|06/20/2018 - 4:35pm||maybe if we wanted to win…||
maybe if we wanted to win the ohio state game instead of just play it, we would consider a night game to create a better atmosphere. just a thought.
|04/17/2018 - 5:33pm||i agree. it seems like||
i agree. it seems like everyone has just accepted flopping ("simulation" as FIFA calls it). as far as I know, players can be fined in the NBA for flopping, and that flop might be worth two points in a game where scores in the triple digits are common. soccer referees are supposed to penalize for diving but rarely do, and that's a sport where the final margin might be decided by a flop in the box.
which brings me to the penalty in soccer. they're too damn easy for professionals to score. the penalty box is huge because in the early days of soccer, the game was more territorial and having possession that deep in the opponent's territory meant you were likely to score. not true anymore.
lastly, and I know this will never happen: get rid of extended baseball playoffs. banish divisions. american league and national league, like it used to be. baseball is a random-ass sport in which luck has a major role, so if you want to find and reward the true champion, you need to limit the number of single-elimination games and short playoff series. have the american league and natl league champs play a best of 15.
|02/07/2018 - 11:21am||I don't know what you're||
I don't know what you're smoking, but Ross is not 11th. We are consistently top five for undergrad in the US. usnews dot com has us 3rd for business programs, based on "peer review"—all of the top business schools' deans rank each other.
Not trying to say NPF should have come to Michigan, to be clear.
|02/05/2018 - 12:53am||Brady did not and has never||
Brady did not and has never had control over how his defense plays. Talking about a player's legacy in terms of how others perform their jobs is one of team sports' most celebrated fallacies. Conversations about rings and titles are meaningless. Who wins is ultimately decided by a dizzying number of variables and a considerable amount of luck. Use individual statistics over team stats like title wins.
|01/09/2018 - 9:06am||Double post||
For double the emphasis, amirite?
|01/09/2018 - 9:04am||It seems to me that Harbaugh||
It seems to me that Harbaugh would rather win a certain way than just have the best possible chance of winning. As another poster pointed out, you don't win titles with TEs and FBs. Or, at the very least, it's much harder, and it hasn't been done for years. Even Alabama this year relied on some clutch QB runs and big WR catches. Look at the best collegiate offenses year after year. None of them play smash mouth football.
Also, I think the team could be top five by advanced metrics next year and go 9-3 anyway, simply due to the schedule. Putting ND back on the schedule instead of keeping a rebuilding Arkansas looks like a dumber decision every day.
|01/09/2018 - 7:47am||Probably because fighting in||
Probably because fighting in other sports will get you ejected instead of put in a box for five minutes
|12/23/2017 - 10:38am||Oops. 2018 class.||
Oops. 2018 class.
|12/23/2017 - 10:22am||Tired of the idea that a||
Tired of the idea that a poster is automatically a "troll" if they post any discontent about our 2017 class. Maybe stargazers are annoying, but do people realize how many blue chips it takes to win a national title? Oklahoma has probably the lowest number of these players, but they're the exception with a Heisman winner at QB.
Then, when you mention Mayfield, people say "Well he was a walk-on at Texas Tech." Okay then! Instead of trying to bring in high ceiling QB recruits, we should take under-the-radar kids with no offers. When we take a low three star, someone goes and lists all of the recent 3 stars who became great players. What about all the ones who didn't work out?
We can pull hard for every kid who decides to come here while still be disappointed in the class.
|12/20/2017 - 7:38pm||I received my acceptance||
I received my acceptance emails for general admission into LSA and pre-admittance to Ross at the same time, a few days before Christmas. I didn't really realize how prestigious Ross was at the time so it was sort of anticlimactic, especially when compared to my other acceptance email. This was only two years ago, FWIW. Good luck!
|12/19/2017 - 11:54pm||According to Barton Simmons||
According to Barton Simmons (from June), he's "freakishly athletic":
Also he can do backflips on skis. And if he commits and it works out, I'll be thrilled. But I can't say I'm excited about yet another project-type. Disclaimer, etc., Harbaugh's still the man for the job, etc.
|12/14/2017 - 12:09am||Maybe Beilein just really||
Maybe Beilein just really likes playing tomato cans. Good for testing new lineups and building chemistry with very little chance of a loss? Idk, all I got
|12/06/2017 - 11:35am||A lot of people don't like||
A lot of people don't like statistics and some say that "statistics lie," but in actuality it's that people just misinterpret them.
|12/04/2017 - 9:21pm||Thank you for your words of||
Thank you for your words of encouragement. The long term outlook is much better than our current string of...whatever this has been.
|12/04/2017 - 8:52pm||That's my thing too. I'm a||
That's my thing too. I'm a sophomore here at Michigan so I live our athletics every day. It's hard to escape even if I wanted to. I'm just so fucking tired of losing. I wish I didn't care as much as I do because it's not healthy. The losses suck more than the wins are great. Fucking sick of it. And no, I'm not going to walk away from our teams. I wish I could, though.
|12/02/2017 - 8:54pm||Seeing Urban frustrated makes||
Seeing Urban frustrated makes my heart happy
|11/21/2017 - 9:47pm||Great stuff, LSA. I remember||
Great stuff, LSA. I remember a few years ago when the quality of writing tailed off a bit on another Michigan blog (cough, MaizeNBrew, cough) and I just kinda wandered online for a while. Probably read a bunch of MLive or something. Then I found MGoBlog. Even though I don't post much, I'm thankful for all of my MGoBrethren with whom I can be disappointed with after losses and with whom I can be jubilant after wins. What makes me the proudest, though, is when we can all bond after a loss that's bigger than sports. If someone's having trouble in real life, this community will support you. It's a special place.
Oh, and beat Ohio State.
|11/14/2017 - 3:17pm||Ball control||
I did a little research, and it appears that field hockey sticks are (seemingly) awkwardly short to provide more control over the ball. A shorter stick allows players to perform flicks, drags, and complete quicker passes than a long stick.
Decades ago, sticks were longer; however, they have gotten shorter over the years. The only benefit a long stick has over a short stick is better ball speed on passes/shots, which has gotten less important in top field hockey as players have become more skillful.
Finally, it looks like there's sizing charts and the like to ensure you don't play with a stick that's so short that it forces bad posture.
|10/20/2017 - 6:31pm||You think Michigan is going||
You think Michigan is going to score 33 points? I think we're more likely to score -33 points
|10/17/2017 - 10:36pm||Damn it Toboggan||
Trying not to get my hopes up for this Saturday night so that I might be able to study the next day, in the event of a Michigan loss…this combined with your comment in one of the earlier threads on the importance of the run game has me excited. Thanks for digging the numbers up.
|10/06/2017 - 9:13pm||What a fantastic, resounding||
What a fantastic, resounding win!
|10/01/2017 - 1:01pm||Read what I wrote. I was||
Read what I wrote. I was talking about Saturday's slate. Washington State played on Friday.
|10/01/2017 - 1:28am||Overall, a pretty terrible||
Overall, a pretty terrible day of football. PSU and MSU both shrug off challengers (PSU emphatically) and no top 25 underdogs won that I'm aware of. Rutger doesn't count as a challenger. The only awesome game was Wazzu over USC on Friday night. Watching Clemson's defense shut down VT was disappointing, if unsurprising.
|09/07/2017 - 6:41pm||Thanks, although I borrowed||
Thanks, although I borrowed it from the shitstorm "Sam Darmold" post. Not original work ;)
|09/07/2017 - 6:27pm||Has anyone really been far||
Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
|08/27/2017 - 2:15pm||I guess it shouldn't really||
I guess it shouldn't really come as a surprise that the four toughest games on Michigan's schedule all have the best (least terrible?) offensive lines. How much those four lines improve this year will be interesting to follow
|08/25/2017 - 9:48am||I know this is a joke thread but I'll play along anyway||
I absolutely hate (YTM) and (NTM). We fucking know which Miami you're talking about, every time.
|08/24/2017 - 7:10pm||Username checks out||
Username checks out
|08/14/2017 - 4:02pm||Actually, NBA Twitter is the||
Actually, NBA Twitter is the worst, and it's not close. Check it out sometime. Or don't.
|08/11/2017 - 12:31pm||Solomon is the correct answer||
Solomon is the correct answer
|07/26/2017 - 8:57pm||35th in the world IS||
35th in the world IS embarrassing…however, it's good to remember that those are official FIFA rankings, which are notoriously inaccurate at times.
FIFA's ranking formula incorporates the average number of points earned in competition over the last 12 months, plus the average number of points earned over the last 4 years (depreciating yearly). Importance of the game impacts the number of points in a competition, so doing well in the World Cup means more than doing well in a series of friendlies.
The issue, IMO, with FIFA's setup is that teams can game the system and actually move up the rankings by playing few games. Likewise, a team that plays several games (and wins) may find itself falling lower in the next rankings due to the "averages" system.
A more accurate system is probably the World Soccer Elo Ratings. Anyway, it doesn't really matter where the USMNT is on FIFA's rankings, except that the top eight teams are the "seeded" teams in the World Cup. Which, since the FIFA rankings are such a mess, is total bullshit.
|07/22/2017 - 11:30pm||Second half underway! USA||
Second half underway! USA dominating possession and with more active play in the final third, especially Morris. Breakthrough to come shortly. Probably.
I'm not a fan of the KO games going straight to penalties after 90 minutes when tied. Eliminating extra time just introduces more randomness to a game that already has plenty. No thanks.
|07/21/2017 - 5:25pm||I'm extremely excited for our||
I'm extremely excited for our offense, young as the receivers may be. Secondary and DL depth though...
|07/15/2017 - 1:14pm||Anywhere from 0-12 to 15-0.||
Anywhere from 0-12 to 15-0. Am I doing this right?
|07/07/2017 - 10:47pm||Even with a B squad, the||
Even with a B squad, the United States has literally no excuse not to reach the final and should win the tournament. The Gold Cup is traditionally won by only the US or Mexico, with one Canada win in 2000.
I love international soccer and will watch most of the Gold Cup with interest, but it's always hard to shake the feeling that it's a second-rate tournament, especially when compared to the Copa America and the European Championship. I think CONCACAF should change the format to every 4 years instead of every 2 years. Might make it more special. Adding VAR and goal-line technology wouldn't hurt, either.
The USMNT seems to be on an upswing in Arena's second tenure thus far. Klinsmann once said that the goal for the US was to make it to the semifinals in the 2018 World Cup. While that may have been ambitious, I have no doubt we can break through to the quarterfinals next year with the current form and trajectory of the team. And the trajectory can continue with a comfortable and disciplined showing in this Gold Cup.
|07/01/2017 - 7:56pm||A little lucky to get the||
A little lucky to get the bounce on Dwyer's goal, but a superb finish. And I love having a free kick maestro (Acosta) in the squad. Still undefeated in Arena's second stint as manager!
|05/23/2017 - 2:21pm||Reading the freak out||
Reading the freak out comments from the Bonjour post is hilarious
|04/30/2017 - 9:59pm||I have a thing for impact||
I have a thing for impact fullbacks
|04/27/2017 - 8:17pm||You typo'd the word||
You typo'd the word "because"? Unforgivable! Awful first post. Mods please delete
|04/25/2017 - 1:08am||3 point shooting not a strength?||
3 point shooting not a strength? Beilein will help this guy find his long range stroke. It will be interesting to see what Simmons can do in a specific role instead of "be the entire offense"
|04/23/2017 - 7:01pm||Boy do I hate "cawlidge||
Boy do I hate "cawlidge hawkey" give it a rest buccigross
|04/23/2017 - 2:22pm||Doc Emrick||
Doc Emrick, and hockey announcers in general, would like to have a word with you
|04/22/2017 - 8:45pm||Michigan State last year is a||
Michigan State last year is a great choice, but a close one for me is Wisconsin last year. I was there, and Darboh's TD reception happened right in front of me. It was fantastic to see UM defeat a top 10 foe for the first time since I became a fan.
Despite the youth, Michigan really needs to break through and win a conference road game against a ranked opponent next year. I don't think it's happened for quite a while
|04/20/2017 - 9:49pm||I agree. For as well-known as||
I agree. For as well-known as baseball is (and rightfully so) for providing us with endless advanced data, the sport includes some truly broken counting stats, like wins and saves.
|04/19/2017 - 5:00pm||I'm tired of Barcelona||
I'm tired of Barcelona winning so much, but I was rooting for them in this round against Juve. The defense-first mentality of the Italian team is so hard to watch, especially when compared to Barcelona's high-flying forwards.
In the other game, Monaco is up 3-1 and 6-3 overall, so that one's over. Kylian Mbappe has been getting a lot of attention, that's for sure.
|04/07/2017 - 5:58pm||Nice data!||
I admire your tenacity in reading all those dry ass UFRs
|03/27/2017 - 10:16am||Sounds like a Beilein player.||
Sounds like a Beilein player. Gonna miss these seniors but I'm excited for the future
|03/24/2017 - 11:02am||And so today begins the||
And so today begins the offseason, with only soccer to get me through the long sports drought until college football begins again. Let's go USA! Need a win tonight.
|03/20/2017 - 10:59pm||Ha||
"Release the Donnal"
|03/08/2017 - 9:30am||The chief reason I root for||
The chief reason I root for Dortmund is simply so they're in as many competitions as possible at once, which makes it more likely Pulisic will get solid minutes.