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04/01/2018 - 2:51pm YouTube TV is great!

Plug here as a cord-cutter with YouTubeTV. They are by far the best streaming service, it's $35 a month and you get unlimited DVR. So if you tell it you like Michigan games it records them all automatically and you can watch them all forever, as far as I can tell. Maybe they expire after a year or something? 

I'm not sure but if you sign up for a 7-day trial now, you might be able to watch it again. :) 

02/07/2018 - 1:03am Eh, I ditched horrible

Eh, I ditched horrible Comcast, which here in the bay area was delivering only SD BTN for extra money, for gigabit internet ($80 / mo) and YouTubeTV ($35 / mo, and includes BTN). We had Netfix and Hulu anyway, so this is less than I was paying for cable, and the internet is miles better. It's like I'm actually in the 21st century now. I'd happily pay more, because Comcast is so goddamn bad they can just go straigh to hell. But, I'm not.

10/29/2017 - 2:46pm We were not beating PSU in

We were not beating PSU in any case, so that loss can hardly be blamed on playing O'Korn. And against MSU, we lost the turnover battle 5-0, and lost a close game. That turnover situation can't be blamed solely on O'Korn, and there is no guarantee Peters wins it. Passing was extremely difficult for most of that game.

09/23/2017 - 7:49pm He's an incoherent, lying,

He's an incoherent, lying, petty, racist, half-senile lunatic, gleefully sticking his thumb in the eye of every ethical standard and behavioral norm that is used to be required to lead anything, much less the free world. Is there another job he could actually hold? WTF is wrong with you, Glen Masons Hot Wife?? 

09/16/2017 - 4:11pm We had the #1 scoring offense

We had the #1 scoring offense in the B1G last year. The fact that this is remembered as "meh" underscores how hard it is for U-M to meet these expectations. A lot of the talent on that offense from last year is in the NFL now.

09/16/2017 - 3:39am There are short-term metrics,

There are short-term metrics, and there are long-term metrics. It's easy to see that, short-term, the metric doesn't move because of their decision to offer me only SD -- I'm still here. But long-term, well, I made this post. I will continue to hate them and talk about it. They are one of the least popular companies in all of America. I find this self-defeating obsession on short-term metrics humorous.

Flatly, you're wrong. It would take them like four hours of an engineer's time to fix this problem. I've cost them more money than that with this thread.

09/16/2017 - 2:40am Why should they care? Where I

Why should they care? Where I sit, they have a monopoly, if I want to watch every U-M game live. If they decided they didn't have the bandwidth, they'd only have one copy of the channel. (besides, all of us with a brain and a rudimentary knowledge of the internet in 2017 know this is false) This reeks of a post-hoc justification for a mistake some engineer made they don't even care to fix. They are the worst. Maybe Equifax is the worst, but I'm don't think so, because actually Comcast is the worst.

08/25/2017 - 10:42pm Go AWS!

If Amazon were starting today, they'd probably just roll their site on AWS and save the trouble of worrying about infra. It's cheap and user-friendly and ultra-reliable and scalable and all that good stuff.

07/06/2017 - 11:33pm Glacier seems fine?

You can put 5 TB in Glacier for ~$20 / month, which is a few hundred a year and seems reasonable. Remember then you don't have to deal with any of the infrastructure and they will guarantee all the 9's of reliability for you. You are also protected against weird stuff like your house burning down. I'd just do this and forget about it, you could keep some more recent stuff in s3 too (more expensiver of course) if you want and get that data quickly, wherever.

05/27/2017 - 5:11pm Running with your dog ?

Please be careful taking your dog with you on runs. Dogs, having fur and lacking the ability to sweat, are not as able to cool themselves when exercising in the heat. Humans are much better distance runners than dogs (or basically all other animals!) for this reason. Please be mindful and aware when your dog is struggling in the heat -- many dogs die in this way, as their owners are not aware!

04/10/2017 - 9:39pm Everything's unreliable to

Everything's unreliable to some extent; this is another signal and I think it makes sense to include it. Ensemble methods are really good. 

It is also worth noting that whenever U-M snags a low-ranked prospect, that player will look better under this metric, on average, just by virtue of having a Michigan offer. Treacherous.

08/29/2016 - 11:51pm 1) Who cares what most

1) Who cares what most Americans think? Pissing off 40% of Americans (even if that's what it is) isn't a good strategy for a football coach, and this is why politics should be avoided in this case.

 

2) What about the underprivileged black Americans that are good at football? You know, the majority of our roster this year and in upcoming years? How many of them agree, do you think? I guess they'll keep going to OSU.

08/29/2016 - 9:36pm When our HC says something at

When our HC says something at a meaningless press conference that earns him headline after headline of bad publicity nation-wide, a smidge of concern seems warranted.

We can plug our ears and hum "harrrrrbaugghhhh" if we want but this was not a smart thing to say.

07/25/2016 - 9:51pm We have more alumni than

We have more alumni than anybody, thus we are always targeted by these clickbait lists. I wish they'd stop appearing here. You are merely advertising for "WalletHub", whatever the hell that is..

06/18/2016 - 1:23am You'll find the opposite of

You'll find the opposite of what you're looking for. High school kids have less developed musculature (around the neck, importantly), and worse equipment. Their brains are still developing. There is evidence that it's even worse for them. I encourage you to research this yourself, with an open mind.

06/18/2016 - 1:19am It's not OK. As someone with

It's not OK. As someone with a PhD in Neuroscience (who freely admits that isn't worth much in this discussion), I'd never let my kids play tackle football.

05/23/2016 - 9:55am But can the Thunder decline the suspension?

In 32 minutes last night, our pal Draymond was 1 for 9, 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 turnovers, posting a fairly amazing +/- of -43.

05/19/2016 - 11:31pm It's a vice we were all

It's a vice we were all brought up with. What can you do, none of us are always rational. But I'd support a law that made organized tackle football illegal for kids under 18, absolutely.

05/14/2016 - 11:16am This is just one casino I've

This is just one casino I've never heard of. It's marketing, and obviously it worked at that level, but it's also a risk for the house. I don't know how many of these future lines they set, all by themselves, but that's a tough job and they probably made some mistakes. But they can avoid significant risk by limiting the amount of action they'll actually take on these lines, which they probably would do if you tried to exploit them.

05/14/2016 - 1:22am This is stupid. "Vegas"

This is stupid. "Vegas" doesn't release lines this early. This comes from some random no-name casino that is basically trolling for free advertising. Effective.

04/23/2016 - 9:09pm Agreed he's not really the

Agreed he's not really the problem -- they're just not that good. Still have bullpen issues and the starters have taken a serious step back vs. a few years ago. But I am also convinced by now (not based on this season) that Mr. Ausmus is not a very good manager. I suppose he'll be gone by the time the team is good again.

Maybe I'm being too pessimistic. Just saw that Freep (sorry, I know) article about the Wings' contract situations. Need another drink.

04/23/2016 - 8:55pm They're poorly managed, and

They're poorly managed, and not very good. Oh well.

 

Started with a Rogue chocolate stout and now moving on to Jack and Coke. Cheers.

04/11/2016 - 12:14pm Also not a lawyer but as I

Also not a lawyer but as I understand it, the more compelling legal issue with this decision is the way it limits the ability of coaches to earn money at these camps.

I think they may expect that this won't stand up in court. But by enacting it out of the blue with no discussion, and immediate force, they at least disrupt the ongoing stuff, which some coaches were obviously not prepared for.

I'd prefer some sort of nuclear option, by which the NCAA is vaporized, but I'm not sure how to acheive that.

04/10/2016 - 12:38pm It's an ad-hoc solution to a

It's an ad-hoc solution to a problem they created themselves -- there were other ways to stop cheeky deals like the Kovalchuk one. It's obviously very stupid.

The same issue exists in every other major team sport but somehow they've all managed to avoid this absurdity.

04/07/2016 - 9:05pm But they aren't failures

That bothers me. To call dinosaurs "failures" is to misunderstand biology. They existed for tens of millions of years (much longer than us!), and in fact they are still sort of everywhere (birds!). The class can do what it wants but it shouldn't have such a stupid name.

04/07/2016 - 6:12pm My race and ethnicity

My race and ethnicity requirement, which was literally called "Race and Ethnicity", if I remember correctly. Soc 300 something? First year teacher, graded on a very generous curve. We had a multiple choice exam, 25 questions, 10 of which were true-false, where 7/25 (below chance!) was good enough for a B.

04/06/2016 - 12:23pm It's a scholarship for one

It's a scholarship for one year, occupying a spot that is currently open, and for which there will likely be no compelling fit -- especially on a team bringing back everybody that just went to the tournament.

It basically costs the program nothing to take Spike back for another year and see what happens. The goodwill is worth something, too. This is more of a freeroll than a bet where we have something to lose. I'm boggled as to why it would be out of the question.

04/04/2016 - 11:41pm Great game, but I hated the

Great game, but I hated the officiating. It was called way too close both ways, there were so many whistles that blew for no discernable reason. So that factors in somewhere for me.

03/29/2016 - 1:09am This is just as dumb as Max.

This is just as dumb as Max. Obviously, we could have used him. Apparently it's more important to have a roster with 15 mediocre players.

I think Beilein is great, but this is definitely a failure. We don't have room for fifth-year guys who could obviously contribute. And it ain't cuz we're Kentucky. We've got a bunch of middling dudes, but so, so many of them only half of them will even play.

03/29/2016 - 1:06am I've got four years left.

Rather have me?

03/27/2016 - 12:26pm Hard to conclude anything

Hard to conclude anything since they still AFAIK haven't given us a single clue as to what is actually wrong. The unnecessary radio silence from Beilein about this all year was the most annoying thing to me.

Of course the most important thing is health for Caris and his future. But it would be nice now to have a bit more info so we can evaluate how this was handled.

03/26/2016 - 12:53am Fine, but if this is the

Fine, but if this is the calculus you have to do it right, and admit that it isn't unfavorable for Michigan. Yes, "ranking" is one way to do it, but the fact is Michigan's offense wasn't just number 1, it was number 1 by a huge margin. Statistically, our offense is way, way better than North Dakota's, and that isn't well represented by ordinal rank.

03/26/2016 - 12:37am This math doesn't add up.
You

This math doesn't add up.

You can split it into GF and GA all you want, but what matters (as Kenpom would say) is the differential. Let's look:

North Dakota avg. goal differential : +1.76

Michigan avg. goal differential : +1.87

This doesn't feel like cold water to me.

03/22/2016 - 12:59pm If this tweet is

If this tweet is "sub-tweeting" anybody, it's Jim Harbaugh. Plenty of plausible deniability as far as recruiting violations go.

03/22/2016 - 12:56pm They could get some

They could get some consulting company or data scientist to fix the RPI in a matter of weeks, for a tiny amount of money. It's hard to understand why a system that is so obviously bad is given so much importance. I guess they just don't care!

The NCAA would be better off just buying Kenpom's system.

03/19/2016 - 1:18am Ace needs to cheer up.

Man, these guys were within a possession at the end of the game of having a great chance to reach the sweet 16. Beat a 6-seed with a crippled team minus its NBA first-rounder and senior point guard, after already winning a tournament game. Just didn't quite go our way against a good team.

But here, yeah, Ace is super disappointed. Must be sad. Honestly, this schtick gets old.

This team exceeded reasonable expectations. To have it framed in this way is stupid. I guess you think UM should have been a top ten team this year? Man. Just stop.

03/13/2016 - 11:27pm The difference between

The difference between Tulsa's odds and our odds may be based on nothing more than the much greater number of Michigan grads who show up at Vegas sports books.

03/10/2016 - 4:50pm There has to be some uncertainty

I don't think this game can possibly move us from "definitely out" to "definitely in". There has to be more gray area than that, this is just one of more than 30 data points on the season the committee will look at. Either way, we have to accept there is some uncertainty in what the committee will do, and this extra evidence is quite small, and therefore it is possible both to beat Indiana and go to the NIT, and to lose and get into the NCAAs.

It's a good way to sell the game I guess but I don't think it's that simple at all.

Edit: I understand that the more surprising new evidence (a win over Indiana) will weigh more heavily.. and agree we're probably out right now. But if we're so sure we're out right now, then I am not convinced beating Indiana will be enough.

03/06/2016 - 12:19pm Give me a break.

This team lost its two seniors, one a long-time excellent player, the other was competiting for national player of the year. Despite that we went 10-8 in the B1G and are still very much alive for the tournament. If not, I'll happily root for us in the NIT and am excited to have this whole team back next year.

It's really disappointing to see how many fans just checked out on this team before the game was over yesterday, not to mention the down-and-out comments of Ace on the front page, and all the fair-weather hoops fans here who just want to run to football. Fine, go. But keep it to yourself, you're making the rest of us look bad.

02/24/2016 - 9:45pm So pessimistic all the sudden?

I think we are probably in (by the skin of our teeth) if we don't win another game.

I think we're definitely better than 50/50 to get in if we lose the next two but win a game in the B1G tournament, which is probably the most likely scenario.

I feel like this has been what the blog has been saying all year, so I'm not sure why you're now declaring we have to either win @ Wisconsin or beat an Iowa team in the conversation for a one-seed to get in. We needed to win this game. We did, and that's fine (you think anyone on the committee actually watched it?!)..

01/12/2016 - 11:50pm 6-man rotation tonight,

6-man rotation tonight, pretty much. Surprised to see that in the box score, but can't argue with the result. Also, Robinson was 5/9 from 3 ... think he was 5/6 at one point.

01/05/2016 - 9:11pm It does say "Food and Beverages"

... on this LinkedIn page, which is one of the first hits on the web for Ernie Patterson:

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ernie-patterson-2786462

 

Seems legit.

01/02/2016 - 10:31am Not yet please

I hope he stays long enough for Harbaugh to start pummeling him. If he was to leave now I would find it a bitter disappointment.

12/30/2015 - 5:46pm Hear him here, he says it two ways!

Mystery may never be solved.

https://soundcloud.com/umichathletics/pronunciation-mark-donnal

12/07/2015 - 11:02pm Exactly. You aren't going to

Exactly. You aren't going to be able to reliably stop an Urban Meyer offense with elite+ talent. Nobody can do that (besides maybe a torrential downpour). Gotta score with them.

12/07/2015 - 11:00pm Let's be honest, OSU has some

Let's be honest, OSU has some elite talent on offense. The good news is, we didn't meet anybody new this year. Those guys won the NC last year and they'd probably be favorite to do it again right now if they'd made the playoff.

Similar things can be said about those Oregon teams. That was probably during the absolute peak of their offensive juggernaut.

Expecting your defense to just shut those offenses down isn't realistic. Yes, I believe we will do better in the future, but unfortunately this year we just weren't prepared to keep up with them on offense. When (or if) we have similar, elite talent our offense will be able to trade blows with theirs, and keep the ball out of their hands as much as possible.

Relax. That is a great team they've got down there. But most of the guys who have been hurting us badly will be gone soon, and we have every reason to think things will be more evenly matched when the next crop arrives.

12/06/2015 - 11:26pm Antonio Brown. That punt

Antonio Brown. That punt return TD celebration.. LOFL. That is probably the greatest thing I've ever seen in a football game. Was it sexual? I can't stop laughing. That dude is a great player, best WR in football right now.

12/04/2015 - 12:24pm Re: sample size

Rudock's big change in "accuracy under pressure" is definitely a sample size thing IMO, despite the fact that he's had more such passes than most. Everybody has a small sample size, relative to the variability in completion percentages. Jumps like this are not surprising. There is such a poor appreciation for statistics in sports (I mean statistics, the branch of math and science). Even a baseball player's average across a full 600+ AB season will be expected to vary by ~20-30 points on average just by chance. For the number of under pressure throws in a season, the variation associated with repeated sampling is gigantic.

12/04/2015 - 12:34am Uhh.. were you disappointed

Uhh.. were you disappointed with Henson as a Michigan QB?! He played three years, was great when healthy the year he was the full-time starter, led a win in Columbus where I can still picture him running into the end zone. More QBs like Drew Henson sounds nice.

12/02/2015 - 6:59pm Whatever you may think of the

Whatever you may think of the original quote, I'm sure Bo wouldn't have said this about an assistant getting a first head coaching job.