|42 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly surprised the B1G teams didn't have even fewer FTA||
Going through the list:
Wisconsin 15, Michigan 13, and Illinois 05 were jump-shooting teams. The only reason Duke and Louisville didn't have even more FTA is because UW and UM are amazingly adept at playing defense without fouling.
MSU 09 was a pretty good team. UNC 09 was a historically good team. They could have won that game by 50 if they wanted to.
Ohio State 07 had a very good front line of Othello Hunter and Greg Oden, but Florida 07 had Noah and Horford.
I didn't watch the 2002 title game so I guess I don't really know.
I think Maize in Cincy's point is legit, though. The losing team generally takes more three pointers, fouls at the ends of games, and probably plays more aggressive defense, all of which conspire to create the difference you're noting.
The better sample would be to take ALL of the Big Ten's tournament games (wins and losses) from the last 10-15 years and see if there's still a trend. Or at least look at the semifinal wins in these 6 cases if you don't want to do all of that research (if the NCAA were really biased against the Big Ten, we'd surely see it in the semis, too).
|43 weeks 6 days ago||if you like google sheets brackets...||
Check out this bracket I made!
If you'd like to play along, just copy a blank_bracket and fill out the matchups!
|50 weeks 1 hour ago||just super||
|1 year 7 weeks ago||14-28 Ohio St||
|1 year 13 weeks ago||22-21||
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Scores||
MICH 73, Purdue 64
MICH 80, Indiana 82 (OT)
|5 years 16 weeks ago||red sox||
The Tigers haven't played well against the Red Sox this season, but Boston is tanking it right now and their pitching has been really awful. The only problem I have with vouching for the Boston matchup is that their lineup is much better than Tampa's.
I think we're better than Tampa Bay and play the Yankees pretty tough, so I'm not concerned about facing them in a longer series where the teams are weighted more than the odds. It's the Red Sox that worry me, so why not face them in a shorter series?
|5 years 31 weeks ago||we should party together||
you seem like quite the character.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||grammar||
"I'm trying to ignore the bit that follows wherein "funnest" gets deployed. Football coaches and grammar, man."
what the hell does it matter?
|6 years 3 days ago||I think||
you may have taken that comment a bit too seriously... i do think, however, that if an outfitter change is ever to be made:
|6 years 1 week ago||september 24th||
that'll be a cute game
|6 years 2 weeks ago||LET'S BE HAPPY||
I LOVE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!
|6 years 2 weeks ago||yeah, Omantel doesn't subscribe to espn3,||
but that would have been the obvious choice. thanks for the sites, though. with less than 1 Mbps we'll see how it this turns out.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||I hope your freshman year's||
football team is better than mine... 3-9 was kind of a bummer. Your 2nd home game ever will be under the lights, how cool is that!! Pretty cool. If your roommate is not familiar with the game of football, you must quickly teach and convert him. Immediately, actually. That's your first homework assignment. Go!
|6 years 5 weeks ago||i think their logo should be a 50 yard line||
so that at the conference championship game no one will be able to notice that there's even a logo at midfield and people will be confused.
|6 years 5 weeks ago||I don't understand, Brian,||
why the final of your playoff is always in the Rose Bowl. This seems unfair to me. Why not cycle it through a bunch of venues like they do in every other major sport in which there is a title game? To me, it seems like you picked the Rose Bowl because it possesses some outstanding quality relating to tradition or virtue - as if it's somehow the only correct choice. Perhaps it's because you're a Michigan fan, and most Michigan fans' favorite bowl game is the Rose Bowl. That's understandable, but I don't know how such a glaringly arbitrary and conservative element crept in to your otherwise logically sound and innovative proposal.
And on another note, couldn't the losers of the first round games (#5 and 6) get slotted into the bowl population after they lose? Those could cycle, too, on a regional basis. You could then market a 3rd place game to be played in rotating venues across the country. I just think that if you're going to implement a playoff, you might as well give places like Seattle or Memphis or Minneapolis big money bowl games, too, like basketball does. Why should the outdated vestiges of an poor system benefit from a financially unfair grandfather clause?
|6 years 5 weeks ago||I LOVE YELLOW||
|6 years 6 weeks ago||to relieve the stress of finals||
i wrote my 22-page term paper last night. unfortunately, someone pulled the fire alarm in dennison while i was in the middle of it, thus temporarily inducing a loss-of-flow panic attack. but now i get to browse mgoblog again!
|6 years 7 weeks ago||projected around 5th or 6th in the ACC||
so not too bad of a performance if we can hang on, especially on the road.
|6 years 7 weeks ago||a presence near the basket||
would really help us out... it's a lot easier to defend jump shooters from 20 feet than ball movement from 10
|6 years 13 weeks ago||so...||
you're predicting 2 losses in a row heading into a bye week? where is the otter. :(
|6 years 13 weeks ago||they can take away our gorgeous home blues...||
but they can never take away our helmets. on an unrelated note, though, we'll have senior denard for this game, which just makes me silly with excitement. it might be the last (and maybe the only) pro field he ever plays on, though, since we all know where the 2012 NC will be held... ahahahahaha i just hope i can get tickets
|6 years 15 weeks ago||swag||
UM 49 - 21 IU
|6 years 20 weeks ago||why don't they just replace the seats||
at the stadium with comfy beds so we can all wallow in blissful ignorance? or better yet, those psych ward beds with the straps on them. that would be nice...
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Regardless of whether or not||
Regardless of whether or not I agree with you:
"There was a time when UM-OSU transcended CFB that has long passed."
Then why did Brandon say it was so important to try to get them to play twice in the same season? He said that was the best-case scenario. Not, say, Indiana vs. Illinois.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Barcelona||
has the easiest group out of everyone, for sure. Kazan and Panathinaikos will be tough to play at home thanks to the latter's defensive discipline and the former's wintry homeground advantage, though Barcelona will surely be wary of underestimating the Russian champions after last year. The Catalans will run away with the group, though, and should have a chance to run out some of the emerging cantera kids in the latter games. Copenhagen's a bit of a wild card, but you've gotta think it'll be Rubin Kazan and Panathinaikos fighting it out for the second qualifying berth.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||it's me again!||
|6 years 21 weeks ago||won't you get hungry?||
This was an absolute debacle of a post.
1. Tried to post.
2. Thought I had posted in the wrong place; edited it.
3. Realized I had posted it in the right place in the first place; tried to re-edit.
4. Was already beaten to the joke.
On top of all this, I just realized I posted on my friend's account rather than my own (he was using my computer last night). I'm going to post below this, as Mongoose. Kindly direct any negs for this shitshow of a post to that account.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||yeah i agree...||
but i don't think that white's departure will cause our season to go kablooeey. the general pattern of malaise though is disquieting.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||i'm always going to remember this day.||
let it live on in infamy, surviving the glee, the dread, and all that falls in between. to witness the simple pleasures in life, to see what one man can do to a community of heroes, it inspires me. aw man, i love all you guys. goodnight with a warm smile.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||REACH FOR YOUR DREAMS!||
<img src="http://cheezburger.com/View/3875200256" width="255" height="255"/>
um, i don't know how to do this. could someone, in pleasant accord with this spirit of giving and merriment, help me out?
|6 years 22 weeks ago||DID I MISS THE PARTY||
UH OH BROKEN!
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I LOVE||
|6 years 22 weeks ago||I LOVE||
|6 years 22 weeks ago||At least it's not as bad as John Van de Velde.||
At least he's got that going for him.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||UM 28-24 Uconn||
A slow game heading into the 4th quarter, Michigan leads 14-10. They'll trade touchdowns the rest of the way, with Robinson scoring on a 60+ yard run with 3:00 left to win it.
|6 years 22 weeks ago||to me,||
i always liked the points system as having a strong incentive to post counteracted by a weaker incentive not to post. Now that you've evened it out, people don't like it, but ultimately it seems more fair.
the ambiguity and general reverence of mgopoints makes this whole exercise kind of an absurd one, but it's also what makes it fun (unless there's some legitimately practical reason why the points exist, which i fail to see). so, in the spirit of including as many readers as possible in on the fanfare, maybe you should just make it super-accessible and get rid of the -1 for voting policy. inflation will continue, but isn't that kind of the idea?
|6 years 22 weeks ago||let's see...||
...how far we can whittle these comment progressions down to!
|6 years 24 weeks ago||yeah... i'm going to go play||
|6 years 25 weeks ago||WHYYYYY||
CAN'T IT BE SEPTEMBER
|6 years 25 weeks ago||i'd like to get to know all the main contributors of this blog||
i feel it would make the experience more personable, as well as show the more colorful sides of the blogging personalities.
|6 years 25 weeks ago||been there forever, really cool car...||
...by the way, my friend and frequent mgoposter just watched that movie today for the first time. such a clairvoyant forum post, no less than 5 hours after said friend had finished watching the movie, can only be properly attributed to an atemporal abuse of space travel to synthetically create a coincidence of astronomical proportions!!!
|6 years 27 weeks ago||thank you!||
|6 years 29 weeks ago||determining division champions -||
Does it make more sense to give the title in a division simply to the team with the best overall conference record, or ought the intra-divisional games be the only ones that matter? Assuming the conference splits into divisions (which, at 12 teams, I think they have to, right?), I would prefer the first method, but only because I'm envisioning the ACC's 5-3/4-4 conference championship games... Giving non-division conference games more weight would guard against these statistically kinds of outcomes by making the game pool bigger. But, then again, if you beat the teams you're directly competing against, I feel like that should be a reward, also. Maybe first tie-breaker in that case? I just want to hear what you guys think.
About the 9 versus 8 game conference schedule, I would stick with 8. It allows for more flexibility I think, and it would be an easier place to start off. Or maybe stagger it so that half of the teams play an extra non-divisional conference game, switching off years? That could be interesting.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||at 2:30||
i am going to put a computer and/or television in every room of my house and play it simultaneously with all the volumes on as high as they will go.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||a solemn shake of the head,||
a wince, a profanity in sotto voce.
jim leyland's gone to the bullpen. 6/9 balloons his starter's e.r.a. to 6.09. how old is strasburg, again? ...dammit.
i'm watching the hockey game.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||well,||
seeing as you will be vacationing among the best slice of glorious americana this great country has to offer, your shirt will hardly be the most noteworthy. i would wear it proudly, and suggest you eat one of those absurdly massive turkey legs, parading around like you own the place. represent us well.
unless, of course, your wife would frown upon such behavior...
|6 years 32 weeks ago||if for whatever reason you guys are big into photography||
the argus 1 building in the old west side vicinity has a really cool free museum featuring some old cameras and really rare paraphernalia of the like (the building used to be the factory for argus before sylvania, and eventually u-m, bought it). no one's heard about it but it's a neat place.
|6 years 32 weeks ago||If they can sneak through the group, though...||
...they could get Drogba back for the 1/16 or 1/8 rounds. We've seen teams perform well after losing their superstar, and I personally think Portugal at #3 is overrated. With a win against PRK and a tie against Portugal, it's possible that 4 points could be enough.
Allez les éléphants!!
|6 years 36 weeks ago||Bellevue, WA||That's where Tim Lincecum is from!|
|6 years 39 weeks ago||size of wood||
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID.
|6 years 39 weeks ago||yeah!!||
i'm gonna go, too. ohio state sucks. colt mccoy 4evaaaaa!
|6 years 39 weeks ago||man...||
i really like the highlight video soundtrack. really classy
|6 years 44 weeks ago||if the guy averages around 24 a game||
he'd break glen rice's 2442 points record for a 4-year career. now, i'm sure that means very little to him, but potentially witnessing that next march would be pretty cool.
|6 years 44 weeks ago||I guess I don't really mind them||
considering I really dislike their Green/Yellow color scheme. As nice as blue and yellow go together on a football jersey, outside of the bastardized Chargers and Rams jerseys, it's horribly underrepresented in the NFL. The pants don't bother me because they're just a neutral color, but the helmet might look bad, especially in a primetime night game, which is when I assume they'll unveil these
|6 years 44 weeks ago||funny how one shot||
may well ruin my favorite 4 weeks of the year. you can try all you want to rationalize it, but the next time i see thad matta do a fist pump after a totally undeserved win i just might kill him. or go to the local pet store and play with some small cats and dogs.
|6 years 47 weeks ago||i agree||
Morris looks real smooth, and if he can knock down shots (or take them), he can be the type of big point guard that can dominate a game. It's easiest for a point guard to be the team's leader, and Morris I think has the capacity to step up.
|6 years 50 weeks ago||i hope||
that his arm doesn't explode after throwing 112 pitches per start because leyland is horrible at managing his pitchers and verlander tries to throw his way out of trouble instead of pitching out of it. he threw almost 4000 pitches last year, and i'm guessing that at least 2500 of those were fastballs at an average of about 95 mph. in retrospect i'm almost happy they didn't make a deep run in the playoffs (or make them at all) because verlander would have gone 130 in every single one of his starts.
i don't think you bring him all the way down to a porcello level of workload, but last year was way out of control. he's so talented, and maybe his mechanics are flawless, i don't know well enough to say. but it's scary and exhilarating at the same time.
|7 years 11 weeks ago||the only proper way to recover from this||
is to watch an episode of Dexter. And play with cute little kittens.
If I had any, I suppose.
I no longer like the color orange; it terrifies me.
A shattered psyche can't string together long sentences. Maybe that's why I can't look ahead in time and make any sense of it. Purdue's not any good, we'll beat them, no problem. And Wisconsin is boring, we'll beat them. And Jim Tressel is a poor playcaller with a shaky quarterback so we'll beat them, too. No problem. Yes. Sleep.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||it'd be ironic||
if we clinched the central vs. garcia when last year the sox clinched it in part by beating garcia when he played for us... heh. but yeah, porcello is pitching better than jackson at this point, and he can't pitch on 3 days' rest after going 110+.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||Delta problem||
I suppose you could just use the points accrued as the means of comparison instead of ranking, which is a secondary stat anyway. I'm sure there will be quite a few teams in the "others receiving votes" category, in which case there would be a buffer between the almost good teams and the rest of the mass abyss, especially when there is a fair number of voters whose polls will not include/exclude the same teams. Or you could make the number of teams in the poll flexible to reflect how the season is actually progressing. 25 is a pretty arbitrary number... make the cutoff a percentage of 4% or something.
|7 years 15 weeks ago||this seems very interesting in a meta way||
Clearly, the problem with the "formal" polls is the sense of obligation and entitlement the coaches and media have with regard to their votes; they are forced to or choose to adhere to a philosophy that is quite conservative and lazy in nature. With the blogpoll becoming something of an institution, and with its respect growing and eminence reaching more and more people, I'm not completely convinced that it won't turn into the evil it was meant to combat. I don't know if any poll thus designed and operated won't turn into something like that eventually, but the more people we can get voting whose opinions are not rooted in inane and antiquated structures, are not biased towards the past, and have real enthusiasm for participating in the poll, the better off the college football community will be.
|7 years 17 weeks ago||Be consistent||
I understand the early season volatility of a poll like this, and I know that you're trying to be as open-minded as possible because preseason polls are garbage methodology, but you should at least be consistent in how you move teams up and down. I don't really see why Ole Miss and Kansas move up a third of the poll when they neither beat a good team last week nor have any solid wins yet, especially when a team like Florida moves down the last few weeks for doing the exact same thing. I understand you have to give priority to teams with zero losses, but a loss doesn't mean a team isn't still very talented (FSU, OSU, VT), and not playing a tough early schedule isn't indicative of weakness. Pretty good overall though
|7 years 18 weeks ago||what about||
student tickets? they really aren't all that useful if you're talking about the above charities, but i'm sure there are tons of deserving students who would be more than happy to go if given the chance at a free ticket... i'm just not quite sure how that would work. anyone have any experience with this?
|7 years 22 weeks ago||they better be good in four years||
That division is as weak as it has ever been. This is Washington's chance I guess... Florida's never going to sustain any success, Atlanta has a bunch of young pitching but nothing else, Philly is very good but they might fall into the trap of reaching too far to get back to the top, which would set them back, and New York is in awful shape financially. If they would spend even the league average, DC could be a contender in 2011.
Strasburg right now is the best deal in baseball
|7 years 22 weeks ago||top v||
5. Washington 29 vs. Michigan 31, 2002.
4. Ohio State 21 vs. Michigan 35, 2003.
3. Michigan 38 vs. Minnesota 35, 2003.
2. Michigan 41 vs. Florida 35, 2008.
1. Penn State 25 vs. Michigan 27, 2005.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||ordinary, but why not||
I was born in Ann Arbor and have lived within 10 minutes of the Stadium for most of my life... I went to Pioneer. Some of my most distinct memories are related to UM football, although I can't say I became an earnest every-single-day-obsessive fan until '02, when I was twelve years old. My mom graduated from UM and took me to occasional games in the late 90s-early 00s. The first game I can remember watching was the Rose bowl in '98, and for the next 4 or 5 years I followed with increasing intensity. Until '02, I wasn't really able to comprehend why we ever lost a game; Syracuse was especially crushing to me. Following the team up and down the rankings, I felt proud that a team so close to where I lived was recognized as so good; during my formative years I got increasingly into sports, and football, especially Michigan football, was easily the most fun and most sentimental team to root for.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||every time i'm at meijer's||
i get the urge to buy a pack of basketball or baseball cards... i loved collecting them, cataloging them, making games and teams out of the cards i had, stuff like that. as soon as they started selling cards with little slivers of jersey or wood or leather or whatnot, that was the end. cards ceased being about the players and the stats and more about value and commodity. you were encouraged to not open packs, or buy armor for your cards... the decline and fall is a sad one.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||100m sprinters||
some guy breaks down various world record runners' splits and stuff
|7 years 22 weeks ago||good for vick||
i was sick enough hearing espn say over and over "...and we all know that tony dungy is completely incapable of lies and deceit."
but yeah, this should be a fun one. i'm not expecting too much cuz you figure some of that speed is gone, but nevertheless, vick and westbrook... damn that will be a fast combo
|7 years 22 weeks ago||Swimming in the big pool||
I agree with the major sentiment of this thread in that it's not so much where you recruit the player as who it is. MSU is not as one would say an established national recruiter, at least not on the scale as UM and other schools are, so it's natural it would want to be more conservative in its approach and stick to guys closer to home who have that added sentimental incentive to go to the hometown program. Knowing the school from which you get your player, though, seems like a valuable and important factor in correctly evaluating how good the player is and how good of a fit your school will be, to some extent. The resources necessary to scour southeast Michigan's schools would be tiny in comparison to the money needed to scout the FL/TX/CA hotbeds of the country. But Michigan has been reaching all over the place and picking up talent in other states for years now, so they're bound to be familiar with those areas, plus they have the clout and the money to pull it off. For Michigan, there is no such thing as a player they can't at least get to listen to them; for other schools, this is not the case, and they're in over their heads. RR and his staff knows what they're doing.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||youk||
god he is the ugliest-looking man i have ever seen.
|7 years 23 weeks ago||this is true||
gamedays for sure get me through the fall semester. this year though should be a lot different what with the newness of the stadium and everything. we'll see if we can make it a little louder with those huge reflectors bouncing drunken noise like they're supposed to.
but thank you... i'll know to get there early
|7 years 23 weeks ago||god dammit nothing's working||
lowell is even better than youkilis. stupid rich teams with their benches. how are the sox any better than new york? they try to be just like them, except they have a lousy stadium and they're not nearly as cool.
i'll turn to some contrived optimistic psychology: well, at least we'll have verlander going on thursday. 99 with movement towards righties should be fun for our friend kevin. and porcello is still one absolute stud of a prospect. they're just jealous!!
|7 years 23 weeks ago||francona's gone||
The man who was calmly engineering the most despicable piece of managing I have ever seen gets his early shower. the umps played right into his hands. ahh everyone on the sox is so whiny and obnoxious and their fans eat it up. so annoying
|7 years 23 weeks ago||student ticket location and excitedness yay||
i recently got mine too! they're sec. 25, row 70-something, seat 1, which is why i'm asking this question: does seat 1 mean i am on some aisle next to another student section or next to a general admission one? i don't really know which sections are designated for whom...
so pristine and full of promise.