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11/29/2018 - 1:58pm An uncle on my wife's side…

An uncle on my wife's side played at Alabama in the 1960's.  He has said even then, it wasn't unusual for a fishing boat to show up on dad's front lawn after the kid had big plays in the previous game.  There were thick envelopes being distributed at post-game tailgates, fraternities who didn't have to buy their beer, sweetheart jobs, amazing deals on cars, etc.

To this day, there are rich alumni "boosters" surrounding every program, and things coaches decide are none of their business to know.


11/27/2018 - 11:59am Came to say this.  I'm…

Came to say this.  I'm always late to the party.


11/07/2018 - 3:44pm Bah, I still don't see up…

Bah, I still don't see up/down votes options, and I have 663 points.  Fraud!


10/25/2018 - 3:10pm If Michigan State can ask a…

If Michigan State can ask a HS to change their logo, I'm sure Brian will be hearing from Rutgers and Hoke soon.  Dammit.

10/16/2018 - 9:32am I'm jealous of their ability…

I'm jealous of their ability to upvote.

Never thought I'd miss points that don't matter.  But here I am.

10/01/2018 - 1:50pm I'm going with Yeek.

I'm going with Yeek.

09/22/2018 - 5:32am I still don't see vote…

I still don't see vote options. Points shmoints.

09/05/2018 - 12:57pm They're way more likely to…

They're way more likely to get clicks if they were advertising Russian OTs


09/05/2018 - 12:23pm If only I could up-vote.


If only I could up-vote.


08/28/2018 - 9:40am Honestly, I want to see them…

Honestly, I want to see them come through a close half and then win.  Pre-season confidence scares me.  I feel a lot better after I see them struggle and then overcome - I used to love the confidence of "they're a second-half team" I had when I was a kid and Bo was the coach, and they often came from behind to win.


08/17/2018 - 1:51pm My Bama-fan wife (born there…

My Bama-fan wife (born there, can't help it) will make some horrible Appalachia State jibe at me from time to time.  I just point out to her that in the same year, Alabama lost to ULM, and Saban was the coach then, too.

So I think they were more vulnerable then than now, personally.


08/16/2018 - 6:14pm I would be honored to go…

I would be honored to go with my father (or son, depending on dad's health). 

Thanks for doing this.

08/09/2018 - 12:28pm 8. Voting problems


8. Voting problems

We currently have voting working for trusted users (500+ points), working to get them working for 100+ people too.


Hi there.  No vote options for me.


08/08/2018 - 10:13am About 6 months before your…

About 6 months before your car warranty expires, pay a mechanic to find problems the company should cover. Even little ones.  It extends the life & resale value of the car.

08/06/2018 - 3:07pm How has nobody else put the…

How has nobody else put the words "Funky Cole Bajema" together yet?

I'll see myself out, thanks.

[Edit] Shame, Shame on me for not reading all the comments on the original post.  I hang my head.

Thanks for coming through on that.

08/06/2018 - 9:45am I just renewed my PS Vue…

I just renewed my PS Vue subscription yesterday (I keep it through football season, then drop it in late January every year).

Before doing that, I was totally convinced I'd rather have YoutubeTV, but then found out that it just does not work at all on an Amazon FireTV device, and I have 4 of those, each customized with a VPN and Kodi and capable of every other service I want, so I didn't want to re-invent that wheel and ended up back with Vue.

I wasn't upset with Vue in the least - I just wanted to try out another service and YTTV looked like the best alternative price-wise that had all the football channels I want.

07/31/2018 - 2:29pm El Camino.  Excellent-ay.

El Camino.  Excellent-ay.

(I miss the good old days when the site sucked but embedding worked)


07/26/2018 - 2:15pm Revealed: the real reason up…

Revealed: the real reason up/down voting isn't working.


07/17/2018 - 7:24am Ha, mis-remembered the…

Ha, mis-remembered the distance to the Moon. It's 238k.

07/17/2018 - 7:18am Named my first "new" car…

Named my first "new" car Alice when it went past 257k miles (as in, "To the moon, Alice!"). Prior to that it was just "baby", a red 1998 Honda CR-V.  Alice was eventually sold for $900, with over 458k miles at the time.  Don't have a pic of the car, actually, but did find this memento of the high mileage.

Can't seem to resize it. Grr.IMG_20140213_180937_0.jpg

06/25/2018 - 10:58am two soon.

two soon.

06/19/2018 - 11:02am Vive la différence!  Glad it…

Vive la différence!  Glad it got you headed in the right direction.


06/13/2018 - 12:45pm I like that New is on a…

I like that New is on a better platform.  I like the idea of the redesign, but I think the execution is flawed, and I've customized CSS & JS to try and deal with the things that bother me most (the huge header, the huge 4-article block, the confined width of content, copious whitespace, and not seeing authors on message board posts in the sidebar)

I hope some of my redesign ideas get incorporated down the road, but that's "graphical" and I can adjust (or customize locally)

I'm bummed that there's no reply notifications.  No flagging new content in the message board (the last post column is static, not current to help with caching/speed/server load), no way to contact board users privately.  In short, during this migration and adjustment, I'm getting way too wistful for Reddit-like behavior for such a similar crowd-based platform.

If you're using Chrome and you're really unhappy with how the site looks, you could try customizing it.  I've got a post on a thread from a few days ago that tells how:

Unfortunately, it doesn't do anything for mobile, where I still can't log in, and it doesn't get my thumbs up/down stuff working (I don't see the icons and supposedly should).


06/13/2018 - 12:31pm Boom, baby!  


Boom, baby!  

2018-06-13 12_28_12-New or Old Mgoblog _ mgoblog.png


06/12/2018 - 1:24pm The MGOBoard topic list isn…

The MGOBoard topic list isn't realtime.  It only updates a row that has received replies recently, otherwise the Last Post age shown is not updated when you refresh the page, so it's not possible to identify "hot" topics getting recent replies - only posts with a high number of replies (but might be a day old)


2018-06-12 13_23_20-MGoBoard Forum _ mgoblog.png

Says "Last Post" was 29 seconds ago.  Actual last post was 2 days ago.


06/12/2018 - 1:07pm Also on Chrome, I decided to…

Also on Chrome, I decided to customize things a bit.

I'm happier with the short(!) header, adjusted widths, and seeing author names in the "Message Board" list on the right now.


06/12/2018 - 11:56am Consolidating separate…

Consolidating separate comments here

If you use Chrome, you can get this extension:

  • User Javascript and CSS" ( )

In that extension, you can create custom javascript and css for any site.  I have created (imho) helpful tweaks for mgoblog you can copy.


function getAuthor(t) {
    var loadHolder = jQuery('<div></div>'); 
    var s = jQuery(t).find('a').attr('href');
    var c = jQuery(t).find('.views-field-comment-count .field-content').html();

    loadHolder.load(s, function(data) {
        jQuery(t).find('.views-field-comment-count .field-content').html(jQuery(data).find('.node__meta a.username').html() + " - " + c);

    jQuery('#block-views-block-duplicate-of-mgoboard-block-1 .views-row').each(function(i) {


#block-frontpagelogoheader {height: auto}
#block-frontpagelogoheader .field--name-body.field--type-text-with-summary.field__item {height:75px}
body{line-height: 130%}
h1, .heading-a{margin:0;line-height:auto;font-size:auto}
.layout-container {margin: 0 5%}
.thread-wrapper{margin:0;padding: 15px}
.block .content{margin: 10px 3%}
.layout-main-wrapper{max-width:100%;margin:0 2%;}
.layout-sidebar-second .main-content {margin: 0}
.layout-one-sidebar .main-content {margin: 0;width:70%}
.views-row + .child{margin-top:10px;margin-left:20px}

.view-primary-articles .views-row .views-field-title-comment-count {position:absolute;top:0;background:#fff;width:100%;display:block;left:0;padding:1%}

.node__content{font-size:1.5em;line-height:1.3em;padding:0 1%;}

The CSS gets rid of the really tall header & 4-panel content on the homepage, moving the actual content up to the top.

It also reformats comments and replies.

The Javascript updates the Message Board article list on the right-column to add Author names before the reply count, like the Diaries section above.


06/12/2018 - 10:07am Updated:





#block-frontpagelogoheader {height: auto}
#block-frontpagelogoheader .field--name-body.field--type-text-with-summary.field__item {height:75px}
body{line-height: 130%}
h1, .heading-a{margin:0;line-height:auto;font-size:auto;}
.layout-container {margin: 0 5%}
.thread-wrapper{margin:0;padding: 15px}
.block .content{margin: 10px 3%}
.layout-main-wrapper{max-width:100%;margin:0 2%;}
.layout-sidebar-second .main-content {margin: 0}
.layout-one-sidebar .main-content {margin: 0;width:70%}
.views-row + .child{margin-top:10px;margin-left:20px}

.view-primary-articles .views-row .views-field-title-comment-count {position:absolute;top:0;background:#fff;width:100%;display:block;left:0;padding:1%}

.node__content{font-size:1.5em;line-height:1.3em;padding:0 1%;}


06/11/2018 - 5:48pm What it ends up looking like…

What it ends up looking like...  I like the titles at the top of homepage articles, and I got rid of the 4-story section because frankly, I'm here so often I won't miss anything.

2018-06-11 17_43_24-Home _ mgoblog.png


And I messed with the reply indentation/borders/padding...

2018-06-11 17_43_58-MGOBLOG 3.0 Voting Question_Issue _ _ mgoblog.png

06/11/2018 - 5:42pm Sometimes I play with adding…

Sometimes I play with adding my own stylesheets to a site with the Chrome extension "User Javascript and CSS" ( )

If anyone else wants to have a go, here's a good start...

#block-frontpagelogoheader {height: auto}
#block-frontpagelogoheader .field--name-body.field--type-text-with-summary.field__item {height:75px}
body{line-height: 130%}
h1, .heading-a{margin:0;line-height:auto;font-size:auto;}
.layout-container {margin: 0; 5%}
.thread-wrapper{margin:0;padding: 15px}
.block .content{margin: 10px 3%}
#sidebar-second{float:right;margin-right: -30%;}
.layout-sidebar-second .main-content {margin: 0}
.layout-one-sidebar .main-content {margin: 0;width:95%}
.views-row + .child{margin-top:10px;margin-left:20px}

.view-primary-articles .views-row .views-field-title-comment-count {position:absolute;top:0;background:#fff;width:100%;display:block;left:0;padding:1%}

06/11/2018 - 3:51pm I don't see the thumbs in…

I don't see the thumbs in Chrome - with or without ad blockers/script blockers turned on.  I was starting to think people were joking about there being thumbs.


06/11/2018 - 3:18pm Definitely some of the same…

Definitely some of the same people.  That's almost unavoidable in a "small" town.  I worked at Fry and recognize some of the people on the HuEl site - but not most of them.


06/06/2018 - 3:57pm Heh, yes.  Was joking. :)

Heh, yes.  Was joking. :)

06/06/2018 - 3:15pm You can tell here that I did…

You can tell here that I did not actually attend Michigan, as sadly, I do not read latin.  Could not read the previews below headlines.  I do suspect they all mean the same thing though.


06/06/2018 - 9:58am I would upvote this, if I…

I would upvote this, if I could.  I noticed the same.


06/06/2018 - 9:57am And now I can't.  Woo.

And now I can't.  Woo.

06/06/2018 - 9:56am In beta I was able to post…

In beta I was able to post an obnoxious javascript comment.


05/29/2018 - 1:44pm 4Runner for fun, Civic to run

On weekends I'm usually hauling kids or cargo and my old 4Runner gets about 17mpg. During the week I commute 55 miles each way every day and my manual '00 Civic gets 37-ish.
They're both paid-for and nothing I could buy competes for lower overall cost, but I keep wondering about a recent year hybrid.

05/04/2018 - 1:14pm Ace with a drawl?

You know getting your throat worked on may involve vocal rehab.  I'm waiting to see if Ace'll be talking slow and dropping some involuntary "fixin to", "might could" and "Roll Tide" on us in the next podcast he graces.

Good luck.


04/20/2018 - 11:38am Worth it, just for this.

Worth it, just for this.

04/13/2018 - 5:14am "for a series"

When Peters went in, Harbaugh said he was putting Brandon in "for a series", so I could see why a guy who wants to play could ask... But it sure sounded like a dumb question given how the drive just went.

04/02/2018 - 5:17pm Bring on Villanova!

03/24/2018 - 8:50pm 063274



02/07/2018 - 11:54am Welp, I feel like Boon now.
02/01/2018 - 2:56pm Maybe we need an update on some others

Before I go posting a mushroom cloud version of a couch burning picture, it'd be nice to have a comparison presented between Michigan State, Penn State, Baylor, Louisville, Arizona, etc.  Not that they're all strictly comparable, but I've not heard what's up with Baylor or Arizona lately... Penn State didn't get nuked, nor Louisville... are those cases still progressing?  (Yes, I know about PSU.  Just an example)  Are they being scrutinized only by NCAA, only in-house, or also by their states or other organizations?  Does the outcome or timeline for any others have a bearing on expectations here?  Finding out what's up elsewhere might temper our own potential for homerism, which is what I'd expect from our fan base, honestly - especially given the last 2 excellent posts.


01/22/2018 - 4:04pm Erm, one more?

Erm, one more?

"Rochester Adams has not been a major talent producer in the state. Adams in the second three-star prospect from Adams in the Rivals database, joining Michigan State tight end Matt Sokol."

Maybe "Gray is"?

I hate that I noticed.  Sorry Ace.


01/17/2018 - 10:13am Never regretted any soap

Never regretted any soap purchase, but sometimes I get to really liking one that stops being made.  Kinda dreading the day I run out of Catie's Bubbles' Honey Noir.

That's just an excuse to visit Maggards and find something new I like, and another razor.


01/12/2018 - 11:36am Good Morning, Mrs. English.

Good Morning, Mrs. English.

01/05/2018 - 10:20am Some programmer is sitting

Some programmer is sitting back, comfortable he's done everything right, and starting to wonder why there are no beta signups.

I've done that.


12/19/2017 - 10:49am Was going to say this about

Was going to say this about RFID.  Even if there were multiple sensors on the ball to give orientation, RFID's range and accuracy aren't good enough to solve this problem at present (at least, not in the loss-prevention or access-control capacities I've been shown).

Next, what if gloves start getting similar RFID-shielding materials to try confusing or obfuscating sensors to angle for "benefit of the doubt" human interpretation when the tech fails?  Do we argue then about unfair advantage or sportsmanship?  Make rules about materials?

May as well not take the humans out of the process in the first place, to me, it leaves some of the "glory" of the game (arguing over calls/spots) intact instead of making the game closer to a contest of mere precise measurements, statistics and calculation.