|1 hour 51 min ago||I'm not unsympathetic||
But your argument is that there was any decent offensive coordinator who would have taken that 11-2 team and won three games? Even knowing that the 11 win team was the first year of a transition from a spread-to-run/read-option offense to a west coast pro-style offense?
I mean, holy freeking balls, dude, if we're just going to compare things Dave Brandon did with the worst hypothetical post-nuclear moonscape doomsday interpretation of events that may have occured in the most twisted, hellish alternate universe you can draw up, then sure, Brandon has been swell.
|1 hour 58 min ago||Jeebus||
Arbitrary dreck is arbitrary.
|2 hours 5 min ago||I like the approach||
"Okay, your scholarship will be good for TWO lifetimes. Is that good enough, O'Bannon? Fine, how about THREE lifetimes?"
|2 hours 14 min ago||FWIW||
If you give him credit for Mattison, you have to give him credit for Al Borgess as well.
|20 hours 27 min ago||True||
Several local personalities engage in great debate on this topic in a future (and presumably to-be-published-at-some-point) installment of Draftageddon. Someone tries to make the case that Michael Rose's insertion into the lineup was the turning point, using the stats you cited above.
My response was that they did so against the #6, #7, #8, and #11 rushing offenses in terms of YPC, and then a Georgia team that was basically an ASPCA commercial by then. Michigan was a train wreck, and MSU actually had a pretty decent day on the ground (Langford went for a season-high 151 yards and 3 tds on 32 carries) that was obscured by random statisical stuffs.
They were BETTER, but I don't think I'd say they turned a corner.
|22 hours 6 min ago||I think he did sack Gardner||
|22 hours 8 min ago||I think I stared at the list too long||
Because in the light of day, I should really have Iowa ahead of Penn State. Penn State will be somewhat overmatched in the interior, but I do like their linebackers (perhaps more than many people).
|22 hours 27 min ago||Indeed||
Their run defense is predicated on that flawless quarters defense that leaves their linebackers free to CHHHHYYYYAAAAAARRRGGGEEEEE and almost always has a safety available in run support. They'll be just fine.
|1 day 22 hours ago||My take:||
If Nuss coaches from the sidelines and the offense works, that's good.
If Nuss coaches from the sidelines and the offense doesn't work, that's bad.
If Nuss coaches from the booth and the offense works, that's good.
If Nuss coaches from the booth and the offense doesn't work, that's bad.
|2 days 54 min ago||In the words of Winston Churchill||
When you are winning a war, almost everything that happens can be claimed to be right and wise.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Be careful with ground beef||
Because ground beef is basically all surface area, cooking it rare is very risky.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Agreed||
Domestic violence is a complex, convoluted issue. I don't feel comfortable judging people in those situations.
Now, pick-up games at a basketball court? Oh I'll judge the SHIT out of that.
|2 days 19 hours ago||But it's not just intent||
We punish result all the time. Drive drunk, smash into a telephone pole? You're going to jail. Drive drunk, kill a pedestrian? You're going to jail for longer.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Legally speaking||
Man or woman, you can use the force necessary to prevent physical injury to yourself or others. The issue is that, generally speaking, given the size and strength disparity between the average man and the average woman, the punch-in-the-face level of force is rarely necessary for self defense.
If Ronda Rousey starts hitting you, you're more than welcome to try to punch her to protect yourself. Though I'd suggest running like a mofo.
|2 days 22 hours ago||One thing||
The phrase "some kids are naturally hard workers or leaders." To imply that working hard and "leading" are the same thing is ridiculous. The purported 'leadership' knock on Gardner is that he's not vocal enough. No one has ever suggested he doesn't work hard enough.
If you want my educated guess, the coaches are trying to get him to be more vocal, so they've been suggesting he needs to lead more. It doesn't change the fact that the whole "quarterback controversy" thing is a hilarious facade, but it is what it is.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Indeed||
I intended to go deeper into the appellate stuff, but I was already at like 2200 words and I wanted sleepy. You're right, though. On appeal, everything is up in the air... which will hopefully provide fodder for another article. Summer content ain't easy.
|6 days 22 hours ago||So||
If a B-Schooler takes a paid internship between his junior an senior year, his motivation suddenly changes and he is not the same student as a senior? Because that's the NCAA's argument.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Correct||
Just because the NCAA rules vanish doesn't mean individual schools or conferences can't have rules. And most still would to some extent, and they would probably look similar to current rules in many respects. Which is part of the reason the NCAA's OMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN is overblown.
|6 days 23 hours ago||To be clear||
It was just an example. Lots of engineers very much enjoy engineering school (which is why I got out of there: I DIDN'T love it, so I realized I didn't really belong). But I'd venture a guess that every single person in engineering, just like every other student in every other major, has an eye on the career aspects associated with a degree, including future salary.
|1 week 12 hours ago||True story||
My drive from work to my son's day care goes right by the stadium. The police kept closing intersections and redirecting traffic, so I ended up doing a full lap of the stadium. I was anti-evacuated.
|1 week 14 hours ago||True...||
But ND's LB corp is not deep, and Sykes looked somewhat promising. Not a huge hit this year, but not something they will shrug off as nothing.
|1 week 1 day ago||This should be OT||
After all, this isn't relevant to Michigan anym...
|1 week 4 days ago||Can anyone tell||
what kind of footwear they are all wearing?
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Nice speech||
You know who ELSE gave nice speeches?
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||It isn't larceny||
What you're describing (the taking of another's property with the intent to permanently deprive them of it) is larceny. IP theft isn't larceny. However, "stealing" and "theft" are colloquial terms meaning "the generic term for all crimes in which a person intentionally and fraudulently takes personal property of another without permission or consent and with the intent to convert it to the taker's use." It isn't captured as stealing under most older criminal anti-theft statutes, but is nevertheless very much 'stealing.'
As an example, theft of trade secrets is a federal crime (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1831).
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Obligatory|
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||This case||
Is the best possible example of how a party can have the better legal argument, and can win the case, and yet still be a flaming bag of turd.
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||Ah||
Gotcha. Yeah, they'll do that.
I just saw it more as an issue where come Congressmen could jumpt out front and say "HEY LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME SPORTS FOOTBALL THESE ARE INTERESTING THINGS LOOK AT ME."
|2 weeks 22 hours ago||How would they get their hand on the money?||
They already have the power to tax this stuff and largely don't. Besides, we're talking about large sums of money in regular person terms, but to the federal government a couple of hundred million dollars is pocket change.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting||
Any feedback on WeatherGard?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Just dropped a down payment||
On some WeatherGard windows. I'll keep you posted.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||No||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know||
But on the bright side, Draftstreet paid for express shipping, so you'll get it within a couple of days of when it rolls off the presses.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly||
We know there are very fast people on the team. When compared to those very fast people, Funchess was the fastest. Regardless of the number, we know that Funchess is very fast.
This is good.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Yes...||
But the trademark isn't.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Oh REALLY?|
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Safety||
has a steeper learning curve. It's a tough place to throw a true freshman, especially one who didn't enroll early.
Yes, even one like Peppers.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Out of curiosity||
All for it which way? For using the name, or getting rid of it?
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||[pun warning...]||
Speaking of 'Black and White,' this isn't really a gray area. "Braves" or "Chiefs" are in a grey area; you can argue for the relative merits of offensiveness vs. honoring a heritage.
"Redskins" isn't in that category.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||Uh...||
Moving west to look for gold has absolutely nothing to do with skin color or cultural background. It's a thing that people did.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||I think it's more||
about the balance between the potentially offensive nature and the nature of the name itself.
Does "Vikings" potentially cast aspersions on the nordic peoples as being warlike? Eh, maybe. But it is a historically accurate name, and contains generally neutral connotations. Fighting Irish SOUNDS potentially bad, but if you read the generally accepted histories of the name (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish#Moniker), it doesn't sound terribly demeaning.
This isn't like when they named the coffee chain in the Lansing area "Beaners" a while back, but changed it to Biggby a couple of years ago because... well, Beaners is a bad thing to name something. "Redskins" was a slur when they picked it, it's a slur today, and it doesn't contain connotations other than (a) being a team name they've used for a while, and (b) being a slur.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||***||
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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Okay||
There is a subjective component to this, sure. But the USPTO looks at the relatively objective interpretation of the mark, and HOLY BALLS THEIR NAME IS THE GODDAMN REDSKINS.
If your argument is REALLY that I'm a bigot for referring to people who participated in the gold rush as "49ers," I'm willing to take my chances in the court of public opinion.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Calling people "Patriots" and "49ers" is exactly the same as calling them "Redskins."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||This is the correct order||
This is the correct order
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The way it used to be||
It used to always be during a Michigan possession, because the fans don't need to be "involved" with the noisemaking and whatnot. A big play would often break up the wave.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||General principles||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Leadership||
Leadership is a wholly case-specific thing. It is a real thing, and an important one.
But when people outside a group talk about leadership (or a lack of leadership), it tends to be in the same vein as "momentum," "desire," and "will to win": it's a post hoc rationalization. It is whatever a team is doing or not doing while winning, or doing or not doing while losing. When Bill Parcells was winning, it was because he was a disciplinarian. When he was losing it was because he was a taskmaster.
A team that wins has good leadership because teams that win have good leadership. Teams that lose didn't want it bad enough because teams that want it bad enough find a way to win.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, duh.||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||True||
I just find it amusing that they took the effort to contest the claim that they are a cartel, yet they couldn't (or at least didn't) find an expert who hadn't gone on the record in such a fashion.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yep||
That's one of the proposals. I doubt we're going to see Judge Wilken drop the banhammer on the entire NCAA structure. But we'll see something, and the door will be open to REAL reform.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Eh||
To an extent I'm in favor of the plaintiff, but more to the point, I think they "win" this case to some extent.
The remedy is probably a loosening of the NCAA's rules regarding licensing, because that's the main issue in the case. If I had to guess,it'll result in players being able to be paid for their own likeness, and/or preventing the NCAA from requiring everyone to sign over their rights to the NCAA as a matter of course.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Indeed||
I'm personally skeptical of their argument, but it almost seems like a first impression kind of thing given the distinct nature of the claims.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes and no||
You're right that the way I phrased it wasn't great. It was among the last bits I added, and I wanted to go to bed, so I didn't flesh it out.
The NCAA's theory is that the existence of the players is basically irrelevant. Their TV expert testified yesterday that they aren't purchasing the rights to record and disseminate the event because of the players involved. The NIL rights themselves have, in his words, "no value." Their argument is that they DON'T acquire the NIL rights of the players, but instead the obtain ONLY the exclusive right to place cameras. This is in direct conflict with the language of the TV contracts that were introduced yesterday; the Fox/Big 12 contract explicitly guarantees the granting of the NIL rights of all participants, and others contain an indemnity for NIL claims against the broadcaster.
Whether athletes HAVE those rights is a separate (and very tricky) argument, and when tied into the anti-trust nature of the "voluntary participation" angle, it becomes a very sticky wicket.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||...||
"Who's your favorite Civil War hero?"
"Joey Harrington, sir."
|4 weeks 38 min ago||I like his idea, actually.||
It sounds like more fun than the way we did it. Less informative, of course... but more fun.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||How about this||
They work in an incredibly dangerous industry for long hours which has a monopoly, and which fixes wages and benefits below market value.
Even if, for SOME people, it is a good deal, that doesn't exempt the ENTIRE INDUSTRY from the kind of labor laws that affect everyone else. It's like saying "we hire really poor people, so if we only pay them five dollars an hour that's more than they would get otherwise, and they can always quit, so the minimum wage crap is a cop-out."
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Who?||
Happy Easter !!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW||
This isn't the O'Bannon suit. It's the related Keller suit.
The O'Bannon trial started today.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||True||
But at the same time, you're less likely to give a guy brain damage from a punch to the face than you are from repeated kicks to an unconscious guy's head.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||As if there's a debate...|
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The fact||
that people continue to insist that Drake Johnson was #2 on the actual depth chart last year is interesting to me.
|5 weeks 39 min ago||I'm guessing||
His concern is more that he'll end up somewhere in the Midwest that could hurt Michigan. Like Purdue.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||You'll have to wait...||
...but there is GREAT debate about who the best remaining safeties are. And it largely revolves around those two names.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Yep||
We are beyond this point in the actual drafting process. And as you may have guessed, Mr. Longa IS one of those first 8 LBs taken. And you can probably guess who takes him.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||We've gotten to 8 LBs off the board||
So I'm curious who your undervalued LB is.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||yes||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Indeed||
Things are amazing. And terrible. And terribly amazing.
READ WHY INSIDE!!!!!
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Probably both||
But also, last year they did a joint football and basketball/hockey Kickstarter, so it took in a lot more money because it was selling two products.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||For the price of a burrito||
You can watch me eat a burrito.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks folks||
You's good people.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Did you not read the part||
Where things are HUGE???
|5 weeks 2 days ago||***DISCLAIMER***||
Neither MGoBlog nor HTTV can make football season arrive faster. We apologize for misleading you.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Being diplomatic||
It is unlikely that DJ will end up at the top of the depth chart at tailback. Nothing against the kid, but from my understanding of the depth chart and the assorted comings-and-goings, it is unlikely.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
Not with our respective entourages in tow.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Also||
The headquarters is getting that long-awaited (and frankly much-needed) third hot tub.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
That sounds like a pretty unethical quid pro quo.
So we are agreed. A point for every dollar raised.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yep||
"Well, we got above the $30k mark, but then a couple of negative-donation plays put us back below the goal."
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Odds are||
We were in a nearby cell.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Wise advice...||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||In that case||
They'd better stop recruiting high schoolers. Those types tend to do stupid shit ALL THE TIME without warning.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Not if she (Dileo) overheard it||
If so, it's an Admission by a Party Opponent, and her (Dileo's) testimony of what she heard is therefore admissible.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This was discussed internally||
But there ARE no "running backs" in this draft. Technically, you just draft 6 "skill players." Which makes sense, because it isn't like I can sit on the pool of running backs, because more will be selected by people who already have running backs between now and the end of the draft.
Good catch though.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Thing about the 4-team draft||
There are only four QB slots, so when there are two equally-decent QBs left and two spots left, the two remainind QB-less teams will kinda stare at each other for a while, and just grab whichever one is left.
Unless something CRAZY happens.
(Something crazy happens).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Done||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I like your reasons||
My reason was that SOMEONE has to be Skyler, and I don't like Nebraska very much.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I understand||
And the episode was fine. It was a bottle episode, and a perfectly decent one. It just wasn't what I (or probably most fans) want with a series like that. I liked the Gus backstory episode because it combined some force-fed character development with just enough action and plot advancement to make it interesting. Not so much with Fly.
Just a personal preference, I guess, but one shared by most BB fans: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0903747
|6 weeks 22 min ago||True||
I did like that it pointed out that this was largely a workplace drama as much as anything else. But you don't need to take an entire episode to do that. Let SOMETHING else happen.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||I mean||
You do know you're replying to Magnus, who just said the traffic to his blog has ebbed a bit, right?
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||Those were good times :/||
I was there as well nukin' threads and Bolivianing trolls, though I didn't really post in the Mod Action Sticky (I didn't think many people would come back and be like, "what happened to my 'TEH OFFICIAL THROW AL BORGESS INTO A VOLCANO THREAD' thread?'). And I discussed the possibility of locking things down with Brian after the game, but we doubted it would do much good. I took his "let it burn" thing as being a sign that we shouldn't feel the need to try to put all the fires out, because at some point there just aren't enough buckets.
I don't have any insider info on the Purge. The Brian/WLA stuff predates my time, and I don't see most of his interactions with people. I'm just trying to level-set with people that we're human, and as such are subject to the same kind of stuff that makes any of us want to rage-quit things.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||You would be more subtle||
If ANY of your comments weren't about Ohio State.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||#Science||
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Go on...||
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||I didn't even think about it||
But I just noticed that the pop culture reference I used to show my coolness is 17 YEARS OLD.
Damn. I might not be with it. Or hip.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Agreed||
And here's the thing about banning long-time users: they can still rejoin with a new account like three minutes later. No one is prevented from participating on the board. I doubt we could do so even if we wanted. We ban personas. Often, those personas take on a life of their own, and nuking them almost frees the users from the conflicts that arise around that persona.
On the Union fisking thing, I don't feel bad, primarily for the same reason. Getting your username called out is different than being called out by actual real-world name. It was a little out of character (Brian doesn't engage with board posts very often), but I didn't think the responses were inappropriate content-wise.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Well||
In that case, THAT one I don't feel bad about.
Brian's article on that subject (http://mgoblog.com/content/fisking-internet-capa) was basically just refuting the arguments of various posters. He didn't attach names (though he linked through to posts).
MINE was the article (http://mgoblog.com/content/bust-capa) that basically said that drawing other conclusions was stupid, but I wasn't even talking about peoples' opinions of what college sports SHOULD look like. I was simply analyzing the case from a purely legal standpoint, and posited that legally speaking, the decision was almost certainly correct.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||I can assure you||
I saved a lot of my best zingers for HTTV, and I know the content provided by Space Coyote, MVictors, John U. Bacon, and others will be beyond what you will see on the blog and/or will have prettier pictures.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||I beg a moment's indulgence||
I normally steer away from conversation of The Purge, but if I may offer my quasi-insider take and then I'll sit quietly in the corner for a while.
This is a labor of love for everyone who works on the blog, and I'm not talking from a financial sense. Sure, none of us do it because it brings us unimaginable riches. But I'm saying that we all genuinely love Michigan sports, and especially Michigan football. The malaise you speak of doesn't skip us. In fact, if there is a person who takes Michigan football bed-shitting more personally than Brian, I haven't met him.
So, when you combine your job with your passion, and one going to shit causing the other to suffer, it sucks, and forces people to redouble themselves into said shit. It's one thing to be able to turn the TV off after the Penn State game, throw the cat through the dog, and go drink your sorrows away and try to forget it. It's quite another to have to sigh and jump into tending a message board full of people who want blood, then to have to write about it, then to have to rewatch it a dozen times play by play. I'm only tangentially associated with it (this is obviously not my day job), and last year damn near killed me.
So in a situation like that, no one is immune from allowing long-standing personal/professional disagreements to boil into each other. I've had people call me a hack and undermine my (admittedly non-serious) work, and it pissed me off to no end despite it being just a hobby on the side. But I continue to write because it is a chance to share my fandom with others. There are many times I want to walk away (lord knows it would be easier), and sometimes the ability to cope with the difficulty of being a pissed-off fan and a professional discusser of fandom requires steps that take away from the things that cause one to bleed into the other. And so it is with the inter-personal conflicts that span tat gap between fandom with the management of the blog.
The bottom line is that Brian (and the rest of us) sometimes takes uncomfortable steps that make it possible to function as we need to. If that means banning people for personal reasons, sometimes that will happen. It doesn't make it great. But it is necessary for us as fan-bloggers.
So while I think The Purge went farther and became more personal than it needed to (which I've told Brian), you have to look at it from our side as well. People come here, at least to some extent, because it is a group of Michigan fans writing about Michigan, so you can't be surprised when they react the same way you'd expect any Michigan fan to react in the face of 27-for-27.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||WOO SPACE COYOTE ARTICLE||
wait... this is our fault, isn't it?
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||I'll try not to take it personally||
That the first year I write content, NO ONE WANTS THE CONTENT.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Stick around.||
There are some serious stare-downs/games of chicken in later rounds. Things get interesting.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Eh||
I don't know of a fair system that accurately scores the contributions of, say, a left guard vs. a weakside linebacker vs. a tight end.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Four goals||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Dave Brandon?||
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Nah||
Compare the offensive numbers over time. The NBA is actually in an offensive down period, with this year being a bit of a reversion toward the previous numbers.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It's a 4-team draft||
So a lot of it is based on position depth. Seth was right that defensive tackle isn't very deep, so Michael Bennett was more valuable than Joey Bosa. Still, I got him with the 14th pick, which is pretty damn high when we're talking 24 positions in a 14-team league.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||It's an industry term||
It's an industry term
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah||
My board is rather light on Boilermakers.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I like Hack||
But losing the guy who caught half of his passes is gonna hurt.
But trust me, we're a few rounds beyond this, and I feel confident that I am thoroughly dominating this hypothetical draft with amorphous goals and unclear evaluation criteria. By a LOT.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||...||
/rolls up shirt sleeve, revealing Ricky Stanzi tattoo.
Come at me, bro.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Which is reasonable||
Though I think I made a pretty good statistical case. Thing is, this is an opinion thing, and there's only so much mad you can bring about opinions.
Except for Seth's opinions in next week's edition.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Ah yes||
A Notre Dame fan joking about people not being able to hold onto defensive back recruits. That's totally reasonable.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It's not your fault||
It's my fault. I suppose I should have led with a disclaimer like "I don't think Gardner is the best player remaining."
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So the pie is larger||
But so is the number of hands reaching into the pie.
So, I guess what I'm saying is USE PLATES AND FORKS YOU DIRTY BASTARDS.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah...||
because... and... wait, huh?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||But Rutgers got throttled in the Pinstripe Bowl||
Whereas in the BW3 bowl...
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It seems odd||
But Ace reached a similar conclusion when researching Maryland for HTTV. They probably don't suck.
Don't worry. Rutgers still sucks.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||As did||
Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin, Penn State, Tennessee, Nebraska, and a couple of dozen other coaching staffs.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Knock it off||
No pedophilia jokes. This should be obvious.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Perhaps...||
but isn't that exactly what Al Borges would WANT you to think?
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Congratutions, and good luck||
May these million MGoPoints guide your wife and child safely through today and this weekend.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Did you try||
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I even make a cameo||
In which I wax poetic about the dichotomy between the student and the athlete, and whether this is truly a team game or a game of the self played out with many selves.
Or I make "Louis Nix was fat" jokes. I forget.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||"Joke"||
You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||You know what else is one-dimensional?||
A thermonuclear bomb. And yet people insist that they are a big deal.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||wait||
His left, or the hitter's left?
Cause it it's HIS left, that seems like a problem.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Wait wait wait||
If we're not allowed to talk out of our asses anymore, than what will become of the internet? WHAT, I ASK???
|8 weeks 1 day ago||A couple of things||
"25 samples at one school is hardly a representative sample nor is it large enough to offset a ton of internal variation"
I think you mean it isn't a sufficiently sized sample, though it seems like a pretty good size number to me. But look at those P-numbers. There is a chance, mathematically, that these variations arose by chance... but that chance is like win-the-lotto-sized. Even the best-case scenario side of the 95% confidence interval is well within the "yeah, there's a problem" range.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Well||
They used a control group who presumably did normal kid things when they were kids.
Besides, is the best argument in the "football causes irreversable brain damage" debate really "well, OTHER things might also cause irreversable brain damage"?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It's good to question||
It's good to question studies, but it's really hard to look at these numbers:
And have your primary thought be, "well, maybe they just mathed wrong."
They used age-, sex-, and education-comparable individuals as a control group, and produced numbers that are (a) really, REALLY hard to explain away, and (b) are frightening as shit.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That's the rub||
You really can't. How are two linemen supposed to avoid jarring blows to the head?
You can (and should) teach heads-up techniques that reduce the risks of neck injury and limit the incidence of spearing, but a perfect form tackle still jars the brain against the skull with great force.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
And it ignores the HUGE gap between "football players aren't smart" and "football players have significantly different brain structure than non-football players."
The former is insulting and inaccurate, but the latter is just... yeah.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||My coach used to tell us||
There's a difference between "hurt" and "injured." If you're hurt, you can play. If you're injured, you should sit.
We're not talking about "hurt." We're talking about "injured" (and more specifically, "brain damaged")>
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Just my two cents||
But if you find yourself saying that Ohio State's back seven is better than Michigan's, I find myself having a hard time taking the rest of your analysis without a grain of salt..
|8 weeks 1 day ago||So...||
How far beyond "definite Hall-of-Famer" does one have to get to become an all-time great?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||On the corpses of his enemies||
On the corpses of his enemies
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Random question||
I registered a bazillion years ago (okay, like 10 years ago). Does anyone know if I need to re-register every so often? Like, has the tachnology advanced such that they would need a new sample?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yup||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Nope||
He's pretty clearly the victim. both legally and in reality.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Correct||
First degree assault requires the government to show that he caused great bodily harm, so the defense will argue that if he was injured by the fall, Nelson didn't CAUSE the great bodily harm. It's a tricky argument, but the burden is on the state, so who knows.
As for self defense, usually (in the general sense) you can respond with the level of force necessary to defend yourself, assuming you didn't create the situation. It's really hard to argue that Nelson was defending himself when kicking an unconscious dude in the head. In fact, it's REALLY hard to argue that (a) I didn't kick him while he was unconscious, so it was still self defense, and at the same time argue (b) I didn't injure him because he was already unconscious.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, but.||
Those four states account for nearly 30% of the population of the United States.
Lower expectations for the not-so-football-crazy northeast, and those numbers aren't terribly surprising.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I counter with||
It's not about the size of the dog on the fight, it's about the size of the fight in the dog.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Technically yes.||
Coolidge is the Lansing/East Lansing border at Saginaw. The Rite Aid is on the Lansing side, but almost all of the housing near that intersection is in East Lansing.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks||
I'm sure it's just a precaution... but I nevertheless remained filled with the feels.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||And just a reminder||
There are times when Sparty jokes aren't a great idea. Times involving the phrase "secure-in-place" generally fall under that heading.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed||
I guess that's the problem with trying to put attach a number to everything, is that it all depends on the scale, which is usually where the whole thing breaks down. I especially love that people try to give a numeric value to "intangibles." I understand the impulse, but... yeah.
Bottom line is that I think his arm is strong enough. He seems to be able to throw the deep ball with some good touch, and it at least looks on highlight tapes like he can throw the out. but he definitely won't have that extra "I was slow on the read but I can get the ball there RIGHT NOW so it'll be okay" margin of error that Morris has.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I've watched some of his stuff...||
And while he doesn't have an elite Shane Morris-esque arm, it is certainly not a 4/10. His delivery is just a touch long, and he... well, he ain't Denard in the mobility department... but he throws a nice accurate ball, he looks pretty technically sound for a high schooler, and he can "make all the throws" as they say.
I like the kid's game. But I'm a blogging golden retreiver.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||And I was also tongue in cheek||
Though I didn't say I was an athlete for Michigan. Snark is not an NCAA sport. YET.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Fine||
But despite my arrogant narcissism, I didn't say anything when you very clearly came back after being nuked earlier this year. So I'm a benevolently arrogant narcissist. And that's gotta count for something.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||So||
I attended the University of Michigan. I've been to literally hundreds of sporting events at MIchigan. My family has produced All-American athletes for the University of Michigan. I've watched pretty much every Michigan football, basketball, and hockey game possible over the last dozen years. I spend much of my free time moderating a message board for the sole purpose of facilitating conversation about MIchigan sports. I spend much of my free time writing about Michigan sports for a website dedicated to MIchigan sports.
I don't have season tickets.
Go ahead. Call me a fairweather fan.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||or "Hard Edge"||
or "Hold the Rope"
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Last warning||
Stop being this.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
Definitely meant 55 years. They have won, as you may know, zero playoff games in the last 5 years.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||True||
But the Lions are yeeeeears away from winning a Super Bowl. They've won one playoff game in 5 years. They're still a construction project, so I guess I'm okay with just grabbing talent and fine-tuning need at a later date.
I'd assume they'll go DB in the next couple of rounds.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I beat ya||
I knew it was talking about basketball when the TITLE OF THE THREAD INCLUDED THE CRYPTIC HINT "JALEN COLEMAN."
Sorry. I got loud there for a second.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||So idiotic||
One might almost be tempted to think it was hyperbole or sarcasm.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||This||
I've seen a longer quote on it, but I don't recall where.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Your point is well taken||
But I'd encourage folks to keep in mind the issue at hand, and to keep this thread civil for the sake of the people with heavy hearts who may read it.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Rutgers has given LeGrand a lot||
But he's given a HELL of a lot to Rutgers as well.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It wasn't LeGrand editorializing||
He was quoting Julie Hermann, who told him they did it for "political reasons." Now, maybe he lied, or maybe SHE editorialized. But the quote has a source.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
|9 weeks 3 days ago||...||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Are you suggesting...||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||POSITED:||
1) Having cancer doesn't make someone not a douche, or even LESS of a douche.
2) Being a douche doesn't mean it's good someone has cancer, or that it should be celebrated or viewed as divine retribution.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well||
I'm not sure WHAT it is, truth be told:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Ack||
|9 weeks 6 days ago||With enough bleu cheese||
There is no such thing as "excessive wings"
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Depends||
What are the 16 numbers on the front?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Hey||
When the son of the deposed king of Nigeria asks you for help, YOU HELP HIM.
His father ran the freaking country.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||No...||
That's not how a "preponderance of the evidence" works. There has to be a REASON to believe that the individual is more likely than not guilty.
And do you know how I know this isn't a ridiculous haphazard standard implemented willy-nilly? Because it's the standard of proof used in every civil court. OJ Simpson's wrongful death suit was weighed on a preponderance of the evidence standard, and dude lost WAY more than a couple of years worth of tuition.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Sigh||
/Collects things, eats lunch in closet.
|10 weeks 17 min ago||Uh...||
But you do realize that if you do that, you don't set the MSU or OSU games to 0%, right? It cuts both ways.
There's a difference between binomial distribution and predicting a set of outcomes. You can make the math work out such that you can predict a team to go 10-2 with three predicted losses (9 games at 99% win probability + 3 games at 33% win probability). Which is fine (KenPom does that). But if someone says "Michigan will beat everyone but ND, MSU, and OSU," that DOES equal a 9-3 record.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Not for nothing...||
But you don't get a lot of brain damage or rhabdo in medical school. Just sayin', there are some legitimate concerns that go WAY beyond the amount of compensation.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||That's kinda what makes it a gray area||
They're employed by their teams, but they also fall under the reach of the NBA. So are the Warriors protesting to their employer or not?
Not that it really matters. It's semantics. And it didn't happen.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Either term would work||
A boycott is the avoiding interaction with a certain entity for punitive reasons. A strike is the cessation of work to try to affect something about the employment situation for the workers. You could call it a "strike" if you want, and it wouldn't be a ridiculous term, but I think boycott is more accurate based on the aims of the protest.
The other reason it is more of a boycott is that they are continuing to perform many of the functions of their jobs. They just aren't going to play games (or, rather likely, they weren't going to play one game).
Besides, in the sports world, we almost always call these events "boycotts," such as the olympic boycotts.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't downvote people for predictions||
Other than this one. I downvote this one on sight.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||If it makes you feel better||
Think of it like he's being banned for his amazingly racist practices as a landlord, which we all suddenly remembered when we heard this tape.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Your comment is wise||
And I wish to indicate agreement.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Hmmm||
Comment about getting downvoted for this comment. I'm curious to see what happens.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Methinks||
You conflate "need" and "desperation"
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Lots of things are illegal||
Jaywalking is illegal. So is murder.
That doesn't make them all equally bad.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Uh||
Preeeeeetty sure you're missing one kinda sorta big difference between the two situations.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Suggested reading||
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Possible||
And if you're going to pay $750k for a coordinator, it's tough to pay the head coach like 25% more than that.
That said, there is a big gap between what they needed to pay Hoke from a market standpoint (little), what they needed to pay from a PR standpoint (more), and what they actually paid him ($KA-CHING)
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Agree and disagree||
I always feel like it's a little distasteful when we're talking about potential Firm Handshake candidates before the time comes (and even when it does come). At the same time, it makes sense to see how firm the current numbers are; area we talking about being full-to-the-cap with contributing kids, or are there some kids who are unlikely to see the roster next year for understandable reasons.
Take the Austin Hatch situation. If it looks like Beilein is already recruiting with his scholarship, I'd say it's within the bounds of good taste to suggest that it might appear that way because Beilein and company have already made a decision about his scholarship. It helps inform the "are they recruiting this kid because there might be a spot open, or are they recruiting him because OMG THEY'RE OVERSIGNING?" conversation.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Sassing a constable||
Should be way more than two years. The NCAA is losing control. #Thugz
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I think the issue||
Isn't that people don't want WiFi. They do. I know I'd enjoy it. Ths issue is is that WiFi is a small item on peoples' wish lists.
If you do a poll asking people "would you like free guac on your burritos," 96% would say "of course I want free guac" (the other 4% are immediately deported as communists/terrorist/commuterrorists). But if you ask them to name the BIGGEST issues facing the country, very few would name "lack of complimentary guac."
Pretty much everyone would like WiFi. But it seems like a fix to something other than then primary problems.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Ya know||
I understand my profession's place in the universe. We are evil monsters with smaller-than-average genitals and a lack of conscience. But I do get a little sick of people being all "leave it to the lawyer to point out alleged violations of law." It's like saying "you just think Global Warming is real because of your 'research,' MISTER SCIENTIST."
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah||
The thing you describe is called "retaliation" and is really really illegal. Also, union balloting is secret for a reason.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Nah||
Even then you get the Friday Night "What Are You Haunting" thread.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah||
We do know what he did. It's just that no one will run it.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||FWIW||
The NCAA lowered the THC cutoff/threshold by 66% (from 15 units per whatever to 5 units per whatever) before this year.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||This one time||
I sold a couch on Craig's List. It wasn't a great couch, but it was okay. And there's nothing wrong with selling an okay couch. But you don't try to sell it for the same amount you'd sell a nice new couch.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Okay, fine||
I owe you. But I don't owe you for the log-in-and-comment time. That's on you.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My attempts at humor||
Lead me to random places.
But FWIW, I don't care if Hoke names a starter. Everyone knows it's Gardner, so if they want to coachspeak the whole summer, whatever. But I don't want to read the endless "QB CONTROVERSEEEEEE" articles, and Hoke could put an end to those. Which I would consider a solid.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It may be your picture||
I usually try to give proper credit on photos, but sometimes Google Image Search just gives me pretty pictures to use.
|11 weeks 18 hours ago||He has||
And it's CLOSE to the principle the NLRB/lawyer-types look at. But profitability isn't the issue so much as total dolla dolla bills flying around.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||There's a difference||
Bo didn't want a playoff... but to my knowledge he never said "HOLY SHIT THIS IS WAY TOO COMPLICATED TO FIGURE OUT." The former is legit (some people still wish we were in the pre-BCS days). The latter is, as we have seen, laughable.
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||Yep||
It's sort of like the issue of unpaid interns.
"It isn't like we pay them below minimum wage. We pay them NOTHING. So that's legal. Cool? Cool."