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|25 weeks 6 days ago||Fair enough, I'm just||
Fair enough, I'm just flusterated.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Man, I've watched (almost)||
Man, I've watched (almost) every game of ours this year (had to work twice!), but I feel like we don't usually leave THAT many shooters wide open. It's starting to stress me out, but survive and advance, I suppose.
Could also just be trying to do too much/jitters, I guess.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||In spite of our lead, our||
In spite of our lead, our defense looks a bit sub-par...Wofford has had a number of open shots that they've missed. Hopefully we're just shaking off some...uh, rust?
I'm happy with the lead, just a bit surprised at how many shooters we've left open
|31 weeks 6 days ago||A friend of mine who listens||
A friend of mine who listens to 97.1 and follows M football pretty closely thinks that Foote's opinion was a bit mis-represented in this article, FWIW.
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||Hey man!Your numbers are||
Your numbers are excellent, but definitely try to get that extra point on the ACT. It does make a difference, though with your extracirriculars and GPA, you're most likely going to get in.
But getting in needn't be your only goal; getting UM to fund a lot of your ridiculously high out-of-state tuition should be the ultimate goal. As someone who was fortunate enough to have their tuition here paid for (albeit in-state), I would ask Michigan if they have a representative for your region/state/area. The county in Michigan I come from, for example, maintained its UM connections through an alum that grew up there (but doesn't live there now). I have a strong feeling that the passionate, strong-willed e-mail and phone call I sent him my senior year of high school drew a lot of attention to my application and may have helped me earn a scholarship.
I was so adamant that M was my dream school and did everything I could to reach out to the few recruiters that would venture to the Upper Peninsula on UM's behalf. Perhaps this method would also help you.
Now I've just graduated (in December) and am looking for entry-level energy sector jobs involving the renewable transition, energy efficiency, consulting, and the like...it's a different animal and a challenge that can be vexing. It's sometimes tough to get enough/consistent contact with companies to the point where you have convinced them that you're someone who will achieve for them. Just need that one chance, as they say.
Best of luck and Go Blue!
|40 weeks 22 hours ago||I pity those who don't read||
I pity those who don't read the Game of Thrones (or rather, ASOIAF) book series. If you think the show is detailed, you'd be amazed at the complexity of the books. It's just an all-around excellent series, IMHO.
|40 weeks 23 hours ago||You have no idea how badly||
You have no idea how badly I've wanted to try In N Out for years now. I just haven't had a chance to get out West.
I don't think I've ever heard a negative review of In N Out, now that I think about it.
|40 weeks 23 hours ago||Yeah, you're right, and I||
Yeah, you're right, and I apologize if that comment read in a very negative way. I don't like stereotypes/generalizations either, so hopefully it didn't across as too aggressive an opinion - really it's just based off of "general" observations in my 4.5 years here. I have met tons of wonderful people here and it's been an invaluable experience regardless of the downers here and there (though I did use the word "most" regarding M students...perhaps I shouldn't have been so severe).
Nobody is perfect, but I just wish some people would possess a bit more humility/decency at times. Plus, the thread demanded I confess. It's not like I had a choice, you know.
EDIT: I also should have explained my OP a bit more in depth, but who cares.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Had to respond just because||
Had to respond just because of #7. Yes, all the way. The patties aren't as greasy (though I sometimes like the grease), the vegetable toppings are crisp, the buns (usually) aren't soggy... what more could you want (from uber cheap food)?
|40 weeks 1 day ago||Woop! Surely there will be||
Woop! Surely there will be more optimism and debate of substance now, no?
EDIT: Funchess, FUNCHESS FOR EVERYONE
|40 weeks 1 day ago||For my part, while I do||
For my part, while I do occasionally log in to defend Michigan students against criticism, I really don't like most Michigan students.
In my experience, a vast majority (not surprisingly) are extremely spoiled and "look down" on everyone else, even other students at Michigan. This applies to them in a sports sense, too. There is little loyalty to the school amongst an alarming proportion of students. The most disappointing are the band students I have talked to this year. Half way through the season, they were hoping we would lose out so that they wouldn't have to travel to a bowl game. Yikes.
Small things reinforce this opinion on a daily basis -- such as kids leaving every plate, cup, napkin, etc. from a meal sitting at their table instead of taking the extra minute to put it on the dish room belt. After awhile, that kind of stuff gets infuriating.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Of course! It's going to be a||
Of course! It's going to be a long 9 months regardless, but if everyone is pessimistic and miserable, it'll be intolerable (as many others have iterated already).
Though I must stress that points #1 and #6 are concepts/adaptations that the coaching staff basically MUST make offensively for us to be a dangerous team (nationally speaking) next year. We cannot have the mentality of out-talenting and running a rigid system in this post-modern age of college football; I wholeheartedly think they should stick to their system, but have some flexibility, sir!
The players, of course, must take responsibility for their performances this year as well. What does that mean? Busting ass and working together in the off-season. It isn't rocket science to say that teams that bust it (together) with the youth + talent we have generally means significant improvement the following year.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||My predictions:Michigan -||
Michigan - 38
KSU - 24
1. Michigan's coaching staff stops trying to push the power scheme so much and instead ideologically adjusts to calling what the current players run most efficiently (still in a pro style offense, but adjustable to have more or less spread/power elements depending on personel). This is a trend that continues into 2014 and provides us all much-needed hope. The prototypical example of this is the great frequency at which M tries to make the power I work, with little success. Yes, you must keep defenses honest, but there were a number of times this year where a run up the gut was ill-advised given the personel we have.
2. Derrick Green makes a strong case for starting RB in 2014 by consistently picking up 3, 4, 6 yards with a few 10+ yarders interspersed. Toussaint plays largely the role of a third down back. Smith shows a bit of that "gliding" running style from the OSU game and appears to be moving into a much-valued change of pace RB role.
3. The OL looks much more cohesive and as a result, Gardner finally has a chance to spend 60 minutes developing his progressions instead of running for his life.
4. The team and coaching staff is happy with the win but alludes to a driving will to get vengeance in 2014.
5. Devin Funchess, having finalized his move to WR with his play this year, has 80-100 yards receiving and a brilliant TD which pushes us into conversation about a potential number switch to #1. His offseason is more than enough to earn him the jersey.
6. The coaching staff pulls a Beilein and opens up their offensive philosophy for next year. They decide to expand on the "controlling tempo" principle by not just utilizing clock-control offense, but also adding the ability to run offense at multiple tempoes (i.e. no huddle). 2014 revenge tour (a la 2006) commence.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Thank you, Brian! It's been a||
Thank you, Brian! It's been a rough fall and some M fans have shamed themselves. But I hope you don't forget how many people (the vast, vast majority) greatly appreciate what you do.
I have become a more informed and passionate fan from reading your stuff over the years. For Free. That is awesome, and I've never stopped thinking that even in spite of the rough couple years we've had. Thank you!
EDIT: Thanks to the rest of the staff, too!
|42 weeks 2 days ago||Students sell them on a||
Students sell them on a Michigan Facebook marketplace, in general. I'm not sure what to expect this year but I can't think of one time the enemy has had a significant contingent of fans in the SS. The rest of the stadium, however... well, we'll see.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Wha? I never thought I'd see||
Wha? I never thought I'd see the day when people didn't recognize haikus as a proper expression tool on MGoBlog. Don't diss on an old tradition...c'mon
Borges is not good
Execution excuse sucks
We must improve now
WTF happened to you?
Stop falling apart
(you know you still love this team, no matter how much you say you don't care if we lose anymore)
|45 weeks 2 days ago||9-3...we'll drop one more,||
9-3...we'll drop one more, but I think we're going to see an upward trend starting this week ("blah blah, it can't get any worse" -- yes it can. It can be a lot worse than 6-2)
We need to stay optimistic and stick together. All this bickering and nonsense is making us look just as foolish as the loss did.
We're forgetting the real target: Ohio State. We still have a chance to beat them.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Because statistically,||
Because statistically, relative to the last decade of M b-ball, last year was an anomaly. Though I'd hope we sustain deep tourney success.
EDIT: I see what you're saying after fully re-reading your post, but I just think it takes more than 1 year to have consistency in attendance the way elite programs in CBB do. Furthermore, I haven't been defending a lack of attendance in this thread, but rather pointing out that such complaints after one phenomenal year sound silly coming from a people who would have been sitting in the completely empty Crisler (outside of the Maize Rage) a few years ago.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||1 year does not a program||
1 year does not a program make, and using LAST year of all years to display your argument when it is so vastly an anomaly from what our program has been in the past decade is a rather small sample size.
I agree that the section should be full. I'm just saying (in other posts in this thread) that it's not as though non-student fans can really complain when it comes to b-ball attendance.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||All you adults did a great||
All you adults did a great job of driving across the state of MI to attend bball games before we were a top ten team. All like, 100 of you that ever cared to come.
This post will anger you because of the tone. Thus now you know why much of what is posted here angers students -- simply tone. Though many have been frustrated by attendance figures for awhile, so I understand THEIR exasperation.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Making the tournament does||
Making the tournament does not = good program for big-name schools in big-name conferences. It means average. And we weren't even that until 2010. Unless you are a student who showed up and bought tickets when we were mediocre, I don't see how you can be so hostile to the students.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||I won't argue with your||
I won't argue with your numbers, but students (even when not showing up in full force) have certainly seemed to create a more hostile environment than older, non-student fans. I don't see how the "hostile atmosphere" argument factors in other than to WANT a full student section for a MORE hostile atmosphere.
Nobody in the Big House struck me as particularly "hostile" against Akron, so "creating a hostile atmosphere" is a problem everyone should address, not just students.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||I would give the non-student||
I would give the non-student section areas of Crisler a 25-35% attendance rate for most average games in 2009, and probably only slightly better in 2010. Below average matchups basically meant crickets in the entire top bowl of Crisler and a smattering of random fans in the lower bowl.
One year, we played Concordia and they took up an entire upper bowl section and made more noise than everyone else in Crisler combined.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||WH - while this is slightly||
WH - while this is slightly off-topic, why did you stop posting game highlights for games this year? It seemed like last year they were up within a few hours of game's end. Have more copyrighting issues arisen? (I believe you mentioned that having been an issue years back when you switched from dynoguy to WH, sorry for creepin', I've just always been a fan of your work)
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Whoa.Ok, first: I am a||
Ok, first: I am a Michigan student, a 5th year senior who has loved M since I cared enough about any sport to root for anyone.
I am ONLY defending students when it comes to basketball, not football, because in terms of the football whining, I don't think students have a strong argument. I wish we could play better/more interesting opponents, but alas. Wanting to tailgate for 20-40 more minutes and thus causing this uproar does not seem worth it to me, though I can understand how people want to build their memories (after hours of drinking on gameday...) and stuff.
I'm here to defend M's students when it comes to basketball, though. I went to every damn game during our 15-17 season which ended in (more) heartbreak due to Evan Turner in Indianapolis, which I also attended. I have had season tickets every year I've been here, and missed only 3 non-break games. Why some of you are angry with Michigan students' basketball attendance is beyond me.
During 2009, especially, the student bleachers were the ONLY area of Crisler packed with fans and for no less than 2/3 the games that year, we were the majority of the fans in attendance. So all this criticizing about students "not showing up" for basketball kind of make me angry, because when our basketball team was mediocre, you adult-folk were NOT there, like at all, not at tipoff, not at halftime. We were the ones (the Maize Rage and a small periphery of other interested game-goers) who populated Crisler, and the only ones at that. Complain about attendance if you'd like, but the interest in M bball just was not there and it's hard for me to forget how little actual, physical support (as in showing up) there was by non-student fans.
I would generally approve of the new b-ball policy, except that now you have a large group of students who have shelled out money, significant money (to us), for tickets they are no longer guaranteed. It's a bit of a messy bail-out system that is the product of inherently trying to oversell to increase attendance. I get it. But to bash M's students and argue that somehow our attendance for basketball sucks, please stop.
To the dude who argued that making the NCAA tournament is better than average...no, it's not. For what should be a power program (albeit just coming off sanctions), making the tournament is average. What isn't average is making the tournament RELATIVE to many years before of not making it.
PS - re: student attendance: it would be nice to read something constructive and not critical on here on the subject for once. We're Michigan, and we're better than this petty arguing between adult fans and student fans. I hope this is a rift that closes quickly and also that the growing rift between alumni and the athletic department closes quickly, because much of the camaraderie that makes being a M fan great seems to be disappearing.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||To echo a poster above, I too||
To echo a poster above, I too tend to lurk and read rather than post here, but reading through this thread inspired me to reply.
In principle, what I feel is that the average post, whether front page or in the forum, has lost value. They are sometimes less interesting to read now (and I do skip some FP posts) for several reasons:
1. Overuse/over-recycling of some memes. Yes, this is the internet and therefore memes will permeate both FP posts and forum posts, and that's fine. But there is a point where they become stale and nauseating to read, especially when there seems to be a race to be the first to post them (the "this won't end well" meme is a good example of this). In this way, the posters are as much to blame as anyone for any "staleness."
2. Less drama overall (well, except for hockey, which hasn't been covered this year, but I'm admittedly much more of a football/basketball fan, so that doesn't kill me). What can you do, though? That's something we should be thankful for, of course -- but at least for me, not having drama to obsess over in the sports-sphere means that the time and content dedicated to those topics has to be averted elsewhere (in terms of MGoContent, that is) and sometimes those "alternative avenues" don't seem to be as riveting as the content past drama has produced.
3. That actually makes me think of another point that is echoing others who've posted; the routine/cycled posts and rigid posting structure can slowly wear at the value of FP posts. UVs, game summaries, and weekly recruiting posts are obviously exempt from that because those contain essential information and are always well-done (and usually don't have to be "forced"). However, for non-essential but recurring posts, it seems they have stagnated the front page a bit because the actual amount of information in them varies and tends to slightly over-reference (don't get me wrong though, I'm all for referencing!) or mis-time usage of some of them. It'd be better if the writers could post a bit more free-form because they are all different and have unique styles, but confining them to a set structure dampens that a bit and creates that forced feeling.
All that said, I love MGoBlog and will always read, and a few ideas for how to mix it up a bit came to mind, too.
I wish that Brian and co. would bring WolverineHistorian on board! I watched M sports avidly through any media source (TV, internet, a book or two) when I was in middle and high school, which, along with MGoBlog, developed my inherent M-fanhood into an obsession, and much of what I learned came from his YouTube videos both when he was WH and when he was under the handle dynoguy88. Sorry WH, I hope you don't think it's creepy that I know that -- I'm actually the poster (or one of) who followed up to ask why you'd taken old highlight videos down before you switched to WH. Anyway, WH's video content is often linked here anyways, but I'm interested to see what his journalistic skills are, too (he's a pretty good poster when he does post, so I suppose that's a start). Someone who has made so many old highlight videos must have a love and deep knowledge of M football. That's always a valuable perspective, and the fact that he's never over-the-top like some blue hairs can be is a pleasant change.
Another thing MGoBlog could do, in terms of inside information, is communicate more with the Maize Rage. I know that might sound silly, but I think it would be greatly beneficial to both parties to have a more official association with each other. MGoPosters could suggest ways to improve both the Maize Rage and possibly even the football student section because the Rage has developed a pretty good relationship with the athletic department. MGoPosters for example, could suggest signs, chants, ideas for game "stunts," anything really, and if it's a good idea, you get to see your idea on TV. On the other side of things, I know that the Rage collectively has a few people that it seems to me always have good sources for breaking info. For example, a friend of mine who is pretty dedicated to the Rage knew days in advance that Maryland and Rutgers were going to join the B1G. His connection was within the Maryland ath. dept., and while that may seem like an obscure connection or bad sample size (of one), that isn't the only time he's had the inside track on football news. He's also not the only person who has had "breaking info."
As a senior at U-M, I no longer actively participate in the non-game aspects of the Rage, but I did fresh/soph years and thus am not giving you a baseless perspective. Plus, many of the people who've been dedicated to it all four years are still good friends of mine. In any case, if there was a way to get information from them to here, I bet it would be helpful.
Or just do some mid-season score prediction or random-type prediction contests where the prize is a t-shirt, whatever who cares
|2 years 24 weeks ago||This has been almost as||
This has been almost as extremely downvoted as recruiting updates are upvoted...haha
|2 years 24 weeks ago||This is actually a valid||
This is actually a valid point, at least for me. I picked up a lot of satirical writing skills, snarkiness, and "personable-ness" in terms of my writing from reading and (not so much anymore) posting.
Woohoo for the average M fan being intelligent!
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I don't think you have much||
I don't think you have much to worry about. MGoBlog can be a very critical bunch, but at the end of the day, I think everyone genuinely appreciates the information you post.
EDIT: NOOOOO SHELLAYY I just read the bottom part saying that you're not posting more recruiting updates. Please don't stop.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||100% agree. I also enjoy||
100% agree. I also enjoy Moonman, so if you haven't tried that....yeah, give it a shot.