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05/23/2018 - 4:22pm Sexual Assault

Never heard about a sexual assault with Battier, link?

09/24/2017 - 11:08am No AD fans?

Kornballers

08/30/2017 - 3:33pm Spectators create the choice

They are weighing the toll the sport takes on their body with the rewards we create as spectators. It's an ugly choice to offer somebody and a perfectly reasonable ethical argument exists that we should avoid creating such choices.

08/01/2017 - 12:17pm So little we know

Yet so many people here have read this to fit their particular beliefs - mainly that men are victimized by the current system. This isn't a 'he said, she said' situation. First, there is a witness to what happend that day. Second, who knows what came up in the ensuing investigation. Teammates, friends, family may all have contributed to the evidence here.

02/18/2017 - 9:15am What do you know?

What do you know about schizophrenia. I'm guessing close to nothing, so don't throw around your bs diagnosis when you see someone acting badly.

01/04/2017 - 5:54pm My experience

I have a BA in astrophysics from a liberal arts college (Colgate). As an undergrad, astrophysics and physics are nearly the same major. I think I had one fewer physics elective required and 2 or 3 extra upper level astronomy requirements. The other big difference will be in the types of research you do over the summer.

How did you know it was the right major for you?

I was fascinated with astronomy from a young age and enjoyed the physics classes I took in high school.

 

What does the job situation after college look like?

The more immediately employable major is engineering. Many of my fellow majors continued on for PhDs. The attraction of the major to nonacademic jobs is your skills as a problem solver. IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing were the major hirers straight out of undergrad.

 

Other than Michigan, what are some schools with good astonomy departments?

Probably better to focus on a good fit at the school. The thing that makes an astronomy department good is the quality of the research, which isn't particularly relevant to undergrads. More relevant questions: do teachers teach classes or ta's? How big are the classes? What courses are offered? Does the school offer opprotunities for undergrads to participate in research? What's the overall school repuation/ranking?

 

Is it feasible to get a strong liberal arts undergrad degree and then go on the astonomy/astrophysics in grad school?

Absolutely. There is no disadvantage to a liberal arts degree in this respect.

 

Do you have to be a super math whiz to even consider this as a major? 

No, but you better enjoy a good challenge in math. A lot of time will be spent trying to work through complex mathetmatical problems. If you enjoy that, you'll make it. If not, probably not a good choice as a major.

 
12/07/2016 - 8:13pm 2019

If Speight is in the battle, he wins the battle. 25+ starts to 0 pretty much guarantees it. 2019 is our next big battle unless Speight either takes a step back or departs early.

10/29/2016 - 8:38pm Salvatore

Can we get some moderation on this guy. Feel free to post your opinion, but having 30+ posts stating the same goddam thing is really annoying. Thread was hijacked by a troll.

09/20/2016 - 9:35pm To protest

To protest Joe Pa, I was thinking maybe we should take a knee for the national athem.

08/26/2016 - 3:25pm Cost?

I can't believe they spent that much on a rendering!

05/18/2016 - 5:36pm Concussion effects

Playing football after a recent concussion is bad for you. This isn't an emerging science, it's common sense. The emerging science just proves just how bad it actually can be.

04/19/2016 - 8:23am Figuratively?

I think you meant that he meant hyperbolically.

11/02/2015 - 7:46am Ricky Powers

1993... Ricky Powers nooooooo!

10/31/2015 - 10:32am BAC

A given BAC will affect people differently, so having some sort of sliding scale would be just as arbitrary. Ultimately like many things, there's no best limit, but you still set the limit somewhere.

Is the day of our 18th birthday a day that makes us magically an adult? If I'm driving 75mph am I suddenly moving at a deadly speed?

.07 is a quite reasonably high BAC. High enough to be noticibly impaired in most people. High enough to have 3-4 drinks over a couple hours and still blow under. In a lot of the rest of the world, if you have a single beer, you don't drive that night, both culturally and by zero tolerance laws.

10/02/2015 - 9:46am You would call them ladies

You could call them ladies.

But the mascot is the wolverine. Not the lady wolverines; not the gentlemen wolverines.

05/31/2015 - 11:43am Cal Rugby

They do not give scholarships for rugby at Cal. 

01/26/2015 - 12:06pm He just did

He just did. He doesn't like it because of its 'NOT so subtle racism.' He'd prefer the subtle version.

01/23/2015 - 10:44am Michigan's degree

The Michigan degree has a slight edge over OSU's. I'm fairly certain the Michigan Kinesiology degree doesn't hold any more water than does the OSU Kinesiology degree (or whatever it is that most football players are majoring in these days).

I'm sure many people (athletes or not) regret not taking school more seriously, but as satisfying as it would be, I don't think many with an OSU degree think 'if only I had a Michigan degree.' US News: Michigan 29th, OSU 54th. We're not exactly comparing an Ivy to a Tier 2 school here.

01/23/2015 - 9:51am Softer ball

Softer ball doesn't travel as far or fast? I'm not so sure, sounds like armchair physics to me. 

01/12/2015 - 4:22pm 16 team playoff

I'm all for a 16 team playoff. There needs to be an objective way to a national championship to make this a valid competition. Any team should be able to win its way to the title. As long as the lesser conferences are in the same division as the major confernces, those teams need a clear, objective path to the title. So, 10 conference champions plus 6 wild cards. This will effectively put the top 10 in plus the small conference champions. Being top 5 effectively gets you a bye in the first round as you get to play one of the small conference champions. As long as there are 10 conferences, 16 sounds right to me. Forget the bowl games. Home games for the first 2-3 rounds.

Now if we get a split in the top division and just consider the power 5 conferences, then an 8 team playoff sounds better to me. Again, with the idea that an objective path to the title is essential. Let a committee decide your wild cards, but ultimately, winning a conference title is done on the field, so 5 auto qualifiers in this form too.

12/17/2014 - 10:45pm Harbaugh in Ann Arbaugh!!!!

Harbaugh in Ann Arbaugh!!!!

12/10/2014 - 2:21pm MS Paint Please

MS Paint this Please:

"Harbaugh is going to punch Jed York on the field Sunday before escaping in a block M emblazoned helicopter, giving the stadium an epic double bird while laughing maniacally on his way out."

11/30/2014 - 10:35am Adding a relative stat here:

Private high schools account for 1/5 high schools in the state. We would expect to see them in just over 1/3 state title games.

11/30/2014 - 10:28am Finals Count

Finals Count

2014: 8 Public, 8 Private

2013: 13 Public, 5 Private

This is not of matter of public schools not being able to compete. 

10/21/2014 - 11:51am 96 OSU?

I want to say they were a 2 TD favorite.

Edit: OSU was a 17 point favorite according to this recent article: http://www.cleveland.com/osu-michigan/2012/04/osu-michigan_1996_brian_g…

10/03/2014 - 10:27am There is a point

There is a point; it draws emphasis to the fact that they are the same.

Also, if he had just said 'the same,' a reasonable interpretation is that they express the same ideas. By adding exactly, it's more clear that he means verbatim because we use 'exactly the same' to mean specially, the same to the last detail.

09/30/2014 - 11:28pm "To improve is to change; to

"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often."

-Churchill

09/30/2014 - 11:26pm Watch out guys

Watch out guys, Desmond Howard must be one of those aggressively reasonable people that Brian warned us about. 

09/29/2014 - 4:05pm You forgot

http://mgoblog.com/content/decade-best-plays-part-ii

Check out number 5. You guys love that photo of Alan Branch dealing a brain injury to Anthony Morelli. 'Killin your doodz' reads the caption. Again and again I see that photo used as something to gloat and to laugh about.

Morris should've been pulled, you're right. However, your righteous indignation sickens me. Hypocrites.

09/29/2014 - 1:22pm Welp

Welp, I was defending what happened based on the fact that he didn't see the hit and so saw the possible concussion symptoms as hurt ankle symptoms.

All he had to do today was say 'I didn't see it in real time, but after watching the film, we should've had him out of there.' Wouldn't have been good enough for some people here, but I would've been ok with that.

Unfortunately, he didn't have it in him to say it.

09/29/2014 - 12:22pm The link for those who are interested

Let's get Dantonio and Meyer into the crossfire while we're at it at least:

Here was the Braxton Miller KO, he starts heaving later. He also comes back out and plays the entire 4th quarter.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yvmwm739ZY

And Gholston:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsok00Pio

He came back into the game as well.

09/29/2014 - 11:43am Honestly

It is amazing. I see the left should pad going right on Shanes number, center chest. The helmet being up and right on Shane's left shoulder. If the ruling on the field is 'helmet hit the chin' I wouldn't overturn it, but if the ruling on the field was 'helmet didn't contact chin' I wouldn't overturn that either. I swear, I'm not blind, and I'm looking at this same gif.

09/29/2014 - 11:39am Well

Well I'm not blind, and you can go ahead and check my comments over the past several years I've been on this blog if you want to see if I'm dumb or just a dick who disagrees with everybody. I'm not. So is there an option 4? 

09/29/2014 - 11:34am I appreciate

I appreciate the apology. I understand your take, and I just have a different take on it. At this point, Hoke says he didn't see the hit. I have no reason to doubt it and I don't think it shows incompetence. It was away from the play.

I agree teat we've got clear evidence of a partial head injury, so I'll retract that. However, the stumble and teammate support only become relevant evidence if we've seen the hit. Otherwise, they're just further evidence of a hurt ankle. Hoke says he didn't see the hit. I believe him and I don't think it makes him incompetent.

09/29/2014 - 11:25am I do realize

I do realize that many concussions occur from whiplash or from impact with the ground. We all remember Jhavid Best's concussion while playing for Cal (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msg4Dg2egkI) and maybe others remember a Sophomore Braxton MIller getting knocked out cold when his head hit the turf 2 years ago  (can't find a video and don't remember the opponent.. I want to say Purdue, he also began throwing up afterward, another sign of concussion... of course he returned to play the entire second half).

I don't think it was a direct hit the head, I don't see the crown of the helmet contacting Shane's chin. We're looking at the same evidence, so I guess we can leave it that it's not clear.

The whole point isn't really to argue whether he truly did have a concussion or not, but whether Hoke is incompetent for not suspecting a concussion and removing him from the game. To reiterate, it was a hard hit away from the play. Very possible Hoke didn't see it. If he did, the relevance of helmet to helmet is actually important. When coaches see a hit to the head, we definitely should expect them to have concern for a head injury. Without that, Morris has just taken a hard hit. It is possible to get a concussion on a hard hit, that doesn't mean a coach is incompetent for leaving a player in after a hard hit.

09/29/2014 - 11:08am No need to sling

No need to sling insults. I don't have blinders on. I made pretty serious thoughtful comments on the matter.

Is his head whiplashing at the end as he hits the ground what everyone's talking about? Typically if someone's head hits the ground, people don't call it a 'hit to the helmet.' Heads hit the ground every play.

I'm not saying Morris wasn't concussed, I'm asking if Hoke is incompetent for not seeing warning signs. The wobble, the teammate for support, both can be signs of an ankle injury. The hit was to the chest and away from the play. The head hitting the ground at the end may be evidence that there was in fact a concussion, but not evidence that Hoke is incompetent for failing to notice it.

09/29/2014 - 10:33am Let's look at some pictures

Look at this picture and tell me Leftwich isn't concussed: http://a.espncdn.com/i/pkg/ncf/100/top_plays_100.jpg
He wasn't he had an ankle injury, just as Morris did.

Here's another one http://maizeandgoblue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/BranchKnockOutPSU…
This has been a favorite here at this blog. A player with a bonofied serious head injury. Maybe you'll think twice about gloating about it in the future, which is fine. For now though, the outrage is a little surprising.

I'm watching your gif and I am still looking for the hit to the head.

Ultimately, a Morris had an ankle injury and was hit hard away from the play. Hoke could reasonably be expected to know that Morris had an ankle injury and was wobbling and using a player to support him. Why is it incompetent to leave him in with those facts? After leaving one play later, the staff evaluated him. With the green light, why is it incompetent to let him go back into the game?

I believe these things:
Hoke understands what head injuries are and appropriate response to them.
Hoke cares about his players immensely and would never keep a player who he expected had a head injury in the game.
Hoke does let players play through other injuries.

There was not clear evidence or partial evidence of a head injury. Morris was hit hard in the chest. He had already been limping and using players for support for his ankle injury. His thought, which I think was and is still reasonable, is that Morris was fighiting a painful ankle injury.

Don't speak for everyone in the stands. They may have booed and wanted Morris out. But for many of them it was because the game was over and he was clearly in pain. Not necessarily because they thought 'concussion.' 

I do think the department owes a more detailed account of the events. Once we watch Morris get pulvarized 200 times on infinite loop gif, it's clear he should've gotten checked after such a vicious shot, even though it wasn't to the head. I don't think it makes Hoke incompetent, but some more clear detail about what transpired should be offered.

09/29/2014 - 6:37am Idiot.

Most of the outrage thus far is about him returning to play, not playing one more play before coming out. I agree that he should've come out immediately. I'm not massivley outragedly upset that there was one play before he was taken out after a non-helmet-to-helmet hit. Idiot.

09/29/2014 - 5:30am Most teams leave their starters in

Most teams leave their starters in even when they're losing. And if Hoke just wanted the points here, he would've kicked a field goal earlier rather than go for it on 4th down.

It's pile-it-on comments like these that make me feel like a lot of the outrage is really coming from the fact that this team stinks. Why weren't people outraged that Devin played on a broken foot last year?

My thoughts: if a player has a possible head injury, you obviously must take him out... immediately, without question. I've played and coached rugby for 15 years now. I've seen coaches leave concussed players in and it's disgusting.

Blast from the past... when Dantonio played Gholston a couple of plays after this happened, I was absolutely disgusted and have never thought much of Dantonio since: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsok00Pio

I watched the Michigan game with no audio and I didn't think Morris was concussed. I really didn't. I saw the huge hit, but it wasn't head to head. The 'wobbly' everyone's talking about seemed like hurt-ankle-wobbly not concussed wobbly. I have a low 'might be a head injury' threshold. If I saw this kind of thing, I would probably talk with the player and have them talk to a trainer. Morris did talk to a trainer. They didn't mention anything to Hoke, so as far as the head goes, why should he think concussion? He did not take a shot to the head, the trainers didn't mention a concussion, and further he hasn't been diagnosed with a concussion since the game.

On the ankle point, it wasn't pretty. But again, I think we're mainly upset that Shane Morris, the future of Michigan football, stunk. It was a sign that not only do we stink now, but we're going to stink in the future too. Playing with a high ankle sprain isn't going to ruin someone like playing through a head injury can. I'm not disgusted by a guy playing through an ankle sprain. Nobody grilled Byron Leftwich's coach when Leftwich played through a broken leg, literally being carried to the line. The difference with Leftwich was success.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-jzYMSiNHQ

09/28/2014 - 11:03pm Where were they?

Rember when this happened to Gholston and he was back in the game just a few plays later?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsok00Pio

09/01/2014 - 1:18pm No we shouldn't

This site is how Brian makes his living. Don't joke about boycotting it over something trivial.

08/07/2014 - 11:17am Agreed

It is a tired excuse. But 2 empty classes will do that to you. 

2 years ago... few 2nd and 3rd year guys (lack of depth)

last year... few 3rd or 4th year guys (depth + youth)

this year... few 4th and 5th year guys (youth)

The majority of guys haven't been here for 3 years by the way.

4 years: 0

3 years: 2

2 years: 4

1 year: 6

just starting: 2

Anyway, there's no excuse for a performance like last year's. However, the conclusion from OP is 'no reason we can't win a B10 title.' This is still a very young line, and just because it's been said before doesn't mean they should age more quickly.

If it makes you feel any better, I promise I will not use it as an excuse next year (and will only use it to excuse a little bit this year)!

08/07/2014 - 9:43am A couple things:

First: I wouldn't' say we can't win the big 10. But a big reason this offense may have trouble is shown in one of your statistics: Average years in program for the offensive line: 2

A guy going into his 3rd year can be good enough to start, but these guys and their second year counterparts are being forced onto the field. Is it possible a bunch of 2nd and 3rd year highly touted o-lineman can get the job done? Sure. But we've seen how detrimental youth is on the oline (both on the field and through numerous stats shown on this blog). Even if they perform admirably, can they move the ball against MSU? They'll have to if they want the B10 title.

Second: Listing the average star rating for players who've been starting or out of high school for several years is silly. It's like taking the average draft pick number of starters on NFL teams. If I new absolutely nothing about the team, this kind of average coudl give me a general sense of 'upper tier' 'middle tier' or 'lower tier' team, but it's not going to tell us much else. Basically, it's a little annoying. We know we've recruited well for several years now, but let's not go to the 'look at our average star ratings, we're going to be great!' mode every summer.

 

05/31/2014 - 8:52pm USA 7s

If you're interested in the sport... the US team has a very exciting player right now: Carlin Isles. Ex elite US sprinter now rugby player. Some of his highlights definitely remind me of Denard Robinson's long runs.

Here are two good youtube vids to check out:

7 minute mini doc:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfb8a1GFrxc

Straight highlights:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA5bwqVN5LM

05/31/2014 - 8:34pm Another possibility

There were 6 weeks between those matches, with the latter being played after the school year had ended. Michigan's fitness may have improved over that time (it was a long winter after all) or there may have been key roster changes.

Kevbot is right though, a bit of chance may be all that's needed to explain the different outcomes.

05/31/2014 - 8:31pm They definitely go fast

It wlll depend somewhat on who's running the tournament or agreement between the clubs, but typically, it's actually 7 minute halves. 10 minute halves for tournament championship matches (this is how the International Rugby 7s tour operates at least). 

It definitely doesn't feel fast if you're playing it, it's exhausting... full size rugby field with half the player numbers. Spectatorwise... it's exteremely fast and exciting, and I believe easier for a novice to understand and enjoy watching.  7s events tend to be tournaments, so you'll see your team play several times in a day or weekend. Makes up for the short match lengths. I predict an explosion of the sport in the US after people watch it in the 2016 olympics.

05/13/2014 - 11:06pm Speight vs Morris?

Is there a reason we're thinking Morris is the heir apparent to Gardner? I'm expecting a massive qb competition between the 2 going into 2015. 

04/14/2014 - 9:47pm Looking back at 13

It's incredible how close so many games were last year, even with the terrible OL. It's amazing how far a solid defense can take you, and I think the UM defense will be better this year. I don't think the OL will be good... at best they'll be average by season's end. But that's all the team needs to have a pretty damn good season.

03/27/2014 - 8:15pm Theoretical vs Real Evidence

In our abstract thoughts, we can imagine how it could possibly be harder for a man without a 4 year degree to convince his players of the importance of a 4 year degree. I would accept it as a possibility, but I think there's so much more to keeping players in college than having a coach who is able to say 'you know, I finished college, look at me now!' 

Ultimately, we don't need to sit and wonder if hypothetically one type of degree means this or that and another would mean the other. If someone has real experience, we can look at a man's actual record and interview him to decide if his record meets our standards.

I don't think these colleges made the BA requirement because they thought it was critical or even slightly important to someone being a good college basketball coach and all that it entails. It's a requirement because they don't think it reflects well on the school to have one of their most recognizable figures without a college degree. That's embarrassing to them. It's elitism. Some might argue then that this is a part of the job. Ok, but recognize the requirement for what it is.

P.S. The guy lied, soooo not making an argument that USF should've still hired him. Just hate blanket requirement.

03/27/2014 - 7:56pm Ambivalent

The guy lied, that's not good.

I hate degree and certification requirements. Why does he need a BA? This coach is evidence that you don't need the degree to excel at all of the duties of basketball coaching.