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06/16/2018 - 10:38am New site is just harder on…

New site is just harder on the eyes. Too much white space, especially in the comment threads.


Also, what's the deal with the "tiled" posts at the top of the site? If they aren't going to auto-update, get rid of them. I liked the previous format (main page just lists all front-page posts up to the "jump"). And I could live with a front page that was just all tiled headlines (even though I read often enough that I don't usually need to go past the first link).

But this weird hybrid thing where you have 4 week old posts at the top you have to scroll past to get to the newest content? Very weird and annoying.

05/23/2018 - 4:05pm Keep Nebraska. Dump PSU and

Keep Nebraska. Dump PSU and MSU for their crimes against humanity.

Dump Maryland and Rutgers because they never should have been added in the first place.

05/22/2018 - 7:34pm How about we keep the 9 games

How about we keep the 9 games but go back to 10 teams?

05/21/2018 - 3:15pm I can't even get close to

I can't even get close to getting down to 3, so I'll go for my 3 favorite comedies:

1) Dr. Strangelove

2) Blazing Saddles

3) Hot Fuzz


I won't claim this is the best movie, but most underrated / deserving of many sequels:

Master and Commander - Russel Crowe and Paul Bettany are fantastic, and I can't imagine a better casting choice for a book series that really deserves more adaptations. Maybe a prestige TV series?

05/17/2018 - 10:38am BS. Anyone who is a fan of

BS. Anyone who is a fan of Draftaggeddon is someone who, by definition, loves reading through 300 hawt takes.

05/17/2018 - 10:18am So in other words, he was

So in other words, he was never going to be a P5 QB. I.e. doomed to be a bust.

05/17/2018 - 10:15am I meant 4th place in the

I meant 4th place in the division, not the conference.

05/16/2018 - 10:04pm GO BLUE


05/16/2018 - 9:59pm Only if they call it "We Blue

Only if they call it "We Blue Ourselves"

05/16/2018 - 9:58pm Where do you think Derrick

Where do you think Derrick Green or Shane Morris would have been better? I kind of think they were just destined to be busts, unfortunately. Gardner probably should have transferred, you're right on there.

05/16/2018 - 9:52pm To be clear, there's nothing

To be clear, there's nothing wrong with being a Michigan fan if you didn't go there. Walmart Wolverine is a stupid insult (I don't actually call people that, just use it because it's the simplest way to convey what I mean here).

It's just that I sort of feel the same way I would if you, with the same biography, were a die-hard Steelers fan that "bled black and gold". It's a head scratcher to me, to be perfectly honest.

Also, unless your avatar is you or your significant other - it's not really helping the perception. Nor is being proud of wanting to tell people to fuck off.

Keep in mind this is the unpopular opinions thread. Normally I would just say Go Blue right back at ya.

05/16/2018 - 9:51pm I really hope you're one of

I really hope you're one of those Google chatbots trying to pass a Turing test and failing in an amusing way. But probably not.

05/16/2018 - 9:36pm He SHOULD take it personally,

He SHOULD take it personally, because his failure to hire and develop decent assistants was the reason his assistants weren't a viable option to take over.

Carr oversaw a long, slow, complacent decline of the program that set up the disaster we had from '08 to '14 and maybe still haven't fully recovered from.

That's as much his legacy as the 1997 championship. That championship trophy is nearly old enough to buy a legal beer. Maybe if Carr hadn't thought it was still 1997 in 2007, that trophy would have some company in the case.

05/16/2018 - 9:20pm I'd be disappointed if they

I'd be disappointed if they did. Means he's not eating enough red meat and whole milk.

05/16/2018 - 9:13pm Good call. Never liked the

Good call. Never liked the white pants.

05/16/2018 - 9:11pm That's two opinions and only

That's two opinions and only the second one is unpopular (or should be).

05/16/2018 - 9:08pm Wisconsin would never crack

Wisconsin would never crack 4th place in the B1G East. They got a gift.

05/16/2018 - 9:06pm ***** also ducking

***** also ducking *****

Brian's hot takes are way more tolerable because Ace always seems to come off as smarmy / smug. Something about his tone grates when he's trying to be funny

05/16/2018 - 9:03pm Hasn't he been injured like,

Hasn't he been injured like, every season?

05/16/2018 - 9:02pm Brian needs to stop whining

Brian needs to stop whining and write UFRs for end of season games, even (especially) when we lose.

Instead we get self-indulgent Slack transcripts.

05/16/2018 - 9:00pm There's probably no

There's probably no anti-Michigan reffing conspiracy.

But intentionally or not, biased (or "just bad, but slanted more in one direction") officiating was enough to cost the 2015 MSU and 2016 OSU games.

05/16/2018 - 7:51pm "The holier-than-thou degree

"The holier-than-thou degree waver fans... thinking because they went to the school they're higher than non-grad fans on the totem pole"

There's nothing wrong with being a "Walmart Wolverine". But being an alum adds something uniquely special to your fandom. I don't really believe in a fandom totem pole, but if forced to make one it would be athletes and coaches > band geeks, cheerleaders, etc > general alums > immediate family of alums > non-alum season ticket holders (family history of fandom) > unaffiliated fans. And I would lose zero sleep over that totem pole. Besides, the totem pole is on top of a mountain with all the fans of lesser schools down in the sunless valley, so nothing to be ashamed of wherever you are on it.

My unpopular addendum: Not all "Walmart Wolverines" are obnoxious, but the most obnoxious  fans are usually "Walmart Wolverines". Alums, in my experience, are less likely to be the sort to scream obscenities, start fights, be jerks in a not-fun way to opposing fans, just generally go full "fanatic" rather than fan. Maybe it's a love for / perspective on the school that depends less on wins and losses, maybe it's the sense that you as an alum are an ambassador for the university, I don't know. This seems to be true of all fandoms though - the worst people at the 'Shoe are the 70k truck drivers, not the 10k alums.

Part of this is that adults getting obsessed over amateur 18 year olds just feels a little ickier if you don't otherwise have a connection to the school. Being a general fan of college football, and your favorite team just happens to be a school you didn't attend, is one thing, but obsession with the athletic program of a school you didn't attend or have some other connection to is a bit puzzling - I just honestly don't get it.

05/16/2018 - 7:29pm Especially since most of his

Especially since most of his examples start with an offense derp.

Still, there have been several times lately when it felt like the D needed one more stop at a critical juncture, and failed to get it. Yeah, the offense needs to score more, and the defense can't always pitch a shutout, but damn there have been some big games that we win if the defense had protected the lead we had.  

05/16/2018 - 7:25pm Me 3, especially for

Me 3, especially for basketball.

05/16/2018 - 6:58pm Black Panther had a cool and

Black Panther had a cool and different aesthetic, so it had a freshness to it, but was otherwise a middling Marvel movie.

Ragnarok was way better (but then I've always been a bigger fan of the "goofy fun" Marvel movies like Guardians so, grain of salt with my unpopular opinion).

05/16/2018 - 6:53pm But would have won a Heisman,

But would have won a Heisman, or at least been invited to NY, if he'd gone to OSU.

Unpopular opinion: he should have gone to OSU. But I'm torn on that one because he seems to be a genuinely good human and I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

05/10/2018 - 4:38pm They should bring the Women's

They should bring the Women's Football Academy back, at least. Good cause, and apparently a great time was had by all involved. Got the women in my family actually interested in football, and reasonably knowledgeable about it too.

05/08/2018 - 6:33pm Even ignoring time wasted

Even ignoring time wasted on extra wrinkles, if all your practice is against Dr. Blitz and the hellbeasts on the DL of the last couple years, it's going to be hard to evaluate your performance (and therefore hard to improve). If you get whupped just as bad on a rep when you do 90% right as one where you do 50% right - how do you know what to fix?

Practicing against a simpler D more like what you're going to see on Saturday will give you better feedback. If you're still working on the basics, you need to be repping against the basics.

05/08/2018 - 5:14pm Isn't dressing weird in an

Isn't dressing weird in an avant garde sort of way more or less the point of going to the Met Gala? No reason the ladies should have all the fun there.

And it's a bit mariachi band, but whatever, usually at least one of the guys on MNF is wearing a suit at least that ugly.



05/02/2018 - 3:39pm I should add as well that

I should add as well that Bursley obviously has more geeky engineer types than Central campus. Which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your preference for friends. If nothing else, the North Campus crowd is more likely to "feel your pain" as an engineer while on Central you're somewhat more likely to end up rooming with a brah who parties till 2 AM Wednesday through Sunday.

05/02/2018 - 1:06pm I was in Bursley for 2 years

I was in Bursley for 2 years and enjoyed it (back in '04-'06). As others have noted though, most of your classes are going to be on Central, so I did a lot of busing. Not that the bus is all that bad except on the weekends when the time between buses is longer.

I also was in Solar Car (lots of late nights on North) and had my own car, so Bursley (which had a cheap lot for residents) had some advantages that may not apply to you. This was also before the big renos of the Hill and Central campus dining facilities.

Were I to do it again I'd probably prefer the "directional" (East, West, North, South Quads) dorms to Bursley, but I'd still prefer Bursley to Markley and be 50/50 on Bursley vs the Hill.

04/30/2018 - 4:10pm Usually for a guy who's not

Usually for a guy who's not yet an upperclassman, but is (or is in danger of) being passed up by younger guys.

04/30/2018 - 4:05pm "Can't really separate the

"Can't really separate the two".

Apparently you can, since Patterson plays with a Forcier++ on-field style with, to date, none of the off-field issues.

"He's a swaggy improv high-risk guy on the field... obviously that cavalier attitude is why he skipped all his classes" is a just-so story. Hell, that was the Houston version of John O'Korn, and he didn't flunk out off the field either.

04/26/2018 - 8:53pm The Terror

Check out The Terror (from AMC). Excellent cast, beautiful production, creepy and cerebral. Kind of a mashup of “Master and Commander” and “The Thing” (Royal Navy ships trapped in the Arctic ice, must contend with illness, cold, themselves, and a giant murderbear)

04/26/2018 - 9:59am Are we REALLY suggesting that

Are we REALLY suggesting that calling a dude a racial slur is worse than say, what Grant Perry did? Because he’s already been suspended for quite a bit longer than Perry (although he won’t get into legal trouble). Or drunk driving? Or any of the other various mischief that gets shorter suspensions we’re okay with? And apparently a bunch of you think he deserves to be done for life. Yeah, it’s a shitty thing to do but it shouldn’t be a life sentence.

This is not defending racism or crying for the “poor racists”, this is just saying the punishment ought to suit the magnitude of the crime (and reflect whether the perpetrator has done the penance he was assigned, which we don’t know). We don’t really know what the guy is like outside this incident - he may be an unrepentant racist or he may be a dumb kid who was dumb and knows better now.

I don’t know if I would “leave it to the team” if that means literally putting it to a vote, that feels like it could get toxic. But he certainly ought to take the team’s feelings into account, since they are ultimately the ones that will need to accept him (or not).

04/14/2018 - 4:06pm What a tool. I hope he slips

What a tool. I hope he slips in a puddle and blows out his knee.

04/07/2018 - 2:15pm Hey I love the band - too

Hey I love the band - too many of my best memories have the MMB as a soundtrack for it to be otherwise. But I bet they take looking uniform very seriously, as they should. Maintaining a consistent image is important, and a challenge across such a huge and varied organization as UofM.

You can criticize the aesthetic choices they made, and Dave Brandon certainly made his share of offensive, egotistical, “brand” betraying blunders. But criticizing a branding style guide, in the context of a thread about schools using loyalty to shut down scandals, as if unifying the look of the block M and using Spartans Will to cover up rape were even remotely on the same planet, is absurd.

Almost as absurd as criticizing the marching band for dressing the same. It’s called “reductio ad absurdum”, i.e. a rhetorical tactic. One particularly pointed at you, to be sure, but not “ad hominem”. That would be, exempli gratia, saying “Bando is a cantankerous bore”, but I would not do that, as it, unlike reductio ad absurdum, is universally a fallacy.

04/07/2018 - 3:54am It isn’t an uncomfortable

It isn’t an uncomfortable read.

It’s a frickin’ graphic art style guide so everybody knows what color to use and there aren’t 50 versions of the school logo floating around.

Now, those 235 people who all dress exactly the same in military derived outfits every Saturday in the fall... I dunno, seems pretty culty to me. An uncomfortable image.

04/06/2018 - 5:37am I mean, as it is he got a

I mean, as it is he got a piece of it. It would have been right on his pad if Hughes hadn’t deflected it.

04/06/2018 - 5:33am I suppose at least they

I suppose at least they didn’t have a game winner waved off by an early whistle.

04/06/2018 - 5:30am This feels more like Reggie,

This feels more like Reggie, the Sea Lion of Impotent Rage

04/06/2018 - 5:27am Well then let me grieve. This

Well then let me grieve. This one stung a bit and frankly the parade of “ we’re just happy to be heres” in the immediate aftermath of such a heartbreaker is getting a bit tiresome. Sure, let’s keep things in perspective... tomorrow. But for now let yourself feel some feelings, even disappointment, because that’s part of the ride of being a sports fan.

And this is suppos d to be the venting thread.

04/06/2018 - 12:40am We just lost with 5 seconds

We just lost with 5 seconds left less than half an hour ago. Dammit let the man grieve.

04/06/2018 - 12:30am Seriously, especially since

Seriously, especially since we seemed to own the end of the period. Think the guys were gassed with the effort to tie and ready to go to OT. Even then they played the break okay, but Banks made a great play and bad luck for Hughes to deflect just enough to make Lavigne miss.

04/06/2018 - 12:25am What’s the anti-Muppets?

What’s the anti-Muppets?

04/04/2018 - 6:50pm I don't think the sex charge

I don't think the sex charge Perry plead to was a felony - it was the resisting/fleeing that was a felony charge. I want to say the sex charge was "3rd degree criminal sexual contact" or something like that, which is a misdemeanor.

04/04/2018 - 6:32pm Yes. Brian uses it when he's

Yes. Brian uses it when he's feeling like an old man that doesn't get the young whippersnappers and their culture. It's a play on "old guy doesn't know what rap is", nothing to do with sex crimes.

04/03/2018 - 3:36pm Nova's offensive rebounding

Nova's offensive rebounding was, I think, a big reason we couldn't capitalize on their (relatively) poor shooting in the first half. And so much of it seemed like pure luck.

They'd clang a 3 attempt off the rim, and instead of falling into Mo's waiting arms it would carom straight to the lone Wildcat inside the arc, who would either put it away or recycle it out for another try.

04/03/2018 - 10:59am Beilein corrected his one

Beilein corrected his one glaring weakness - lack of ability to coach defense - by hiring two great defensive coaches. And it got him to another championship game despite a team that, being honest, was fairly poor offensively by Beilein’s usualy lofty standards.

Inconsistent shooting was what ultimately doomed this team to runner up status - but that’s one thing we know for sure Beilein can coach.

Have to believe that he’s got a couple more final fours in him if he can combine the new defensive prowess with some of the deadly offense we saw in 2013.

04/03/2018 - 10:49am Apparently a couple of you

Apparently a couple of you want to believe that 3 of 23 from 3 is the best this team was capable of?

If we’d shot 35% from 3 instead, that’s an extra 15 points.

If Charles Matthews makes 2 free throws instead of missing all 4 - there’s your other 2 points in the final deficit. Is it really so bad to be a little disappointed in that?

I know there’s some comfort in the “we never had a chance anyway, good on you for trying” narrative, but I don’t think that’s true or fair to this team. This was a great group with a lot of heart that never quite got it all together on offense in the tournament, managed to gut out 5 wins in spite of that and made a hell of a run.