that is nice bonus change
|11 hours 11 min ago||Either||
the sarcasm has developed to a razor-sharp level of dryness and subtlety beyond my level of comprehension this year, or a tendency toward naive literalism has abolished sensitivity to sarcasm from the comment section.
Just in case, I'm keeping my smart remarks in the quiver until we see how this year's comment sections shake out.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Horford?||
Is that you?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I was||
pleased when Delaney brought Nebraska into the conference, then we found out it meant having OSU in a different division.
Finally we got that worked out, but it means playing Rutgers and MD regularly at the cost of historical rivals going back to the WWI era, as well as any potential improvements to the schedule like Nebraska. It is sort of difficult to keep a straight face when calling the result a "schedule."
By now, it seems that it is not just Brandon, but the B1G and CFB as a whole that is hell-bent on driving its historic fan-base out the door in its indecent haste to cash in on TV revenue. It's getting harder to maintain anywhere near the old enthusiam for a system being mined and gutted by a bunch of jerks.
|14 weeks 8 hours ago||I had||
AT&T land-line service. Their work crews cut my service unintentionally more than once while screwing around with the box at the end of the street, and it was unholy hell to ever get AT&T off their asses to ever fix what they had messed up. It always took a minimum of 10 days to get service restored after they fucked it up, and they stonewalled the whole way. I got rid of them, but I probably have to look forward to seeing them in Hell.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||"Catch"||
First of all, objectifies the person you are referring to as a "catch," making them sound like a particularly large tuna you caught on a fishing trip.
Second of all, implies that you "caught" more than you really deserve to have, which implies that, unless you keep them drugged and tied up in the basement, you are likely to lose them, or at least find them all eaten up by the time you drag them back to harbor tied to the side of the boat because they are too big to haul into the boat.
Furthermore, I don't understand why ending a marriage at age 22 is worse than ending one at 23, 24 . . . , 109, 110, or whatever other age 50% or more of marriages end in the US. And I really don't care what they do, and I certainly don't consider myself better than they are.
Perhaps this argument is about whether people who remain entangled in a horrible marriage that they are capable of leaving should get a medal for refusing to admit they fucked up. I think they deserve a divorce just like anyone else. Or maybe those happily married folk deserve a medal for lucking out. In this case, certainly virtue is its own reward.
I only really responded to see how narrow the box will get. Anybody know where to go to discuss the NCAA commitment/recruitment system?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||If this||
is what the NCAA does when it's not scheming to deny medical care to people seriously injured while playing revenue sports, it's time to put it out of everyone else's misery.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't realize||
Zyzzyballubah was the name of the terrifying levitating fireball head thing from Wizard of Oz.
He actually seems pretty mellow when you get close to him. Intimidating visitors to the Wizard of Oz must have been a shitty job for him.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Isn't a "firepit"||
a hole in the ground where you have fires?
How do you steal a firepit?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Well, if it helps,||
there's also that "eye of the needle" quotation.
Some folks have tried to grapple with it, BTW, as follows:
Others cite OT passages to suggest a simple case of Hebrew/Aramaic hyperbole. More on this: http://www.biblicalhebrew.com/nt/camelneedle.htm .
|17 weeks 2 days ago||"The fact that||
This is if, by "this," you mean the social biases and parochial interests of the school.
Or maybe you think the troublemakers and busybodies should have left PSU to sort out Jerry Sandusky on its own. After all, the school is always right.
|20 weeks 58 min ago||Now that you bring it up,||
Hand didn't commit to OSU.
Maybe we can get Jordan Morgan to talk to recruits about the UM engineering dept.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Better||
fake and only relative than a totalitarian mandate of fakeness.
Or do you believe might makes right?
|20 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW,||
I'm pretty certain this is not "OT."
This is cherry-picking, but I think Hoke is down a point in the soundbite wars with our southern rivals, to wit:
If there exists a level of program-building that goes beyond recruiting and developing players and waiting for them to mature, ie, building relationships with the fan base, it could well be that the bad guys are doing this better than ours are.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||That was posted on||
April Fools', wasn't it? I'm still not sure if that was for real.
Also, while we're early in the usage development cycle, I'm wondering if the gerund "apostrophe-s'ing" shouldn't actually be spelled ""'s"-ing." (The Chicago style use of quotation marks makes that more confusing than I thought it would be. I'm also wondering, should a literal including double quotation marks be inside single quotation marks or doubles?)
|21 weeks 2 days ago||This also from the article:||
So who knows what to believe.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||"Whitlock:||
I get a déjà vu feeling seeing this. IF this is true, there is an earlier similar.
When Hoke came here in '11, part of his narrative was the lesson he learned from the first two losses of the '98 season to the returning '97 1/2 MNC team. He said this was on him, because he had taken the '97 success for granted, and neglected DL basics. From what I think is a more recent source (
This story is nothing new; he made no bones about it when he came here in '11. The disarming honesty was a part of his charm.
I'm no hater; if his UM team kicks ass in 2014, none will be happier than I. In Hoke we Hope; In Nuss we Trus'.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I thought||
the maligned D of '10 was made to look worse by problems on O -- turnovers in the wrong red zone, scoring droughts, etc.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||It's all about punctuation.||
Saban actually said
|21 weeks 3 days ago||So||
they're talking about their home schedule.
Edit: I wouldn't capitalize "Tide" in that quotation after 2012.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"Their country . . .||
I think they are 40 years behind the Oakland Raiders, if Vera Cruz is any indication.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||For Texas,||
Tijuana makes more sense.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I want to hear him say||
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"cross-marketing"||
You mean "cross-dress marketing."
|21 weeks 3 days ago||This will help||
with recruiting in Arabia.
When's the last time anybody played Toronto?
|21 weeks 3 days ago||This is Michigan.||
We don't get sad.
We get fatalistic.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Is that||
supposed to cheer me up?
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Just what . . .|
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"At least||
we're beating ND most years, even though, over-all, we're doing worse than they are."
Doesn't work as a sound-bite. Damn nuance.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||"This century."||
Now you're being theatrical.
"This century," ie, since 1914, UM has been in and out of the Western Conference (aka b1g), built the largest stadium in CFB, invented the iconic winged helmet, and opened a huge lead in the all-time series v. OSU, Michigan Agricultural (aka MSU) and ND, while our biggest rival, U-Chichago, has vanished. All this while weathering a much bigger funk v. MSU from ca. 1951-1969.
If "this century" is bumming you, consider a switch to the Mosaic Calendar.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||I was||
a pep-band scab (UM dragooned the pep band from Ga. State University for the first weekend at the OMNI in Atlanta) for UM that year. My first Dead concert was 6-20-92 at RFK. Even spread out over 3 years, that was a special run of goodness.
I think you should drop the "OT"; this sounds very "T" to me.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Haven't seen this clip||
I was going to respond with an imbed of a 50-second YouTube football clip from the 1970 film MASH, but it "contains content from FOX, who has blocked it on copyright grounds."
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Got me to looking||
and M came in at #44 last year. 2006 M was #7, and 2007 M was #21 while Florida was #10 after getting pushed around in the Cap-One Bowl. This makes me somewhat dubious of the Sagarin ranking.
Hopefully there is a Nuss effect and we don't go back to biting fingernails when playing supposed tomato cans.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||That's||
|21 weeks 4 days ago||U-Ga||
is in the Braves market area (Atlanta-Athens).
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Didn't we say that||
|21 weeks 4 days ago||But how can||
EVERYONE schedule someone 10 times worse than they are?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||That's||
a conference game. They made us do it. Blame Delaney.
And lets wait til after Appy II before we start calling it a mismatch.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||And||
Appy State with Alabama. What could go wrong?
80's -- I wouldn't mind the 1980s over again. But no more losses to teams from states beginning with "I."
|21 weeks 5 days ago||The defense||
succeeded in making a lot of stops also; I don't know that a different approach would have "netted" out any better.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I may have caused that.||
During that Lou Holtz stretch, I kept saying "PLEASE all I care about is beat that damn team once," and now we are reaping the whirlwind.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I AM! I AM!||
I was just contemplating 3-pointers for a minute there, is all.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not||
bixing about the OSU game.
Except maybe in the way of the old viola teacher I heard about.
He stopped his student after a mistake 6 times in mid-bow stroke with a slap across the chops.
The 7th time, the student performed flawlessly. The teacher slapped him again and said "Why didn't you do that the first time?"
|21 weeks 5 days ago||. . ,||
|21 weeks 6 days ago||I had a feeling||
the OL was underperforming last year, and that the overall design of the offense was a factor.
I, too, am willing to hold out a hope for a dramatic improvement in the OL in the same category as the improvement in the D the first year under Mattison.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||"Ring-around-the-rosie,"||
as in the old nursery rhyme, is an early symptom leading to the eventual buboes that characterize the black plague.
I hope our line play next year is better than the black plague.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||It||
seems I'm never completely happy about reffing, and then there's all the bixing about reffing I hear from people on all sides, game in and game out. This is a field of endeavor in which I don't know whether to believe my lieing eyes or not.
Could reffing possibly be as bad as people say it is year in and year out without affecting the integrity of the game?
I always feel partly like a fool to give in to caring about the outcome of a form of sports in which refs play such a major role, but then M starts to put something together and I get caught up in it year after year.
The indefinably elastic role refs play in the whole bit makes the outcomes seem almost dreamlike and surreal to me. The only part of it that seems for real is the fact that people on both sides of almost every game will be railing about the distortion of the natural outcome of the game by reffing perfidy.
After Tennessee, I went to some Tennessee blogs on a schadenfreude safari. It came as an initial surprise to me that they thought refs had ruined the game for them. There was rueful embarrasment over the out-of-bounds call, which they considered payback for a full first half of reffing bias and stupidity. There was unanimous outrage over J-Mo drawing the charging foul. After reading all this, I decided to take a step back from the narrative of dirty teams gaming the system by building their gameplan around copious fouling and getting away with it, because it appears that no one is ever happy about the refs, myself included.
For the time being, I'm considering this an existential and not an institutional problem.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||"3"||
is a fickle mistress.
Even with all the endless discussion about foul no-calls included, M wins, regardless, when the 3s sink.
After the MSU conference playoff game, it was suggested that grueling schedules and tired legs work against teams that rely on jumpers and 3s. Do we suspect tiredness, or is the "3" just an unpredictable phenomenon?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||They got there||
the honest way, kvetching about reffing aside.
Unless your idea is to expand to a series at each level by restricting the size of the initial field, I don't know what more reliable method exists.
This has all been argued before, but if the proof of what the "best" team isn't which one wins when given the chance, then what does "best team" mean anyway, and how is it evaluated?
If we make the evaluation of the "best team" strictly a virtual exercise for pundits, then maybe we can realize the dream of finally matching up '72 UCLA v. '76 Indiana, and so on.
But I like the conceptual simplicity of actually having the teams play against one another.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Too||
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Technically,||
it was seven days or so ago, wasn't it?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||It's||
that thing that melted and sent the Challenger into Biscayne Bay or somewhere around there.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Well||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Taking a step back||
I have to say that I was speaking from what I would call the common wisdom that real food quality regulation is possible or meaningfully exists; what you are pointing out is that the scale of industry practices is far beyond the point that meaningful regulation is politically and economically, or perhaps even physically, possible.
I suppose my real kvetch is that the illusion of regulation is more-or-less maintained while the reality is, plainly, nonexistent. I would be better off commenting on the political economy of pet food, where I have made at least a slight effort to be informed. In this case, I have come to realize that, after arrogating to themselves the role of licensing and regulation, many state governments have promptly delegated that responsibility to advocacy entities for industries that they are supposed to be regulating. Consequently, industrial perogatives acquire the force of law. The most flagrant example of this, off the top of my head, is the not-yet legally mandated AVMA raw-food policy which becomes the source of speaking points for every vet licensed through a system essentially managed by the AVMA. This policy is written not by dieticians or even vets, but by people whose expertise is marketing and whose loyalty is to corporations who are locked into a symbiotic economic relationship both with the finances of the AVMA and with the business model of most AVMA-schooled vets. Pets and pet-owners have no dedicated advocates inside this system. My inherent naivety requires me to be constantly shocked at the pervasive self-misrepresentation (unconscious or otherwise) of all the players in this system.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Thankey.||
YouTube search in progress.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I know him mostly||
from his work with "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" (10 minute snippet/NSFW thanks to Jim Jeffries):
Who's the bloke on the left?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Heute Indianopolis,||
morgen die Welt.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Chemistry teacher||
didn't like it when I did that in the stock room.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||A 3||
would have still won it.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||FG kick||
in Ohio Stadium, '74, or 4th-and-goal, same venue, '72.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Subs too.||
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Speaking||
of "Win the Game," McGary was dressed out. Does this mean that sometime soon . . .
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Is that||
British comedian Bill Bailey on the viewer's right?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Still working on||
the "moved on" part.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Alright, Brutus,||
where did he touch you?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The road||
from Avondale Pizza Café to Carnegie Hall is a long one; the musicians might actually chuckle before rattling the nickels in their tip jar in your face.
But I chose wrongly; this was not the analogy I truly sought.
I would like instead to reference the Bachelor's in Music that Booker T. Jones earned at Indiana University while playing trombone in the IU student orchestra at the same time that he and the MGs and the other musicians at Stax churned out backing tracks to hundreds of commercial recordings in the mid- to late-60s.
For the sake of argument, let us hypothesize that this already household-name musician enjoyed the benefit of a scholarship from IU in order to pursue and complete his degree there.
Were there such a governing body as the NCAA presiding over the world of students on music scholarships as there is for "scholar-athletes":
He would have been denied "eligibility" to perform in a student ensemble at IU on account of his many paid outings in the Memphis music scene during his high-school years;
He would furthermore be ineligible on account of the many commercial recordings he had made to the date of his admission to school;
He would have been prohibited from any professional engagements during the term of his involvement in the IU orchestra. This would have denied the world, among other things, of his contributions not just playing on but producing Albert King's album Born Under a Bad Sign. (He commuted back to Memphis on weekends to keep up his work at Stax.)
The parallels fail at some point -- the IU orchestra was not a financial powerhouse producing $150 million in revenues off the efforts of its scholarship students, for one.
But I just don't see any aspect of the NCAA's artificial legal construct of the "scholar-athlete" that doesn't offend market economics as well as simple fairness.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Bitcoins?||
You mean MgoPoints?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Actually,||
the cheap shot was intended for the reasoning process that goes "We better maintain a plainly hypocritical system of organizing college sports because if we try to redress its transparent shortcomings who knows what might happen."
I chose the FDA out of the blue (not our blue) as an agency that I WISH would be more anally retentive about exercising its regulatory powers.
With some trepidation at sidetracking the discussion, a quick search digs up an admittedly advocacy sight,
with the following general comments easily confirmable at multiple other sources (ie, this isn't the first time I've encountered the following):
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Vasectomy||
preserves the possibility of using them later.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||imbalance caused by imbalance.||
The NCAA's insistance on the pose of amateurism -- denying "scholar athletes" the right to profit from their talents and labors from any source while locked into the scholarship situation -- is a legal and economic anomaly that was bound to go the way of Olympic amateurism. The NCAA turned "amateurism" into a hypocritical farce, and so, in our fairly regimented and hierarchal economic system, the next place for "student-athletes" to go in our social model is "employee" status in order to acquire some semblance of economic and civil rights.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Analogy:||
try telling a musician at a nightclub gig that they should be happy to play for free since they are doing something they love and the nightclub is providing them an audience.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||There has always been||
a tension between the school-spirit aspect of sports and the opportunity that this created for commodification and monetization. Fielding Yost epitomizes both sides of this duality and Michigan Stadium, built in 1929, is a monument to it.
The NCAA was all about an iron-fisted standard of late-nineteenth century poses of amateurism for the "scholar athlete" while encouraging third-world style kleptocratic profiteering in every other aspect of the business of college sports. The pretence of purity has collapsed under the accumulated weight of decades of profiteering cynicism (bowl system, etc.). Things won't go on the same way.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I wish the FDA||
had the same level of concern for unknowable outcomes as do college sports fans. There, I would consider it well-placed. Here, not so much. The NCAA has had 50 years to address the aspects of college sports that infuriate people, and it has done nothing. Time to reap the whirlwind.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||If||
M went 2-7, let's say (1962 record) for eight years in a row, I don't know if I would follow M with the same voracity. It's not JUST the name, but some kind of success associated with the name, as well.
I do turn on Pats because of Brady, but that's because of Brady coming from M, and a history of success.
M with shitty players probably wouldn't be the same M; the players do matter.
I agree on players selling their likeness -- and the NCAA says it thinks this will sully the purity of amateur sports. Excuse me while I look for a barf bucket.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Not so fast--||
Although, to be fair, they are probably all actual "scholar-athletes."
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I pictured||
a surf'n'turf with a T-bone and maybe a 3-lb blackened Manta Ray on the side.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Until now,||
it had never crossed my mind. But now that you mention it . . .
Well, this (NSFW) is like a cross between the sex scene from Team America done with less talented and less attractive action figures, and the voice-over from an old SNL "Mr. Bill" skit from the '70's (for which, see below):
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Linkified:||
To my weak eyes, "KenPom" always looks like "Kenporn."
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||I confess||
I googled your comment and I still have no clue where it comes from, although I have seen the odd Gary Busey movie. I have to conclude your comment is a work of genius.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||It's like calling someone||
"perfessor." More ironic than anything else.
I like to gratify my ego by acting more humble and more tolerant of human weakness than anybody else. Consequently, the only way to really one-up me is with something like "I'm not as smart or enlightened as you are, but . . . ." This makes even getting thoroughly pwned somewhat agreeable.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Then||
it's like a four- or five-year internship where only ca. < one in a hundred ever actually gets a paying job directly related to the field of expertise involved in the internship.
I still don't think anyone would find this attractive anywhere outside the artificial legal world of the NCAA.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Have we forgotten||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Big||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||This post shows,||
as anyone who has watched college sports over the last 40 years might suspect, that it isn't easy to keep the $$ out.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||We can't all be Gary Busey,||
but Horford is closer than most.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Petition==>collective action.||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||In the face||
of creating yet another capricious and arbitrary NCAA enforcement bureaucracy, I'm tempted to say yes.
The Conferences that aren't hip enough to socialize to the point of some sort of revenue sharing (UT et alia) will be in perpetual danger; those that do (B1G, as well as, by analogy, the NFL) will create a stable platform.
If you do make rules, please don't let the NCAA be responsible for enforcing them.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Northwestern's not ready.||
Alabama, on the other hand . . . .
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Death by a thousand cuts.||
The NCAA has held on under a number of exemptions to monopoly law the justifications for which it seems to be doing its best to discredit. Even with the pendulum still heading in an anti-populist direction, it seems like something has to give.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||FWIW,||
Brian is a sure bet to comment on this on the main page at some point.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||This is somewhat||
The wording selected may lead to an excess of static over signal in the stream this comment generates.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||If your only real concern||
is for the families, and most of all, the children, of the ticket-takers at Michigan Stadium and elsewhere, then you are right, you are truly selfless.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||4-year scholarships,||
or the lack thereof, was one of the issues cited as a reason to establish a union to represent the players' side of things. Maybe you unwittingly agree with them after all.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Judging by||
the pos-neg balance, it appears opinion on this board is about evenly split.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan football||
was doing much, much better in 1901. I think we need to return to the practices of that era.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Someone do this.||
I would, but this is not my area of expertise; I don't know where to start.
If you want a discussion of just intonations for Dorian mode, I might be able to hang in there for a bit.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||. . .||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||In this analogy,||
you'd have to sit out a year at your new job before you are allowed to participate, unless the boss that hired you at your old job left before you joined. If someone at the new job still wants you after having to carry you for a year, you must be DAMN good.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Concussions,||
repetitive sub-concussive contact, wear and tear, trauma to the knees, and other potential fatal and crippling mishaps are a MASSIVE health risk.
By your reasoning, not playing football at all is a MASSIVE benefit.
It puts me in the mind of advertisements that say, "You can't afford to pass up these SAVINGS."
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Anybody||
who risks a career-ending knee injury or a potentially fatal spinal injury in the course of representing their alma mater on the field is deserving, in my opinion, of being spared personal responsibility for paying the medical bills hoisted on them by the unforseeable consequences of their participitation, even if they aren't key players in bringing in the $150 million a well established program collects from theirs and other's efforts.
If standout success means that people with deep pockets would pay generously to see advertising with Devin Gardener's face associated with their goods or services, I think that is fine too.
The current NCAA definition of "amateurism" is as flatulent, outdated and arbitrary as was that of the Olympics ca. 1970.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Unless||
they get dumped a year or two in when their grey-shirting, medical-wavering SEC coach finds a higher-rated recruit, finds them in violation of "team rules," and pulls the plug on their supposed sweet deal before it even really gets started.
All the ususal buzz indicates to me that college-level sports is a de-facto full time job, and that with the exception of the uphill struggle of an occasional Jordon Morgan (remember Hand advised not to pursue his chosen major at UM because it is inconsistent with the time required for football), most of them only get time to "play" school anyway.
I'm interested to see if anyone who has actually competed under full scholarship thinks athletes are actually raking in the millions.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||NCAA||
insists that any similarity to actual jersey of player for any NCAA member institution, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
btw -- I think you mispelled your thread title.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Or||
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I saw||
something about that in a thread here somewhere.
|23 weeks 7 hours ago||Keep||
|23 weeks 7 hours ago||No,||
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||I want to beat||
ALL of them.
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||I'm wondering||
how many B1G teams are going to be in the Sweet 16?
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||beH wisconsin||
bang sixteen 3 b1g teams! chaq staae wiscy pagh laH moq maH jatlhqa'.
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||I believe||
Wisconsin could be setting up a sweet sixteen with 3 b1g teams.
M might have a chance to defeat them or MSU again. Who knows?
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||Simply||
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||Wisconsin||
setting up a sweet sixteen with 3 B1g teams ! maybe we can beat Staae or Wiscy again.
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||The whole rest of his team||
scored 12 points between them?
I can't even imagine.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||These all sound||
like the kind of caveats that can apply to anything from auto mechanics to astrologers.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Ha Ha.||
|23 weeks 2 days ago||The press||
obeys a herd mentality; there are no real mainstream muckrakers. It generally depends for content provision on inside relationships with established institutions who can afford to do its work for it (pressers, statements, etc.). This makes the press a mouthpiece of established wealth and power.
An attack on MSU might also bring the press into conflict with the NCAA money-making machine. Attacking folks with lots of money usually ends up involving lawyers, and has low long-term upside. The press seeks prey that is small or has already been weakened.
Of the canines, the press more generally resembles the jackal than the watchdog.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Criminal cases||
belong in courts of law.
Cases of student misconduct (criminal or otherwise) and inclusion in the school community belong in university administrative conference rooms.
Regardless of which of the possible scenarios in the Gibbons case actually transpired, it is in UM's province to decide whether that is the kind of conduct UM wishes to countenance and allow to flourish under UM sanction.
I'm assuming it was never UM's intention for it to become a public matter.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW,||
I think he should.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I've seen this argument||
But wasn't erratic foul calling one of the problems with the Final against Louisville last year?
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah,||
but I'm still not tired of doing it.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Update:||
Michigan State did win.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||"3"||
is a fickle mistress.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I have to be careful how I say this --||
but I always found the rape ewok emotionally satisfying. I never got over the irritation I felt when "Return" ended with a Disney-esque military frolic ending with a crushing triumph by teddy bears over a modern mechanized army. I had expected "Return" to continue a trajectory of growth in substance and weight extrapolated from "Empire Strikes Back," and I never forgave the teddy bears for crashing my party -- at the same moment that a romantic interest was going cold in the theatre seat next to mine. The combination of frankness and graphicallity imposed on the cursed cartoonish interlopers by your one-time avatar was gradually restoring my karmic balance with the frivolous furry rodents. I'm sorry I never acknowledged the healing powers of your avatar while it was still around; how we take the important things for granted.
I should have recognized Snoopy's flag from the images in the Wiki article on anarco-syndicalism. After reading the article, I am 75% certain that that is the closest established counterpart to my socio-economic convictions. Down with Madison's "minority of the opulent."
|24 weeks 4 days ago||On first click||
I thought this was going to be a DB tribute to Kiss. I'm still grateful we didn't have to witness more Bumblebeez for the OSU game last year.
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I got||
pretty restless with the succession of mishaps that led from four losses in a row in 2006-7 back to 7-6 this year, and my irritation spiked with 27 yards on 27 attempts. I thought firing RR after 3 was the first step on the road to ND status.
But I didn't want to stay angry. I was pretty much molified with the Borges-to-Nuss transition. If Hoke can't get it done, we'll see what happens next, but I'm content to take things one at a time. We already blew the 32-year bowl streak, which really doesn't mean that much now that bowls are a form of school-financed special olympics anyway. Elite we are not, so what's the hurry?
Looking at your new avatar -- is Snoopy a Sandinista? No politics!
|24 weeks 4 days ago||I heard||
an unsourced anecdote that Pablo Casals used to throw up before every performance.
Along the same lines, I heard about a backstage ballet coach who would mark a dancer's face with magic marker if they didn't appear agitated or hyped enough before a performance. This would force them to go back downstairs and redo their entire make-up and then sprint to make it back to stage in time for the down-beat.
|25 weeks 7 hours ago||When will||
B1G refs start calling technicals on Crean and Izzo?
What a great night Morgan had to close out at Crisler, and just when we needed it as IU once again hit capricious and improbable numbers on FG and FT. Nice to beat them in spite of this wierdness, and at least in part on the back of an outstanding showing on the part of Morgan, a foundation of the Belein transition era.
|25 weeks 8 hours ago||Speaking||
of double . . .
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Wishful thinking?:||
|26 weeks 2 days ago||For a long list of reasons||
I thought RR was better than that, as well.
I was actually pleasantly surprised at the time at how principalled he appeared to be.
We will probably never know what went on, only that our case for apparent moral superiority is getting more tenuous every year that goes by.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Gibbons' recourse||
would have been not to force himself on a drunk woman in the first place.
Once he sent someone to the hospital as the result of a drunken sexual encounter, his student status is in an admittedly precarious condition.
If someone doesn't want to get in that situation, then they should probably avoid that kind of behavior, as demanding as that may seem.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Yes.||
Embarrassingly obvious grubbing for money aside, I'm willing to bet that the beginning of the slide in student attendance can be dated to not before Oklahoma's legal victory over the NCAA over televising college football in 1984. The prior NCAA approach to limiting TV access to college football meant that the overwhelming majority of college games were unaffected by TV commercial time-outs and scheduling impositions; it also meant that ADs were primarily concerned with the stadium experience and not the TV market. The focus on TV income has made actual attendees of secondary importance and has put them out in the cold, metaphorically speaking.
I wonder if TV income makes it economically hypothetically possible to have football games without live audiences at all; if so, this economic reality is what modern fans are up against.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I suppose it depends.||
The first time I read the story, it sounded like this guy's wbb teams were a primary avenue to college scholarships for his players, but now I don't even see the statistics I thought I saw in there. It's a whole world I know nothing about. This is part of the reason I hesitate to judge the situation.
What are the in-demand fields these days? I'm about ready to file my doctorate in a safe place and start over.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Linked story includes this ad:||
Eww. I'll stay with the lisinopryl.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Once we turn college athletic scholarships||
into an avenue of social, economic and professional advancement, it's hard to blame parents for doing this.
Parents have moved their families to improve their kid's educational prospects for years, and no one has made it out to be a problem. Once you construct a reward system, people are going to respond to it.
I'm not familiar enough with this to say whether I think it's a problem, but it's hard for me to put the blame on parents who want the best for their kids.
And as long as Sabin is still allowed to coach, I have trouble blaming the coach there for working the system that is in place.
Edit: I realize this is HS, but college sporting scholarships are the object of the exercise.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||The poop hit the fan when||
They play rough, don't they?
|27 weeks 3 days ago||I did,||
and there was this:
I don't remember the last time I saw the word "flecked" paired with anything other than the adverb phrase "with spittle."
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I thought||
everybody knew about his "Kramer" moment on the Jon Stewart show during the Helen Thomas flap:
You think you know someone, and then . . .
|30 weeks 1 day ago||It's not the same||
as a criminal finding.
I'm no lawyer, but all universities feel free to define the conditions under which they are willing to include someone in the university community, and is not unreasonable to extend prohibitions to include sexual encounters that include alcohol and have unpleasant outcomes, whether a rape is committed or not. I don't think its asking too much to ask someone to forgo these types of encounters as a price of participation in the life of the university, and I don't think there is doubt here that something of this nature transpired.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Technically,||
all government actions are "politics." "Politics," "policy" and "police" are all words derived from the Helenic words for city [polis] or citizen (ie, member of a city) and are more or less analagous to the Latin equivalent cognates -- "civics," "civility," "civilization," all derived from the Latin "civis." In general, the embracing idea is that it is everything involved in people coming out of the forest and abandoning the law of the jungle in favor of a community of people governed by a system of law.
In popular usage, the word "political" is also a term of disparagement used by all who have ever come out on the short end of an outcome involving decisions made by other people -- auditions, promotions, etc., as heard in the expression "it was all politics."
This is an ambiguity in the alternative senses of the word big enough to drive a truck through, and I'm not sure you're not toying with it.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Don't know what this means:||
A musician has a choice of scholarships and assistanceships in order to help finance an education toward a music degree. In both cases, progress toward a degree or meeting assistanceship obligations is a condition of maintaining the assistance.
This example is sort of contorted because much of this assistance is for post-graduate work. Anyone pursuing a higher degree in music is likely eyeing an academic career rather than playing in an orchestra. (There is also an historical split between the old conservatory system, aimed at producing players, and the university system aimed at producing scholars and researchers (and, in the US system, professors). The conflation of the two in the US is sort of an historical peculiarity.) In football, there are no post-graduate football scholarships, and, as far as I know, no academic careers built around football, except maybe John Bacon.
All this aside, a person on assistance for music school can do anything they want on the side as long as they maintain progress toward a degree or their assistanceship duties. A musician can audition for a performance organization at any time with or without a degree. I don't know, but I am willing to guess that the majority of symphony musicians have no doctorate, although many do.
I don't see why CFB players can't engage in gainful employment using or not using their expertise, or hire out for commercial endorsements or the like, as long as they maintain their scholarship responsibilities. This, I think, is artificial and wrong.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Saying||
M spends $800k ON each football player is like saying NASA spent $24 billion ON Neil Armstrong.
This money is spent to make the players more effective at their JOB.
In particular, as the historical examples cited above show, medical treatment has in the past had a tendency to go away when the player can no longer do his JOB, hence the necessity for a lawsuit in the first place ca. 1950.
"Amateurism" was stripped from the Olympics at around the time they were fully subjugated to money and TV; there is no analogy in that example to the role of the NFL in helping to superannuate "amateurism" as a device to maintain a defacto farm system.
In an undistorted market system, it is hard to sustain a legal rationale squaring "amateurism" with rampant commercialization as is the case with CFB these days.
WIKI's comment on "amateurism" in the Olympics ends with the following:
|31 weeks 5 hours ago||Do you mean||
|31 weeks 7 hours ago||Klingon:||
Qo' bitch, ghewmey yIjatlh, neH Ha' waq lace 'ej shit moq Sep! team vImuSHa'! DaH chaq QujmeH rur ghu'vam team laH Suq hoke Hoch lugh HochDaq!
|31 weeks 7 hours ago||It's happening||
|31 weeks 6 days ago||The opposite.||
For one, I was thinking the exact same thing during the OSU game.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||Technological naïveté, I guess.||
I've never texted in my life, and the heading apparatus looks credible enough to my untrained eye.
And I was hoping he had said all these things.
|32 weeks 6 hours ago||Did you say "blue?"|
|32 weeks 1 day ago||You mean||
|32 weeks 2 days ago||You can say "dick"||
|35 weeks 2 days ago||I was thinking||
of ski masks, back in '09, and the re-instatement of Glenn Winston to MSU football in fall '09 after serving jail time in an assault on MSU hockey player A.J. Sturges. I recall there was at least some gloating over UM moral superiority at the time.
The Bucknuts pushing of the Lewan story has led me to a site called Washtenawwatchdogs.com, with which I have no previous encounters. This site is reporting, in a tendentious tone perhaps inseparable from the investigative reporting mindset, on an alleged cover-up of an incident involving Brendan Gibbons and, tangentally, Taylor Lewan, from fall 2009. A sinking feeling of retroactively established moral equivalency, then and now, rears its ugly head.
This has been a tiring season. Perhaps, after cheering for yet another freshman QB in the Copper Bowl, it will be a good time to hibernate for a bit.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Well,||
maybe Brent Pease will still be available after the Copper Bowl.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sort of with you.||
This is more my speed:
|35 weeks 3 days ago||This||
is a serious blow to the meme of Dantonio as lax disciplinarian.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||This may be stretching a point||
to play devil's advocate, but back in the day, many folks called Sargeant Pepper "George Martin's best album."
|35 weeks 5 days ago||That's not||
how we do it here.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||From||
|36 weeks 3 days ago||M||
has much more infrastructure than MSU.
But MSU has bounced to the top in the '50s-60s, and briefly again now, despite their lesser history/tradition. Even outside the M-MSU rivalry, Dantonio has exceeded Saban's mark already, and yet appears less of a threat to leave than Saban was; we'll see how that plays out.
I think it is less about MSU and more about M's relative fortunes then and now that no-one looks back on the Saban years as a downtime for Michigan in that series (we were 3-2 in Saban's brief span).
|36 weeks 3 days ago||I would add||
Devaney to your list of coaches. I think he is the one who first made Nebraska dominance seem inevitable.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||It would be interesting to see||
where perceptions stood during the 14-4-1 stretch (Biggie Munn, Duffy Dougherty) MSU put up during 1950-69. Starting in '70 was the 37-year run that brings us up to the Dantonio era.
M is bigger and better-established overall, so do we look at even a twenty-year stretch as a minor aberance?
In the short term, I begin to wonder if the Bo tradition that fueled 37 years of dominance has soured into an introspective culture that turns cannibalistic when faced with any attempt to infuse the culture with outside influences, perhaps threatening a lengthy ND-style tailspin?
The future will tell. I am willing to look past the last six years if, indeed, a dramatic turnaround is around the corner.
By now, though, the "transition" that began in 2008 has gone on long enough that, before too much longer, it will have to be considered an historical epoch in its own right, perhaps similar in character, although I hope not in duration, to the funk UM fell into from 1951-68 (which had some very good seasons therein, just not that very many of them).
|36 weeks 5 days ago||Everyone knows||
it was controlled demolition.
Speaking of conspiracies:
|37 weeks 1 day ago||But then,||
do we still distinguish between a "pointless post" and a "pantless post?"
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I think||
the minus one for downvoting will make a difference in sorting out recreational downvoting from serious and principled downvoting.
I'm not sure, but if I recall correctly, Mgoblog has never had downvotes cost a point before? If I'm right, the future stretches out beyond our imagination.
Edit: Oops, now that I hit "save" I see the queue of comments all saying the exact same thing I'm saying. Well, here's one more vote for the minus one for downvoting.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Posting confusion error.||
|37 weeks 1 day ago||/sees above comment;||
// investigates "War . . ." review, referenced above, at Amazon;
///confirms that the following is still posted there as "The most helpful favorable review":
(Nice to see Mike Messner's namesake still holding the line for the team.)
////cackles gleefully, enjoys warm feeling of satisfaction inside.
(Maybe I shouldn't say this after the last sentence . . .) Thank you, Benoit Balls.
BTW, I googled to make sure I understood your e-name correctly. It appears everyone is calling them "Ben Wa Balls" these days.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||You're suffering||
Things don't work the same everywhere.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW,||
the headline is as you say, but the second paragraph starts:
If there is a clear distinction to be made, the writing in the article isn't helping to clarify it.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I like||
to see both the infraction and its inevitable reward.
After all, there aren't that many any more.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Can we||
have one of these?
|37 weeks 1 day ago||I thnk||
it needs plumper elves.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||There were||
also plenty of legitimate and articulately-worded opinions that got bombed by people that thought downvotes were to be used as a sort of popularity contest.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Downvoting||
was excessive in the old days when it was free; several well-articulated opinions were mobbed with downvotes if the mob mentality got ahold of them.
I think the one-point toll for downvotes will curb the exhiliarating and undiscriminating generosity with which some folks used to throw them around.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Alright,||
now I'm confused.
Is it "points system" or "pants system?"
|37 weeks 4 days ago||There are worse things||
to be terrible at.
Although, I find Groban to be a witty and ingratiating personality in general, as witness his two turns on Never Mind the Buzzcocks some years back.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||For 10 years||
OSU fans have been able to say "We will always have Tempe."
Now we can do the same.
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I vaguely remember||
talk was, at one point right around when the voting system started malfunctioning and going away periodically, of making a downvote cost a point to the person who cast it. I don't think this system was ever implemented, but this is where the discussion appeared to have converged after much experience with herd-downvoting, grudge-downvoting, clique-downvoting, suppression-of-principled-disagreement-downvoting, etc., and seemed to represent the highest development of the theory of downvoting and just never made it to implementation.
I think much of the jerk downvoting will go away once a downvote comes with a price.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||Not OT||
per MGoBoard FAQ:
I hope we're not going to take them lightly this time around.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||After||
reading the following:
I started expecting a fireball, so the actual video was somewhat of a letdown.
I wonder if this is the same as expecting to lose by 35 and then only losing by 11?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Nice to know||
Mgoblog is Ars-Technica savvy.
I suppose it should come as no surprise.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||I was expecting||
I guess it's been too long since I saw the movie.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||Is there||
a reciprocal obligation from the professional staff and AD?
If so, do you think they are measuring up better than the fans are?
(I'm thinking particularly of the "love for the game that isn't rooted in the almighty dollar.")
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think||
Brian called the entire Michigan football program "horseshit," but the way you parse his comments may depend on how inclusively you define the words "entire Michigan football program."
I think that sounds over-broad.
|39 weeks 4 days ago||. . .||
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Is it possible||
to get passing and rushing yards as a percentage of opponent defensive avg. as well?
I'm not any kind of football mind, but since I was a teenager I have always thought it was misleading to count qb sacks as a rushing play. Is there as yet no consensus forming about making rushing yards sack-free, and counting sacks against the passing game?
|40 weeks 6 hours ago||Obviously||
the problem was with RR.
Look how he is stinking up the place at Arizona, and look how our program has taken off since we ditched him. Who would rather be cheering for Arizona right now?
The proof is on the field.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe DB||
is floating this rumor so that, when M shows up wearing proper uniforms, everyone is so relieved that they don't notice M getting beaten 50-14.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Are you suggesting||
that Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry?
P.S. -- In 1985, it was a very good year . . . .
|40 weeks 5 days ago||"Funky."||
Is this a pun?
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Your word||
in God's ear.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Hand||
just chose dinosaur-y Alabama over MBA-driven Uniformz-y Michigan.
Michigan isn't winning as much as dinosaur-y Alabama or uniformz-y Oregon.
Uniformz may not be the answer to winning and losing, but they may have something to do with holding on to the devotees of the team that once wore what Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in college football."
What you're hearing is "feedback." "Whining" is just a term of arbitrary deprecation. Stop whining.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Well, so far||
we have threads deriding the abysmal playcalling, and threads defending it.
We also have a thread warning us about more uniformz shenanigans.
Why don't you start the "Uniformz Appreciation" thread?
Edit: This was in response to "No joke it's Hoke." Sometimes the response linkage seems a little hinky.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||The Brandon,||
the Brandon, the Brandon.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||"Beetles?"||
|40 weeks 5 days ago||For some reason,||
it's almost impossible to find this information with a simple google search.
White jerseys were instituted by the NCAA in the 1950's to facilitate viewing on monochrome (ie, "black-and-white") TVs of that era, even though the NCAA's first invasion of the television world was to ban broadcasts of games by Notre Dame and Penn in 1950. By about 1952, the NCAA had settled on the one-national-game-a-week plus regional broadcasts that more or less were the rule until the NCAA was successfully sued by Oklahoma and U of Georgia in 1981.
The white road jerseys were instituted sometime around the beginning of NCAA football broadcasting ca. 1952, although I can't find any explicit discussion of this on-line; I remember it was in the CTE story a couple of years back, I think in the New Yorker. I can't find that online either. According to a hit for "Dawgsports," the white jersey rule was lifted sometime around 2009.
You can see home unis on both teams in both the snow-bowl OSU game of 1950 and in the excerpts of the UM-USC Rose Bowl of 1948 posted to YouTube by WolverineHistorian. If the white-jersey rule has in fact been lifted, the Game would have been the perfect place to restore some real throwback action. Unfortunately, the MBA's are in charge with gimmick uniformz the new "tradition."
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe Hand||
will flip back to us if we offer more gimmicky uniformz like we did in '11. After all, recruits eat that shit up.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Is that||
the "Tsar Bomba" of 1961?
|40 weeks 5 days ago||"I swear,||
some of you are more concerned about the fucking uniforms than winning the game."
I, for one, hate the brain-dead offensive play-calling and embarrassing losses as well.
But I think I'm also entitled to my own opinion on the idea of someone with an MBA mentality shitting all over that which Bo once called "the uniform with the proudest tradition in all of college football."
Losing is bad enough without the additional irritation of "what is that shit they're wearing?"
|40 weeks 6 days ago||RR||
never had anywhere near the third-best paid DC in D-1 football, either. If you factor for compensation, you get Borgerg.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||This is||
so not the time for a big-time coaching search.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I||
turn mine off, although the whole NSA thingy has me wondering if it matters one way or the other.
No-one loves a grammar Nazi, but I don't flinch from the opprobrium. This is Michigan, fer Gosh sakes.