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- The poll respondents are 40% conservative, 41% moderate, and 19% liberal. Despite this, they preferred Barack Obama to John McCain, 48-46 (with 6% ''Someone Else/Don't Remember").
- The poll respondents are 83%(!!) "White", 14% "African American", and 3% "Other".
- People aged 46 to 65 were the biggest bloc surveyed with 42%. 30 to 45 was the next biggest demographic with 26%. People aged 18-29 (who I'm assuming makes up a pretty big chunk of this blog's base) were a measly 8%.
- Conclusion: Since the demographics of the telephone poll were so skewed, we can conclude that it is not representative of the state of Michigan as a whole. I would want to see a list of which communities they surveyed before I drew any more conclusions then that.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Right?||
I love how the USC sanctions meltdown is directing attention away from the manufactured scandals of DFP et. al.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Shifting winds||
Perhaps Mr. Birkett can see the wind is shifting direction and he wants to re-establish his credibility by attacking the Admissions Office instead of the team directly.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||As long as we're Crusading...||
...then I say ride on. Salvation awaits.
I love how MGoBlog is becoming more credible than some "mainstream" media out there, such as DFP, and, I don't know, talk radio.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Poll details||
Notes on the poll:
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Perfect||
This post is the perfect way to start my day. Ahh...browsing through the USC roster for possible transfers...gotta love it.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Funny||
Funny you say that, because there was speculation on MGoBlog that this is exactly the course the local media would follow post-Dorseygate: Criticize the University, whether he gets in or not. We just happen to see the more hypocritical of those two scenarios.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Academics||
B10 looking to expand its research footprint too, Oklahoma and OU are not members of the AAU. Looking at the list of member institutions: http://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5476
Recent additions: Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010; Texas A&M, 2001; Stony Brook University (NY), 2001. Not exactly what to make of that in terms of athletic expansion, but there you are.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||$ and team chemistry||
I can't imagine this whole situation is good for the morale of State basketball. To possibly lose your legendary coach to Cleveland for $6.5 mils a year has got to sting a little.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Awesome post||
"...or that somebody in Cubicle 12 in admissions wants to put a knife in his back"
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Amazing||
I've never been prouder to be a Michigan Wolverine than after I read that article of yours. Thanks for putting it all up there.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Thoughts on the beaver||
Maybe it looks at the shadows--darker/rapidly darkening shadows would suggest the tree is going to fall there--and just runs towards a brighter-lit area. I'm sure that system's failed on occasion, though.
No idea on the one with the verbs. I guess I would have to study the culture of the language I was trying to translate it into to get a better idea of how they express ideas without modal verbs. National Geographic, anybody? :)
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Legality of the situation||
I'm not an expert on LOI legal precedent, but I would assume that a LOI definitely qualifies as a legal contract. If admissions pulls the plug on this deal, the University could get sued (or be more vulnerable to lawsuits in the future).
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Life on other planets?||
I figure there's probably got to be life on Mars. Even if it didn't evolve there naturally, any space-faring microbes from Earth would have made them over on all the probes we sent there, starting with the 'Viking' spacecraft in the 70s. Or anything that hitched a ride on the probes as they went over.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Ohio State Jr.||
Ohio State Jr.'s got to get his nips in before we get back to our winning ways...hahaha
|5 years 35 weeks ago||To Scythe or Not To Scythe||
I like this picture just the way it is; it's mad awesome. Maybe if you wanted to do a scythe in an MS Paint, do one of the Michigan defensive line where they all have scythes for arms and the caption 'Death Roh' or something like that.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Dispatch article||
I don't know if any of you read the Ohio State online newsletter, but he has some pretty interesting things to say about World Cup soccer:
Editor: "I've got to say I am at my limit with soccer fans. Soccer is essentially a third-world sport. Frankly, I find the game Rambo plays in First Blood 3 - where he rides a horse in an attempt to carry a goat around a field, only to be dropped in a dirt circle - more exciting than soccer...Even in this day and age of global recession, people in the U.S. love their sports and will only support soccer if they find a way to open it up offensively. Until soccer comes around with more scoring, its fans will consist of transplanted non-Americans and soccer moms."
Racism, sexism, you name it. That's a pretty attractive package that guy's got going for him. And baldness too! :)
|5 years 35 weeks ago||YES||
I had a debate with an OSU friend of mine recently, and he honestly thought that TP was one of the Heisman frontrunners for 2010. I replied, "He couldn't even beat Purdue, and OSU barely beat Navy in the Shoe!" Gotta admit it, pwnage doesn't get much better then that, IMHO.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Varsity Lacrosse||
...would be awesome. I'd show up to their games.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Carr vs. RR||
I would like to see Carr vs. RR, but as part of a broader 'Coaching Legends of Michigan' series. Find out how to weight each coach's performance as a function of quality of schedule, recruiting, and hard-to-define things like that--i.e. the mitigating factors that make it so hard to compare coaches from different eras. Recruiting was a lot different in Yost's era than it was in Moeller's, and it's more different still in RR's.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Cool stuff||
I don't know as much about stats as this guy does. However, an anecdote from recent memory: Texas-Nebraska, Big 12 Championship Game 2009. MVP: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. According to Suh's Wiki, he had 12 tackles, 7 for loss, and 4.5 sacks against Texas that day. However, I would argue that this was not a sign that Texas had a bad offense, or that McCoy was a bad QB. Rather, Suh was simply an unstoppable force of nature that year, and his personal stats and the defense's stats reflect that fact.
I'm not exactly sure what conclusions we can draw from this, but I believe this article lends credence to the idea that having a great offense is better than having a great defense, on average. However, getting back to my B12 example, a great offense will, on average, get you better field position for extra-long-range field goals in emergency situations, as well as setting up your playmakers on offense for many more scoring opportunities.
I think the real effect of spread offense mania in college football has been to reduce the importance of plays run for short gains. Sure, a quick throw for 5 out to the flat is all well and good, but statistically, an offense that is capable (at least on paper) of 20+ yards per play is in a better position to take advantage of bad secondary play, especially at the college level. Not to mention making much greater use of the pass is easier on the running backs' bodies; they also get more chances to utilize their blocking and misdirecting abilities.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Suggestion for Driving Through Ohio||
The state troopers go easier on you if you're in the left-most (passing) lane. I did 80 once past a speed trap on 23 south and I didn't get pulled over because I was passing a guy going 74-ish. Also, Michigan gear isn't that bad, but Ohio cops really hate it when you have funny or 'clever' stickers on your car.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||This made my day||
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Surprises/Dreams||
1. Vindication for walk-on players, who solve the problems that have plagued Michigan football for years. Punt returns, kickoff returns, and the dreaded safety spot.
2. Beating Ohio State. They have the most annoying fan base in America and they didn't deserve last year's win. If Tate doesn't throw three interceptions and fumble in the end zone we win that game.
3. Winning record and a decent to cool bowl game.
That is all.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Unless||
Unless the Big Ten has managed to convince the other powers-that-be in the other conferences out there that this is, in fact, a Good Thing for college football. If all the power players in college football worked together, they could move mountains or Notre Dame (lolz) to make something like this work.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Awesome||
As a musician, this is an awesome tool, and a great way to make music. My suggestion would be to use more of the lower boxes to flesh out the bass side of the spectrum.
EDIT: Try using diamond-shaped boxes if you like contrapuntal effects.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Amen to this article||
I can't wait to see RR's Michigan Wolverines pwning a bunch of n00bs on the football field this September. RR, if you're out there, we're all behind you. Cleanse this abomination from our fair state and country. We're backing you up no matter what.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||I agree||
I agree, a proper Tom Harmon jersey has to be hand-sewn. He effing rocks.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||um...Thanks?||
I'll be sure to include this article on my resume when I'm applying there for a job. I'll try to make my analyses briefer in the future; I gotta admit I can rarely make it a quarter of a way into one of Brian's UFRs. But I do like his 'Heroes/Goats/What Does This Mean' etc. at the end, and I was trying to reproduce some of that writing style. Srsly though, thanks for the feedback.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Dishonest analysis?||
Sure. Anyone who says that RR should be fired right here, right now doesn't know what he or she is talking about and by definition, those analyses would be less 'honest' than mine. (I must admit the 'honest' tag was more rhetorical than anything.) As for why I ask all this energy of you, I would reply that informed fans are the antidote for inane sportswriters pushing this personal agenda or that. The quicker you and I can say, "This guy doesn't know what he/she is talking about," the better, because there's an awful lot of garbage writing floating around out there, and not just for sports.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Ignorance is bliss?||
I am amazed, time and again, by the level of willing ignorance that these sportswriters (and a lot of fans too) seem to show, especially as far as RR is concerned. I'm one of those nuts (pun intended) who actually checks out OSU blogs from time to time, and a lot of their users seem to think that RR is a bad man who should be fired immediately. Not withstanding the fact that OSU has averaged 42 secondary violations per year since 2000 as compared to Michigan's 9 self-reported violations since 2005.
If there is a cure for the offseason blues, MGoBlog is it. Don, nice analysis. Way to break down that article to bare bones and enlighten us as to what is likely going on in Temple coach Golden's noggin. How much longer do you think JoePa can hold on to that job?