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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.

12/30/2016 - 7:39pm Mone-cat. Run the QB power pop pass!


12/30/2016 - 7:25pm Sam Webb's video evidence
12/28/2016 - 11:38pm I am insanely jealous of KState's FB pop pass

That is an awesome play.

12/28/2016 - 2:26pm We need to start some kind of Glasgow breeding program


12/22/2016 - 11:26pm I would hope that you'd be sober while serving hamburgers

But you know, good for you, man. I'm proud of you.

12/21/2016 - 5:36pm I agree with VicTorious.

Kevin, YOU don't get to decide what is adequate compensation ("they get plenty"). The market decides, at least it is supposed to.

"that is what the NFL is for": EXACTLY. That is what McCaffrey is doing. If you don't like it, then buy an NFL team and refuse to draft him. But someone WILL pay for his services, as is right and proper.

I feel weird making this argument, because I'm actually no great fan of unfettered capitalism, but it is what it is.

12/19/2016 - 1:19pm He's giving the other players a chance to shine

I think it's a wonderful and selfless gesture, giving his fellow running backs more of a chance to play.

12/13/2016 - 5:36pm *Hypocrisy

Hypocracy isn't a word but it would mean something like "Rule of below" from Greek υπο ("under, below") and κρατος ("rule"), like democracy "rule of the people." 

12/03/2016 - 12:26am Good point


12/02/2016 - 2:51pm I dunno

Brian was upset at the guy's take and attacked his take, not him. I thought it was entertaining.

I do think that next year's HTTV needs a retrospective on Tony Boles.

11/29/2016 - 11:15pm Oh man
11/25/2016 - 2:02pm Bell beaker

Brian: you talk about Native American pottery in the first paragraph but you illustrate a Bell Beaker, which belongs to the material culture of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Europe.

Or is that the joke? I'm confused.

11/23/2016 - 3:52pm Also the Big Ten championship game isn't in Maryland

11/17/2016 - 2:03pm Not that hard to avoid State College

It's actually really hard to get to! I was there recently and man, it is in the middle of NOWHERE.

Pretty campus, though.

11/14/2016 - 12:09am They're the 45th ranked defense according to S&P+

(not including the last week of games)

They're 23rd against the run, 65th against the pass. An average offense would be expected to score 26.3 points against them.

So they're not horrible, but not great either.

11/13/2016 - 3:56pm He has a Man Utd logo for his avatar

That says it all.

11/10/2016 - 1:04pm LOL at weak spot circle around Greg Davis

Well played, Seth.