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|5 days 20 min ago||I did that four years ago||
I actually did that four years ago, at the link above.
Fumble recovery rate appears to be totally random, and fumbles forced by a defense is pretty close. Fumbles lost on offense is less random, and there's decent repeatability for interceptions gained and lost, though even those are still quite random.
Note that I looked at stats between years, so one would expect that the low correlations in my article would be higher within a season (since you're not having high turnover of players, coaches, etc between seasons). That said, there would also a lot of noise when you're looking at a small set of games within one season.
|5 days 2 hours ago||You're thinking too small||
Put everyone to the left of the center, and have the center go out for a pass. Just crazy enough that it would have to work!
|1 week 1 day ago||I do recall a bye week when||
I do recall a bye week when we played ND and Brady didn't visit due to his relationship with Charlie Weis. It was a bummer but I don't have a problem with that, no matter how obnoxious Weis was from my (and basically every other) perspective.
|1 week 5 days ago||You've been around for five||
You've been around for five years and don't know the no politics rule?
|1 week 5 days ago||That might just be kids||
That might just be kids slowing down so they don't catch up to him.
|1 week 6 days ago||Job preservation||
Without it being extremely the right thing to do (and I agree with others that it's probably not the right thing to do, and certainly not obviously the correct decision), I also think that if I'm Scott Frost, it's worth not doing it for job preservation.
- UCF isn't going to win the game (if it wasn't obvious at the start of the game, it was clear at 24-0 when UCF is punting). If you're in the game, you obviously do what you feel is best--a win over Michigan would be huge.
- Since you're not in the game, even a great decision is only going to be the difference between losing really really badly and losing really badly--i.e., not much of a difference in outcome. I wouldn't want to do something that many people would think is a terrible decision (and, even if successful, would be seen that way by many). To me, job preservation says "have people not think I make terrible decisions" so I'd avoid something so unusual.
|1 week 6 days ago||Would Targeting 2 get called?||
I get your point, especially given how poorly targeting is defined/called, but I disagree. Based on watching calls for flagrant 1 and flagrant 2 in basketball, I think giving refs an out would really de-fang the rule--if football refs are anything like the basketball refs, there would basically never be targeting 2 called, no matter how textbook or deserving.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Targeting||
Which that really should have been as well. That was shoulder to head of a defenseless player.
I mean, I don't know how much the officials thought through "are we ejecting him for targeting, or flagrant personal foul, or both" but, as you point out, it does matter in the second half of a game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't shoot the messenger||
Don't shoot the messenger with bad news, but definitely pos-bang the messenger with good news.
Thanks for the info.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Tradition||
It's Brian's tradition to always post ridiculous score suggestions. Once Ace did a preview and gave a reasonable one and it ruined four of my pre-game rituals--glad to have Brian writing the previews again.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You're thinking too small||
Would Jim Harbaugh quit after 100 years? Neither should the trust.
For a little under $100K, this could last 1000 years. Of course, by the end of it, the poor administrator is getting paid an tiny fraction of what it costs to deliver flowers, but I doubt Pope Lando XLII will mind continuing his honorable family's tradition despite the pittance.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Presumably to be delivered||
Every December 30?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a big fan of John U Bacon||
I'm a big fan of John U Bacon as a reporter. Books that are primarily reporting, like 3 and Out and Endzone are fantastic. I think his opinion-oriented pieces tend to be very weak (not well supported, sometimes the logic behind them doesn't make much sense), and since that was the main point of 4th and Long, I didn't care for it. Bo's Lasting Lessons doesn't really fit into either category, but it is excellent.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||PANIC!!! Is the Coaches Poll||
PANIC!!! Is the Coaches Poll the first to know that Harbaugh is headed elsewhere? Damn you, Oakland!
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Ingrid Carlberg||
My citation got buried at the very end of the diary--I'll go back and cite it better. It's from "Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust" by Ingrid Carlberg. Every few chapters, she'll insert a story from her own research, so this was from her interview with Peter Wallenberg in 2010.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Every test at Michigan Med||
Every test at Michigan Med School is online, and would probably be described as take-home although it must be taken in the computer lab. Not saying that's at all what happened here, just that they could be serious tests.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||You're not sure how familiar Left Field is?||
Based on Left Field's claim that Harbaugh's camps are a monopoly, I am quite sure I can say exactly how familiar Left Field is with antitrust case law..
|22 weeks 4 days ago||What?||
Tell that to the 31.2% of applicants who are rejected, according to US News.
Cost of scholarship is definitely an inflated number, the actual cost a replacement student would pay is probably quite a bit less, but it's not like those students wouldn't get replaced.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||I think the point was that||
I think the point was that there remain 35-40% of Floridians who think he's not the Zodiac killer. And what kind of a stupd state would have over one-third of the people think that?
|26 weeks 21 hours ago||I'm a bandwagon fan for a||
I'm a bandwagon fan for a variety of teams. That's no sin--but being a presumably bandwagon fan, an idiot and an ass is.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||WOOOOO!!!||
Was so miserable down 2-1 and just thinking of the possibility of losing hockey and basketball to ND. GO BLUE!
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Not your assumption||
It says Block M in the OP's title, but I did a little bit of digging on Frontier's site and it says that it would be an animal to represent the school, so definitely be a wolverine on the plane.
|29 weeks 2 days ago||Best is one word for it||
Best is one word for it. Man, that movie was painful--I've blocked enough out that I don't remember if I saw pieces of it, or the whole thing, but I'm not a lawyer, and I still didn't feel like it could be rescued from the fact that the story's entire premise is based on the most obviously false interpretation of the Constitution.
I remember being so astonished by the awful storyline that I read reviews to make sure I wasn't crazy. One review suggested that a district attorney charge someone for murder, take it to trial, and have the person be acquited because the supposed victim is still alive. According to the movie, at that point, the accused is now free to murder the victim since he can't be charged again.
Reminds me of the Tom Clancy book where Jack Ryan signed blank pardon documents so the bearer could commit any crime they wanted--even after Ryan was no longer president.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||I hope not||
I'd hate to see Harbaugh banned from MGoBlog for violating the no politics rule.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Brian said there was a||
Brian said there was a decommit coming that they've known about for a while. Is this the decommit, or was this a surprise and there's another decommit still to come?
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Check out alum96's very good||
Check out alum96's very good analysis of this up on the Diaries section: Getting Back Down to 85 Scholarships
|34 weeks 2 days ago||That'd be awesome for when||
That'd be awesome for when kid got in trouble: "UFR -2!"
|34 weeks 6 days ago||You're thinking of Jimmy||
You're thinking of Jimmy Clausen.
Brookfield Zoo by Chicago recently added an exhibit with several you can walk amongst, and, from my experience, they don't bite--they seem to just like chewing on shoelaces. As a side note, the emus are in the same exhibit as the wallabies, and I may or may not have once seen Wyatt Shallman walking out of the zoo with one.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||SOTS||
Thought you meant Snyder's "State of the State" address and came here to (1) downvote for politics and (2) find out why on earth it would be on the Players Tribune. Instead, I am wrong--carry on . . .
|37 weeks 5 days ago||I wish people understood how||
I wish people understood how offensive that phrase is. I lost my brother in a fruit fight. Those damn grapes.