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|4 hours 45 min ago||But the two do overlap sometimes||
There are many that share the majority opinion, which is fine. But there are inevitably some posters who like to "stick it" to the guy who is voicing an unpopular opinion, and they feel emboldened to do so because they know most people on the board agree with his opinion (even if he is being a complete dick about it).
My opinion is any sort of internet forum is prone to groupthink. Because we're a group of like-minded individuals...and humans inherently want to protect their group. So any dissenting opinion has a greater chance of being "flamed" for the sake of the majority opinion. Now, most people don't act this way on this blog, but there are some. And they were obnoxious this year.
I think MGoBlog has generally been one of the better forums out there in preventing the "groupthink" mentality, and this voting system was the biggest reason for that. Because there are many intelligent posters on this board who will downvote the guy who says "FIRE BORGES" the billionth time because, dude, we get it. Shut up.
And by the way, just because it's not a popular opinion doesn't mean it's uninformed or just plain dumb. That's kind of exactly what groupthink is...assuming that a small minority who disagree is always wrong and dumb because, hey, they don't share the majority opinion.
|2 days 6 min ago||WOOO!!!||
|2 days 17 min ago||I would like some points||
kthxbai, also go blue and such.
|2 days 18 min ago||I hate you all.||
DO IT I DARE YOU.
|2 days 6 hours ago||You're entitled to your own opinions||
But not your own facts.
|4 days 5 hours ago||WE GET IT||
WE GET IT
|4 days 6 hours ago||How much does Devin Gardner bring in to Akron?||
This is the crux of the counterargument. I'm not saying students shouldn't be paid, it is certainly jarring to think about how much money coaches and higher ups are making compared to the small stipend of the students (yes full ride scholarship, I know I know...but that's nothing compared to multimillion dollar coaches)...but there are some very serious issues to take into account, and I have yet to hear a solution that will work for the Michigans, Alabamas, Texas's of the world as well as the Akrons, EMUs, and SDSUs of the world. And that's not even taking into account other sports.
|5 days 5 hours ago||If Urban sat him out for the game...||
...then why the hell would he not be forthcoming about that in the first place? You cannot claim moral authority here, because we still know nothing. If Urban's whole intention was to sit him out, then why can't he even share that fact with the media? He's not exactly Brady Hoke or Lane Kiffin in presser's...
I also hate your "I told you so" mentality. Many folks were upset that Urban didn't suspend him. He didn't play...was he suspended, or was he just not good enough to be a starter this week? There's a big difference.
|6 days 17 hours ago||This is exactly my thought||
I've noticed some people that, instead of responding to reasoned criticism, will just label them as a "concern troll" as if that just completely stops the argument right there.
I don't know how what M-Wolverine said got to the point where he should have been banned, and the only reason it bothers me is because there are waaaaay more worthless posters on this board who should've been banned before him. He actually had well-thought out arguments. Maybe he stepped over the line in that recruiting thread...but from what I saw, it didn't look like an insta-ban comment. And he wasn't the type of guy who would just start fights just because (like chitown was).
I feel like Brian is being overly defensive. It's his blog, he can do whatever the fuck he wants. But it is very unsettling to me. The comments have gone downhill, but Brian is targeting the wrong posters in my opinion.
|1 week 27 min ago||In my mind||
While the previous voting system promoted lots of groupthink, in my mind there has been just as much of it without the voting. Folks get braver to yell at the one guy going against the "group think" because they know they don't have a fear of getting negged, and so long as they don't go too far out of line they're not getting banned. It's kind of a catch-22. I think a blog like this is going to naturally have groupthink regardless of what you do.
|1 week 1 day ago||NOt even close||
The Louisville game. Because it was for the championship.
I'm not even much of a basketball fan either.
A better question would be...would you rather the BB win vs. Louisville, or a FB win over OSU in 2006, which was the "Game of the Century" #1 vs. #2. That would be a much closer poll.
|1 week 3 days ago||There are no moral victories||
Only moral losses.
Duh. It's science.
|1 week 4 days ago||Off the top of my head...||
...oh I don't know...
41 points against Ohio State?
It was no fluke. Please don't call it a fluke.
|1 week 4 days ago||Commence MGoMeltdown||
|1 week 5 days ago||If they knew what was coming||
Then they got lucky. Because they clearly had no idea for the first 600 yards. Borges might have out thought himself on the call, but I call BS here.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not to mention||
Michigan will undoubtedly be better next year. At least on paper they should be.
|1 week 5 days ago||The||
The drop off won't be huge, you have a point. But I think senior Hyde with junior Miller are the best duo they'll have at RB/QB for a loooooong time. They'll still have miller but losing Hyde is a big deal (kinda sorta like losing Mike Hart)
|1 week 5 days ago||Beating an undefeated team is hard||
Yeah, it sucks to lose. Yeah, I haaaaate that we've beaten them once in the past decade.
|1 week 6 days ago||You are so confident in that||
I'm not going to convince you...but don't just sweep this aside.
What if this year is the aberration? What if Hoke's first year is the real indication of where this program could be with an experienced roster?
|1 week 6 days ago||I don't know, man||
Winning a BCS bowl wasn't really that awful.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's easy||
Michigan has one loss at home under Hoke.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bo||
didn't live in an era with twitter.
But let's pretend like that's irrelevant. Right.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For the life of me||
I don't understand why it's OK to reduce Hoke as a coach as simply being a "figurehead"? What an insult to the man and his job.
There's no way you, me, or any other fan can possibly make that evaluation. Hoke's day-to-day coaching is probably extremely hands on, and I bet you a dollar that every player on that team would take offense to someone characterizing (cariacaturing?) him as simply a "figurehead coach".
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I had no idea we lost to OSU already.||
Are you from the future?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, IFFFFF||
They did not, though.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You must be selectively reading then||
"We're just not playing in sync, and that’s my responsibility. We’ve got to find a way in this football game and whatever games are left to get back in sync. There’s a good offense in there"
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The only man who should care is Dave Brandon||
And the only way he notices is if the seats don't sell out or the boosters stop giving their support.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You're confusing two things||
I don't think we have any right to judge another person's decision to renew or not renew season tickets. That's a big committment to make. By all means, don't buy the tickets if you're not satisfied with where the program is and cannot justify the expense. You don't owe Michigan football anything at that point. It's a big expense, and if you'd rather take your money elsewhere, then fine. It doesn't necessarily mean you have given up on Michigan at all...you may still watch the games on TV, anyway. There is a bit of fairweather mindedness to it, but I'm not going to heavily chastise you for doing it, because it's not my money. College football is becoming exceedingly expensive to attend. Brian has a point here (though how it relates to Hoke's super bad f-word the other day is suspect at best)
Where my bigger issue comes is with those who have bought the tickets but then sell the ones for the most important game of the year to fans of your archrival. That makes you very VERY fairweather. If you don't want to go, then fine, don't go (you're still fairweather, but whatever) But I'd rather it be an empty seat than a tool in red. If you really must sell your ticket, then at least go through the effort to sell it to a fellow Michigan fan. If you really care about Michigan enough, you'll go through that effort.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nebraska||
Literally one play from a win. Nebraska had a 4th and 2....probably committed a false start and the D didn't step up to make that stop. With a stop M could practically take a knee and win.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Snark||
That's just the MGoFaithful replicating their fearless leader. This has always be a very snarky blog. Lately, it's made it nearly impossible to "debate" with anyone when they think being snarky is a valid response.