The State Of Our Open Threads: After Colorado

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on September 18th, 2016 at 9:23 AM

MOD EDIT - Moving to diaries. Good idea. - LSA

Well, let it never be said about this place that we don't handle adversity creatively because that's something that I would expect from MGoBlog. 

The first quarter was brutal, the second quarter had me concerned - anyone else like me who was there may even share that feeling, and yes, those feelings produced certain words. What you'll find surprising perhaps, however, is that despite all that, a decent second half changes your day, your mood, your everything entirely, so it didn't produce quite as many of those words as you might expect. 

Indeed, in 1,957 total posts, we found only 175 instances of "fuck", although this is up significant from 148 instances in the UCF game. What we did see is a lot more "shit" in this contest, however - 102 instances of "shit", although those of you who laid into Speight might argue for a higher number, and that is up from only 68 instances in the UCF game. "Suck" saw an uptick too - 25 instances in the UCF game to 42 instances yesterday, and yeah, nearly all of them in the first half and nearly all of them about the defense. 

On the upside, because there were a few of these, there was a lot of Peppers. Indeed, we more or less got to see Peppers doing all the things, which made me kind of sad that I never bothered to track the levels of Heisman in open threads, just for kicks, because I heard people saying it around me yesterday. Indeed, from a mere 14 mentions in the UCF, we talked about Peppers 132 times in the Colorado game, as we should have. 

Overall for the thread, we ended up with 776 tracked instances for the analysis, not including other words which now get tracked such as "legit" - that saw only 15 uses in the thread and most of them were in regards to the Colorado offense when run be Liufau. Across 1,957 posts, that means an overall efficiency of 2.52, consistent with a stressful win or - in worst case scenarios - a loss. Those two things tend to register the same on here. 

So, we're getting enough data to show a few interesting  trends. Here is what the Original Six look like right now:

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Considering that "fuck" and "shit" are the board staples and most indicative of the state of things more often than not, you can see that those two words do show the ramp-up from the relatively breezy Hawaii game to getting a bit of a scare yesterday. If tradition holds, we get a bit of a reset and then the slow (sometimes lightning quick) increase in usage heading into the Ohio State. How quickly did the "fuck" escalate though? See the "Fuck-Fire" char below:

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I initially tied "fuck" to "fire" because we were mired in the Hoke-Borges dynamic, but what we see here is that the two are still relating to one another. Yesterday, there were some calls to fire Don Brown again - possibly a few eanest ones from those with the irrational expectation that we should just blank everybody and anything less is unacceptable.

There's also this, anothe two words that used to closely relate on MGoBlog:

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The "Shit-Damn" relationship is somewhat wobbly this time around. Indeed, you can see where we kind of passed up "damn" and went right to "shit", particularly yesterday. Like in many life situation, when one word no longer covers it, we find another one - that's the fucking beauty of language. 

So, there's where we're at - some of us are still working off yesterday's stress. The cussing may have subsided, but here we are on record.



September 18th, 2016 at 9:28 AM ^

I don't know man, I never really panicked. Even when we were down 14-0 I was convinced we would find a way to come rally back. Concerned about how the offense came out the gates though.


September 18th, 2016 at 9:48 AM ^

I wasn't really worried either, and I think one of the things that we've learned about teams under Harbaugh is that they do not quit and will battle through adversity. As brutal as it was in person, I didn't ever feel that we were not going to come back. A few short years ago, I would have bitten my nails down to my wrist by halftime in a game like that. Totally different vibe now and I like it. 


September 18th, 2016 at 10:03 AM ^

Agreed.  I always felt like we would win the Colorado game.

What I got fired up/depressed about was that it was yet another example that this team does not yet know how to deal with spread offenses run by mobile quarterbacks.  

I am officially Very Concerned(tm) about the possibility of yet another hammering by OSU unless the light goes on for the defense at some point this year.

Mr. Yost

September 18th, 2016 at 6:24 PM ^

It's not a lack of faith of coming's more that if you're an elite team, you have to dominate these games. Which is what we did midway through the 2nd qtr.

If the expectation was to win 31-28, I don't think there would've been as much disappointment...but people want a championship team and want to see this team hit on all cylinders EVERY week.

The only 2, maybe 3 games I think we as a fan base will give a pass on how we play and just focus on the W are @MSU and @OSU...maybe @Iowa.

I know for certain that 99% of this board couldn't care less if we win those first two 3-0, they just want a W. 

But most people want to see more against inferior competition.


September 18th, 2016 at 10:37 AM ^

When you subtract out the wife, the kids, the mortgage, the jobs (one full-time, the other podcasting) the pets, the hobbies and the decent network of friends and a few other sundry things here and there then I guess not. 

In all honesty, questions like this make me chuckle because I can only feel bad for the person that asked it. 


September 18th, 2016 at 10:12 AM ^

I knew we could beat them, but I had an uneasy feeling becuase we kept making big mistakes over and over in the 1st.  I was looking for O'Korn, but I understand Harbo kept Wilton in so he could grow from the experience.  In the end everything turned for us becuase we have more talent.  Defense, Peppers, Chesson, Butt, Wormly, Glascow, Gary, etc.   

I'll be at the Wisconsin game for my 59th birthday.  I have not attended a game in quite a few years so I'm looking forward to it.  I have the two greatest Sons in the world for taking me to the game. Go blue from three walmart Wolverines!       


September 18th, 2016 at 10:25 AM ^

Considering how Alabama and FSU ND and OK struggled and Iowa losing Id say just winning yesterday was good enough.. The BIG has some pretty impressive non con wins..LSU, OK ND, Oregon. Concerning moments?  OH YES...but they turned it around against a pretty decent looking CU team and won by 17...I was dissapointed in the defense early but they fixed it in time...the schedule helps..Special Teams has been a HUGE and WELCOME surprise


September 18th, 2016 at 10:32 AM ^

execution, the early part of the game was riding out the wave of early confidence and momentum Colorado built off its ability to hit big play passes and then get a blindside fumble recovery for a TD off a terrific blitz. I wanted to see our team respond with championship poise and belief in itself and deliver the full measure of its desire to win. And it responded with dynamic special teams play led by its most special agent, Jabrill Peppers, a cut above the rest.

It's amazing that Michigan now possesses a threat to block your punt or kick or take a punt or kick back for a TD in every opportunity. And the opposing team is left to manage which of those possibilities imposes a greater threat at any time. That is the game within the game that Michigan has been winning with the kind of offensive efficiency that denies actual output in the box score. Yeah, they didn't kills us with yardage domination but they sure took full measure of their capability on the scoreboard, the only stat that really counts. All the rest is show. And our staff knows that better than anyone else, because it's a professional mindset about competing.


September 18th, 2016 at 10:36 AM ^

Really hate chicken littles. My god I don't know if a fanbase has ever annoyed me as much as ours this season. That includes the Royals fans of the last couple years. Take some xanax people.


September 18th, 2016 at 11:06 AM ^

The fact that people are saying the word 'fire' at all is asinine...we have won by margins greater than 18 points in all games...these players aren't robots, they are human. Mistakes will be made and variables such as emotion play into any matchup. People are learning the system...the coaches are learning how players who haven't played much react when put into unique circumstances...freaking relax people

Rufus X

September 20th, 2016 at 10:12 AM ^

Interesting to see how this plays out for the rest of the year, but I am almost certain that the Hawthorne effect will skew the results - especially in this crowd.


September 20th, 2016 at 10:41 AM ^

It would be awesome to see this year's data summarized and compared to previous seasons. Not that anyone wants to relive those years but I would hope it might provide some perspective on just how angry people are this year.


September 20th, 2016 at 10:41 AM ^

It would be awesome to see this year's data summarized and compared to previous seasons. Not that anyone wants to relive those years but I would hope it might provide some perspective on just how angry people are this year.