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|1 hour 36 min ago||All we need are Henne, Hart,||
All we need are Henne, Hart, Manningham, and Antonio Bass's cryogenically frozen knee...
|1 hour 52 min ago||I hope you are right that the||
I hope you are right that the Giants will grind it out. A lot rides on whether we get the September/August Peavy, or the May/June/July Peavy.
I agree with you re the bullpen, batting, and starting pitching based on regular season stats alone, but the Royals line-up has been better in the post-season, even considering the DH, in terms of average and power stats. That may change if Morse can DH all games (he's hitting seventh today), but I am not sure he has much more in him than that Kirk Gibson like HR in game 5. He hasn't been in the lineup since August.... You could argue the Giants have had better post-season starting pitching, but Vogelsong and Hudson have been leaky. As for the bullpen, see the link in my earlier post, the Giants pen is the reason they are still playing right now, Petit and Casilla in particular.
|3 hours 24 min ago||I don't know if this is||
I don't know if this is totally rational, but I never really needed MGoBlog until after 2007. I certainly did not deal with Michigan losses well prior to 2008, but even after the bad ones the reality was that the worst case scenario was a New Year's Day bowl game in Florida. There was not this abiding need for catharthis, and for finding an MGoCommunity who remembers the good times, and is looking forward to better days.
|4 hours 9 min ago||Yes, Holland, Herrara, and||
Yes, Holland, Herrara, and Davis have been historically good throughout the regular season, and pitched well into the playoffs. But the Giants bullpen is hot too, with Petit, Casilla, Affeldt, and Lopez all at 0.00 for the postseason over 23 combined innings.
Add to that Romo and Strickland (who got banged around a bit this post-season, but he's good).
|4 hours 30 min ago||Hull is outstanding--he's||
Hull is outstanding--he's making plays all over the field. He reminds me of Posluszny, only he's not as big.
|4 hours 36 min ago||Baseball has become more like||
Baseball has become more like hockey over the last fifteen years. Speaking purely as a baseball fan, I think the best outcome would be to watch Scherzer pitch to Puig; to watch Kershaw pitch to Cabrera; or to have a freeway series.
What the MLB intended in expanding the post-season was to increase the TV revenue draw by having more games and expanding the season. I love watching the Giants, and they have earned their two series victories, paid off by tragedies in '62 and '02, among other things. However, the Series matchups were a lot better, and more exciting, before the Division Series.
|4 hours 46 min ago||That Penn State's defense is||
That Penn State's defense is ranked so high causes me to lose faith in these measures. You could make the argument that Northwestern's defense is better, based on the results of the games played. Although Northwestern was aided by 4 Wisconsin turnovers, they beat the Badgers; forcing turnovers is propensity that is hard to measure--on the one hand, it's probably more a measure of an inept offense (e.g., Michigan has to be close to last in turnover margin), but on the other hand, forcing a turnover is the greatest contribution a defense can make to the outcome of a game.
|5 hours 1 min ago||The feeling I get from media||
The feeling I get from media and/or social media is that America is generally behind the Royals, as they are a feel-good story (sort of like the Giants in 2010, when they had ofer-ed their last three Series appearances, and were the likeable by-product of good coaching, moxie, and Tim Lincecum). According to some calculations, the Giants are 46% less lovable without Tim Lincecum.
|7 hours 16 min ago||There is a deeper cultural||
There is a deeper cultural meaning to the rivalry, at least where I am from. I grew up in a cowtown, and farmers are overwhelmingly Sparty. Beating Michigan is viewed as vindication of their backwards, provincial, backwater values.
|7 hours 24 min ago||We've always had larger goals||
We've always had larger goals than beating Sparty. It really is a provincial rivalry, fuelled by Sparty's historic inferiority complex. Moreover, I can't recall this game ever determining the B1G championship. Either Michigan is down, as for most of the 1950s, 1960s, and since 2007, or Sparty is down. Arguably the most meaningful game played was the 1999 game, as either team could have won the Big Ten.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I see a lot of continuity||
I see a lot of continuity between how the Michigan offense played after the Penn State game last year through the Penn State game this year. (The Ohio game being the anomoly.)
|1 day 4 hours ago||School aged cats should go,||
School aged cats should go, if they have not been. I went in 1999 and 2001 and, apart from Sharky's, hated almost everything about it...
Seriously though, I think it builds character to get into those type of environments. Just keep your cool, remember it's just a game, and that you get to go back to Ann Arbor when it's all over.
|2 days 19 hours ago||ND played a Hell of a game.||
ND played a Hell of a game.
|3 days 4 hours ago||Yeah that's my takeaway as||
Yeah that's my takeaway as well. Maryland and IU are both very good offensively. IU has maybe the best tailback in the B1G.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Cheap shot. But they lost no||
Cheap shot. But they lost no ground because Minne retaliated
|3 days 7 hours ago||Just bought B1G network.||
Just bought B1G network. Gophers gacking it.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Dartmouth. Some of the||
Dartmouth. Some of the biggest dickweeds I've met went there. Some chill bros too but they are outgunned. Has to be top 25.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Nurse our golden retriever||
Nurse our golden retriever back to health. Our guy hit a rough patch.
|4 days 1 hour ago||I always found that a curious||
I always found that a curious comparison--I love Emeril's, but the food is overwrought for sure.
|4 days 2 hours ago||The political aspects of this||
The political aspects of this are a red herring. Some stoogies with personal loyalty to Brandon happen to be Republicans. Everything else is spin.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I watch other CFB games with||
I watch other CFB games with more of an interest in the excitement of the game. I watch Michigan football with a life or death intensity and should probably be medicated.
I also get stoked about playoff baseball. GO GIANTS GO GIANTS GO GIANTS!
|4 days 3 hours ago||I do not have the confidence||
I do not have the confidence that the guy should be the AD at Michigan, or anywhere else for that matter. There is a strong case to terminate him, perhaps even for cause, and I hope the University does so.
That being said, if he survives, it may not be as bad as it sounds. He will be reigned in. With all of the backlash against him, I think it is taken for granted that he has done some good for Michigan. Last weekend's halftime show, and the UTLs generally, are pretty damn cool.
My main concern is the coaching search. I do not trust Brandon to put aside his ego and find the right guy.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I suppose the naysayers are||
I suppose the naysayers are to blame for this team being on its way to 5-7 as well?
|5 days 3 hours ago||I just cannot picture Dan||
I just cannot picture Dan Mullen coming to Michigan. Florida, maybe; he has strong ties to that university.
If I were him, though, I'd look to leave Miss. State. There were folks pushing Miss. State to fire him as recently as last year, and at the very least, he will have severe variance in wins/losses due to the competition in the SEC, and comparative disadvantage Miss. State has in recruiting.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Caris Levert is fine with it||
Caris Levert is fine with it
|5 days 4 hours ago||You are on to something here,||
You are on to something here, I think. Brandon acts like he is the students' overlord, and behaves as though he is bargaining for wage concessions from pizza delivery drivers. The fact is, he is a servant of the University, the people of the state of Michigan, and the students at the University--not the other way around.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Damn, but do I miss the||
Damn, but do I miss the beer-addled hijinks of days passed and gone.
|5 days 4 hours ago||Desparation time for||
Desparation time for Brandon. This change, while welcomed, is cosmetic. Cynical even, implying that student unrest comes down to their own individual pocketbooks.
|5 days 6 hours ago||There is clearly a power||
There is clearly a power struggle between Brandon and maybe one or two Regents, on the one hand, and practically every single living being in the universe, on the other.
|5 days 8 hours ago||DB's astroturfing efforts are||
DB's astroturfing efforts are sad and desperate.