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10/20/2017 - 2:31pm Jay Riemersma

Jay Riemersma

10/20/2017 - 2:30pm Jerame Tuman

Jerame Tuman

10/20/2017 - 2:29pm Jerrod Bunch

Jerrod Bunch

10/20/2017 - 2:29pm Ricky Powers

Ricky Powers

09/22/2017 - 2:57pm I shall

I was there for the William Carr goal line fumble and the 28-10 halftime lead that was squandered. Revenge is a dish best served cold and with a younger generation. Just ask Arya Stark.

09/22/2017 - 2:14pm Hydrate!

Sealed water bottles are being allowed in the stadium due to the heat. Free water stations are placed throughout the stadium concourses.

09/22/2017 - 2:11pm Taking my 7yo daughter to her first M game

First M game I went to was at Purdue with my dad when I was 5. QB was Jim Harbaugh. My daughter will be taking in the sights with her grandfather's binoculars that I used almost 30 years ago. My dad passed away 3 years ago this week. Gonna be a bit misty in section 107 when the Blues Brothers take the field tomorrow.

GO BLUE

04/18/2017 - 3:28am boardable is designed exactly

boardable is designed exactly for this (not free, however)

boardableapp.com

04/12/2016 - 12:39pm There was a negbomb thread

There was a negbomb thread with jhackney and somebody else that had me in tears

11/23/2015 - 2:16pm He'll have a seat right ntext

He'll have a seat right next to Bo for this one.

10/22/2015 - 10:25am Easy Rod....
EASY ROOOOOOD!

Easy Rod....

EASY ROOOOOOD!

10/19/2015 - 3:36pm I’m a lifelong Indy resident

I’m a lifelong Indy resident and Michigan fan. I became a Colts fan when Jim Harbaugh became our QB. I’m also an IU grad (Rutgers returned a fumbled punt snap on the first play of the 4th quarter during their 28 pt comeback win against my alma mater).

 

Throw in the botched call on the Colts surprise onside kick and I think I can safely say nobody has endured more special teams misery in a 26 hr period than me.  By the time the Colts started shifting into this formation I knew nothing good would come of it, but I was already numb. FML, but man, Go Blue - I'm excited about this team!

10/08/2015 - 2:04pm 27-10 M

27-10 M

08/23/2015 - 9:39pm Poor man is worth about $17

Poor man is worth about $17 mil

03/06/2015 - 3:40pm Pods

once you hit the 16-20 range, you need to split into 4 pods, with 2 pods forming a division on an annually rotating basis. Could be done with 14 teams and the experience would be much better imo. you would play every team in the conference 2 times in a 4-5 year period at a minimum. 

Here's a pretty detailed write up someone did for the SEC when they went to 14.

https://theroommateswitch.wordpress.com

It would apply perfectly to the Big Ten, and I would love to see it happen. Not holding my breath

12/30/2014 - 11:49am Get ready for a WOW

Get ready for a WOW experience...

11/20/2014 - 11:18am "Rains of Castamere"
FTFY

"Rains of Castamere"

FTFY

09/30/2014 - 10:48am More important question...

Are we atributting Glasgow's emergence to:

1) The Heninger Certainty Principle

or

2) The Order of St. Kovacs

or

3) both, and if so, relative contribution of each?

The science of Mattison or the faith of walk-onabilty? Where shall my MGoPrayers be directed? 

This is the 2nd time I've asked this and you're ducking me Cook. Straight duckin'. Got my eye on you, Pal.

09/18/2014 - 12:26am I'm not the type of person to

I'm not the type of person to make demands, but I need an answer on this one, Brian. A question like this going unanswered is the type of thing that will make my brain implode.

07/30/2014 - 12:32am This is Crazy

"Winged Helmet" is my dad. The site he started "The Alamo" still runs off an iMac in his basement. To think someone remembered him and his handle from 16 years is mind blowing. although thinking back to some of his posts from back then, they were pretty memorable.

05/09/2014 - 2:52pm "and I'm tall so I'm not too worried about the 3 seats in front"

congrats on the upgrade! Pre-emptive:

 

"DOWN IN FRONT!!!"

03/18/2014 - 11:03am To this I say...

Never forget.

01/10/2014 - 6:12pm MOVE!!!

Yeah! Sniff

Too bad your browser isn't compatible with JavaScript! nerdburn

08/02/2013 - 1:41pm Ester looks strikingly like

Tom Osborne. Or should I say Tom Osborne has a striking resemblence to Mrs. McCleery?

07/29/2013 - 10:50am Clever way to argue balls and strikes

I know this thread is pretty well settled, but as an aside regarding balls and strikes...

I know a former minor league hitting coach, and he and his manager had a creative way to argue balls and strikes with the umpire. Instead of arguing after the ump made his call (directly arguing balls and strikes), they would ask where the ump saw the ball:

UMP: Strike!

MGR: Where'd you have that, Ump?

UMP: A little inside.

MGR: Aw, that's horseshit. Even I could see that from here.

UMP: Don't argue balls and strikes with me.

MGR: I'm not. I'm just telling you that wasn't inside.

By doing this he wasn't arguing whether it was a ball or strike, just where the ump said he saw the ball cross over the plate. Just a semantic difference, I know, but it worked pretty well for them.

Also, when the hitting coach was a player, he drew a line on an Ump in the dirt a full six inches off the plate for what he thought was a bad call. He encountered that ump several times afterwards, and each time he'd head up for his at bat, the ump would say: "You better start swinging, because these are all going to be strikes." Ump never called another ball for him.

Lesson: Umps are dicks. Don't argue balls and strikes.

07/28/2013 - 3:26pm If you start allowing players

If you start allowing players and managers to argue balls and strikes you'll see a lot less baseball. Games would take twice as long to play if managers, hitters and pitchers all got to say their piece after every throw to the plate. It's a "rule" intended to ensure a bit of decorum and to keep the game moving.

Imagine if head football coaches were allowed to challenge every play on whether or not any penalty was committed and got to have a discussion with the ref about it. Would that be fun to watch?

07/28/2013 - 3:21pm Setting aside the way other

Setting aside the way other sports are officiated, the perceived American bullshittedness of this occurrence and what you think "should" be acceptable, any pro player or manager will tell you that when you argue balls and strikes you're at risk of being thrown out of the game.

07/28/2013 - 3:14pm Ump is well within the

Ump is well within the boundaries of accepted behavior to toss someone for arguing balls and strikes, whether star player or legendary manager.

07/28/2013 - 3:12pm Am I crazy here?
Arguing

Am I crazy here?

Arguing balls and strikes with the home plate ump puts you at risk of getting tossed. Ump is well within his right to do so.

07/25/2013 - 1:08am reading that took me from 80s

reading that took me from 80s neck roll to full pylon. Season cannot get here soon enough.

06/18/2013 - 11:49pm No, Mr. Utah,

Thank you. Nevermind this minor fact-quibble, what you posted over the last week or so was an EXCELLENT series. It was well-written, informative and interesting, which is not easy to do when your subject matter is so numerically intensive.

Looking forward to Part V: Al Borges, Champion next off-season.

Gimme 2!!

06/18/2013 - 11:35pm Correct

I believe B Toledo was incorrectly referred to as the the HC at SDSU in Part 3 as well. Bob Toledo was brought on as an OC @ SDSU this offseason

11/20/2012 - 4:03pm "Research" determines what it

"Research" determines what it is that students are educated about. Those textbooks don't write themselves. So, yes, "research" is education. And it affects everyone being, you know, educated.

11/20/2012 - 3:48pm I think on 60 minutes they

I think on 60 minutes they said something about a $40M indoor rowing facility? And don't worry, DB will find something, anything to renovate, or demolish and build something entirely new. Want a state of the art indoor ultimate frisbee facility to go along with that shiny new bicycle polo arena? You got it! - courtesy of the BTN and conference expansion

And if you're not building a new facility now, please believe that you will be soon. Didn't DB say something about filling in the south end of the stadium with seats to the top of the scoreboard by the end of his tenure? PSLs won't pay for that.

For better or worse (put me in the "worse" column), college sports are a zero sum game, unlike most professional sports that have salary caps and inverse draft order based on performance to help level the playing field and maintain some semblance of a competitive balance. There are a limited number of blue chip recruits and WE MUST HAZ ALL TEH REECRUUTZ!!

When looking at potential schools as a recruit, knowing you'll be spending north of 30 hours a week in the athletic facilities, would you rather those facilities be shiny, new and full of flatscreens? Or would you rather spend the majority of your time in a building that's old, dingy, probably has some asbestos, and have multi-media carts that get hauled into the filmroom because they're shared with the basketball team?

11/20/2012 - 1:55pm More money builds better

More money builds better facilities. Better facilities attract better recruits. Better recruits play better. Better players win more games. More wins brings more money and better recruits.

11/20/2012 - 11:07am Indeed I did. I am an expert

Indeed I did. I am an expert at answer questions that weren't asked. Ask my wife.

First, I don't see 4 superconferences as an inevitability. I imagine the playoff bracket will grow to 8 the next time around which leaves room for 5 conf champs and 3 at large bids. Plus, I don't think the ACC is at any real risk of breaking apart here. Maryland's athletic department was woefully mismanaged which brought about this move. Unless the B1G starts picking off UVA and/or UNC, I'm not sure that any more teams will leave. They've got a $50M buyout, plus the difference in payout between the ACC and B12 is roughly $3M. That takes several years to get an ROI.

Another reason is I can't see the Pac taking any of those teams. BSU and BYU are the only ones that are close geographically, and there isn't the academic fit there. I think Stanford and Cal would leave the PAC before voting either of those schools in. If the PAC expands, I think they're taking Texas and a few other B12 schools. And at that point we're looking at picking apart the B12 and the list looks very different. 

Wait, I sitll haven't answered your question.

Ok. B1G takes: UVA and UNC

SEC takes: NC State & VT

B12 takes: Louisville, Clemson, FSU, Miami, GT & BYU

PAC 12 takes: ??? and this is where the 4 team superconference logic breaks down.

11/20/2012 - 10:50am Yes. Because so many B1G

Yes. Because so many B1G alums live in the DC and NY area, when their schools come to play Maryland and Rutgers, you can expect that Maryland and Rutgers' attendance and season ticket sales will rise accordingly.

I think adding Maryland means the BTN is a lock for basic tier status in Maryland and the DC area. I think adding Rutgers means the BTN is likely going to get basic tier status in NJ. When you add UM, OSU, RU, PSU, NW, etc all together, and have them playing in the shadow of NYC, then I think basic teir status in NY becomes possible, but I don't think even that is necessary for this to be a net positive move for the B1G, financially speaking.

11/20/2012 - 10:43am  
Pitt
Notre

 

Pitt

Notre Dame

Duke

UNC

Georgia Tech

UVa

 

These are the only teams on that list with AAU membership (+ ND, because they would get a pass), so this is what you're looking at as possible membership, if you expect the B1G Chancellors & Presidents vote to invite a school into the B1G.

Other possible schools include:

Iowa State

Colorado

Florida

Kansas

Missouri

Vanderbilt

 

 

11/20/2012 - 10:26am Right, but those estimates

Right, but those estimates are without considering basic tier rights in the Baltimore/DC (holy lock) NJ (lock) and NY(we'll see) markets. So these teams are adding considerable value. #'s 15 & 16? I'm not so sure. But if you're bringing in the markets in VA and NC, my guess would be that there's a net positive there as well. And the populations of those states are growing.

11/20/2012 - 10:20am The reason MSC is not doing

The reason MSC is not doing that is because the B1G is different than most other conferences in that all of the graduate programs accross the conference collaborate and share resources between the departments of each institution. The ACC does this to a degree, but no other major conference does. It's one of the things that makes the B1G a special snowflake in the barren post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the remains of conference realignment. So not only does the addtion of Maryland, a large flagship research institution deliver another TV market (or markets), but it incrementally adds to the resources of the research side of the institution. This is one of the reasons (if not the reason) that B1G membership is so coveted. Not only do you get a pile o' cash for your sports programs, which makes your alums very happy and willing to donate more money, but your faculty and graduate programs now have more resources to pool from, creating more opportunity for increased prestige through discovery.

11/20/2012 - 10:10am As much as I despise ND and

As much as I despise ND and their self-proclaimed Irish Exceptionalism, it appears more and more that this is a real thing, and that there will always be a place at the table for ND.

11/20/2012 - 10:08am I don't think we're too far

I don't think we're too far off from seeing the power conferences (whichever combination of B1G, SEC, PAC, ACC/B12 are remaining at the end of this) break off from the FBS "mid-majors" of Big East, C-USA, Sun Belt, MAC and MWC. There's clearly a gap in competitiveness, both on the field and financially, and those smaller schools would benefit from not having to compete (and lose - again, academically and financially) against major college programs.

This is a good thing in my opinion. Goodbye MACrifice, goodbye Appy State, hello 8 team playoff for the 60 or so teams left in the Major Tier of CFB with autobids for the 4/5 conference champs and 3/4 at-large bids. Please play at college campuses, please please please.

11/19/2012 - 8:53pm This thread is a good

This thread is a good reminder that, even if another 19 teams across 7 time zones join the Big Ten and we only play a given team once every 28 years, all teams will share a common bond of laughing at sparty.

11/19/2012 - 3:07pm unless "coeds" is also in

unless "coeds" is also in said sentence

11/19/2012 - 3:06pm This seems to be the only way

This seems to be the only way to mitigate the patent unfairness that the protected crossovers create. Division Champions determined by:

1. Divisional Record

2. Head-to-Head winner

3. Conference record (in event of 3+ way tie)

4. Each teams' AD guesses the number of hairs that comprise Jim Delany's eyebrows (closest without going over wins)

11/19/2012 - 1:02pm 20.5 hours.
Way to go,

20.5 hours.

Way to go, Delany!

11/07/2012 - 3:02pm 32-17 MEECHIGAN

32-17 MEECHIGAN

08/01/2012 - 2:01am Chaps are, by definition,

Chaps are, by definition, assless.

05/07/2012 - 3:17pm As long as he keeps his cell

As long as he keeps his cell padding level down his vspace could reach negative numbers.

01/03/2012 - 3:51pm If you're implying that MSU

If you're implying that MSU had the goofier uniforms when we played them, well... I disagree.