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- Some trains to play with
- Things to color
- Snacks (which would get SUPER EXPENSIVE at the stadium)
- The ability to get up and go to the bathroom...up to 5 times in one service, but at least once.
- The ability to crawl on and around Dad (me).
- Sell/Give away your tickets and tailgate. At this age, fall Saturdays can be about wearing Blue, and spending time with other people that are wearing Blue. This is about joining a fan community, not necessarily about physically being in the stadium.
- Bribe your wife to stay home and watch the kid while you take a buddy. Alternately, hire a babysitter and take the wife if she'd be into it.
- As others have said, take your daughter and be prepared to leave early. Like before the first quarter is over. This really doesn't sound like how I want to spend a Saturday afternoon.
- Publish a poll
- Give a trophy to the #1 team at the end of the season
- Call that team the "National Champions"
|6 days 15 hours ago||Do pig latin and count?||
Do pig latin and count?
|1 week 4 days ago||Clearly not old enough||
Let me educate you:
War, huh yeah
|1 week 6 days ago||Headline misses the point||
Of course, you play to win. The rest of the quote is the point of the story which went something like this: He won't be running up the score on purpose. Once the game is in hand, he'll substitute. That's all.
How sad is it that this is the state of journalism in this country.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I disagree||
Well, I would like to agree with you. Because that would mean that we have pollsters who are by and large resume tankers. And I don't think that is true. Like someone says below, Sagarin has to use factors outside of this season's performance until the data are "connected". People do the same thing, but, unlike computers, can never remove these initial biases. Case in point, people are already discussing how no B1G team will make the playoff after week 2.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Nope||
You have an odd definition of a perfect world.
In a perfect world, Michigan keeps improving in small increments every week and gives MSU a run.That should be:
In a perfect world, Michigan keeps improving in small increments every week and beats MSU.#fixedthat4u.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||49-0 Michigan||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||1 million times yes||
I need second breakfast now, and if we keep this up, I'll be looking like a hobbit. (Not in the good way...)
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Yeah right||
It would not shock me in the least if these guys were putting in 80 hours/week in season. At least 60.
Plus, they know their schemes, their playcalls, their assignments, and they spend (NCAA mandated maximum) hours/week with their players to work on getting everyone on the same page and learning about each individual's talents, abilities, and character. If they read this blog, it is to (1) get a feel for the fanbase or (2) laugh at the internet. It is certainly not to learn more about football or their players.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Those are different talents...||
Roy Williams values playing at a high tempo, so he wants players that can run. He will take an odd turnover every now and then if it means that his team is diluting the negative value of that turnover by creating lots of possessions.
Bo Ryan values ball security and defense, so he wants players who have excellent ballhandling and passing skills, as well as strong defensive skills. Your ass will ride pine if you turn the ball over or miss an assignment on defense, because that leads to easy points for the other team. If scoring is hard for everyone "our team" will win because we'll make scoring harder for you.
Note, this is about what the coach values, not about what kind of basketball you or I enjoys watching.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||You can interpret it both ways...||
...It all depends on your philosophy. Try this on for size:
More plays = less variance
Three yards and a cloud of dust. Thats how football works. On offense, we just need to get 3-4 yards every play, and then move that ball down the field. We have the ball, they don't, so we will score. On defense, the other guys can't get those 3-4 yards every play, because we'll stop them. Even if they do it 5 times in a row, the 6th time, they won't, we'll get a TFL, and they'll be punting. Maybe by dumb luck, they'll slip a few big plays on us, but that can't get them more than 7-14 points, and we'll score 21. We win. Every game. All we need is enough plays on offense to make this happen.
This is why NBA/NHL/MLB play multi-game series in the playoffs. Anyone can win a single game, but in a longer series, the better team will win more often.
More plays = more variance
Each play is an opportunity for something spectacular (or bad, depending on your viewpoint) to happen. An interception, a fumble, a defensive breakdown...When teams are filled with players who can make plays, each play is an opportunity for a TD to happen. On offense, we'll get yards in chunks, maybe we'll throw an incomplete pass every now and then, but if we're hitting 70% of our passes for 10-15 yards a pop, we'll get lots of 1st downs. And 5 YPC on the ground will happen too. And if their defense blows an assignment or misses a tackle...touchdown good guys. On Defense, we'll limit big plays, keep players inside and in front, and we will force turnovers. Fumbles, INTs, and if they are making progress, the well-timed blitz will get them behind the chains.
Maybe this isn't elegantly put, but my point is...you can argue it both ways. Here is another way to think of it: In basketball, should you press or stall to increase variance? Imagine a basketball game where each team only had 10 possessions...compare that to each team having 100.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||We talkin' 'bout practice, man!|
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Shhhh...don't tell Mark||
Shhhh...don't tell Mark Emmert, they were spending the extra time stretching, and he'll impose his penalty without any further investigation.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Just moved to Texas (San||
Just moved to Texas (San Marcos). Will have to go to Stubbs now, it is that simple.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I like where you are going with this...||
But don't grill it, smoke it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Let the crowdsourcing||
Let the crowdsourcing begin.
Seriously, there are football fans of every team (or enough of them anyway). Label teams as spread/shield punting teams or pro-style punting teams by having fans classify them. There are only millions of us. Then the t-tests or other non-parametric two sample rank sum tests can begin so that we may end this debate...or muddle it further. Isn't college football great?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Only you know your daughter||
Only you know your daughter, so this might not apply at all. I happen to have two boys, ages 4 and 1. I can talk about them rather well.
My 4 year old had ear tubes put in at a rather young age (LOTS of ear infections...which stopped once the tubes went in almost instantly). The only side effect that we are noticing is that he tends to dislike loud noises. Depending on which side of the "down in front" vs. "up in back" debate you are on will determine whether you think this is a problem for him or not. In all seriousness, we'd have to do earplugs at the very least because the noises can be a tad unpredictable. INTERCEPTION! FUMMMMBLLLEEEE! Need I go on? From the, "but would he be able to sit for the game" standpoint, it would depend on the level to which I allow him to be distracted. We go to church, and he is able to "make it through" the service. That is to say, everything is good as long as he has:
As you can see, this quite a bit of things to arrange, and by the end of service (60-90 min) he is DONE. I could probably make him last longer if I gave him an iPad, but that's not what I want to teach him at church. Transitioning that thought to a game...do I really want to spend the $$$ on the ticket just to hand my kid an iPad? I think not. I've never done the tailgating experience, but I think that could work. Especially if he had friends to run around with.
My 1 year old...to put it bluntly, I can't imagine taking my 1 year old to a football game. He is just starting to toddle around (14 months) and is interested in MOVING. So the idea of holding him for a large fraction of a game (or...what is more likely because he just likes her better...making his mother do so) is not appealing. There is also the whole nap thing. He requires 1-2 naps still. That means a nap in the late morning and a nap in the afternoon, or a LONG nap right after lunch. And any thought that you have of having him nap while one of us is holding him should be banished from your mind. He needs a quiet space to calm down so he can fall asleep. Moreover, research has shown that kids don't sleep as deeply or as well when they are being held (or when they are in a moving car for that matter). I could possibly see tailgating, depending on how close you are to the stadium, and where you decide to tailgate. Letting the kid run around would keep him happy, then when it is naptime, have a place available or leave.
Seeing as how you've already bought tickets, these are my recommendations in order of preference:
Remember, you can start traditions at home. I still celebrate touchdowns with my 4 year old like this:
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Except...||
Last season, the line still didn't get Bullough blocked, and Allen would just steamroll Poor Damn Toussaint. So that is why DG got turned into a moving grass stain/mud pile. Not because he didn't know who the MIKE was.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||No way. Papa John is going||
No way. Papa John is going to be the next AD at the University of Louisville. They already named the football stadium after him!
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think you know what||
I don't think you know what the word "secret" means.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I think you mean legit...but||
I think you mean legit...but the first time I read it, I read left...
|16 weeks 6 days ago||They certainly are...|
|17 weeks 17 hours ago||Over-simplifying?||
So maybe this is just being too simple, but could this be the reason for the switch to the over?
That is, the coaches feel that Beyer and Clark are two of their best playmakers, especially up front, and they want them on the field at the same time, rather than platooning.
Also, and this is likely going to be covered in the next post about linebackers, what does this mean for Jake Ryan? Will he be deployed as a terror in the middle coming on an a-gap blitz? Do we have good evidence that he'll be even better in the middle than he was outside? Oh, and he'd cover TEs and slot WRs from time to time (rather effectively). Who will do that now?
|27 weeks 2 days ago||Kids do the darnedest things...||
My 4 year old would yell TOUCHDOWN after Michigan did good things.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||smartass answer...||
The same number that they have participated in.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Follow the S||
You get half credit. The reason it is called an S-curve is because of how the ranked teams snake back and forth. Like this:
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Not a spin cycle...||
Rather than spin cycling everything that's being said...(you know...blah blah blah...Lions should look into Bailey, would be good influence in DBfield...need talented bodies back there...blah blah)...I think I'm just going to post a picture of a cat.
(How I post on mgoblog when I'm feeling lazy.)
|30 weeks 13 min ago||Filing this||
...under, "Ways to make football more appealing to my 4 year old."
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Not that surprising||
Mattison, like many defensive coaches, need a solid DL to succeed. His first DL anchored by Mike Martin and Ryan Van Bergen (minus one foot) was his best DL to date. This season, for some reason, the DL didn't produce as well as hoped partially due to injury, youth, or simply being overmatched. (They didn't earn the right to rush 4...)
It will be a better defense next year. The DEs should generate a better rush, and the depth is getting bigger, faster, stronger, and smarter with one more year in the system. Assuming Pipkins gets healthy (do what your physical therapists tell you, young man!), they will have at least 2 guys with 3 years in the program at each of the line spots (DT, NT, SDE, WDE... http://mgoblog.com/content/michigan-depth-chart-class-0 ).
The LB corps is back and strong, IMO. (In fact, is there a way they can get JMFR and Beyer on the field next season? Probably yes, if they slide Frank Clark to SDE and make Beyer the WDE...That could generate quite the pass rush.)
In fact, it will be possible to fill the 2-deep entirely with players in their 3rd year (or more) in the program at every defensive spot other than SS. This is the first time we've been able to say this since (at least) 2007.
|38 weeks 5 days ago||False||
The AP removed themselves from the Bull Crap System formula, but they still:
So they declare a national champ who is just as valid as the ESPN/USA Today champ. Their trophy is, however, not a crystal football.
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
What are the options for teams to tie with Auburn? Let's see:
#3 Alabama - doubtful based on head to head result.
I could go on, but I won't. The only way a split title happens is if #3 is about as strong as #2, and there is no head to head data or #3 beat #2 early in the season.