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|13 hours 50 min ago||The chemistry variable is||
The chemistry variable is vastly overrated, but it also must be said that in 2011 we had multiple senior leaders (Molk, Koger, RVB, Martin) who were good players on the field AND in the locker room. Having multiple strong senior leaders was obviously a huge factor in our success that year. Certainly, 90% of that was made manifest on the field, but having them leadership intangible things in spades certainly played a role in getting the rest of the team to play better. Had Molk and RVB been polarizing dickfaces, maybe we still finish 11-2 but it certainly wouldn't have been as easy to accomplish.
|3 days 17 hours ago||While there are a lot of||
While there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about us in some of our big games this year, Ohio State's back 7 on defense ranks pretty far down on that list.
|6 days 17 hours ago||...between the unctous||
...between the unctuous fawning over OSU, pedantic references to his own previous screeds and the preening insistence that he was right all along, how can you be sure M Man and Section 1 are the same person?
|1 week 7 hours ago||Also in that comments thread:||
Also in that comments thread: Section 1 doing Section 1 things
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd have to imagine that it's||
I'd have to imagine that it's probably a little different in East Lansing since there is so much more cross pollination - when I was in high school/college in Ann Arbor there was always a sizeable enough minority of people who'd wear MSU sweatshirts since they were going there or had family there and no one really gave a care. Heck, 50% of my friends my frosh year at U-M were from East Lansing or Okemos HS so I'm sure it goes both ways.
|1 week 5 days ago||I see next year being a small||
I see next year being a small but appreciable step back, but the year after next when Chatham Wilson and Donnal are sophomores and Walton/Spike are team captains with either Levert/Irvin as the #1 we are going to be on the short list for Final Four picks
|1 week 5 days ago||Who made her apologize? The||
Who made her apologize? The principal?
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||No worries, the Regents never||
No worries, the Regents never said anything about skywriters, so Dave Brandon will just hire a plane to write #BOOM-WOW over the stadium right before kickoff.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||We might very well take a||
We might very well take a step back in 2014-15 because all but 1 of our bigs are freshmen and Stauskas was a historically elite offensive talent, but if we retain Walton and either LeVert or Irvin (or both?) for 2015-16?
I'm not even being a homer here but I will honestly feel bad for the rest of the B1G except the Wisconsin buzzcuts because f. those guys.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||John Beilein is my||
John Beilein is my anti-Tressel
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Giving our MBB assistants||
Giving our MBB assistants raises for being awesome = a better use of athletic dept. monies than better wifi so people can instagram selfies during our Super Bowl against Utah State.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||A lot of teams names are made||
A lot of teams names are made to honor something from their state. Michigan-Wolverine State, Ohio-Buckeye State, Indiana-Hoosier State, Wisconsin-Badger State, Minnesota-Gopher State, Iowa-Hawkeye State, Nebraska-Cornhusker State, Oklahoma-Sooner State, Texas-Longhorn State, Tennessee-Volunteer State. In states that don't have great state nicknames to use, they use names like Sioux, Illini, Utes, etc. to emulate where they're from. I'm not sure why it is such a big deal.
I think Lord Grantham has articulated a lot of my feelings on this matter, but to add my unwanted 2 cents: Regarding the above quote - this isn't to call out the poster who wrote it, but it's a good articulation of an oft-cited arguement in defense of the Redskins name that is reasonable enough premise but one I still disagree with. There's a lot of false equivalence here that I think important to point out, and we'll leave out the obvious fatuous scenario of equating the feelings of animals like tigers or bulldogs with a group of people. If you're actually making that argument with a straight face, then you are a certifiable idiot and here's a buckeye necklace to wear.
In the case of a nickname like Hoosiers or Cornhuskers or even the Fighting Irish, those are generally accepted because they serve as a point of regional pride and are nicknames that the people themselved originated or collectively took on as their own. If I were to ask someone I presumed to be from Indiana if he was a Hoosier, he'd likely reply 'Damn right I'm a Hoosier' A situation that's somewhat dicier is the FSU Seminoles. The founding community of that university probably wasn't comprised of a majority of Seminole tribe members, but they got permission from the tribe to use the name and have AFAIK taken pains to honor the tribe even with their mascot. So, probably also OK. And again, if I called someone of Seminole ancestry a 'Seminole' it wouldn't be generally cause for offense.
Someone else mentioned a hypothetical scenario where a female owned a team and renamed them, say, the East Lansing Sluts to honor the indigenous female population. Among non-dominant groups, there has been a trend of taking traditional slurs and reclaiming them as marks of pride - you can see that with how gays have reclaimed the word queer and our own beloved state of Michigan in fact did so with the term 'wolverine' Again, equating this with the Redskins nickname is still a false equivalence. The redskin term has always been used to differentiate and denigrate the Native American population and has not been collectively embraced by a plurality of the Native Americans as a point of pride; two high schools not being arsed to change their redskins nickname is on par with a tradtiionally Chinese American high school not bothering to change its historical nickname of 'Coolies'
In point of fact hypothetical team names like the East Lansing Sluts* or the Washington Redskins both fail the social appropriateness test. You might greet your wife by saying 'Hey sexyboo' For you ladies, amongst your group of girlfriends you might call yourself 'bitches' as a term of affection; somewhat more controversially, amongst a group of black peeps, they might raz each other with the word 'Ni**a' If I as a non-husband, as a man and as a non-black used the terms 'sexyboo', 'bitch' or 'ni**a' - what reaction would and should I get?
The same applies to me or any non-Native calling a Native American a 'redskin'. It's time to change the name.
* - yes, I totally came up with that at random
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Oh, one more thing...||
- The most damning damnation of that damn Dave Brandon was re-scheduling Appy State for 2014. That alone is arguable as a firing offense for damaging the M brand. Losing to Appalachian State in 2007 is like having a sex tape leaked of you making sexytime with some homely farm girl and then you can't get it up. Scheduling Appalachian State in 2014 is like bringing a limo over to the farm girl's place in your best tux to take her to prom and show off how suave you really are.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||Bless me Funchess for I have sinned...||
- OSU's fight song is as mediocre as their fanbase's mean IQ, but MSU's fight song has a pretty catchy tune and gets a bonus point for use of 'Vim'
- ...but I'd get sick of it real fast if the band played it after every time their defense tallied a TFL against us.
- Columbus as an overall city is a decent, B+ place to live.
- I am seriously starting to wonder if I will ever see us win The Game in Columbus before I retire/die.
- OSU as an academic institution is actually an OK school and 75% of the alums are actually decent enough fans/people
- My goodwill towards Hoke and co. extends through 2014 but no further.
- Anyone on MGoBlog that shit-talks a (non-criminal) kid that decommits from Michigan and/or chooses another school should be banned from the site, full stop.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||And Byrnes wonders why Brian||
And Byrnes wonders why Brian dismisses him with the 'perpetually aggreived' moniker.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Say what you will about him,||
Say what you will about him, but Hollis has actually come up with creative matchups that actually created positive buzz - the aircraft carrier game, even if not amazing in actual execution - is something that put MSU on the map and was something that fans and players will always remember. And in point of fact, most of what he's done to promote MSU athletics is pretty much the exact opposite of scheduling Appy State in 2014.
Yes, tweet at Trey was a horrid embarrasing move, but that still pales vs. the aggregate sum of The Noodle, the skywriting, the "Wealthy M. Donor" Memorial Position Coach and - yes, as always - scheduling Appalachain State in 2014.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Pardon the blasphemy, but||
Pardon the blasphemy, but Imma gonna follow my heart and say it:
Can we trade Dave Brandon for Mark Hollis? Now?
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Here is the thing that OSU||
Here is the thing that OSU fans just don't get.
Tressel is at heart a decent man or at least really believes himself to be. He certainly cares for his players and I'd rather send my hypothetical son to play for him than to Penn State at anytime during the Paterno-Sandusky era.
And he's still a sanctimonious lying-ass liar. He's not even trying to play by the same rules as his peers. He may not be wrong about the arbitrary ridiculousness of some NCAA rules, but regardless they are the rules he signed up to uphold as a coach and it's not like he tripped over his own feet trying to observer them (which most of us would agree is understandable given the labyrinthine nature of NCAA bylaws). He willfully ignored them time and again and reaped the benefit of doing so.
I'm sure he may very well have still went 9-1 against us even if he'd been trying to operate within a country mile of the rules. But he didn't. That he was exhorted along the way by the unwashed masses of Ohio for being a paragon of Winning The Right Way (tm) is mere insult to injury. I've read encomia ad nauseam from Elven Warrior commenters and even M fans like our dearly departed Section 1 about what a great man he was in the community. Which, really, is super. It's also part of your unwritten job as a head coach of a major institution.
Let's not mince words. Tressel is now president of YSU because his was a very good coach for Ohio State who didn't see fit to play by the rules because they didn't apply to him. And if we're being truthful he will be a perfect fit for Youngstown, an area which still lionizes disgraced ex-Congressman James Traficant
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe I'm the only one who is||
Maybe I'm the only one who is actually surprised by this? I laughed when I heard he even applied. It really must be about fundraising, which is crazy. Can't he just be vp of development then???
Let me get back to you on that. Happy Easter ! !
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Youngstown is a wretched hive||
Youngstown is a wretched hive of scum and villiany even by the lax standards of NE Ohio. If you live in Ohio, it's common knowledge that it's had a long history of being a mafia town and if there is a diminished presence these days it's because even they want nothing to do with the drug gangs that now run the area. Youngstown is a perfect fit for Tressel because the whole area can charitably be described as a shithole. The sole redeeming point of the area is its aggregation of decent Italian restaurants.
I can best sum up the area with a small personal anecdote - we were in the area for a site visit earlier this year. While in the office, I saw a file cabinet with a bumper sticker that read:
"Youngstown, Ohio - ya gotta live somewhere!"
|12 weeks 1 day ago||My totally unsolicited HOT||
My totally unsolicited HOT TAKE:
With a notably less efficient offense and probably a worse defense than last year, we will likely cap out as a round of 32/16 team this coming year, though by late season the freshmen will have gotten their sea legs and we should be rounding into form as the 5-8 seed that No One Wants To Play.
If we retain at least 2 of the Walton/Irvin/LeVert triumvirate going into 2015-16, the rest of the Big Ten and country at large is going to look back wistfully at 2014-15 and be like 'Man, remember when Michigan only had 3.5 guys who could beat you? Dat was some good times'
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Yes, there is absolutely no||
Yes, there is absolutely no outfit that should ever justify a woman being raped. And that's umpteen orders of magnitude more severe than this incident but at the same time to heap blame on the guy who got punched because he was chanting an MSU cheer reeks of the same victim-blaming mentality. There've been a lot of people questioning the actions of the punchee, but I kind of think that the actions of the guy WHO ACTUALLY COMMITTED THE ASSAULT are just a little worse.
|16 weeks 12 hours ago||Gotta say that I'm kind of||
Gotta say that I'm kind of disgusted by a lot of the replies on here. If, instead of a guy yelling 'Go Green Go White' who got popped in the mouth, it'd been a girl in a mini-skirt and haltertop who got groped would we be saying 'Well, if she didn't want to get felt up she shouldn't have been dressed up like that?' Because this is what it sounds like. Maybe let's stop focusing the victim just because he cheers for the wrong team and focus on the guy who decided to repeatedly punch the guy for wearing the wrong colors on U-M's campus? Because God knows we'd get up in arms about someone in maize and blue getting roughed up on High Street.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Still wouldn't trade coach||
Still wouldn't trade coach Beilein and the players on this team for anyone else in the country.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||we can score in a hurry if we||
we can score in a hurry if we have to - let's keep our heads up
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Win or lose, this is just an||
Win or lose, this is just an amazing team that I can't praise enough.
Except... we ain't gonna lose this.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Double digit leads... we||
Double digit leads... we gives and takes them.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Could the announcers *be* on||
Could the announcers *be* on Kentucky's jock any harder? Yoikes
|17 weeks 4 days ago||Looks like we're trying to||
Looks like we're trying to set them up with attacking the basket for eventual kickouts to Nicky Buckets
|17 weeks 4 days ago||IT'S GREAT TO BE..... (not a||
IT'S GREAT TO BE.....
(not a Michigan State Spartan)