and... i like them? I think I like them.
- Member for
- 2 years 26 weeks
- Hearing the band at Michigan Stadium without the annoyance of piped in music
- Playing traditional Midwestern rivals like Wisconsin and Minnesota instead of teams like Rutgers and Maryland
- Playing at noon
- A big house devoid of the corporate NFL experience of marketing videos, giveaways (pom poms), celebrity appearances and other gimmicks
- Seeing Lloyd Brady in the front row
|6 days 4 hours ago||Disagree||
I disagree with most of this premise. The whole "everyone is doping so it creates an even playing field" is the argument that frustrates me the most when it comes to doping.
First off, its not true in cycling now nor was it true in cycling 10-15 years ago. Sure, its likely that the top 20 finishers in the TDF were all doping, but I do think that many many professionals were not doping. Based on "Reasoned Decision", and Tyler Hamilton's book, its clear that the sophisticated programs were reserved for the team leaders. On top of that, there are many stories of professionals who quit the sport because they were not willing to dope. These people are victums of doping.
Secondly, its not an even playing field as introducing doping results in different people winning than might have won clean. Different riders benefit differently from doping. It is well documented that LA had a relatively low natural hemocrit level vs. other riders. Thus when he could dope up to the 50% threshold to avoid a negative test, he had more to gain that others. So even if its an even playing field, its a DIFFERENT playing field. You are rewarding people who respond more to drugs.
Lastly, I will say that I think cycling is more clean than it was, and much much cleaner than the NBA/NFL/MLB. Strigent testing gives a sport more positive tests and a bad reputation but does help clean things up. Unfortunately, I'm highly skeptical of Chris Horner winning the Vuelta last year and think he is an ex-doper and likely current doper.
|6 days 5 hours ago||Phinney||
Phinney is my favorite rider along with Tejay VanGuarderen for the stage races. I serious hope these guys are clean.
Sunday should be very exciting, been following the tour for about a decade and only recently starting following the sport year round. For me the drama of the biggest one-day races is on par with the big mountaintop finishes in the tour, generally very high drama and tactics!
I'm a triathlete, love the feeling of a hard ride.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Profit?||
Where does the $2 profit go? If it goes to the blog, I'm 100% in, if it goes elsewhere, I'm 100% out, if its split, then I am split.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Personally I think the new||
Personally I think the new policy is near-optimal. Only thing I'd change is to reward seniority a bit more, for example by using a points formula of:
Priority = last year pts + 50% 2 years ago pts + 25% 3 years ago points.
That way the senior who has attended for the past 3 years but may have missed the 30minute deadline once or twice is not usurped by underclassman.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe||
Or perhaps as fans we don't understand the real value of performance. If a team could guarentee a 30HR and .900 OPS season, perhaps this is worth $50M/season.
The reason these contracts seem so bloated is that a huge fraction of baseball players are underpaid because they are either arbitration or pre-arbitration. If all players had a 2 year rookie deal and then became FAs, then 31 year olds like Cano would not get this kind of money, younger players would make more, and there'd be more fairness. Because so many are systematically underpaid, it frees up more money for the FAs to really cash in.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
I think we could win the world cup this year. Its highly unlikely, but things happen. It'd be less of an upset than Greece winning the European Championships.
As for the future, we are a country of 350M with a growing soccer culture, we have a ton of 2nd generation Americans growing up with the soccer culture from other places, MLS is focuing more on youth development, and we are probably a top 15 or 20 team in the world right now. No reason we can't become a global power in the next 30 years. Then there is lady luck, once we are a top 5-10 team, those teams are very close and anything can happen. I think you will see an enormous change during our lifetime.
Where we still lag behind is true superstar talent. Jozy/Bradley/Dempsey/Donovan may be worth 15M Euros (at their maximum value throughout their careers) but we have no Neymar/Ronaldo/Messi or even a Rooney/Van Persie/Ozil/etc.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Scenarios||
FIFA is European biased so the draw design favors the European teams heavily because Pot 4 is essentially a de facto second seeded pot, it contains the top ranked teams outside of Pot A minus Chile and the US. This draw design hurts the US the most of all of the teams, as the USA's group is the group with the lowest average rank on average if you simulated this thing a zillion times.
You just have to embrace the group of death thing and realize it'd be fine to get in a tough group. If we lose to some big teams, that would be expected. If we beat some and advance to the knockouts, that'd be considered a super sucessful world cup.The other option is getting a relatively easier draw and then we'd be in the camp of needing to advance to knockouts in order to make the World Cup at all sucessful. I also think the group of death thing could drive TV ratings, as many more Americans would tune in for USA-England or USA-Brazil vs. USA-Nigeria or USA-Greece.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Gibby||
Its been a nice imporovement certainly, though Gibby has been relatively weaker in track where you need guys to score points across 800m/1500m/5K/SC/etc. instead of getting the entire team prepared for 8K or 10K XC. He is a high mileage strength based coach.
For those not familiar with XC scoring, the men's race was about as close as any race you'll ever see. 4 teams seperated by 5 points, I don't think I've seen that before in 15 years around the sport.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome||
Both teams got retailation for Big Ten's, and both are going to Nationals. Woman lost to MSU at Big Ten's and beat them today. Men lost to Indiana at Big Ten's and beat them today.
Hope they can make some noise at Nationals!
|22 weeks 1 hour ago||More||
If you have all of the data in an accesible format, go ahead and put up some graphs as well. One I'd love to see is the cumulative distribution function for plays with a run play-call vs. pass playcall (includes sacks and scrambles). The usual thinking is that passing is greater is terms of yards per play, but that running is lower variance. However, my guess for this team is that the probability of acquiring X or more yards is always greater passing vs. running, even when X=1,2, or 3.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||Traditions||
Let’s see here
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Ignorance is bliss||
These teams are not Michigan, fergodsakes. Why do you people care?
Personally, I only watch Michigan games. No way you'd ever catch me watching an SEC game. Never have, never will.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Bust||
Mgoblog should do an Mgobust of the year, the player predicted to contribute the least in the class amongst the 4* or higher guys.
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Insanity||
This list is absolutely insane. If a guy is not the consensus best in his particular sport, how can he possibly be the best of ANY college athlete? I don't see how the USC football player or the Duke basketball player can be considered at all. Seems like you'd have to be an idiot to vote for either. (On an aside, I'd never heard of either of these guys). Couldn't they at least find somebody who dominated his own sport?
That leaves the Hobey Baker winner, Kyle Dake, and Trey Burke. Dake is the consensus #2 NCAA wrestler of ALL TIME behind Cael Sanderson who went 4 years undefeated in the 1990s. I don't think anyone is making the case for Burke or LeBlanc to be the greatest ever at their sports. Case closed. Dake is the best.
|50 weeks 6 hours ago||Rules||
How is this rule enforceable at all? What if I tell the referees that every player on my team plays at every different position on the field? Then I can assign numbers at random. During games, I can simply claim that I happened to never call a play with player XX at position YY corresponding to player XX's number.
Seems an arbitrary rule to me, unless there is an NFL rule forbidding players from playing at multiple positions.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Hold it||
Its easy to be overly optimistic with these things. Mexico just had 2 homes and an away and got only 3 points. CONCACAF is always more tricky than it seems. I think 6 or 7 is the best to resonably hope for, 9 points is unlikely.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yes||
We are tied for 2nd place on points after 3 games, and the 3 teams we've played are the teams that finished 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the hex for the 2010 world cup, which we won. Also, 2 of these 3 games were away. Yes, we are in great shape.
Next up in June is Jamaica on the road, Panama in Seattle, and Honduras in Salt Lake. If we get >= 6 points from those 3 games, we'll be extremely well positioned. 5 or 4 wouldn't be too bad. 3 or fewer would be troublesome.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||UM-OSU||
If we move to this schedule, it will be even more unfavorable that we will have to play OSU every year in the cross over while MSU plays Indiana and Nebraska plays Penn State. I wonder if they would change the rule for qualifying to the Big Ten Championship and consider in-division record first, then total conference record, and finally head-to-head. That seems more fair to me.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||ND||
They think they are too good for Michigan, eschewing our rivalry with them so they can try and get more money. Money, money, money.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Starting D-Line||
The starting D-line you mentioned also was mentioned on the BTN Michigan preview show. That may be where people got that information.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Golf||
Not sure how others feel, but the elitist culture of golf sickens me. The sport has become a mechanism for rich white people to surround themselves with other rich white people by paying exorbitant country club fees.
I never watch professional golf, it is boring, and being good is more a product of privilege than anything else.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Triathlete||
Former XC and track runner, walked on to a DI program (not Michigan). Ran 4:30 in the mile, 26:40 in 8K XC, and 15:50 in the 5K. All New England XC runner in High School.
Compete in triathlons these days. Recently did 1:15 for a half olympic distance (800m swim, 20K bike, 5K run), but still a terrible swimmer. Any tips from the board on getting a half mile swim time down from 18 minutes to 13?
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Excellent||
Very strong, did you compete in college?
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Wiggins||
Too bad that Wiggins didn't do the right thing, and let Froome go with 2-3K left in the race. Froome and Sky very well could have won the stage, and Bradley would still have the yellow jersey, and still win the tour on Sunday.
Essentially there was no downside (how much could Bradley really lose over 2-3K when he was already ahead of all his competitors?), and the upside of winning a stage of the TDF, which is super prestigious.
But clearly Wiggins is not at all a class act, and not grateful for the best domestique service in the history of the TDF. No questions remain that Froome is the best rider in the TDF this year. After all, most of the time he lost was on stage 1, a flat stage, losing 1:25 in a crash. In all of the mountain stages, he has held back for Wiggins. Based on what we saw, he has likely been minutes better than Wiggins in the mountains.
I hope that Froome can find a team that will support him for future tours, and we can stop talking about British cycling for a guy who actually grew up in Kenya, and just became British 2 years ago.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||TDF||
I know others have brought this up before, but the route this year is a little lame. From stage 12 (yesterday) to the end of the tour, there are 9 stages, and really only 3 of them matter for the GC. The important ones are Wednesday and Thursday in the Pyrenees, and then the final time trial next Saturday.
Barring an injury, the green jersey is already decided. The GC also looks pretty safe at this point. What we do have to look forward to?
Personally I'm looking forward to seeing how the young American Tejay Van Guarderen holds up in the mountains and on the final TT. Can he finish in the top 5?
I also expect to see some fireworks on Wednesday and Thursday (especially Thursday). Hopefully one of Wiggins or Froome unhinges and opens up the race a little bit. One would expect some attacking riding from Nibali, Evans, or others.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Warhurst||
I saw Warhurst speak at an event, and he made it pretty clear that he had been forced out of the Michigan job. While I can see some justification for this, it seems like the program has not take a step forward at all in recent years, especially on the track (non-distance/XC) side of things.
On the distance side, Gibby is new and did extremely well at William and Mary. My concern with him is that his approach from W&M might now work that well at U of M. There, he got a lot of mid level distance running talent (9:20-9:30 HS 2 mile types), cranked up the mileage, and made them into a strong XC team that scored in the 5K/10K at the conference meet. At Michigan, we should be building a deep all around track program, and Gibby will have the opportunity to get some higher level talent. For these reasons, his approach will have to be tweaked. Given the performance of Forys, he is doing this well thus far in my estimation.
On the non-distance side, we need to do something to become more competitive in the Big Ten. I'm not as knowledgeable in this area, but perhaps we need some coaching changes, or some well-paid top assistants that can attract talent.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Track and Field||
I tend to agree more with the second poster here... I think the Big Ten Conference and Michigan name should be a huge pull in track and field, especially given that we use the full scholarship allocation and have top notch facilities. Dave Brandon is committed to using the money from football to get the best coaches and athletes in every other sport, so this should be happening in track, and clearly things are not going well.
I was a varsity track and field athlete at an Ivy League school before coming to U of M for grad school. While the ivies have the benefit of generous financial aid and academic prestige, they still have the challenge of the weather, and no scholarships, but seem to be thriving in spite of this. Michigan really has no excuse.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Track Programs||
Given the athletic department commitment to excellence in every sport, I would guess the U of M track and field coaches might be on the hot seat.
Indoor Big Ten Championships - Woman 8th, Men 10th (of 11)
Outdoor Big Ten Championships - Woman 7th, Men 9th (of 11)
I know that Men's XC had a good year, but we need to get better at track, both men and woman.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Excellent||
Excellent season for Forys, ran 8:28 back on May 12, so we'll see him at the Olympic Trials. Hopefully a sign of improving distance running for U of M, which was very strong in the early 2000s but has dropped off in recent years.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Effort||
I love the effort here by the mathlete, just incredible. To slot all these schools into divisions, this must have taken a day or two to do all this work.
In terms of the actual proposal, well, we know it will never happen. A relegation and promotion system implicitly assumes that every team has winning as a #1 prority. With college sports, you have all sorts of competing priorities, especially for teams outside of DI BCS.