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09/18/2018 - 10:22pm Gotcha, thanks beaucoup. …

Gotcha, thanks beaucoup.  Read the decision.... not sure it would help much with football players, though, because it seems the main reason USC got off the hook is because their men's coach was substantially more qualified with a much more extensive resume than the women's coach who was suing.  If the university wanted to pay men and women players differently, the courts would probably have to rehash that all over again. 

As well, Title IX still requires a roughly equal amount of money to be spent on men's and women's programs (proportionate to the student body, so generally more for women), so paying football players would still require either an expansion of women's programs or a reduction for men.  We pretty much know which one schools will choose.

09/18/2018 - 4:07pm Lose by 70 regardless.

Lose by 70 regardless.

09/18/2018 - 4:06pm Can you cite that decision? …

Can you cite that decision?  This is not an "oh yeah?! show me" request, this is me never having heard of it and wanting to.

09/18/2018 - 11:56am Gouging for beer makes sense…

Gouging for beer makes sense to me.  If I were in charge of running a stadium, I'd never sell cheap beer, because it's supposed to be a reasonably family-friendly atmosphere and I need to minimize the drunk boorish asshole quotient.  By the same token, gouging for water makes no sense, because I don't want people passing out and puking all over.

09/17/2018 - 3:00pm I fully endorse this rant,…

I fully endorse this rant, and would like to further add: Fuck Jim Delany.  Thanks for destroying the Brown Jug game so we could play fucking Rutgers, you asscookie.

09/17/2018 - 12:57pm And, in fairness, because…

And, in fairness, because the risk/reward is actually pretty good.  Giving up a small handful of yards in the back end of the field in exchange for the chance at a big chunk of them further up is worth it.  When you start a drive at the 15, 20, or 25, the expected points are close to zero.  Moving up the field, you start to get somewhere. 

There's a pretty strong case for returning the kick even if you just look at the "expected points" chart. 

http://advancedfootballanalytics.com/index.php/home/stats/stats-explained/expected-points-and-epa-explained

And then you realize that in real life points come in big chunks (rather than decimal points) when you achieve them and your probability of scoring them goes way up when you move up the field and there's limited number of chances in a single game and win probabilities swing pretty hard on touchdowns, and the case for trying for that Sportscenter highlight is actually almost ironclad.  Obviously don't turn around and return the thing if you had to chase it back to the -7 yard line in the end zone, but in borderline cases, always return it.

09/11/2018 - 3:27pm Yeah.... it's sort of like…

Yeah.... it's sort of like saying you went "off the grid" by splicing the power line next door and just never paying an electric bill.

09/10/2018 - 3:32pm I had Yahoo as my homepage…

I had Yahoo as my homepage for like 20 years (hey, it's my email and I have a very long-running fantasy hockey league there) and changed it after I got sick of their "news" coverage morphing into exactly that.

Actually, their news MO is to aggregate multiple sites which do exactly that, so it's even worse.

09/04/2018 - 3:47pm I like it so much better…

I like it so much better than the other banner.  The only problem is that "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't activate that brand" plus the picture of a perplexed Harbaugh has the potential to be incredibly prescient and foreboding in an infinitely painful way.

09/04/2018 - 2:48pm At least beat State.

I'm…

At least beat State.

I'm not remotely convinced they're a 10-win team this year and Utah State furthered that belief.  

09/04/2018 - 2:16pm We need a Harbaugh somewhere…

We need a Harbaugh somewhere in between insane and lobotomized.  I don't mind that he doesn't take the bait from a Twitter troll, regardless of whether or not that Twitter troll caught a lot of passes in a Michigan uniform. 

I do mind that he doesn't go nuts on the sidelines anymore, ever, at all, for any reason.  Occasionally a player, or even a ref, needs a little bit of an ass-chewing, like, immediately, upon screwing up.  Less going bonkers every time they call holding on your guy is fine; being emotionally flat when your team needs a fire lit under their asses is not.  His team needed a fire lit under their asses on Saturday.

08/29/2018 - 4:03pm OMG NO.....MGoBlog calling…

OMG NO.....MGoBlog calling out people for posting on company hours would be the glasshousiest stonethrow of all time.

08/29/2018 - 4:01pm +1 fuckwhistle

I love how…

+1 fuckwhistle

I love how shithead boy is posting pictures of his kids like we should all think of the children when we accuse him of doing things he did......wonder if he thought about that when taking dick pics at the White House?

08/28/2018 - 1:37pm I keep forgetting Grant…

I keep forgetting Grant Perry is actually good.  I always thought this was a problem with my brain and I'm glad to have been reminded that it's actually a problem with the people whose job it is to give him the ball.

08/24/2018 - 9:12am (And reading the responses…

(And reading the responses on Twitter; good lord what a cesspool of ignorance on Twitter!)

Yes, I believe that is the core of their business model.

08/23/2018 - 6:27pm Didn't you ever hear the…

Didn't you ever hear the song?  Snoopy got that ol' Baron.  Turned out all he had to do was ask the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan.

08/22/2018 - 9:20am I fully expect them to come…

I fully expect them to come out of this meeting and announce that Urban has fired the president and half the board.

08/21/2018 - 12:00pm Which random combination of…

Which random combination of buttons did you mash that led you to create an MGoBlog profile when you were three?

08/21/2018 - 11:59am Fitzgerald Toussaint is not…

Fitzgerald Toussaint is not going to be found anywhere near any Ann Arbor sitting club because he is obviously the bar owner in Warrant's music video for "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

08/20/2018 - 3:39pm "Probably" shouldn't be…

"Probably" shouldn't be legal?  It's illegal for the linemen to do it to defenders in most cases, so I don't see why it should be OK for defenders to do it to linemen.

08/20/2018 - 3:35pm I'm surprisingly comfortable…

I'm surprisingly comfortable with the idea that Durkin allowed his freak flag to fly at greater heights here and at Maryland than he did at Stanford.  At Stanford he was a positional assistant.  Here he was a full-fledged coordinator.  Maryland, HC, obviously.  I'm sure Durkin was yelly at Stanford but he wasn't actually in charge of anything.  Durkin gets off on power, and he didn't have much of it at Stanford, so he didn't have much fuel for his dickery..  He had a lot more here and at Maryland.  It wouldn't surprise me if Harbaugh was like "what the hell is your deal all of a sudden?" and privately suggested he start looking for other jobs.

Then again, Harbs is a nutcase himself, and maybe he saw a kindred spirit and misinterpreted Durkin's dickery for football devotion.

08/20/2018 - 9:40am Markinson's gone.  There is…

Markinson's gone.  There is no Markinson.

08/19/2018 - 5:29pm This is unfortunately not…

This is unfortunately not surprising from a guy who bolted a 50+ year relationship with the ACC for more money with the B1G, despite copping to knowing nothing about sports other than "there are games" - his exact words.

08/19/2018 - 10:41am That would explain why they…

That would explain why they get treated like oxen.

08/13/2018 - 2:09pm True, but you also forgot to…

True, but you also forgot to mention: Paying players would require either a cut from somewhere or increased revenue.  Every attempt to increase revenue in college sports is always obnoxious.  Cuts would not happen in the admittedly ridiculous "support" system, which has cropped up due to the obnoxious revenue increases.  They would come from non-revenue sports, which given Title IX means that there would be a lot of men's sports on the chopping block.  Paying the football and basketball players most likely means the end of many, many dozens of baseball, track, swimming, wrestling, tennis, and soccer programs, destroying thousands of opportunities for male athletes who had the misfortune to be really damn good at something other than tackling or dribbling.

08/08/2018 - 10:59pm I hate you and I posbanged…

I hate you and I posbanged you at the same time.

08/08/2018 - 2:36pm This is how it is for me.  I…

This is how it is for me.  I haven't posted hella much, but I've posted some, and my point totals have been exactly the same for a long time.

08/08/2018 - 12:57pm I'm not sure the official…

I'm not sure the official visits thing matters much, but I'm a big fan of the last two items.  They're desperately needed in conjunction with the NBA's anticipated killing of the 19 y.o. age limit.

08/07/2018 - 2:54pm Lessee, my dad let me drive…

Lessee, my dad let me drive around the block when I was 14, a few months before I started drivers' ed.  He doesn't let me forget that I hopped the curb when I parked it again.

Otherwise, my first time behind the wheel was in one of the shitty (even at the time) Chevy Corsicas they had at the range at driving school.  They gave us a 10 mph speed limit and nobody even came close to it because nobody had the gumption to actually try the gas pedal.  I think we were all nervous that the car would leap forward and be magnetically attracted to the nearest light post.

08/07/2018 - 2:33pm Never forget that it was…

Never forget that it was Ohio that made half the country go dark.

I was trying to watch Pirates of the Caribbean at the time with a friend.  All of a sudden, no movie.  That was about the worst thing that happened to me out of that, because I went up north that night with another buddy of mine to his family's cottage (already long in the works before the blackout) and that was far enough north to be away from the grid problems.

If that happened today, it really wouldn't be all that different from 2003, except that nobody could get on Twitter or Facebook so that would actually be a huge plus.

08/07/2018 - 2:05pm These days whenever a player…

These days whenever a player doesn't do the usual Twitter maneuvers, I actually do consider it a major plus.  UVA has a DT commit for 2019 whose rankings and offers should have placed him a thousand miles beyond UVA's reach.  When he released his top ten I thought "we actually have a shot" because, instead of having a huge fancy graphic made with logos and a picture of him in a thunderstorm (or, like, being a thunderstorm), he just typed them into Twitter.  A revolutionary idea.  Sure enough, he committed to UVA over Ohio State, a whole mess of SEC offers, and goodness knows what else.

A lack of social media interest or savvy seems to be an indicator of high intelligence and character in football and basketball recruits.  (To be clear, it doesn't work the other way around.)  It's weird, but welcome to 2018, I guess.

08/04/2018 - 11:02am Man, I hate the idea of a…

Man, I hate the idea of a lacrosse shot clock.  You want defenses to pack it in around the goal and make the offense just huck it around the edge for 30 seconds, then by all means have a shot clock.

08/03/2018 - 7:23pm Pretty sure the only reason…

Pretty sure the only reason they're mentioning Stoops is because Jon Gruden finally found a new job.

08/02/2018 - 11:40am What gets me is why the hell…

What gets me is why the hell would you even shelter Zach Smith?  Jerry Sandusky was considered a pillar of the community.  Larry Nassar made MSU into a major hub of the US gymnastics program.  This is not to say it's excusable to shelter them, but at least you can see what those places were trying to protect and what their priorities were.

What the hell is Urban thinking, risking his job, career, program, and massive paychecks over some horseshit assistant coach that he keeps dragging around the country?

08/02/2018 - 10:50am I'll be your life coach.  I…

I'll be your life coach.  I can't think of a better way to make money while not having to learn or do anything.

08/01/2018 - 11:50am The "la la la can't hear you…

The "la la la can't hear you" school of public relations almost always works; you can bet it will here.

07/10/2018 - 7:54pm I don't see the ownership…

I don't see the ownership model changing substantially.  I've never, ever bought into the "autonomous Uber for everyone" model.  New ideas may enter the marketplace but they won't replace private ownership unless something drastically different happens - and self-driving cars aren't drastic enough, IMO.

The per-use model of transportation predates cars.  For-hire cabs were a thing in the horse and buggy days.  It fills an important niche, that's all.  Fractional ownership exists nowadays too and has had plenty of time to prove itself.  It fills a much smaller niche.  The concept of carpools has been around for decades, and if people wanted to work on a pre-arranged, inflexible schedule, they already would.  There's no part of the "autonomous Uber for everyone" model that hasn't already hit the marketplace.  Even the autonomous part has, in the form of trains.  I don't see the combination as a winning one.

07/10/2018 - 3:10pm Ten years into the…

Ten years into the smartphone revolution, about 75% of people in the US have one.  Five years in, it was a little less than half.  It's a device that's replaced often and if the price climbs out of three figures it's a major news story.  Cars are replaced occasionally and cost five figures and sometimes six.

I'm not sure what you mean we're five years from, but it sure as hell isn't widespread, ubiquitous use of autonomous vehicles.  We might be five years from them no longer being a complete novelty to most people.

07/10/2018 - 3:07pm The major flaw in the idea…

The major flaw in the idea of people paying on a per-use basis is: Who will own all those cars?  The other major flaw is: People would be doing that now if they wanted to.  Zipcar is a real thing.  If people wanted per-use cars, it might be the world's most valuable company by now.  Instead it has 10,000 cars around the world, which is roughly one or two days' worth of sales for any given major automaker.

07/10/2018 - 12:42pm I'd rather commute in a…

I'd rather commute in a sedan.  I like the higher-up seating of the SUV, but I just like sedans better overall.  I have a small SUV, though, because it's just me in the household.  I need the cargo space for trips to Lowe's and other stuff-hauling events.  Bigger cars just aren't that fun to drive, though.

Toyota, by the way, made like a 1-1.5% profit margin in North America last year.  The Asians don't really have a magic formula for making money off sedans.  They've been incentivizing the H-E-L-L out of them - particularly Camry in order to keep it at the top of the non-pickup heap.  Now that RAV4 has taken over that role for Toyota, I wonder how much stomach they'll have for continuing the incentives.

Truthfully, I think fuel economy rules killed the demand for sedans.  Before they existed, you had cars the size of icebergs.  The first wave of CAFE rules in the late 70s killed the land yacht, but not the need to haul stuff.  Eventually the Plymouth Voyager and Ford Explorer were invented and people loved them.  The next wave of big CAFE changes in the 00s was supposed to kill the SUV and force consumers into Nissan Versas.  Too bad people still wanted a car they could fit things in.  The automakers responded by making their SUVs fuel-conscious enough for most consumers, so now they're buying SUVs again.  Personally I like the ride height and need the space, and that's enough for me to stick with the SUV.  If I had a two-car household (well, I do, but one is a toy and that's not the point) then probably one would be a commuter-car sedan and one would be a stuff-hauler.

07/10/2018 - 11:49am I don't think the data is…

I don't think the data is worthless for decision-making at all (or even close to worthless).  I just think, as someone else said, it requires responsible consumption.  It is one data point in the many-layered process of decision-making - its lack of completeness shouldn't be confused for worthlessness.  It's a data point that suggests NFL defenses are pretty damn good at defending goal-line fades vs. other kinds of passes, and rather less prepared for run plays.  It's not a full-blown model, nor do I think it pretends to be.  But I do think a coach that has this data is better-equipped to make a decision than a coach without it, which puts it somewhere well above worthlessness.

07/10/2018 - 9:53am Man, I hate the goal-line…

Man, I hate the goal-line fade.  It works when you have Calvin Johnson.  Otherwise screw it.

But I always thought the goal-line rollout was a great play.  You force the defense to defend both run and pass.  In theory, I guess.  Maybe you really need Denard to make it work.

07/10/2018 - 9:50am Not Brian, but, not a fan of…

Not Brian, but, not a fan of the Elam Ending, for a couple reasons.

1) Why stop the clock at 3 minutes?  Why not just play to the end and then implement the seven-point rule?  I suppose in order to keep actual game length the same, but counting down to three instead of zero is silly.

2) If I'm down by one or two and time is running out, I sit on the ball and wait for the Elam Ending to start.  Why give the other team a chance to score and move my target further away?  Or, I still intentionally foul Shaq.

3) It punishes the winning team - intentionally.  Elam himself stated the whole point was to increase comebacks.

As with many problems with many sports, the fix is already in the rulebook.  Intentional fouls with no actual attempt at the ball are two shots and the ball.  We just play by the fiction that some intentional fouls are just fouls.  Maybe we should stop doing that.  The other easy fix is to say that any non-shooting foul in the bonus, at any time in the game, is one shot, ball, and fresh shot clock, make or miss, period.  I don't know why we should go for the fancy fix when the easy one is right there.

06/27/2018 - 11:47pm I like to try and think of…

I like to try and think of it in terms of players who were the same age relative to me.  If you're pushing 40, Chris Webber : kidz these days :: Bill Walton : you.

06/18/2018 - 1:36pm For Father's Day, I…

For Father's Day, I accidentally gave my parents a cruise to celebrate their 40th anniversary, which is next year.

I meant to give it to them for Christmas, but the cruise company doesn't listen to directions, and sent them a welcome card, despite assurances that all mail would be sent to the billing address, not the address of the people on the cruise.  So I had to let the cat out of the bag to reassure them that someone hadn't stolen their credit card numbers to buy a cruise.

At least the location is still a secret.  So far.  I have to call the guy and see if they can at least figure that part out.  You'd think a cruise company would be used to that kind of thing.

06/15/2018 - 1:59pm Syphilis, probably.

Syphilis, probably.

06/13/2018 - 3:00pm So as not to encourage…

So as not to encourage schools to put their players on a five-year plan to get their undergrad degree.

06/13/2018 - 1:01pm I basically like the new…

I basically like the new site, but I wish there were a little more distinction between posts.  Probably too much design emphasis on the ancillary parts of a post like join date and points, and not enough on the actual post.  And I want 300 posts on one page back - and for the choice of 100 posts to at least stick.

Otherwise, I'm basically good with the design, and I really like how the front page lets you see the most recent posts all at once instead of scrolling down to see if you missed anything.

06/13/2018 - 12:55pm I have a 2014 Escape and I…

I have a 2014 Escape and I wish it had the much better interior layout of the newer Escapes while still having its own exterior styling.  I hate most of the styling changes on the Escape refresh, but the interior is a gazillion times smarter.

06/08/2018 - 3:22pm That was me til I was seven…

That was me til I was seven.  I hated mustard and loved ketchup.  I drowned my fries in ketchup.  Now I swing the other way.  There's ketchup in my fridge still, but it's there for one reason only: to cook sloppy joes with.