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11/27/2010 - 7:20pm Brady Hoke?

Brady Hoke?

11/05/2010 - 1:09pm 307

10/24/2010 - 6:00pm ESPN3

I will be without ESPN for the evening of the game.  Does anyone know if ESPN3 is subject to blackout?  I have internet delivered through Comcast in the Chicago area, if it makes a difference.

07/31/2010 - 6:21pm I used to use the perennial

I used to use the perennial success of Michigan to offset the perennial disappointment of the Cubs.  And now?  Now, I drink.

07/30/2010 - 9:51pm Columbus: We caught the

Columbus: We caught the highway sniper... eventually.

06/03/2010 - 12:01pm Fair point.  I didnt' mean to

Fair point.  I didnt' mean to imply that strike zone judgement and out/safe calls or similar, nor that Halladay shouldn't have gotten his perfect game.  I only mean to say officiating is , by definition, ultimatley at the discretion of the officials.  Part of sports culture is living with those mistakes.

That being said, if it had happened during Carlos' no-hitter, I probably would have wanted to see the posthumous correction too.

06/03/2010 - 11:27am Truthfully, it is not out of

Truthfully, it is not out of the ordinary for there to be a dozen questionable calls in a MLB game.  Take, for example, Halladay's recent perfecto.  He worked a ton of three ball counts and was afforded a pretty generous outside corner.  I'm reasonably certain that by reviewing Pitch FX data or video, we could find a walk issued by Halladay.  Of course, no one is advocating stripping this perfect game, even though the umpires judgement "changed history."

I'd probably feel differently if I was a Tigers fan, but my gut feeling is that missed calls, even those of high consequence, always have been and always will be a part of the game.  Go get 'em tomorrow, kid.

05/25/2010 - 12:06pm I suspect self-serving bias,

I suspect self-serving bias, in that people seem to always support harsher penalties for everyone besides themselves.  How many people would say we should be harder on burglars?  Tax cheats?  Drunk drivers?

In that same line of thinking, I'm certainly hoping USC gets the hammer tonight.  I'm likely to think whatever the NCAA does isn't 'harsh enough.'  I'm sure I would feel differently if I were a USC fan.

04/22/2010 - 2:07am He's been on the higher end

He's been on the higher end of the pitcher abuse points spectrum since he was 22. If he was going to have serious, long term arm trouble, it probably would have happened already.

04/22/2010 - 2:05am It has to be a ploy on Lou's

It has to be a ploy on Lou's part to give both Gorzelanny and Silva another turn in the rotation. Lou can't sent Silva to the bullpen with a sub-one ERA. He can't send Gorzelanny there because it makes them too left-handed (Grabow and Marshall). He's just buying time to make a decision.

The Cubs have done some stupid, stupid things in over a century of futility (college of coaches, anyone?), but even they are too smart to trade 100 innings of Carlos Zambrano for 100 innings of Tom Gorzelanny. No one is going to put an 18 million dollar pitcher who has a tendency to overthrow is sinker in short relief for more than a couple weeks.

04/14/2010 - 11:51pm No.

No.

03/05/2010 - 12:32pm Seems strange that they will

Seems strange that they will be looking for more offense than defense with all the "ugh wide receivers" sentiment that punctuated last years class.

02/21/2010 - 4:27pm (No subject)
01/29/2010 - 11:59am Best TV show of the oughts by

Best TV show of the oughts by a wide margin.

01/29/2010 - 11:12am As a native Illinoisan (don't

As a native Illinoisan (don't tell), I've always been a bit perplexed about why the state has so few high-level prospects. It seems as though a state so populous, with at least a few nationally respected programs (JCA comes to mind), should be cranking out more than a handful of highly ranked kids each year.

01/22/2010 - 12:06pm The only person who laughs at

The only person who laughs at Jimmy Fallon's jokes is Jimmy Fallon

01/20/2010 - 5:28pm I guess he gets toasted in

I guess he gets toasted in every sense of the word.

01/09/2010 - 1:04am I wonder if McKnight knew

I wonder if McKnight knew about this before hand, or if he was just leaving to beat the supposed "rookie cap."

12/30/2009 - 3:19pm Last I heard Wiener's Circle

Last I heard Wiener's Circle had been shut down by the Health Department:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2008/12/health-dept-shuts-down-wiene…

I'm not a big hot dog guy, but my friends all rave about Gene and Jude's in River Grove.

11/28/2009 - 10:24pm Your pro ball career
will

Your pro ball career
will look just like Cade McNown's
with worse draft status

11/22/2009 - 11:29pm Lewis really has a gift for

Lewis really has a gift for blending his expository with a moving story.

11/08/2009 - 1:17pm That was simultaneous

That was simultaneous possession.

11/04/2009 - 2:53pm What are the rules for

What are the rules for selection? Are Big-Ten-affiliated bowls allowed to take any 6-6 team over any other 6-6 team, or do they have to go by conference record?

Michigan's odds of avoiding Detroit are a lot better if the former is the case.

11/03/2009 - 7:30pm -I need Autocad, 3ds, and

-I need Autocad, 3ds, and Revit.
-I don't care to run Boot Camp.
-I can't afford paying more for comparable hardware.

I guess that makes me a PC person?

10/30/2009 - 5:22pm reminds me of

reminds me of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ar5HgtQOk8

10/11/2009 - 12:43pm - OSU, Penn State, and

- OSU, Penn State, and Wisconsin all look like (unexpectedly) winnable games.

- Illinois just can't possibly be this bad, and Michigan has to go to Memorial Stadium. That being said, they have been just awful to date.

- Purdue is wretched and has to play in Ann Arbor.

- Delaware State is a 1-4 MEAC team.

I'll guess they lose one they shouldn't and win one they shouldn't (7-5), but nothing between 6-6 and 9-3 is a shock at this point.

10/11/2009 - 10:18am Two Guesses:
1) The coaches

Two Guesses:

1) The coaches have found the draw to be more successful in practice, where perhaps Denard has broken it open consistently (not too much of a stretch considering the linebacker situation).

2) My understanding of the zone read option is that it is a numbers game. It works because you theoretically don't have to block one guy, you can just run away from him. Maybe since Michigan gets 8 or 9 in the box when Denard enters the game, the numbers won't work?

09/21/2009 - 5:15pm As a native Illinoisan (not

As a native Illinoisan (not nearly as cool of a demonym as Michigander, fwiw), I couldn't agree with you more. UIUC's student body is made up of a bunch of white kids from Oak Park and Naperville that think that the Michigan vs. Illinois game is the biggest rivalry of the year.

Can't stand it.

09/20/2009 - 2:02pm Bummer. It's probably better

Bummer. It's probably better for Michigan's resume if the Irish stay competitive. This will certainly be a hindrance to that.

09/14/2009 - 6:57pm A Notre Dame lineman

A Notre Dame lineman congratulates Brandon Graham with a hug following Michigan's dramatic win.

09/07/2009 - 7:47pm I wonder if we could see the

I wonder if we could see the zone read triple option using a second back or a slot receiver as the pitch man if the quarterback keeps.

09/07/2009 - 5:46pm Thank you. Very informative.

Thank you. Very informative.

09/05/2009 - 1:17am Yeah, that was me. I am a

Yeah, that was me. I am a wise sage.

09/04/2009 - 1:39am I'd say he was pretty serious

I'd say he was pretty serious about that promise.

09/04/2009 - 1:31am probably two games

probably two games

07/25/2009 - 9:26pm On the two deep or not, I

On the two deep or not, I just can't imagine pissing away a free college education. What a shame for all concerned parties.

07/24/2009 - 2:04pm It takes stones to pass along

It takes stones to pass along a chance to sit in the press box on the basis of preserving the impartiality and integrity of content.

I'm looking forward to the format tweak.

06/25/2009 - 2:14am (No subject)
06/23/2009 - 5:06pm OVER 9000!
...seriously,

OVER 9000!

...seriously, it'll be way over nine thousand...

06/18/2009 - 9:14pm That's why you never acquire

That's why you never acquire someone who spent time in the Cubs organization.

05/08/2009 - 9:11pm Baltimore has really become a

Baltimore has really become a pit for the Cub's flotsam. In the last couple of years Corey Patterson, Sammy Sosa, Felix Pie, and now Joey Gathright have all made their way to Camden.

Good riddance.

05/02/2009 - 4:34am When I was growing up, who

When I was growing up, who ever was celebrating his or her birthday would get the best piece of the cake (i.e., the one with the most candy decorations, the one without melted wax, etc).

So, my question to you is, as the guest of honor, what piece will you select?

04/08/2009 - 3:51pm Cheer up.
The AL Central is

Cheer up.

The AL Central is wide open. Every team has some deep flaws. Some pundits are even picking the Royals.

04/03/2009 - 1:15am I'll wager Koger gets a lot

I'll wager Koger gets a lot of catches. While trying to protect a young, stick-figure quarterback, the tight-end drag has to be a popular check-down.

03/22/2009 - 3:21pm Sort of a tangent, but I wish

Sort of a tangent, but I wish the MLB hadn't gone so crazy with 'warning both dugouts' every time someone loses the handle on a fastball that ends up in the batters' box. Unlike in basketball (where apparently your only recourse against the likes of Griffin is to flip him over yourself onto his tailbone), baseball was sort of self-adjudicating. You pose during a bomb, you get the next one on your hip. Take too long of a look back at the umpire, you get rung up on a ball above the letters, etc.

03/22/2009 - 4:41am I think the reasons for

I think the reasons for officiating are three-fold:

1) Stars get the calls. Just like LeBron gets four steps in the Leauge, Griffin is going to get a lot of positive attention from officials.

2) We have come to expect poor officiating while playing an "away" game, and Kansas City, while not exactly next door to OU, is a hell of a lot closer to Norman than Ann Arbor.

3) College basketball is called very inconsistently, leaving a lot of room for reasons 1 and 2. The charge rule is a perfect example. I recall when even the announcers said "He shuffled right into him and took the charge," totally ignoring that if he was "shuffling" it couldn't have possibly been a charge. The absence of the "no charge" circle also came into play, with a couple of charges right under the basket.

03/20/2009 - 2:15am I have them in the Elite 8,

I have them in the Elite 8, and I fully expect that optimism to end up costing my princely entry fee of five dollars.

Honestly, I think they are done unless they can solve their issues on the defensive glass. Clemson may have missed their put-backs, but don't I expect OU to follow suit.

03/16/2009 - 7:02pm The other day, outside of a

The other day, outside of a restaurant here in Illinois, there was PT Cruiser parked in a handicapped spot with a the handicapped plate CRIPL 3.

03/07/2009 - 4:24am 1. Estacionamiento (Spanish

1. Estacionamiento (Spanish for parking lot)
2. Literally
3. Late Nights
4. Early Mornings
5. Campfires
6. Writing With Chalk
7. The F Word
8. Speech Writer
9. Gym Teacher
10. "Sorry about the Cubs."

02/17/2009 - 2:11pm The great thing about the

The great thing about the Frobozz Tamoshanter joke is that it becomes no less funny with each subsequent deployment. I laughed really hard again this time.