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09/21/2018 - 7:49pm Not only was ND never…

Not only was ND never punished for its culpability in that scissor-lift/film guy's death, but Brian Kelly even kept his job.

Durkin is on shaky ground, but this will go no further (and maaay not even lead to his firing). 

09/21/2018 - 3:38pm It depends on how…

It depends on how permanently you define rival. They are certainly under our skin of late but they are not a permanent fixture.

Separately, I'll take this opportunity to note that even the permanent fixtures (OSU, Minnesota, MSU, ND) can shuffle over time.

I graduated in 2006. In that era, the rivalries clearly ranked like this for many (most?) fans:

OSU > ND >> MSU >> Minnesota

Now it's more like:

OSU/MSU >> ND >>> ... >>> Minnesota

09/18/2018 - 3:53pm No doubt. The more modern…

No doubt. The more modern equivalent would be hGH, though without a booster to supply or support it, I doubt any players can afford the mutli-tens of thousands it would annually cost to maintain its administration.

09/18/2018 - 3:43pm I have a friend who grew up…

I have a friend who grew up in Ann Arbor in a Michigan family close to the football program who believes he's heard enough to "guarantee" to 20-40% of every scholarship roster should technically be ineligible for banned substances. He says it used to be institutional (forced "food" (?), I'm not sure, but university-santioned) but now is driven by individual players scared to get behind -- and perhaps that is less safe.

I'm skeptical, but my skepticism is mostly based on hopes, dreams, and the observation that there are precious few annual PED suspensions in NCAAF. But when confronted with the same observation, this friend strongly contends that the explanation is in enforcement/testing being famously lax, rather than in PEDing because proportionally low.

Lame if true.

09/16/2018 - 2:23pm Sounds exactly correct to me.

Sounds as correct to me as can be reasonably expected.

09/14/2018 - 12:40pm This isn't the story to…

This isn't the story to cherry pick. May it be a sign of underlying impropriety? Yeah, that's not impossible. But a guy got a second chance before getting his noise violation? The scale of badness here is so small. I don't care.

09/14/2018 - 11:01am I usually use a television…

I usually use a television. It provides audio and visual, which I have come to prioritize. Very little smell of hot dogs or sense of wind and stadium vibration, but it's fine. I actually don't need those to follow the game.

09/05/2018 - 9:20pm You win.

You win.

09/03/2018 - 2:35pm No. This is his job. He of…

No. Showing up to punch the clock is not "impressive." This is his job. He of course can sell mgoblog, divest or retire into something else, but ceasing to put out content that is equal as ever in wit/labor because "Whatever"(TM) is inconsistent with the career he chose and counter to his interest that this blog succeeds, if not in perpetuity, at least plural years further.

09/03/2018 - 12:59pm I absolutely expect that…

I absolutely expect that Hudson, Stueber and Mayfield are worse.

HOWEVER, unlike Runyan and JBB who after all these years are finally close to their Michigan ceilings, I expect that Hudson, Stueber, and Mayfield are very far from their Michigan ceilings and that their improvement, whether or not it happens, is our best path versus MSU/PSU/OSU.

09/03/2018 - 10:30am 2016 PSU is the best…

2016 PSU is the best comparison. It might be the only example with an atrocious OL all season. Granted, they had Joe Moorehead ... and we don't.

09/02/2018 - 12:28pm Of course ... we don't have…

Of course ... we don't have Joe Moorehead.

09/02/2018 - 12:27pm Joe Moorehead won a BTCG…

Joe Moorehead won a BTCG doing exactly that.

09/01/2018 - 8:57pm I'm not arguing that he's…

I'm not arguing that he's racking up big wins, but you did exclude his most impressive win so far (2016 - Wisconsin).

09/01/2018 - 8:26pm Am I missing Solomon…

Am I missing Solomon/Dwumfour. Seeing only(?) Mone/Marshall.

08/29/2018 - 10:38am I didn't know (or had…

I didn't know (or had forgotten) that Wilton Speight had a younger brother on the team.

08/29/2018 - 10:33am Rashan Gary was an automatic…

Rashan Gary was an automatic bet to be on that list.

08/28/2018 - 7:20pm I tend to be highly…

I tend to be highly resistent to ideas about uniform changes. When these were first rumored before 2015, I expected to hate them. But, actually, I somehow came to prefer them to the standard aways with yellow pants. Of course, there were externalities: Jumpman had finally gotten the color correctly, for example. And the coaching hire led to some druggishly enjoyable hype extending in all directions. But still, the construction and design (pants striping) was flawless. I'd happily take them back.

I could really do without the helmet stickers, however.

08/26/2018 - 2:54pm That's right. Increments the…

That's right. Increments the odds that they are focused on soft tissue. Not that soft tissue injuries can't be equally lame impediments.

08/26/2018 - 1:08pm I mean yeah she had some…

I mean yeah she had some shrill moments when Michigan was the subject. But she also loudly stood opposed to MSU during recent scandals. And, ya know, she's a person. So although it isn't "max poor form" this thread is still in poor form.

08/25/2018 - 10:37pm The best explanations I see:…

The best explanations I see: 

-He just pays for insider subscriptions

and/or

-He flatly guesses (is right for the wrong reasons and not to be followed no matter the "streak" you think you notice)

08/25/2018 - 10:29pm I routinely disagreed with…

I routinely disagreed with him, but he was one of the few strangers I genuinely loved. So decent and principled. And a great role model for the concept that everything worth accomplishing can be found uphill.

08/25/2018 - 10:11pm This. Consumers have so much…

This. Consumers have so much more power than they utilize.

08/25/2018 - 1:04pm Ha, dammit Desmond

Ha, dammit Desmond

08/25/2018 - 12:44pm Maybe it's just iPhone…

Maybe it's just iPhone formatting:

what, only 1,612 touchdowns? He couldn't hit 1,613?

08/25/2018 - 5:10am I do expect him to retire…

I do expect him to retire sooner now. And could see the odds that he returns after 2018 being roughly 50-50. He didn't take negativity well at UF, either.

And my guess on Wednesday was that at least one aspect of the committee meeting's lennnnngthy deliberations had to do with Meyer threatening to quit that day and having to be talked off the edge while also needing to be prepared for a suspension.

08/23/2018 - 7:31pm Google didn't easily find…

Google didn't easily find that anecdote. Can you please confirm/chase it?

08/23/2018 - 3:51pm Why is it an NCAA violation?…

Why is it an NCAA violation? I think these are the questions to answer:

Is it because that was an inducement of a HS coach while recruiting? If so, when does - for example - a restaurant meal or strip club experience qualify as an inducement? And if the answer is always, was this $600 tab just for Zach or for the whole table?

Even if you get to question #3 and predict it was for the whole table, I seriously doubt the NCAA (even if it were trying its hardest with the power it has) will ever find that evidence.

08/22/2018 - 11:41pm Well, even more suprising…

Well, even more suprising than that, this means that the background check wasn't even so basic as to include

"Ask Urban if he knows anything bad about this guy who worked for him"

as a box to check.

08/22/2018 - 5:55pm Unless the president resigns…

Unless the president resigns because he feels his authority was subverted by sports. In which case the academic reputation of OSU loses...irrevocably(?).

08/22/2018 - 2:40pm Hmm. I'd be surprised why…

Hmm. I'd be surprised why she'd show if (1) there weren't an upcoming presser and (2) that presser weren't to fall in Urban's favor.

08/22/2018 - 2:16pm Honestly, this is more…

Honestly, this is more interesting than an insta-answer. Sounds like real debate is ongoing.

08/14/2018 - 8:48pm Yeah, um...since I don't…

Yeah, um...since I don't need these guys to prove anything to me (I'm subverting the "if they leave, that means they did incredible things in 2018" people), I'm definitely not wanting any of them to go early. 

Top talents returning for senior years is a Michigan tradition. 

/grumpiness

On the other hand, it is an excellent sign that we have so many desirable underclassmen in Schembechler Hall right now.

08/14/2018 - 4:56pm In the BTN episode, I…

In the BTN episode, I believe every simulated snap was from shotgun. I don't believe it's been discussed but it seemed worthy of attention to me.

08/11/2018 - 7:24pm Damn - Diploma already came…

Damn - Diploma already came up. Otherwise, I have a signed John Navarre card and John U Bacon's hancock on a foam wolverine cap. No, I realize I am a disappointing collector. I did *really* appreciate Navarre, though!

08/06/2018 - 6:04pm Does the double-session on…

Does the double-session on Monday mean they are visiting PSU on Sat/Sun and Michigan Monday? 

I'm obviously doubting they'd do both visits on one day and am trying to identify the day to check for BTN twitter insights.

08/06/2018 - 5:06pm He's by far their most…

He's by far their most talented corner. This is a big loss for any games, but I don't think I expect them to lose to Arizona State, IU, or Northwestern. Two of those are away games, though (@ASU, @IU). Still, I think they'll come out unscathed. The bigger concern is whether 2 months is enough recovery time to return at or above his playing level from 2017.

08/03/2018 - 10:13am Even if fully true:

Super…

Even if fully true:

Super rich family gives large chunk to university in exchange for a one-hundredth-sized benefit.

That's neither illegal nor unexpected.

I just don't care. 

08/01/2018 - 8:02pm My first guess didn't show…

My first guess didn't show up on the 1st page:

Dabo

07/30/2018 - 8:41pm Maybe he's 110% more…

Maybe he's 110% more committed today than he was yesterday when he was 47.62% committed.

/checksmath

/yes

07/30/2018 - 1:35pm Praise the football heavens,…

Praise the football heavens, we have actual content.

Thanks OP(!), and especially those of you summarized Warriner's interview!

07/27/2018 - 9:58am Woof - that's a bad opinion.

Woof - that's a bad opinion.

07/24/2018 - 9:22pm I wish he had offended us…

I wish he had offended us...better. Imitation is sincere flattery.

07/24/2018 - 12:08pm After last season, I'm no…

After last season, I'm no longer feeling the bliss of his first two years. But I'm still strongly in the happy camp. And, looking back on 2015 and 2016, I still believe my CFB bliss made good sense.

I suppose that means I believe he's clearly the best man for the job and am optimistic about the next decade.

2018 is tricky. I think this could certainly be the nation's best defense and that the offense (with Shea, a new OL coach, and a super WR class becoming sophomores) could rise to the level of average. Which would be enough for a Top 1/2 finish in the conference. (...) Or it could sputter into 9-3/10-2 because the schedule is among the top few in difficulty nationally.

07/19/2018 - 12:00pm Ha, just bring cornhole and…

Ha, just bring cornhole and your fair share of Two-Hearted and your welcome will be enthusiastic.

07/19/2018 - 11:30am Oh! And thanks guys(!), for…

Oh! And thanks guys(!), for the multi-user assist.

07/19/2018 - 11:29am Update:

After viewing their…

Update:

After viewing their website and believing that Fingerle had zero remaining RV availability for Penn State, I contacted them and learned they had one final spot with a 30A hook-up. So in a moment of frenetic indulgence, I grabbed it. The priciness is approximately double of the spots available elsewhere without the 30A hook-up, but whatever, WE HAVE A SPOT!

And who knows, maybe that 30A dealie will prove more valuable than I realize.

07/19/2018 - 1:37am Is it true that the Pioneer…

Is it true that the Pioneer lot is an alcohol free zone? Not enforceable, right?

07/19/2018 - 1:04am That would have been perfect…

That would have been perfect! Two nights is exactly what I want, and that location is great.

Alas, they sold out early. Drats.

07/18/2018 - 11:35pm (Overnight)

(Overnight)