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04/30/2018 - 2:59pm Strapped to blimps?

Not to take anything away from the soldiers' heroism, but I'm pretty sure they weren't strapped to blimps.

If I understand correctly, the balloon brigade launched and controlled (via winch) unmanned blimps in order to limit enemy aircraft's ability to strafe the combat field. They did so under fire and were an important part of the war effort, but I don't think they strapped people to the blimps.

http://www.skylighters.org/barrageballoons/

01/07/2018 - 2:02pm So good

I wasn't sure about these, but they were the hit of a New Year's party we went to last night. Super messy, and rich enough that it's tough to each more than one, but man, do you want to! We used's King's Jalapeno Hawaiian rolls and made a slow cooker pulled pork with 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup orange juice, 6 cloves chopped garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, and crushed red pepper.

12/28/2017 - 9:53am Whoops!

Yeah, you're totally right, thanks! Brohm says he has always had his teams practice that play, but I guess it's a little harder to blame Rich Rod for not seeing it coming.

12/28/2017 - 9:47am Wow

That holds together on the Star Wars physics. It's still IMHO stupid on a tactical and probably plot level, but it makes more sense than I originally thought.

Space is really, really big. The rebels' plan is to build a whole squadron of ships that attack taking a whole banta-poodoo-load of explosives and accelerating them in the same direction, at the same time, at 1G for about 4 seconds, then hoping they somehow make it to the right place?

You can sort of hand wave it by saying that the bomber squadron wasn't designed for space combat, it was designed for attacking land targets, and using them in space is just the kind of crazy thing a wild flyboy like Poe would think of, except using unguided explosives in ground campaigns is pretty close to a war crime when it's possible to use guided munitions, so I'm not super convinced that the rebels would have these large and elaborate weapons designed mostly to evoke WWII nostalgia.

12/28/2017 - 9:32am My 2 cents

First, Brohm ran this play last year at Western Kentucky, so opposing teams should probably prepare for it. (They certainly should now).

Second, if teams aren't going to get called on running it, then refs should stop telling defenders to take it easy on kneel downs.

11/22/2017 - 10:44pm Well,

if O'Korn has been holding back his final form to make the fights more interesting, it's time to break it out.

Impossible! His QBR is . . .

 ... 

OVER 9,000!!!!!

11/21/2017 - 11:59am I'm in

Bought tickets for the family (including, tragically, one Buckeye, so we have a good chance of getting on TV) - thanks for putting this together, Matt and MGoBloggers!

11/21/2017 - 11:10am Hopefully

Sadly, my daughter picked the wrong school. My family's coming and she'll be wearing scarlet and grey.  

(We started a tradition last year of going to the Game together. I'm sticking with it, but if you guys win all four years, it's going to be not my favorite tradition.)

11/18/2017 - 9:10am Beautiful

Nicely done. I lost it when I got to the Browns. Illinois and Bud Light were also very funny.

11/14/2017 - 10:52pm OSU student tickets

I watched last year's Game from the student section at the Shoe, wearing a Michigan shirt and hoodie. In fairness to the students, it was actually a lot of fun, right up until Michigan lost There was some light teasing, but nothing more than you might see at one of my family's tailgates.

Half of that is that the OSU staff have really been working the students on being good hosts. Unfortunately, the other half is that this generation of students can barely remember losing to Michigan as anything other than a weird occasional aberation. (Hopefully that will change soon).

11/14/2017 - 10:47pm Awesome

Thanks man - I was in serious danger of making a decision for myself, and it was stressing me out.

Advice on recognizing the peaks would also be welcome.  ;)

11/02/2017 - 1:20pm So you're telling me . . .

Hopeful Jim Carrey GIF

10/27/2017 - 12:26pm So just to sum up

So now that we know more about Purdue's excuses:

1) The medical facility "two blocks away" takes 30-45 minutes to get to.

2) It's student health services, where Purdue students say they wouldn't take their dog ifhe had a potentally serious medical problem.

3) The tour of the facilities didn't include locked portions of the locker room, because the staffer didn't have a key.

4) We were told we'd get fans, but one of the two of them didn't work. (The locker room countdown clock also didn't work).

The main excuse seems to be that we should have known that Purdue's facilities are garbage, and brought our own fans, air conditioner, bathrooms, countdown clock, and back brace. Supposedly there's air conditioning, but only if you specifically ask, and there's an ambulance on site, but only if you explicitly ask. Maybe we should have asked not to have the late hit - that might have been available too.

10/27/2017 - 12:20pm Tommy Armstrong

OSU doesn't scrimp on their facilities. They were there for Tommy Armstrong, and I am sure that an injured Michigan player would get first class care.

We'd have to listen to a bunch of Buckeyes telling us how awesome the care was, of course. but it would be there.

10/26/2017 - 2:59pm OP picked a good group for comparison

I'll grant that Saban and Meyer have proven themselves "Elite+" (Well, Meyer is Elite+ and Saban is Elite++), but then your sample size gets really small. This is a good group to compare Harbaugh to.

10/26/2017 - 2:53pm I think that's some kind of violation

Hill and Long probably get some tickets, but I don't think they're to the 300 or 400 level, and I'm sure it's an NCAA violation for them to sell their tickets.

Oh, you meant . . .nevermind.

10/25/2017 - 10:49am Note for posterity

This post did not age super well.  :(

10/24/2017 - 1:20pm Agreed, but

Agreed that getting salty at Harbaugh is understandable but dumb.

 

On the other hand, as I said on Ron Utah's thread, one of the things I like best about CFB is the question of what strategy works best with the somewhat random collection of tools a team finds itself with during the regular season. I'd love to hear more ideas of what we might try.

10/24/2017 - 10:24am Eager for Part II

One thing I like about the college game is the strategic aspect of planning around extremely variable talent pools. I'm sure I don't know more about that than Harbaugh, but I'm very interested to hear what ideas people come up with.

10/24/2017 - 10:21am Reddit did it

Here's Reddit trying to figure out why McSorley's "rainbows" work so well:

10/18/2017 - 9:38am Thanks

Thanks

10/17/2017 - 2:00pm I hate to say it

But could someone educate me on how Shelley Meyer's tweets were kinda racist?*

I read all four of Meyer's tweets and I don't get Brian's point. She doesn't like Kaepernick or Aaron Hernandez. Ok - I was on the fence about CK myself until Sam Webb's "he didn't even vote!" rants convinced me Kaepernick was probably not that interesting a guy. Saying that Hernandez "made his choices" could be insensitive if you think the shootings and suicide were a result of CTE, but I'm not sure how it's kind of racist.

* Note - I promise, this is a sincere question and not a troll. I'd love to understand and consider whether any of my own beliefs need examination.

10/04/2017 - 2:53pm Thanks

I did not know that.  It looks like in 2017, there were 283K men 25-29 in Michigan.  Assuming similar numbers for 2015, that's 5660 arrests. Agreed that's not a crazy share of the total number.

10/04/2017 - 2:49pm According to the chart

The national average for both is about 2,000/100,000 -> ~2%

10/04/2017 - 2:45pm Props

Seth's sponsor game is tight.  (I loved the Lantana piece - the only thing better would be a live read from the relative who ate all the sriacha carrot hummus).

10/04/2017 - 12:35pm They're both correct

You're both correct.

Don't assault people, but also learn to recognize an emerging conflict and either deescalate or get out.

Even if you're being physically attacked yourself, if you can safely turtle up and leave, do that, whether it's a buddy, a partner or some doofus in a bar. And if you're getting emotionally/verbally attacked, don't escalate. If you escalate a fight, respond in kind, or lay hands on a person, (a) someone can get seriously hurt and (b) you can end up charged.

It's good advice, but I have to admit I didn't appreciate it at 19. I haven't hit anybody since grade school, but in college, I definitely got in people's faces a few times that could have ended up with me getting hit. 

10/04/2017 - 10:31am Really?

2% of men aged  25-29 are arrested each year for each of drug use and DUI? That seems like a lot.

09/29/2017 - 9:37am And I thought it was hypothetical

Barkley vs a Don Brown defense is about as close to an irresistable force vs an immovable object that we're ever likely to see. As long as the space-time continuum doesn't collapse (and Michigan wins), we'll be fine.

09/28/2017 - 9:29am Word

I just watched that GIF 5 times, and it's honestly hard to believe that the Winovich tackle isn't being played using sped-up foottage.

09/27/2017 - 1:37pm I'm interested too

Let me know if the previous inquiries don't pan out.

09/27/2017 - 1:31pm It's Michigan's Fault

I find the reactions on this board somewhat surprising. 

The visitors' brochure clearly stated, in bold type, "Purdue players will attempt to injure (visiting) quarterback" and provided contact information for Purdue staff to allow visiting teams to make arrangements for preferred alternate tackling technique. No Michigan staff member contacted Purdue to request that Wilton Speight not be injured.

 

09/27/2017 - 1:21pm Pour One Out for Shield Guy

IMHO, the hero of those GIFs is shield guy. As he settles to try to block a rampaging Mo Hurst, I swear I can see him thinking "Oh well - everybody has to die some time."

09/26/2017 - 3:20pm Gobsmacked Bystander

Chris Sims pointed out that in Jack Kirby's comic book art, there's often a background character who can't believe whatever awesome thing Spiderman or Batman or Thor or is are doing. He called this the "gobsmacked bystander."

This guy is the best real life example I've ever seen.

 

09/26/2017 - 3:19pm Serious Question

Does anybody know what the "temporary accomodations" are that Purdue provides to teams that request them? Is it a different space or some kind of temporary air conditioning?

09/26/2017 - 3:18pm Ticket "Collectors"

I saw the ticket "collectors" outside the last time I went to a game - I googled it, but can't figure out what they want with a bucket full of tickets.  Maybe they're going to make some kind of sports memorabilia?

09/22/2017 - 11:41am Cat Hummus

Brian was doing a live read, and ran out of things to say about hummus,* so he said to buy Lantana because it's not made of kittens. Since then it's been a running joke.

 

* Everybody has their strengths: Brian is good at analyzing college sports and writing about it, and is pretty funny on air, but not super good at describing food, with the possible exception of cheese. Guy Fieri is good at describing food on air, but not super good at creating a restaurant that's not horrifying. And so on.

09/22/2017 - 11:40am I assume

I assume callers are people who either can't share their opinion on the internet or for whom sharing their opinion on the internet is insufficient. With that said, there's plenty of weirdos on the board as well, starting with me, I'm sure.

09/21/2017 - 10:32am I'm in

I love the chair, and the charities don't seem reprehensible, so I'm in.

09/20/2017 - 9:15am In the future

"A lot of my problems stem from youth sports. Dad would never go to my masturbation matches, but even worse were other kids parents getting in Coach's face when he put me in ahead of their kids.

I showed all of them when I got that scholarship to Ohio State."

09/20/2017 - 9:12am Soccer injuries

We know a number of people in HS girls' soccer, and I'm always astonished by the injury rate. My niece had 3 concussions in one season from head-to-head contact.

09/19/2017 - 1:01pm Greg Frey

Frey's name comes up from time to time in the IU exposes. I've got a lot of faith in Harbaugh's leadership and judgment, so hopefully that's more of team ethos thing than anything personal.

 

For example,

http://www.idsnews.com/article/2016/12/culture-of-fear-existed-under-ke…

09/19/2017 - 12:44pm Thanks

Thanks for forwarding.  

 

In Michigan's specific case, we have (a) the Hammering Panda (so go for the first down); and (b) Quinn Nordin (so go for the field goal). My guess is that as long as Nordin stays this hot, we're going to see a lot of field goal attempts on 4th and short.

09/19/2017 - 10:09am MGoQuestions?

Is the staff still asking MGoQuestions?

09/19/2017 - 10:06am IMHO

1) Harbaugh is salty, but his answers are actually as informative as I think they could be. I do feel better informed about the team and how he thinks after reading this one.

2) Maybe it's mean, but I have trouble getting angry with coaches who get frustrated with stupid questions. I mean, I don't have a lot of love for Saban, but I definitely sympathized with his last press meltdown.

09/19/2017 - 10:03am IMHO

I think everybody is welcome to their opinion, and I like to see a well argued opinion that challenges what I believe.

On the other hand, i don't think there's ever a reason to boo your players or to tweet players.

I guess to be consistent, I need to be open to a well argued opinion arguing FOR booing they players on a team you support or tweeting them, but I have a hard time imagining one.

09/19/2017 - 9:56am Hmm

I was honestly curious what people thought, since some sites were saying it was bad, and others were saying that chasing after an interception is just window-dressing. I honestly don't know the answer to the question, and wanted to hear what people thought.

I guess I should have titled the thread something a little less troll-ish, though. It didn't occur to me at the time, but I'll work on it.

09/19/2017 - 9:53am To be fair

To be fair, that's hard to avoid.

09/19/2017 - 9:52am Clarification

Just to be clear, I was honestly curious whether people who knew more about football than I do thought that players should hustle after an intercepted ball or whether the risk of injury is too great.  That's why I asked the questions I did.  :)

09/18/2017 - 4:42pm Thanks!

I always look forward to these. IYou're insighful and funny, which is a great combination

09/18/2017 - 4:39pm Found it

Thaks for the clue - I found that whippersnapper LSAClassof2000's post on the end of OT season. I hadn't had any idea, which is on me.

http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/meta-end-ot-season-it-has-arrived

I think technically I'm OK, since it's an NFL post on a Monday (see point 5), talking about Sunday's play, but obviously the community doesn't want to talk about it, so I'll take my neg-hammer.