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12/14/2018 - 5:55am It sure seemed like it, but…

It sure seemed like it, but I checked and Baines' .797 OPS vs Detroit is lower than his .820 career OPS.  Only teams he fared worse against in a similar number of PAs were the Angels (.793) and Red Sox (.787).

Teams he killed were the A's (.855), Twins (.851), and Blue Jays (.849).  

On the other hand, Ron Karkovice would definitely be in the HOF if he only faced the Tigers.  Career .962(!) OPS vs Detroit, while just .672 overall.

12/14/2018 - 5:02am Rivers is the 8th best QB,…

Rivers is the 8th best QB, and 19th best NFL player of all time according to cumulative career approximate value at Pro Football Reference.  

QBs ahead of him: Manning, Brady, Favre, Brees, Tarkenton, Marino, Elway.  

https://www.pro-football-reference.com/leaders/av_career.htm

12/11/2018 - 1:38pm Wish Jim Mora Sr had coached…

Wish Jim Mora Sr had coached the Lions at some point.  "Diddly-poo" would be a near-weekly utterance.

12/11/2018 - 1:36pm Wasn't a promising start to…

Wasn't a promising start to the Ford Era

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12/05/2018 - 3:15pm Seven years old, and you…

Seven years old, and you could already (correctly) tell he was a jerk.  He hasn't gotten much better since.

Also raised his son to be a crapstain:

http://3downnation.com/2016/09/09/montreal-receiver-duron-carter-worst-teammate-ever/

12/02/2018 - 12:48pm This one is interesting. …

This one is interesting.  Selfishly, it would result in Michigan getting in the playoff this year and 2016.  In fact the Big Ten would get 4(!) teams in the playoff in 2016.  

This year's games:

8 Central Florida @ 1 Alabama

7 Michigan @ 2 Clemson

6 Ohio St @ 3 Notre Dame

5 Oklahoma @ 4 Georgia

2016: 

8 Colorado @ 1 Alabama

7 Penn St @ 2 Ohio St

6 Wisconsin @ 3 Clemson

5 Michigan @ 4 Washington

Rankings could be slightly manipulated to avoid conference rematches, and home-field advantage may be too much reward for finishing 4th instead of 5th.  Although I'd love to see the 2017 case where 5 Alabama travels to 4 Wisconsin in early December.

12/02/2018 - 12:38pm I don't necessarily disagree…

I don't necessarily disagree, but there will still be problems.  For example, OSU-Michigan might be a rematch seven days later.  The initial rivalry game, in a lot of cases, would simply decide 1st vs 2nd place, which in your format would take away huge stakes from it.

There is also the matter of deciding 3-or-more-way ties.  Last year Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia all had one SEC loss.   One of those teams would still have been left out.  In the case of Alabama, getting left out may have helped, as they avoided an extra loss and won the national playoff.

12/02/2018 - 12:30pm Technically, by margin of…

Technically, by margin of defeat.

We performed better than they did against Notre Dame, Michigan St, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.  And we performed better against Northwestern than they did against us.

Not that any of this really needs to be pointed out -- if you're going to sulk, I won't stop you.

12/02/2018 - 12:09pm Conferences are too big now …

Conferences are too big now -- can't really create a schedule that makes sense when you have 14 teams and only 8-9 conference games.  Several teams don't play each other, yet with the CCG we have rematches.  

Now that this is a national sport, we need to come up with conference sizes and schedules that actually decide champions instead of being left with all this ambiguity year after year. 

12/02/2018 - 12:03pm I like that you disrespected…

I like that you disrespected our 'rival' Illinois by not listing them (and instead listing Nebraska twice)

11/30/2018 - 6:42pm I heard it was Matt Canada…

I heard it was Matt Canada and Ron Mexico

11/30/2018 - 1:38pm I was barely learning about…

I was barely learning about Michigan athletics at the time.

My freshman year was 98-99.  Just missed the football/hockey national championships by a year.

11/28/2018 - 11:41pm Nice to be on this end of a…

Nice to be on this end of a blowout.  

11/28/2018 - 4:08pm SkyBlue: "If we beat them,…

SkyBlue: "If we beat them, they're not a good team."

You will always be miserable.

11/28/2018 - 4:05pm We originally had Arkansas…

We originally had Arkansas on the schedule at home, before replacing them with a road game at ND.  We'd likely have one loss right now, including a win over an "SEC team."  Playing in South Bend in addition to playing in East Lansing and Columbus gave us three tough road games.  There's a reason Alabama schedules the way they do, with three cupcakes + a "neutral site" game every year vs a P5 team.

I'm sick of playing Notre Dame.  We gain very little by playing that game and lose a lot.  The games in South Bend are usually weird losses with a lot of bad luck and unfavorable calls.  I hate that school and wish we'd be done with them. 

11/27/2018 - 5:11pm I agree these consolation…

I agree these consolation threads are worthless and kinda pathetic, but 11 Warriors -- are those the people that say Meatchicken, skunkweasals, TTUN, and scUM?  We're afraid of what they think of us?

11/27/2018 - 5:04pm Do not taunt Karliftis.

Do not taunt Karliftis.

11/26/2018 - 8:27pm "Putting Notre Dame back on…

"Putting Notre Dame back on the schedule was dumb.  They gain more than we do."

Yep.  Been saying that for years.  Best thing Dave Brandon ever did was get us dumped.

But no -- instead of an easy win over an SEC team (Arkansas), we had to go down to South Bend for yet another lucky-armpunt and PI-flag shitshow.  

11/26/2018 - 8:25pm I would have preferred if…

I would have preferred if Michigan literally mailed in shit to that bowl instead of actually playing it.

11/26/2018 - 8:13pm I think you figured out our…

I think you figured out our problem.  Our song says "champions of the west" -- not the east. 

We did go 3-0 against them this year, so ...

11/26/2018 - 7:51pm That would be crazy.  Three…

That would be crazy.  Three undefeateds and a 3-loss team.  While a 2-loss team has never made it.

 

11/25/2018 - 11:39am Would be nice to have…

Would be nice to have Harrison and Karlaftis.  I hope they didn't watch the game yesterday.

11/24/2018 - 9:41pm The Rose Bowl doesn't mean…

The Rose Bowl doesn't mean what it used to.  Particularly when the loser of this game goes, instead of the winner.

11/24/2018 - 4:31pm Lost 64-0 to Yale in 1892 or…

Lost 64-0 to Yale in 1892 or something.  OSU could have had 69-70 if they wanted at the end there.

11/24/2018 - 4:22pm Ohio State using the strap…

Rooting for Skynet

11/24/2018 - 4:22pm Ohio State using the strap…

Ohio State using the strap on from Seven for the next 40 years, then death.

11/21/2018 - 9:23pm "Favorite beverage: Buckeye…

"Favorite beverage: Buckeye tears"

11/21/2018 - 12:36pm He's there to remind them he…

He's there to remind them he's coming to Michigan in case Urban forgot.

11/20/2018 - 10:34pm Would you saw off your baby…

Would you saw off your baby toe if it meant Michigan won in Columbus 49-3, then beat Northwestern, Alabama, and Notre Dame?

11/20/2018 - 8:47pm OK, new one --

Fuck, kill,…

OK, new one --

Fuck, kill, marry: Brian Kelly, Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer

11/20/2018 - 2:36pm Only partially through this,…

Only partially through this, but it's a good listen.  Nice to hear Buckeye fans who are somewhat smart and self-deprecating instead of loutish.  I liked this one @ 6:45:

"I've only been watching Ohio State football for one weekend.  Can you explain what a 'stop' is on defense?"

"Yes, a 'stop' is when a defense allows up a touchdown in one play so that they can stop playing defense and then the ball goes back to the offense."

11/20/2018 - 11:54am Urban, your sad Papa John's…

Urban, your sad Papa John's pizza is downstairs

11/20/2018 - 11:35am I mostly agree, USC is a…

I mostly agree, USC is a much easier place to win big, due to the recruiting area and the division.

However, the fanbase seems pretty spoiled -- a lot of money and demands from the program insiders but the larger campus area doesn't really support their team on game days unless their team is national championship level.  Whereas PSU fans are obviously psychos who worship the program and show up in the stadium no matter what.  (And I mean no matter what.)

Also, you could probably get away with going 10-2/9-3 every year at PSU and retire from there.  USC would eventually fire you for that.

11/20/2018 - 11:27am USC isn't having a problem…

USC isn't having a problem recruiting anyway.  They are having problems with the next steps: motivation, scheme, game management.  Franklin would be more of the same in at least two of those categories.

11/20/2018 - 11:21am They should take a look at…

They should take a look at Lance Leipold.  I know Buffalo just got blown out by Solich, and it would be a big jump to a blueblood, but having that school 9-2 is rather astonishing.  He also had a ridiculously good record in D3:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Leipold

I thought maybe he inherited a power at Wisconsin-Whitewater, but I checked: though they were seemingly a decent program before him, they had never won a D3 National Championship before he won six times in eight years.

11/20/2018 - 11:17am Brian Kelly killed a man.  I…

Brian Kelly killed a man.  I can see ND and their fans rationalizing the hire.

11/19/2018 - 11:16pm (No subject)

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11/19/2018 - 11:14pm Schiano looks like Dr…

Schiano looks like Dr. Frederick Chilton

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11/19/2018 - 4:50pm I guess I didn't and still…

I guess I didn't and still don't know what you mean by competitive.  Michigan outgained MSU last year and lost by 4.  It was between two Top 30 teams, both stronger on defense than offense, in a rainstorm.  So even though it wasn't beautifully played, it was competitive.  Michigan played pretty much even with an eventual 10-3 team, so I don't know why you would say they were worse than their 8-5 record.

MSU's game with Nebraska was between two mediocre teams in the snow.  MSU led the game in the 4th quarter.  It was competitive in most colloquial uses of the term.

11/19/2018 - 4:31pm Is it possible that Drake…

Is it possible that Drake and other higher-ups wanted him out after the Zach Smith debacle, but didn't want to pay the buyout, and would rather make things so uncomfortable for him that he quits?

11/19/2018 - 2:46pm You seem to be contradicting…

You seem to be contradicting yourself now.  Earlier, you said "Definitely worse than the record indicated. Losing 5 competitive games is one thing. Last year was something worse."

4 of their 5 losses were competitive, 4 of those 5 were to better teams in S&P rankings, and 3 of the 5 were away from home.  I'm having trouble understanding what you mean by saying they were "worse than their record."  What would a team that was "better than their record" do?

11/19/2018 - 2:34pm Same here.  I wouldn't have…

Same here.  I wouldn't have had the confidence to guarantee a win.  But then again, maybe that's why I sit all day at a boring desk job, and constantly check a website devoted to athletes who do have such confidence.

11/19/2018 - 2:27pm I might agree with you…

I might agree with you somewhat if this were MSU week.  Dantonio seems to use this kind of stuff well.  Ohio State, and Meyer in particular, have never really had that kind of chip-on-the-shoulder identity, except maybe an early year or two under Tressel.  They prefer the role of the confident, dominant favorite.  

11/19/2018 - 2:20pm I agree.  Seeing other…

I agree.  Seeing other fanbases call us scUM, Meatchicken, skunkweasals, etc., is pretty damn cringeworthy. 

11/19/2018 - 2:01pm Do you have any concrete…

Do you have any concrete data to say the team was worse than their record?

S&P+ ranked them 27th in the country last year, and third highest among teams with at least 5 losses.  Their 2nd-order win (i.e., expected number of wins based on box scores) total was 8.3, so if anything, they were slightly better than their record.

 

11/18/2018 - 9:32pm I'll throw in, S&P+ has…

I'll throw in, S&P+ has Michigan by 4.5

11/18/2018 - 9:30pm Well earned.  That almost…

Well earned.  That almost never happens. 

I don't mean Michigan being favored in Columbus.  I mean any team being favored there.  

11/18/2018 - 1:08pm Footage of Tom Allen's…

Footage of Tom Allen's postgame presser.  

 

11/16/2018 - 7:07pm Yes, but the pizza parlors…

Yes, but the pizza parlors in Lawrence miss him dearly.

The meter maids do not, however.

11/16/2018 - 6:45pm This conference is awesome. …

This conference is awesome.  About half these coaches are heel-turn, WWF-style villains.

'Lifestyle' Holgorsen, I'm-a-Man-I'm-40 Gundy, Crazy Les, and Hold-Me-Back-Bro Herman in the same conference.  OU and Tech with young coaches still using Mike Leach gameplans, trying to win 52-49.  

Plus two guys that already have statues. (BTW, might want to add a little more concrete to Patterson's midsection.) 

Big 12 will be fun while it lasts!