I did not make this headline up
|1 week 5 days ago||True that. I also remember how successful Urbz was||
with just a game manager in Alex Smith. 12-0 if memory serves.
That's some good game management.
|1 week 6 days ago||I remember watching the '89 opener vs. Notre Dame.||
We were ranked No. 2, ND ranked No. 1. Freshman Elvis comes on for injured starter Michael Taylor and looked like a seasoned vet, bringing UM back from the dead with his accurate passing and calm leadership. ND's offense did nothing all day except convert one turnover deep in our end. Their QB Tony Rice completed one pass all day. But... sonofabitch... yeah, that happened. Twice. ARRRRRRRRRGGGGHHHH.
Still hurts, man. Still hurts.
|1 week 6 days ago||There will be no hugs.||
That is so Harbaugh.
|1 week 6 days ago||Thanks for your input.||
Welcome to Michigan. Which Romney son are you again?
|1 week 6 days ago||Well that obviously depends||
on whether we are adjusting for inflation. Ages 18-22 are pretty far in my rearview mirror, so... maybe? Those were the days. Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Upvoted||
for effortless and well-placed use of "came up Milhouse."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||also for harrassment||
of female hockey players. Book it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I thought the US rankings were pretty much spot on||
but I'm very surprised U of Toronto is so much higher than McGill.
Sacre bleu! What say you, MGoCanadians, eh?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke already tried this||
but it was for the punt team.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"features Wheatley heavily"||
I see what you did there. Just more of him to love, man.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Dwayne Haskins||
Man, that kid has a sweet throwing motion for, what, a 16-year old?
Would find his enrollment at The University of Michigan pleasant. File under "want."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You know, I was looking for a gif||
along the lines of "so it's come to this." But for some reason, Google found this instead, and I realized "Oh crap, I've been doing this wrong."
|3 weeks 3 days ago||not sure why you were negged here||
HIV and other "lentiviruses" have been the object of investigation for gene therapy since before I started my grad work in '97 (I worked with retroviral vectors but not HIV). They're good vectors for introducing therapeutic genes because they can integrate into the host genome without needing to drive the target cell into division, which is the trick with other retroviruses.
But clinical trials with viral vectors are fraught with peril... it can be very hard to predict how people's immune systems will react to the vector. The famous/infamous case of Jesse Gelsinger at Penn basically shut down viral vector clinical research in the US for years at about the same time I was working on it (the virus in that case was an adenovirus and not a retrovirus, but the NIH shut down all viral gene therapy clinical trials in the US). Retroviruses, in particular, because they insert into the DNA, can now and then insert into and inactivate an important gene (like a tumor suppressor), have some real risk associated with them. But viral engineering has advanced a good deal since then, and it's great to see all that basic research helping real patients with little hope otherwise.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||This post is total||
inflammatory bowel disease.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I love the end of the Bo clip.||
"Well... I better go take care of my obligations."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I still don't grasp WTF happened to O last year.||
At least not nearly the way that I understand what happened to the legendary "Decimated Defense" of 2009 and 2010 fame. At least then, it was fairly easy to look at who was manning what positions, look at the "Never Forget" flag (which ran out of real estate), take a glance over at GERG's gopher or whatever that was (what did we decide that was?), and it made perfect sense.
But last year's O didn't make sense to me outside of "Devin Gardner is a warrior but clearly has PTSD" and "O-line is kinda young-ish."
All the facts and circumstances of personnel, game plan, etc. still didn't add up to what was out on the field. Especially since, you know, we always had a great week of practice.
|4 weeks 7 hours ago||You know what would be a reality show I'd actually watch?||
"Troll Hunter". On the Discovery Channel. The most vile, bigoted, threatening, awful trolls get tracked down and outed and shamed on TV. This would be close to must-see TV for me.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||question from a layperson||
totally (and deliberately) ignorant of Greek life during UM days: what does lack of recognition by the University mean on the practical level other than not participating in official "Greek Life" events? Do students still live in the house? Can they throw parties or other social events anyway? Or do they essentially have to close up shop?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||That show used to completely freak me out as a kid.||
Even the opening credits/music would do the trick.
Found it. So spooky.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||A perfect excuse for reposting this all-time MGoBlog classic||
I'm buying this for $200, because obviously:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's computers.||
Uh.... SAN DIMAS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RULES
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It was just pass interference after pass interference||
after pass interference after pass interference. The refs completely dominated that game. And yet we were still in a position to PITCH THE BALL TO BREASTON YAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||How about non-calls?||
The 1990 pass-interference non-call on MSU's Eddie Brown, who tackled Desmond Howard in the endzone after Des had him beat on a slant for the winning 2-pt conversion. Michigan went into the game ranked #1.
Story for you young'uns:
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Me too.||
And every time I re-watched it, I didn't get less nervous. Phew, he's OK... phew, he's OK again... phew, no injury that time either...
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The problem is that if it's THAT serious||
then there was a victim. And innocent people being victimized, especially if it's a physical assault of some kind, is never ok for entertainment.
If it was Dez doing something that would land him in a Keyboard Cat video, that's different. If it's him getting thrown hilariously off a treadmill or something like that, hilarity ensues.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||The already won||
when Sexybits were banished.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That was huge.||
also find a place on the list for Bielfeldt's back-to-back offensive boards, which were big at the time even though he didn't hit his foul shot after the second.
The inbounds set-piece with Zak and Spike.
Dakich 3. Because Dakich 3.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||John Beilein, ya'll. John Beilein.||
In the words of the late great Bum Phillips:
"He can take his 'un and beat yer 'un,
or he can take yer 'un and beat his 'un."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Ohhhhhhhhhh yeah.||
Muppets. Kinda forgot about those. They don't visit as much as they used to.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||You could easily turn this into a sports column||
by having Nick Saban write a column bemoaning how much he has to have the bagman spend on the 5-star talent from the south. There were these kids in his signing class that were only low 4-stars! Oh, the horror, the horror. But if he goes up to the rust belt, 5-stars cost about half as much.
And you'd be forgiven for saying "STFU, Nick Saban," but Jenny Wang's rebuttal would say it in a nice way.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It's a hell of a lot easier to talk sports, religion, sex,||
or money than politics, because those are all just sub-groups of politics. Politics is all of those things on a combo plate.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||San Jose is Silicon Valley.||
And those median prices are hokum as they reflect the equivalent of favela districts in older parts of the city. Example no. 2 of local craziness:
San Jose. 3 bed/2bath, 1430 sq. ft., built 1956.
Listing for $800k. Which means you'll end up paying something like 850.
Your friends in Oakland must be living under an overpass, but even that costs around $1800/month (cable not included).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I'm in the market for a house right now in Silicon Valley.||
It's beyond ugly, but your sense of value changes rapidly.
Example from today's listings:
This 1049 sq. ft house in Mountain View, built in 1950 and not updated much. 2 bathrooms. Very, very modest and "working class" by most people's standards.
Lists for $1,200,000. And they're going to end up getting that and more... seller's agents won't even return your call if you're not offering at least 50-100k over asking price, and waiving all contingencies to boot.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||California has a budget surplus and low unemployment.||
Greece, to put it mildly, does not.
Not sure Greece is much like California in terms of economy. People appear to be paying their taxes in the Golden State.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I know, it's mystifying||
like, where the hell are Harbaugh's khakis? What are those dark pants he's wearing?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||OK then. Vis-a-vis Dave Brandon...||
... I'm marking Brian down as "undecided."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Sigh. I need one-stop shopping.||
This leaves me little choice but to ask PornHub to start covering Michigan sports.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||It's funny, because the Minnesota game,||
which I agree was the nail in Hoke's coffin, was what finally gave me hope we'd be getting a new coach. Which was... hopeful.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Good man.||
That is all.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't realize they were still having the dunk contest.||
Wasn't there a 2-on-2 tourney among the legends a few years back? I still think that would draw higher ratings than either the 3-pt or dunk contest.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||?||
"Humanity has spent its entire history in worship of the wonder we sense in the existence of chordata."
That sentence is a classic symptom of something, but hell if I'm sure what, exactly.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Replacing?||
Isn't there room for both?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, it does.||
"Wherefore" means "why," not "where."
EDIT: and now that I scrolled down, I see people are onto this. Quite the sharp crowd.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||He kinda reminds me of this guy.||
"I'll tell you what I'd do. I'd do two chicks at the same time."
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Sweet Fancy Moses.||
She's not unattractive.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||No.||
Also, like the other posters, I refer to inflammatory bowel disease.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||You're not fooling anyone.||
Nice try, Peele.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I hereby defend the use of a modifier for degree of "unique"||
Using expressions such as "very unique" or "extremely unique" inevitably invites derision on the internets, but I'd like to stick up for it. On a technical level, fine, unique is a binary. It is or it isn't. But our lovely-ish English language can and should absorb additional descriptors where the word itself doesn't necessarily convey the full meaning intended in the sentence.
What if something is unique, but just barely, because of a minor difference between it and the comparable thingies? That's unique, but in name only. On the other hand, if it's entirely revolutionary, "unique" doesn't quite get that across unless you gunk it up along the lines of "unique and highly differentiated" or the like. You want to say that not only is it unique, there's nothing close in terms of degree of novelty of this thing. Economy of language suggests that modifying unique with a degree term might be a smart thing to do.
It's a little like saying "Denard Robinson was by far the best thing that happened during the RR/Hoke era" instead of just saying "Denard was (merely) the best thing that happened..." There is only one "best" so it's every bit as binary as "unique," but there are degrees of bestness (e.g., Secretariat winning the Belmont vs. a photo finish winner), and there are degrees of uniqueness, even if not really, but yeah kinda really.
That said, the idea in question here both sucks donkey balls and is not very unique, if at all. But unless you can point to someone who had the exact same shitty idea, it's technicallly unique. Which most non-identical twin people and non-mass produced manufactured goods are as well. But not very. I'm just sayin'.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I liked it too||
and I generally hate the rock and/or roll musics thingie.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||You said it before I could.||
When I heard his conversation with Terry Gross driving home one evening, I turned to my gf in the car and said "he's gone." Didn't think it would be quite this fast.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I can't think of a TV personality that comes off||
as less arrogant. One of my (few) frustrations with him is that he was always so unflappably polite to jackasses like Bill O'Reilly. He was capable of self-deprecation on a consistent level that you just don't see among talking heads.
Man, this is just depressing. I understand not liking him if watching the show makes your political feelings get hurt, but otherwise, it's hard to see how people wouldn't like the guy. Always pissed me off that he does the job the media should be doing for itself instead of needing someone like him to call out the nonsense (on both sides).
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Let me make this clear.||
I like my beer cold, my music loud, and my OSU fans obnoxious and unreasonable. You, sir, are a disappointment.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||that was great||
"He can have it."
"Way to compete. Way to compete."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||We did not lose Vietnam. It was a tie.|
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Are you telling me...||
that this isn't the face of a man you can completely trust?
I'm disillusioned, man.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Agreed, just clickbait||
but if their focus is on numbers, we'll never quite match up with oversigners. So... meh.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||You forgot the part||
where you had to walk 5 miles to school and back through snow with nothing but grocery sacks duct taped to your feet as shoes. Uphill going both ways.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||You took the words out of my mouth.||
One of the worst things that has happened to the debate over football and head trauma is that it's become all about concussions. Concussions are not the issue. Repetitive head impacts are the issue. The word "concussion" shouldn't even come up.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Do you actually know what they'd be paying at these schools?||
I thought almost no one paid sticker price at elite colleges anymore, certainly not in the Ivies and I would think that has trickled down to the top-25, 30ish type schools like NW, ND, UM. No? Harvard and Yale have free-ish tuition these days unless you're the child of a 1%-er, in which case, as you stated, who cares?
This is my way of saying you're asking the question at the wrong time. Find out what they'll actually pay, then put up the irresistable clickbait playing on people's sensitivities re: educational elitism and the value thereof.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed.||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yep. Those are some hot bitches.||
This was not vulgar or sexist, but rather technically accurate.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Shane Morris' stats in HS were underwhelming as well||
But in college, he... well...oh forget it. I wish my point had some evidentiary support.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||So...||
if every source that doesn't support your point of view is a priori dismissed as biased, what is there to discuss? What's the source for saying almost no one studies it without an agenda? What if the agenda is "let's find out the answer to the question of whether rape is disproportionately common among fraternity men compared to non-frat counterparts on campus"?
Rape is inherently tough to study, no doubt. But there is plenty of peer-reviewed academic literature out there in the journals supporting the basic premise that rape is more likely by fraternity-associated men than other college men.
Three minutes of Googling netted this paper: Foubert, J. D., Newberry, J. T., & Tatum, J. L. (2007). Behavior differences seven months later: Effects of a rape prevention program on first-year men who join fraternities. NASPA Journal, 44, 728-749.
which cites to a couple of studies, mentioned in this passage:
Among men on college campuses, fraternity men are more likely to commit rape than other college men (Bleeker & Murnen, 2005; Boeringer, 1999). Thus, rape prevention efforts often target fraternitymen (Choate, 2003; Larimer, Lydum, Anderson, & Turner; 1999;Foubert & Newberry, 2006). Compared to their peers on college campuses, fraternity men are more likely to believe that women enjoybeing physically “roughed up,” that women pretend not to want sex but want to be forced into sex, that men should be controllers of relationships, that sexually liberated women are promiscuous and will probably have sex with anyone, and that women secretly desire to be raped (Boeringer, 1999). Beyond the aforementioned quantitative findings, qualitative research suggests that fraternity culture includes group norms that reinforce within-group attitudes perpetuating sexual coercion against women. These cultural norms have the potential toexert powerful influences on men’s behavior (Boswell & Spade; 1996).
The cites for the Bleeker and Boeringer papers are:
Bleeker, E. T., & Murnen, S. K. (2005). Fraternity membership, thedisplay of degrading sexual images of women, and rape myth acceptance. Sex Roles, 53,487–493.
Boeringer, S. B. (1999). Associations of rape-supportive attitudes with fraternal and athletic participation. Violence Against Women, 5(1),81–90.
I don't spend enough (or any) time reading gender studies-based journals like these, so couldn't tell you what their impact factors or general reputation in academia are.
Is it really that hard to believe that centers of alcohol-soaked parties and hyper bro-ness might have a statistical uptick in sexual misconduct towards women? Wouldn't it be kinda shocking if that weren't true under the circumstances?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Sweet! Great sweatshirt.||
Stop worrying about your body image and get the damned sweatshirt.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That is genuinely TUE on OP's part||
totally unreasonable expectation.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I'll go to my grave||
thinking Devin would have been an All-American/high NFL draft type QB with better coaching and a functional OL.
|19 weeks 11 hours ago||This is a serious pet peeve of mine, too.||
I used to do cancer research. If someone asks me to explain why a certain cancer happens, I can sit there and explain how the normal process of cell division went awry, how the normal checks in the cell cycle were subverted by an mutation in a tumor suppressor or how an oncogene gets turned on, etc. So there is some explanation for how such a thing happens.
No one ever replies to this by saying "So you're JUSTIFYING my mother dying of cancer??"
Huh? An explanation is over in that corner. A justification is over in that other corner. I never get why people have trouble telling the difference between the two.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not going to tell you||
how long I looked before realizing what the deal was.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||In all seriousness, how much of a setback was this?||
To the game of football, I mean. Like, decades? Or only years?
This was like trying to watch two straight guys compete in figure skating. Hey-yooooo....
|20 weeks 5 days ago||So, it's kinda like||
she's aware, but not fully aware.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Damn, this is a preachy post.||
They're just people, yo.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||3. .......||
|22 weeks 4 days ago||This is a good idea||
even without the praying part.
|23 weeks 13 hours ago||He's not apologizing for being optimistic.||
He's apologizing for not knowing how to have a conversation with people who disagree without being a dick.
At least that's my interpretation.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Denard mashup vid posted at NFL.com||
Go to the link below and look for the "Week 7: Denard Robinson Highlights" vid. Most of the better plays are in there.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||Dogs, man.||
Is it the way they can't hide their emotions? The loyalty? The unconditional affection?
Short lives, but they dig into you. Deep.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yes!||
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Damn it, Porkins||
Put down the value meal and cover me
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Who run MGoTown?||
MasterBlaster..I mean, Bando run MGoTown.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Damn, baby. That's a strong malt liquor.|
|24 weeks 3 days ago||META: the MGoBoard list||
it was easier to move back in the list to the 2nd page or later at some point last month, then it reverted to it's crapulent state. I can't go back in the list via any browser I use (not easily, anyway). Can others?
The original post is on page 3 at this point, but I don't blame the OP for not seeing it because of this issue. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/nik-stauskas-flashing-his-money
|24 weeks 5 days ago||The house is on fire. Let's||
The house is on fire. Let's worry about the termites later. But good head's up for later.
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|25 weeks 9 hours ago||YES!!||
Diane, they've got an apple pie... that'll kill ya.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Now that||
is a devastating bit of perspective.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||I was calm and composed for the whole thing||
until the Darboh call. I just lost it because that rule is so hideously misunderstood by both officials and fans, and I happen to understand it... I'm just saying. I understand the going to the ground rule. And that's dandy. Except he wasn't going to the ground.
I've accepted that we suck. Getting jobbed I don't accept.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||This is apples and oranges||
he was not going down in the act of catching the ball-- he was going down in the act of running with a ball that he already possessed. If he dived, caught the ball with clear possession, and the ball then came loose after hitting the ground, it's incomplete despite earlier possession. But that's not what happened here.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||It was not the correct call||
The Calvin Johnson calls against the Lions were the correct call because in those cases, the player was going to the ground in the act of catching the ball. Darboh wasn't; he had clear possession while upright and dived out of bounds, stretching the ball ahead of him, which then came loose upon hitting the ground. But the catch was completed-- he was running-- so there was no need to stretch "completion" to the point where he hit the ground.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Sheridan absolutely deserved it||
and so did Threet, and so did Tate, so did DR, etc. Especially Sheridan, Threet, and 98, who were sent out there again and again with no discernible OL in front of them and asked to take bullet after bullet for this team. They wore the colors, repped the school, took the abuse, and get a seat at my table any day.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||FUCK yes.||
Good work, man. Hope 98 rips the NJ Scarlet Housewives a new one tonight.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||At this point||
with the email running on ESPN, DB and/or the AD PR office need to push back with a press release if it's false. But continued silence on the matter suggests... it ain't false. We may never know.
That Alabama story is continued NCAA bullshit (it's Bama bullshit, too, but ultimately it's the NCAA that has to do something about vindictive coaches and schools). This is why the NCAA is going to continue to get hammered in the courts at every turn. Restraint of trade, cartel behavior, total lack of consideration for the real lives of the athletes... arrrrrrrrrggghhh.
Fire Brandon. Fire Hoke. Fire Emmert.
Ok, that'll do, pig. That'll do.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Dave Brandon is a public figure||
and it's awfully tough for a public figure to win a libel case in the absence of malice-- but WD would be the only one who can really answer the question of whether he's setting forth something he knows is false.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Hello, Mr. Brandon?||
I don't have a personal seat license, but...
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I never thought of the Jungle Book itself as particularly racist||
apart from the whole "noble savage" business. But Kipling himself was pretty fucking racist in that genteel, patriarchal, tea-sipping British colonial way. He coined the term "White Man's Burden" as the title of a famous poem and meant it un-ironically. He was an unabashed Imperialist who thought the darkies of the world would benefit from white-person (and particularly British) domination.
What can you do. Separate the art from the artist or you're not going to enjoy much art.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Come on man.||
This is a kid who has ruined his life. A post about it is all schaden and no freude.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||This is the college football equivalent||
of First World Problems.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||As opposed to...||
"I agree, our athletic director and coach should be fired. Our program needs a total, top-to-bottom revamp." - No College Football Player Ever
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I'll tell you what they'd do||
they'd be damned grateful the scoreboard doesn't count to 3 digits.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Here's some salt for the wound||
Rich Rodriguez, in his three years at Arizona, has had a new QB every year yet managed to beat a top 10 team each year.
The last time Michigan beat a Top 10 team?
Rich Rodriguez, 2008.
Fuck. Just fuck.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Damn, RR has mellowed||
I was waiting for red-faced, Brian-Kelly-having-a-stroke RR to erupt after the fumbled exchange, but he just made a frownie face and let it go.
What the fudge?
I just realized I'm having more fun watching this game than any Michigan game I've watched this year. This looks like two organized football teams. *sigh*
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Hahaha.. that's so... cute!||
I find it sweet that you believe people think about the consequences of written records such as emails, texts, and naked selfies.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Um, no.||
It isn't. It's a slight improvement over the old cardboard cutout of a pizza they used to sell, but the crust is still below average, even compared to other chains, and the toppings are meh. I was excited to try it back when they revamped the product (I'm a pizza geek, sue me) but man, that was a letdown.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||also||
turtles in there somewhere
|25 weeks 5 days ago||8-5 is looking pretty good right about now||
and may be looking even better by the time this season is done. A lot better.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Without getting into the substantive argument||
I just want to point out that a reply to an existing thread on the same topic is also considered an appropriate outlet for "one man's view."
|25 weeks 5 days ago||"Sexual Chocolate, ya'll."|
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Bruce Springsteen-- I'm goin' down||
I'm sick and tired of you setting me up
|25 weeks 6 days ago||The stadium music has tried to warn Hoke many times||
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||The more I learn about this||
the more it seems to me Hoke is just the hapless, simple-minded marionette on Brandon's strings.
|26 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm gonna guess||
Certain people didn't make it easy for the medical staff to do their jobs, because those certain people would have rather not known the answer.
|26 weeks 4 hours ago||Signed.||
Haven't used my uniqname in many years... glad to know it still works for such a good cause.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||@*#$&?!?!!!!!!||
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Mr. Brandon||
Your replacement has been ordered and will be delivered in 30 minutes or less.
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||What the hell, reporters...||
no questions about "why was Morris even in the game at the point the late hit occured when it was clear he was overwhelmed, hobbled, and inffective, and you had a healthy Devin Gardner as a plan B? Were you just trying to prove a point to someone instead of trying to win the game? If you were trying to win the game, did you really think you had the best chance with Shane after 100 yards of offense in the 1st half? After the phantom fumble? etc?"
I'm getting pissed about the head-injury firestorm mostly because it's distracting from the underlying football incompetence issues-- and this presser was a perfect example.
|26 weeks 16 hours ago||Hope Bo does haunt all the mofos.||
But does it trouble anyone else that Hoke isn't coaching like someone who thinks his job is in jeopardy? We seem to be assuming he's oblivious or simply incompetent, but what if there's a different answer... his job isn't in jeopardy?
The situation reminds of that scene in The Untouchables where Capone is getting buried with negative testimony and yet he's relaxed and smiling, leaving the prosecutor bewildered and wondering "what has Capone got?" (it turned out to be a bribed judge and jury)
Maybe he's got some assurance from DB's office (or somewhere else) that he's coming back no matter what? Would that explain keeping an ineffective and hobbled Shane Morris in the game long into the second half when it was clear Devin Gardner would give the team a better chance of winning?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Quite optimistic||
Do you really think we'll manage 3 points against MSU?
|26 weeks 1 day ago||how did you get all the way up to -61?||
Want to throw in some anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-______ comments in while you're at it?
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Those two choices||
are not mutually exclusive.
Could be a little of column A and a little of column B. Or a lot of both.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||It was Braden.||
Braden caught him and started waving to the sideline (the near sideline).
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke: "Tis but a scratch."||
For the record, Hoke left the Black Knight in the game.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||It was Braden who waved to the sideline to get Shane out||
right after Shane basically collapsed onto him when he couldn't stand. Shane wanted to stay in.
None of that matters. Hoke saw it. I've always said Hoke is a good guy, but that was a disgraceful showing of contempt for the health of a helpless player.
Fuck Hoke. I'm done with him.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Alrighty then.||
It begins. Come on kid, light 'em up.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||This team/program misses Bo.||
More specifically, this team misses a guy who could override some of the hard-wired entitlement that creeps into 4 and 5-star guys who have spent much of their young athletic lives being The Man in high school, being showered with sycophantic praise, and need to be broken down a little and rebuilt.
The kids seem to love Hoke. That's cool. But I've said this before and I'll say it again, I'd rather see the trajectory of feelings Bo's former players said they had about him:
As a freshman, you hate his goddamned guts.
As a sophomore, you accept him.
As a junior, you respect him.
As a senior, you love him like he's your father.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||According to Hoke||
we've had a great week of practice. I know this, because he says it every week. We're totally undefeated in practice for over 3 straight years.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||I think the 1% disagree a good bit||
but these guys are like the .001%. Ross is probably more like .000001%.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I assume "slums" is a typo||
and you meant to type "East Quad". Heyyooooooo.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Totally apt Hitler comparison.||
Few people remember but you could get comp tickets to the Nuremberg Rally with the purchase of two bottles of Becks.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||and that's the most dubious part||
because keeping a petition secret is more or less antithetical to the whole purpose of petitioning.
But I'm sure that when they decided to let the world in on it, they thought, "Of all the media figures in the world, how about an exclusive tip of this super-secret petition to Gregg Henson?"
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Zing!||
"The [Michigan athletic] department now has all the credibility of Pravda, and half the charm."
|26 weeks 4 days ago||I thought this was a terrific take||
and he even put in a plug for Henri the Otter of Ennui!
Staples might have missed how much turmoil surrounds Brandon himself as opposed to will-he-or-won't-he-fire-Hoke. Otherwise, I'd say that's a rather good encapsulation of the current state of affairs by an outsider.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||So, in a word, offense's failures are...||
|26 weeks 4 days ago||This may have been a supremely gloomy UFR, but...||
"The 8-bit Nintendo of constraint plays"? That's gold, Jerry. Gold!
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Come on man.||
First of all, sacks don't tell you anything about numbers of times hit. Maybe Devin's just swallowing the olive at a higher rate.
Second, you think maybe that has a little, just a little to do with who Morris taking his snaps against, and who DG has taken his against? If Morris can keep his head when the ceiling is falling in on him in East Lansing, the next two-and-a-half years will be looking bright indeed. Hope to see that. A competitive game would do a lot to lift the black cloud over A2.
I will say that if the switch was being contemplated at all, better to make it now against this part of the schedule.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||It's that last part that I think people aren't appreciating||
When your protection is breaking down as frequently as it has over the past two years for DG, it's doesn't matter that you occasionally get a nice pocket and time to throw. If your expectation is to not have time to go through your progression, you ain't gonna. You're going to have happy feet and a cluttered mind that is more worried about getting hit than seeing the field. And he's just not seeing the field. And he's got the happy feet. Watch him set up.
What I'm saying is that it's hard to pull a QB out of that mindset once it's set in. If Morris gets the same mindset by learning the line can't be trusted, we're devaluing a future asset when we could just be riding the sunk cost of a jittery DG for the rest of the year. That's assuming he's not physically injured, which he may very well be. But if not, let's not put Shane in a position to develop some very bad and hard-to-unwire habits over the next 9 games.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Great. Let's traumatize our future QB||
right along with the broken psyche of our current starter. Next year, with upperclassmen on the line, we may actually have a decent (i.e. average) OL. I'd rather he goes out when we're able to protect the kid. Gardner is already broken-- just ride him through the rest of the season. He's a veteran of the shit. He knows how to survive, at least. Somehow.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||So, about that blind side...||
does anyone feel comfortable with Ben Braden protecting the blind side after watching his multiple "ole!" performance last weekend? I thought he spent half the game turning and running back towards Gardner after whiffing. Will be interested in seeing the UFR this week.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||But through it all, we'll always have||
Special Teams Hell. Our oldest, most loyal friend.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||In the mood for some bitching?||
|26 weeks 6 days ago||If Lane Kiffin||
married local SF bay area traffic reporter Kiffiny Wittstrom, she'd be Kiffiny Kiffin.
Someone should totally make that happen.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Jim Rome had plenty of fun with this already today.||
It's officially a national thing.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Of all the bullshit memes from those days||
the whole "spread can't work in the Big Ten" was the bullshittiest. God, that drove me crazy.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||The state of MGoBlog this morning||
basically summed up in this 2 minutes of footage:
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Does anyone else feel||
that a zombpocalypse has broken out on MGoBlog at this point? Users are just running wild in the street, starting threads with impunity, infecting more people?
This is MGoBlog this morning:
|26 weeks 6 days ago||It finally happened.||
Michigan broke Space Coyote.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Never a bad time. "Look at that speed! See ya!"|
|27 weeks 3 hours ago||Oh please, please, please let this be true||
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||Actually, it's not speculation.||
Yes, he has free will, and maybe he'll decide to go coach semi-pro rugby in Australia next season. That is also possible, I grant you. For purposes of discussion, it's not worth consideration.
As far as "how I know," not only do I live in the SF bay area and am constantly inundated with 49ers (and Stanford) news, my upstairs neighbor all last year was a 49er you would know. We'd often walk our dogs in the same park and chit-chat about the team and NCAA. I asked a lot about Harbaugh. Suffice to say, he has the free will to leave for Ann Arbor. That's fine. And I have reasons to believe he just. ain't. coming.
And I'll post accordingly when he comes up in the discussion. I'd love, love, love it if he came, but if we're discussing reasonable possibilities, I think we should leave him out.
|27 weeks 7 hours ago||Shout it from the bell tower, man||
I hate seeing the fanbase this delusional. Harbaugh is in his dream job right now. Plan B and C and D and E for him would be other NFL teams. Not Michigan. If he crashes and burns in the league, after enough years of waiting and maybe a year or two as a CBS studio analyst, yes, maybe, send him an invite for coffee in Schembechler Hall and he'll be open to discussion. And probably still say no.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Well played.||
A fine retort.
|27 weeks 11 hours ago||Maybe a little overkill. I'd settle for this:|
|27 weeks 2 days ago||He's been a net positive.||
In the sense that the whole "Michigan Man" bullshit can't possibly survive this.
If you're qualified, you can coach here.
If you're not qualified, having a Michigan connection doesn't make you qualified.
End of story. We needed this kind of fiasco to finally slay this dragon.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have a pic of it||
but I distinctly remember the "Fire Carr" signs in the student section of the 2007 39-7 Oregon game.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||This about sums it up.||
|27 weeks 2 days ago||On the other hand||
at least our school didn't drive a football player's rape victim to commit suicide. So there's that.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||In fairness||
Morris can overthrow it more than Gardner can overthrow it. So not equal.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Someone please tweet this same message to Brady Hoke.||
Before the restart. Please.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Quick, someone tell the team we restart at 8:47||
but tell Hoke the game has been called and he can go home.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||one major point of disagreement||
"We all wanted Rodriguez gone."
That was one of the most divisive debates the fanbase has ever had. The W-L record was improving year to year and set up with experienced upperclassmen for the 2011 season, which would be the first time we had RR's guys up and down the roster. Lots of us wanted to at least watch him coach Denard for another 2 years. Instead he got 2 years of Borges and regressed each year, just as Gardner has regressed each year, and the team has regressed each year of the Hoke administration. Rodriguez went off to Arizona to inherit a mess of a team to almost instant respectability and bowl games.
Anyway, I'd take either option C or D as long as we have one absolute golden rule:
NO "MICHIGAN MAN" BULLSHIT.
IF THE CANDIDATE IS NOT QUALIFIED, HAVING A MICHIGAN CONNECTION DOES NOT MAKE HIM QUALIFIED.
That is all.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Is this good news or bad news?||
I mean this: I'm watching the game in NoCal with my girlfriend and we split at the suspension of play. We sit outside and enjoy an ice cream on a beautiful day and plan what else we'll do with the afternoon. I had fun.
It occurs to me that this could not possibly have happened a few years ago. There is no such thing as "enjoying the rest of the day" when Michigan loses. Which suggests to me that I've just disconnected from the program in a way I never thought possible.
Ugh. I'm having a nice day. Ugh.
That said, if they restart play, I'm watching. So maybe there's a flicker there still. The idea of Michigan playing without me watching is still even more unthinkable than me enjoying the rest of my day.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Total yards at half of MSU-EMU: 320-1.||
320-1. I don't think I've ever seen a stat like that in a video game, much less an actual college game.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||This just isn't the issue at all.||
It's a strawman argument to suggest "all NFL players are abusers."
The question that rightfully needs addressing is "how is the NFL dealing with the bad ones?"
The answer to the above has been "as though they either don't care or are completely clueless."
|27 weeks 2 days ago||The drop has been dramatic||
Here's an article from the public radio show Marketplace on the subject (with one of the unintentionally dirtiest titles you'll ever see on a serious article):
This one doesn't get into the numbers so much, but college recruiting (not for athletes, just for regular students) is becoming an issue at many schools in the midwest as the applicant pool declines. It's going to get worse:
The other thing is, they play spring football in places like FL and TX, so it's year round. And kids probably just spend more time outside playing overall, which is where you develop that athleticism. Also, chasing rabbits.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||31-23 bad guys||
This way, if I win, I'll be in a mood to actually use the pitchfork. Would prefer a trident, though.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Living the IM QB dream....||
Hey, where was MY call? I QB'd back-to-back IM champions at Michigan! I was totally qualified to hold a clipboard and doodle.
Small world-- that Greenwood kid played at my high school's arch rival, Kinkaid. Old private school in Houston, maybe 120 kids per graduating class. Very far from class 5A football that normally provides the D1 recruits in Texas. Very. Far.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||That appears to be a "snorting cocaine" personal foul by UF||
But the penalty on Brown was 100% worth it for future intimidation value. Who is going to want to tackle this dude in space, ever?
"Who else wants some?" sayeth Antonio. Opponents clasp their hands around their precious larynxes and shuffle away quietly.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Stiff-Leg is even better||
Get Antonio "Enter the Dragon" Brown on the case.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Next year's coach:||
"These kids have had six head coaches in six years..."
|27 weeks 6 days ago||This is from a few years back||
(2010) but The Economist, generally considered a highly respectable publication across most of the spectrum, laid out some of the background to these rankings and the criticisms of various methods for generating the rankings. Enlightening and relatively short read.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Agree, very good school||
but holy hell, have you ever been to Champ-Urb? Went for a game once. How does anybody not become a hard-core alcoholic at that school? The campus is just out in the middle of miles and miles of open flat farmland-- about as literally in the middle of nowhere as you can get without being in a desert. They should move the whole thing to Chicago and join the existing UIC as flagship of the system.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||Dear Every Other State,||
You're not dead last on any list of socio-economic status. You're welcome.
|28 weeks 13 hours ago||I wouldn't complain.||
I live a mile from Levi's Stadium. At least it would make us full of anticipation to be in a third-rate bowl. The meltdown on this site would open a portal to another dimension.
|28 weeks 18 hours ago||I think they're ready to bowl a few innings||
Question is, will we stop the game for afternoon tea break?
|28 weeks 1 day ago||You have to maintain possession after going to the ground||
1. The receiver is still in the field of play after coming down with the ball, which then comes loose: as long as the ball never hit the ground after the receiver goes down, the receiver can regain possession of it and it's still a catch.
2. The receiver falls out of bounds after catching the ball with two feet down (or one knee or whatevs) and the ball comes loose subsequent to receiver hitting the ground: doesn't matter that the ball never hit the ground, it's incomplete. You must complete the catch after hitting the ground, not just the moment you hit the ground with possession.
In Calvin's case in this game, it's neither of these. The ball did hit the ground, even though it was after he went down, so no catch even though he had clear possession when he hit the ground.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||People in DC have been calling for Cousins to start||
going back to his rookie year in preseason with RGIII, when he largely outplayed him. RGIII went on to have a successful first year, but esp. after his knee injury, the Start Cousins noise has been louder and louder. Cousins has outplayed him at every opportunity and should be starting from what I've seen of the Redskins.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Supplies are limited.||
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Surprised the refs made that mistake||
They had a great week of practice, I hear.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Small edit||
Hoke is in over his head!!!!!
|28 weeks 2 days ago||In fairness to the staff||
there already is such a person. It's the QBs job. Always. That said, it's fairly common to see a sideline timeout to save the penalty, but in this situation, the clock restart was so mucked up I don't think it ever occurred to anyone to look.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||It's been a while (years)||
since we've seen an actual constraint play used in a game. I rubbed my eyes. Good job Nuss.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I agree||
I just wish the emotion wasn't "holy shit, I miss Alabama."
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke is lobbying for jobs when he does that||
including his own. What are we going to do, fire all the players at the end of the year? I think we're going to hear a lot of how great the coaching is at every winning press conference this year. So, like, 4-5 more times.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||There has never been a week in the Hoke era||
where we didn't have a great week of practice. We're undefeated all week.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Punting on 4th and 6 from the 38||
Is still a lousy decision. Punting inside the 40 on a makeable distance, period, is objectively bad. Somewhere on the internets are stats to back that up-- they've been posted enough times on this blog to not require further debate.
And the "coaches know more than you, Ace" line is total bullshit. If that were true, you'd never see bad coaching, I guess? How about the stats backing up teams that spread punt vs. dinosaur punt? Are the numbers bullshit?
|28 weeks 2 days ago||+1 for "pokey"||
Would have also given credit for use of "paddy wagon."
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Various introductory clauses to avoid...||
"Am I racist for thinking..."
"Some of my best friends are black, but..."
"I'm not a racist, but...."
"I'm not an anti-______, but..."
"I don't condone domestic violence, but..."
"I don't usually watch Fox and Friends, but..."
"I don't always kill 5 hookers at SMU, but...."
etc. I think this is in Strunk & White towards the back somewhere.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Damn straight.||
You haven't heard the last of those Campbell Fighting Camels.
Capacity of the Fightin' Camels home stadium: 5,000. So basically, Rick's.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Zing!||
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for link. They killed it.||
“I can assure you that any member of this league who strikes a woman in front of a live camera will face swift and heavy consequences. I also want to stress that this utterly reprehensible behavior is something we will in no way tolerate as long as the footage is completely uninterrupted and the entirety of the assault takes place within frame.” Goodell went on to clarify that in such cases, the NFL will cooperate fully with local authorities as soon as the league can no longer prevent incriminating evidence from being leaked to the media.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||One thing is for sure||
This PR disaster ensures that any future commissioner of any pro league will be falling over themselves to handle it differently. There could be a net gain overall in awareness and consequences as a result of this mess. (we'll see how NFL handles cases like Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy where there's no video... my biggest worry is that this case is all about getting caught on camera, not on the violence itself)
If the league waits for felony convictions before taking any action, then they've learned nothing. Pretrial diversion programs like Ray Rice's will still happen in certain cases, and we'll see if they use that as an excuse to do little-to-nothing.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Yup.||
I mentioned this below in the thread, but I think the answer to "why would he cover it up" is that he didn't think he was covering it up. He wasn't protecting Ray Rice, he thought he was punishing him appropriately. He genuinely didn't take the issue seriously because it happens in rich, white, suburban households just as often (if not more) than urban black ones. Contrast with guns, drugs, and gang activity, which he views as so outside his world of privilege (he's the son of a U.S. Senator) he has no trouble hammering young black men for that behavior.
I think he was stunned at the fury over the 2-game suspension simply because he's clueless, not because he was trying to cover anything up. The cluelessness warrants dismissal from an organization so meticulously obsessed with public image, as every United Way ad you've ever seen in your life will attest.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||The most obvious answer||
is that he had a total tin ear to the issue of domestic violence from the start. It's not uncommon for some people to think that domestic violence is a private matter that should be handled either by police if severe enough, otherwise not at all. Goodell probably sees drug use (wrongly) as a black, poor, urban problem, so he has no problem bringing the hammer down on such "uncivilized" behavior. But men hitting women? He knows that happens in whatever country club estate he grew up in. Rich white guys do it. Senators do it. If they do it, it's not that big a deal, and it's a private family matter. He probably saw the video and thought "yup, it happens. Season's starting soon and I can't be bothered with this. Two games."
The proof of the tin ear was his evident shock at the outrage over the 2-game suspension. He had his spokespeople doing the rounds on talk shows saying how the 2-game showed how serious the NFL is about the issue, evidently clueless to the extreme that it showed the exact opposite.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||What's the matter with you two idiots?||
You're both totally wrong. The fact is, this game was over way before Devin started to play poorly.In fact, DG's turnovers don't even bother be (sic). He was just trying to make a play, and really had nothing to lose. I just hope it doesn't had to the PTSD and he can stay mentally strong.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||And boy howdy||
have we ever been getting sacked.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Some of the tweets from players are absolutely priceless||
Personally, I think James Harrison wins the internet with
ain't no fun when the rabbit got the gun huh?
But best gotcha probably comes from Doug Baldwin's tweet reminding the commish that he suspended Sean Payton for a year without any evidence Payton knew about the "bounty scandal." At the time, "ignorance is no excuse" was the party line from the Commish's office.
Also, voicemail from AP's law enforcement source at least places the video inside NFL offices, if not with Goodell. His days are numbered, and rightfully so IMHO.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Since every Election Day?||
I kid, I kid. But seriously, since every election day.
Also whenever we regular punt instead of spread punt.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||The name just jumps out at you||
The "How the Fuck Did That Little Podunk In-State Rival School We Used to Routinely Bitchslap Surpass Us" Classic. Rolls right off the bitter, bewildered tongue.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Jeebus||
now that would have just totally ruined Breaking Bad.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||This is exactly what I thought||
except substitute "nice guy" for "buffoon." Otherwise, about the same.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
thanks for the tip Magnus. Like your second username. Guess "Colonel Magnus" would have been a little too on the nose.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||But when do the first BCS rankings come out?||
And do they consider strength of class schedule?
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Law has been bouncing around||
the 7-10 range as long as the rankings have been around, more or less.