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|1 week 20 hours ago||Also, "generic Alabama tailback"||
on a national championship winning team.
|4 weeks 18 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.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Informative title||
these posts are what make this blog great.
|7 weeks 8 hours 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.
|7 weeks 8 hours 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.
|7 weeks 8 hours 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.
|7 weeks 8 hours 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."
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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.
|7 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."
|7 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.
|7 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?
|7 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.
|8 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.
|9 weeks 10 hours 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?
|9 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.
|9 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
|10 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.
|10 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 $$$.
|10 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.
|11 weeks 10 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?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Now THAT, is spooky||
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Alum96 lives||
For a while, people here were speculating he had kicked the bucket. Morbid ruminations of Mgoblog.
|11 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.
|11 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.