and... i like them? I think I like them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Late Amaker years||
I was there too, it was weird.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Seinfeld||
I remember not loving the Seinfeld finale at the time, but in retrospect it seems pretty appropriate. They didn't really care about giving people what they wanted.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Just as those not based on||
Just as those not based on equations are inherently flawed for different reasons. By using a static, transparent equation, formulae like KenPom's at least give us a consistent starting point for scrutiny and debate, as opposed to human polls or "proprietary" ones like BPI.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I don't really love Oberon||
I don't really love Oberon either, but I'm definitely not a Whitsun fan. It's been a while, but I remember it having the mouthfeel of like a peppered Bud light. Which probably only makes sense in my head.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||People eat dinner at Whole||
People eat dinner at Whole Foods?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oberon Availability||
No, it's seasonal in Michigan, and in most places I think, though I know Florida also gets it year-round.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wichita State Geography||
It's not just the potential Louisville matchup that screws Wichita geographically.
Let's assume the high-ish seeds win out in the Midwest. EVERY SINGLE ONE of those teams is closer to the round site than Wichita St. To wit:
Driving time to St Louis
1 - Wichita: 6:22
8 - Kentucky: 5:01
9 - Kansas St: 5:24
Driving time to Indy
1 - Wichita: 9:53
4 - Louisville: 1:43
5 - St. Louis: 3:43
2 - Mich: 4:04
3 - Duke: 9:16
Now obviously some of this is just Wichita being geographically somewhat isolated (and a bit unlucky that there's no Kansas City site this year). And a few of them (Duke, KSU) are obviously not significant differences. But man, it's not like there aren't some teams hanging around other regions that couldn't have been swapped to help out Wichita (in particular swapping out Kentucky would have been nice.)
(Times per Google Maps)
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Throwbacks||
I'm honestly not a huge fan of them but I appreciate that they're legit throwbacks and not "throwbacks", so I'd be cool with it. Wish teams did it more often, us included.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Very helpful||
Yeah, I'm sure that's what he meant.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||5 + 3 - 1 = 6?||
Maybe there are like 7m people who have both.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Lineage||
You don't expect to see a Lineage avatar on a sports blog - maybe we should do these intstrumental hip-hop/jazz/etc threads more often.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Antonio Jeremiah||
"Jeremiah was nothing more than a bit player who suffered a knee injury going into his final season. A fitting end to a failed tenure."
Seems a little mean-spirited, no?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)|
|12 weeks 6 days ago||That's a good price. The very||
That's a good price. The very cheapest you'll see is $15.99, but it's usually in the $17-19 range, and I've seen it as high as $22.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||You lucky bastard. I only||
You lucky bastard. I only managed to get my hands on one bottle of BCBW, and even that was through a trade.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Schedule sets up nicely?||
Seriously? Not worried about @ND, @MSU, @OSU?
|13 weeks 6 days ago||No no no, they're the ones||
No no no, they're the ones that don't wear helmets at all, just golden Christmas ornaments with face masks attached.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||They Do||
I think they call them shootouts.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, Michigan Basketball was||
Yeah, Michigan Basketball was TERRIBLE in the early 90s. I mean, they don't have a single banner in the rafters at
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Betteridge's Law||
Relevant here, I think.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Harbaugh||
Didn't Harbaugh pretty much answer this question?
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I would argue he hasn't been||
I would argue he hasn't been the best MLB in the league for a number of years, but your point is still basically true, and there's no way you can keep a guy that dominant out of the Hall.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Well in that case...how about||
Well in that case...how about some Final Four tickets?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||FYI, just looked it up: It||
FYI, just looked it up: It was Sat, Dec 10 1994, Wiscy was ranked #14 and coached by Stan Van Gundy (though they turned out to be pretty bad that season, finishing 13-14.) EMU won 92-76.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I was gonna mention this one.||
I was gonna mention this one. I was at that game, and it was probably the best atmosphere I've ever experienced for a basketball game. Bowen Field House was a great gym, and it was packed. The Convocation Center is just so...sterile and empty. Feels like a small NBA arena.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||This has been said elsewhere,||
This has been said elsewhere, but that's not necessarily because the students weren't there. The bottom 10 rows of the student section are filled to probably 150-200% capacity, and the next 30 are probably around 125-150%. If every single person with a ticket showed up, you would still get quite a few empty rows because of this.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Wes Welker||
Supposedly he was talking to Wes Welker and Deion Branch, who were giving him shit about the previous play.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||99 Points?||
What are you talking about? We lost the last two games last year by a combined 21 points, and that was to the Saints and Packers, both on the road.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Yeah, this is about as close||
Yeah, this is about as close as Special K gets to locally-inspired music.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||He was referring to||
He was referring to JohnnyBlue's usage, not EGD. Confused me for a second too.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Nah, that kind of criticism||
Nah, that kind of criticism is just too, like, CONSTRUCTIVE, man.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Yeah, but what if he gets||
Yeah, but what if he gets boarded? Do you think he'd have a choice?
|2 years 19 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
So you're saying he was framed?
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Well you really outdid yourself...||
|2 years 33 weeks ago||BW3s best sports bar?||
Unless they've updated since I tried to watch the NCAA Hockey Championship back in April, "dim, 20-year old projection TVs" isn't much worse than what BW3s has to offer. We could barely read the score on their large but abysmal front-projection screens because the pictures were so washed out and horrible - they look like they haven't been updated since the place opened in the late 90s. We left and headed to the Arena, which also wasn't great but still seemed better.
I guess I don't know what my choice would be though. BW3s out in Ypsi Township is much newer, but it's a decidedly "suburban" bar, which, eh. Charley's or the Jug are OK as long as you're sitting next to the screens you want to watch.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Re: Pryor no longer at OSU||
I don't think that matters. Not defending OSU's response here, but I would assume any rights/protections afforded by universities to SAs don't disappear simply be use the person in question is no longer at the school.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||The '95 Purdue game is maybe||
The '95 Purdue game is maybe the earliest Michigan game I clearly remember attending (was about 7 at the time). I also attended the 2008 Northwestern game as a student.
The travails of a lifelong Wolverine...
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Young person on piped in||
Well I'm a young people, and I hate it.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Kosmo's||
Kosmo's is in Sparrow Market in Kerrytown (in Kerrytown Markets, just west of Zingerman's.) It's on the first floor in the middle, right across from Monahan's Fish Market. Definitely a must-visit; their bibimbop and Tucker burger are both fantastic.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
A friend of mine used to work in the Bar Louie kitchen and had horror stories about that place. He's worked in quite a few kitchens and said nowhere else ever came close. That, on top of it being one of the only chain bars in A2 anyway, was enough to make me steer clear.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Secondhand smoke||
Secondhand smoke, as generally referred to and understood in medical literature, almost always refers to inhalation that occurs in a closed environment, i.e, indoors. Doesn't apply to a ridiculous outdoor ban; the exhaust of passing cars is more dangerous by many degrees of magnitude.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Pryor won't spill em||
Pryor is going to have enough problems finding an NFL team to take him with all his baggage (see "Ryan Mallett"). He doesn't need to add "badmouthing ex-coaches/teammates" to his list of character flaws.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Re: Webber and "biting the hand that feeds you", are you serious? Didn't Webber completely throw Martin under the bus?
|2 years 45 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I see your point. For instance, I've always thought my father was a good honest man, but if we can't trust The Vest, can I really trust him now?
|2 years 49 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Regardless, I think you just did.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Opinions on Versus?||
You mention the possibility of limiting Versus broadcasts, which I assume you're in favor of simply because of the large number of people who don't get it. Availability aside, however, what's the scuzzlebutt 'round these parts on Versus' broadcasts? I've been pleasantly surprised by the playoff games they've shown so far - specifically their generally "no-frills" style (vis-a-vis unnecessary graphics, commentators who care more about hearing themselves than the game, etc.). They do sometimes have a tendency to lose the puck, and will occasionally switch to a stupidly placed camera in situations where the traditional view would work fine, but it beats having to listen to an ESPN crew fellate themselves/each other for 3 hours.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Hanzal was playing street hockey-style. I've totally done/seen that same trick many times.
|3 years 6 hours ago||RR ratings||
I would stick with the RR rating (apologies for redundancy), so long as you're then normalizing all the ratings back to some consistent baseline. If your goal is to present the most accurate set of ratings (through the collective lens of the recruiting sites), it seems wise to use as much data as possible. That is, if Rivals says Guy X is a 6.1 and Guy Y is a 5.9, that tells you something, and turning them both back into fives ignores the distinction they've provided you.
|3 years 4 days ago||posted from iPhone||
Good point. Let the free market decide!
|3 years 1 week ago||Still, I'm going to miss it||
Still, I'm going to miss it on multiple levels. Trash it all you want, but there WAS something budding between PSU-MSU. The Sparties I know definitely looked at it as their third biggest game (after us and Ireland). Also, it doesn't help to know that Sparty will probably end up in a situation where they play neither OSU or PSU, and we don't need a repeat of 2010.
Lastly, one of my favorite non-UM games of all time was the MSU-PSU game in 2002. It was fairly hyped, only because Larry Johnson needed something like 260 yards to pass 2,000. I remember the pregame talk was obviously all "Will he or won't he?". The answer was "he will...in the first half." 279 rushing yards in TWO QUARTERS. He just annihilated the Spartan "defense". One of the more absurd individual performances I have ever seen, and the fact that it was against Sparty made it that much better.
|3 years 1 week ago||Good god that thing is ugly.||
Good god that thing is ugly. Part of it is Minnesota being cursed by that ugly color scheme, and part of it is me not knowing what Cub is and yet being enraged by it just the same. Anyway, if I'm reading it right, I think Coca-Cola is playing Dairy Queen.
Aside from the scoreboard, I drove by the stadium itself last summer, and from the outside it looked a lot like Rynearson Stadium (EMU). This is not a compliment.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||+1 to you||
Yes, I was waiting for someone to go there. Childish Gambino has been impressing the hell out of me lately. Also, in that vein, I would recommend Das Racist. And where's the love for Dilla, Outkast, Wu-Tang (all iterations), and MF Doom? Or more old school types like NWA and Biz Markie (probably the funniest man in hip hop history).
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I hate to do this, but given||
I hate to do this, but given the topic...I think you were looking for "uppity".
That said, in terms of spelling annoyances, none of this approaches my disdain for the many permutations of "definitely".
|3 years 2 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I disagree. They have been the worldwide leader in original, up-to-the-minute coverage of the Bret Favre retirement flirtation(s) for several years running now. Brian has just been way behind on this.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I find that anywhere north or||
I find that anywhere north or west of Washtenaw County seems to be Sparty-dominated, with the exception of some Blue enclaves in Traverse City and parts of the UP.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I also prefer Oberon, but||
I also prefer Oberon, but maybe that's just some of my Michigan homerism. It was one of the first craft brews I tried on tap (craft beer, particularly on tap, was/is hard to come by for 17 year olds.)
But Summer Shandy - god that stuff is awful. If I got to a party and was offered only the choice of that or Natural Ice...I would have to think about it.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Hoke stole one from WVU?
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Granderson||
I'm only a casual baseball fan, but Granderson immediately jumped to my mind as well. He was so fun to watch when he was with the Tigers. Broke the heart of many a Tigers fan when they dealt him.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||But denouement means like,||
But denouement means like, denouncing French people, right?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||It was clear that anyone||
It was clear that anyone saying "Tennessee blowout" probably hadn't watched much of either team, at least not since January. That said, the Lunardi prediction definitely reminds me of similar predictions I heard before the '06 Notre Dame (football) game, predicting Brady, Weis to run us out of South Bend, etc.. We all know how that turned out.
EDIT: I now realize I should have chosen my words more carefully. Weis E. Coyote is not running anyone out of anywhere, ever. I apologize for the error.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Misogyny=class? That second||
That second sentence was a bit unnecessary.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Yeah, especially since the||
Yeah, especially since the dye is in there at like < one part per thousand.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Doesn't "wiseguy" usually||
Doesn't "wiseguy" usually refer to someone in the Mafia? When I first saw the post title, I thought it might have been something about point-shaving allegations from a mob guy who talked to the FBI or something.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Best revelations thus far||
1. He says Crisler is his least favorite Big Ten arena (big surprise).
2. JON DIEBLER WEARS JORTS.
(maybe he's just a Never-Nude).
|3 years 4 weeks ago||I'm completely OK with||
I'm completely OK with embarrassing ESPN, the owners, etc., but I don't like that this hurts the incoming rookies more than anyone.
The guys who will/would be at the draft have been dreaming about that day since they first picked up a football (unfortunately most players don't romanticize college as much as we do, but looking down the barrel of NFL money who could blame them). Taking that away from them seems quite unfair, especially when you consider they might already be foregoing their first year in the NFL anyway because of a mess they had no part in creating.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||This reminds me of the time I||
This reminds me of the time I edited a Wikipedia article on something because, in a section listing the several universities relevant to whatever the topic was, it listed MSU before UM.
I reversed the order and I think Wikipedia is better for it.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||BREAKING||
|3 years 5 weeks ago||That would be bad news for Mr||
That would be bad news for Mr Jones, given that he has a made a business out of of convincing other people to wear bow-ties.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||If we're talking just "who||
If we're talking just "who could improve the team most significantly", and put homerism and criminal history aside (it is, after all, a hypothetical), I think Michael Vick would have the single greatest impact on any team. He has dilithium-esque speed to go with an amazing arm.
While Manning/Brady could obviously improve any team by leaps and bounds, neither can force their receivers to get open, or their offensive line to block. Vick's speed minimizes those problems.
If you wanted to work on the defense (certainly there's more room for improvement on the margins there), I don't think you can go with a conerback, since it's too easy for offenses to just gameplan around a single corner on a crappy D. Suh, Polamalu, and Urlacher would all be intriguing additions.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||I'm not sure where exactly||
I'm not sure where exactly you were going with the "Supreme Court Justice" comment, but can we PLEASE apply that as a nickname to one of our players?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Doyle does not rule||
People on the open thread here were definitely too negative on his analysis, which actually isn't bad, but I can't blame them as it's hard to get past the fact that he's EAR-BLEEDINGLY ANNOYING. It's not just the nicknames (which make Chris Berman sound clever), but his tone, and his propensity to say dumb shit at the expense the nuance I think he might otherwise be capable of providing.
Also, if anyone wants a good laugh, search "Tim Doyle" on Twitter during any game he calls. The Twitters are united in their hatred.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||MSU 2010 Final Four||
Yeah, as a Michigan fan, Michigan State's waltz through that murderer's row into the Final Four last year was absolutely infuriating. They were the lowest-seeded team to make the Final Four without facing a 1, 2, or 3 seed since 6-seeded Kansas made it in 1988. And at least Kansas had the decency to prove they deserved to be there, defeating (2) Duke and (1) Oklahoma to win it all.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||2009 = 2011||
...and both teams punked a favored Clemson team on national television.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Thanks||
Yeah, that's pretty much what I figured. Damn, I was hoping it would be something more obscure/nefarious.
Also, it looks like you and I are kindred spirits of sorts - blog members since the inception (of membership at least) with almost no points. If I could, I would posbang you silly.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Slideshow question||
Brian mentions (his editors?) trying to shoehorn slideshows into all of his articles. Slideshows might be the worst innovation in the history of the internet (Bleacher Report included - I can avoid Bleacher Report), but I've always wondered why they became so ubiquitous. I mean, there's obviously something motivating their use - perhaps a scheme to increase pageviews or time spent on the site?
I've wondered about this for a while, hoping someone here with more website-running savvy than myself might have an answer.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Advice from Winston||
It seemed relevant.
If the Almighty were to rebuild the world and asked me for advice, I would have English Channels round every country. And the atmosphere would be such that anything which attempted to fly would be set on fire.
- Winston Churchill
|3 years 13 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Definitely. Most likely he discussed it with them, and because they either weren't interested or weren't on the same page (financially etc), no formal "offer" was made (think "sign here").
|3 years 13 weeks ago||More speculation||
Maybe he wants to discuss an exciting investment opportunity with Domino's Pizza, Inc!
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Let me think...||
He "can't speculate"? I have a pretty good guess.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I would take you up on that, but I've been outsourcing that to interns for years - can't beat free labor. I probably didn't even write this comment!
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Who doesn't?||
I guess that means Miles isn't TOTALLY bats.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Who else should we be discussing?||
Since this board doesn't have much else to do until more information comes out (tomorrow?), presuming for a moment that Rich is fired, what other realistic candidates are there that we would be happy with? I'm curious to hear any thoughts, even outside the box ones (plz no Stoops/Meyer/Saban wet dreams). Unlike 3 years ago when there were at least a several pretty good candidates (Miles, Schiano, Kelly, Ferentz) the zeitgeist this year seems like it's Harbaugh or bust. That said there has to be SOMEONE else besides Mr Hoke. Since he was passed up for the Florida job, what about Dan Mullen (ytdm)? Only 38, with success/recruiting cred in the Southeast, and he's from Pennsylvania originally. Maybe a bit unrealistic, but it's the best I could come up with. What've you guys got?
|3 years 14 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
If you Google "Jim Rome" the first two video results are the Jim Everett thing and a pretty good Frank Caliendo impression/mocking.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||It wasn't COED for awhile||
Stockwell was ladies-only until it reopened after renovations (in '09?). Staying over was a little weird, mostly thanks to the mini-walk of shame you had to undertake every time you walked down to the only men's bathroom on the first floor.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Tennessee and Fulmer||
OP, why were you "pissed at Tennessee for hiring Fulmer"? That guy definitely would have been my answer to this question before his axing. There's a reason he has a cup named after him, and then there's the whole (debatably true, of course) '97 coaches poll thing. A real asshole through and through.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Why Can't You Overlook Wisco?||
Why can't you overlook Wisconsin not being in the east? Can you overlook the Cowboys playing in the NFC East? By your logic they should trade places with, say, Carolina. But this will not happen, because this would be terrible.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||Fab Melo||
Yeah, I mean, I figured Fab Melo was just an awesome nickname for Evan Smotrycz.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||He used to have integrity||
I liked Herbstreit better when he was ontheground.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Yeah, I have to disagree with||
Yeah, I have to disagree with Brian as well - taking the timeout there instead of a spike was a huge factor. Spike it, and you can go anywhere with the ball to set up a field goal attempt - over the middle, sidelines - hell, you can run a draw if you're feeling crazy and/or playing by Madden "screw the distance, I just need to center it" rules.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||posted from iPhone|
|3 years 26 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
You continue to amaze, monuMental. This is definitely your best weekly to date, though I do have a soft spot for - and often go back to - the Denard season-long action figure edition.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Didn't we also just put up 21||
Didn't we also just put up 21 in the 4th on a MACcake?
I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||What about the NFLPA? I||
What about the NFLPA? I imagine they have some very strong opinions on this matter, not to mention a final say. They aren't mentioned anywhere in the article. It mentions the objections of individual players, but basically treats them like voices in the wind with no real say, which is obviously not the case. Unless the union is on board, which I very much doubt would have occurred totally behind closed doors, there's no way this is a done deal.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||According to this article, it||
According to this article, it appears Michigan's new jerseys are, in fact, Red Wings jerseys: http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-t25-michigan-robinson (note inset photo)
In other news, apparently Denard Robinson sometimes plays hockey under his Finnish pseudonym, "Valtteri Filppula".
|3 years 28 weeks ago||St. Patrick's Day Nerd||
St. Patrick's Day Nerd Massacre was in West Quad, which is where the football players now live. Some of the athletes...track, baseball, etc., still live in South Quad, along with the Honors College, but the revenue sports are all in West Quad. Aside from the SPDNM, West Quad was also the site of the Justin Feagin arsonist debacle.
I can tell you that with a few exceptions (cough Ryan Mallett cough) when I was there most football players didn't want too much attention, so I wouldn't go bugging/searching them out. While the whole NCAA "students first, athletes second" thing is a little tired/bullshit, it should still hold true within the confines of campus at least.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||What about in Grand Rapids?||
Didn't want to start a new thread, and it's same area of the state. I'll be in Grand Rapids tomorrow, and missing my first home game since tOSU '05. City's got a large alumni base, so I have to imagine it has some decent Michigan bars, but the MGoBoard thread/map didn't list any.
Any ideas? Preferably downtown.
|4 years 31 weeks ago||Guidelines meant to apply to former players||
Those guidelines are meant mostly for former/historic players - there's no consensus on how to deal with current or recent players.
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Economics||
You're forgetting rule #1 of Laymen's Economic Theory.
Most people LOVE to consider sunk costs. Listen to people talk...whether about financial decisions or, yes, coaching ones: they make very little distinction between sunk costs and variable costs. It's simultaneously hilarious and frightening.
(OK, maybe it's not rule 1, but it's certainly up there.)
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Student Ticket Policy Suggestions||
As someone who has spent "significant time in the student section" (I'm a junior who's never missed a game or left early)I have to say that some of the ideas for getting us there early would probably do more harm than good. While I've often been annoyed by many of the students at games (Example: I was kicked out of the 3rd row at the Wisconsin game by a group of sorority girls who showed up with 5 minutes left in the SECOND QUARTER), I think these would take it way too far. First of all, should it really be held against me that I would rather stay at my tailgate a little longer than watch players warmup?
And as far as not allowing season tickets for getting too many validations, that would disenfranchise a lot the wrong people. Many of the people getting multiple validations per season are those with university commitments, such as athletes, or people in various student orgs (the mock trial team, for instance). If this takes them out of Ann Arbor more than three weekends a semester, should they really be denied tickets for getting validations?
I'm all about the general admission idea, and would really like to see something done about the fact that I'm often seated 40 rows behind groups of drunks who don't know who Charles Woodson is, but I think a convoluted points system would just make things even more frustrating.