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09/20/2011 - 2:24am If you want to start to get

If you want to start to get up to speed on conventional sports wisdom vs. thinking in terms of expected value, take a look at Moneyball (the book, not the film).

07/16/2011 - 12:43am Can't believe that no one has

Can't believe that no one has mentioned -- plenty of a2 rooms, apartments and houses listed.

05/18/2011 - 4:41pm It's not going to be clear to

It's not going to be clear to everyone that you're attempting to parody his comments on bin Laden.

04/26/2011 - 11:37am "Anyways" is an archaic form;

"Anyways" is an archaic form; as such, it's not common to the English lexicon. Colloquially, one would be correct in saying that it's not an English word.

Without resorting to pedantry, though, "proly" is most definitely not a word, so at the very least he was correct in spirit.

04/23/2011 - 6:11pm If there's a group of people

If there's a group of people that, months later, still need to be complaining about how Brian covered Hoke's hiring, then at least they're doing it in the Fort where I won't see it.

Considering that the primary criticism of Brian was that he didn't get off the Rodriguez bandwagon fast enough, they seem to be pretty slow themselves to move on with their lives.

04/23/2011 - 6:08pm Hang on a minute. I believe

Hang on a minute. I believe this is the post that you're referring to:

How is that post an unfair criticism of Hoke? It's not a personal attack; it's discussing his record and career. Sure, it is Brian's opinion, but it's not like he's attacking Hoke's character or personal life.

This is a classic example of the dichotomy in the Michigan fan base. Brian's supporters think that it's fair to make criticisms of Brandon's process and Hoke's record; others think that criticizing the career of Michigan's eventual coach is unfair.

04/23/2011 - 6:01pm Re-read his comment. That is

Re-read his comment. That is not what he is saying.

04/21/2011 - 7:08pm Michigan arrogance is the

Michigan arrogance is the best kind of arrogance.

04/19/2011 - 3:53pm "Productive" during the

"Productive" during the off-season? Good luck.

04/19/2011 - 1:02pm Whelp, on one hand the local

Whelp, on one hand the local media has long insinuated that Rodriguez made former players feel unwelcome.

On the other hand, Rodriguez publicly invited former players back, repeatedly. Former players worked out with Barwis. Former players came to practice, met with Rodriguez, and afterward gave quotes along the lines of "I didn't know what to expect but Rodriguez and his staff are good people and they really care about the players".

If you want to cast your lot with the Freep and the rest of the local media instead of LaMarr Woodley, that's your perogative.

04/19/2011 - 12:58pm Be careful tossing around the

Be careful tossing around the word "fact," apparently it doesn't mean what you think it means.

04/19/2011 - 12:55pm Van Bergen's quote at the end

Van Bergen's quote at the end is unsettling.

03/16/2011 - 2:07pm Yes, that was one of the

Yes, that was one of the points that, I thought, they effectively made in the last 15 minutes of the documentary.

I assume that most of the people criticizing the Fab Five or the documentary didn't watch the documentary, or if they did, they weren't paying attention to the end as they were too upset because these kids were wearing black socks and baggy shorts and OMG LISTENING TO NWA.

03/16/2011 - 2:05pm To effectively prove his

To effectively prove his point, Grant Hill would have to challenge Jalen Rose to a freestyle rap battle.

NYTimes op-ed. The irony is paralyzing.

03/09/2011 - 3:48pm You don't seem like a very

You don't seem like a very happy person.

01/17/2011 - 4:48pm Thank you for the EXPLICIT

Thank you for the EXPLICIT SECTION. Anything that helps people avoid making it brutally clear that they lack even primitive reading comprehension skills is very, very welcome.

01/12/2011 - 11:53pm The irony of this post is

The irony of this post is suffocating.

12/11/2010 - 12:56pm I didn't know it was a

I didn't know it was a surprise, but I thought that I read in an email from the athletic department that it was the director of the Big Chill film, Lawrence Kasdan.

12/10/2010 - 6:21pm True story: when non-computer

True story: when non-computer people say "blogs," they almost always mean "message boards."

11/29/2010 - 1:11pm Touché


11/29/2010 - 12:38pm re: BONUS psychoanalysis note

There are times when engineers and non-engineers just shouldn't talk to each other, and those times are when emotions are high.

11/13/2010 - 5:06pm One doesn't usually agree

One doesn't usually agree with sarcasm...

11/07/2010 - 5:13pm There will always be

There will always be *multiple* torrents of any Michigan football game posted. If you can't find it on bigtentorrents or tenyardtracker, then it just hasn't been posted yet.

That being said, an SD torrent was already *linked to* in the second line of Brian's post today.

11/05/2010 - 12:50pm There's 0% chance that anyone

There's 0% chance that anyone at BSD can comprehend what you wrote, Brian. You're going to have to use smaller words and short, declarative sentences if you want to communicate with them.

10/29/2010 - 2:04pm twitter

You can get twitter updates via SMS. The only downside would be that not all of Brian's tweets are announcing new posts, so there'd be a bit of noise mixed in too.

10/19/2010 - 11:36am Rather than Brandon getting

Rather than Brandon getting involved, I'd much rather a unicorn intervene and kick Rodriguez into gear. It's obviously not that the kids on special teams are already a talent level below that of the defensive starters, it's just that they need a good talking to. 

10/13/2010 - 6:04pm I think it started between

I think it started between 2003-2005 or something. Maybe later. You're not going crazy.

Well, maybe you are, but you shouldn't use this as a data point to draw that conclusion.

10/13/2010 - 4:08pm In wikipedia land, that would

In wikipedia land, that would imply that MGoBlog is significant, but not necessarily imply anything regarding the significance of its proprietor.

10/12/2010 - 12:32pm   Firin' talk moratorium

Firin' talk moratorium notification. This was inevitably going to happen after the first loss and it has happened so a note to emailers and whoever else: I'm not going to speculate on whether or not Rodriguez should or will be fired when there are six important data points coming up in the next month and a half.

Wow. That's a lot more diplomatic of a response than I would have expected.

10/11/2010 - 2:47pm Glad that I'm not the only

Glad that I'm not the only one that caught that. Pretty sure that the TREMENDOUS guarantees that he'll be playing for Michigan.

10/11/2010 - 12:37pm My consolation to having read

My consolation to having read your comment is that you, without a doubt, fail in logical thought just as badly IRL as you do in mgoboard comment threads.

10/07/2010 - 4:10pm 1. Apply as early as

1. Apply as early as possible

2. Have a good GPA

3. Have ok to great test scores

4. Don't mess up anything else in the application: essays, recommendations, etc.

It's pretty formulaic and straightforward. Your best plan of action is to work as hard as possible on your grades before it's time to apply.

10/06/2010 - 6:41pm "MGoBlog" is probably a more

"MGoBlog" is probably a more notable topic than Brian is at this point in time, and might be an easier place to start. This is being blunt, and not dissing Brian; I hero-worship him as much as the next MGoReader.

10/05/2010 - 12:01pm I don't think the 2nd row of

I don't think the 2nd row of the student section is an appropriate place for 3-5 year olds. Many of the people in the first 5 rows of the student section don't have tickets for those seats to begin with, and are just crowding in there. The students in the front rows have disproportionately pre-gamed. Everyone will be standing on the benches, and your kids won't be able to see. After a score, people will be jumping up and down and the drunk students have a habit of falling onto people in the row in front of them. Profanity is really going to be the least of your concerns.

If it were me, I'd pass on those tickets and get seats in one of the "real people" sections.

10/04/2010 - 3:07pm My favorite part: "You know

My favorite part: "You know whats really annoying? Word verifications." Really? You go troll an opponent's message board, and you're really annoyed by the new-user registration Captcha? Hilarious.

09/30/2010 - 12:44pm slingbox

Find someone with / get a slingbox?

09/30/2010 - 11:41am Yes

After going to Ft Wayne for hockey in the spring and ND a couple of weeks ago, I never ever want to go to Indiana ever again. Second-worst state ever.

09/27/2010 - 11:23pm protip: threaded comments

protip: threaded comments make the @ mention redundant.

09/27/2010 - 2:08am IANAL, but I know the

IANAL, but I know the difference between "factual" and "tactical". Jesus christ, dude. Misusing "factual" in a argument over legal terms and legal skill on the internet sort of disqualifies you from life in general.

09/24/2010 - 10:00pm I found the irreverent use of

I found the irreverent use of "sacred" a bit surprising myself.

09/23/2010 - 1:52pm I just constantly refresh the

I just constantly refresh the webpage. And I do mean constantly.

09/22/2010 - 11:14am C&D

It may not be an "official C&D" letter, but the last sentence in the second to last paragraph is: "For this reason, the University requests that you immediately cease and desist from selling these items."

09/21/2010 - 11:05pm C&D letter

As far as I can tell, the "HE16MAN" shirt was not mentioned in the C&D letter, and therefore UP must have taken it down voluntarily:

As to why the "shoelace" shirt was removed, the University seems to feel that this is a nickname, and the NCAA's interpretation of its regulations (below) indicates that use of an athlete's nickname is impermissible.

NCAA Official Interpretation
Use of Student-Athlete's Number Accompanied by a Heisman Trophy Slogan
Date Published: August 27, 1998

Use of Student-Athlete's Number Accompanied by a Heisman Trophy Slogan: A noninstitutional commercial entity may produce and sell a commercial item that includes a current student-athlete's jersey number accompanied by a slogan promoting the student-athlete's candidacy for a national recognition award (e.g., Heisman trophy) without jeopardizing the student-athlete's eligibility, provided the item does not contain the student-athlete's actual name (or nickname) or picture (or likeness). [References: (nonpermissible -- advertisements and promotions subsequent to enrollment) and (nonpermissible -- use of a student-athlete's name or picture without knowledge or permission).]

09/21/2010 - 10:06am Turned his back on the program?

He's been back for a bunch of games, and was just recognized on the field at the uconn game. After the spat over the #1 jersey I thought he's supported richrod.

09/20/2010 - 11:45pm sOT: excel vs other plotting tools

Mathlete, really appreciate your analyses.

I've noticed that you consistently use Excel for generating your plots. This is completely unsolicited, and I don't know anything about your background, but you might look into gnuplot, matplotlib, or even R... oftentimes it's a lot easier to generate really pretty graphs with those tools. Even if you're generating your data in Excel it's a lot easier to save it in CSV/raw text and use something else to plot with.

Sorry for the OT-ness. I've converted a decent number of people and figured I'd say something.

09/17/2010 - 12:20am Sports fans without DVRs:

Sports fans without DVRs: seriously, use things like this as an excuse to get one.

09/15/2010 - 11:27pm Oftentimes I'll check the

Oftentimes I'll check the board & diaries in the morning, then as content is posted during the day just click through on a link from reader or twitter, read the post, and only scan the board & diaries for new links that interest me...

09/07/2010 - 3:35pm Eve, Logan, West End Grill

Won't be disappointed with any of them. In order:

09/06/2010 - 1:37pm It has to be pretty low in

It has to be pretty low in football, but might be higher for other sports. I know that it happens a lot for Cross Country / indoor track / track runners. Often a runner will stay for 5 years and then use redshirt seasons as training seasons, avoiding the stress of racing for a few months by rotating their redshirt year through each of the three sports.

08/30/2010 - 11:07am You should have read the rest

You should have read the rest of the post.