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04/27/2018 - 2:56pm Searching for Sugar Man

One of my all-time favs since I got to see it at Sundance first is Searching for Sugar Man.

I think two others above me posted on it, too.

Will have to check the others out! Nice list everyone!

04/14/2018 - 1:13am Top Pick - Fantasy Statistics Team

Keep this up and you will be the #1 draft pick for my fantasy statistics league.

Nice statistics, but also enjoyed your logic. Will we see your articles in the Economist this year or you waiting until 2019?

01/14/2018 - 12:23am Go Red!

Great job Red packing in that many games (last bullet). You'll be a fine coach someday!

01/14/2018 - 12:16am Vegas - December - More Jack

Another Jack Nicholson sighting...this time a month ago, first week of Dec in Vegas.

Smiled at our baby at the Paris casino as he walked by.

Sat with Danny Devito in a restaurant courtyard basically in the slot casino area. Both were dressed in suits.

We had just gotten up 2 min before to leave the same restaurant, a table away...wish we had stayed.

Jack was in the bathroom same time as my brother (since we are sharing bathroom Jack stories). Unfortunately no cool Jack quote to share.

12/31/2017 - 4:37pm Great vid!

Thanks for that video. Looks like Peppers did everything asked of him and had good speed while doing it. Shut down the outside while playing contain on pass routes, trained to expect Gideon help in the middle. 3 defense on 2 receivers triangle plan.

Surprised he only had 2 catches against him on man to man coverage all 2016, though he was usually in zone.

12/08/2017 - 11:53am Lot of Peaches in the Sea

If it was Linda Greene, then allegedly Peaches #3.

Learned a lot from the Wikipedia page. Thanks for the procrastination topic for the work day.

11/20/2017 - 6:03pm 1955 - The Ballad of Davy Crockett - #1 on the weekly chart

Kilt him a be'ar [pronounced 'bar'] when he was only three

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZoq8yjOvxs

You're welcome!

 

11/08/2017 - 11:34am Awesome!

It was a fun day of watching football last Saturday because of the previous calculations. Will use this new analysis for rooting interests, once again. I thought it was a phenomenal analysis.

I have a side interest in enjoying these calculations...I think any of us who are striving to finish a really tough project, or land an amazing job, or owning a company that has a long hill to climb can appreciate the odds.

As a wise man once said, "Never tell me the odds!" -- Han Solo

So let's just have fun with the games, but in our daily lives, go for it!

10/31/2017 - 10:51am Little Brown Turtle Head

How about the Little Brown Turtle Head trophy for Maryland?

10/29/2017 - 12:28am Michgan?

The funniest part of that video is that it says Michgan wins at 0:09.

10/27/2017 - 12:43am Rootin interests

At least this gives us rootin' interests. MSU has 4 losses btw, not that I'm complaining.

10/08/2017 - 12:24am Eastern Michigan answers!

Haha.

10/08/2017 - 12:22am Yes

Poop. Double post.

10/08/2017 - 12:21am Yes

Sometime around then the play-calling shifted.

10/08/2017 - 12:18am This

I never got over the back-to-back fades on the first series. It didn't make sense at the time and still doesn't now.

We were running it ok, actually, and then just started to abandon it. Not saying we should have stuck with the run no matter what, but at that time, the run and a few selective non-fade passes would have been fine. There's a big playbook and fades weren't needed.

In the second half I thought at some point late in the 3rd quarter they would turn O'Korn loose on the option or a few designed QB runs, etc, but I suppose we may not have practiced that much.

Basically didn't see us "grasping at straws" trying to select the most intelligent play for every down. Yeah of course McDoom and others should have made a few plays, but we shouldn't have been in that position. A few better play calls would have made a big difference.

MSU coached well to always go for the fumble strip...felt our guys were not ready for that either.

10/02/2017 - 4:08pm Hawt Cakes

I think you mean Hawt Cakes. Goes well with all natural Maple Syrup.

10/02/2017 - 4:06pm I thought he said Lorenzo

I thought he said Lorenzo White in the backfield, but Leveon Bell makes more sense. Thanks for filling us in!

09/29/2017 - 9:16am Agree

I had severe disdain for the early games when at school in Ann Arbor and I still feel like the early games hurt now for recruits and national coverage.

A 1pm game Eastern is 10am Pacific time and there just aren't as many people watching football then. Even the West Coast sportswriters don't start watching football until mid-afternoon Eastern time as all the Pacific games are later. They are needed to highlight Michigan as well to west coast recruits. I think 3:30pm Eastern is a better time and the occassional night game is super for ratings (as someone posted earlier, there are just less football choices on tv then which is an ok way to get ratings).

The night game vs. Penn State in 1997 was a great way to get national coverage. Michigan was #4 in the AP undefeated. After beating Penn State, Michigan jumped 2 other undefeated teams to become the new number 1. The tv crew were hyping up the case for how Michigan could jump the others in the polls before the game was even on. It was dubbed Judgement Day or some other marketed label on the game as Florida State and Nebraska (the other undefeateds) were also playing tough games. So less football was on, more coverage dedicated to Michigan, and a full country watching it led to us to the new number 1 after stomping Penn State.

The Denard game vs. Notre Dame at night was good too. He made a lot of new fans after that night.

Night games almost always more fun for students (barring bad weather) and more available for the whole country in tv coverage.

09/24/2017 - 1:03am He was sick

Harrison was sick. As in, he had "the runs", so they just wanted it over with and the crew obliged.

08/29/2017 - 3:30pm Yes, Wisconsin!

Go Blue all the way.

But if we are predicting who wins the Big Ten Championship game, I totally agree that Wisconsin is in the driver's seat.

Nice analysis and I'd like to subscribe to your blog.

07/10/2017 - 5:55am Not sure what just happened

But the one sec clip of spiderman playing trumpet made me laugh out loud.

05/16/2017 - 4:12am Randy Travis is that you?

Ah yes, Forever and Ever Amen. One of the world's *insert adjective here* tunes.

05/06/2017 - 2:57am MBA

Got his MBA I see from LinkedIn. Or at least should be by about now. Financial Planning and Analysis, nice going Russell!

05/06/2017 - 2:52am Demetrius Brown

Demetrius Brown. Give us just one less interception in the 7 interception debacle vs. MSU and we coulda won. I mean, some interceptions were receivers running the wrong route, but Harbaugh would have made sure it was a completely tighter ship all around.

05/06/2017 - 2:49am I hear that

Brady was so motivated he became his own coach and worked super hard on his own. Harbaugh could have honed his skills, but Brady would have lost a large part of his resilience from having to fight through it all himself.

04/06/2017 - 5:31pm Run 10 sec off instead

Changing the game from a time limit to a point threshold to reach complicates and confuses things for refs, fans, players.

Why not just run 10 sec off the clock for every foul from the team that is behind. This 10 seconds would not be incurred if fouled on a shot or loose ball foul, only open space.

That barely changes the game setup but reduces the fouls a little.

03/20/2017 - 12:44pm What's the bad news again?

We're in the sweet sixteen. I'll accept any announcers for what they are. Go Blue!

03/16/2017 - 12:58pm Language!

No more fucking asshole comments!

- The MGoBlog Mom

03/15/2017 - 12:04am Clever

Clever. You always have a way with words.

03/13/2017 - 11:06pm I would settle for 1/3 of these

I'd be happy with 1/3 of these, or 3/9ths if there were 9 choices.

03/09/2017 - 4:58pm Fumes, not fuel

Article has been corrected (see correction at bottom after clicking link) to say fumes in his face, not fuel on his face. May want to change the quote.

01/31/2017 - 6:18pm Wire and water

So his favorite show is The Wire and he likes water (the element). Sounds like a nice kid.

01/08/2017 - 11:52am Matters a ton

Thanks for the videos. I watched this first one and enjoyed the positive influence on me to keep eating healthy, but I'm even more hopeful that the kids that want to grow up healthy and cool like you will follow your lead.

01/06/2017 - 12:24am Summer

Summers are 83 degree average, same as Ann Arbor, but 30 min more sunlight each day.

Honestly, it gets a bad rap for the winters. They are nothing like 20 years ago. I worked a little in agriculture there and all of the climate bands have moved north dramatically so that crops that used to only grow in Iowa now grow in mid-Minnesota.

Once I was in Minneapolis and it was 103 degrees, the hottest city in the nation that day (yes an anomaly, but it can get above 90 degrees often).

01/05/2017 - 11:53pm Favorite winter experiences

My favorite winter experiences are mostly all in Minneapolis:

1) During several 12 inch snowfalls, driving through downtown Minneapolis after 11pm, sliding around corners across three lanes of non-traffic.

2) Broomball on outdoor rinks that actually freeze.

3) Watching skijouring (dogs pulling skiers) and mountain bikers on ice at the Luminary Loppet.

4) Running Lake Calhoun on actual plowed paths (as long as it was above 15 degrees). Watching the winter kite boarding on the ice.

5) Um, in general, Minnesota is much easier driving in the winter since it stays below freezing. None of that 32 degree sheet of ice like Michigan.

Anyway, summers are amazing Minneapolis. Any friend I have taken to both Minneapolis and my hometown Kalamazoo generally prefer Minneapolis and it's not even close. I get that Kalamazoo is smaller, but spend 5 years in Minneapolis and you'll see what I mean.

I love Michigan (and Western Michigan). I do not feel bad for Fleck for the lifestyle he will inherit at Minnesota though.

01/03/2017 - 4:33pm Picturing the same thing

Along with a brochure featuring the CRISP lady.

01/02/2017 - 1:24am I hear you for the most part, but

I agree for the most part, but I feel that there are some conservative play calls at times that keep opponents in the game so that one turnover makes a difference (as it did last year vs. MSU).

For example, against FSU with 1st and 1 yard to the goal line after the turnover...was there anyone who was surprised that the play call was run up the middle?  Haven't we run 1st and goal more than 70% of the time this season? I was hoping if there was a run, it would have been 2 QB sneaks in a row (with running back fake over the top) or a jet sweep or a fake option just to keep FSU on their toes. Or if a throw, roll out Wilton and have him run it in or throw to the back of the end zone if open receiver.

Just something that's not so predictable.

That one series sums up how I've felt in a few close games this year and last. Some we win, and a few we lose.

With a little more talent, I believe Harbaugh can power through these games, but without it, have to scheme like Belichick. Hell, even Carr beat Florida with the spread in his last game...so just looking for a few more low-risk wrinkles that might be possible with the extra month of practice.

12/19/2016 - 2:38pm Not a slippery slope

McCaffrey did a favor to Stanford just to stay for his final year. Be happy he helped the team even get to the Sun Bowl.

I think you're making the kind of slippery slope argument that got us into the Vietnam War.

There is very little danger of more than 3 high profile players doing the same thing in any given year. They don't have the stature of McCaffrey, they don't have the body of work, they don't have the past injuries to show as evidence, nor the complete and utter support of the team to do it.

If it is your dream that he plays in the Sun Bowl, you should have been letting him know a long time ago how much it means to you that he play, and how you can help compensate him in the case of injury.

Otherwise, just let him chase his dream.

12/19/2016 - 2:23pm And

And before the playoff.

12/19/2016 - 2:21pm What do you mean he got his

What do you mean he got his and hell with the others? He will probably financially support many in the future who got him to the NFL, in addition to being an ambassador for the Cardinal program providing indirect financial benefit to the program. He already has helped the program tremendously maintain and increase value.

The college contracts are different than the pro contracts. You are allowed to leave under certain circumstances in turn for not being paid for your efforts. The school would prefer this and not have to pay the players than the alternative. The school then just loads up on as many recruits as possible to fill the gaps.

12/19/2016 - 2:15pm Announced way earlier

Most likely it was announced way earlier to the team...like probably at least 2 weeks ago. The whole team supports him according to the teammate tweet in the article and the coach supports him.

Not announcing it earlier means that the opposing team was wasting time preparing for him.

Also, not sure if you should speak for the team that it is being let down when someone declares early. Most team members probably understand and are supportive. Do you consider them part of the team or only those that run the administration that can benefit financially?

I think it is more the case that fans are let down when players declare early.

12/19/2016 - 2:09pm Good tune up for the spring game

Will be awesome to see if anyone can step up in the Sun Bowl and then extend that productivity to the Spring game and hopefully a starting position next fall.

Seriously, McCaffrey has been there so long...it was almost a team favor to not declare for the draft last year. He makes close to $0 being on the team with great risk of health.

12/17/2016 - 2:39pm The couple needs to go to the Gandy Dancer?

The couple needs to go to the Gandy Dancer? I'm not following the need here.

A donation to assist animals or people at-large can be "in addition to" the poor dachshund donation.

Or just donate in the dachshund's name to any organization of your choosing if you don't donate to it directly.

12/17/2016 - 2:33pm Family members

Or he may be suggesting that family and close friends may be able to play a larger role first as he has taken on that responsibility with his family.

We haven't heard how much was raised through family and friends before coming to this blog. The poster himself said he would provide " as much financial help as it takes" to get the little guy his surgery.

Some people raise investment for anything (their own companies even) by first tapping friends and family and others go to outside investors first...always depends on individual personalities and needs.

12/17/2016 - 2:17pm Marketing and information overload

I think in a world with marketing and information overload, part of Mike's point is that things like this shouldn't even be marketed. The "world", if it had a personality, probably would be offended that a dog was marketed as a Michigan fan to receive funding from those who share the same affinity.

If it's not this gofundme request, there are 100 other discussions per day that steal our attention and keep us from healing the world at-large. Squeaky wheel gets the grease.

While we all act in self-interest daily and it is nice to feel compassion for things we can relate to (don't 80% of us like dogs?), I'll add to Mike's sentiment and hope we can all rethink our causes and give to good ones in the future. If you are rich, consider helping with a global crisis instead of buying your next car or boat. Or if you like animals, invest in a cause that saves them all collectively.

12/17/2016 - 1:57pm More bang for the buck

It would be cool on fundraising drives if they provided a link for their own dog and then have a different link "if you would rather fund an animal rescue organization that saves hundreds of dogs per year" and post a to an animal rescue center.

I also liked the poster that suggested doggy stairs...doesn't help the current dog injuries out there, but doggy stairs up to beds and couches is like dog insurance that may reduce future vet bills and improve doggy quality of life. I'd invest in the gofundme that sold those.

Good point on the lead (and arsenic) in drinking water globally. Terrible problem.

For myself, I'd rather we all start buying up 75% of the Earth that is still potentially protectable to save all the wild animals and protect the rainforests from being burned down...I think right now the number of parks globally protected is around 4% of land area. Stay tuned for the gofundme for the first $1 trillion of needs to get it started....

11/30/2016 - 8:29pm Dude!!

You read my mind. Thanks for the laugh.

11/16/2016 - 12:45am Compromise and just say football

Try adding "football" in the original post and probably frustration level will drop. Think the guy just wanted to know what team he was getting excited about. Thanks for sharing.

10/23/2016 - 12:29pm The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect!

I'm surprised no one has brought up how Basil "the Bulger Slayer" ruled over the Byzantine Empire from AD 976-1025 and how that will affect this game.

Could not be more related in my mind.

10/14/2016 - 6:30pm See 1:20-1:25 of BlueReign's video post

See 1:20-1:25 of BlueReign's video post