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03/22/2018 - 9:39pm Elite Eight Evisceration

That is all

08/10/2016 - 11:12am Helpful...

Thanks for the info, it is helpful. You could be right about the trust factor, although that strikes me as a bit ironic given that eBay used to be the only option for stuff like this. I haven't sold tickets online in a number of years, admittedly.

I did wind up buying Wisconsin tickets on eBay, and if there were significant fees the seller is paying them. Also advertised free shipping, but I think they are downloads so that's obviously not a benefit. Perhaps the seller is doing worse on eBay than he could be doing on StubHub, not sure.

I've never had an issue on eBay, but if I did I would assume I would get my money back somehow. The only real issue is not seeing the game, but if you are buying from a 1-off seller that you don't know personally you take that risk, whether you get your money back or not, and regardless of what site you use.

08/10/2016 - 10:50am It does seem crazy...

...but also true, and I paid close attention. I am not sure the location of the seats would impact SH fees but to answer your question I was not buying club seats.

I also saw high (but not that high) fees when I bought Utah road game tickets last year, albeit on a different site. It seems to be the norm for all the ticket sites anymore, and you really have to look at total cost versus ticket cost.

08/10/2016 - 10:18am Tickets

Somewhere in the mgoarchives are the last 2 years' posts on the secondary ticket market for Michigan games beyond just stubhub. Worth a read.

Season openers in general seem to be in higher demand regardless of opponent because optimism is at its peak and people just want to see some football. If Hawaii was week 2 you could probably get tickets outside the gate for 50-80% of face, or worst case, face value.

Having said all that, I sure wish sellers chose alternatives to stubhub to list tickets. Looking for Wisconsin tickets yesterday, I saw at checkout that stubhub wanted $154 (!) in fees to deliver 4 instant download tickets. That is basically massive scalping, made legitimate by its status as a "marketplace". At some point you would think sellers would realize that stubhub is pocketing most of, if not all, extra money they were planning to make on selling tickets.

Personally, I would love to see sellers make more use of eBay and craigslist, which charge essentially nothing to list/sell your tickets as compared to stubhub et al. eBay especially seems a much better choice with its PayPal integration. End rant.

04/21/2016 - 7:12pm Let it not be so

Last game for Pavel? Last playoff game in a great playoff run of all time? Sent home by the Captain's team again? Let it not be so.

10/16/2015 - 7:18am The Hailing Wall?

Little bit noisy there...

But man "Bar Mitzvah" is pretty damn funny.

10/16/2015 - 7:15am Oasis Hot Tub Gardens?

That's still there, right?

10/16/2015 - 7:05am UM Solar

The U-M Solar Car Team is in Darwin right now for WSC, and the race starts just about during the  4th quarter of MSU-Michigan (Sunday morning in Darwin). Race ends mid-week in Adelaide, if you want to meet some top-notch Michigan kids doing well. I am sure they would love local support. If you have already connected with them, then great!




10/01/2015 - 9:23pm I think everyone is forgetting...

...they sell beer in Byrd Stadium during games.

Which is nice. All is not lost, although each Maryland craft beer sets you back $8, and you can't buy more than one at a time.


10/01/2015 - 7:15am Doubt that DC is evacuated

I think it is pretty unlikely they are going to evacuate anyone. No hint of that for Sandy, which passed within 50 miles of the city when it came ashore, and it didn't happen either when Isabel came right up the Bay as a 2/3 in 2003.

DC is above sea level after all, and inland enough that storms don't hold as much power if/when they arrive. No one is getting evacuated from their roof.

The biggest impacts from Isabel were from storm surge up the Potomac (Old Town) and the Bay (City Dock area in Annapolis). And that was with 70-80 mph winds and a couple inches of rain. The people who will be busiest are the guys that fix downed power lines. This is also not like locking down a Michigan game, Byrd Stadium holds half as many people.

09/03/2015 - 7:31pm Clear Skies. Full Harbaugh. Can't Lose.

Clear Skies. Full Harbaugh. Can't Lose.

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08/20/2015 - 3:55pm Link is for Indiana game...

...on October 10th.


08/13/2015 - 5:31pm Probably a crack performer

I bet he will seem like glue-to-us in that offense by the end of the year.


06/03/2014 - 1:18pm Beat me to it...

What I was going to say...

Some learnings (according to Quantcast):

1) The all-time universal armageddon of pageviews: "The Process", with 10.7m pageviews that month, and that doesn't count mobile. No other month tops 8m, including mobile.

2) This here is a football blog. The NCG run for hoops garnered only 5.9m pageviews, with this April 4.5m. These are outpaced by a couple of run-of-the-mill football months, and also well-outpaced by traffic around the dates of signing Hoke's first full recruiting class, with the latter the 2nd highest month at 7.6m views.

3) When you look at uniques, "The Process", "A New Hoke" (Sept 2011), and Denard over Neb/Ohio (Nov 2011) stand out as all-time highs. 

You can play around with different views. Tried to compare to, but not easy to do since it isn't directly measured by quantcast.

02/27/2014 - 11:24am Probably unpopular, but not necessarily wrong

I love the math, stats and defendable arguments you see here so frequently, and I love that someone took the time to do the math on our odds. Great OP.


Having said that, I also agree with the notion behind your possibly-unpopular comment despite spending an entire career in the analytics business. What models like KenPom, Sagarin, et al are great at is evaluating a lot of data to get to an empirical ranking of how teams have performed relative to each other. One should predict the same thing as KenPom does every time merely because anything else is guessing.


Statistical models aren't as great though at predicting the very next outcome based on the last 27 because the forecasted sample set is small. If we had 27 other games to play against the remaining teams on our schedule, the KenPom outcome is likely to be a lock. But we don't. Look no further than yesterday's gut-churner - obviously did not unfold like KenPom would have predicted.


The brass ring here is the first outright Big Ten title since 1986. The players know that, the coaches know that, and so do the rest of us. KenPom can't factor in the pressure on these guys and the myriad other factors that can lead to let-downs, etc. It also can't factor that into how hard Staee is going to play to see if they can prevent it. That is why we play the games.


Ultimately, it is pretty comforting to know that if we play the way we have played for the last 27 games we should expect to be the only school hanging a banner this year. What a testament to the team and its coaching staff that they are in this position. Beat the Gophers!






01/08/2014 - 9:16pm Ravens

Wasn't Cam Cameron the OC for the Ravens while Mattison was the DC for the Ravens?


01/08/2014 - 7:48pm New OC?



11/06/2013 - 8:07am Air?

Too soon? No TFLs up in there.


07/20/2013 - 7:30pm Malcolm Gladwell speech

Given at Penn, addresses this very subject. He asks a legitimate question: how much proof do you need to know if something is bad for you?

For those that haven't watched it (not a short speech, like 30-45 min I think), this is a pretty interesting take on this subject, and it is concerning. Not saying I agree or disagree, but it is one of the more thoughtful discussions of this subject I have seen, perhaps there are others.

Speech is here. Comparison is black lung disease and coal miners. Obviously not an analogy intended to disprove a problem.

[UPDATE]: Woah, this was just front paged on More Gladwell, now comparing football to dog fighting.

07/17/2013 - 2:32pm Photoshop beckons...

...and someone must answer. This .gif has potential.

04/30/2013 - 1:19pm Student seats

While my memory is not perfect, when I was a student from 88-92 everything was effectively GA seating except for senior seating. We had assigned seats, and no one sat in them. Fraternities regularly sent pledges to save seats and they did so in whatever rows they could get when they got there. Unless you were absolutely last the seats really aren't bad.

This was right after they stopped allowing full coolers to be brought into games, and right before they outlawed marshmallow wars. Bottom line is that as long as I can remember students have showed up late for average to uninteresting games, and mostly on time for the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc.

In some ways it was worse then because we were all spoiled during the multi-year Big Ten title streak and our opponents were mostly unranked even in conference.


10/25/2012 - 12:11pm Outstanding...

...and funny.

08/31/2012 - 1:43pm 1988 vs. #1 Miami

The Canes had just crushed #6 FSU 31-0, probably in retailation for the Deion Sanders-led "Seminole Rap" released in the offseason. Link presented without comment, viewer prepare for pain (but work computer friendly).

We dominate the first 3.5 quarters and lead 30-17. Then, in fashion typical of much of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, we start running up the middle and punting. Steve Walsh then proceeds to hit all of the passes in the last 8 minutes, and we lose 31-30.

Just the week before, in South Bend, Ricky Watters returns a punt for TD, Reggie Ho hits 4 FGs, and Mike Gillette misses a 48-yarder at the gun. We wind up losing to that year's #1 and #2 teams by a combined 3 points, but winning the Big Ten and beating #5 USC in the Rose.

Now that was an OOC schedule!



07/17/2012 - 4:44pm It's like the Tour de France

Everyone started within the same hour or so in Ann Arbor this morning. It's a little bit like the Tour de France where time is kept in the aggregate but stages have starts and ends where everyone is in the same place.

06/29/2012 - 8:33pm Amazing diversity...

...of experiences here. I am continually impressed at the diversity of ages and memory of Michigan football in the readership here. I suppose if you have over 100 years of something that lots of people care about, it shouldn't be that surprising.

Whenever talk of bowl games comes up, I am sometimes reminded of how much Bo struggled in the postseason. And then that reminds me of Bo, and possibly my favorite Bo obit written by Joe LaPointe, then of the New York Times. While he wasn't quoting him directly, Joe imagined Bo might say something like this:


If you grow up in the Midwest, you know that New Year’s Day is cold and the sun sets early and it’s dark and there might be snow on the ground and the wind is rattling the windows. And you sit in your house and turn on the television in the late afternoon and there it is, the Rose Bowl, in color, the warm sunshine, the green grass, the blue sky, the trees and the mountains around the field. And you think, “Darn it, that’s where I want to be!”


It's a pretty good read.


06/29/2012 - 5:58pm Any Rose Bowl victory...

...especially if you have attended it.

1) For me, the 1/1/98 Rose Bowl has to be the standard.

2) Beating #5 USC in the 1/1/89 Rose Bowl has to be right up there. A great Bo team, lost to the #1 and #2 teams that year by less than 5 points total, and we were ranked #11 going into the game. That team was so close to a national championship season, they certainly had the talent.

3) 1/1/2000 Orange Bowl. That game was unbelievably epic despite the strange ending.

4) 1/1/2008 Capital One Bowl. At the time we desperately needed that win after the way that season started, as a good end to LC's career, and to shut up the SEC homers again.


06/26/2012 - 1:38pm The facts as Dana relayed them...

Dana was on Erin Burnett (CNN) last night, as commented as follows (her words):

1) This happened when she was 6 years old, and the offender was a teenage babysitter.

2) She was not able to deal with the issue herself until she was in her mid 20s.

3) The statute of limitations is 10 years, which we are well past.


She  commented that she wished that her ability to prosecute hadn't expired given how difficult it is to deal with this, especially when it happens when you are 6 years old. I thought it took a lot of guts to do even that.


05/18/2012 - 10:58am Release the McQuay-ken?

Release him.


04/02/2012 - 9:13am Seems to me...

...that a picture of Brian would photoshop nicely with Jerry Garcia.

Just sayin'

04/02/2012 - 8:10am 1989

I was a freshman, and M won the Big Ten, beat #5 USC in the Rose Bowl and won the hoops national championship. Great year. There were in fact 2 riots that year.

What prompted the first riot was Sean Higgins' put back at the buzzer to beat Illinois in the semifinal. Charleys and Ricks emptied onto the corner in less than 5 minutes.

Once that happened, the 2nd riot after the championship game was obviously happening. As riots go it wasn't pretty. A car parked on South U was overturned and crushed an ATM. All traffic signs were uprooted and landscaping destroyed. Someone tried to go hand over hand from a building out the wire to the blinking red light over the intersection. People were dancing on the china gate roof having scaled the awning.

All of the massive concrete planters and sign poles near Charley's and on south u were put in after 1989 destroyed it all. Thankfully there was no Internet or cell phones, so no lasting evidence other than a few newspaper reports and local news spots.

12/07/2011 - 2:09pm Opponent winning %

I would think this would also mean this team played against a schedule featuring one of the highest (if not the highest) overall winning percentages in recent memory. Given the era of reduced scholarships, that might be an interesting stat. Anyone have that handy?

12/06/2011 - 9:17am How about...

Beat VPI? Sufficiently old school.


10/31/2011 - 10:04am Old school crowd noise rule

Maybe I just sound old here, but IIRC in the 90s there was a regularly enforced crowd noise rule where if the fans were too loud and the opposing offense couldn't hear, they just had to appeal to the referee who gave a warning to the crowd and then a 5-yard penalty. I seem to remember this being enforced in Michigan Stadium, without any benefit of skyboxes. The funny thing of course being that it just made the crowd louder.

10/26/2011 - 12:13pm If you've been to a PSU game... could see why they are not selling out. Happy Valley is a long way from somewhere, there are woefully too few hotel rooms (see the first point), the stadium resembles a giant erector set in a pasture, the in-game experience is overwhelmed by pom-poms and cheesy piped-in music and PSU really hasn't been very good of late. I am sure price is part of it (2x U-M for that experience?), but it's still cheaper than Steelers season tix.

10/17/2011 - 11:01am Stoppage destroys strategy planning

No matter what the stoppage affects the race substantially. Potential for different weather than originally planned if the race is delayed, or (as I see above) teams use the stoppage time to recharge batteries in full sun. Smoke over the route obviously impacts amount of energy reaching ground, etc. The strategy guys are going to earn their

06/23/2011 - 12:41pm I. Drink. Your. MILKSHAKE!



01/15/2011 - 12:09am Agreed

I live in DC and have a number of friends who are VT grads, been to a few games at Lane Stadium. Heard the VT band bust out the Hokie Pokey and did my best not to spit out my bourbon laughing. Terrible. Then they shot off fireworks. With eye lasers. Almost as bad as a Penn State game.

11/27/2010 - 8:30pm Jim Tressel

I think RR should be given another year. My initial reaction when I heard that DB would wait until after the bowl game was basically thart it helped RR's chances of staying due to potential impact of the lateness of such a change, the chance of a protracted search messing with recruiting, etc.

However, after thinking about it a bit you only have to go so far as our opposing coach today to see a successful change made after the bowl game. Cooper was let go after a 2nd straight bowl loss to an average South Carloina team, and then there was his record against us. As much as Harbaugh seems like a layup as a potential successor now, so too was The Lesticles in 2007. That didn't work so well. There is a nonzero risk of Harbaugh not working out for one reason or another, and failing to get Harbaugh in a January change could be potentially disastrous indeed. Guess that brings me full circle.

11/03/2010 - 3:21pm Can we picture page the 2006 defense against similar?

Penn State had to be running these same plays in 2006, when we had our last really good defense. It would be interesting to see a similar play from the 2006 season picture paged to get a sense of how a "traditional front" defense with more experienced players would handle this particular situation, or at least similar situations. Wouldn't surprise me if there was more than one 2nd and long.

11/02/2010 - 9:59pm Freep has the JT Floyd story

Supposedly not as bad as Woolfolk, but didn't sound good.

10/14/2010 - 8:30pm You can get drunk...

You can bring a daaaate...

You can hang out and taaaiillgaaaate....

10/05/2010 - 7:13pm Tressel in today's presser

Jim Tressel on getting carries for all the backs: "I wish we had more balls. ... That didn't sound good."

10/05/2010 - 7:08pm How about...

"Ben Chappell has been miraculously granted an extra year of eligiblity"


"Justin Siller will start at QB for Purdue"

09/28/2010 - 11:01pm Army-Navy 2000

I had never been to an Army-Navy game. This experience was up there with the Michigan-ND games in the late 80's when we were both in the top 5. The amazing thing is that between the teams they had 1 win in the entire season coming into the game.

The pregame, the parachute guys, the flyovers, the mids and the cadets, the last-second win on a field goal by Navy, and the singing of the alma maters after the game are something I will never forget.

I have been fortunate to see a number of other non-Michigan games (TN @ UGA 1998, Clemson @ VT on a Thursday night in Lane Stadium in 2006, Miami @ Florida in a night game in the Swamp), but this topped all experiences other than Michigan football.

If you are a college football fan, you need to see an Army-Navy game. 

09/28/2010 - 10:43pm It would be cooler... say that, yes. On the other hand, given that we are considering a situation where it is possible we haven't seen scoring or yardage like this in a century (!), I think we are talking about some good offense, regardless of whether we can prove it with statistics.

09/28/2010 - 11:27am And THEN

Jamie Morris got fired with extreme prejudice for misplacing a Cadillac.

For my money, what Morris did (broke the rules and then lied about it) is more disappointing than Harbaugh stating the obvious, albeit in annoying fashion.

09/28/2010 - 11:19am Michigan 2nd best SoS in B10

Although the Sagarin ratings are still biased and Bayesian. One thing is clear though - the Big Ten has about the worst SoS of any major conference so far on average, even assuming that the ratings aren't super informed without more data (and removal of bias). Without doing the math, the Big Ten looks pretty far behind the Pac-10 and SEC.

Having said that, the numbers get in the way a bit. If you are a top 10 team, it doesn't much matter whether you play the 50th best team or the 100th best team, you are very likely to win. A tough schedule to me involves games you might lose. By that measure OSU's schedule is tougher than the numbers say because they played a top 20 team that (on paper) should have enough talent to compete or beat them. Take Iowa - they played a top 20 team on the road and lost. Many top 20 teams can't make a claim that they played a team that could beat them, despite what the math says.

09/23/2010 - 9:32pm Uhhh, is "both" an option?

That is a tough call, but I would pick an on-campus game in Lincoln over tailgating in a parking lot in Texas. In September.

09/22/2010 - 3:49pm Survey: "Watching the defense against Umass caused me to..

a) Gouge out the offending eye a la Bill the Butcher,

b) Turn into a pillar of salt,

c) Spontaneously combust, or

d) call James Sokolove. I have Tardive Dyskenesia.  "

09/20/2010 - 1:46pm You are correct

Your math works of course, although perhaps we are splitting hairs a bit. MSU and ND look interchangeable to me as teams go. We look (this year) to be on par with both, and still can beat MSU to go 2-0 against ND/MSU. Maybe that gets us to 8-4 (4-4), which would have exceeded our lowered expectations.

Regardless, if we do lose to MSU and fulfill the 7-5 prediction, I think we agree that 7-5 is not where we want to be in any case whether we are 4-4 or 3-5 in the Big 10.