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06/19/2018 - 5:47pm As for Barry Sanders, I don…

As for Barry Sanders, I don't know that I would judge it too harshly. While it was kind of weird to announce one's retirement to your hometown paper rather than your team, the Lions were not terribly reasonable with him in the ensuing lawsuit. If you're an NFL running back, I don't begrudge you a bit of selfishness about your health, but Sanders probably could have found a better way to go about this.

As for Webber, I guess the platitude of "he put himself over team" could be interpreted a lot of ways here and I would be curious to know what your argument is in the case. I guess I don't expect absolute adherence to idealized sports collectivism from anyone, so I need clarification. 

06/19/2018 - 11:05am Oh, sure....Scott Frost may…

Oh, sure....Scott Frost may lose, but in his mind, he still outhit all of you.

06/19/2018 - 11:02am The one thing that keeps…

The one thing that keeps going through my head is that Engler could have simply remained retired, but instead he caps his public career with a gigantic debacle. Indeed, he ends up responsible - in part - for making said debacle worse than it even was before. The misjudgments here simply astound. 

06/18/2018 - 10:45pm At this time of the year, he…

At this time of the year, he'll need to run on the shoulder of I-75, but otherwise a sound strategy.

06/18/2018 - 10:39pm 2021....
These class year…

2021....

These class year are really beginning to make me feel old now.

06/18/2018 - 5:07pm From Spartan Avenue:

From Spartan Avenue:

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06/18/2018 - 3:07pm Not at low points in the…

Not at low points in the Huron watershed, you don't

With all of the drainage problems in this region and the location of the water table in most spots around campus, FieldTurf is the better option. 

06/18/2018 - 9:12am All I know is that those of…

All I know is that those of us in southeast Michigan cannot withstand being taken over by Ohio State again. As it stands, it will take days to clean out all of these coolers. 

06/17/2018 - 3:07pm If Virginia Tech disappears,…

If Virginia Tech disappears, do they become the "Ghost Of Beamerball", torturing the living with hard-fought field goals?

06/17/2018 - 7:49am Have I forsaken my favorite…

Have I forsaken my favorite website? Well, one part of my routine didn't change on Father's Day - the second thing I did after making coffee was opening up MGoBlog.

I'll be honest - I don't know what exactly they've got in store for me today. It's going to be too hot to do much outside, unless they do it right now. Oh well, there's coffee......and later on, beer.

06/16/2018 - 9:56pm Hey now, some of us mods are…

Hey now, some of us mods are occasionally having trouble posting at all lately.

I did get rid of the redundant posts though - I would have thought double and triple posting would be virtually impossible in the new setup, but alas...

06/16/2018 - 4:44pm Cancelling an official visit…

Cancelling an official visit, especially one by someone who can make the 45-minute trip to campus whenever, simply doesn't seem like a big deal, but I suppose if we're being asked to panic and run around screaming, we should nominate someone to do that. 

06/16/2018 - 8:12am In a few threads now, some…

In a few threads now, some people have specifically pointed this out as the reason they've severely curtailed their posting. As for me, I almost exclusively access the site on laptops for a lot of reasons, so it doesn't slow me down in that sense, but the new format makes moderation a bit harder.

06/16/2018 - 7:46am Well, given the forecast,…

Well, given the forecast, the plan is to more or less hang out indoors on Sunday and watch movies and drink. As my family isn't really into my movies, it ensures that I will spend the day pretty much left alone. I can deal with that. I bought a goodly supply of Boddington's, Hofbrau Hefeweizen and a few others. 

There are two potential future Wolverines in the house - my 11 year-old daughter and my 10 year-old son. 

06/15/2018 - 5:44pm wife accidentally unplugging…

wife accidentally unplugging the wifi router while vacuuming (which took probably 10 minutes to figure out and get back up and running)

If you live in a house with a basement, the basement is the best place for all the router, I find, if only to make the accidental unplugging of it a rarity. Of course, I live in a 50-year old house that is short on plugs in some rooms, so anywhere else and it probably gets unplugged on a regular basis. That, and I have one of the nicer ones that is still broadcasting far into the yard so I can try to catch the one neighbor attempting to leech off it.

06/15/2018 - 1:10pm I actually like the look -…

I actually like the look - the only way it gets "too WVU" is if we have some inebriated dude in buckskins and carrying a rifle wandering up and down the field pretending to catch who knows what. 

06/15/2018 - 11:16am For a moment, I thought…

For a moment, I thought about combining this with the petition thread below, then it dawned on me how fucking hard that would be to do with the site as it is right now.

Anyway, it's nice to see the calls for his resignation / canning getting stronger, but they only mean so much coming from the same people that chose to keep this in the family in the first place. He really needs to take him and his jowls and leave at this point. Unbelievable. 

06/15/2018 - 10:08am I see that Virginia Tech may…

I see that Virginia Tech may be forced to punt from a place that it doesn't want to be.

Again.

Still.

06/15/2018 - 8:02am Those offensives lines with…

Those offensives lines with Dingman, Skrepanek and the rest of the wall were very fun to watch indeed. 

06/14/2018 - 8:31pm I have to believe, Albatross…

I have to believe, Albatross, that I drink just as much as you do but we seem to get fantastically different results when it comes to our outlook on football. This might be an interesting thread unto itself, if you want to go full masochism. 

06/14/2018 - 5:28pm To be fair, this man had a…

To be fair, this man had a diet plan too, except it involved not working a whole lot (this changed after the trial, at least for a while) and, if some stories are to be believed, the purchase of the odd ounce of cocaine or two. 

06/14/2018 - 11:41am I could see 9 wins as a…

I could see 9 wins as a possibility, sure, but I cannot even begin to imagine the threads if indeed 9-3 was how the regular season panned out, wherever those three losses came from. 

It's not even worth doing a probability matrix right now from some place like Massey because 2017 data is still in those estimates obviously. I am kind of bummed about that when I see threads about odds lately. 

06/14/2018 - 11:35am Or is it not enough of them?…

Or is it not enough of them?

Maybe there should be some discussion on optimal browsing habits to provide a more pleasing advertising experience for everyone. 

Well, in the places where there are ads anyway....

06/13/2018 - 5:33pm There have been numerous…

There have been numerous articles in the Detroit News and other regional publications about the worst places to live in Michigan over the last several years, and I am proud to say to my fellow downriver brethren - if any of you are on this site - that we traditionally have the 15-30 range on that list locked up. 

06/13/2018 - 5:20pm Comcast has actually made a…

Comcast has actually made a lot of system improvements in our area (they inherited a derelict system from whoever owned the lines before), so we've had a lot fewer blinks and outages than we used to. They are also unusually receptive to my wife's every-other-year tirade that keeps our rate fairly reasonable and even gets us channels for nothing (last year, a bitchfest got $80 off the monthly bill AND free HBO for a few months). If you can bend them to your will, it seems to work well enough. Also, sports - probably the primary reason we even bother with it still. 

06/13/2018 - 1:55pm I actually really like this…

I actually really like this. The ability to get some of these players at least a sampling of in-game experience, even some meaningful snaps if you feel you can use them in such games, would be great for younger players who are probably vying for starting roles in the next year or two. 

06/13/2018 - 12:17pm Ah, yes....the new Maize &…

Ah, yes....the new Maize & BLue / Zingerman's debate.

06/13/2018 - 11:31am I never used the app but to…

I never used the app but to read comments that weren't appearing on the main site - it had no ability to edit or delete comments and posts, so the few times I actually posted from it were times when I was waiting at a station or sitting on bench in the mall or something like that. I also hate typing on my phone more than I absolutely need, because I feel like all those hours in front of Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing back in the day go to waste if I try to use the phone's keyboard.

I'll be honest - I've been treating the site when accessed via Chrome on my phone the same way, to merely read it and not post from it. 

06/13/2018 - 9:14am See, it is moments like this…

See, it is moments like this where "username checks out" really work as a reply, as someone definitely carries an albatross with them regarding the state of Michigan football. 

06/12/2018 - 8:49pm Just off the top of my head,…

Just off the top of my head, a few actors who have done a bit of everything:

Dennis Haysbert

Hugh Laurie

Leslie Nielsen, who had pretty much been exclusively a dramatic actor before Airplane!

There are plenty of others, many of them having been named here already.

06/12/2018 - 2:13pm If there was ever a game to…

If there was ever a game to test one's love of a sport, it was that game.

I recall that it mercifully ended with a self-sack by Trevor Siemian, and I definitely remember being unable to decide if I should laugh or sob uncontrollably at the senseless slaughter of football. 

06/12/2018 - 1:30pm It happened to me once when…

It happened to me once when the site initially went online, and then again a few days ago, but I haven't had login issues beyond that - yet. It's still a pain when it happens though, but I do like that it is at least a semi-normal recovery process as those go. 

06/12/2018 - 10:20am Unfortunately. 
I believe it…

Unfortunately. 

I believe it was September 2016 when about twice the amount mentioned in this story was accidentally released near Gallup Park due to someone's mistake. I can remember spills of varied size before that one as well.

06/12/2018 - 8:41am Just as a matter of history,…

Just as a matter of history, as I recall from interviews, the original code name of the project which eventually gave rise to Twitter was "twttr", but more importantly, it was quite aptly named for its dictionary definition, which is basically a brief burst of information (usually unimportant information). 

06/11/2018 - 6:18pm Somewhere, there's an…

Somewhere, there's an Illinois blogger moving their prediction of future games with Northwestern from "lean loss" to "fucked", which is the prediction for a fair number of their games anyway.

06/11/2018 - 1:19pm I actually would like to…

I actually would like to know the extent of the voting functionality overall. While I haven't experienced the OP's issue yet per se, it does seem like any accrued upvotes / downvotes are slow to get into totals and there is no such function for the thread in general as with the previous site. Now, I know there was chatter about this module not being 100% at time of launch - not working at all for several hours after, in fact - but is this it? That's my question, I guess.

06/11/2018 - 8:53am Even now, that grab by…

Even now, that grab by Darboh....wow.

The only thing that gives me pause this far out is my fear that August speculation threads will occasionally get a bit testy this time around. 

06/10/2018 - 7:35pm I actually just finished …

I actually just finished "Postwar" by Tony Judt. Absolutely fascinating read.

I was going to move to a book I had bought ages ago but hadn't gotten to read yet - "The Embarrassment Of Riches" by Simon Schama.

06/10/2018 - 2:37pm I mean, I don't mean to…

I mean, I don't mean to sound disagreeable, but this IS MGoBlog, the only sports blog that I am aware that had several threads devoted to investment strategy one summer, and some lively discussion at that. 

It's actually one of the quirks of this segment of the fanbase - the high level of education and wide array of interests - that makes this place that much more entertaining honestly. 

06/10/2018 - 8:25am I could be wrong, but I…

I could be wrong, but I think his daughter plays basketball at Arizona, so he has all three kids playing a sport at various levels. That has to be interesting as a father - one kid in the pros, one still in college, one headed towards college.

06/09/2018 - 9:47pm Going with Hacker-Pschorr to…

Going with Hacker-Pschorr to get me through extra innings in the Tigers game tonight.

I would post a photo of the glass, but this site currently has a standing disagreement with Instagram. 

06/09/2018 - 2:35pm Wait a minute...
You're not…

Wait a minute...

You're not still playing the game of Risk that you began in 1986? A long game is not unheard of, after all, although I am wondering when the end game for all this will be and how the winner will ultimately be determined. 

06/09/2018 - 1:05pm I am left-handed, but I have…

I am left-handed, but I have that same problem, just in reverse. In the times I've tried it, I am less accurate and take longer to set myself to throw if someone is moving to my left than my right. I wonder if any other lefties have that problem honestly. 

06/09/2018 - 8:20am Traffic already seems to…

Traffic already seems to have dropped a bit. Threads that I know would get 100 or more replies in the previous format are getting maybe 60 or so on average. 

There are some specific things that I miss too - the upvotes and downvotes on board posts were usually a decent indicator of how long that thread was for this world, and now that is missing. There was a tracking page that I used a lot which told me which threads had new replies and how many and now that's gone too. I used those to moderate quite a bit. Now I actually have to read threads and that's....making it problematic sometimes. 

06/09/2018 - 8:09am I know people have walked…

I know people have walked away from the "little brother" label due to recent on-field performance, but if there were a hint that it isn't about a game but about their entire state of mind regarding the University Of Michigan, it is this act right here. The rings should celebrate a minor bowl victory, but instead make a dig at us - inferiority complex? Check. 

06/08/2018 - 1:50pm September is only 3,000,000…

September is only 3,000,000 OT posts away.

Actually, I am in the process of changing up some of the measurements in "The State Of Our Open Threads" to better accommodate some of the key things that people will discuss this year, but as always, we will be tracking "fuck" and "shit" and other extremely important words. 

I finally have all the data to do a five-season history of "fuck" together too. That should be done in the next few weeks. 

06/08/2018 - 9:21am Here's the Gobbler Country…

Here's the Gobbler Country article - LINK

There isn't information on the specific issue, but in the middle of the piece, an interesting assessment of what is known:

Look, there isn’t much to say on the particular situation that we can openly say just at the moment; but the buzz is not good. We will see how things shake out, but Virginia Tech is serious about certain things, and “academic issues” tend to be one of those “certain things”.

 

06/08/2018 - 8:24am I believe the star denotes…

I believe the star denotes that I am one of the people with moderator powers, so it is basically an Internet version of The Scarlet Letter, except I didn't have to do anything nearly as intriguing as Hester Prynne to earn it. 

06/08/2018 - 8:13am Hopefully, Friday is an…

Hopefully, Friday is an uneventful as much of this week has been.

The weekend promises very little this time around, but only because there is very little planned - a rarity for summers at my house. Of course, the kids still have part of another week of school to look forward to, so that's part of it.

 

06/07/2018 - 8:14pm To be fair, until everyone…

To be fair, until everyone get situated with the new site and probably until all the modules are up and running, assuming they aren't already, you're probably in for a metric shit ton of META threads.