I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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- He picks his butt before every serve. Once noticed by the viewer, it becomes extremely unnerving.
- He walks to the towel-boy and wipes his sweat after almost every point. This delays the game and is annoying. His matches take forever. It's agony to watch. His opponents don't like it either and have accused him of taking too long between points.
- He takes an unusual amount of injury timeouts. Once again, more delay. Annoying.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Main Point||
My main point was not to disagree with the shutout prediction. You seem to agree that a shutout is unlikely, and as a self-professed "quant" I think Brian would readily admit the statistical unlikelihood (is that a word?) of a shutout. It's a given that a shutout is a bad prediction.
My main point is that the analysis is lacking. When everything is sarcastic, including the score prediction, then I think it undermines the blog. I continually come here for the in-depth analysis, especially the wonderful "Preview" posts, but it seems this one was overwhelmed by negative sentiment.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Sarcasm||
Probably the most sarcastic post I've seen from Brian. I understand the frustration and feelings of helplessness, but I think it's possible to present these views without such intense sarcasm.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Skipped Saturday's game||
Skipped Saturday's game
To hang with wife and offspring
Damn good decision
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Spark it up again||
Is it time to resurrect this post? Consider how prescient some of these folks were:
"Everyone is angry now, but just wait until next year when Borges finally gets to unleash all the Rawls halfback dives he wants behind an all sophmore o line."
That was a year ago.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Petition||
The sentiment has been around for at least a year:
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Loafers||
Before they zoom in for the opening shot, check out Hoke's shoes. He rocks black leather loafers with no socks. I think there are some tassels on there too.
It's enough to blow your mind.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||No thank you||
I admit that points have some practical advantages.
However, a point system leads to groupthink. It drowns out the minority viewpoints. Sometimes those minority viewpoints are from trolls, but sometimes they are legitimate positions that should be recognized and addressed. Having a real dialogue between people with different views usually leads to a better understanding of things by both parties.
Mgoblog began as a countercultural phenomenon, a bulwark against a homogenous mainstream media. For Mgoblog to suppress a counterculture that grows within the blog itself would be shortsighted, hypocritical and sad.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Also||
Also, the "muthafuckin" part of the phrase must be spoken at an extremeley high pitch. Any other usage amounts to blasphemy.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||BTN?||
Do you have a residence in the USA where you subscribe to Big Ten Network? If so, then you should be able to get a password for yourself, which allows you to watch BTN on your computer or mobile device (BTN2GO). I've never heard of anyone doing it from an island off the coast of China, but it may just be possible.
If you don't subscribe to Big Ten Network in the states, then maybe some generous soul on this blog will give you his or her BTN password.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Half you||
Technically speaking, I think you would still be half of yourself at that point.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Nothing like||
Nothing like the smell of spam in the morning.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes||
That would make sense and would be in line with earlier reports of negotiations to get BTN on "basic cable plus," or whatever you call the tier just above basic cable, in the NYC area. And it would be a timely announcement since football season (and therefore football TV viewing) is about to begin.
Not nearly conspiratorial enough though.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Data Set||
I am also bullish on Gardner this season. I am also a big fan of your body of work, Mathlete. However, I do have some questions about the selection of data used for this analysis.
It's obvious why you chose a 5-game streak as the cutoff point for deciding which quarterbacks to compare Gardner with -- that's the length of Gardner's streak. However, you are lumping the good (those with 5 game streaks like Gardner) with the great (those with presumably longer streaks). The same is true for the +14 PAN cutoff. Once again, Gardner barely makes the cut, but he is compared to those who presumably have much higher PANs over their 5-game streaks.
Perhaps it would be more instructive to look at those quarterbacks who have had streaks of 3 to 7 games, with PANs of +10 to +18. That way, you could look at who makes the cut and then say "we can expect Gardner to be the average of these people."
Maybe I'm making this too complicated, but you're a complicated guy, Mathlete, with a nose for precision. I think you'd be up to the task . . . .
|22 weeks 6 days ago||The Reality||
The reality is that, if you look at all the companies getting into streaming these days, they are same media giants you've grown to hate. Time Warner, Comcast, etc... If you look at who owns the exciting new ventures like syncbak (streaming network TV from your area) and Hulu, you will see that the transmission method is changing from cable to streaming, but that will not affect your TV options from being controlled by a small number of behemoths intent on squeezing every penny from you.
Streaming TV is cool, but don't be fooled into thinking that you will be free from content hegemony.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Sports||
I cut the cord, and have been strategizing on how to get sports. Here you go:
1. You can get some sports on major networks. They don't stream, but you may be able to get streaming network TV from syncbak (there are a couple competitors popping up too) for a minimal fee per month. New metro areas are being added to their list in the near future, hopefully before football season.
Also, if you have an old-school TV antenna and get a digital tuner, or you are willing to invest in a new digital antenna, you might be able to get good quality network TV. I bought a digital HDTV antenna for the house, but it didn't work. So beware.
2. BTN. If you have a friend with BTN via a cable subscription, you can use his or her password to get BTN streaming to your tablet or PC.
3. ESPN. This is a problem. I can't find any way to get ESPN streaming without a cable subscription. Perhaps you can get a password from a friend.
MLB and possibly now NBA offer streaming subscriptions. NFL does not. Keep an eye out.... I have a feeling more content will be available for streaming soon.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Sound||
You could have a sound clip looping endlessly of helmets cracking: the "sound of football" according to Hoke.
I love that quote from Hoke but yes, I am being facetious. Sort of.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Butt-picking et cetera||
From a distance, he does indeed seem like a good person. He is always very gracious in victory, for instance. However, the above-mentioned habits mean that, while I don't hate him at all, I do hate to watch him play.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Family car?||
You will have to decide if it's going to be the family car. If so, you'll need to throw down for a full SUV (3 rows) or minivan if you want to fit 3 kids and a wife inside.
If it's not the family car, then get whatever. Get another civic. You can fit 2 car seats in almost anything.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Checked baggage||
If you have to run from one gate to the other, and you barely make the next flight before the doors close, then chances are your checked luggage (if you have any) will not be joining you on the flight. This has happened to me before. A couple times.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Quality||
Nice work. I would think you would want to control for quality. If the conventional wisdom is true that conference expansion = more recruiting power in the new conference areas, then you may see the same numbers as before, but you will be getting recruits of higher quality from the new conference territory.
In this specific example, the SEC is getting roughly the same percentage of its recruits from Texas and Missouri as it did before conference expansion. However, has the quality of those recruits increased?
I imagine this would be a fairly straightforward add-on to the existing work you've done, although it might be time-consuming.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||Let me elaborate on that||
1 - Trey Burke
2 - Knight
3 - Buy someone for $25 million
4 - Monroe
5 - Drummond
I like that.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||AAAAAHHHHHH OOOHHHHHHHHH||
|32 weeks 8 hours ago||Let's stop complaining about the students||
They are often late, but they are loud.
Non-students are often on time, but they are mute.
Both classes of fans have their benefits and drawbacks.
We need the students to spend the first quarter doing shots of shitty vodka at a house party so that they can show up at halftime and yell really loud in the fourth quarter. We NEED these late, drunk fans just as badly, if not more, than we need the grey-haired punctual grumblers.
Also, if we are going to penalize students for being late, why not penalize the old grumpy people for leaving too early? How many times have you seen people leaving when Michigan was down a few points at the end of the game but still had an outside chance of coming back? More often than not, it's not the students leaving, but the pessimistic curmudgeons worrying about getting stuck in a crowded parking area. So here's my proposal: let's charge people $10 at the exit gate if they want to leave before the clock says 0:00. All proceeds go to Brandon's Domino's private jet fund.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Great piece of writing||
This is the sort of material that makes mgoblog special.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Faker||
I didn't know Herm was fake. I am not up to date on such things.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Third Person||
Do you often refer to someone in the third person when you are replying to his comment? I find it dehumanizing.
From my admittedly narrow perspective, which consists of reading all the comments in this post, Herm appears to know more about soccer than you.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Michigan's chances||
If I were to extrapolate from your chart, does that mean Michigan has a 2.5% chance of getting to the final four and a 1% chance of winning it all?
|43 weeks 1 day ago||There are limits||
You want success no matter what you have to sacrifice?
Would you sell the Big House to Arby's if it would increase our chances of winning a national championship?
Here is a slightly more realistic example: would you cover up sexual abuse if it meant that you could continue winning without any complications?
I think you are misunderstanding my point. I'm saying that the Michigan Athletic Department should embrace certain ideals. We should stick to those ideals regardless of whether it costs us a game or a recruit (we did this last year, for instance, when Stonum didn't play). Of course all Michigan fans want to win, and I want our team to win more than anyone, but not at the expense of our ideals.
You may not give a shit about ads. That's fine. Say that. But personal attacks seem like a bit of an overreaction.
|43 weeks 1 day ago||And I admire||
your critical reading ability. It's nice to know someone read it carefully, because I wrote that sentence carefully.
I certainly agree we are dealing with matters of degree ... a slippery slope, so to speak, and we are slipping ever so slowly toward running a public university's athletic program like a Fortune 500 company. From a fan's perspective, it's almost imperceptible. A couple of ads over the gate entrances at Crisler. An occasional Arby's ad on the scoreboard. From the AD's perspective, however, it's a purposeful crawl toward the ultimate objective of maximizing revenue by any means necessary.
What I disagree with is your hunch. But I suppose we can let bygones be bygones.
|43 weeks 2 days ago||It was inarticulate||
But I was trying to say that the Athletic Department's current obsession with money may be necessary if we want to have the best facilities and top-ranked teams. However, as an alum and a fan, I would be willing to suffer through crappier facilities and worse-ranked teams than withstand the unabashed commercialization of Michigan's football and basketball programs.