at least it's not just us?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This is the happiest I've||
This is the happiest I've ever seen the fanbase after losing to OSU.
It's a nice feeling.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||With an injured Gardner and||
With an injured Gardner and Wile in for Gibbons? I think it was the right call. And based on this thread and my Facebook feed, that seems to be the majority opinion.
Shame it didn't work, but it was a hell of a game. This is the best I've felt after a Michigan loss in a long, long time.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Which browser are you||
Which browser are you using?
At least in Firefox, it's as simple as right click -> "This Frame" -> "Open Frame in New Tab/Window" (depending on your preference).
|1 year 3 weeks ago||You're probably right. But on||
You're probably right.
But on the other hand, we'd probably have lost by even more because old-school Michigan never went for quarterbacks that could run like Denard and Devin can.
Most of my time at Michigan was with Carr as a head coach, and the one thing I hated more than anything in those games was when the play calling was:
10 RUN BALL UP MIDDLE
...no matter what. The single biggest disappointment about today's game, for me, is that we returned to exactly that for the second half of the game.
Smith didn't make 2.5 yards per carry. Rawls didn't even make half a yard on average. At some point, when things aren't working, you need to try something else.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||When RichRod was fired,||
When RichRod was fired, people wanted a return to the Michigan of old.
Looks to me like that's exactly what we got.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Did you stop to consider that||
Did you stop to consider that "our offense is going downhill" because our starting quarterback can't throw the ball and our starting running back has a broken leg? Those MIGHT have played a factor. Doesn't excuse the play calling in the second half, but it's not like a different offensive coordinator could have kept those injuries from happening.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Michigan lost four times this||
Michigan lost four times this year.
The first was to Alabama, currently #2 in the nation.
The second was to Notre Dame, currently #1.
The third was to Nebraska, who is #14, is 9-2 and is likely going to win the Big Ten championship game.
The fourth is OSU, who would probably be #3 in the nation if they were eligible to be.
Take a step back from the ledge. We lost to damn good teams. I'm not happy about today's game or Borges right now, but this season wasn't the trainwreck some of you are making it out to be. Could it have gone better? Yes. But we're still far, FAR ahead from the 3-8 disaster of a season that we had my senior year at Michigan.
Besides: we still get to go to a bowl game. OSU doesn't. :D
|1 year 39 weeks ago||Bullshit. There were||
Bullshit. There were definitely calls that went our way that shouldn't have, most notably that possession call with less than a minute left.
I'm all for ref bashing when it's warranted. I really don't think it is here.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||What is there to say? Even||
What is there to say? Even with the exttra help from the blown possession call with about forty seconds left, we couldn't put it away. Ohio played well, and did so for the entire game. They earned it.
There's always next year...
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Seriously. Skyrim is $60||
Seriously. Skyrim is $60 right now, and I know I've heard about some major bugs (especially on the PS3).
On the other hand, I just got Fallout: New Vegas during the last Steam sale for around $15 for the base game plus all of the expansions.
Waiting definitely has its benefits, especially when you're as broke as I am.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Same here. That game was||
Same here. That game was amazing. Took me forever to get it (until the Steam sales this summer), but I got completely addicted once I started it.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||"The Hoover Street Rag does||
"The Hoover Street Rag does something long and complicated that I don't understand. Parody of a bad NBC hour-long drama?"
Sort of close. It's a parody of Community, one of NBC's half hour comedies that airs on Thursday nights.
By the way: Community has amazingly strong writing and acting, and is consistently hilarious. I recommend it wholeheartedly. Bonus poinst because one of the writing staff, Megan Ganz, is a Michigan alum and former editor in chief of the Every Three Weekly.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Snyder would face immense||
Snyder would face immense political backlash if this happened, and even proposing it could kill his chances for re-election. I don't think he's arrogant (or dumb) enough to try it.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Just went through and||
Just went through and posbanged his posts here. When I loaded a new page...
User FuManBlue earned 1 mgopoints Total now is -656 mgopoints.
He's at -609 now. Damn, you guys work fast. 0_0
|2 years 48 weeks ago||What makes something a "dumb"||
What makes something a "dumb" vegetable?
|2 years 48 weeks ago||On the other hand, it's a||
On the other hand, it's a little unfortunate Hoke didn't precede Schembechler.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||I just wanted to say that||
I just wanted to say that Across The Universe was such a waste of a movie.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Come on, guys, this is easy.||
Come on, guys, this is easy. Michigan background, brilliant mind, takes no crap from anyone...there's one clear choice.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||A competely irrelevant||
A competely irrelevant comment with a link that goes to a site selling oil paintings?
Truly, the reason why we all wanted the site back up.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Or this!||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Make sure to take care of that skin, Jim...||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||CC threads make me wanna...||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||NO U||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I miss 1130.||
I miss 1130.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||So, in other words...nobody||
So, in other words...nobody knows anything yet?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I'm just happy we ARE talking||
I'm just happy we ARE talking Tragically Hip.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||<object width="480"|
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|2 years 50 weeks ago||Anyone who says Justin Bieber||
Anyone who says Justin Bieber died. Especially if they do it on Twitter.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||How about a close||
How about a close approximation?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Given that anyone can edit||
Given that anyone can edit Wikipedia...I'm not all that impressed.
I give it a day at most before one of their overzealous editors deletes it because it's "not notable."
|2 years 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Not anymore, it's not. :(||
Not anymore, it's not.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I am saying that they would||
Based on what? I see no reason why TCU wouldn't do well in a bigger conference.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Eh, I really don't give a||
...he says as he whines about his thread's reception.
On the plus side, he's lost enough points to keep you from starting any more threads right now.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Yes, but I don't think RR can||
Winning is all it takes. Fans are willing to let a lot slide if their team is playing well.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Hey, man, Morrissey is||
Hey, man, Morrissey is awesome.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||The man is under so much||
No matter what happens, that's the one thing that I hope the fanbase doesn't forget.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Who doesn't like baby hedgehogs? No one, that's who.||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Thanks for the copy/paste -||
Thanks for the copy/paste - they fixed it, and I'd be completely lost otherwise.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||What does the United Network||
What does the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement have to do with anything?
|2 years 50 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||I was getting a 504 earlier,||
I was getting a 504 earlier, right after the game ended.
|3 years 6 days ago||There has GOT to be a better||
There has GOT to be a better way to support the fight against breast cancer.
At least, I hope that's what's going on there, because I can't think of any other explanations.
|3 years 1 week ago||The Big 10^12 is going to||
The Big 10^12 is going to require a hell of a lot of new teams...
|3 years 1 week ago||I think the best part of this||
I think the best part of this is that it's not actually an image, either.
|3 years 1 week ago||They were bound to stick some||
They were bound to stick some words in the right order in the right place eventually. There's only a finite set to work with, after all.
|3 years 1 week ago||I think one of my favorite||
I think one of my favorite moments was when "Joy to the World" kicked in. Whenever you can get the entire student section singing, it's a good thing.
|3 years 1 week ago||Only thing that really||
False. Not only were the Curly Fries awesome, but they were a better goalie than Palmisano.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||By that standard, I would||
Eh, those aren't quite the same thing - one's a misspelling, the other is an entirely new (albeit somewhat made-up) word. "Irregardless" takes a real word and real prefix and combines them, and is widespread enough to warrant (possibly) inclusion.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||If all Mississippi States are||
If all Mississippi States are this well-spoken and rational, then I'm looking foward to this.
I know, wishful thinking - we've got our share of idiots here, and every fanbase does. That said, you're definitely starting off on the right foot.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Jesus and his pinata||
Now that is a good band name.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||If I'm reading that right,||
If I'm reading that right, all it boils down to (I think) is that the other bowls can't go public with their choices until after the selection show. "Don't like" isn't very enforceable, especially when teams like Michigan know they won't be making a BCS bowl anyway and have no incentive to wait to hash things out behind the scenes.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||That's actually a pretty good||
That's actually a pretty good question. I don't know how much the alumni / fanbase should play into the decision. Let's face it - Brandon would have to do something monumentally stupid to get people to stop supporting their alumni. I don't think refusing to fire a coach that's had a steadily improving record is that kind of decision.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||You don't get to be the CEO||
You don't get to be the CEO of a major company or the athletic director of one of the country's most storied schools by being a spineless pushover.
Yeah, the alumni and media will throw a fit...but this is Brandon's call, and if he thinks Rodriguez should stay, he will.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||I prepositioned a grammar||
I prepositioned a grammar whore once...
|3 years 3 weeks ago||This is the perfect time to||
This is the perfect time to make a "Mrs. Robinson" joke, but I'm drawing a blank...
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Let's see if I've got this straight...||
So...what you're saying is we're going to win, right? :D
|3 years 4 weeks ago||The "anonymous board member"||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||:(||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Who has time for booing when||
Who has time for booing when you're rushing for cover?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||You never boo the band. End||
You never boo the band. End of story.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||So...Michigan was trying not||
So...Michigan was trying not to make a bowl these past two seasons? It all makes sense now!
Wait a minute, NO IT DOESN'T.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||MGoBlog is one||
MGoBlog is one syllable?
I've been saying it wrong for years!
|3 years 5 weeks ago||We'd better get the Baldwins||
We'd better get the Baldwins into lockdown, stat.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Who throws a shoe? This||
|3 years 5 weeks ago||ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOCAT.||
ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOCAT.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||No, but...||
I remember when Michigan two games...
|3 years 6 weeks ago||And Notre Dame...um...||
And Notre Dame...um...
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Adding fuel to the fire, I||
Adding fuel to the fire, I googled "Bruce Tall" and learned that Bruce Springsteen is 5'10".
|3 years 7 weeks ago||"Glee" has taught me that||
"Glee" has taught me that football players in wheelchairs are perfectly acceptable.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Given the pain of the||
Given the pain of the rebuilding years, I'd have to agree.
The team is getting better. The issues we see today - the defense in particular - are not surprises. Yeah, the loss wasn't exactly fun, but I think the alternatives at this point would be a lot worse. A new coach isn't going to magically provide us with a defense that's capable of stopping more than a one-legged kitten (and even that may be giving the current defense too much credit).
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|3 years 12 weeks ago||IM...E? <a||
|3 years 13 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Hey, remember those times||
Hey, remember those times where we LOST to FCS teams?
Yeah...this is leaps and bounds better than that.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Hmm...||
Does this mean we get more quarterback rap?
|3 years 13 weeks ago||That's much too optimstic -||
That's much too optimstic - four years ago, this game wouldn't be on TV, period.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||I just watched "The Graduate"||
I just watched "The Graduate" for the first time last night.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Out of curiosity, what breed||
Out of curiosity, what breed is your dog?
|3 years 16 weeks ago||A Star Wars halftime show||
A Star Wars halftime show would be fantastic, especially if it managed to incorporate the kind of theatrics they used in the Monty Python or Save Cody / Ferris Bueller halftime shows. Not that you need video or costumed mascots to make a good halftime show, but imagine the possibilities...
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Yes.||
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I know...I'm picky.||
Is there any reason that the graph's vertical axis is oriented the way it is?
I figure it's probably that way because it was a default in Excel or some crap like that, but it'd make more sense to orient it in the other direction for this case - if a lower ranking is forward progress (which it obviously is), why not show the team moving UPWARD on the vertical scale as they get better?
That said, the team is improving either way, so yay!
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Hey, don't diss Marcy||
Hey, don't diss Marcy Playground. Their self-titled album is solid.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||If he sticks with it, then I||
If he sticks with it, then I completely understand his leaving the team. I don't know much about the civil program (I had more friends in nuclear and NAME, despite the smaller size of those programs), but the first two years of basic engineering requirements are enough to drive a lot of people to other majors. Even if he took a slightly reduced schedule to fit in basketball, juggling basketball with maybe three courses that require significant time investments to even pass would be a tall order.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Damn, you're flexible.||
Damn, you're flexible.
|4 years 1 day ago||Ooh, good point. Rectifying||
Ooh, good point.
Rectifying that now.
|4 years 1 week ago||Not during finals week.||
Not during finals week. Quiet, maybe; empty, definitely not.
North Campus is general is lousy for study locations during finals week. The Dude and computer labs are pretty much guaranteed to be full (although the CAEN website can help you to figure out if that's actually the case). Your best bet is probably to hole up in a classroom somewhere, although you'd have to find one that hasn't been taken over by one of the thousands of group projects due at that time of the year.
|4 years 1 week ago||...if you can get in, that||
...if you can get in, that is.
I could be wrong because I've only been in the building a few times, but I could swear that that building requires MCard entry on the weekends, and is restricted to people who have actual reason to be there. It definitely wouldn't be the only building on North Campus like that; I know that the Space Research Building is locked down after-hours too.
|4 years 1 week ago||It always amazes me that the||
It always amazes me that the posts made to correct someone's grammar usually have just as many (or occasionally more) mistakes as the original.
|4 years 1 week ago||It adds to some people's||
It adds to some people's enjoyment of life.
So you're saying that personal enjoyment offsets cancer, emphysema, allergic reactions and a laundry list of other potential health problems that can all be attributed to secondhand smoke?
That seems just a little selfish.
|4 years 1 week ago||"Smoking is banned" is not||
"Smoking is banned" is not the same thing as "smoking is banned indoors." Like he said, you're still free to smoke in private residences and outdoors.
Ergo, smoking is not banned and he's not wrong.
|4 years 1 week ago||In Ohio, the loss in business||
In Ohio, the loss in business has been pretty steep in the two years since the ban was enacted
The ban passed there in 2006, and (especially in Ohio) the economy hasn't exactly been on an upswing since then. In downturns, bars and restaurants lose business as people choose to stay home instead of going out; I'd be hesitant to credit that downturn solely to the smoking ban.
|4 years 1 week ago||I assume that had this||
I assume that had this fraternity had its own frathouse, and the party was a private party in the house
Not in this case. The fraternity in question doesn't have their own house, and holds their events in one of MSU's dorms.
|4 years 1 week ago||Blame publicity. It isn't||
Blame publicity. It isn't Prince Leleiohoku's fault that he wasn't around to die this summer.
|4 years 1 week ago||A Night At The Opera? Did||
A Night At The Opera?
Did they maybe mean the Queen album? Because that would've been AWESOME.
|4 years 1 week ago||I'm tired of all of these||
I'm tired of all of these false allegations.
I don't have any buckets. Not a one.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Is there any reason to think||
Is there any reason to think he won't go on another "L0LZ MGOPOINTS YOUR THREAD IS IN THE WRONG SPOT" breakdown in the foreseeable future?
I mean, if the_white_tiger is correct in this thread (and judging from k06em01's tantrums and posting style, I've got no reason to doubt this claim), he's a bored thirteen year old who was specifically trying to get banned. I don't care if he's behaving himself now; if there's even a shred of truth to that why let him back at all?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||HE'S GONE||
Click on his profile now - I get "Access Denied"
|4 years 2 weeks ago||-50 probably isn't low||
-50 probably isn't low enough; I've seen single comments go lower than that.
I'd push it into triple digits. Maybe -100 or -200?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Unfortunately, I don't think||
Unfortunately, I don't think he's smart enough to realize the textbook example of irony that his post is.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Thank you for confirming my||
Thank you for confirming my theory.
This is what Nick Saban actually looks like:
|4 years 2 weeks ago||The worst part is that they||
The worst part is that they were describing a play that McElroy made.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||...but you went a little||
...but you went a little overboard, and then got personal.
Personal? Hardly - it's the exact opposite.
Judging from his repetition of the phrase
...he's clearly some kind of malfunctioning android.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||CBS just described a play||
CBS just described a play that McElroy made as "Tebow-esque," and then proceeded to talk about Saint Tim for another minute.
I can't wait until Tebow graduates.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||There are plenty of message||
There are plenty of message boards where accounts need to be approved by a moderator or admin before they're allowed to post.
I'm beginning to think that might be necessary here.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||10,000? Really? I was under||
10,000? Really? I was under the impression that you were a bored 13 year old, which would mean you don't have access to UofM's computer network - you know, the only one in Ann Arbor that would have even a fraction of that many machines.
I'm more surprised, though, that you don't have anything better to do with your time.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Astronaut Mike Decker, of||
Astronaut Mike Decker, of course.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Stupid posts like this show||
Stupid posts like this show just how obsessed you are with meaningless mgopoints.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Does this site do IP bans? If||
Does this site do IP bans?
If not, can it do IP bans?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Two things:||
1.) A user-created message board thread represents exactly NOTHING about the blog part of the site.
2.) There's a difference between "no respect" and "tired of the media chronicling his every move, thought, and skin particle." Is Tim Tebow a good quarterback? Undoubtedly. Do I want him to graduate so I won't have to hear about his impending sainthood every weekend? Absolutely.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that you already knew both of those things, though.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Kayfabe?||
|4 years 2 weeks ago||First, they'd have to figure||
First, they'd have to figure out where Detriot is.
Sounds like a dangerous place, what with the "riot" and all.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||According to the player's||
According to the player's dad, the entire version of the story we've heard is a lie - no ski masks, no 15-20 people involved, no giant brawl, but a "a small fight" the players saw as they "were about to exit." That story, the one supposedly backed up by a roomful of witnesses and video?
Forgive me if I don't believe you, Mr. Dell.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Firefox. It may not be quite||
It may not be quite as fast as Chrome, but the extensions more than make up for it. I know that Chrome does support some add-ons, but the sheer number and quality of the ones available for Firefox make it king in my book.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||The curse, as I understand||
The curse, as I understand it, is that a liveblog guarantees a loss.
That doesn't mean that there's a corollary - that is, NOT having a liveblog doesn't necessarily mean we'll win.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||"I remember that one fateful||
"I remember that one fateful day when Coach too me aside. I knew what was coming. "You don't have to tell me," I said. "I'm off the team, aren't I?" "Well," said Coach, "you never were really ON the team. You made that uniform you're wearing out of rags and towels, and your helmet is a toy space helmet. You show up at practice and then either steal the ball and make us chase you to get it back, or you try to tackle people at inappropriate times." It was all true what he was saying. And yet, I thought, something is brewing inside the head of this Coach. He sees something in me, some kind of raw talent that he can mold. But that's when I felt the handcuffs go on."
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Somehow he seemed to have a||
Somehow he seemed to have a lot of points again
I'm pretty sure the positive point total was done by one of the admins or mods - he gained hundreds of points in the course of one day to swing from negative to almost 1,000 in the black.
He then proceeded to lose most of those in a negbang fest after one of the losses, but that's beside the point.
Say what you want about his posting style or opinions, but I think that Belch was, on the whole, a plus for the board. Polarizing and occasionally trolly, sure, but he wasn't a determined contrarian like TomHagan was or making up false allegations in the midst of SPARTY FRENZY like Doctor Worm is.
But then again, I'm still new here, so I'm not sure what kind of posting history any of the three have - just what I've seen in the past few months, during the string of losses. It's probably safe to say that the losing streak might have colored their actions a bit.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||I'm curious about why Belch||
I'm curious about why Belch got the hammer too. After the complete negbang meltdown halfway through the year, it seemed like he was attempting to behave himself. I even remember some optimistic posts before and after the OSU game.
Was it the sheer negative point balance that did him in, or did he do something stupid?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Seriously? Who got banned?||
Who got banned?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||This could just be me, but||
This could just be me, but the mental image I have of "getting in a fight" is just a little less severe than the one I have of "fractured skull and subdural hematoma."
|4 years 2 weeks ago||That may have been to||
That may have been to compensate for the play earlier in the game where Detroit scored a touchdown but they gave the points to Green Bay.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Am I the only one who checked||
Am I the only one who checked to see if that was a haiku?
You were one syllable short, by the way.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Tebow and Stafford A winning||
Tebow and Stafford
|4 years 3 weeks ago||First two years, solid It all||
First two years, solid
|4 years 3 weeks ago||We're talking about the same||
We're talking about the same curse, right? The curse that says that a liveblog means we'll lose the game?
How could we possibly use that against anyone but ourselves?
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Robot dogs, at least in the||
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Let's not forget the safe||
Let's not forget the safe haven of North Campus, either.
In four years of classes and living on North, I've never once seen a football player up there. Between the bus rides and the deer, I'm not surprised.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Thank you for attempting to||
Thank you for attempting to be logical with this, although I suspect it's going to be lost in the "ONLY MICHIGAN FANS SHOULD EVER HAVE MICHIGAN TICKETS" mentality that's sweeping the boards.
There are valid reasons for the amount of OSU fans in the stadium and the amount of visible red. Getting people to listen to them is another matter entirely.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||That's not relevant to what||
That's not relevant to what he posted.
He's talking about seats the Athletic Department released that can be bought by anyone, not seats set aside specifically for OSU fans.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Which would you prefer, out||
Which would you prefer, out of these two options: going to no games, or going to every game but Ohio State?
The OSU ticket is valuable enough to cover the cost of the rest of the tickets. If giving up that one ticket means you could watch the rest of the home games in the stadium instead of on the Big Ten Network, I know plenty of people who'd be willing to sell...and plenty of people broke enough to not be able to afford those tickets any other way.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||My plan for the night:||
My plan for the night: "Galaxy Quest" or "Walk Hard," and depending on how tired I am after that I might do an episode of MST3K.
Laughter is good. So is doing something not at all related to football.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Not just Jesse Palmer - from||
Not just Jesse Palmer - from watching the game and post-game coverage, it seemed like everyone ESPN had working the game thought that the team had improved, and that firing Rodriguez now would be stupid.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||If your ticket that game to||
If your ticket that game to an OSU fan
The whole thing?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Why was he negbanged for||
Why was he negbanged for this?
It's not a popular sentiment, but the guy's got a point. Michigan's economy is in the toilet, and the less than diehard fans might be fine with 7/8 home games and using the OSU ticket to finance some of or all of the cost of the rest of the package. Especially if that's the only way they can cover the cost of the package. Let's face it: the OSU ticket alone is so valuable that it could not only cover the cost of the package, but it might make you a profit. Combine that with a down year, and you get what we saw today - an awful lot of red.
Say what you want about "true fans" and all of that, but money is a powerful force.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Before I went to Michigan I||
Before I went to Michigan I don't think I owned any maize or yellow clothing, and even now it's still restricted to student t-shirts and a few odd items.
White's a much easier color to find than maize is, and even if you don't have a full-on white outfit I'd imagine most people would have something white that they already own and could wear to the game.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||It doesn't how good Gardner||
It doesn't how good Gardner looks now or how long he's been groomed for it - look at Tate Forcier. The kid is practically a quarterback by blood, and he still had to adjust to the college game and made plenty of mistakes along the way.
We've got Forcier and Robinson, who both have potential to be good or great quarterbacks. We've also got an entire offseason for them to practice, train, grow and improve. Right now, I'd much rather bet on that than on burning Gardner's redshirt year and hoping he lives up to the hype.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||The coach from||
The coach from Scranton?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||You're still an idiot, I||
You're still an idiot, I see.
It doesn't matter what the other fan was or wasn't wearing - you do not physically assault someone because you don't agree with their viewpoint. I don't care how you try to justify it with "provoke someone" or "opened him up...to...retaliation" - there's a line that you do not cross. This was over that line.
He wore a paper bag on his head and wants Rodriguez to be fired. Big freaking deal. That doesn't make it okay to punch him in the face or eat his firstborn child.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Did someone say ennui?||
Did someone say ennui?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Tell him what seats were||
Tell him what seats were improperly and illegally sold, and sold to the other team.
You know that won't accomplish anything, right? You have no proof that the tickets were sold illegally - for all you know, they were presented as a gift or were transferred from one person to another.
Obviously, that's not the case for the vast majority of cases, but without any kind of evidence, you're fighting a losing battle.
There are a few other issues with your plan, like the assumption that people sit in the seats that actually belong to them, or that the athletic department has the resources to hunt down thousands of people who possibly violated the ticket rules to punish them.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||What's wrong with being positive?||
If that's not rock bottom, what is?
Being so bad that nobody cares if we lose.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I don't care if it's cold||
I don't care if it's cold weather; I don't care if people don't have maize gear - the university needs to make this game a Maize-Out from now on.
And how do you propose we do that? Most people don't have maize clothing for cold weather, and you can't expect them all to run out and buy something specifically for football. I've got one piece (a maize sweatshirt from the late, beloved Steve and Barry's), and even that made me an exception among my friends.
I think it's better to stick the maize-outs early in the season, when it's much easier to ensure they'll actually work. I'd rather have them early in the season than have a "maize-out" that wasn't actually maize.
Oh, and we need something in place to lower the number of opposing fans who can get tickets to this game. It pisses me off to see our home field advantage being thrown away like it is.
Again, how do you propose we do that? Even if they were hypothetically going to do something dumb like, say, restricting ticket sales to alumni and residents of Michigan, eBay, Craigslist, and who knows how many other websites make it easy for tickets to change hands. There's also the question of enforcement, because there is no practical way to try and police the distribution and usage of 100,000+ tickets for a football game.
Like it or not, they've got just as much right to be in the stadium as anyone else.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Another "gem" he posted after||
Another "gem" he posted after that:
"michigan AD laughs when ABC asks whether r-rod will be canned. calls him "fantastic coach.'' can you say "delusional?""
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I think it's safe to say that||
I think it's safe to say that we all appreciate Graham's contributions to the team.
It's just a shame that he won't be leaving on a high note.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Why? We've got Forcier,||
We've got Forcier, Robinson, and an entire offseason for them to practice, improve, and get those freshmen mistakes out of their system. Why burn Gardner's redshirt year and start another true freshmen over two more experienced options?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Back to the game at hand...||
The defense played their best game of the year, and the offense played almost as well.
We only lost by two scores against one of the best defensive teams in the nation.
All of this, without MINOR RAGE, Carlos Brown (for most of the game anyway), or Molk - most of what we accomplished was with players who will return next year.
All of this, with true freshmen starters, a crapload of turnovers, and a touchdown that we handed OSU. Players will gain experience, and Forcier will learn and make less mistakes next time around.
Another plus: it didn't seem to me like we were outcoached.
I'm obviously not thrilled about the final score, but I'm glad that the game was as close as it was, and that there's hope for next season.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Football-related optimism:||
The Detroit Lions play a game they can actually win this week.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||A big part of the problem is||
A big part of the problem is weather. Maize-outs are easy early in the year, because most of the people in the stadium have or can get the maize t-shirts.
As the season goes on, though, people begin to bundle up. Four years in that stadium taught me that most people don't have maize clothing for winter weather, and it can be hard to pull that t-shirt that fit perfectly in the fall over a coat or multiple layers.
It's a lot easier to find blue winter clothing, but as we've seen in the past the maize shows much better both in the stands and on the TV cameras.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Does that mean the team's||
Does that mean the team's going to have a regional jinx? As in, Big Ten play?
That'd work for me.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Before I read the preview...||
Any decision on whether or not there's going to be a live blog tomorrow?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Posts edited to remove||
Posts edited to remove whatever content was originally there are funny?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||For future reference, what||
For future reference, what word is this?
I'm not asking anyone to repost the word and get modded/negbanged for it, but from looking at what's left of the comment it's hard to tell what the offending word was. Any hints? What letter of the alphabet are we talking about?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||There's another factor here||
There's another factor here besides sample size, and that's sample composition.
If Michigan has a bad year or a run of bad years, there may be extenuating circumstances that led to those results (like, say, years of lousy recruiting or a coaching change). Because of the sample size, those circumstances can have a substantial effect. If we go back to your example of the last 30 years and we agree to chalk the last two years up to, say, black magic, that's 6.67% of your sample size that isn't "average." That's a significant amount.
In game probabilities, on the other hand, have colossal sample sizes that encompass most any combination of team skill level, outside circumstances, coaching ability, weather, or karma imaginable. Somebody made an argument that the Colts offense is better than average; that's irrelevant, because the "average" in those percentages includes teams as good as the Colts, better than, and far, far worse.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Is this a serious concern? I||
Is this a serious concern?
I haven't heard anything about him being unhappy, and given that Gardner is almost definitely going to redshirt I'd imagine that Robinson will keep splitting time with Forcier, especially if he can get the "throwing" part of the job down.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Bad idea||
Its been suggested before that there be a review panel for new boards and diaries until a user crosses a (high) points threshold. Maybe that would return the discussions to topics more thought provoking.
Or, it could stifle input from users with new accounts, lead to groupthink from whoever is in charge of approving submissions, and cause significant delays in our abilities to discuss events as they happen.
I've seen this kind of idea proposed and even implemented on other sites, and it usually doesn't end well. It's a lot easier to do your own mental filtering. Don't like the topic? Your browser has a back button. Think the post is worthless? Just keep scrolling by. Suggesting some kind of system revolving around points (which, as we all know, are worthless) is an idea that won't end well.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||"Look at the team||
"Look at the team realistically?" You're allowed to throw out wins to try and defend your stance, when Sean already proved you wrong on the "absolutely zero improvement" claim?
We've got two more wins than last year (even if one of them was against Baby Seal U), we've had close losses against good teams like Iowa, and in the course of one season our offense has gone from Nick Sheridan as our best option to a team with a promising albeit young group of quarterbacks and receivers that has pulled a few miracle comebacks off already.
That seems like improvement over last year's trainwreck of a season to me.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Honestly, is the talent so||
Honestly, is the talent so bad that we're freaking 1-6 in the Big 10 and have no legitimate chance of keeping teams under 30 points per game?
You're watching the same games I am, right?
Yes. Yes it is. No amount of coaching in the world can correct for the issues with fundamentals and with bad decisions that we've seen pop up time and time again this year.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Are there any plays, any||
Are there any plays, any schemes, any...anything you can point to to support that?
I didn't Wisconsin pulling out clever trick plays or finding creative ways to neutralize our offense. In fact, I don't think I saw anything that made it look like we were being outcoached. Once they got their lead, they just went back to running the ball for the majority of their plays. It doesn't take an offensive genius to come up with that, and I'm pretty sure that Rodriguez and Robinson could neutralize that if their line wasn't more experienced and stronger than ours.
I did, however, see our defense make the same mistakes and the same kinds of blown coverage that we've seen all year.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||But wouldn't it be awesome if||
But wouldn't it be awesome if it did?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Why repost when all it takes||
Why repost when all it takes is a bump?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||On a tangentially related||
On a tangentially related note, what's the over/under on how many points King Of Belch will lose in the wake of another loss?
I'm going to go with a conservative 300.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Addendum||
If you want Michigan to descend into Notre Dame's 20 years of mediocrity, keep asking for Rich Rod to be fired after 2 years.
If anyone makes any topics about how Rodriguez will be or deserves to be fired after tomorrow's game - win or lose - they deserve a souldong punch.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||There was no lockdown last||
There was no lockdown last week.
By 8PM, it was clear that there should have been.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||YOU'VE GOT THE POW-AH!|
|4 years 5 weeks ago||A cute as a button||
A cute as a button smile?
Other than that, I've got nothing. Unless we're talking about someone with a strange fascination with fastening devices.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Let's match them head-on, and||
Let's match them head-on, and go with Throwback Wolverine.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Heh.||
Even in the simplistic (and arguably wrong) way you stated it, they're still radically different.
In your wording, Brian's statement is an "if," hinging on future performance. Yours is already writing off a season that's still a year away, before we know who's going to commit, who leaves, who's going to redshirt, who might get injured, what (if any) position coaches leave or are fired...all sorts of factors. Your "we're going to fail" isn't the same as Brian's "if we fail," no matter how much you might want it to be.
Ignoring all of that, tone is also important. Brian is calm and reasoned. Your posts have been...not so much.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Dissent is fine. The problem||
Dissent is fine.
The problem is the way he presented it, his other comments in the topic, and as other posters have pointed out, the fact that he's been spamming the board with garbage topics all weekend long.
I don't care how many people hate you - you don't get to a score of (at the moment) -93 on a single comment without earning it. Even King of Belch, who's been accused of trolling every hour or so for the entire weekend, has lost hundreds of points in the past few days, and is probably getting neg-banged on sight now, hasn't caused that much carnage.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||You keep using that word...||
Were Michigan, god damn it! Were giving up 31.7 ppg and 1-5 in the Big Ten; makes me sick.
If we were Michigan, who are we now? It is good to know that we're no longer giving up 30+ points a game, though.
Seriously, how did you graduate from Michigan and not learn how to use an apostrophe?
Heads need to roll...
Can we start with yours? :D
|4 years 5 weeks ago||No! We need to give this||
No! We need to give this thread until 2011 to prove itself. If we fire this thread now, how are we ever going to find another thread willing to take its place?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I agree completely. That||
I agree completely.
That said...you saw the boards this weekend, right? I'm not sure how effective things like "reason" and "sanity" will be at this point in the season to the members of the fan base that have already made up their minds.
But then again, these are the people who were convinced that this is a 5-7 season without a bowl game even though we still have two games left to play and have a shot at winning either. Trying to argue with them is a textbook exercise in futility.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Stuff like this happens and||
Stuff like this happens and then teams like Boise St, who offer to play away games to up their competition, go unheard.
Well, of course. Why risk jeopardizing that perfect record by playing a game you might lose?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Minor touched the ball in||
Minor touched the ball in every game except NW.
Brandon Minor has touched the ball in most of our games this year. That doesn't mean that he's not injured.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I agree for the most part,||
I agree for the most part, but two things:
How much can a bad team improve in one year? How much difference will one more year of game experience make?
I don't remember where so I can't link to it, but there was a post on the site recently that showed that players make the biggest gains in skill between their freshmen and sophomore years.
How much can you expect freshmen (true or red shirt) to make a difference?
Remember the ends of the Notre Dame, Indiana, and (regulation) MSU games? Our true freshman quarterback made a big difference then.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The answer to the title||
The answer to the title question is no.
We've still got ten months to go before the game. We don't know who our recruits are. We don't know if anyone is leaving the team. We don't know if anyone is planning to transfer. As about half the board would gleefully point out, we don't know if Rodriguez or GERG will be here next year. It's far too early to begin predicting what might happen in 2010.
We should wait until the season is over before you even think of worrying about next year. We've got two, maybe three games left. Let's focus on those first.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||how the hell did we not win||
how the hell did we not win N'Western '08, and every game save PSU this year?
I see the talent deficit. You can't f'ing miss it on defense.
You just answered your own question.
Expecting us to win "every game save PSU" the year after we go 3-9 is wishful thinking, to say the least. That said, we've still shown improvement, and the fact that the team is putting up a fight now and that there have been so many close losses gives me hope for what we'll see once our defense is not so awful.
At this point the season is toast, with no chance of beating Wisky or OSU (how I'd love to be proven wrong)
Wait until next week. Wisconsin isn't as good as their record or ranking.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||That raises the question: how||
That raises the question: how DO you worry a squirrel?
If they're anything like the ones in Ann Arbor, you won't be able to do it. The Ann Arbor squirrels are beasts, and had no problem following me to class in furry rage because I dared to stop at the ledge they were sitting on so I could tie my shoe.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The season is over; get the||
The season is over; get the guy some experience, what is it going to hurt.
Any remaining chance we have of making it into a bowl game?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I could ask you the same||
I could ask you the same question - I took that wording directly from your post.
More players who were deemed good enough to be scholarship players would be a start, yes. So would more experience - no disrespect to Kovacs or any of the other players, but the fact that we're starting freshmen, sophomores, and walk-ons by necessity shows just how little depth we have.
Though, at this point, I'd accept a defense that can make tackles with some consistency.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I was most surprised by the||
I was most surprised by the fact that he linked to and apparently read the posts about our defense, and still says we're going to be looking for a new defensive coordinator.
I'm pretty sure Gerg isn't responsible for that 58.3%. I'm also convinced that there isn't a defensive coordinator alive who could make something functional out of the pieces we have right now.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||No.||
If the D is only just a bit better then you shouldn't hope to win more than 2 Big Ten games.
We've already won one Big Ten game. Iowa and Purdue were both two point losses. MSU was an overtime loss. With a better defense, I think we could have won all three of those games, because the offense clearly was executing well enough to give those teams a run for their money. We'd only have to win one of those to get your two Big Ten wins. That's definitely feasible with a stronger defense.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Unfortunately, we'll probably||
Unfortunately, we'll probably get the alternative ("The Big Ten is the WORST CONFERENCE EVER and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near our precious bowl games") months ahead of OSU's annual post-season collapse, instead of the day after.
I'm not sure if that's an upgrade.
I don't have much against Iowa, aside from a little residual bitterness from losing to them this year. If they'd gone undefeated and then done well in a bowl game, I would've enjoyed seeing that.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||The Red Wings are still the||
The Red Wings are still the class of the league
You haven't checked this season, then - they're 7-4-3, third in our division behind Chicago and Columbus, and tenth place in the conference. If the playoffs began today, we'd be two points out of the last seed.
On the other hand, we're still a few games behind everyone else because of the Europe trip delaying the start of our "regular season" slightly. They're on a three game winning streak, and play Toronto tonight in what should be an easy win. And in phrases that should sound familiar to everyone, there was a lot of loss via attrition during the offseason, and there have been some key injuries.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||On the bright side...||
At least the announcers didn't spent the game talking about Mossman again.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Yes we can||
We can't beat Illinois or Purdue but we'll beat Wisconsin?
That's exactly what happened last year. We just didn't lose to Illinois and Purdue before we played Wisconsin in 2008.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||If we're lucky, it won't even||
If we're lucky, it won't even make the national media. Maybe they'll be too busy focusing on Iowa losing to talk about us?
A man can dream...
|4 years 6 weeks ago||(No subject)||
You're right; the frustration on my part stems from the general atmosphere here right now.
Sadly, I also agree with the rest of your post. Rodriguez will succeed if we don't run him out of town, but I'm more and more afraid it'll happen with each loss.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||If I knew, or had solid||
If I knew, or had solid reasons to be confident, that the defense wasn't going to be the same or worse and that the O-line would improve I would feel better. But I don't have any reason to do so.
I'll admit I don't really have much of a factual basis to be optimistic. It's just better than the alternative of becoming the otter of ennui.
Rodriguez has done well with recruiting in the past, and from the players they've been looking at it seems like he and the staff know what needs to be fixed, and who they'd like to use to fill those holes. The process of getting there has been and will be painful, but I'd like to think that Rodriguez's track record before Michigan says more about his abilities than his almost two years with a horribly depleted, underdeveloped talent base to work with.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Optimism ahoy!||
What makes you think this year's team stands a chance?
Simple: Purdue did it, and their offense is a lot like ours. It may take luck, but I think it can happen.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Fine. Let's be serious.||
Purdue lost to Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, and Minnesota, but beat OSU.
Last year, we beat a Wisconsin team that was ranked #9 after starting the flaming crater season 1-2.
Optimism nothing - anything can happen in sports. We aren't supposed to win those games, but it's too early to discount them until they actually happen.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Have a tiny shred of patience.||
But what I would like to know is what all of these "calm down this is what we expected" folks think at this point.
Have a tiny shred of patience. Yes, last year sucked. Yes, this year sucks now. Once we get to a point where we aren't remaking the entire offensive line mid-season, where we've had some time to fix our depth problems - which we obviously can't do mid-season - and for the freshmen and redshirted players to have another offseason to develop, things should hopefully be better next year.
But I sure as heck expected this team to not get crushed by Illinois and choke a game away against Purdue when they had a two touchdown lead at the half.
This is the Purdue team that beat Ohio State, and the Illinois team that has Juice Williams, who has a knack for ripping our defense to shreds. I don't think either of the losses should have been gigantic shocks.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I wouldn't say "just as||
I wouldn't say "just as crazy" - the offense has pulled off last minute miracles against Notre Dame, Indiana, and (at least in regulation) MSU this year.
On the other hand, I haven't seen much to convince me the defense could make a successful stand.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Before anyone calls me on it,||
Before anyone calls me on it, I'm not sure where the second half of my comment came from. Indiana and Purdue are almost the same team, right?
Football loss make brain no work.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Rodriguez is going to be here||
Rodriguez is going to be here next season. People will scream bloody murder and call for his head for the next year, but Mary Sue Coleman is still defending him and her opinion is the one that matters. And lest we forget, our overall record is still better than last year's, and we can match last year's Big Ten record with a win in either of our last two games. We're improving, just not at the rocket-like pace the fan base demands.
On the other hand, if we fire Rodriguez we'll lose commitments, lose players to transfers, and have to deal with the turmoil that comes with a new coach and a new staff coming in to change the system. Again. I'm just not seeing how that's a better alternative.