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11/23/2018 - 3:08pm May we both have celebratory…

May we both have celebratory causes for drink in a little over 24 hours!

11/23/2018 - 2:05pm I'm terrified.



I'm terrified.


Logically I think we'll win but logic has had no place in several of our recent battles with OSU.


I've been waiting to drink my last dram of a wonderful scotch I have... I have been waiting for YEARS because I can only drink it for a BIG positive event.  Please let me drink it tomorrow.

10/25/2018 - 2:41pm I'm curious as to why you'd…

I'm curious as to why you'd say it has to be after the implementation of the Principate.  And, when would you say the Principate was actually implemented?  Augustus was a master of slowly accumulating power and disguising that fact (aided by a willing Senate).  It becomes very hard to nail down any definitive date when the change occurred... which is exactly what he wanted.


I would contend that the Empire doesn't even HAVE to begin after the end of the second triumvirate.  The second triumvirate in a lot of ways was simply the earliest east/west split of the empire ruled by 2 emperors as became the norm during The Dominate.  And one could argue that Augustus and Agrippa truly were co-rulers (with Augustus as the "Augustus" and Agrippa as the "Caesar" to use the terms as Diocletian used them).  And nobody would claim that the the empire wasn't an empire during The Dominate despite the existence of multiple emperors.  Thus, the power struggle of the second triumvirate doesn't preclude the existence of an empire.


It seems like the answer to "when did Rome become an empire" requires that you first specify what defines an empire.  And that's probably beyond the scope of a blog focused on Michigan sports... unlike the rest of this conversation which is definitely inside the scope of MGoBlog.

10/25/2018 - 2:27pm 2408 years actually.

2408 years actually.

10/25/2018 - 12:30pm Excellent.  Between that…

Excellent.  Between that correction and the memory of OSU getting eviscerated by Purdue, I shall sleep well tonight.

10/25/2018 - 12:03pm In the year 390 BC, in the…

In the year 390 BC, in the earliest days of the Roman Empire...

I believe you mean Roman Republic, not Empire.  Although some people would want to debate the exact start of the empire - was it with Antony's defeat at Actium, Antony's death, the death of the Liberators at Philippi, the effective transfer of a huge amount of wealth and the loyalty of legions from Julius Caesar to Octavian upon Caesar's death, the death of Pompey, or even earlier? - NOBODY would ever call the sack of Rome an event that happened during the Empire.  It was well after the Roman kings had been removed and the Republic formed yet still centuries before even the Punic Wars let alone the Principate.


Don't you just feel foolish now?


/sarcasm and history lesson

03/24/2018 - 11:26pm Those last 20 seconds... was crazy!

03/24/2018 - 11:09pm Fastest last 20 seconds of basketball ever!

Fastest last 20 seconds of basketball ever!



03/22/2018 - 7:56pm Verification # 595381


06/03/2017 - 11:21am They probably won't move

Part of investigating this idea will be asking them but... they almost certainly won't move simply because they won't want to not be with the group of friends we see 6-8 times/year every year for the last few decades.  Thus, I won't count on getting 2 more tickets that way.

06/03/2017 - 11:14am Not already accounted for?

Do you think that isn't already accounted for by the market?  I'd assume most people know it's all-but-certain to be a night game, so I'm hoping the pricing is already reflective of that fact.


But maybe I just think most people know that because I'm on this site.

06/03/2017 - 11:12am 6 total

I agree - getting 6 together does make it more expensive and difficult.

06/03/2017 - 11:11am Fair idea but...

That's a good idea.  I already have 2 season tickets so I'd only need 4 more... but my seats are actually right next to my parent's seats.  The bachelor party might not want to be sitting next to them... it just might "harsh the vibe" as I'm sure all the cool cats are still saying.


But, it's worth investigating anyway just to have the information/option.

04/14/2017 - 12:35pm ESPN summation

This is actually a pretty good article on all of the proposals:



  1. Cannot hire inidividuals associated with prospects (IAWP): Only applies if you try to hire someone for a non-coaching position.

    Do we like it: Probably.  Harbuagh has hired some people which would not be allowed under this rule, but it seems probable that this is abused much more by other programs.

  2. Reduce number of days, when, and where satellite camps can be performed: Essentially reduces satellite camps from 15-days in June or July to just 10 days in June.  Camps must take place at college campuses rather than high school.

    Do we like it.  No.  This blog has gone over this many times, but satellite camps only hurt coaches who opt not to participate as fully as possible.  This is obviously just a way of reducing the ability for teams to contact/form relationships with recruits which aren't already geographically close to campus or that have enough money to travel.

  3. Allow official visits to be earlier: Currently official visits can only occur on/after September 1st of a recruit's senior year of high school.  This would allow officials to occur starting on/after April 1st of the recruit's junior year in high school.  Effectively, this gives an extra 6-months to have an official visit.

    Do we like it.  Yes.  We all know recruiting is happening earlier-and-earlier.  The inabiltiy to host a recruit on campus until their senior year is a handicap to those teams in less talented states (i.e. most of the B10).  This helps mitigate that somewhat.

  4. Allow a 10th coach: Allow a 10th on-field coaching position.

    Do we like it.  Yes.  It doesn't help or hurt Michigan any more than any other school except in-so-far as Harbaugh has a good track record of hiring excellent people.  So the more excellent people that are allowed to recruit and coach players, the better.

  5. Limit scholarships to 25/year: A hard cap of only 25 scholarships/year can be given out.  It apparently gets a bit tricker when it comes to walk-on players.  Players that enroll early can still count to the year before their class or count towards the same year as the non-early enrollee players.

    Note: The SEC is proposing an amendment which would effectively make medical hardship players that never played in a game not count towards the 25 cap.

    Do we like it: Generally, yes.  Obviously Harbaugh likes to get as many kids as possible but even this year we're going to have less than 85 full scholarship players on the team come the Florida game.  So, this shouldn't really affect Michigan too much.  It should curb the Ole Miss 37-man recruiting classes which is good.  The devil will be in the details on this one.  This could be good but if it's too easy to get around then it'll be a slight annoyance to Michigan while having no affect on "certain" other schools.

  6. Longer summer dead period: Classify the last Wednesday of June-July 24th as a dead period and classify August as a dead period.  Currently most of that is a quiet period.

    Do we like it: NO!  I'm surprised this one isn't discussed more.  This takes out a huge swath of time during which recruits cannot even unofficially visit a school (which they can do during a quiet period).  Michigan, since we're away from the greatest density of talent, needs as much face-time as possible.  Changing all those days to a dead period significantly reduces our ability to recruit kids during the summer.

One man's opinion - this is negative for the B10 and Michigan.  We'll have to see if it passes.  Based off of absolutely no information whatsoever, I expect it will pass with supporting votes from the SEC, ACC, half of the B12, and some P12 votes (i.e. similar to the last rule change that was implemented).

09/15/2016 - 8:49pm Thanks for the input!

Excellent - thanks for the input!

09/07/2015 - 4:29pm Any move to fix this?

Do you know if there is any movement within the Athletic Department to get MSU back to being "opposite" the OSU game instead of on the same schedule?

09/07/2015 - 4:28pm Restoring the safeguards?

I have not yet read the book but during Bacon's talk at the book release event at Rackham, there was much discussion and focus on how institutional safeguards had been removed (purposely or not) by Brandon.  A lot of those safeguards effectively were institutional knowledge/traditions/morals contained within people (the ~140 Brandon fired from the athletic department including Falk "resigning").


Is Hackett, or anyone else, working to re-implement those various safeguards and/or reacquire those people with the institutational knowledge that was "lost" during Brandon's tenure?


This question is specifically focused on the future.  Due to the "Dave Brandon experience" a generation of Michigan fans will be worried every time a new AD arrives or tries to change anything.  But, we can be less worried if many of the instituational safeguards are restored since before "true damage" can be done, those safeguards would have to be removed again and we're probably going to notice/react to those removals more strongly the next time it happens.  If, however, those safeguards are never re-implemented, then Michigan fans are much more strongly at the mercy of whoever the new AD happens to be.

06/13/2015 - 12:52pm 20min

20 min is the long-term goal for sure.  You're right that 24 is pretty achievable this summer.  I've just done it minute-by-minute.  Once I was under 26 then the next goal was sub-25 and so on.


I'm a very slim guy and struggle to actually eat enough so I know that's an area to work on.  I try and do other exercises on non-running days (especially core workouts) but running is the only exercise I truly love to do.  Weight training is something I'm very intimidated by because I know nothing about proper form or what I should be able to do (I know, I know - Google (and Reddit) can easily fix that ignorance).


Mostly, I just wanted to brag about my new PR.

06/13/2015 - 11:08am 5k

I just ran a new personal best 5k (24:29).

My summer goal is sub-24 so I'll be working towards that.

But I'm posting on here as I walk back home so I'm still a degenerate.

03/30/2015 - 12:28pm Sad

I'm sad that my first though on reading your comment was M00N.  But Harbaugh will banish those terrible memories to the forgotten past!

12/28/2014 - 9:51pm Hey MeanJoe07, Catch

+1 MGoPoint

11/22/2014 - 12:20pm Is that right?

Are you sure announced attendance is based on ticket sales? I've seen a lot of people on here say that but I'm not sure what the origin of that idea is.

I'm not going because I'm fairly sick (and I don't want to be sick over Thanksgiving due to being out in the wet and cold) but I'm going to make sure my ticket is scanned anyway.

11/04/2014 - 2:38pm Authority

As long as it was made clear (at least to Athletic Department employees) who was really in charge, then could work (call Hackett the 1st Assistant Athletic Director or something). I'd just want to avoid having 2 equals.

11/04/2014 - 2:18pm 2 heads = bad

I'm in a situation where my department has 2 directors - it's terrible. There's always the chance (and this happens often) that one will tell you do "stop everything and do X" but then the other one will say "stop everything and do Y". It makes life very difficult and less productive for everyone underneath them.

I doubt Hackett would stay on for any length of time once a new AD is hired. What if they disagree on firing someone - what do they (and that person) do?

I could understand a 2-4 week "transition" where Hackett is the one doing any official firing of Brandon's people (in that scenario, it would be the new AD's decision executed by Hackett so the new guy can keep his hands clean). Beyond a specified, short, timeline such a 2-headed department seems like a bad idea.

11/04/2014 - 1:59pm Credibility?

Please excuse my ignorance, but is Football Scoop a credible source? I hope so since everything they're saying makes sense, but I don't know how reliable/insidery their "sources" typically are.

10/05/2014 - 12:45pm This!

This seems like something could be effective.  I doubt questions at the Regents will matter so much as having a huge mass of people calling for Brandon to be fired (with the implication or outright statement that if he's not, the candidate will not receive our votes).

I read a lot of Roman history - if there's one thing I've learned from the Late Republic, it's that elected officials can often be cowed into going along with the masses' wishes as long as there's a big enough mass.

Anything said to the Regents should be respectful, civil, and well thought out.  But, a united front of anti-Brandon sentiment being the overwhelming message they receive could be very effective.

Students could easily attend since it's on campus.

The UM-Flint location would be much harder to overwhelm.  I strongly recommend we focus on having a mass of obviously anti-Brandon people at the October 8 meeting.

10/05/2014 - 12:39pm Eh...

I get the sentiment with this, but I don't think that will do anything towards removing Brandon.  If making the Athletic Department lose out on a few grand is all it takes to fire the AD, then Brandon would never be removed since we keep setting records for revenues (I know it'll go down if all this keeps up, but that's not necessarily something the decision makers will see).

Thus, I doubt not buying concessions will do anything.

01/18/2014 - 8:11pm Had to switch it up to stop the jinx

I'd been watching the whole game on mute, but eventually realized that I was the reason Wisky was clawing their way back.  As soon as I turned on the sound Stauskas hit the 3 to put us up 4.  Needless to say, I cranked the volume for the remaining minute.

11/22/2013 - 7:44pm M leads 2-0 at end of 1st

At the end of the first period, Michigan leads 2-0.

09/22/2013 - 9:20pm Expansion

When the B10 expands again I'd expect them to either go for big names (my expectation/preference being Kansas and Oklahoma) or schools on the east coast more southern than UConn (probably a Virginia school and somebody else). I don't expect UConn to be on the shortlist of potential expansion candidates.

Which probably means they'll add UConn just to make the Rutgers addition look better.

09/21/2013 - 11:38pm Windows

Thank goodness I wasn't the only person who kept mistaking the Windows logo for a flag. Their marketing team ought to know better (although, maybe it was on purpose... we remember it).

09/01/2013 - 10:47pm Pioneer

Any word on when Pioneer will open (particularly for RVs)?

08/26/2013 - 10:36pm Timing?

My brother-in-law will probably drive down to Ann Arbor around 6:30 or 7:00 Friday evening.  Should he just get in line then?

08/26/2013 - 10:34pm Thanks

Thanks for the info.  Which courts are you referring to though?

01/06/2013 - 11:13am NERDS!
12/28/2012 - 9:29pm Maybe it won't be as bad as I expected...

Minnesota just got a good looking TD (making it 10-7). Go Gophers! Go B1G!

11/22/2012 - 11:09pm I bet that's it

Yeoman, thank you very much.  Could you please link me to that play-by-play so that I could show her?

After some discussion, she agrees that this is probably the play.  She continues to contend that Bo Rather went down to the ball and touched it with one finger.  But she now agrees (after I pointed out that touching the ball would not be enough to show possession and therefore could not be ruled a touchdown) that Elliot probably recovered the ball with Rather performing the exaggerated one-finger touch sometime before or after the TD call.  This moment is so etched into her mind (and she says that a professor discussed it at length the next Monday) that I can't believe it's completely fabricated.

Anyways, thank you very much to MGoBlog, this puts an interesting (and oft repeated) story in my family into its proper historical context.

Go Blue!  Beat Ohio!

11/22/2012 - 10:48pm I think it's that, but...

I think it's probably that, but my mother thinks that it's wrong.  See my comment above for more information.

11/22/2012 - 10:47pm May still not be right...


Thanks for the help, I'd never seen that article before.

My mother, however, still swears that this isn't right.  Northwestern was an away game and she specifically remembers seeing this happen at Michigan stadium.  She also swears that Bo Rather ran up to the ball and, with a greatly exaggerated motion, touched it with one finger to cause the touchdown.

Now, you and I may believe that she's actually thinking of the Northwestern game, but I must continue asking in order to fulfill my due diligence.  Therefore, does anyone remember any other unusual Bo Rather touchdown in the 1971 season?

11/03/2012 - 2:10pm Fixed:

May a win and a schmorgesborges of your dreams await you.


See what I did there?

08/29/2012 - 5:18pm Cornhole

Cornhole is a game that you've certainly seen played at many a Michigan tailgate.  It's a fun game.


See the Wikipedia article for more information.

07/25/2012 - 5:35pm Enjoyable

I liked that a fair bit, well done.

07/25/2012 - 5:23pm All-Star Superman

I'd strongly suggest reading All-Star Superman.  If you think of Miller's Dark Knight Returns as the potential end for Batman, then All-Star Superman would be the equivalent for Superman.

Alan Moore mentioned in his "Twilight of the Superheroes" proposal (the greatest comic to never be made) that he thought superheroes could never rise to the level of legends like Robin Hood because superheroes have no end but simply continue to exist forever.  I think of the Dark Knight Rises and All-Star Superman as the potential final chapter for two legends.  Each touches on the most important aspects of the characters and gives them what could be their greatest challenge while also having them face their most important villains.  And each ends in a way that feels completely appropriate for the character.

I'm a fairly big Superman fan, but the other 2 guys that I do my comics podcast* with aren't as big of fans but they both love All-Star Superman.

Edit: Also, for those that already know Superman, I think that Superman Red Son is great but it's much better if you're already fairly familiar with the characters.

*If anyone is interested, search for "Character Sphinx" on iTunes or go here.  We go through the entire history of one character at a time.  So far, we've read everything that Captain Atom has been in and are into the 1990s of Aquaman (we just finished recording podcast 6/8 on Aquaman last night and I'm wiped out from it).

07/25/2012 - 5:16pm Batman: The Cult

If you want to get a good idea of where Nolan got a lot of ideas for the Dark Knight Rises, go read Batman: The Cult.

I enjoyed it a fair bit although there are 2 panels near the end that always make me mad for slightly stupid reasons.  I'd say more but to do so would spoil quite a bit.

06/30/2012 - 7:54am Hinton

I love his writing and am therefore extremely disappointed with what Dr. Saturday has become since he left.

For that reason I must ask, does anyone know how to add just Hinton's writing from the CBS feed to my RSS reader?

As for the article itself, I strongly agree.  If nothing else, it would help to reduce the number of B10 games that I only partially get to watch because there's 4 or 5 all on January 1 which overlap each other.  Such a system would also help reduce the B10 vs. SEC bowl games which has helped to hurt the B10's reputation (I doubt the B12's football would be thought of as highly if all of their games were road games against the best conference).

06/23/2012 - 11:48pm Reading for a podcast (on Aquaman)

Myself on 2 other friends perform a biweekly comics podcast.  We select a character and read every comic that character has ever been in.  We discuss the character over several podcasts and go in-depth into issues, characters, likes/dislikes, etc.


We previously read everything Captain Atom was ever in and now we're reading everything Aquaman has ever been in.


So, right now, I'm halfway throught the reading that I need to finish for this week's set of Aquaman's comics.


If anyone is interested we're on iTunes, search for "Character Sphinx".


Edit: Once I finish my reading, I'll probably celebrate with an Oberon.

05/26/2012 - 9:28am Weather

Too bad it's today and not yesterday- it's raining right now but yesterday was a bright and beautiful day.

05/23/2012 - 12:21am Is he here?

I didn't think he was coming up for another 2 weeks (although I could be completely wrong).

05/08/2012 - 8:28pm Wow...

I know that I'm extremely biased towards not banning college football but some of these arguments make me extraordinarily angry.  I yelled at my computer several times because of what they were saying.

All I can really say is ARGH!

I definitely think that we need to change the game to help reduce head injuries, but going beyond that to banning the game seems more than extreme.  I find it hard to believe that banning football will make our universities better by reducing students' distractions, if football is banned people will find a new way to distract themselves.

04/28/2012 - 1:51pm Because...

Because the MGoCommunity generally likes to have reasonable discussions with rival fans and college football fans in general.  Think about all of the good information that RollDamnTide has provided or that Irish provides around the Notre Dame game.

I support having fans of other schools on the site, it helps to reduce groupthink amongst ourselves and provide alternate perspectives on Michigan and non-Michigan events.  As long as those rival fans aren't trolling and are well mannered, there shouldn't be any problems.  Since spartanfan123 was providing legimately useful information (wouldn't you point out if half our starting O-line wasn't playing?) I support him.

Perhaps, TTT, the better question is, why are you here?