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06/06/2018 - 12:01pm Not even a mention of Gruden?

Not even a mention of Gruden?

10/23/2017 - 10:56am Holding by teams against OSU
Only looking at O-line holding and not counting special teams holding, here is how many holding penalties each team got against OSU (based on the ESPN play-by-play data - it is possible I missed one or two).
Nebraska: 2
Maryland: 0
Rutgers: 0
UNLV: 1 (which was declined)
Army: 1
Oklahoma: 0
Indiana: 0
Total: 4
For comparison, here are the numbers for Minnesota:
Buffalo: 1 (hilarious side note - Minnesota had 3 holding calls against them in this game, and they were all on a single drive)
Oregon State: 1
Middle Tennessee: 2
Maryland: 0
Purdue: 2
MSU: 1
Illinois: 2
Total: 8
And for Purdue:
Louisville: 0
Ohio (Not that Ohio): 0
Mizzou: 1
Michigan: 1
Minnesota: 0
Wisconsin: 1
Rutgers: 1
Total: 4
And finally, Michigan's numbers (this time, both for and against numbers):
Florida: 2, 0 against M
Cincy: 0, 1 against M
Air Force: 1, 2 against M
Purdue: 0, 1 against M
MSU: 2 (both were declined), 2 against M
Indiana: 0, 1 against M
Penn State: 0, 1 against M
Total: 5 (2 declined), 8 against M
So Purdue's defense has drawn as many holding penalties as OSU's.  And Minnesota's defense has drawn almost as many holding penalties and Michigan AND OSU's defenses combined.
My takeaway: Refs are full of shit and either have no clue what they are doing, are actively (possibly subconsciously) malicious, or RNGesus hates us.
10/23/2017 - 10:53am Indiana is 0

Unless I misread something while I was looking through the data, there were no holding calls against Indiana in the IU-OSU game.

10/23/2017 - 10:03am Worth noting

It's worth noting that "second to last in opponent penalities" means "M's opponents have had the second LEAST amount of penalties against M".


Just for full information, here's the net average penalty yardage for each team in the B1G this year (i.e. avg/game Yards penalized - avg/game yards opponent penalized):

Michigan comes in last. Consolation prize: OSU is second to last, and it's quite close.

10/23/2017 - 9:53am Nope.

You only read one part of the chart wrong. Michigan has the second most penalties, and Michigan's opponents have the second least.

09/20/2017 - 12:35pm hmm...

So you would say that their players on defense were Kovacs A.F.?

12/20/2016 - 3:55pm It would have to be hardwired

You would need to run a physical cable from the pc to the other room. Depending on the distance, that could definitely be doable - you might need to look into the setups that other people have done.

12/20/2016 - 11:27am I own a Vive

I picked up a Vive on black Friday, and I love it. Pricey for sure, but if you have a system that can handle it - it's amazing. TiltBrush is mindblowing.

Also, VR porn is totally a thing.

11/30/2015 - 1:04pm Going score for score

What was with the question asked multiple times about if they thought they would have to go score for score with OSU to win when they were down 21-10? If you're trailing in a game, you basically have to go score for score or better to have a chance to win. That's a "the key to the game is scoring more points than the opponent" level of pointless statement.

09/16/2015 - 12:21pm I'm curious

I'll have to admit it: I'm now really curious as to what a Billy Joel/Limp Bizkit mashup would sound like...

08/08/2015 - 1:55pm line dance song

It's basically a modern version of the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, the Cha Cha Slide, or the Macarena. It's not meant to be a song you just listen to for the musical quality, but to get you to do a specific dance. Or that's my guess, anyway.

07/23/2015 - 12:34pm countdown!

The countdown is on for Ace to pick his QB now. Will he take Braxton?

07/21/2015 - 12:07pm I don't get it

I don't get the hate for this series beyond the formatting. It's honestly one of my favorite offseason series

06/30/2015 - 4:04pm only readers?

The only readers if blogs are thirty year olds who live in their parents' basement? That's offensive! I live in their attic, thank you very much!

06/30/2015 - 12:21pm league that pays players?

The SEC?

04/27/2015 - 9:29am It absolutely has

It definitely has been applied to video games.  Top teams in various games sell jerseys with players names on them.

People go to arenas and cheer loudly for their team.  People wait in big lines and storm the stage to try to get autographs from the top players.

What is it missing in the social aspect?

04/27/2015 - 9:23am Not just Asia

There are number of people in the US who play eSports professionally, especially in League of Legends, dota, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.  They play for teams, have contracts with salaries (probably ~40-50k), make additional money from prize pools in tournaments (top CS:GO tournaments have a prize pool of $250k, LoL and dota have prize pools in the millions), and then more money from streaming on twitch (top ones for CS:GO make probably $5k per month or more from that, top LoL and dota likely make more).

I mean,

-- and that's just from reported amounts from prize pools.  There are 12 Americans who have made over 100k just from prizes from tournaments in 2015.

01/12/2015 - 10:40am ijeja?

I'm more of a fan of the prophet IKEA myself.

12/06/2014 - 3:21pm wrong

we'll be in the NJIT

10/23/2014 - 9:20pm eh

He's not really my type, but I can see how other people might think he's good looking

03/02/2014 - 5:08pm As long as we're being technical

You're actually technically incorrect (the best kind of incorrect!). If beating a specific team has a negative value, it could absolutely be the case that Beat Crean > Beat Everyone. 

For example -- imagine that your second favorite B1G team is Norwestern (as it probably should be).  In that case, beating everyone would include beating Michigan. That clearly has a negative value from the point of view of a Michigan fan.   In that case, I think it would be safe to say that (Northwestern) beating Crean > (Northwestern) beating everyone.

01/23/2014 - 3:28pm Larry

Larry's not white. He's clear.

01/20/2014 - 2:28pm missed opportunity

Your title should have been "Will Hagerup Return?"

12/10/2013 - 8:38am Dick Katcher award

*immature giggle*

11/23/2013 - 3:28pm RR

At least Rich Rod's record improved from year to year instead of the opposite.

11/05/2013 - 4:47pm signed ones

Seth, does this just mean that the signed ones aren't out yet?

11/02/2013 - 12:16pm catch them off guard

Punt. They'll never expect it, and we can begin the field position game

10/21/2013 - 12:04pm hmm

Fire ACL tears?

10/17/2013 - 12:34pm Cubs fan

Cubs fan here (I saw the call in the northwestern part). My assessment as a Cubs fan:

There's always next year.

10/14/2013 - 5:29pm Running the ball

30 runningback carries for 28 yards. That's either conservative, or moronic.

8 of those carries were in the overtime periods. That's conservative.

Banking on your kicker to hit a clutch field goal (even if you expect him to) rather than trying to score a touchdown is conservative.

"Centering" the ball on a third down for a 40 yard field is conservative.

Let's break it down by OT:

1st OT: RB run for 1 yard, RB run for 1 yard, QB centers the ball. FG blocked.

2nd OT: RB run for 3 yards, pass for 9 yards, QB run for -3 yards, incomplete pass, QB run for 8 yards, FG

3rd OT: RB run for 0 yards, pass for 9 yards, RB run for 0 yards, FG missed.

4th OT: Pass incomplete, pass incomplete, delay of game, QB run for 7 yards, FG.

So a total of 5 RB runs for 5 yards, 4 QB runs for 12 yards, 5 passes for 18 yards.

So either conservative, or moronic.

10/14/2013 - 5:19pm Maybe not the coaches, but the players

Whenever they say "we just need to execute better" that is (intentionally or not) throwing the players under the bus.  At some point the coaching staff has to realize that maybe they're asking the kids to do something that they can't consistently do, and then that's entirely on the coaching staff for consistently putting the kids not in a position to succeed.

Also, on Inside Michigan Football, Hoke defended 8 runs to 6 passes in the overtime periods as not being conservative.

09/25/2013 - 12:00am no

This is not an "agree to disagree" scenario. The user Butterfield is about as close to objectively wrong as you can get.

09/20/2013 - 6:25pm loans

26 million? That's gotta be almost enough to pay off his student loans...

09/16/2013 - 2:30am Same here!

Although the Bears went winless my senior year...

09/13/2013 - 12:47am hmm

A lacroppe circle?

09/11/2013 - 3:56pm Similar question

Similar question, but for the Wile shank vs an average distance punt

09/08/2013 - 3:58pm From my vantage point

From my vantage point -- which had a fantastic view of it -- I would have bet a lot of money that it hit the ground.

08/31/2013 - 7:57pm from a quick look...

Craig Roh, Roy Roundtree, Elliot Mealer, David Molk, Patrick Omameh all cut for teams to get down to 53

08/28/2013 - 6:34pm Capacity?

How many people can this location accommodate/how many do you expect to turn out? Not sure if I should come if it'll just be frat-party packed.

08/22/2013 - 10:26am Intro ad

The ad that played before the CTK on mgoblue was for a movie.  I didn't notice what movie it was, but I did notice that they were prominently playing A Better Son/Daughter by Rilo Kiley, and thought that it was very appropriate.

07/09/2013 - 9:40pm Could be worse...

The QB for the Bears that holds the career passing yards record as well as the highest single season Quarterback rating is a man who retired from professional football in 1950.

Also, one of the QBs on your list for Detroit holds two single season records for the Bears: most passing yards and most passing touchdowns (Erik Kramer)

06/16/2013 - 10:55pm Yes but.....

Yeah, but the original Superman killing in the comic was after a whole lot of set up of his morality and how he saw killing as completely wrong, and it was huge thing for him to kill. In this movie, it was not setup pretty much at all, and it was never established that he had issues with killing. Not only that, but a lot of his attacks on Zod likely killed many people too (hitting him into a gas station and causing it to explode, for example).

Regarding the scene being a paradigm changer for the genre... really?  Plenty of other superheroes kill. Wolverine. Cyclops. Wonder Woman. The Flash. Mr Fantastic. Captain America. Green Arrow. Spider-Man. Iron Man. Green Lantern. Thor. The list goes on.

Beyond that - superheroes being immune from killing belongs in another time?  Because we live in a world where good people kill, but that wasn't the case in the past somehow?

The choice to have Batman and Superman not kill is not something that was just flippantly made.  There's a reason it's part of their characters.  You should read "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way" (or, barring that, watch Superman vs The Elite).

Other than that, there were some other kind of dumb changes/plot points in the movie. Jor-El is a peaceful scientist, yet is able to beat General Zod in a fight despite Zod being raised solely to be a warrior? The entire character of Jonathan (Superman's earth dad) was just dumb.

Wired wrote up a good article about the movie, much better phrased than I could ever be (and harsher than I'd be):

Basically, the movie was decent as a NON-Superman movie, but as a movie using the Superman character it fell short in a number of areas.  Redefining small parts of a character willy-nilly is fine. Redefining major aspects of a character without providing a solid reason for it... not so much.

06/16/2013 - 10:33pm Not really

MAYBE best live action, but the DC Animated Universe Superman was excellent.

04/17/2013 - 12:32am I made my own banner



You don't think this is serious, do you?

04/13/2013 - 10:51pm UFR!

Brian should UFR the spring game (at LEAST first unit, if not also second unit), to fill up some dead time in the summer.

03/31/2013 - 6:02pm How'd it even happen?

I'm confused as to why his leg actually broke - it didn't look like that awkward of a landing to me.  Like maybe a roll-your-ankle kind of landing -- did I miss something about it where it was more awkward to cause such a drastic injury?  Or did he just straight up have terrible luck despite not that awkward of a landing?

03/23/2013 - 2:57pm MITCH

Someone needs to record a Mitch McGary cover of this:

02/27/2013 - 10:05pm Yeah, no

Their bosses clearly don't.  There is consistently AWFUL reffing in the Big Ten, at the refs never seem to get in any trouble.

02/14/2013 - 12:51am False DMCA claims

Here's a little background on false DMCA claims:

That said, false DMCA claims really need to be punished much, much, much more harshly to prevent corporations from just sending out DMCA claims en masse.  But you do have options.

02/13/2013 - 2:28pm Not just that

Great teams can absolutely get blown out.  I mean, hell, look at the 95-96 Bulls, who were arguably the greatest NBA team of all time.  They lost a game by 32 points.  And it wasn't like anyone was out injured or resting or anything during that game.