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|1 hour 13 min ago||If Nothing Else...||
The best thing about the otherwise dreaded Vote Of Confidence, at least if you coach Notre Dame football, is that at least you know your potentially soon-to-be former employer will pay you millions over the span of years to not work. Need to give your retirement account that last oompf? Coach Notre Dame football to some success.....then make them a dumpster fire.
|1 hour 16 min ago||We Have Returned...||
I didn't experience the interruption at work, but I did catch the tail end of it when I logged on back at my house, which was rather interesting considering that this was a heavily affected area. Indeed, my wife requested screenshots of multiple celebrity tweets, so try doing THAT discreetly in a staff meeting.
|9 hours 3 min ago||Very Tragic...||
Wow. Way too young, and very sudden too. I could be missing something, but I never heard or saw a story about him having any long-term health problems, but sometimes.....wow.
As a general note to everyone, I know he is not a beloved figure here by any means, but do keep it respectful all the same.
|11 hours 49 min ago||Friday Comes Again...||
After having to do something rather unpleasant (although necessary) yesterday afternoon, I am hoping that Friday is the beginning of a rebound. After work, we're taking the kids to a Halloween thing at their school and then tomorrow, we're taking them to the Toledo Zoo's event earlier so I can be home in time for the Michigan game - actually got full price for my tickets from an Illinois fan / alum (wife's aunt is coming in from Chicago), strangely enough. Pretty sure she is driving four hours to Ann Arbor to see the Illini get pummeled, but to each their own.
|11 hours 59 min ago||Meanwhile...||
Meanwhile, down farther in the police blotter....
|12 hours 4 min ago||I Have Always Wondered...||
Even going back to my time at Michigan, I have wondered about the value of that corner. In my work life, I've had the experience of dealing with several people who manage and develop properties in the area who always talk about maybe looking into buying it too, but clearly that never gets very far.
|20 hours 46 min ago||Thanks Again...||
As always, excellent work.
Thanks for doing these, incidentally, and your dedication to them. Far and away, these videos are one of the things I look forward to the most each week, just to help get in the mood and buttress my anticipation for Saturday.
|22 hours 39 min ago||Keep It Up...||
I kind of like the combo myself - it takes two blog traditions which pair well together and solves the problem of having to adhere to the clamp downs that technically would be done on standalone drinking threads. Also, football. Hopefully, we get one of these dedicated to MACtion yet this year.
|1 day 2 hours ago||You Know....||
You know, I think the stars aligned for Kansas maybe once in modern times, and it was 2007 when Mark Mangino (the pre-Weis) took them to 12-1 and I think Kansas basktball made a deep tournament run that year as well. Back to normal for them after a "lightning in a bottle" sort of year there.
|1 day 2 hours ago||In Addition...||
The NCAA released a report on Wednesday saying that Alcorn State "failed to monitor its progress-toward-degree certification process when it improperly certified 28 student-athletes" in the 11 sports, including football, men's basketball, baseball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's cross country, women's soccer, men's and women's track and field and women's volleyball.
The financial penalty for this, per the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, was $5,000 which must go towards compliance education, although I don't know how much of that education you can do for $5,000. It probably costs more than that just to get someone to consider perhaps consulting the department on this.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Good Guesses...||
Probably good guesses.
What I typically will do is look ahead to see what is definite for the television schedule when our game is not yet scheduled, and you can usually get a pretty good idea where our game will sit. Michigan's record factors into that too, of course.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Fixed It...||
Well, I fixed the thread title - we'll keep this thread for now.
"Chickens Home To Roost"? It may as well have been "Adds Zest To Meatloaf". Titles, people.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that I did have Pequod's the last time I was there - I have a lot of trouble deciding between Lou Malnati's and that now. Pequod's was excellent indeed.
Once in a while, we'll drop some money on the nationwide shipping option for Lou Malnati's through tastesofchicago.com - they end up on our doorstep, freeze-dried, but they come out well enough once cooked. Still prefer actually being there in the restaurant, of course.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I Mean...||
I mean, if you don't build such a pipeline along the length of I-95, then you're in danger of losing all this football talent to Brown and Providence, I would think.
In all seriousness though, you don't hear from Rhode Island that often when it comes to football in virtually any respect, it seems, but this staff definitely makes recruiting a national search.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Well, my wife is a Cubs fan||
Well, my wife is a Cubs fan and she's filled with what might be termed a combination of elation and cautious optimism.
As a Tigers fan, this has me thinking baseball has gone to a weird place in 2016, but that's just me, of course.
|1 day 20 hours ago||I Dare Say...||
I dare say that we beat them on a rushing TD with the third string playing in garbage time, or is that how you beat Rutgers? It could very well be the same thing, even though Illinois is sort of Rutgers but with some intermittent competency, key word being intermittent. Extremely intermittent.
|1 day 22 hours ago||You Know...||
That Harbaugh praise didn’t necessarily feel like a Jimbo Fisher diss, since maybe he would’ve liked to have played for both. This time, he’s more or less saying he’d choose a different school if he got to do Signing Day over.
It's an interesting insight actually, and I wonder how many athletes - NFL, NBA, etc... - would say that they might have done it differently right down to the school if they could do it over again. It's an interesting question, I think.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Agreed....||
It was funny, in retrospect, that someone on a Rutgers board said that they would punch their sofa each time Partridge appeared on camera during our game with there. I do hope there is a seriously distorted and damaged sofa in New Jersey now.
I do agree, of course - he's an incredibly valuable addition to this staff, and hopefully he hangs around for a while.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Although...||
Although, to be fair to Mandel a bit, it would be interesting if more writers took that approach he mentioned, blowing up their rankings each week and reconstructing it based on what is now known about those schedules. I think that actually is a more fair way to do rankings, especially as the interconnections between teams and schedules grows throughout the season.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Coming Down...||
OTish: why did denard never really pan out?
I am admittedly still swilling coffee so I can wake up and fully comprehend things, but I am pretty sure that 21 downvotes and counting means we can dispense with this one.
|2 days 19 hours ago||About This...||
I'll just say this - when he came back to Michigan in 2011, this was something that I thought was a home run sort fo moment among all the staff shift, and I am glad - very glad - that he has chosen to stay. I know one of the compelling reasons is that his daughter and their family are here, but he could be in a lot of places and we are the ons who benefit.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Taking This Down...||
What is Sparty Selling?
This will likely not go well, and besides - "....this scholarship normally valued at $120,000 can be yours for $680 on SALE OF THE CENTURY"
|2 days 22 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
I'll withhold judgment on this instant replay experiment for now (I kind of like to have the fan / viewer experience myself first), but I am fairly sure that ridiculous happens when the reviews themselves become reviewable, creating a weird meta chain of reviews of reviews, holding up games for days in some instances.
|3 days 7 min ago||About This...||
Ron Zook? Man, if you thought that the Big Ten West had an inordinate amount of punt porn thanks to Iowa, imagine adding Zook to that mix. The Iowa-Purdue game really would need to be on Big Ten After Hours.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Let Them Have It...||
Let them have their memory, for hopefully soon, that's all that it is.
Did I have to live through numerous MSU people on Twitter reminding me of it? Yes. I will say, however, they seem resigned to the idea that a memory is all it shall be too. Most of them didn't even want to discuss their game against Maryland on Saturday, in fact.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Funnily Enough...||
I recently gave my copy to my mother to read, as she had not yet done so, and about three days later I get a call from her as she's reading through the gory descriptions of the fall of 2014 and all she tells me is, "Now I understand why you kept saying in 2014 that the only way to mod that blog would be to tear it down and start over."
|3 days 4 hours ago||You Have To Admit...||
You hav to admit that Mike Gundy is one badass vintage Motorola away from a great sideline look -
|3 days 4 hours ago||We Can Make It...||
There are numerous variations on TO Margin per game, but this one you suggest might be intriguing. Michigan has gained 10 turnovers and allowed teams to run 357 offensive snaps, so it's basically one turnover every 36 defensive snaps approximately, so basically 1-2 per game.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Now That I Have A Moment...||
OT: How to fix Brian Kelly / ND?
OT: How to Fix Big 12
Experience Spartan Football
Just a little cleanup now that I have some time today.
|4 days 2 hours ago||A Decent Summary...||
A decent summary here - LINK
Apparently, the list of candidates was as long as 17 schools at one point, most notably Cincinnati, BYU and Houston.
The part about the argument for Houston being the argument against Houston - i.e., recruiting competition - was something I think we probably all expected. The BYU problem is one of their Honor Code versus Big XII bylaws and Cincinnati....well, you don't just add them by themselves in their opinion, which I would agree with really.