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06/03/2018 - 8:54pm The Godfather

"That's all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood. Been ten years since the last one. You know, you gotta stop them at the beginning. Like they should have stopped Hitler at Munich, they should never let him get away with that, they was just asking for trouble."

06/03/2018 - 8:07pm youtube

A few people have put the movie, Green Street Hooligans, on youtube.  No one has ever taken it down, so it is there if you want to watch it.

05/22/2018 - 7:13pm Moeller

Moeller was solid those two years.  I could never figure out why the team did so well in 1997 except:   (1) Charles Woodson met his potential, and (2) Brian Griese suprassed what we thought was his potential.  I mean, who thought Griese was going to be All-Big Ten that year?  And to loop back to Woodson, he was a once in a generation player. 

The years before we were 9-3, 10-2, 9-0-3, 8-4, 8-4, 9-4, 8-4.  The four losses every year were painful except that we always upset Ohio State even when they were undefeated.

It also seems like the front lines on both sides were very solid, and Marcus Ray stepped it up a notch also.

Conclusion:  Yes, we still win if Moeller is coach.  The team was built in the model of a Michigan team back then, and many players stepped it up.  Players win games.  We also had a little luck, which one needs.  In 2016, that luck means the referree makes the right call and we go to the playoffs.  Who knows what happens then?

05/20/2018 - 12:48pm bargain

Yes, we have come to bargain -- with the appropriate homage to Dr. Strange.

05/18/2018 - 3:08pm I'm in

I'm in.  It'd be cool to see their stadium that way

05/17/2018 - 7:24pm why

Why not?  I haven't either, but I have looked a bunch at their stuff.  I just never dig it.  Honest question:  What is Nike not doing well?

05/17/2018 - 11:07am Old Trafford

Old Trafford for Manchester United.  It really was something to see that pitch.  You could sense the history. It opened in February 1910.  A lof of games on the same plot of land.

05/17/2018 - 11:04am meh

Here are the other teams that have been featured: the Ravens (2001), Cowboys (2002, 2008), Chiefs (2007), Bengals (2009, 2013), Jets (2010), Dolphins (2012), Falcons (2014), Texans (2015) and Rams (2016).

05/13/2018 - 6:30pm Bluey

Bluey -- upvoted.  I disagree with the article but appreciate you posting it.  180 replies and counting.  On an otherwise sleepy Sunday, you gave us something to talk about.

05/13/2018 - 4:19pm Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the

Maize_Nation:  Thanks for the response.  I took out the question since I wasn't really getting responses.  I may check out reddit.  

05/13/2018 - 2:46pm thanks

When you pick the right topic and people who know chime in, you get a great list.  MGoCrowdsourcing

05/13/2018 - 1:47pm Note

Note:  users are saying you have to start here (not at the link I have above);

Click on the part that says "Links Explored" and then start exploring those links.

05/13/2018 - 1:42pm thanks

Thanks -- I moved it down to fiction with a parenthetical.

Does semrush or ahrefs underestimate or overestimate or both?

05/13/2018 - 1:08pm update

I think you have to update your stars or karma on the left. go to the page where you vote and look for the buttons that say update. also, while I jumped to four stars for links I'm still at one star overall. probably take a few rounds to get a second star

05/13/2018 - 12:36pm seems easy

It seems easy to take pot shots at Harbaugh given last year's record and it certainly gets the clicks from pro- and anti-Michigan folks.  All over the map could also be a good thing:  it means he is harder to plan against.  But, whatever, people are going to keep writing these things unti we have an outstanding season.

05/13/2018 - 12:04pm users

For those interested, Michigan now has 1021 users for a total of 1342 stars.  Ohio State has 596 users for 895 stars. It seems like Michigan is gaining steam however, as more users join.

 I read this:  "If you simply explore all 20 links from the map page and then update your rating, you’ll jump right up to 3 stars!"

Here is a link to the 20 links:

05/13/2018 - 11:55am team chaos

Am I wrong that Team Chaos has to be the odds on favorite to win? 

05/13/2018 - 11:39am Agreed

Agreed -- I finally signed up this morning, and it is way more interesting than I thought it would be.  Any advice on how to increase my star rating is appreciated.

05/13/2018 - 8:48am Gave you an upvote for the

Gave you an upvote for the effort....Keep it up, my man.

05/10/2018 - 8:41pm Nashville

I dig Nashville, and I think it is great that they have a good hockey team given the town.  But it is hard for me not to want Winnipeg to win given how small the town is (705,000+).

With that said, the Pancake Pantry is pretty awesome:

I'm happy with either team winning.

05/07/2018 - 10:29am best hotel

If it were a regular weekend, what is the best place to stay?  The Otesaga?

05/06/2018 - 7:56pm lawsuit

Somewhat related, I saw that Chad Harbach was sued for copyright infringement over the book:

05/06/2018 - 7:43pm movie

I didn't know You Gotta Have Wa was the basis of the Tom Selleck movie "Mr. Baseball"


05/06/2018 - 6:38pm Japan Times

Japan Times agrees:

"Robert Whiting’s baseball classic, “You Gotta Have Wa,” (updated in 2009) remains the definitive text on Japanese culture seen through the lens of sport. Whiting has an engaging style, his research is exhaustive and his first-hand knowledge has ensured this book is just as entertaining now as it was when it was first published in 1989.

Examining the Japanese ideal of wa (harmony) through baseball, Whiting’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in Japan — even if you don’t know the difference between a balk and a base hit."…

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm thanks


05/06/2018 - 5:59pm Berenstain?

It might be hard for me to read that book because I read it as The Berenstein Bears (not The Berenstain Bears with an -ain at the end).  Just one of those things....

05/06/2018 - 5:56pm starting pitcher

I agree that watching a great starting pitcher makes it fun.  I'm digging the Angels but the games start a bit late.  Ohtani has been amazing.

05/06/2018 - 5:54pm Boys of Summer

Two people above listed it, but I appreciate you highlighting it as well!

05/06/2018 - 5:10pm Beat the Streak

I've been playing Beat the Streak a bit this year

05/06/2018 - 5:09pm You Gotta

Quick search:  You Gotta Have Wa Paperback by Robert Whiting (Author)

05/06/2018 - 5:08pm Men at Work

George Will's Men at Work is definitely on my radar

05/01/2018 - 11:26am mulitplying

I was seriously waiting to see if Hugh Freeze would mulitple 60 minutes by 60 seconds.  He stuttered a little and instead said "make every second count."  Come on, man!  You have 3600 seconds!

04/30/2018 - 10:45pm restraint

Here is a clip from the brief:  "Petitioners sued under Section 2 of the Sherman Act, alleging two alternative antitrust counts. Count I alleged that the Rooftop Businesses were part of one broad market with Wrigley Field and the Cubs, as Respondents themselves have asserted in the past, while Count II alleged that the Rooftop Market is distinct from Wrigley Field and the Cubs. Amended Count II clarified that it was directed only against Ricketts and not the Cubs, as the Cubs were not and would not be the owner of any Rooftop Businesses. Which of the two alternative market definitions is correct is a fact question."

If you have trouble sleeping, you can read the rest here.

04/30/2018 - 10:35pm North Korea

What I take away from that article is "North Korea actually did qualify for the World Cup in 1966 and 2010, losing 2-1 to Brazil, 7-0 to Portugal and 3-0 to the Ivory Coast in South Africa."

Quick research about 1966 showed:  "Group 4, however, provided the biggest upset when North Korea beat Italy 1–0 at Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough and finished above them, thus earning qualification to the next round along with the Soviet Union. This was the first time that a nation from outside Europe or the Americas had progressed from the first stage of a World Cup: the next would be Morocco in 1986."

North Korea beat Italy?  Sheesh.

04/30/2018 - 10:29pm WD

which WD asked about in 2011 -- a video of the game is embedded in that post.  

04/30/2018 - 10:25pm modification

I'd support a modification of this akin to what Bill Simmons suggests for the NBA:

In the NBA:  after reg. season ends, 14 playoff seeds are locked, then we have a 16-team single elimination tournament for the last 2 seeds.

That's fine with me for baseball.  Would be fun to watch.

04/30/2018 - 10:23pm relegation

Would you support some form of relegation instead?  I agree that many teams don't have a chance and it does make part of the season (or at least the games) boring.

04/30/2018 - 10:21pm less NBA games

Less NBA games is definitely something I could get behind, as well as a mid-summer tournament (LINK)

04/30/2018 - 7:46pm Docket

Here is the Supreme Court's docket on the first case:

I didn't realize the reply brief was filed today until I looked.  LINK

I'd think there is a good chance that they grant it and overturn it.  It was a judicially-made doctrine and there should be at least four judges against the kind of thing now.  

04/28/2018 - 4:31pm thanks

WD -- thanks so much for posting.  I enjoy knowing about this sport and the others, but wouldn't follow but for posting on the site.  Heck of an ending

04/24/2018 - 3:24pm goal

and then they score!

04/24/2018 - 3:23pm one hopes

one hopes Liverpool wins, but that is an uphill climb.

04/22/2018 - 7:24pm I hear you

I hear you, but it was determined not to be an actual death threat by the police.

04/22/2018 - 7:21pm mistakes

When I saw this, it reminded me of Jim Harbaugh's drunk driving arrest -- mainly because I just thought of the mistakes we all make.  Harbaugh said that the  DUI "made me a better counselor."

I'm glad that the tweets were determined not to be threatening.  It doesn't mean it should be looked over, or even that he should be on the team.  But it does mean I hope he learns from it and it becomes a turning point for him particularly given that he is still a young man.

04/13/2018 - 6:17pm asinine

This is asinine.

04/13/2018 - 11:56am Go Blue

Thanks for passing along

04/06/2018 - 8:43pm Beating Michigan State in East Lansing

I was really happy when we beat Michigan State in East Lansing

04/05/2018 - 6:28pm NCAA Finalists

NCAA West Regional Champions?  I remember the Fab Five banners said, "NCAA Finalists."  Do we do it differently now?

04/04/2018 - 5:00pm Harmon

It's weird the article says, "Mark Harmon of NCIS fame" rather than the son of Tom Harmon, Michigan football player (or at least mention that).

04/03/2018 - 5:17pm Cause of Flame Wars

People have a hard time discerning tone in writing.  "According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, I've only a 50-50 chance of ascertaining the tone of any e-mail message. The study also shows that people think they've correctly interpreted the tone of e-mails they receive 90 percent of the time."

The Secret Cause of Flame Wars

Also, people just skim or don't read the whole thing.  I instinctively wanted to downvote him until I kept reading.