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|1 day 13 hours ago||He also looks happy with the||
He also looks happy with the current number of children that he has.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I'll vote "no" to that||
I'll vote "no" to that motion. I want Ohio sports to do well right up until we punch them out. Much more satisfactory.
Ohio fans on the board provide amusement at the least, and insight at the best. I respect there gall to be here, and want them to be right up until game time, and then want them to be so wrong.
MSu fans I don't care about. I don't respect the school enough to respect its fans, even the ones I like without respecting them.
|2 days 5 hours ago||I don't read it that way at||
I don't read it that way at all, especially in context with what else Borges is saying, but your mileage may differ.
I would agree that, in retrospect, "victim" isn't the best word he could have used. But, given that this is an interview and not a written piece, I can live with some word choice errors.
|2 days 5 hours ago||This. Heiko, your writing||
This. Heiko, your writing has always impressed me. That Al Borges would share so much with a blogger is just as impressive, if not more so. Heiko, Brian, et al, please let Al know how much joy he brought to some Michigan fans with his decision to go ahead with this series.
I actually hope Al reads this blog and so knows first-hand how much this is true, but don't count on it: make it explicit.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I have never understood the||
I have never understood the need to tell other people why they are doing things. While it may be true for you that " prayer is a passive way to make yourself feel better," that may not hold true for others. Best to not generalize and not project your own concepts onto others. While I disbelieve in the efficacy of prayer and the existance of invisible suprfriends, for instance, I would never tell another why they pray or what they should believe.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Never mind - old thread||
Never mind - old thread
|1 week 4 hours ago||I don't think the point of||
I don't think the point of the post is to provide variety in the number of teams ranked first in a list. Post your own list with Notre dame as the #1 team on it. Then you won't be able to say that you have never seen "a recruiting ranking on this website that hasnt (sic) had michigan (sic) #1."
|1 week 9 hours ago||Obviously, the new division would be div||
Obviously, they would call the new division Division 0. Imagine the possibilities of division by zero!
|1 week 12 hours ago||Disagree. The herd may be in||
Disagree. The herd may be in favor of "mooo the benefit from uniform deviation, moooo, mooo," but the fact is that we have seen no benefit to change for the sake of change. The fact that the Michigan uses three different shades of Maize nowadays comes from those who thought you could "improve upon" the original Maize and Blue look by having a shade that was "better" for the helmet on the helmet, a shade that was "better" for the jersey on the jersey, and a shade that was "better" for the pants on the pants. These improvements have not made the uniform look "far better now," they have made it look worse.
I think that you could argue that the away uniform has never been optimized, and that some changes to it could be made to test them in a game situation. That wouldn't be this 'change for the sake of change," though, but a" change to try to make it better." I think you could get very widespread agreement that the home game has been optimized, though, in that the 1973 uniform (with Maize, not highlighter-yellow, and without the busy block Ms everywhere) was it.
|1 week 3 days ago||The reason seems pretty||
The reason seems pretty simple to me: since Stanford became good, ND had to cut one difficult opponent from their schedule, or go every year with a (potentially) beast schedule. They can't cut USC or Stanford, because they need that one game a year on the West Coast for recruiting purposes. They can't cut an ACC opponent. That leaves dropping either Michigan or their one-and-one with a national -power-to-be-determined. They don't want to drop the latter because that game gives them scheduling flexibility. That left the Michigan game (which was vulnerable because they already play two midwest teams for Midwest recruiting viz).
I hate to say it, but, in their shoes, I'd have dropped the Michigan game as well. It's the logical choice.
If Stanford drops from being an elite team, this will bite them a bit, but that won't happen soon, I don't think.
I don't disagree with Hoke often, but I do this time.
|1 week 4 days ago||Michigan won 11 games in 2012||
Michigan won 11 games in 2012 when "the NCAA’s intended outcome" wasfor them to win far fewer. OSU rose from "the proverbial grave they were put in by the NCAA" and went 12-0. Both of those are better exmples of schools scoffing at the NCAA. /S
Seriously, this guy is ranting up his own ass. Penn State may have a top-teens class right now, but that is because it is so early in the process that a single recruit can swing you five spots in the standings. When every top-level team has 15 or so recruits, THEN you can start to say something about the standings.
I agree with the sentiments that a strong Penn State is good for the conference and good for Michigan, and with those that say BO'B seems like a great guy and a fine coach. PSU slappies don't do their school's rep any good by posting crap like the rant article, though.
|1 week 5 days ago||No better thread than one||
No better thread than one pointing out how petty MSU fans are to display your own petty obsession wth typos, eh?
I am reminded of the late, great Richard Feynman's observation to Murrray Gell-Mann that "the purpose of language is communication." SRK communicated perfectly clearly, typo nothwithstanding. The MGoBoard's frequent digressions into nitpicks about typos (I am just using you as an example - you may be generally innocent as far as I know) is one of the truly annoying aspects of the board, and is the prime reason I can't recommend it to people only casually interested in Michigan sports - it makes us look like anal-rententive twits.
|1 week 6 days ago||You have just won the Carmen||
You have just won the Carmen Miranda Award for Excellence in Dancing the Flamenco on Your Crank.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Webber has apparently never||
Webber has apparently never felt he did anything wrong by disgracing Michigan, so I am indifferent as to whether he ever reconciles with the school. The others have expressed regrets for what they did, so i welcome them back to the family.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I agree that players should||
I agree that players should own their own images, and that any game company that wants to use players' actual images would have to negotiate that right (presumably under some compensation rules so that this doesn't become a back route to booster payments for playing for a given team), but not jersey sales. College jerseys should be sold sans names.
I do support the payment of a stipend in exchange for the restrictions on student-athlete employment.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No one is forcing players to||
No one is forcing players to go to college. Individuals who want to play pro basketball have t0o decide whether the college route is best for them, or not. The argument that athletes should be employees rather than students ignores the fact that people who would rather be an employee than a student can do so right now. The University of Michigan is under no more obligation to hire a basketabll player than a janitor. No one is forced to become a janitor at Michigan, nor a basketball player.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That is awful, isn't it? A||
That is awful, isn't it? A "guild of brotherhood?" lololol
Pretentious, and yet fatuous, the video is one I will show to my students, with the note that "this is what writing sounds like when you focus on words and not ideas."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||45 posts and you are already,||
45 posts and you are already, personally, "most of us." Ego much?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You probably want to save the||
You probably want to save the energy you are now expending on insults to use in learning how to use sarcasm successfully.
Your "sarcasm" was a fail, Magnus's response was mild, and this post by you is way emo.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I've never quite understood||
I've never quite understood aguments like DiNardos' where he argues that "splitting the conference up based on competitive balance" means only having Michigan and Ohio State in different divisions (because that's the only thing mentioned in his alternate split suggestion). First of all, there are multiple good teams in the Big Ten. The teams that appeared opposite each other in the 2011 B10 championship games could still appear opposite each other with the new divisions, and the two that appeared in the 2012 version will both be in the presumably "weak" West. Further, DiNardo's argument that he is "concerned" about "how much of the Ohio State-Michigan game motivated this, so they could continue to play at the end of the year, and (so) they have to be in the same division" makes no sense to me. Why would this be a "concern?" Of course michigan and OSU want to be in the same division, so that neither suffers from having to play the toughest crossover schedule in their division, and of course they want to play their premier game in the same weekend as all the other premier games, just as they traditionally have done.
I can understand MSU's unhappiness with the new divisions, but why is DiNardo "concerned?" He doesn't have a horse in the race, does he?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If college basketball players||
If college basketball players are just mercenaries, then there is no need to pay them once they stop playing. If they are student-athletes, then the school should pay what it costs for him to complete his degree, because he has given them the agreed-upon four years of playing on the team.
There is no way Purdue's AD doesn't come out of this looking like an asshole. I suspect that this is true because the guy IS an asshole.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"It's a fundamentally||
"It's a fundamentally different world than when we industrialized."
Absolutely incorrect. Transportation costs have gone down, but that's it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||My guess is that they are||
My guess is that they are just less thin-skinned than you.
If I was being paid millions to move back to San Diego, the best place I ever lived, I could tolerate some trivial grief from the local paper like this.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||He's saying its hard for the||
He's saying its hard for the NFL scouts to respct a team that, to all appearances, had their Cox stolen by UConn..
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Win||
Win more games + lose fewer games + against better competition = better
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Any bets this is a classic ad||
Any bets this is a classic ad hominem fallacy?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Cigol makes some excellent||
Cigol makes some excellent points about how great the new policy is, and how only over-entitled non-fan students could whine if enough seats were moved from the student section to non-student seating that we reduced the absences at kickoff to 3,000 or so.
Real fans in the student body will get better seats, more real fans among the non-students will get seats period, a the only people who lose anything are (1) people who don't identify themselves as Michigan football fans and (2) people who identify themselves as Michigan football fans but won't deign to attend games (except as an afterthought) until the team proves it is worthy of their support (through multiple mega-winning seasons).
Conclusion: This is a great policy, and will be better when we get rid of some of the student seating (especially the high end zone seating that gets abandoned anyway).
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||The fact that you have to||
The fact that you have to explain why you think Ohio will win demonstrates how absurd it is that someone who is supposed to be an analyst would note that "of course" OSU will beat Michigan this year.
If that win would simply be a matter of course, then it doesn't need explanations or anaysis. I think palmer is wrong. I think that a victory by either team would be anything but a matter of "of course."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Jim Jebow should not play in||
Jim Jebow should not play in the NCAA. He should play in that organization that gets paid millions of dollars by people who want to see Jim Jebow play football. That's the organization that can afford to pay him millions.
He would not have to pay the NCAA anything. That seems fair, doesn't it?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||"Denard is worth millions||
and Micjigan is cheating him" is such a stupid argument.
If denard is, indeed, worth millions, then he is in the wrong place. He needs to go to the place that will pay him what he is worth (presumably millions). Nothing stops him from leaving Michigan and going to work for the guy who thinks he is worth millions.
The argument for paying players is like the argument for giving the MD who takes a job on the brake assembly line a salary of $200,000 a year: "an average MD inj his field makes $200,000 a year, so you are cheating him to give him the $25 an hour the rest of the workers are making!"
Denard isn't worth millions to the University of Michigan. Had he never come to UM, the stadium would still have sold out. Sure, he is a magical player who is enormously fun to watch, and sure he is a great erson who added enjoyment to campus life, but his value was in those things, and not dollars.
If there is someone out there who valued his services at millions of dollars per year, as alleged by some posters here, then I would argue he was foolish to pass that up to play football at Michigan. The "Denard was worth millions" crowd hasn't identified that person, yet.
The solution to the image proble is simply to not allow universities to license the use of any student's image, unless they compensate the student. That kind of deal is struck all the time, and the student would have the choice to not allow image use at all.
The jersey sales argument doesn't sway me at all. People are buying uniform jerseys. Some numbers sell better than other, but the players don't own the numbers, like they do their own image.