historically.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I have a study on this||
I have a study on this tomorrow for Hokepoints. It's avg wins beyond seed for all coaches since 1993 who've coached in at least 4 tournaments. Beilein is tied for 5th among all coaches with Stan Heath. Izzo is 8th, just ahead of Billy Donovan of Florida.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Still missing their J's||
Still missing their J's apparently.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||You didn't need to log into||
You didn't need to log into MGoBlog. If you took a link they tracked it. If you're worried about it, and you end up kicking ass, email me your score and I'll forward to the Draftstreet guys.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Well if they do want to make||
Well if they do want to make a mini-series I've got a script for it and even planned out the opening sequence (string- and french horn-dominated arrangement that races over the ground like the wind that opens each book and is overcut by character moments. At the crescendo is a slow-mo capture of Perrin riding his horse off the embankment into the river while escaping Shadar Logoth in tEotW. Then the sword that is not a sword and light comes out of it. I've put a lot of thought into this).
They'd make a better miniseries than Game of Thrones, but there's several things in the way according to the Brian Cook of WoT bloggers (at Dragonmount):
1. Harriet doesn't want them made into live-action unless they're a major motion picture series or a Game of Thrones-level production. Look what they did to Terry Goodkind's (before he turned into a political hack) series when it went to television: they ripped apart alll the world-building to produce Xena/Hercules-style sleeveless fiction. The second you turn Wheel of Time into how-hunky-is-Rand it's D.O.A.
2. It doesn't have the raunchiness to interest HBO, etc. A Song of Ice and Fire is low on the totem pull of good fantasy series (Jordan, Rothfuss, Brooks, hell Stephen King's Dark Tower series even!), and as the series progressed you get a stronger and stronger feeling that the author is some sort of psychopath whose therapist told him to start writing fantasy as an outlet for the sick shit that goes through his brain. But that means people getting their heads and cocks cut off every other episode, and lots of exposed boobies, and TV eats that shit up. Fantasy viewers can buy dragons, but a world where women are equal to men?
I read them in early high school. I was on a rained-out skiing trip with my dad and the 6th book had just come out in paperback. After a day and a half he'd finished the book and I'd finished everything I brought to read (there weren't kindles back then), so I started reading that. When we got home he pulled out all the paperback copies of the series and I tore through them. I've done a re-read before every new book since and as you can probably tell, I know the internet community.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||The NBA pays its workers way||
The NBA pays its workers way more than publicly traded companies do, therefore the NCAA shouldn't pay its workers anything?
That is what you said. It doesn't make sense because one is not connected to the other. The argument is unsound. An unsound argument is a fallacy. Your argument is a fallacy.
There are workable ways to renumerate players beyond their current renumeration (tuition, room and board), but these avenues are not open because the NCAA is just plain too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute that Denard Robinson and a D-III quarterback are providing equivalent values to their respective universities.
If the NCAA wanted they could ,themselves, serve as a union for college players and negotiate contracts with licensing entities and with the companies (the schools) on their behalf. The NCAA wasn't made to be the money handler for collegiate athletics; it was made to be an organizing body for collegiate athletics. They could as easily take on the duties of player representation that the players are seeking beyond the rules on their own. They won't because they're too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute of amateurism: that players should be in it for the love of sport as a pastime while getting their degrees.
If the NCAA wanted they could break off the few schools that make a ton of money from collegiate athletics from those that truly operate at close to zero or at a loss while serving as a marketing platform for the educational instutition. That top-top league of 50-60 schools would be able to include reasonable spending stipends, agents, and even limited gifts to the families of their athletes while remaining affordable. They won't because they're too bull-headed to allow exemptions from the absolute idea that Indiana State and Michigan are in the same business.
The only thing the NCAA can't do is pay its football and basketball scholarship players without paying the same out to an equal number of female athletes because Title IX. If the U.S. Department of Education wanted they could...
There are sensible ways to compensate players who produce the billions of dollars that the tippy top of college sports produce, and still maintain the spirit of amateurism that makes college sports as popular as their pro counterparts despite the considerable downgrade in quality of play.
Lastly: companies pay their workers the minimum they can pay their workers in order to get effective work from them, because our system puts the market's price on everything. What I mean is the real value to Apple of having employees is way above 10% (they wouldn't be 90% as efficient if nobody worked there), but they exploit the wide availability of educated labor in an educated society to profit from a market inefficiency.
Pro leagues have had to create salary caps because they're stuck using only the very best workers. Competitiveness drove worker prices to insane levels. Imagine if every year 31 of the 32 biggest metropolitan areas in the United States would get firebombed. The one that isn't firebombed each year is the city whose lawyers wins the one and only case to be tried that year. Now imagine how much those attorneys would charge.
Despite incredible inefficiencies, our society is set on the idea that market value should determine value. That is a thing we determined together and should do our best to live up to, and NCAA athletics are a direct affrontery to that ideal.
Conclusionarily, sorry if I came off like a lecturing dickhole in my response. I have a strong difference of opinion, obviously. Mitigating factor: I didn't nuke the thread, so there's some hope for me.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Please describe this entire||
Please describe this entire march where nothing happens but cows moving in complete detail. Be sure to continuously repeat the same emotions and create repetitive situations to exemplify the situations of every character.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||doy. That was a typo.||
doy. That was a typo.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Title IX||
There's been awful, context-void reporting on this story everywhere. One of the many things they consistently get wrong that I find important is the actual source of the changing policy.
"Title IX" is only involved insofar as it's the White House's flimsy means by which the universities are being made to change their policies. This isn't some part of Title IX, and it isn't a Dept of Ed thing. The White House saw what happened at ND and Missouri because sexual assaults on campus are way more frequent than they are prosecutable by law, and decided to use those afore mentioned tools to force universities to do something about it.
I know I'm skirting the edge of politics here, but I think that's an important distinction to make since we're judging how schools react to sexual assault, and there's an appearance allowed to fester that Michigan and Michigan State were isolated cases. It's the difference between "hey look England has Mad Cow disease; don't buy British beef" and "hey look, England is the first country testing for Mad Cow disease and they found it."
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Great news. We'll have to||
Great news. We'll have to firm up the MGoBlog trip soon.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||The Moose.||
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I ran the March Madness pool||
I ran the March Madness pool in 2001 for americans living in Paris. We would watch at the Moose (M: Odeon), the Canadian bar near Frog & Princess. The Great Canadian has opened since but too touristy (apologies alumni association).
A former Michigan player is there with his family right now and may join you.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm in a huge pool that I've||
I'm in a huge pool that I've won twice--the only way to stand out from the pack in that one is have your good upsets hit. Taking chalk gets you buried.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Their suck is evenly spaced||
Their suck is evenly spaced out. It's therefore immune to weird defenses, and should perform at a standard level, which isn't great, but is usually okay enough to win with their defense.
On the other hand you've got a freshman (a good one but still a freshman) going against Aaron Craft. OSU over Syracuse isn't a bad bet.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||KU is without Ejiim, and||
KU is without Ejiim, and they've been playing with an extra guard instead. They are vulnerable against any team with 2 good posts, and New Mexico is exactly that.
Syracuse has been reeling, and before that they were playing with fire. I could see them going to the Final Four, but they're very vulnerable and Ohio State is the kind of team that doesn't really care if you zone them since everybody sucks at shooting equally.
|18 weeks 20 hours ago||If there are a lot of people||
If there are a lot of people in your bracket, pick against Michigan, especially if people are allowed to submit multiple brackets because they'll waste a bracket to have one with their team going all the way.
Say you are picking between M and Duke, a 50-50 call. Because of bias 85% of your pool has Mich winning. So if Duke wins and you picked them you get a significant bump over 85% of the field for making a 50-50 call. That's value.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||From DraftStreet's Max||
From DraftStreet's Max Stern:
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Well they're paying us to||
Well they're paying us to promote it, and they're footing the bill for our liveblog on Thursday, and that's more than the $2 x however many entries we're likely to get them.
Their goal is to get more people used to playing their games, figuring the more fun you have now the more you're likely to play again.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Don't Buy Cheap Diapers!||
Don't Buy Cheap Diapers!
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Actually most of his posts||
Actually most of his posts are submitted between 7pm and 11pm (since he writes after work-work) and it's just a matter of whether I'm still up at that time to edit it, or if it's too late or Michigan's playing basketball right then or something.