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01/15/2019 - 9:58am When they say there are only…

When they say there are only three top teams in the country, it's refreshing that none of them are Duke, UNC, MSU, Kansas, or Kentucky.

01/14/2019 - 2:41pm Dr Pepper is the best pop…

Dr Pepper is the best pop you heathen

01/14/2019 - 2:39pm I haven't been to Crisler in…

I haven't been to Crisler in years.  Not since the renovation, I think.  Got to go last night (and had great seats) and can confirm tremendous atmosphere.

We must've been sitting very close; I was very close to the home team tunnel as well.

01/14/2019 - 12:52pm I love basketball but I…

I love basketball but I would love it even more if every player emulated Bill Laimbeer.  I'm a fan of taking it personally when someone is about to score an easy layup and taking measures to ensure said layup remains uncompleted.

01/13/2019 - 10:57pm Teske was brilliant.  Wasn't…

Teske was brilliant.  Wasn't just the box score stuff - he set the tone early on defense by shutting down Pardon on some early possessions.  Northwestern found a way to get Pardon his points, but they mostly had to abandon the idea of just isolating him on Teske and having him work the post.

01/11/2019 - 1:45pm That's probably not really…

That's probably not really warped.  Seems like most people feel that way.  I think I'm the warped one.  Temple >>>> FIU because weather.  The hell with all that heat in the summer.

For the money Miami was probably offering over Temple, I could probably deal with it for a few years.  All else being equal, though, I'm going north.

01/11/2019 - 10:43am The first rule of mens bball…

The first rule of mens bball weaknesses is.....

01/09/2019 - 11:50pm I just want you guys to know…

I just want you guys to know I'm having a lot of fun with this basketball season so far.

01/08/2019 - 12:41pm They don't break out the…

They don't break out the wagon sales from the rest of the Regal sales - but Regal sales did go up YoY from 17 to 18, which is impressive in and of itself in the crashing market for non-trucks.

01/08/2019 - 12:29pm Truth is, I think most…

Truth is, I think most people need that payload bay.  I like the higher-up seating of my Escape, but I'd rather my next purchase be a sedan.  Out of the question, though, because I might only use that payload bay every other month, but boy am I happy to have it at those times.  At some point, everyone has something they want to haul.  Back before the fuel crisis, cars were so big they did just fine in that regard.  When cars shrunk, automakers needed to fill the massive haul-stuff need, hence the minivan a few years later and the SUV explosion not long after that.

Now that you can have your cake and eat it too, i.e. haul stuff and still get respectable fuel economy, the sedan has very little reason to exist except that some people just like the way they look.  Like me.

I think station wagons are making a comeback, though.  It's not quite true that the Big 3 don't have one - the new Regal has just such a version, and I really like it.

01/08/2019 - 12:21pm You know what killed cars?…

You know what killed cars? CAFE.  Well, it helped.  CAFE is pretty stringent, and meeting it by killing off all the trucks and SUVs would've put the Big 3 out of business.  So they pulled out all the stops to make their profitable vehicles more fuel-efficient.  Regulators thought people would trade size for better fuel efficiency - instead, customers realized they could keep just about the same fuel efficiency - or even slightly improve - and get much better size.

01/08/2019 - 11:56am I guess if every single bowl…

I guess if every single bowl is in reality less than the announced attendance, might as well just roll with it.

I would add, for the OP, that it might be worth taking margin of victory and dividing it up by quarters.  The Belk Bowl is a great example why.  OK, at the end of the game it looked like a dominant performance.  At halftime, though, it was only 14-0.  Still anyone's game.  The entertainment factor of the game is much higher than it would've been if it were 28-0 at the half and the second half was just a coast to the finish.  It's only looking back that you go "huh, that wasn't a close game."  During the game, though, more drama than you'd think from the final score.

01/08/2019 - 11:52am Somewhere I read that Toyota…

Somewhere I read that Toyota's profit margin on the Corolla was like 1%.  There are savings accounts with better yields.  When that's the case, you'd better have another reason to sell the Corolla - i.e., it's an entry-level to get the customer into a bigger car later on.  Or you're hoping to outlast your competitors in the segment.  In Toyota's case, that's part of it, as well as the fact that if they axed the Corolla all of a sudden it'd be a major shock to the automotive world and not in a good way for Toyota.

01/08/2019 - 10:56am I don't think Harbaugh does…

I don't think Harbaugh does already know this.  Maybe he learned it from the OSU game.  After that game he said "we went with our best plays" in the offensive gameplan.  In other words, they actively didn't bother putting anything new on the field and ran everything exactly according to tendency.  It looks like we did the same against Florida.  If you do that against quality coaches with elite athletes at their disposal, you get 62-39'd and 41-15'd.  Every fucking time.

That's the kind of philosophy change that needs to happen.

01/07/2019 - 4:02pm Hey, I liked the Belk Bowl.

Hey, I liked the Belk Bowl.

But I'd add to the above points: no way was the stadium 64% full.  Maybe half, but probably not.  Surprising as hell, because I went to that bowl 15 years ago when it was called the Continental Tire Bowl, and it was pretty full.  You'd think UVA and USC-e could fill that place better than they did.

01/07/2019 - 3:04pm Eh, change up the…

Eh, change up the terminology and they'll be fine.  It's the last game of the year anyway - it'll all be on film by the time it's any use to Ohio.

01/04/2019 - 8:00pm Username checks ou- wait.

Username checks ou- wait.

01/04/2019 - 2:16pm Looks like his heart grew…

Looks like his heart grew three sizes today.

01/02/2019 - 12:05pm I don't agree.  Let's be…

I don't agree.  Let's be honest: the vast majority of high-profile prima donnas in football have been wide receivers.  Next most have been cornerbacks.  Obnoxious prima donnas are almost never found among offensive linemen.

Yes, there are examples of selfish jerks at other positions.  But if you pick a random player out of the group of Known Public Selfish Jerks, WR and CB are likely to be the position much more than any other.  It's OK to say that "most selfish jerks are wide receivers" and "most wide receivers are not selfish jerks" at the same time.  Both are true.

01/02/2019 - 11:59am I'm pretty convinced that…

I'm pretty convinced that anyone who says "I wear the same thing every day to save time in the morning picking what to wear" - e.g. Mark Zuckerberg - is full of shit.  It's just a conceit that fast-moving type-As tell themselves to feel separate from the masses.  I've accumulated around 20 button-down office shirts over the years and choosing one in the morning takes all of like four seconds.

12/30/2018 - 9:51am “How do I feel right now?”…

“How do I feel right now?” he asked sarcastically, eyes welled with tears. “How does it look like I feel?”

And, really, how else could he feel?

Well, he could listen to all the fans who say the game is meaningless and just not care.

I probably shouldn't hammer and hammer at this, but I'm going to.  Because anyone who acts like these games are "meaningless exhibitions" just doesn't fucking get it.

12/29/2018 - 5:24pm I sure hope nobody who's…

I sure hope nobody who's angsting around in this thread are any of the same people who applaud players for sitting out "meaningless" games.  The instant you call this game meaningless, you lose the right to bitch about it.

12/21/2018 - 7:18pm It does not escape my notice…

It does not escape my notice that the people whose "beats" are the ones most benefiting from fake Harbaugh rumors, are also the ones spreading them the most.  I don't mean that their readers are the most interested, I mean that the teams they cover or otherwise might have a rooting interest in seem to directly benefit.

12/21/2018 - 12:30pm No, because he couldn't even…

No, because he couldn't even put up 20 against OSU until 1) their KR dorfed a catch and 2) the defense stopped trying.  And because Maryland put up 51 and Purdue did 49 and even fucking Nebraska had 31.  And because his literal actual gameplan (and Harbs', to be fair) by the coaches' own admittance was to specifically not do anything new that OSU hadn't seen before.

12/19/2018 - 2:13pm They replaced it with…

They replaced it with chariot races because they were humiliated that the "home" team lost so badly in the first one.  That's the ultimate amount of meaningful right there.  Nobody cares so much about the result of a "meaningless exhibition" enough to cancel it for fear of losing again.

12/19/2018 - 10:49am Which attaches meaning to…

Which attaches meaning to them.  I mean, how much complaining do we hear when the game is more a structured scrimmage than a proper game?

12/19/2018 - 10:22am Thank you, and the same to…

Thank you, and the same to Kevin above.  The only time anyone ever calls these games meaningless is when they're defending someone's decision not to play in it.  And then they'll spend hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on a trip to go see this meaningless game.

12/19/2018 - 10:21am If it's a meaningless game,…

If it's a meaningless game, I suspect none of us will be watching and MGoBlog staff won't be covering it very extensively.

This is not to say that Devin Bush should be trying to play in it on a bum hip.

12/15/2018 - 8:54pm I hate this "meaningless…

I hate this "meaningless exhibitions" argument.  These bowl games have thousands of times more money floating around them than any other "meaningless exhibition" in the world.  People talk tough about "pointless" on message boards when they want to appear woke about player compensation, then the next thing they post is travel plans for the game.  Pointless my ass, the place will be sold out and the players are all talking about how they want to win to get some positive momentum going into the offseason.

12/12/2018 - 2:28pm As it turns out, no; the…

As it turns out, no; the incident in question was on December 8.  Four days between now and then is pretty fast; incomprehensibly so to certain rivals of ours.

12/12/2018 - 8:56am It works in basketball…

It works in basketball because a LOT of NBA fans are just that - NBA fans.  They glom on to superstars and have an array of jerseys from Shaq and Iverson to Steph and KD.  They may not even have a favorite team, just favorite players.  They're more interested in the names on the back of the jersey and will watch them regardless of what name is on the front.  Could be Chicago, Boston, or SuperPrimeDynastyPlayaz.

Lacrosse fans might feel the same, but there aren't enough of them to make barnstorming a big thing and attract new fans to the sport.

12/11/2018 - 7:28pm I second this.  If the…

I second this.  If the stories differ one iota between this post and what is told under oath in court, and opposing counsel finds out, it will at a minimum cause some issues.

12/11/2018 - 1:30pm How do you plan to get…

How do you plan to get anyone to agree to it?

12/11/2018 - 1:29pm What you missed is how you…

What you missed is how you get any of these schools to agree to this, or how to force neat and tidy order on an inherently chaotic situation.  If you can figure out how to do the latter, there's a lot of money to be made in places besides just dreaming up conference realignment scenarios.

12/11/2018 - 9:58am You'd be the favorite voter…

You'd be the favorite voter of Marist and Northern Kentucky fans.  I think.

12/10/2018 - 3:20pm The schools are a major…

The schools are a major issue that are going to take herculean efforts to overcome.

That said, the neighborhoods are seeing the effects of the comeback.  Just the unemployment rate alone tells a major story.  Nine years ago it was 28%.  Now it's around 5%.  You can't tell me that's confined to a three square mile area.

There is new development in Rivertown, Lafayette, West Village, Woodbridge.  Grand Boulevard near the New Center.  Corktown was a dead zone ten, fifteen years ago.  The Avenue of Fashion is coming back.  Hamtramck is more vibrant than it was ten, fifteen years ago.  (That might as well be Detroit too.)

Yes, a lot of these areas are tangential to downtown.  But some are not.  And it's only natural for downtown development to start spilling outwards to its closest areas first.  It's also not realistic to expect a Dan Gilbert to start plowing billions into 7 and Gratiot.

The problem with abandoning large swaths of the city should be obvious: people still live there and you can't just throw them out.  And nobody wants to take over the governance of areas you abandon anyway.

12/09/2018 - 12:32pm In light of Title IX, the 85…

In light of Title IX, the 85-scholarship limit probably helps a lot of other men's sports survive.  The Alabamas and LSUs of the world would have 150 scholarship players if allowed to, and consequently could hardly field any other men's sports.

12/09/2018 - 12:28pm Trying to decide whether…

Trying to decide whether Cris Carter's "sources" are from Alabama or Ohio State.  Or both.

12/08/2018 - 4:52pm I knew quite a few guys in…

I knew quite a few guys in the Navy, pretty much exclusively enlisted, who rooted for Army in this game because they did not like the officers that came out of Annapolis.

I definitely also knew one guy who could not have fit the worst of all stereotypes any better than he did.

All that said, Go Navy, beat Army.  This is not really Navy's year, though....

12/06/2018 - 11:02pm Prince has played a key role…

Prince has played a key role on two of three football teams I root for and both have been disasters.  I had no idea he was even employed at U-M and I'm glad I didn't.

12/06/2018 - 4:56pm I think it's that last point…

I think it's that last point that's really the deal here.  Most likely he came here with knowledge on all sides that he'd be looking for something else.  You don't coach at Florida and settle for position coach long-term.  Harbaugh would've been stupid to have him out being a primary recruiter when it was probably well-known among the staff that he'd be trying to get back to the HC or OC ranks.

12/05/2018 - 1:22pm I mean, I guess.  As long as…

I mean, I guess.  As long as you just abolish divisions.  I wouldn't put it past Delany at all to leave them intact.  He's really good at coming up with the "worst of both worlds" type of ideas.

12/05/2018 - 7:28am Pat Fitzgerald: (does…

Pat Fitzgerald: (does Fitzgerald things)

Chris Collins: "hold my beer"

12/05/2018 - 7:26am Dererk Pardon's nickname…

Dererk Pardon's nickname should be (sic).

12/04/2018 - 4:50pm That seems like a pretty…

That seems like a pretty lame-ass thing to use as lord-over material.  If that's how they roll, let 'em have it.  

12/04/2018 - 4:49pm Great theory, but we all…

Great theory, but we all know who hires and fires the president at Ohio State.

12/04/2018 - 2:27pm As a component of the…

As a component of the selection process, maybe, but ultimately, the tournament composition should be more results-based than predictive-based IMO.

12/04/2018 - 1:52pm Not necessarily the case. …

Not necessarily the case.  True, NET is sort of a fancified RPI that is based on W/L, but stuff like KenPom actually doesn't care an iota about the outcome of a game.  Only performance relative to the opponent.  Losing good is better than winning bad.  Reason being that NET is trying to quantify a team's results, while KenPom is trying to be predictive.

NET and RPI have a reward component for beating Coppin State by 1 and a ding component for losing to Duke by 1.  Other analytics, KenPom specifically, would ding you for the former and reward you for the latter.  Simplistically speaking.

12/04/2018 - 1:23pm I wonder if you would've…

I wonder if you would've started a thread if you hadn't made it.....or if you've ever seen a thread asking who's going to the game started by someone who isn't going.

You might insist you would've, but then, the next "roll call who's going" thread ever started by someone who's not going will be the first.

12/04/2018 - 1:19pm The 20-game conference…

The 20-game conference schedule me likey.  I know what would be even better.  A fucking 18-game conference schedule against 9 other teams.