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07/13/2018 - 1:48pm Woot! Time to spend all…

Woot! Time to spend all those points!

07/12/2018 - 6:16pm Looking at his TE/WR tape, I…

Looking at his TE/WR tape, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play a bit on the offense, just because of the joie de vivre he shows in blocking. Anybody who relishes burying skinny HS kids that much would be hard for JH not to give a chance to bury someone. Besides, he is a Hutchinson.

06/29/2018 - 1:41pm My biggest complaint is my…

My biggest complaint is my dick and paycheck are too small and my ass is too big. Ribbon size is wayyy down the list.

06/07/2018 - 10:09am Not exactly the most elegant…

Not exactly the most elegant way of doing it. Seth, can we get a link from our ID at the top (Welcome [Username]) or a menu item for "profile"?

06/07/2018 - 8:44am I admit to not being the…

I admit to not being the most tech savvy, but I can't seem to find my main profile page. I can see my history, but not sure how to see or modify my profile.

06/07/2018 - 8:41am Baseball has always been as…


Baseball has always been as much gimmick as sport, imho

04/26/2018 - 1:15pm CAFE Standards

As I understand them, mileage standards apply to sales across the entire fleet. How are they going to meet those standards if 90% of sales are of trucks/SUVs? Make the trucks more efficient? Seems tough, particularly if a new administration/congress come in with higher standards. Maybe they plan to push electric/hybrid, but I'm not sure how soon they're ready for that, and GM is pushing hard into that segment.


04/26/2018 - 9:38am Good advice

Don't take it for granite.

04/02/2018 - 2:02pm Control the things you can control

Win or lose, sane fans will see this season as an amazing, unexpected success. Most on here will lose their minds, hopefully in a good way, but I'm not that worried about the threads--we're big kids. The issue I have is the Tweetters and Insta-texts and My Faces where 13 years old kids off their Ritalin will send idiotic texts. Those are viewed by potential recruits, and are annoying, but not much you can do about idiots other than wish them well, send out a bit of metta and block them.

03/27/2018 - 1:37pm GDPOS

2 monsters in one administration--hardly seems coincidental. Something truly disgusting in that culture that needs to be ripped out root and branch.

03/19/2018 - 11:59am As long as we're at it

I'm hoping that I will get a spare few minutes away from cleaning up bodily fluids from my job as Assistant Crack Whore and part-time sex slave in back alleys of Bangkok. Anyone know if there is a brothel or public square where I might happen to overhear talk among tourists discussing the outcome of the game?

03/09/2018 - 5:17pm ...

Thank goodness, just in time for Friday night.


03/06/2018 - 2:19pm Not a hill to die on

If I'm the Crew, I send in notice today of our intention to move. I would then offer the team for sale for more than any sane person would pay.

This is a terribly worded statute. No fair market value requirement, or even "on commercially reasonable terms" modifier. No statement that the team actually has to move out after 6 months. If I'm the DA, I'm not pursuing this based on that statute, but I don't get paid the big bucks like they do.

03/05/2018 - 9:03pm Hmmm

I'm a bit confused by the article--I think it misinterprets what the "experts" are saying, or they aren't explaining it well. The Commerce Clause has been interpreted broadly to permit the Federal government to pass laws involving commerce (which is everything). That doesn't mean that local governments can't also pass laws that have an impact on commerce (e.g., a state regulating insurance, credit cards, what cars can be sold, etc.). Here, yes, there are interstate implications, but this is involving the lease of land--hard to get more local.

Are there constitutional issues--absolutely (e.g., right to contract). But I think, ultimately, it's just not practical--too many ways to just pack up and leave.

Again--I'm hardly the expert here, though.

03/05/2018 - 8:56pm I'll take a stab back

I'm a healthcare regulatory attorney, so this may not be worth the 1s and 0s it's printed on, but that was my take too, though I can imagine a set of facts where the below market cost was clearly tied to public funding, e.g., the city offered $X, but the team requested a reduction in lease fees so that it wouldn't take an immediate tax hit.

The other thing to take into account is the government's power to self-regulate. As long as the law isn't ex post facto, the courts could give the city some latitude on how it interprets its own statutes.

My guess is that the team will just wait 6 months and then trust that no one local is willing to pay the price for the team knowing that the buyer would be buying a lawsuit.

02/23/2018 - 10:29am I take offense at all of this

I'm a proud member of D.A.M. (Mothers Against Dyslexia) 

02/22/2018 - 8:08pm I was told...

it's okay if the touching is religious.

02/21/2018 - 9:00pm MGoStore

We could put that on the back of a T-Shirt with Henry the Otter on the front.

02/21/2018 - 3:46pm Spitballilng it here

They may well prefer it if the defendants couldn't afford counsel or a long litigation process, but that would also mean that they could never collect on any remedy (can't afford an atty = can't afford to pay on the claim). This sort of suit, to me, sounds silly on the surface--unlikely to win, and more likely to make RR look bad than help in any way. So my guess is that you're right--the ultimate goal is to get them to withdraw their statements or, better yet, make them look bad so that the statements are given no weight.

RR has one big asset--connections with Ole Miss. That connection is threatened by the NCAA and its investigation. RR has no standing to get involved in the NCAA's actions, so limited options. My guess is that there's no actionable claim against the NCAA at this point (no final sanctions or showing of harm yet). RR can, however, point to harm from the recruits' statements. They have only one button to push, so they're pushing it. I have no inside information on any of this, so no idea if this strategy makes sense.

02/21/2018 - 3:35pm There are stronger arguments

Measurements of the Higgs Boson suggest strongly that the universe will collapse in a little over 2 billion years. Which, yeah, we'll all be dead anyway. But it also means the conservation of information (physics concept that all information is retained in some way, so nothing that happens is completely lost) will cease and, in a very real, practical and final sense, any impact any of us has ever had will cease. If your life feels meaningless, it is--just add time.

Or, to put it in Biblical language, all is vapor. Eat, drink and be merry while you can. If you are tempted to let 8-5 ruin your life, remember just how few seasons each of us has. 

02/21/2018 - 12:45pm Unfair

...Eunuchs would like a word.

02/21/2018 - 12:44pm Love

I love a family tree that goes straight up.

02/21/2018 - 12:42pm Business is the plaintiff

The business isn't pleading innocent because it isn't a defendant and this isn't a criminal case. The business is suing the recruits and mom. I think the argument is that the defendants were commiting libel or slander (depending on whether in writing or oral) because they lied about getting free shit, and they lied with an intent to hurt Rebel Rags. Of course, the truth is a complete defense, so RR has to argue that the statements were false. To support that, it says, "We have no knowledge of giving out free shit," which then forces the defendants to show that they did, in fact, get shit for free or else admit that they lied.


02/21/2018 - 12:04pm Follow the money

My guess is Rebel Rags has a contract with the U that pays the U a percentage of whatever Rebel Rags brings in that is university-related. (Which, btw, gives Rebel Rags an incentive to have the team be successful (higher sales for a team that doesn't suck), thus an incentive to give free stuff to 4- and 5-star recruits.) The U is going to fight to keep the affiliation because, otherwise, it has to terminate a lucrative contract.

If I read you correctly, the U isn't suing the individuals, so it probably doesn't have much stake in that litigation, though RR will likely try to use any leverage it has. The NCAA could just shrug and not care who RR wants to sue, other than it doesn't want its chief witnesses to be found to be unreliable.

Bottom line: NCAA will do its thing and cave like it always does. Not sure any of this has much to do with Patterson if Ole Miss isn't arguing that it didn't lie or withhold info from the recruits.

02/20/2018 - 6:52pm An excuse for drinking

in other words.

02/20/2018 - 3:00pm Well...

You wouldn't say that if they allowed tackling.

02/14/2018 - 4:51pm Thanks.

To be honest, I don't really track that stuff very much--I focus more on UM and what it's doing.

If you want to start a list, I'd look at the OTL report, start with the 2 reported gang rapes, 16 assaults, Dantonio picking up an athlete from jail on the way to a game, and scan the recent posts. There is probably some stuff in Ace's football preview where he discusses MSU's off-field issues the last couple years as well.

Good luck and godspeed.

02/14/2018 - 4:43pm Assuming cultural/personality fit...

I think he'd be a great hire. His first year at FL he was being compared to JH for a bit (until we thumped them and everything went South in FL). Assuming he can accept and thrive in a smaller role, and his personality/football philosophy blend well, he seems a sharp guy.

Besides, any guy that humps sharks has got to have a hell of an attitude.

02/14/2018 - 4:39pm MGoBlog

I enjoy the site and the energetic and informative posts from its contributors and commenters. I hope that my occasionalcomments add a perspective that is helpful, no matter how small a contribution. 

I am failing to see how your comments in this thread add anything other then a contentious attitude. They have not yet informed me of anything I didn't know or added a perspective other than trollilng. 

Please don't respond with, "See, anything that isn't totally 100% pro-UM gets negged to oblivion". I often upvote and appreciate the insights of pessimists or those with a different view, so long as they add information or a new perspective. You have failed to do so.

Please either up your game or sit out for a bit.



02/13/2018 - 6:53pm MSU is staying in the news, one way or another

Any story on Nassar is likely going to be tied in some way to MSU, and it keeps attention on the university. As far as Izzo and Dantonio, it may have died down some, but this is far from over. Even if the NCAA does its usual job, and either ignores the FB and MBB teams or finds no issues, any report released will bring it back in the news with related outcries. If I'm a recruit's parent, and I know that there is a history of sexual assault by athletes under a coach's watch, do you think I'm not taking that into account? This will have long-term damage.

02/13/2018 - 6:16pm Not on my feeds...

Just saw this pop up.

And I wouldn't be surprised if there is more noise with the Summer Olympics. 

To say this is already dead is an overstatement from what I can see. Plenty of anger out there.

02/13/2018 - 4:40pm Tone deaf

I don't give a shit how inconvenient all the investigations and FOIA requests are. You know what's REALLY inconvenient? Being raped as a child.

The wisest approach here would be to say, "We are throwing open the doors and being as transparent as the law will allow. We will not stop investigating until we have uncovered every bad actor, every person who covered up the truth, and every person who significantly contributed to a culture of molestation, harrasment and assault, no matter how highly placed or beloved. This is the price we must pay for the actions of those we employed, and we accept that price."

02/13/2018 - 4:33pm So

You're not familiar with academic bureacracy?

02/07/2018 - 8:47pm Sorry

I always just find I. M. Sopoor.


02/07/2018 - 10:18am Straw man?

02/01/2018 - 3:26pm Wow

Sending a hug. That definitely sounds disturbing.

02/01/2018 - 1:01pm Your conception

I have a copy if you want to see it.

01/29/2018 - 9:19am OP:

I follow Brenda Tracy on Twitter and she does amazing work advocating against rape and domestic abuse, particularly involving university athletes.

To my knowledge, however, she is not a lobbyist. She is an advocate, i.e., she isn't paid to influence legislation. Probably best to edit the OP.


01/27/2018 - 9:08am Head hunting

I like the idea of docking pay while suspended. They should try that in the SEC as well.

Going with NE but less confident about it than my brain would suggest. 

01/26/2018 - 11:15am No direct information on this case

This sort of crime, by its nature, often leads the victims to not talk about it to anyone--particularly parents. Those who reported the abuses to the school were incredibly brave. For MSU personnel to ignore these reports is disgusting and reprehensible and, depending on their culpability, perhaps criminal.

01/24/2018 - 1:02pm I believe there are studies

...but statistics on that sort of thing are always difficult to substantiate with significant reporting issues. I know that it's a very real concern. When I was a volunteer in prison, we were required to undergo training on sexual assault and sexual relations between inmates and staff. 

As much as I understand the anger at Nassar, and agree that his crimes are heinous, I don't think it says much of us as a society that we root for individuals (even evil ones) to be assaulted or subject to punishment beyond what the law metes out. The effect is not only to harm the criminal but also our society.

01/18/2018 - 2:42pm Turns out...

The OC was in each of us the whole time.

01/18/2018 - 9:38am 100%

I think you're completely right--has nothing to do with heterosexual vs. homosexual. It's about two men who are aroused by doing violence to children. 

And I think that the level of outrage comes from how we view men vs. women. Our culture has made it okay to objectify women (you can argue it's changing, but slowly at best). You can find plenty of advertising and images in daily life that sexualize young women. Hell--the average age when female models begin is likely between 13 and 15, and most of the advertising spreads with young, alluring women have minors who are made up to look like adults (thus making it "okay" to sexualize them). On the other hand, find me a "sexy" model spread of a 14 or 15 year old boy.

We are taught that men are not to be objectified and are to have agency over their own bodies. There is no history of all men (white men included) being considered chattle property in this country as women were. So when we see men and boys being abused, there's greater outrage.



01/17/2018 - 5:12pm A note if it isn't obvious

The client enjoys the protection of attorney-client privilege. The client can waive that privilege. In other words, MSU can release any report or documents it wants to, and refusing to release could be interpreted as MSU believing that any report or information MSU provided its attorneys could be detrimental to the school.

I'm not saying that MSU would be wise to waive the privilege, but attorney-client privilege isn't some magical thing that prohibits MSU from releasing any documents.

01/17/2018 - 4:32pm Or a bit of history

01/17/2018 - 9:57am /s?


01/16/2018 - 4:38pm "Welcome to your new Drupal site"

or, "Changing the tide on the rivalry since 2011".

01/10/2018 - 4:31pm Not insidery or anything but...

I receive announcements for Netflix releases generally a day or two before they drop. I wouldn't assume that it won't be in January. I could also see them holding onto it until right after the SB when there's an appetite for football but not much to watch

01/10/2018 - 4:25pm Maybe plausible

I haven't looked at star ratings vs. success for OL, but my sense is that OL take longer to develop and success is harder to predict for OL than some other positions. We've certainly seen our share of low-rated OL turn out serviceable and better and some 5 stars have middling success. We've also barely missed out on bringing in some major talent. Not to mention the failure to bring in enough bodies on the line in JH's first recruiting class.

My guess is that it's a mix of recruiting misses, bad luck (e.g., injury), lack of development (perhaps Drevno was too distracted being OC along with handling OL?) and too much of a mixed bag of power vs. zone blocking. I can't believe that the brain trust that created Stanford's OL can't develop players here, however.


01/09/2018 - 7:17pm More than one answer

One can make a strong argument, and OP has made it before, that the key is to run a relatively simple offense and through repetition become unstoppable. I think an equally good argument can be made, however, that if an offense runs the same handful of plays repeatedly, a solid defense will eventually figure it out and stop it. I think the game last night showed this, and I don't think any team could, for example, sucessfully run a limited number of plays against a Don Brown-coached defense and have sustained luck. On the other hand, an overly complex offense, particularly with younger players, will have major problems (and we may have seen that this year).

I think, however, that there is a way to leverage this and avoid the either/or here.

1) Have a relatively few number of types of plays, but disguise them with various formations and wrinkles. So there may seem to be (to pull a random number) 50 available plays, but in reality it could be 10 plays run out of 5 different formations each. Any one player only needs to learn 10 and then execute the same job but in different places on the field or in different combinations.

2) Have a system that is relatively rare (e.g., triple-option; wishbone) so that other teams have less time and ability to download all that the team does (see, Service Academies).

To my rudimentary understanding, I believe that JH has done both 1) and 2) (given how much the spread has overtaken CFB), and is trying to leverage the relative complexity. In addition, I think he has tried to start with a limited playbook when the offense is relatively young, or new to his system, but broadened it for certain players as they mature and learn it more fully.