a terrible blight on our fine country
|9 weeks 2 days 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!
|11 weeks 3 days 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.
|14 weeks 4 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||We can finally say||
RoJo is BLUE! (without crying)
|18 weeks 5 days 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.
|23 weeks 4 days 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.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Next year.||
I mean c'mon what kind of question is this?
|26 weeks 1 day 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...
|26 weeks 5 days 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.
|27 weeks 31 min 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.
|27 weeks 2 days 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.
|27 weeks 3 days ago||Word on the street is||
Rojo is BLUE!
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Out of curiosity||
How does one go about peeling butter?
|29 weeks 5 days 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.
|29 weeks 5 days ago||the car post had 300 responses||
In his defense...
And he has hardly reached the level of that "I retired today" guy
|30 weeks 5 days 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).
|31 weeks 2 days 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.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||But will Harbaugh wear a a headset?||
And will Michigan fans talk about it?
|31 weeks 5 days 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."
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Wow this works nicely||
I really couldn't see black at all, but now I see it, even for OP's image.
|31 weeks 5 days 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.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||A quick run through some of his posts says it's not him||
darn. Oh well
|31 weeks 5 days 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.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||To those criticizing all flat-billed hats I say||
|32 weeks 3 min ago||Haha okay fair enough||
I imagine that makes for quite confusing conversations
|32 weeks 24 min ago||A week or two||
That was like 2 days mayne
|32 weeks 16 hours 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!
|32 weeks 1 day 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.
|32 weeks 2 days 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.
|32 weeks 3 days 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.
|32 weeks 3 days 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.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||Okay so what resources do you use to find apartments?||
Craigslist? Streateasy? How close are you and your friends to Midtown?
|32 weeks 4 days 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."
|32 weeks 4 days 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."
|32 weeks 5 days 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?
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 5 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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!
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|32 weeks 6 days 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.
|33 weeks 23 min 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.
|33 weeks 10 hours ago||Horford was not better than Irvin OR Spike||
Just for the record...
|33 weeks 10 hours 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.
|33 weeks 10 hours 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.
|33 weeks 11 hours 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.
|33 weeks 11 hours 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.
|33 weeks 11 hours 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.
|33 weeks 13 hours ago||Not enough cliches||
Not enough cliches
|33 weeks 13 hours ago||Well, had won...||
At the moment we've won zero in a row at Crisler
|33 weeks 2 days ago||Our rivals are pretty good||
Rutgers should be a gimme though. Unless they play like they did against Wisconsin.
|33 weeks 5 days 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!
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||I have never heard of the CBI but sure||
let's go for it.
|33 weeks 5 days 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...
|33 weeks 5 days 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.
|33 weeks 6 days 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.
|33 weeks 6 days 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?
|34 weeks 4 days ago||In other news||
Southfield lawyer seeks free publicity
|34 weeks 5 days 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.
|34 weeks 5 days 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.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah but the U-M staff took 1 other RB this class||
So they're the real a-holes amirite?
|34 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 6 days 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.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||ND is the tops in terms of||
Literally laughed out loud for that one.
|35 weeks 6 days 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.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||What? I didn't even get a chance to buckle up!||
So good to see a hello post finally though.
|36 weeks 5 days 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!
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Well it worked for the Russians||
But for a bunch of frat guys? Not so much.
|36 weeks 6 days 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...
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Cuz it ain't a party||
Until ceiling tiles are raining down the hallways...
|36 weeks 6 days 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."
|37 weeks 11 hours ago||That's a good question actually||
When did they measure them the second time exactly?
|37 weeks 12 hours 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...
|37 weeks 13 hours 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.
|37 weeks 13 hours ago||Odds are low? Screw you!||
You are clearly not a true believer in Bielein.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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?
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|37 weeks 4 days 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.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Yes! And it's great.|
|38 weeks 1 day 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
|38 weeks 1 day 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..
|38 weeks 1 day 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.
|38 weeks 1 day 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...?
|38 weeks 1 day 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"
|38 weeks 1 day ago||Is anyone honestly surprised this happened?||
It's like people didn't recognize the Sugar Bowl was the real NCG.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||In Harbaugh's mind it doesn't matter what OSU does||
because he believes he will beat them in every head-to-head competition they have. Theoretically it helps him more if the Big Ten has more prestige, because then he has control of his own destiny. Perception of the B1G as weak almost caused one of the B1G's two most storied football programs from competing in the title game... over arguably the 3rd and 4th most storied programs from the state of Texas. For recruiting purposes it's less hard to justify, but I guess if the B1G can start to level the playing field with the SEC eventually it will pay off. Programs like Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee really haven't done jack the past decade but they've been able to recruit party because the SEC is perceived as a glamour conference.
I really hate OSU, but whatever. Hoke's apparent dislike of "Ohio" didn't help him beat them.
|39 weeks 16 hours ago||Just a guess, but I'd think that routes and formations...||
are very different for a TE than for a WR. And the OL just needs to work on blocking schemes while a TE needs to be able to transition from blocking to receiving. I'd expect any offense that utilizes TEs extensively to have a TE coach.
|39 weeks 22 hours ago||Most people on the blog abhor helmet stickers||
but this article illustrates why I would be fine with them. College football is not a beauty contest. If Harbaugh thinks the return of helmet stickers can help to reinstill a competitive edge, then by all means bring them back. If, on the other hand, he thinks they are unnecessary, that's fine too.
|39 weeks 22 hours ago||Baumgardner's latest article illustrates why I hope||
that helmet stickers will be brought back...
Michigan needs to develop a competitive edge, and helmet stickers can be part of that. Not that I think lack of helmet stickers is the cause of Michigan's malaise, just that it could help to eliminate a culture of complacency. When U-M's top WR is openly saying things like "winning and losing is just a statistic" there's got to be something wrong with the competitive attitude of the team.
|39 weeks 23 hours ago||The guy in Brian's avatar is pretty good looking||
Anyone know who he is?
|39 weeks 2 days ago||Quite disappointing||
Would have loved to have Marrow on the staff. But let's face it, Hoke & co. showed that recruiting means nothing if the players don't develop. Remember our jubilation on that day if February 2012 when we had all those big commitments? How little we knew...
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Give me a break, you people are oversensitive||
This hardly constitutes eavesdropping, as the camera was literally right in front of them (watch the video). The video was posted on NFL.com with sound, and a good portion of it is completely intellibile. The flightaware stuff was a million times "creepier." And if you do think it's over the line, a better word would be "inappropriate." The word creepy is so overused on the internet it's obnoxious.
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Rosen is set to enroll on Monday||
Don't get your hopes up
|39 weeks 4 days ago||I gotta say I am really happy he made an account||
Not that it's really important or anything, but if a coach uses a twitter account I feel like it makes them seem more down to earth believe it or not. As long as they're the one actually tweeting (and don't have an assistant doing it), I think it makes them seem like more of a real person and not just a face.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||You might want to remind the Universe it runs on a script||
I'm not sure it's been aware of that the past 13.8 billion years.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||That line will be +7 by tomorrow morning||
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone remember preseason 2013?||
Guys, look at what a great team we have! And we play Notre Dame and OSU at home! Brady Hoke has never lost a home game! I hope Urban goes undefeated so his first loss is at home against Michigan!
How did that one work out?
|39 weeks 5 days ago||So when OSU beats Oregon||
and Shane Morris gets his ass kicked by OSU's ball boy at QB, what will you say then?
I don't give two shits about Alabama. We play them once every 5-10 years if that. Sure, the SEC lovefest is annoying but it has not been relevant for Michigan since ever ('06 was before the lovefest began) We have been OSU's bitch for my entire fucking post-adolescent life.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||This is not true||
I rooted for OSU in the 2002 national championship game because I was a fool and thought it would somehow help Michigan via helping B1G prominance. The 12 years after that have been hell. After OSU won the Rose Bowl again in 2010 I finally decided I could never root for them again. We have been their bitch for as long as I can remember.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Yes let's please continue to rationalize||
how our arch-rivals winning the National Championship is truly best for us, based an unfounded belief that fate exists, and some vague hope that Michigan can field a QB half as competent at throwing as OSU's wide receivers.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||OSU is going to win||
and all you slappies who rooted for OSU are going to get exactly what you deserve. Unfortunately the rest of the Michigan fan base will have to share the misery too.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||So you hate Bama more than OSU?||
|39 weeks 5 days ago||I hope all you people who were rooting for OSU over the SEC||
get banished to Columbus for the next year.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Uh minus about 3 additional losses||
two of them to relatively mediocre teams...
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe if we can get that OSU reciever||
to come be our QB...
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Very well done||
The addition of Tim Kawakami was a nice touch!
Was this done purly in photoshop or was there anything else?
|39 weeks 5 days ago||"I watched all of the games multiple times"||
"... and I thought the backs played pretty well" is an opinion. UFR is not (or at least, it's much less of an opinion than any other player-wise gameplay analysis out there).
Objectifying football analysis is like, one of the main points of this blog. And according to that analysis the runningbacks did not have a very good year, and haven't for many years.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Grad transfers happen all the time though...||
Not sure how the talks get initiated but there must be a way.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||The moment you showed up with the stuffed Wolverine||
was pretty awesome. Thanks again for coming through and helping to make it one of the most memorable nights in Ashley's lore!
|39 weeks 6 days ago||My favorites were "a lesser athlete..." and "nooobody!"||
But this was pretty great too
|39 weeks 6 days ago||I hadn't thought of that but you're right||
It was a weird way to phrase the question all the way around.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||People may be overestimating Michigan's chances||
but losing to Oregon State at home would be... ugh. They're in the middle of a regime change too remember. With probably less talent on their roster. Could come down to the QB situation I suppose...
But the OP asked for bold and you gave him bold.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Jim Harbaugh returns home. Bananas continue to agitate you.||
The circle of life.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Henson would have been gone by then||
The Buckeye-Yankees stole him after 2000. 2002 would have been Navarre's junior year. I think it was mainly about actual coaching experience, although in hindsight it's a little shortsighted. Harbaugh played QB in the NFL for 14 years, safe to say he knew a little bit about being QB and coaching QB by that point.
w/e, the prodigal son finally returned to us anyway!
|39 weeks 6 days ago||lol wut||
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Bump Elliot wasn't mentioned either, I'm sure he feels slighted||
But seriously I belive Harbaugh was just mentioning the coaches he had a personal relationship with, and did not mean it as an intentional slight. He has probably met Rich Rod maybe once in his life if ever.
|40 weeks 3 hours ago||Awesome you could make it||
Thanks for showing up and for the picture! Love the great work you're doing and what a great role model you've become - safe to say you make the whole Michigan family proud.
|40 weeks 13 hours ago||Okay, maybe you're more optimistic than I was||
I was just remembering back to 2011 and 2007, when our coaching searches were utterly botched (granted Rich Rod is a good coach, but the Les Miles fiasco and alleged Greg Schiano offer were comical - according to Bacon's version of the story it was a disaster and Martin lucked out at the last minute)
|40 weeks 13 hours ago||Fine, but at some point something had to give||
Hiring Schiano was unlikley but not an impossibility. It would have been in line with the Brandon and Hoke hires that's for sure. How happy would you have been with, say, a plan C option such as Kyle Whittingham? Surely that was not beyond the realm of possibilities. Hackett himself claimed that there was a point where he doubted it would work out.
Unconditional support may look good in hindslight but let's face it, as Brian said, Hackett was somewhat of an unknown when he was hired. We didn't know what to expect. It worked out. A year ago there was no reason to believe it would.
|40 weeks 13 hours ago||I was there and it was awesome||
UofMDDS96 brought his stuffed Wolverine. And Vincent Smith showed up as well.
|40 weeks 13 hours ago||But there was no reason to think Hackett was a genius||
Consider, Nebraska and Florida are two pretty historic programs (Florida maybe not as much but don't tell me the Florida job isn't attractive with the talent base they have), and they just hired two flyers. Maybe they'll work out. But that was the landscape Michigan was working in.
|40 weeks 14 hours ago||But didn't his actions pay off?||
I mean without the very real threat of a decimated attendance base, maybe the admins wouldn't have taken the coaching search as seriously as they did. I don't know what the actual renewal rate was this year but something tells me that the AD was pretty cognizent of a cliff drop if Hoke had been retained or if they had hired Schiano or some crap. Someone had to make a statement to demonstrate the discontent, so kudos to him and others for taking the fall and putting his money where his mouth was.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I thought about that while writing it||
and I don't think many Michigan fans would disagree that those days weren't pretty nice in comparison to the 7 years we've spent wandering in the wilderness. Back when we thought 7-5 was "the year of infinite pain."
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Must be nice||
to be so used to winning that you're dissatisifed with a coach who wins 75% of his games in the hardest conference in college football, and won a freaking national championship.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I will be there||
along with two others!
|40 weeks 1 day ago||It's the flightaware.com map||
I'm guessing cities with multiple airports have a different designation on the map to account for that. Just a guess though.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||As much as mgoblog and twitter have done to placate me||
I am still terrified. Call it conditioning. Michigan is 2-12 against OSU starting since the first game I can remember. That happened to be the Dawn of Tressel and the beginning of the Dark Times. I am a graduate student and Michigan has not won a Big Ten Championship since the year facebook started. I was in seventh grade for Michigan's last great victory over OSU.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||For the record it was UofMDDS96||
Here is a link to the original thread:
He stated it would have to be after Harbaugh uttered the words "I will be the next football coach at the University of Michigan" or something to that effect. He also said if it was on a Tuesday it would have to be before 5pm. If Harbaugh truly is going to be at the basketball game on Tuesday, you'd have to imagine that would happen at some point between now and then.
Ashley's opens at 11:30am on Tuesdays, but OP said he won't be there until 8pm.
Also on the record:
hazardc promises $100 worth of Michigan made beers
LSA promises 10-15 orders of fish & chips ("perhaps")
|40 weeks 3 days ago||No one will be able to get in||
even with the students being off campus. Place will be packed to overflowing based on this blog alone. Now combine that with the massive flood of students returning early that week.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I wouldn't mind it||
As many have mentioned, the team is in serious need of a culture change. Maybe this can be part of it.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||The 7th time...||
was even better than the 6th!
|40 weeks 4 days ago||But what do the sinks say?||
But what do the sinks say?
|40 weeks 5 days ago||No, I'm actually robot||
No, I'm actually robot
|40 weeks 5 days ago||I remember being furious with Ecker at the time||
What the hell was he thinking? He didn't even ATTEMPT to keep the play alive, he just dove out of bounds.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Not surprised by this at all if true||
But I wonder, if we are to believe you are so well-informed, why did you believe this past Monday would be the day, when virtually all the evidence indicated that the decision would not be made until after the NFL season was over?
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Not to mention the barbarism of using two spaces after sentences||
Ugh. This isn't Columbus. This is a civilized community, people.
|41 weeks 15 hours ago||Um I don't think so||
he may just decide he prefers the NFL. It would be a shame in my opinion, given that if he restores the program he'd have a statue next to his idol, Bo. But in the end it's Harbaugh's decision.
|41 weeks 17 hours ago||If it doesn't happen, I'm heading to my bunker||
|41 weeks 21 hours ago||So if Jim Harbaugh elects to stay in the NFL||
what do we do to Gregg Henson/Jeff Moss/Steve Lorenz?
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Remember when Hoke had turned the tide of the rivalry?||
Nothing has even happened yet this time and people are claiming that we are saved and back to the top.
I know the Hoke comment was mostly treated as a joke initially but people really did start believing it after he beat OSU his first year. Everyone was claiming that Hoke's recruiting would ultimately destroy Dantonio and that OSU was just a tire fire (that was before the Urban hire but then even after the Urban hire people laughed and made comments like "wow good job hiring a coach Michigan has never lost to"). Then some random paper made rankings of Big 10 coaches and Hoke was like 4th behind Urban, Dantonio, and Bielema, and some here had the audacity to claim that Hoke would eventually beat them all...
Sorry I have to do this but seriously a reality check is in order. Last I checked Harbaugh is not our coach and Michigan is 2-6 against Dantonio and 0-3 against Meyer (1-3 if you count the Florida game...)
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Agh but none of this has happened yet! Except Herman||
and if we don't get Harbaugh we may be worse off for that, having lost a good backup option...
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing has even happened yet||
and we are talking about "seismic" shifts...
|41 weeks 1 day ago||When it's official Harbaugh is staying in the NFL||
we'll talk about which of these stupid threads jinxed it, and how many decades it will take before we beat OSU again.
Last I checked Harbaugh is not the coach yet. All that has happened in the past day is that some NFL guys who had their heads in the sand finally acknowledged that Harbaugh was giving Michigan "some thought." Also some mysterious Twitter user who everyone was lambasting as a fraud just a few days ago has a thread with ~200 replies.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||Hey I'm normally pretty optimistic about stuff||
except when it comes to Michigan football. I became a concious fan in 2001. Michigan has gone 2-12 against OSU during that stretch. I became a "diehard" in 2009. Michigan has beaten MSU just once since then.
This is just what I have come to expect. As an undergrad student and grad student I feel lucky to have seen one victory each over OSU and MSU in 6 years, seeing as many of those who came before me saw just one. Even then, Michigan won those games by the skin of their teeth against "down-year" rival teams.
I was in seventh grade for Michigan's last great victory over OSU.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||My prediction on what will happen?||
It will look like it's happening all the way to December 29, at which point Harbaugh schedules a press conference. All the insiders say it's happening and Brian and Sam Webb finally cave and announce that it is. Two hours before the press conference some no name NFL guy tweets that a Godfather offer has been made from the Falcons or some other random NFL team. The press conference is cancelled half an hour before. The next morning it is announced JH is staying in the NFL. Mgoblog and the city of Ann Arbor erupt in flames.
|41 weeks 1 day ago||I still have not||
The only way I will is if Jim Harbaugh himself utters the words "I will be the next coach at the University of Michigan" or something to that effect.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||If so, that doesn't bode well||
He will be getting a flurry of NFL offers pretty soon that he hasn't seen before...
|41 weeks 2 days ago||You might want to get out more often OP. Just sayin'||
|41 weeks 2 days ago||To say the "entire" fanbase wanted it is a bit extreme||
I'd guess most U-M fans were hardly aware of his wrongdoings. The crusade against Brandon, while righteous, was spearheaded by mgoblog, which still represents a minority of those who call themselves Michigan fans.
That being said, the tidal wave of bad press was surely getting to be overwhelming and the student outcries were strong. So there was really no other option.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||talk about an argument to the extreme...||
The point is the guy was already here for three and a half years. U-M already put a major investment into him and now he's going to be thrown out on the street
|41 weeks 3 days ago||This is part of the concern I have w/ the Frank Clark situation||
Not that he shouldn't have been kicked off the team and punished, but after he gets out of prison what's going to happen to him I wonder? Has he been expelled? Will he ever get a degree? Obviously his girlfriend is the victim here but what about the future? I don't think it's inconceivable that if left on his own the cycle will just be perpetuated and more people will suffer in the future just so that here in the present day we can entertain the belief that justice has been served.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||There already is a different standard though||
a lot of these guys wouldn't have the slightest chance of attending college if they weren't playing football.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Sadly if anything it worsens our chances I think||
Harbaugh will want to prove this season's failures are just an aberration.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||My prediction for this game is Harbaugh||
Let's be honest though we're going to need something to look forward to in the spring if this keeps up...
|41 weeks 4 days ago||since you have amended your wrongs||
you will be spared the justice of the mgoblog gods. This time.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||OP SUCKS! YOUR THREAD IS BAD, AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD||
All jokes aside I think this is a fine topic and a relief from the endless chatsports threads we had earlier. Alas, I can't comment much since I live a stone's throw from the heart of it all and have seldom been in touch with people over the last month who aren't Michigan fans but still care about sports to be plugged in on the situation.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||On a side note though||
This is decidedly not off-topic, and for that you should be chastised.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Sure, it's semantics||
But Brian doesn't usually entertain bullshitters, so it's pretty significant that he's come out in support of this guy on Twitter and given him front page blog coverage twice.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Borges was hit or miss||
His gameplans ranged from brilliant (OSU 2013) to ludicrous (Iowa 2011). With Nuss, it was nothing but "miss" after Appalachain State.
Still, the Borges opposition was because no one wanted to believe that it was Hoke himself who was incompetent. The funny thing is, I do actually buy into the theory that Hoke wanted to retain Borges after 2013 but Brandon forced him to switch.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||embed|
|41 weeks 4 days ago||This would make sense||
I don't know how Brian or anyone else would verify it but it's definitely a possibility.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Me too||
Just who are you, not TOM BRADY!? How do I know you aren't stalking me this very minute?
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Brian was asked directly on Twitter||
whether he believed Thosewhostay7's reports to be legit. He said he did.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||You are wrong. Brian has vouched for him explicitly on Twitter.||
|41 weeks 4 days ago||There is a theory that he may be directly connected to the team||
E.g. grad assistant, equipment manager, etc. There are some who suggested he may even be an athlete but the athletes themselves are not usually so reserved about keeping their identities hidden, and their twitter handles are basically their actual names.
The thing is, Brian is not usually so leniant with these kind of characters, which suggests to me there is something else in play that we are not aware of and that the players involved want to keep hidden. Brian is usually quite adamant that the fans not directly try to interact with recruits, yet Thosewhostay7 has done this on many occasions. Is it possible Brian himself has private messaged Thosewhostay7 or found some other way to verify his identity secondhand?
Also, does anyone know where Thosewhostay7 claimed that his uncle was high school friends with David Dunn and is getting info that way? I can't find it in his twitter feed. I ask this because it was mentioned before that certain former U-M athletes are currently using AthletesFirst and are potentially connected to people now work for the team/AD at Michigan.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Har||
|41 weeks 4 days ago||You're going to be deleted||
But if not I'd say it's because the info he's giving is consistent with other reports Brian has heard. E.g. Schefter's fb message today was pretty lockstep with Thosewhostay7's "text" from yesterday.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Not likely||
The credibility of thosewhostay7 is uncertain but he has not been outed as a hack yet. Brian believes the guy may be legit and it was likely our Dear Leader himself who deleted your thread.
Also Ace Williams was known for being a raving lunatic and thosewhostay7's twitter timeline suggests he's pretty temperate
|41 weeks 4 days ago||What if it's Jim Harbaugh?||
What if it's Jim Harbaugh?
|41 weeks 4 days ago||I really think if we put our minds to it we can make it to 10||
I really think if we put our minds to it we can make it to 10
|41 weeks 4 days ago||ib4d||
|41 weeks 4 days ago||First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado||
Second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives.
And third prize is you're fired.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Whittingham has done markedly worse than Rich Rod||
in each of his first three seasons in the Pac12. He is 0-3 against RR too.
I do think he is probably the most realistic candidate at this point though.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||The alumni base and U-M admins were happy with Hoke||
that turned out really well.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Sorry you have to learn the hard way like everyone else||
but chatsports is verboten around these parts.
Would be nice if Jim came home, but chatsports isn't going to be the ones to break the news.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Absolutely not||
The current team has loads of talent. Mediocre coaches have done far more with far less. The expectations are: contend for the division title by the second or third year (i.e. be in the hunt until the OSU game), beat OSU and MSU once out of the first three years, don't be in a downward trajectory by the third year. Rich Rod wouldn't have been fired had he not gone 0-6 against MSU/OSU. Hoke wouldn't have been fired had he not won fewer games in each of his last three years.
Fan sentiment will have zero impact on the coach's performance. This is what I hate about the Rich Rod debate. I do think we should have given Rich Rod another year if only because the only alternative was Hoke (Harbaugh was and is an NFL guy). But the reason Rich Rod's defenses sucked is NOT because Justin Boren transferred to OSU.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||$8M/year for Mullen?||
Are you on acid?
|41 weeks 4 days ago||dammit this is 100% my interpretation too||
It's not happening. And it's gonna be an absolute shitshow when it plays out that way
|41 weeks 4 days ago||If I had a dime for every anecdotal "It's Happening" story||
I could pay for Harbaugh's contract myself!
Sadly the friend-of-a-friend said such-and-such rumors give me no confidence. I will believe It's Happening only when Jim Harbaugh himself utters the words "I will be the next coach at the University of Michigan" or something to that effect.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Penn State 2013 is the worst meltdown I've seen...||
Safte to say the "Harbaugh-to-Raiders" cataclysm will be orders of magnitude worse. Hard to fathom.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||mgoblog shortly after Harbaugh says he's headed to the Raiders|
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Oh the humanity...||
Granted, Colin Cowherd's "The Herd" is basically what would happen if Ace Williams was suddenly, inexplicably given a radio show by ESPN.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||I'm Harbaugh's agent himself||
I have a written copy of the Michigan contract with Jim's signature right there at the bottom!
I could tweet a pic of it out right now but I'm gonna wait until Dec. 29 just to piss you mofos off.