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07/11/2018 - 10:59pm Woof...As someone whose wife…

Woof...As someone whose wife has cancer, I don't know if I would go that far...

But - yeah - I had to log into the site on my laptop just to post my frustration about the mobile experience with this page. A couple of immediate pieces of feedback:

  • The entire UI for me - whether vertical or landscape would not optimize the videos. They dragged way "off the edge" and were non-responsive
  • The videos wouldn't close out. Meaning, if and when I would close a video window, it would re-open at least 1x or 2x (and - in some cases - displayed previous videos that I had already closed out)
  • The scrolling for a page this long was just a bad UX
  • When I would watch a video, and close the frame successfully, I was taken back to the top of the article (rather than being taken back to the same position I had been on the page...more scrolling)
  • Since I am on an iPhone X, each time I closed a video out, I would be re-prompted for my Face ID...kinda annoying
  • A few others but those were the main ones. I love this site, and I love the hard work you guys put into the content, but these types of posts (which are great on desktop) are truly brutal on a mobile device
07/11/2018 - 10:59pm Long time member of the site…

Long time member of the site and love the work you guys do. But - with today's "Best plays at each position" post, I had to log into the site on my laptop just to post my frustration about the mobile experience with this page. A couple of immediate pieces of feedback:

  • The entire UI for me - whether vertical or landscape would not optimize the videos. They dragged way "off the edge" and were non-responsive
  • The videos wouldn't close out. Meaning, if and when I would close a video window, it would re-open at least 1x or 2x (and - in some cases - displayed previous videos that I had already closed out)
  • The scrolling for a page this long was just a bad UX
  • When I would watch a video, and close the frame successfully, I was taken back to the top of the article (rather than being taken back to the same position I had been on the page...more scrolling)
  • Since I am on an iPhone X, each time I closed a video out, I would be re-prompted for my Face ID...kinda annoying
  • A few others but those were the main ones. I love this site, and I love the hard work you guys put into the content, but these types of posts (which are great on desktop) are truly brutal on a mobile device
07/02/2018 - 7:45pm I just don't know. I have…

I just don't know. I have made seemingly "educated" record predictions each year for the past ~15 years, and - welp - I've not been very successful.

This year is a total tossup to me. Is the team better? I certainly hope so! Is out schedule harder? Yep! Have we shown that we can win a meaningful game on the road? Nope.

Even with shedding the maize-colored glasses, this year's schedule is brutal. And - even more than the schedule - most of our "meaningful" games (aka. rivalries) occur on the road where UM has had virtually no success in recent memory. 

I just don't know. I'm excited for the season, and I think Week #1 will tell us a lot. A win at ND will create a great narrative to start the season; a loss will cause some SERIOUS heartburn among the fans, alums, etc.

My biggest concern is UM teams have not shown any sense of mental toughness the past several years. A loss at a hostile stadium on the road to an arch enemy will really challenge the mental fortitude of this team, and every prognosticator is going to question Harbaugh's coaching ability as a result. 

06/20/2018 - 12:54pm Ah...so they were just being…

Ah...so they were just being assholes. Got it.

06/15/2018 - 2:51pm The games have ben really…

The games have ben really good so far today. I can't imagine what will happen if Spain - after the controversy of firing their coach - if they lose this match to Portugal! I'd giggle.

Unrelated, I am LOVING the Adidas and Nike ads so far. Those must have been really fun to make.

06/15/2018 - 1:05am Kind of amazed so many…

Kind of amazed so many people are picking the over. While I want to believe 9 is a low bar, I think it’s accurate (or even high). The optics of beginning the season at ND are not good. Playing UW, MSU, and PSU in back-to-back-to- back weeks is rough. Ending the year at OSU sucks. Moreover, our road record has been brutal against teams with a pulse. That NW game scares me...IDK...maybe the past 15 years has got me down, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up. Admittedly, my fan hood for UM football had attained Costanza levels of shrinkage. Maybe that changes this year...

06/07/2018 - 6:20pm I’m so confused...where…

I’m so confused...where would this have even been posted to?! The Board was shut down to a Geo page for a day, and yesterday was spent “reacting” to the new design.

chill out buddy. The new site is only 24 hours old and you’re already being an asshole.

06/06/2018 - 8:41pm First, I love the overall…

First, I love the overall site redesign. Thank you so much for the time, energy, and effort you've invested to make this place an even better experience and forum for us! I greatly appreciate it!

For the sake of argument, I am going to assume you guys are in the initial phases of a more comprehensive rollout. As someone who does this for a living, I am sure you are working out a number of "kinks" at the moment, which makes a ton of sense.

I would be curious to hear / learn / know what you plan to do to improve the user experience for mobile. I admittedly logged into my desktop version of the site to post this message because the mobile "experience" is - honestly - pretty unpleasant. 

If the goal is to go with "mobile response," that's totally cool. You may want to check out sites like Reddit, however, which makes their mobile version of the desktop site pretty optimal to use. My humble $.02...and - again - thank you very much!

05/21/2018 - 11:51pm Ha! As a pretty new grad, I

Ha! As a pretty new grad, I accidentally hit “Reply All,” making a not-so-funny comment regarding the sender’s internal politics (read: corporate politics...not- ya know).... Needless to say, it did not go well!

Since then, I learned a very valuable lesson! Sadly - though - I reverted back to my “new-grad” days tonight. :-/

05/21/2018 - 11:29pm Crap...this was supposed to

Crap...this was supposed to be a response to WD

05/21/2018 - 11:28pm Nebraska has THREE

Nebraska has THREE championships in this time frame! We haven’t had three championships since my grandpa stormed Normandy.

I would gladly accept a few years of mediocrity - like Nebraska, USC, Auburn, etc. - to at least compete for years at a time. Granted, Nebraska’s championships were a while ago...but that’s legit and something to be very proud of...

03/29/2018 - 6:24pm I'll bite...


Major

I'll bite...

  • Major restrictions on training and solicitation of coaching
  • Comparably smaller playing season and fewer opportunities to practice
  • G-League and Europe has better overall competition than the NCAAs
  • Required to go to class, which is a "trade off" from your professional objectives
  • Not being paid - - - or not legally, anyway
  • This may not relate to the G-League, but - from an experience standpoint - the European league is in Europe. That's an amazing opportunity for a young athlete to get exposure to, particularly at such an impressionable age of life.

I don't really agree with many of your points, TBH...But - I imagine you probably don't agree with mine either. So, I suppose we agree to disagree.

 

03/29/2018 - 4:08pm I'm kind of surprised more

I'm kind of surprised more top-flight recruits don't do this (or go to Europe) instead of college. If you know your future is basketball, I struggle to see the benefit of college vs. the G-League or Europe. Seems like the cons of college for these caliber of players for outweigh whatever pros there may be.

03/29/2018 - 2:48pm Many of my immediate and

Many of my immediate and extended family members attended KU, and I have been fortunate to meet Coach Self a few times. He is genuinely a very cool guy to meet: super funny, can drink like a fish, and has a pretty charismatic personality. In Brown parlance, he's a dude.

Not because of Self, but I also hope we play Kansas. I think we matchup against KU much better than Nova. Fingers crossed we can escape the halo of Sister Jean...

03/27/2018 - 2:05pm Wow...What a cool quote. I

Wow...What a cool quote. I hadn't seen that before, and it speaks volumes of Beilein's mastery!

03/26/2018 - 1:15pm I don't really dabble in this

I don't really dabble in this area of financial management, but my guess is their endowment - like most funds - has restrictions. Very simply, their endowmnent is (probably) contractually structured to pay for [Program / Budget / General / etc.] over [XX] many years. Most funds like an endowment are not legally structured to cover a wholesale check, like $500M.

In fact, I could imagine the interest from their endowment - in addition to regular principal withdraws - is central to MSU's long-range financial stability. The university likely has 30 / 40 / 50 year bonds worth hundreds of millions that the endowment is helping to pay down. As such, in that respect, a $500M hit to their endowment's principle absolutely could "bankrupt" them depending on their loans' interest rates, etc.

I won't pretend to guess how their endownment is structured, but the idea that they may be able to write a $500M check from their endowmne to cover these lawsuits is terrifying. I don't live in Michigan, but I would be very concerned that - at some point - I may have to help pick up the tab for this. 

03/22/2018 - 2:43pm There are not enough

There are not enough downvotes on the board for you after this post.

There are THOUSANDS of UM alum in the Pacific Northwest area that are completely stoked to see the team up close in Seattle (plus the thousands of fans that would fly to Seattle for the game because the city is freaking amazing). Selfishly, I will / would be pissed if the UW series is cancelled.

03/14/2018 - 8:05pm Yeesh! Rough day at the

Yeesh! Rough day at the office, Mr. “Back”??

03/14/2018 - 12:40am Are you sure that’s Michigan?

Are you sure that’s Michigan? Looks like a Georgia State Panther instead...

03/13/2018 - 4:57pm Thanks for these posts!
I'll

Thanks for these posts!

I'll be the first to admit I know very little about hockey. It's not that I dislike the sport, but - aside from a few years at UM - I never really grew up or lived around the sport (nor do I today). Having said that, you put a lot of time, energy, and effort into these posts and - for the lay fan like me - they're fantastic to read.

Even if I don't post on the hockey threads often, please know there's a random fan of your work! Keep it up!

03/13/2018 - 2:14pm Cool...thanks! Totally makes

Cool...thanks! Totally makes sense...

03/13/2018 - 1:54pm Probably in a literal,

Probably in a literal, Marxist interpretation. In reality, any athlete that spoke up wanting said power would end up in a goulag in Siberia or a "re-education" camp outside Phnom Penh...

03/13/2018 - 1:25pm Sorry if I missed the /s (or

Sorry if I missed the /s (or #hardass) on this post, but how / why would he be able to pracitce without receiving NCAA approval?

03/09/2018 - 7:09pm I've been and remain an

I've been and remain an investor in the healthcare space for some time; and, I've worked with a number of concierge providers. Given the current state of our healthcare system, I think concierge practices offer many benefits, particularly for those who are willing to pay for it. Should it be available to everyone? Sure, why not? Is it, no...and - honestly - that's not really the battle I want to or intend to fight because - as many have noted - most health reforms simply "reposition the chairs on the Titanic."

Having said all that, one fantastic company for those in major urban areas is OneMedical. I am very close with the team at OneMedical and think they do a great job. Also, there's a Michigan connection: The CEO of OneMedical, Amir Dan Rubin, attended SPH for graduate school and remains a close advisor to the school (the school's top-ranked MHSA program). He's a great, great guy and a wonderful ambassador for the University.

03/09/2018 - 1:00pm Totally, totally fair point

Totally, totally fair point about 85 Nova. Although they were the lowest ranked seed to ever win, they also played Georgetown who was a conference foe. Granted, Georgetown had a few HOFs on that team and were basically in a dynasty run. But Nova had played them twice before in the season, losing both games by only a few points. So, I guess I consider 85 Nova 1B because of their familiarity with Georgetown; and, I think NC State is 1A playing Houston in 83 (against Phi Slamma Jamma!).

Either one is pretty deserving though...Thank you for including 85 Nova!

03/09/2018 - 12:38am Whoooooaaa...simmer down,

Whoooooaaa...simmer down, young pup. “Greatest underdog story of all time” is a bit of a stretch...it wouldn’t even be the greatest underdog [victory] of all time in college basketball. That honor rests with NC State. Other - more general - more general candidates include Miracle on Ice, Buster Douglass, 69 Mets, Leicester City, etc...congrats on the title run at Butler, but - uhhhhh - yeah...

03/08/2018 - 2:13pm Team A

Team A

03/08/2018 - 2:10pm I know this board loves to

I know this board loves to point ammo at ESPN for everything that's wrong in college sports (and sports, in general), and the majority of the time I just kinda laugh and think, "whatever, man." But I am genuinely curious about this one: In your mind, what role could ESPN possibly play in OU's acceptance to the tourney??? You think they are conspiring in some back-door discussions with Turner/CBS to admit Oklahoma?! Just because ESPN may "want" OU in - which, yeah, many fans do too because it'd be cool to see Young play on the big stage - it doesn't mean they have any influence over the decision. 

03/08/2018 - 1:23pm One additional thing that

One additional thing that (may) impact your analysis is I believe a non-profit cannot pay out revenue shares or dividends or the like. Meaning, for the NCAA to even consider the type of approach you outlined, they would need to convert themselves into a for-profit model and pay income taxes, which they don't do today.

Obviously, they may choose to eliminate much of their "community benefit" activities; however, I doubt they'd be able to shed the equivalent of their tax bill. Essentially, they would only be able to pay out less than the $3K you calculated...

(I could be wrong though about the ability of a non-profit to distribute funds in that way)

03/08/2018 - 11:39am Ugh...Revenue is not the same

Ugh...Revenue is not the same as profit. Before criticizing an organization for their "non-profit status," you may wanna check out their expense sheet. 

 

03/07/2018 - 10:47pm Wow...I’ve been accused of

Wow...I’ve been accused of many blind-optimism moments in my life. But - I gotta be honest - unless said “corner” you are referring to is a magical land of identity, talent, consistency, and an above average ability to execute “basics,” I am kind of at a loss. If “corner” means our offense is not above 100+ in team stats, then I guess I’m jazzed to round this corner in 2018...

03/05/2018 - 4:42pm Thank you for sharing this. I

Thank you for sharing this. I hadn't actually seen the in-conference RPIs and our respective rankings.

Out of curiosity, if those numbers are true, why are the overall RPIs and SOS rankings between the two teams so close then? Their OOC schedule was better than ours - floated heavily by both Duke and UNC - but two games doth not make an RPI / SOS score. I wonder what's driving that equity in our rankings? Maybe it's because we played a couple terrible teams? IDK...

03/05/2018 - 4:35pm I see what you are saying and

I see what you are saying and agree to a certain part. However, UM fans are quite literally everywhere. Obviously, there is a large concentration of fans in the Detroit area, but there are thousands in the SoCal area (and other regions of the country, as evidenced by our "home court advantage" at MSG this past weekend). Given the size of the host facilities for rounds 1 and 2, Michigan will not have any trouble selling their alottment of tickets nor picking up tickets on the secondary markets in the round of 32. 

That's truly one of the major benefits of the Michigan diploma...we exist in every major market in the country (and I've attended many alumni functions globally too); and, the alumni associations in these areas do a phenomenal job of bringing us all together when the team is remotely in the vicinity. Michigan Mafia for life!

Selfishly, because I'm in CA, I'd love to see them play in SD and LA. Tix from SF to both cities are super cheap, and AirBnBs along the beach are - well - amazing. Not only that, there are THOUSANDS of us out here that would love to support the team...

03/05/2018 - 1:33pm Ugh...why exactly do they

Ugh...why exactly do they lose credibility? It's as if people forget rankings and seedings reflect the performance of a team across an entire season - not a single weekend.

MSU is the lowest ranked P5, 4-loss team. We are the highest ranked 7-loss team. Our SOS and RPI is very similar to MSU as well. Our two recent losses, NW and Nebraska, were BAD losses for us! In contrast, MSU hadn't lost a game since January.

If we won the games against NW and Nebraska, only had 5-losses, and were still ranked behind MSU, then I think you'd have an argument. But we didn't.

Also - check out the teams around MSU and us as well...Save a few mid-majors, all the big names are losing. Duke, UNC, Kansas, etc. The only team that may have a case to make for jumping MSU this week is Gonzaga, and they've played NOBODY the past several months.

Again, be thankful that we are the highest ranked 7-loss team. Be thankful we find ourselves in the top 10 after hovering either top20 or unranked all year. The more you complain about MSU, the more you just look delusional.

03/05/2018 - 1:08pm What is there not to

What is there not to understand?! Geez...all this whining on the board about MSU makes us look worse than Sparty fans.

We are the highest ranked 7-loss team in the country with the chance of moving up after all the conference tourneys are completed. MSU has four losses, of which two are to UM. That's great...we still have three more losses than they do; and, although we have better wins, we also have worse losses.

You're upset the polls reflect an entire body of performance across the season as opposed to a single game. MSU hadn't lost a game since January until this past weekend. On the other hand, we lost to a BAD Northwestern team and got smoked on the road at Nebraska. That's on us - not on MSU.

We have the #13 SOS; MSU has #20. That's not some significant gulf or divide; that's reasonably close when there are more than 100 teams in college basketball. Our RPI is #13; their's is #15. Again, not a major gap between either school.

There's still a lot of basketball yet to play and - no doubt - all the current predictions are going to change. Rather than throw out "conspiracy," and "NCAA is a bunch of idiots," chill out. Rather than be so obsessed with MSU - who has been ranked in the top 10 the majority of the season - celebrate UM for cracking the top 10 after a season of hovering around the 20s or unranked!

 

03/04/2018 - 10:01pm That is f*cking epic! Love

That is f*cking epic! Love it!

03/03/2018 - 10:20pm I fully admit that I was a

I fully admit that I was a vocal critic of Coach B’s last year. I was frustrated with our whole program: recruiting, preparation, and performance. I wanted him gone, and I own that...

And I could not be happier to be wrong. I genuinely love Coach B. He is a wonderful representative of the university; he’s a true father figure to the players; and, he does things the right and ethical way. His late season surges more than help me forget early season clunker because - honestly- college basketball is about March - not November. And I know he’ll have us rolling by tourney time.

I would not want to play MICHIGAN in the tourney right now!!! We are gonna be scary.

03/03/2018 - 3:59pm Meh...they made up for it on

Meh...they made up for it on a no-call when Wagner clearly held on that last rebound.

03/02/2018 - 7:56pm I just don’t understand how

I just don’t understand how runoffs are fair. You’re essentially penalizing the offense for something that should honestly be the ref’s responsibility to manage. There are a number of circumstances where this would result in unintended consequences (see: Lions 2017).

Kickoffs - idk...seems like a dying part of the sport; however, it’s one of my faves. I can appreciate those plays are brutally dangerous but they can also be an electric charge for a team. I think they probably need to change somehow, and I don’t have a good solution. Instead I’ll just be that guy that complains about other people’s ideas without offering one of my own!

03/02/2018 - 4:24pm Am streaming on ESPN gamecast

Am streaming on ESPN gamecast and couldn't help but notice Nebraska is 20-23 from the line?!?! That's insane...In contrast, we are 4-6.

For those watching the game, is this because of shitty refereeing, the type of offense NE has, sloppy play from UM, or all of the above?!?!

03/01/2018 - 6:10pm I admittedly didn't have a

I admittedly didn't have a chance to see the game and could only watch on GameCast (not so silently) during a meeting.

I did notice there seemed to be lots of calls, but - at least from the team fouls - it looked like UM benefited more than Iowa(?). Of course these figures get skewed by the end of a game, but UM shot 32 free throws to Iowa's 18 and had 22 fouls to Iowa's 24.

I do NOT believe these stats tell the whole picture. Not all fouls are created equally (Trey got all ball)...So - for those that saw the game - was the frustration regarding the refs going both ways? Or did their calls come at pivitol points of the game, thus shutting down momentum? Etc...

02/28/2018 - 1:40pm Agree to disagree.
The

Agree to disagree.

The majority of his initial posts are quite reasonable and certainly do not qualify as a "troll job." I'm not saying he's making "data-driven pots" like some of the Buckeye and Nittany fans that post here occasionally, but his posts are - at minimum - qualitatively sound (like the above).

However, probably because of his username and image, a commenter on the Board will respond to him by insulting MSU, claiming "something, something, Little Brother," and basically spiraling the conversation unnecessarily.

THEN SpartyJon will react - like most of us would - and the thread implodes.

One of the cool elements of MGoBlog is the contribution of other teams' fans. I like reading their perspectives even if I don't agree all the time. Having said that, it'd be nice if the board would maintain a pleasant, inclusive environment for them to post, as opposed to basically denigrating them for their respective fanhoods (like RCMB).

02/22/2018 - 1:59pm Why did you feel the need to

Why did you feel the need to type this? You do realize that you're on a sports blog dedicated to the University of Michigan, right? Maybe some of us actually enjoy discussing the brackets; albeit, still in flux. It's not a big deal, dude. Otherwise I have to go back to work, which I don't want to do.

Chillax.

02/21/2018 - 12:31pm I have a few fun ones:


I

I have a few fun ones:

  1. I think it's ridiculous Moeller was fired for his "incident," That may be 2018-perspective shining through, but it was / remains pretty silly to me, and I think UM would be in a completely different place right now had he been retained
  2. I think Lloyd Carr should have been let go years before he "retired"
  3. I think the Michigan Man culture over the past 50 years has been far more toxic and destructive to the program than positive
  4. I thnk Hoke - not RR - is the worst hire in Michigan's football history
  5. I think Jim Harbaugh is incredibly overrated by UM fans, but I also believe he's the best coach for us right now (those don't have to be mutually exclusive)
02/20/2018 - 6:04pm One of the greatest

One of the greatest announcements of all time.

02/13/2018 - 12:23pm That's kinda funny. I used to

That's kinda funny. I used to watch SportsNation quite often, and Michelle Beadle would almost always bring that game up to Rose. She also would bring it up when she worked on NBA the Jump...Rose seemed to be pretty lighthearted about it and always seemed to laugh about it (and own it). But, I suppose he doesn't want some high school kid to rub it in his face!

02/12/2018 - 3:04pm Thank you for articulating a

Thank you for articulating a thoughtful and wonderful response. I appreciated your thoughts / opinions and think you are spot on in your assessment.

02/10/2018 - 9:22pm I gotta bite on this one. How

Wait...I gotta bite on this one. How exactly do we win 11 games?!

Or are you making the assumption that our opponents’ behavior remains constant, and the only variable of the game that changes is better QBing from Michigan? I don’t think that’s how these situations work...

02/10/2018 - 11:18am Honestly, I was not very

Honestly, I was not very familiar with Cardeiro until this election. I just re-read his bio and - damn - he is pretty much the representation of the American dream! What an amazing life and story he has. I’m not saying that necessarily qualifies him to be the President of US Soccer, but I do think he is more than just an empty suit. If elected, I’d be curious to see what he does especially since he doesn’t seem to “represent “ the previous regime as much as some of the other candidates.

02/10/2018 - 10:52am I am both nervous and excited

I am both nervous and excited to see who they select. I read Cameron’s interview yesterday, and it sounds like the culture of US Soccer is completely broken. For that reason, I’d be very happy if either Martino or Wynalda win because - like you said - they seem passionate about it. Hopefully their energy would create a positive vision for the future of this organization and sport in the States!