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05/17/2018 - 6:37pm I've been to 7 Big Ten Stadiums

Here's how I would rank them:

1. Big House

2. Kinnick

3. Camp Randall

4. Memorial Stadium

5. Toilet Bowl

6. Beaver Stadium

7. Spartan Stadium

Though I am obviously biased, I do think the new concourse at Michigan stadium combined with the bowl layout makes it the best I've ever been to. Kinnick is an easy number 2--also very aesthetically pleasing and the stands go practically all the way up to the field (I honestly think Michigan should either raise the field or lower the stands to make the atmosphere more intense). Camp Randall and Memorial stadium I would put on similar grounds. Ohio Stadium is objectively okay but the stands in the upper decks are ridiculously steep. Beaver stadium and Spartan stadium are just ugly hunks of concrete and metal. If we're going entirely by intensity of the atmosphere Beaver tops the list. Louder than any other place I've been, and the endzone upper deck looks incredibly imposing from the field.

05/16/2018 - 12:05am Aging dynasties

Jordan didn't do squat until those dynasties peaked and fell. Heck, the 2004 Pistons were better than the 1990 Pistons, and I don't think the 2004 Pistons would make it past the East finals today. And please, please do not call the 90s Knicks a dynasty, that's just insulting.

The whole "MJ never lost in the finals!" thing is just stupid... is losing before the finals better than losing in the finals or something? MJ was 1-9 in the playoffs before Scottie Pippin joined the Bulls. Which also happened to be the year Phil Jackson was hired. Truth be told, what is too often lost in this debate is the fact that Phil Jackson coached 3 separate dynasties in multi-championship runs. The Bulls were thoroughly mediocre until Jackson took the helm in '89. MJ was great, but if you think he could have done it without his support cast you are lying to yourself.

05/15/2018 - 11:36pm Always will be?

This is the kind of logic that makes me roll my eyes in this whole debate. If you're coming into it with the opinion that Jordan is the greatest basketball player there could ever possibly be, you are wrong, and you are clearly biased. A big part of MJ's apparent greatness stems purely from his mythos at this point.

05/10/2018 - 1:40pm As much as I hate Ohio...

I think Jordan's tenure is incredibly romanticized by oldtimers. He struggled mightily against the Celtics and Pistons until those dynasties aged and fell apart. The Lakers were similarly winding down just as Jordan was reaching his prime.

Compare that to today, where the Warriors are clearly an all time great dynasty. Lebron would be aiming for his 6th straight if not for that. Warriors-Cavs is today's Celtics-Lakers. Jordan lucked out in that there was a big void (for whatever reason) of grade A dynasties. The '90s Knicks and Jazz are a clear step below today's Warriors.

As for defense and hand checking, it's overstated. The rule changes since then have made it immensely easier to defend the lane and shut down isos. MJs style of play was ideally suited for the time.

04/30/2018 - 10:23pm I second 2014 Utah

That was when the bottom really started to fall out. Blown out at home in a rainstorm, which delayed the game in the 4th quarter, after which the stadium was empty save for me and my dad and about 500 Utah fans.

The 3-game losing streak of Utah, Minnesota, and Rutgers was when it was clear we were back to square one. I honestly don't think there has ever been a more hopeless stretch of games at any point in the last 50 years. At least in 2008 we had hope that Rich Rod just needed to get his offense established.

04/30/2018 - 10:22pm Also negated any real hope of a bowl game

Since the only remaining game on the schedule was in Columbus.

04/20/2018 - 2:12am Over-exaggerations abound

Drunken assholes are going to get drunk and be assholes regardless of whether they drink their alcohol before or during the game. I was at the OSU game in 2012 (pre-alcohol) and 2016 (post-alcohol) and honestly it was the same. Beers are like $10 for 12 oz so it's not particularly easy to get drunk on stadium beers anyway.

Not to mention you used to be able to bring freakin' kegs into Michigan Stadium back in the glory days. Somehow the place didn't burn down. I don't really care whether Michigan chooses to ever sell alcohol in the stadium, but the idea that it'll cause the stadium to devolve into drunken revelry is frankly puritanistic. It's just beer, not magic maniac juice. I would hope our fans can manage to drink beer like normal adults. It annoys me to no end when people act like the university would make itself look bad by selling beer. As if Michigan can't trust their fans to handle their liquor responsibly.

04/18/2018 - 2:42am I'll also plug for google flights

Love the extremely intuitive and fast UI. Love the way they plot flight prices  ("price graph") over periods of time so you can ID what's the best day to leave/return. Even better, since I live near multiple airports and often want to fly to locations with multiple airports, it lets me search for the best flight based on all the available combinations. I've found it to be way more seamless than expedia, hipmunk, kayak, etc.

04/16/2018 - 4:39pm Great ideas all around here

My top three are:

1. Jim McElwain humping the shark

2. Beilein water gun

3. Brian eating hot dog

04/14/2018 - 6:46pm Average?

At a closer look, below average for Urban at OSU is like 2 losses total, so I personally hope his program performs way, way, way below average.

04/14/2018 - 6:41pm Pathetic

Utterly pathetic that Michigan's best diss against an OSU coach who has beat them 6 straight times is, "Well we beat him in the 2008 Capital One Bowl when he was coaching Florida."

04/14/2018 - 6:39pm OSU coach who is 6-0 against U-M is feeling heat

Right

04/14/2018 - 6:19pm That's definitely a significant designation

Almost all cancers (except some very specific pediatric ones) are more common in the elderly. Here's a paper for reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2940648/

I think the issue here is that if this guy were 65+, it would be harder to argue that the cancer is linked to his service in the military (as opposed to just being age-related). Brain cancer in someone that young with no family history is pretty rare.

04/14/2018 - 5:32pm Extremely classy essay by Moe

Loved reading it and I'm very happy for him. Really think he would have gone down as one of the all time greats (up with Cazzie and Rice) if they had won the Final Four and he'd gotten MOP. He's still up there with Burke in my book.

04/13/2018 - 5:31pm Par for the course

That would be no shittier than any season from the last 10 years except maybe 2011 and 2016. Honestly 2011 was only saved by a miraculous UTL ending and OSU having their "worst team in 1000 years" (or w/e those fuckers always say). The 2016 team beat a 3-9 MSU squad, and the 2018 team has less talent whereas the 2018 MSU team will probably be much better than 2016.

Honestly I have Michigan at 8.5 wins (they'll go 2-0 or 1-1 against PSU/Wisconsin). I think that's pretty fair considering the difficulty of the schedule and the huge question marks on offense. After I see some actual in-game QB and OL play, I may or may not change my mind.

04/09/2018 - 8:02pm Michigan needs to stop being the NCAA's bitch

The NCAA constantly tries to use Michigan as an example to maintain the illusion that it has any semblence of control over the big institutions it governs. They don't dare mess with the Bamas or Dukes of the world, but then they routinely go on these farcical power trips against Michigan.

All the other big schools don't take the NCAA's bullshit, and Michigan shouldn't either. Fuck the NCAA. If I were Harbaugh and the NCAA rules against Michigan, I would trot Shea Patterson out there for the Notre Dame game anyway in an act of ultimate defiance. Make some headlines, point out that Hugh Freeze was hiring prostitutes and quite obviously lying to recruits about how deep a pile of shit he was in. Wtf is the NCAA going to do to stop us?

04/09/2018 - 4:51pm Seems like neglecting cost of living over-prioritizes weather

I have lived on the East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest. Personally I will be settling in the midwest in large part due to proximity to family, but I also actually like it here.

Can't beat West coast weather obviously, but you pay a hefty price for it. I don't mind the cold as much as most people, but when it's 10 degrees in April it starts to wear on you.

The people are absolutely nicest and most pleasant in the midwest. The West Coast is pretty chill too, while the East Coast is full of assholes.

I prefer college town living, as you get the culture and food options of a city while avoiding the traffic, congestion, crime, and other downsides of big metro areas. I like visting NYC, but you couldn't pay me to live there for any extended period of time.

04/09/2018 - 4:31pm This winter has jaded me too

But honestly IC, CR, Ames, Waukee are all pretty solid midwest towns. People tend to exaggerate the differences a lot. Different versions of College Town, USA and Suburbia, USA are rarely that different apart from the weather. When I moved to Iowa from the East Coast I had people living in suburban Maryland asking me why I would move to the middle of nowhere. As if suburban Maryland has anything going for it other than its proximity to government agencies.

04/06/2018 - 2:09am We used up all our karma against shitty ND teams from '09-'11

That's the only explanation I can come up with.

04/06/2018 - 2:02am Just one satisfying season finish is all I ask

I've been following Michigan football, basketball, and hockey since 2001, and I think there was exactly one instance when I didn't feel heartbroken after the last game of the season. The 2011 football season.

04/06/2018 - 1:51am That makes it worse though...

We are apparently fated to have heartbreaing losses even when we have great teams. So the fact that the team overachieved doesn't help much. Even if expectations rise the next few years, I will still be expecting a devastating loss to end the season.

Minnesota Duluth is mediocre. They were the last at large team in. Michigan had a legit shot at a title this year. Better than their shot when the next season begins.

04/06/2018 - 1:45am This is my primary issue

You don't have a particularly great shot at winning a title even if you DO have a great team with big expectations. This is why overachieving and falling short is little consolation. I prefer it compared to being terrible, obviously, but let's look at history:

2006 & 2016 football: Huge expectations with senior-laden teams, devastating losses

2008 hockey: Dominating season, #1 overall seed, devastating loss in Frozen Four

2013 basketball: Beilein's best team ever, devastating loss in National Championship Game

History shows our odds of a gut-wrenching, devastating, soul-crushing loss in the finals is just as good when we have a historically great team. So what's the point of holding out hope that "we're on the right track"? I'll take literally any championship at all, thank you very much, and your odds at a title are vastly greater if you're already in the Finals, compared to your odds at the beginning of the season, no matter how great you think the team is going to be.

04/03/2018 - 4:05am Fuck it

I'm done. I've discovered the highs aren't worth the lows for me. I honestly can't envision Michigan ever winning anything of note for the next 50 years. I realize that sounds stupid after they were just in the bball NCG, but they only made it past the 2nd round on a 1/100 shot and the odds are they aren't going back any time soon. Meanwhile, football is just fucking garbage. Even Harbaugh couldn't resurrect this shit program. I am just venting now but honestly for whatever reason I don't get any joy out of Michigan sports anymore. I feel like I will never witness an OSU football victory again let alone a national title. 

04/03/2018 - 3:37am Built up just to be let down

Fuck this shit. I was happier thinking this team wouldn't make the NIT. I can't stand the fucking moral victories. Now I have to wait another 5 fucking years for the basketball team to let me down again. Luckily I only have to wait another 6 months or so for the football team to lose to OSU for the millionth time in a row, hurray.

04/03/2018 - 3:07am Who is our 6th man

Apparently the most important thing to win a championship is to have a 6th man who can come off the bench and score 20+. Ugh.

04/03/2018 - 3:00am Never said I was the coach

Defense is complicated and I'm sure Michigan looked at a lot of film on Nova in the last few days and the last thing they expected was for DiVincenzo to light them up. However, I do think they could have had done *something* to stop him. Teams are abe to shut down guys like this all the time.

04/03/2018 - 2:55am Fuck you OP

We were a brutal 3-23. Your analysis blows.

j/k

But seriously 3/23 after shooting 37% for the season, what the actual fuck. If Michigan shot 38% (9/23) they'd have won.

04/03/2018 - 2:49am If I had a dollar

For every player that has lit us up, causing MGoBlog to declare him the second coming of Jim Thorpe... guh. Why the fuck can't Michigan have a player do this bullshit in a championship game.

04/03/2018 - 2:48am Don't be ridiculous

I'm not blaming Beilein any more than you could blame the other 349 coaches whose teams were worse than Nova. You have to pick your battles and the better bet was to shut down Brunson. The point is that it's always possible to shut a hot shooter down with a better defensive strategy. The guy isn't Steph Curry (who, by the way, has been shut down many times).

04/03/2018 - 1:54am I texted "can't let this short ginger beat us"

When DiVincenzo had 5 pts... My dad responded by asking if I remembered a guy by the name of Luke Hancock.

Fuck both of them. I realize DiVincenzo is moderately better but just like you haven't heard of Hancock since the 2013 title game, I guarantee no one hears of this DiVincenzo chump every again.

04/03/2018 - 1:07am Tipping your cap is for losers

You think Nick Saban just tipped his hat to Dabo and Watson? No, he figured out how to kick their ass the next year. DiVincenzo is not Steph Curry or Russel Westbrook. The dude is good but he's not *that* good. Letting him score 30+ on us was a massive defensive failure. When was the last time a Michigan player scored 30+ in a big game let alone a bench player?

It is incredibly hard to make the title game. Can't let an opportunity like this slip away due to "bad luck" and a hot hand. Especially when it happens to you twice, which suggests it is more than just chance.

04/03/2018 - 12:57am If my take is terrible your response is worse

Classic "you're wrong but I can't explain why" argument. Guh.

If it's so easy to explain why I am wrong then go ahead and do it.

04/03/2018 - 12:55am A&M could definitely have done something different

More effective switches on the perimeter being the primary thing, which is literally what every other team since then has done to us (to great effect, I might add).

04/03/2018 - 12:19am Photo on front page looks like a wide open look

Poor defense on Michigan's part as Duncan is not squared up and Simpson is playing back. This is *exactly* what I am talking about when I say Michigan failed to play DiVincenzo tight enough. Simpson is switching on the pick and Duncan is slow to square up and DiVincenzo has a completely wide open look.

04/03/2018 - 12:15am This is the notion I am fighting

Michigan shut down the Naismith winner and yet we can't shut down a freshman off the bench? What? I get that the guy is good but he was not utilized this highly in any previous tournament games. He was averaging less than 25 minutes and played 37 today. I get that everyone is in defeatest mode and just wants to say Michigan did the best they could (and they overachieved massively this season), but I just don't believe there was no way to stop this guy.

04/02/2018 - 11:32pm No

Not sure who's going to be playing out of the 5 but they won't be replacing Mo.

04/01/2018 - 8:08pm Fuck the NCAA

A moral stance doesn't relieve the sting of the championship that was stolen from us. Nor does it make up for the crooked coaches and programs out there who have committed hundreds of infractions and gotten away with it. The NCAA convinced Mary Sue Coleman and Michigan to fall on their sword, and they did. It was extortion against a new university president and vulnerable young inner city kids. I know we all love to ride the high horse around here, but the NCAA is such a corrupt piece of shit, I sometimes wonder why we take so much pride in following their bullshit rules that they refuse to enforce against other bluebloods.

04/01/2018 - 7:46pm Agreed

If Mo had a monster game and won MOP he'd be a top candidate for having his jersey retired down the line, probably above even Trey Burke. If they lose, he'll be remembered on a similar level with Burkeb, but both would be well outside the realm of Cazzie & Rice.

04/01/2018 - 3:22pm Get a grip, homey

I'm not the one with my panties in a wad about not being able to watch the game in Crisler. I was simply stating facts about what happened in 2013, in an effort to rationalize what the AD admins might have been thinking when they made this decision. I never said it was the right decison. Doesn't affect me anymore since I now live and work over 500 miles away. Go bitch at the ticket office if you don't like it.

04/01/2018 - 2:19am Wild card is the refs

Anyone remember that tire fire last year? Guh. If they call the game like that again we are fucked. Need Wagner to keep up with Nova's offensive firepower and size. Doubt Teske will be sufficient. 

I really wish the refs who called the games tonight were in the NCG, but apparently it's an entirely different set of zebras.

04/01/2018 - 1:47am Absolutely agree

Or at least let students fill up the un-used seats if they aren't filled by the first timeout. The most electric I've ever seen Crisler was when there wasn't even a basketball game there. It was the 2013 NCG watch party and it's not even close. The lower bowl was 100% full and the whole arena was nothing but students and die hards.

04/01/2018 - 1:42am Doubt they limited it for no reason

I went in 2013 and I remember the line outside Crisler extended all the way to Keech and up the hill to Main. It may not have filled up completely, but it was at least 75%, and a lot of people who didn't want to wait in line went home. My friends and I showed up over 2 hours before the game and we had to sit in the upper bowl because the lower bowl was filled by the time we got in. It took well over an hour just to move through the line.

If the capacity is already limited due to gymnastics, I can see them worrying about the logistics of this. First-come-first-serve events can be crowd-control nightmares. I'm guessing they don't want to have to deal with 20,000 people lining up outside crisler at 4pm. Anyone who is a student absolutely needs to go though, the environment in 2013 was electric. Even though Michigan lost, that's still one of my favorite sports memories from undergrad.

03/27/2018 - 1:20pm Beilein's philosophy

Beilein's philosophy isn't to go after lots of highly ranked prospects like a lot of the other schools. He looks specifically for players who fit his system rather than just getting the best guys he can get and cobbling something together. I'd certainly like it if we could get a guy like Tyus Battle, Mo Bamba, or Devin Booker. I think the inability to nab one of those guys has hindered the program's ascent, but we don't really know exactly how much bagmen came into play and there might not be much we can ever do about it.

Beilein proved he can make it back to the Final Four with a team whose most highly recruited player is a Kentucky transfer. What he was able to do this season is just utterly astounding. I think more success is obviously only going to help recruiting going forward, but don't look for Beilein to be snapping up 5-stars one after the other. He's said in interviews that it can be hard to get those guys who are used to being a one man show to buy into his system, so he ends up being very picky.

At the end of the day, Mo Bamba and Tyus Battle are going to be sitting at home watching a bunch of 3-stars play in the Final Four, and that's alright with me.

03/26/2018 - 7:08pm I agree things are better

I would at least argue being 30 in 1999 was maybe slightly better than being 30 in 2018. The economic growth of the 2010s pales in comparison to the growth of the 90s. We'll see how the next 50 years go... After all, Millennials are the first generation since the Great Depression who aren't expected to be richer than their parents. Overall I agree with the sentiment that every generation has its challenges and things have been progressively better since basically the Revolutinoary War. I think the biggest issue that is up in the air is what the combination of massive debt and demographic shifts will mean. From 2018-2035 there is projected to be a precipitious decline from >4 workers per retiree to <2.5 workers per retiree. It's not entirely clear what changes that will bring.

03/23/2018 - 6:26pm Fuck the SEC

that being said, fuck the B1G 10. This shithole conference has done nothing but try to fuck Michigan over.

03/23/2018 - 1:22am Anyone got some stats on these guys?

Both FSU and KSU look like they rely on bigs and don't usually shoot the lights out. Not a lot of firepower. Loyola looks like they can shoot but their numbers aren't stellar either.

Michigan's offense woke up tonight. After the miracle against Houston I thought of the 2013 Florida game and hoped they could repeat it. Let's hope they can do it again.

03/19/2018 - 11:09pm This makes a good amount of sense

As much as people want to point to Syracuse's zone dominance here, MSU still might have won if they'd made just 1 more 3 pointer out of 29 (!!!) total misses, or 1 extra field goal out of the 15 they missed to end the game. Bad luck, poor scheming, and offensive choking all played a role too.

03/19/2018 - 4:55pm Not a great comparison

Dropping a foul ball is a 1/100 event or worse. Davis is a 60% free throw shooter, so the odds he would miss both were 36%. It was lucky for Houston that MAAR missed the previous layup layup and Matthews missed a tip in before that. The odds for Michigan were extremely low when Davis stepped to the line, but the fact that they got to that point involved a lot of good fortune for Houston. Plus, Jordan Poole has made that exact shot twice before this... Houston actually played good defense and contested it. Hard to call that luck.

03/19/2018 - 4:46pm Exactly. What makes Houston better?

I can't even believe people want to entertain that thought. Michigan had a cold shooting night and the refshow played to Houston's advantage for much of the game, since their fouls came later and we had to sit Wagner and Duncan at times. I was beside myself pissed thinking we were about to be beat by a team Michigan would handle 8/10 times easily. Houston's only real threats were Gray and Davis. Gray had a horribly inefficient night inside the arc and we totally bailed him out with a few bonehead defensive mistakes (looking at you Simmons). It was annoying as hell watching him drive to the hoop and throw up brick after brick, and then crying about it literally every damn time. Cassius Winston doesn't like it when Zavier Simpson is in his shirt either, get over it. Davis, a 60% FT shooter, was also 8-8 from the line at one point. Not to mention Michigan missed two bunny shots that would have tied it in the last 30 seconds. None of this is to say Houston isn't good, just that Michigan is a better team than the one that showed up in Kansas last weekend. Both teams experienced bad breaks and the end result was mostly luck except for the fact that Jordan Pool has an overdose of swag.

03/18/2018 - 11:41pm UNC was ice cold shooting

A&M is honestly the better matchup imho. They are not a particularly good shooting team and overly reliant on their bigs. Michigans shooters will have to show up though, otherwise it'll be a slugfest. Michigan will need Wagner to show up and stay out of foul trouble.