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06/06/2018 - 9:58am I'm actually taking delivery…

I'm actually taking delivery of my first 4K TV today, so I can't give you an independent review of that set yet.  But I went through quite a lot of research to land where I did.  In terms of brands, I think any of Samsung, LG, and Sony are likely to work well.  Some key considerations that you might keep in mind when choosing which way to go:

1) Do you play video games and/or watch lots of ESPN/cable news with stationary graphics?  If so, then you might want to avoid OLED TVs, since some have experienced burn in. My understanding, though, is that recent models have done a lot to reduce/eliminate this concern.  Also, if you play video games, look at input lag/response times--the lower the better.

2) What is the ambient light like in your room?  OLED sets generally have deeper blacks but don't have the same peak brightness that an LCD/QLED set would.  If the TV is mostly going to be in a very bright room, then it might be worth sacrificing the black levels in exchange for the extra brightness.  If you go the LCD/QLED route, consider how much you care about good black levels.  "Edge lit" sets will generally be cheaper and thinner, but are unable to match the black levels of back lit "full array local dimming" sets (which have a number of lighting zones directly behind the panel that can be turned off completely for deeper blacks in those zones--that's what makes OLEDs so nice for black levels, because the pixels themselves can be turned off individually for true black).

3) HDR--there still seems to be somewhat of a format war going on for HDR content, particularly relating to the more advanced versions that use metadata.  DolbyVision and HDR10+ are the combatants, but it's not clear (to me, at least) which of these is more likely to be future proof.  If your potential TV supports both, that would be ideal.

Personally, I went with the 2018 Samsung Q9FN, which is a QLED, full array local dimming model.  It seemed to have a solid combination of low input lag for gaming, peak brightness, and black levels.  It only supports HDR10+, though, and not DolbyVision.

For additional research, I recommend avsforums, as those guys are generally very helpful and knowledgeable.



03/16/2018 - 12:51pm Nope, my Dad went there

Nope, my Dad went there during the Oscar years, so I grew up a UC basketball fan.

03/16/2018 - 11:53am See my posts above.  He did

See my posts above.  He did not do well against UC.  His biggest point total in 3 games was 17, and he needed 22 shots to put up that many. 

03/16/2018 - 11:50am Gray's stats against Cincy

Gray's stats against Cincy this year:

Game 1: 9 pts on 4-15 shooting, 1-6 from 3, 6 assists and 6 boards.

Game 2: 13 pts on 3-13 shooting, 1-7 from 3, 4 assists and 1 board (with 4 turnovers)

Game 3: 17 points on 6-22 shooting, 2-9 from 3, 3 assists and 5 boards (with 4 turnovers)




03/16/2018 - 11:46am As a Cincy fan, we played

As a Cincy fan, we played Houston 3 times this year.  I'm too lazy to look up the actual stats, but he struggled against a strong defense.  I haven't watched Michigan as much this year as I have UC, but my sense is that Michigan's D is just as well suited to stopping Gray as UC's is--perhaps even moreso since UC doesn't have a hyperactive Zavier Simpson-style guard to pressure the ball quite as aggressively.

03/13/2018 - 3:26pm Disagree.  A multi-down three

Disagree.  A multi-down three tech is vastly more valuable than a run-stuffer, unless that run stuffer can offer a reasonable amount of pass rush (or, at least enough pass rush to be among your 4 best rushers to be out there on passing downs).  Vea sure looks like he will be a great NT, but from a value perspective it's hard to justify spending a high first rounder on a guy who won't be out there on passing downs.

08/02/2017 - 11:15am Same here.  Got mine last

Same here.  Got mine last Friday here in Richmond, VA.

02/27/2017 - 2:00pm I believe LG is supplying

I believe LG is supplying Sony with its OLED panels.  Sony likely has better upscaling and other peripheral hardware to go alongside the panel, but otherwise the LG and Sony models should be awfully similar.

01/09/2017 - 11:13am Regarding Sam's credibility,

Regarding Sam's credibility, did he ever put in a "gut feeling" for Najee?  I followed it fairly closely, and the impression I had was that he was unwilling to go that far--indicating that he had strong reasons for thinking Najee was going blue, but that it was not a certainty.  Given the additional info that has since come out (e.g., Najee was enrolled, everything was in place for him to start school this week), it seems to me that what happened was consistent with what Sam was saying.  

In other words, I think a reasonable person with access to Sam's info would have concluded as Sam did (and relayed to those on Scout and on WTKA):  either (i) Najee was going blue, or (ii) Najee was undecided.  Just because the ultimate result appears to have been option (ii), with Najee choosing to stick with Bama, doesn't in my mind discredit Sam.  If he had said "IT'S HAPPENING" and posted a Najee-in-a-sock-hat-traversing-the-country gif on twitter, that's one thing.  But I think he was pretty careful in saying "look, the guys in Schembechler Hall think he's coming, I have evidence to support that, but I haven't heard confirmation from Najee's camp.  So I can't give you a 'gut feeling.'"  The outcome wasn't what we fans wanted, but it doesn't mean Sam was wrong or bad at his job.

11/04/2016 - 2:50pm Schroedinger's Friday

Schroedinger's Friday Recruitin' Update

10/25/2016 - 1:52pm If EMU ends the season in

If EMU ends the season in front of MSU, I hereby propose that citing this stat should be the offseason equivalent of "the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals" meme.

10/25/2016 - 12:16pm Agreed.  For one, we have

Agreed.  For one, we have more depth to overcome injuries that we really, really hope don't happen (like Clark going out and still having 2 top CBs to send out there).  Just as big, though, is it is far less likely that our future opponents will "download" our defense and come up with a scheme that will kill us.  Don Brown's scheme >>> Durkin's scheme, and I have every confidence that if someone comes up with something that starts to work, Brown will effectively counter in game.  Unlike a certain Game from last year that I won't mention.

10/25/2016 - 12:13pm Assuming Urban allows Samuel

Assuming Urban allows Samuel to be a ball carrier...

09/27/2016 - 3:19pm 28-23 Wolverbears

28-23 Wolverbears

09/09/2016 - 11:49am I think the rule is that you

I think the rule is that you get 5 years to play out your 4 years of eligibility, so you can take a voluntary redshirt for a year.  But if a player is injured and unable to play for multiple seasons, then they can appeal to have a 6th year to get through their 4 years of eligibility.  

So, MSU is claiming that Davis falls into this category.  But during one of the years in question where he was "too injured" to play (as opposed to taking a voluntary redshirt), MSU awarded him as scout team player of the week...which sounds an awful lot like a voluntary redshirt year and not a year where he was unable to play due to injury.  

At least that's how I understand it--NCAA rules experts on here can feel free to correct me.

08/18/2016 - 11:34am I didn't know Luiji was

I didn't know Luiji was coming to RVa--bummed I won't be in town to see the game.

07/14/2016 - 4:22pm That OL...yeah, I think

That OL...yeah, I think that'd be decent.  Long-Hutchinson-Molk-Baas-Lewan.

06/15/2016 - 12:54pm If PSU returns to a power (or

If PSU returns to a power (or even a quasi-power) then the set of three rivals for M, MSU, OSU, and PSU looks a lot better.

06/15/2016 - 11:55am Bill Connelly just did the

Bill Connelly just did the same exercise for the B10 that he did for the SEC (which inspired Brian's post).  Similar overall results, with the same outcome for Michigan's three annual games.  Worth a read:


06/09/2016 - 4:26pm Thanks for the heads-up.

Thanks for the heads-up.  I'll be sporting Don Brown's 'stache in no time.

05/28/2016 - 11:03am Have you tried the Shutdown

Have you tried the Shutdown Fullcast? Solid Verbal is good, too.

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04/27/2016 - 2:23pm True.  Or at least not a

True.  Or at least not a high-to-mid first rounder.  I think PFF's analysis on him is pretty convincing.  

04/27/2016 - 2:18pm Hoping the Bengals get

Hoping the Bengals get Doctson or Sterling Shepard.  I'm still annoyed that they didn't take Lockett last year after he torched Michigan in the bowl game (and everyone else on KSU's schedule before that).

04/11/2016 - 4:32pm In theory, I agree with you.

In theory, I agree with you.  And yet I maybe have 1% of the self-discipline required to not watch GoT this season while waiting for the book.  

03/02/2016 - 11:37am Agreed, especially given the

Agreed, especially given the well-documented, non-recruiting-related justifications that the northern schools can put forward (e.g., knocking out some practice time without classes, and leaving more time to focus on exams when they return).

03/02/2016 - 11:15am Ha, sorry about the lack of

Ha, sorry about the lack of an "NSFW" tag.  I don't post very often, and didn't think about the dangers of linking to SI so soon after the swimsuit issue. 

01/14/2016 - 9:28am RIP, nginx.

RIP, nginx.

12/21/2015 - 6:34pm I've seen all the good

I've seen all the good reviews come in regarding Brown, but I don't think I was truly 100% happy about the hire until I read the following paragraph from Space Coyote:

"In order to defend the spread, Brown tends to move away from his one-high safety looks and move to more of a two-high look out of cover 4. He does this so that he can rotate safeties into run support, either to defend the crease (outside the Tackle/TE, inside #2) or the alley (outside #2, inside #1). He will occasionally use a single-high look and give crease/alley responsibility to the deep safety. His deep safety isn't nearly as deep as Durkin's; this puts even heavier responsibility on the CBs to succeed, as many times the receivers can get over top of the defense without great support over the top. The box is primarily responsible for the run (along with the safeties), while the CBs and in some cases the safeties look almost completely to the pass before helping out in support."

As I interpret it, this means that (i) Brown would not have stuck with the base defense against the OSU spread that I think everyone acknowledges wouldn't have worked, and (ii) Brown's answer to the OSU spread is closer to an MSU-style defense than whatever the hell that 3-3-5 was that DJ came up with this year.   

12/18/2015 - 9:47am We also beat out FSU for

We also beat out FSU for Shelton Johnson last year, I believe.

12/01/2015 - 1:57pm Kalis and Jalad at Tanagra.

Kalis and Jalad at Tanagra.  

Drevno, his arms wide.

10/29/2015 - 4:05pm Michigan 35 - 0 Minnesota.

Michigan 35 - 0 Minnesota.  Bonus prediction:  Peppers scores his first TD.

10/29/2015 - 1:28pm Many thanks for posting.  I

Many thanks for posting.  I never once have remembered to use the link when ordering from Amazon, and I order stuff from them all the time.  Would love for mgoblog to get even a small benefit from that.

10/20/2015 - 6:09pm Looking forward to the Refs

Looking forward to the Refs -435 in the UFR chart.

10/19/2015 - 3:55pm On one hand, I tend to agree,

On one hand, I tend to agree, and I'd imagine that if presented with the additional info that Brian dug up Hackett might not have issued the statement.

On the other hand, my immediate reaction to the news that Blake was getting bombed on twitter was a desire to tweet support at Blake (which I did not do, because (a) nobody should care about Random Internet Guy offering support to them, and (b) I assumed that he has been counseled to stay the hell away from twitter for awhile), or retweet some supportive tweets from Devin Gardner or other guys with ties to the program.

Neither of those is a fruitful response coming from random fan base members such as myself--but the statement of support from Hackett at least puts it out there, clearly, and from a source that is likely to filter down to Blake himself, that the real fan base doesn't wish any harm on Blake and in fact fully supports him.  

10/14/2015 - 3:05pm I think it goes something

I think it goes something like this:

--Kareem Walker (OSU commit) visited Michigan last week, and there seems to be a decent chance that we flip him

--OSU was reported to be in contact with UW commit Antonio Williams after Walker's visit to UM

--Urbz was rumored to have given Walker an ultimatum (initially thought to be 24 hours, but MGoFish later backed off that timeline) to either cancel his remaining visits and reaffirm his commitment, or else.

--Williams decommits from UW.

A Michigan-colored-glasses reading of these events would be that Walker refused to reaffirm, OSU no longer considers him a commit, and has offered his spot to Williams, with Walker potentially flipping to Michigan in the near future.

10/14/2015 - 2:50pm 28-10 Michigan

28-10 Michigan

10/09/2015 - 5:47pm A whole lot.  *also guilty*

A whole lot.  *also guilty*

10/01/2015 - 3:17pm Michigan 31, Maryland 10

Michigan 31, Maryland 10

09/24/2015 - 8:30am 27-24 BYU

27-24 BYU

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09/16/2015 - 5:04pm You've found the wrong

You've found the wrong Private Ryan

09/15/2015 - 4:38pm I'm with you.  None of us is

I'm with you.  None of us is under an obligation to give money to him.  He is leveraging his participation in a sports team that many, many people love to support, and if some number of those people want to also show gratitude (or whatever) to him for that participation by helping him go to grad school, he's giving them an avenue to do so.  I don't see any harm in that at all.

09/01/2015 - 4:58pm 21-10 Harbaugh

21-10 Harbaugh

08/23/2015 - 10:05pm I'd play on xbone. Gamertag = animalfarm84

I'd play on xbone. Gamertag = animalfarm84

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08/15/2015 - 8:45pm We redid our counters last

We redid our counters last summer. Granite, and we love it. Agree with the posts above on granite and Quartz being quality choices. Biggest advice I have: choose your fabricator/installer very carefully. We had to have ours redone a couple times, and had a plumbing issue that the installer caused that left us with no kitchen for a couple weeks while everything got sorted out. It can be tough to separate the good fabricators/installers from the bad, so hopefully you can get some good recommendations in your area.

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07/01/2015 - 1:57pm As a UC basketaball fan, hard

As a UC basketaball fan, hard to argue that their offense has mostly been terrible under Mick.  But the issue isn't entirely scheme-related.  When he had to rebuild the program from almost literally zero (1--ONE--player on scholarship when he took over), he prioritized defense, since that was a quicker route to getting back on track without access to high-level recruits.

The result is that they've had a bunch of athletic dudes who can't shoot the ball.  They've been able to generate plenty of open looks from the perimeter, but haven't had many, if any, pure shooters during Mick's tenure.  Hopefully Cumberland will help to change that.

/end UC thread hijacking. 

05/06/2015 - 7:08pm Seems like a lot of lawyers

Seems like a lot of lawyers on here...

Age: 35

Occupation:  Lawyer

Location: Richmond, VA

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04/21/2015 - 3:08pm I really like this approach.

I really like this approach.  8 is a great number--one can envision seasons in which the 5th best team could have a plausible claim to be the best team in the land, but it's pretty hard to envision the 9th best team having such a claim.

8 teams, as you say, also lets have all 5 power conference champs plus a few wild cards.  And the added wrinkle you propose eliminates the possibility of giving out one of the precious few 8 slots to the champion of a conference that has had really down year.

04/03/2015 - 4:55pm This is an incredibly

This is an incredibly outdated notion.  UC has had good graduation rates in MBB for quite some time.  And even the Huggins-era perception was driven largely by how the headline graduation rate figures were reported at that time in relation to JUCO transfers.

04/02/2015 - 6:05pm Yeah, I think someone posted

Yeah, I think someone posted a couple days ago that a press release about a torn hamstring was imminent, but that obviously has not happened.