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09/26/2017 - 5:23pm It's really easy to create a

It's really easy to create a ranking algorithm. It makes no sense to draw attention to one of them unless there is any reason to think it has some special utility, particularly at this early stage when even the good ones are completely unreliable.

If it's due to a more general fascination with failed analyses, You'd love the endless blocks of poorly-conceived and buggy-ass code I've accumulated over the years.

08/05/2017 - 10:16pm Better to envision more of a

Better to envision more of a continuum, where (given similar public interest and player incentives) the activities best facilitated by pure athleticism will tend to have the better athletes. Jumping straight to "therefore baseball players are like chess players" only makes sense if you think those activities have similar athletic requirements.

08/05/2017 - 10:04pm I don't watch baseball

I don't watch baseball either, but I figured it was common knowledge that it's a skill game. Being able to run fast and jump high obviously doesn't hurt, but pure athleticism doesn't directly translate to hitting a baseball or turning a double play. Therefore, the average athleticism in baseball will tend to be lower than sports in which it does translate more directly.

02/08/2016 - 4:10pm It's mostly a resizing issue.

It's mostly a resizing issue. Your site displays fine if the browser is sufficiently wide or sufficiently narrow, but there's a decent interval in between that breaks the formatting.

01/01/2016 - 4:37pm Rudock finishes 249/389,

Rudock finishes 249/389, 3017yds, 20TD, 9INT, 141.5 rating, his best year in college by a significant margin. Glad to have cheered for him.

12/22/2015 - 5:14pm FYI, using 3D graphs with 2D

FYI, using 3D graphs with 2D data (and often even with 3D data) is a huge no-no in the dataviz world. All it does is make it harder to interpret.

But I appreciate your thoughts. CTE is looking like a big problem, and I think the health of athletes should always be the priority.

12/04/2015 - 11:44pm Most kids who commit to a

Most kids who commit to a class stay in a class, no matter how early. It's still reason for excitement.

10/15/2015 - 6:17am I've seen some BYU folks

I've seen some BYU folks hoping he'll coach at his alma mater for a while as he cleans up. It'd presumably be a good environment for it. I don't know if the admins would allow it though, and they seem pretty set at HC and OC so it'd have to be as qb coach at most.

I don't know if too many teams will be keen on handing him the keys so maybe that's what he will need to do anyway.

10/15/2015 - 1:40am I don't really get the Hoke

I don't really get the Hoke clapping thing unless it's a representation of his lack of participation in the play calling or something. in which case why did the clapping meme win out over the headset one?

I mean, Harbaugh claps too.

10/10/2015 - 8:35pm I thought Wormley might have

I thought Wormley might have gotten held on that play so maybe Harbaugh did too.

10/10/2015 - 8:22pm Nah that team recorded 4

Nah that team recorded 4 shutouts but not three in a row. That hasn't been done by anyone since 1995.

10/10/2015 - 8:15pm 3 out of the 4 previous teams

3 out of the 4 previous teams to do so won it all, including the 1948 Michigan team.

10/10/2015 - 5:52pm Seemed pretty much text book

Seemed pretty much text book targeting. Clearly defenseless receiver, clearly hit him helmet to helmet. Doesn't mean there was ill intent, but if that's not targeting there's no such thing.

10/04/2015 - 2:48am Exactly


09/27/2015 - 10:35pm That's just the next time

That's just the next time there's a lunar eclipse at perigee (so a few % larger in appearance). Lunar eclipses aren't really that rare.

09/27/2015 - 10:34am First link goes to an Mlive

First link goes to an Mlive article. Here's the correct link:

09/05/2015 - 5:45am The PFF scoring review notes

The PFF scoring review notes that Rudock was pressured on more than a third of his throws, which is very high. He was able to get the ball out quickly a lot, which I think is most of the difference between this game and what we saw last year. It's not clear to me that the OL was that much better in pass protection than in run blocking.

09/02/2015 - 3:45am

08/31/2015 - 10:00am The external shell of modern

The external shell of modern helmets does actually give quite a bit, and the soft padding below it is roughly analogous to a car's crumple zones.

I agree that it's counterintuitive, but the research on this subject is clear.

08/31/2015 - 9:58am This is true, although again

This is true, although again the mobile shell would still be more effective if made of a hard material. Soft material acts to "catch" the impact of a glancing blow, causing much greater forces on the brain relative to a hard shell that deflects most of the impact energy.

08/31/2015 - 9:50am That's the opposite of the

That's the opposite of the truth. Soft padding on the outside would just ensure that all the energy of the hit is transmitted into the helmet/head instead of some of it being redirected.

Helmet design definitely needs a lot of work, but the hard externum is guaranteed to remain.

08/29/2015 - 1:16am Protip

neither is saying "protip".

(I still upvoted you)

08/29/2015 - 1:09am Allen Gant has at last

Allen Gant has at last reached a plausible weight and will be a senior so presumably will have enough experience to be ok.

Jared Wangler will be in his 3rd year in the program next year and would at least provide a warm body.

If things are sufficiently dire Winovich could always be moved back.

But I agree that LB is a 2016 worry spot.

07/15/2015 - 9:53am As a veteran of biological

As a veteran of biological nomenclature battles, I can tell you that the organizational category of a specimen is the least interesting question one can ask unless it reflects something real about its origin. The Pluto debate almost never does this. Whether it has interesting geology or whether its diameter is very slightly larger than Eris' has no bearing on whether Pluto is a planet.

On the other hand, taxonomic nomenclature has been almost completely revamped as biologists have learned more and more about the diversity of extant and extinct life -- it now seeks to describe the phylogeny of life (patterns of evolutionary descent), rather than simple similarity. Astronomical nomenclature could definitely use a similar update so that it reflects something real.

The Pluto-planet debate can't be interesting until the IAU creates a useful definition of a planet. Until then, the whole debate is just emotional baggage on both sides, with one side uncomfortable that their nursery rhymes need updating and the other side uncomfortable at the prospect of having only explored a tiny fraction of the worlds in our solar system and needing to bring all the KBOs like Pluto down a notch.

06/25/2015 - 5:18pm Dude. Roughly 2/3 of all

Dude. Roughly 2/3 of all humans are lactose intolerant.

You might find it hard to judge which characteristics are unique to America if don't know shit about any place but America.

06/11/2015 - 11:52am I'll admit to having a Nike

I'll admit to having a Nike preference for Michigan, but competition is good for the consumer. Ideally, Michigan will switch to Nike but a bunch of other schools will switch to non-Nike brands. At least Under Armor still seems to be gaining market share. A Nike monopoly wouldn't be good for anybody.

04/28/2015 - 11:10am I agree it's a good article

I agree it's a good article and that ESPN is crazy for trying to have him lead anybody or for giving him a job at all, but the fact that he supported Hoke never even crossed my mind. I really like Hoke and hope he tears it up wherever he lands, just like RichRod. Does that make me crazy too?

04/24/2015 - 12:03pm The front page needs to have

The front page needs to have a list of posts in the sidebar just like the forum and diaries do. Until that happens, most of the good discussion will take place in the forum.

04/20/2015 - 2:03pm (No subject)

03/19/2015 - 10:52am You're better off lamenting

You're better off lamenting that the shuttle was approved in the first place over a continuing Apollo/advanced capsule program. It temporarily sucks that we have to pay the Russians, but shuttle was an engineering failure from day 1 and never made good on any of its promises (i.e., rapid, safe, and inexpensive reusability).

03/19/2015 - 10:46am So the Gemini missions were

So the Gemini missions were also for pretend? How about Mercury? I've often wondered where the line is drawn. Is the ISS a fiction? Is GPS a lie? How am I supposed to get home tonight?

03/19/2015 - 10:22am The Soyuz still does today,

The Soyuz still does today, mostly because there isn't a convenient ocean to land in for them. A retrorocket fires the instant before landing, which softens the blow a bit. In the beginning, they just landed really hard and hoped not to break anything.

03/19/2015 - 10:18am Not to be confused with the

Not to be confused with the first American spacewalk, which occurred about 10 weeks later and was performed by Ed White, a Michigan grad.

03/04/2015 - 1:19pm It seems like the best

It seems like the best strategy in end of game down by 3 situations is to defend normally unless a player below a certain threshold of FT% gets the ball in his hands. I don't know what that threshold is exactly, but surely someone in the 50-60% range makes it an easy decision -- especially so before the double bonus.

01/18/2015 - 11:24am Could be he doesn't want to

Could be he doesn't want to get flamed by internet wastrels until signing day.

01/14/2015 - 6:29pm This is the guy FootballScoop

This is the guy FootballScoop was calling the prime candidate in mid-December. It seemed crazy, and still kinda does.

01/03/2015 - 1:40pm Driskel's HS tape is maybe

Driskel's HS tape is maybe the most impressive I've ever seen. He's been bad at Florida, but he's got talent like crazy if somebody can figure out what to do with it.

12/31/2014 - 3:22pm That article doesn't mention

That article doesn't mention any desire on Hogan's part to transfer, and implies in a couple places that he might be done with college football. Am I missing some subtext here?

12/26/2014 - 12:02pm Yes, roughly 20% of the time.

Yes, roughly 20% of the time. Rain predictions have gotten really good.

Nate Silver's The Signal and the Noise has a cool chapter on that topic.

12/21/2014 - 10:02am I know the comments here are

I know the comments here are facetious, but the guy is getting a research center named after him, which is a pretty big deal. I just attended the opening of a similar center at my university and a whole community of people was elated about it.

When a center is founded, it generally involves a large donation because said donation endows the center in perpetuity rather than funding it for a short time.

12/20/2014 - 10:33am Chris Clark seems very

Chris Clark seems very likely, judging by his tweet.

12/07/2014 - 3:38pm BYU and BSU are the obvious

BYU and BSU are the obvious choices if athletic quality is what they're after, but it seems they're more likely to follow the B10 in going for geography/tv markets instead.

BYU has a much larger fan base than many other P5 conference members, but the religious stuff might prevent an invite, and it would definitely prevent BYU from accepting one if the B12 didn't contract to avoid Sunday play.

11/20/2014 - 5:04pm Darwin was well aware of

Darwin was well aware of cooperation in nature, and many of his thoughts on the topic have since been supported by evidence and are still in use today.

I'm also finding irony in the way you insist on characterizing what is often referred to as the greatest team (i.e., cooperative) sport ever invented as a purely selfish enterprise.

11/20/2014 - 10:15am The rate of violence in the

The rate of violence in the United States continues to plummet and has never been lower than it is right now. A few heavily-covered indicents does not change this.

11/11/2014 - 3:37pm Hah! Still playing the

Hah! Still playing the martyr, I see.

I think it's an interesting conversation and would willingly engage in it if I thought that's actually what you were interested in.

11/11/2014 - 2:56pm Do you actually read anything

Do you actually read anything that anyone else posts? I have personally described in some detail some of the many problems with your arguments, and others have done similarly. Why not incorporate some of that feedback?

The point is this: You are not simply trying to have a conversation. You are making a very strong truth claim. You have not presented evidence to support this truth claim. The premise on which your truth claim relies is also unsupported by evidence.

Your assertion could very well be correct, but why not try to convince us of that? Instead, you hide behind "supporting the players", you hide behind "freedom of speech", you hide behind "just trying to have a conversation". The issue here isn't with Brian or the mods; the issue is your unwillingness to do any of the work necessary to convince people that your ideas have merit.

11/11/2014 - 11:36am Seriously? Anyone who watches

Seriously? Anyone who watches the games knows that Devin is injured. If there were a decent backup he likely would have been able to sit out a couple games and recover a bit.

10/22/2014 - 12:12pm It's not for breast cancer

It's not for breast cancer research. It's for breast cancer awareness. Remember how the Livestrong foundation used all proceeds to advertise for their own organization, which they justified by saying that awareness of their organization is equivalent to awareness of the causes they supposedly support? That's what's happening here.

(I'm sure they do donate a tiny amount to actual research for the purpose of avoiding this criticism, but I think we're smarter than that)

10/12/2014 - 1:28am So... you're suggesting they

So... you're suggesting they should have played a different team tonight? Or are you just being a bitch right now?

They played well tonight. If they get lit up by MSU you can pout then.

10/11/2014 - 10:32pm 19 carries for 44 yards is

19 carries for 44 yards is better than 27 for 27. Both M and PSU look pretty bad, but it's fun see M get a win.