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|1 week 18 hours ago||Are you not familiar with the||
Are you not familiar with the proverb "a bird is worth two in the bush"?
|1 week 5 days ago||Speak into the tennis ball||
Speak into the tennis ball Stringer. Don't worry, it's just a tennis ball.
|1 week 5 days ago||FSU was only number 3 because||
FSU was only number 3 because it was a four-team playoff. If only two teams were playing for the title, there is absolutely no way an undefeated, defending champion from a power conference was being excluded.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is exactly the playoff||
This is exactly the playoff scenario that I've been proposing. Now all we have to do is put together some pitch materials and mail it to the NCAA, and our dreams will become reality! Question -- do you know how to use PowerPoint?
In all seriousness, I love the idea of the first round of the playoff being at the higher seeds home field. How great would it be for the SEC teams, who regularly go an entire season without having to play below sixty degrees, to have to play in frigid temperatures up north?
|1 week 5 days ago||Ugh. I hate this argument.||
Ugh. I hate this argument. The playoff is not perfect. But it is absolutely an improvement on what came before it.
If this was last year we would have had an Alabama/FSU championship game. Utterly ridiculous in light of what happened in the playoffs.
No matter how many teams are in the playoffs, there will always be a team complaining about being left out. Better it be the 5th, 7th, or 9th ranked team than the 3rd ranked team.
And if TCU wanted to be in the championship, they should have beaten Baylor or played some better teams as part of their out of conference schedule. They looked great against Ole Miss, but before that they gave up 61(!) points to Baylor, and squeaked by West Virginia and Kansas of all teams. There's a reason they were ranked 6th coming into the playoffs -- they weren't even the first team out.
|1 week 5 days ago||/s destroys all humor in a||
/s destroys all humor in a good joke. If you want people to use /s, it means that you hate humor, happiness, and all things that bring respite from the cold darkness that awaits us all.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||https://www.youtube.com/watch||
As per usual, if something I say doesn't make sense, it's probably a Simpsons reference.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||OT means "off-topic" -- if||
OT means "off-topic" -- if you start a thread that doesn't relate to Michigan sports, you need to talk it OT.
You don't have to worry about that yet because you don't have enough points to start a thread, but those will come. Just post insightful and/or humorous comments (and don't be a dick), and people will upvote your threads with the green arrow. With upvotes come points. With points comes the ability to start your own threads, etc.
On Mgoblog, first you get the points, then you get the sugar, then you get the power, and then you get the women.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Don't be an idiot. Saying||
Don't be an idiot. Saying that who the coach is is important to a football commit is not the same as saying that academics are irrelevant.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Having "bodies buried" is||
Having "bodies buried" is like having "skeletons in the closet" -- it's an expression, one that you are taking way too literally.
No one is disputing that some shady business dealings led to Prokhy's takeover of a formerly state-run nickel-manufacturing company (the source of his billions). But shady business dealings are not the same thing as being in the mafia, which you keep implying.
I know that you said at the outset of this topic that you "refuse to google it," but if you check out Prokhorov's wikipedia page you'll see that he has a business background -- Moscow Finance Institute, management position at an International Bank, etc. Again, I would not be surprised if he had dealings with unsavory characters along the way -- such is how things were in Russia at that time. But to the extent that you are suggesting he was some John Gotti-like Mafia thug, you are simply wrong.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I never heard that Prokhorov||
I never heard that Prokhorov was an "admitted" mobster. I'm sure that all of the post-communism Russian oligarchs had to do some shady dealings to get where they are, but I don't think Prokhy is an dirtier than a Roman Abramovich, say.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Who are you arguing with?||
Who are you arguing with? Absolutely no one in this thread is advocating that Michigan should hire Schiano.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Convenient stat to||
Convenient stat to cherry-pick, as if 10-win seasons are the only measure of success.
In the six seasons before Schiano, Rutgers had 4,2, 0, 5, 1 and 3 wins.
Under Schiano, they had seasons with 11 wins (once), 9 wins (3 times) and 8 wins (twice).
But if 10 win seasons are the sole metric for success, I have some bad news for you --Harbaugh only had one 10-win season at Stanford! And he didn't have any 9 win seasons! Oh no, Harbaugh didn't turn Stanford into a winning program!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||While I don't want Schiano at||
While I don't want Schiano at Michigan, the disdain for him on these boards is ridiculously over the top. He is a good coach. He turned Rutgers into a winning program. His defenses were regularly excellent, with middling recruits. He is not going to be a "disaster" by any means.
I hope Schiano does go to Wisconsin, and does well, just to see the reactions of all the experts here who insist that he is incompetent.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Take this as an opportunity||
Take this as an opportunity to improve your writing. If no one on this thread has any clue WTF you are talking about, obviously you need to work on your clarity.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||Any time you have a chance to||
Any time you have a chance to interject an unfunny Ferguson joke into a football thread, you just have to take it.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Get over the muggle thing||
Get over the muggle thing already. Everyone knows Hoke is gone. No need to get pissy about the fact that some of the people who actually played for him like him.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Ah yes, that bigoted and||
Ah yes, that bigoted and aristocratic Weasely family, wantonly tossing off slurs.
I don't think we read the same book.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||You miss my point. I'm making||
You miss my point. I'm making fun of the previous poster for continuing to insist that it is a negative term despite admitting that he is not familiar with the source material and being informed that his understanding is incorrect. I'm not agreeing with him.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Come on, now Mealer is Draco||
Come on, now Mealer is Draco Malfoy?
Try replacing the word "muggle" in his tweet with non-athlete:
The non-athletes that attend the University of Michigan should pick who the next AD is. Found out earlier this year that they're experts in it.
He's expressing the opinion that people insider the athletic department have a better perspective on what makes a good AD than people outside the department. Feel free to disagree with that position (I do!) But it is certainly not so controversial that it justifies all of the consternation and whining that followed. And the use of the word "muggle," which football players use as a synonym for non-athlete, does not imbue it with hidden dark meaning.
And it certainly does not justify Brian's portraying Mealer and others as out-of-touch British aristocrats. I love how the proprietor of this site is free to share his opinion ad nauseum, but the second an athlete offers a differing opinion he launches a full-out character assault.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||You one the other hand sound||
You one the other hand sound exactly like the stereotypical jock who would use the word in a derogatory way (When you say right or wrong that is my view, that is ignorance at its worst).
Wow, slow your freaking roll dude. Nothing OP said suggests that he is a "stereotypical jock that would use [a] word in a derogatory way."
Moreover, he didn't say "right or wrong that IS my view." He said that, right or wrong, that WAS the attitude taken by players -- he is distinguishing his understanding of things now from his perspective when he was an 18-21 year old student (just as most of us mature and get a better perspective on things as we get older).
Maybe you also missed the very next sentence, in which he acknowledged that not many student athletes have administrative experience and that they don't necessarily know what's best for the department.
Your response was quite dickish, and had virtually nothing to do with the original post.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Doh. Fantasy football on the||
Doh. Fantasy football on the brain.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||So you are saying that not a||
So you are saying that not a single person was offended by the use of the term?
Oh, people were offended. People can get offended over any old thing. But I think it was utterly idiotic for people to be offended by what was clearly a good-natured, joking term.
Or are you arguing that Rowling's world was one where wizards and muggles lived on equal grounds?
Not saying that either, but that's a far cry from saying that "muggle" was used as a "derogatory term" in the stories. I mean, it's not like the Weasely's, Dumbledore, and all of the other likable characters who regularly used the term were portrayed as bigots. It was a term of affection, if anything.
I'm on record from the outset as saying that people getting offended by the use of the word "muggle" to refer to non-athletes were whiners of the highest order. Vincent Jackson's explanation below should have been obvious from the outset -- it was a good natured, joking term for non-student athletes. If anything, it is certainly less objectionable and more good-natured than the term "civilian," which athletes used during the Bo days.
As comments in the Vincent Jackson post make clear, at least some of the people who got upset about the word "muggle" never read the Harry Potter books or saw the movies, which makes their decision to be offended by a word without bothering to understand it even more frustrating. This was made all the worse by our own fearless leader's decision to whine about the word in a post, even though he too never read the books.
This whole controversy was stupid from the outset. People just like to get offended over nothing, apparently.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Not sure what you mean. I'm||
Not sure what you mean. I'm just a really big tennis fan. ;)
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I can see how "muggles" can||
I can see how "muggles" can be taken as a derogatory term (as it is basically used as one through Rowling's stories).
This is not remotely true. Your entire premise is incorrect.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I do not really know what a||
I do not really know what a "muggle" is in Harry Potter, but it really doesn't matter since the meaning of words change as they are used in new situations. . . ."Muggles" just sounds like an insult- whether it is intended or not-
This is ridiculous. 90% of the population knows what a "muggle" means in Harry Potter, and it is not remotely an insult. You don't get to change the meaning of the term and assume it is an insult just because you are not familiar with the source material.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Although I'm not a Harry||
Although I'm not a Harry Potter fan, it does seem like a negative term,
Although I am part of the 5% of the population that has no idea what the term means, I am going to assume that it is a negative term and voice my opinion accordingly.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry, but you're a grown man||
Sorry, but you're a grown man starting a message board thread in which you complain that you feel "alienated" because a college athlete referred to people outside the program as "muggles." (As if that is some sort of offensive slur. Didn't realize that all of the wizards in Harry Potter were bigots). That is whining of the highest order. Order of the Phoenix, in fact.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I can't take the whining from||
I can't take the whining from some members of our fan base.
"Oh no, athletes use a Harry Potter term to describe non-athletes who have less of a sense of the inner-workings of the athletic department! I feel alienated by these statements by 20 year olds! I'm a 34 year old insurance adjuster commenting on the Interwebs, and it is all about me! Wah!"
|13 weeks 15 hours ago||I love everyone on that||
I love everyone on that Michigan team, but Anthony Davis is on another level.