Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Rigelian Bug People

Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Rigelian Bug People Comment Count

Seth February 26th, 2016 at 5:00 PM

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Title Reference. Kinda miss Bo Ryan, kinda think I won't after Sunday.

So I keep having this problem where I run a guess the score and Michigan gets crushed, and of course nobody guessed that Michigan would get pulverized AND lose to the hockey version of the Rigelian bug people.

Since that totally happened, TiqIQ felt bad and wanted to try it again, this time with free tickets to the Iowa game, i.e., Michigan's last home game of the season, provided by TiqIQ.image

TiqIQ who, by the way, wants you to try their mobile app which they just revamped.

SO: this time if you guess the score, you win the tickets. If nobody gets it, we'll pick randomly again from WHOEVER DOWNLOADED THE APP (including if you did it last time) and give them the tickets.

By the way the app is at http://tiqiq.us/MGoTiqIQ. Winner will be contacted Monday, or Tuesday if I am running behind on Monday. But surely by Wednesday.

How this works again:

  1. Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-0" or "35-0 Michigan", or "28-0 Go Blue", or "42-0 Harbaugh!" etc.
  2. The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
  3. First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
  4. If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
  5. If nobody got it right or I don't hear from the winner(s) we randomly draw from whoever downloaded the TiqIQ app.

About Last Time:

Nope. Nope nuh uh not talking about it.

This Week's Game:

Michigan at the Trohl Center.

And on the Line

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You're going to the game next week.

So to recap:

  1. Guess a basketball score.
  2. Download the TiqIQ app in case nobody guesses the basketball score.

Fine print:

One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. The algorithm owns Jersey. The algorithm is self-correcting. The algorithm thinks of the children! The algorithm doesn't steal lollipops or spring breaks from the children. This is not the algorithm. But it has a visit set.

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MGoPumpkin 2015

MGoPumpkin 2015 Comment Count

Seth November 9th, 2015 at 10:10 AM

We had an official MGoPumpking carving contest, with the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown offering a $200 award towards a stay there. I picked the winners last week but forgot to post the announcement. The victor is Noah Neidlinger, aka Candor for Sale, and not just because his perfect Harbaugh picked up some accidental devil horns.

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Hit THE JUMP for the runners up.

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The MGoPumpkin Carving Contest

The MGoPumpkin Carving Contest Comment Count

Seth October 16th, 2015 at 3:57 PM

If you're looking for the MSU preview, scroll down or click here.

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Huh? We are bringing back the MGoPumpkin carving contest, this time with a DO-WANT prize for the victor. You, you, know, carve a pumpkin.

How do I enter? When you carve your masterpiece, take a photo and put it either in this thread, or on Twitter with a #MGoPumpkin hashtag. I'll judge the winner based on originality, concept, execution, and Michiganness. I'll see if I can rustle up some more prizes—I want to see ALL the pumpkins.

A prize you say? Winner gets $200 toward a stay at the brand spankin' new Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown. That's the hotel they just built on West Huron, next door to the Ann Arbor News building.

Why would this fabulous new hotel who seems like a sponsor…wait is this an ad? Kinda? The hotel is owned by the Martin family and friend of the blog Mike Martin. No not THAT Mike Martin, though this Mike's ties to the Michigan community are just a biiiit closer. Anyway this Mike Martin (NTMM) just got the go-ahead-and-open notice a few hours ago, so he's letting our readers be among the first to know. He's also running ads here for it.

Okay tell me of this hotel. Other than being brand spankin' new, it is a block from Main Street, which is pretty meaningful if you're the type who prefers dinner and a pub crawl to sitting in State Street traffic after a game. It's priced competitively, and has a free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, fully equipped kitchens in every suite, and an indoor pool.

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Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Utaugh

Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Utaugh Comment Count

Seth September 1st, 2015 at 4:23 PM

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Hey look, we're not so depressed about the expected outcome of every game as to give up on the weekly score-guessing contest for stuff again. Harbaugh!

How this works again:

  1. Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-30" or "35-31 Michigan", or "28-24 Go Blue", or "38-0 Harbaugh!" etc.
  2. The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
  3. First five people (by timestamp) to post a particular score have it.
  4. If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
  5. If nobody got it right or I don't hear from the winner(s) we push it to next week or let it go.

About Last Time:

Was the Minnesota game, and before that it was the last Utah game and I was offering Ann Arbor Torch & Pitchfork shirts. Last year sucked you guys.

This Week's Game:

@Utah on a Thursday night and I'm not even mad.

And on the Line:

FIVE!!! That is 5/cinco/1-2-3-4-5 copies we have to give out this week to five different winners. So here's the deal: this time you can choose the same score as someone else did, because the closest five to the final score get copies of Endzone Brandon's Lasting Lessons.

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This is the Dave Brandon book, with the How Harbaugh Happened story to finish it. I'll save the deep stuff for my upcoming review of it, and Bacon never puts it this way, but the gist of the story is how the organism that is Michigan athletics contracted NFL disease then fought it off. The thing about it is Bacon talked to everybody! Groups of former players from different eras, the leaders of the students, the bloggers, the program insiders, the old guard, the university's leaders, and yes, the people inside both Martin's and Brandon's athletic department when Michigan skewed into its tangent.

If you've ever heard of college athletics you will find it fascinating. If you're a Michigan fan it will blow your mind. If you're in Ann Arbor, come talk about it tonight at Rackham, 7 p.m.

Contest fine print: One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. The algorithm finds the winners as it chooses. The algorithm is self-correcting. The algorithm is back! This is not the algorithm. But it will be again soon.

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The $1M Odds On Favorites: Not This Road Dog

The $1M Odds On Favorites: Not This Road Dog Comment Count

jamiemac September 30th, 2014 at 12:05 PM

[Ed-Seth: Hey look everybody, something that's not that thing. Jamiemac of Just Cover Blog and the MGoPodcast was dragged out of quasi-retirement for a weekly thing on lines, tips, and expectations, and Draft Kings’ offered to to sponsor it. How it works: we identify a Draft Kings fantasy game (could be NFL, CFB, CBB, etc.) to commune in, followed by Jamie’s discussions on odds of relevance to you. This week we're playing for… /raises pinky One MILLION dollars.]

THIS WEEK’S GAME: ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

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Yeah it's NFL this week, because DK has $1 million out there for the winner. That's enough money to actually have a say in Michigan's athletic department. Or you could blow it on funny hats.

Details:

  • $2,200,000 prize pool.
  • First place wins $1,000,000
  • $27 entry fee.
  • Top 15,500 are paid.​
  • Starts on Sunday, October, 5th at 1:00 EST.
  • Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots. 8 players and 1 defense.
  • Roster Format: 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex, 1 Defense.
  • First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

It'll be a big pool, which is why I (still Seth)'ve got home run threats all over my roster. Here's Jamie:

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THIS WEEK’S CHALK

If you've been following my ups and downs over the years, you know I love taking road dogs the week after they've been upset as double digit favorites. This theory has led us to covers—and outright wins—in each of the last two weeks. We had Iowa +7 over Pitt in Week 4, a week after the Hawks blew a game to rival Iowa State and last week we were on Missouri plus the points over South Carolina. A week after inexplicably losing at home to Indiana, the Tigers went into South Carolina and nipped the Gamecocks 21-20. Aint college football, fun?

Good news? We have three options this week. The bad news? One of them is Michigan, catching 3.5 points at Rutgers. Alright, that might qualify as terrible news. I realized midway through the Minnesota second half that UM would be in this spot and immediately decided to cancel this system for a week. There's just no way I'm betting on this team.

[Jump for the Pitt Trick, and every M opponent looking good]

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Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Gophers

Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Gophers Comment Count

Seth September 24th, 2014 at 6:00 PM

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How this works again:

  1. Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-30" or "35-31 Michigan", or "28-24 Go Blue", or "38-34 Gardner FTW!" or "38-0" etc.
  2. The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
  3. First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
  4. If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
  5. If nobody got it right we push it to next week or let it go.
  6. Brian voices displeasure at the puns in the headlines.

Why we do it:

Hey look: we sell t-shirts. Also sometimes there's free stuff to give away.

About Last Week:

Nobody won. Even Utah fans went home wet long after they were supposed to be drinking with the knowledge they were outgained by a team intent on shooting themselves in the face.

This Week's Game:

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And on the Line:

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Reference is to when much ado was being made over Gardner not learning to ID blocking assignments (Borges had the RBs and OL doing it). Six Zero went ahead and made a shirt out of it. It is good advice for anyone facing blitzes in their faces, be the pressure real, imagined, or metaphorical.

Fine print: One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. Nine people read this last time and thus was MGoBlog broken forever. The algorithm must've been something before electricity. The algorithm is a Cindarella story out of nowhere. And I say "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." The algorithm killed Gardner.This is not the algorithm. It tells people it is anyway.

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Odds on Favorites: Chalk It Up to Big Tennnitude

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jamiemac September 18th, 2014 at 5:40 PM

[Ed-Seth: You all know Jamie Mac, he of Just Cover Blog and the MGoPodcast, and expert on sports betting. I was at his tailgate last week for the Miami (NTM) game, and between Draft Kings’ offer to to sponsor it and Jamie’s somewhat impaired state at the moment, I was able to convince this legend to come out of writing retirement.

So here’s how it’s gonna work (for now): we’ll have a weekly spot where we identify a Draft Kings fantasy game (could be NFL, CFB, CBB, etc.) to commune in, followed by Jamie’s discussions on odds of relevance to you.]

THIS WEEK’S GAME: CFB $10K REDSHIRT [$1,000 TO 1ST]

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I like Jake Butt [and HSR’s groovy image]

Details:

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THIS WEEK’S CHALK

Everyone has eliminated the Big Ten from playoff contention. I am not here to argue against that, although I am in the firm camp of letting the rest of this month and October play out before putting any serious thought into what the true pecking order should be. But keep hope alive Big Ten fans. You can still bet on some of your teams qualifying for the first ever college football final four. Here are the current odds on Big Ten teams making that postseason field.

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Odds of Michigan in the CoFoPuff this year are running about even with the likelihood that the world will apologize. [Upchurch]

Ohio State: Yes, +400; No, -600

Michigan State: Yes, +500; No, -800

Wisconsin: Yes, +600; No, -1000

They actually have Michigan listed on this board, but there aren't any odds. Talk about a tease. What does it matter anyway. Michigan isn't making any Final Four this season. Well, at least not in football.....

GAMES OF THE YEAR UPDATED LINES

Everyone who knows me, knows I love to track the lines of the Games Of The Year that are released way back in something called June by various Las Vegas and offshore sportsbooks. Let's take a minute to compare the lines for the remaining Big 10 games that were on that board. We've got three data points: opening lines from June, lines on the day the season started and lines as they stand today. It's time for a chart, with some quick thoughts afterwards.

[After the jump, updated lines and Jamie’s tips on who to draft around the league]

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Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Yoots

Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Yoots Comment Count

Seth September 17th, 2014 at 6:22 PM

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How this works again:

  1. Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-30" or "35-31 Michigan", or "28-24 Go Blue", or "38-34 Gardner FTW!" or "38-0" etc.
  2. The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
  3. First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
  4. If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
  5. If nobody got it right we push it to next week or let it go.
  6. Brian voices displeasure at the puns in the headlines.

About Last Week:

Yay somebody guessed 34-10, though I imagine JBM was thinking it would be like 31-0 by half and then we’d put in the scrubs or something. Don’t act like you knew it would be 10-10 at the half. Either way you’re getting your print.

This Week’s Game:

yoot

And On the Line:

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From our latest line:

Ann Arbor Torch & Pitchfork has been serving the Michigan community since they lost The Game of Games. To all those who feel like THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE, whether your ticket stub isn't wide enough to hold the price, some dufus just lied to the NCAA for no reason whatsoever, they’re running the wrong punt formation, or they've threatened to leave your band behind, we here at Ann Arbor Torch and Pitchfork have the tools you need to threaten to get things done right.

Don't let another fiasco go by with mere grumbles, harshly worded letters, and mood-altering substances. Come on down to AAT&P and gear up with the same tools your ancestors used to rid their towns of demons and upstart agricultural institutions. Peruse our outstanding collection of rakes, scythes, rubber chickens, and other farm tools we totally didn't steal from Big Ten West schools.

Fine print: One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. Nobody reads this; if they did they would write “Yabbadabbadoo” after their score and it would break MGoBlog. And the algorithm. We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. This is not the algorithm. It used to be.

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Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Baby Coaches

Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Baby Coaches Comment Count

Seth September 11th, 2014 at 7:35 PM

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So surprise: nobody guessed last week's score, and if you had you certainly wouldn't be the kind of person who'd appreciate a poster of Michigan legends. So we're running it again. Get it RIGHT this time.

How this works again:

  1. Readers predict the final score of a designated game by placing a guess in the comments, preferably in the format of [M score][hyphen][Opp score], for example "41-30" or "35-31 Michigan", or "28-24 Go Blue", or "38-34 Gardner FTW!" or "38-0" etc.
  2. The three guys who read this part holler at people who post in a different format
  3. First person (by timestamp) to post a particular score has it.
  4. If you got it right, I contact you for an address by your MGoBlog account email, and you give me some time to get that to you.
  5. If nobody got it right we push it to next week or let it go.
  6. Brian voices displeasure at the puns in the headlines.

About Last Week:

We never speak of it again.

This Week's Game:

They call themselves the cradle of coaches. But these days you don't get a cradle; you get a crib, and the crib has to be solid on all four sides (a side can't come down), and it has to be able to adjust for when the baby gets bigger, and preferably it converts to a toddler bed too. Cribs are really expensive, but that's only scratching the surface. There's the swinging electronic cradle that your baby coach will want to sleep in, and the swing that just calms your baby coach, and the swing that takes 4 C batteries and does both, and the travel version of the same. And these days pack-'n-plays are all the rage, though they're really hard to put together.

Perhaps one day Chuck Martin will be a Bo or an Ara or a Woody, or a Randy Walker, etc. He seems to have the chops. But then, even Beethoven spent his first year spitting on himself, soiling diapers, and crying. So much crying.

And on the Line…

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This 24" x 32" print by renowned portrait artist (and namesake/godson of Bennie Oosterbaan) Ben McCready. From left: Carter, Harmon, Chappuis, Bennie, Kramer, Desmond. Plus some configurations of the stadium. Ace and I already have ours in our "offices."

And one for Mott: If you'd rather skip guessing the score and just get one, Ben has this available as a limited 24x32 edition at an MGoBlog discount of $100 ($25 off), or get the 18" x 24" open edition for $50. For every print sold Ben said he will donate an extra print of that size to a patient at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, in the buyer's name.

Fine print: One entry per user. First user to choose a set of scores wins, determined by the timestamp of your entry (for my ease I prefer if you don't post it as a reply to another person's score--if you do it won't help or hurt you). Deadline for entries is 24 hours before the start of the game. MGoEmployees and Moderators exempt from winning. We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. The algorithm cheated. No algorithm demonstrates as much class and commitment to education as much as The Algorithm does when their student athletes are committing academic fraud. The algorithm blames Jeeves.This is not the algorithm. It just thinks it is.

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Go Ahead, Draft Better Than Seth

Go Ahead, Draft Better Than Seth Comment Count

Seth August 21st, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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Somebody's gonna give me credit for drafting C.J. Brown.

So we tried doing this big draftageddon thing to be all informative. Some people liked it; other people said they only care about their own fantasy teams. Fine. I get it. Some people like to read an average novel's worth of bloggers infighting over Rutgers offensive linemen, and some people prefer to use their football knowledge to make money for themselves.

To everyone but the 9 of you who voted for my Draftageddon team, if you think you can beat me, then I implore you: beat me. See that team above? That is my team for Week 1 of our fantasy partner Draft King's, now-totally-accepting-entries, college football contest, or "CFB $10K REDSHIRT" game as it's apparently named.

/offers to be official naming things guy.

/changes that to Executive Vice President of Titling Operations

My team. Yes, I took all Big Ten players except tight end because I feel like I've watched so much O.J. Howard while scouting Nussmeier's offense that he might as well be one of us. Can you do better? No. You can't. I'm so sure of it in fact that if you beat me I'll give you $5 off the MGoStore.

Your team. Details on the game in bullets:

  • You're just drafting guys who play on Saturday afternoon, 8/30. No picking Nits who play at 8:30 a.m. in Ireland, etc.
  • $10,000 prize pool.
  • $2 entry fee. Entry is free if it's your first deposit.
  • $1,000 1st Place prize.
  • Top 1,150 are paid.
  • Starts on Saturday, August, 30th at 12:00 EST.
  • Salary Cap Style Drafting. $50,000 to select 9 spots.
  • Roster Format: 2 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex.
  • First time depositors at DraftKings receive a 100% bonus up to $600

Details on the contest:

  • If you beat me (tie goes to the dealer yo) this week I'll email you with a code to use in the MGoStore for $5 off anything. Shipping still applies.
  • Only one coupon per person. If multiple teams beat me (like that would ever happen) you still can only use the code once on your store account.
  • BiSB isn't allowed to enter, else we'd have to give him the MGoStore.

Weird thing: You can still draft Jake Butt. Braxton Miller too but at least they have the red circle thing next to him to warn you not to draft him. Jake Butt: nothing.

Other weird thing: No NORFLEET?

/offers to be official Michigan roster insider guy

/offers to come up with a kickass name for that position.

/goes back to playing daily fantasy football at DraftKings.com

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