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09/20/2018 - 8:16am I am a romantic and I…

I am a romantic and I understand that my view is utterly naive. I feel that the world is a dark and sometimes miserable place. Universities should be our collective ray of light that punctures the darkness. They are our most important arsenal for liberty. As such, universities should be held to the highest possible ethical standards. No gray areas, no compromise, no excuses. 

09/19/2018 - 5:49am That comment is more…

That comment is more exciting to me than Hill's SPARQ rating.  

06/16/2018 - 11:39am I would enjoy seeing your…

I would enjoy seeing your avatar and feeling a connection to it like I did 10-15 years ago.  

/soon
/hopefully

04/26/2018 - 6:43am Agree completely.

A true leader would have done all of this behind closed doors.  No pressure.  Each guy gets a chance to speak for themselves, maybe even anonymously.  After the decision is made, he goes to the media and says "As an entire team we decided ____."

I also think the threshold has to be very low on how many guys need to disagree for him to remain off the team.  I don't know what that number is, but I'm sure whatever Dantonio's number is, it's much bigger than mine. 

04/22/2018 - 8:47am Dude, Alabama is actually

a really nice state . . .

. . .

For me to POOP on!

04/15/2018 - 7:15am You nailed it.

Reminds me of the "Leftorium" episode of the Simpsons where Homer is calling everyone to ask them to help out Flanders.
"Hey, remember when I paid you back the money I owed you?  Yeah, well I now I need you to do a favor for me."

04/12/2018 - 12:21pm Couldn’t agree more.

I’m a Michigan grad, wife is an MSU grad (legacy family). We’ve always joked about the unseen “Cold War” for our 9 year old daughter’s interest. As far as I’m concerned, MSU is now, literally, the last major university I would want her to attend. This is no longer a rivalry “look who’s better” sort of thing.
I’m so fucking sick of the “yeah, but doesn’t this sort of stuff happen everywhere” garbage that friends and family spout. No. No, the largest serial sexual assault case in American history, followed by extensive institutional coverup and pervasive sexual assault culture doesn’t happen everywhere.

04/07/2018 - 11:32am Like many bad things,

I still feel that story deserves more scrutiny.
Especially when you add that in to his “boys will be boys” rape defense. I used quotes because that’s almost verbatim what his actual statement was when coaching at CMU.

04/02/2018 - 5:10pm Unfortunately,

the way he talks, I’m quite certain it always has been the least of his problems.

04/02/2018 - 10:56am Michigan beating Villanova

77-71 was my official bracket tiebreaker score. No need to change it now.

03/31/2018 - 8:20pm Hugging everyone I see!

What a comeback!!!!!

03/25/2018 - 6:46pm As the OP said,

advantageous to have the early slot if you win.  That's fantastic. 

03/25/2018 - 6:43pm Frozen Four in his first year

back on campus.  Great to have Mel back!  Great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

03/25/2018 - 6:42pm Last time this happened to a school,

(MSU), they set their campus on fire.  So, since we won't do that, we already have fared better without even playing the games.  

03/25/2018 - 12:27pm I love how definitive he is in his praise.

Sometimes you get the feeling that coaches in that situation are just giving lip service. “Expertly” and “familiar territory” are statements made by someone who is not insecure about his fan base favoring another coach/sport.

03/24/2018 - 12:24pm 228968

228968

03/22/2018 - 9:47pm This is probably Beilein's best

team and they're playing like it in March.  

03/18/2018 - 12:21am I find this outcome

rather pleasing.

 

/OMG!!!!!!

03/04/2018 - 6:41pm And again,

We know this banner is never coming down.

02/28/2018 - 7:10pm Does anybody know what website I would

be able to buy them on?  I'm 39 and realize I will look dumb AF wearing them in public, but I think they're sweet.

02/28/2018 - 6:11pm 837461

confirmation code for Pixelcrusher 720

02/28/2018 - 2:32pm Help, I’m old and bad with technology.

My Discord username is Pixelcrusher720 (set up by a friend because, again, I’m dumb with tech that isn’t a video game). I sent a message on the Discord app and received a reply, but not sure if you meant to respond on this thread or not. Also, thanks a ton for doing this!

02/24/2018 - 7:54am My opinion of MSU can't get any lower

than it currently is.  That place is trash.

OT: Yesterday I took the family to Ann Arbor for the whole day.  Hands-on Museum, walk around campus, dinner, then the hockey game.  On the way back, my kid was effusive in her thanks for the day and praise for how awesome U of M is.  She's 9, but she's already decided it's her top school.  Today my wife (MSU grad) is taking her to MSU for what sounds like an awesome engineering/mathy type event for kids.  On the way home, while my daughter was buzzing with excitement, my wife was discussing how MSU is a cool place too.  
As much as I have tried in the past to be neutral in discussions that involve the two schools in front of my kid, I simply couldn't do it last night.  The best I could muster was saying how all college campuses have something unique and cool about them.  In my head, I was just thinking "It'll be your choice, kiddo, but there is no fucking way I let you go there without a fight."

TL;DR I will happily pay for my kid to go out of state before I send her to MSU.

02/23/2018 - 12:10pm I think there is a subtle but important

distinction between loyalty and cronyism.  This makes me think that, although loyal, Harbaugh won't settle for anything less than what he thinks is best for the program.  Gotta separate business and friends sometime.  Glad it happened and hope everyone benefits from it moving forward. 

02/23/2018 - 11:48am I still remember the tagline:

"Leave your inhibitions at the door, the show is about to begin."

02/22/2018 - 5:56pm I’ve never met Enos either,

but I’m pretty sure he’s a prick.

02/21/2018 - 8:34am I think non-constructive criticism

of the football program is toxic and potentially deleterious.  I would imagine that almost every one of us that posts on here is considered the most invested Michigan fan in their group of friends, give or take.  Most of our professional contacts likely associate us with Michigan as well given conversations from work parties, break time, whatever.

When one of us begins to say things like "Harbaugh is on the hot seat," it probably makes ideas like that seem more plausible to the casual fan.  I'm not saying people can't voice frustration or discontent, but I would recommend using the model of a married couple having a disagreement in front of their children or in-laws. Choose your words carefully.  Make sure you bring up the positive and offer an even-handed way on how you would change things.  

I get that the things I say in my back yard to my neighbor have essentially a zero percent chance on creating a negative narrative for the collective.  But mulitply that by 10,000 (est # of posters), repeat many times at work/in public and now we've possibly helped create part of a negative buzz around our program.  

TL;DR - constructive criticism > unfiltered catharsis

02/21/2018 - 6:36am "Last Team Standing"

is absolutely perfect, IMO.  Hang that banner, and then make it our t-shirt phrase that the guys wear during warmups.  Like everyone, our goal is to be the last team standing.

You get to kinda claim the title without officially doing it.  Nike makes a ton of money off people buying "Be the Last Team Standing" t-shirts.  Seriously, TM that.

Also, it's great that Nike would have about 3.5 weeks to make that shirt between the Big Ten Tournament and the Big Dance.
/Thanks Delaney

02/19/2018 - 7:20pm Totally understand if you can't comment, or don't

feel comfortable commenting.  But on a scale of 1-10 (1 being uniformz and 10 being J.T. was short), how much is that one going to sting?

02/12/2018 - 12:25pm Also, I really don’t think ESPN

is truly “done” with it yet. They put a ton of effort into finding the mine, and now they’ve proven there is something valuable (more clicks in this case) that they can very easily extract with a follow up story. We still haven’t heard from the other employees who quit because the standard of care wasn’t being followed.
I certainly won’t be surprised if Izzo and Dantonio keep their jobs, but I do think they each have a few more storms to survive if they do.

02/04/2018 - 5:32pm Brandon Graham is one my favorite

Michigan football players of all time.  I'm all about Tom Brady providing more ammo for "the best ever" debate, but I gotta say my heart will be pulling for BG.  Even more so that he's a local kid.  I'll be happy either way.  Go Blue.

01/28/2018 - 12:33pm I tried reading Allswede’s comments

to my wife earlier today, but got too choked up to finish speaking aloud. Totally not having any fun with this.

01/27/2018 - 7:18am In gaming culture,

like super nerdy stuff that I'm into (Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, board games), there is a term "opportunity cheats."  So, you've got the cheater who will deliberately attempt to gain competitive advantage by hiding cards up their sleeve or game pieces under their leg.  Obviously, everyone recognizes that person as a cheater.

Opportunity cheats are when you maybe didn't plan on something outside the rules going your way, but you still let it happen.  In a card game, that's like accidentally drawing 2 cards instead of one, but my opponent didn't notice, so I'll just keep the second card.  

For these nerd games at professional levels (yep, there is aspirational play here too), opportunity cheaters are dealt with the same as the premeditated ones.  Bans, suspensions, etc.  At the very best, Izzo and Dantanio are opportunity cheaters.  They obviously knew the system they were directly involved with was faulty, but they didn't do a damn thing to change it. 

01/26/2018 - 2:46pm What are you talking about?

Everyone I know who graduated from MSU also got accepted to Michigan.

01/24/2018 - 5:56am I agree completely

I'm still very upset over the PSU sanctions being reduced and you nailed it that further punishment should have been given if there was any thought compliance wasn't happening.

I understand the death penalty is a huge deal.  I also get that if you're the NCAA, you don't want to have to do that.  But that's another part of the PSU/Baylor issues that make me so upset.  The punishment for offenses along any kind of abuse situation should be so extreme that they make universities utterly terrified of what will happen if they don't comply with protecting the civil liberties of their students/guests.  

If I'm the NCAA, I would have made an example out of PSU or Baylor.  They didn't and shame on them.  If MSU gymnastics doesn't get the death penalty for this, honestly, what would a school have to do to ever get one?  

01/18/2018 - 1:47pm Agree completely.

I also don’t think she understands what “straight up” means. If you are in charge and a complaint of sexual misconduct appears on your desk, you are not being “straight up” with your job responsibilities if you avoid actively seeking out the case report that investigates it.
That single comment sums up her utter lack of competency to be a president of a major university (and even a mediocre human). I would be absolutely livid right now if I were an MSU grad.

01/15/2018 - 7:59pm Unbelievable

From the article:

The university has asked for the dismissal of lawsuits by Nassar's accusers, contending that as a government entity it has immunity and also arguing that anyone who received complaints over the years was not Nassar's supervisor and thus not the right person to take action. 

"They don't deny that four young women had complained in graphic detail about Larry's procedure," Denhollander said. "What they say is they didn't complain to the proper people."

I honestly don't think I've ever heard "diffusion of responsibility" taken this far.  This is, literally, one of the worst and most fucked up things I have ever read.  

 

01/06/2018 - 11:29am He doesn't just have a chip on his shoulder,

he has a crack.

/Fleck'd

12/26/2017 - 7:05pm The info we get is a snapshot of the situation

I don’t think anyone here thinks Winovich approached Umbig and was like “dude, I promise you I’m staying.”
What we get is an actual primary source reporting what they’ve heard. Of course it could change. Winovich could decide tomorrow to change his mind. But if he does, that doesn’t make umbig wrong right now.
He’s the fly on the wall and it’s fucking priceless info. Don’t be a dick.

12/24/2017 - 7:12am I absolutely love that you

correctly labeled it players/team members when including Larry Prout Jr.

12/22/2017 - 2:00pm I think some parents might.

I completely get that it's a business for the athlete.  Which school hits the best intersection of what is most desired.  Development, academics, social scene, whatever.  I think for a lot of football players, that intangible sum could be pretty similar at multiple schools.  So, if you are a parent of a kid who can go to MSU or fill in the blank, where would you direct them if the Nassar thing brings down part of the AD?  
This isn't rivalry stuff.  If my kid was going to hang his or her future reputation on a school that may get nuked for lack of institutional control, even if it wasn't their sport, there's no way I'd advocate for them to go there.  
I don't think this would crater recruiting, but I would expect some extra battles being lost. 

12/04/2017 - 5:55pm Agree completely

Would have also loved to hear him say something like "now if MD can just beat the 'empy' out of those seats, the bowls would be able to expect fans to actually show up."

If you don't like your bowl selection as a fanbase, go to your own damn home games and show that you'll, you know, actually go through the effort of going to a game.  That place only fills up for rivalry games.  

12/02/2017 - 5:53pm Good call

Pretty sure this is a next-level hat ceremony announcing the flip.

11/29/2017 - 5:49pm That is a tremendous idea.

Although it may not change a ton of stuff at first, it would create some form of accountability.  I understand that we are never supposed to complain about officiating, but for the life of me I can't imagine another profession where mistakes are taken so lightly.  I would bet that everyone on this board has a job where if they aren't performing at a 99% level or better, they would get canned.  Refs don't ever seem to hit on more than 85%.

 

10/07/2017 - 9:20am Woke up early today

to get the kiddo to the doctor's office for a flu shot.  She wanted a Spider-Man bandaid, but they just gave her a maize one.  We both agreed it was a good omen.  

09/23/2017 - 7:51am My wife was battling a cold last weekend and came down

to the couch while I was watching the game.  I could tell she was trying to nap, so I muted the TV for the entire second quarter.  It was amazing to me how much better the experience was as opposed to with the sound on.  I understand that it's a common joke, but holy hell, I felt liberated finally realizing I truly never have to listen to Matt Millen ever again.

09/22/2017 - 12:42pm Agree

I understand it's better for our SOS if MSU wins, but thinking long term, we really want ND to win this game. Brian Kelly is a shitty human and a bad coach. Every loss he obtains pushes him closer to the door. I definitely don't want him to get fired. With that in mind, a win for ND doesn't really help their recruiting, because that sack of crap would still be there.
Also, even though we know MSU will play the best game of their season on 10/7, it wouldn't hurt us one bit if they were already emotionally friable at the time we played them.

09/22/2017 - 9:52am umbig11,

How good are we feeling about our matchups in this one?

09/21/2017 - 5:25pm If I'm Harbaugh,

I don't even bring up the win prediction.  I talk about how they apparently wish they were playing OSU.  Playing only Michigan is not large enough of a stage for them. 

09/10/2017 - 2:34pm It's still hard to know what they are.

I mean, they haven't played a remotely competent passing team yet.  I think we'll have a better idea about what they look like after ND in two weeks.