|2 years 24 weeks ago||Interesting but way too subjective||
The classification here just simply can't tell us much. Others have pointed out many specific flaws, one that jumps out at me is that Tommy Bowden was considered STRONG while Gary Andersen was considered WEAK -- they're two deviations apart and they had almost the same resume going into their jobs at Clemson and Wisconsin respectively.
Putting these coaches into three bins doesn't tell us much and it would be flawed no matter who is doing the categorizing. I think if you want to measure desirability, you're going to have to show me the money.
Put the coaches average annual salary vs. some sort of 1-2 year running average for power 5 coaches. Irrespective of a few bad decisions by school that would likely tell you a lot more about the perception of a coach's abilities at his time of hiring.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Correct rooting interests||
B1G over SEC except the unholy triumvarate. Never ND, MSU, or OSU.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||No it does not||
The honor of the conference does not exist. This is the worst reason to root for any team, much less MSU.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||No No NO||
Please God no.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||The Under the Sun game?||
The Under the Sun game?
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Don't challenge Rule 34||
Don't challenge Rule 34
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Does the kickoff return data factor in likelihood of a fumble?||
I'm guessing not.
In other words, an average return to the 21 with a 2% lost fumble opportunity probably isn't worth an average return to the 20 with a 0% chance of a fumble. Not to mention that median return should probably be used here, not average.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||ohio is not our biggest rival in every sport||
Why do you think this?
|5 years 22 weeks ago||yes, this is an important point||
Ohio is clearly our biggest rival in football, but State is clearly our biggest rival in every other sport. The game trumps all, but in every other sport, I'd rather beat sparty
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Urban Meyer at the PSU game?||
Clearly this means he's going to be the next coach there. Has he bought a house yet?
|5 years 24 weeks ago||It's not that simple||
The DOJ doesn't want the laws they use weakened. Period. They're not going to let some sort of flimsy precedent on FERPA be established that they then have to tackle when they're actually actively interested in preserving some sort of federal documentation that's important.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Uhhhh||
You want to revise this statement?
|5 years 26 weeks ago||Mid-January||
Last year it was January 10th, from the brewery, so maybe a little longer to reach anywhere.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Confused/pretty sure I disagree with you||
While I agree that the lateral call was a big miss, you refer to it as a "free touchdown" when there is pretty much no way we get more than 5 yards -- if any -- on a fumble return on that play. There were MSU players all around the ball at the time they blew the play dead.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||As Belisarius states||
Whether in incident is in the heat of the moment, or rather, within the course of the game, makes a huge difference in punishment.
Additionally, you don't think missing the Wisconsin game (MSU's biggest game of the year) will dissuade him from engaging in similar behavior in the future?
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Not at the same level at all||
As far as premeditation, violence, and the rarity of the occurences. One game in this case seems sufficient.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||The world is filled with racists that have minority co-workers||
Once again, nothing indicates that Lewan did anything wrong. I'm just trying to shoot down these very poor logical arguments.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||I disagree||
If it is determined that one of our players used a racial slur, even on the field, I would expect our coaching staff to take immediate severe action. I'd say that's just as bad as a punch and a 1 game suspension is in order.
With that being said, there's nothing that indicated that there was any issue with that here.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||You are the worst type of person||
|5 years 27 weeks ago||You are the worst type of person||
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Pure conjecture||
I can't believe some of you believe this drivel. Section 1 has no basis or theory for what was said, he's just speculating.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||You mean like McGill?|
|5 years 27 weeks ago||You . . .||
. . . are a dick
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Only count Smoltz as a Spartan if you count Jeter as a Wolverine||
Both attended school for less than a semester in order to posture the MLB teams that drafted them.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||WHO?!?||
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Outside of their games against Boston||
TB is 11-9 in September. TB being the hottest team in the AL is a pretty common misconception right now.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Dude||
That retort was so original I almost fell off my dinosaur.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Definitely the Sox/Rays, hosting||
Home field advantage is a pretty big deal, like most sports. Not to mention if you the Red Sox OR the Rays you're going to get jumbled rotations from them in a 5 game series.
The Rays will at least have Davis, Niemann, or Moore available for game 1. The Red Sox rotation will be a complete shambles.
In the MLB playoffs, you should never look ahead. Forget getting the Yankees in a 5 game series. Let's just hope somebody from the other side knocks them off.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Disagree with "Any " ____________ STATE U" is a little bro."||
First, specifically with Arizona. I'd say it's pretty even and if anything slight overall advantage to ASU on this one. Their school isn't better academically, but it is more popular with a slight edge in football and baseball (big chasm between basketball however).
Also, see Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Lousiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states without a dominant flagship.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||This is definitely not true||
Sure there are cultural differences, but those are (somewhat) glossed over time. There is a ton of application overlap between these two schools; and the inferiority complex is vast and traditionally is present in all sports (MSU, for example, has traditionally been superior in basketball) as well as academics.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Complete correct||
There is no rivalry between Texas and TTU; Texas/A&M is probably the closest comparable to UM/MSU in the country.
Also, Ole Miss/MSU(NTMSU) fits into the little brother category much more so than the even footing category.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||I came on here to remark sarcastically . . .||
. . . that maybe this turn of events would cause Brodie to chill out. He beat me to the punch by banging his drum like 6 times with other theories about what certain universities are that require the B1G to EXPAND NOW.
I'm sorry I wasn't quicker.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Wins and GAA are weak||
But save percentage is actually a very good stat. Only a few goalies (and the systems they play in) can buck that kind of sample size
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Uhhh||
I think it's possible to be a SABR and still think Verlander should win the Cy. In fact, the SABR community is somewhat split on this issue with the somewhat strong majority pushing for Verlander.
As had been noted, bWAR has Verlander well ahead of Sabathia. Verlander leads in K/9, K%, BB/9, BB%, ERA, SIERA, tERA (by far).
Sabathia leads in FIP largely as a result of the paucity of HRs he's given up. On the other hand, he still leads in xFIP (just barely) as a result of giving up almost no flyballs. This is pretty dumb however, as Verlander has one of the highest IFFB rates in the league, which is factored into his flyball rate, and he's giving up 6% less line drives. So to just look at FIP and fWAR and say Sabathia's better shows YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. NERD HARDER.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Right . . .||
TCU's 3-3-5 had a real hard time stopping MANBALL in the Rose Bowl this year. Can we drop this fallacy?
|5 years 31 weeks ago||No, it really doesn't||
It means they created additional stability by adding overall revenue and probably assured that FSU doesn't leave, which was the only school considering leaving anyway.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||It's been clear for a long time||
That the B1G, the Pac-X, and the SEC were going to be part of a superconference scenario. They're in. The ACC made this play because they want to be assured they are number 4.
No scenario exists where the other 3 conferences are left out of a "new world" alignment, expansion or not.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||No||
TCU is far, they bring no audience or markets, and they aren't a great academic school.
So really, they bring absolutely nothing to the table for the B1G. West Virginia would be better, and that's saying something.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Uhhh . .||
I'm guessing no one ever taught you how to convey voice and tone within your writing.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||This is ridiculous||
What an irrational re-writing of Michigan history and speculation wrapped up in Maize-colored glasses.
Both coaches had the same motivation: getting the players to play better so the team wins. If you don't like the yelling, that's fine, but Bo and Kelly were essentially doing it the same way.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Not sure how much you know about Texas||
But Texas Tech without Texas brings nothing. Nothing.
Also, nothing Texas Tech does will influence Texas. At all.
It would be like Ferris State's decision to leave the CCHA affecting Michigan in hockey.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Not so fast my friend||
The Marlins' payroll is small enough that even if 0 people showed up to every game, based primarily on revenue sharing, along with TV contracts, the Marlins would still turn a profit.
See Deadspin, 2010.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||It's not that Duk is bad||
More that Yahoo has some really really good bloggers in charge of some of their other sports (Wyshinski, Hinton) and then they run this guy out there for baseball, which you could argue should be one of their flagships. He's pretty mediocre. Not a great writer, not captivating, and doesn't write about things well from a national perspective. Way too whimsical. It'd be fine if he was the no. 2 guy on the blog, but he's not.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I can't speak for Saucer Central in H-Town||
But the Saucers in Austin and North Dallas do not have more beers than Ashley's. Certainly not more beers on tap. They have a lot of beers and rotate frequently but as far as what's available on a given day: less.
I love the Saucer but their ambience doesn't stack up to Ashley's IMO.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||No shout out to Broadway Cafe||
Not exactly a U of M staple but still, can't go wrong with a Cheesesteak and some sort of Korean dish on the side.
Mondo rec for Old Town, that was my jawn back in the day. Surprisingly highly recommended as a wrap-up to a good date . . . if the girl you're trying to get with is an alcoholic like you.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I assume you're in Lubbock?||
Which may be "Texasy" but is in no way BBQ central in Texas. Austin or Lockhart my friend, Austin or Lockhart.
Luling City Market
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Forget the Fulmer Cup||
It's time to create the Shalala Cup. Who wants to create a point system for off-season NCAA violations?
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Not so fast my friend||
His FIP is a bit inflated from his HR/FB rate being so high, which is really just a product of giving up a few home runs in such a small inning sample.
Truth be told, we don't know exactly what we're getting yet, but his minor league numbers are encouraging.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||Can we get some sort of visual chart on hockey recruits?||
There's so many commits from so far out it'd be nice to have a depth chart including incoming recruits up to c/o 2014 at which I could glance at from time to time.
|6 years 2 days ago||Palindrome + Bo tribute?||
|6 years 4 days ago||These numbers are skewed||
Canadian teams make up such a larger part of their revenue share because there are only 6 teams in Canada, and 2 of them are the two biggest markets in the league. Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa are stable franchises but not they are not doing as well as many of the teams in the US (including the southern US). Toronto and Montreal are behemoths, and Vancouver is the best team in the league, so yeah the Canadien teams are pwning the market share. It's not really accurate to say that because of this there should be a bunch more teams in Canada.
|6 years 4 days ago||Good idea . . .||
But some players are bound to wash out in good faith. That's why the best way is the current way the B1G does it or else you'd have to raise the number of scholarships that can be given out in a four year period to 95-100. That would truly incentivize trying to get guys that can qualify and will stay for more than 1 year.
|6 years 6 days ago||Target Field||
Wild vs the Stars in downtown Minneapolis. Take it to the bank.
|6 years 1 week ago||I take it your are one of those people that got a job . . .||
And not one of those people that smoke and fuck all day?
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Big Ten Environment?||
While I agree with your overall point, I don't know if Rich Rod sucked because he lacked "the flexibility to change to his environment (Big Ten)." Rich Rod had a good D Coordinator at West Virginia. He did a bad job with the defense when he came to Michigan. Now, granted, the Big East is a much worse conference than the Big 10, but do you really think Rich Rod wasn't "suited" to coach in the Big 10 as is?
The offense was shown to work in this conference last season. I think Wisconsin might agree that a 3-3-5 base works just fine if executed properly (See 2011 Rose Bowl). Rich Rod's fired because his defense was awful; awful for any league, not because he didn't "adjust to the conference," whatever that means.
|6 years 5 weeks ago||i don't know you . . .||
. . . but you're probably a bitch.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Just my opinion||
But KC is in the Great Plains, not the midwest. You can make an argument that St. Louis is in the Midwest, but if you're West of the Gateway Arch, it's pushing it.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Not a plug||
http://www.footytube.com/ always seems to have pretty good extensive highlights that don't get taken down.
|6 years 10 weeks ago||Novi Detroit Catholic Central?||
Am I hearing correctly that CC has moved even further out into the suburbs? How are they even allowed to keep Detroit in their name?
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Nick Holt||
Current DC at Washington, left the Idaho job to take the USC DC job under Pete Carroll.
|6 years 14 weeks ago||Eh?||
Not to be a RichRod apologist but you make it seem as though a better offense was linked to having a worse defense. The better offense did not cause the worst defense. It just so happens that our defense became much worse under RichRod while our offense became better.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||um||
I'm not on the anti-Hoke train but you realize that game was played a week before possibly the biggest game in Michigan football history? I think they may have been looking ahead a little bit.
Not to take anything away from Hoke, but I just don't think that one game tells us very much.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Photoshop favor||
Can someone doll up one of the Barack Obama Hope posters into a Brady Hoke "Hoke" image that can be utilized in a new banner?
I think that would be useful.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Does this remind anyone of anything?|
|6 years 15 weeks ago||Eh||
Did RichRod and Kelly turn down offers when they had chances to dominate the Big East for years to come?
Paul Johnson really seems to have plateaud. Just because his offense can be assembled rather quickly doesn't mean it really puts us in a position to be an elite program.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Warm weather kickers||
Probably just me being paranoid, but I really wish we'd recruit cold weather kickers.
It seems a higher percentacge of them work out: Jay Feely, Remy Hamilton, Sheikh, Gillette. Even from our major rivals it seems their best kickers also come from cold climes: Nugent, Rayner, Edinger, etc.
Sure we had both Rivas and Epstein, but how good were they really at kicking FGs. Not to say this kid won't be better than Gibbons; just a thought.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Moving moral basline much?||
I like that you drop this line "if the parents of recruits can be paid money now without the player being penalized . . ." like, because Cam Newton got away with pay-for-play, everyone all over the country has now accepted that as an acceptable thing for a football program to do.
Newsflash, people were super pissed about Cam Newton. They are also angry, although not as angry, about this. Is it so hard for you to understand that what is found to be legal can also be found to be distasteful? Now, if you'll excuse me I have to go bang my 14-year-old wife (legal in TX).
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Uh . . . no||
We wouldn't use the facilities at Cass Tech, and funding their new field would be just as wrong.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||You stop it.||
I think a lot of people would have a problem with it if Michigan did something like this; particularly to any high school outside of Michigan, or even Ann Arbor. I know I would.
And cut the tone senior; your opinion is clearly not unanimous.
|6 years 17 weeks ago||Because||
Because most of the attrition occurs before kids ever get to campus. If they never enroll, they don't count in the APR.
|6 years 19 weeks ago||The timeline argument is laughable||
It's a 5 week window and it's not close to Signing Day. If it was really about the timetable for Avery Walls, do you not think that he would reconsider his decision if RR was retained? Or do you think the thought process of high school kids is "well I'm deciding today, December 14th, and if I don't know 100% that my coach will be here on the exact day I decide then they're off my list forever."
Look at Dee Hart. He wants RR here. If RR stays, he stays (probably). The timetable doesn't matter because it's not near Signing Day.
It's like people can't believe that recruits would pick somewhere besides Michigan. How blasphemous, recruits NEVER chose other schools before DB set that timetable on November 29, 2010.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Final Four baby. Bring||
Final Four baby.
Bring on Akron.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Keeper has to punch that out.||
Keeper has to punch that out. Lack of authority and anticipation almost (and probably should have) cost him
|6 years 20 weeks ago||They are buzzing now. Two||
They are buzzing now. Two more great chances.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Uh . . . no||
Big East jobs are definitely terminal jobs in the college football coaching ranks.
Rich Rodriguez & Brian Kelly
|6 years 21 weeks ago||Penalty Kills||
Cowbell/clapping accelerando from about 12-15 seconds until the end of the penalty followed by a hearty cowbell-lead "Let's Go Blue" cheer.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||GOoooooooooooooooooooooooaaal||
|6 years 23 weeks ago||It was a joke buddy . . .||
Not a fan of putting /sarcasm at the end of posts but apparently it's necessary these days.
|6 years 23 weeks ago||Defense is gettin' cocky?||
"I guarantee you they're not going to score 83 points on us."
That's a pretty big guarantee. I wonder if Wisconsin's going to use that as bulletin board material this week.
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Duh||
The Annexation of Puerto Rico
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Revisionist much?||
Despite the fact that he's sucked everywhere since, Ty Willingham had no part in running that program into the ground. In fact, he's more like warning sign that Harbaugh isn't guaranteed to pan out:
|6 years 25 weeks ago||Desert?||
Rather than getting into a debate about what fans do and don't deserve, maybe we should just avoid using that word. Being disappointed or pissed or whatever makes sense, but I don't know about what any fan "deserves."
However, I am willing to revisit this question if you are a season ticket holder (or especially a major program contributor/booster). Then you might have an argument based on the money you're spending that you deserve something. I think in that case you'd be better off voicing your displeasure to the Athletic Dept.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||Logic?||
Magnus, I don't see how you could bash someone's argument for listing the teams they've lost to over the years (some of which are mediocre) and then use their quality wins from previous years to say they deserve a shot. It doesn't make any sense. Besides the genius "Billingsley" idea of incorporating previous season's results is widely panned by the statistical, in addition to the rational, community.
I don't think anyone is making an argument that Michigan is as good as Boise State, or even that Boise State is or isn't one of the two best teams in the country. If they are, they shouldn't be. The point is, their schedule is weak, year after year. The third best team they play each year is equivalent to about the eighth or ninth best team on the schedule of most MNC contenders, and that's not fair. We don't know how good Boise State is. We don't know if thet are one of the two best teams. And we do know that based on resume they probably don't deserve to play for the MNC.
You can add this to the list of reasons why a playoff would be so important. If Boise State has to win three, or even two, games in a row against the best and pulls it off, no one will doubt their status as legitimate #1 . . . that is, until next year, because THE PREVIOUS YEAR'S RESULTS DON'T MATTER.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Or alternatively . . .||
Becomes a lockdown corner next year, then declares early for the NFL draft only to run a disappointing 40 time, goes undrafted, and ends up on a practice squad.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||I hate to be a negative nancy to David in Wyoming . . .||
. . . because, in a way, you're a valuable contributor to the board. Well, you are a freqent contributor to the board anyway. But do me a favor.
What I would like you to do is go back through your last 50 posts. If 33% of them are made up of you condescendingly telling people to check the board for a previous post, or basically belittling another person because their standard of posting isn't up to what you expect, why don't you take a 24 hour break from mgoblog and let other people deal with these "miscreants."
If 50% of your posts are made up of the previously described posts, why don't you take a week off.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||I think this is the best idea||
If I recall one of the reasons to charge for negbanging was the abuse of discretion. The downside is that people at a certain theshhold don't want to lose more points and so those in the know do not exercise their power. 500 point neg-ability theshhold, no penalties once you get there.
This is such a good idea I might start my own MGoBoard post about it.
|6 years 30 weeks ago||A few things on A&M||
I don't know if they have a Bovine Research Center but they do have the top "Poultry Science" program in the country.
Another odd thing about A&M (one of many) is that it's actually a very good academic institution and it continues to get harder and harder to get admitted, yet they still give you a legitimate quantitative boost to your admissions the more you visit the place in person. Does this not make the University seem desparate?
"Oh, really, you don't have very good grades but you took 7 officials to our school? Well, come on iiiiiiin."
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Not lunchpail, lunchbox||
Are you old or just clueless?
|6 years 33 weeks ago||I'm not sure I understand the argument?||
So as I undertsand it people don't like this cheer because it's unoriginal and they simply want the cheers to be unique like hockey? Do you mean the hockey cheers we basically stole from Cornell's hockey student section? Those cheers?
(You suck x 9) is original enough for me. I don't know any other school that does it. Sure it could be improved. I suggested something like "defense-suck, defense suck" or "defense-sieve, defense-sieve" in a similar style to what's done at hockey games. But Temptation is going to play, so it's gotta mesh with the band. Better than doing something that 1,000 other schools already do, like, I don't know, throwing up your keys on a "key play" (aka any third down).
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Uh . . . no||
That's a terrible analogy. In fact, it's the exact opposite of the point I was making. Smart people acting dumb does not equate to dump people trying to act smart.
In any case, you second point is even worse. Since apparently you still live in a world where State kids are "dumbasses." We can argue about the various moral standards and "lunchbox mentality" within each fan base but let me tell you that it's pretty hard to get into State at this point, and it's not just all the "ruffians" and "ne'er-do-wells" that enroll. Welcome to 2010.
Your third point is actually by far the most terrible. Michigan kids want to get their point across with a chant after 3rd down. They do. OP attests to hearing the chant on TV. That means it uh, comes across in a stadium setting. That's my point. It's literal and it works. Perhaps you can write up a new cheer for temptation, "ouuuuur defense is beeeessst, noooow our offeense's tuuuuurn" but it would probably suck and be too complex to understand. Certainly the whole student section wouldn't join in, because, as you may have noticed, the kids enjoy harassing the other team these days. And with the tuition they're paying, I'm willing to let them.
Perhaps a viable alternative would be something like "defense-sieve, defense-sieve" or "defense-suck, defense-suck" because it's simple and it relates to hockey. But your general idea about getting more creative, it's a bad idea.
|6 years 33 weeks ago||Seriously?||
Saying "you suck" is classless? What year are we in?
For years, the hockey student section has used the phrase in a variety of cheers. Not to mention the fact that the students at the hockey games say so much worse and it's all sanctioned by the university (objecting to the c-sucker part of the chant only was basically an implicit acknowledgment that the rest of the cheer was ok).
The phrase "you suck" is basically ingrained in the lexicon of sports. I challenge you to go to a regular season game at any of the four major professional sports and not hear it said to players on BOTH teams.
Michigan is a classy institution. Classy like, we want our players to be student athletes and we demand excellence from our alums and yada yada. As a 20something I care about those things, I was as pissed as anyone about over-practicing. I don't accept "everybody else is doing it" as an answer because I hold Michigan to a standard regardless of what anybody else is doing. But, old people, this is where we draw the line. This is what you're upset about? This is what is classless? Ugh.
I think the "you suck" chant is silly. I think it's mindless. I think it's great. It's smart-ass Michigan students being as literal as possible. I think it's great. And as someone who attended right about the time it started, I hope the student section is doing when I'm turning 70, all 8 "you suck"'s and the loud "you suck" at the end. I'll consider it a proud part of my legacy just as my older cousin takes pride in adding the hand signal to go with "douche bag" in the hockey penalty box chant.
In short, take some time off from putting your keys back in your old-ass pockets to cover your ears after third down, because that cheer ain't goin' nowehere. GOOD DAY sir.
|6 years 38 weeks ago||Wow||
There's a bunch of us down here in Austin I guess. Not surprising considering how much this city is blowing up, people from all over are moving down here.
Music scene is great, bar scene is great (even off 6th street, there's plenty of good bar scenes), food is great although there's limited range (I miss good Italian food), chicks are hot (but there are hot chicks in every major city in my opinion, this is an overrated aspect of the city), and so is the weather. Tons of stuff to do outside, and nobody works too hard. I strongly endorse Austin, the rest of Texas . . . not so much.
See Y'ALL at Plucker's on S. Lamar in the fall.
|6 years 38 weeks ago||Bookie's Tavern||
A pitcher and 3 shots for 12 bucks on gameday, if that is your intention. It's about a five minute walk from the stadium. Google it.
I like Coach's Corner in Harmonie Park as well. 2 min. walk from the stadium.
|7 years 23 hours ago||Don't do this||
I'm glade you can name teams winners and losers of this trade after 4 weeks of baseball, with one of the pieces we got in the deal still in the Minors and Jackson sitting on an unsustainable BABIP.
Granted, he looks like he'll be a great player, but lets hold off on who "won" this deal.
I'll bet you thought the Braves crushed that deal with the Rangers in 2007 after Teixeira crushed NL pitching for over 1.000 OPS in the second half.
|7 years 4 weeks ago||Great work FA, although I||
Great work FA, although I might add that there are many SABR sites on these interwebs that have shown Team OBP correlates better to team runs than does Team SLG.
|7 years 4 weeks ago||Incorrect||
While I agree with you that Pittsburgh and Detroit are not comparable, the "donut" issue of expansion and development in Detroit is similar to that of Pittsburgh.
As the link shows:
Detroit metro pop in 1950: 3.4 million
|7 years 6 weeks ago||Well||
I guess we're due for a ridiculous string of success and good fortune somewhere in the future. Let's get all the dong punching out of the way this year. Who's up for a last second MSU game-winning goal on Sunday?
|7 years 9 weeks ago||CC as in . . .||
Local hockey power Detroit Catholic Central. Kesler grew up in Livonia.
|7 years 9 weeks ago||Some advice about the town . . .||
Lazy Scranton the Electric City
The city's laid out from east to west
Call poison control if you're bit by a spider
Are you hungry? Well quit your whining
You lack coal mines and you wanna see 'em,
The dope thing to do, that's several and counting
Plenty of space in the parking lot,
Snack attack time, don't lose your head
They call it Scranton
|7 years 11 weeks ago||Ben'dict Arnold Alumnus Fixed||
Ben'dict Arnold Alumnus
|7 years 12 weeks ago||Another 5 West Alum||
Living in 5 Willy my Freshman year was a pretty great situation, considering the Sophs wanted to party, and knew where to go besides frat houses to do so.
Co-ed hallways are the way to go for great stories and experiences, even if everybody wanted out of there by April, for obvious reasons.
|7 years 12 weeks ago||Just spell out the names?||
I guess you don't remember when Brian Wright and Bracy Wright were in the same Lions secondary?
|7 years 12 weeks ago||Uhh dude||
Austin IS NOT more liberal than AA. Sure, it's the most liberal place in the state and could be relatively described as liberal overall, but it is not as liberal as AA. Not even close.
|7 years 12 weeks ago||This doesn't really help your||
This doesn't really help your argument since Samuel Beam lives in Austin and plays there all the time.
|7 years 13 weeks ago||Oh yes||
Smitty's > Kruetz's > Black's
Also, the Salt Lick and City Market in Luling pretty much complete the Texas BBQ experience.
|7 years 13 weeks ago||I got two||
I think this phenomenon is more prevalent in basketball because nobody stays for a productive 4 years anymore.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Quick rebuttal||
"By adding a 12th team and making two divisions, the main goal is supposed to be that the TWO BEST TEAMS will face off in the Championship Game.
I know this is not always the case, but isn't that what the goal of a Championship game is supposed to be?"
No, in college football, that is not what the conference Championship's purpose is. The purpose of a 12 team championship game is to ensure that there are no more split conference championships, and increase exposure and revenue for the conference. It does this very well (exception: 2008 Big XII).
|7 years 18 weeks ago||Great point||
In my opinion, the only thing Divisions should be used for is to guarantee the games that are important to each fanbase every year.
By splitting east/west, all the rivals still play each other every year, with the exception of Indiana/Purdue (assuming Pitt). Having one guaranteed cross-over every year, similar to the SEC, should take care of this relatively small problem.
Give Michigan Minnesota every year, play for the Brown Jug. Then they get Pitt, PSU, OSU, MSU, and IU every year, and rotate the rest through. Who would honestly be unhappy with that?
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Nobody likes Bob De Carolis anymore?||
Dave Brandon would be fine, but De Carolis would be better in my opinion. The only thing better than a great corporate resume is a great AD resume.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Unbelievable||
I find it rather unbelievable that people would question Harbaugh's credibility for considering the Kansas job.
"if true, im guessing that . . . harbaugh must be sick of the academic restrictions at stanford...meaning that big fuss he made about the importance of academics (and lack there of at the university of michigan) was a bunch of b.s."
"If this happened, and I agree that it seems a little unlikely, I would be disappointed in Harbaugh. I understand that it's ridiculous to hold everybody up to Bo's ideals but Harbaugh really seems like he's left them behind."
There are about 1,000 reasons Harbaugh could want to leave the Stanford program for Kansas, some of which make a lot of more sense than this. For you to jump from point A to point B puts you in line to take Rosenberg's spot at the Freep if Harbaugh ever replaces Rodriguez.
I mean, personally, I like would prefer Stanford to Kansas, but keep in mind:
-Easier to shine the Big 12 North
You would think this fan base would have learned not to pre-judge a coach's intentions for leaving a program behind, but evidently not.
I also want to mention that those who think the reason for this move is that it is part of Harbaugh's "business plan" to get to Michigan are engaging in equivalent idiocy.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||I'll second||
Both The Hard Lessons and Javelins.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||I see what you're saying . . .||
But the Jessica Simpson relationship combined with wearing this:
to every interview and press conference pushed him into the list.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Huh?||
We agree, NFL scouts really care about the d-bag nature of their teams' future QBs, because none of them are ever successful.
Philip Rivers, Jay Cutler, Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Michael Vick
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Going on resume . . .||
Texas has a better one than TCU and Cinci.
Cinci probably has a better one than TCU.
Sure there's prob some BCS conference bias, but the fact of the matter is, TCU spends half of its season playing UNLVs and Wyomings, or worse.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Actually, he really doesn't||
Actually, he really doesn't have top end speed. Also similar to Hart in that respect.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Not that it really matters||
Dion Lewis is FROM New York, but went to prep school in New Jersey.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||Ortmann||
Was a good starter
|7 years 22 weeks ago||McAvoy||
Still has a line role
|7 years 22 weeks ago||Stevie B||
Once downtrodden bust
|7 years 22 weeks ago||Board updates||
I'd say you could probably remove Bobby Swigert and add Jatashun Beachum and Tyrone Cornelius, yes?
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Whatever||
Everybody gets injured, everybody misses games. Whatever.
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Travis Williams also?||
Although we are looking first and foremost at Christian, Grimes, and and Knight, does anybody have any status update as to the Travis Williams back-burner commitment?
Does he have plans to follow through on that?
I'm willing to take another 3 star CB from FL right now, but I guess we're holding out. Has he cooled on us?
|7 years 25 weeks ago||For a sec there . . .||
I thought we had an RBUAS guest post.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Dude, I'm in your camp . . .||
But that 2006 team was a great team. A great team.
They did not almost lose to Ball State, they beat them unconvincingly but never trailed. Also, they were a week or two away from playing the most important issue of The Game ever. Ever. So there was that.
VF is definitely a more apt comparison that Vickburg, fwiw.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||This is the right mindset||
Post of the night right here. I have already joined my fellow brethren on the Joose train.
By myself and refusing all Halloween invites.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Well . . . How 'bout this?||
With another mediocre performance, Donovan Warren most definitely appears to be not ready for prime time. He will most likely be projected far out of the first round and will likely come back for his senior year.
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Dude . . .||
That is a misleading title to your post . . .
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Great work||
One correction though, you're going to want to change "underrated" to "underperforming" before your first table.
I was initially confused because I thought that the chart was supposed to be showing me underrated teams, which was inconsistent with the numbers.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||correction?||
You're right w/r/t Drake, but I'm pretty sure Dileo plays in the smallest division in Louisiana, and it might be a private school only division, depending on State Athletic Association rules. So yeah, he's not tearing up top comp like Drake is, FYI.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||The example you give||
The example you give would actually be a prime example of a problem a fan could have with a defensive coordinator. There is a talent issue with this match-up (or, more particularly, a speed issue), and everyone knows.
Brian pointed it out in the preview, and I'm sure that Robinson is aware that Quarless on our LBs is a mismatch. So why is the scheme calling for our safeties to play over the outside wideouts on that play?
That's bad scheme when you're not preparing to minimize your known mismatches. Basically, the talent gap and coaching mistakes generally contribute to big plays equally.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||How is this dude||
|7 years 27 weeks ago||Recruiting board update?||
It has Derrick Bryant as an M lead, but he committed to UCLA like a month ago, and I'm pretty sure he's firm. Also, TJ Stripling committed to Georgia, and pretty sure LaTwan Anderson is not considering us.
|7 years 27 weeks ago||That's what this is for||
The two bars in the DFW are both the Fox & the Hound FWIW.
|7 years 28 weeks ago||I know he was supposedly||
I know he was supposedly slotted into Deathbacker and therefore superfluous but that Holmes Onwukaife rejection is starting look worse and worse as time goes on with our LB situation.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||Gotta love Texas HS football||
Our TX recruits are the only ones with nice shiny perfect stat charts.
|7 years 29 weeks ago||I'm Ken Tremendous-ing this:||
"I would imagine that he is worth at least 3 solid role players. Why not trade him, if an even deal could be reached?"
Miguel Cabrera had a WAR of 5.2 this season. That makes him worth 23.5 million on the open market (this may be slightly inflated with the projected rejection lowering what the overall value of one win this year). According to you, we should trade Miguel Cabrera for three Ryan Raburn's (role players). Ryan Raburn's WAR was 1.6, and he had a career year. I could have picked Aubrey Huff (-1.3 WAR for the year) or Armando Galarraga (0.5 WAR this year). So you get three Ryan Raburn's for Cabrera. If you're lucky, we get close to getting three players to come short of replicating Cabrera's value in an ok year for him. That's a terrible deal. If we traded him for anything, it would be prospects, but then again, that's probably a bad deal as well considering we have him in a very favorable contract.
Cabrera is a guy entering his prime, getting better defensively at a new position, and is worth far more than the contract we're paying him. He's a top five position player in the majors. His value is maybe more significant because of how bad we are at hitting with respect to other competitive teams.
"The Tigers have glaring holes in their lineup and some players on the downslope of their careers."
This is a non sequitur, because Cabrera is irreplaceable in value through trade, except for a ridiculous haul of prospects, should we decide to rebuild, not reload. Where have the Tigers sucked? Corner outfield, back of the rotation. Back of the rotation will replace itself (through the smattering of Galarraga, Robertson, Bonine, Bonderman, Willis, and free agents, we should be able to get two decents to follow the Big Three). What we need is another Cabrera to man a corner outfield position.
"I just can't respect the guy after this. He won't even apologize, just asks for people to respect his privacy. Speaking as a Tigers fan, he ranks as bad as Bonds to me."
I agree he didn't handle himself in the best way. I also agree they should have benched him on Saturday. Additionally, you're entitled to your opinion. HOWEVA, I think a consensus asshole who represents an era in baseball of deceit and ilicit actions, and has lead the average sports fan into perpetual disillusionment with the next generation of power hitters probably scarred the average fan more than Cabrera.
If anything, the fact that he handled himself quite poorly should tell you how ashamed and unused to this type of controversy he is. If anything could scare a guy straight, this would be it. I'm certainly not happy with Cabrera's actions, but hopefully this little episode will understand the burden he has as the leader of this team, and he responds with a big day tomorrow.
|7 years 30 weeks ago||Man I got super scared . . .||
that AA had banned Cornhole from all tailgates. What a relief.
|7 years 31 weeks ago||Deep at running back Mike||
Deep at running back
|7 years 33 weeks ago||#10||
Brady Quinn's hot sister marrying a buckeye
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Freep apparently wants to war with the entire Michigan community||
"Over at PetitionSpot.com, an online petition has been started against the Free Press called "Do your research Freep!"
The petition, started early Monday, has 200 supporters out of its goal of 1,000.
The Web site allows users to post topics of concern and users can sign the petition electronically.
Other popular petitions on the site include one to bring back NBC's "Chuck" for a third season (41,058 signatures) and another trying to get comedian Kathy Griffin's new book selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club (36,743 signatures)."
Nice snide comment d-bags. Let's review kids.
Brian = internet war with Alabama = 0.000004% of his readers
Freep = internet war with Meechigan = 50%(?) of its former readers
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Right||
I think DC Blue hits the nail on the head here. I'm not exactly a stuck-in-the-mud traditionalist in the mold of our older brethren, but even I'm starting to become unsettled at the frequent issues that the program has had to deal with in the past year and a half. The bluehairs will most definitely issue warning shots after this one, if nothing else, and Martin's still got 30% of the boxes to fill up. Granted, he's also right that winning will assuage some of the concern, but not all of it.
The "Rosenberg hates us" meme does not satisfy me. Journalists have it out for all sorts of coaches and programs, keep your nose clean.
Regardless of the fact that almost every top program in the country is probably doing this, that our players would self-report this in the worst possible light is enough to tell me that there are still severe problems in the locker room. This is a problem. I don't care if Rodriguez introduced a whole new culture and it's only Carr guys that can't deal with it (although at this point simple reasoning says that thought is shot to hell), the fact that there are still so many disgruntled players on this squad is very unsettling to me.
|7 years 34 weeks ago||Penn St basketball > IU football||
1) Penn St won more games than UMich in the Big Ten last year, they also won the NIT. They are a program on the rise. Regardless of attendance or interest from Penn St., of which there is some, and considering the size of campus, it will grow, Penn State's basketball program should not be eliminated.
2) The Big Ten is quite old, academically linked, and loyal.
3) Indiana is a soccer power, traditionally strong in tennis, baseball, and swimming.
They aren't going anywhere in any sport, and they shouldn't.
|7 years 51 weeks ago||Formerly at UM, Texas now||
I'd have to say the UM-OSU is bigger, but the UT-OU is a good one. Some points:
-The culture has to be different simply based on the setting. I mean, imagine building a big-ass complex in Toledo to play the game on a neutral site every year. Fans are surrounded by little kids at the state fair, it simply isn't feasible to be as hostile to ppl as the ridiculous a-holes in Columbus, for example.
|7 years 51 weeks ago||You were winning until . . .||
"And I ask you, either way - so what? What does integrity have to do with college football?"
Well, to many U of M alums, a lot. And I'm not even that old!
We don't want to be a school that offers kids and then turns them away at the end of the process. Sure it's not as bad as overstocking classes and cutting kids on scholarship at the school, but it's still a shady practice with which the University shouldn't be associated.
I mean, Christ, OHIO STATE DOESN'T EVEN DO IT. And if they're not doing it, yet, we need to stay the hell away from it.
|8 years 4 weeks ago||Dude||
We kinda did this already, at least one of them:
This PSA is niiiiice.
|8 years 5 weeks ago||Anchor Bar||
Anchor Bar at Fort & Cass is pretty solid, plenty of TVs, and probably a lot of UM people doing the same thing you're planning to do.
|8 years 9 weeks ago||Double Standard||
I don't understand how you're gonna give Juwan a +3 for the box top while jacking 3 off my boy C-Webb for that illy cylindrical top.
You're right though, Kind did have the most generic thing going on by far.
|8 years 10 weeks ago||I'm with the Minority opinion . . .||
Michigan and Ohio State, the biggest FOOTBALL rivalry in the country. And that's it.
Name every other sport, every single other sport, men's or women's, and MSU is the biggest rival. This type of debate brings out the worst in Michigan people, people who try to minimize the geographic and family ties that make the MSU game so intimate while blowing up A SINGLE WEEK of the football season into the end-all be-all of sports. And ND more important than State, are you fucking kidding me? Maybe if you're from Niles . . .
True, MSU is a more enjoyable rival, but that doesn't make it a lesser rivalry. If you're from in-state, a bunch of your high school buddies went there; if you're from out-state, your roommate's high school buddies went there and by senior year they're your buddies too. MSU weekend in football is a huge party, and to me, that's a good thing. Better than traveling into Columbus and not being able to drink or stay the night for fear of assault or jail (not an exaggeration). Not the constant anxiety that's (especially lately) turned in on itself 3.5 hours a year.
Besides football (M dominant) and basketball (Sparty dominant), these two schools go toe-to-toe on even ground for every recruit in the State. Many kids on either side in the sports world have offers from both. And although Michigan's better academically, which does leave them with an inferiority complex at times, they have some things going for them as well (ladies anyone?).
Ohio State sucks. I hate that university. I hate their students, alums, all people that cheer for them. I'm not friends with any of them, they could all jump off a cliff. The OSU Michigan rivalry is the apex of the M sports calendar, but it's not the lone bullet in the chamber.
|8 years 12 weeks ago||Holy smokes!||
There's an awful lot of cussing on this board.
All of you should be ashamed of yourself.
And to think I was considering letting my kid read mgoblog.
Look, it's Yost. It's not like the profanity is getting worse. There's a standard of swearing. It's not like you should be surprised that college kids are cussing and insulting the other team, they've been doing it for decades.
It's like some Full House fan going to a Bob Saget stand-up show and being offended.
|8 years 12 weeks ago||It seems to me . . .||
. . . even as a Michigan homer that many of the people contributing opinions on here, as well as Brian, may be overreacting.
Things we can all agree on:
1) Both actions were way out of line
2) Both players deserve a long suspension.
3) Kampfer has a liability case in Court that is worth pursuing.
From there, we disagree. Tropp has no history of being a thug, or even a jerk, in the general sense (no priors, as they might say in "Law & Order"). Not that this excuses his action, but there are a whole lot of excuses for his action when you're talking about ONE swing of the stick on a player in real-time game action.
Yes, Kampfer was down.
Yes, the result was horrific and shameful.
Yes, it is likely that the intention of the player was neither to slash Kampfer in the neck nor to slash an unconscious player.
Yes, it is true that there is a very small likelihood that Tropp even knew who Kampfer was much less his history of physical issues.
In my opinion, the Conboy action is worse due to his history of actions in the league and the drawn-out premeditated nature of his action. A season-long suspension is noteworthy and probably correct in both cases.
To argue that any game involving these two with Michigan will result in a brawl precludes that Michigan has no discipline and that the game of hockey is similar to a Mob street war in "The Godfather." People will move on, and at worst there will be a fight, not a cheap shot. That's the way hockey is supposed to be.
Terrible act. Fitting punishment.
|8 years 14 weeks ago||Excuses, excuses||
"All that's quite a hurdle to overcome, though it's not enough to excuse the Big Ten's recently dismal record."
This is all that need be read to understand the status of Big 10 football currently. These things are cyclical, but by any metric the Big 10 is DOWN right now.
I mean, think of how many Big 10 teams lost to MAC teams this year, and the MAC looked like worst conference in the country during bowl season.
|8 years 15 weeks ago||I'm with you there . . .||
I just fail to see how CTMB06 (or myself for that matter) falls into that category or is defending those people.
This post was far from insightful. It was also far from being short-sighted.
Save the contempt for those who deserve it. Lest you and Dex end up the Boys who Cried Idiot.
|8 years 15 weeks ago||I never really had a problem with Dex . . .||
. . . at this point, however, I'd have to say that he's turned into the worst embodiment of a Michigan alum, which is to say, an incredible douche.
Dex, there's a lot of dumb (in both the rational and the football sense) people up on the interwebs. There's a lot of smart people and good writers as well. Do you want everyone with a desire to hate to go over and criticize your writing on WLA?
What would be the point? You haven't written anything with genuine sincerity in months over there, there's nothing to mock. Which is fine, so stay over there and keep making Alanis Morisette references, and let the dreamers post their drivel in the mainstream without contempt from the likes of you.
|8 years 18 weeks ago||Tulsa = Off-field superiority||
"Beaver said TU coach Todd Graham discussed the importance of growing as a person away from the football field, an emphasis that Michigan didn’t approach. It made a difference, the player said."
At Tulsa? Has he been to Tulsa? Ahahahahahaha.
|8 years 18 weeks ago||For The Record||
My post had more to do with the overall black coaching trend, rather than Gill v. Chizik.
I will, however, correct you on Turner Gill, who grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and spent two years as position coach in Texas schools. Not exactly the South, but it's not like he just knows Nebraska. If Mike Leach had flown the coop to Auburn, I will guarantee you Texas Tech would have hired Gill.
Besides, at this point are you really going to tell me that a coach has to be "familiar" with an area to recruit well. See: Brewster, Tim; Miles, Les; Saban, Nick (circa LSU). I can point out to you an equal number of hometown boys that have not done so well on the turf they know.
|8 years 18 weeks ago||Look||
The problem is not necessarily Gill vs. Chizik, but it does point out the discrepancy in college football that is far too wide to be justified by anyone. 4 out of 117. 4 OUT OF 117.
I don't think too may people on this board made any sort of offensive statements (although it's hard to rationalize anything ShockFX said on this strand without thinking he has at least a subconscious distaste for blacks), but rather just incorrect about how things work.
WOLVinLA thinks apparently that coaches are usually less-talented players. I'm not sure why that would be, but assuming he's right there's still a lot more black players riding the pine in college than white ones. The fact of the matter is that almost every Div I football coach played in college. And the percentages are similar for other sports (except maybe basketball, but as you notice they don't have this problem at any level). If being a player supposedly gives you a leg up in getting into coaching, then this doesn't vibe with the numbers.
I think Glen Mason's hot wife misses the point entirely when she asks, "what about all the qualified candidates that were rejected that were white?" Well without getting into the specifics I don't think there were any candidates for that job that were more qualified than Gill (guys like Leach, Johnson, had declined the offer, etc.). For two, the problem is more like, "why is there one qualified black guy for any major head coaching job in the country?" "Then he talks about how the black coaches don't have a chance to win bc they're hired at lesser schools." Actually they're not hired at lesser schools. That's the problem. 4 out of 117, remember (and I'm counting Locksley who just got hired). If 1 out of every 3 black coaches turns a program like Buffalo around, they're working at a pretty high percentage. And that's my point, there has to be more opportunities for black coaches at lower levels (Like Landon said), for them to reach the upper echelons of coaching.
Finally, as to ShockFX's "Willingham set black coaches back __ years." Really, dude? Really? Your take is, give a black guy a shot and we'll evaluate his entire race based on his success. YOU'RE AN IDIOT. Not to mention you apparently think Ron English is a bad defensive coordinator, and that he coached bad defenses at Michigan. Were you born in 2007?
At the end of the day, it comes down to this. Not, why didn't Auburn hire Gill? But, why did San Diego St. hire Hoke over DeWayne Walker? Or, why did Ball State hire a guy who's 2-30-1 as a head coach in Division I-A when they could hire a guy like Ron English? Or, why did fill in major college program here only hire 1 minority graduate assistant in the last 5 years. These are the real issues.
|8 years 20 weeks ago||A bit of a stretch . . .||
Well written, but I think the analogy of Irish to blacks falls short.
For one, I doubt you could group any single group as large as either Irish or blacks into one stereotype, but it would certainly be harder to do so for blacks in this country. Likewise I think many people would have an issue trying to equate a hard-working or tough mentality to black towns in the south exclusively; which, although not exactly what you're doing, certainly makes it seems as though coaches are recruiting in Pahokee because that's the only place they can go to get kids with that make-up.
Second, I think that the money and influence behind Roman Catholicism in this country gave Catholic universities and their programs a very good opportunity to succeed a very long time ago. Notre Dame was a football power long before Jack Kennedy took office, and Southern and Grambling are not football powers today, nor will they ever be.
|8 years 21 weeks ago||Team against . . .||
. . . A Team You Swear To God Isn't Your Rival And Condescendingly Call "Fredo" . . .
Shouldn't we be comparing the BC game to our game with State, and not our game with the Utes?
|8 years 24 weeks ago||Yip!||
Yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip yip
|8 years 25 weeks ago||Lynn Henning is wrong||
"How many collegiate games has good ol' Lynn played in his career?"
With that being said, this is another example of an absolutely ridiculous and stupid argument.
|8 years 25 weeks ago||your humor||
I snot appreciated nor is it analogous. That is all.
|8 years 25 weeks ago||Oh of course||
Defense is all heart. Why did we even hire a defensive coordinator. We could have just got richard simmons to motivate our players before every possession and we'd be stonewalling teams . . .