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|2 days 15 hours ago||Alvarez will have to recuse||
Alvarez will have to recuse himself. The committee requires that members affiliated with a school in discussion recuse themselves.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I think this is right Comrade||
The issue is not so much with the spot and the replay -- those were close -- but with the egregious holding that was never called, on that play and the one before.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Good perspective Comrade and||
Good perspective Comrade and exactly right. Let's keep our heads up everybody. Better days are ahead!
|6 days 13 hours ago||Sigh.||
|6 days 16 hours ago||Links on home bias of officiating||
Here's a good summary of some 2015 research done specifically on college football homerism in officiating by a group of scholars at Miami University (NNTM) and Florida State:
"Based on a complex analysis of penalty yards assessed over the course of eight seasons, the study by professors at Miami University of Ohio and Florida State University suggests, for instance, that ACC and Big 12 refs tend to penalize home teams less during games between conference rivals. Favored Big Ten teams are penalized fewer yards when playing nonconference teams, the study says...
"These and other examples of bias indicate 'considerable variance' in officiating across conferences, the study concludes, even as the monetary stakes mushroom with college football’s new four-team playoff. The researchers urge the NCAA to consider creating a national officiating body rather than have refs hired, fired, and evaluated by conferences."
A book a few years ago, Scorecasting, looked at the phenomenon across all sports.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Thanks for the positive post Comrade||
I agree. While it sucks to lose the game, it's nice to see Michigan perform at a high level. We got some bad breaks in this one -- but I truly believe the breaks will go our way soon.
|6 days 16 hours ago||This should be a diary Comrade||
I was too young for '78 but I remember all the rest of these games.
I do believe in Harbaugh and that we will field NC contending teams for the rest of his tenure here. Let's not give up yet!
|6 days 18 hours ago||Keep your head up, Comrade||
A tough loss. But Michigan will get better and better under Harbaugh.
|1 week 51 min ago||And it was third down||
Which made that non-call a turnover, since the incompletion led to a punt.
|1 week 54 min ago||Yes, there were a number of||
Yes, there were a number of situations where there was a late flag against Michigan after the crowd reacted to a certain play. That should be measured and corrected. Also, yes, there is a private review of officials' performance but there needs to be a public one in order for there to be true accountability for poor performance (and rewards for good performance).
|1 week 1 hour ago||Technically, Comrade, it's a tennis idiom, but I hear you.||
Technically, Comrade, it's a tennis idiom, but I hear you.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Crowds influence refs||
There has been some research showing that home crowds influence the officiating more than the players' performance on the field.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Harbaugh pissed about the spot||
"That was not a first down," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "I'm bitterly disappointed with the officiating today."
But in the end, we could have won this game a number of times -- the running into the kicker, the pick six, the PI on Hill. Lots of mistakes on our end.
I wish Harbaugh had gone for 2 in the first OT. It was clear that our D was tired, and that our O was not as effective as theirs.
|1 week 1 day ago||Wilton Speight||
Nice job Comrade. Is there a way to think about adjusting the offensive numbers for Speight's injury?
|1 week 3 days ago||The interviews with Comrade||
The interviews with Comrade Brown are my favorite. Informative and interesting. Let's hope our offense can get the job done.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||That's a terrific paean to||
That's a terrific paean to manball, Punt -- as someone who reads a lot of that kind of commentary all day in a different realm! But you got the score wrong: Michigan 12, Iowa 10.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder what specifically he||
I wonder what specifically he "had to fix" about DJ Durkin's system. Would have been nice to have a follow up on that.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||NJ.com taking great pleasure||
NJ.com taking great pleasure in writing this piece because it means Rutgers won't face him next year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Good discussion comrades.||
Good discussion comrades. Question: Let's say we beat OSU and get Wisconsin in a rematch. Any reason to believe a rematch would be tougher than the first go-round? How are they doing re injuries, organic improvement, adjustment to our schemes?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You're an ascending reporter, Comrade||
You're an ascending reporter, Comrade
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Totally with you. Best OSU uniforms I've ever seen live.||
Totally with you. Best OSU uniforms I've ever seen live.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Last 3 decades||
or longer. Lloyd, DeBord et al. constantly underutilized and underdeveloped our talent.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It's a 1900 Yale fight song: "Boola Boola"||
Oklahoma's "boomer sooner" is an adaptation of Yale's fight song, "Boola Boola," composed in 1900.
The lyrics go:
Boola boola, boola boola
Boola boola, boola boola
When we rough house poor old Harvard
They will holler, "Boola boo"
Oh Yale, Eli Yale! Oh Yale, Eli Yale!
Oh Yale, Eli Yale! Oh Yale, Eli Yale!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||A lot of insights from Comrade Jim||
at this conference. Very interesting comments about Rudock's improvements and on the interception, and especially about kickoff coverage.
|5 weeks 14 hours ago||Beautifully done, Comrade --||
Beautifully done, Comrade -- great journalism and an inspiration to us all.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Worst call I've ever seen was||
Worst call I've ever seen was the non-pass interference in 1992 vs MSU with Desmond Howard. But the Bolden ejection is probably the worst I've seen in the replay era.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Loss could help OSU, it's true||
Just as it did last year when they lost to MSU and then crushed us. However, we have a number of games left this year before we meet them. What we've seen the last three weeks from OSU is a team that can be slowed down by a good defense. Q is how our offense matches up against their D -- and we're making the right kinds of improvements in that regard.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The answer||
Michigan / Alabama / Washington / Clemson
Michigan 51, Michigan State 14
Michigan 35, Indiana 7
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Why doesn't Partridge let Nordin placekick?||
He went through saying that it's technically tough to do three types of kicking. So let Nordin do the FGs -- he's certainly capable. Don't really understand what's going on here, unless Allen is way better than the others in practice.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Tri-Tip sous vide is phenomenal||
I've taken to putting the vaccuum-sealed Trader Joe's Tri-Tip (often called a Santa Maria) and dropping it, unopened, in a sous vide tub for a 6-hour slow cook. The result is sublime, like a Denard Robinson 80-yard touchdown.