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|4 weeks 3 days ago||It's a shame this petition only got 6 signatures.|
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Turns out the life isn't fair||
I would have loved if my senior season wasn't the 3-9 Rodriguez debut debacle (we'll always have Wisconsin Rich!)
I would have loved to have a former/current president to be my commencement speaker. Nothing against Larry Page, but graduating in 09 instead of 08 or 10 was kind of a bummer.
I would have loved to graduate in a nice economy like the classes of 03-07.
Someone in life always gets screwed. If it wasn't this class it would have been a future class.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Postseason/Special ticket priorities||
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that % redemption was already being quietly used - for instance, student tickets to the final 4 were awarded based on % of games attended. If you were a senior, bought student tickets, but only showed up for the B1G portion of the schedule, tough cookies, you were placed in priority behind a freshman who went to every single game.
If we are consistently good and more strictly limited student tickets to bowl games (IE no more of this buy up to 8 per person BS) I could see this culture slowly improving. More incentives are probably necessary though.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I give up||
I don't understand this love of Tubby Smith. His teams have conintually gotten worse and players have either stayed still or regressed while playing for him. He continually makes terrible in game coaching decisions and has an insane substitution pattern that has cost Minnesota dearly this season.
Besides comparing this move to Mason for Brewster, why do people think this is bad? What has Tubby done in his 6 years at Minnesota to really impress people?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, it was||
And the author was in full on troll mode with the comment along the lines of "There is a decent chance South Dakota State will appear to have more fans than Michigan in Auburn Hills come Thursday night."
I mean, that's a troll hard lede right there. Is there a chance? sure! Is it above 1%? Not likely!
They've quadrupled merch sales! I'm sure they must be selling tens of shirts now! It sure will be interesting to see maybe 500 total actual/Sparty SDSU fans in Auburn HIlls!
But to give credit where credit is due, successful troll was successful.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||No||
Just people constantly cruising the MSU boards and then running back to post about OMG THE HORRORS I'VE SEEN!
If idiot Spartan fans want to waste $15 by buying some SDSU merchandise, well, I'm sure that SDSU is appreciative of the additional liscensing dollars.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||True||
You rely just have to be an mgohipster. Join early enough (or haloscan) and amass a large amount of points. Then you can afford to act like you don't care about points.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||+1 Bear Patrol B-2 Bomber||
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Well...||
He was a very good DE once upon a time. Nowadays he's listed by pro football focus as the worst 4-3 DE in the leauge. Kind of cold for the Lions to cut him after they made such an effort to sign him, but they're going to get some big savings out of it.
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||I hope nobody on the team was in Nam as well.||
Mainly because it would make that person a minimum of 60 years old and probably declining in actual basketball skill.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
I thought this was America.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||Uh||
Justice Hayes - '11 (#3 APB, ~100 national) would count as a top RB.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Uh||
I'm sure jerseys, while playing some part in recruiting ultimately are not very important.
Here's a list of things probably more important to recruits
Ability to produce NFL talent
Proximity to home
Girls (sorry Cal Tech)
Head Coach/Coordinator/Position Coach
It's nice to have special jerseys, but somehow doubtful that a recruit would pick MSU over Michigan and the tiebreaker was chrome helmets.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
It would take a lot of doing for Gardner to amass 16 attempts and somehow complete less than 3 passes and throw an additional pick.
It's possib-le, but not probab-le
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Title to not break mgoblog||
"assuming that our offense held them to half of their normal production"
If we held a team to 0 output we would affect them by 1/8th. Since that pretty clearly didn't happen, at best it would be 1/16th.
If any of them played a defense ranked middle of the pack and we compared vs ours maybe we would see the true difference and be able to apply that back, 1/16th is probably too optimistic, we're probably talking 1/32nd at best, or 3%
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||Actually I think you're right||
Hoke is playing it exactly right from Michigan's standpoint. He's securing high level recruits and not having to work quite as hard to keep them.
I just think that its pretty unfair from the recruits' standpoint, but then that's college football as a whole.
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||That's not the point||
yes, every school does. Ole miss even signs 37 per class.
Michigan has a policy around commits and visits. Not every school does that.
|33 weeks 1 hour ago||So we have a double standard||
I'm actually completely with that aspect.
I just don't know how some of these kids know what the right decision is if they don't get to take visits other places. if all you've seen is Michigan, how do you know that Michigan is actually what's truly best for you? Again, if my best offers are NW and MAC and I know I need to make this decision now or not have a spot, guess what? And if USC and Florida come calling later on, well, why is it wrong to go visit? Policy seems unfair to the recruits while the coaches come out looking good.
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||Eh, something about how confident companies don't play like that||
Trying to put myself/you in the shoes of a highly ranked HS Recruit. You got options, you interview well, you got a degree from a good school, had a good internship, etc. In the corporate world you're the equivalant of a Rivals 100 recruit.
Companies don't tend to threaten to pull offers, offer multiple people a job for which they only have 1 opening and so on because that's a great way to piss off the people you're recruiting. Then the underclassmen will hear through the grapevine that the Walt Disney Co. acted like dicks to their recruits, and suddenly they won't get the same caliber of applicants.
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||Not the same thing||
It would be more like trusting the GF to go out with her parents and not cheat on you if another guy buys her a drink. If your relationship isn't strong enough for that, then maybe you weren't meant to be in the first place.
Switching metaphors - its essentially the same process as getting recruited for a job senior year. This is essentially the only time in the process where you/the recruit will have any control whatsoever, so you should take your time and take all of your visits/interviews. If you are a quality candidate in high demand and happen to get multiple offers, take your time to consider which company you want to work for.
Good companies don't tend to pressure their top candidates with deadlines or forbid them from interviewing with other companies. I don't even know what my reaction would have been had a company told me that 5 people had been offered for 1 spot and I could take all the time I wanted but the position could be gone if I took too long.
|33 weeks 2 hours ago||You know who says that? Guys||
You know who says that? Guys who committed to Michigan. We don't tend to get lots of feedback on Michigan's recruiting from guys who didn't commit to Michigan.
You know who probably doesn't appreciate Hoke's method of recruiting? The top 50ish guy who actually wants to take his time, has options, take all 5 official visits, and make the most informed decision. That's assuming the rules of "You can commit whenever but there may not be a spot" even apply to that player. I'm sure there's a legion of 3* dudes out there who would love to come play WR.
|33 weeks 3 hours ago||You're being willfully blind||
You're being willfully blind if you think Michigan's policy is putting less pressure on recruits.
On one hand the coaches tell recruits to only commit if they're sure, and on the other they say that their spot may not be available if they continue to wait. if you were a 3ish star guy like Conley was and your best other offers were low BCS/MAC level, you jump on that offer like a Great White on a seal.
Now that Conley's been blowing up, he's getting offers from other high level BCS teams and realizing he has other options. it would be nice if he stuck with Michigan, but its not exactly shocking that he may be rethinking the biggest (well, probably the biggest) decision of his life so far.
I don't even understand why people are so excited about the opportunity to get McQuay instead of Conley. Conley has shown far more interest in Michigan than McQuay ever has.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||RE: Wristbands||
Wristbands dont offer the flexibility and amount of plays that signalling will. Anecdotally, also easier to steal calls off of wristbands in game. Double anecdote - its also pretty easy to identify who the "hot" signaller is - he's the guy standing next to the coach/listening to his headset who isn't signalling like a maniac immediately, he listens for the actual playcall. It's just hard to figure out wtf the signals mean, as opposed to a big "PLAY # 3" sign.
In any case, both systems are extremely stupid and unnecessarily complex. Just go the NFL route and give certain players headsets in their helmets. Presto, now nobody has to worry about their signals being stolen and we can stop seeing features on Oregon's picture boards.
|36 weeks 3 days ago||Are you one of the people who||
Are you one of the people who supported the owners during the lockout?
You might think all refs are terrible, but there's usually a reason why some officals can work in the NFL and BCS level and others work Arena, D-III, and so on. The regular refs will on occasion blow a call or miss a flag. They usually don't botch timeout situations, 2 minute warnings, clock operations, and a whole smorgasboard of other issues that the replacement refs seem to.
And not to get too into the topic, but what the real refs are asking for makes virtually no financial impact to the NFL or its ownership.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||About luck/effort||
The dislike about that sort of talk is mainly around how you can basically pre-write a story about a game and just fill in the blanks with whatever names you want.
It's hacky and insulting to imply that in a goal line situation one team wants to score more than the other team wants to deny them that score. I'm sure you've noticed that Brian does awknowledge intangibles, whether it be Mike Martin's passion, Zach Novak's grit, or Jordan Kovacs' smarts. Some things are real and can be awknowledged. Other statements like "Michigan wanted to win the Sugar Bowl more than Virginia Tech" are just plainly stupid. it's hacky journalism at best and does nothing but fill column inches by doing the least amount of work possible.
Anybody who comes up with a sports and/or engineering background can probably be counted on to dislike "luck". It is not better to be lucky than good, its best to win. You guarantee victory by eliminating or minimizing stray variables that might hurt your chances. Luck can explain things like recovering 75% of forced fumbles or winning a casino jackpot. It is silly to continue to predict that such things will continue to happen.
Putting it another way, you can explain the past as being influenced to a certain degree by luck. You should not use something that is inherently up to chance to try and predict the future.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Level of knowledge||
Making statements like this will undercut your point. What point in the game? We could be talking about anything at this point. Maybe it was true play action. Maybe it was a run/pass option based off of the inverted veer. Were the defenders LITERALLY standing there (who? where? the backside DE and LB?). Maybe you misremembered. Who knows?
And you processed and analyzed this in the seconds that this play occurred instead of much rewatching of the tape? I mean, if that's the case you could make a lot of money in an NFL booth. You'd have more credibility if you broke down that specific play and pointed out where Denard consistently pulled back to pass or gave the option handoffs.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Eh||
You're most likely preaching to the choir on this one. The biggest culprits (IE, students who don't care about football/care more about drinking) usually aren't reading Mgoblog.
Cross post this on What Should We Call Me would probably work wonders.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, the $ fixes it all||
Sure they beat michigan on the field but because you use the $ instead of the s it erases any memory of defeat.
|43 weeks 9 hours ago||It would not be different here.||
There are plenty of people in any fanbase that would react the same way that people at BSD are. I just hope those theoretical Michigan fans know the difference between your and you're.
|44 weeks 1 day ago||Uh||
Just so we're clear, the perpetrators are going to jail, I'm sure donations to the school will take a big hit, they will have to pay out huge amounts of money for the lawsuits, and their name has been dragged through the mud.
That is all deterrance. In a hypothetical situation down the road where administrators are faced with the choice to report a crime or cover it up, the NCAA Death Penalty will not be a significant factor in the decision making process.
(Scene:in the University of Texas Athletic Director's Office)
UT AD DeLoss Dodds: "Well, Greg Robinson is a good guy, won us a national title as the defensive coordiantor, we should try to cover up his latest killing spree"
Random Flunky: "But, think about Penn State! They got the Death Penalty! THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO PLAY FOOTBALL FOR A YEAR!"
UT AD DD: "Well in that case turn him in. The threat of jail time for myself and the reputation of the university don't mean anything next to losing Longhorn Football for one whole year."