|3 weeks 2 days ago||First QB to beat MSU in EL since Henne||
People forget that.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I'm still watching it, unfortunately||
I turned it on at the end of the first overtime. At the end of both overtimes Michigan has had the ball with plenty of time (~15 seconds) and completely laid an egg. I really don't want to seem like a hater, but they look like a high school team out there. Maybe they are just tired but both possessions involved terrible passing and very poor setups, only to be ended by a very ill-advised shot getting blocked.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Not gonna lie...||
I usually fill out 5-6, and if ever I had even one bracket that was decent I wouldn't be ashamed to brag about it. It's a moot point though because all my brackets have been crap for the last 10 years. Except 2013, when I had Michigan and Louisville in the final. Would have won my group if Michigan had won it all
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||Also, "generic Alabama tailback"||
on a national championship winning team.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||What Brian or Ace post on Twitter doesn't concern me||
I have followed them for a long time and they regularly make tweets unrelated to sports. But if articles and board posts start containing more political material, this blog will turn into a madhouse and lead to a purge worse than the one resulting from that infamous George Campbell recruiting post. I would consider that a bad development... I don't think it will ever happen though.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Informative title||
these posts are what make this blog great.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Put what together?||
Everything is together. The team just lost when it mattered. Michigan lost 3 games while leading with under a minute left in the 4th quarter. Maybe it's just bad luck, maybe it's the coaching, but we've been losing to OSU when it matters for 16 fucking years.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Not trying to start anything here...||
but when did any of those guys make a play when it mattered? I give you Jourdan Lewis's interception vs. Wisconsin. That was it. Peppers was a great athlete but we talk about him around here like he's Charles fucking Woodson. But whereas Woodson intercepted OSU in the endzone and returned a punt for a TD in the Game... Jabrill had Curtis Samuel 1-on-1 in the flat, on the 25-yard line on 3rd and 10 in OT of the most important game of his career. And Samuel juked him, reversed field, and got a 9-yard gain to set up yet another excruciating fucking play to set up yet another excruciating Michigan loss. No, Peppers doesn't owe anyone anything and he was an outstanding player but in college football lore there are Deshawn Watsons and there are Leon Halls, and Peppers is a Leon Hall.
|15 weeks 14 min ago||I say this every year||
but the first college football season I really followed and cared about was 2001. I pine for the "Glory Days" when we went 10-2 and lost the Rose Bowl. Boy it's great to be back!
In all seriousness, I have seen Michigan go 2-14 against OSU in that stretch. I am 26 years old now with 2 degrees from U-M, and I was in 7th grade the last time Michigan beat OSU in a game that actually meant something. I honestly don't fucking care anymore, because I realize that shit happens and I don't control what the football team does. But it sure would be nice to beat OSU for once.
|15 weeks 36 min ago||I'm envisioning Saban's postgame presser||
"What happened, coach?"
"Well I really thought we had it, up until God stepped in and asserted His will for a Clemson victory. This was all prophesied in the book of Revelations though, so I guess you could say we should have seen it coming."
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Getting surgery at DMC||
then doing rehab at UAB.
Final plot twist is he will then fly back to Oakland and enroll at Berkeley.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Exactly my thoughts||
Whoever said "Let's just say Tua is a smart guy" is clearly a cocky sob who is confident Najee is going to 'Bama. If Tua actually said that, it's the opposite of smart.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||It's insane to think with a slight degree of optimism?||
How many instances can you name of a top 15 draft pick who returned, had a career ending injury, and then ended up despondent and in financial ruin? Is it insane to believe that the worst might not happen?
I suppose Deshawn Watson could still snap his femur in the NCG, but he had a chance to go in the 1st round last year and yet he came back. Now Clemson is playing for redemption and their first national championship in decades. And I really, really doubt he'll regret staying if they win. Even if they lose, I doubt he'll regret staying.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Actually, the OP asked about what YOU would do||
and somehow the discussion has turned into a bunch of ranting about how anyone who would stay is a complete moron, and that in any and and all cases where you have to choose between a large sum of money vs. a situation of indefinable value, you should pick the money.
No one here is trashing Peppers for potentially leaving. If he does, I won't question his love for Michigan. All I am saying is this: without getting into a philosophical discussion about whether it is possible to wholly understand how others experience reality, if I were in a similar situation, I would choose to stay and try to win The Game, the BTCG, the Heisman, the CFP, and become a Michigan legend--even if I were a projected top 10 pick in the NFL draft.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||You're wrong. Insurance paid what it was supposed to||
Per ESPN, "Former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith took out an insurance policy in the fall that would pay him $5 million if he got hurt and could never play again or up to $5 million if he got hurt and slipped in the 2016 NFL draft. A source with knowledge of the policy said Smith will receive $700,000 if he falls out of the first round and gets picked as the top pick in the second round. If he doesn't, he'll collect an additional $100,000 for each spot he falls."
He went 2nd in the 2nd round, so he got the $900,000 he was supposed to get. His contract was for $6.49M with a $2.9M signing bonus. The $5M figure was just the maximum possible payout based on the details of the contract. He was not gauranteed to collect that.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||These aren't similar situations...||
If you had stayed, no one was going to be hanging up your lucky exam hoodie in the Chem Building or the MLB. And I doubt your blue book or A+ econ final would be held in the Bentley.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Fair enough||
I don't know everything about Pepper's situation so I'm just talking about hypotheticals here. OP asked what I, personally, would do.
But at the same time, I am always concerned when players want to immediately buy a bunch of things for friends/family when they got their paycheck. I don't mean to preach, but cars are a horrible investment, mortgage rates are going up this year, and a small amount invested wisely can go a lot further than a large amount invested poorly. And no matter what happens, Peppers is not going to get any less than $2.5M out of this after taxes. He was a Heisman finalist and one of the biggest names in the country this year. U-M can surely help him find a good insurance plan.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I feel like don't even know who you people are any more.||
Let me be clear that I understand and respect the choice of a given player going to the NFL. Many of these guys come to the team without having grown up as die-hard Michigan fans whether they are in-state or out-of-state. But if you're asking about ME?
Honestly, how can any of you claim to be die hard Michigan fans and simultaneously say you would bolt to the NFL and throw away a chance to enter the ultimate Michigan football pantheon? Peppers has a chance to do that. If he goes pro, that's fine. His life, his choices. Without seeming like I'm ragging on the guy (which I adamantly am NOT)--he has not beaten OSU and he has not won a Big Ten Championship. Heck, he has not even played in a bowl game, much less the Rose Bowl or the CFP. If he wants to leave he will be remembered fondly, but he will not be anywhere near what Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson were to this program. If I, personally, were in Peppers shoes, there would be no question I would stay. But I have grown up in a family of diehard Michigan fans, so I am brainwashed. I am also well-versed in the scientific literature which suggests that excess money does not lead to excess happiness (and that if you can achieve a certain moderate level of finanical stability/literacy you will not make yourself significantly happier no matter how much more money you make).
Do the words "Those who stay will be champions" mean anything to you people anymore? "You can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here. YOU WILL NEVER PLAY FOR A TEAM AGAIN. You'll play for a contract. You'll play for this. You'll play for that. You'll play for everything except the team, and think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is, The Team."
|15 weeks 5 days ago||This is one of the weirder recruiting dramas I've heard||
even by MGoBlog standards. It's almost reaching "coaching search" levels of absurdity. It would be really, REALLY nice if he comes here. Imagine the jubiliation if Peppers returned too. People would be speculating whether next year's team might be better than this year's.
I'm not getting my hopes up on this. Beyond my control.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I agree for the most part||
the "just take the freaking money!" crowd originates from the average person's (incorrect) belief that winning the lottery increases happiness.
Sure, he can leave, make a lot of money, and go on to have an excellent or even great NFL career. It would be a perfectly respectable decision. But he will not be a "Michigan legend" in this case. I don't mean this as a slight but only as a fact. His name will not be uttered in the same breath as Charles Woodson & Desmond Howard. If he comes back, however, he has the best shot of anyone in a very long time to do that. And do you think Woodson & Howard would trade anything for their place in the pantheon of Michigan football?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||He could get a killer insurance policy||
Injuries are unpredictable for the most part. If you're assuming the worst is going to happen, then there's really no difference between him buying insurance and coming back, vs. him going to the draft and getting injured in his first season in the NFL. Deshawn Watson bought $10M in insurance last year for a chance at redemption in the CFP.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||At the end of the half and on the Cowboys' 1st drive of the next||
there were a total of 4 egregious DPI and holding calls when the Lions' defenders actually played "good defense", if you're going by what most NFL d-backs do on every play. Compare what our guys did to Dez to the infamous DPI non-call (or rather, DPI reversal) in the 2015 playoff game.
The d-backs were at least playing well enough to keep the Lions in the game. But those calls directly led to 2 Cowboy TDs to make it 28-21. Then they got penalized for tackling Elliott with too much vigor, giving the Cowboys a first down on the Lions' 25 when it should have been 2nd and long at the 41. One trick play later and the game was over.
|17 weeks 1 hour ago||You're a clown||
How many accounts do you have that've been banned?
The Lions got hosed by the refs while the game was in doubt. The d-backs played rather good defense on the Cowboys when the score was 21-14 Lions and 21-21. They got called for two bullshit DPI penalties and two bullshit defensive holdings. Both lead to TDs, making the score 28-21. Then their D-line got a personal foul for tackling the NFL's newest Golden Boy too hard. If you're a Lions player, why even try at that point?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Very simplistic view of the setup||
Like it or not the lives of the "plebes" are tied up in the lives of the "elites". See: 2008 banking crisis. There is a reason that changes in the price of oil reverberate thorughout the stock market. If the fossil fuel industry were to collapse overnight, it would result in the liquidation of multi-billion dollar corporations, which would devastate investors, the majority of whom are mutual funds/pensions, etc. whose primary stakeholders are the common people.
While I agree that the earth is warming at an unprecedented rate and that renewable energy is the way of the future, I do not agree with the chicken littles proclaiming that armageddon is on our doorstep. Sea-levels will rise, climate patterns will change. But humans are incredibly adaptable and the technology for instant dissemination of information will allow us to take the necessary steps to avoid catastrophe. The earth warmed at an alarming rate throughout the 2000s, but deaths due to natural disastors decreased.
The truth of the matter is that our standard of living in the west is very energetically costly, and the renewable energy industry is still in its infancy compared to the fossil fuel industry. The infrastructure required to power manufacturing plants, liner shipping, cars/tracks, household heating for 300M people has been based on fossil fuels for 200 years. You are not going to change that overnight.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Yearly deaths due to natural disasters continue to decrease||
That's the only metric that matters in the long run, isn't it? Anything else is politics. Merry Christmas and Go Blue
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Are you kidding? 11W reminds me of Buzzfeed||
The layout is shameful. I do think you bring up some good points though. However, Brian's philosophy has never been to run this site as a "business", which is what you're implying he should do. After all, Dave Brandon tried to treat Michigan football as a business. That did not end well.
Granted I don't read 11W so I can't speak to their writers' skills, but the fact that the person controlling their twitter handle is a complete clown says enough. Ramzy Nasrallah himself has lamented that he doesn't really have control of it, for whatever reason. I have glanced through the comments of the occasional Michigan related post on that site and it sometimes makes me wonder if they are intentionally acting as a bad parody of their entire fanbase.
Brian's writing skills and objective analytics are what bring me to this site, along with the careful moderation and intolerance for trolls. Brian isn't really losing anything by not fixing the server issue.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Brian posted a job add a year ago||
Did anything come of this? Would it be better to just abandon Drupal altogether?
I imagine Brian is lax to revamp the entire format of the site given the fanbase's (and his own) resistance to changes in tradition. Not to mention it would make Brian's life a lot harder for a while in terms of getting used to the format. Lots of extra work for him, none for us. Probably seems easier atm to just let the occasional crashes continue. It's probably not driving away total unique views per month or w/e metric is used to justify ad $$$.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Not possible||
there have been plenty of times it's been flat. Depends on what index you're talking about though.
|19 weeks 2 hours ago||I got all the way up to 12||
but it looks like I need administrative priviledges to install chrome/firefox. What do I do now?
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Now THAT, is spooky||
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Alum96 lives||
For a while, people here were speculating he had kicked the bucket. Morbid ruminations of Mgoblog.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Henne underachieved because of scheme/coaching||
Speight overachieved because of scheme/coaching. In his senior year of high school, Henne was a 5* QB with 40 offers setting state records, and Penn State desperately tried to get him to stay home. Speight was a nobody. With Henne, the talent was there, but never reached its true potential. That was the 2006 team in a nutshell.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Henne put up great numbers for a true freshman in 2004||
...then hardly improved from a statistical standpoint over the next three years. He had talent that was never developed. If you look at Lloyd's QBs, they all seemed to have an upper bound of 60%, 7.5 y/a, 145.0. Michigan had Tom freaking Brady, the greatest NFL QB of all time, as the starter for 2 years and even he never eclipsed that mark. Henne could indeed light the world on fire re: the 2008 Citrus Bowl. I'm inclined to believe Michigan's QB woes were more due to scheme and mediocre QB coaching. Yes it's just an opinion, but I think a junior Chad Henne coached by Harbaugh, throwing to Manningham/Arrington/Avant, would have incinerated the universe. I am predicting Speight goes 65%, 9.5 y/a, and 170.0 in 2017.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Henne was limited due to the run-run-pass-punt offense||
"Lloydball" is a term for a reason. Carr & Debord did not unleash Henne's true potential because they refused to acknowledge the turn of the millenium. Henne would have been Harbaugh's Andrew Luck:
Those 2010 and 2011 numbers are what Henne should have had as a sophomore and junior in 2005 and 2006. Speight has potential but is a first year starter and more along the lines of a Freshman Andrew Luck. Hopefully bodes well for 2017 and 2018.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Speight||
I predict he turns out Andrew Luck-like numbers. e.g. 250 completions, 70%, 9 y/a. In the running for the Heisman
|19 weeks 6 days ago||When I say "at first glace" I mean "on the surface, right now"||
Yes, on the surface, Michigan's wins vs. those teams look impressive. But I do not believe Colorado is in the same stratosphere as the top 10 of college football, and I still think PSU's second half of the season is a mirage. They will come back down to earth against USC. If they don't, we as Michigan fans will have to concede that Penn State really is back, and James Franklin is just as big a threat to Urban Meyer as Jim Harbaugh.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||By the numbers, I agree||
But from a sheer talent perspective on both sides of the bll, I think 2006 was better than 2016 AND 1997. I shudder to think what a 2006 Harbaugh/Brown team could have done to the college football world.
Also, I wouldn't call the B1G far superior to 2006. I think it will end up with 3 teams in the top 10, same as '06.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Admittedly my argument is not based on numbers||
I know that's bad form around here, but I just think the overall talent and prospective NFL success of the players from 2006 is superior to the 2016 squad. 2006 was a Carr/Debord offense. Harbaugh >>> Carr/Debord and Don Brown > Ron English. I think 2006 would have been Michigan's Team of the Century under our current coaches.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||This was my point and it seems most people missed it||
A Harbaugh coached 2006 offense would have obliterated the Big Ten. The '16 defense is better than the '06 defense but Don Brown's anti-spread schemes would have gotten us comfortable wins over OSU and Florida in the NCG.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||This is exactly how I feel||
There is no question that Carr/Debord would not have put up the points Harbaugh did with this year's team. My argument about the 2006 team being better is from a talent perspective.
Plus, a lot of our points this year came against overrated teams and puff balls. Michigan didn't play Rutgers and Maryland in 2006. Our blowouts against Colorado and PSU look impressive at first glance but I believe both teams are overrated and will lose their bowl games. Colorado is not a top 10 team and I honestly have no idea how PSU has gotten to where they are. If Franklin beats USC we will have to consider him a serious threat in the coming years. Franklin lost to Hoke's worst team though, so I don't see it happening. I think PSU's 2016 will be like Michigan's 2011.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Best win in 2006 was against Wisconsin, in retrospect||
Wisconsin finished 11-1 and 1 spot ahead of Michigan in the final rankings. And I'm not arguing about the end result. I think talent-wise the 2006 team was significantly better and would have been even more dominant than it was with a Harbaugh coached offense and a Don Brown defense. The 2003 defense was extremely good but not on the level of 2016.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||I agree||
Given the state of the offensive line, much better to have Peppers be the anchor of an elite defense than try to fully integrate him into the offense. The way they did utilize him was absurd though.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||My takes||
Team MVP: Peppers
|19 weeks 6 days ago||All it takes is being competitive||
The Bo era obviously had its fair share of very painful losses but Michigan was competitive against OSU and every other team it faced. In that type of scenario you're going to win some and lose some due to sheer bad luck. In '74 and '16 U-M got jobbed by the refs (bad luck), but there's no reason to think the rest of the Harbaugh era won't play out much like the Bo era did after '74. Harbaugh doesn't even have his QB or recruits in place yet.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||So I take it you're not too optimistic about Jim's chances?||
I am not asking anyone to shed a tear for me and my generation of Michigan fans, but the first OSU game I remember watching start to finish was 2001. I have watched every game since then and attended the 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016 games. U-M has gone 2-14 against over that time, including 7 straight losses. That is by far the worst stretch in program history and (God willing, now that we have a coach) as bad as it gets. This period also included three losing seasons and the most losses in program history in 2008. Anyone who grew up in the Schembechler era never went 4 years without a Big Ten Championship: we are now in the midst of a 12 year drought.
I try not to waste too much time dwelling on it (we fans don't control the games and I'm not going to cry about an outcome I don't control). But the 2000s and early 2010s will almost certainly be seen as the darkest of dark ages in Michigan history. If you think there is a lot of misery and pain to come you are pretty pessimistic. We are hopefully in year 2 of a 25+ year Harbaugh golden age (yes I can see Harbaugh coaching until he's 75).
|19 weeks 6 days ago||When I hear "we are in on many top un-committed players"||
Names start going through my head. Rojo, Dee Hart, Demar Dorsey, Alex Kozan, Josh Garnett, Jordan Diamond, Deshawn Hand, Mike Weber...
|19 weeks 6 days ago||My hatred of OSU has reached insane levels||
I now understand how OSU fans felt in the 90s.
For me, this year's loss to OSU felt the worst by a mile. The next closest were 2006 (before I was a student) and 2013 (my senior year at U-M). I do think it's possible to take solace in the fact that unlike those years, we have a coach with a track record for success who is in the prime of his career.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||My GPS works fine in my basenment or on a crowded bus||
and it's transmitting a signal to satellites thousands of miles away. Surely some electrical engineer out there can design a transponder that would be able to send signals to 3 designated relay stations that can then triangulate the transponder's exact position relative to the field. Regardless of whether or not the player is being tackled by 3, 6, 11, or 21 linebackers.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||If VT or Colorado win it's either playoff or Rose||
Colorado and OU are not jumping us.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||That's brilliant||
But it presents some problems. Without Nebraska, Texas is the only historic power of the heartland conference, and they've been flirting with the Pac 10 for academic reasons for years. If they jump ship that conference would dissolve. I have a feeling Colorado might pre-empt them and strike a deal to join the Pac 10. That would put the Pac 10 at 11 teams though--I'd expect them to go after Utah shortly after due to physical proxiity and the fact that Utah has no historic ties to the Heartland anyway. They could have 6 team North/South divisions and institute a conference championship game. At 7 teams though, the Heartland would be on the ropes and might make an overture to OK and OK State with the lure of reigniting the historic Red River Rivalry and keeping the Oklahoma teams in the same conference. The SEC could retaliate by adding Mizzou, which would decrease their bball/football disparity for the short term. They could also add Vandy in a feinted move to make the SEC less of an academic shitshow.
The ACC looks okay but let's face it: Florida and Florida St aren't going to want to share a conference so it's only a matter of time before the SEC tries to lure Florida in and reignite the Tennessee/Florida rivalry of the late 90s. Georgia could come in a package deal to preserve their rivalry with Florida. And South Carolina isn't going to want to sit in the shadow of Clemson, so I'd expect them to jump to the SEC as well. Without Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, the ACC would be on the ropes and need to act quickly to avoid dissolution. Without Penn State, the Northeast doesn't even deserve to exist so I'd imagine the ACC would try to poach Louisville, Syracuse, and Pitt with the prospect of creating a bball superpower. VA Tech and Virginia could come along to give them at least one respectable football program and top academic program (respectively) in the deal.
At that point the Northeast would be defuct. My guess is that the SEC would try to add Kentucky due to physical proximity and improved bball power. That would give the conference 14 teams and the opportunity to have two 7 team East/West divisions and a conference championship game. BC probably doesn't deserve to go anywhere but the ACC might add them just to improve their already impressive academic standing and to profit from the New England TV market. Throw in Wake Forest as a basketball school and it would give the ACC 14 teams and the chance to have a conference championship game too.
At this point, WVU and the Heartland might form a deal out of sheer desperation. The Heartland could add Iowa State to get to 10 teams and change their name to the Big 12 in a thinly veild attempt to obscure their inadequacy.
That would leave us with the perfect alignment IMHO.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Great idea in theory, but requires way too change to happen||
First off: formatting. Yeesh. Very hard to read that wall of text.
I do really like this conference alignment though.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Are you joking?||
The video is embarrassingly photoshopped, in the exact same way the "overhead" shot floating around the internet is. They are all just distortions of the live shot, which is at 3:37 of the video below. It's been modified to make it look like the vantage point of the cameria is right down the 15-yard line, when in fact it is shooting from "behind" the action.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||The "tinfoil hat" crowd infuriates me||
Arguing that the reffing was biased does not imply there was any sort of conspiracy.
Refs have to make guesses on 50/50 calls ALL the time. The Spot and the 3 borderline pass interference penalties (2 called against Michigan in regulation, 1 not called against OSU in OT) were all 50/50 calls.
Now, the refs in question are no doubt OSU fanboys (based on the simple fact that 90% of sports fans from Ohio are OSU fanboys). And I don't care how objective you think you really are--if you're a fanboy of a school and you have to make 50/50 calls, you're going to implicitly give the benefit of the doubt to your favorite team. Not to mention that studies have shown that referees are swayed by the anticipated reaction of the crowd. No ref likes making a call that causes 100,000K fans to boo.
But the real kicker is this. Imagine if it had gone the other way, and Michigan had gotten those calls. Those refs would be receiving death threats. It'd be one thing if they were from Iowa but two of them LIVE IN OHIO and one of them has a son who plays high school football in Ohio. If it had played out such that Buckeye fans believed they were shafted by the refs, no doubt those refs would be living in terror right now and forced to move their families out of the state (like Herbie did).
You can't tell me all of this didn't go through the minds of those 2 OSU fanboys refs before they officiated this game. Even if they didn't intentionally make calls against, there is still such a thing as implicit bias.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||My prediction?||
Both Clemson and Washington lose, and PSU wins. Playoff is 1. Bama 2. OSU 3. PSU 4. Colorado.
I know this makes no sense. But the past 2 decades has shown that we clearly can't have nice things. This scenario would be maximum anguish for U-M fans knowing we rightfully beat 3/4 teams in the playoff.
|21 weeks 8 hours ago||Some random guy posted a Diary saying he made it by 2 inches||
Reality is, it was a 50:50 call, much like Hill's DPI, Perry's non-call DPI, Harbaugh's unsportsmanlike penalty, countless holding calls, etc.
Problem is that the measurement tools we have (linesman's view of the play, replays from non-optimal angles) are not precise enough to truly determine whether the spot was correct. It's like trying to time a 100m dash with a sundial.
Due to reasons unknown to me, the football world refuses to construct "smart" footballs with associated tools that can triangulate the ball's position at all times to within <1 inch standard error. If a set of satellites hundreds of miles away in outerspace can pinpoint my personal location to within a few feet and send realtime updates to my smartphone, then why on earth can't we get a better system for spotting the ball on game-deciding plays?
|21 weeks 8 hours ago||This is a brilliant idea||
HTTV raised 80K--have Brian/Ace/Seth contact U-M's AD and tell them we are raising money to pay. Then organize an anti-B1G rally at Schembechler hall and march to the AD's office and demand that U-M launch an internal investigation into the officiating including conducting personal interviews with the referees in question.
|21 weeks 8 hours ago||Legitimate question: what happens if we refuse to pay?||
Could it actually go to court? If so, what are the downsides to that? The B1G bylaw in question refers to exhibiting "respect" to officials and opponents. In what what did Harbaugh disrespect anyone? He said he thought the calls were bad--I say take it to court and let a (neutral) judge decide whether they were.
Michigan and its fans need to start standing up for themselves. I'm tired of peoplebeing more concerned about appearing "classy" to the public than about showing strength in the face of blatant insults. Do we want to be classy or do we want to win football games? The two programs on top of the football world have perhaps the least classy fanbases in college football. Let's just face it: karma doesn't exist and the squeaky wheel gets the graese. Call a spade a spade and eventually your voice will be heard.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I might be interested||
How much is he asking for the 4?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||PSU gets left out?||
After beating OSU and winning the B1G?
|21 weeks 1 day ago||No, it's the opposite||
If PSU wins there is no way they get left out if OSU is in. They'd have the title and the head to head. If Wisconsin wins it's more debatable and U-M has a minuscule chance of sneaking in.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||The fumbled snap was meaningless||
How hard is it to understand that? Michigan got the ball right back after Urban's idiotic fake punt and scored a TD. Anyway if Michigan has to play mistake free football to have a shot at beating OSU you might as well forget about ever winning the game again.
The 3rd down was bad and their star (Samuel) burned our star (Peppers), but it doesn't change the fact that Michigan got hosed by the refs. There was blatant holding that should have given OSU 3rd and 15 from the 30.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Destroying USC in the Rose Bowl||
That is the best possible outcome at this point
|21 weeks 1 day ago||There won't be 3 B1G teams in the playoff||
That's what this scenario entails
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Are you seriously still parading this screenshot around?||
It's a screenshot of the live image. It's not some magical birds eye view. Someone just rotated the pic and cropped it.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||So you took a screenshot of the play, rotated it, and cropped it||
Did you make that image in your profile pic? Who do you think you're kidding with that? Or do you seriously think that rotating an image from a side view equates to a bird's eye perspectivee?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||If he said U-M beats OSU and loses the BTCG (which he didn't)||
the more egregious thing would be a 10-2 OSU team making the playoff over an 11-2 Michigan team (and Big Ten East Champ) to whom they lost. That isn't happening in any universe.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
If Michigan wins this game and goes into the OSU game undefeated, they'd have had a very significant shot at the playoff. Here's the scenarios:
1. Michigan loses to OSU, finishes 11-1. Their only meaningful challengers for the playoff would be the Pac12 champ, the Big12 champ, and a Louisville team with zero top 25 wins (but probably the Heisman favorite). A second loss from Washington (still very possible in the regualr season and championship game) would give the Pac12 winner 2 losses. In terms of the Big12, the only danger would be a possible 11-1 WVU conference champion. If OU wins out then as long as Michigan didn't get crushed as bad as OU did, I still think Michigan gets the nod. And I still think Michigan gets the nod over a WVU champion simply due to how bad the Big12 is this year. There is of course the issue of OSU
2. Michigan beats OSU, loses conference champoionship game to (probably) Wisconsin. The question would be: does a 2 loss Wisconsin BTCG winner pass Michigan for the playoff? This is why conference championship games are stupid. Michigan already beat Wisconsin. They could play each other 10 times and go 5-5
In all likelihood Michigan would be #2 and Wisconsin would be #7. Here we're in the same situation as above except that Michigan has an extra top 10 win on their resume.
3. Michigan wins against OSU and goes wins the BTCG. Goes to the CFP #2
|22 weeks 6 days ago||That's my question too||
And I think it's BS that Brian and this blog have ignored it, especially after they railed Hoke so hard for putting 10 men on the punt team during some random game from 2014. Hoke certainly deserved most all the criticism he got, but in the podcast neither Brian nor Ace even mentioned the fact that we only put 10 men out while trying to block the game deciding field goal--both before and after the "icing" time out no less. That's a major personell error for which Harbaugh and his staff deserve a significant amount of critisicm.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I disagree, but not on principle||
Louisville shouldn't make the playoff. But I think they will if the PAC12 winner has 2 losses. We all know the voters are lemmings. Louisville will be in the top 4 in today's CFP rankings. Lamar Jackson is the runaway candidate for the Heisman, and that counts for a lot.
|23 weeks 1 hour ago||I respectfully disagree||
If two teams from one conference are making the playoff, it's definitely Clemson and Louisville. I could forsee a scenario where it's:
#1 Alabama vs. #4 Louisville
#2 OSU vs. #3 Clemson
|23 weeks 3 hours ago||I thought the same thing||
so I checked http://mgovideo.com/. Didn't find anything prior to Speight's first big miss (overthrow of Darboh on the first drive). Checked the end of the Maryland game and there's nothing there either.
I guess the alternative explanation is that Speight got rattled by the night game atmosphere? As much as I hate night games, Michigan's AD should just bite the bullet and make them a regular staple of the schedule. Can't hurt, and it might help our QBs get accustomed to that sort of atmosphere.
|23 weeks 4 hours ago||You hit the nail on the head||
A difference of two games is pretty meaningless
|23 weeks 5 hours ago||Your Republic credits are no good out here||
I need something more real
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Do not lose hope yet||
the current weather forecast for 11/26 says "rain and drizzle possible". And as we all know, Urban Meyer is allergic to rain. Also, weather forecasts from 2 weeks out are always 100% accurate and reliable.
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Sure there's hope||
and there's reason to believe the future is bright. But before everyone pummels this guy with sarcastic "you must be fun at parties" quips, look at the situation logically. We just lost our starting QB, one game before we have to go into Columbus, a place we haven't won at in the last 7 tries. And if Michigan loses that game, they will indeed be relegated to the Citrus bowl. The most likely scenario is Wisc/PSU (BTCG) winner goes to the Rose, and OSU goes to the CFP. Or am I missing something?
|23 weeks 11 hours ago||Even Urban Meyer had last year's MSU game||
Hopefully they'll get it figured out but time is not on our side. With Speight probably done for the season, logic says our hopes for the OSU game are dimmer than they've been all season. As Brian pointed out though, the past is not indicative of the future, and college football is weird.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||Uh, we play Indiana||
53-17 is expected. Not sure what you're curious about
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Committee will absolutely take an 11-1 OSU||
You are dreaming if you don't think that's true.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Inverse superfecta||
we got rekt
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Yay 10-2||
Brian has been bitching for a decade that Lloyd Carr's teams always went 9-3 and lost to OSU. Last year we went 10-3 and lost to OSU. Unless this team pulls off a miracle they will be 10-2 with a loss to OSU going into the bowl. Unless a dinged up Speight and a defense that can't hold the edge is going to beat Urban Meyer and a senior J.T. Barret.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe we will get to play Florida in the outback bowl again||
yayyy dream season...
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Barret has a track record||
Speight does not. He looked good against UCF and Maryland, and this blog acted like he was Tom fucking Brady. Barret has already whooped our ass twice and is looking to go 3/3.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Might be meaningless from a technical standpoint||
but do you really see this team going on the road and beating Urban Meyer? Be honest with yourself. Speight is okay for a RS sophomore. He is not a national championship winning QB.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||He apparently wasn't aware that Alabama and A&M had played||
That should clue us in on how informed he actually is.
Outside of Alabama, the SEC's best OOC win this year was Georgia sqeaking by the mighty 6-2 Tar Heels. After that comes Arkansas's dominating performance against 4-4 TCU. There is just no way to justify having two SEC teams in the top 4. If they're going to do that we might as well not even have a CFP. We can just hand the MNC to the winner of the SEC West.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Seems like it's a generational difference||
Michigan fans who are over 30 will not let go of the mindset that developed during the Bo era--which is that MSU football is intrinsically inferior and Michigan's superiority in the rivalry is the default. But it wasn't the default during the Munn and Daugherty eras and it isn't the default now. Only time will tell where this rivalry goes, and Dantonio will retire eventually, but the one thing that will remain constant is that there will always be a contingent of older Michigan fans who will be joking until their dying days about "Sparty no!" even if MSU wins the CFP someday. They continue to joke about "disrespekt" when the reality is that Michigan State has beaten the spread against Michigan 8 times in a row. Funny thing, the last time Michigan beat the spread was the infamous "little brother" game, which produced a clip that we have been forced to rewatch literally ever year since. And even so, a large proportion of people on this site were penciling in a Michigan blowout today and proclaiming that Brian's prediction of 47-0 was too kind to MSU. But it is what it is. I don't blame them for thinking this way because that's how the world was when they were brought up. Personally I just can't take an Michigan win over MSU for granted while Dantonio coaches there. His purpose in life is to beat Michigan. Doesn't mean Michigan can't win the CFP this year or have great seasons in the future--but given the history of the past 10 years it seems disturbing to me that a 2-5 MSU team that lost to Maryland, Northwestern, and Indiana, put up this kind of a fight against a Michigan team with a once in a generation defense and a once in a generation defensive player. What exactly is it going to take for Michigan to ever beat MSU by double digits again?
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Most people thought the Amaker years were unacceptable too..||
Michigan has historically been a basketball power. Final Fours in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. Maybe not on the level of Duke/Kentucky/UNC but there's no reason Michigan should ever be down.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||As a fan with no control over the situation||
I prefer to keep my expectations in check. Let's face it, the next 2 years or so could easily see losses to both OSU and MSU each season, based on the talent gap alone. Is Brian a downer because he predicted losses in those games in his season preview? I don't think so. I'm not saying it'll always be like this, just that it'll be like this in the near future (1-2 years).
I used to put a ton of emotional energy into my Michigan fandom but with the way the program is right now, there are way more lows than highs. I purposefully scaled back my fandom in order to deal with it. Call me less of a fan, I don't care - after the MSU loss I was fine, whereas several of the friends I watched the game with were literally crying and went home, while I went out bar hopping and had a good time. I can't control it, so investing that much esteem is just an effort in futility.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Not trying to be a downer||
just calling it like it is. I have a lot of hope for Harbaugh, but the situation is what it is. OSU and MSU are at such an elite level right now that even if Michigan does make it to that point within 5 years, the games will still be 50/50. In the meantime it's hard not to forsee more losses on the way.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I want to believe this||
but I'm starting to feel like this is the new normal. OSU and MSU are the new "Big 2" and the rest including Michigan are the "Little 12". If MSU wins next week it'll be the third year in a row the winner of the OSU-MSU game wins the Championshiop.
This board is still living in the 90s. Pretending Michigan isn't a huge step below those programs in this day and age. Anyone under the age of 25 can hardly even remember a time when Michigan deserved to be on the same field as OSU. I grew up rooting for Michigan, graduated from there (twice), and moved on. I was in 7th grade for their last great victory over OSU.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Eleventh loss in twelve years actually...||
Lloyd + RR was 7 years, this is now the 4th loss since 2011...
|1 year 21 weeks ago||How many 11-win seasons will it take||
for this board to realize that MSU is not going away while Dantonio is still their coach?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Crashing back to earth||
Let's be honest, looking back at the whole season, it was definitely an "okay" year. I don't know if I can quite bring myself to call a season in which we lose to OSU and MSU anything more than that. Sure the shutout streak was fun but that same defense gave up 373 rushing yards today and literally didn't get another stop after the roughing the kicker penalty. To be honest, if you had taken a poll of Michigan fan predictions, 9-3 would have been the average. Even Brian, who is more realistic than most, predicted 8-4. I'm not trying to be like OP and crap all over the coaching staff - they did what they could with what they had. But to call it "above and beyond what almost everyone expected" is an overstatement.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I'll be in a submarine||
on a secret spye mission in the arctic ocean below the north pole. Any ideas on how I can watch the game?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I've been buying tickets at the gate for years||
and never had a problem getting a decent deal. Best luck I've had is when you catch people as they're heading in along Stadium. These people are usually eager to just get to the game and if you lowball 'em they'll usually cave.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||25-11 Michigan||
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I have the photobomb shirt||
and my non-Michigan friends always ask me if I'm a Bob Marley fan
|1 year 24 weeks ago||MSU's ranking became irrelevant the second they lost||
The CFP ranking doesn't matter anymore. We need OSU to beat MSU and then we beat OSU. That is the only conceivable scenario where we win the Big 10 and have a shot at the playoff.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||This whole ordeal is just absurd.||
I hate how this has all become such a contrived ritual these days. Some player blows a game, anonymous no-brained trolls lash out on twitter, regular people go above and beyond to support that player. Rinse and repeat.
Don't get me wrong but seriously people, it's just a football game. The outcome isn't going to improve your life as much as you think it is. Why must we go through this outrageous saga over and over again? All it proves is that we care wayyy too much.
Obviously the real culprits are the lowlife trolls but at this point if I'm Blake O'Neill I'm feeling a tad patronized by my supporters. Dude is an Aussie stud playing football for free on one of the best college campuses in the country, I seriously think he'll be okay...
Frankly I feel much more outrage toward the limitless internet trolling that goes on every day, preying on the weak and insecure. The mental suffering that it causes is immense, but you won't ever see them getting NYT articles, tweets, or ESPN segments for support. Not that he doesn't deserve it but I think it's a bit malapropos that as O'Neill is being showered in compliments there are millions of much more vulnerable victims suffering alone and in silence.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||I second for Watership Down||
Definitely an all time classic, and way too good to be just for kids.
There's a movie too, which has scenes that will horrify both adults and kids alike!
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Spartan Stadium for the trash tornado||
The experience was made worse based on the outcome, sure, but even ignoring the actual game it was pretty bad. Our seats were near the top of the upper level, so it was like watching a game from the top of a skyscraper. They had one tiny, grainy scoreboard that just played fast food ads and clips from 300 over and over. And the flying trash. Oh, the flying trash. It was everywhere. Pretty sure the place is actually supposed to be a wind tunnel, and they just happen to have football games there once in a while.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||I feel bad for Pipkins||
but mostly because he was a victim of bad timing. Like Saban, Meyer, and the others, Harbaugh is setting a precedent. Players at 'Bama have no room to complain now if they're pushed out, since everyone knows that's what 'Bama does. I see it coming to that at Michigan, but at this stage Pipkins is clearly a victim of the transition.
Let's be honest with ourselves though, this is what college football has become. Michigan can either be squeaky clean and keep getting dominated by OSU, or they can choose to roll with the big boys. There is no middle ground.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||We can finally say||
RoJo is BLUE! (without crying)
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I used to be a Lebron hater||
but honestly the way he's acted over the last several years has made me come around. And given that I'm now aware of what an a-hole MJ was and is, I hope Lebron will surpass him.
|2 years 1 day ago||This is a great story and I'm glad you shared it||
I think a lot of people don't realize how important it is to exhude confidence in everything you do. Granted, it's often quite hard and stressful to do that, and you risk getting into confontrations.
Harbaugh is the epitome of confidence. I've heard stories of people who grew up with him, and they say he has always been like this even since his peewee football days. Obviously it's gotten him extraordinarily far in life. It's also possibly the reason for the friction in SF. Thankfully for U-M fans, Baalke and York are incredibly short-sighted and couldn't take it anymore. Their loss, obviously.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Next year.||
I mean c'mon what kind of question is this?
|2 years 2 weeks ago||I know most people here despise Duke||
And I get it. I, however, am not old enough to remember Laettner or the Fab Five... so admittedly I harbor little ill-will towards them other than for the fact that it's boring to see them win all the time.
Now, it would have been nice to see another winner for a change, not to mention being good for the Big Ten to finally have a National Champion. And after the performance against Kentucky you can't say Wisconsin wouldn't have deserved it.
But dammit, I was right there in the Maize Rage for DEATH TO BACKBOARDS. Hard to believe, but Brust's half-courter hurt even worse. So screw Wisconsin. And after Michigan's heartbreak against Louisville two years ago, there's something oddly satisfying about the Badgers choking away a 9-pt second half lead in the final...
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I actually agree||
Hard to argue that game wasn't a masterpiece for Borges sans the 2-pt conversion play. I really believe it was Brandon who forced Hoke to fire Borges that offseason. Of course, given that Gardner wasn't able to play in the bowl game they probably would have crapped the bed against K-state anyway. The question is, would that have been enough to get Borges fired? I'm thinking probably not, since ruining Meyer's perfection at OSU would have been nirvana. The bowl game would have been a pass instead of a final test.
For all the flak Borges gets on this site (not undeservedly), his offense did manage to put up decent numbers for most of the ho-hum games. Unlike Nuss's offense, which was just atrocious all around. I honestly think with Borges they could have gone 8-4 and maybe even 9-3. Minus the guaranteed losses to ND, MSU, and OSU, the schedule was fairly light. Gardner and Borges clearly had some semblence of chemistry. Consider he went from 9.7 ypa in 2012 to 8.6 2013, then dropped to 6.7 in 2014. I don't think that's simply due to the loss of Gallon, but I could be wrong.
With Borges in the mix for 2014, would the ND curb-stomping have still happened? I say it's probably still a loss but not the utter anihilation it was under Nuss. So I really think it would come down to Gardner's performance in the Utah/Minnesota games. Bottom line is, if the Morris Incident, the student anti-Brandon rally, and email-gate had never happened, I doubt Brandon would have been canned.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Even if you forgot it was April 1 he gives it away so easily||
Second line is "Let me start off with saying first of I, a man of great insignificance, have scored an exclusive interview."?
C'mon, you don't start off an April Fool's joke by reminding your audience of how improbable the background to your story actually is.
This was just poorly done.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I don't understand why Michigan fans are in denial over this||
MSU has a national championship and 7 Final Fours in the last 15 years, the most of any other coach in that time period. Even if you are going just by National Championships, Izzo has as many as Kansas and Kentucky in that time span, which is 1.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Word on the street is||
Rojo is BLUE!
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Out of curiosity||
How does one go about peeling butter?
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Your brother will have a great time||
As long as he embraces it. Imo you are right - your mom is worried about her "baby" not having a good time. But by 10th grade the time for lazy summers is over. This is something he could put on an early resume down the line to get a jump on college jobs and internships.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||the car post had 300 responses||
In his defense...
And he has hardly reached the level of that "I retired today" guy
|2 years 7 weeks ago||The funny thing is, if this were football...||
and we were talking about the SEC, all we would hear about is how great the SEC is top to bottom. And how the 6th place team in the SEC west would easily beat the the conference champion from any other conference (as in Michigan would beat Kansas).
|2 years 7 weeks ago||I typically watch games live for this reason||
but I think it's a reasonable request. Turning notifications off after games and then on again is a bit of a nuisance.
Jeez by the responses in this thread you'd think OP was asking them to sacrifice their firstborn.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||But will Harbaugh wear a a headset?||
And will Michigan fans talk about it?
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Yes, thank you!||
This is the correct answer. There are a bunch of uninformed people on Twitter and Reddit making others believe if you see blue/black you have "higher functioning cones."
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Wow this works nicely||
I really couldn't see black at all, but now I see it, even for OP's image.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||The lace does not look black to me at all||
I could maybe call the other part blue but the lace is gold dammit.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||A quick run through some of his posts says it's not him||
darn. Oh well
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Definitely the implication||
Not sure why you're getting some down votes seeing as the info he provided matches exactly with John Navarre. I'm not confident it's him but it wouldn't be the craziest thing I've seen on this site. It would be pretty awesome if Navarre was in our midst. I always felt he got a bad rap given his accomplishments. I mean the guy played in the NFL and won a Big Ten Championship. People were just bitter over the Henson debacle. The 2003 OSU game still stands as Michigan's last meaningful victory over OSU.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||To those criticizing all flat-billed hats I say||
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Haha okay fair enough||
I imagine that makes for quite confusing conversations
|2 years 8 weeks ago||A week or two||
That was like 2 days mayne
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I have that hat||
I will admit I am something of a Bo fanboy, and I bought the new era block M hat from Mden years ago specifically because it was the closest thing I could find to the Bo hat. Words can't express the excitement I feel seeing this picture!
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I'm a Pistons fan through and through||
but Lebron will surpass Isiah if he hasn't already. Ditto Moses Malone.
Russel and Wilt were big men from a different era and their feats will never be duplicated. Similar story with 61-62 for the Big O. Very hard to compare.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Imagine if U-M had beaten NJIT and Eastern||
like they should have... they would have a legitimate shot as a bubble team. Flip their 3 overtime losses and the close loss to Villanova and they're probably looking at a 3-seed in the NCAAs.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Kurzweil is very accomplished but a bit too cocky||
He has a tendancy to overstate the accuracy and significance of his predictions. He's certainly had some home runs but he's also had a lot of whiffs. In the late 90s he way overestimated the progress we'd make in computer speech recognition, virtual reality, and "smart" accessories (he claimed people living in 2009 would have up to a dozen computers embedded in their bodies and/or clothes).
His most accurate predictions have to do with computer-science and engineering technologies which is no surprise - that's what he has studied most. To the average person he seems like Nostradamus, since the average person was hardly even aware of the internet in 1994. I would like to see is a side-by-side comparison though of predictions made by other pioneering researchers of the time. In part it seems like he benefits a lot from the fact that he had the audacity to just make a lot of predictions whereas most researchers are hesitant to make any.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I'm mostly in the same boat||
I visit the site every few hours for updates from the mgoboard. This will also sound kissass but the lightning quick regulation by the mods is huge for me. I used to naively browse the MLive forums sometimes - the trolling is just unbearable. Never again.
But the content I look forward to most is Brian's post-game analysis and reflections. He's brutally honest and manages to include just enough humor so that it doesn't seem forced. Also the scientific attitude toward game strategy is a big plus. I can't say I read through each entire UFR, but the drive for objective analysis from this site is something you don't really get from other U-M sports blogs.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Okay so what resources do you use to find apartments?||
Craigslist? Streateasy? How close are you and your friends to Midtown?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Your definition is a stereotypical American view||
Here is what Wikipedia says about the "upper class" of modern societies:
"The upper class in modern societies is the social class composed of the wealthiest members of society, who also wield the greatest political power. According to this view, the upper class is generally contained within the wealthiest 1-2% of the population, and is distinguished by immense wealth (in the form of estates) which is passed on from generation to generation. This popular definition is at odds, however, with how the upper class views itself: as members of families that have been long distinguished not merely by wealth or fame which are ostensibly available to all in a democratic society but rather by generations of leadership in public service, education, charity, the military, and the arts."
|2 years 9 weeks ago||You're so riled up about this you're not even paying attention||
I was discussing a hypothetical scenario where someone with a middle class income has a house that appreciated in value by 1000% over 30 years (e.g. paid 300K for a house that is now worth 3 million). No one is spending money on anything, the house is just worth more. This makes them absolutely no different than a person living in Utah with the same income who has a 300K house in terms of lifestyle. The fact that they could sell their house and live more richly is irrelevant to how they are living right now.
In most contexts, class is a statement about culture, not about absolute wealth. Saying anyone who makes over 120K is upper class is a stupid way to go about categorizing someone's socioeconomic status. Most of the time "upper class" is used to refer to the very top. No one ever talks about the "upper upper class." But clearly there is a difference between someone who lives in a shitty house in Palo Alto and someone who has a 3 bedroom downtown Manhattan apartment in addition to a 7000 sqft mansion in the Hamptons and a ski lodge in Breckenridge. There is a difference between someone who has a Ferreri, a BMW i8, and a Tesla S, compared to someone who drives a 2008 Chevy. There is a difference between someone who goes to public high school and someone who goes to Exeter Academy. There is a difference someone whose family pays $50K/year for their kid to go to college out-of-state and someone who got into Harvard because their father donated $5 million for an endowed professorship. This Wikipedia article gives a far more elaborate breakdown of the different socioeconomic classes in America:
And for the record, America is the only country in the world where people try to set up class distinctions based purely on assets and income. When Kate Middleton was dating Prince William, the British media referred to her snarkily as "Kate Middle-Class," despite the fact that her parents were millionaires. There is a vast culture difference between "old money" and "new money."
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I'm not sure what you're getting at||
My point is that I don't think a person should be called upper class just because they could sell their house and go live like a king someplace cheap. Plenty of truly middle class people in America could legitimately sell their mediocre houses and buy a beach mansion in another country. I know many Filipinos and it really isn't a bad place to live at all. It's just very poor compared to most places in America, so the purchasing power of a middle class worker from the US is enormous there.
Calling one person middle class and another person upper class is nonsensical if they are living the same lifestyle. If they can both afford the same things in their daily lives, why does it matter if one of them could uproot themselves and live a little bit richer elsewhere?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||There are people who make 100K/year living in 500K houses||
Those same people could sell their 500K house, move to the Philippines and buy a 6br/6ba 8,000 sqft mansion with an infinite pool. But no one in the US wants to move to the Philippines, which is actually kind of a shame. Check out this beach mansion I found in 5 minutes of googling. It's a bit on the expensive side at $800K USD.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||That's a pretty arbitrary qualifier||
The person making 100K who stays in Palo Alto (because they like their job and their family has lived there for 50 years) lives no better than a software developer in Utah making 80K. Neither has to worry about paying the bills but neither is driving a Mercedes. The fact that the Palo Alto guy could sell his house for 3 million is irrelevant.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I really don't think this is a particularly good argument||
You're saying that anyone who could sell their souls and uproot their lives for a little bit of money is upper class simply because that lifestyle is technically available to them.
Suppose we're talking about someone making even less money in Palo Alto (like $100K/year), but they bought their house 25 years ago. Let's say the real estate boom has put the house at $3 million now. This family now has "assets" and could retire and sell their home, move to Canton, and make $80K/year off interest.
But what if they love their job? What if they have family in the area? "Middle class" is typically used as a statement about lifestyles, not a statement about theoretical income level.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Are you talking about NYC?||
It seemed to me the post you're responding to is about someone paying $6000K/month for an apartment in NYC. If you're paying $2,350/month for a 3br in NYC you should start a small business finding recent graduates apartments in high-value real estate markets. $2,350/month for a 3br is Ann Arbor prices.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Well the median doesn't define middle class||
The middle class is hard to define because people try to set boundaries based on income levels, but in most contexts it's used as a statement about lifestyle. Would you say middle class is the interquartile range? That would make the most sense by strict income terms but the least sense in terms of lifestyle. Consider, the IQR in 2012 was $25,000 to $90,000. But does a person making $91,000/year belong in the same "class" as a CEO making $40 million? Or even a guy who owns a chain of local hardware stores making $1 million/year? Probably not.
I think most people would say $100,000 is middle class. But when factoring in state taxes and real-estate prices, a software developer in Montana making 100K/year probably doesn't live an appreciably different lifestyle than a software developer in Palo Alto making 250K/year. You can say that the Palo Alto person could live in San Jose and have an infinite pool, but perhaps that person values having a short 10min commute over a 1 hour commute (and SJ to Palo Alto is easily 45min-60min depending on where you live; areas closer to Palo Alto will be more expensive obviously). Perhaps they have family that lives in Palo Alto too. If that's the case then they're paying top dollar for something the Montana guy might have from the start.
Here is wikipedia's breakdown of American class structure at the minute.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||If you're talking "memorable to me"||
My list would be all Michigan games. So, sticking to non-Michigan stuff and just "general sporting events" that I found memorable...
1. Michael Phelps, Beijing 2008: that 100m butterfly...
2. Usain Bolt, Beijing 2008 100m final: Arguably the most dominant performance by a sprinter in history.
3. Patriots vs. Giants Super Bowl XLI: I was obviously rooting for Brady
4. Shaun White, Vancouver 2010 half-pipe
5. Yankees vs. Redsox, 2004 ALCS
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Well this is a relief||
Although I've gotten good at avoiding the landlines on the mgoboard it'll be nice to not have to worry about it as much.
In all honestly it has seemed to be a vocal minority that has kept feigning outrage/censorship whenever the occasional Stephen R. Kass dares to request that people cool it with the pictures of scantily clad women.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Historical precedent||
From their website
No doubt they are following in the footsteps of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach when the trio of composers teamed up to write The Alla Turca Moonlight Sonata Toccata and Fugue.
You all will eat your words when Hail and Unite goes down in history as a work of musical genius. If anyone can do it, surely it is a team of people-pleasing B-school students!
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I understand history||
But football is played in the present. I don't know about you, but for me, Michigan's past successes offer little consolation for the past 8 years of failure. Have you even given a ND fan any grief for living in the past? It works both ways.
The earliest Michigan vs. OSU game I can remember was when I was 11 (2001). I have seen one meaningful victory over OSU in 14 years.
I see absolutely no reason why U-M, OSU, and MSU can't all be at the top of their game and I really think you're naive if you believe MSU is just going to fade into Bolivia. They've been back and forth with OSU for the past 4 years and adding an elite Michigan program into the equaiton will only make it a 3-way race. In-state recruiting carries some weight, but not a whole lot. Hoke won most of the head to head battles with Dantonio but that did very little to help U-M the past 3 years. And MSU has been recruting has been creeping forward the past few years.
You act as if there's some immutable law which says U-M must be great and MSU must suck. There is no logical argument as to why this should be the case. Coaching is what matters and Dantonio has proven himself to be a great college coach. Harbaugh proved that at Stanford, but he'll need to do it again before Michigan has room to talk.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I believe they could complete for a B1G title||
but lose early inthe tournament, much like the 2011-12 team.
If they retain Walton and pick up a McGary-like big-man (or perhaps even any 6'10'' or taller ESPN100 guy) they could go farther the next year. I believe the former will happen but the latter is unlikely.
They simply are not going to the NCG with one athletic big man standing at 6'8''. No way no how.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||It's a promising stat||
but Levert and Bielfedt will not be back. As a projected top-15 pick Levert would be crazy to not go to the NBA.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||"Little Brother"||
Is 6-2 against us with the last two being beatdowns of epic proportion.
Michigan fans are still hanging their hat on Mike Hart's 4-0 record vs. MSU. The same Mike Hart who was 0-4 against OSU.
I have faith in Harbaugh but Michigan State has been one of the most dominant programs in the country the past 5 years. Four 11 win seasons with one down year in which they statistically still had one of the most dominant defenses in the country. And almost beat a Michigan team on the road despite being 7-pt underdogs.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||When did I at all say I want Beilein fired?||
Absolutely not. In fact, I'm simply arguing that expectations for next year should be lowered if anything.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Horford was not better than Irvin OR Spike||
Just for the record...
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Michigan is going to the Final Four next year||
Kentucky lost in the 2nd round of the NIT in 2013 then made it to the NCG in 2014. Ergo Michigan will lose in the second round of the... uhh... CBI? Then come back next year and win it all. That's how it works. Haven't you heard? Anything less and you are a homer fan who doesn't believe in Beilein.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||The window for an NCAA championship||
Look I'm just as much of a U-M homer as the next guy, but let's face it: Levert is not coming back, and next year's team does not project to make a deep run in the tournament. Let's compare 2013 to 2016
So. Burke >>> Jr. Walton
Fr. Stauskus = So. MAAR
Jr. THJ > Jr. Irvin
Fr. GRIII = So. Dawkins
Fr. McGary > So. Wilson, Doyle, w/e
In spite of how good they were, the 2013 needed a miracle to get out of the Sweet 16 and then still came up short. I do not expect the 2016 team to be in the running for the Final Four.
Beilein is fighting an uphill battle because his stars keep leaving after just two years in the system.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||The implication being that Michigan will bounce back...||
because Kentucky did?
My point is that the comparison doesn't really hold up so it's pointless to bring Kentucky into the picture, especially since Duke and Kansas prove that it's not impossible to put up top draft picks and be elite every year. And let's face it, MSU had two first rounders this past year and also had very weak or nonexistent recruiting classes, yet somehow Izzo has made them contenders. So they qualify too.
Beilein has proven himself before and can do so again. But he will have to do so in a non-Kentucky fashion.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Michigan probably would have won that game||
if they had had a healthy McGary or another athletic big-man. They got dominated in the paint all game long.
Also just a technical point but the game was tied so we weren't a buzzer beater away from a win.
And Michigan's recruiting is nothing to write home about. Izzo and Beilein are 6-6 in their last 12 matchups I believe.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Let's get one thing straight: We are not Kentucky||
I can't count the number of times Michigan fans have brought up the fact that Kentucky was relegated to the NIT in 2013 then made it to the NCG in 2014. You can argue that Michigan will rebound next year a la 2010, but I really don't see how the situation compares to what Kentucky went through.
In 2013 Kentucky had had the top recruiting class in the country for 5 years running and was about to bring in one of the best classes of all time (#2, #3, #4, #6, #9, and #17 players, each of them a McDonald's All-American, plus 2 more guys and a walk-on). For them, 2013 was considered an enormous letdown and the odds were in their favor. There was reason to believe the
On the other hand, Michigan will be bringing in exactly the same team they had this year, plus Duncan Robinson and minus Levert.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Not enough cliches||
Not enough cliches
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Well, had won...||
At the moment we've won zero in a row at Crisler
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Our rivals are pretty good||
Rutgers should be a gimme though. Unless they play like they did against Wisconsin.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Another victory for mgoblog!||
The football and basketball teams may have had bad years but Brian is kicking some serious ass.
All hail our fearless leader!
|2 years 10 weeks ago||One possibility||
Brian suggested on Twitter that it's possible he has not actually seen a basketball before. Maybe he is spending too much time in the library reading about basketball concepts and theories.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Okay||
But you can't deny that the team was bad before they lost Levert and Walton, and now statistically they are worse.
Doyle and Bielfeldt haven't underachieved like Chatman and Irvin, but they aren't lighting it up either. And in any case the Beilein's offense has always revolved around 3-pointers and guard play. The big men aren't really the problem here - it's the fact that no one can shoot 3s remotely as well as Stauskas or THJ could.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||You're being disingenuous||
Those were preseason tourney games. My point is that this team lost to a school nobody had ever heard of when they were at full strength basically.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||There are tiny hints of promise||
In Dawkins and MAAR, but the rest of the team isn't exactly improving. I don't know how they managed to take it to overtime against Wiscy, MSU, and Illinois but, their Kenpom rank has gone down pretty steadily throughout the season. They are 122 in adjusted offense and 170 in points per possession.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||I have never heard of the CBI but sure||
let's go for it.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||The injuries line is overplayed||
Have you people forgotten NJIT and Eastern? This team never had much promise.
"At least we have basketball" seems like forever ago...
|2 years 10 weeks ago||The people I know from Berkeley||
would absolutely rank themselves ahead of UVA. They nearly see themselves as a rival to Stanford, and they have an outrageously high number of Nobel Prize winners as faculty for a public university. Berkeley is pretty consistently #1 by USNWR with UCLA, UVA, and U-M rounding out the top 4.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Explaining to mgoblog doesn't guarantee much||
Who knows if anyone on CSG even know mgoblog exists. Certainly this b-school kid wasn't a regular reader. Contacting CSG personally does very little. Maybe they know who Brian is, maybe they don't. Brian is just flexing his muscles here. I am sure he is feeling quite invigorated after the Fall of Brandon.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||After the last four years||
I don't think Brian is going to be letting these things go anymore. The gauntlet will be thrown down immediately from now on.
To those of you criticizing Brian for giving out the guy's Twitter how else would you recommend he fight this?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||In other news||
Southfield lawyer seeks free publicity
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Exactly. Harbaugh isn't the type to wait around||
Honestly the expected value on this is wayyy in favor of just grabbing Higden. Harbaugh made the right choice. I would have loved to have Weber, but on average, just making sure you having somebody at all is the right choice. And Higdan isn't sounds like a great kid.
I looked at Weber's Twitter timeline, and since he decomitted from Michigan there have been literally no signs of support for U-M. Meanwhile there was all kinds of pro-OSU stuff. If you ask me he was looking for a reason to choose OSU and found it. But it wouldn't have turned out any different if Harbaugh hadn't picked up Higdan.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||A coach leaving is not the same||
A coach leaving is not the same as having more players at a position. Not at all.
And I can understand why a player would want to be the big dog at his position but imo, being upset that you have slightly more competition is weak. They are all new to the program, it's a level playing ground.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Yeah but the U-M staff took 1 other RB this class||
So they're the real a-holes amirite?
|2 years 11 weeks ago||No. Meyer was hired by Florida at the end of the '04 season||
Lloyd Carr had just won 2 straight Big Ten Championships and gone to 2 straight Rose Bowls ('03 and '04). His record against OSU was 6-4 at that point and he had beaten the #2 defending national champions in '03. How old are you that you can't remember what was going on 10 years ago?
Dantonio at Cincy was 18-11. He is a great coach now but who knew back then? Hindsight is 20/20.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||First time seeing Denard apart from football games or TV||
A few friends and I were walking down the stairs to the South Quad basement and who do we see but Denard standing in the hallway, talking with a girl who I presume was his crush/girlfriend. This was early fall 2010 when he had just taken campus by storm. He was sort of facing away from us so we weren't sure at first and instinctively paused to stare for a few seconds. His ladyfriend was facing us though and sort of glanced at us for a sec with a come on guys look on her face. At that point Denard turns around and in spite of the situation he's still got that trademark smile on his face. So one of my friends just blurts out "Hey...!" and Denard responds, still smiling, with a "Heyy..." and then we all just sheepishly scurry through the door into the basement common area to give them their privacy...
Might not call it my favorite memory but it's one that has stuck with me. Maybe because it was just so weird to see him in a non-football capacity, with no football buddies around him, doing things a regular student living in the dorms would do... And of course also because it proved that Denard is almost literally incapable of not smiling.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||ND is the tops in terms of||
Literally laughed out loud for that one.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Will he get academic scholarships?||
It does depend in part on what field of study he's interested in. But if he's in-state it's hard to argue there's a better deal than U-M unless it's any Ivy or Ivy-equilalent (e.g. Stanford). If he's as competitive as you indicate, Michigan will want to keep him from leaving home and may even offer him a full-ride. I know people who have been accepted early into Michigan and then received a full-ride scholarship offer quite late in the game (I think even as late as April but don't quote me on that), so you may have to talk with people from the University to see what the timeline is like.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||What? I didn't even get a chance to buckle up!||
So good to see a hello post finally though.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I don't speak for everyone, but my answer is "not at all"||
"Walmart Wolverine" term is a stupid, derogatory term the Sparties made up to offend people from Michigan's slightly larger in-state fanbase and much larger national fanbase over the last several decades. It is a popular insult because it is alliterative.
I am currently a grad student at Michigan, and also went to undergrad here. Everyone in my immediate family of college age or older has attended Michigan. I would not say that I nor any of my family look down upon people who are Michigan fans but did not go to Michigan. Being from southeast Michigan I have many friends who did not attend Michigan but are huge U-M fans. I think it's great - it's a way to connect with them even if we didn't go to the same school.
I should mention that no one in my parents' families had ever attended Michigan before they did, yet they both grew up as big Michigan fans. Both are from southeast Michigan, so obviously location played a part, but the point is that college sports in the U.S. transcend direct academic connections. Maybe one day you will attend here or your children will. But as long as you hold true to your loyalties as a fan I don't think it really matters.
As I said the term is just stupid and its usage is akin to internet trolling. I have attended Michigan vs. MSU games at Spartan Stadium as a U-M student and been called a "Walmart Wolverine" by their oblivious annoying fans.
Long story short don't let it get to you, and Go Blue!
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Well it worked for the Russians||
But for a bunch of frat guys? Not so much.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||You weren't convinced||
by the previous reports of "$50,000 of damage" ? Thought it might just be a few vases turned over? I guess if they were like, really nice vases... Or maybe a chandelier or two...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Cuz it ain't a party||
Until ceiling tiles are raining down the hallways...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||I know all frats are different||
and their traits are dependent on the people in them. But this is still what I would call "perpetuating the stereotype."
|2 years 13 weeks ago||That's a good question actually||
When did they measure them the second time exactly?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||According to the rules...||
"The balls are required be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch and weigh between 14 and 15 ounces."
And according to Twitter, "NFL has found that 11 of the Patriots footballs used in Sunday’s AFC title game were under-inflated by 2 lbs each, per league sources."
So a 2 PSI decrease is quite a bit. The temperature at game time was in the mid to upper 40s although the wind chill could have potentially played a factor as well. If the original test was in the ref's locker room in the upper 70s you would expect at maximum there would be a decrease of ~1 PSI...
|2 years 13 weeks ago||There is a 0.00% chance they play again||
That I can say for sure. I'm guessing at the most, a big fine + probation + staff suspensions next year. At the least, nothing.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Odds are low? Screw you!||
You are clearly not a true believer in Bielein.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Because what's dead wrong?||
The company providing the treatment, Stemedica, is currently conning hundreds of desperate patients and their families claiming to have a miracle treatment that is not scientifically sound. Stem cell therapies can work, but there is no way Gordie Howe got better due to his treatment.
This is not a stem cell issue. This is a "greedy pharmaceutical company robbing people blind" issue. Look up "Stanislaw Burzynski" if you want another example.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||You're misunderstanding my posts...||
It's unethical because it likely doesn't work, yet it's being pitched as a miracle cure. Desperate people are paying tens of thousands for this treatment yet there is no proof that it's effective. Look up "Stanislaw Burzynski" if you want another example of a case like this.
There is a reason drug companies must run controlled, double-blinded clinical trials to prove a drugs efficacy before they can sell it. A lot of it is to prevent crooks from coming up with psuedoscientific therapies and swindling the public into believing they work. That's why this clinic is in Mexico: to evade the FDA.
Stem cell research in the U.S. has not been under threat for many years now. In the early 2000s a few states passed laws to inhibit it, but currently it's only prohibited in backwater places like Arkansas. And the NIH funds it just like any other cutting edge therapy, as it has all along.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||This story isn't about a "taboo" on stem cell research||
There is plenty of stem cell research going on in the US and Japan right now. Could support for it be improved? Sure. I work in biotechnology and it's clear that there are problems associated with funding and unscientific nutjobs trying to hold back good research. But the major thing holding back stem cell therapies is not anti-abortion zealots, it's lack of efficacy and clinical safety (which is the major obstacle for almost all cutting edge therapies).
Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this, but from working in the biomedical community it's my understanding that the whole "stem cell debate" that flared up in the early 2000s is mostly irrelevant at this point. The research institutions and clinics where all the best research is done are located in states that have virtually no restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells (California's constitution actually stipulates that restrictions are illegal). They were banned in Michigan for a little bit but Proposal 2 in 2008 overturned that and the University of Michigan is free to use embryonic stem cells for biomedical research.
Another reason these therapies are highly regulated is that they're dangerous. There's a chapter in a book called "When Science Goes Wrong" about an Olympic runner named Max Truex who suffered from Parkinson's and went to China to receive a controversial treatment involving fetal stem cell implants. In the end, the treatment likely killed him. The FDA isn't anti-scientific, they're just careful.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||In the statement he released||
All Murray Howe really says is that his dad had a seemingly miraculous improvement, and that he thought the people he interacted with from Stemedica didn't seem particularly devious.
I don't doubt Gordie Howe's improvement. What I do doubt is that it was due to the stem cell injections he received. Murray Howe admits in his statement that he is a clinical radiologist, not a stem cell researcher, and that he doesn't make any claims as to the physiological mechanisms underlying his dad's recovery. I don't blame him for seeking out this treatment regimen under the circumstances. He and his family were desparate and Stemedica was willing to "help." But it's obvious that the reason they didn't even charge the Howes for the treatment is that having a high-profile figure like Gordie Howe as a patient is huge from a funding perspective. Claiming that a well-known celebrity benefited from their therapy is certainly going to catch the attention of investors.
But the truth is, Gordie Howe is just one patient, and absolutely no conclusions can be drawn solely from his experience. In the articles I cited, you'll see that well-regarded stem cell researchers in the US are skeptical of Stemedica and the clinic in Mexico. In fact, the doctors at the clinic who treated Howe weren't even stem cell clinicians. Yet another reason why this business looks quite shady.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Because it's unethical||
And not because it utilizes stem cells. In fact, the type of stem cells used in this therapy are NOT embryonic stem cells and thus it has no conneciton whatsoever to the abortion issue.
The reason it's unethical is because it gives desparate people false hope and causes them to be robbed blind, for tens of thousands or more. For a therapy that doesn't work and borders on pseudoscience. The only reason the clinic operates in Mexico is so that they can evade US Federal regulations.
Not sure why I'm getting negged for exposing a crooked medical enterprise for what it is.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||The therepy is licensed from a company called Stemedica||
which happens to be an extremely shady medical corporation. These articles shed some light on the situation:
I'm as happy as anyone to hear about Gordie Howe's amazing recovery, but the crooks who run Stemedica don't deserve the positive attention they're getting from this story.
EDIT: Whoever is negging me please demonstrate where I went wrong. I work in biotechnology and would love for this to be true but all I see is a bunch of thieves evading US regulations to prey on desparate patients and their families.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||The real reason he went to Mexico||
Is most likely that there are major doubts in the stem cell research community as to the efficacy of the treatment. There is plenty of amazing stem cell research being done here in the US and also in Japan. Just this past year a major group at Harvard reported huge steps towards a stem cell therapy for Type I diabetes.
The fact that Gordie Howe is doing better is incredible and I couldn't be happier for him and his family, but it is not due to the stem cell treatment he received. Gordie Howe's condition was largely the after-effects of a stroke. Are we to believe that stem cells injected into his spinal cord healed his brain in a matter of 8 hours?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||If it's anything||
It's what it was originally. Someone who is 100% wholly committed to Michigan and not to another job or program.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Sadly they're really not going to care||
Top level recruits don't even consider the possibility that they'd ever need a policy like this. They no doubt envision themselves earning their scholarship 10x over every year. A guy like Saban would spin it so as to argue that all the inferior players are mooching off of all the elite guys.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||I'd say 4-5 is generous||
That would definitely need to be coupled with a few marquee wins, e.g. against Wisconsin, Maryland, or some other team that ends up near the top of the B1G in the end (perhaps MSU, OSU, Indiana). I.e. if they go 8-5 the rest of the way but have no victories against ranked B1G teams they have no chance. Even 9-4 and one marquee win would be cutting it close. If they manage to beat NW and Rutgers these next two games, the Wisconsin game will be enormous and could get them back in the picture if they pull it out.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Yes! And it's great.|
|2 years 14 weeks ago||You have got to be shitting me||
As much as he disliked Hoke even Brian was on the wagon after a while. Look up Brian's recap of the 2011 Nebraska game. Look up the post about "Hoke's philosophical ceiling." look up the summer 2012 thread about the Big Ten's coaching rankings. Hoke's assistant from San Diego State (now the hc) was quoted as saying that he was sure Hoke would win a national championship at Michigan (this was after the 2011 San Diego State game) in the next four years and everyone here ate it up with a spoon
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Considering there were plenty of people||
Who unabashedly asserted that Hoke was destined to win a national championship, I'm guessing there will be a few people here who think Harbaugh might..
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Your assertion is just wrong||
Auburn won the rushing battle last year and yet lost in the championship game. There are 1 million more counterexamples.
The fact that all four teams in the playoff this year run a decidedly spread style offense speaks for itself. Not only that but there are plenty of teams like Oklahoma State and Texas A&M that run a passing spread that have had rampant success of late.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||What exactly is the fallacy you are referencing?||
What the hell does "the trenches dictate the game regardless of style of offense run" mean? Yes, when you have a player who runs for 250 yards you're typically going to win. But did you watch the Pats game this last Saturday? What'd they have, like 14 rushing yards? And they won. Because Brady and their passing game.
Or does your "trenches dictate the game" assertion only work in college football...?
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Yes, when the best spread coach in the game||
wins his 3rd national championship at age 50, the first thing I think is "wow the spread is such a gimmick it's all about manball in the trenches"
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Is anyone honestly surprised this happened?||
It's like people didn't recognize the Sugar Bowl was the real NCG.