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03/03/2018 - 10:21am NastyIsland

Not a complaint, just an observation: Routinely, the tone of your post is completely detached from the outcome of the game. Often I will be reading them and have to scroll back to the top of the page multiple times to confirm that I read the score correctly.

Appreciate the analysis.

10/19/2017 - 9:57pm Glad you mentioned it, since

Glad you mentioned it, since I was envisioning an NxN board for the pre-snap envaluation. It might be hard to assign coordinates to the O/D lines, especially with motion on the defensive side, but the rest of the formation could reasonably be assigned NxN coords. Not sure what size it would be, but any formation could be described with x,y coordinates of sufficient resolution.

10/19/2017 - 9:22pm But if you evaluate only the

But if you evaluate only the begin-state (pre-snap positioning & playcall & gamestate) and succes (yards gained), the aforementioned degree of freedom can be ignored. There's still no quantitative means of defining the ability of the pieces, but they could be estimated to improve the quality of the prediction.

10/19/2017 - 8:02pm But, literally, only a few

But, literally, only a few years. A lot of AI development is currently focused on image recognition, which could be used to catalogue the posture / positioning / mannerisms of players and take that into account. Obviously success is dependent on the quality of the algorithm and the machine learning that allows it to improve over time.

But that is the core competency of AI: it can evaluate every factor nigh instantaneously. In games that prioritize tactics over execution (Chess, Go), modern AI is quite literally unbeatable. It is hard to imagine this wouldn't lend at least some RPS advantage over a meatbag coach's decision making. (There is still execution to consider, though.)

Best case scenario: parity is improved as universities with an academic focus offset a talent disadvantage with superior machine learning and image-recognition algorithms.

10/19/2017 - 7:42pm Big Data

True, but eventually you could accumulate enough data to offset their attempts to exploit  tendencies. An algorithm could factor in what the opposition ran out of a similar formation many years ago (and all years since); also taking in to account all of the variations that were run against your offensive / defensive formation, probabilities of success, game time, down-and-distance, player skill, coaching tendencies, etc., to calculate the playcall / formation with the greatest likelihood of a positive outcome.

05/19/2017 - 11:41pm Fair Enough

P-Rod is a professional skateboarder of some repute. (Although not particularly relevant, his dad is the late actor / comedian Paul Rodriguez Sr. of 'Born in East LA' fame [to the extent that that can be called fame].)

The main point is the somewhat-rare, informal interaction with Jabrill during his combine prep.

I should have clarified that it was Jabrill, not Pep Hamilton. This is a rare - and unprecedented, for me - scenario in which one has to clarify which 'Pep' one is referring to in a given context. I regret the error.

No Pep Guardiolas were harmed in the making of this post.

06/29/2016 - 8:15pm TalkSport

Try The Two Mikes (or Hawksbee & Jacobs) on TalkSport. It's English, which could be a problem for some, and they don't know what college football is, but still ...

08/13/2015 - 12:54pm Monty Python's Philosophers

Monty Python's Philosophers Football.

08/12/2015 - 7:45pm Reality is merely an a

Reality is merely an a priori adjunct of non-naturalistic ethics, and via the categorical imperativeontologically it exists only in the imagination.

06/19/2015 - 12:39pm Ok

Not literal signing, then, but it's still accepting a commitment and ostensibly guaranteeing a spot. ,(Obviously the word commitment in recruiting doesn't really mean commitment).

06/19/2015 - 12:35pm Attrition

I understand attrition is certain to occur between now and signing day, but wouldn't the morally pure option be to wait for said attrition before making an offer? Obviously that would hurt the class, and I'm not in favor of it, just pointing out the hypocrisy.

06/19/2015 - 12:19pm Oversigning

I don't want to be a downer, but aren't we doing what we have criticized other schools for doing in accepting commitments from guys that we don't, strictly speaking, have room for at the moment?

03/26/2015 - 2:09pm Well done

That is an excellent pun.

10/09/2014 - 1:24pm Non-coaches

We should hire three foreign MIT grads that have never heard of football as co-head coaches, give them a rule book, and see what happens.  At least we'd see some innovation, and they would be smart enough to throw a bubble screen on 3rd and 3 when the corners are 15 yards off the LOS.

08/18/2014 - 12:30pm Dymonte

I was wondering the same thing.  Usually when a hyped recruit gets no mentions in fall practice as a sophomore, a transfer announcement is imminent.

08/01/2014 - 6:02pm James

I assume James Rodriguez is not playing either?  Is he even there?

10/28/2013 - 11:04am Alumni club of greater Boston

Has updates on game watch sites, tickets, buses to games (such as UConn), etc.

07/22/2013 - 12:30pm 'Decisions' sign above

I can't tell if that is a joke or not.  It looks like one of those optical illusion things that, at-a-glance, tricks you into reading "Honestly, treat women with no respect. Drugs. Stealing. Weapons."

11/10/2012 - 9:53pm Other hit

I thought the Ross (was it Ross?) hit on Colter was similar but even better, though they got a first down on the play. Someone should GIF that.

04/04/2012 - 3:26pm It makes sense (whether or not it is true)

Staying an extra year in college does not help your draft stock.  If you intend to be a professional athlete, it makes sense to start earning as early as possible because your productive years are obviously limited.  He's not going to be 6'6" in two years, so he might as well start now.

09/28/2011 - 9:22pm Puns

I haven't read this many good puns since Nutt replaced Dick with Johnson for the Hogs.

08/06/2011 - 9:12pm Detroit, Oregon

Search 'South Detroit' on Wikipedia and it returns 'Downriver.'  I believe Wolverine318 to be correct.

Alternatively, it could be the Detroit in Oregon.  Per Wikipedia (again), all the Journey dudes seem to be northern Californians / San Franciscans with no connection to the midwest (save one guy who was born in Chicago and moved west later).  Detroit, OR is closer to San Fran that Detroit, MI, so maybe that's what they meant.

Finally, there is a borough of Quezon City in the Philippines called Detroit.  Several of the members of Journey are of Philippino descent, so that, too, could be it.

04/09/2011 - 6:24pm so is Hagelin less than 100%

so is Hagelin less than 100% tonight?

03/25/2011 - 5:44pm EU3

Steam has a sale on that every few weeks.  I recently got all of the expansions (except for the newest one) for < $10.

It's decent, but more of a world simulator than a game.  You just kind of do stuff and see what happens.  You can't really take over the world and kill everybody like in, for example, Civilization.

02/11/2011 - 2:49pm They are still in terrible

They are still in terrible shape, of course, but at least there is A PLAN.  The budget is getting balanced (by harsh but necessary means), schools are being consolidated, and federal stimulus funds are being invested the the district.  It will be better to have fewer schools with more students if it enables the district to provide a safe environment for teachers and students (and working clocks, plumbing, etc.).  If Bobb's plan can at least lead to financial stability for the district, economics will take care of some of the overcrowding issues in the long term.   

These aren't immediate solutions, but the steps being taken are aligned with the consolidation of the city itself, which is a positive sign because it demostrates communication among different departments in the city government.  This is in contrast to the prior administrations where nobody - the public and the administrators - knew what was going on.  Also, current developments are happening under the watch of federal and state governments and the general public, which will stem some of the corruption that led to the current state of affairs.

02/11/2011 - 10:39am I was being sarcastic about

I was being sarcastic about the commercial, but not the renaissance.  At the very least, I think rock bottom is behind us.  The big three are paying dividends and giving raises, buildings are being renovated, the school systems seem to be making positive progress, the presence of the entertainment industry is growing, property value decline has tapered off, and Kwame is in jail.

Also:  The Lions look like a playoff team for next year (if there is a next year) and the Tigers should win the central.

02/11/2011 - 8:49am Surely that Chrysler

Surely that Chrysler commercial with Eminem will be the catalyst to restore Detroit to greatness.  We are on the cusp of a renaissance. 

02/07/2011 - 8:11pm I think it would be a good

I think it would be a good way to launder money to pay players.  If I were rich, I'd have a go at it.

01/27/2011 - 9:29pm There currently      IS NOT  

There currently      IS NOT     a riot in East Lansing.

01/27/2011 - 9:23pm All the more reason to do it

All the more reason to do it NOW.  If we can get Jamaican and Brazilian pipelines, and some O-lineman and backers from Oz (with a little help from Russell Crowe) we can reap the on-field benefits and spread our brand across the world.

01/27/2011 - 9:21pm Just to clarify, I was

Just to clarify, I was mentally excluding Canada.  It's basically the 51st state.

01/27/2011 - 9:03pm But at certain positions,

But at certain positions, athleticism is so much more important than experience.

Also, we just beat State.  Nice.

01/24/2011 - 8:31pm Forecast:

Partly crashy


Partly crashy during the evening giving way to heavy system crashes after midnight. Cold. System crashes light and variable. Chance of system crashes 40%.

01/24/2011 - 6:18pm My PC got destroyed by a

My PC got destroyed by a virus on Saturday morning.  At the time, I had not opened any local programs and had only visited this site,, and  The virus was a very obviously fake anti-virus tool that took everything over; I couldn't open any programs, not even notepad, so I couldn't run any scans or even restore my backup image (That was my ultimate solution, but I needed to boot from a repair disc).

If there's anything I did to enable it to execute, I don't know what it was.  FWIW, I was using Chrome at the time and didn't get any warnings.  

In conclusion, back up your systems regularly.

01/22/2011 - 10:45am Ice cream man - van

Ice cream man - van halen

the ocean - led zep

bold as love - hendrix

01/13/2011 - 8:02pm The Puppetmaster?

It is common in history / fiction to have a character to maintain a position of apparently modest power through multiple regime changes when more prominent figures are being exiled or beheaded or whatever.  I present this as an analogy to Fred Jackson.

Could it be that Fred Jackson is the U of M puppetmaster, pulling the strings from the shadows whilst bigger names take the fall?

Dave Brandon should write a book called:  "Yes I Can... If Fred Jackson Says it's OK."

01/13/2011 - 3:32pm Designed running plays

I noticed while watching some of the recruiting / transfer / coaching-search interludes (aka "games") that he often had the most running room when he dropped back to pass in earnest.  

Thus, I think that the best option for conserving his health - and the one that would yield the most YPC - would be very few designed runs and lots of actual passing plays with a run option.

01/09/2011 - 7:48pm That may not be true anymore,102/

01/09/2011 - 7:39pm I think it was the fake one,

I think it was the fake one, then.  She had replies from other newspaper people, so I assumed it was her.

01/09/2011 - 5:55pm Angelique Chengelis

Tweeted "gruden to michigan has legs, les miles still frontrunner, dick jauron darkhorse."  or something like that.

I know this isn't the thread topic, but I don't know where to put anything anymore.

01/08/2011 - 11:12pm None of this matters until

None of this matters until signing day.  If we can get a NAME coach in the next few days, we have a good shot at getting Frost and Lyons.  Here's hoping Gruden is sick of the worldwide leader.

01/03/2011 - 1:33pm Panic mode?

More like critical condition.  And not the fake critical condition where they say "critical" but really mean "bad, but likely to survive" but like 50/50 that the program will die and be reborn as a Purdue analogue (if that hasn't already happened).

12/30/2010 - 8:17pm Summary

12/29/2010 - 10:58am Wondered the same thing

I thought maybe "coaching change."  Dunno though.

12/28/2010 - 1:28pm Harbaugh To Coach T-Ball in Latin America

The best friend of the brother-in-law of the former University of San Diego AD knows the sister of one of the organizers of the under-10 girls T-Ball league in Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  Supposedly, he's already agreed to a 3-year deal worth $3.5M quetzals, plus .08% (pre-tax) of the region's cobalt exports and a thatch-roofed hut.

12/27/2010 - 2:43pm Google street view

Most of Juarez is on Google street view.  It's kind of interesting to look around, if anyone is bored at work.

12/26/2010 - 12:41pm There is no link

He said it live on NFL Countdown.

12/25/2010 - 10:09am Sounds like he hasn't changed

I'd vote for him for president.

12/17/2010 - 11:19am Can he lock down his man

Can he lock down his man while 15 yards off the line of scrimmage on 3rd and 6?  Can he Greg Robinson?  CAN HE?

12/08/2010 - 8:46pm You have to wait for us to guess

I was going to say Manny Harris.