I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|4 hours 47 min ago||user "Malik_McDowell" needs an insta-ban|
|1 day 13 hours ago||Contributions||
In my last diary, I mentioned that I was too cheap to contribute to beveled guilt, so I kept posting diaries to generate clicks. Last year, I was getting about 2000 views per diary. This year, it's down to ~400. I'm hoping that something has changed about how views get counted, and you all haven't just gotten tired of my schtick. Anyway, I did the calculation awhile back to see how much revenue I might be adding to MGoBlog. Ad rates vary, but I went with a conservative estimate of $20 per 1000 impressions (CPM.) For 2000 views a week, and 12 games a season, that's $480. So I figured I've done my part to keep the blog solvent. Plus, I probably view 100's of pages every day and generate lots of ad revenue that way.
Someone earlier mentioned Sullivan's blog. I don't think that would work here because Sullivan has a national audience and a rather large subject area to cover. He puts up dozens of posts everyday. Of course, his stuff is mostly commentary about other news items. There is not as much original material over there as there is here. But this is a niche market compared to his. He's charging $20 a year. I think that's a nice starting point for a beveled guilt donation, or as it's holiday time, just tip Brian and the guys what you give your mail man / garbage man* / barber / doorman, etc.
*I give tips to the bottled water delivery guy and the newspaper guy, but only because they leave envelopes for me to do so. I've never tipped the garbage man because I never get to see them, but I've heard other people do.
|1 day 17 hours ago||MSU||
MSU lost to ND, who is receiving enough votes to be considered #28 in the AP. They won at Iowa, who would be #30, and beat Minnesota who also received votes. That's it, the highlight of their 11-1 record is a road win over #30 Iowa. Ohio State hasn't really beat anybody either, except #21 Wisconsin at home. It's basically a sham.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Easily?||
We should be favored in 9 of the 12 games. If we can pull off an upset and avoid one, we're looking at 10-2. What fourth games are we going to lose easily? (I'm assuming you think we will easily lose at MSU/ND/OSU)
|3 days 13 hours ago||2015 is the year||
I don't think sticking Devin with a new coordinator in year 5 is a good idea. Let's look at his history:
Year 1: QB under Rich Rod and Magee
Year 2: first year under Borges, doesn't look ready for prime-time in his few apperances
Year 3: starts season as WR, transitions back to QB late
Year 4: first full season as starting QB
And people want to stick him with a new OC/QB coach next year? If it doesn't work next year, then you bring in a new OC and let him work with Shane or whoever during the spring and fall.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Brandon's blog||
In Brandon's blog post last week, he mentioned the seniors Lloyd Carr recruited that were on the 2011 Sugar Bowl winning team, but didn't mention Rich Rod, or his seniors.
|3 days 13 hours ago||2 good games?||
It doesn't fit your narrative, but you've got to give a little credit to him for scoring 59 points against CMU. He definitely called a good game versus ND. I think it was either Akron or UConn where Gardner started with a bunch of turnovers, and Al modified the gameplan to work around that. He built his confidence up slowly, just enough to get a win with a -3 or -4 TO margin. Putting up 42 points against Minnesota is a good result. Minnesota has played a lot of low scoring games (both teams) this year. Indiana was a record setting day - good game Borges and all around. And Ohio State was a good game. So that's at least 6 good games. I think he biffed the Penn State and Nebraska games. The other four were meh. I don't think it's as dire as some people would have us believe.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Good point||
You make a good point. Rocky didn't play defense either, unless you count getting hit in the face repeatedly to be defense. The movie had better music than that stuff Special K plays.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Very early 2014 prediction||
I predicted the Michigan-Iowa game would be 21-21, and Ohio-Michigan would be 42-7, so you can be sure that half of this prediction will be accurate.
Aug. 30 APPALACHIAN STATE - Win, because if not, holy hell are we in trouble
Sept. 6 at Notre Dame - toss up, but with a 5th year senior at QB, we have a shot. I'll go with a win in the last match-up. Serves them right for cancelling the series. Don't mess with karma ND.
Sept. 13 MIAMI (Ohio) - Win because obviously
Sept. 20 UTAH - at Utah would be trouble, but this is at home, win.
Sept. 27 MINNESOTA* - They played better this year, but apparently we own them. Win.
Oct. 4 at Rutgers* - May be very similar to UConn this year, but Rutgers is better than UConn. I expect we'll welcome them to the B14 in style. Win.
Oct. 11 PENN STATE* - A sophomore Hackenburg presents more problems, but again, home field advantage is huge. Win.
Oct. 25 at Michigan State* - They suffer some personnel losses on defense. We have got to turn around the narrative of this series. Win, but only out of necessity, and I'm not sure that's a valid reason.
Nov. 1 INDIANA* (HC) - Homecoming vs. Indiana? That's another win. I thought this schedule was supposed to be tough, yet I have us at 9-0 so far. The eternal optimist returns.
Nov. 8 at Northwestern* - they were 1-7 in BIG play this year. Win.
Nov. 22 MARYLAND* - Seriously? Win.
Nov. 29 at Ohio State* - Toss-up. I guess it depends on how many of them turn pro. Let's say with O-line losses and early entries, they're playing a lot of young kids and making mistakes that we made this year. Win.
So it's on to the B1G championship game against... Wisconsin. Let's win that too, while we're at it.
In reality, we're probably looking at losing 2 of @ND, @MSU, @OSU, and getting upset once at home. I'd be happy with 9-3 after 8-4 and 7-5 seasons.
|4 days 7 hours ago||The formation||
I think that's where you (you being Borges in this example) can outthink yourself. So Ohio calls timeout after they see the formation. Do they prepare for the Dileo pass that we've seen dozens of times this year on critical plays? But maybe, they think there's no way we'd be stupid enough to run that play after we've shown them the formation, so maybe we'll do something different, so they don't prepare for Dileo. I don't know. I wish we had a healthy Gardner to run something, or a running game we could trust.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Sorry, it's not on the list||
I like watching good defense and winning, so no, I don't care for yesterday's game.
[EDIT: sorry, can't put aside my fandom either]
|4 days 8 hours ago||MSU/OSU||
Yes, the MSU game has gotten worse recently, but I hate MSU one week out of the year. I hate Ohio all 52.
|4 days 9 hours ago||
Wow, I tried reading some of that crap. I'm glad I'm old and don't know how the twitters work. Get off of Brian's lawn. (Not you BronxBlue.)
|5 days 9 hours ago||Gardner fumble||
On one of the angles, I may have seen a little light under his knee, but I was still shocked when they said, "confirmed." I can understand not overturning the call, but based on the other 5 angles, it sure looked like he was down. I'd like to know what defines when a fumble occurs. Is it when the hit is made that jostles the ball loose, or is it when it leaves the player's hands?
|5 days 9 hours ago||Clark||
He put his facemask in Braxton Miller's hand.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Yeah, but||
it's getting them into the 41 different formations that worry me.
|1 week 9 hours ago||He also made Grantland||
Can I get an Unverified Voracity please?
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't like Dave Brandon||
I agree with your last paragraph.
|1 week 1 day ago||Can I suggest a compromise?||
How about writing the stuff after the play-by-play? That's what I look forward to the most. But I guess Brian would still have to watch the game again to do that, and that's not fair to ask of anybody.
|1 week 2 days ago||welcome aboard||
That is perhaps, the greatest first comment in blog history. Any blog. The Michigan Difference.
|1 week 2 days ago||sleeves||
The emperor has no sleeves.
|1 week 2 days ago||kettle||
|1 week 2 days ago||Fickle||
I don't take issue with fans being called "fickle." We are. However, I think it is severely disrespectful of Brady to point out the obvious. He talks about accountability. How about taking some accountability and saying, if he coached better, he wouldn't have to worry about the red-out that is coming? I saw some of this, "pass the buck" blame the players, blame the execution - crap with Borges. Brady is better at accepting the blame, but this "fickle" comment should never have been made. It's a throwaway line to him, but to the fans it's an insult.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Good Mod||
I watched The Good Wife last night. The episode revolved around a website where people were accusing others of doing bad things. Alicia went to court to get an injunction to take down the thread. As soon as the thread was taken down, a new one popped up in it's place. The key to her winning her case was proving that the Scabbit.com moderators were employees of the website. Another interesting item from the episode is that they talked about a robo-poster, who was not an actual person. They just took comments others made and made similar comments on other sites to drive traffic to scabbit. Who do we know on this site that is like that? (see above. EDIT: I meant RDT, not Magnus)
I, of course, thought of this blog.
|1 week 4 days ago||Pierria?||
Isn't that a girl's name?
|1 week 5 days ago||103 TFLs so far||
We've given up 103 TFLs in 11 games, and recorded only 63. Almost everybody will say we have a good defense, and rightly so.
I didn't notice Dileo out there today, and after having a decent game last week, Smith got zero carries. He's only lost 1 yard rushing all season (granted, on only 15 carries, but still) so I guess he doesn't fit with Borges game plan.
|1 week 5 days ago||I haz no ANGAR||
|1 week 6 days ago||Prediction||
I've done the math, and I'm pretty confident in this pick:
Iowa 21 +/- 1
Michigan 21 +/- 18
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||because||
because I'm a disgruntled Angels fan.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Clearly?||
Come on, let's not start throwing around accusations like that. His home run totals in Milwaukee were 50, 34, 46, 32, and 38. That's an average of 40 per year. His first year in Detroit, he hit 30 and this year he hit 25 (average of 27.5). It's just as likely, if not more so, that he went from a hitter's park to a pitcher's park, and an easier league to a tougher league. His numbers are similar to what happened to Pujols. I'd say Pujols is much more likely to have used roids given his physique as compared to Prince's, his giant head and bacne problems. Prince was going through a messy divorce this year, which can really mess with your head. Pujols has missed a bunch of games lately, also a telltale sign of roids, meanwhile, Prince has missed 1 game in the past 5 years. Prince was my first round draft pick in my fantasy league, and he dissappointed me with his performance, but I've never once thought of him as a steroid user.