OT: New Blackberry Torch

OT: New Blackberry Torch

Submitted by Giff4484 on August 3rd, 2010 at 11:49 AM

New touch screen Blackberry with slide out keyboard announced today by Rim and At&t. Looks pretty sweet and i'm glad Rim came out with a new device to compete with Apple and Google.

Here is a link to the at & t site.


Prometheus Unbeveled (guilt)

Prometheus Unbeveled (guilt)

Submitted by Bodogblog on August 3rd, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Shortform: 2 years, depressing losses, no outlet, weak MSM, peering over ledge... Jump?  Nay.  Mgoblog

I used to check Freep/Detnews and ESPN every day for M stories.  I had an incurable desire to know what the team was doing right now to improve.  Nervously waiting on the Cullen Christian announcement like a sick relative sealed my own commitment - I had to find a better outlet.  Blogosphere is not my thing, but the writing of Brian and Tim set this site aside.  It's the content I want, every day.  Demar Dorsey made me sign up and start posting. 

Take the annual price of a typical sporting mag subscription and double it.  Much of what they write you don't care about anyway.  There is very llittle of that on Mgoblog. 

Prithee thee, be free.  Un-bevel

Meta: Linking to Freep Articles

Meta: Linking to Freep Articles

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 3rd, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Lately there have been several MGoBoard spats regarding Freep article threads.  OPs have started topics on Freep articles and either provided a link or left the link out. Predictably the Freep boycotters and Freep non-boycotters have then engaged in thread wars over the presence or non-presence of said links.  When the non-boycotters have provided links they've been neg-bombed.  When the boycotters have vented their spleen about the Freep, they've been taken to task for their perceived silliness.

I for one believe that all of this is tiresome and detracts from the enjoyability of the board.  Thankfully, we can actually look to Brian for guidance on this topic.  In his Jihad the Second: Tentative Results front pager, he said the following:

Until such time as Drew Sharp, Michael Rosenberg, and Mark Snyder are no longer at the paper, if you are a Michigan fan with a Free Press subscription you should terminate it immediately. If you link to a Free Press article it should be the print page and it should be nofollowed. If you visit the Free Press website, you should have adblock on. If you write for Michigan's Rivals site you should not write for the Free Press. It's not because they took a swing at Michigan's program. It's because they were blatantly dishonest in doing so.

Most of those shoulds are recommendations because they refer to behaviors entirely outside of the realm of MGoBlog.  All except the bolded, italicized portion which refers explicitly to behavior that Brian desires on MGoBlog. Brian's guidance serves several purposes: 1) It reduces the ad revenue earned by the freep.com; 2) It provides a convenient way to discuss Freep stories that may have some relevance (sometimes there's actual news content to digest and share, sometimes there are examples of "Freepiness" or jihadi-like behavior to rail against (at least in the eye of the poster)); and 3) It serves to tamp down the frequency of MGoBoard spats.

Now, following this policy requires some discipline on the part of the MGoBlogerati and it requires that the Freepers (boycotters) and the anti-Freepers (non-boycotters) each give a little.  The Freepers have to not reflexively react negatively when a thread is started about a Freep story and the anti-Freepers have to not go off on the Freepers about how stupid the boycott is.  The bottom line is that both factions need to refrain from poking the other faction in the eye every time one of these threads appears.  

Now let's say someone starts a thread and posts a direct Freep link.  What's the appropriate response?

  1. Post a comment deriding the OP for his support of the Freep.
  2. Post a comment lauding the OP for not buying a Freeper tin foil hat
  3. Post a comment gently reminding the OP that the guidance is that we use print links for Freep articles and cheerfully provide him with that link

Ok, I'm sure that in this thread there will be some witty alternate responses and I'm looking forward to reading them, but I submit that the right answer is number 3.  Number 3 preserves board civility and encourages MGoBlogerati unity.

Now, I'm certainly aware that the passions of the Freeper and anti-Freeper factions are driven by much more than whether or not an MGoBlog Freep boycott is effective.  I know there has been some over the top language used on both sides and personal attacks mustered against various MGoUsers on both sides and as a result there are legitimate hurt feelings and abused sensibilities all around. I submit that if we follow this third or middle way, we will avoid much of the divisiveness we've experienced lately.  

Your thoughts? 

OT - Modano Will Sign With Red Wings

OT - Modano Will Sign With Red Wings

Submitted by hockeyguy9125 on August 2nd, 2010 at 11:30 PM



According to the Free Press*, the Detroit Red Wings will announce the signing of Mike Modano Thursday. This adds third line depth with Jiri Hudler and the Red Wings become a very serious threat (more so than before) in the West. I really like their chances and my desire for hockey season just went up ten fold.

*Yeah the freep sucks, but they are the only outlet with the story at the moment so I am linking it.

OT: Princeton Review Names 2010 Top Party Schools

OT: Princeton Review Names 2010 Top Party Schools

Submitted by Njia on August 2nd, 2010 at 7:08 PM

From the "FWIW" File at the Associated Press ... Princeton Review released it's 2010 list of Top Party Schools. The Big Ten Conference was represented in the top 3, as you'll see below. Strangely, the Ivy Leagues were not.

In order, the top schools for lettin' it all hang out are:

1. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

2. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

3. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

4. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.

5. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.

6. University of Texas, Austin, Texas

7. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

8. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

9. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

10. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

Unconfirmed reports say that tOSU almost made the list, but lost a few points due to it's "open cooler" policy.


EDIT: Fixed.

OT: Blackberry Issues

OT: Blackberry Issues

Submitted by holtod07 on August 2nd, 2010 at 4:30 PM

While wasting away time at work, I noticed my Blackberry Tour is constantly "searching for network." E-mail and text messages will flood my mailbox every 30-45 minutes. I work right by Wolverine Tower in Ann Arbor and was curious if anyone has had any connection trouble today or if this in an isolated incident.

Obviously a very stressful Monday for me at work. Thanks for the help!

OT: Official - Hawks Sign Turco

OT: Official - Hawks Sign Turco

Submitted by JeepinBen on August 2nd, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Former Michigan goalie Marty Turco was just signed by the Chicago Blackhawks. There was a thread on the speculation a bit ago, now it's official


Details not released in the story, but yeah... that happened

(original thread here: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/ot-marty-turco-rumor)

OT: Analyze Your Writing Style

OT: Analyze Your Writing Style

Submitted by MGoShoe on August 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 AM

So, I was tipped to this site today and I entered the text from my last Leaders and Best in 50 States diary (yes, go read it - it's about Cazzie Russell, not Nipsey Russell BTW (thanks Njia)), and lo and behold:

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Brian would be so proud.

When I entered the text from plays 5 and 6 of Brian's "Of the Decade: Best Plays Part II", I got this result.:

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Brian will be so pleased.

OT: Good job pwning the Red Sox in the new 8.5 innings formatTigers!

OT: Good job pwning the Red Sox in the new 8.5 innings formatTigers!

Submitted by DesHow21 on August 2nd, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Red Sox nation thanks you :-)

One of the few bright spots in the puketitude that has been this season. Hope you guys recover and make the post-season (which we are assuredly NOT going to make).