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11/09/2018 - 8:09pm He'll rape Thrace thrice.*

He'll rape Thrace thrice.*

 

* Let's see who gets this reference.

11/09/2018 - 7:58pm It's irrational but entirely…

It's irrational but entirely understandable.  We have been trained over the years to believe that we cannot have nice things.  These players have scuffed the hell out of the midfield symbol of our fears, but I can sympathize with your fear.

11/08/2018 - 7:49pm It's the way communities are…

It's the way communities are.  We don't expect you outsiders to get it, but we also don't care.  Feel free to be annoyed as hell, or stay the fuck away.  Those are your only choices.

11/08/2018 - 7:45pm Thanks for double-posting,…

Thanks for double-posting, so I could downvoted you twice.  Once for the strawman about how other people will feel, and the second for the shittiest attempt of the year at making a meaningful analogy .

11/08/2018 - 6:25am With 8 teams you are…

With 8 teams you are bringing in teams that did NOT "prove it on the field."

11/07/2018 - 4:26pm This times eleventy-million.

This times eleventy-million.

11/07/2018 - 4:25pm Well-played.

Well-played.

11/07/2018 - 4:24pm I've said it a dozen times…

I've said it a dozen times here:  he puts himself through what he has to go through because he loves football, just like all the other guys on the team.  Guys who love football love to play football.  Bosa was and is in a different position.  Bosa didn't shut it down because he doesn't want to play, he shut it down because he cannot realistically play.

I think both players made the right decisions for the right reasons.

11/07/2018 - 4:21pm They are worth what the…

They are worth what the market will pay, and they get what the market will pay.  They don;t have to go to college football.  They do it because it has the highest reward of any opportunity they have coming out of high school.

So, yeah, they should be thrilled to have proven themselves worthy of the highest payoff a graduating high school football player can get.  They've earned it (with maybe a few exceptions).

11/07/2018 - 4:10pm If he wanted to openly post…

If he wanted to openly post as Adam Biggers, he would do so (personally, I believe that he is, because of similarities in writing styles).  He is wise to remain officially anonymous here, though, because it allows him some freedom to say things that he wants to say, without tying it to his day job. 

What would wrong with simply respecting his desire to just be another poster here? 

Take his posts for what they are worth, and don't worry about his real identity.

11/07/2018 - 4:03pm The problem isn't that you …

The problem isn't that you "passively dislike this news," the problem is that you actively dislike this news, and make insinuations about the coaches based on your invincible ignorance.  

I am the one who passively dislikes this news, as I passively dislike any news when someone's hopes don't get fulfilled.  I don't encourage any one else to dislike it though, because my dislike is passive.  I then certainly don't argue that someone else "refuse to tolerate" the news, because that is the exact opposite of passively disliking the news.

11/07/2018 - 12:12pm If you are going eschew…

If you are going eschew intellectual contributions in order to spout platitudes, at least try not to fuck up your platitudes.

11/07/2018 - 6:28am Might want to check the…

Might want to check the meaning of the word "absolutely" before misusing it again.

11/06/2018 - 9:35pm There are Youtube videos…

There are Youtube videos with David Jones in them.  The name fits; his face does, indeed, look like that of a dead shark that washed ashore a week ago.

11/06/2018 - 11:24am Bama doesn't have a peer…

Bama doesn't have a peer defense - they have a defense like M has an offense - good, but not yet great.

Clemson looks like the real deal on both sides of the ball.  Their O isn't Bama's (nobody seems really close) but their D is elite.

I think Michigan matches up better with Bama than Clemson.

11/05/2018 - 9:08pm FiveThirtyEight uses the CFP…

FiveThirtyEight uses the CFP results as 1/3 of the prediction of the CFP results.  That was okay when there was no CFP results, but is silly when the CFP results are known.  It's like saying that Trump only has a 1/3 chance of winning the electoral college vote, even after the electoral college votes.

11/05/2018 - 7:33pm You're right!  What would…

You're right!  What would happen if one of those delusional commentators was called on to kick a field goal to win the game, and wasn't emotionally ready because they were delusionally looking ahead to the Alabama game!

Or, we could be like every fan base, and enjoy good results when they happen, and not allow ourselves to be crippled by fear of OSU.

11/05/2018 - 9:31am I think you may be right …

I think you may be right (though going in with the division won may have the opposite effect), but the worse OSU does, before the game and during it, the better our recruiting will be against them.  I like the idea of The Game being winner take all, but, in practice, i want OSU to be damaged goods as far as possible, even to the extent of making The Game meaningless for the conference title.

11/04/2018 - 10:43pm I was pretty confident that…

I was pretty confident that Michigan would beat ND but thought they'd lose to Wiscy and another (likeliest Penn State) while beating MSU and OSU and winning the conference.  10-2 with the outside chance of 9-3 if they had one of their semi-annual brain fart games.

11/04/2018 - 10:34pm It should always come down…

It should always come down to OSU.  But that doesn't mean we should hide under the tables until the big bad OSU is gone.  Learn to live a little bit, even if an OSU game is still in the future - because there's always an OSU game in the future.

11/04/2018 - 10:30pm I assume it was the desire…

I assume it was the desire to both be polite and avoid having the audience get distracted from the message.

11/04/2018 - 9:50pm Nah, let's just make…

Nah, let's just make football threads all season long and not cower like dogs at the thought of Ohio State.

11/04/2018 - 12:06pm Merely arguing that the…

Merely arguing that the offence "can do more" isn't taking a controversial stance.  That's Captain Obvious stuff.  It's true that Michigan didn't break out much new against Penn State, but I'm happy to keep some things under wraps and only win by 35 against te #15 team in the country.

As for Grant Perry's lack of use, I also find it mysterious.  What I don't find is that it is sinister; some evidence that Michigan's coaches are doing it wrong.  We can agree to disagree on whether Michigan' offense is well-coached.

11/04/2018 - 12:01pm These are mere words.  You…

These are mere words.  You claim that Michigan punishing the opposing team and establishing trends in the first half to exploit them in the second is false, and yet you provide no evidence for it (and ignore all of the evidence that it is true).    42-7 is a pretty impressive victory, and you don't like it.  Whatever.

11/04/2018 - 10:09am Can't say i blame them.  I…

Can't say i blame them.  I left PSU stadium early in the fourth quarter in 2008 when it became just too painful to keep watching what Michigan had become.  

11/04/2018 - 9:46am Classy post, NF.  I've…

Classy post, NF.  I've always enjoyed your reasonable take on what things look like through different-colored glasses.

11/04/2018 - 9:45am Too soon!

Too soon!

11/04/2018 - 12:42am You missed it.  It started…

You missed it.  It started with those silly "slackbot" responses in "This week's obsession" articles and slowly became the community norm.  It's kinda like "Bolivia" - not a joke, just insider-speak.

11/04/2018 - 12:39am Can't use his status as an…

Can't use his status as an athlete, correct.  The NCAA wouldn't even know about it if he kept it seperate from athletics.

11/04/2018 - 12:35am So long as he wasn't selling…

So long as he wasn't selling them while representing himself as an OSU athlete, he could sell what he wished.  Can't have the truth interfering with ignorant rhetoric, could steal some ANGR from the internets.

11/03/2018 - 11:40pm Biggest disappointment in…

Biggest disappointment in college football.

 - Paul Penishead

11/03/2018 - 11:35pm There sure looked like a…

There sure looked like a shitload of holding on PSU's part, and it didn't look like anything a ref would miss unless they were determined not to call it.  These refs seemed reluctant to call penalties in general, though.

11/03/2018 - 11:29pm The replay I saw sure looked…

The replay I saw sure looked like helmet-to-helmet contact, but only after the shoulder-to-chest contact.  The helmet-to-helmet contact was not intended and therefor not targeting.  Seeing it live, it looked like targeting, but replay showed it was not.  That's precisely how the rule should work.

11/03/2018 - 9:42pm Peters redshirted in 2016,…

Peters redshirted in 2016, so the number of games he plays in this year is moot.

11/03/2018 - 9:34pm RichRod ran exactly the kind…

RichRod ran exactly the kind of high-risk high-reward offense you are advocating.  His teams often scored a lot of points in the first half, but were unable to deal with the opponents' adjustments after halftime.  harbaugh is the opposite.  He sets up the foe for a second hlf in which he breaks the trends established in the first.  That is going to mean that Michigan will not be a great first-half team when it comes to scoring.  I can live with that, because the payoff is so impressive.

Of course there is room for improvement, and there would be if Michigan had scored 28 points in the first half and forteen in the second to keep you happy.  Alabama's defense is much like our offense, and we don't match up poorly against them at all.  

Tl:DR:  Offense is pretty good, has a lot of weapons, and is improving every week.  Still has to get better over the rest of November, but I disagree that one of those things needed is to try harder to score in the first half rather than the second.

11/03/2018 - 8:26pm That's because you don't…

That's because you don't understand football.  LSU and Alabama aren't unbeatable, and Clemson looks right now to match up well (even overmatch) against Michigan, but they haven't been tested yet so we don't know if they are for real.

11/03/2018 - 8:24pm The problem with the theory…

The problem with the theory that Michigan should just go ahead and score a bazillion points in the first half is that there's another team out there trying to keep them from doing that.  

The scoring comes from the grinding.  Michigan can't just wish itself points, it has to earn them.  Harbaugh's way is to establish the run and then punish the opposing team when it adjusts.  Your way, the RichRod way, doesn't allow that final demoralizing drive that pushes the enemy to despair.  LAst year, the RichRod "balls to the wall" gambling method would probably have been better than what Harbaugh tried, because he didn't have the tools for Harball.  This year, though, he has the horses to win the slow but sure way, and I find the complaining to be bizarre.

11/03/2018 - 9:16am This post is terrible…

This post is terrible. Anyone can put together a pos post like this

11/03/2018 - 9:14am Agree that the cuts are just…

Agree that the cuts are just a bit too short.  I understand that you are trying to match the beats in the music, but my brain needs just a little more time to process what it is seeing.  I like the format, though.  Just music and video.  Maybe finish with a Don Brown "Smash on three!  1, 2,3 SMASH""

11/03/2018 - 9:09am I can think of few things in…

I can think of few things in this world as terrifying as having Don Brown circle my name for any reason.

It is expensive and painful to legally change yor name,but this would be one of the things that would make it worth it.

Great installments in a great series.  Thanks to both of you for providing it.

11/02/2018 - 10:58pm My bet is that he comes back…

My bet is that he comes back, smashes people, and declares, only to retire about 14 years into a great NFL career.

Nobody who has gotten to where he has gotten does not love the game, and will pass up playing when he can.  He may sit out the bowl if it isn't a CFP bowl, and I wouldn't blame him.

11/02/2018 - 10:55pm User name matches

User name matches

11/02/2018 - 10:01pm Doesn't have to pull a…

Doesn't have to pull a redshirt to play a guy, unless he has already played in 4 games.

11/02/2018 - 9:54pm PSU doesn't "always play us…

PSU doesn't "always play us tight."  In fact, Michigan has won 13 of 21 and 7 (more than half) were by more than a touchdown.  Michigan's only ever lost once by less than a touchdown.  These games are the opposite of "tight."

Your energy isn't important.  It doesn't affect the team or the game.

So, it seems to me that your concern isn't based on evidence.  Chillax.

11/02/2018 - 7:32pm Yellow pants are as common…

Yellow pants are as common as white pants in away uniforms.  If you are looking for iconic, look higher.  The helmets say Michigan in a millisecond and the all-whites pop the helmets infinitely better than yellow pants do.

11/02/2018 - 7:29pm You can connect the maize…

You can connect the maize pants to a maize and blue helmet with enough maize in the jersey, but the whining about maize piping on the jersey isn't worth it.  All-whites are the solution, as you say.

11/02/2018 - 1:09pm We only play them once.  We…

We only play them once.  We should make that count rather than relying on playing Penn State nine times and Pemm State once.

11/02/2018 - 1:07pm fivethirtyeight's model is…

fivethirtyeight's model is really poor.  They are essentially weighing the CFP panel's selections as being worth 1/3 of the CFP panel's selections.  that's forgivable in the absence of data, but their claim that their estimates estimates trump their data is incorrect.

There is no route for OU to overtake Michigan is neither team loses except some absurd and unlikely results.

11/02/2018 - 1:02pm They could easily pay Don…

They could easily pay Don Brown $3.5 million if they just take the $2.4 million that you claim Harbaugh is getting paid but isn't (he makes $5 million a year plus incentives plus an interest-free loan that's costing the university another $150,000/year or so).

11/02/2018 - 12:45pm You can say this all that…

You can say this all that you want, but it is utterly untrue.  Alabama has been the consensus #1 team in the country from the get-go.  If they get crushed by LSU, or lose to any other team, then they are out.  But a narrow loss by #1 to #3 is going to see #1 and #3 swap places. Alabama with one loss will be the best one-loss team, just as they are now the best unbeaten team.

If LSU beats Alabama, odds are overwhelming that Michigan is out of the playoffs.  If Alabama beats LSU, LSU is out of the playoffs and Michigan is likely the replacement.