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11/18/2018 - 8:33am 1. Yes, there's a head of…

1. Yes, there's a head of officiating for the BigTen.

2. Extremely competitive. Guys have to prove their worth in HS/D3/D2/lower level D1 for years sometimes before getting the call.

3. There is turnover, but as mentioned in #2, to get their you have to prove your worth; they don't take fliers. They take guys they think will make it and are invested in. You'd have to suddenly go from very good to very bad to get a hook, but I've heard of it happening.

source: experience with and talking to officials at those levels

4. The O'Neil hate is pretty ridiculous here. It's basically the same whining every fan base does against every official who they can recognize. That the game didn't turn into a shit show after #72's unsportsmanlike is partially attributable to the job the officiating team did to calm nerves. Also, of course, a long delay where a player's long-term health is a concern certainly puts things in perspective.

But people are making incindiary comments (and others are liking them) because:

The kicked ball out of the refs hands... yeah, I was pissed. Pretty tough for an official to ascertain intent in the moment and it still would have been borderline whether the snap got off. PLUS, Harbaugh said they were going to clock it. If the snap got off and they took the 1-1.5seconds to clock it, they probably still don't get another snap. It was poor time-management by Michigan that cost them points at the end of the half, not the officials. Either way, it's not O'Neil's call to make.

The Chase injury... honestly, it seems nobody that is unbiased on the Internet is claiming it was a dirty hit. A little unnecessary? I think so. Happens every other play in football? Probably. This again is not a play O'Neil is watching as he is the "R." He is watching the QB all the way through the play. This is the Center Judge's call, not O'Neils.

Pass Interference... I never fucking know what pass interference is, so I don't even bother. I do know that as the R, O'Neil has nothing to do with decided pass interference. If guys on his crew are getting it wrong, it's not really on him. He doesn't pick his own crew. It's on the B10 office.

I honestly have no opinion one way or the other on O'Neil. But it's hilarious to me that because people recognize him (because he's been around), they think he specifically hates Michigan. It makes the fanbase seem like butthurt Internet losers.

11/13/2018 - 8:04am Northwestern's undergrad…

Northwestern's undergrad enrollment is 8,278 (per 2017 figures).

11/04/2018 - 10:47am Henne/Manningham I think was…

Henne/Manningham I think was the beginning of "We Own Penn State."  Popular basketball chant since we are something like 182-3 against PSU in basketball.

10/31/2018 - 11:32am Yeah, agreed. I just don't…

Yeah, agreed. I just don't believe Teddy if he thinks/says it was out of nowhere. I've worked with people who publicly claim their sacking was out of nowhere, but it's well known there were good reasons and processes followed - I'm sure you've seen that.

10/31/2018 - 8:44am Don't know what you mean by…

Don't know what you mean by passive aggressive. Most organizations or companies aren't going to broadcast to the world breaks in employment relationship.

This happens all the time, it's just never reported. Officials are constantly no longer assigned games. Most of them you don't know, so it goes completely unnoticed.

 

10/31/2018 - 8:42am It's quite the stretch for a…

It's quite the stretch for a "connection." As someone who's student taught (and in the same class for an entire school year, not 2 months), I remember no student. Maybe a couple vague first names.

10/25/2018 - 10:59am Would be cool if people…

Would be cool if people posting Croots posts include the croot's position/ranking for those of us that don't follow the croots that closely.

Just a friendly idea 

10/19/2018 - 10:43am I love Last Word... and…

I love Last Word... and absolutely would not suggest it for this outing unless you have 3 or less people.  It is tiny, there are very limited seats and it will be packed on a Friday night.

Good cocktail alternative is Raven's club, which is easier to find, bigger and can have seating for a larger group (might have to wait).  If you're willing to sit outside and want cocktails, check out Ann Arbor Distillary. They have even less room inside, though.

If the group is large, the safest bets are:  Conor's, Bill's Beer Garden (outside), HopCat.

3-5 people can work at:  Beer Grotto, Grizzly Peak, Jolly Pumpkin, practically anywhere really.

I suggest:  Knight's downtown (get a reservation yesterday) and if you want beer, go around the corner to HopCat before walking down to mainstreet and checking out Grotto/Bill's/Pumpkin etc.

EDIT: Sleeper picks that might not be full if you don't want to deal with that: Old German (below Grizzly Peak), Alley Bar early, Old Town later. Pretzel Bell basement early, will get crowded later.  Grotto tends to be a one-drink spot for younger (grad student age) people and a "post-up/sitdown" spot for older folks.  I'll be there tonight for a few. Point being, it can be crowded one minute and not the next. 

 

10/19/2018 - 10:38am OP how many people?  This is…

OP how many people?  This is a critical point...

10/14/2018 - 12:20pm Can't believe nobody's…

Can't believe nobody's mentioned it...

We played a real team.  It's a lot easier to get excited for top 15 Wisconsin than WMU or SMU or whatever.

But, yeah, I'm a big fan of 7:30p games.

10/11/2018 - 1:11pm We know where gameday is?  I…

We know where gameday is?  I would say you could easily park anywhere on the northwest side of downtown for free.  It just might be a small hike back to your car when you go to move it to the Coliseum.  Or pay to throw it in one of the parking decks downtown for a couple hours.

09/24/2018 - 10:43am A: I see an ad in this post,…

A: I see an ad in this post, which is funny.

B: You're not being downvoted for any opinion on Google algorithms. You're being downvoted for bringing political generalizations into an unrelated topic.  And probably for using "libs" in a semi-derogatory, but certainly generalizing, way.

09/23/2018 - 11:07am Michigan "doesn't need"…

Michigan "doesn't need" their money doesn't mean Michigan won't take their money.

The bottom line financially is benefited by having Rutgers.  The frustrating this is that's the only benefit Rutgers can offer and they offer quite a few negatives in turn.

Cable packages dying could lead to a reconsideration of Rutgers.  It wouldn't be the craziest thing.

09/22/2018 - 10:23pm The better argument is that…

A better argument is that Michigan's student population has become much more out-of-state.  Kids with less connection to the football team turning into alums that aren't sticking around michigan.

The better, better argument is Ann Arbor is significantly smaller than CBus.  If UM were in say Sterling Heights or Warren or Mt. Clemens, I'm pretty sure tickets would be much more similar to Columbus.  You'd have a lot more fans with easier access to the stadium.  I mean, yeesh, CBus is a metropolis of 2M people.  Ann Arbor is a 120k college town.

09/18/2018 - 12:42pm Yep!  Cool with me.  Who are…

Yep!  Cool with me.  Who are they really for, anyway?  The networks, right?  They broadcast because they can churn out better ad dollars than their normal Monday night lineup.  I'm glad it's on bc it's not bad background noise, but I guess I expect nothing more.

09/18/2018 - 11:48am I'm a big TV nerd, so I…

I'm a big TV nerd, so I watch.  But I definitely watch with my laptop and while I'm doing work/responding to email/playing games.

I don't get why people complain about these shows.  Either watch or don't; you know what it is.  I don't go hunting out shows I won't like so I can put myself through watching them and then complain about them.

09/17/2018 - 12:47pm The only campus property…

The only campus property that's immediately surrounding the stadium is the parking lots connected south and southeast of the stadium and the golf course.  People will be drinking plenty and openly.

Otherwise, nobody will be on the diag, for example.  Everything else nearby is private residences where people tailgate.  (And Pioneer HS which is very lax about a no drinking rule that I guess technically exists but you'd never know).

I probably wouldn't walk from a hotel to the area near the stadium with an open container.  But like others have said, once you're in the neighborhood you are likely just walking from one person's tailgate to the next.  Keep an eye out and step onto someone's yard when needed.

09/17/2018 - 12:42pm  I have to think it's highly…

 I have to think it's highly likely many games are fixed or influenced by boosters in their teams favor, or by bookies to meet or break betting lines.

As someone who knows people in the officiating ranks and getting close to being on a D1 field, this assertion is ludicrous. 

Every call and non-call is reviewed by officials, their supervisors, coaches, People Of The Internet, etc.  You're insinuating a massive conspiracy involving any number of people where the evidence is readily accessible by anyone that wants to review it. 

It's just not the case.  It's a really, really, really hard job.  (Though, there are some unconscious biases that may come through with weaker/less experienced officials - like home teams getting close calls on the hardwood).

09/14/2018 - 11:32pm This score prediction was…

This score prediction was very uncomfortable to read.  How many "phonetic numbers" can you list in a real sentence that still makes sense.

1-70-2-2-7

09/07/2018 - 1:32pm Last time I had Zingerman's…

Last time I had Zingerman's was the only time in my life I've had food poisoning.  Anecdotal, I know. But, between that, their prices, and the long-ass wait even when you're the only one there, I can't believe people still rave about it.

09/05/2018 - 6:29pm ABSOLUTELY be in your seat…

ABSOLUTELY be in your seat for "Baaaaannnnddd, take the field!"

09/05/2018 - 6:28pm FYI steps to the Union are…

FYI steps to the Union are fenced off - as is the whole building - during renovations.  Until, approximately, 2165.

09/01/2018 - 6:31pm "Coach Harbaugh, why did you…

"Coach Harbaugh, why did you go for two with the game in hand?"

Why not?

 

08/31/2018 - 2:47pm First, no.  Second, "yellow?"

First, no.  Second, "yellow?"

08/31/2018 - 2:45pm Special Teams???

Special Teams???

08/27/2018 - 4:14pm Cuz Ace would know about…

Cuz Ace would know about this stuff?  *roll eyes*

08/27/2018 - 4:12pm He didn't claim he wasn't …

He didn't claim he wasn't "all in." 

And so we carry on, just in case Keith Jackson isn't really dead.

Iowa exists.  In our naive assumptions of what the PG-version of college athletics is, Iowa is everyone.  Except in real-life nobody is Iowa.... except, except, yes, Iowa exists.  In the middle of all this bullshit and money and lack of morals, Iowa is there holding the moral hill.  Are they holding that hill on their own?  I think the unwritten point of the post is "no."  We're here and we'll carry on. We won't give in to the evil bullshit.  Because if freaking Iowa can exist and always shock the world in some manner, than Michigan - with all its history and pagentry and beauty and talent - can many, finally, slay the bastards to the north and south.

 

08/27/2018 - 4:06pm See, I read the tone as …

See, I read the tone as "This is depressing and embarrassing and everything.... and yet... and yet, there's Iowa.  There's beauty.  There IS still something to amatuer collegiate athletics.  There's a reason we love our alma maters and feel at home when we are with fellow alumni.  And Michigan is one of those places.  What can man do against such evil?  We continue on and don't give in, even when we know we are facing great odds."

08/24/2018 - 10:53am Watched Q1 so far.  Biggest…

Watched Q1 so far.  Biggest takeaway is that the officials sure do love blowing the whistle.

08/24/2018 - 10:34am (No subject)
08/23/2018 - 6:47pm Serious question:  Why is…

Serious question:  Why is this necessary?  

There are currently two "OT" labeled threads on the first page.  One has a Michigan connection and one is an NFL thread.  Two of 40.  It's not like that number is going to skyrocket once football season starts (even though football threads will).  And it's not like there are ever more than 30 worthwhile "On-Topic" threads going.  What's the point in restricting discussion?  You'd think MGoBlog 3.0 would want to re-gain its lost clicks instead of continuing to give people reason to go elsewhere.

08/23/2018 - 6:42pm Is it really that cumbersome…

Is it really that cumbersome to just click over to the board?  

08/23/2018 - 6:42pm Should have been this week…

Should have been this week. There's literally not enough time in the day to read (and watch the links) all the content that is pushed out in that week. It's a shame and I know others have addressed that same concern.  All that writing that people just can't get to because they don't have 3 hours each day to read all the previews.

08/21/2018 - 1:21pm 10.

10.

08/20/2018 - 1:29pm Madrid's tallest player was…

Madrid's tallest player was 6'8", FWIW

08/20/2018 - 12:16pm Iggy will not only start by…

Iggy will not only start by the end of the year, he could lead the team in scoring.  Book it.

08/19/2018 - 9:45pm I like how old school Warde…

I like how old school Warde Manual is.  He doesn't think there's a way for Beilein to get the game tape for Monday's game.  Like there's not this interconnected system of tubes that shoots video across the world in seconds.

08/19/2018 - 9:25am Uhhhh.... its the regents…

Uhhhh.... its the regents who answer to the press and voters, not Schlissel. 

08/17/2018 - 11:52am Probably because the reasons…

Probably because the reasons you beat MSU are now in the NBA.

I give opposing fans the benefit of the doubt, but this is a weak-ass argument.  Michigan loses Wagner and... Rahk and Duncan.  The later two are immensely replaceable.  Really, outside a 4ish game stretch from Rahk, neither were playing to the level we thought they should during the regular B10 season.

Michigan brings back the best ball defender in the league, Charles Matthews - probably a first rounder next year, Jordan Poole - maybe another first rounder, and has an ideal Beilein recruiting class coming in.  Brazdeikis could be our leading scorer, even with Matthews and Poole.  Brazdeikis and Teske will collectively make up the hole left by Wagner.

MSU loses lotto picks and replaces them with what?

08/17/2018 - 11:45am The National Media has no…

The National Media has no idea that Iggy is going to blow up.  

08/10/2018 - 8:04am I don’t know, Spain is a…

I don’t know, Spain is a chance for younger guys who don’t end up in the main rotation to get experience against other teams.  But yeah, certainly could be worse. 

08/07/2018 - 9:15am Shoulda put "scheduled" in…

Shoulda put "scheduled" in the title to prevent further heart complications.

08/02/2018 - 9:01pm You can actually solve your …

You can actually solve your "No stories about Ann Arbor politics" issue by simply not clicking on the link.  Why does it bother you that much?  Why can't you just scroll past?  I do it all the time for hockey posts (sorry, just never really followed hockey that closely).

Personally, I'm glad Brian has made like three AA politics posts as it has gotten me more involved in (well, more interested in) local politics and that's a good thing.

08/02/2018 - 8:53pm That was it.  Yeah, Hoke…

That was it.  Yeah, Hoke... Just say what you have to say. Yeah, sounds like you're covering something up, because you kind of have to by law.... But you don't make stuff up.

08/02/2018 - 2:30pm Well, that all seems right…

Well, that all seems right but Brady Hoke did likely lie when he talked about Gibbons' availability for the bowl game.  That might be acceptable under a "we don't discuss student matters" or what not perspective... but Brady didn't say that, he said he was hurt (I think? Memory is fading).

08/02/2018 - 2:23pm Why are you folding in being…

Why are you folding in being gay with adultery and abuse?

08/01/2018 - 2:16pm I mean, it's a 4-hour drive…

I mean, it's a 4-hour drive for a weekend trip 6-7 times a year.  Wouldn't call it a commute.

07/29/2018 - 8:14pm Poole might be the most…

Poole might be the most talented player Beilein has ever had. He has NBA written all over him.

I'd cool the jet engines a bit there.  Poole has a long way to go.  I don't see him being "the guy" this upcoming year; still going to be total system offense.  At the same time, I would bet on Poole having enough of a big year that he'll be gone.

I think Iggy is just as likely as Poole or Matthews to be our leading scorer.

07/28/2018 - 5:42pm OH MY Gosh.... first time I…

OH MY Gosh.... first time I've seen that Patton Oswalt clip.  Hilarious.  There's a younger extra in the background 2-3 guys to Oswalt's right that is follwing and agreeing with his hilarious monologue.  Too funny.

07/28/2018 - 5:36pm I'm in ward 2...... these…

I'm in ward 2...... these ward 1 candidates are embarrassing... is there any chance they lose in the general?  (No?  I'll show myself out...)  But seriously, would an independent/republican candidate be a pro-development candidate?  If so, I would be all about supporting that candidate.  Their right-wingness doesn't really change anything in a superly-majority dem council.  Pro-dev = pro-ann arobr future, regardless of party.