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09/24/2018 - 3:46pm This was a great post and I…

This was a great post and I'm sad it didn't get as much love as it deserved. 

09/01/2018 - 4:55pm Every time Brian writes LFG,…

Every time Brian writes LFG, especially considering his Tropico experience, I assume he's trying to run Molten Core. 

08/10/2018 - 4:12pm I'm out of Big Ten country…

I'm out of Big Ten country so I dropped TV when they dropped BTN from the premium sports package I was paying for. I switched to PS Vue (which has raised its rates on me a little bit) and am about $75 cheaper per month.

Vue generally works well, but the performance isn't as good as cable. The DVR, while better than YouTube's, isn't as good. I also miss the Pac12 Network and CBC. I also don't get all of my local channels because PS Vue doesn't carry live locals owned by Sinclair though the antenna I had easily fixes that. Any streaming service is going to have to have some performance trade off, but overall the price + BTN has made me a happy customer so far.

08/07/2018 - 7:56pm I enjoyed reading everyone's…

I enjoyed reading everyone's stories.

I was in the middle of one of our two-a-days for football practice. Our coach called everyone over and said that the entire region had lost power and no one knew why. He cancelled the rest of practice and sent everyone home. The thing that stands out to me was how many more stars there were at night.

01/03/2018 - 8:14pm Mgoblog is a nerdy enough

Mgoblog is a nerdy enough place where a link to a Star Wars column and having the advertiser talk about it in the podcast seems entirely appropriate.

It's more that I believe Richard and I saw two very different movies.

01/03/2018 - 8:01pm Hoeg is Really Wrong

I read the linked article and Richard Hoeg's take is really bad. I don't really think mgoblog is the place to get involved in a spoiler-filled debate on The Last Jedi (though if you want to get into some Babalyon 5 arguments the statute of limitations has passed and I'm your guy), but this take is really wrong:

"Crafting a compelling narrative comes with certain rules (of the game), not out of some centuries old adherence to an ancient text, but because the arcs of characterization, growth, and plot matter to whether an audience can engage with the story that is being told.  In Last Jedi it seems clear that Rian Johnson prioritized shock above all else, whether or not it made the story more compelling, better, or even coherent.  One event simply happens after the next, and the characters react"

I'm not sure what movie he was watching but TLJ is nothing but setup and payoff. Characterization, growth, and plot are developed, grow organically, and resolve logically. It's narrative elements are all very clear and intentional.

09/22/2017 - 6:21pm Purdue Kittens

Perhaps it's because Purdue had the first computer science department in the country?

07/28/2017 - 3:11pm I might worry tha a Filiagia,

I might worry that a Filiagia, Ruiz, Onwenu interior could be too massive to observe from a distance. You get that kind of power together and they're liable warp light around them.

06/22/2017 - 3:21pm Code Red is my go to but

Code Red is my go to but White Out isn't to far behind. I also liked the original Pitch Black. I can take or leave the rest. 

05/26/2017 - 2:53pm Goths

Currently listening to Goths. It's great.

01/23/2017 - 6:43pm Hot Takes

1) Pancheros is hands down the best burrito spot in Ann Arbor and BTB is wildly overrated.

2) Kang's is the only Korean spot worth stopping at. 

3) NYPD has always been mediocre.

12/21/2016 - 2:18pm I'm not terribly upset but,

I'm not terribly upset but, like Matt Hinton, I'm generally opposed to anything that treats college football like the an NFL minor league.

04/10/2016 - 3:10pm Anybody remember when ESPN

Anybody remember when ESPN would air Magic: the Gathering?

Their programming decisions don't really bother me. I'd rather watch someone playing Counter Strike, poker, Magic, or pro beach hockey than listen to Mike and Mike any day of the week.

04/10/2016 - 2:50am Yeah, that's one thing that

Yeah, that's one thing that kind of bugs me about Deschutes; if the beer really is that much better after the best after date why not cellar it themselves? At the price paid for the limited release stuff I don't really feel like they're passing on the savings.

So, the cognac is good. The barrel adds a great complexity and the aroma is spectacular. With a year or two on it might really become something special.

That said, the rye version is excellent right now. The spiciness is great and I'm always pleased to see a whiseky barrel that isn't bourbon. 

04/08/2016 - 10:36pm Abyss Congac Barrel Edition

My local bottleshop randomly got a late delivery of The Abyss aged in cognac barrels, so I bought a couple and can't wait to open one of them up. 

12/31/2015 - 7:19pm EDSBS

Brian means Spencer Hall.

11/21/2015 - 8:47pm The Dissident

Pulling a Deschutes The Dissident 2008 from the cellar.

10/29/2015 - 7:19pm 30-9

30-9, Michigan

10/24/2015 - 2:08am Dark Star

Fremont Brewing's barrel aged Dark Star.

09/17/2015 - 4:18pm Deschutes

Deschutes does some really good limited batch stuff. I'm always chasing down their Abyss (a wonderful Imperial Stout that ages nicely) during the few weeks its on the market.

To the question at hand, I'm in Washington state and we've got a ton of craft brewers. This time of year I'm a sucker for a pumpkin beer and Elysian's The Great Pumpkin is always a good choice.

09/16/2015 - 8:17pm 38-11 Michigan

38-11 Michigan

08/17/2015 - 1:28pm I did the same thing.

I had the rest of the trip booked and I didn't really feel comfortable going to a tiny stadium without tickets. 

06/23/2015 - 4:41pm If I remember correctly he

If I remember correctly he actually was a previous guest a long time ago. Back when Tim was around, Brian and Tim would try and get rotating bloggers from oppoisition schools to guest in the preview segments; I believe Matt Hinton filled in admirably for a mid-major without bloggers.

04/09/2015 - 7:46pm Non-HBO Options

Everybody is familiar with the HBO options these days, so let me suggest The Knick or, if you're in the mood for something more full of pulp, Banshee. 

08/20/2014 - 4:22pm As I live in Seattle, this is

As I live in Seattle, this is the happiest Michigan football has made me since the Sugar Bowl.

05/15/2014 - 6:07pm Donation

I donated $27.27 because I'm a masochist.

10/10/2013 - 7:59pm 21-17


07/18/2013 - 2:19pm Front Office Football

Those were a good series of games. I would pay too much money and waste hours and hours of my life if there was an updated  version of that game with similar depth and syle of the Football Manager series. 

02/22/2013 - 10:03am 1) Work
2) No
3) Yes. Once

1) Work

2) No

3) Yes. Once there was an ill-advised mgo Spring Game Tailgate.

4) Egg-in-the-hole grilled cheese. Pretty delicous. 

01/09/2013 - 8:11am Battlestar

I disagree with the assessment of BS:G. It went post Jim and Pam hookup The Office shortly after the start of season three.

09/03/2012 - 1:45am XIII

Look, I know what you're going for with the title post. But you can't title something Thirteen without then forcing me to think:


08/11/2012 - 8:00am These days

These days you have to roll again to confirm a critical hit. 

I miss THAC0.

08/04/2012 - 3:30pm You were unaware that a buck

You were unaware that a buck seventy five is a crappy tip? Let's guess who has never worked in the food service industry before!

07/23/2012 - 7:38am Great

This is great news. Maybe one day my dream of having a college football version of Fooball Manager will exist in a modern cohesive and functional form. 

02/21/2012 - 1:22am Fitted

I have a ginormous head so my choice was made for me. I can't fit into an adjustable one, so when I buy a hat I have to spend a great deal of time and energy tracking down something that looks good and is an eight.

It's a challenge.

12/08/2011 - 3:42am Babylon 5

This has got to be the only credentialed sporting related anything that can work a Babylon 5 reference into a daily article. For that I say kudos, to you sir! On behalf of nerds who love sports, thanks for proving that football and Europa Universalis are not incompatible.

11/26/2011 - 3:24am But

But what about the independent contractors aboard the Death Star? They're just trying to scrape out a living without worrying about left-wing militants going to blow everything up in a three-mile radius.

10/30/2011 - 5:02am Nope

He is right. If MSU wins out there can't possibly be a three way tie at the top because Michigan has yet to play Nebraska.

10/23/2011 - 4:41am I'm just glad


I'm just glad that someone other than me noticed that false start on the third down conversion shovel pass. The fact that I haven't heard any Wisconsin fans whining about it made me think I was hallucinating. 

10/13/2011 - 8:09am Coordinators Speaking Freely Paranoia

My inner-paranoid gets worked up when I hear Mattison specifically mention his assignments on the veer. Paul Johnson has made a career of figuring out who has the pitch back and then changing assignments to block him. I'm not a fan of making it easy for the opposing side.

Fort Schembechler isn't completely without value.

09/21/2011 - 10:29am Is the general feed link

Is the general feed link broken for anybody else? Well, it isn't exactly broken for me, the RSS feed works but I can't seem to find content on it. 

03/26/2011 - 5:06am EU3

I  also had to log in to express my glee at seeing a Europa Universalis 3 reference. 

01/11/2011 - 6:30am Makes sense

That makes sense. It seemed like an odd choice seeing as ratings are down this year but when you this about it, Fox doesn't really have a comparable sports channel.

01/11/2011 - 4:34am We'll see

Then we'll see if he can make it two for two by having Miles bring in Tenuta as defensive coordinator.

01/08/2011 - 4:56am Recently? Like this:

01/07/2011 - 8:08am Except

Except that Brady Hoke has a losing record over his career while Pat Fitzgerald's is the opposite.  Except that Hoke's losing record comes from schools in the mid majors while Fitz's comes from the Big 10.

I'm not saying that Fitzgerald is an ideal hire but if we're going to hire somebody without experience in an AQ conference at the very least they should have a career record with more wins than losses.

12/29/2010 - 2:16am Fulmer Cup

I think you're a little hard of the Fulmer Cup. Sure, there are some chincey things in there like marijuana possession or the odd disorderly conduct charge. But in the first tagged post in your provided link there is a felony assaulting a police officer charge, a misdemeanor assault charge, and a DUI. I don't know about you, but if I were arrested for any of those things a minor mishap.

And you have to do something to keep you occupied in the offseason, right?

12/03/2010 - 3:56am I also live in Seattle. It

I also live in Seattle. It has been unusually cold and snowy so far this year. But I understand your shock; as a native Midwesterner, the local overreaction to snow seems to border on hysteria.

11/25/2010 - 4:56am  

 No one in the league


 No one in the league has beaten a quality OOC opponent this year (the Washington win over Syracuse is probably the closest thing to a good win). 

Granted the wins over Tennessee and Texas have been devalued, but Arizona's win over Iowa doesn't count?

While I wouldn't consider the Pac 10 to be particularly good this year, I wouldn't lump them into the same category of terrible as the Big East or even the ACC.

11/06/2010 - 10:05am Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is essentially Fox News or MSNBC, depending on your political leanings and school affiliation.  If you're a Spartan fan, or just really hate Michigan, it speaks the truth that the other broadcasts miss. On the other hand, if you're a Michigan fan you see it as the enemy; a slanted opinion that holds its own bias up as if it were integrity.