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|1 day 15 hours ago||On the plus side, people do||
On the plus side, people do tend to remember my name easily.
|1 day 15 hours ago||For some of us, "Not that||
For some of us, "Not that John Madden" refers to the portly ex-coach color commentator, because "Yes that John Madden" is a Michigan Hockey Champion with an inclination toward scoring short-handed goals.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Name: SteveCity: Duluth,||
|1 week 15 hours ago||You may not call it a "real"||
You may not call it a "real" honeymoon, but if it happens right after you get married, that's exactly what it is; your later trip is still a great trip.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Forgot to specify my own||
Forgot to specify my own answer: We'll be going Friday night. Still can't decide which jersey to wear.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Pity I'll be in town on the||
Pity I'll be in town on the wrong night. Ah well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This is ridiculous. Get a||
This is ridiculous. Get a correct block call against Louisville and we might already have won a title.
Yeah, Beilein has lost out on some recruits. But Michigan didn't hire him to recruit the biggest stars; they hired him to build a competitive basketball team. Four years ago I would have said the ceiling for Michigan basketball is, in a four-year period, three tourney appearances and one decent run. We're already way past that.
Michigan is not and never has been Duke, Kentucky, or Kansas. It never will be. It can, however, be as good as most other teams, with solid coaching, good talent evaluation, and the occasional rebuilding year that sets the team up for future success.
Yeah, I think recruiting could be a bit better. But your last sentence is so absurd that you are either being willfully ignorant, or you're just trolling.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I don't object to much of||
I don't object to much of your post, but let's address this statement: "If Michigan was cheating with the big boys, then why was Michigan busted and not the big boys?"
Michigan wasn't busted because they self-reported or because infractions just naturally floated past the nose of NCAA investigators. They got busted because there was a poorly timed car accident, and more importantly because the crucial figure in the infractions was prosecuted for violating federal law.
Those serious legal problems were the dominant reason that NCAA violations (which are not against the law, and are enforced by a governing body that cannot compel cooperation in its constituents) came to light. If memory serves, Chris Webber only spoke candidly about his involvement because it was part of a deal struck with prosecutors.
This is a common theme in sports: scandals only occur when those breaking the rules are prosecuting for breaking laws that exist outside of the rules of the sport. From Reggie Bush's trouble with agents (he was used, that's what started that whole thing) to police uncovering illegal operations in a Columbus tattoo parlor to Federal drug law investigations revealing widespread sports doping, a lot of the worst scandals have heir roots in conventional legal trouble.
This is natural, since sports have artificial rules of competition that are not laws for regular citizens. I do not get ticketed for "holding" if I grab my daughter in the course of horseplay, for example. The problem is that these sports governing bodies cannot enforce guidelines with the same thoroughness that government law enforcement can.
The fact is, athletes don't get caught doping unless they make a mistake. Many succeed. And many schools likely get away with breaking NCAA rules because they are not violating laws. They don't get caught unless they make a mistake.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm going to okay devil's||
I'm going to play devil's advocate here: yes, this looks bad, but let's not get carried away. Reporters learn news that they don't report all the time. Sometimes it's not solid enough to report, sometimes it's off the record, and sometimes they are asked to embargo the report until after the fact.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Imagine how good Devin||
Imagine how good Devin could've been. Harbaugh's offense is the perfect balance for him, especially with a working running game. I don't think he would've regressed the way he did.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Sad about this. Not because||
Sad about this.
Not because it's particularly bad for Michigan on the field, or because it's an unpleasant departure (doesn't appear to be). It's just that, after that awful Nebraska game that was not his fault, I wanted him to get one nice moment on the field in a Michigan uniform. Even if it was just mop-up duty to modest cheers. To have your legacy be a half on the road as a sacrifice to Borges incompetence is just not fair.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||This team is a ton of fun||
This team is a ton of fun right now. Back-end problems make things a bit more nervous than I (or anyone else) would like, but how refreshing to own offense after a prolonged offensive lull in the post-Porter years.
The contrast in offensive danger between this team and the defense-first two-line team that came oh-so-close in St. Paul is startling. But, hopefully, these guys continue to grow into a full team the way those did. Get in the tournament and they have a real shot.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Former ref Jerry Austin was||
Former ref Jerry Austin was on the radio this morning saying that it was his understanding that all the balls were checked at halftime due to the question from the Colts. He presumes the pressure would have been corrected then, as well.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||To be honest, that actually||
To be honest, that actually sounds like exactly the sort of thing that Belichick would do--just part of finding every angle, every corner of the rules to exploit, every advantage to win. Seems right up his alley.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Just to be clear, since||
Just to be clear, since several have brought up the Colts footballs: I'm not suggesting that this is incidental. I'm wondering if the Pats deliberately used hot temperatures to gain the desired effect without doctoring post-inspection, thus technically not breaking the rules. It would fit Belicheck's profile.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I've been wondering this,||
I've been wondering this, though: suppose the Pats deliberately inflated the balls with hotter air in a hot room. The balls are checked right after they're received, 2.5 hours before kickoff. They check out at the time... but could they be holding enough heat to lose 2-3 lbs after 3 hours?
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Totally disagree. I||
Totally disagree. I understand why you say this--it is quite possible that nobody SHOULD take Mariotta in the top 20. But history shows that football teams desperate for a quarterback will take the best available guy in the first round. This is how Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, and Christian Ponder all went in the top 15 in one season.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think it will be good.||
I think it will be good. Winston's problems are problems of judgement and choice, not intelligence. Intelligent people choose to do bad things all the time. He'll be so carefully managed in his pre-draft work that the teams will be blown away by him.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe. Or maybe he has||
Maybe. Or maybe he has another year that is statistically underwhelming, stranded by quarterbacks that can't get him the ball, and the bloom falls off of the Rose.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||He's not loved right now.||
He's not loved right now. They want him gone. Imagine how we would feel if DB were still in charge saying "Brady Hoke is our coach, he is going to get it done." That's Iowa right now.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||It's a great place with lots||
It's a great place with lots of outdoor stuff to do. Really sparkles in July and August, and if you like winter sports it's fantastic.
And you're quite right. I took some guys from my youth group to a UMD basketball game (division 2) last weekend because it was close and cheap. It was... not crowded. But we sat right behind the bench and heard everything the coach said in timeouts. It's a tradeoff, but it's nice.
The distance is a big reason why UMD's hockey team does well here; while they don't sell out every game, there is a solid fanbase that always attends and the arena is terrific.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Saginaw's OHL team, as I||
Saginaw's OHL team, as I understand it, does quite well. There's a market in that area for this type of team that is a lot harder to carve out in a Detroit Suburb with plentiful college and NHL hockey close by. OHL teams tend to work in small-to-midlevel communities where the combination of good on-ice action and the absence of better, higher-level options close by makes it an attractive ticket.
OHL teams have done terribly in close proximity to Toronto for years; no reason to believe it's any better here. But some teams flourish in spaces where they find a niche. I don't think the Whalers ever had a niche.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No reason Yost can't host||
No reason Yost can't host women's hockey. The issue is taking the effort to build a program, which can be quite an undertaking. Now, there is a good coach on the market--UMD's women's coach, Shannon Miller, has won multiple national titles up here and will not have her contract renewed. She might be a candidate to start a program, though the resulting acrimony and the lingering possibility that she may sue probably make that situation too sticky for Michigan to bother with.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||What's the point of Mgoblog?||
What's the point of Mgoblog? This is sports fandom. By definition it is a spurious exercise, an endeavor to assign meaning to a game kids play on a fake grass field with colorful paint.
So the parallels have no meaning to you. No problem, it was 46 years ago, ignore it, don't post. It's silly.
But OSU is the champion. They are young. They will almost certainly be heavy favorites. There are few games on their schedule they have a chance to lose before visiting. Michigan does have a first year coach.
They may well not mean anything, but they do exist.
And, as for why now? Because everybody is anointing OSU as the next dynasty, even (especially?) on here. Maybe.
But maybe not.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I dunno man, I like football.||
I dunno man, I like football. A lot. I happen to think the sport is better when the M-OSU rivalry is huge. I think it will be huge this year. After a depressing stretch where it has been basically irrelevant, I'm excited about it. Maybe we win, maybe we don't, but we matter and they matter and The Game matters.
I was raised on bedtime tales of the Ten Year War. I have vivid childhood memories of big tilts in the 80s. Attending the '97 game remains my all-time favorite sports moment. I endured taunts and threats and had great times at three games in Columbus in the early 00s.
I love it. I think it matters again. I can be upset that OSU is winning something like the Eeyores on here, but I can't lie and pretend that I'm not actually excited to see Michigan take this team on next fall.
Read my history if you feel like it; I don't go for impressiveness or intimidation. I rarely make posts shorter than a paragraph. But I feel strongly about college football, and I'm way higher on the sport and the team I follow than I was last month or last season.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Man, you really are grumpy||
Man, you really are grumpy about this. Yes, I am quite aware that Michigan was well-ranked in '68. Of course, this year's Michigan team played OSU much closer than that year's, but who's counting?
Yeah, I agree that we can't always hearken back to '69 or '97 every season. But there is, I believe, talent on Michigan. We know we have a coach who can match up to his counterpart better than at any time since Jim Tressel was hired. And the parallels are uniquely close in many respects.
There's a lot of sky-is-falling talk on the board tonight. Not everything here is the end of the world.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I've guaranteed nothing.||
I've guaranteed nothing. Noting the parallels (and producing the actual statistics) does not guarantee results. I do expect the game to be epic.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I don't drink, but I do have||
I don't drink, but I do have to rise early. Thanks for asking.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Perhaps, but in my defense I||
Perhaps, but in my defense I only posted it once.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Michigan's, or Ohio State's?||
Michigan's, or Ohio State's? That OSU team was an all-time great. 68 and 70 were incredible teams. Don't fall prey to recency bias.