Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Have you heard of (or||
Have you heard of (or watched) The People vs. O.J. Simpson? That's actually the first season in a series called American Crime Story, and the second season will focus on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It could go a long way in bringing that particular world to light for many Americans, like myself, who still don't know that much about what happened there.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I don't even mind watching or||
I don't even mind watching or listening to coverage from the "bad guys'" side - I remember listening to a Notre Dame radio station during a UM-ND game, and it was somehow less annoying to hear them cheering on their team when it was what you expected them to do. Like, it just felt honest. Plus, we won, so I got to enjoy their existential horror.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Native Michigander and UM||
Native Michigander and UM fan, PhD & postdoc at UW-Madison. Simple!
|24 weeks 1 day ago||Perhaps my favorite clip on||
Perhaps my favorite clip on youtube - note the number of likes & dislikes:
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I used to dislike||
I used to dislike Collinsworth because I thought he came off like a jerk and was sort of negative all the time. But honestly he just diagnoses plays so fast and tells you exactly who screwed up and how that allowed the play to be successful. Now I don't mind his general tone because I appreciate his substance way more.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Nope!||
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Nice write up!||
Nice write up!
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Let us also take some credit||
Let us also take some credit for recognizing, recruiting, an developing the character of the man. I know, it's imaginative, but let's do it anyway.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Rest in peace little man.||
Rest in peace little man.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I'm curious to see how this||
I'm curious to see how this game breaks down. Seems like a bizarro opposite-world scenario for our team, and ... and I don't know what it means. But we won! 8-2 is all right, would love to tack on a few more wins.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Bless you, Buckeyes. And||
Bless you, Buckeyes. And bless you, Chad Carr. It's wrong that you have to go so soon, but you've made a big difference in your short time on Earth, and that's incredible. You champion.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Peppers can run better than||
Peppers can run better than running backs, catch better than receivers, throw better than quarterbacks, and spot the ball better than referees.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I'll bet I could lose the||
I'll bet I could lose the game for UM if I was quarterbacking. I would find a way. I'd say there would be a 1 in 3 chance every play that I turn the ball over if I'm asked to throw, and only a 1 in 10 chance of an actual completion - deep balls and anything remotely challenging are not on the menu for me. I'm sure Harbaugh would game plan for this and make me hand it off every play, but I would still deliver a sub-optimal handoff probably 3 out of 4 times because I don't know where the RB is going and I'm not used to how quickly the play develops. I'd estimate a 1 in 5 chance of me fumbling the handoff every play. So our offense has become slightly less than 1-dimensional, and our 1 dimension is handicapped significantly. Our blocking and running is decent, but is it enough? If it didn't violate the rules of this thought exercise, I'm sure Harbaugh would have me motion to the receiver position every play and let Peppers take snaps.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Generally I just trust||
Generally I just trust Harbaugh more than me, but I would be ok playing Speight if Rudock had any nagging injury stuff and we were in control of the game.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||In my mind, Wisconsin,||
In my mind, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan are the true "Great Lakes States" and they have all the nice land and water. You can't beat those ones for sheer prettyness. The more southern states in the Midwest are more boring landscape-wise, but they do have more notable big cities.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Someone created a helpful map||
Someone created a helpful map for this.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I agree that you have to||
I agree that you have to allow people to do things they enjoy even if there's some danger involved. I think one fair point is that we should try to make the sport as safe as we can without compromising the nature of the game, but there will be disagreement about how far is too far. Is it good to have concussion protocols? My opinion is yes. Do I think the targeting rule is working? My opinion is no, that seems to be compromising football a bit.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||"Wisco decrribes each as||
"Wisco decrribes each as equally valid comparisons, to which I wholeheartedly disagree."
They are equally valid for the questions they address. I think you're conflating "validity" with "importance.". Do I think one question is more pertinent than the other? I don't know so I won't take a stance on it. The logic of both comparisons is sound, though others have pointed out that we could optimize the stats for accuracy.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I agree with you 100%, you||
I agree with you 100%, you are flat-out correct on everything you said. I'll add two things that go beyond what we've already talked about when considering how dangerous football is.
One difference between football and driving is that driving (for now) is basically essential - for many people, you just have to drive. Football will always be optional, so the cost-benefit consideration will be different. I don't know what the tipping point would be, at which death rate you'd go "ok this just isn't worth it anymore." I think we're still way below that, but it's subjective.
The second thing is that death rates don't tell the whole story of how dangerous an activity is. We still don't understand the long-term effects of football on the human brain, but I'm certain that more relevant statistics will be those that track outcomes over time.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Which statistics you want to||
Which statistics you want to compare depends entirely on what question you want to answer. If the question is "is football more dangerous than other sports", then you want to compare the fatality rate of football to that of other sports. If the question is "how dangerous is football in the grand scheme of things", then you compare it to everyday things. Both are equally valid.
Your example of comparing highways to military service, however, is objectively flawed because you chose to compare absolute numbers, rather than fatalities per capita.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||"Things are selling, donors||
"Things are selling, donors went up. I’m humbled by it." <-- Words that never would have come from Brandon. I like your attitude, Hackett.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||probably Cthulhu||
|40 weeks 16 hours ago||I hope that Blake gets a run||
I hope that Blake gets a run in the NFL, it would be cool to see him make it at the next level. I think a lot of us are thinking maybe he could, wondering if he will.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I have no problem. They can||
I have no problem. They can say whatever they want. It's up to me whether I take it seriously or not, and I obviously do not. Jim Harbaugh has done everything MSU fans were afraid he might do and then some - he elminated the gap between UM & MSU in less than a year. They know they were lucky to escape with a miraculous win, let them spit as much venom as they like. I don't care what they say, I'm still pretty happy with where this is going.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's a perfectly fine||
I think it's a perfectly fine question to ask, but I think that we probably won't be able to know the context. Maye there's some kind of understood etiquette that Brian ignored. Maybe the Lost Lettermen completely overreacted to something insignificant. I don't know how these things work, I don't know the journalism world, I don't know the personal relationships, and I don't think I care enough to find out. Consequently, I don't judge either way.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||In AFL, if you do not get rid||
In AFL, if you do not get rid of the ball in a timely manner upon being taken to the ground, a free kick is awarded to the other team (so it's a change of possession). I doubt that had much of an impact on Blake's panicked actions, because lots of American punters have tried the same thing when attempting to salvage a broken punt, but I suppose it's possible.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Oh my God the ominous||
Oh my God the ominous Harbaugh at the end is awesome. BWAAAAHHH. Like seeing Godzilla for the first time.
|41 weeks 38 min ago||What kind of obstacle are you||
What kind of obstacle are you running into? I seem to be able to download them from the imgur Album by pressing and holding the image, then picking "Save image". If there's an issue with permissions or something (like its somehow not been made public) then I can try to fix.
|41 weeks 1 hour ago||I used Inkscape, mostly||
I used Inkscape, mostly because it's free.
|41 weeks 4 hours ago||(No subject)||
|41 weeks 6 hours ago||I have accepted that 0% of||
I have accepted that 0% of anything I do has any effect on how Michigan plays - not where I watch the game, not who I'm with, not what I wear, not whether I allow myself to feel confidence or dread. Even as a non-superstitious person, I still had moments over the last couple seasons where I felt like the universe was poised to crap on me if I made a wrong move. But knowing that this particular coaching staff - a murderer's row of evil geniuses that understand football at a molecular level - are preparing the team every week, I somehow feel pretty comfortable that they've got it covered.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||If Michigan lands Harbaugh||
If Michigan lands Harbaugh and we win a bunch of games, he can be the lamest, say-nothing sack of beans on the planet in press conferences and I don't care. If we lose a bunch of games, I will be frustrated if he refuses to address questions in an informative (or at least honest) manner. Such is the power of winning - it buys you a lot of good will.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It'll be interesting to see||
It'll be interesting to see in the future how we look back and remember this period. I don't think anyone will "hate" Hoke - after all, he's our guy, he's leading our team, and he wants the same thing we all want. He cares, and he's giving it everything he's got. He's just ... not that good. I think people will view Hoke not as the source of our team's woes during this time, but as another symptom - the product of a poorly-conducted coaching search by Dave Brandon, who really didn't want the same thing as the rest of us. He is someone who also clearly loves our university and did his best for us, but his idea of success just wasn't the same as ours. That, and he seemed to not like us very much. He wasn't working for the community - he was working for the department and for the athletes, at the expense of the "customers". I think he will get the lion's share of our collective disdain years from now when we remember this low point, and Hoke will be only a footnote.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||I think that I will enjoy a||
I think that I will enjoy a long and prosperous career for Denard more than any Michigan player I've gotten to watch yet in the NFL. I know we have Tom Brady, but I guess I wasn't as invested in him by the time he graduated. The closest thing I have is Woodson, but it was never really a question whether or not he would excel in the pros. Something about seeing Denard Robinson succeed is just so satisfying. I'm sure it has a lot to do with his character, but also with the circumstances of his remarkable journey at Michigan and the adversity he faced in transitioning to professional football - hell, even in college. That famously unwavering positivity of his just makes him so darn endearing, and the success he's found is the icing on the cake. Long live Denard Robinson.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||From a purely logic point of||
From a purely logic point of view, Dr. Schlissel's quote only truly asserts that some student-athletes wouldn't be at Michigan if it weren't for their talents on the field. Regardless of his intent, he didn't actually stereotype or generalize anyone. I know we're not robots, so it's natural to read between the lines, but I think the reaction to this is based more on historical frustration than any present reality. I also think the student-athletes are leveraging this comment as an excuse to express their displeasure at not having a say in the fate of Dave Brandon.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Is this representative of||
Is this representative of Tosh.0 these days? He seems sharper than what I remember watching in the past.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||The overall tone of BBW's||
The overall tone of BBW's diary and subsequent comments was SUPER weird. He came across like an insecure android with a programming conflict - on the one hand he really really wanted us to know that he's an expert and he's smarter than Michigan's trainers, but on the other hand he needed to maintain a pretense of "inviting discussion" to keep his unsubstantiated claims from being challenged. They were naturally challenged anyway, because it's a diary and diaries are meant to be informative. This caused the android to malfunction and enter into a repeating loop of uttering meaningless buzz words like "integrative", "compensating modalities", "innovative", "advanced", and "kinetic chain."
|1 year 37 weeks ago||Innovative. Advanced.||
Innovative. Advanced. Integrative. Compensating modalities. Neuromuscular. Explosive. Kinetic chain. Qualified.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||This is all true. This||
This is all true. This segment is being hailed critically for it's comedic value right now by a LOT of people, so I mean, to each his/her own. I think a lot of good art is not easily digestible or immediately satisfying (OMG 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY DRAGGED ON WAYYYY TOO LONG AND I DONT GET WHATS UP WITH THE BABY AND THE LIGHTS???). A lot of the times you don't appreciate something right away, but that doesn't mean it sucks. Or maybe it does suck, but that's still just your opinion. Except Ohio State sucks, and that's a fact.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||You're the best.||
You're the best.
|1 year 37 weeks ago||☞( ﾟヮﾟ)☞||
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Ah yes, my bad, thanks.||
Ah yes, my bad, thanks. Sometimes I mix up Buckeyes and assume they all suck.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I realize that Division III||
I realize that Division III exists (after all, I too graduated from a Division III college), so perhaps it's a testament to the format that I wish it could be extended to all universities.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I would actually be ok with a||
I would actually be ok with a world where the NCAA football system as we know it is dissolved. Allow my imagination to run wild for a moment ...
The distant future looks a lot like the distant past. When a talented high school football player graduates, he can go to college to get his degree, or he can join a football club and make money doing it. It's a job, he's an adult. If he wants to make it in the NFL, he could theoretically try out immediately. But more than likely, he'll need time to mature and gain experience in a lower league club team before getting the attention of NFL franchises.
If he decided to go to college, there are absolutely no athletic scholarships. He goes to get his degree, and there is no financial incentive whatsoever to play football (or any other sport). These students are 100% students, and the school's athletic teams are truly, purely created from the men and women who choose to attend that school. To me, this sounds like the legendary days of football yore. The quality of football would never be as good as it is today, but the sense of identity to the men on the field would, in my opinion, be strengthened. Students would watch the games and cheer on their classmates; alumni would think "that could have been me out there battling for my school!"
Now, if a guy chooses to enroll in college and later decides he wants to go pro, he has to quit the college team. He can join a paying club team, and he can even stay in school if he wants.
What are the obstacles to making this world a reality? I wonder if/how the lower league of semi-pro clubs would be financially sustainable. Would it make money by itself? Would people watch it? Would it be supported by NFL franchises? Secondly, would a player ever go to college as a way to get attention for football? Would he maybe think "I could really demonstrate my skills in college in order to make a club team and eventually the NFL" Would college still just be a feeder system to the NFL through a 2-step, rather than direct, process?
All right, that's all I had. I just think it would be cool to regain that vintage sense of "true" students representing the schools competing on the field. I know the guys we have now really are students, so I don't want to take anything away from them. But people like J.T. Barrett remind us that not all student-athletes are made of the same student-to-athlete ratio.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Happy birthday! Seems||
Happy birthday! Seems fitting that Coach was born in the heart of football season.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Well, look ... the board is||
Well, look ... the board is who has been hyping WD up so much - not WD himself. I mean, we created a thread inquiring as to whether or not he is alive or dead, banned or not banned. The board has definitely been the dramatic party here, so "I'm no hero" seems like an appropriately absurd response to the absurb behavior of all of us. My opinion.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||The internet is weird, don't||
The internet is weird, don't worry about it too much. Enjoy the blog, WD.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Have you tried turning it off||
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
|1 year 39 weeks ago||This thread needs Rotel with||
This thread needs Rotel with cheese.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Those uniforms would be||
Those uniforms would be pretty nice except for the green striping on the sleeves ... adds a touch of "Christmas Elf" or something to the vibe.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||I'm not saying that our||
I'm not saying that our loyalty makes everything else excusable or tolerable - it doesn't, and I even suggested that our A.D. may (should) be ousted before long. The university, the fans, and the alumni create the opportunities the athletic department has to succeed, and if they squander them then they should be replaced. But our loyalty makes it possible to offer better than average facilities, resources, and hopefully even talent to the next leadership as well.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||This is a good article,||
This is a good article, written by someone who is clearly used to hating us but by now is kind of standing back going "well, what do I do now?" It's certainly not pity, but curiosity. He makes some observations about college football at a major institution (it could very well be any struggling, historically excellent program) which suggest that the tradition behind the team simply has too much steam to be killed, no matter how grim the short term situation is. The fans are unhappy, but we are still here. Our current leadership may get vanquished, but the essence of what Michigan is will be intact. I think that the fans, more than anything else, are the continuous lifeblood of Michigan football. The players and coaches determine the success of the team at any given point in time, but I think the fans provide the base, generation in and generation out, upon which everything is built.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Caning||
I first read that as "caking" Brandon and I thought "Well, it's either that or death."
|1 year 43 weeks ago||As Brian quoted Genuinely||
As Brian quoted Genuinely Sarcastic earlier today:
"I understand how reprehensible that will sound to some. Many will say that it is still a fan's obligation to support these players. I implore you to reconsider. I beg of you to support these players by putting pressure on those who are destroying them. These players are having their careers derailed by people who are in painfully over their heads ..."
I agree with this sentiment. I think the best thing we can do for the players is to demonstrate our disapproval of the program to which they are entrusting their careers. All of our guys appear to be stand-up gentlemen with talent and bright future prospects, and nobody faults them for their efforts. But as fans, we have only one avenue of communication with the program's administration: our money and our tickets. Witholding our attendance sends the message nonspecifically, to everyone - the players, the coaches, the athletic director. But Dave Brandon only speaks in dollars. If anyone can pick up on the distinction of the Michigan fan base between our disdain for the administration and our appreciation for the players, it's the players. They are not rich ex-CEOs hidden away in piles of money, they're young men living amongst their fellow students who know how to interpret social media, they are in tune with their communities in a way that the higher ups are not. We have to reach those in charge, even if it means not showing up to watch the kids we care about. It sucks, but I think it's probably for the best.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I like how the commentator||
I like how the commentator accused Morris of "acting" with a tone of utter disgust.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Yep, not a lot to see here.||
Yep, not a lot to see here. Hopefully the men on the field and the coaches are able to learn and improve quickly this season.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||It's true - MSU is a fine||
It's true - MSU is a fine academic institution. Stratifying the top 200 can separate "super elite" from "still pretty great", but how meaningful is the difference? It's hard to say ... I think you'd have great career opportunities graduating from MSU, and great career opportunities graduating from UM. At that point, variance in success would most likely be explained in larger part by the individual than the institution. In any case, we shouldn't disparage MSU as being "not good" because that's patently false. If you want to disparage them for being "not as good as us", then that's fine I guess, but still pretty petty.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||And our tailbacks will be||
And our tailbacks will be cutting their teeth on a tough D every weekday, too. Win win?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||If possible (on top of, oh,||
If possible (on top of, oh, everything else you guys already do), it might be neat to have some more crossover/perspective from other Big Ten blogs, a la the relationship we have with 11 warriors. I know mgoblog is a Michigan blog first & foremost, but I get a kick out of the conference comeraderie & the idea of mgoblog as a go-to source in broader sports media. I know, I know, I'm being Dave Branding - er, Dave Brandon. Really though, everything is great as-is.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I'm excited about having a||
I'm excited about having a defense that inspires confidence as a fan, and I'm excited about having dangerous WRs that could break games open with big plays.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||What he said! Also, I'm||
What he said! Also, I'm going to the game. I'd prefer to be happy afterwards if I have to endure South Bend either way.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||The classic "feign||
The classic "feign misunderstanding" ploy. Hoke, you wiley fox, we can never know how deep and vast is your mastery of human psychology.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Those sprint cars don't turn||
Those sprint cars don't turn on dirt the same way your car turns on ashphalt - those drivers actually have to accelerate during turns to force their car inside due to the low friction environment. Braking causes wobble and a skid towards the outer edge of the track.
It's extremely difficult to interpret the driver's intent based on the behavior of the vehicle. Perhaps Stewart only had a moment in time to actually spot Ward - what would he do? If he coolly stuck to his racing instincts, maybe he would gun the engine to turn left and avoid him. Maybe he panics and slams on his brakes, causing an outward skid.
As a juror, your self-assuredness would be a detriment to a fair and accurate trial.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||It's so beautiful.||
It's so beautiful.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Now I know who to ask for||
Now I know who to ask for XCOM advice. QUESTION - do you prioritize engineer rewards in the early game over anything?
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Someone who is very afraid of||
Someone who is very afraid of being ambushed alone ... the aliens are sneaky.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Hey man, you gotta get ranked||
Hey man, you gotta get ranked low before you can get ranked high. I don't think anyone here is super amped about a #25 ranking as an endpoint, but probably more as a glimmer of hope for the possibility that exceeding expectations could put us in a nice spot.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Hey, it's understandable -||
Hey, it's understandable - people are afraid of rare occurrences, like shark attacks and lightning strikes. Plus, regardless of frequency, fear can be very personalized and arbitrary. I was never afraid of tackling somebody, but I had a speedy ground ball take a weird jump off an infield pebble and hit me square in the face when I was certain it was going into my glove. The result? A lasting hesitancy to scoopi up hard grounders. I knew it was silly, but what are you gonna do? Hard to wrestle your own reptile brain into logical servitude sometimes.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||If we were to rank "best"||
If we were to rank "best" seasons by which fan base enjoyed it most, I would go with Michigan number 1, because our guys are so dang likeable and we never saw this coming with McGary down. And we got to enjoy B1G competitiveness and ultimately victory for a significant period of time. I'd put Wisconsin at number 2 because they were INSANELY happy to make the final four - sure, having a good regular season is par for the course when you're Wisconsin, but deep tournament runs are rare for them. They were definitely partying their hats off. MSU comes in last because they don't know how to be happy unless they're conference/national champs. Otherwise they're just pitching a fit, crying about this or that, and generally pointing their shaking little finger at Michigan.
EDIT: Michigan was also the most fun to watch! Beautiful Belein basketball.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||It's not a valid measure of||
It's not a valid measure of correlation because Google casts a very loose net - it's awesome for finding the most relevant things and putting them at the top of your search results, but the sheer number of results can be influenced by many, many factors.
As someone already pointed out, there are more soccer games played around the world every year than there are football games. There are also a lot more soccer fans around the world. They generate content and post it on the internet, where it becomes searchable by Google. No matter what amount of actual diving happens in soccer games, the subsequent discussion vastly amplifies the coincidence of the terms. Additionally, a truckload of variance is introduced when you consider the diversity of search terms you could use for one topic - maybe instead of "diving", you chose "flopping" or "faking"? What if you searched "soccer" instead of "European football?" Answer: the numbers change. A lot.
Plus, you're assuming that any coincidence of the terms is evidence of a positive association, which is erroneous. If someone typed the sentence "There was very little diving in last night's soccer match" onto a blog somewhere, then Google would see "DIVING" and "SOCCER", put that result into a giant pile with millions of others, and hand it to you, who says "SEE? LOOK. TOLD YOU SO." It's too opaque. While the number of search results is a clean, simple number, what actually goes into creating it is too ambiguous and complex to be reliably interpreted.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Actually, according to the||
Actually, according to the good people at Google, the number of hits returned is not a scientifically valid measure of correlation between two search terms. I know this because that's what they personally told me when I asked permission to use Google Scholar in exactly that way when I was writing a program to automatically perform thousands of searches simultaneously to generate sets of gene-disease associations for a bioinformatics project.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||In direct contrast to||
In contrast to 'pretending' anything about magnitude, my use of gifs was to illustrate how poorly isolated moments are able to characterize a sport in any quantitative way.
To keep things quantitative, however, my real claim is absolute, rather than relative. I think football is cooler and features less flopping (relative), but there is greater than zero to like about soccer (absolute). The existence of amazing soccer highlights proves that pure moments exist.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||It was onside.||
It was onside.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I too think football is way||
I too think football is way more fun to watch than soccer. However, it would be simplistic to paint soccer as merely a bunch of actors flopping around. Let's not forget that soccer does feature some incredible feats of athleticism and teamwork:
And even our beloved football is not free from sin:
Again, I think football is 1000x better than soccer. But soccer can still be pretty cool, too.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Before the game against||
Before the game against Kentucky, I knew there were two scenarios in which I would feel really upset about a loss. (1) We blow a 20-point lead in the second half. (2) We get blown straight out of the building and it looks like we don't belong on the court with those guys.
In scenario 1, I would have had a tough time not feeling like we were the better team but we collapsed. I would have felt like we stumbled. In scenario 2, I would have had doubts about the fundamental quality of the team, and maybe I would have felt bad because we weren't as good as I believed.
The way we lost is the best way to lose - we did great, and we were overcome by a slightly superior combination of effort, planning, talent, and athleticism. We are as good as I hoped we were, I love the team, but we just got outplayed. Hard to stay mad like that. That's going out like a warrior, you know? And the optimism for the future certainly helps.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||What about me? I attended a||
What about me? I attended a small college in Michigan, but my career was launched in earnest when I became a lab technician at UM in the department of MCDB. That experience enabled me to enter a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a few weeks, I am going to earn my doctorate and take a postdoctoral position, perhaps at another Big Ten university. What am I - a Wolverine, a Badger, or something yet to be determined? The line you've drawn doesn't hold as fast as you seem to think. There are complexities to sports allegiances and group memberships that you're neglecting.
No matter what institution I am affiliated with at any given time, I certainly feel that I am a Wolverine when it comes to sports. I grew up that way, and UM will always be my first love. Perhaps that's where you need to set an endpoint to your exclusivity - sure, you're an academic Michigan Wolverine by definition, but athletic fandom is and should be open to the public.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||"If you take the revenue out||
"If you take the revenue out ..."
That's the thing that will never happen. NCAA athletes are a very heterogenous population - some of them have to overcome greater competition than others to earn a spot on the team, some of them put in more practice hours per week than others, perhaps some of them get more academic support than others, they all face very different sets of challenges and responsibilities ... and yes, some of them are more directly involved with the financial success of your athletic department. The one thing that ties them all together is their status as NCAA athletes. How strong of a link is that? Is it strong enough to warrant equal pay despite all the other factors? I would suggest that maybe it's not.
I do think you've made a lot of good points, just this one doesn't make that much sense to me.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||It seems that you've based||
It seems that you've based your equal pay idea on an anology in the business world (the Microsoft thing). Just because Microsoft does it one way doesn't mean that's the right way or the only way, does it? So they pay all their programmers the same. What about a different company? In many fields (including my own), your pay is based on your accomplishments and performance - not effort. Even employees who hold the same position can be paid differently based on how well they do and what they're worth to the company. Your adherence to an equal pay model as an example of how business works in the "real world" seems arbitrary.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I mean, just the constant||
I mean, just the constant hating Ohio thing. I thought perhaps it was unconditional, but I guess it has its limits.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Today I realized I'm not a||
Today I realized I'm not a horrible person when I found myself saying out loud "please be ok, please be ok" as I clicked on this thread link. I'm happy to hear he's doing well.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Hard to top Levert's run-off||
Hard to top Levert's run-off against MSU!
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Feels good, man. Feels good.||
Feels good, man. Feels good.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for||
It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for me (broadcast).
I love that moment when the ball meets GRIII's hands at the apex of his jump and just comes to a total standstill ... just for a fraction of a moment, it hangs there like a priceless work of art on display for all to see. GRIII's not in a hurry to immediately stuff it through the hoop. He wants the Spartans to behold their downfall ... he wants them to watch. There's a perfect rhythm to it, almost like the eerie calm before a tornado lands. And then wrath.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Feeling so good and energized||
Feeling so good and energized from the win that I'm gonna go for a run. YES.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||"Maybe forever." Damnit||
Damnit Brian. That's not what I wanted to hear.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||What? Your words, they hurt||
What? Your words, they hurt me. I am not siding with anybody here. If anything, there is a trace of derision in my comment aimed at the university because I implied that they'd rather not take any punitive action against football players if they aren't compelled to. As far as 'sympathies' and 'small print', I choose not to ascribe such emotionally-laden connotations to a complicated matter which I aim to treat as logically as possible. Naturally, I sympathize with any innocent people who were harmed unjustly. I don't know who they are, but I am sorry for what happened.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||The author doesn't seem to||
The author doesn't seem to know whether the university actually reviewed the accusations the first time ... this could be their first actual effort at investigating it. With however the policies were previously, perhaps they didn't have to look into it. And if they don't have to, they probably rather wouldn't. So maybe that happened?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||The article says that a||
The article says that a revision of sexual conduct policies after the incident may have necessitated that the university to re-review the events of 2009 years later, thus causing the delayed action.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Right on.||
|2 years 27 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I don't think "jacking"||
I don't think "jacking" someone in the face (it was really more of a slap-push anyway) is an appropriate response to smack talk. That 'Skins OL was the bigger child in that encounter.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||I shall celebrate on the||
I shall celebrate on the enemy's corpse tonight in Madison.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||It's cool guys, this is why||
It's cool guys, this is why we recruited a bunch of talent. Some degree of attrition/chaos should be expected, and I think many of us factored that into our impression of these recent recruiting classes - that is, the classes are so robustly good that it provides some cushion and mitigates the effects of chaos a little bit. Obviously it's better to have George than not, but the class is still good.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I think that's ok. The only||
I think that's ok. The only language Brandon and the athletic department speak is money. Refusal to spend your hard-earned money doesn't say "I don't love my football team" - it says "I'm not satisfied with my athletic department's ways". And if someone chastises you for being not a good enough fan because the team "isn't worth enough to you" to go to the games, that's bullshit because people don't have unlimited money. "Worth it" is not the same to a broke-ass PhD student as it is for a 45 year-old successful lawyer/plumber/what-have-you. You want Brandon to listen, but the only way to speak to him is by pulling your financial support - NOT your fandom.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Borges: "No ... No ...||
Borges: "No ... No ... NOOOO!!!"
/calls run up the middle in denial
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Offensive ... offensive what?||
Offensive ... offensive what? Line? I don't even ... what is that? I'm sure I've never even heard of such an idea. You can make a line of blockers on offense? Well I'll be.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||jk jk you're a good primate||
jk jk you're a good primate bro.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Ok fine, take the upvote. I||
Ok fine, take the upvote. I don't even care anymore.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||The moderation system is like||
The moderation system is like mgoblog's prefrontal cortex - it allows us to surpress our base, animalistic motivations with logic and willpower to generate appropriate behavior in the pursuit of long-term goals. Without it, we lose our impulse control and our behavior is emotional, unfiltered, and short-sighted.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I too think the site's staff||
I too think the site's staff has gotten even better at what they do. The front page rocks.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I agree wholeheartedly. I||
I agree wholeheartedly. I know that the technical obstacles of getting the moderation system healthy again are undoubtedly more complex than I can imagine, but for me it's actually been a large enough detriment to my enjoyment of this community that I have allowed myself to become only tenuously attached to the discussions of the board.
I know people sometimes criticize the groupthink that the blog demonstrates and decry our moderation of contrary opinions as an infringement on thought diversity, but I believe this period of non-moderation is compelling evidence that such diversity is not as valuable as we would have liked to believe - instead, it's generally non-constructive negativity. And it does indeed set a precedent where trolling becomes accepted, and trolls coalesce like wildfire on a parched California chaparral.
I still eat up the front page content, but it's no longer worth the time and effort that it takes to sift through +200 comments for thoughtful dialogue. I'm not abandoning the blog, but I'm certainly distanced for the time being. I'll be back later.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||It's that stage of||
It's that stage of intoxication just above belligerence but just below shitting one's own pants.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I don't quite agree with||
I don't quite agree with tipping the chart on its corner and equating up-ness to goodness. Firstly, notice that the intervals on the defensive F/+ axis are larger than those on the offensive F/+ axis - this effectively weights defense disproportionately, because distance along that axis contributes more to vertical distance when tilted.
I would propose using a geometric mean of offensive and defensive F/+, which does a better job of average products - think of the position on the chart as a two dimensional product of offensive and defensive F/+. In order to do this, however, you'd have to convert the F/+ scales to be exclusively positive. You could do this by subtracting the minimum to normalize all values positively, but I'm not sure if this corrupts the original meaning of F/+ because I am dumb and don't know anything about it.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||I'm not quite sure if you're||
I'm not quite sure if you're trying to be mean to the girl or not, but she sounds cool as hell from that interview.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I'm gonna be out of town this||
I'm gonna be out of town this weekend and miss it, but my friends are having a belated Halloween party the next weekend. I'm kinda undecided about whether I really like freakfest or not ... I went once and had a pretty good time just seeing all the people dressed up in the streets, but it was so crowded that getting into most bars and grabbing a drink ended up being a tough mission. What do you think? Either way, I like that Madison has made Halloween its "thing." The atmosphere is cool.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I spent six months in||
I spent six months in Australia, which was like 100x swearing - but almost all of it was casual. A stranger at the bus stop would remark on what a "bloody nice f***ing day" it was, you know? And the kind of neat side effect of it all was that people just don't get offended by swear words, even when they're used in anger. It sort of takes the edge off actual confrontations, because those words aren't to be taken personally. It was pretty different and interesting. Kind of like you day, it reminded me of the dialogue in movies set in Boston.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I am also offended! Now||
I am also offended! Now what?
|2 years 39 weeks ago||I'll add another theory that||
I'll add another theory that is not mutually exclusive to the societal class origin concept - we have lots of words that mean the same thing, right? I think, for a given set of meaningfully redundant words, they vary in numerous attributes - some are more casual or more formal ("hey" vs. "salutations"), more dramatic or more subtle ("smashed" vs. "hit"), more esoteric or more mainstream ("brachiating" vs. "swinging with one's arms"). We need them to have different connotations because when we communicate, we're not just transmitting information; we're also imbuing the information with how we feel about it.
In the same way, I would propose that we need words commonly agreed to be harsh and severe so that we can use them to show that we are extremely angry and intending to offend. Consequently, I'd argue that swear words are offensive because that's what they were made to do - offend. We have strayed from this original function by overusing swear words when we're really not mad, when we're just calmly talking about regular things. I'm not saying this is a bad thing - I enjoy casual swearing, and I am somewhat proud of the combos I've strung together in my time.
But I don't think it's totally nonsensical for one word to be offensive while another word that means the same thing isn't. And that's why.
TL;DR - Totally unscientific conjecturing that swear words for literally invented with the purpose of being offensive.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||That was definitely the||
That was definitely the point. This guy's reaction in the original gif is pretty spectacular, but he's kinda in the background, overshadowed by the nonplussed girl in the foreground. This gif was made to give him his own deserved spotlight. But don't worry - I'm sure the original isn't going anywhere for a while. You'll be seeing her again.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Hey LSAClassOf2000 - it looks||
Hey LSAClassOf2000 - it looks like you normalized by standard deviations. Would you consider an additional normalization to account for the different sizes of each game thread? I don't know if our game threads pick up steam as the season progresses, but if that's the case, we could have had a larger sheer volume of comments in the PSU thread (compared to say, Notre Dame), which could inflate the counts of shits and fucks a little bit. Maybe a proportional measure that tells us what percent of the thread's comments were sucks and asses might give a truer reflection of "mood?"
I don't know why I'm thinking about this.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Screw you Wisconsin.||
Screw you Wisconsin
|2 years 40 weeks ago||I liked the article. I feel||
I liked the article. I feel like it essentially summarizes the sentiment and analytics forged in the pressurized chaos of mgoblog (and other places) in an organized, concise way that is easily palatable for the "outside" world. It takes a step back to put things in a bit of historical context, shows why we love our coach so much, then explains the present frustrations. I don't think it's meant to be original analysis by any means, but I do think it captures the current state of affairs nicely. Also, it has pictures!
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Well, look - you might think||
Well, look - you might think calling it a "road win" is appropriate because Michigan won "on the road." However, Virginia Tech was also on the road (New Orleans isn't particularly close to either school). Therefore, this neutral site game didn't offer a home field advantage to either team , which is what I would consider the paramount challenge of playing on the road. So it's entirely an issue of semantics, but in my mind there's no question that beating the Hokies in this neutral site game was a different animal than beating someone on their own turf.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Spotted Michigan gear in||
Spotted Michigan gear in Australia on a couple separate occasions. Boy do they enjoy sports down there.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 43 weeks ago||What on earth is happening||
What on earth is happening here?
|2 years 43 weeks ago||D: 3.857x10153 Source:||
Source: SR57 Star Sapphire
Is anybody out there?
I'm injured, and I need help!
Is anyone there?
Can anyone hear this?
If you can hear this, please respond!
It's getting ever so hot in here.
Why is it getting so hot?
Where am I?
Can someone help me?
My sensors aren't working, I think.
They don't detect anything.
Someone has to hear this!
If you can hear this, please respond in the ULF band!
Why is it so hot?
If you can hear me, keep signalling!
I need to go check some systems.
Where is everything?
Where are the stars?
Oh. Oh no, oh no. No! No no no n-
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Football road trip here -||
Football road trip here - I'll be taking in my first ever game day experience in Notre Dame Stadium. It's nice being able to sit back and relax, knowing that we already flushed those turds this season.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||This is amazing.||
This is amazing.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||That's what I had to do||
That's what I had to do yesterday in the original thread - I thought about commenting, I really did. I typed some stuff in the box, then I thought to myself "no, just don't even throw your hat in the ring. This fire needs no more fuel." Sometimes, for me, the smartest thing I can do is to say nothing.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Not a meme. Unless "anomaly"||
Not a meme.
Unless "anomaly" becomes a catchphrase 'round these part a la "THE HORROR," "Tacopants," or "Jeremy Gallon's cloaking device/jet boots." I know, I've contributed nothing to the ticket discussion. But a meme is an actual concept now, with an origin in evolutionary biology, of all things. It does mean something.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||I don't know what's been||
I don't know what's been going on with me lately, but it seems like if I have 2 or more micros during the day, I'm just tired for the rest of the day. If I'm out at night having fun, then I can drink and stay energized, but for some reason it just saps my strength if I'm sitting around. Maybe I'm just getting old. Anyway, point is I totally understand a 3 beer haze.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Dantonio & Kelly currently||
Dantonio & Kelly currently facing off in an intense competition of who can grimace the hardest and look the most disgusted with their team. I can't tell who has the edge.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Michigan 31, Huskies 17||
Michigan 31, Huskies 17
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Im pretty sure blood in stool||
Im pretty sure blood in stool is symptomatic of some serious medical issues though ...
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Badgers never forget.||
Badgers never forget.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||ND for me. Due to my||
ND for me. Due to my association with certain Irish fans, and having already defeated them on the field of battle, I can now 'cheer' for them to appease my associates while still feeling superior. But really, screw Notre Dame. And screw the Spartans. But screw the Spartans slightly more.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I wouldn't mourn too much for||
I wouldn't mourn too much for the ignorant responses being shared around the Internet in the wake of this miss America competition - I suspect it would be pretty easy to compile a highlight reel of stupid twitter posts or YouTube comments about any conceivable topic, if you scrape your filter along the very bottom of the humanity barrel. I would wager that this is highly unrepresentative of Americans as a whole, and was written up for the press for (surprise!) sensationalism and page views.
... and go blue!
|2 years 45 weeks ago||This is my strategy. Clearly||
This is my strategy. Clearly you're just not checking the site often enough.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||"He knew right away. I mean,||
"He knew right away. I mean, I could yell at him -- I wasn't very happy, but he knew right away. He didn't need to be told what he did wrong. He's been coached on that."
There's the difference between our coaching staff and Brian Kelly.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I'm gonna go ahead and take||
I'm gonna go ahead and take it as a positive sign that we are able to focus on these small-ish "details" as the negatives, rather than "getting 20 points scored on us" or "surviving by 3 points".
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Same for me, I think. Well,||
Same for me, I think. Well, I've become more of a fan of college football in general probably thanks to mgoblog and the analytic way of thinking about football that it introduced me to. I can say that my love of Michigan football has also never been higher, but at the same time I think my emotional reactivity to football has been tempered over the years. Maybe the Rich Rodriguez experiment brought me back down to Earth, and living out of state with friends and colleagues from all over the country has helped me learn to be diplomatic and get along with other fans a little more. So, my enjoyment of Michigan football is at an all-time high this very moment, as well as my understanding of it. However, I generally won't punch holes in walls when things don't break our way.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||This game is like pinball on||
This game is like pinball on grass. WHO EVEN KNOWS WHERE THAT STUPID THING IS GONNA BOUNCE?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Only 71,214.||
|2 years 47 weeks ago||MSU's offense runs one||
MSU's offense runs one passing play - drawing PI. Which isn't working out too well.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||They could also improve a la||
They could also improve a la Wisconsin last year - they damn near rose from the dead, especially at o-line. Went from looking SUPER terrible to dismantling Nebraska like Lenny accidentally destroying tiny defenseless bunnies that he really only loved too much.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Strong point. Strong.||
Strong point. Strong. Point.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I can't watch the game at the||
I can't watch the game at the moment, but all this chatter about State's offensive struggles pleases me.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I, too, am curious. I would||
I, too, am curious. I would gladly donate and make an appearance ... although I'm going to be with (cringe) a Notre Dame fan and a Nebraska fan. I apologize to everybody, this is what happens when you leave the Wolverine State for grad school. I can leave them at a nearby family member's tailgate while I moonlight at the true party spot.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||I doubt that this is a good||
I doubt that this is a good place for rumors, particularly such dark ones. It would be better to wait until anything is substantiated before making us worry. My opinion anyway, I guess you can do what you want. I just think it sucks.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Some games require skill or||
Some games require skill or ability, rather than sheer strength or speed (what we typically think of as "athleticism"). For instance, archery requires an intense amount of coordination, control, and carefully practiced skill. But you may not think of an archer as an "athlete." So, I think what we're looking at is a division between physical games that are primarily games of skill, and physical games that are primarily competitions of power. Driving racecars is clearly a physical activity, but the strength component is pretty minimal. I'd have to categorize it similarly to archery or bowling, but with an added dimension of engineering fused to it.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Korbel brandy because||
Korbel brandy because Wisconsin. I was actually at the Korbel champagne cellars in CA recently, taking the free tour, and the guide asks "do any of you happen to be from Wisconsin?" My girlfriend and I slowly raised our hands, and he looks surprised. "Really? Cool! Over 75% of the brandy we make is consumed by the state of Wisconsin." We high five.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||:( :( :(||
:( :( :(
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Im still not convinced that||
Im still not convinced that Bielema wasn't simply driving the car that Alvarez built (and continued to maintain behind the scenes).
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Nginx struck my iPhone OS||
Nginx struck my iPhone OS too. No idea what's going on with that.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||The thing about ranking teams||
The thing about ranking teams week to week, the way we do, is that we rely on a set of believed probabilities that we've built from prior evidence. This is a Bayesian approach to statistics, in which evidential probabilities are continuously updated with new data. It's very good for lots of applications, but the one thing that really impacts the long-term functioning of such a process is the initial set of probabilities we feed into the system. Therefore, it's important that these initial probabilities - built from evidence - come close to capturing the true probabilities of reality.
I think a fair few people would argue that, in college football, the evidence we have in the preseason with wich to form a quality set of expectations is too scarce and too poor to accomplish such a feat. It's fine to form opinions, but remember that these opinions become reality, statistically, when our Bayesian machine is set in motion and grabs onto them.
An alternative to the current system would be to suspend the generation of expected probabilities for use in meaningful rankings until more data has been collected. Perhaps you postpone the release of rankings until three games have been played - then you have a greater volume of more applicable evidence with which to rank teams. If Notre Dame shits the bed in two of their first three because they actually suck, the teams that beat them early on don't get rocketed to the top of the BCS undeservedly. Similarly, if lower-tier SEC teams don't fare so well in their non-conference games, LSU and Georgia won't be given platinum medals for curb stomping them just because they're SEC teams.
As you pointed out, it would be impossible to prohibit conjecturing in the early weeks. But it would be nice if there was a designated point in the season when we take a retrospective look at some real data, get some context, and smooth out the noise to form a more perfect basis for mid and late-season rankings. Otherwise, it is as they say: "garbage in, garbage out."
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I was trying to get some||
I was trying to get some seats together for ND, but due to the single seat limitation and crazy price, there's just no way. I am saddened.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||That Manning vine cracks me||
That Manning vine cracks me up every time. Also, thanks for pointing out the SpartanSavageSquad - I can't believe that's a thing. They're laying a strong foundation of "we have no idea what we're doing" pretty early.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||I do not envy the media||
I do not envy the media duties that Brady has undertaken. What a long day!
|2 years 52 weeks ago||I too want to know this, as||
I too want to know this, as my friends and I are aiming to make a road trip from Madison for the game that weekend. Also, there are 6 of us, but only 4 tickets can be bought at once ... how would a group of 6 go about getting seats next to each other?
|3 years 2 days ago||Go watch Bill Murray's cinema||
Go watch Bill Murray's cinema classic, Groundhog Day, then have a light snack around 9 pm, then go to sleep. In the morning, there might be new info. Maybe.
|3 years 2 days ago||I've flown from Michigan to||
I've flown from Michigan to Australia and back - twice - and there are still plenty of opportunities to get back on that internet and fix your damn rumor posts when new info surfaces. Wifi at the LAX layover, or at the very least you can use your smart phone's network. Let's say you're on that trans-Pacific flight ... you can still pay for internet, and if there's anything worth using expensive 32000 foot internet for, it's the fellow Michigan faithful you've screwed over with your irresponsible initial post AM I RIGHT???
Lo siento. Emocional.
|3 years 4 days ago||He's a 6'1" (?) point guard||
He's a 6'1" (?) point guard competing in an athleticism drill ... I still think Trey's got team skills, real point guard skills, but he's going to look bad in a competition of who can run through / jump over everybody, right? It's like a free for all in summer league. I mean, I could be wrong, but that's why I'm happy to wait and see.
|3 years 1 week ago||Keep it up dude. I gave up||
Keep it up dude. I gave up the longer distances for the rest of the summer after developing some kind of muscle strain/tear, so I'm sticking with 5-10k routes now. As long as I get outside for a bit, I'm happy. Your 10k should seem short next to an 11 mile training.
|3 years 1 week ago||Yeah I can't complain about||
Yeah I can't complain about the microbrew situation over here, although I do miss all the Bell's/Founders/Shorts from home. Fat Squirrel was also one of my faves - I really like to get the New Glarus 12 pack samplers (4 different beers) for my family whenever I come home.
|3 years 1 week ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 1 week ago||New Glarus Spotted Cow - a||
New Glarus Spotted Cow - a classic 'round these parts. Had a big week of surgery in the lab, weather couldn't be better. If you can, make sure you sit outside for a bit & enjoy the sunshine.
|3 years 1 week ago||My money's on the mantis. I||
My money's on the mantis. I know, I know, the hornet has venom, but I don't care. Mantis just look sweet. Plz update me on the winner.
|3 years 1 week ago||Congrats man - guess you're||
Congrats man - guess you're gonna have to change your username huh? jk jk
|3 years 1 week ago||Has New Holland been making||
Has New Holland been making some good stuff lately? I used to drink their beers all the time when I went to college in Holland, but it's been a while and I haven't kept up with them. It's pretty impressive to hear them being compared to Bell's and Founder's now.
|3 years 1 week ago||Ah, sorry prof - would love||
Ah, sorry prof - would love to go run with you but I can't make it out there. I did the Madison to Chicago Ragnar Relay in June, and I think I'm still recovering from the devestation I did on my legs! My team was down a man, so my buddy & I ended up covering his miles in addition to our own, coming in just north of 30 miles apiece. I had never run farther than 10 miles in my life, so ... it was an adventure! But I managed. Good luck out there, have fun.
|3 years 1 week ago||No drinking yet, just working||
No drinking yet, just working in the office. Maybe later!
|3 years 1 week ago||I'd agree with that 100%.||
I'd agree with that 100%. It's pretty silly for him to even be chirping up. In the words of the Dude (directed towards Mark May), "You're not wrong, you're just an asshole!"
... except Mark May might also be wrong.
|3 years 1 week ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 1 week ago||To be fair to Mark May,||
To be fair to Mark May, discrediting his opinion based on his failure to previously behave in accordance with his own stated position is a logical fallacy towards hypocracy. Just because he was formerly a terrorist doesn't mean his views on Johnny Football are immediately dismissable. Instead, we should dismiss Mark May on account of his views being stupid in and of themselves, which they totally are.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I need to do this before I||
I need to do this before I come all the way home from Americas Dairyland for the UM/ND game.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I am so proud of drawing that||
I am so proud of drawing that Brady Hoke Epic Double Point. May it be used for eternity. I must have a HTTV.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||She looks like the reanimated||
She looks like the reanimated corpse of a stripper.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||As an exploration of thought,||
As an exploration of thought, what consitutes a "good" or "bad" fan? What makes one fan "better" than another? Is someone who is "more" of a fan a "better" fan? I think a good fan is simply one who is loyal to their team and shares in the emotions of victory and defeat. You could say that someone else is "more of a fan" if they delve into the depth charts, recruiting, coaching strategy, etc. But I don't think that really makes them "better" in any actual sense - they're not digging into the excesses of sports nerddom for anybody's benefit but their own, right? They are just one person in the stands on game day, and they can't cheer any louder than the next person. Sure, they can discuss the intricacies of two tight end formations on an internet message board, but again ... once it's football saturday, who cares? Now you know I wouldn't argue that there is no value in being a sports nerd, or a super fan or whatever (I mean ... here I am), but one part of enjoying being a fan is sharing the experience with others. You aren't going to be a good fan by being elitist and dividing yourself from others, you'll only be missing out.
TL;DR - don't be a turd.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||It doesn't look like there is||
It doesn't look like there is a really good yes/no predictor yet. There are genetic tests that can be done, but they still can't diagnose ALS confidently, let alone predict the development of its symptoms. It looks like, at best, you could discover that you have an allele that's associated with higher risk for ALS.
Im not a medical doctor.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||A toast to your party being a||
A toast to your party being a smashing success! Evan Williams on my side ... straight ... I'm poor.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||All right Coach Belein.||
All right Coach Belein.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Just keep your eye on||
Just keep your eye on sportscenter ... he'll pop up, eventually.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Agreed, but (was thinking||
Agreed, but (was thinking about this while watching Burke crack THE NEXT LEVEL today) the Kansas and Syracuse games may go down as even more legendary to me. VCU did have a lot of hype as a dark horse, but those other opponents were giants. I like me some giant slaying.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Sweet audio lollies, that's||
Sweet audio lollies, that's not bad. A toast to you, newcomer.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Just remember that Runyan||
Just remember that Runyan rhymes with Paul Bunyan. Convince yourself he's a giant with a big blue ox and you will never forgot. RUNYAN THE GIANT.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Haha the random middle finger||
Haha the random middle finger ... hey, local celebrity is better than nothing, right? ... right?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||At an event with open bar -||
At an event with open bar - brandy old fashioneds all night!
|3 years 5 weeks ago||No order: - Mila Kunis - my||
|3 years 5 weeks ago||This guy is good.||
This guy is good.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Man I'm 28 and I can actually||
Man I'm 28 and I can actually FEEL myself falling behind modern gaming as it changes. Like ... I COULD keep up if I really wanted, but now it takes brainpower that I know I should be allocating to like ... work or something. And don't even get me started on twitter lol.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I went to Hope over Michigan||
I went to Hope over Michigan as well. I was motivated partly by academics, and partly by personal preference. Academically, Hope is a super successful launching point for pre-med students. Many of my classmates went on to Michigan medical/dental school, and I thought maybe I wanted to do the same. As for personal preference, I just really liked the small class sizes, the personal atmosphere, and the direct contact I had with my professors. The small-scale thing is not for everybody, but I really made us of their wisdom and learned a lot about being an independent scientist. Oh, as it turns out, Hope is really big into undergraduate research. And I don't mean like you work in a big lab full of grads and post docs doing menial tasks for them - the entire system is designed to make sure you have your own project, you're the one calling the shots, coming up with ideas, etc. You're actually the most important person they have. So I fell in love with the lab, and now I'm closing in on a PhD in neuroscience. I still keep in touch with my professors at Hope via email, they want to know how I'm doing. I may even go back to Holland and give a seminar talk on my work in the near future. Basically, it worked out really well for me.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||DESHAWNA||
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I actually made two versions||
I actually made two versions of Hoke pointing in this style ... firstly, there's the Epic Double Point:
... and then a full body point:
... which I combined with my favorite football players to use as my desktop background (click to embiggen?)
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I can't help feeling like||
I can't help feeling like decorating this place with basketball stuff would make it feel too much like some ACC blog. I know we love our bball here, but football is our evolutionary history - it's tied more closely to how we got here, not just who we are now.
Ugh, I'm having a hard time even agreeing with what I just wrote, because Michigan basketball has had a pretty great history too. Ok fine maybe I don't have any good logic, the basketball banner just seems odd to me somehow.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||I thought this photo looked||
I thought this photo looked familiar - I used it to make some iPhone wallpapers/t-shirts a while back.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||That article seems to have||
That article seems to have had quite the impact. OSU has had TONS of success as of late, which means that at least half of any criticism directed at them can be dismissed as mere jealousy. However, there has been SO much STRONG evidence laid against them lately indicating that their sporting culture is offensively obsessive and detrimental that I do believe it has merit. My null hypothesis is that Ohioans are really no different than us - they are so similar, right? - but I am willing to be swayed, and I do feel swayed. I truly think they're being douches.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I've always thought that way||
I've always thought that way too. To strengthen the argument, you can also point out that "baking soda" is clearly the correct noun form of soda. If baking soda = soda, then soda pop = pop.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||I don't understand ... so||
I don't understand ... so strange ... and sad.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||While I agree with you - and||
While I agree with you - and actually think it's a really interesting psychological phenomenon that we have this obsession with guessing the future - I've had to accept that predictions are like 75% of what sports media does when their sport isn't presently happening. I know, I know ... "What good is predicting things anyway? All that matters is the true outcome." Yeah, but ... you try and stop them. It's like telling someone to stop blinking. If you think about your sport at all, it's natural to build hypothetical scenarios. Next you're weighing the relative likelihoods of them actually happening. And that finally leads to predictions. I think that NOT doing so takes a measured degree of conscious restraint.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||His rap is bad. It's funny.||
His rap is bad. It's funny. And he ditched MSU to do it, which is also funny. I know people round these parts stress that we should ignore MSU and pretend they don't exist to prove we don't care about them, but lets be honest - that's hard to do when this sort of gold keeps digging itself up.
And anyway, they have been pretty good at football lately, so I don't really feel like pretending that hasn't bothered me. I want to laugh at their misfortune a little, my sparty malice meter is higher these last few years than it's historically been, and they earned it. When they are well and truly relegated to nobody status, I'll stop caring. For now, I kind of hate them.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||I love that the Charity Bowl||
I love that the Charity Bowl features 'Make Spencer Eat Cheese University' (MSECU) - if you look at the comments section, they even have a mascot & a fight song:
Meats leave you bloated
|3 years 13 weeks ago||congratulations! that's||
congratulations! that's quite the accomplishment. make sure you have a celebratory beer or cocktail this weekend to celebrate how far you've come.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||That's what I was worried||
That's what I was worried about! I didn't do this ... right?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I had whipped this up a while||
I had whipped this up a while back ... but now one of these guys has left for geener pastures, & the other one is injured :/
I suck at embedding - here's a link for embiggening the banner: http://i.imgur.com/kaw0nK0.png
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I hope our tiny eaglet grows||
I hope our tiny eaglet grows into a fierce raptor. The bird kind, not the Toronto kind. They are bad.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Exactly right. Wear your||
Exactly right. Wear your colors, sure, he will notice that. But the best thing you can do for your colors is to back them up with class, grace, and respect. We can rag on Ohio all we want, because screw those guys, but when it comes to actually interacting with them, you simply have to be the best person you can be. It's just the right thing to do.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Nope. Relishing the tears of||
Nope. Relishing the tears of the vanquished is just part of sports. It's no big deal, it's not like you're celebrating a person losing their job or falling ill. It's just sports. This is what we do - everyone wins & loses. You feel good, you feel bad. You get to dole out some pride in victory, you gotta take your medicine in defeat. You can't be too sensitive about everybody's feelings, because it's honestly not that important. It's just sports. It's better to not be a bunch of assholes, but it doesn't mean you have to carefully navigate the minefield of human emotion to avoid offending the enemy.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Watching this tournament has||
Watching this tournament has made me want to go shoot a basketball, just to see the arching trajectory again and hear the sounds of the ball rattling home, swishing through the net, and (more often than not) clanking off the irons uselessly. This team has helped me regain a huge appreciation for the aesthetic of the sport.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I need to change my avatar, I||
I need to change my avatar, I hate wisconsin now.