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02/27/2017 - 6:46pm So you're saying I can cook

So you're saying I can cook my game day brats with the TV!  Will one TV do it, or should I buy four?

10/16/2016 - 4:17pm Poundage

Nope, 5-10 pounds per person would be reasonable, 1.5# is not nearly enough.  And this is a non-sarcasm tone.

10/11/2016 - 2:30pm Doesn't seem predictive...

Looking at Week 6 of the previous 3 years (Teams who actually ends up in Top 4 after Conf Championships are in bold)

2015 Top 8 in Week 6:  Utah, Florida, Tex A&M, Ohio St, TCU, Iowa, Clemson, Michigan

2014 Top 8 in Week 6:  Auburn, Miss St, Miss, Zona, Fla St, Notre Dame, Ga Tech, UCLA

2013 Top 8 in Week 6: Stanford, Fla St, Clemson, Bama, Oklahoma, Georgia, Mizzou, Ohio St

So based upon the previous 3 years... It appears, landing in the Top 8 of Colley's Week 6 rankings gives a team approx 16% chance of finishing in the Top 4 and making the Play-Off.  Similarly, Colley's only correctly predicts (in week 6) a Top 4 finisher 16% of the time.

09/11/2016 - 8:21pm Trickery

I clicked and looked.  The teams on the site are listed in order of offensive rating, not overall rating.  Look carefully and you will see M with an overall rating of 97... which is the highest and ranks #1.

08/26/2016 - 2:16pm Moldova

Was researching TB for a year in Moldova.  My girlfriend (now wife) would take her laptop to our usual football parties in NOLA, prop it in front of the TV, and I would Skype in to watch the games.  I became known as her "boyfriend in a box." And she demonstrated one more reason to make her my wife.  Good times! :)

05/01/2016 - 4:04pm Indeed

Giving Harbaugh some time in the kitchen is a big part to the recipe for success.  Summer is going to be great just knowing he's got everything simmering, mixing away like the Swedish Chef.  Success smells delidious, and I can already smell what he's got cookin'!

Also, time to get the grill fired up...


03/28/2016 - 4:58pm Coach Harbaugh scoffs at your

Coach Harbaugh scoffs at your milk thistle seed, as he only takes whole milk thistle seed.

03/28/2016 - 4:54pm Strong academic presence

In analyzing his list of offers for well respected academic schools, aside from Duke,  Ga Tech and Vandy, I would also highlight Tulane.

02/19/2016 - 12:42pm Ah Philly,

The city of brotherly mugging.  Great history though!

02/19/2016 - 12:39pm Indeed

And with recurrent mottoes like "fuck off" it sounds like a place of great hospitality... which in this case is appropriately just a few consonants from hostility.

02/05/2016 - 10:26am Thank You

I hadn't thought about my age yet today.  I'm going to go pour a highball of the 900th Anniversary Chartreuse to make me feel young again. :)

02/04/2016 - 9:12pm Better granularity

I think you're on to something, Turd.  As you stated, just utilizing all the stars would give us a better feel of separation among schools (more specifically, schools we care about.). That would be killer.

How about:  Assume average of 24 players to be selected by each of the top 50 schools - 1200 players total.  Pre-set the ratio of each position group to the total.  Create equal strata within the position groups and give them 5-stars, 4-stars, 3-stars, and 2-stars.  Anyone outside the top 1200 gets a 1-star.  For a continued sense of dominant NFL men among boys, give a gold star to the top 25 players each year, regardless of their position and ratio of that position.

If you're a fan of what you consider a top 50 team, and your team has a few one stars on it... you lost a few position battles.  If your team has three 5 stars in a given position... they killed it!

02/04/2016 - 10:50am I Agree with you completely

Gary will make a terrifying TE.

As an aside, love your username.  I met my wife at a toga party down at LSU - she was dressed in an elegant green satin, while I had wisely chosen a sky blue flannel covered with clouds, rainbows, Winnie, and the statement 'pooh-licious' scribed all over it.  Go pooh go!

01/17/2016 - 10:47am Gump

Gump style runner?  Worked well for Bear Bryant, if I recall my history correctly.

11/21/2015 - 4:23pm Party of 4

My brother, myself, and our wives... Ready to rock the Big House!  Looking forward to it.  See y'all there!

08/24/2015 - 8:21am Up

Per Google, Columbus altitude 781 ft and Ann Arbor 900 ft.  Therefore 'up' regardless of being a flat mapper or a topographical snooty snoot.   You've taken grammar nazi to new heights.  I'm putting all of my money on Michigan due to their superior natural erythropoeitin levels, it's science!

05/23/2015 - 3:03pm Ahh.

Was not aware of such a loophole.  Looks like the trolls have won again.  Such wanton destruction.

05/23/2015 - 2:36pm Strange Response

Reduce argument to a non-argued point ('someone suffering') + make assumption that anyone who disagrees with you is lacking life experience ('clearly you've never...') + name-calling ('asshole') = proof of the art of discourse vanishing before our eyes.  You really are not displaying a knack for improving the public good through discussion, and have just proven why a sports blog should not be a realm of political discussion while simultaneously trying to villify (perceived) opponents as opposed to engage them.

Best part of your aggressive response?  I didn't even engage in an argument about poverty.

But hey, Go Blue.

05/23/2015 - 11:45am Politics

Hmmm.... Looks like half of a political conversation was removed.  Is this 'The Michigan Difference' we so proudly boast of?  I understand a sports blog banning political speak.  Having one sided political discourse is another entity entirely.

03/20/2015 - 4:37pm Hope y'all had a great day!

Hope y'all had a great day!

03/20/2015 - 4:36pm Nope

She's a doctor.  She is licensed.  She has a federal id for prescribing.  She carries her own insurance.  And sadly, she is the one who will lose everything if she makes a bad mistake.  That is why most doctors prefer to train in a residency (under someone else's malpractice - although major mistakes are tracked under an individual id and impact future costs of malpractice) where they have the shield of an attending physician looking over their shoulder and teaching.

When you go to a Doc in a Box operation, there is a large chance you are seeing a licensed, but non-boarded, physician.

03/03/2015 - 7:50pm Igors

Sounds like I have found a probable fan of Igor's, where one may obtain a burger at 3:45am while still drinking into the sunrise...

01/14/2015 - 1:32pm Chris Floyd

Used to dine with Dhani in East Quad, baller on the field and awesome in life.  With that bias stated (and acknowledging that Woodson was a once in a lifetime game changer) I would say that Chris Floyd was the most delightful fullback I have ever watched.  Without the bubble he gave to Griese on an every play basis, M does not win the NC.  I had never seen FB play like that, and haven't since then.  How I long for Shallman, or Houma, or Kerridge to channel his play... Let the line create the pocket, let the FB blow up any who enter.  Title.

12/04/2014 - 4:03pm High Expectations

Les Miles will always be a single season away from being fired at LSU.  Must always win, and win big while looking good doing it.

08/29/2014 - 1:00pm thank you jblaze

Am looking to capture the video that is going to my screen - not interested in DVRs as I am more interested in recording very few events each year - 15 Michigan games and 15 LSU games. OK, and a few basketball games in there as well. All in all, the video editing options of the PVRs are more intriguing to me than the ability to record 12 channels simultaneously for $15/month.

08/29/2014 - 12:55pm Cost

I'm Verizon FiOS, and I believe its more along the lines of $15 a month.

Just felt there might be a better option to maximizing the value of the television stream I am paying for, including being able to watch games I miss while at the hospital. I don't need all the tuners that DVRs come with... not enough time to follow 12 shows simultaneously. And it's looking like these "capture cards" even come with editing software. When M goes undefeated this year, I'm going to mash up one hell of a video to commemorate it.

08/29/2014 - 12:45pm Thank you for the site Karpodiem

Will have to check it out, as I will not have a PVR in place by tomorrow.

08/12/2014 - 12:31pm Consider Stanford

This sounds to be word for word the national sentiment re: Ducks going into the Stanford game the last two years -"Oregon's going to get their points, but if Stanford can keep up into the 4th..." Oregon then scored 14 points and 20 points each year. Seems to me, Stanford is built around solid D with good line play (both sides) and a reliable QB with a solid RB. That sounds remarkably similar to MSU's teams recently. Perhaps MSU is more aggressive on D, and perhaps Oregon will better exploit that aggression. However, I don't think a low scoring affair is out of the question.

03/29/2014 - 2:05am While we're on abbreviations,

You sport yours in NoVa and I'll sport mine around RiVA.  I'm sure there are some AA hippies running around NOLA to pick up my slack...

03/29/2014 - 1:59am I am listening to...

Ora by Ludovico Einaudi.  Little dude was putting up some mean cross rhythms for a second there, and then a nice gallant strut through the refrain.

03/24/2014 - 3:59am True that

Seriously, we don't normally make dinner dates at the grocery store, but... the hot plates are pretty dang good, especially the breakfast bar, and they'll sell me a growler at the end of the day. Can have a pint with dinner, safely drive home, and then have a couple more pints at home. Got a nice little Sunday planned, maybe hit the Bed Bath and Beyond on the way home... I don't know, don't know if there'll be enough time.

03/23/2014 - 11:37pm Exactly

Perhaps he's just suggesting that Northwestern is too directional and needs to be re-named Illinois State of Chicago...

03/23/2014 - 9:29pm Richmond locales

Definitely had a moment of home sick set in... then discovered 3 places set to tap Oberon right here in Richmond, VA. My wife and I have set a dinner date for Whole Foods in Short Pump next Saturday! (Trauma nights for the next 6 days means I will be instead taking care of anyone having a few too many Oberon's with keys in hand... also, please keep gasoline and diesel away from your bonfires. Actually, please just stay away from fires. End of Public Announcement.)

03/13/2014 - 9:23pm Agreed

Living in Richmond, stoked to have reasonable road trips for football and basketball.

02/03/2014 - 5:24pm By the way,

I appreciated your points here, including players' rights to not be smeared (pre-emptively) by story hungry mediaites, as well as the implications of medical costs associated with injuries suffered during NCAA athletics.

02/03/2014 - 5:22pm Tablet Error

Please proceed...

02/03/2014 - 5:08pm Return

I appreciate your tenor, and respectfully offer the following thoughts:

Agreed that 40 hours a week is a big time commitment. 1. A lot of people who don't have their educations paid for with scholarships do so with employment. I had a lot of respect for my classmates paying their way through school, because their bosses were much less likely to schedule around college courses, whereas my training was built to suit class scheduling. There is no reason to feel sorry for D1 athletes... again, what they do is fun. 2. The alleged rape didn't occur at 6 AM warm-ups either - D1 athletes have plenty of time to party.

02/03/2014 - 4:46pm Wow

Sorry you missed it... I WAS a college athlete. The point is that college athletes are neither hindered by their sports participation, nor is their (my) experience as an athlete anything like that of a medical intern. I'm not sure what it is you hold against janitors.

02/03/2014 - 4:26pm Terrible Comparison

Having been both a scholarship NCAA athlete and a medical intern, the comparison between the two is mind blowingly assinine. One requires two (usually three) degrees, a multi-$100k personal investment, and initiation of licensing (first two steps completed before internship) after which a physician (interns are doctors - not 'students') has the 'honor' to subsidize Medicaid/Medicare as the cheapest labor in the hospital ($8 an hour.) The other... NCAA athletes... play a sport while giving up free time they would otherwise use partying - and I still partied my ass off. I also completed a double major (Chemistry and Biomedical Sciences) with a Spanish minor in five years, 157 credit hours - so don't give me the 'sports are diminishing the value of the education' bullshit either. That editorial line simply proves that editors don't know jack. There is NO TRADE. People make personal decisions. If athletes are pursuing crap educations while given a free ride, THAT IS THEIR DECISION. College Athletics are a good time that gives life lessons - if you're not having a great time and think you should be paid to do it, you're doing it wrong. Signed - Guy Who Knows

01/19/2014 - 3:27pm dude

I don't even play basketball, and even I want to play for Beilein.

11/14/2013 - 4:59pm Almost sums it up

But let's s'pose The Honorable Sparrow instead says "...but why is the run gone?" Now that would sum it up beautifully.

10/10/2013 - 3:00pm Good points

I was referring to the weekly prep for an opponent as a sign of respect through preparation. I don't believe M should have spent a day of every week prepping for Akron, rather the point was that they had 5 days to respect their opponent and prep for them... I'm guessing a few of those days were spent basking in the glory of a solid victory, as opposed to figuring out in which areas their opponent's players excelled.

As far as Alabama - there would be two full seasons of development for our freshmen LBs that last started against them, as well as heavy losses on their O line. It would be a much different match-up 16 months later. Not saying M would be favored...

10/10/2013 - 1:35pm 90's

Remember when Michigan seemed to continually have a lockdown secondary, with a prospect headed to NFL fame and fortune every year? I feel like that train has been started all over again. Work and talent mean the sky's the limit (or limited, in the case of a No Fly Zone). Go Blue!

10/10/2013 - 1:28pm Akron and UConn

c) An athlete's performance in a game of 1-1 matchups is heavily influenced by said athlete's perceptions of the opponent. The Spartans spend at least one day of every week learning about the opponent they hate most - with effective results. I am pretty sure that Michigan presumed it could win every 1-1 matchup with Akron on pure athletic prowess, and found out that a team without respect for a single 1-1 matchup in the game is not actually a team. Bo would not have been proud of 22 guys not doing their jobs and watching extra hours of film and preparing for their 1-1 to help the team. A team is not only about respecting your teammates, it is about respecting your opponents. This lesson has been learned (for the year) and will help M to prepare for every game as a single, respect worthy opponent going forward. Michigan 13-0 going into bowl season. Book it.

09/27/2013 - 12:00am unbelievable

You mean the same place that initiated the reference to a political movement as tea-baggers (with a girlish giggle from Anderson Cooper, of course) would smash the ethos of journalism upon the rocks of sophomorism? I, for one, am shocked. /s

09/26/2013 - 11:54pm Two things

1. Most college teams are publicly owned/financed. The tax payers took the financial risk and built the franchises, certainly that value is not going to be divvied among a bunch of teenagers.
2. We are talking about players who by definition are teenagers (read: 'high risk') and will only be part of the organization for 3-4 years. A high risk blended with no time for ROI... this means using a system of value sharing in the pros as the starting point for contract values in the setting of collegiate sports IS ASININE

09/12/2013 - 1:43pm Overlooking Opponents

1. not sportsmanlike, nor Michiganmanlike

2. last time we exuberantly expressed our superiority to an opponent, expressed in the fashion of suggesting we need not even talk about them while we instead talk about a team in green, was 2007. remember it. learn from it.

08/30/2013 - 8:57am True that

Can you imagine? Pipkins, Taco, Mone, McDowell, Hand, Cornell... that is a scary two-deep!

08/29/2013 - 4:45pm I'm curious as well

TCU, a defensive team, returns 9 defensive starters and returns one of the better QBs in the game after a suspension... unless a mediocre QB from last year beats him out (presumably he would no longer be mediocre at that point.) Add to that, Devonte Fields is no longer suspended for the LSU game.  If defense still wins games, I like TCU's chances.

08/20/2013 - 5:19pm in resp to dnak and bronx

Choosing to ignore a large swath of a population does not increase perceptible differences in the 0.03% one chooses to focus on.  It is also why we get the delight of players like Kovacs, Ryan, and Hart blowing up 5-stars on the field after being glossed over by a few scouts.

Each of your responses remind me of the pleasure we all witnessed in 2006 when a kid named Dan Bazuin rocked our offense on numerous plays for CMU.  He was a kid from McBain MI who travelled to the metropolis of Lake City (kind of a suburb of Cadillac) to play football.  He may have come from an unscouted high-school, but he more than proved he belonged on the field lined up against Jake Long, Chad Benne and Mike Hart. Thankfully, Michigan handled their business against CMU that day, proving that a team full of highly scouted players is always better than a team of under-scouted players (oh... until the next season opener?)

Essentially you have both pointed to scouting services' selection bias.  You have not made an argument against the difficulty of defining differences among the top 0.03% of a 1,000,000 plus population.