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07/13/2018 - 8:56pm Picard. Incredibly well…

Picard. Incredibly well written, brilliantly played. Rough start, but season 2.5 and beyond was fantastic for that character. 

07/09/2018 - 10:48pm Everyone knows the worst…

Everyone knows the worst part of soccer, and until that's remedied anything that increases the reward for obtaining a yellow card for is going to incentivize more phantom dives. 

Train the refs to understand what a phantom dive is, and use replay. Use your idea to fix this problem - give the other team the ball wherever they want after a dive. 

Soccer would be really compelling if some percentage of hockey toughness was imported to it. 

07/09/2018 - 1:25pm *Sean 


07/09/2018 - 12:25pm Really liked Seth's opening…

Really liked Seth's opening editorial, probably in some part because it aligns with my view. 

Only through a bit of it, but Brian's write-up for Sam McKeon was worth the price alone.  

"Goals for 2018 include development into a clear plus blocker, exploration of his not-at-all-shabby vertical speed, and not taking any handoffs." 

07/06/2018 - 9:52am Yeah, Brohm would have left…

Yeah, Brohm would have left for Tennessee in a heartbeat if they would have hired him.  Purdue is supposed to lose a lot of their defense, so they may not be as good this year as they were last.  But he's gone if he continues to do well there.  That needs to be made clear to that kid this year, either through Purdue or crootin' 

If he's a good coach, he's gone in a year and a MAC replacement is coming in. 

If he's a bad coach... you're going to play for a bad coach. 

07/01/2018 - 11:12am This is a good post, but…

This is a good post, but coaching error on max protect is something only fan bases predisposed to finding the negative in another team would invoke. 

The punter dropped the ball.  It wasn't a rush and block.  Yes they did get there sooner because the rush was on, but he dropped the ball. This is extremely rare.  Then, instead of falling on it he tried to kick it.  More rare.  He missed it when he tried to kick it.  More rare. Then the ball was bouncing around and the opposing team recovered instead of M (which you'd expect given the Sparty players are charging and M's are not, but still a chance it bounces to an OL). Then the ball bounces to a player with momentum toward the end zone with few people around to tackle him.  This is an incredibly rare event that will never be repeated if the teams play for another 500 years.  To put any of that on coaching is silly.  In fact that play and season is a great illustration of random luck in practice: OSU was far and away the best team in the B1G that year, but MSU benefits from the punt and the horrendous game plan of OSU, along with rain/weather in Columbus, and makes the playoffs. They got trounced because they never should have been there. 

Michigan handed off to  TE on 4th and 1 against South Carolina.  Worse yet, he wasn't supposed to get the ball, and no one - not the head coach, not the OC, not the QB, not the TE himself - called a timeout.  This was an epic coaching fail in a game they should have won. 

06/30/2018 - 3:15pm He probably had made the…

He probably had made the team for spring, then was trimmed for Fall when the freshman class comes in.  Maybe they could have handled it a little more tacitly, but this seems normal. 

06/30/2018 - 10:47am Just another rating data…

Just another rating data point, he's on USA today's "Chosen 25" for running backs, at #4.

247 has him as a top 100 player.  This is an elite guy. 

06/30/2018 - 10:39am Remember they cooled on…

Remember they cooled on Derrick Green too, and never had much interest in Amir Mitchell.  They've let a few walk away that they've turned out to be correct on, give them credit. 

06/29/2018 - 1:50pm It does happen, every year…

It does happen, every year with dozens and hundreds of kids at a ~120 or so D1 schools across the country.  

This is remarkable in that you typically don't hear those kids go off on the schools they didn't choose.  Especially with some pretty accusatory language of lying, "false actions", and being robots.  Somehow nearly all of those hundreds of kids manage to not say these types of things. 

Says something about something, as Brian would say. 

06/29/2018 - 12:47pm True that you did not…

True that you did not understand my argument. Both sides are the same in their capitulation to tribalism, exhibited in conformist views that necessarily subordinate the optimal set of choices in favor platform.  You've selected all views of Party B, where I choose some from A and some from B.  This is nothing you haven't heard before, but it remains logically sound: my view is better, both as an individual and for the society.  My views aren't the optimal set for all, but there is a set from Party A and Party B which could be reasoned and agreed to.  If there were no parties.  But the existence of them ensures that neither wants to grant the other a victory so nothing is done.  You choose Party B, but your result is nothing.   I choose neither in the hopes reason, some day, when both parties are abolished (or at least subordinated to reason).  

I never said the do not matter, or at least did not intend to.  They matter a great deal in terms of ensuring the country has no progress. 

06/29/2018 - 11:19am I do vote for who I wish, of…

I do vote for who I wish, of course. 

The parties drive candidates, however, you know this, and as the division has grown larger and demonizing rhetoric more pronounced, the parties have retreated to their base. This has led to worse and worse options yelling banalaties (bronxblue would probably like that word) like "he supports tax breaks for the rich/corporations" and "she's soft on crime / take guns away".  Of course politics has always had some level of this, but dual parties make it worse and tribal-acting dual parties make it much, much worse. 

06/29/2018 - 9:38am That's a lot to unpack, and…

That's a lot to unpack, and as a side note, you should stop with the constant "coolness aside, I'm only responding because I'm bored or the train delayed or the tea kettle has yet to boil" type comments; this is clearly very important to you, and that's OK. 

I can't address all of that, but to be clear, I think you're a Democrat and you feel strongly about that, and when someone points out the obvious contradictions of partyism it challenges your political identity.  You attack it as a trite position, then attack the individual as if they're weak for not "manning up" on one side or the other, neither pf which actually address the inaeity of the two party system. This is a weak form of debate, and since I know you're an intelligent man from your posts here, I conclude that you've chosen tribalism over reason.  Many have, and it's the primary problem in our political world today.  

I am anti-party first and foremost.  Once this is disrupted, real change can follow. I have varied opinions that fall on both sides of the aisle, as you and and we all do. Once we get past the shouting most of the issues can be worked out.  So I will work that until it occurs, which is my expression of reason. 

Obama undid Bush, Trump Obama, and eventually someone will undo Trump. When that happens you'll think you're winning until the cycle repeats.  But someday I hope to have my view breakthrough, and I think it will.  Parties are dumb, they make rationale people irrational, as I believe this exchange - and nearly every other political discussion today - evinces. 

06/28/2018 - 9:53pm You are attempting little…

You are attempting little more than the advancement of your tribe, and you've been treading water at this for 20 years.  I waa born on one side of the street, chose cross to the other, and now find them equally repulsive.  You believe picking a side is necessary, which is your first problem, and you believe that choice will lead to a winner or loser, which is your second.  You aren't winning anything.  Nobody has for a long time now.  Whatever you do will be undone and vice versa. 

I prefer to listen to others as opposed to hope others will listen to me (which may be a frustration of yours projected on me). There are truths on the one side which you'd ignore because they're outside the billboard of your faith.  I see no reason to limit myself that way.  It's only obvious, really.  And working with others who believe differently than you is a part of life. That's what peace requires.  Allowing yourself to tribe is easy.  

It seems like "trite" is a serious insult in your world, but again I don't mind the accusation.  Working to help both sides understand the street is on fire and they are burning has value, even if it's not original.  You only believe working together is trivial because either you've prized your tribe over peace, or your too jaded, or - perhaps most curious of all - it's just not original enough for you.  Ironic then, that your approach to human conflict is to see that there are sides, align and conform yourself to one of those sides, set about demonizing the other, and arming for war.  Because brother, there's nothing more trite than that.

06/28/2018 - 8:16pm Political threads are…

Political threads are predisposed to repetitive opinions.  I'm not offended that mine is not an original thought.  

Based on your patrolling of this thread, I can gather you have much more experience espousing political views than I. 

You remain exactly incorrect, however. There is nothing more damaging to real change than you two fools standing in the street shouting at one another.  Soon you'll escalate that to true violence, and look around imploringly for someone to understand how terrible Party A is.  But - and clever guy that you are, you probably see this coming - you'll look the same to them as the other guy.  Depending on your choice - probably driven by your parents choice- the world either ended yesterday or 4 or 6 years ago.  You were correct about how dumb this is.  It's all really, really dumb.  That has to be smashed before there can be any change.  Because you're not getting your way, and you won't let them get there's.  Blow them both up - figuratively - and start over.  You can do this.  You're not all right, neither are they. 

My comment hit you pretty close to home.  You should stop acting as if you're better than them.  You're not, and if you can down for a moment, you will see that you known that. 



06/28/2018 - 7:00pm Be patient, the screaming…

Be patient, the screaming will come. 

06/28/2018 - 6:43pm The idea that one of two…

The idea that one of two parties could encompass the complete or even majority of viewpoints of a single individual is absurd.  If you identify as either, know that you have compromised your beliefs in order to conform.

Demonizing the other side as if they're feckless animals is repulsive.  If you engage in this, know that your identity is not as a member of this party or that, but primarily a tribalist. 

06/28/2018 - 4:40pm Watched film and expected to…

Watched film and expected to be underwhelmed.  That kid is big, is an athlete, and can move.  If he has the want-to I think he'll be a good player.  Could be very good. 

06/26/2018 - 4:11pm It's noteworthy because he'd…

It's noteworthy because he'd been thought to be headed to Stanford after favoring Michigan early.  This was a guy Don Brown prioritized, a plan A guy.  Maybe him choosing M over Stanford can help sway Herron to remain in the class. 

Also speaks to the bond that was built among players and especially over this weekend, a great job by the staff. 

06/26/2018 - 2:06pm They recruit a lot of…

They recruit a lot of Detroit/Michigan kids.  I'd have to imagine when that got around it would backfire big time. 

What foreign players is this coming from?  Canadian kids?  I'd assume Welshof, given he just got on campus and Webb may have run into him, but I didn't think ND was ever involved with him. 

06/25/2018 - 2:01pm One of the jobs of a concern…

One of the jobs of a concern troll is to convince others that he's not a troll.  This is a way to do that.  Besides, he's getting massacred on twitter right now. 

I think the basketball season humiliating him and then this weekend doing the same has taken its toll.  What he's doing here is calling uncle for the moment. 

06/24/2018 - 11:27pm Huge commit, welcome and Go…

Huge commit, welcome and Go Blue 

06/22/2018 - 1:21pm Awesome, thanks 

I think…

Awesome, thanks 

I think you should bend to the will of others and just start including a star rating with your evals.  Seems like 82 would be a high 3* type, but you should just include that.  Would help understand your rating relative to others to use the common scale. 

06/22/2018 - 12:18pm "Not sure what tapes you…

"Not sure what tapes you were looking at" 

I know the common discourse on message boards always needs to start with some backhanded insult.  But I'm sure they are the same tapes you are looking at.  I was not looking at tape of the water polo team.  If this was a genuine statement meaning I could have been looking at old film, I withdraw my comment.  

People can look at tape and see entirely different things, even as experts.  You and I are just joes have no idea what we're looking at, so this isn't a surprise.  

I see a good high school athlete who makes plays when available.  Doesn't seem twitchy, isn't very sudden, and a bit duck-footed.  He's got good straight-line speed, but I'm not sure how well that translates to playing nearer to the line of scrimmage at Viper.  He doesn't punish ballcarriers. But again, what the hell do I know. 

06/22/2018 - 11:11am I hope the kid is great, but…

I hope the kid is great, but I watched his film and I don't see a star.  Maybe as a LB?  But what the hell do I know 

I've comparisons to Khaleke Hudson... do not see that at all.  Be very interested in Magnus' take. 

06/21/2018 - 2:17pm The whole thread was caved,…

The whole thread was caved, but he said it and you have confirmation from another poster below.  Maizen (who is Bluey) should be banned again based on that alone.  He is a troll. 

06/21/2018 - 11:40am Did you like him saying…

Did you like him saying Speight "peed down his leg" during the OSU game in 2016?  A kid that played seriously hurt for his team, nearly pulled out the first win in Columbus in almost 20 years? 

A little twerp on the internet demeaning Michigan players that way.  I don't know why he isn't banned for that comment alone. 

06/21/2018 - 9:56am Carlo Kemp looks like last…

Carlo Kemp looks like last year's Carlo Kemp's big brother 

06/20/2018 - 2:11pm Ojabo would fantastic.  He…

Ojabo would fantastic.  He has a pretty long offer list now, with MSU, Notre Dame, PSU, and OSU offering recently.  

He just visited OSU yesterday, so him immediately committing to Michigan would be beautiful. 

06/19/2018 - 5:16pm Both Jonathan Taylor and…

Both Jonathan Taylor and Saquon Barkley committed to Rutgers early in their recruitments. 

Laveon Bell was committed to Eastern Michigan, but they didn't have room for him.  They actually turned him away.  The RB coach there helped put him in contact with MSU so he could have a chance at a scholarship.  That coach's name?  Albert Einstein. 

No, really it was Tyrone Wheatley.  So as great as Wheat was, he turned away an amazing RB.  Recruiting is weird. 

06/19/2018 - 4:28pm True if Engler and MSU were…

True if Engler and MSU were actually following up with making changes to help prevent future tragedies.  But as victims they can still react to dumbshit statements and actions that indicate women will still be at risk.  They will always have a strong voice in that aspect, and they should. 

06/19/2018 - 10:27am Horse still living.  Horse's…

Horse still living.  Horse's board needs to terminate.  Until then beatings will continue. 

06/18/2018 - 10:43pm You changed screen names…

You changed screen names because you were so embarrassed of your shitposting, too much of a coward to own it. 

06/18/2018 - 10:05pm Literally any basketball…

Literally any basketball thread before Beilein and the team dunked in your face for an entire season.  

You shut up like you had to.  You're an amateur troll maizen. Go back to twitter where MSU and OSU fans keep you afloat, and like-minded middle aged "just win" white guy middle managers haven't figured out you're a dumbass yet. 

06/16/2018 - 12:54pm I watched Iceland - Arg,…

I watched Iceland - Arg, which was really entertaining until a player had his leg blown off by a referee!  It looked like he may have just lightly grazed his toes, but the player's reaction confirmed obliterated leg.  Had to turn it off, can't watch that carnage. 

06/13/2018 - 8:54pm Can I get YouTube TV and use…

Can I get YouTube TV and use with Amazon Prime?  Seems like one requires Chromecast and the other a fitestick.  I don't care about buying both, but can I set them up together 

06/11/2018 - 10:50am Runyan looks huge.  Not sure…

Runyan looks huge.  Not sure if that's the cumulative effect of several years on campus, but he's noticeably more muscular in recent photos.  

There's a new team nutritionist that has been talked up a lot as well, she is likely playing an important role. 

06/09/2018 - 11:06am It is pleasing to see that…

It is pleasing to see that that you now love big brother

06/09/2018 - 10:34am You'll be OK, Bluey.  The…

You'll be OK, Bluey.  The team will as well. 

06/08/2018 - 9:38am There was an article in the…

There was an article in the middle of last season that talked about Brad Hawkins moving from safety to Viper, which seems to make a lot of sense given his size.  May have moved back though, not sure.  

You'd think with Wood and Kelly-Powell (plus all these CB/safety types in this class) behind Metellus and Kinnel, they'd be OK to move Hawkins down. 

06/07/2018 - 3:09pm *past


06/07/2018 - 3:00pm On a related note, I think…

On a related note, I think Kanye's recent challenging statements and his willingness to stand by them take a lot of courage.  I don't agree with many of them, but it's very difficult to stand in the face of the blowback he's received and hold to what amount to really, really radical views for many communities.  Hey may be wrong in a lot of it, but the discourse could have been really interesting.  Instead the echo chamber twitter and meathead mobs responded with a lot of viciousness.  I hope he holds on and that the echo chamber which once considered him the poet laureate of this generation can re-engage in a more meaningful manner.  He seems open to the discussion, the possibility that he may be wrong, and to many different viewpoints, and I applaud that.  We need a hell of lot more of that. 

06/07/2018 - 2:49pm Kanye West's Gold Digger is…

Kanye West's Gold Digger is absolutely the worst hip hop song of all time.  Lyrically it may have said something, I don't know, couldn't get best the atrocious muscality. 

06/07/2018 - 12:14pm IMO PSU isn't that type of…

IMO PSU isn't that type of program.  I mean they were as down as you could possibly be.  But get the right coach and start winning, and you can turn it around. 

Michigan is one of these programs.  Baylor, as an example, isn't.  If they hired the wrong guy they could slip away forever, and only an elite coaching hire could bring them back.  

06/07/2018 - 12:06pm If they were all going to…

If they were all going to MSU, I'd be a little concerned.  That's really the only threat here.  Otherwise Michigan is going to get someone as good or better, and PSU is going to get highly rated kid anyway.  They're back now and elite recruiters. 

IOW, if you can keep a 4* instate and force MSU to take a 3*, that's an advantage.  If Michigan gets a 4* from Illinois and PSU gets one from Michigan, doesn't really matter.  You can trade them and it washes.  Yes maybe Dixon is M's top target for viper, and losing him to PSU stings a bit.  But they'll bring in someone else who'll do just as well in this defense.  And over a long enough time horizon the back and forth will wash. 

Context is also helpful here: Dobbs and Michigan have been weird for a while, for whatever reason; and Logan Brown is a lifelong Wiscy fan who gets to go to his favorite school.  That's two of the top four or five that Bluey is fretting about.  Barnett is similar to Dobbs, Belleville kid stuck in that weird dimension of whatever's going on there. 

06/07/2018 - 11:52am /Bluey reads 
/lights self…

/Bluey reads 
/lights self on fire in remembrance of Reece and Ekiyor 
/screams "SEE WHAT I MEAN??!!!!" 

06/06/2018 - 4:06pm No editing comments eh?  No…

No editing comments eh?  No big whoop 


Brandon reference is... about 2 years dated now.  We all have those moments when we think of something after the fact.  But you can't run back to the high school reunion and tell off that jock three years after the fact, no matter how wicked a burn you believe it may be.  Everybody's moved on, there's a bat mitzvah in that event hall tonight - people are celebrating and looking toward the future. 

06/06/2018 - 3:54pm Still exist? 

Still exist? 

06/05/2018 - 7:57pm Posting to understand if I…

Posting to understand if I exist.  

06/04/2018 - 11:07am And let me end the argument

And let me end the argument here. 


Patriots first Super Bowl.  The tuck rule.  Why didn't Woodson make a play?  

You argue that Brady made the play. Or rather, that in that very close fought game, this wasn't the final play.  Brady won the game after.  I argue that Woodson made the play.  Brady fumbled and the game should have been over.  Refs intervened and it was very fortunate for the Patriots. 

Somehow I think Woodson would agree with me.  My opinion of either doesn't change.  Woodson made an unbelievable play and should have won.  Brady was great.  You think Woodson didn't do enough and Brady championed through it by yelling "just win" really loudly. 

I like my view.