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03/28/2018 - 12:02pm OK I get how the language is

OK I get how the language is simpler.  From the article:

"Team owners unanimously approved the new language Tuesday, with basically three elements defining a catch:

—having control of the ball;
—getting two feet down or another body part;
—making a football move, such as taking a third step or extending the ball."
I still don't see this as particularly clear.  Especially element #1 - how long does one have to have control for it to be "control"?  And element #3 - what is a "football move"?  If I get #1 and #2 right, and then just fall to the ground, or I catch the ball while on the ground, how have I performed a "football move"?
For example, how would this make the infamous Calvin Johnson "non-catch" a catch?  In Johnson's case, the ball came out long after he hit the ground, which could put element #1 in doubt.  Also, he does not appear to have made any "football move".
While the language is clearer, I don't see how it will lead to much less controversy. There's still too much wiggle room.


03/09/2018 - 8:02pm Just finished beating FAU,

Just finished beating FAU, 7-1.

03/04/2018 - 5:22pm 2nd half of MSU. Hopefully.

2nd half of MSU. Hopefully.

03/04/2018 - 5:20pm Teske > Haas. Ha

Teske > Haas. Ha

03/04/2018 - 5:05pm Haas reminds me of Shaq. His

Haas reminds me of Shaq. His game is basically to get the ball in the blocks, bull his way to basket, and get a layup. Not supremely talented, just a physical freak of size and height.

03/03/2018 - 10:33pm Things definitely feel on the

Things definitely feel on the upswing. I haven’t felt this optimistic in some time. Helps to beat your rivals in something (ND in hockey, osu/MSU in basketball). I really think we are entering a bulk market for Michigan sports.

03/03/2018 - 3:59pm God CBS is gobbling MSUs

God CBS is gobbling MSUs cock. Here is Michigan, defending BTT camps, won six BTT games in a row, and all the talk is MSU even as they trail.

03/03/2018 - 3:01pm This is why defense is so

This is why defense is so important. 2-3 years ago we’d be getting blow out in games like this.

03/02/2018 - 4:34pm Sweet autocorrect.

Sweet autocorrect.

03/02/2018 - 4:34pm Well B10. Looks like your”

Well B10. Looks like your” Nebraska for those tourney” campaign will fall short.

03/02/2018 - 4:21pm Wow. An actual free throw.

Wow. An actual free throw. Heard about those.

03/02/2018 - 4:06pm Yeah. No foul on that MAAR

Yeah. No foul on that MAAR drive.

03/02/2018 - 3:22pm Here come the refs down the

Here come the refs down the stretch!

03/02/2018 - 3:14pm Feel like we’ve been good on

Feel like we’ve been good on D but Nebraska’s shooting 25% right now. That can’t continue. Need to be up 20 by half to survive the inevitable correction.

03/02/2018 - 3:03pm Seems like many less total

Seems like many less total fouls to this point vs Iowa. Wonder if refs had talking to by the league.

03/01/2018 - 10:16pm Dragon’s Milk from New

Dragon’s Milk from New Holland. Love that stuff.

09/07/2017 - 11:36am A couple of options

1.  Opera browser has a built-in VPN.  You can turn that on and then use Watch ESPN.

2.  If #1 doesn't work, you can get a VPN service as others have mentioned.  If the UM Alumni one works for you, that's an option.  However, if I'm going somehwere and knowingly breaking the local law, I'd rather use a paid private VPN that does not keep logs so you pretty much can't get in trouble.  I use StrongVPN.

09/06/2017 - 10:23am Double post

Double post

09/06/2017 - 10:22am As a father of twin toddlers,

As a father of twin toddlers, I had to logon just to upvote this.

08/30/2017 - 8:48pm

08/07/2017 - 10:35am Also, based on the reply

Also, based on the reply above, there is a metro stop on Maryland campus.  That looks like it's on the Green line and Union Station is on the Red line.  So you could take Red line to Fort Totten and then switch to Green line.  I think the NYC to Union Station routes are via Amtrack.

08/07/2017 - 10:27am From what I understand, there

From what I understand, there are trains from NYC to Union Station.  From there you could just use Uber.  I have no experience with this, just a suggestion.

08/03/2017 - 12:55pm I agree with this.  That

I agree with this.  That game, coming off the "impressive" week 1 win that appearted to show a rebound was happening, was a kick in the soul dong.  I realized then that all of the problems Michigan had during 2013 were *still* there in 2014 with ZERO improvement, even on defense were we had Greg Mattison.  This was the realization that the current staff wasn't going to get it done.  That we'd have to start over AGAIN.  And there was absolutely no hope of Harbaugh at that time.  I don't think the SF rumblings were that bad yet.

Minnesota might have been just as bad, but ND was first. With Minnesota we knew that Hoke wasn't going to survive, but we really had no idea what was coming next.  And the general ridiculous / slimy handling of the Shane Morris situtation.  UGH.

It's great to look forward to a season not with desperate hope ("it has to get better, doesn't it?) but instead confidence.  We know we have the right coaching staff in place.  The pinnacle may still be a few years away, but it's coming.

05/08/2017 - 1:17pm You may/may not know this

You may/may not know this but:

This lets you add any Chrome extension to Opera.  It may not work in all cases, but so far it's worked for me.

05/08/2017 - 10:52am Agree with this.  Also, the

Agree with this.  Also, the Opera VPN is one way around the MLB.TV local market blackout.  I turn it on and watch Nats games even though I live in the blackout area.  Another "must-use" tool IMO is PeerBlock.  I pay the annual fee ($10 or so) to get the updates.  It's very customizable so you can block all kinds of suspicious IPs and easily whitelist those you trust and/or need.

09/15/2016 - 2:41pm Just noticed the CU game is a

Just noticed the CU game is a 3:30 start.  Fuck, I *hate* 3:30 starts.  It basically kills the entire day after 3:30.  I love seeing Michigan beat someone's ass at noon, knowing I have the rest of the day to do stuff.  I'll check in on games in the afternoon and evening, but it basically gives me back my day.  I know that it's just time management, but having a game from 3:30 - 7:00 or so steps on dinner for one thing (eating out or otherwise).

09/15/2016 - 1:15pm Couple of points here:

Couple of points here:

1.  This really is a tremendous waste of time.  I can't believe one or more people spent hours thinking up this depth chart.

2. It isn't funny in the slightest.  This is kinda like when your boss says something that's totally unfunny and everyone pretends to laugh. In this case, we aren't required to laugh so it's just...crickets.

09/11/2016 - 7:46pm Yes!!! Stunned.

Yes!!! Stunned.

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09/11/2016 - 7:45pm Just lick the god damn field goal!

Just lick the god damn field goal!

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09/11/2016 - 6:27pm God this game is so Lions. I

God this game is so Lions. I turned it on right before halftime. Then of course the Colts move and score easily. Now to start the next half it's the same old thing. Give up big plays; can't get off the field on D even on 3rd and long. I seem tot remember last year getting up 21-3 on the road in game 1 and losing. It will happen again because this franchise is defined by losing in depressing ways. Glad my Sunday Ticket is free this year. I would NEVER pay the outrageous asking price to watch the Lions.

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05/28/2016 - 7:38pm Sitting outside listening to

Sitting outside listening to music. Had most of day to myself as wife took twin toddlers to pre-wedding event. It's been glorious! Had a couple of Mondelos.

Happy softball won. Hate that baseball lost to OSU. Seems like we lose to those fuckers in most things even if we lead them in the cup standings. Crushed them in softball but still not satisfying enough.

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05/24/2016 - 11:19am This reminds me - not

This reminds me - not complaining mind you - but are we going to get a Florida UFR?  If there's one UFR I'd love to see it's that game. 

04/26/2016 - 4:30pm Yeah, well this is my

Yeah, well this is my considered reaction to this...

07/13/2015 - 8:38pm Desmond Howard.  I was in

Desmond Howard.  I was in college at the time, so maybe a bit of nostalgia, but he had the single greatest offensive season I've ever seen a Michigan player have.  Absolutely amazing.

07/10/2015 - 1:16pm They basically don't have

They basically don't have music videos on anymore.  Same with VH-1.  Look, I understand ratings are king and all so these networks are gonna show anything that gets ratings.  But it's really disappointing to me that our culture has gone to a place where these sensational reality programs are so popular.  I used to *love* the History channel.  Now anything on there is so "flashy" I'll call it with constant jerky cameras, over-the-top special effects, and just general movement everywhere.  I guess this is what the ADD generation needs. Of course I feel the same way about movies.  Movies used to be about plot and developing characters but now any "action" movie is just non-stop action with no pretense of anything deeper.  Take a look at some of the great action movies of the past - Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Terminator, Matrix, Die Hard - and they all had strong character development and a compelling plot.  Now you have action movies that are basically one long car chase.  Sure, there used to be car chases, but they were one scene in the movie surrounded by stuff more meaningful.  Now get off my lawn.

07/10/2015 - 10:29am TWC is such garbage now.  Try

TWC is such garbage now.  Try finding *acutal* weather content on that channel, I dare you.  This was at issue during negotations with DirecTV last year when for a short period of time DirecTV dropped TWC after they made unreasonable demands for a "raise".  TWC started this absolutely ridiculous PR camplaign saying that DirecTV didn't care about the health and welfare of its subcribers since TWC is the "go to" source of info during severe weather.  The campaign went nowhere and TWC not only did not get a raise, in order to get back on the air it had to make concessions to reduce the amount of ridiculous non-weather-related programming on its channel.

From my perspective, not much has changed, however,  There's hardly any weather content on during prime time when you might want to check on tomorrow's weather.  Instead, they have serious "weather" programs like:

- American Super Natural (yes, this is ghosts and stuff)

- Fat Guys in the Woods

- Why Planes Crash

- Highway through Hell

When I lived in FL I used to love TWC because of the tropial (hurricanes) content.  It used to be a professional source of weather and commentary, much deeper than looking at an app.  No more.

07/01/2015 - 2:42pm I agree.  Based on all the

I agree.  Based on all the focus on this interview at this site, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop...the moment when Harbaugh just seemed like dick.  It never happened.  He did not seem that into it, but he basically behaved the way he normally does with the media...guarded.  This is much ado about nothing.  It will have absolutely zero impact on recruiting, nor should it.  Recruits are going to remember their facetime with Jim an his absolute enthusiasm for all things Michigan, not how he responded to some terrible questions by Cowherd.  And ending the interview the way Cowherd did was totally unprofessional.  He's just pissed that Harbaugh wasn't entertaining and didn't fawn over him like they are buds or something.  Cowherd's reaction is in no way fitting given how the interview went.  And, really, Jim doesn't need Cowherd or ESPN's help to sell Michigan.  His recent recruiting record seems to show he's doing that fine on his own.  What a tool.

06/11/2015 - 11:49am Good for Haylie, but it's

Good for Haylie, but it's hardly going to pay the bills.  I happened on a pro softball game last week on TV and did some reasearch as a result.  The only pro league is National Pro Fastpitch.  And from the FAQ, you can see player salaries:

"Average NPF player salary is approximately $5,000-$6,000 for the playing season of June, July and August."

They *do* get housing paid for as well, but overall compensation is very low.

05/13/2015 - 11:12am I figured they were making in

I figured they were making in the $10-15 million range after expenses.  Clearly so far Texas has not made out by going their own way.  But their main sports (football, basketball, baseball) have not been doing very well since LHN went live.  Imagine if Michigan had had its own network in recent years.  I have no doubt it would have done poorly given our struggles.

Regardless, I'm jealous of LHN.  I'd love to have a network devoted to U-M sports to see softball, baseball, hockey, etc. more regularly.  BTN is great, but coverage of lots of sports is very lacking.  You can get some of it with an extra subscription (BTN Plus), but I'm not keen on paying extra.

05/13/2015 - 10:21am Which Texas blog do you

Which Texas blog do you consider "their Mgoblog"?  Couldn't find it after searching some.

On Texas to Big 10, the irony is Texas was mentioned a ton during the last round of B10 expansion.  And the Big 10 Network payouts are projected to be $30.9 million in 2014-15:

Granted, the OP's article does not talk about costs in regards to the Longhorn Network, but with revenue projected to be around $26 million, Texas is no where near BTN money.  And right now the PAC-12 Network is not even close to the BTN in terms of payouts:

Wonder if Texas would reconsider joining the B10?  They have a lot in common with B10 schools, arguably more so than the PAC-12.  The biggest issues are IMO:

  • Can Texas set aside its institutional ego and just be "another" conference member that has equal say?
  • What about travel time for non-revenue sports?  Sure they could pay the additional costs easily, but travel time would be a huge negative.  I guess if they were in the B10 West, it would make things slightly better, plus it would give the West another anchor school.


05/08/2015 - 3:12pm I understand the difference. 

I understand the difference.  I was relying on the article that the OP linked to be accurate when it said he "committed" in 2014.  Given your link, it puts everything in a different light.  Looks pretty obvious he was pushed out and they used the medical "evaluation" as an excuse.  I just couldn't understand the motivation to offer an injured kid in the first place and then try to put him on a medical scholly, which was not the case.

05/08/2015 - 2:56pm From the article: A

From the article:

"A four-star recruit ranked the No. 32 corner in his class, Dean committed to Urban Meyer and Ohio State in early 2014, then enrolled in time for spring camp this past January. But the Buckeyes medical staff would not clear Dean to participate in practice, reportedly citing his 2013 ACL injury and other knee issues."


So OSU signed him *after* his ACL injury.  Maybe he had those "other knee issues" after he signed?  I agree that the differing medical diagnosises is troubling.  I just wonder why offer the kid a scholly in the first place with his injury history?  But looks like he was probably pushed out because it was expedient.  

Recently I did some analysis of football scholly signings of various schools in the past four years and UM / MSU had in the low 80s, which makes sense given the 85 limit.  OSU had 101 I think, which was comparible to LSU and some other SEC schools.  Alabama was at around 105.  These numbers seem pretty damning to me unless these schools just have some unusually high level of attrition.

05/08/2015 - 2:52pm By "cut" what I really meant

By "cut" what I really meant was either: 1) put someone on a medical scholarship or 2) encourage him to transfer.  We all know they are being cut. It's just being called something else.

05/08/2015 - 2:40pm So I get that OSU was

So I get that OSU was oversigned and needed to free up schollys.  But this Dean kid is a 4* and by all indications a good prospect.  OSU has every reason to want him to succeed.  Now mabye OSU needed to "cut" someone and since they figured this kid wasn't going to make it he was an obvious candidate, but my questions are:

1.  Why sign him in the first place with his injury history?  And if you are going to oversign, wouldn't you choose someone without his injury history? 

2.  Why not "cut" someone else Saban-style who had been in the program and wasn't cutting it?  Why would you keep and older player with low-likelihood of impact and keep this Dean kid?

This just doesn't make sense to me.  Granted, I think OSU does fishy stuff, I'm just not sold in this particular situation.

05/08/2015 - 2:27pm Ok, mabye I am not

Ok, mabye I am not understanding something here, but of what benefit is it to OSU to "medical" this guy?  What most here object to is using "medical redshirts" to bascially cut people who don't earn playing time.  This guy *just* enrolled in January so he's clearly not had any time to compete.  I guess the motivation here could be take this guy off the market?  But if he *could* have helped OSU down the road, you would think they would have kept him on the roster.  I see this as OSU just being extra careful here and nothing nefarious.  To me this doesn't come close to the stuff that Alabama does.  They "medical" guys who have spent years on campus and clearly are not going to help the team so Saban wants to free up the scholarship for someone else who *may* make an impact.  This seems entirely different to me.

03/25/2015 - 1:56pm These are my favorite posts. 

These are my favorite posts.  Someone trying to sound all smug who doesn't even know the basic types of logical reasoning.  Deductive reasoning is what Sherlock Holmes does, "reasoning from one or more statements (premises) to reach a logically certain conclusion."  In other words, he starts from the top with general premisies to reach logically sound conclusions.

Inductive reasoning is the opposite bottom-up approach and it "derives general principles from specific observations."

In this instance, the poster is saying because Calipari has some specific instances of "cheating" in his past, we can induce that the general principal is that "he's a cheater" and will cheat again.

Personally, I don't think UK is cheating anymore than the other big programs are.  With the lifestyle they offer that's above board - the basically private luxury dorm, amazing facilities, girls, getting drafted, etc. - I think there's plenty to entice recruits without having to pay them or do other NCAA-prohibited things.  I don't like that many of the one-and-done UK players stop going to class during the second term because they know they are not coming back, but since the NCAA / NBA force them to go to college, it's hard to blame them for skipping class once it's pretty certain they are going to make millions.

03/13/2015 - 2:51pm It is very cold in space.

It is very cold in space.

03/13/2015 - 10:34am Yeah I read someplace else

Yeah I read someplace else that they were looking at the hands of the center-QB exchange, particularly Shane working with the center since he's a lefty.  I think shortly after that Harbaugh demanded that Shane take all snaps like a righty would so the center does not have to learn to deliver the ball differently based on the QB. 

02/07/2015 - 7:23pm See

See #BrianWilliamsMisremembers for a helluva good time.

01/15/2015 - 3:05pm Baxter, bark twice if you're

Baxter, bark twice if you're in Milwaukee.