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12/03/2018 - 12:17pm I appreciate it. I am not a…

I appreciate it. I am not a professional, so I did a lot of learning along the way. I'm happy with how it came out. My primary emphasis was on finding solutions to specific feature requests, so that's the area where I think it really excels... for the couple of people who actually use it. 

12/03/2018 - 11:30am If Brian does go to a paid…

If Brian does go to a paid model and some people are interested in a free message board, there is a fully functioning Michigan-themed forum site sitting out there that has most of the OP's requested features, as well as the ability to auto-minimize designated users, already implemented. I built it over the summer as kind of a fun project after people (including myself) were expressing dissatisfaction with changes around here. 

It's lacking the community, of course, which is by far the biggest piece. But the infrastructure is there, and it's open for use. There's app support, a Twitter RSS for new posts, auto-embeds, etc.

A few people have stumbled over throughout the football season, so it's been a pretty cozy and informal place so far. All are welcome.

https://www.maizemafia.com/

11/19/2018 - 5:14pm I don't know that there's…

I don't know that there's any way to quantify or measure Warinner's value for this game in particular, but I'd be willing to bet that, when Harbaugh interviewed Warinner, "familiarity with Urban Meyer" didn't end up on the "cons" list. 

11/14/2018 - 1:17pm It still means one more week…

It still means one more week of conference losses for everyone, bringing the entire conference's resume down in comparison. It's actually kind of a big deal that doesn't get discussed enough.

11/12/2018 - 3:27pm I'll admit to being a little…

I'll admit to being a little surprised that no Michigan quarterback has ever had a truly great completion percentage at the end of a season. Shea is quietly having a very strong season.

Also, that chart doesn't incorporate contributions in the running game. I would be curious to see how Shea's numbers compare to those who might have an argument when that data gets factored in.

10/29/2018 - 2:54pm A positive item on the flip…

A positive item on the flip side of this is that Penn State might need to split starter's snaps during practices this week in order to be prepared to run Stevens if McSorley isn't able to go or can't last the whole game. 

10/22/2018 - 8:28pm Maybe he made that switch…

Maybe he made that switch with the assumption (or advice) that that meant a quicker path to the field, which turned out not to be true. 

10/22/2018 - 8:21pm Surprised this isn't getting…

Surprised this isn't getting more play. Everyone is assuming the opposite. But isn't this more logical?

10/22/2018 - 4:15pm With the obvious response…

With the obvious response being, "Yeah, but you couldn't even win your division."

10/22/2018 - 4:13pm I believe this is the key…

I believe this is the key point. If anything, the SEC contenders should be rooting for a Notre Dame loss down the stretch because I think an undefeated ND team essentially ensures no conference will have two representatives (assuming there are at least two non-SEC one-loss conference championship teams). Given the scenario above, if Notre Dame is going to keep anyone out, it will be SEC West runner-up Alabama. 

10/22/2018 - 1:59pm He's lose some of the locker…

He'd lose some of the locker room if he did that. He is right to publicly stand behind his guys on this front. This is too emotional, and they need to trust their coach has their back.

I would be shocked if the coaches didn't (or don't) have a sit-down with Bush to discuss unforeseen consequences, potentially making himself unavailable to take the field with his team, etc. But that learning happens behind closed doors. In this context, you don't undermine one of your leaders outside the locker room. 

10/22/2018 - 1:54pm I had this same thought…

I had this same thought. Harbaugh is--prudently, in my opinion--taking the opportunity to set the record straight. He's laying out the facts.

Don't get me wrong, I think he's fired up and speaking his mind, which I love, but I also think this is a little more calculated. And I think that's wise. 

10/22/2018 - 12:21pm As of right now, this is…

As of right now, this is basically last year's Iowa loss again. And, based on how that turned out, I think it's premature to declare that the foundation is now crumbling. 

Now, I do think Saturday night showed some serious issues with mental toughness among OSU players. That team absolutely quit once they realized they were going to have to overcome some adversity. I mean, they didn't even want to return a live kickoff by the end of the game. That was one of the craziest things I've ever seen in a football game. But I think they quit in the Iowa game last year as well. That's how both of these games got so out of hand. 

I hope I'm wrong. I hope it's all coming apart just like it did in Gainesville. But that was too similar to what we saw in Iowa City last year for me to believe it just yet.

10/22/2018 - 8:40am Typical Michigan fans living…

Typical Michigan fans living in the past. Dantonio is a very respectable 1-2 against Michigan over the last three years.

10/20/2018 - 5:52am Alright, we'll let it ride…

Alright, we'll let it ride. I'm respektical though.

10/20/2018 - 5:47am Jim Harbaugh is, by any…

Jim Harbaugh is, by any objective standard, a very successful person. Hiring Don Brown might be the best thing he's ever done.

10/19/2018 - 4:52pm Couldn't agree with this…

Couldn't agree with this more. Need to win Q1.

10/19/2018 - 4:42pm This one hurt to read,…

This one hurt to read, probably because I can see it happening. 

10/19/2018 - 4:35pm Has this approach worked for…

Has this approach worked for you in other contexts? It doesn't feel like you're doing the reverse jinx correctly. 

10/15/2018 - 5:21pm While I agree with this…

While I agree with this sentiment, I don't think the praise is entirely inappropriate. The inability to pick up a first down late in games when holding a lead has not only created perception issues (big games, rivals, ranked opponents, road struggles, etc.), but also kept this program from clearing that hurdle separating us from the elite (see 2016). One more first down in the 2015 MSU game, the 2016 Iowa game, and/or the 2016 OSU game, and this entire program is looked at very differently today.

Getting acceptable offensive-line play could turn out to be kind of a big deal for this program. 

10/12/2018 - 4:14pm This one really comes down…

This one really comes down to whether Michigan comes out at full speed or needs a little time to warm up.

If Michigan can get on the board early--especially if they can open up an early two-score lead--Wisconsin will have to start drifting away from the run. Suddenly, we're getting more possessions, and Wisconsin is leaving its biggest strength in the garage for stretches at a time.

If Michigan stalls early and allows Wisconsin to open up an early lead, this thing will become a slog as Wisconsin does everything it can to drain the clock.

Either way, that 10-point spread ends up looking laughable. In scenario one, Michigan wins by at least three scores. In scenario two, someone is sneaking out with a W by the skin of their teeth. 

10/12/2018 - 10:59am Your first sentence is not…

Your first sentence is not true. My stance at the time of his hiring was: Even if he turns out to be good, this will have been a lucky hire, not a good hire. And I was absolutely not the only person in that camp. After his first season, it was very much: The outcome was positive, but the team was not good.

The process and the hire were always failures. At best, people were hoping to be able to deploy cliches about blind squirrels and broken clocks. 

I agree with your last two sentences.

10/10/2018 - 11:17am So do tweet at recruits?

So do tweet at recruits?

10/03/2018 - 12:25pm Correct. Even the article…

Correct. Even the article notes that only one player seemed to be potentially affected by this "problem." Just because a couple of guys figured out how to use the new redshirt rule in a way that benefited their particular set of circumstances, it doesn't mean that the same benefit was meant to be conferred upon all players in all sets of circumstances. 

The rule is about redshirts, not transfers. The year-in-residence rule has been around for a long time. Grad transfers are a relatively recent exception to that rule. Those guys can now play in a few games and still count the current season as their redshirt year if they still have it. Same thing for guys who aren't grad transfers; however, those guys do not fall into the year-in-residence exception because they aren't grad transfers.

10/01/2018 - 10:47am One logical explanation I…

One logical explanation I can come up with is the old Shaq argument. Shaq was so much bigger and stronger than his opponents that the opponents were often given WAY more leeway when defending him.

The strength of Michigan's defensive line isn't so much visibly obvious in the same way you could look at Shaq and see what he was capable of, so I guess this is less of a potential explanation and more of a potential contributing factor to what still is a rather ludicrous discrepancy. 

Another contributing factor might be that, when guys are beat, they'll sometimes flail or stumble, and maybe those actions are more likely to draw a flag. A guy who stays on his feet and keeps overpowering his opponent, even if that opponent is breaking the rules, might not elicit a reaction that something improper happened for a ref who is watching many things at once.

Still, that doesn't explain the blatant tackle of Winovich or the seemingly countless other examples of similar plays.

I was a hockey player in my past life, and I was always very strong on my feet--tough to take down with a stick on the ankle or in a collision. Guys could go to town on my ankles without drawing a penalty so long as I fought through it. And incidental collisions in the corners sometimes resulted in me having a seat for two minutes when the other player was less solid on his feet.

09/24/2018 - 9:32pm Very strong troll play here…

Very strong troll play here. Nice work.

09/11/2018 - 2:28pm Yep, I find it hard to feel…

Yep, I find it hard to feel bad for MSU (the team) for some shitty luck on a botched punt play. 

08/30/2018 - 9:25pm Cheers!

Cheers!

08/30/2018 - 6:15pm I don't think so. If there's…

I don't think so. If there's demand for an actual forum, as opposed to a blog, which this site is, people can use it. I'm not leaving this site and wouldn't expect others to either.

EDIT: I'll put it this way. I found myself wanting to use certain aspects of MGoBlog as a forum, which it is not, and then feeling disappointed that it wasn't a better forum, which is unfair. Brian didn't create a forum. He created a blog. And I don't think he wants to run a forum, which is obviously fine. Maybe I'm the only one who wants a forum. I don't think I am, but that doesn't really matter. 

I'm not making money off this. There's really nothing in it for me except an improved forum experience, which is what I want, if people decide to use it. I'll see some of you in South Bend this weekend, I'm sure. Go Blue!

08/30/2018 - 5:45pm Sadly, can't help you there…

Sadly, can't help you there. I'm just a guy (and some help) who misses the mobile app (a lot). I am not trying to be, replace, or compete with MGoBlog. I've been a registered user here since 2008 (different name of course), and I intend to continue spending an inappropriate amount of time here because I think the front-page content is excellent and unique.

I came to use the app (pretty much constantly) to refresh the board and to stay engaged in a lot of very good discussions about Michigan football and other similar interests. The app's disappearance was disappointing to me. I had a post written up in one of the "bugs" threads about how there's an opportunity for someone to create a feature-packed board that has a mobile app, and, before hitting the submit button, I thought why not take a take a stab at it. I figured others might be interested in a board that's really designed to be a board with all of the modern features available. 

So that's what I made. If people aren't interested, that's fine. It was a fun summer project, and it's just sitting there if people want to use it. 

08/30/2018 - 5:08pm Ah, sorry if that wasn't…

Ah, sorry if that wasn't clear. The Twitter feed pulls from the Maize Mafia, not from MGoBoard. That was a feature lost in the move to 3.0 that people expressed an interest in.

08/30/2018 - 5:01pm Since launching yesterday,…

Since launching yesterday, we've been posting good content from all over the web. The idea is to have good content that might be interesting to Michigan fans and generate discussion. 

08/30/2018 - 4:41pm You can also follow along on…

You can also follow along on Twitter, which auto-tweets any time a new post is created on the board: https://twitter.com/theMaizeMafia

08/30/2018 - 4:38pm All good things. Unless you…

All good things. Unless you value your time... Then, sorry.

EDIT: In all seriousness, we are just launching. Everything is there except the users. More features will be added if there's something missing, but we tried to gather ideas from many of the comments posted here and elsewhere over the last couple of months in order to present this with everything Michigan fans were looking for in a community forum.

08/30/2018 - 4:33pm In case anyone is interested…

In case anyone is interested, we have put together a totally free, feature-packed community experience over at maizemafia.com. Some of the key features include:

  • Mature mobile-app experience with up-vote integration;
  • Ability to auto-minimize your "foes";
  • Direct messaging between users;
  • Auto-tweets for all user-generated board topics for easier board tracking;
  • Highly customizable user interface;
  • Auto-embed of Twitter, YouTube, and most other kinds of media; and
  • Again, totally free.

Michigan fans have proven to be more than capable of sustaining a community with user-generated content. We wanted to present a platform that could sufficiently accommodate such a community. The Maize Mafia hopes to provide that platform.

The sole focus will be the community, so please don't hesitate to vocalize feature requests or feedback within the forum information topic. Hope to see you over there. Go Blue!

08/30/2018 - 4:20pm As was discussed on the…

As was discussed on the MGoBlog Roundtable last week, this was an opportunity for Ohio State to really demonstrate where they stand. They could have fired Meyer, won 10 or 11 games this year, hired the next great thing, and hardly missed a beat. They would have made themselves the poster-child school for handling these things the right way. When the next scandal arose, it would be, "Are you Michigan State or are you Ohio State?"

They dropped the ball so bad, and now now the rot is going to eat away at them. And for what? For Urban Meyer? Is he really that important to your program? You had a great program before he got there. I mean, Michigan fans are fucking sick of how consistently good that program has managed to be. You wanted to throw that away over some guy?

08/30/2018 - 9:03am In case anyone is interested…

In case anyone is interested, we have put together a totally free, feature-packed community experience over at maizemafia.com. Some of the key features include:

  • Mature mobile-app experience with up-vote integration;
  • Ability to auto-minimize your "foes";
  • Direct messaging between users;
  • Auto-tweets for all user-generated board topics for easier board tracking;
  • Highly customizable user interface;
  • Auto-embed of Twitter, YouTube, and most other kinds of media; and
  • Again, totally free.

Michigan fans have proven to be more than capable of sustaining a community with user-generated content. We wanted to present a platform that could sufficiently accommodate such a community. The Maize Mafia hopes to provide that platform.

The sole focus will be the community, so please don't hesitate to vocalize feature requests or feedback within the forum information topic. Hope to see you over there. Go Blue!

08/29/2018 - 3:03pm None of the words in your…

None of the words in your title are words.

Also, if the "weater" forecast has changed since this morning, maybe--just maybe--we shouldn't be looking at it now to know what it's going to be like several days from now.

08/29/2018 - 1:12pm Agreed. We just need the…

Agreed. We just need the tackles to hold up enough to be serviceable. Every year it seems teams are doing more with less. We have so much talent on that side of the ball. The tackles just need to give us enough. 

08/29/2018 - 11:00am This unit will be better…

This unit will be better this year. One question is, "How much better?" The other question is. "How much better is necessary?"

They might be just slightly better, and that might end up being good enough. Or they might be substantially better, and it still might not be sufficient. 

The optimist in me says that we will be pleasantly surprised by the production we get across the line. Of course, if Harbaugh can't field a competent offensive line in year four and after overhauling the coaching staff, what does that mean for this program?