|09/11/2018 - 10:28pm||Imagine what M financials…||
Imagine what M financials would look like with Alabama type results.
A fairly down decade anyway you look at it, and we still print money.
|09/11/2018 - 4:23pm||Aaaaand...unfortunately,…||
Aaaaand...unfortunately, nothing will come of this, because:
Their only hope is that there is evidence of forcing the coach to return the video and her dismissal that is somehow damning enough to get a conviction.
|09/11/2018 - 3:08pm||My deepest condolences go…||
My deepest condolences go out to anyone who lost someone on that day, or who were made ill/lost later due to their rescue efforts or proximity to the scene.
I had lived in London once before in the early 90's right after graduating from M, at a time when they were still on high alert from all the IRA bombings and saw first hand then what the constant threat of terrorism can do to a population.
I was living there again and working in the music industry when 9/11 occurred. The company I worked for had a service that streamed music into BSkyB digital TV systems all over EMEA and so all execs had big flat screens in their offices. Mine wasn't on at the time, but I walked past the CEO's office a few doors down and saw him turned away from his desk and looking at a burning building on his TV. I kept walking and thought it was strange he was watching "Towering Inferno" (or something similar to it) at the end of a work day. On my way back by a few minutes later he was still watching and I stepped in to chide him about watching movies at work, but before I could say anything, he turned his chair around and the look on his face told me not to say anything. It took me a few more seconds to realize what had actually happened. I walked into my office, turned on my TV and was watching and attempting to comprehend what was going on when the second plane hit. I sat there well into the night with several co-workers watching the towers go down and trying to dial through to the U.S. and determine if everyone was okay (I had lived in San Francisco prior to London and one of the downed planes was destined for there). I was fortunate not to lose anyone. I got back to my place late at night and continued watching with an overwhelming sense of helplessness at not being able to help or do anything, along with a profound feeling that things had fundamentally changed, though not sure exactly what.
It was a weird perspective to be in Europe in a country that had been attacked and had fairly recently lived through a long era of terrorist threats. The Brits all felt terrible for us, but were spot on in terms of what they said would happen to us as a nation.....that fear would rule and civil liberties would suffer. London is almost entirely covered by cctv cameras as a result of that mentality and lots of legislation passed during/after the IRA bombings that infringed on citizens' privacy, though not really of the online/electronic variety, as that wasn't widely prevalent at the time.
|09/10/2018 - 10:24pm||Lends creedence to my made…||
Lends creedence to my made up fact above:
People booing their own players tend not to rate too high on the performance/success scale in their own lives. For them, there is something cathartic in demanding excellence and near perfection from others...... loudly......when they can't achieve it themselves.
Also....the first people to say "I called it" when the team does well.
|09/10/2018 - 5:03pm||So true, there have been…||
So true, there have been several examples over the last few years where it is very clear that booing invokes much more of an "eff you" reaction from players, rather than an "oh, sad old fan is booing me, I must NOW try my best" one.
Completely unscientific, made-up, but anecdotal fact: 100% of fans that boo their own players have issues with performance/success in their own lives.
|09/10/2018 - 4:55pm||Patterson is a somewhat…||
Might be that Patterson was a somewhat restricted runner and the coaches let him do it later in the game when it was more clear that injury was less likely?
|09/10/2018 - 4:53pm||Please.....no mascot, for…||
Please.....no mascot, for the love of all things holy, please no.
|09/09/2018 - 1:14am||Jesus....see what I mean?
Jesus....see what I mean?
He gets rushed and about cut in half by a linebacker, yet still drops a touchdown pass 40 yards down field right where it has to be.
Coming around to that deal with Satan thing, seems legit.
|09/09/2018 - 12:52am||That was NOT a clean hit on…||
That was NOT a clean hit on MSU, that was helmet to helmet
|09/09/2018 - 12:50am||And Lewerke is just the…||
And Lewerke is just the latest in a string of QBs with the same sort of skillset and knack for pulling stuff out of their ass.
|09/09/2018 - 12:41am||Watching yet another QB from…||
Watching yet another QB from MSU completely outperform their recruiting rating/expectations, scrambling, making seemingly impossible completions and always somehow managing to move the offense forward no matter what, I'm going to suggest that Dantonio is as much a QB wizard as anyone.
|09/08/2018 - 11:45pm||Chieftan!||
|09/08/2018 - 8:17pm||Going to Bogota at all?||
Going to Bogota at all?
|09/04/2018 - 11:59pm||If you think that Penn State…||
If you think that Penn State or Michigan State spent their whole summer preparing for those teams, you're crazy. one to two days of prep Max, with the rest of the time being spent on other opponents further along in the schedule I'm sure.
Those results aren't entirely indicative of their capabilities for the rest of the season.
|09/04/2018 - 11:46pm||Pretty much my expectations…||
Pretty much my expectations also, will cosign a likely bowl collapse/loss like some others.
The only thing I think might be different is that we could also very possibly drop one to Maryland, Nebraska or Northwestern too. At least two of those will be extremely close.
|09/03/2018 - 3:32pm||to;dr fuck it, I'm drinking…||
tl;dr fuck it, I'm drinking.
After the last few decades of M football, OBPONE is a pretty apt description of where I am at in terms of expectations. I went INTO this game in that state, came out completely confirmed.
The expectation needle hovered.....in a quivering manner.....slightly above 50% at kickoff and by the end of the first quarter was buried at 1%. The one percent kept me watching. Similar reaction to the kickoff return. Elation?! Maybe they'll come back and make a game of it? Nope. I just turned and looked to my friends and said, "Huh, at least with that TD they can maybe make the game appear close and any poll voters who don't actually watch it won't slam us too hard and we can skate into a decent bowl on the fact that our fanbase travels so well." My name for BPOE was to call it, instead of the proverbial "Midnight to 6", "3:05 to 6", because there is no midnight for the program right now.
This season seems destined for mediocrity and thus I am conscripting multiple otters of ennui moving forward as a buffer to the inevitable dong punches to come. The details of which are unimportant.....a loss to Nebraska or Northwestern, probable losses to rivals and/or any quality team with the coaching chops and the few horses required to exploit the glaring and seemingly unfixable weaknesses of this year's team (a few of them will be achingly close as our players somehow remain within striking distance until the 4th quarter), a bowl collapse to an inferior opponent. The punches will come, they'll be endured, and life will go on. I will still be a fan, because I am.
The hardest part is that I keep looking at a light at the end of the tunnel and listening to see if it is the end, or an oncoming train. This off-season there were many sounds pointing toward that light being a harbinger of fresh air and sunshine ahead, but on Saturday I realized too late, in true Wile-E-Coyote fashion, it was a train. Here is me holding up a tiny "HELP ME" sign at the impending doom. Yes, I rolled out a Wile-E-Coyote analogy, I make no claim at being original.
A tiny voice in me struggles to be heard and says this is just a step in the rebuilding process, that progress is being made, but watching the team against ND quickly silences that voice. The same glaring gaps on the offensive line, and no real solution in sight. The state of the depth chart and recruiting at tackle is dismal. How can we not be pulling in at least 4 tackles per cycle at minimum to shore that up? Nobody should be criticizing any players on this team that are being put in a position where they are doomed to fail. Stars-be-damned, they should have been playing a warm-bodies, numbers game in recruiting tackles over the last 3 years taking as many viable options as possible, but I don't see a roster that reflects that approach.
Most alarming, is the same lack of an offensive scheme that would mitigate weaknesses and maximize strengths. Same level of predictability. Same attempts at doing things the offense seems incapable of doing. The sad conclusion I have from Saturday is that Michigan was outcoached, on both the macro level in getting the right horses on the field, and the micro level in the schematic prep and on the field decisions. Anyone pointing to a close score or a few toss-up plays as evidence that the teams were closely matched is grasping at straws. To pretend that changing the outcome of two plays and then posit that the game would then subsequently play out the same way afterward with the score much closer is a fools errand. That game was determined in the first few quarters when ND came out and victimized the defense via a scheme that preyed upon their over aggressiveness and also when they realized their defense could have their way with our offensive line. Sure adjustments were made and the second half was better, but that is at least partly due to ND simply needing to run out the clock while watching our offense flail.
I'm always going to be a Michigan fan. I'm always going to support the team. But the reality right now is that we are not a playoff caliber program and we are not about to be. My expectations are calibrated as such for the time being.
|09/01/2018 - 3:58am||Indeed, MSU spent all of…||
Indeed, MSU spent all of twenty minutes preparing for Utah State.
Will be a different team against ASU next week.
|08/31/2018 - 1:58pm||-take a small, measured and…||
-take a small, measured and careful dose of optimism for the season ahead and calibrate my expectation a tiny bit higher
-take the cautious, medium amount of optimism I currently have for the season and calibrate it somewhat lower and start to manage my expectations for the upcoming games............and drink a more.
|08/31/2018 - 1:35pm||Indeed thanks to Brian, Ace,…||
Indeed thanks to Brian, Ace, Seth and Adam.
I have no idea what I would do for M sports news without this blog. The depth of knowledge, dedication and passion is unrivaled and the quality of the writing without equal.
I wish every news outlet had your values and skill.
|08/30/2018 - 5:06pm||Exactly this, it is the…||
Exactly this, it is the experiential aspect of attending a live game that makes it special and worthwhile, as much as the game itself. Traditions new and old, participatory cheers and elements, making noise, standing up and being loud/rowdy, etc., all contribute toward the live game day experience and IMHO have been largely eliminated or watered down over the last decade or so. Piped in music at every break, no signs or banners, a general attitude of "down in front", narrower seats, all the reason people have listed here have
If you want to "watch" a game, the couch and HDTV is probably a better and much cheaper option.
If you want to participate in a game and experience it, the stadium is worth the $$, but the ability to do that has been curtailed as of late.
|08/30/2018 - 3:21pm||That sucks, hope he comes…||
That sucks, hope he comes back quickly and fully.
|08/25/2018 - 12:42pm||Possibly recoverable from…||
Possibly recoverable from the device memory, if you have the actual phone.
Carrier *might* be able to produce them, if you have a court order to compel them to do so.
Neither of which is happening, because I'm sure in the weeks that have passed, OSU's *investigation* did investigate the following:
-how to be sure you can't recover anything from the phone, or how well that phone floats in the middle of a lake somewhere.
-what are the legal tests for, and likelihood of ever occurring, any manner of court order to get them from a carrier and quite possibly how to expunge them from the carrier backups.
Urban probably has a new phone/phone number these days. This isn't a criminal case, so I doubt there are any ramifications for destroying evidence. If there was, deleting the text messages off the phone in the first place would make him guilty of a felony.
The *investigation* found that they could........technically (not even plausibly).....get away with the bullshit story they put out there, with little-to-no legal exposure or likelihood they could be proven liars. So they did.
|08/15/2018 - 11:55pm||Cloud/off-site, no doubt.
Cloud/off-site, no doubt.
1. This covers you if there is a fire in your building that would destroy everything if you were to keep it stored locally
2. It will without a doubt be cheaper and more extensible, flexible and capable to go cloud.
3. In the case of a power outage, the cloud solution will have a much better method of handling that and losing less data, if any at all. The cloud solution will typically have redundancy and recovery solutions, whatever you do locally will not have that, at least not for $1, 000. If you use something like AWS, they wouldn't lose any data. All you would miss is data that would have come in/been stored during the power outage, but you would miss that no matter where you stored the data. Not even sure about that, I believe AWS has backup power supplies in generators so that they wouldn't likely even go offline, so they may be up even though the rest of the world is without electricity.
|08/14/2018 - 1:02pm||Interesting point, but I don…||
Interesting point, but I don't think he would care until he starts losing games to Georgia.
He doesn't get paid for recruiting rankings, so as long as his on the field results are what they are, why care?
|08/14/2018 - 12:23pm||I actually don't think Saban…||
I actually don't think Saban even needs to cheat, at least in terms of paying players.
I'll ignore the over-signing activity as being an unethical and reprehensible, but legal, practice.
At this point, Saban has created a machine with a roster that goes 2-3 deep at every position with 4 or 5-star athletes, with the only 3-star players being very highly regarded/ranked/scouted ones. He can afford a recruiting bust at any position because he just has another one in the chamber who will it be at least serviceable.
For an NFL-minded high school recruit, Alabama is quite simply the best and most likely path to fame and riches. Starting at Alabama is almost a guarantee you will get serious draft considerstion.
If I'm Nick Saban, I would do whatever I could to discourage bag men/activities that could put that all at risk. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, but I hypothesize that it's probably less than people would think and certainly nothing like Ole Miss.
|08/14/2018 - 11:56am||Not surprised.
This survey has a category for a grad program in Urgent Fecal Evacuation where OSU ranks #1 globally by a huge margin. Their research into Cooler Pooping has been ground-breaking and is light years beyond anyone else in the field.
But seriously, OSU has done a lot in the last 20 years or so to establish themselves as a much better institution academically and, sports rivalry aside, should be commended for it in the spirit of having more/better educated people in the world is better for everybody.
|08/03/2018 - 11:43am||One thing your fairly "macro…||
One thing your fairly "macro" estimation on stats fails to account for is the degree and severity of abuse and the potential for your location to represent an anomaly in the data.
It is irresponsible to attempt to equate male on female DV to female on male. Perhaps in a very gross measure of number of overall incidents, both reported and unreported, you could show they approach the same levels, but that is far from the whole story.
You'll never be able to convince me that:
-an equal number if men are sent to emergency rooms/medical practitioners with serious/grave bodily injuries like broken bones, missing teeth, internal bleeding, concussions, etc. suffered at the hands of a female. It is at epidemic proportions for women and there isn't some giant "shadow treatment" dynamic for men that masks it b/c of under-reporting.
-an equal number/proportion of men are stuck in a sustained and extended cycle of abuse due to economic dependency, sheer physical restraint or familial/child concerns.
I'm not saying that f>m DV doesn't happen, or even that it isn't under-reported or a serious concern, but it is preposterous to equate it to m>f DV in any manner that seeks to portray them as being the same thing.
I have some experience in dealing with this directly in both Michigan and California volunteering at organizations that provide legal help and logistical/economic support for people as they escape abusive situations. In my experience it ran about 10:1 f:m and categorically the women were seeking help after a much longer period of abuse on average, reported a history of much more serious injuries and had far fewer options open to them in terms of being able to leave.
|08/03/2018 - 10:52am||If they are digging for dirt…||
If they are digging for dirt on M and the best they can come up with is that the endowment made a responsible investment of $102M in a fund run by the son of someone that donated $62M to the university, well....carry on.
I'm okay with that.
|08/02/2018 - 9:31am||Zach Smith told his wife…||
Zach Smith told his wife that if this ever all came out and he was fired, that he would take OSU down with him.
Perhaps there is a lot more to come still.
|08/01/2018 - 7:55pm||Personally, I hope he is not…||
Personally, I hope he is not gone.
If he leave and OSU tanks, the buckeye narrative will FOREVER be "you only caught up because Urban got canned, if we still had him, we would still be dominating Michigan.
Would rather he gets canned because M beat him 5 years in a row.
|07/31/2018 - 9:32am||Eggzactly this.
Can't believe we are over 4 pages of comments about this.
This is not about how good O'Korn was or wasn't. He played for Michigan and did his best. End of story.
Anyone bashing him just sucks, especially if you do so on Twitter, which is a weak, feckless format for doing so. And...guess what....you have essentially proven his point. Hard to be angry about a tweet that makes a statement that is immediately backed up by a large percentage of the responses.
To fans who justify being assholes to players by employing the "be a big boy, can't stand the heat, not everybody gets a trophy" type arguments, quite simply you are a pathetic excuse for an adult.
I think we have ample evidence by now that booing players or coming down on them for not performing up to your (often unrealistic) expectations doesn't have any motivational effect whatsoever. Quite the opposite. Players who are out there giving it their all that have to listen to the temper tantrums of a bunch of people sitting on their asses watching, instead evokes a "ok, fuck you then" mentality. It drives division between players and fans and makes them label us as "muggles" and whatnot and causes them to care a whole lot less about results.
You'll notice O'Korn said "we" in his tweet. It isn't just him.
I hate getting lumped in with red-faced, screaming, tantrum throwing fans that think they are owed something and vent their toddler like emotions on players who are actually on the field. These are the same people that crow, strut about and act onbnoxiously when M is on top.
If you're going to be there and support the program/players when M is winning (yeah, I know it has been a while), then also be there and support them when they are not, it is a matter of character.
When we do get back on top, act like you have been there.
|07/31/2018 - 2:34am||The several on here still…||
The several on here still bashing him, to be precise.
Probably those that boo also.
|07/29/2018 - 4:08pm||They belong to a special…||
They belong to a special group of people that do things like repeatedly poke themselves in the eye, then afterward complain publicly that their eye hurts and wonder why anyone would provide them with both a finger AND an eye and therefore make it possible for them to do so.
Often seen on posts having to do with soccer.
|07/27/2018 - 3:57pm||he is still conservative /s||
he is still conservative /s
|07/27/2018 - 3:45pm||Under fire =
-the very few…
Under fire =
-the very few people that still care about ethics and accountability will point out the indiscretions
-a few may query board members about it
-board members will ignore questions, continue to do as they please
-the hoi palloi willl also ignore the indiscretions, with the very few that even acknowledge them labeling it a witch hunt w/o having any understanding of why this represents a breach of ethical standards
-nothing changes and it is BAU at MSU and probably a majority of other schools around the country
-someone may offer hopes and prayers for the victims at some point
So, let's change "under fire" to, "possibly mildly annoyed about, possibly batting an eyelid about" instead?
|07/24/2018 - 2:30pm||His girlfriend has also…||
His girlfriend has also resumed sleeping with his teammates, so it was only fair to let him back on.
|07/24/2018 - 2:22pm||I dumped Comcast/Xfinity TV…||
I dumped Comcast/Xfinity TV the moment they dropped BTN in San Francisco market.....I doubt they cared, but man what an epiphany for me to go to YouTube TV and get a MUCH better service.
1. BTN Now in HD not SD
2. A guide that has just channels i want that doesn't take 45 minutes to scroll through, configurable to omit channels i don't care about
3. Better quality video across the board
4. Can likely split the cost with someone else in my area code by sharing to their google account
That said, I'm almost completely used to watching ad-free television now via Netflix, Prime, HBO and Showtime. the only thing i watch on YTTV is live sports, I just cannot tolerate TV with ads in it anymore. I am not a huge sports fan outside M athletics and major events like NBA playoffs, Superbowl, etc., so I'm not even sure I'll keep YTTV year-round. TBD.
|07/23/2018 - 10:10pm||They growg about one…||
They growg about one millimeter per day so it is a slow withing game, but if it hasn't grown back by now, the prognosis isn't very good.
Same situation for Antonio Bass a few years back, though a different injury/nerve. He injured his peroneal nerve and it didn't grow back, so he couldn't lift his foot. I had the same thing from high school football and it never grew back.
|07/22/2018 - 7:48am||Zingermanns
Diag ans Law…
Diag ans Law Quad walk through
Michigan Union, play some pool upstairs
Stadium, especially if you can get inside
Angelo's for breakfast/lunch
|07/22/2018 - 7:41am||Oooh....then the worm is…||
Oooh....then the worm is going to turn for you, if you do it right and embrace it. I do recommend doing some LSD or mushrooms one night, or better yet some ecstasy....perfect place for it.
If you go home early you will regret it your entire life, so don't do that whatever you do. First few days can be rough to get acclimated to how dry it is. Read all the survival guides carefully and don't do something stupid that will force you to leave early like get super sunburned or walk around barefoot (the playa dust is extremely alkaline and will very quickly make your feet crack open and render you unable to walk).
Please do write a recap, interested to know how it works out.
|07/22/2018 - 7:31am||People do die, way more in…||
People do die, way more in the early years when there were way fewer rules.
The first year I went some people who had put up their tent way out on the playa in the middle of nowhere got run over by a big art car/truck that was tooling around on the playa late at night.
Lots of accidents and injuries, the drive in/out on the highway can be perilous as some begin the party on the trip to or continue it on the way out.
|07/22/2018 - 7:14am||I went for 5 years with one…||
I went for 5 years with one if the original big sound camps in 96, 97, 98, 99 and 2003.
It is unreal and you will have a blast. Every year I say I'm going to go back and every year too little, too late. I do participate in tons of the pre-BM fundraiser all-nighters here in San Francisco that go off for the next few months though.
If you can, check out the Thursday party at the Green Gorilla camp, that is the continuation of the camp I used to go with and they have sublime DJs.
|07/20/2018 - 10:29am||I tend to agree with the OP…||
I tend to agree with the OP that the titles sound asinine when used in external communications regarding the the coaches, though my objection doesn't reach the same level. I just think, "ugh, it sounds pimp-ish to attach donors names to coaching titles and say them in public......which isn't very "Michigan". It is hard to argue that it isn't an awkward application of the concept and I'll bet there are some donors who would be open to an alternative.
I totally get the legacy aspect and the need for donors, so some form of associating the donor name with the title that doesn't involve pasting it onto every mention of the coaching title in all PR communications might be more palatable. Say they pick a large wall on an athletic building in public somewhere and list all the coach titles and the donors that endowed each, plus put a large plaque or sign over the office of each coach that mentions the endowment, attach it to the title any time there is a conference title or coach honored in some way, etc. etc. There are 200 ways to attach a donor name to something they endow without the uncomfortable insertion of it in public statements.
|07/19/2018 - 9:06pm||No write up for coach…||
No write up for coach options and prediction on who will get hired?
Cancel my /subscription!
|07/16/2018 - 6:29pm||Why is there no aspirin in…||
Why is there no aspirin in the jungle?
Parrots Eat 'Em All
What do you call a smiling roman with hair in his teeth?
What do you call a Spanish woman with no legs?
|07/16/2018 - 6:18pm||What do you do with a dog…||
What do you do with a dog that has no legs?
Take him for a drag.
|07/14/2018 - 12:13pm||Archie Bunker||
|07/09/2018 - 3:23pm||My son and I are on Keto and…||
My son and I are on Keto and about 3 weeks in, not the draconian Keto, but a plan where we have cut bad carbs and sugars way, way down and replaced those with high protein, grass fed meats and other good sources for the MTC proteins that provide healthier energy sources.
We loooove wings, no need to cut them out. Lots of good suggestions above, our specific approach combines a few of them and they actually taste better than the not-so-healthy versions typical to restaurants.
-start with high quality, organic chicken drumsticks - more good healthy meat/protein, less fat and skin....less bone too, not to mention way easier to eat.
-grill them until crispy, longer/lower heat is better, smoking, as some have mentioned, would work also, haven't tried that yet, but sounds good. If you need to fry them, use Avocado oil and it isn't nearly as unhealthy as other types of oils
-get a healthier, organic sauce w/o a ton of added sugar - we use Wing-Time that we get at Whole Foods (we started with MILD, dumb move, not spicy at all, but tastes great otherwise) - this has lower cabs and not too many calories - the spicier the sauce, the less you need to use.
-we make fresh buttermilk recipe ranch dip from the envelope and try to use as little mayo as possible, sometimes trying a little sour cream to replace it....so this is way better than the bottled/pre-made versions health-wise.
-haven't come up with a great alternative for bleu cheese dip yet - open to suggestions - thus far we just use small amounts or not at all
-we serve them with a giant pile of organic celery, carrot sticks and sliced cucumbers to balance the chicken part nutritionally and flavor-wise, along with a salad made up of mostly the same stuff and a healthy type of lettuce (butter lettuce is sublime). Pro-tip for those with kids who won't do the vegetables, give them 1-2 drumsticks and a good amount of salad and veggies to start and hold off on more chicken until the veggies are gone...worked for me when he was smaller and now he just eats them w/o a fuss.
This has been a big hit thus far and is seemingly pretty in-line with Keto, but i'm not a fanatic.
Planning on doing this for M game watch parties this Fall, at least the later games. Here in CA i can't serve wings for a 9:30 a.m. kickoff.
For large groups, Costco has large packages of 10 drumsticks that bare already covered in a rub/marinade to start that you just throw in the grill that are perfect for this.
|07/03/2018 - 6:59pm||That is a very, very good…||
That is a very, very good point.
Poorer and lower middle class men who didn't qualify for the deferments that upper middle-class and upper-class people had certainly had stress.
They cut the deferment programs and went to a straight lottery in 70 and 71 that surely caused more stress. Anyone drafted in 72 never had to report for their physical because the peace Accord was signed in 73.
So for a few years there was stressed for some men to be sure.
|07/03/2018 - 6:48pm||Which was all accomplished…||
Which was all accomplished in a political environment where people were voting me instead of us and prioritizing short-term gain over any kind of long-term fiscal policy.
The financial industry was deregulated and allowed to run amok because?
To make a massive generalization because I don't want to go into a huge amount of detail on all the specifics here, all of the issues we are currently facing are because we have started focusing on short-term, personal material gain rather than longer-term, community-oriented policies and effective regulation.