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|12 hours 26 min ago||He's 22||
He's 22 years old. There's always room for improvement at that age.
|12 hours 55 min ago||Glasgow pursuit||
The best thing about that Glasgow pursuit play/GIF is the hapless double team frantically chasing after him, shouting, "HELP! HE'S GOING TO KILL THE TAILBACK!"
Absolutely beautiful job on this today, Brian. Here's $50 beveled guilt.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Gambling||
Well, talking about gambling has always had a presence here, mainly jamiemac. It was interesting and informative, even for someone like me who finds it interferes with my superstitions and thus does not partake.
And I'm too old to give a shit about fantasy sports. So I just kind of ignored the Draft Street stuff and just mined the strange posts where everyone is picking fantasy teams of B1G players for information about, you know, Michigan's opponents.
And now, with the advent of effective ad blockers, I kind of accept that this kind of useless advertising post is a reality. But I'd suggest that you all think carefully about drawing some red lines here, especially with regard to when the posts go up (and what they push down or off the front page) -- if I come to this site the day before The Game and find one of these bastards at the top of the front page, well, enough said. I'm not going to drone on about it. I do agree with Blue2000 that it is actually relevant that Draft Street got eaten by something "huge."
Finally, on the issue of gambling -- this is a slippery slope, is it not? At least betting doesn't masquerade as something else:
|4 days 12 hours ago||No||
State of emergency is an executive order that basically makes money available to fund preparations for the storm, including evacuations if they become necessary. In itself, it doesn't mean all that much.
DC is far enough inland that it would have to be pretty much a direct hit for them to start to evacuate. It doesn't seem likely, but that could still change:
|4 days 12 hours ago||Bears||
But at least they have one game on the schedule they can win: the Niners.
If St. Louis has a pulse at all, San Francisco could be looking at 1-15 if the Bears can take them. Go Bears!
|4 days 12 hours ago||Cherry on top||
The cherry on top will be when Michigan starts kicking off to Will Likely in the second half because they can and they want to give the coverage team a live-action challenge.
It's cherry because, one, it means Michigan has just scored, and, two, I get to yell "Get him!" at my TV without really being all that concerned about whether he is, in fact, gotten.
|5 days 6 hours ago||M controls its own destiny, for now||
It was the Utah result @ Oregon that put Michigan into the conversation. When that game happened, you could then say, "Michigan controls its own destiny" ...
Until that game, you couldn't really say that, even as a 12-1 B1G champion. But Utah still has a lot to prove -- the good news is they will have a chance to prove it.
As an antidote to all this, I'd recommend the 538 article today on the absurdity of the speculation about New England going 16-0, just because they have beaten a couple of good teams early in the season:
Now, the NFL is not college football (longer season, more parity) and unbeaten teams happen all the time in the NCAA, and the Patriots do not have the NFL equivalent of Michigan's defense, but winning out (and Utah winning at least one versus UCLA or USC) is still not at all probable at this point, no matter how well the season has begun.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Out||
It's the flying out part that is the problem. There's no way the authorities want thousands of Michigan fans stranded in the area or at the airport on Sunday.
Even now, it's hard to imagine there are many available seats on flights out Saturday afternoon/evening. So I'm not sure a noon game time would solve the problem, since people might still be unable to get home after the game.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Second this||
MGo merchandisers: I would buy this
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Seems pretty clear||
Obviously a deal Michigan signed for that space, and not Brandon, either. The box on Harbaugh's side has an AT&T logo (you can see it in one of the meltdown GIFs), so it's likely their equipment.
Like the OP says, all sideline headsets have advertising logos -- and they have had them since at least the 1990s -- usually it is part of the deal with the equipment provider, but it's not a big step to sell the space to someone else. I don't have a problem with taking that step at all.
And if you're right that this equipment travels with the teams, then other teams will be coming into Michigan Stadium with different headsets and advertising. Though I couldn't find an image of the Oregon State sideline that showed their headsets, so I dunno.
Anyhow, if true, then there's a sort of logic to it that exempts it from whatever policies are in place with regard to advertising in the stadium.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
I went looking for a shot of the Oregon State sideline to see what headsets they had on, but no dice -- even on the Oregon State blogs/media the only sideline shots I could find were of Harbaugh!
[Full disclosure, I did find one shot -- celebrating their
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
While I don't know with regard to the O line, I'd say there were some genuinely good moments that bode well, even on offense. The two-point conversion, for example. Very fine QB play on that one.
Michigan was supposed to dominate, and it did. Enjoy the feeling.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Was I just not paying attention||
Was I just not paying attention, or did Desmond Morgan not play in the first half?
I said to the wife more than once in the first half that I did not see him.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Ok, thanks, my bad||
So he couldn't transfer to a I-AA program, but DII was okay.
Blame Google abuse for the mistake about Tuskegee being DIII. Should not have searched for "tuskegee DIII" -- which yielded this page first:
Interesting how an Internet search reinforces an error when you search for an error like that. If your error happens to match somebody else's error, then pretty soon we're all going to hell in a handbasket...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||DIII||
For DI to DIII (i.e., Tuskegee) transfers, the only rule is that you have to have been eligible to play at your DI school.
For DI to DII transfers, you also have to have two years of eligibility remaining. So DII was out for Norfleet, since he had only one year left.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Probably simple||
Reading between the lines (including some things that were said when he left Michigan), combined with the fact that a simple equation like NCAA eligibility requirements is not really something Harbaugh could be wrong about, the explanation is probably simple:
Norfleet could have played football, but if he had done so, he would not have been able to graduate from Michigan at the end of the year. [Most likely due to schedule conflicts.] Harbaugh wanted him to not play and thus graduate, while he wanted to play and thus not graduate (i.e., finish his degree later -- that's probably where the "disagreement" comes in -- whether, realistically, that would ever happen).
I don't have a problem with Harbaugh drawing the line there.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||But he is one of us, so ...||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Snowflakes||
Snowflake is a term for one's very special, one-of-a-kind insight that absolutely must be shared with the Blog and is too important to be relegated to a mere comment.
People would start threads for these kinds of thoughts, not really understanding that other members of the Blog are also sentient and it's very, very unlikely your beautiful mind is unique.
Snowflake threads are for these kinds of thoughts ("snowflakes"), to keep the mods from having to delete nineteen different threads with nineteen not-so-different takes on the game...
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||24-12||
Most readers of this thread seem to grasp that "Buckeye 69" is not a name an OSU fan would choose. Not sure about the OP. Seems like both the name and the edit are some good preseason humor from an actual fan...
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Right, but||
I understand the downvotes, as nobody can play QB under the kind of pressure Devin saw in his two years at the helm.
If the OL plays like it did the last two years, then Rudock/Morris won't have a chance to make a difference. That said, I don't think that will happen. The QB play will improve because the OL and RB play will improve, just through experience and maturity (let alone coaching).
Possibly by a lot. Utah will be a good test. Thank god it's them and not some useless warm-up game. It should be a decent reality check.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Correct||
But the OP had it right -- "cue" is correct in this context:
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Coach Harvel||
At first, I thought this name was some Harbaugh meme I had missed...
If Norfleet has a B average and three full years of coursework at Michigan and still doesn't have a major, that's a problem. It's also pretty hard to believe, with the amount of academic counseling the athetic department provides.
If true, given what Harvel said about an interest in special education, it sounds like Dennis missed his chance to transfer into the School of Education, which most undergraduates do before their Junior year. He would have had to do that last year.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Here you go||
The official Pantone is 7406 (Blue is 282)
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
At least with the UTL I and bumblebees you got the sense they were trying to come up with something different.
You didn't get that feeling with the Bama/Outback design.
I'm okay with having the players decide what to wear as a reward for performing well, but not with then giving them three bad alternates and having them try to pick which one is least bad. Wearing that year's edition of the standard, classic uniform should always be one of the choices.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Two words: revenue stream||
The more balls they get into the game, the more "game balls" there are for players to sign, keep for mementos, and so on. It's a business.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Except||
All the non-conference games are against west-coast teams this year. Nice that ABC wants Harbaugh's first home game broadcast nationally -- the noon start is the only way to do that. Should draw a large audience, especially if the team somehow gets past Utah in the opener.
I'll go into that one (Utah) with low expectations, but figuring that this team is going to be old enough and experienced enough to maybe just handle it. Thank god it's Utah and Salt Lake City, and not L.A. or something like that. Shouldn't be too hard to keep the team focused.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Second this||
Especially if the plan is to do two years -- both teams would be nicely balanced and likely very good. Cal can't really say that. Even more importantly, he wouldn't have to always be the focus the first year, and the second year he would have a good team around him who know him well.
|24 weeks 13 hours ago||Most interesting point||
Boone does say in the HBO interview that
Seems like he knows he can't bullshit about that without getting called on it. Probably that's the most true thing he says -- the rest is just, like, his opinion, man. 20/20 hindsight.
|25 weeks 16 hours ago||No experience, but||
as a professor, I'd say the most important thing is to let them have some fun at that point, after working hard for three weeks or whatever it is. That's the point of having a game. It's too late at that point to get through to the ones who haven't been pulling their weight in the classroom (i.e., practice) format. But maybe holding a game can remind them of why they are there.
Sometimes you just need to get out of the classroom. Holding a game does that, by getting away from the practice format.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Read the article||
This dog wasn't old and dying. This dog was having problems with another dog.
The owner could just have brought the dog to a shelter.