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01/17/2019 - 5:56pm You also don't have to be a…

You also don't have to be a jerk about it. If people think you're trolling maybe it's because you're acting like one

01/09/2019 - 10:53pm *its


12/21/2018 - 1:49pm First line of his statement…

First line of his statement is "Thank you Michigan professor's" - as a professor I appreciate the sentiment but it also makes my stomach turn.

12/17/2018 - 3:02pm Sure it is; it goes back to…

Sure it is; it goes back to the start of the 19th century at least:

12/02/2018 - 5:18pm I think that a non-paywalled…

I think that a non-paywalled MGoBlog with the option of subscription for an ad-free website and other bonuses is a great idea.

11/26/2018 - 5:15pm This was a terrible podcast…

This was a terrible podcast and your food takes are all abominable. I did enjoy listening to some Ted Leo, however.

11/04/2018 - 1:31pm I should have added that he…

I should have added that he's a cornerback (2019), 5'10" 175 lbs.

11/01/2018 - 4:33pm I'm so gd hungry now

I'm so gd hungry now

10/24/2018 - 8:32pm *whoever


09/28/2018 - 11:07am Thank you, comrades, for the…

Thank you, comrades, for the Theoretical Antihumanism discussion. I was happy, and maybe also Communist Football, if they were listening. 

09/21/2018 - 3:56pm I want Craig to talk more…

I want Craig to talk more about Louis Althusser and theoretical anti-humanism

09/17/2018 - 3:39pm Sadly, no. I suspect that…

Sadly, no. I suspect that Craig would have recommended Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks. Even the translated selections run to 571 pages! “The historical unity of the ruling classes is realized in the state," Brian!

09/17/2018 - 3:10pm Soccer culture is obsessive…

Soccer culture is obsessive about the fan-in-the-stadium experience, however. A couple of years ago a game in the English premier league was delayed because most of the visiting fans were late to the game because of a train delay. I was pretty impressed that they would do that. I have a hard time imagining an NFL game being delayed because of fans. (Although to be fair English fans are probably much more likely to riot if the game weren't delayed for them...)

09/17/2018 - 3:05pm Brian, just bring a book…

Brian, just bring a book with you to the games. Catch up on your reading! May I suggest Ferdinand Braudel's The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II? Besides being a classic of the Annales school of history, volume 1 of the English translation is 642 pages. That's a lot of commercial breaks!

09/15/2018 - 3:44pm Oh good, Matt Millen.

Oh good, Matt Millen.

09/13/2018 - 4:12pm "I think you mean Rutger"…

"I think you mean Rutger" should be the response every time someone writes or says "Rutgers"

09/11/2018 - 10:23pm What a commie

What a commie

06/14/2018 - 1:31am (No subject)
02/19/2018 - 7:22pm Yeah. I'm just sad to see it go

It has been the tradition since 1930.

02/19/2018 - 7:11pm Don't think so


  • Anything Michigan sports related
  • Anything related to other Big Ten teams or upcoming opponents
  • Stuff about the blog itself
  • University of Michigan topics that don't relate to sports

01/17/2018 - 2:18am THAT'S WHY WE RUN POWER

12/06/2017 - 1:20pm I think that it's conceptual

Namely, the CEO-ification of the football coach and the trend of running the AD as a corporation rather than as a wing of a university. E.g.:




11/28/2017 - 10:25pm I have to believe Tenn's AD was influenced by boosters

I don't see him backing down to the comments section. I do see him backing down to boosters who effectively pay his salary, though.

11/19/2017 - 2:44pm They fired Mora on his 56th birthday…

11/15/2017 - 5:34pm Culturally Boulder & the Front Range

are more Pac-12-y than Big XII-y, in my opinion. CU has lots of students from California, too (beyond the athletes, I mean).

(I take the point above but the Front Range feels to me much more west coast-y than Big Ten-y).

11/13/2017 - 6:31pm Mo Hurst should be #1 every week in KFaTAotW IMO

He's just exceptional every single week. 

10/24/2017 - 6:21pm The one thing that I don't understand is

What's wrong with making a little money?

10/24/2017 - 6:18pm Proverbs 26

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.

Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

10/12/2017 - 7:20pm I'm a university professor in the humanities!

So, not at all a therapist... I didn't even take a single psych class during my 4 years at UM.

10/12/2017 - 4:01pm I wish he wasn't so strident, too

I think Ed has valuable insights, but in this podcast he says something like, "If you think JOK is the biggest problem on this offense then you're watching a different game." I think that's the wrong way to say, "I think the OL is a bigger problem than JOK" because it draws Brian into a fight over who's right and who's wrong, rather than a discussion about what proportion of the blame lies where.

That being said, everyone (except Craig) on the roundtable tends to express opinions stridently: as facts, that is, instead of as interpretations.

Craig, if you're reading this: Purdue once had 11 turnovers in a game against Illinois in 1943 and won! (That is the NCAAF record: Probably not super-relevant to football in 2017, I know.

10/10/2017 - 7:24pm "personal hot-seat" sounds like something that's NSFW

Google "personal hot seat" and you'll see what I mean...

09/22/2017 - 12:42pm Man was Ed being pedantic, though

by insisting that red zone offense WAS a thing when Brian clearly meant that it wasn't an analytically useful thing.

We can objectively define red zone offense but if it appears not be a useful object, then why talk about it? 

09/14/2017 - 5:24pm Kinnel play

"His most impressive play on the day was one the cameras did not do justice to..." is probably correct, but watching it on TV I was impressed. Maybe not impressed enough, but it looked like a great play anyway.

09/11/2017 - 5:14pm With sound and a wider angle:
09/11/2017 - 5:11pm Eye roll from Harbaugh at the QB competition question
09/09/2017 - 4:49pm A short punt by the Bearcats bounced off Nate Johnson's leg

wasn't it off of Benjamin St-Juste?

09/09/2017 - 11:58am Was I the only one whose podcast "skipped"?

It happened quite a lot, throughout the podcast. It felt like I was losing about half a second every 10-15 seconds of the podcast.

09/05/2017 - 7:24pm A comeback that dramatic has to be a collapse, too

For sure. But the adjustments are real. There's also this tweet by "Smart Football":


UCLA adjusted; Texas A&M didn't.

09/05/2017 - 7:16pm Obligatory:
08/07/2017 - 1:10pm Best/worst

Drums: Moe Tucker

Bass: Sid Vicious

Guitar: Neil Young 

Vocals: Bob Dylan

08/03/2017 - 7:33pm A bit of a straw man, though

Nobody here is saying that stars matter more than Harbaugh's considered opinion. People are saying that stars matter *in aggregate* but the more your analytical focus narrows, the less predictive they are. So for any single player, it doesn't matter, that is right. Everyone agrees. Mike Hart is proof of it. But overall (again, OVERALL, not for any single player) the recruiting services do a decent job and they are broadly predictive of recruiting success.


08/03/2017 - 3:51pm Yes

In aggregate they are broadly accurate. This article by Matt Hinton is a must-read:…

In the conclusion, Hinton writes "Despite some obvious, anecdotal exceptions, on the whole recruiting rankings clearly are useful for creating a realistic baseline for expectations. But the narrower your focus, the less useful they will become."

most of the guys you see in the NFL draft weren't 4 or 5 stars because those players are a small minority: "two- and three-star recruits account for more than 86 percent of signees nationally" (…). But, from the same article:

Odds of Becoming an All-American, by Recruiting Ranking
5–Star: 1 in 4.
4–Star: 1 in 16.
3–Star: 1 in 56.
2–Star: 1 in 127.

In the 2017 draft, 39.1% of players drafted were 4 or 5 stars, even though they're only 13.8% of the population. (…)

07/29/2017 - 5:24pm It looks like his dad is a GVSU alum

unless it's another Todd Rumler who lives in the Akron area:

07/21/2017 - 12:24pm Sown

You sow and reap crops. I guess you could sew them, but dunno why.

07/21/2017 - 12:09pm There's a deep truth here

"But to me the lesson is to shut up about yourself and get on with it. It will help you not make terrible mistakes because you are trying to preserve what people think about you in the face of what you really are."

It's one of these almost transhistorical truths; it's why stories about people who try to avoid their destiny end up causing it are so popular. It's why poweful people need to surround themselves with real friends and not flatterers. It's a kind of encapsulation of the whole literary tradition of great kings who fail.

Hugh Freeze should have read more Herodotus, is what I'm saying.

06/16/2017 - 12:27am There is a lot of fail in this thread too


06/16/2017 - 12:25am Take some econ classes

and you will know the answer to your own question. Or ask yourself: why do coupons and senior citizen discounts exist? Hint: it's to keep prices high.

04/21/2017 - 9:42am "I love Higdon"


04/18/2017 - 1:23pm MARGINALIZATION ALERT


04/17/2017 - 2:04pm It's the Spring Game, man

Let's see what happens when the season starts.