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09/17/2018 - 10:44am The AD 100% has someone…

The AD 100% has someone doing this. I believe it's been mentioned before, when they mail clips of what they consider the bad calls to the Big Ten. It's mostly behind the scenes though. I think the Big Ten, like almost all leagues/conferences, keep referee evaluation private, so you have to infer on who gets the better grades based on the teams that keep showing up for the bigger games.

09/17/2018 - 10:41am OT but not because it's…

OT but not because it's related to Michigan punters, but Matt Wile is the starting punter for the Minnesota Vikings. His Michigan career coincided with Brady Hoke's tenure from 2011-14 (I had to look it up so I'm saving you a Google) and hasn't done much in the NFL for the last three seasons, but appears to have caught on and stuck so far this year. Congrats to Matt!

09/17/2018 - 10:22am This actually a decent…

This actually a decent apology and what he should have said the first time. He made himself look way worse by being defensive off the bat. This is much more humble and straightforward. Too bad he lost the benefit of the doubt with the first two disasters of non-apology apologies.

09/16/2018 - 9:57am This didn’t age well

This didn’t age well

09/15/2018 - 11:07am Oklahoma, Miami and Florida…

Oklahoma, Miami and Florida State are all on the road at noon, chances are one game is close and exciting. 

09/08/2018 - 4:21pm But it's TD to a WR. There…

But it's TD to a WR. There have been passes to TE and RB. 

09/03/2018 - 10:04pm (No subject)

08/30/2018 - 8:07pm February, Janruary. I don't…

February, Janruary. I don't see the problem here.

08/30/2018 - 8:02pm I just watched 10 minutes on…

I just watched 10 minutes on Youtube of the Lions getting screwed by the refs/NFL rules. Now you gotta remind me of this. Dammit.

08/29/2018 - 7:19pm If that 2012-13 class had…

If that 2012-13 class had panned out, could we have RS Senior Mason Cole this year? Who knows but it would be nice to have him right now. 

08/29/2018 - 12:41pm Is Zack GRONKentry over…

Is Zack GRONKentry over doing it? Because reading this, that's what I'm thinking. 

08/26/2018 - 1:15pm Michigan Tech's quarterback…

Michigan Tech's quarterback is named Steele Fortress 

08/26/2018 - 1:08pm Relatively obscure Les Miz…

Relatively obscure Les Miz reference? Made my day. 

08/23/2018 - 8:02pm It is pretty strange for a…

It is pretty strange for a player to go from opening day starter to totally buried so far down the depth chart nobody even mentions him. Can anybody else think of any other players at Michigan who had a similar fate, and not related to injury?

The only other one I can remember is David Underwood - he was behind Chris Perry in 2003 and started the season in 2004 as starter, before some dude named Mike Hart came along. But that was within one season, not from one season to the next.

08/23/2018 - 10:48am I'm wondering what Ohio…

I'm wondering what Ohio State was avoiding more: firing Urban and maybe losing a few more games over the next couple years, or firing Urban and being subject to a wrongful termination suit from Urban, and a long expensive fight over the $38M buyout. Undoubtedly both played a factor into the ultimate decision.

08/22/2018 - 9:59pm Maintaining plausible…

Maintaining plausible deniability is still enough to keep you from significant punishment in cases like these. Head Coaches and Athletic Directors around the country, take note. Make sure you make it clear that you don't want to know what's going on. That way, at the press conference announcing you still have a job, you can say things like "I wish I had known more" and "I'm sorry about this whole situation."

08/22/2018 - 1:32pm The PR backlash and cloud it…

The PR backlash and cloud it will put on the program is one of the reasons to fire him, I think. No matter what, he comes out of this as a head coach who let a bad guy stay on staff and coach student-athletes. Today, that's unacceptable. Meyer knew and as far as we know did nothing to address the issue. 

If he stays, there will be a cloud over the program, and lots of people (not just rivals) who think Meyer got off easy, and that the school doesn't take these issues seriously. 

08/22/2018 - 10:20am I even asked my wife if she…

I even asked my wife if she could recall our father ever hitting our mother, but neither of us could. 

Bravo!

08/22/2018 - 10:16am A little off-topic, but…

A little off-topic, but trying to keep things light: has anyone made a photoshop of "OHIO" with the sex toys as the Os?

08/20/2018 - 3:48pm While you're up there check…

While you're up there check out the Lake Michigan Whale Migration Station

08/16/2018 - 12:22pm In addition, Hail To The…

In addition, Hail To The Victors is out, if you want content you can read that. For me, it's more than enough to get through August until Preview Week and the start of the season. 

08/16/2018 - 12:03pm I think you are seeing the…

I think you are seeing the blog in a different frame than some other people. Both can be right and I am not attaching you for having your opinion, which I totally understand. You're relationship with the MGoBlog seems to be pretty detached and transactional in the same ad-based model as the rest of the internet/radio/TV media world. I will let you define it in better terms if you wish. If that's the way you see this, I have no reason to blame you. 

However, OP and others see this as a community - we have a common interest and want to see the greater MGoBlog community survive and flourish, and here I'm including the blog, podcast, twitter, etc. If the blog goes away because the team can't keep up the quality or quantity of content, there will be a big hole in our lives. Why not offer to help in ways we can? Think of it as a private club: everyone needs to contribute to keep it going. Some pay cash, some help with their time and labor. Or a small-town grocery store; yes, you should expect the store to maintain their building and grounds by paying employees. But if someone wants to come by and clean up weeds and plant flowers out of their own generosity, who are you to judge them? We should all be friends here. 

You're focusing too much on the "for-profit" paradigm. Yes obviously Brian doesn't want his family and the team to starve so they have to bring in cash somehow. But I think they're all capable of making more money doing a "regular job" instead of writing on the internet. Instead they are doing something they are (presumably) passionate about and feeding our passion as well. Personally, for all the value they give me, I'm willing to give same back, which is why I buy HTTV, buy T-shirts occasionally, etc. The value received is much higher than the price we all pay ($0), though the value is subjective and different for everyone, obviously. 

I hope I sufficiently answered your curiosity of why people "overvalue" (your word) the MGoBlog service.

08/07/2018 - 5:56pm Tate Forcier for Notre Dame…

Tate Forcier for Notre Dame 2009 (with Illinois 3OT in 2010 being the way less popular follow-up)

08/06/2018 - 4:08pm I agree with the rest of the…

I agree with the rest of the posters that the Personal Matters doesn't really mean much. 

However, the Public Records website is pretty cool. If someone is so inclined, he should F5 there until his fingers fall off, since that seems to be the link to what the investigating committee is reviewing, and the records they publish will be the tea leaves to tell us where it's headed. 

I just flipped through the HC contract, specifically the for cause section. Very interesting to see what he can be fired for, and how. Also, the latest extension confirms the buy-out to be north of $38M. 

08/05/2018 - 12:28am I've been absorbing as much…

I've been absorbing as much analysis as possible over the last few days and keep going back and forth on whether he stays or goes. Right now I'm about 75% he's gone. Maybe more.

Even if he played everything by the book with respect to title IX and other reporting and investigation requirements, the disorganized way that everything came out removes any benefit of the doubt. The lie at media day makes it look like there was a cover up to protect an abuser, and the firing only came years later due to media pressure. Any way you look at how the last month unfolded, it's a bad look.

The facts could all be on their side but there still will be a segment of fans and media that will never be convinced, and then the story won't go away. I wrote elsewhere that the President doesn't strike me as the type to be willing to deal with this so I'm speculating he's going to want to get rid of Meyer (and probably Gene Smith) and start fresh. 

I expect this week to be quiet while the committee investigates and Meyer negotiates a buyout. Unless he clearly breached his contract by not reporting correctly, I think they'll have a hard time proving that they fired him for cause, so he will probably get most of the $38 million in his buyout (I read that number on the board but didn't confirm. Let me know if it's inaccurate).

08/03/2018 - 1:03pm I just read up on the…

I just read up on the history of President Drake, and he doesn't strike me as the type to let something like this slide just because Meyer is a good football coach. Everything below would indicate to me he's inclined to take a hard line in this case:

He came to OSU in 2014, so he inherited Smith and Meyer (so he does not owe them extra loyalty as his hires).

He has already been through a "scandal" when he fired the band director over a overly-sexual culture, so he obviously cares enough to fight through the opposition.

Prior to coming to OSU, he spent his entire career in California, at schools without major athletics - UCI and UCSF. 

 

08/02/2018 - 8:15pm He knew about 2015, there is…

He knew about 2015, there is no way he didn't at least hear rumors through his wife or someone else. It also sounds like the police knew and decided not to press any charges, so then the question is did the Meyers fulfill their reporting requirements of Title IX. I think this is probably one of the big questions the school is trying to figure out during the administrative leave right now.

If he didn't report, then yes he should obviously be fired. Without reporting, the top priority (which should be Courtney Smith's safety) cannot be guaranteed.

Assuming he did (because he might be a snake but doesn't seem to be an idiot) then his transgressions are (1) keeping Smith on staff, when he should have fired him and (2) lying about it last month. At this point I think this is Meyer's best case scenario: he can argue that keeping Smith was the best option they had (especially if firing him would hurt Courtney more). Lying to the media about it now isn't in the same realm of badness and something - absent the rest - everyone would quickly forget.

I may be being too charitable. However, I think we are too quick to imagine facts that are not in evidence, simply because they usually are under the archetype of the college football scandal. I don't think Meyer was protecting Smith because he was such a great coach and helped them win so many games - everyone seems to share the opinion he was mediocre at best. This seems more of a personal tragedy of loyalty to the relative of a mentor in Earle Bruce, and Smith, who has been working for Meyer for nearly a decade. And the classic error in believing you can help an abuser stop abusing through counseling and coaching. It's a huge step down in magnitude and severity from the issues at PSU and MSU, and the comparison, though easy, isn't fair. 

08/01/2018 - 3:41pm I don't think this requires…

I don't think this requires it's own thread, but can we all do the same psycho analysis of this Cardale Jones tweet that we did of the John O'Korn tweet from the other day?

Funny how life works

— Cardale Jones (@Cardale7_) August 1, 2018
08/01/2018 - 1:25pm Responding to emphasize your…

Responding to emphasize your point: the school has a secrecy problem. Brian and others ran into it with the Dave Brandon FOIAs and I have heard complaints from outside the athletic sphere on the same point. The more people know and can put pressure on those connected to the school to do the right thing, the better.

07/30/2018 - 12:19pm The "Official Ethics of…

The "Official Ethics of Mgoblog" page up in the About section was originally posted in 2006. There are a few things I want to highlight:

Perhaps this will all look rather quaint years from now when I get bored of my mountain of million dollar bills and scan through my archives in search of a quick confirmation of my naivete...
Anyway, the point of this is so y'all can police me if I start slipping. Yes, there are places to slip to.

and 

Things I wont post on:

  • Politics
  • Karate Kid
  • The White Shadow
  • Musical groups that were last relevant in 1986.

In the spirit of "policing you," here are my humble recommendations:

  • Review and amend the FAQ to give yourself the room to comment on politics
  • Explain, in the FAQ and a dedicated FP post, all the reasons you have for posting. IMO, the ones you have given are reasonable: you are a resident, you want to use your platform, etc. 
  • Expand on the MGoBoard FAQ (side note: these are on a separate page, which I feel is somewhat confusing to commenters who don't make much of a distinction between the FP and Board) the reason why Politics is listed under "UNWELCOME, KTHX." To me it's pretty obvious that partisan politics muddies up the board and wrecks the community with pointless mud-slinging, and for that I appreciate the ban. In that vein, respectful comments on government operations can be tolerated (for example, the board posts discussing U-M alum Judge Kethledge's potential nomination to the SCOTUS). Others apparently do not see it this way.
  • In general, I think there is a disconnect between the "rules" as written and how they are followed and enforced. I know you are busy with HTTV, 3.0, and summer content. But I think a refresh of the blog values and how they are expressed would put a lot of these complaints to bed. I'm not saying you have to explain yourself to your readers, but a little bit more respect and communication is warranted.
07/27/2018 - 4:06pm I am guessing that the FSU @…

I am guessing that the FSU @ ND game, which is November 10, will host as it's around the 25th anniversary of the first ever on-campus Gameday (11/13/1993, #1 FSU vs #2 ND). M vs ND has been on Gameday 6 times in 24 years. I'm guessing they skip the Michigan game and go to Atlanta instead, and save the @ND appearance for FSU since I doubt ESPN wants to go there twice in a season. 

Found this interesting article listing Notre Dame's appearances on Gameday. According to Wikipedia, M and ND are tied for 6th with 28 Gameday appearances each. 

07/27/2018 - 11:18am I have three tickets in the…

I have three tickets in the LFC Section I'm trying to unload. Going to go and enjoy seeing a PL team I actually like. YNWA

07/27/2018 - 7:16am This is off topic but the…

This is off topic but the pic of the maize uniforms from the game last year got me thinking. I changed my initial impression. That uniform isn't all bad and I wouldn't mind seeing it again under similar circumstances (big road/neutral site game against OOC opponent). It definitely seems more aesthetically congruent with the normal uniforms than the Brandon-era alternates (UTL I, Sugar Bowl, Outback Bowl, PSU all-blue). Even looking back almost a year later, the maize tops are "okay whatever" to me, which is way higher on the scale than "wow I can't believe anyone thought that was a good idea."

07/26/2018 - 9:43pm I believe this leaves NCAA…

I believe this leaves NCAA hockey as the only league that still uses 5 on 5 for OT (playoffs excepted). Dumb that it's mandated, at least go to 4 on 4 to open it up a bit and increase the chance of a goal.

07/10/2018 - 12:06am Harbaugh wanting to do…

Harbaugh wanting to do carpool karaoke to the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is perfect.

06/29/2018 - 4:30pm It's not easy, in part…

It's not easy, in part because it seems like with only 9 teams there is only one or two spots available. In the NFL, it seems like only half of the 32 starting QB spots are secure at any given time. 

06/29/2018 - 4:27pm Here's a hot take: Canadian…

Here's a hot take: Canadian rules are better than American rules. The bigger field and extra player and lack of 4th down open things up. I haven't seen much CFL but when I do it's highly entertaining. Good luck to Gardner.

06/22/2018 - 2:12pm Where's his buddy Andrew…

Where's his buddy Andrew Dakich gonna play summer league?

06/19/2018 - 2:43pm More respect if you did that…

More respect if you did that while on the clock.

06/19/2018 - 1:32pm I'm with you. It's a triple…

I'm with you. It's a triple penalty: for a handball red card you give up a PK, you lose a man for the game (the whole game in this case since it was so early) and you're also suspended for the next. It's very harsh. I think just the PK and red for the game would be enough, i think the suspension for the next game is piling on. 

06/17/2018 - 9:45am Hey JBDaddy, if you happen…

Hey JBDaddy, if you happen to see this, I just want to say THANK YOU for this. I added the JS and CSS and tweaked it myself a bit, and now the site looks way better. It's not perfect but better than what it was before. 

FYI, I changed the following. My CSS knowledge is 0 so I just guessed at what I needed to change until the site reflected what I wanted.

heading margin to 1 since at 0 it was overlapping with the "submitted by" line. 

content font size to 1, because 1.5 was too big for me (obviously personal preference)

removed the blocks on the header, since it doesn't bother me that much, and it goes away when I scroll down anyway

06/17/2018 - 8:47am 8 years with this account…

8 years with this account and finally a chance to shine. You nailed it

06/17/2018 - 8:42am The comment on the US Open…

The comment on the US Open pushing the later games to FS1 gave me a scary thought: Joe Buck calling soccer. It puts me to sleep just thinking of it, and I'm not a soccer hater (just a Buck hater).

Speaking of awful announcing, what are everyone's thoughts on FOX's WC coverage so far? The guy that called the Peru-Denmark game yesterday sounded like a parody of a Mexican PbP guy. Alexi Lalas seems like a jerk but he wore a Detroit Red Wings shirt in Moscow the other day so I like him now. I just read that only 2 of the FOX teams are live, while the rest are calling games off a TV in LA. Seems like a pretty terrible shortcut for the world's biggest sporting event.

06/15/2018 - 1:55pm Dumb question: as far as I…

Dumb question: as far as I know, the next Michigan Stadium event is the Liverpool-Man City ICC match at the end of July. Why are the goalposts still up? Why are they laying down the turf now just to have to put a soccer pitch on top of it later? 

I'm sure there is some schedule that makes it all make sense (maybe not enough time in early August to do this before the team starts fall practice in the Stadium?) but it just seems strange that the field is being laid down now.

06/15/2018 - 12:05pm That's funny because I'm the…

That's funny because I'm the opposite - I love the beginning of the tournament, when the build up is finally released. Very similar to the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. Also, they are similar in the group stage/first rounds are when the big upsets can happen. Also, to a casual fan, I like the openers because the announcers teach you about the players and storylines.

On the other hand, after the first 48 games (in both tournaments) I feel fatigued, and the middle rounds bore me as the stakes are not high enough to get excited. The semis and final are finally exciting again. 

06/13/2018 - 7:36pm Good point, the Rose Bowl…

Good point, the Rose Bowl should be permanent host of the most important games.

On the other hand, I saw what happened last week when Washington won the Stanley Cup in Vegas, and my new opinion is that every final should be there for celebration purposes.

06/13/2018 - 1:39pm Might be tough to get in…

Might be tough to get in during year 8 of the US-Canada War

06/13/2018 - 1:35pm With the change to the…

With the change to the redshirting rules in #2, what is even the point of having a redshirt rule anymore? The changed rule now basically gives you 5 years to play 4.33 seasons, is it that much worse to just give 5 full years of eligibility? I don't really see the point, since I think we've gone well beyond the original intention of the redshirt rule. I think any playing time restrictions are bad, so why not let players play 5 years, if they can?

06/13/2018 - 11:31am This is a tough situation. I…

This is a tough situation. I don't have a good recommendation, but I don't think you can go wrong with a math major. 

I don't think Ross would be good if the struggle is fitting in with "aggressive peers." Ross is the campus center for aggressive douchebags, as a double graduate I think it's okay to say that. I think it would be even harder to try that than finding something where there is an interest in LSA.

Best of luck

06/09/2018 - 2:27pm Don't forget to give credit…

Don't forget to give credit where it is due and let them know what upgrades you like and appreciate. I think HUEL did a good job with the design and layout, excess whitespace aside. 

On mobile particularly, it's very nice to finally have a mobile/touch optimized layout.