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|1 day 13 hours ago||As Brian quoted Genuinely||
As Brian quoted Genuinely Sarcastic earlier today:
"I understand how reprehensible that will sound to some. Many will say that it is still a fan's obligation to support these players. I implore you to reconsider. I beg of you to support these players by putting pressure on those who are destroying them. These players are having their careers derailed by people who are in painfully over their heads ..."
I agree with this sentiment. I think the best thing we can do for the players is to demonstrate our disapproval of the program to which they are entrusting their careers. All of our guys appear to be stand-up gentlemen with talent and bright future prospects, and nobody faults them for their efforts. But as fans, we have only one avenue of communication with the program's administration: our money and our tickets. Witholding our attendance sends the message nonspecifically, to everyone - the players, the coaches, the athletic director. But Dave Brandon only speaks in dollars. If anyone can pick up on the distinction of the Michigan fan base between our disdain for the administration and our appreciation for the players, it's the players. They are not rich ex-CEOs hidden away in piles of money, they're young men living amongst their fellow students who know how to interpret social media, they are in tune with their communities in a way that the higher ups are not. We have to reach those in charge, even if it means not showing up to watch the kids we care about. It sucks, but I think it's probably for the best.
|3 days 10 hours ago||I like how the commentator||
I like how the commentator accused Morris of "acting" with a tone of utter disgust.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Yep, not a lot to see here.||
Yep, not a lot to see here. Hopefully the men on the field and the coaches are able to learn and improve quickly this season.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||It's true - MSU is a fine||
It's true - MSU is a fine academic institution. Stratifying the top 200 can separate "super elite" from "still pretty great", but how meaningful is the difference? It's hard to say ... I think you'd have great career opportunities graduating from MSU, and great career opportunities graduating from UM. At that point, variance in success would most likely be explained in larger part by the individual than the institution. In any case, we shouldn't disparage MSU as being "not good" because that's patently false. If you want to disparage them for being "not as good as us", then that's fine I guess, but still pretty petty.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||And our tailbacks will be||
And our tailbacks will be cutting their teeth on a tough D every weekday, too. Win win?
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||If possible (on top of, oh,||
If possible (on top of, oh, everything else you guys already do), it might be neat to have some more crossover/perspective from other Big Ten blogs, a la the relationship we have with 11 warriors. I know mgoblog is a Michigan blog first & foremost, but I get a kick out of the conference comeraderie & the idea of mgoblog as a go-to source in broader sports media. I know, I know, I'm being Dave Branding - er, Dave Brandon. Really though, everything is great as-is.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm excited about having a||
I'm excited about having a defense that inspires confidence as a fan, and I'm excited about having dangerous WRs that could break games open with big plays.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||What he said! Also, I'm||
What he said! Also, I'm going to the game. I'd prefer to be happy afterwards if I have to endure South Bend either way.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The classic "feign||
The classic "feign misunderstanding" ploy. Hoke, you wiley fox, we can never know how deep and vast is your mastery of human psychology.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Those sprint cars don't turn||
Those sprint cars don't turn on dirt the same way your car turns on ashphalt - those drivers actually have to accelerate during turns to force their car inside due to the low friction environment. Braking causes wobble and a skid towards the outer edge of the track.
It's extremely difficult to interpret the driver's intent based on the behavior of the vehicle. Perhaps Stewart only had a moment in time to actually spot Ward - what would he do? If he coolly stuck to his racing instincts, maybe he would gun the engine to turn left and avoid him. Maybe he panics and slams on his brakes, causing an outward skid.
As a juror, your self-assuredness would be a detriment to a fair and accurate trial.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||It's so beautiful.||
It's so beautiful.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Now I know who to ask for||
Now I know who to ask for XCOM advice. QUESTION - do you prioritize engineer rewards in the early game over anything?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Someone who is very afraid of||
Someone who is very afraid of being ambushed alone ... the aliens are sneaky.
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||Hey man, you gotta get ranked||
Hey man, you gotta get ranked low before you can get ranked high. I don't think anyone here is super amped about a #25 ranking as an endpoint, but probably more as a glimmer of hope for the possibility that exceeding expectations could put us in a nice spot.
|25 weeks 14 hours ago||Hey, it's understandable -||
Hey, it's understandable - people are afraid of rare occurrences, like shark attacks and lightning strikes. Plus, regardless of frequency, fear can be very personalized and arbitrary. I was never afraid of tackling somebody, but I had a speedy ground ball take a weird jump off an infield pebble and hit me square in the face when I was certain it was going into my glove. The result? A lasting hesitancy to scoopi up hard grounders. I knew it was silly, but what are you gonna do? Hard to wrestle your own reptile brain into logical servitude sometimes.
|25 weeks 16 hours ago||If we were to rank "best"||
If we were to rank "best" seasons by which fan base enjoyed it most, I would go with Michigan number 1, because our guys are so dang likeable and we never saw this coming with McGary down. And we got to enjoy B1G competitiveness and ultimately victory for a significant period of time. I'd put Wisconsin at number 2 because they were INSANELY happy to make the final four - sure, having a good regular season is par for the course when you're Wisconsin, but deep tournament runs are rare for them. They were definitely partying their hats off. MSU comes in last because they don't know how to be happy unless they're conference/national champs. Otherwise they're just pitching a fit, crying about this or that, and generally pointing their shaking little finger at Michigan.
EDIT: Michigan was also the most fun to watch! Beautiful Belein basketball.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||It's not a valid measure of||
It's not a valid measure of correlation because Google casts a very loose net - it's awesome for finding the most relevant things and putting them at the top of your search results, but the sheer number of results can be influenced by many, many factors.
As someone already pointed out, there are more soccer games played around the world every year than there are football games. There are also a lot more soccer fans around the world. They generate content and post it on the internet, where it becomes searchable by Google. No matter what amount of actual diving happens in soccer games, the subsequent discussion vastly amplifies the coincidence of the terms. Additionally, a truckload of variance is introduced when you consider the diversity of search terms you could use for one topic - maybe instead of "diving", you chose "flopping" or "faking"? What if you searched "soccer" instead of "European football?" Answer: the numbers change. A lot.
Plus, you're assuming that any coincidence of the terms is evidence of a positive association, which is erroneous. If someone typed the sentence "There was very little diving in last night's soccer match" onto a blog somewhere, then Google would see "DIVING" and "SOCCER", put that result into a giant pile with millions of others, and hand it to you, who says "SEE? LOOK. TOLD YOU SO." It's too opaque. While the number of search results is a clean, simple number, what actually goes into creating it is too ambiguous and complex to be reliably interpreted.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Actually, according to the||
Actually, according to the good people at Google, the number of hits returned is not a scientifically valid measure of correlation between two search terms. I know this because that's what they personally told me when I asked permission to use Google Scholar in exactly that way when I was writing a program to automatically perform thousands of searches simultaneously to generate sets of gene-disease associations for a bioinformatics project.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||In direct contrast to||
In contrast to 'pretending' anything about magnitude, my use of gifs was to illustrate how poorly isolated moments are able to characterize a sport in any quantitative way.
To keep things quantitative, however, my real claim is absolute, rather than relative. I think football is cooler and features less flopping (relative), but there is greater than zero to like about soccer (absolute). The existence of amazing soccer highlights proves that pure moments exist.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||It was onside.||
It was onside.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||I too think football is way||
I too think football is way more fun to watch than soccer. However, it would be simplistic to paint soccer as merely a bunch of actors flopping around. Let's not forget that soccer does feature some incredible feats of athleticism and teamwork:
And even our beloved football is not free from sin:
Again, I think football is 1000x better than soccer. But soccer can still be pretty cool, too.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||Before the game against||
Before the game against Kentucky, I knew there were two scenarios in which I would feel really upset about a loss. (1) We blow a 20-point lead in the second half. (2) We get blown straight out of the building and it looks like we don't belong on the court with those guys.
In scenario 1, I would have had a tough time not feeling like we were the better team but we collapsed. I would have felt like we stumbled. In scenario 2, I would have had doubts about the fundamental quality of the team, and maybe I would have felt bad because we weren't as good as I believed.
The way we lost is the best way to lose - we did great, and we were overcome by a slightly superior combination of effort, planning, talent, and athleticism. We are as good as I hoped we were, I love the team, but we just got outplayed. Hard to stay mad like that. That's going out like a warrior, you know? And the optimism for the future certainly helps.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||What about me? I attended a||
What about me? I attended a small college in Michigan, but my career was launched in earnest when I became a lab technician at UM in the department of MCDB. That experience enabled me to enter a PhD program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a few weeks, I am going to earn my doctorate and take a postdoctoral position, perhaps at another Big Ten university. What am I - a Wolverine, a Badger, or something yet to be determined? The line you've drawn doesn't hold as fast as you seem to think. There are complexities to sports allegiances and group memberships that you're neglecting.
No matter what institution I am affiliated with at any given time, I certainly feel that I am a Wolverine when it comes to sports. I grew up that way, and UM will always be my first love. Perhaps that's where you need to set an endpoint to your exclusivity - sure, you're an academic Michigan Wolverine by definition, but athletic fandom is and should be open to the public.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||"If you take the revenue out||
"If you take the revenue out ..."
That's the thing that will never happen. NCAA athletes are a very heterogenous population - some of them have to overcome greater competition than others to earn a spot on the team, some of them put in more practice hours per week than others, perhaps some of them get more academic support than others, they all face very different sets of challenges and responsibilities ... and yes, some of them are more directly involved with the financial success of your athletic department. The one thing that ties them all together is their status as NCAA athletes. How strong of a link is that? Is it strong enough to warrant equal pay despite all the other factors? I would suggest that maybe it's not.
I do think you've made a lot of good points, just this one doesn't make that much sense to me.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||It seems that you've based||
It seems that you've based your equal pay idea on an anology in the business world (the Microsoft thing). Just because Microsoft does it one way doesn't mean that's the right way or the only way, does it? So they pay all their programmers the same. What about a different company? In many fields (including my own), your pay is based on your accomplishments and performance - not effort. Even employees who hold the same position can be paid differently based on how well they do and what they're worth to the company. Your adherence to an equal pay model as an example of how business works in the "real world" seems arbitrary.
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||I mean, just the constant||
I mean, just the constant hating Ohio thing. I thought perhaps it was unconditional, but I guess it has its limits.
|30 weeks 15 hours ago||Today I realized I'm not a||
Today I realized I'm not a horrible person when I found myself saying out loud "please be ok, please be ok" as I clicked on this thread link. I'm happy to hear he's doing well.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to top Levert's run-off||
Hard to top Levert's run-off against MSU!
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Feels good, man. Feels good.||
Feels good, man. Feels good.
|31 weeks 8 hours ago||It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for||
It's gotta be "AHHHHHHHH" for me (broadcast).
I love that moment when the ball meets GRIII's hands at the apex of his jump and just comes to a total standstill ... just for a fraction of a moment, it hangs there like a priceless work of art on display for all to see. GRIII's not in a hurry to immediately stuff it through the hoop. He wants the Spartans to behold their downfall ... he wants them to watch. There's a perfect rhythm to it, almost like the eerie calm before a tornado lands. And then wrath.