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|20 hours 49 sec ago||Depression||
The Michigan difference.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Like I already said||
8-4 in the regular season. I figure they lose one nonconference game, one out of the two games vs. Minnesota and Penn State, one for sure of MSU and OSU, and if they pull an upset against MSU or OSU, they will suffer a DOH! upset at the hands of some other B1G team (just like they did every season that I have been alive, except for 1997). Don't ask me to get specific; I think randomness means they will win a game they shouldn't and lose a game they shouldn't to get to the same place as where they would have been if football made any sense at all.
|1 week 8 hours ago||"This is the story of how Michigan fixed itself."||
Now THAT is a world class teaser. Do want; must buy book!
|1 week 11 hours ago||Loved the write-up...||
8-4 (in the regular season), and we should be happy and grateful if we get it.
|1 week 1 day ago||I agree, and that's my point||
Yes, I completely agree with your coin tossing example. It's 50/50 every time. That is what I meant by independent. However, that is my point precisely. We have such a bad case of PTSD with Staee and TSDS that we think the ball will usually bounce their way. For a game like football with multiple indepent events, luck is a bell curve. Equal luck is the center of bell curve. To the left and the right are equal amounts of bad luck and good luck, respectively. We've ended up on the left side so many times we've forgotten there is just as much room on the right, and any given game could end up anywhere. Therefore, if you play more than one game, the chance of one (or more) games ending on the right side goes up exponentially with the number of games played. We are in violent agreement.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Big Ben Needs to Stay Healthy.||
Cause Landry Jones is not ready. And I sure hope Jesse James practiced better than he played tonight, because. . . DANG!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yup||
The only time the refs called PI correctly was that one game the Irish got the winning drive with something like 3 PIs on State.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And what a pleasure it is||
To see someone FINALLY call all that grabby B.S. he's been doing the past few years.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting and Lovingly Crafted||
I upvoted you for the effort you spent creating interesting content during a slow time for college football news. Thank you, there is much in here worth discussing.
As a proposal for a playoff system, it is lacking in some areas and extremely unlikely to be adopted:
- Inviting 10 teams to a 4 round playoff? You give me that many slots and that many rounds, and I can satisfy a lot of agendas and interests. However, most people think a playoff system that big is not feasible, and have curtailed their proposals.
- Despite having that many slots, this playoff system still only invites one team each from the “Power Conferences.” They are likely to have teams that don’t win their conferences, but are clearly superior to other Champions. A Champion like Boise State would be a deserving participant in many years, but I don’t think the Champion of the Mountain West will be deserving in every year. The runner up of the B1G, SEC or PAC10 may have some heartburn with that. With 4 rounds, why not go to 16 teams and add some wildcards?
- Even for the top seeded teams, you are asking its fan base to show up for an unscheduled home game, in the middle of the holidays, and then travel twice to two different Bowl locations if they play in the National Championships. The lowest seeded teams may have to bring their fans to 4 consecutive playoff sites during the most expensive traveling season of the year. I don’t see turnout for the playoff games being as bullish as you think it will be.
- Blowing up current conference memberships like you are doing is extraordinarily unlikely. I doubt Nebraska would be OK with going back to the Heartland, or Notre Dame being assigned to the B1G. Similarly, your assumptions about who is independent are uninformed. BYU is an independent and Notre Dame is semi-independent. In contrast, Navy is a member of the American Athletic Conference (along with several other teams you place in the American Conference). Also, why are Army and Navy being treated differently from Air Force?
- I also doubt the Conferences would be OK with scrambling their current memberships, and everyone is going to have a problem with tearing up existing broadcast and other media contracts and payouts for various schools.
Thanks for giving us a bone for chewing during a slow time.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your athletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Dear Mr. Battle,||
Best of luck in your ahtletic and academic careers. Thank you for considering the Universtity of Michigan.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Planes, Trains and Automobiles||
"We'd have better luck trying to play pick-up-sticks with our butt cheeks."
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Will & Grace||
"Do I have to explain, again, why you can't have a skylight in an 8th floor apartment in a 14 story building?!"
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||From the Live of Brian||
"Centuwion, thwow him to the gwound, vewy woughly!" This line is best used as a come back to someone else's joke. Both parties will find it satisfying amusing. It becomes sublime as a come back when you're the boss, and one of your employees has a quip mildly poking fun at you.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Welcome Devery!||
In a few seasons, Michigan might actually have an OL that will be able to maul people they way we like to see it. Hello 1990s! Nice to see you again.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||SEC||
= Dough Re Me. Also, does JayBaugh realize he is turning into a parody of himself? He should feel free to STFU on Twitter at any time.
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||And...||
Yet another reason why Dantonio is a classless jerk. I was thinking mostly of wanting Jay to STFU, but I felt the recruit's former high school coach was a particularly egregious abuse of his insider status. Please understand that I agree this practice is totally within the rules. I just think it puts more pressure on recruits only so that a bunch of us fans can engage in a circle jerk. And, I'll cop to my old guy tendencies, I really hate Twitter.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||A Curmudgeon Says||
I would really prefer that Athletic Dept employees STFU about potential commitments. I realize it's the off season and we are all thirsting for any football news, especially if it tends to show our decade long slog through the football wilderness is ending. However, I am uncomfortable with University employees who are actually working with the recruits (who are adolescents making what is for many the most important decision of their young lives) teasing us in public with information they may (or may not) have about the recruits' decision process. They're kids! Lay off! Public scrutiny from a bunch of people who they have never met and who know nothing is bad enough. The adults who are working with them have no business putting these kids on the spot in public. This is not helpful. And no, I don't think it is cute to imply something intending to cause a stir, just to have a laugh at everyone else's expense when you announce something totally different a few days later. Mr. Partridge could be talking about the menu for the BBQ, but he has to know his tweet will cause rampant speculation about the kid he used to coach in high school. He's not doing anyone any favors here. (Curmudegeon alert) This just more evidence, as if we needed any, that twitter is a fabulous way to get yourself in trouble with little, if any, benefit to anyone.
|11 weeks 7 hours ago||At the Risk of Sounding like a Jerk||
"How Syracuse remains appealing after Jim Boeheim got blasted by t he NCAA remains a bit of a mystery." Ever since reading the Bagman article in SI, I find myself wondering if the real reason behind these abrupt changes in recruiting might be a little dough-re-me. I'm not saying that is what happened because, obviously, I know less the jack-____ about Mr. Battle's circumstances. I wish him the best of luck in picking whatever school is best for him, whether it's Syracuse, Michigan or whoever, and hope he is happy and successful wherever he lands. But, to use a historical analogy, does everyone remember when Leonard Fournette, out of the blue, was going to show up for the BBQ on his own nickel? We all wondered what we were doing right to get a kid to pay his own way from deep in the heart of the SEC to visit Ann Arbor. After a lot of hemming and hawing and not showing-up when he said he would, Mr. Fournette never did visit Michigan, and subsequently signed with LSU. Just sayin' ... that matches perfectly the description in the SI article of how a recruit strong-arms a payment out of one school's booster to not go on a recruiting trip to another school. Call me a low-minded individual, but I can't help wondering even as I hope it's not true.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Because||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Or||
The War of Southern Sedition on behalf of an Immoral Slave Labor System
|13 weeks 3 hours ago||In No Particular Order||
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||Am I the Only One||
Who thinks these forums are being taken over by spelling/grammar jerks? C'mon man! We're all Michigan fans here (except for the trolling trolls every once in a while). Can't we save the hate for the usual suspects? (I know, I know: "the Judean People's Front!" Let's get the obvious quips out of the way right now.)
|13 weeks 8 hours ago||Short Toys R Us Stock||
Brando is about to do for them what he did of Univ of Michigan and Dominos.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Reading that Just Makes My Blood Boil||
The top to bottom professional malpractice--recruiting to scheming to coaching--is just astounding.
Rich Rodriguez is a good coach, as we've seen at West Virginia and Arizona, but he was inexplicably terrible in every facet of his job while he was here.
I won'r rehash Brady Hoke's limitations--a dead horse.
I'm as excited as anyone to have Jim Harbaugh as the head coach. But good gracious, if he and his staff are minimally competent in all areas of their jobs it will still be a marked improvement from the last decade of debacle.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Player Development||
I love Brady Home as a man and how he tried to do things the right way. I wish it had worked out differently. . . BUT, name one significant contributor on his teams who showed substantial improvement the last season he played for Hoke as compared to the first season he played for Hoke.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Hey Max,||
Have we mentioned the many fine graduate programs at the University of Michigan?
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The Program Is Toast||
There will never be another varsity swimming and diving team at WKU. Five years? No way the University brings it back. Note that the current coaches weren't just fired; their positions were eliminated. Div 1 schools have dropped swimming and diving programs for less than this. I'm guessing the "suspension" is about current scholarship athletes keeping the schollies long enough to graduate.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Blasphemer!||
Get thee behind me, jinxer of the baseball season.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Why Not Offer Him a Transfer?||
Don't we need some DBs? Wouldn't it be great just for trolling purposes alone? Even if the kid turns us down, the contrast might make an impression on some people.