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|3 hours 44 min ago||Who's he throwing to? And the||
Who's he throwing to? And the RB they got reminds me of Carlos Brown--looks good against bad competition but that won't hold up in faster Big Ten.
They had one safety but he isn't going to play now. So I like the left side of their line. That's it.
And yes, I do enjoy inserting player analysis into commodity talk.
|7 hours 12 min ago||I can't afford us.||
I can't afford us.
|7 hours 19 min ago||I think he's saying he didn't||
I think he's saying he didn't realize the kind of powers he was dealing with.
|7 hours 28 min ago||From my methodology. I've||
From my methodology. I've been checking on the prices daily and keeping a running average of the lowest prices. The "dip" is the lowest price I saw over that time. These are all over a week.
If you're buying at the dip (I don't know what they call it in stock markets because I grew up in a commodities home) you watch the price for awhile and when you see someone offer one substantially lower than the going rate you jump on it. This happens because people of differing personalities get into the market. There are people trying to make a buck, and then there's a bunch of people who don't want to set it at the bottom but use the current market to set their price. And then every so often there's someone who's like "okay I'll just make mine 3% lower than the lowest" because he/she's impatient and just wants to sell the damn thing.
However these will move so fast they're impossible to get in a high-volume market. So sometimes the best thing to do is just go in there and buy your dang ticket at the current market price because tomorrow it'll be higher, and by the time the next dip comes along it might not dip to the market price now.
|8 hours 57 min ago||I thought he did well with||
I thought he did well with his trades this year. Every GM makes some head-scratchers (Fister trade was his) but other than that big one, Dom's biggest flaw was not being able to find good relievers, which is like firing a recruiting coordinator for not being able to find kickers.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Brian's building a scary||
Brian's building a scary defense too. A decent nose and Zettel and Collins are both single-blocked, with Ngakoue and Biegel coming around the edges. Wartman-White is the best of the MLBs, and he's got two great man-press corners to make an evil blitzing 4-3 under work. The only weakness is the slot, but he's got two safeties, a WLB, and a nickel pick left to address it.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Yeah I'm not catching Schnepp||
Yeah I'm not catching Schnepp on the DL because he burned his Rnd 2, Rnd 3 and Rnd 10 picks to get A+, A, and B+ guys for 3/4 positions. If he gets a good nose tackle that's a VERY good defensive line.
But see the whole board. I used those rounds to get Peppers, Clement, and Longa. There is no player in the conference who can change the look of a defense like Peppers. And Clement-Elliot is a Gordon-Abdullah redux, with a HUGE dropoff after them. This is why Adam's running game is a Northwestern guy who's splitting carries with two freshmen behind a disaster of a line. Meanwhile Spriggs is his only OL I'd trade for any of mine (and some guys still on the board are better), and Butt is his best receiver after he reached for Westercamp and took Pierson-El too high.
Likewise Longa; the next WLB off the board was Joshua Perry. On the other hand there are good DL (Michigan's entire two-deep is still selectable, plus some returning starters from stiff defenses) nobody's going to pick for awhile because no-one wants to take the first B guy when there's four more just like him.
|1 day 13 hours ago||You're kidding?||
You're kidding right? Ed Davis was the first pick we all were like "oh damn you!"
|5 days 11 hours ago||http://mgoblog.com/content/wh||
|5 days 12 hours ago||Plenty since: a) The||
a) The sponsorship is for the length of the season.
b) The extended segment was to introduce her as such.
c) You have to be as entertaining on air as Liz Crowe or your introductory segment will be 2 minutes, and most of that Brian vamping while trying not to look annoyed.
Seriously though I've been looking for the right sponsor for our Podcast for a long, long time, and when Liz left the beer company she was working for to break out as a consultant and real estate agent, I approached her specifically for this, and made the price a secondary concern because she's the right kind of sponsor. She is, like Harbaugh, herself at full volume all the time, and part of the fabric of the Ann Arbor and Michigan Athletics community. With most of the things I sell we're just helping them market their thing because we have the right audience to market their thing. But this is one of those things where it's more like the sponsor wanted to help us and can justify it if a handful of MGoBloggers use her as their real estate broker.
The podcast is a marketable thing that a lot of our advertisers have been interested in; it's not like it took us this long to find a sponsor; it took us this long to find Liz.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Brian used to go out there||
Brian used to go out there once a year around now for the alumni association's thing; I don't know if that event was discontinued or he just didn't get asked this year. We are doing other things with the alumni association (announcement to come). We also did an event with Todd Howard the night before the 2013 Northwestern (firedrill field goal) game that I put together. We had planned on doing that again, and had the venue chosen and everything, but Michigan was so unwatchable leading up to M00N that we canceled it.
Maybe we'll do one after the season. Anyway if/when we do it'll be the second the Chicago Alumni Association Club asks us because they are an excellent group to work with. I think they're coming into town for Northwestern (homecoming) this year.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Why didn't you tell us? I am||
Why didn't you tell us? I am willing to move the event to your bachelor party.
|1 week 6 hours ago||This is for that guy on the||
|1 week 9 hours ago||One of the keys to all of||
One of the keys to all of this is Nebraska isn't leaving the Big Ten; everybody is joining the Big Ten, formerly known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, so that for the sake of TV rights and whatnot all the powers are negotiating as one entity, and scheduling each other.
I know it's a pipedream. What I don't want to see is the organic method of growing from a bunch of conferences into a league, because all that does incentivize the current conferences to snatch up any program bigger than a MAC school in a colonial land-grab, which is exactly how we found ourselves in a 7-team division with Maryland and Rutgers while Iowa and Wisconsin and Purdue come around less often than Utah.
The conferences grew organically well enough when television was regional and limited to four networks, and declaring a national champion was just a nerdy postseason excercise between professions that have to pay half attention. Today conferences are billion dollar corporations with their television networks, yet theyr'e still functioning under a system that expects them to be faculty representatives from elitist, non-profit educational institutions. The NCAA had their chance to become a true regulatory body, but instead chose to act more like an industry trade organization*.
The best thing for college football right now would be to acknowledge that the regional conferences that grew out of the 20th century are anachronisms worth preserving, like historic neighborhoods or whatever. Without that familiar structure the whole enterprise is at risk of becoming too desaturated, i.e. an NFL-lite, which is a crappier product fewer people will care about. When ESPN inevitably defaults on whichever round of promises it has to make to secure the TV rights to the last bastion of un-DVR'able entertainment, the BIG SIX or POWER SIX or whatever you want to term it will be in perfect position to cut Fox and Disney out of their revenue stream and make what they're making now by charging $5/month and selling ads themselves on a streaming college football channel.
The Big Ten is just the body out of convenience; the organizing structure of any major conference is sufficient to expand to include the 60-64 schools that operate truly professional-level (i.e. highly profitable) football enterprises. Technically everyone joins the Big Ten, or joins a new conference that handles all the "conference" stuff for the group, and is such a tour de force in college athletics that the NCAA has to kowtow to it.
I have no problem trying to fit Baylor and TCU into this (TT might be a stretch since their school's athletic budget is MAC-like despite the school's history). I only left them out because I thought a Texas-based mid-major conference would make for some rockin' good regional football.
* Specifically, one for mid-19th century cotton growers
|1 week 11 hours ago||Those take a long time to||
Those take a long time to make. This damn draft takes enough of that as it is.
|1 week 1 day ago||done.||
|1 week 1 day ago||link to the 200 post?||
link to the 200 post?
|1 week 1 day ago||This is college football not||
This is college football not the pros. I think it's more important that everyone in every division plays each other every year.
|1 week 1 day ago||Part of that is I hate to||
Part of that is I hate to break up some great Texas rivalries. You can build one helluva mid major conference out of Baylor and TCU SMU Texas Tech and Rice. Fill the bottom with UTSA maybe North Texas maybe Tulane. Historically Texas and Texas A&M refuse to go anywhere without their little buddies.
|1 week 1 day ago||I removed the section on||
I removed the section on relegation. These schools have long traditions against each other even if they were not competitive. I would hate to lose Indiana even for a year just for the sake of recognizing 1 or even 5 good years out of say Bowling Green.
Rather I capped the conferences at 11 and left spots open for expansion. If the Big East wants to add Rutgers or the Pac Ten want to add Utah there's a mechanism, but that is their only expansion and it forces their teams to all play a 10th conference game instead of an out of conf opponent.
|1 week 2 days ago||Don't reply to the spammers.||
Don't reply to the spammers. Just report them to LSAClassof2000.
We are working on a system where anyone logged in to account we mark as spam is ported to our old-old-old server that runs a superslow copy of the site except with an ad service that only runs invasive ads, and there's zero virus protection, so anyone who tries spamming us ends up having their spam computers locked into 50-minute load times and a gazillion software attacks.
I probably got the idea from Ernest Cline.
|1 week 4 days ago||And Bo shouldn't be over Yost||
And Bo shouldn't be over Yost unless we're taking racial prejudice into account. Leach beat OSU 4 times but every other QB on that list is a better passer. This is pretty much opinion. But yeah, Hart over Harmon and Wheatley as a 2...?
|1 week 4 days ago||Ernest is friends with my||
Ernest is friends with my brother too. I see your criticisms of Ready Player one, but I was actually sick of all the references after the midway point but then I thought the story took off, and I was impressed that he managed to actually bring the "your dream comes true" theme to a satisfying conclusion. I think the deux ex machina was self-aware; the whole point is it's a game and meant to function as one. I'm 50% through Armada and I think Cline was so disappointed by people not understanding this that he's making it too obvious (or perhaps the entire point) in this book.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yep. That's why I said "two||
Yep. That's why I said "two quarterbacks." I've really been trying to not complicate stuff.
|1 week 5 days ago||We never really figured that||
We never really figured that out. I went with "plays as they would on your team" because I think it's more interesting to draft system guys for a system and whatnot. But here in the early rounds it's just a grab for superstars because at the end of 2014 nobody's saying "well if Hackenberg played behind Brian's offensive line..."
|1 week 5 days ago||They have had him for||
They have had him for awhile. He's a tight end. He's awful.
|1 week 5 days ago||But we've made that||
But we've made that explanation like 10 times in the last few years. In fact I think I started leading off these posts with "THIS IS NOT A FANTASTY DRAFT IT'S A BIG TEN PREVIEW" last year.
|1 week 5 days ago||Every fan of every team makes||
Every fan of every team makes all of these same statements about why their school is better, and totally clean too.
Fact is the athletes are picking between heavens. Most campuses are beautiful. Most support staff are top notch. FBS coaches are among the top 200 in their profession. NFL talent comes out of so many schools that which coaches develop a position best has to mean less than what that individual player is made of (not that it doesn't matter, especially w/ quarterbacks). A little something extra makes a big difference because there isn't much difference between schools.
As for fans, this site's existence when every other indie team site but 11 Warriors can't support even one blogging career speaks to something unique about Michigan fans' dedication. I have a hard time imagining there could ever be a Grantland for Just Clemson.
Depending on what section you sit in though I'm sure you can encounter some pretty quiet old farts in Michigan Stadium. We even have a name for them: Blue hairs.
|1 week 6 days ago||Labels man. Ask yourself||
Labels man. Ask yourself this: what do you call a guy who took money from some school then signed with Michigan anyway? Think that never happened with someone on the roster right now? Cut every "cheater" who broke an NCAA rule and there won't be many athletes left.
This is why I blame the NCAA first and foremost. Whenever you find a thriving black market for something there's always a shitty someone making the regular market not work.
|1 week 6 days ago||In certain cases it's pretty||
In certain cases it's pretty clear. This is one of those cases. Clemson is one of those schools. Be mad at Michigan for not playing the same game as everyone else or be mad at the players who take liquid love over a minor preference in school choice, or be mad at the NCAA which creates all this madness. Pretending it doesn't happen is just naivety for the sake of sanctimony.