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|6 hours 26 min ago||I like night games. I'm fine||
I like night games. I'm fine with Michigan playing a night game. I'm also fine with them all being during the day (and, frankly, that's better for me personally, but whatever). I think the noon slot is essential for the OSU game. Yadda yadda.
Do I wish that Michigan had refusal rights in the contract, as we've always had? You bet. Is that a price worth paying for a terrific tv contract, when the bottom is about to fall out on live sports rights and it looked for some time like the B1G was in trouble securing a rights package? Probably.
I guess the only thing I don't get is WD's obsession with how bad a game at night against MSU would supposedly be. I get it: It's fun to stereotype MSU fans. It will be intense, etc.
But it's not going to be that bad. Most MSU fans are decent people, and while the extra carousing will cause some issues, that is true for any opponent, and most of the issues will come from Michigan fans since most of the fans in town will be Michigan fans.
It would be a fun scene. The city won't burn down. Mellow down.
|6 hours 31 min ago||You lost me with the phrase||
You lost me with the phrase "alternate look," but won me back if an "alternate look" is just the '97 uniforms.
|11 hours 51 min ago||If he really was||
If he really was over-hydrated, I'll give him a pass, but it's not very common for that to happen. If this were a player on any other team I would suspect something that violates the NFL substance policy, and consider anyone who actually failed a test to be foolish.
It's not that there isn't doping in the NFL, it's that most of the guys know how not to test positive. I suspect doping is extremely widespread. You don't get caught for doping, you get caught if you make a mistake.
True in cycling, basketball, hockey, soccer, what have you.
|11 hours 55 min ago||If there is a medical reason||
If there is a medical reason for a certain test result, that is typically not regarded as a positive test.
|15 hours 7 min ago||Just because he hasn't asked||
Just because he (or she?) hasn't asked doesn't mean he wouldn't enjoy it. Get some cheap tickets for a probably blowout, arrange a tailgate or a good place to eat before the game, and have a great time.
My girls don't beg me to go to sporting events (of course they don't have to) but they love it every time we go.
|1 day 4 hours ago||I think Maizen was right on||
I think Maizen was right on the money here (btw, not trolling, contributions recently have been quite good). I'm fine with this. If true, it sounds like Michigan wasn't rushing into it, but that they had an idea of what they wanted.
Mel is a very good option. He knows the program and the people. He has proven at Tech that he can coach hockey outside of Red's shadow. There is a lot of thought amongst fans that he was a major reason that Red sustained his successin the 00s, and for what it's worth Tech winning a GLI and making a couple of tournaments (again, this is Michigan Tech we're talking about, they've been absolutely awful for most of our lifetimes and they have no natural assets that would make a turnaround likely) is an impressive resume.
I wanted a splash hire. But in college hockey splash hires of college coaches who are already successful at other colleges are quite rare. There is an occasional Don Lucia, but far more often you get guys from either very low-end schools or guys groomed by programs that step in.
Mel is a good option. I'm fine with this.
|1 day 4 hours ago||This is wrong. It's actually||
This is wrong.
It's actually a lot more like the Gary Moeller hire: Longtime assistant, has experience elsewhere, known to be quite good, should continue success fine. There is a question of how high the ceiling is--Mo produced some good teams but, had he not been fired, who knows if he would have ever won a national title?
With Mel, a lot of fans attribute Michigan's on-ice success in the later Red years to Mel's influence. The Shawn Hunwick years in particular saw a transformation in Michigan's playing style that evaporated after Mel left. Michigan Tech's first real success in hockey in 30 years provides some influence to back it up.
I'm not sure if he'll be winning us titles, but Michigan is going to be a solid tournament team for 10 years.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Bucci called Michigan a top||
Bucci called Michigan a top three job in the sport, and even skeptics have to grant that we're top five. We have a fanbase exceeded in numbers by only a couple of schools, a bottomless supply of cash, a good facility, a history that is second to nobody, the greatest brand in college sports... you name it, we have it.
|1 day 10 hours ago||I've worked in insurance and||
I've worked in insurance and billing in the past. I think you're being conservative. The AD will get significant price breaks (depends how the contract and calculate this sort of intra-org situation, but the actual cost could be less than half what the "charges" can make it IME) but I wouldn't be surprised for the raw bill to approach half a mil. Caveat: my experience is old and wasn't with the U of M, so my numbers might be rusty.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Adding this at the end for||
Adding this at the end for documentation: Re-tallied Mr. Yost's negs in the thread in question on April 23, 2017. He currently sits at 1,248 total downvotes for an average of 44.57 negs per post. That thread, this thread, and the follow-up analysis of a later Maizen performance are now a part of the MGoHallOfFame.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Pastor, doing it now. Living||
Pastor, doing it now. Living the dream.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I'm also in favor of second||
I'm also in favor of second chances, particularly when the person has shown a real effort to change.
What I've heard about the facts of this case are troubling, though. I have a hard time believing someone capable of doing something this monstrous has shown no signs of misbehavior up to this point. It sounds like a premeditated assault, or possibly someone with such poor impulse control that they literally never say "no" to any awful idea that enters their heads.
Either way, this guy has surely been trouble.
Granted, Dantonio isn't responsible for his actions, and the quick axe from the team is a correct action, but how did things get to this point?
|2 days 6 hours ago||This is a garbage comment.||
This is a garbage comment.
|3 days 12 hours ago||No. Brady Hoke without the||
No. Brady Hoke without the Michigan connections or the charm.
|3 days 12 hours ago||My general thought is that if||
My general thought is that if Michigan were slam-dunk going after Pearson or someone else close to the program, the deal would've been done by now.
That doesn't mean we won't wind up with Mel, but Warde appears to be exploring his options, which I support.
I agree that Mel was a major reason for Michigan's successful on-ice performance when he was here. I wonder if things changed a bit when Hogan went down--suddenly, Hunwick was thrust into the starting role, and people were worried about him. And from that point on the team went on a run unequaled from 2003 to today: Nearly making the FF from not being in a tournament position, making the final, high seed fluked out of the tournament in a near-empty Resch center. I think Mel got the head coach and the team on board. And they nearly won it all.
But, for what it's worth, I hope they're kicking the tires on Leaman.
|3 days 17 hours ago||That's overstated. It's not||
That's overstated. It's not quite the madhouse it was, but it's still a great place.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Funny how the Wings were in||
Funny how the Wings were in the west when it was the best conference by some distance, then the center of gravity moves east, and the Wings follow.
I agree about the format. They want division rivlaries like they used to have, but not too much? They have to pick one: Fair, or divisional rivalries. Not both.
But they should've seen this coming. It's not like they don't have a history of really good teams not getting a chance to advance far because of great teams in their division. It was a problem for Calgary for years in the 80s, among others.
|3 days 17 hours ago||I pull for the Leafs, too.||
I pull for the Leafs, too. Helps people on this board that Zach Hyman and Matt Hunwick are both on the team, but for me there are two personal, closely-related factors: 1. My Dad is from Toronto and his family is still there; 2. The city embraces Leafs hockey to a delightful degree, and it's awesome when they're doing well.
So when the Wings were in the opposite conference, rooting for Toronto was easy and natural, and I cheered them in the playoffs with enthusiasm (back when they, you know, made the playoffs).
There's not much sting on it for Wings fans, because our dislikes tend to be molded around teams that we are rivals with, and we haven't been a direct rival of the Leafs in over 20 years. A lot of people here don't remember the 1993 Norris semis that went seven games (I *do* remember that series, quite well--we happened to be in Toronto for game seven, the whole extended family watched it together rooting for opposite sides, it was intense), so there aren't the hard feelings that are expressed here toward, for example, Pittsburgh.
If the Wings rebuild and face the Leafs in a playoff series or two, most of the good feelings will evaporate. As it should be.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I think you're taking my||
I think you're taking my argument a bit further than I am. I don't dislike advanced stats, and I think they illuminate the game in many ways.
But that doesn't mean that everything is a positive, and there has been a cost. Your average sports fan would have to use Google to discern whether or not a certain player's OPS number is good or bad. But they know a guy batting .225 isn't cutting is and a guy batting .350 is doing great.
Doesn't make OPS inferior or the guys using it bad. I don't even mind guys re-evaluating players based on more advanced information. But it does make things less accessible.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Actually, starters tend to||
Actually, starters tend to have more pitches than relievers in addition to endurance and control. Guys that slide into relief pitching often get looks as starters first and can't cut it, but can work as relievers because they don't need to see the order multiple times and, as you said, open the throttle more. Endurance is something that is conditioned, not something that is an innate attribute like a good curveball.
At any rate, this is a bad idea. You want your starting pitcher doing his best work against the top of the order, and even if the reliever does well you're talking about using him in a situation where you don't know if it's worthwhile. Key relievers aren't put into games that aren't close. So if your team has an 8-run lead by the 5th inning, you've used up a good reliever in a blowout.
The goal isn't to "save starters." It's to win games.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Not for Detroit Tigers||
Not for Detroit Tigers closers in the last 5-7 years.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Fair enough, wasn't really||
Fair enough, wasn't really defending the front office so much as appreciating that we had some young arms as a salve for not paying huge amounts of money for Scherzer.
|4 days 4 hours ago||The counting stat issue is a||
The counting stat issue is a double-edged sword. Obviously, the last 15 years have been a revolutionary period for hte use of advanced stats. That revolution has spread to other sports as well, and one may well consider Mgoblog's advanced analysis in the UFRs to be an extension of this trend. For the dedicated fan it has been fascinating.
Problem: Baseball has benefited from counting stats a great deal in its rich history. More than any other sport in the world, Baseball has told its story through statistics. 61, 714, 56; all numbers that mean something, that most people (at least, my age) know the significance of without me every identifying what they count. And on a more accessible basis, counting stats still mean something to casual fans for regular players. We know that 20 wins is a good season for a pitcher, that .300 is a good batting average, that 30-40 home runs are very good totals for a slugger in a season.
We weren't a "baseball family" when I grew up, but we watched baseball and my Dad would talk about the game. I learned this stuff. If you liked sports you knew what these numbers meant. And, uniquely in sports, you could understand these numbers across different eras. Babe Ruth accrued numbers in the same categories that Ken Griffey Jr. did.
Every year pundits gripe that "Baseball isn't promoting its stars enough." They look longingly at the NBA, a sport with a completely different structure, and they're jealous of it. But Baseball does not, in my opinion, lend itself as well to today's star-heavy culture. Part of that, frankly, is the depreciation of the old counting stats.
That depreciation has come from both sides; both advanced statisticians finding better stats, and cheaters devaluing the old ones. Barry Bonds broke all of the home run records, and I couldn't even tell you what those records are anymore--because I know they were acquired by doping, and I knew that it was happening at the time. The all-time hit king has a lifetime ban from baseball. The only stat left that has any weight is Dimaggio's hit streak, but that may never be approached.
Now the biggest stars are guys like Mike Trout. But Mike Trout doesn't produce spectacular highlights--some of his acrobatic catches are nice, but they pale next to a great dunk or a spectacular touchdown. His home runs are nice, but all home runs look exactly the same on Sportscenter (or a viral twitter post). The thing that could set him apart would be his stats. His average, or his home runs, or whatever.
But the stats that define how truly great he is, the advanced stats, stats like WAR (whichever version you use) or OPS, or others, don't roll off the tongue, and they lack the gravitas and the familiar numbers that the more traditional stats do.
Yeah, they're a step up in many ways. But there's been a cost.
|4 days 5 hours ago||For me it's worth recognizing||
For me it's worth recognizing that, some rough starts aside, it seems like the organization has done a nice job compiling young starters. Verlander's resurgence helps too, of course. And there are some pieces in the order that are still good; just a lot of holes, and JD looks good to bolt this winter, too. Tough job to rebuild an entire outfield.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I'm not sure if this is the||
I'm not sure if this is the right answer, but I would be in favor of a better stat. Silver is hardly the first guy to raise this issue.
I'd be interested in re-labeling backdoor wins that a relief pitcher gets for giving up a lead but being the pitcher of record when his team re-takes the lead in the next half-inning, too. I remember Jose Valverde blowing a save on a Verlander gem on opening day a few years ago and picking up the win, thinking what a travesty it was.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I'm no expert, but hasn't Zim||
I'm no expert, but hasn't Zim been a real disappointment?
I don't think they should have thrown the asked-for money at Scherzer, but he at least has continued to perform. Not clear to me that it would make a difference for the Tigers, but still...
|4 days 5 hours ago||A guy can surprise us, but at||
A guy can surprise us, but at some point a guy who is old and beaten up isn't just slumping a bit; he's in decline. With this roster it is kind of inevitable, and every time Miggy has a bad week I have to remember that at some point the "bad weeks" are going to be a regular thing.
I mean, they had to resign him after that season he had a couple of years ago, but this can't be a surprise to anybody.
|4 days 6 hours ago||The title of the thread looks||
The title of the thread looks like the beginnings of a mathematical equation. Advanced stats! We can do this. The relevant equation looks like this:
(x * y)b = z
Where x = something like, oh, the current winning ratio expressed as a fraction; y = perhaps the estimated winning percentage or WAR or whatever based upon the team's hitting and starting pitching using some fancy advanced statistics or what have you; and z = the probability of the team making the postseason.
b is the value of the team's bullpen. b = 0. Do the math.
|4 days 6 hours ago||Of course a large portion of||
Of course a large portion of their losses have been comebacks by the other team, which... well, that's not encouraging either.
|4 days 7 hours ago||These guys certainly fit the||
These guys certainly fit the "tall corner" archetype that the coaches have been building around. I have to believe the coaches believe there's a lot of untapped potential if they're doubling up on these guys; experience and the small class size suggests that they're not going to just pick up German to get his brother, particularly when his brother isn't a top-50 type player. They think he can be coached into a real contributor.
I hope that's the case.