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12/15/2018 - 11:06pm Check out the rest of the…

Check out the rest of the top 25 scores from today. Lots of games were closer than you might expect. It’s holiday tomato can time and weird things happen. 

12/09/2018 - 6:58pm FYI : Tomato Can comes to us…

FYI : Tomato Can comes to us from the world of boxing.  Back when it meant something in the sporting world, contenders would work their way to a title bout by fighting (in many cases) palookas who were journeyman stiffs and cannon fodder.  These bums came to be called “tomato cans” because when you bust them open, they have a lot of red goo inside them.  Nice.

12/08/2018 - 7:08am Having seen them both, I…

Having seen them both, I would say it depends.  Ricky Green was faster in a straight line and could bring the ball down the court faster than anyone else could simply run down the court.  But he didn’t have Z’s lateral quickness or ability to put his man in a phone booth.

12/06/2018 - 9:55am Call the brewery and find…

Call the brewery and find out if and who distributes Pliny in the Denver area. The distributor should be able to help. Or just google who sells it in Denver 

12/06/2018 - 9:49am I consider him to be a…

I consider him to be a hollow horn, a poster child for everything that is wrong with the internet.  

12/03/2018 - 4:55pm I’m guessing he was hard at…

I’m guessing he was hard at work ‘fixing’ things long before we started bitching about them. I’ve been watching Michigan basketball since Dave Strack and Beilein is the best I’ve seen here, and the cleanest. 

12/03/2018 - 4:25pm Easy there, big fella. It’s…

Easy there, big fella. It’s a long season. 

11/29/2018 - 5:35am It looked good on the tube…

It looked good on the tube. Refs should have whistled #4 for the untucked shirt, or is that just the  NBA?

11/25/2018 - 5:05pm Who pissed in this guy’s…

Who pissed in this guy’s corn flakes?  Either a) a troll, or b) some other form of sad human being.

11/25/2018 - 8:40am Losing to the Machine in…

Losing to the Machine in Columbus hurts, like bleeding the colors out of life and being filled with a sense of unease.  But 10-2 and a tie for 1st in the East division is still pretty good and on the upper end of the predictions after Notre Dame.  OSU played the long con on everyone this year and put up a performance (both coaches and players) that finally matched their talent level.  We aren’t them, with their all-consuming mania, nor do we want to be.  So we live with the bitter dregs of an ass whipping at their bloody hands.

College football has high variability, which is to be expected in a game played by 19-21 year old men.  Our weakness got identified and exploited with a good game plan, while it would seem that we put in less effort on ours.  Like the guy said above, Don Brown’s game plan got chained to the back of a pick-up and dragged around the parking lot.  Since we play a high risk, high reward style of defense, neutralizing our strength (DL and tight man coverage) with speed crossing routes exposed the risk side of the equation.  Credit Haskins with doing his part in the passing game.

Will we be better next year?  Probably on offense, more doubtful on defense, but we’ll still be Michigan and will operate with a sense of ethics and integrity.  You can be critical of Harbaugh’s stubbonness, but I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have representing the core values of our tribe.

11/10/2018 - 7:36am The defensive scheme was…

The defensive scheme was retooled this year to cut down on chunk and big chunk plays, as well as making it MUCH more difficult to sustain drives with the short passing game.  I believe Coach Brown looked at last year and thought “we can’t let in as many points next year, particularly in the second half” and put together what you’re seeing this year: organic pass rush with less blitzing, better use of zone from the LB position, and reliance on CB/Safety to take away wide receivers.  And it works.

This defense is a joy to watch.

11/07/2018 - 7:38pm Wait a minute, it is working…

Wait a minute, it is working! I’m back, baby!

11/07/2018 - 7:35pm Still not working for me. 

Still not working for me. 

10/20/2018 - 10:51pm Harbaugh called this coming…

Harbaugh called this coming week “improvement week” on his post game interview with Jon Jansen today. I think we need the bye week, and it doesn’t hurt that Penn State has Iowa before they show up for their beating here. 

09/29/2018 - 1:05pm Rutgers has the worse pass…

Rutgers has the worse pass defense I’ve ever seen. 

09/29/2018 - 11:39am I can’t believe it is much…

I can’t believe it is much better, if at all, then the atmosphere at Under The Lights I.  We were rocking that night.

09/29/2018 - 11:33am Or digital cameras, email,…

Or digital cameras, email, or the internet. I did, however, have The Three Stooges reruns on a black and white TV after school.

09/27/2018 - 5:04pm Hi. I live in BHONMPD*ville…

Hi. I live in BHONMPD*ville. Population: me. 

* - Black Hole of No More Points Dispare

09/27/2018 - 4:55pm It’s basketbal, not football…

It’s basketbal, not football, but Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell says ‘Hi’.

09/21/2018 - 8:09pm Nope, just nope...

Nope, just nope...

09/21/2018 - 8:07pm I’ve been stuck on 779 for…

I’ve been stuck on 779 for months. We’ll just see about this...

09/18/2018 - 4:07pm Max Bullough say "Hi".

Max Bullough say "Hi".

09/12/2018 - 7:30am Tom Cechinni (pictured above…

Tom Cechinni (pictured above, #53) was my Phys. Ed. teacher when I was in 8th or 9th grade in '65 or '66. He was an All Big Ten linebacker who sometimes played center earlier in his career at Michigan.  Nice guy, but dealing with a bunch of junior high kids was a pretty tall order for him.

09/10/2018 - 12:56pm Center of ball at center of…

Center of ball at center of post would bounce straight back, ignoring spin/rotation effects and strange force dynamics as the point of contact moves towards the stitched nose of the ball.  Since you want the ball to pass through the plane formed by the crossbar and posts, the angle of incidence (defined by the angle between a horizontal projection of the line from the center of the ball to the center of the post and the horizontal line running between the two posts) must be less than 45 degrees, with a center of ball/center of post angle being defined as 90 degrees.  The resulting trajectory would retain some velocity through the goal post plane.  Distance wise, this is about the square root of two divided by two times the sum of the two (ball and post) radii (I don’t know the how big the suckers are).  This would be the distance inside the center of the post that the center of ball must be inside of to at least squeak inside the uprights.  

Or, maybe we shouldn’t leave this calculation up to refs.  Probably a bad idea.

09/07/2018 - 4:23pm I don’t know about that.  I…

I don’t know about that.  I was 16 when I saw Ron Johnson run wild in the mud.  It was miserable, but my childhood chum and I stayed into the 4th quarter before we packed it in.  You knew that something special was happening.  FWIW, my buddy and I still go to the games together.  Seen a lot at the corner of Stadium and Main.

08/21/2018 - 6:06pm Also missing from OL Guard:

Also missing from OL Guard:

best nickname - John “The Flame” Arbeznik

08/20/2018 - 12:44pm I still love FORTRAN for…

I still love FORTRAN for some applications, particularly in constrained processing environments (vanilla C is also pretty good).  It knocks down to tight assembly.

08/19/2018 - 3:15pm Couldn’t agree more. My…

Couldn’t agree more. My career around software spanned FORTRAN to Java Script, with legacy baselines always being perceived to be easier/cheaper/faster to migrate than recode. This has become a murkier model as development environments have evolved from a text editor plus compiler to a complex IDE with lots of automated code generated behind the scene.  As Coach Brown’s digit pointed out, major revisions of IDE tools like Drupal can create harrowing debugging problems, let alone jumping 3 major revisions. Instead of bitching about our generally free entertainment site, I applaud Brian’s commitment to us by taking on this thankless risk. 

08/19/2018 - 10:15am Maybe for you, Goggles, but…

Maybe for you, Goggles, but not for me...

08/19/2018 - 10:10am Still haven’t had any points…

Still haven’t had any points updated all summer.  I need to be more altruistic 

08/19/2018 - 10:07am The extra year of experience…

The extra year of experience for the back 7, and the subsequent reduction of big plays, should more than offset the loss of Hurst.  We’ll still be pretty strong against the run.

07/29/2018 - 8:28pm Batman rests his case...

Batman rests his case...

07/29/2018 - 7:34am Thanks for the post.  I find…

Thanks for the post.  I find it more useful and posts about restaurants and what not, and even if it wasn’t, I would defend your right to post on the topic.  Ever since MgoBlog 3.0 hit the streets, I have been disheartened by the sense of entitlement exhibited in the comment sections, as if they were paying for and orchestrating a complex and drawn-out software overhaul themselves.  And the same holds true for their response to what is a well thought out piece on local politics, an issue which is certainly less OT than talking about cars every Tuesday. I have lived in and out of Ann Arbor for over 50 years and have dealt with planning commissions and local politics and have found that the lack of attention paid to the character and quality of people elected to local office directly affects the quality of life in town.  Thanks for elevating awareness on what will be the defining issues for Ann Arbor going forward.  Whether or not the readership agrees is less important than helping each of us to have a real reasoned opinion.  That said, here is my two bits:

1)  Brian is spot on with the underlying economic issue.  Choke off supply, and ensuing demand punishes the majority. Housing and development policy must be based on the imperative to create affordable housing.

2)  The past is just that, a place for fond memories. But it is a horrible paradigm for solving the problems of today.  

07/26/2018 - 5:49am And to no one's surprise, he…

And to no one's surprise, he was none too informative.  All of these coaches make me think I am wasting my time when I listen to them, i.e. you aren't missing much.  Harbaugh seems to have more hitching in his responses and seems to repeat the same stock points more than in the past.  Looks to me like he is less spontaneous and screwed down pretty tight.  I actually rather like that, it looks like he is more focused on his coaching this year.

07/26/2018 - 5:37am I had a couple of days where…

I had a couple of days where points updated, then it stopped.  Good thing I don't come here for the points.  I figure it will get sorted out at some point.

07/20/2018 - 2:28pm Also consider The Earle …

Also consider The Earle (best ambience in town) or Mediterrano off State and Eisenhower. 

07/20/2018 - 8:23am After about a week of…

After about a week of functioning, Points have stopped working for me.

07/20/2018 - 8:21am I’m with you, Bo, except I…

I’m with you, Bo, except I’ve been in the middle of the South Endzone for over 40 years.  Nothing wrong with the longitudinal view of the field for seeing the line blocking, passing game, and special teams blocking.  

07/20/2018 - 7:58am The obvious thing is to just…

The obvious thing is to just ignore it, much as you might (or should) ignore Nike/Arby’s Cup OT threads.  But something abstract like position titles offends the OP’s delicate aesthetic palette. Such is the human condition, to see offense (“Whoring” seems pejorative to me) in an issue in which they have no stake.  Try running an all-consuming machine like Michigan’s athletic department and see if your perspective doesn’t change.  For myself, I’ll gladly trade some foppish sounding titles for commercialization of the game experience as a means of raising operating capital.  

Tl;dr - ‘Lighten Up, Francis’

07/16/2018 - 3:06pm Simple foods done well is…

Simple foods done well is what sticks in my memory. 

Cheese enchiladas with the perfect brown sauce (think Texas)

Blimpy Burger fried veggies 

tenderloin in debris sauce (think New Orleans)

properly made Ceasar Salad

Urban Meyer’s head on a platter (apple optional)

 

07/14/2018 - 10:59pm No kids in my house, so

1)…

No kids in my house, so

1) stacked washer/dryer in walk-in closet

2) all primary living space on first floor

3) 3 car garage with upright freezer

my UM degree served my well

07/14/2018 - 8:12am Others from the creative…

Others from the creative world of Matt Groening:

L’rrrr from Omicron 8

Mom

Lionel Hutz

Sideshow Bob

Zap Brannigan

Fat Tony and his henchmen

07/14/2018 - 7:54am Waddya know, it worked. …

Waddya know, it worked.  Thanks.

07/14/2018 - 7:52am We’ll just see about that…

We’ll just see about that...

 

07/09/2018 - 12:55pm Gonna be Wellington vs…

Gonna be Wellington vs. Napoleon 

07/05/2018 - 8:39pm I’m with Goggles on this -…

I’m with Goggles on this - no new points since 3.0 was introduced.  I use an iPad or iPhone exclusively. 

07/04/2018 - 11:55pm Last I heard, fireworks are…

Last I heard, fireworks are pretty popular in China, what with them being communist and all. Opiate of the masses, I guess. 

06/30/2018 - 6:52am Name doesn’t check out

Name doesn’t check out

06/28/2018 - 10:05am All software migrates over…

All software migrates over time because it is easy to believe that re-use is cheaper than rebuilding from scratch.  Hence the amount of Legacy code simply carrying on in our daily lives.  The natural tendency is to wait until migration becomes a necessity, and (particularly in the dynamic world of web programming) lots of what your legacy source deck used to do isn’t supported and you are faced with creating lots of work-arounds.

I only bring this up to add some perspective to the scope of change MgoBlog’s staff (and contractor) has to contend with.  Rigorous testing of heavily modified Legacy Code is mind-numbingly tedious and expensive, I can tell you from years of professional experience, and these cats are running a FREE BLOG.  Take your time, Seth (et al.), and don’t hurry the process if it means not doing it right.  I’m happy to wait and grateful for the existence of MgoBlog in whatever form.

Also, my point total hasn’t changed since May,  Can you get on that? 

06/28/2018 - 9:46am Good for the kid, gets to…

Good for the kid, gets to stay in the business and get a good apprenticeship while getting his ass beat by Beilein.  Daddy Dan should be proud (although I’m pretty sure having Dan as his dad didn’t hurt Andrew’s chances for employment).   As to how annoying Dan Dakich will be the first time he does color for an OSU game, he didn’t overdo it when calling one of his games as a player, I’m sure he’ll be professional about it when Andy is just some goofball coach on the sidelines.  In a related note, what kind of celebration moves will Andrew have to come up with to reflect his new position.  Maybe he can combine them with spittle-flecked tirades directed at the refs.