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|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh you did it||
I had forgotten about the Pat Massey Vince Young tango. Now I do indeed feel worse.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not Hubris||
I get your point, but I don't see Hoke displaying Hubris. He's not "putting himself at the level of the gods in defiance." I see him as a buffoon who knows he's not that bright. I mean, we now know he's not that bright (time out at the end of the half, 10 men on the field in last week's punt return, etc.). He covers up his self-consciousness with stubbornness, but I don't see it as arrogance per se. In sum, I think it's a relatively humble guy who has dug himself a hole and is down there with only a shovel, so maybe if he keeps digging something good will happen. He doesn't see another option because he doesn't have the capacity for abstract thought.
And RichRod never struck me as displaying hubris at Michigan. "I want to be a Michigan Man" near the end of his tenure shows how beaten down he felt.
Brandon is a typical arrogant CEO, and there I see your label applying. He is also a buffoon, but unfortunately is completely unaware of this fact. That makes him all the more dangerous.
|47 weeks 4 days ago||Weird coincidence||
This cartoon aired on the New Yorker's website, like two hours ago:
|1 year 7 weeks ago||Gambeta||
The google translate first option is not great on that one, Ace. "Pura Gambeta" in Latin America would mean more "at full dodge" which is obviously a pretty shaky translation as well.
I was gonna recommend the comments. They are indeed hilarious. My favorite is from justinianofrias: "Don't bullshit me. He's covered in soap."
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Spiky||
Anyone else see a major ripoff of the Dead Kennedy's logo in #4?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||The Spot?||
They used to focus on whether someone "beat the guy to the spot." In this case there is no question using that criteria. Did we stop using that criteria because of some other technicalities? (Obviously beating someone to the spot by beating them about the face with your elbow would never have counted.)
|1 year 36 weeks ago||That place you describe||
Brian, I believe that place you describe is Venezuela. Not a political comment at all. But if you have ever played any sport against Venezuelans, you know they are fiercly "caradura" competitors, and will work any angle to their advantage.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Gracias||
I was thinking the other day that the internet is not funny anymore, and nobody's really making anybody laugh nowadays. I am wrong.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Hope this is the start of a long legacy||
...with seats reserved at the table for Kovacs and Denard if all goes well.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Stooges||
As some have said above, Stooges are necessary (TV Eye, Loose, Now I Wanna be Your Dog all more than viable). And MC5's Kick out the Jams is the most obvious and winning choice ever.
If you need something cheesier, Detroit acts like Von Bondies ("C'mon C'mon") a few tracks from Detroit Cobras, and work. Hell, even Alice Cooper was born in Detroit.
And no Kid Rock, please. We've been tortured enough.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Forgiveness please||
I swear this was funnier in my head. Need moar sleep.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||In that picture||
Which one is the sex offender? I mean, there's no captiion or anything. Oh, he's the one that's too tubby to pick up shoulder pads off the floor? Ah, ok, got it.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||What kills me||
...is the media simply printing this shit without even the slightest fisking. I mean, I know I shoudln't be surprised after everything that's gone down the last 10+ years, but what the hell??
|2 years 46 weeks ago||NCAA's main issue seems to be control||
In college football they have hardly any (when compared to the other sports). They maintain the archaic rules in part to control what they can. If that is one of the major goals of their system, then #s 1 and 3 above should be amenable to the NCAA.
Following #3, about a year ago I came up with an idea similar to that, but addressing the TV revenues. It is basically that if the networks are using the images of the players to promote games, they should get paid based on a fixed scale determined by the NCAA. This lets them keep all that control, but fairly gives the money to the players who are actually bringing it in. Nobody's paying to see Will Hagerup (gifs are free, yo). But Denard puts butts in sofas and viewing lots of Coors Light ads.
The long version is here for those willing to indulge.
The worst part about this time of year is all the "outraged interlopers" who think they need to comment on playoffs and every other issue about the sport, yet they don't understand how it's different from the NFL. But whatever. Good post, Brian.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Exacto||
I was going to say this exact thing. It is so blindingly obvious to have this game in Chicago, even if you have to do it at the Rosemont Horizon on an arenaball field. OK, not quite, but why not have the Midwest's major conference host its crowning event at the Mecca of the Midwest? These aren't the teams with the biggest fan bases in the conference, but they've gotta be #s 5 an 7 at worst. This is pathetic.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||That's what stood out most for me, too||
This seven-straight thing just, I mean, it doesn't seem real, does it? It doesn't seem that long ago that we considered this game a holiday because we almost always won. But it has been an eternity. The "seeming" is wrong and probably just nostalgia more than anything. I can't bring myself to think about failure in this game. And I am afriad to think about victory. Kickoff can't come soon enough.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Anyone else notice...||
...that Brian is remarkably unemotional today? Just content, you know? Satisfied. I feel the same. With so much looming this Saturday, it's not a time to be joyful. Just content. Win next week and emotions can soar. Lose, and it's all... discontent. Disatisfied. Pissed, even.
I'm happy with the win, but I want elation. T-minus five days. (Fingers crossed.)
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Shotgun||
I keep thinking about the 2007 team whose offense did just enough to get through the Big Ten season alive before unveiling a spread out attack for the bowl game against Florida. Obviously the various injuries may have made that impossible earlier in the year, but at some point during between the OSU game and the bowl, the coaches realized it would work. Will Borges take a look at this game and realize anything? Will Hoke? How much more do we have to see?
Maybe my comparision is not perfectly direct, but the concept is still a worthwhile one.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||It's in there||
I came away from this game feeling that it somehow meant something. It shouldn't, right? Minnesota is horrendous, and while it's not Baby Seal U, nobody should get ahead of themselves. I think you've put it in the right perspective, Brian, and found the words for my jumbled mix of thoughts. I simply can't wait for these next two weeks to find out what we're really made of..,.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||When did he know?||
Clearly there must have been some moment where RR realized he couldn't win. That whatever steps he had needed to take were already missed opportunities. When did RR realize that he was doomed, and did he openly express any regrets?
Also, how did Bacon find time for both this and playing Rickety Cricket?
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I always look forward to this column||
Because it means it's finally time for Michigan Football! Woooh!
Rock solid analysis as always, Brian. Have to say I agree. Going to be some more frustrating games this year, but hopefully continuing to trend in the right direction.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||That's the most fake smile||
That's the most fake smile I've ever seen on Denard's face.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Is the problem...||
...that people assume we are talking about a ton of money? If Delany's going to actually make a proposal, he should make more clear how much dough it's going to be. He mentioned 15 bucks for laundry. What's he hoping to have covered?
It would be nice if the commissioner would have some sort of plan in mind before he opens his mouthor writes open letters to other conferences... or names his divisions or messes with the most important game his conference has or whatever comes next from the mind of the Dude's landlord...
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Bowl Guarantees||
Seems to me that the big problem is that this stuff is set up ahead of time. The school doesn't get to negotiate with the bowl in particular. Doesn't seem like a very sensible way to do business. They have the schools over a barrel, because what are they going to do, NOT go to a bowl game? If you're Northern Illinois, you only get so many opportunities to get that bowl bid. Well, I guess with so many bowls forced to take eligible teams, the "smaller" schools could indeed negotiate this. Why don't they? Are they overly optimistic about how many fans are going to show up?
|3 years 23 weeks ago||12% = nothing||
I can't imagine that a 12% correlation is stastically significant, even with a sample size from here to the moon (which analysis didn't have anyway). Fair to just say that they are not at all correlated year to year.
Additionally, when talking about an overall trend, this kind of correlation analysis makes sense. But when you're talking about just one team and just one pair of seasons, it is irrelevant. Any team could be an outlier at any point. And the reasons Brian mentions are far more powerful data than any look at the overall landscape of college football.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Cogent as hell, Brian||
Look forward to seeing your thoughts congeal into a proposed solution. Seems like they tend to do that...
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Two random thoughts||
Wait, first of all, much wooooh.
Thought one: These are not the Albert White, Robert Traylor Wolverines. I know this is not news to anyone, but what a phenomenal display of team basketball.
Thought two: What were Illini fans thinking during this one? They despise Pearl for getting them in trouble with the NCAA over the recruitment of Deon Thomas. Yet they believe Michigan is their top rival. I'm guessing they enjoyed the bloodbath, but had to think about it a bit.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||We'll take it, right?||
Double the muppets, double the fun for a 2nd round Big Ten Tourney win over Illinois? What the hell, let's dance!
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Doubt it||
They're already in a ton of trouble for covering up and witholding information. You think they're going to compound that now? If they haven't come totally clean now, they're seriously flirting with the death penalty.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Is Tressel a junkie?||
How can someone with his experience level actually think he was going to get away with this? This is such an unconscionable error, one that he had plenty of time to think about during the offseason before pressing onward. It doesn't matter if these were his two best players. He had to know this was a bill that had an awfully high probability of coming due.
Which leads to my question: is Tressel a junkie? "Successful" junkies (of any kind - drugs, gambling, alcohol, sex addiction) tend to be able to hide their junkiness for a while. They get away with it and do more and eventually things get so out of control that they're snorting coke off the towel rod in the bathroom when their teenage kid walks in on them. As compiled by Brian earlier and referenced above, this is not the first smoke emanating from potential fire on Tressel's watch. It just happens that with those e-mails this smoke comes straight from the gun itself. And Tressel left his prints all over it.
He really was on top of the world. Leading the only significant program in the third most talent-rich state. Big Ten titles and BCS bowls and top recruiting classes. He evidently even had the president of the university in his back pocket. Tressel is now college football's Tiger Woods. He pushed this thing as far as he could while still getting away with it. He should have blown his own whistle as soon as that e-mail came through. Any resonable person would have seen the inevitability of the situation. But he obviously thought he could get away with it. Are we to believe that getting out of jeopardy scot-free in the past is not a factor in his decision to ignore the obvious?
They say never trust a junkie. That's hard to do if you don't know they're a junkie in the first place. Sometimes you need proof to stop enabling. I can't imagine the NCAA will try to do anything less than a harsh intervention. Not anymore at least. Dude hasn't even accepted that he has a problem yet. Someone needs to sit him down and tell him what's what. It's clear that the peopel close to him aren't going to do it.