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01/19/2019 - 10:50am I dooooo!

I dooooo!

01/18/2019 - 9:32am No. For now - with every P5…

No. For now - with every P5 team having palatial facilities and a multimillionaire HC - this a $1.5MM+ coordinators seem to be the only remaining arms races.

01/18/2019 - 9:30am Behemoth*

*(May or may not…


*(May or may not be real name)

01/12/2019 - 6:16pm Rut

- in furtherance of…


- in furtherance of their perpetual state.

01/10/2019 - 7:39pm Sorry Pep!


Sorry Pep!

01/06/2019 - 3:11am Really off the beaten path…

Really off the beaten path here, but I came up with this reflexively:

Mo Hurst

The best DT of his era - nationwide. Always seemed like one of the good ones, personality wise. His good-hearted belly rubs may have sold my wife on Michigan football more than any other player or characteristic. And my heart naturally goes out to him for NFL GM's draft foolishness. So glad he's making them all look like doofuses.

12/31/2018 - 8:51am In this analogy, I think…

In this analogy, I think that "10 wins" is the hot chick. The last two losses are the AIDS. 

12/30/2018 - 1:15pm Severely underrated comment 

Severely underrated comment 

12/29/2018 - 6:32pm The attitude of "whatever"…

The attitude of "whatever" is fully defensible. But it's false to say the option is *either* that "or freak out and complain." I laid out a third possibility (to leap down the rabbit hole and hyperintellectualize everything), and of course fourth and seventeenth options also exist.

Just my cheap interpretation but, here, you seem hung up on a narrow definition of good living. There's nothing incompatible with good living and neatly dissecting a terrible football game. For most if not all posters, football-watching is our intense-favorite of lazy hobbies. I challenge that we can tear into this one and still have well proportioned lives, no matter how little football means on cosmic scales.

Isn't all of that quite obvious and maybe even beside the point of this thread - which is to recruit Brian to dispassionately break it all down?


12/19/2018 - 7:23pm Posting from Utah(!): yours…

Posting from Utah(!): yours reminds me of Navajo.

12/12/2018 - 10:32am My thought exactly. Has he…

My thought exactly. Has he interviewed at Temple, how could we not know, and has he been recruiting or part of a recent press function?

12/11/2018 - 7:40pm Well he did specify "good…

Well he did specify "good schools."

12/07/2018 - 1:01am Google Maps may prove me…

Google Maps may prove me wrong, but I bet this is closer to Angell Hall (arguably the heart of LSA) than, say, Markley. I might take the same bet for Couzens, even.

12/06/2018 - 3:17pm Huuuuuuge fan!!! And…

Huuuuuuge fan!!! And devastated by the suddenly poor TV coverage. Almost as bad, I didn't even notice how spoiled we were in the previous period where most games were on TV (and I'm speaking as a guy who'd been in PA and IN from 2008 to present).

Anyway, as a 2006 alumnus, I was present for a lot of great seasons. I was also there through a solid swath of lean basketball years. Always had season hockey tickets, never even attended a single basketball game. But before you reflexively hate me for that, think about the time:

one of those years (I can't remember which), the student hockey section was ~2,000 large and the student basketball section was ~200. Hockey was an enormous aspect of the social consciousness on campus and will therefore always be big for me.

12/06/2018 - 1:23pm Educated guess:


Educated guess:

Improved ratio of surface area to volume. Would improve gas diffusion and nutrient access.

Not my field but I am an MD/PhD biochemist. It doesn't feel like a surprising finding at all. The surprise is our slowness of realizing it.

12/03/2018 - 11:42am And never another "Whatever"…

And never another "Whatever" game recap, though this latter kind of "Whatever" is infinitely better than the former.

12/03/2018 - 10:07am My fucking eyes, that hoodie.

My fucking eyes, that hoodie.

12/03/2018 - 10:03am I'd pay if it meant access…

I'd pay if it meant access to all the content Brian doesn't write when we lose and he's forlorn.

That's the only substantive thing this space is lacking for me. Shared catharsis in bad times. Seeing the author vent (long[!] form prose) through it and, with no shortage of nuance, dive into why it happened.

Not fixing this problem (or letting me subsidize a fix) is the only thing hurting my long term view of the blog. It's just one detractor, but it's a Heavyweight.

12/02/2018 - 5:46pm The UNC, Purdue, Illinois,…

The UNC, Purdue, Illinois, and UCLA fans I know consider theirs to be football schools. They prefer basketball for its success but would rather succeed in football.

I did leave out Arizona as a bball school, though. I don't know those people but it does feel like a good guess.

Nevertheless, "P5 bball school" remains an exclusive group. 5 or so schools. Maybe as many as 7, max.

12/02/2018 - 5:41pm I suppose I could afford a…

I suppose I could afford a different clarification now. Is the Sears Directors Cup purely a measure of Div I-A or does it consider both Div I-A and I-AA?

ApSU recently moved from FCS to FBS and therefore from I-AA to I-A. I've been lazily typing Div. I but intended I-A.

This may have been a misunderstanding but should help you make more sense of what I wrote.

12/02/2018 - 3:07pm My understanding is that…

My understanding is that there are a couple assumption here that are considered realistic/probable: 

a) the Fiesta will take LSU with its initial pick

b) the Peach will not want UCF two years in a row

Honestly, (a) surprises me more than (b).

12/02/2018 - 2:42pm It's a misplaced question,…

It's a misplaced question, though, right? Because "banner hanging" at Michigan Stadium isn't even a thing. We bolt numerals to brick tto represent the years of conference and national championships, but that's it. I doubt even future CCG appearances will produce a banner (or such bolted numerals).

Having said that, I think this accomplishment is meat (albeit lean) for the fans. It at least kills the stupidest hot take of the last few years**.

**(since tying for first defeats "not finishing higher than third in the division," which was always a meaningless metric since 2016 when one literal inch kept Michigan from a Big Ten championship and CFP appearance and dropped Michigan all the way down to a "lowly" #5 nationally).

12/02/2018 - 1:10pm I expect he's arguing that…

I expect he's arguing that if OOC records can't hurt a conference champion's CFP resumé, they'll surely resume tougher scheduling practices.

I think that's tenuous as a cause-effect relationship, but at least it would remove a *disincentive* for scheduling tough in the OOC.

12/02/2018 - 1:05pm TL;DR - not in sports…

TL;DR - not in sports accomplishment but in sports social awareness, Princeton feels closer to Slippery Rock or ... Brynn Mawr than Harvard.


I respect the Ivy, but they rarely occupy my headspace. So I won't punish myself for thinking "Oh obviously Harvard is in our division but probably not Princeton." Again, to be clear, this is not a comment on Princeton's NCAA achievements but is exclusively a comment on how (very) low my awareness is of Princeton athletics. For example, the last few additions to Div. I (ick: ApSU, for example) sit more prominently in my mind as "obviously Div. I" than Princeton.

12/02/2018 - 12:10pm I was somehow ignorant of…

I was somehow ignorant of Princeton being a Div. I school. They are an Ivy school so this mistake was silly, but it also underscores how far removed Princeton is from the public consciousness (far more than Harvard, Yale, maybe even ... Cornell).

12/02/2018 - 1:32am Don't ask. Just take the…

Don't ask. Just take the initiative.

12/01/2018 - 6:21pm There are almost zero…

There are almost zero basketball schools in the P5. Perhaps only Duke, Kansas, UK and Indiana. Even terrible football schools with better basketball teams regard themselves as football schools. Because that's the nation's sport/identity.

12/01/2018 - 6:06pm I think the team deserves…

I think the team deserves its crowds and the crowd deserves its team. Really, as they've been thus far, they're both highest level.

Because his quote lacked that symmetry, I found what Dakich said to be accidentally insulting to the crowd. Forgivable. Not a big deal. Nevertheless, not the right way to put it.

12/01/2018 - 1:25pm I prefer for McElwain to…

I prefer for McElwain to stay but only if that does NOT include promotion. He did yeoman's work as WR coach with DPJ and Collins this year. And Oliver and Black (probably) too, though that isn't as obvious for various reasons.

Roy Roundtree could be an excellent JMc replacement, but he's young and less proven. If he's the long term plan, another year as protege would be comforting. 

12/01/2018 - 9:55am Your ideas are very nice and…

Your ideas are very nice and better than mine. 

12/01/2018 - 9:41am It's not inappropriate…

It's not inappropriate because we're immature. It's inappropriate because you are testing the limits of social convention. What you wrote is probably fine, but yes the language is also unconventional and uncomfortable.

12/01/2018 - 12:42am Honestly, until Michigan…

Honestly, until Michigan overcomes OSU across another period like the late-80s through 2000, I'm all for Bama going undefeated (versus however many year/years/decades that takes).

This way we neither have to be singly pained by another newcomer (like FSU or Clemson) rocketing past us, nor do we have to be doubly pained (in the moment and then in zero sum recruiting) by OSU securing the next future NC before us.

Bama is boring for everyone in a way that is neutral (and therefore net positive) for Michigan.

11/29/2018 - 8:21pm Barstool is kind of shitty…

Barstool is kind of shitty and embarrassing - in Portnoy's comportment, sure, but also in quality.

11/29/2018 - 7:56pm Oh how I just died

Oh how I just died

11/26/2018 - 6:12am You want positive sports…

You want positive sports news injected into your penis? Or are you just misusing the "main vein" colloquialism?

11/25/2018 - 3:09pm Injured versus IU and went…

Injured versus IU and went to the locker room after leaving the game and also falling to his knees in pain on the sideline. Given that his original issue was a knee, the heuristics could be bad. Fingers crossed it's not. And good vibes and hope to him. He's very important to Michigan next year.

11/25/2018 - 1:10pm My theory is that, when…

My theory is that, when Harbaugh arrived, we passed (and did so creatively) out of necessity despite that not being the long term plan, and eventually the coaches picked to favor the long term plan. 

Of course, we all prefer the old plan. Because it seemed more well suited to punching above one's weight class. And that (not in the Heavyweight class) is our program's current status. 

11/25/2018 - 12:04am Sure. That's easy to agree…

Sure. That's easy to agree with. But so is the idea that homefield advantage and "nice place to go" tend to be inversely correlated. I appreciated your story and am glad you told it, but if that approximates the best case scenario, I won't attend that away game any one soon.

Many opponents disparage Michigan Stadium for the wine and cheese crowd and simmered tone, while conveniently excluding its upsides: (1) as well attended as any, (2) as well informed as any, (3) as a single deck, it's as architecturally pleasing as any, and most especially (4) as family friendly as any.

Rowdy is fine. I don't mean to disparage that or its competitive advantage either. But I'll never eagerly choose unfriendly surroundings.

11/24/2018 - 8:16pm Your standards for what is…

Your standards for what is harassment or friendly may have been lowered by being an M fan living in Columbus. Your story isn't the nastiest thing I've ever heard. It also doesn't sound like "a good place to go," but from your tone, I think we'd disagree on that.

11/23/2018 - 11:14pm The only thing that isn't…

The only thing that isn't infuriating to my senses about this football game is watching happy kids celebrate so many touchdowns. But seriously, this is essentially an auto-7 points per drive, assuming one can avoid a turnover. Sportswise, Big XII football really must be the most inane thing that 10+ million americans could ever LOVE.

11/19/2018 - 7:04pm A transition was noticeable…

A transition was noticeable in the 2000s. I remember early disappointment that the popular chunk was the doubly capitalized "The Game" instead of "Game" or "the Game" versions.

11/13/2018 - 4:20pm I think for Michigan to …

I think for Michigan to *realistically* win the M-ND comparison, the committee will need to think that Michigan is on a higher *level* than ND, not only above but by a significant margin, therefore preventing them from even needing to make those four comparisons (including H2H).

And to make that realistic, ND has to lose. Likely to Syracuse.

11/11/2018 - 6:15pm He behaves poorly with…

He misbehaves with [just ... stupid] consistency.

[Edited because preposterous is a great adjective, guy 🙃]

11/10/2018 - 8:32pm I feel like wikipedia came…

I feel like wikipedia came to me.

11/09/2018 - 10:53pm The BTN isn't helping you.

The BTN isn't helping you.

11/09/2018 - 8:44pm Underrated(!) comment.

Underrated(!) comment.

11/07/2018 - 2:55pm We often talk about how lazy…

We often talk about how lazy the AP and Coaches are to have a string of undefeated teams followed by a a string of 1-lossers, and then 2-lossers. And that pattern is typically *only* broken by Go5 squads like UCF.

With that in mind, let's not revolt at the first sight of a mindful ranking just because it's mindful in a direction that's against us or our hunches.

LSU may well belong in the Top 8/10. And huffing over it seems to convenient and rife with cognitive dissonance to me. Just chill.

11/05/2018 - 8:58pm That's a stretch. Minnesota…

That's a stretch. Minnesota and Illinois belong to the same tier, and it's only barely separate from rutger. Northwestern is not a mathematical lock, but they are a spiritual one.

11/05/2018 - 9:56am Obviously I want it all, but…

Obviously I want it all, but a Big Ten championship has even more value to me than a CFP bid. It is silly to not want that CCG bid to be guaranteed in advance. No matter its record, there are scarce annoying hot takes this offseason if Michigan wins the Big Ten**. They may even go extinct.

**("Oh yeah, Harbaugh can with the Big Ten, but he's never been to the CFP" is a terrible take. If that's how the season plays out, I welcome that take gleefully ... and the unfathomably sad Spartan or Buckeye to utter it)

10/31/2018 - 1:00pm It isn't that Paterno was a…

It isn't that Paterno was a wicked person, he just made human mistakes in many of the most high impact moments of his life. These were terrible mistakes. And they compounded. In the end, I'm sure he felt a sense that he had trapped himself in lies.

Which is something I believe a different environment would facilitate differently.