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10/16/2018 - 5:46pm OP is just fine, protected…

OP is just fine, protected by a double-layer of webdev incompetence:

Months later OPs still don't have voting enabled, and even if they did it wouldn't matter since points are also still broken.

10/16/2018 - 1:04pm ^^^^ That. It's not wrinkles…

^^^^ That. It's not wrinkles and trickery, it's that we have generally been less good at footballing than them, and they've gotten some lucky bounces. Got negged (not that it matters since the HUEL wizards can't seem to figure out how to make points work) for my 2-14 comment, but that's reality- we haven't been at that level consistently for well over a decade. You have to be a very good team to consistently beat very good teams. No magic or trickeration there.

10/15/2018 - 11:48pm Considering 2-14, I beg to…

Considering 2-14, I beg to differ. 

10/15/2018 - 2:11pm Rudddddock.


10/15/2018 - 1:38pm Personal stats and rankings…

Personal stats and rankings are not something I care much about compared to the team playing well and improving through the course of the season. *THOSE* two things have been sorely missing for a long, long time (Rudddddock being the big exception).

10/12/2018 - 2:27pm Folks, let it go. I don't…

Folks, let it go. I don't understand the obsession some people have with continuing to pound on a coach who is long since fired from what he openly said was his dream job, and who was generally thought of as a decent human being. That it didn't work out of the team, the fans, or him sucks. Move on. You don't see Harbaugh taking pot shots at the 49ers every time he's at a mic. Follow his lead: Look forward, not backward.

10/09/2018 - 9:45pm After the rain it was a…

After the rain it was a decent day, right? 70F and sunny? Noon kick. Not sure how/why a 70 minute delay would lead to three entire sections of the stadium less than half full, especially when we hear that Noon it too early for the students to get out of bed.

Announcing 109,000 when that's so obviously a big fat lie kinda smacks of Brandon-era desperation. And yes, I understand the announced number is tickets sold, but still... with that many empty seats it wouldn't be any more ridiculous if they announced that 1,000,000 people were there.

Cell service sucks and the games have no flow due to the incessant advertising timeouts. And, color me old-school, but I'd rather listen to the band than obnoxious piped-in music.

Red Wings or Michigan, I can barely stand to watch just one game anymore. Most of the time if I'm watching on Saturday we have three games going at once.

10/09/2018 - 8:31pm So what color are they going…

So what color are they going to paint the top half of the seats in the student section of Michigan Stadium? Not even careful camera work could cover up that it was near-empty all game last weekend.

10/09/2018 - 8:29pm Points are still dead…

Points are still dead. Deader than Cleese's parrot. Not resting: STONE DEAD.

Good: Seem to be logged in from iPhone now.

Bad: There is no way to post from an iPhone (at least with 12.0.1): The keyboard doesn't pop up when tapping in the field to type. This is unique to this site/software. So the goodness of finally being able to login is entirely wiped out by it being useless to be logged in.

09/29/2018 - 8:49pm One word: FLIMSY.

It's like…

One word: FLIMSY.

It's like your college beater car: It might get you home one more time in decent weather, but in tough conditions it's either going to break down or kill you with bald tires.

09/24/2018 - 2:34pm "I'm sure you get it but I…

"I'm sure you get it but I have to mention this. Four commercials in the first 8 minutes of clock time. One sequence that went commercial, one play, commercial, three plays, commercial. FFS."

Yes, FFS. And also FFS this, which exists for the same reason as the FFS above:

"Anyone else seeing ads now show up in the middle of people's posts?"

"At the moment we are running a test program through Google that tries out all sorts of empty spaces for ad positions"

Be wary of the "we are doing annoying things for good reasons but others doing the same annoying things are FFSers"

09/22/2018 - 11:17am Once again, false hope…

Once again, false hope. Points not working for me.

These posts are getting to be like the August "Our tackles can really block this year" posts.

09/22/2018 - 11:14am At home I typically have two…

At home I typically have two or three games on at once. Split screen on the projector with another TV under the projector screen. Watching one game is just intolerable.

09/22/2018 - 10:45am How to get butts in seats:

How to get butts in seats:

1. Lower ticket prices.

2. Fix cell coverage in stadium.

3. Cut media timeouts by about 2/3.


09/18/2018 - 10:34am My non-scientific…

My non-scientific observation is that players are cramping more than last year and more than the players on the other team.

I have a hiking/climbing buddy who has been a gym-rat for decades- strong dude. But the first couple years we hiked together he got cramps nearly every trip. We tend to do full-day hikes after work and weekend hikes in a day; we move fast and don't take breaks.

He was strong from gym reps, but his muscles weren't conditioned for endurance...hours on the move. Once he rolled some hiking/trail running into his routine the issue faded.

So my armchair take is that there is too much weight lifting and not enough endurance training. Those "rocked up" photos are great for instagram, but if the rocks tie themselves in knots during the games it doesn't help a lick.

09/17/2018 - 7:45pm Wrong, actually. There is…

Wrong, actually. There is something new: The ban on sealed water bottles. Thanks for playing "Blame the Victim" though.

09/17/2018 - 6:37pm It will take lawsuits to fix…

It will take lawsuits to fix this because #profit

I was at the WMU game. It's really sad how, even in just the four years since I last attended a game, the live experience has degraded for faux safety and money.

If the tiny number of people who are so attached to alcohol that they will sneak it in in a bottle of water are more important to the department than hundreds or even thousands of fans having health issues, well, I don't see how this is any different that the coaches sending a wobbly QB back onto the field.

So pointlessly dumb.

09/13/2018 - 9:43am 1. I didn't say 'the line'

1. I didn't say 'the line'

2. I didn't say 'the tackles'

I said our left tackle. Go back and watch that position all game and report back. Dude got pwned multiple times.

But yes, please do accuse me of saying things that "aren't factual" while you are misquoting me. Well done.

09/12/2018 - 10:58am Personally, I've given up…

Personally, I've given up tying the happiness of my fall Saturdays to the outcome of the games. I don't 'boo', nor do get super-excited. I watch the games. I flew from Seattle to see the WMU game. I watched from the 24th row on the 50 as WMU DEs spun our left tackle in circles. And as our much more accurate QB hit some nice passes. As a WMU alum I politely clapped for both teams and sang both fight songs. The best part of the game for me though, was how the MMB graciously welcomed the Bronco Marching Band before, during, and after the game, including inviting them into Revelli Hall for post-game refreshments.

My point though, is that telling an upset person to "Calm down" is not an approach that usually effects the desired result. Anyone with a teenager knows this.

So maybe something like, "I know the fan frustration has built up over a lot of years. We're busting our butts at practice and on the field to do something about that. And it's my intention, along with everyone on the team, to demonstrate that by winning the Big 10 this year."

09/12/2018 - 10:28am Telling impatient people who…

Telling impatient people who have endured 1-13 stretch against their arch-rival to "be patient" after an opening game that exhibited the same primary issue has the last umpteen years is not productive.

If you want to appease fans jaded over 14 year of frustration, do it on the field.

Edit to add: Especially when the "Be patient" is coming from someone who got here eight months ago.

09/06/2018 - 6:47pm Yep. My optimism is fading…

Yep. My optimism is fading fast; I just don't see a likely path that our two OTs have a sudden how-to-block epiphany this year, and the talent level appears primed to take a big drop next year to to so many swing-and-miss recruiting fails.

09/06/2018 - 6:45pm I thought the D looked…

I thought the D looked slower all-around (save for Winovich) than last year. Maybe taking a lean, strong, fast dude and putting 20-30 more pounds on him isn't a universally good thing?

09/06/2018 - 3:13pm Where is that tire fire…

Where is that tire fire image the overlords used as their entire Rutgers preview a couple years back when we need it? Nevermind, I wouldn't be able to figure out how to embed it anyway.

09/05/2018 - 10:54pm This shit has come up before…

This shit has come up before. It's because of the ad aggregator the site overlords have chosen. The ones that pay higher rates often do so because they have to for sites to accept their disgusting ads. In this case, misogynistic. Pretty hard to stand on your damned soap box and preach about the injustice of the Urban Meyer thing while you are profiting from the pervy ads being served on the web site you run.

09/05/2018 - 10:47pm “something wrong with the…

“something wrong with the website. Please try later. “

I agree: Too much empty space, points broken, can't login on mobile, nav is terrible, no way to edit profile, collapses under gameday load, can't upvote OPs, etc.

09/04/2018 - 4:31pm All I see is a blank blue…

All I see is a blank blue horizontal bar supported by two giant, blank pillars of (used to be white) gray: Site rendering by Keystone Kops.

Edit to add: Caching disabled. Shift-refresh anyway, no change.

09/03/2018 - 10:34pm The only improvement I saw…

The only improvement I saw from the OTs is no false starts. Unless we count "they didn't very often fall over before they got hit" as an improvement.

09/03/2018 - 10:13pm The offensive line comments…

The offensive line comments have aged very well for a decade now, actually.

09/02/2018 - 8:09pm Runyan is now a four letter…

Runyan is now a four letter word in our house, so you might start tracking that one, too.

09/02/2018 - 6:28pm One thing I saw was ND…

One thing I saw was ND offensive players repeatedly running away from our LBs. I do not recall that much last year. There was no rabid squirrel, just Wimbush and others opening up the gap on Bush and Hudson and Gill et al. left me wondering if the weight gain is really all good for the way we use them.

09/02/2018 - 12:15am Yes.

Watching a team beat…


Watching a team beat the snot out of some no-name team is both boring and unproductive.

This isn't about scheduling good non-con games, it's about the turnstiles we have posing as an offensive line.

09/02/2018 - 12:06am Maybe because our receivers…

Maybe because our receivers can't run 30 yards down the field in the two seconds it was taking the d-line to get to Patterson?

09/02/2018 - 12:05am Leg cramps are on the…

Leg cramps are on the training staff and strength team. And yes, no way he should have been cramping like that. Wimbush wasn't. But it's not on Patterson.

09/02/2018 - 12:02am ^^^^ That. ND does not have…

^^^^ That. ND does not have any sort of super-duper D-line. We just made them look that way. I watched the Washington-Auburn game today. Auburn's D-line *is* excellent. Fast, strong, and the run sideline to sideline like men possessed.

I swear I saw a tackling dummy in a gold helment run past Runyon today and hit Patterson.

09/01/2018 - 11:49pm We've been 'chilling' since…

We've been 'chilling' since RichRod started Nick Sheridan in a spread offense in 2008: It's been a decade of chilling.

There's always a new player and a new coach and new excuse to just wait a bit longer. The issues with the offense are not little, not new, and ten year in now, it's not a blip; it's institutional. How many more five star O-line recruits do you think are going to come and play on that clown-show line?

09/01/2018 - 11:41pm Can we PLEASE, any way,…

Can we PLEASE, any way, somehow PLEASE get pages to load in something less than 20 seconds during games? That was another thing that had been fixed on the old platform and has regressed with the upgrade.

09/01/2018 - 11:07pm The offense stinks. Again…

The offense stinks. Again. The line can't block...going on a decade now. Clock management was awful. Chump show.

Plus this site is running like ass again.

Shitty day for M fandom.

09/01/2018 - 11:45am You forgot one:

F) Purple…

You forgot one:

F) Purple Faced Aneurysm

08/31/2018 - 12:21pm He's pathological; cannot…

He's pathological; cannot stop lying, even about other lying. It will catch up to him at some point.

08/30/2018 - 11:16pm "An Arbor" is awesome …

"An Arbor" is awesome "Janruary".

08/30/2018 - 5:48pm "No way this thing is over…

"No way this thing is over...OSU is likely going to regret not firing Urban when they had the chance last week."

That is a true statement: They taught him he can get away with it. And he can. Right until he cannot because he pushes the violations out from integrity-type things to legal-type things.

08/29/2018 - 9:01pm Stupid damned Big 10…

Stupid damned Big 10 expansion and money-grubbing "championship" game. Take me back to the 10 team Big 10 with a round robin schedule. Best conference record wins the conference and goes to a bowl game. Other nine watch it on TV.

08/29/2018 - 11:34am AppleTV doesn't technically…

AppleTV doesn't technically require a screen once it's setup. But it's an expensive solution compared to a $90 AirPort Express.

Either device still needs some kind of amp- either standalone or built into the speakers. In my house we have some of both.

What I keep looking for, but haven't yet found, is an inexpensive (<$100) small AirPlay enabled Amp with wired and wireless Ethernet.

And yes, the HomePod has AirPlay, speakers, and an amp, but a stereo set puts you back $700 and I'm not into the whole "the mic is on and listening all the time" thing, even from Apple. Dumb speakers, please.

08/29/2018 - 10:51am Yep. We use these for a…

Yep. We use these for a whole-home distributed audio system. That Apple has eliminated the product line entirely, while enhancing AirPlay has me scratching my head...without the AirPort Express there really isn't another inexpensive way to use AirPlay throughout a home.

But if you are in the Apple audio stack already, I can confirm that this is an easy, reliable way to do distributed audio.

08/28/2018 - 1:45pm That's East Lansing level…

That's East Lansing level eligibility, there...548 years.

08/27/2018 - 5:51pm 721 Fifth Avenue

New York…

721 Fifth Avenue

New York City, NY 10022

08/27/2018 - 5:39pm Department of "I'm Entirely…

Department of "I'm Entirely Unsurprised":

"I guess you have to throw me on the pile of Michigan bloggers who hate on McElwain too much for saying this, but there was a noticeable difference between the other position groups, which were up-tempo and always had something going on, and receivers, who did a lot of standing around and waiting—sometimes because they were getting a piece of equipment, sometimes because they were waiting to combine with the tight ends."

I suspect we'll look back in the near future and wonder about the thought process that led to that coaching hire, especially in light of the overly-ebullient and literal carcharodon husbandry.

Department of "There's the Witty and Hopefully VERY Accurate Writing I've Missed":

"We managed to get through the entire practice with no Michael Dwumfour hype. This was because the DL were practicing in the corner of the endzone opposite from us, their drills don’t give away anything, and over the course of practice the half-eaten carcasses of people who tried to block him were piling up and getting in the way, but we can confirm at least that he’s about 9 feet tall, 500 pounds, and was shooting some kind of light weapon from his lower body region."

08/27/2018 - 3:09pm Perhaps. But more money will…

Perhaps. But more money will only serve to exacerbate the things about which Brian and other wail, and nothing to fix them. If you really want less graft, corruption, greed, misplaced priorities, etc. then you take money OUT of the equation.

Also keep in mind that these are kids- many teenagers. They are playing a game. They've been doing it for a few years. The coaches, while I agree they are stupidly overpaid, have a lifetime of experience.

08/27/2018 - 3:05pm *Exactly*

If we want a…


If we want a different reality for college football, getting money *out* of it is the way. NOT pouring more in, in any form. Cap coaches salaries, disband the conference TV networks, and make the whole thing less like an NFL farm system and more like a college dalliance.

08/27/2018 - 1:47pm Not in any way excusing the…

Not in any way excusing the horror at Maryland, but their "labor cost" is not zero. This, as witnessed by any parent paying for college, is entirely, 100% factually wrong and is an outright stupid claim to make in the midst of an entirely valid rant. Don't screw your credibility with untruths that would seem on the surface to lend weight to your argument; it's petty.