At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|1 week 6 days ago||Ren and Stimpy||
It's log, it's log,
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
It's easy to create a bunch of freaky symbols and allusions. It's a lot harder to tie them all together coherently in a way that's satisfying. In the end, they didn't even try. They just stole some creepy imagery from Se7en (dangling air fresheners) and turned McConnaughey and Harrellson's storyline into your classic love-hate buddy cliché.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Both agree and disagree||
I really enjoyed the metaphysical aspects in the first four episodes, but was disappointed (hugely) when the principal bad guy turned out to be your classic weirdo living in a shack in the woods. To me, the show didn't live up to the tremendous potential of its first four episods.
Season two seems bleaker, and doesn't have the esoteric setting and regional flair of season one (rural Louisiana versus a burb of Los Angeles). Also, Harrelson's friction with McConaughey provided some levity that this season doesn't have so far.
If this was a new series, and not True Detective, I probably wouldn't be that interested in keeping up with it after episode one. But maybe this one will finish stronger than it starts. (Does anyone else think the direction so far sucks? All those face close-ups at the end . . .)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
Editors write headlines, not reporters. And the editors wrote the headline, "Michigan football program broke rules, players say," which is factually false. So the editors are as complicit and involved as the reporters. A story that big with those implications does not go to press without many, many people signing off on it. I would bet no fewer than 15 people, including every sports reporter, plus the sports desk editors, managing editor, and executive editor, had a look and OK'd everything. If you know the newspaper business, you know a report like that implicates many more people than Rosenberg and Snyder.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||No||
As a journalist and a guy who wrote for a newspaper (in DC) when Stretchgate went down, the entire incident was so ethically and professionally disgusting that it's sickening to think people will just shrug their shoulders and forget about it. I wish I could come up with an appropriate analogy . . . maybe something along the lines of bankers who knowingly mislead clients and sell them junk investments to make a profit for themselves.
If these guys were gone from the Freep, I could understand giving the new reporters/editors a chance. But until that happens, no one should let these assholes off the hook for what they did. They never apologized or issued a retraction, even when it came to light that they'd eggregiously overstated things. And as another commenter brought up, they showed they were still willing to jump on UM with both feet when we announced a few minor violations a month or two ago. Seriously, fuck them.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Great Point||
No one argues UCLA, Cal, Santa Cruz, Davis, or any of the other UC schools are all the same. I think this only comes up with UM because of sports fandom.
|24 weeks 1 day ago||I think many people would||
I think many people would disagree with you. Unlike Berkeley and UM, UVA seems to have a much more extreme bias in favor of in-state applicants. I've heard it's nearly impossible to get in from outside of Virginia, but not too tough if you're in-state. I think you could make an argument for any one of those three for top public university.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Or maybe Harbaugh just wants||
Or maybe Harbaugh just wants more competition and more options at the most important position on his football team. We could go with that instead of bashing one of our own players.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||All that's "clear" is that a||
All that's "clear" is that a high school senior had a hard time choosing between two good football schools. Weber cited the Higdon signing as a reason for his OSU committment because he felt mislead by our coaches, not because he was afraid of competition. As others have speculated, he may have just felt the need to say something to justify his decision to people who wanted him to go to Michigan.
In any case, bashing a kid who chooses another school, for whatever reason, is pretty classless and reflects poorly on Michigan fans.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more||
I felt like there was a major shift (and dropoff) from the tone and grandness of the early episodes to the last two, and the finale really felt boring and conventional to me. The dangling air fresheners and the man strapped to the bed seemed like blatant knockoffs of the film Seven, and the buddy-buddy neatness of Marty and Rust coming together in the end as better men just felt like a betrayal of their earlier characters. I loved the series, but really felt let down by the finale.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||* The offense is terrible||
We have a top 20 D, and those guys are getting absolutely no help from the other side of the ball. Most of the bad drives against us have come after full quarters or halves of total ineptitude from the offense. My greatest fear is that we somehow look halfway competent against Ohio State, and Borges will get to keep his job one more year.
Success this season is now defined by whether we can get Al Borges off our coaching staff. If he stays, another whole season is lost.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Not sure about the wording.||
Not sure about your wording. But yeah, something along the lines of, "You tend to shit your pants and turtle during road games. For examples, recall every significant road game since you've been our OC. Should we prepare for more of the same in two weeks?"
|1 year 40 weeks ago||Not sure if this is a common||
Not sure if this is a common sentiment, but two breast cancers sufferers I know (one no longer with us) both told me repeatedly that October was their least favorite month because they were constantly being reminded of their disease.
|2 years 22 hours ago||This kind of rebuttal is overdue.||
I'm curious, has anyone seen research supporting the idea that players who quit football after college suffer from the same long-term health consequences as the pros? I'm under the impression the types of health concerns leading to all these rule changes take years to develop, and so mostly affect pros, who are extremely well paid to take such health risks. I don't understand why the media are suddenly up in arms about football players' safety and not talking about all of the other dangerous professions. No one's calling for an end to Alaskan crab fishing, even though the people on Deadliest Catch risk their lives for our entertainment and so we can all enjoy crab, and make a hell of a lot less than the worst-paid pro football player. I understand the desire to protect college players, who are unpaid, but is there any research showing that they're in danger of long-term neurological issues?
|2 years 1 week ago||"We can both live!"||
Probably my favorite movie as a kid. Still have the VHS tape.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||*Awash||
Not "awashed." Please fix.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||The worst was the blocking foul on Burke.||
Down three with 30 seconds left, I thought that foul call on Wisonsin's dunk was more frustrating. Gave them the tie. It seemed to work out when Hardaway knocked down the 3, but after all the no calls on Burke and McGary drives, that was ludicrous.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Somebody start a change.org petition||
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Mattison sighting?||
Is that Mattison sitting front row and to the right of the batter? When the cameras show the batter step back from the plate, you can get a good look.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||"Proactive accomplisher"||
I love this blog. Pay attention aspiring MBAs. Brian's thworing you gold nuggets for your B school applications.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Related||
A few months ago when all the Bounty-gate stuff was breaking and Saints fans were accusing the NFL and ESPN of "having it out for them," Cowherd went on a rant about how they all sounded just like OSU fans whining about how the NCAA was out to get them regarding the tattoos and Tressel's screw-ups. He then said something long the lines of "Wake up, Saints fans. The NFL isn't out to get you, but they also don't need you. You're new money. You're not the Giants or the Packers. You're not Michigan or Alabama Football. You're Oregon. You're hot now, but no one will care that much if you go away for a while."
It was satisfying, if inflammatory.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Justified||
Anyone else catch the UM reference on Justified a few weeks ago? The character Quarles (who is awesome, btw) is from Detroit, and says he's a Michigan B-school grad. He follows that up with a "Go Blue." I was fully hard.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||You make your own luck.||
Felt I had to comment since my mug is featured in this post.
I respect Brian's affinity for stats and numbers, but I think this is one of those cases in which they only paint part of the picture.
If he wants to believe that luck is the primary factor that explains the turnover discrepency between RR's teams and team 132, and that "if the season were played 1,000 times" then they would both be a lot closer to the mean, than that's fine. But I don't buy it. Teams practice turnover drills and swarming to the football for a reason.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Kozan Announcement = New||
Kozan Announcement = New standard for recruit foreplay
I'm still catching up on sleep from that Sunday night F5 nightmare.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||The World Stops||
I lose awareness of anything and evrythign apart from the game. I go from wild jubilation to scathing wrath from one play to the next. If Michigan is not executing every facet of the game perfectly, I am a colassal prick. Any questions directed my way by anyone apart from a daily MGoBlog reader will be ignored or answered in two words or less.
My fiancee went to MSU, and during the game tomorrow I will look on her with different eyes (the enemy!) and wonder how I ever thought she was cool enough to date. It usually takes us a week to fully recover from my bad behavior.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Absolutely. What better could||
Absolutely. What better could you have hoped for? They actually look somewhat old school, and understated. Nothing tops our regular dark unis, but this is about the best we could have hoped for, and I actually think they're pretty cool. Hats off adidas.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Total Clown||
"Clown" is the perfect adjective for Gee. Makes you appreciate that no one really associates Mary Sue Coleman with our footall program. School presidents should focus on academics, not sports. That's the AD's job.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Agree||
Meyer isn't going to take over a program that's caught under the shadow of the ban hammer. Dantonio, on the other hand ...
|4 years 9 weeks ago||God bless you Tom||
Helping concerned Wolverines sleep peacefullly
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Kids||
Was that, like, Columbus's version of a Civil War re-enactment?