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02/20/2019 - 9:36am Unspeakable things can…

Unspeakable things can happen in the long, cold, hard winters of Minnesota.

02/19/2019 - 9:36pm It's also not Tracy Claeys.

It's also not Tracy Claeys.

On the other hand, in both your defense and Magnus's defense, if Tracy Claeys and Jerry Kill ever had a "love child"...

 

02/19/2019 - 9:30pm Minnesota headset technician…

Minnesota headset technician, Dan Lehman (aka "Dilly Bar Dan")?

02/06/2019 - 4:07pm Looks weird in those colors …

Looks weird in those colors (and not just because they are shading towards "melon").  That's the nicest thing I can say, I suppose.

02/01/2019 - 9:08pm Well-played, HLA.  Well…

Well-played, HLA.  Well-played, indeed.

01/30/2019 - 2:08pm What mbrummer isn't telling…

What mbrummer isn't telling you is that he is actually Norm Stewart...

... or he's still sore about losing $300 in his office's 1995 tournament pool. 

01/27/2019 - 5:17pm I'm happy to be corrected …

I'm happy to be corrected (honestly), but I don't follow your distinction.

The word "grammar" typically denotes the structure of a language, and doesn't distinguish between speaking and writing.  Etymologically, the word "grammar" literally comes from the Greek "to write."

It's strange that the definition that you provide is exactly the same as the google definition--except that the google definition does not contain the word "spoken."  Regardless, while grammar does apply to a spoken language--how could it not?--it doesn't apply to it exclusively as spoken.

It is the case that, more colloquially, people often include spelling and punctuation under the term "grammar," and that's a looser application of the term, but as far as I know the term applies to the structural features of a language, whether in written or spoken form.  Again, I'm happy to learn something new.   

01/26/2019 - 10:00am Blindingly obvious.

Blindingly obvious.

01/25/2019 - 1:18pm Since we're on mgoblog, and…

Since we're on mgoblog, and being pedantic is fair game, I will note that "less" is not universally considered to be incorrect in cases like the one above--viz., when the discrete, countable object in question is one in number.

So, if we were discussing multiple scholarships, then "fewer scholarships" would be the correct formulation.

If we are discussing one scholarship, then "one less scholarship" becomes acceptable.  (In fact, some guides to English usage insists that "fewer" is actually incorrect in this context.)

01/17/2019 - 9:24pm Is this some extremely…

Is this some extremely veiled form of sarcasm?

Every NBA team plays each cross-conference team twice (home and away) for a total of 30 games.

Thus, 30/82 (36.5%) of NBA games are "inter-conference." 

An MLB team will only play about 1/3 of the teams in the other league in any given season to the tune of 20 total interleague games.

Thus, 20/162 (12.3%) of MLB games are interleague. 

Clearly, there are fewer interleague games in baseball, both by percentage and total quantity.  

12/22/2018 - 2:23pm I'm willing to be your mate,…

I'm willing to be your mate, xtramelanin!  Hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas!  (I, too, wouldn't mind a new chainsaw!)

12/21/2018 - 4:32pm I think this is just an…

I think this is just an honest mistake on your part, but I think that you misread Hatter's post.

12/20/2018 - 9:57pm In case you didn't notice…

In case you didn't notice his avatar, Marvin is a 300 lb. Wolverine.  

On the other hand... your screen name suggests a contrarian spirit.

12/20/2018 - 9:21pm Once we start beating the…

Once we start beating the Charlottes, UTEPS, and E. Tennessee States of the world, we'll have earned the right to compete for elite recruits like Crouch. 

12/20/2018 - 6:33pm Special Guest Lecturer: …

Special Guest Lecturers: 

Terrelle Pryor, "Death and Dignity:  Everybody Kills People"

Andy Katzenmoyer,  "Schedule Your Way to Success"

12/19/2018 - 9:22pm Well, you would know!

Well, you would know!

12/19/2018 - 6:49pm What if a man from the…

What if a man from the future told you that we will beat Alabama for a five-star... twice... and in the same year!?

(This will prove to be slightly less exciting than it initially seems... but awesome nonetheless.)

12/18/2018 - 6:54pm ... but, as of this date,…

... but, as of this date, has not publicly advised athletes to get a fall guy.

Master Carter, meet your apprentice. 

12/18/2018 - 1:21pm Microcosm of Gary's career…

Microcosm of Gary's career at Michigan.

12/18/2018 - 11:22am ... and/or Urban Meyer…

... and Urban Meyer retiring.

12/17/2018 - 2:43pm I honestly can't tell if you…

I honestly can't tell if you are messing with me.  If you are, I laughed.  I think you copied the link incorrectly.

12/17/2018 - 2:37pm Or Solomon didn't want to be…

Or Solomon didn't want to be here?  Maybe he was miserable last year because he was hurt and so it tainted his feelings about being in Ann Arbor?  Seems like a plausible third possibility.

(I'm not ruling out the possibilities that you propose, but those don't seem to be the only options.) 

12/17/2018 - 2:34pm Thanks for being here, all…

Thanks for being here, all the same.

12/17/2018 - 2:32pm "Did Harbaugh even address…

"Did Harbaugh even address the media after the bowl announcement?"

Yes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMOccaZGe1Y

12/17/2018 - 2:27pm Relevant, topically and…

Relevant, topically and seasonally.  +1

Dear Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come:  More DTs, please?  (to mix some Dickens)

 

12/14/2018 - 2:08pm Well... yeah... but besides…

Well... yeah... but besides that?

12/12/2018 - 2:30pm Just to be clear--regarding …

Just to be clear--regarding "Yet we tell AJ Dillon he is a LB"--didn't Sam W. initially report this?  His exact words were that UM was still primarily recruiting Dillon as a RB but there was a "10%" chance he could end up at LB. 

Now maybe Sam was sugar-coating the situation, or maybe even the slightest prospect of not being RB spooked Dillon.  I'm inclined to believe that B.C. simply promised him an immediate path to playing time and he jumped on it.  And lo and behold, given their depth chart, this is what happened. 

Finally, Dillon wasn't an elite prospect when we offered him.  The fact that we wanted him in the first place seems to indicate good judgment on the part of the staff. 

12/12/2018 - 2:09pm I did forget abut Jacobs--my…

I did forget about Jacobs--my apologies to DB.  Still--if I may--it seems disingenuous to claim that N. Harris is a strike against our recruiting or program, which was the main point in question.  He is still second in carries on the best team in the country, and as a sophomore.  Jacobs and D. Harris are both upperclassmen.  And Harris was widely considered one of the two best backs in his recruiting class.  Najee Harris is not, say, a Kareem Walker situation.  

12/12/2018 - 1:57pm Exactly.  How would it have…

Exactly.  How would it have been even mathematically possible for even half of those players to pan out?  I'm not disputing that RB could be better, but some of those guys were not expected to start at RB, and some were candidates for a position switch from the moment they stepped on campus.  You can't have two starting RBs, with two new starters every single year. 

12/12/2018 - 1:48pm Najee Harris is not the…

Najee Harris is not the third-stringer at Bama.  Where are you getting this? [*]

They have two RBs [*] that get a bulk of the carries, and he is one of them.  He is their second-leading rusher, trailing senior Damien Harris by less than 100 yards.  Najee Harris also leads the team with a whopping 6.7 yds a carry in over one hundred carries.

[* See corrections--mine and others--below.  Though, I still don't accept N. Harris's relevance to the original argument.]

12/11/2018 - 4:43pm I agree that Najee Harris…

I agree that Najee Harris would have more to show for his college career at this point had he gone to UM, but he didn't exactly ride the pine at Alabama.  Alabama has been doing the "running back by committee" thing, and Harris has over 100 carries, is less than 100 yds. behind leading rusher, Damien Harris, and has a team-high 6.7 yds. per carry.

But, like you, I wish he would have come here.  I suppose most fanbases deal with this, but it's frustrating to have solid prospects decommit for playing time (A.J. Dillon) and have other, elite prospects at the same position commit to Alabama for apparent prestige, and then have their playing time suffer.   

12/11/2018 - 4:23pm Your avatar looks…

Your avatar looks particularly vested in this thread.  

(/show myself out)

12/09/2018 - 9:50pm You shouldn't let Chris do…

You shouldn't let Chris do that to you.  Tell him he needs a new "fall guy."

12/08/2018 - 11:18pm Are you being serious?  I…

Are you being serious?  I don't think the players are even required to go on these trips, as many of them stay behind.

Dax and family had their fingers crossed for Berlin, Prague, and Athens and then pulled out after our disappointing reveal? 

And what does "bias" have to do with this?

12/08/2018 - 11:12pm I find it funny/odd…

I find it funny/odd/interesting that Dax Hill committed to a 2-1 Michigan team that had lost their only significant game of the season (against Notre Dame), was coming off a year in which they went a disappointing 8-5, and had many fans assuming we'd go 8-5 again.  How did our on-field performance put us in a better position then than it did after finishing 10-2, with convincing wins over MSU, Wisconsin, and PSU--even with the OSU loss?  Was Dax really thinking back in September, "I bet Michigan makes the playoffs and so finishes the year in an equivalent or better position than Alabama"? 

Now clearly I don't think the OSU loss could have helped, and maybe he would have stayed had that game gone differently.  Teenagers can live in the moment, so perhaps he's now feeling Alabama's success in a concrete way as the playoffs are immanent.  Still, I don't think it's naive to think that the OSU game wasn't the sole determining factor.  

12/06/2018 - 5:25pm Ha.  I went there for grad…

Ha.  I went there for grad school, and after you graduated.  My first year on campus was their first trip to the NCAA tournament, and eventually the Sweet 16, under Wright.  Also known as the year of Sumpter's first knee injury and the travel call on Ray.  Needless to say, it was a great time to jump on the bandwagon--though I kind of liked Villanova, even growing up (which often ruined my bracket)...

... Also needless to say, being in Pennsylvania during the Rich Rod era wasn't the worst timing in the world.     

12/06/2018 - 2:53pm While I have different…

While I have different feelings about the matter--I'd prefer the championship on the gridiron--those seem to be the right reasons for wanting a basketball championship with equal or greater zeal.

Even as a Villanova grad, I was rooting for the Wolverines last March--simply because Villanova had won the tournament in 2016 and, as much as I like Jay Wright, no one deserves a championship more than Coach Beilein (... and, of course, I've been a UM fan my whole life).

12/06/2018 - 12:13pm Didn't I though?

Didn't I though?  (Joke, arrow, head)  ;-)

12/06/2018 - 12:09pm Obviously he meant that, by…

Obviously he meant that, by eviscerating us on the field, OSU threw our college football playoff perspirations out the window. 

12/03/2018 - 12:38pm That's what happens when you…

That's what happens when you start the season 8-0 and beat two teams from last year's Final Four.

12/02/2018 - 10:01pm Ha!  No, that's George…

Ha!  No, that's George Johnson III's dad.  Maybe he bought some UM kicks after his son committed. 

(Though, it would be hilarious if that were Pep, as he also appears in the family pic on the floor to the right.  #pepsalwaysbeenhere)

12/01/2018 - 2:34pm "No love lost" and "could…

"No love lost" and "could care less" are not comparable cases.

While the meaning of "no love lost" has narrowed in recent centuries, it is not generally misused:  That "no love is lost" between two people suggests that, e.g., while their relationship has ended, love has not been diminished--because they never loved each other in the first place.

"Could care less" is illogical and is the evident result of the inattentive misuse of "could not care less."       

11/30/2018 - 1:04pm Exactly.

Headline from the…

Exactly.

Headline from the future:  "Nick Saban accepts 'dream job,' announces plan to retire as coach of Buckeyes."

11/30/2018 - 12:36pm Very meta.

I was--perhaps…

Very meta.

I was--perhaps naturally enough, perhaps idiotically--squinting in an attempt to determine which university's coach or coaches were in the picture set to the side. 

I think that I'm too obsessed with competing for recruits.

11/30/2018 - 12:25pm And yet somehow I don't…

And yet somehow I don't actually care to know which five coaches you think are better.  

11/29/2018 - 10:49am My seat belt is really…

My seat belt is really starting to chafe.  I don't think I can stay buckled much longer.

11/27/2018 - 11:13pm Maybe I'm overthinking…

Maybe I'm overthinking things, but I have to believe that OU playing Texas in the Big-12 Championship Game gives them a leg up on OSU, not just because Texas is better than Northwestern, but because OU actually gets the very rare opportunity to avenge the one loss on their resume.  Their regular season loss to Texas was on a last-second field goal, so if they beat Texas solidly, it suggests that they were better than every opponent they played.  (And obviously their one loss is way better than OSU's blowout loss to 6-6 Purdue.)  

11/26/2018 - 9:31pm Sorry for the ambiguity of…

Sorry for the ambiguity of my post.  It wasn't in any way meant to be a criticism of your post, and it was also intended in a joking manner. 

I just realized today that our home game against ND isn't situated between two early season cupcakes which would be more ideal.  Your post just offered the most detailed comment on the upcoming schedule--hence my "piggybacking."  I didn't mean to imply that you were being too naive or optimistic.  I was simply suggesting what you said in your final paragraph:  we've made our bed. 

11/26/2018 - 8:41pm Yes, this coming year we get…

Yes, this coming year we get to play Notre Dame at home... in week nine... immediately after a road trip to Happy Valley!

Fortunately, Notre Dame has to play BYU the previous week... oh, wait, scratch that... they have to play BYE.  Are they any good? 

11/15/2018 - 10:19pm (No subject)

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