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07/18/2018 - 12:09pm Yeah, except these people…

Yeah, except these people can just - you know - give money. The egos that exist in this world are astounding.

07/18/2018 - 10:19am Warde sent season ticket…

Warde sent season ticket holder a message 1-2 weeks ago that season ticket prices were going up. /shruggie emoji 

07/17/2018 - 4:23pm I think the main point is…

I think the main point is that those lower bowl tickets are ALWAYS sold out. So it’s not a matter of convincing Ann Arborites to buy those tickets because they are always sold.

For real body bags, they waive us plebes in the upper bowl down. But that’s it. Definitely not for conference games or any major conference opponents, regardless of how long seats stay empty.

 

07/17/2018 - 3:55pm And that’s if they can even…

And that’s if they can even get tickets - see my post below

07/17/2018 - 3:48pm Most conference games sell…

Most conference games sell out or very close to it. That’s really the problem. People OUTSIDE of Ann Arbor but the tickets every year and then - shocker - it’s winter and there’s a mid-week game and they don’t want to make the drive

07/17/2018 - 3:47pm If you went for the M game,…

If you went for the M game, keep in mind you were going to their biggest game of the year.

compare that to some of M’s big games and it’s similar.  Nebrasketball is a weird comparison as is since they are an upcoming, underdog program that has some new excitement around it. And it’s the only show in town. In Ann Arbor, families are probably more concerned about getting to their elite club soccer practice.

07/17/2018 - 3:42pm Ha. 10 years ago they talked…

Ha. 10 years ago they talked to students and said it was their goal. And here we are. They aren’t going to push out high-paying season ticket holders, even if those ticket holders seats go empty for every game.

07/16/2018 - 2:21pm He's right.  What Americans…

He's right.  What Americans common refer to as "athleticism" isn't nearly as important as having insane foot skills by an early age.  Seriously: What good does a 44" vertical do you in soccer?  In small instances, of course it is an advantage.  But it's much more important to have those elite ball skills. 

Same thing with hockey, really.  Of course the best hockey players in the world are amazing athletes.  But you can be an amazing hockey player without being a 6'8" genetic freak that can leap over small buildings 

07/15/2018 - 6:50pm Was a student when it opened…

Was a student when it opened.  There was Michigan Daily outcry article(s) about that logo. Surprised in this day and age, on this campus, that awning lasted as long as it did, let alone the whole place.

07/13/2018 - 9:56am Cada advances to final table…

Cada advances to final table, but holy shit did anyone see the final hand???

 

AA vs KK vs KK

Lowest chip stack has KK (same suit as AA) and acts first, going in.  AA has second highest stack and goes in.  Second KK has him covered by only 8M, but calls.  Crazy.

07/12/2018 - 2:29pm I believe he won a series of…

I believe he won a series of online tournaments, ultimately winning his entry to the big kuhuna.

07/12/2018 - 1:13pm An MGoReminder that Brian…

An MGoReminder that Brian Cook played in the WSOP way back in the .blogspot days and wrote about it (stealing links from an MGoShirtless post..):

 

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/viva-con-dios.html

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/vegas-in-some-detail.html

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/i-live.html

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/08/busto.html

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/08/photographic-evidence-of-people-in-my.html

http://mgoblog.blogspot.com/2006/08/macarthur-but-defeated.html

07/12/2018 - 1:07pm Was wondering the same thing…

Was wondering the same thing. Perhaps this is a prelude to a Beilein announcement; I'm sure that's a bigger monster to deal with considering the assistant contract bumps that should come with it.

Great news for KBA and the women's program. How great would it be to see Michigan as a perennial Sweet-16 contender???

07/12/2018 - 8:40am The "No Politics" rule seems…

The "No Politics" rule seems to largely been enforced as "No party-line bitching and attacks" which is fine by me.  Like you said, there are some topics inherent to our interests that are going to include policy discussion. If it is done factually and respectfully, that seems fine by me.  

I'm right with you and as you said, nobody forces anyone to click a thread.  Except this one because the uninformative title...

07/12/2018 - 8:37am "Multiple political posts on…

"Multiple political posts on the front page"

Uhh... one in a year during the dead sports period?  And a local election post, not something along the much more devisive national party lines.  Something with a clear title than very easily could have been avoided.

Here's my problem with politics:  People don't talk enough about it in a civilized way, which is why you need a no-politics rule.  But Brian's post - which was well argued (even if you don't agree with the argument) - was clearly labeled, you had to click a jump early on to keep reading and if you delved into the comments that was also a choice you made.  Most people complaining about the post existing and "ruining where they go to avoid politics" could have just avoided the post.

It's important for people to see opposing viewpoints from time to time.  Living in echo-chambers doesn't help civil discourse.  But whining about hearing an opposing viewpoint (again, presented in a respectful way), is just that: whining.

07/05/2018 - 10:54pm I know one dude got a bit…

I know one dude got a bit blasted for criticizing Z's shooting in a harsh manner.

(Know I'm saying all this as a season ticket holder who got giddy about last year's team in early December - largely when Z won back the starter's role)

Simpson's many positives, as described, were essential in the upcoming two banners.

However, it is totally fair to note that if he doesn't improve his shooting numbers, he has a worrisome ceiling and this team will struggle.  Sure, if we can pepper the floor with shooters, we're probably in great shape and contending for a B10 regular season title.  But that's kind of a big "if."  An "if" that requires Matthews to take steps forward as a shooter and an "if" that goes at odds with the inevitable loss of 3-pt shooting from the 5.  

The best way that Michigan and Beilein maximizes Zavier Simpson is to get him up to 60+% from the line and 32% from three.  The former a 8.6% bump, the latter a 3.4% bump*.  That's doable - not small jumps, though. Essential jumps for this team to be considered B10 favorites and Final Four contenders.  

07/05/2018 - 2:03pm The sentiment is correct…

The sentiment is correct... Simpson’s obvious flaw is a major one and needs to be fixed to some degree. They made it to the title game despite his horrible shooting... and yes, it was horrible. 

If he gets to average, we’re in for a B10 title season due to all the reasons Matt describes.

07/02/2018 - 4:40pm Love reading these posts and…

Love reading these posts and as a slightly younger millennial, am right with Brian. I lucked into getting a condo in Ann Arbor at the right time. A year or two earlier would have been the jackpot, but a year later would have been unaffordable. And now, basically, I’m stuck for a while. Which is fine, but I have an aging condo that, sure will sell for a lot more than I bought, but it’s not like I can upgrade and stay in Ann Arbor without 5+ years of devoted downpayment saving.

pro-development all the way 

07/01/2018 - 11:12am Matt, nice stuff, but Purdue…

Matt, nice stuff, but Purdue is pretty atypical.  Not many teams are structured like they are.  The first clip you showed, a double ball screen... Wagner was able to lay way, way off of Haas as a shooting threat which allowed MAAR to chase the screen knowing that he had help in the lane.  Not usually going to be the case against teams where screen and pop is a threat.

The switching you've identified is certainly the big difference; it's something that's tough for some players to pick up, depending on how you decide you are going to switch.  Yaklich has put in a system that's far better than we've had in the past. 

06/25/2018 - 8:55pm After thinking about it a…

After thinking about it a bit today and reading up a bit, I think my critique of this season is the result of three items.

1. I thought we were going to see the outside world; I thought we were going to get some insights to how Westworld fits into the real world and what happens when the hosts enter that real world.  Therefore, I had the feeling of wheels spinning.  The real-time covered in the season couldn't have been more than a week, right?

2. Jumping. All. Over.  I struggled to follow one episode to the next.  Three entire 1-storyline episodes (The William/Delos episode, which I liked. The Shogun episode.  The Ghost Nation episode).  That plus timeline jumps that were much more difficult to follow.

3. I simply don't care for the hosts. I haven't been sold on their humanity. I think Dolores, as a character, sucks (whereas Maeve is much more interesting). Dolores' lack of empathy made it easy for me to not recognize the hosts' humanity.  For this season to hold one's interest, I think you needed to be invested in the hosts' battle for humanity, and I still am not.  They're just robots to me.  Bernard was probably supposed to get the audience to that point, but I honestly was just ALWAYS confused when he was in a scene.

06/22/2018 - 10:45pm Night in... trying to watch…

Night in... trying to watch the calories so taking a night off beer with diet and rum (yeah, super healthy choice i know).

Watched "Passengers" tonight.  Thought it was a really cool movie where the third act was really rushed and kind of didn't live up to the great first two acts.

06/01/2018 - 10:50am I mean, this is illegal in

I mean, this is illegal in the MHSAA.  A school could do it, but they wouldn't be a part of the MHSAA.  I believe that Maryland private schools are inelligible for the public school playoff system.  So, there's a lot of nuance in here.

It's great that kids are getting educational opportunities that they otherwise wouldn't... but he could do that and still create an educational athletic experience and not limit it to D1 players....

06/01/2018 - 10:42am To be fair, there are large,

To be fair, there are large, varying degrees of financial well-being in private schools.  Some have modest tuition and barely stay afloat while others charge $35k a year and have 7-figure endowments.

05/31/2018 - 7:15pm omg that was 10 years ago i

omg that was 10 years ago i am oooolllldddddddddd

05/31/2018 - 1:42pm There are trophies on display

There are trophies on display in the southeast corner of the PDC/Crisler; it's not a portion of the building that's open to the public on game days.  The trophies are just to the left of this picture:

05/30/2018 - 7:06pm 68% ain't terrible for a HS

68% ain't terrible for a HS junior.  Especially since I imagine he has quite the high usage.

05/21/2018 - 11:49am Because instead of writing a

Because instead of writing a (bad) joke, you could have wrote:

"I'm sure they will take all necessary precautions, but for me it's tough to not worry about some things.  For example, I've visited SA twice, had to take malaria meds before  and they made me sick.  Certainly a bit more of a logistical challenge than the comfort of Europe."

05/21/2018 - 11:44am Glad I wasn't the only one

Glad I wasn't the only one who thought it.  Something seems strange about traveling for tourist reasons to a city that has such a monumental water shortage problem right now.  Not a knock on M Football or Harbaugh... I wouldn't be able to enjoy a vacation knowing that people are having to re-use shower water... and those are the better-off people.

05/16/2018 - 10:46pm I just upvoted all the

I just upvoted all the commentary on this nerdy thread-tangent beacuse only at MGoBlog could a college football post go off on a serious, measured critique of superhero movies.

05/16/2018 - 10:43pm Love basketball, but hockey

Love basketball, but hockey is the second sport. Maybe basketball is more "important", but hockey is just simply better.

 

Lol, no.

05/16/2018 - 10:31pm We all know Mascots are for

We all know Mascots are for the kids.  Somebody must think of the kids.

but guess what?  The Kids survive without that photo-op.  Especially nowadays, it's really for th eadults to show what awesome parents they are to take The Kids to a wholesome event like amateur collegiate/scholastic sporting competition. 

05/16/2018 - 5:38pm In one sentence you suggest

In one sentence you suggest that the TEAM'S win is what's more important but in the same sentence you are comparing quarterback performances.  

You can say "I'll take the win even though Denard played bad." 

05/16/2018 - 8:11am Banners are never raised at

Banners are never raised at exhibitions.

05/10/2018 - 8:16pm Wait, your wife is starting a

Wait, your wife is starting a grad. program in the fall and intends to transfer into another grad program at UM?

I would think that is a sticky situation.  Maybe a couple cognate classes or pre-reqs to the UM grad program transfer, but my guess would be that the core courses of any UM grad program are expected to be taken at UM.

05/08/2018 - 6:58am Welcome to the enlightened

Welcome to the enlightened side.  You should have made the move a decade ago.

05/05/2018 - 10:04pm Varsity coach here.  I'd say

Varsity coach here.  I'd say I'm 100% confident our guys know that nothing even approaching hazing would fly and they'd be done.  We work hard to build a family culture, though.  I don't even allow freshmen to carry team equipment.  It's the responsibility of the upper-classmen.  You lay out rules and expecations, don't be afraid to label anything and are direct, things go well.  We have a rule that specifically addresses hazing, bullying, sexual harrassment, etc, for example.

I still hear things happening at other schools, but they are fewer and farther in between and have never had an issue personally.

 

05/01/2018 - 7:48am When IT happened, I

When IT happened, I temporarily lost my faith in sports.  I remember specifically asking myself "what kind of an idiot would pay money to go through that?" and told myself I was done going to Michigan football games.  While that wasn't true, it has been very difficult to shell out any money... Since, I've only gone to games where I've been offered a free ticket.

04/30/2018 - 11:32am Ray Fisher and Alumni are on

Ray Fisher and Alumni are on ground level; they are practically just fields with some very nice stands surrounding the infields.  Apples and oranges.

/a former student that snuck onto Alumni field one night and ran the bases

04/29/2018 - 6:51pm Mind sharing who your

Mind sharing who your Internet provider is and what you pay?

04/28/2018 - 6:57pm   At 18, your brain is

 


At 18, your brain is still developing and able to absorb new ideas at an incredible rate. Don't waste that on candy like LSA classes. A few after meals are fine, but if you start considering a liberal arts degree because it's fun and you really enjoy your spare time socializing, you will probably regret it later.

 

Meeehhhhh.... this is one-sided advice. Liberal arts and an engineering focus don't have to be mutually exclusive. Like I mentioned above, I was CS-LSA. Also got my math major. Filled my LSA reqs with film classes that I LOVED and enjoyed going to every day. Turned out I ended up using those classes in my job, in addition to all the math and CS I do.

04/28/2018 - 6:54pm CoE is only harder if you

CoE is only harder if you consider the Calc-Physics requirement... that's literally the only difference unless things have changed.  And if you're in CS, you're probably going to take Calc-Physics whether you're in CoE or not.

I was CS-LSA.... and I got a Math major to go along with my CS major.

04/27/2018 - 8:31am I binged through it pretty

I binged through it pretty hardcore and enjoyed it.... yet it is still tough to not get a "Breaking Bad" little sibling vibe. Interested to see what comes next.

04/24/2018 - 3:46pm Simply being a year older

Simply being a year older hurts his draft prospects.

04/24/2018 - 3:44pm   You never know, but given

 

You never know, but given that choice, I'd expect Matthews to return.

 

Uhh... why? Any reason?  Your sentence structure suggests you have some knowledge of Matthews' thought process. 

Hard to see Matthews improving his stock much.  If he's given a second round guarantee he must go.  Too much risk in coming back and delaying the playing career a year for a guy that has an uphill battle to a NBA roster spot. Start training 24/7 and earning money now.

04/17/2018 - 8:35am The "Andre the Giant"

The "Andre the Giant" documentary is fascinating, even if you aren't into wrestling.

04/15/2018 - 1:12pm How do normal people (ie with

How do normal people (ie with simple tax filings) wait until the last minute to do taxes?

04/12/2018 - 8:00pm Naw, he gone. After reading

Naw, he gone. After reading The Athletic article, I'd be shocked if he'd stay.

04/09/2018 - 6:58pm  

has the lateral

 

has the lateral athleticism and defensive instincts to be an impact player on that end

 

Umm.... don't all his mental defensive mistakes show his instincts aren't great? That's rhetorical. His defensive instincts are not good. He gambles, he bites on pump fakes, he misses rotations. He's a freshmen and much of that is to be expected. But gambling for steals doesn't mean you have defensive instincts.

04/06/2018 - 10:41pm Yes. It is constantly used.

Yes. It is constantly used.  Here's one quick example.

 

 

Not in this, but....

"We are the best university in the world!"  Even as a proud, arrogant Michigan alumnus, I rolled my eyes the first time I heard that.

04/06/2018 - 11:55am Zavier flopped quite badly...

Zavier flopped quite badly... usually we're glad when refs down call the flops.  From my nosebleeds, I was more mad at Zavier's weak flop attempts than the refs.  There were other fouls (attacking the basket) I thought Michigan deserved to get but didn't, though.