"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
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|2 days 22 hours ago||At the link is the breakdown||
At the link is the breakdown and my explanation of how I scored those. I just tried to copy that for you and screwed up my file. But those things are separate from wins. Longevity, familiarity with Michigan, likely to leave, ethical, good person.
|4 days 3 hours ago||All of our ads are either||
All of our ads are either Google (doubleclick) or networks or direct sales, and none of those should be running popups. We have ton of system security (having survived direct attacks) that Brian can speak to. From an ads standpoint though, I've never sold nor been paid for anything that pops up or does anything but sit in its ad spot.
|5 days 23 hours ago||You got to write the||
You got to write the basketball preview.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I used my username||
I used my username
|1 week 19 hours ago||How not to meet a football player||
I had a creative writing class where we broke into tables of 4 and everyone had to read each others' papers and comment on them, except the first week of that my table had 3 because someone missed class.
This just happened to be the period when I thought I had to challenge myself by writing about types of people I wasn't familiar with. So for this I wrote short story about a poor black Detroit high school quarterback whose highlight reel was due to secret magical powers that he barely knew how to use and which made him ravenously hungry relative to how big of a thing it was he did. It was an awful story made putrid by my some of my attempts at characterization actually being really bad stereotypes.
The fourth person at my table showed up the day I had to share my story with them. Since it's in this thread you can probably guess where this is going. DeWayne Patmon kindly took my story from my mortified hands, and returned it for the next class with a lot of thoughtful criticisms and insights, including a bit of good advice I've kept since: write about what you know.
(His story, passed around a couple weeks later, was about characters in a massive tornado and I don't remember the rest because its plot got jumbled in my mind with that of Twister)
|1 week 2 days ago||Why did you think I would||
Why did you think I would take offense to this post? I thought was a pretty good response to most of the bad reasons people are giving against protesting. The point I raised that I don't think you addressed is that most of the tickets in that stadium were purchased long ago at much higher prices than they are right now. Brandon knows this. So you're not going to see the same effect as if, for example, this was an NFL team and people suddenly didn't buy tickets one week. The statement becomes "I bought this ticket, but I'm just not going to use it," and that gets lumped into a rather large group of people Who actually good just stay home because they don't care to watch a bad team.
The way everybody finally got the Ford family to listen with Millen was The protest downtown, wearing orange to games, the signs in the stadium, and chanting a lot.
Wearing a specific color might do the trick. But the question is which color? Dark colors like blue are hard to see and don't give any effect. Maize is taken. White is Penn State. Red is the enemy (Indiana and Md and OSU). And orange are the #Chadtough shirts this year. Everyone wear pink? Sky Blue? Taupe?
|1 week 3 days ago||Good point. That and a||
Good point. That and a visible protest aren't the same, but your point does undermine what I was saying pretty thoroughly.
|1 week 3 days ago||They're boycotting||
They're boycotting kickoff.
|1 week 3 days ago||They took a false start, not||
They took a false start, not a delay of game, I thought, and that was the point. The rule says the clock stops if the leading team takes a hold or false start or other run the clock penalty inside a minute, but technically if there's 1:25 left or whatever it was it's okay. This rule needs to be changed; Rutgers apparently used the loophole to get an extra play's worth of clock run down.
|1 week 3 days ago||DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary. Say||
DUAL THREAT Brian Cleary.
Say it RIGHT!
|1 week 3 days ago||Brandon don't care. His||
Brandon don't care. His response to all criticism so far has been 'they're just dumbfuck fans; let the rabble rabble.' His latest was "They don't know me; I'm a good guy."
He is deaf to empty seats. He and Martin are the guys who looked at 300,000 season ticket wannabe holders for a stadium that can sell 109,000, and leveraged that into 92,000 season ticket holders at 3x the price. Empty seats are a sunk cost; he'd rather have one guy paying 5x as much as your family of four.
This administration can't be embarassed because they can't fathom they they're anything less than perfect unless the dollars drop. Schlissel is an unknown but if he's a rational person he's looking at a fanbase he already knows is pissed off, and weighing it against whether another guy can convince the big money donors to stick. Brian and I went back and forth a few weeks ago on gchat about whether Brandon's incremental revenue is replaceable and I'm still not so sure.
In the meantime, I want to beat Penn State and Indiana and Maryland and Northwestern, because losing gets us nothing. I want to beat MSU and OSU too but I'm realistic.
I think if anything can sway Schlissel's opinion, it's not fans standing outside; it's fans inside screaming for Brandon to be sacked just as loud as they are for Hackenberg. I think that's the best way to demonstrate our vision of the athletic department: that the fans are passionate to support it out of our good will without the necessity of Dave Brandon to pry it from us.
|1 week 3 days ago||Jerome Jackson||
|1 week 3 days ago||Idiot fans call for the||
Idiot fans call for the backup quarterback, the backup goalie, the fourth outfielder, the 5th man, the rookie wing, etc. ALL THE FUCKING TIME.
Here's my quarterbacking the week BEFORE Minnesota:
Is that good enough that I can question the decision now?
Coaches are expected to do the right things with their players, because they have way more information about those players than the fans do. So even if fans were clamoring for Sugar Shane after Gardner's worst back to back performances of his career, the coaches can absolutely be judged for it.
|1 week 3 days ago||Not much. Ace Williams level||
Not much. Ace Williams level is something special, though: he's a kid who literally just goes around making shit up he think will get attention, and is only able to do this because there are cynical websites out there that don't believe in credibility at all.
Gregg Henson is just a bad journalist. BiSB and I got into a twitter argument with him about sourcing and it was like arguing with some dude from Fox News:
Here's the thing: anyone who's "plugged in" or "knows a guy on the team" or speaks often with program people with internal knowledge is going to come across lots of stories that sound like insider dope. People like to show off that they know more than they really do. Picking out what's fact and what's, e.g., some former player's opinion is not easy, so a good journalist will err toward caution and not print things he gets from just one source.
Why is Henson getting this? I'm taking an educated guess that the pissed off player he's speaking of is the same pissed off former player who's been sending letters to lots of meda people and contacting other former players a lot, and included Pittsburgh sports radio because he lives there and listens to the local sports radio. There is according to JUB a letter--contents unsure--that was signed by several hundred player alums upset about the program in general. From appearances, Henson heard about the letter, got this vitriolic missive from a certain former player, and published it in full, tried to make it appear like this letter and the signed one were the same or at least derivative, and has since been stomping around with his tiny special bit of access everybody else got and nobody else thought was worth publishing, trying to prop himself up as an insider who's hearing things lots of fans want to be true, when really he's hearing a handful of things his source wants to be true.
I'd love to believe Dave Brandon is under siege from every program person from Al Renfrew to Jordan Kovacs, but the reality from available information--publishable and not--seems to be that there are lots of opinions from lots of people who matter, and nothing like consensus among any group or clan. I think Henson is going all in on Brandon getting fired and Hoke following him out the door because Gregg's got no credibility to lose, low risk of anyone with credibility risking it by overlapping, and everything to gain by setting himself up as the one dude who's got the REAL dope.
I suggest you ignore. If half of the things he said are true and half aren't, you've really got zero factual information.
|1 week 3 days ago||I talked to some of the||
I talked to some of the players organizing this a few weeks ago when they got the idea. Many of them played for Hoke when he was an assistant here, and a good many were here when he became head coach, so don't hold it against them that they're 100% behind Brady.
Most of their purpose is to resell the team on Michigan. During times like these as they damn well know, there's reason to coast to the end of the season and transfer after it. With a bowl game unlikely now, the players do need to find motivation, and the former players can do that. Maybe this was organized by dudes who were here for the national championship or were recruited shortly after, but those organizers have been contacting the hell out of guys who stuck through the Rich Rod and Hoke transitions to talk to the players about keeping the team together, keeping their faith in their coaches, and keeping their focus on that week's opponent and Ohio State and graduating.
Also understand: public displays against Brandon come with consequences from the athletic office. When you have special access, you can also have it taken away. So don't expect a "we are for the players but not the guys in charge!" rally to come from them, and certainly don't discount the possibility that they feel that way because they're not chanting.
If you want to do some digging it's not hard to find that sentiment anyway. You know someone was emailing some Pittsburgh radio dufus a vitriolic list of Brandon crimes, and you've seen a certain name come up in this effort. I'm skirting the edge of a promise here, but connect the dots, yo!
They're not doing this to support the status quo; they're doing it to keep the team together, and because they think it's the best thing they can do for Michigan.
|1 week 4 days ago||I had Barnes filled in then||
I had Barnes filled in then unfilled him.
The story goes he was their SAM and a few years ago was a Jake Ryan-level menace at that. You remember WDE and SAM are similar from 4-3 under school. However Barnes was so not-good last year that he lost a lot of playing time, first to nickels and then Olaniyan. So he was less of a starter last year than Ross is now. I finally decided to leave him white because Ace had.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh, but Morrissey is okay?||
Oh, but Morrissey is okay?
|1 week 4 days ago||1. Be the Brian Cook of||
1. Be the Brian Cook of another Big Ten team.
2. I gave him 7286 points. Get it?
|1 week 4 days ago||Jamie's been sick. DK's doing||
Jamie's been sick. DK's doing the second $1 million pool this week. I'll see if I can get you an MGolink...
|1 week 5 days ago||No on Hart. From left:Front||
No on Hart. From left:
Front Row: Martin Vloet (UM photographer and owner of MGoPatio), Brian Cook, Jerome Jackson, Zia Combs, Brandon Williams and his son, Heiko Yang, Bryan Fuller, BiSB, and Chris Perry.
Back row: LSAClassof2000 (aka Lorne), David Underwood (in the teal polo), Marlin Jackson, Eric Upchurch, Ace Anbender, Seth Fisher
|1 week 6 days ago||main announcement is up.||
main announcement is up.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think that would be the||
I think that would be the safest time ever to make your feelings known, since the guys who were coached by Hoke when he was an assistant will be there and any one of them can kick any blogger's ass.
|1 week 6 days ago||Misopogon. Emperor||
Does nobody follow late antiquity anymore?
Yeah 2011 season I think I changed it.
|1 week 6 days ago||June 2013 power outage?||
June 2013 power outage?
|1 week 6 days ago||BiSB and Adam and Fuller just||
BiSB and Adam and Fuller just had babies too. Just sayin...
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes and no. It's a zone which||
Yes and no. It's a zone which includes spying the QB. Maybe some of the coaches (Sharik? SC?) can weigh in but I was told by a coach that the concept of a "spy" as understood by fans is incorrect. A linebacker usually has a zone to cover, and part of that zone can be threatened if the quarterback comes up. Mattison has said he doesn't like to have one player just sit on the QB.
It all amounts to the same: Taco has the frontside A-gap in a run fit and is covering a short zone in a pass fit. If the offense brings the TE across the formation Taco would have to cover that since Wilson is back..
|1 week 6 days ago||I had to grab all of this off||
I had to grab all of this off my brother's DVR (we can get screen grabs but there's some sort of protection that we haven't worked around to get video) since the torrent isn't available yet, but MGoVideo has the full game up: http://mgovideo.com/2014-michigan-vs-rutgers/
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Usually it's people mistaking||
Usually it's people mistaking me for Brian. Part of that I'm sure is Dear Diary is kind of written in a similar style to Unverified Voracity, since they're both links posts and both ape Jon Stewart.
I think this is the first Ace and I got confused but that's understandable given he usually writes the postgames.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Totally. First time I've ever||
Totally. First time I've ever seen a touchdown awarded for "nagging."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Just for clarification||
This is the rule as amended last year with relevant parts bolded:
For it not to be a catch the refs would have to argue that shifting the ball to under his arm, taking two steps downfield, then reaching it out for the first down marker did not constitute any "act common to the game." IE the refs are saying Darboh was only doing those things in order to make the catch.
Anyone arguing that wasn't a catch is 100% WRONG, and you should assume their sanity, their intelligence, and/or their credibility has been comprised.