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|7 weeks 3 days ago||scary||
Just remember: the only thing scarier to Alabama fans than the idea that Harbaugh set up this entire camp just to evaluate one prospect, is the idea that he didn't set up this entire camp just to evaluate one prospect. The first means Harbaugh is keeping up with the Sabans. The second means the writing is on the wall.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||PC, old guard, and privilege||
Hero of the Blog David Foster Wallace wrote one of the more insightful pieces on this that I've heard. Among the many topics he touches on in what was billed as a book review of a dictionary but was in practice profound and thoughtful essay on how people use language and how their use of language reflects on them as people, DFW discusses political correctness. A quote:
“There's a grosser irony about Politically Correct English. This is that PCE purports to be the dialect of progressive reform but is in fact - in its Orwellian substitution of the euphemisms of social equality for social equality itself - of vastly more help to conservatives and the US status quo than traditional SNOOT prescriptions ever were.”
Emphasis mine, and I think that captures exactly what the "don't offend anyone" PC climate of college campuses (and many other places) really accomplishes. Let's pretend we live in a post-offensive world, and by pretending it's true hopefully it magically will be. The problem with this is twofold: (1) it immediately shuts down any debate, productive or otherwise, about issues that might conceivably offend someone (which means pretty much all issues whatsoever), and (2) as a consequence, when no conversations are taking place on the middle ground because the people with middle-ground views refuse to speak (or are afraid to because it will make them "politically incorrect"), then small, very vocal minorities on the fringes end up dominating every single debate. This in turn empowers the small vocal minorities, not only because they're the only voices, but also because they can keep shutting down middle-of-the-road perspectives by shouting about how those perspectives are politically incorrect. Both (1) and (2) then end up completely shutting down any rational discussion how how to actually accomplish the difficult work of changing the world for the better (at least, in any way other than by pretending that we already live in such a world).
In my view, a second related major cultural shift has enabled this, too: today, by and large, students on a campus like the University of Michigan's live in a bubble, and don't have to interface with many of the difficult issues of our time on a regular basis. It's a lot easier to duck engaging real issues by claiming it's un-PC to do so when there's no actual pressing need to engage with the issues anyway, because your local climate mostly shields you from them. Which, depending on what you think the purpose of a college education is, may or may not be a good thing. Certainly it's easier to concentrate on fluid mechanics when you don't have to spend a lot of time engaging with socioeconomic inequality.
Anyway, long story short, political correctness and fear of offending someone undoubtedly has a chilling effect on productive social dialogue. Quotes like that of the OP suggest a growing awareness of this fact, and I wouldn't be surprised to see an anti-PC backlash build in the relatively near future.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||edit!||
Before it's too late, you might want to consider editing your post so that "Michigan" is spelled correctly...
|10 weeks 3 days ago||thanks||
Appreciate the correction.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Really, Jay?||
"took time to talk to me rite out of school"
Really, Jay? 'rite' and 'school' only three words away from each other?
Look, I realize that a 140 character format can be restrictive. But this was only 126 characters! You had room! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, PLEASE USE CORRECT GRAMMAR WHEN ACTIVELY REPRESENTING THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION WE LOVE! Why is this so, so hard?
I realize I'm more up on my grammar high horse than most, but seriously, this kind of thing is embarrasing to Jay, the University, the idea that football players have brains as well as athletic talent... I'm on board with your message, Jay, I really am, but could you please take an extra 5 seconds to reflect before you attack twitter with enthusiasm unknown to mankind?
|13 weeks 1 day ago||USNews||
The question isn't really whether a fellow message-board poster is taking US News rakings too seriously. The question is whether a high school student who hasn't actually spent multiple semesters on each campus is taking the rankings at face value. Having degrees from both institutions, I can speak with some authority in saying that academics are a wash. (And at that level, how good an education you get has far more to do with you personally and what opportunities you take advantage of than how many Nobel laureates are in residence on campus.) But I wouldn't expect a high school senior to know that. The attitude that "#1 is #1" may indeed be exactly the attitude a competitive high school athlete would take.
It's funny, actually: US News rankings are a lot like recruiting rankings. They're accurate in broad strokes, but if you take the exact numerical order too literally, you're missing the forest for the trees, and could easily come away with a false impression.
[Edit: this post was supposed to be a reply to Pinky above]
|14 weeks 4 days ago||ncaa problem||
They actually can't do this. The NCAA rules for having a championship game stipulate that your conference must (1) have at least 12 teams and (2) have those teams split into divisions, with the winner of each division meeting in the championship game. I personally agree that it would be nice to have a championship game without divisions, but it's not actually an option under current NCAA rules.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||H4=?||
Yeah, remind me again what H4 even stands for? If I check this site 5+ times per day and can't remember, how is the casual reader ever supposed to catch up? I'm sure that over time, a clever inside joke akin to "Hokepoints" will present itself. Until then, no need to force it. "Breakdown" or "Technical Dossier" or something not necessarily hilarious, but usefully descriptive, seems like a better title for this series.
Title-snark aside, this was an excellent article. Thanks!
|17 weeks 1 day ago||upvote||
on mobile, so consider this an upvote
|17 weeks 1 day ago||odd||
An odd interview that jumps all over the place would be no surprise from Coach Harbaugh. At the same time, I don't think it's the interview itself you're sensing. I think Dodd may just not be a very good writer. This article reads like a first draft: most of the material is there, but not yet organized into a coherent story.
|17 weeks 2 days ago||not just driving either||
I strongly believe that poor driving habits are not a reflection of someone's ability to drive, but a reflection of a much deeper inability to cope with the existence of other people around you. You see this with people walking on sidewalks, pushing shopping carts thru Costco, even moshing at rock concerts. It really is possible to do your thing, drive fast or slow, whatever, without always being in someone else's way and/or constantly putting others in a position where they're in your way. It just requires you to actually pay attention to what's going on around you. And it is shocking how few people are capable of it.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||sarcasm?||
Are you being sarcastic, and I'm just missing it? Because this fanbase was starting to get very restless with Lloyd by the time he retired. (Not the sane members of the fanbase, true, but 'fan' and 'sanity' do not necessarily go together.)
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I resent that||
This board hasn't become populated with self-righteous and holier-than-thou dbags. We've been here all along. In fact, I'm pretty sure we founded the place. /get off my lawn.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||To underscore this||
I briefly worked for the company that (at least at that time) made all of the ink for Coca Cola. There are no fewer than EIGHT Coca-Cola reds, because if you want red ink on an aluminum can to look like it's the same color as red ink on a cardboard box, you have to use different color red inks. Likewise, it's not at all trivial to get the maize in the jersey to match the maize on the helmet and have them both match the maize on the field.
That being said, there's still no excuse for not having them all match. It might not be trivial, but it's certainly doable. Though apparently we can't expect such sophistication from a supplier who can't even make a jersey durable enough to survive a B1G basketball game...
|18 weeks 5 days ago||So, like||
most of the Hoke era, then?
|21 weeks 4 days ago||H4||
Nice rundown Seth. Can you remind me, though, what 'H4' stands for?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Great Odin's Raven? By the||
Great Odin's Raven?
By the Beard of Zeus?
|22 weeks 3 days ago||analogy||
Maybe it's like setting the time on your alarm clock or car radio or whatever to be five minutes fast. When you actually think for a second, you'll remember that the number is intentionally inflated, but when you just glance at it you can easily forget that and get a different impression about what time it is -- which is exactly why one might set one's clock fast in the first place, and the same reason one might lie about weights and heights.
/Food For Thought
|23 weeks 2 days ago||on mobile||
on mobile, but here's a +1 insightful.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Crack Barrel||
I, too, am a huge Cracker Barrel fan. In fact, I was once so excited about the pre-meal biscuits that I proposed to the waitress when she brought them out. My then girlfriend, now wife, was not amused. I am no longer allowed to go to Cracker Barrel.
|23 weeks 3 days ago||new pres||
Luckily the institution now also has a new president, who to all appearances has handled matters relating to the AD with complete aplomb. And I'm under the impression that Hackett has indeed cleaned house some since he arrived ('Lochdogg' being exhibit A). So we may in fact be seeing some of the institutional overhaul you call for.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||epic typo||
Who's a genius whore? (Sorry, that one was too good to pass up.)
|24 weeks 5 days ago||lead vs lede||
I asked this exact same question just this past weekend. After convincing ourselves it might be right either way, we decided that in all probability, 'lead' and 'lede' were probably alternate spellings of the same word back in the day before spelling was an established thing. It appears that grammarist agrees.
And we insist on conventional spelling in idioms only because those of us who know better want to be able to distinguish ourselves from the unwashed masses. It's the gang symbol of the intellectual elite.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||10 years||
Jeez, it will be 10 years this fall, won't it? I wonder if Brian has anything special planned.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Very nice||
1. Instead of shading, use split-color or pie-chart-style circles. This removes the nuance of trying to capture two to four base colors in a single shade.
2. Along with the projected 2015 alignments above, it would be very educational to have a corresponding idealized alignment using YMRMFSPA players from the past 5-10 years, to illustrate which skill sets are best suited to which positions in each alignment using past players whose skill sets are familiar to MGoReaders.
And while you're educating us, can you do one for the 3-3-5? Especially since rumor has it Durkin may employ 3-3-5 type configurations with some regularity.
Thanks! I'll hang up and listen.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||wvu||
Also don't forget, RichRod and Beilein coached together at WVU before either had any connection to Michigan. That being said, when they were both here I never got the sense that they were particularly tight, so your quote is nevertheless interesting to hear.
|31 weeks 4 days ago||thanks seth||
The bowl names are 75% less annoying this year... and heroes like you are at least a small piece of the reason why.
|33 weeks 3 days ago||re: Brian's take on Miles||
1. The argument that Miles's success depends heavily on access to enormous talent is an argument you could make about many successful coaches, including Schembechler and Carr. Could Phil Jackson win championships without Jordan and Pippen or Bryant and O'Neil? As long as he has such players, it's a moot point whether he could win without them. Michigan's recruiting isn't that far off LSU's. If Miles needs talent to win, that's fine; he should still have it here.
2. How much energy you have at 61 is different for everyone. I think after three consecutive coaching transitions in which there was no obvious successor, we're all terrified of the next coach having a short tenure. But the transition from Moeller to Carr was pretty seamless after only 4 years of Mo being the top guy. What matters is less whether the next guy coaches here for 5 years or 15, and more whether he has an obvious successor when he steps down. Note I'm not arguing Miles would or would not be able to hand off the program seamlessly upon retiring. I'm simply saying this, more than his age, is the important consideration. And taking the long view, even if Miles does coach for 15 successful years, whether or not he sets the program up for success after he goes is STILL an important consideration.
3. Which coaching candidate ISN'T going to be divisive? Even Harbaugh isn't everyone's top choice (though clearly the consensus is overwhelming in his favor). Mullen will be divisive to all the anti-spread zealots, of whom there are apparently still many. Any hire with no previous connection to the program will be divisive given the number of people who apparently still think that's important. (And, if said person makes a Rodriguezian early mis-reading of the values of the institution, the divisiveness will fester quickly.) Stitt would be divisive among those who fear anyone who isn't proven at this level. Addazio will be divisive among those who fear an underwhelming hire. Trgovic will be divisive among those who fear insider connections matter more than football qualifications. Seriously, name any possible (non-Harbaugh) candidate whose selection won't immediately piss off at least some portion of the fanbase. Being alienating is a strike against Miles in a vacuum, but when every other candidate has the same strike against him, we're reduced to more fuzzy arguments about who is "more or less alienating", rather than binary is he/isn't he. And I don't think those fuzzy arguments carry nearly as much weight.
For any non-Harbaugh candidate, lack of immediate, game-changing success will only increase the sense of divide and turmoil. Conversely, any candidate who comes in and (1) wins while (2) telling anyone in the AD who doesn't like him to take a hike should be able to overcome at least any internal divisions. I guess what I'm saying is, if "he's divisive" is an argument against a candidate, then it's Harbaugh or bust (which is admittedly how a lot of people feel anyway), but it's not an argument that really helps you discriminate between non-Harbaugh candidates.
|33 weeks 5 days ago||ego||
I don't think Harbaugh would be overwhelmed by expectations. The man probably has ego enough to believe he IS coming here as the messiah. Harbaugh doesn't strike me as the kind of person who spends much time doubting himself.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Technically correct||
Especially when there are lemons involved.