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11/24/2018 - 4:06pm Why can we not have nice…

Why can we not have nice things?!  I've never leaving the BPONE against them again.

11/09/2018 - 10:15am Happy Friday.  Lets get all…

Happy Friday.  Lets get all the rutgers tomorrow!

01/13/2018 - 4:39pm WooHoo; End of game rule change suggestion

This was a wonderful game to watch, until the last 1:30+, which must have lasted as long as the previous 8:30 of game time.  After years of contemplation I have come up with what I think might be a way to improve the flow at the end of basketball games.

My suggestion:  Any foul that occurs with <2:00 on the clock and before the ball is brought over half court, results in free throws and maintaining possesion. 

This would still allow teams to intentially foul, but at least ~10 seconds must run off the clock.  Ideally I rather than any intential foul would result in maintanence of possession, but I don't trust the refs (or any human) to differentiate between intentional and unintentional in a clear cut enough manner.

01/11/2018 - 3:56pm Sharing

I've always wanted to comment on these posts Ace, but never known quite what to say.  In reflecting on your most recent posts what is stricking me is the benefits of opening up, and also the tremendous difficulty of doing so. No matter how many times you open up, in some ways it doesn't get easier, because in the moment there is often a sense of shame.

I too have a chronic condition, fibromyalgia, which is mild compared to many others with the condition, but still hard to deal with.  My sporting love is soccer, and I've played consistently, and at times at highly competitve levels since I was 5 years old.  I also jumped into the obstacle racing thing right from its founding, in fact I was a participant in the first ever Spartan Race.  I finished just outside of the top 300 in the country one year.  This is not to brag about my achievements, but to say that when the fibromyalgia acts up it is extremely difficult despite the conditon to not expect my body to be able to perform at a very high level.  I think this is often missed in the struggles of people with invisible or less visible chronic conditions.  There is a quote that goes something like "pain is proportional to difference between one's current state and one's expectation".  What might seem OK to one person could be painful to someone else. 

This also tends to lead to, in my experience, a great deal of living in ones own head.  There are many reasons for this.  One is that we are trying to redevelop and come to accept a revised image of ourselves.  This is compunded by the fact that chronic conditions also are often cyclical, or variable, so this is a never ending process.  Another is that the mental effort of dealing with it can drain you, and at time make you extremely cranky, lashing out at an offer of help not because you are ungrateful for assistance, you crave anything that can lessen the agony, but because it makes you question whether you need to revise your self image even lower yet again.  It makes you question your ability to care for yourself.  Because as much as assistance is necessary and benefitial, there is so much of a mental aspect that goes along with chronic conditions that you also have to become self relient, at least in some ways.  I find I try to hold onto this self reliance as a key piece of my self image that I want to maintain.  No one wants to feel like if their support went away that they would fail, so I tell myself, and strive to ensure, that I could do this myself, even though I know I don't have too.  Thank you to my wonderful wife for all of her help and tolerance.  But sometimes her offers of help serve as a question as to whether I could do it myself.

Getting to my point, this can all lead me not to share what I'm feeling, to close off and wallow.  I hope that sharing this can help remind other chronic suffers of this cycle and encourage them, and myself to share, even when it is cripling to our self image.  I also hope it will encourage a bit of understanding in caregivers and others.  Accepting the crankiness and anger of those with chronic conditions, and knowing how to help can be hard.  Know that despite our outward and in the moment response, we are always grateful for any offers of assistance.  One other thing I've found helpful is a regular check in, then I know the question isn't related to the vibe I'm giving off, but just an acknowledgement of the condition, and of me, and an opening to sharing.

Good luck to all the chronic condition patients, care givers, freinds, and Ace!  Thank you all for sharing,


12/13/2017 - 2:21am Kenpom Efficiency

I don't subscribe so I'm going by memory, but the 45th ranked offensive efficiency combined with the 33rd ranked defensive efficiency is the lowest and highest I can recall.  Seems like it could be a sign that this team has more room to grow than in the past given Beilein offenses seem to get better as seasons progress.

12/09/2017 - 2:39pm Comeback

That one was a struggle to watch at times. and I almost gave up on thoughts of a comeback adn turned it off. I'm glad the team didn't!

12/09/2017 - 2:35pm I needed me some


03/13/2017 - 3:50pm That's what struck me about

That's what struck me about the link too.  Michigan has done very well for itself ove the later portion of the season, but too bad our potential opponents in the tournament have done well too.  If the higher ranked team on this list wins every game prior to facing Michigan we would have to go through the #13, #5, #8, #12, # 3, and #1 teams to win the tournament.  The only positive there is that Kansas is the lowest ranked #1 seed on the list.

03/11/2017 - 3:45pm Not a very good NW start

Not a very good NW start

03/11/2017 - 3:30pm 7 on Bracket matrix this morning

We were a 7 on the bracket matrix this morning, so 6 seems reasonable with the win today. Wisconsin and Maryland are two of the three teams right above us, and minnesota was a 5.

03/11/2017 - 3:19pm I almost stopped watching

I almost stopped watching this team after the Ohio State loss, glad I didn't!  Woohoo!

10/29/2016 - 10:15pm I've rewatched this game and

I've rewatched this game and the highlights, and it keeps getting better the more I watch, what a great day!



10/29/2016 - 10:41am Grew up in Vermont

Grew up in Vermont and went to UVM for my PhD.  That arena is quirky, but a great place to watch a game.

12/11/2015 - 12:14pm Thanks Spike

Sad you've got to go, best of luck.

11/21/2015 - 4:59pm MSU Run D

This sure is looking like it's going to be a game.

Can our D duplicate MSU's ability to stop the OSU run next week?

11/21/2015 - 4:49pm Run D

Nice to see the run D perform today.  Hopefully they can reproduce what MSU's D is doing so far next week.

10/10/2015 - 6:52pm 1/1

100% on kickoff returns for touchdowns today, guess the defense didn't want to us try for another.

10/10/2015 - 5:26pm Ace Gif

Can't wait for the enhanced view of the northwestern caoch behind Lewis on the pick

10/10/2015 - 4:14pm HeeHeeHee


10/10/2015 - 10:00am 5-2 Michigan

5-2 Michigan

09/22/2015 - 4:56pm You're Right

It was hard to believe those were different plays, and I didn't until I watched each 10 times and finally noted the positions of the official on the sideline.

09/01/2015 - 11:32pm Michigan 24 - Utah 19

Michigan 24 - Utah 19

04/29/2015 - 11:51pm Off topic comments

My biggest pet peeve is when the comments quickly become unrelated to the original post. If I click through to the comments it is because I think the original post could spark interesting commentary. Lately I don't even read the comments because they so quickly are unrelated to the original issue. Maybe comments need an OT label too.

03/09/2015 - 8:42pm Untapped

I use untapped to track the craft beer I've had. It's a good way to learn what styles (IPA, Stout, Porter, etc.) and breweries you tend to like. Best of all it also helps keep track of w huhich of the hundreds of possibilities you haven't yet sampled. It gets less overwhelming eventually.

10/15/2014 - 10:44pm Kickoff Song

I'd go with "Positive Contact"

10/01/2014 - 9:43am Here, Here

Here here, on all points.

06/14/2014 - 11:05am It is quite remarkable all

It is quite remarkable all the pork that they can pack into their sausage making organization.

02/01/2014 - 4:58pm Interesting KenPom tidbit

The top three offenses (Duke, Creighton, Michigan) are also in order in terms of defense (Duke, Michigan, Creighton) at numbers 60, 61 and 62.

01/30/2014 - 2:43pm I don't know about everyone

I don't know about everyone else, but I found the RPI Effect Only section to be inflamatory.   Boom, read it.

01/09/2014 - 11:43pm Really

Because mine was going so fast I had to take some good calming breaths to stop myself from shaking.

10/26/2013 - 11:15pm Hooray

Go blue!

04/04/2013 - 12:30am Billy Donovan's "reaction" to Nik threes

My favorite is how Deja vu Nik's threes are as evidenced by watching Billy Donovan in each gif.  You could CGI him in any one of them into basically every other and it wouldn't change anything, it's eerie, and gives me the lolwut happy chuckle.

03/13/2013 - 9:20am Lived there for a year while

Lived there for a year while my future wife lived went to Kenyon College.  My favorite parts of Columbus were the indoor farmers market, northstar cafe, and the Easton mall.  

03/07/2013 - 10:53pm Did the ball get swapped for

Did the ball get swapped for a greased pig tonight?

03/07/2013 - 10:26pm I think Wisconsin is going

I think Wisconsin is going for the fewest possessions possible in a game.  No made basket and lots and lots of rebounds.

02/26/2013 - 9:26pm Our Big Ten fate is in our

Our Big Ten fate is in our hands again, got to like that.  I know it's probably asking way too much, but I'd love for Wisconsin to go down tonight too; on a full court shot.

02/26/2013 - 9:02pm Indiana with a triple

Minn up 70 - 66, Minn ball, 57 seconds left.  Come On Minn

02/26/2013 - 8:56pm Score update

Minn up 68-62,  Minn ball, 2:05 left

02/13/2013 - 9:10pm Thank You

Dear Brian,

Thank you for this.  In combination with the diary about being a Kansas basketball fan I feel a lot better.  Not any less sad about what happened, but successfully set expectations at a more realistic level.  The humor was much needed.  Just wanted to pass along a thanks for your efforts.

02/05/2013 - 1:27pm Gus doing "Dennis Bergkamp"

Found a link to some classic Gus Johnson sayings:

It seems like he could be good, as long as he has a good analyst with him.  It seems like Gus could do a pretty good Dennis Bergkamp recreation too.

01/09/2013 - 7:22pm I Love MUPPETS!


12/19/2012 - 1:08pm 85-45

85-45 UM winning obviously.

11/11/2012 - 12:43pm Go Blue

Nice to be back in the running.  Watching the run in the NCAA tourney two years ago was great, hope we can repeat!

03/04/2012 - 7:05pm Oh Yeah! (& PhD issue)

This is in no way meant to invalidate awesomeness or how long that game took to end.  But as a PhD student, my PhD still feels longer and I don't think this is a comment on my level of Michigan fandom.  PhD's just feel like forevarrrrr.

Go Blue!

02/22/2012 - 11:57am Sum up in a couple of words

Umm, one word, TREMENDOUS!

02/19/2012 - 12:05am YES!

11/05/2011 - 7:27pm Robinson down on fumble?

Apparently I'm wrong because I haven't seen it anywhere else, but if you put the ball on the ground while still controlling it, aren't you down?  That's what I saw on the fumble when Denard was trying to get away from the defender in the first half, which would have made it fourth down rather than Iowa ball.  Am I wrong about the rule, or did the ball come out first? 

10/03/2011 - 11:30pm This must be what Hoke was

This must be what Hoke was looking at when he double pointed and made the I be like dang face.

[Edit: Sorry I missed that was already posted in my rapid scrolling.  Does a double double point make it better?]

09/15/2011 - 9:16pm Seconded

Not a complaint, I love the UFRs!, but I would find this helpful as well.

09/13/2011 - 2:38pm Human history

Does the win % graph remind anyone else of the trajectory of human history where you have to zoom in on the last little tiny bit of the time line to see recorded history?  58:47 minutes go by, but all the last 1:12 is what we all will remember.