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|1 day 20 min ago||Good recap and preview of the||
Good recap and preview of the coming stages. Stage 8 is shaping up just as you previewed, and it will be interesting what will happen in the final climb.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Terribly sorry for your loss.||
Terribly sorry for your loss.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I hit my first train playing||
I hit my first train playing that course.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I thought with "re education"||
I thought with "re education" he is referring to the type of thing that happened in camps in communist China and Vietnam about 40-50 years ago, not the type of education that takes place in US college campuses. I could be wrong, though.
Yeah, that kind of "education" I do think is a bad thing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||He generates a lot of torque,||
He generates a lot of torque, and hence has really good stuff.
But all that torque generates a lot of stress.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I agree that Nebraska should||
I agree that Nebraska should not have shared in the National Championship because they tied Missouri on an illegal kicked ball, subsequently winning the game in OT. Michigan did not need OT to win any games (but did win one against Iowa that they should have lost) and thus had the better resume in the regular season.
Michigan had no control over the opponent they played in the Rose bowl, and barely hung on to beat a good Washington State team. Nebraska was much more impressive in their bowl game. But again, based on the overall resume, the Missouri game/fiasco should have been the deciding factor.
This is different than predicting Nebraska winning if they played Michigan. I thought that Nebraska presented match-up problems for Michigan that would probably decide the game. Namely, I did not have much confidence that Michigan's defense could stop Frost on the option with a few play-action passes thrown in. Michigan had great difficulty stopping running QBs back then.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Thank God!||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Five 40 oz Natty Lights might||
Five 40 oz Natty Lights might just do the job for his BAC. The problem for me is, how do you last more than 10 minutes without taking a leak?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Excellent tables||
Given that he said he had been drinking since 3 (and it was about 8:30 PM when he was pulled over from what I think I read above) and his BAC of 0.13, it is tough to believe that he had only 5 Natty Light beers.
Unless a beer to him is served in a pitcher, or Natty Light now comes as 16 oz. malt liquor.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Correlation or||
Correlation or causation?
Yeah, probably causation.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That is great for Brian and||
That is great for Brian and the staff. This really had to get funded (there wasn't a doubt though).
Here's to breaking the $40K barrier before the time is fully up!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||What?||
You mean you guys don't like to all fit into the same hot tub together anymore?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Needz Moar Wurdz||
Needz Moar Wurdz
|6 weeks 1 day ago||This is my impression as||
This is my impression as well.
Brandon is harvesting all of the goodwill that the university and athletic directors have built up over a century so is dollar bottom line looks very impressive. He can point to what a great job he did, receive his bonuses, and move on while his successor is left with a bigger problem. Just like a lot of short-sighted CEOs out there.
But I think Brandon's policies are going to affect the attitudes of the current student population. And they are the future donors to the general fund.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Ditto.||
While I have sensed that there are some problems, and have an issue with some of Brian's viewpoints and/or the manner he expresses them, I still have a great regard with what he has accomplished here and support the blog and those who work on it.
I hope that the readership, (particularly those that have a lot of points - the blog must have some value to them if they post so much) and look past their disagreements and still support HTTV, at least at the minimum level.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||No question Magnus, and||
although you don't "blog for a living" you do put forth the effort to have a pretty damn good idea what it is like. And I had little doubt that when the blog grew (which is a GOOD THING) it inevitably had to appeal to a wider, more general audience.
The problem there is the more general you become in any industry/business/whatever the more you lose your core audience. Additionally, the more successful you become, the less attentive you are to what made you successful. Unfortunately, I think both of these have slowly been happening on this blog.
Towards a different point that you allude to, there is little doubt that Brian's blog revenues will ebb and flow with the success of the Michigan football and basketball teams. I would think that this is incredible pressure for him that is way out of his control. For him (and all of the other writers), I would think that a lot more rides on each football game than any or, hell, all of us combined. That inevitably has to affect the tenor of the blog, and I am not unsympathetic.
I just think they would be better off if they try to make the blog more humorous, fun and relevant to the readership at large. But perhaps they are just fine the way things are, I don't know.
Regarding your last point, I can think about just about most anything is more lame than reading a book or going to the gym.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Though the posters who were||
Though the posters who were banned were very influential and almost ubiquitous, they represented a small segment of the readership. Neither their banning nor the negative effect on this blog brings may any satisfaction whatsoever.
Brian was incredibly visionary in his understanding, very early on, that the potential difference between a blog and print media was the nurturing of a virtual community. He was dead-on, and initially benefited from this insight.
The problem - over the years he has been less and less attentive to the community he worked so hard to develop. His also was less receptive to what his writing's impact on had on it.
My impression is that there has been increasingly is less loyalty and less devotion to this blog over the years, and that is unfortunate.
Even in the darkest days, there was humor and hope. He wrote a lot of thought-provoking articles that inspired many long threads in the comment section (given the relative readership, his earlier articles provoked a much greater response than those of the past few years, and the comments were much, much more interesting).
In short, there has been a lot of more information on the blog, but a lot less inspiration, entertainment and insight. And all of this is, in part, reflected in the declining response to HTTV.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Brian's most cited work or||
Brian's most cited work or favorites of the readership is almost always pieces he wrote many years ago. Particularly Seven Swans, but there are many others; my favorite post as well as comments thread came in the wake of the Appalachian State loss entitled "Surrender" (I think).
There were also humorous posts by the readership back then as well (the whole TRex saga as well as a number of parodies).
There is a lot more information available on the blog now, and posted much quicker. But the blog has been progressive less entertaining and humorous, both in content as well in the comments.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||If you think its apathy||
If you think its apathy regarding the prospects of the 2014 football team, then I think you have a small point.
If you think it is a broader-based apathy regarding the blog in general, then I think you have a very good point.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I also thought you were referring to the purge.||
But, yeah, I also disagree with Brian regarding the union stuff and think that there is going to be a lot of unintended and unforeseen consequences (well, unforeseen by those with the view of Brian) to all of this.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know, but something||
I don't know, but something is going on.
Last year raised almost $70K with almost 2,000 backers. Right now there are only 834 backers. So it is clearly a combination of the number of backers and as well as the cash level.
Obviously, some of that will be made up later with revenues for the separate e-book for hockey/basketball, but likely only a fraction of the difference.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Went out at 11 PM, 2 and 3 AM||
Went out at 11 PM, 2 and 3 AM and saw nothing but a beautiful clear night full of stars.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, aint that a fact.||
According to Rivals, Denard committed on 2/4/09, so right before signing day. We had Cone and Tate Forcier (early enrollee, so both were on campus at the time) as the only other QBs on the roster at that late date.
RR sure put in his thumb and pulled out a plumb on that one.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yes,||
that is my recollection as well.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||And I think before that QB||
And I think before that QB Kevin Newsome decommitted and ended up at Penn State.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Understand, but the QB||
Understand, but the QB situation we had at the time was a disaster (I think Sheridan graduated and Threet's transfer was least imminent), wasn't Cone the only other QB on the roster? For at least the first 2 years Denard, by necessity, had to be a QB.
To me that seems to fit a "need the dudes" guy.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||There are many QBs that have||
There are many QBs that have been recruited and have had careers primarily as runners, and there are systems that exploit that, the wishbone from years ago, or now, RR's spread read option.
Regarding his career as a passer, yes, he was poor, but when he was signed you don't know how his is going to develop. Is he going to develop as a passer like Vince Young or Troy Smith (both of which were better passers and decision makers), or like, well, Denard Robinson.
When recruited, Robinson was known to be extremely fast. But there have been plenty of RB's that had speed but did not pick up the kind of yards that Denard did. I always thought that what separated Denard from most is that he had an uncanny knack of picking has way through traffic, and then when open, turning on the jets. And I don't think anyone saw this during his recruitment - I don't think Denard had many other offers.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I missed that but probably||
I missed that but probably due to the fact I do think that Denard can be charted.
He would fit in the "need the dudes" category. At the time, Tate Forcier was the focus, he enrolled early, and was, as I recall, higher rated. Most (not all as we had a post "Its All About Denard" prior to Denard's sophomore season) really didn't foresee his impact. Certainly not when he was signed.
The point is, sometimes the guys that would be categorized as "need the dudes" develop into stars.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||We had a QB that played here||
We had a QB that played here a little while ago named Denard Robinson. Was pretty good, set some records, but I guess easily overlooked.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't know how this picture||
I don't know how this picture looks on your computer, but all of these people look like coneheads on my screen.