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06/20/2018 - 7:45pm so you want our bye week to…

so you want our bye week to be the final week of the season? 

 

look, it is horrid for students and not bad for everyone else

06/20/2018 - 12:35pm they need all of that plus…

they need all of that plus to have the top goal differential of the tied teams

06/18/2018 - 8:22pm Look. I don't love it or ah…

Look. I don't love it or ah even like it. I also doubt it will matter to me much at all. 

06/15/2018 - 8:58am Hope Egypt subs Salah early…

Hope Egypt subs Salah early in the half. Egypt has a chance to steal this one. Uruguay has been the opposite of clinical in the final third. 

06/13/2018 - 6:37pm All I care about is that…

All I care about is that kids be allowed to remain in school here and keep their scholie as long as they have gone to both class and practice. I don't care if they aren't in the 110 for camp.

We made a promise to these kids. They need to get 4 years of a paid for education. 

06/07/2018 - 2:28pm My USMNT fandom is basically…

My USMNT fandom is basically equal to my Michigan fandom so I have been down about this cup. Literally about a 1/3 of my mgopoints date back from the summer of 2010 because I had constructive points to add to the board and was in Ann Arbor taking one spring class so I had time to watch ever game lol. 

 

That being said, I love every part of the French team, (so much talent, so fun to play with on fifa) so I am going to ride that wagon. 

06/07/2018 - 12:29am I like it when Michigan…

I like it when Michigan students win national championships 

 

Major kudos to Mr. Flanagan

06/06/2018 - 4:05pm please do a digital one …

please do a digital one ... for some of us abroad it really is the only option 

06/06/2018 - 12:05pm Thanks for doing this…

Thanks for doing this. Actually interesting user-created data. 

A million times better than reading OMMG DID YOU KNOW WE CANT RECRUIT INSTATE 5 STARZZZZZ takes for the 1 millionth time. (Note: I actually fall on the side that it is a concern, but it is nauseating to read about over and over again.)

05/31/2018 - 3:29am I loved it

Show stuck to its ethos of not being a cheap action flick 

05/29/2018 - 10:00am I guess this is ok IF we

I guess this is ok IF we don’t have to give a home game away as well.

But it still sucks, ND has a beautiful campus and stadium. Play it there.

05/23/2018 - 11:54am How did they start in the

How did they start in the first place?

Like how did they get territory because having territory would suggest a school wasn't dead yet?

05/22/2018 - 3:41pm I am a sucker for Ann Arbor

I am a sucker for Ann Arbor romanticism, but for me it honestly will be both of his player's tribune articles these last two years. 

 
It was so clear he was one of us. And by us I mean students. He clearly loved Michigan and Ann Arbor in the same way we all do. And for those of us who have since graduated, he was a window back into our time on campus. I've always professed that what makes Ann Arbor and the Michigan student experience special is that it has a meaningful niche for every one who comes. Be it an un athletic kid from mid Michigan farm country (me) or a basketball marvel from Berlin. Pure nostalgia. 
 
05/22/2018 - 3:21pm The intersection between

The intersection between sports and culture will always be interesting to me. Thanks for sharing. 

05/22/2018 - 11:44am That’s your mistake

Coach & Four is so so much better than State Street Barbers.

05/20/2018 - 12:27pm ND LF robs a HR. Not great. 

ND LF robs a HR. Not great. 

05/18/2018 - 4:32pm :(

:(

05/18/2018 - 4:02pm any stream?

espnews fail

05/17/2018 - 2:59pm Not a huge DR fan but that's

Not a huge DR fan but that's based on only one bad experience. 

 
Off list, but  Puerto Vallarta is wonderful at Christmas time. The whales are in the bay and the activity list is high because it is actually a real city and not one created to be a resort. It has activities for all parts of the family. 
05/11/2018 - 10:36am Spent last football season

Spent last football season abroad.

A good VPN plus a family member’s cable log in.

I didn’t miss a game.

05/02/2018 - 3:53pm Baseball is effectively an

Baseball is effectively an individual sport and championships are a team award. 

 
Jeter was a very good player, for a long time however:
 
1. He played for the Yankees, who have a huge fanbase who make a god out of their players. I have Yankee friends who basically think he was one of the best ever. This is biggest on defense, where he never had a good defensive WAR, even at his peak, and was really bad THE back half of his career.
 
(Cue: BUT REMEMBER THAT ONE TIME HE DOVE INTO THE STANDS, HE HAS SO MUCH HEART. AND THAT PLAY AGAINST THE As, HE IS A GREAT DEFENDER) 
 
1b. Those Yankee teams were loaded beyond belief. Pretend for a moment he put up the same numbers in say Kansas City .... 
 
2. Baseball's postseason is an incredibly low sample size event in which Jeter had some admittedly great moments.
 
3. His last 5 seasons, he was just not very good. His last two, he was awful. Basically, the level of an average triple A replacement player. 
 
4. He was a great ambassador for the game and loved, or at least respected, by almost all. This is directly correlated to being a Yankee and not a Royal, and the low sample size success in the playoffs.
 
In sum, baseball is an individual massive sample size stats game, and the big arguments for Jeter are team awards, individual GRITTY/CLUTCH moments, and the fact he was a Yankee.
 
Great player, obvious Hall of Famer (probably deservedly so but not as clear cut as many assume), not close to the level many consider him to be. 
05/02/2018 - 1:11pm I loved the OSU game plan and

I loved the OSU game plan and hope to see more of it. 

05/01/2018 - 2:23pm Still not over Habana closing

Still not over Habana closing tbh

 
Undergrad years - Ricks/Skeeps/Chucks in some order depending on the scene I wanted
 
Grad - Babs/Last Word/Jolly Pumpkin's Rooftop 
 
Most overrated - Mash (don't @ me)
04/30/2018 - 12:33pm The comparison is 5 star Jr

The comparison is 5 star Jr Tate without the personal issues which would be awesome .... It is shocking to me how many people forget that Tate was pretty good. 

04/27/2018 - 2:18pm Marty Smith is this week's

Marty Smith is this week's big winner 

04/26/2018 - 8:05pm Dude, I know. I am a

Dude, I know. However, it bothers me deeply that many people don't recognize the Soviet Union as an empire (and often a racist one as well) and forget that all 5 Soviet Central Asian republics lost between 7-11% of their population in WWII, which while not quite as high as the numbers in the Slavic majority Eastern European republics, is still very very high 

04/26/2018 - 7:45pm Also of note, the Soviet

Also of note, the Soviet Union was an empire. Many of those that died to defeat Hitler in the East were not Slavs, but Central Asians (a very diverse group in its own right)

04/26/2018 - 7:08pm we are getting scary close to

we are getting scary close to when i started being a reader, sept 2008 (freshman year in the fishbowl whatup) 

04/26/2018 - 1:06am I am actually ok with this.

I am actually ok with this. If the players are ok with giving him a second chance, then it probably won't hurt there chemistry.

 
Look, he made a really really really  bad mistake. But unless I am forgetting something else, I think a year suspension is acceptable IF his teammates agree. 
04/20/2018 - 3:07pm At Michigan, some athletes

At Michigan, some athletes chose to take classes all summer because they are there training anyway (spring and summer half terms) and they often take classes at least the summer term before their freshman year.

 
This makes getting to 120 credits not super difficult. Around ~14 a semester 
04/20/2018 - 2:58pm Levels

was the song of my senior house on hill street.

 

RIP.

04/19/2018 - 11:47pm My comment is less about

My comment is less about booze in stadiums. (There already is a ton of bootleg booze in the stadium, espically in the student section)

I hate the US’s alcohol laws. They are very Purtanical compared to the rest of the world (not counting certain dry nations who follow religious laws) in ways that encourage binge drinking in the shadows. The 21 year old restriction is laughable and bad. If your wondering, I am well over 21 at this point.

Legalize responsible drinking everywhere. Open container and MIPs and the like are nothing crimes that hurt no one, cost money, give people a record, and often dissporportionalty hurt the less well off. Leave it up to Parents until 16/17. Fully legal after.

(Edit: This pushes politics, but as you might guess, I think the two are related and think we should not just have booze sales in the big house, I think we should be able to bring our own. If you act poorly, eject and/or arrest.)

04/17/2018 - 10:44pm Research prices but book from

Research prices but book from the airlines, you will get far better service if something goes wrong 

04/17/2018 - 10:42pm my pic

is from the court storm after the game if that helps 

04/11/2018 - 5:58pm Fair, but if a player commits

Fair, but if a player commits a foul. It is a player deciding it by committing a foul as well.

 
The more I watch it, the more I am starting to feel the call was correct, the defender played through his body and looks like he just got the body just a slight moment before the ball. It is so so close though. 
 
Totally agree that it is not a satisfying finish though. 
04/11/2018 - 5:32pm The call was very soft. My

The call was very soft.

My biggest complaint with soccer (and i love soccer) is these calls are so close and determine games. I have watched this play a bunch and am really unsure but am shocked it was called

04/11/2018 - 5:29pm the problem is not calling it

the problem is not calling it if it is a penalty decides the game too 

 
I hate refs who swallow their whistles just as much 
03/29/2018 - 10:21am Totally agree, most pro

Totally agree, most pro leagues would be much better if the big champion was awarded without a playoff. There could still be a season long cup to generate money and randomness for the fans

I want a system that rewards the best team.

And again, the NBA playoffs are the best. MLB and NHL playoffs are basically high drama coin flips. They prove nothing.

03/29/2018 - 10:09am Driving. From Chicago. It

Driving. From Chicago. It will take a minute. Very worth it

03/28/2018 - 7:45pm I guess we are wired

I guess we are wired different.

 
I thought Kansas-Duke was compelling and exciting to watch and would happily sign up for a series and kansas state-umbc was the opposite.
 
Furthermore, I question this because a Kansas-Duke game during the regular season gets good ratings. No neutral is tuning into K State - UMBC. It is clear which is better basketball.  
 

 

And do you honestly think the athletes at Kansas and Duke don't also work hard? 

 
This is a false and frustrating narrative you push that people eat up for some reason.  
03/28/2018 - 7:19pm Serious question:

 

Do

Serious question:

 
Do you actually prefer watching UMBC-Kansas State over the option of 3 games of Kansas-Duke? 
03/28/2018 - 7:08pm With the 30 or so regular

With the 30 or so regular season games, it is pretty easy to make a top 16. Sure there will be disagreement between say team 12-20, but they always could have won more games.

 
Again, no system is perfect, but they can be better. 
 
03/28/2018 - 7:02pm My perfect world would

My perfect world would probably split D1 into three separate divisions. 

 
 
And again, it is not perfect, but if you don't see a difference in quality (and hence impressiveness) between winning neutral site one offs with Montana, Houston, A+M, FSU, L-C, and say NOVA versus winning best of 3s (probably on the road) against UNC, Xavier, Virginia, and Nova, than I don't know man. 
03/28/2018 - 6:56pm The thing is, I find

The thing is, I find baseball's pennant races exciting. Takes long term vision, strategy, and about a 40 man roster. Instead, the playoffs are a coin flip. I find it random and I don't find randomness all that exciting especially when it goes against boatloads of previous data. I find it merely random. 

 
And I find tournaments that treat UMBC as better than Virginia based on one night's evidence when we have 4 months worth of counter evidence to be problematic.  
 

 

 

In regards to you second point.

 
I agree, we can't play 57 game series. The system can't be perfect. That doesn't mean it can't be improved. 
03/28/2018 - 6:49pm I would be overjoyed  and not

I would be overjoyed  and not give a damn. I so hope to be losing my mind at about 10:30 central time on Monday in the Alamodome with y'all. You can only win the system you are in. It would make them worthy I guess. But, I am not rational about Michigan Sports, Cubs baseball, and USMNT soccer. 

 
 
That doesn't mean we can't consider better systems.
 
 
But honestly no, I won't be convinced we are the best team in the nation. However, if we had won best out of threes against say UNC, Xavier, Virginia, and Nova and Duke, I would think we had proven to be the best. 
 
 
I think champion should mean best team I guess. 
03/28/2018 - 6:40pm Totally agree, but

Totally agree, but entertainment is totally in the eyes of the beholder. 

 
When discounting whatever team I support (because obviously my favorite result is that team wining), I am most entertained when I feel thoroughly convinced that the champion is the best team. For me, the point of sports is to celebrate greatness.
 
Hence, I always love the NBA playoffs. I find them very satisfying and watch as many games possible. 
 
In contrasts, I often struggle to watch the NHL or MLB playoffs unless my team is involved. The result feels far to random to me to invest my time. 
 
I guess I don't really care about drama. In the end, it is fine. I just prefer something different. 
03/28/2018 - 6:13pm no, it is not, it is to

no, it is not, it is to determine a worthy champion

 

I know I am in the minority but I really wish we would split division 1 in two (or even three) like football does and then make it a best of 3 between the top 16 teams, preferably at home sites. 

 

One offs in basketball is a silly way to determine which team is best. Unless you literally believed in early February that Northwestern was better than Michigan, you should understand this.

 

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This extends to pros too ....

 

I so wish we would go to the Euro soccer model. People can have their cups for random enjoyment but play true round robins and give the most important trophy to the team that was consistently  great.

 

Of our big four leagues, I only find the NBA playoffs to be close to gratifying. Over 7 games of basketball, I think you have a good argument for best team. 

 

NHL playoffs are fun as hell, but puck luck in a 7 game series is crazy.

 

Football is random to begin with because you play less games, so I guess it is a whatever, but why the NFL couldn't split into a higher and lower division with a single round robin and regulation is beyond me. 

 

The stupidest is by far baseball. The Tigers will probably win once (more likely twice) in 6 times versus the Astros this year. So, they smartly spend 162 games determining who is best. And then they go crazy and literally use a 1, 5, 7, 7 format. Odds makers admit that every series is little more than a coin flip. 

03/28/2018 - 4:44pm Tigers bad, win maybe 65

Tigers bad, win maybe 65 games

Cubs good, win 92-95 games

Cubs over Astros in 7 

03/27/2018 - 4:53pm i have an extra all sessions ticket

it is very much a get in the door ticket, upper deck behind a hoop but is an aisle

i am willing to let it sell it off  to a mchigan fan under what i paid, say $350

flash seats so it is a electronic and an easy transfer 

03/27/2018 - 3:39pm look we could lose saturday

it would not be a shock, but ahhhh this take is salty af