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|4 weeks 5 days ago||First,||
Good luck with the move. I'm sure things will improve.
Second, the days of TC / Emerson Fittipaldi used to make me laugh until I cried.
Third, I love reading News (never Freep) articles about the lineup change and the constant references to Chuck "The Freak". They can't call him Chuck; it's always Chuck "The Freak", with the latter part in quotes.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The above points||
Reflect the rational side of my reaction to the schedule
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Well here's hoping we're in the tail of the distribution||
Though I did find OP's quote kind of funny:
Even on the most scientific blog in the Big 10 (TM?), the homerism such that the first reaction is to question the model, not figure out why it might be right. joeyb broke it down well -- 7 losses is basically us losing every game there's a decent chance for us to lose. But only a 1% chance of winning the Big 10? That's pessimistic, even for me.
EDIT add: Curious if they define Devin as a returning starter at QB or not. If not, that may explain some of the pessimism; these models usually give decent boosts for having a returning starter at QB.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Sections based on seniority, rows based on arrival time||
Yes, I like this. Only downside is that it still doesn't allow groups of mixed points students to sit together ('legally').
Brian hit upon another potential solution. Nothing incentivizes like cash. So, at $300 a season ticket (4x what it cost me back in the day -- ouch). For each home game: Your ticket is scanned 30+ minutes before game time? $10 in a pot toward your next Michigan ticket purchase. 15 minutes before? $5. Less than 15 minutes? 0. $70 is a bit more than a t-shirt. Reverse-weave hoodie, at least!
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Nerd question: software?||
Mathlete, are you using Tableau, or something else? Cool stuff!
Be curious if you do a time-lapse viz that looks at only the 4* and above recruits and shows where they came from by year -- is 2002 far enough back to show the migration of where the top recruits hail from?
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Allergies||
Hard to believe I forgot something in that too-long post, but I did -- for whatever reason, the Columbus area is bad for allergies, according to a few doctors we talked to. The whole family is on Zyrtec; I only took it seasonally in Michigan.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Lots of good comments here||
I moved to the Columbus area a few years ago after nearly 20 in Ann Arbor. We chose Dublin based on proximity to work and schools, but many of the other communities mentioned are great. I would say that Upper Arlington (and Bexley) are the "old money' parts of Columbus -- great schools, great houses, but the $ per sq ft is super-high. That's one reason we ended up in Dublin. Downside of Dublin is that it's basically a community of subdivisions; unlike Ann Arbor there's very little "there" there. If you're going to be about an hour north of Columbus, that seems about Marion-area. Delaware (the town) is a bit hipper than Marion, and further south is Lewis Center (growing suburb) or Powell, which is like Dublin but with a nicer mini-downtown.
OSU fans are everywhere. Thank goodness the principal at my kids' elementary is a U-M grad! She promised my kids wouldn't get harrassed for wearing maize and blue -- though my daughter was given a buckeye necklace her first week at school. Ouch. The thing to remember is that the Buckeyes ARE the only game in town. It's not like Michigan where fandom is split between U-M and MSU, but then most fans unite behind the Detroit sports teams. Professionally, Columbus is split between Tribe and Reds, between Browns, Bengals, and Steelers, the Blue Jackets stink, and the Crew, while great (and yellow!) are "just" MLS. So everyone rallies around the Buckeyes. Imagine the Wolverines, Spartans, Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons all rolled into one program. That's OSU. Red is everywhere. Everywhere! My recommendation would be to represent but just be prepared for some grief.
Generally it's a great area, and it's the most active economic region in Ohio (helped by OSU and the capital, along with Nationwide, the Limited, Battelle, Ashland, Cardinal Health, and a huge Chase operation). Moneybags Les Wexner has also endowed a pretty thriving arts scene. A couple negatives -- as a semi-foodie, the restaurant scene, while flourishing, is generally meh. Much better meals available in Ann Arbor (and, I'm sure, LA). Other downside is the topography. While there are hills about 45 minutes northwest, east, and south/southeast of Columbus, the city itself is in a major flat plain that runs more or less from Toledo down through Columbus and over toward CIncinnati. Oh, and the inland water sucks. Only lakes are reservoirs and most have issues with algae bloom. No Pure Michigan, for sure.
Good luck, and Go Blue!
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Team is a whole, not a bunch of parts||
First, there is no evidence that replacing a coordinator systematically leads to better results. Sure, there are exceptions, but the overall rule is that a new coordinator does no better than the guy who got fired. Second, Borges just calls the plays -- most of them, anyway. Are the turnovers Borges's fault? The crappy blocking? The loss of two of our best running backs (assuming Denard got boo-booed in the 2nd half?). Third, we know Borges is pretty smart about football, at least based on his press conferences. And he's adaptable, trying to work with whatever parts he has at hand. Does he have a subconscious lizard brain? Who knows if it's his or Hoke's?
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for piling on, Ace||
I'll start by saying I don't understand 3rd down gives to Rawls or Smith. And I wish Robinson played more in the 2nd half; assume he was hurt. But for crying out loud, the guy who got you 21 first half points is forgotten? If Borges is to blame for the 2nd half, then he should be praised for the first. Maybe Hoke's love if MANBALL superseded other Borges calls. Is Borges perfect? No. Is he a thoughtful guy who was is open to trying a lot of stuff? Is he the guy who called a lot of good plays on 1st down? Turnovers and inability to convert 3rd downs killed us. But to say it's mostly Borges's fault is insulting to the whole team. Shame on you.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||If you're driving in that morning...||
You may want to hop on 42 south just south of Delaware, then take that 5 or so miles to 257. Take 257 south and it turns into 33/Ruverside dr. Pretty drive and then you can turn left up into Upper Arlington. That's if you're freeway-averse.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||NO||
B1G doesn't need the middle Atlantic.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||SCIENCE!||
As a young lad I too was wooed by the shapely form of the goddess Polisci. Just know, Ricardo, that she can be a cruel mistress. Especially when you're reading Hegel at 3am or on your 6th straight hour of Mountain Dew and ggplots. Godspeed, Ricardo, Godspeed.
|32 weeks 4 days ago||A new halo?||
My daughter, watching Jake Ryan in the highlights package: "He looks like an angel".
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Feel the excitement!||
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Torg is a poor man's (homeless man's?) Wojo||
So, living in the Columbus area gives you two options for sports talk: 97.1 or the Fox affiliate (OK, there's an AM ESPN affiliate too). I typically listen to their show driving home. A far cry from the heyday of Stoney and Wojo, but not horrendous. Torg very much has the Wojo shtick of making fun of himself and not taking things too seriously (except the abomination that is the tenure of Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson).
I think Torg was out of line and his Des-hate is frankly weird. But he's 100x better than Drew Sharp.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Game of Thrones: Dantonio is Stannis||
I sent a note about this to Brian, but I was shocked SHOCKED to find that he hasn't read the series. I assume because he's wrapped up in Reamde or something. This is more for those who've read the books vs. watching the series, because with the show we've barely seen Stannis.
I humbly submit that Mark Dantonio is the living embodiment of Stannis Baratheon. Younger brother, tormented at the excess and waste of his big brother's reign. Gaunt, taciturn, bitter, grim, with no patience for nuance and a belief in moral absolutism (and his responsibility to be judge and jury for his people). Not without skills, yet he can't gain complete victory or win the love of his people.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||And, scene||
I love how nobody has the cojones to follow Heiko's question. Or maybe poor Heiko was so demoralized he stopped transcribing....
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Hey, look at the bright side||
If Peyton goes to Arizona, Heckert could make a play for Kolb. Like Colt McCoy but more concussable.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Good trade for CBJ||
Look, I have no love for OSU, but raising kids down here I want them to be able to see major league sports -- the Crew and Blue Jackets. The Jackets have been mismanaged so long there's been talk of losing the franchise. And now I have a Jacket to root for.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||All I can say, Feat of Clay, is||
Tuché. Tuché to you, sir.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Rivals.com||
Has a "Coordinator carousel" that I used for the work I did on FEI and coordinator changes. I hope it was comprehensive... But I only had to go back to 2007.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Always||
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Woooo!||
And thanks, Sixteen Candles!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Great work as always, Mathlete!||
One question and one comment.
Comment: on the "never take a touchback", that claims seems to be fraught with selection bias. Just because balls returned from 9 yards deep end up at the 21 doesn't mean that if all balls were returned from 9 yards deep they would all end up at the 21. Or did you already account for that?
Question: What are the expected point values for first down and goal from each of the yard lines? I assume that it's a fairly linear decrease. What about for first down and 10 to go from the 11, 12, 13, 14, 15? My gut tells me that first down and 10 from the 12 is better than first and goal from the 9, but does the data back it up?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||The pretzel just kills me||
Brian Cook, just like us! Hold that pretzel high!
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Whether you subscribe to the "Michigan Man" meme or not...||
Premise: A true "Michigan Man" would never publicly criticize or mock another person for not being a "Michigan Man" (or something along those lines)
Conclusion: When you hear someone being labeled as not a Michigan Man, or something similar, it says much more about the mock-er than the mock-ee.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Bizarro future||
Gainesville, FLA: Al, great to see you down here. Why'd you leave the Michigan job?
Al: I love Michigan, I love the players, I love Brady. But it was the constant harrassment about bubble screens that drove me away.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||As is my fair bride!||
Though I tease her that Corunna has the Meijer and the nice courthouse. Heading up for pre-Christmas stuff, hoping for a trip to Sir Pizza (divy but good!)
|1 year 28 weeks ago||And Carr left after shooing out Malone for DeBord 2.0||
Carr retired, not fired, but in many cases an unforced change in offensive coordinator tends to precede (by a year or three) a change in head coach.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||At the risk of self-promoting weak predictions...||
Always be suspicious when the offensive coordinator is fired!