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|4 days 19 hours ago||Goodell is getting taxed on||
Goodell is getting taxed on his stupidly high salary, a lot of it at the highest marginal tax rates. So there are taxes being paid. And expenses related to palatial offices are deductible even in the for-profit context. There are so, so many reasons to criticize the league. This isn't one of them.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I'm both left-leaning and not||
I'm both left-leaning and not a fan of the NFL as an organization. The league is dysfunctional, hypocrtical, and opposed to accountability on just about every conceivable issue. But I think this tax exempt argument is baloney. League-level revenue (for stuff like licensing etc.) gets passed through to the teams, which are not tax exempt, and the players, who pay (or should pay) income taxes. Goodell gets his (exorbitant, preposterous) salary and he pays taxes on that. There's taxation happening here. It's just not happening at the level where there isn't actual taxable income.
|1 week 5 days ago||They get credit for no blood||
They get credit for no blood spatter. NU set the patriotic-uniform-bar rather low.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"Elsewhere" = why I've been||
"Elsewhere" = why I've been reading this blog more closely than just about anything else for the last seven bizarre-assed years. So, so good.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Was also wondering about||
Was also wondering about Bass. And where are we with RoJo?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The real question for Adidas,||
The real question for Adidas, though, is how it's going to look when it's ripped to shreds on a routine tackle.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||September 3, 1994||
Boston College at Michigan. First play of the game was a 74-yard BC TD reception. It was an appropriately searing introduction to twenty years of deranged fandom. We went on to win, but still.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||"From Westbrook to Brust: 20||
"From Westbrook to Brust: 20 Years of Heart-Rending, Last-Second Losses"
|43 weeks 2 days ago||Great idea||
I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea, though I wonder how Woodson's '97 UFR numbers would look since teams mostly tried to stay the hell away from him (and with good reason). I also think you might mean "retrospective".
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Plural!||
Per Ace's tweet yesterday evening, it was TUBES plural.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||TUBES||
I'm fairly confident that the tubes, both of them, were on at the very beginning of the ABC broadcast and then we didn't see them again. Whether this is on the director or the cameramen should probably be debated in the diaries.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Could be four and five Could||
Could be four and five
Could also be eight and one
Blocking is hard, man
|49 weeks 6 days ago||This is America and the First||
This is America and the First Amendment protects your ability to spend time crafting whatever wrong-headed written expression catches your fancy. But I'd have thought that after hanging around here for two and a half years (at least), you'd realize that posting a critical comment about a post in which Brian expresses misgivings about things that bother him would be at least a small-ish waste of your time. Nobody makes you read Brian's stuff. Nobody makes you pay for it. If you want blind boosterism of the football program and the gameday experience with no self-reflection or critical analysis, I'd respectfully suggest that you're in the wrong place.
|1 year 1 week ago||My wife and I were planning||
My wife and I were planning on bringing our young-ish kids to this game. An 8:00 start would ixnay that possibility. If 8:00 happens, I will chalk it up to the football gods telling me that my kids' first game *must* be at Michigan Stadium.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Does the ironic invocation of||
Does the ironic invocation of Godwin's Law count for the purposes of Godwin's Law?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Right. Tons of late-game||
Right. Tons of late-game heroics, all of which has been awesome. But when was our last TOUCHDOWN MANNINGHAM-pulling-the-game-out-just-as-the-clock-hits-zero moment?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||That hurt. Can anyone||
That hurt. Can anyone remember the last game that we WON or tied a game on a buzzer-beater? There and Evan effing Turner, Backboard Ahmadenijad, and Brust this year. We've had some late heroics, but I can't remember the last true buzzer-beater. Anyone?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||I found my way here, and||
I found my way here, and became an immediate addict, after we got the tar beat out of us by Oregon in 2007. I still rememember the banner: "Crying Like Little Girls Since . . ."
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I just want to know what the||
I just want to know what the hell is wrong with Jordan Kovacs in this photograph. Fingers crossed that he ceases to be petrified and manniquin-esque by 1/1/13. Also: affirmatively like the helmetzz and could take/leave the rest.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||I should probably change my||
I should probably change my username to "naivelyoptimistic", but I can't shake the notion that this public apology is the first step in a multi-step process that ends with JT getting reinstated for the bowl game.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||*For some reason CAN'T get||
*For some reason CAN'T get image of Justin Fargas's 1,000 yard NFL rushing season out of head*
|1 year 42 weeks ago||*double post* I suck||
*double post* I suck
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Is my memory and reading||
Is my memory and reading comprehenshon so bad that I didn't notice a straight "Did you support the decision to add Rutgers and Maryland" question as opposed to the generic "futher thoughts" comment box? I wonder why on earth they wouldn't just ask the question. I'm sure it's because everyone loves it *so* much!
|1 year 44 weeks ago||What he wanted to say but||
What he wanted to say but couldn't without getting fined/reprimanded: "I was kind of upset at this point by the fact that we'd been called for a lot more penalties and been penalized for a lot more yards than Michigan. This was my sarcastic reaction to this state of affairs."
Don't agree with his assessment or his reaction, but that's what's probably going on here.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||I was fairly blown away by||
I was fairly blown away by his athleticism. It pains me to say it, but the player he most reminded me of was, um, Terrelle Pryor. So in the best tradition of Fred Jackson, I'll say "He's like Terrelle Pryor, but a good person."
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The google reveals that Trey||
The google reveals that Trey is our first pre-season All American in 18 years (Jalen Rose, 1994).
|1 year 51 weeks ago||So there's a section of this||
So there's a section of this post that's headed "Come on Denard." I know that there's a segment of the readership here that views Brian as an unmitigated Denard apologist (he's not), but read the whole post before you attack the guy (fergodsakes).
|2 years 1 week ago||Cut Block Question||
Given the quality of the staff and the athleticism of the guys, I was surprised by how befuddled they seemed to be by the cut blocks. Which leads to my question: how the hell do you avoid being cut, whether in space or on the interior?
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I am still not entirely sure||
I am still not entirely sure that this isn't a BHGP pro combat parody. Gloves especially.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||So I guess off-season does||
So I guess off-season does have its benefits. This post won the internet today. I hope everyone realizes this. And basks in the insane good fortune that we have Brian monitoring preposterous M-themed tchochkes (the previews, game columns, UFR's, and thought pieces are cool, too).