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09/12/2018 - 7:24pm It's not about how many…

It's not about how many points you have, but it's a way for us to censor poor posts and comments so that more casual readers don't:

  1. Give too much attention and time to your specious opinions (it's a filter of sorts for those pressed on time).
  2. Think you represent more than the fringe of the rational fanbase. 
  3. Give Michigan fans a bad reputation. 
09/10/2018 - 1:57pm If the loss winds up being…

If the loss winds up being to PSU though, which I don't think is likely, it could be over by then. 

PSU gets MSU and OSU at home, back to back, in late September/early October. If they win both, and hold off Iowa at home the week before Ann Arbor, they'd be able to lose to Wisconsin in November and still be fine. 

09/10/2018 - 1:12pm That's the minimum for this…

That's the minimum for this year. Technically there is no maximum.

Though, if there was going to be a second one, Michigan's AD would have the right to refuse. 

09/10/2018 - 10:59am I'm not so sure that…

I'm not so sure that Michigan will be the favorite in all of our games until OSU. 

Wisconsin should be a Top 5 team when they visit, home field won't necessarily be enough to offset that. 

MSU is on the road and, especially if we're coming off a loss to Wisconsin, they could be favored. 

PSU gets OSU and MSU at home. If they hold serve, they could be ranked very highly when they come to Ann Arbor and again, it's likely Michigan has lost at least one of the last two games. 

09/05/2018 - 9:54am Saying 8-4 is a hard floor…

Saying 8-4 is a hard floor is also false. 

We EASILY could go 7-5 this year. OSU is an extremely likely loss. MSU is a likely loss, we can't perform on the road, or in that rivalry, and always get their best shot. Wisconsin is a legitimate Top 5 team with a ferocious defense to match up with our meek and meager offense. PSU looks vulnerable yes, but they have a good QB and thrashed us last year, so you never know. And Northwestern has a better offense than we do; not sure our offense is capable of cashing in on their sub-par defense.

 

I'm not saying 7-5 is my prediction; I personally think we beat PSU/NW and finish 8-4. But to pretend it would be impossible to finish 7-5 is moronic. 

09/05/2018 - 12:15am This just feels...Hokeian. 

This just feels...Hokeian. 

09/03/2018 - 11:36pm This feels like it could be…

This feels like it could be the beginning of the end....he sounds just like Hoke did. 

If we don't drastically change things (which, if we could, why wouldn't they have done it already) we will lose another 3-4 games this regular season; and I'm not sure recruiting could recover from back to back 8-4/7-5 seasons unless we somehow can magically be a CFP team in 2019. 

09/02/2018 - 10:14am MSU literally always starts…

MSU literally always starts out terribly in their first games. They have a favorable schedule.

No Wisconsin, no Iowa.

Ohio State and Michigan in East Lansing.

Assuming that Nebraska can't catch up in Year 1 of Frost, the only hard MSU road game is at Penn State. However, it's not a White Out and PSU looks poised for a rebuilding year. 

09/02/2018 - 9:58am Warm as in evaluated after…

Warm as in evaluated after this season? Highly unlikely. We'd have to lose all the hard games and probably a Nebraska type of game for that to happen. 6-6 maybe, but honestly we'd probably have to be 5-7 or worse to fire him this year.

However, I think anything at 8-4 or worse (or, 9-3 if the 3 losses are ND, MSU, OSU) will leave him squarely on the hot seat for 2019. 

The question for 2019 then becomes, what's enough? Does he have to win the Big Ten? 

What if we go 10-2, beat ND and MSU at home, but lose @Wisconsin and to Ohio State again in Ann Arbor and fail to win the East? Is that enough in Year 5? 0-5 vs. OSU, 0-3 in The Big House? 

Honestly, that feels like the most likely scenario to me and I don't know how I'd feel about it.

09/02/2018 - 9:50am PSU seems very beatable at…

PSU seems very beatable at home. Just struggled with App State and the Nittany Lions are, besides Michigan, the team that plays the worst in big road games in the conference. 

Each of the other three will be very tough. OSU is a "no way in hell" unless things drastically change. 

MSU there's a chance, but in East Lansing it's definitely less than 50%. 

Wisconsin's defense is just very likely going to be too much. Only way we can win that is with turnovers/special teams significantly going our way, or a literal rock fight, something like the 2012 MSU win where we won 12-10 without scoring a touchdown. 

09/02/2018 - 9:40am Michigan wins the next 5…

Michigan wins the next 5 games. Western and SMU are easy cupcakes. Nebraska is comfortable, but not a blowout. 

Michigan edges out a 4-0 ranked Northwestern in Evanston leading many to believe that things have been fixed (the 17 game ranked road losing streak is snapped! Hooray!!! Nevermind that Northwestern was ranked #24 and the 30,000 person stadium was split nearly 50-50).

Handling a resurgent Maryland on Homecoming continues the momentum and brings the annual hope of a Big Ten title roaring back. 

Then, it turns, as usual. At 5-1, Top 15 ish Michigan hosts a Top 5 Wisconsin Badger team and our offense gets obliterated. Similarly to the ND game, the score is relatively close, but Wisconsin controls the entire game. 

The following week we head to East Lansing and are knocked out of the Big Ten title race, and the Top 25, in a game that's close for a half and then gets away from us. 

We enter the bye week on a two game losing streak at 5-3 and people are, somewhat rightfully, losing their mind. 1-3 record against MSU (an MSU team that lost the week before in Happy Valley) finally leads moderate apologists to admit maybe Harbaugh's tenure needs to be looked at.

Michigan beats a middling Penn State team (who winds up losing 3-4 games themselves) in a close game leading the hard-core apologists to say "we've bounced back, it'll be fine!"

Blowout Rutgers, as usual. Scared by Indiana, but prevail, as usual. Lose to Ohio State in a close game that widens in the 4th quarter, as usual. 

 

8-4.

 

 

09/02/2018 - 8:58am Don't blame this on…

Don't blame this on scheduling. 

09/02/2018 - 8:34am It's all absolutely deserved…

It's all absolutely deserved. 

Here's hoping that things can turn around, but you have to wonder, at some point, if Harbaugh's ceiling is 8/9 win teams we should fire him and hire one of the many coaches who can deliver those middling results for half of his outlandish price.

Most overpaid and overrated staff in the United States. 

This feels like an 8 win season with 3 rivalry losses. I guess you give him one more chance in 2019 with the favorable schedule? But is anything less than a Big Ten Championship next year, after what could potentially be putrid 2017 and 2018 seasons, acceptable? For this level of salary?

09/02/2018 - 2:26am Honestly, in my mind,…

Honestly, in my mind, defense was the reason we lost more than offense. ATROCIOUS beginning to the game. Hard to really get into it when you spot a team 14 points. 

08/31/2018 - 11:56am Wow. FUCK NOTRE DAME. 

Wow. FUCK NOTRE DAME. 

08/07/2018 - 12:21am If he had Harbaugh's record…

If he had Harbaugh's record he'd probably be gone too, sadly. 

08/02/2018 - 11:07pm A better answer is to have a…

A better answer is to have a 50 state solution to make it illegal for anyone convicted of any domestic violence offense to own any type of firearm. It's astonishing how easy abusers can still buy and own guns in most states. 

08/02/2018 - 11:05pm Women (and men, and children…

Women (and men, and children) who live in a home with a gun are significantly more likely to be shot (or shoot themselves) than those who live in a home without a gun. 

07/30/2018 - 3:38pm I'd rather have Nebraska…

I'd rather have Nebraska than Iowa, Kinnick is scary. 

06/13/2018 - 11:44am Work in user experience and…

Work in user experience and design full time. 

  1. This is a worse site experience for commenting and interacting.
  2. This is a better experience for consuming article content from the staff.

Based on this, I would imagine that Brian & Co. are giving extra weight to (the probable majority/plurality) who come to MGoBlog and just read.

That said, I'd be shocked if this doesn't damage board interactivity and commenting. Which could also damage "read-only" viewership if a significant portion of the reading was on community posts/comments/the board instead of just articles.

Either way, over time people will get used to it and the effect will probably become less extreme. 

06/13/2018 - 11:39am I feel like including track…

I feel like including track/XC/golf multiple times each for meets with many teams in them kind of leads to an inaccurate picture.

For those sports, I think it's best to just use the Big Ten championship meets. 

06/04/2018 - 11:43am Ehhh, 2017 is the only year

Ehhh, 2017 is the only year you can say this. Which is the most recent, so arguably the most important, so fair enough. 

 

Harbaugh did not emphasis 2015 enough and certainly did not play to our full potential in any phase of the game.  

2016 we did emphasize it and got fucked, but I wouldn't say we played up to our full potential in that game (in that season, think Penn State and MSU the team played much better until stopping trying late in East Lansing). The defense probably did, but the offense certainly had much better performances (including FSU in the Orange Bowl afterwards). 

05/23/2018 - 1:50am Booooo. This sucks. 
 
Keep

Booooo. This sucks. 

 

Keep the 9 games. 

05/22/2018 - 9:58am The SEC would like to have a

The SEC would like to have a word. 

05/07/2018 - 1:13am We don't need to go into

We don't need to go into Columbus 11-0, but we do probably need to be 10-1. If the 1 is to Notre Dame, it might as well be 11-0 though. 

 

Theoretically, could be 9-2 if one of the two losses is to the Irish. 

 

Beyond betting lines, I think the Notre Dame game will be pivotal for this team mentally. A win in South Bend could provide much needed mental strength to help us get over the hump. I feel like the positive momentum from that would ride us at least to East Lansing undefeated. 

 

I view Penn State as the biggest wildcard game of the hard ones. Depending on how each team's season goes, that could go anywhere from a fairly likely Michigan win to PSU entering as road favorites. 

  • Wisconsin will be a close, low scoring game that we should be slight favorites for at home with our defense. 
  • MSU will be a virtual tossup no matter what, as will Notre Dame. 
  • OSU we will be significant, but probably not insurmountable, underdogs.
05/01/2018 - 5:16pm OSU 2015 and MSU 2015 were

OSU 2015 and MSU 2015 were both just, so, so, so awful. Not sure which is worse honestly. 

05/01/2018 - 5:15pm Notre Dame fans are not

Notre Dame fans are not bad. 

I was at the 2014 shuthout Hoke game in South Bend and they could've been way worse to us. I only imagine if that had been in Columbus or East Lansing. 

05/01/2018 - 4:19pm Being fine with people

Being fine with people sitting is not the same as being fine with people sitting yelling at other people to sit. 

 

I don't care what you do, but you have absolutely no right to tell anyone else to sit down. 

04/26/2018 - 3:28pm No, all sports are worth the

No, all sports are worth the same, but the point difference between places is worth a lot more for higher places. The gap between our Women's is probably negligible that low down the totum pole. 

PSU Men's Gym scored 32.5 more points than Michigan's Men's Gym, while our Women only received 6 more points than theirs. 

 

Men's Gym also has way less teams, so the differences between places are sharper. 

04/25/2018 - 12:24pm Have a favorite trail in

Have a favorite trail in Yosemite?

 

I might try to go for a few days in May during the week, as hopefully it won't be too crowded. Just need to confirm I can take 2 days off work. 

04/25/2018 - 12:23pm Generally true, but some

Generally true, but some parks it's literally not possible. 

 

Lassen Volcano National Park in California and Crater Lake in Oregon are two where the roads are literally only snow-free/open from the end of June through September. 

04/25/2018 - 11:28am Yup, I did! So pretty, but

Yup, I did! So pretty, but boy are those roads are hard on your brakes. 

 

I saw a bear right in the middle of the trail, eating ants from a log. I waited for a while about 30 yards off or so until a group of 5-8 of us had gathered coming down. We took a wide berth off trail to go around. He knew we were there, but was more focused on the ants. 

 

After that, stayed with 3 German exchange students I met the rest of the way down as I didn't want to be alone haha.

04/25/2018 - 11:25am That's one of the parks that

That's one of the parks that summer has become an unfortunate time to go. Probably best in the October-April timeframe. Arches with snow still is beautiful! In the summer it is overrun though. 

04/25/2018 - 11:15am Sequoia is great too. Had an

Sequoia is great too. Had an awesome hiking trip there last May. Saw a few bears too and cool to hike on feet of packed snow while it's 70 degrees. 

04/25/2018 - 11:14am Where is Banff?

Where is Banff?

04/23/2018 - 6:44pm It is still impressive, but

It is still impressive, but even within the Big Ten (which is already a bad conference):

  • 8 of our 11 conference wins are against the worst three teams in the conference (Northwestern and Penn State are each 1-14; Maryland is 3-8). 
  • The other 3 came against MSU, who is 6-5 in conference and 14-21 overall. Still below average even within the Big Ten. 
  • Even Iowa is not very good. They are right in the middle of the Big Ten at 7-6. 
  • Of the other Top 4 Big Ten teams, we only play one, and it's a home series (Illinois; we don't play Minnesota, OSU, or Indiana). 

 

Will be very interesting to see if we can hang onto the conference lead. And, you can only play the schedule you're given, so just have to keep winning. 

 

04/22/2018 - 12:10am The schedule has been

The schedule has been insanely easy, but you can only play the teams you're scheduled against. 

 

Even Iowa and Purdue are only middle of the road. The only good Big Ten team we will play will be Illinois. 

04/19/2018 - 4:14pm Some slight

Some slight differences. 

 

Purdue has the hardest schedule on the list. 

 

Michigan and IU have the easiest.

But, with the majority being home/away instead of single play, it's easier to not fuck it up. 

04/19/2018 - 4:00pm I'm very surprised that:A)

I'm very surprised that:

A) Nebraska is as cheap as it is. 

B) Penn State is as expensive as it is.

 

I view those programs as somewhat equal in terms of prestige and fan intrigue, and the Nebraska game is situated at arguably the best weather point of the season (late September), while PSU is in November and could be cold.

04/16/2018 - 11:46am Harbaugh went 10-3 with a

Harbaugh went 10-3 with a 13-0 roster in 2016, so...

04/12/2018 - 3:25pm Michigan outscored Stanford

Michigan outscored Stanford for 1st place within the winter season alone. 

 

But they had a huge lead from the fall and will likely increase it even more with spring sports. 

04/10/2018 - 1:05pm Yesterday was an exception

Yesterday was an exception that broke 128 year record highs all over Southern California; it's not a good example to use.

There were Santa Ana winds (winds come from the East/NE rather than from the ocean), which are only present about 10-15% of the time, primarily in the fall and winter months. 

 

Right on the water-Coastal California is a bit of a bummer in the summer, especially the first half with May Gray/June Gloom where it's cloudy until the early-mid afternoon every day.

 

70-75 does make for great weather for being active, but for laying in one spot (i.e., on the beach), or eating outside, high 70s-low 80s are preferable, which is rare in both SD and Hermosa. 

 

04/09/2018 - 3:41pm I feel like coastal San Diego

I feel like coastal San Diego (which encompasses most of that city) is too chilly in the summer. 80+ is extremely rare there even in the summer, which is kind of a bummer if the high is only something like 73 in July (the warmest month in coastal California is actually September, not July as it is in Michigan), but overall it's hard to beat. 

 

I'd say slightly inland SoCal (4-8 miles from the water) is the best weather, whether it's LA, SD or Orange county. 

A lot of Americans don't realize that SoCal has tons of micro-climates. You can drive 15 min and the temperature will change 25 degrees.

04/09/2018 - 3:36pm Southern California or Ann

Southern California and Ann Arbor are my top 2 and there aren't any super close 3rds. 

In a perfect world, I'd be in Ann Arbor mid-May to November and in Los Angeles December to mid-May.

 

Next in line would probably be any number of places out west with easy access to nature, probably Colorado or Northern Arizona (Sedona/Flagstaff).

Hawaii is obviously fantastic, but I would never live there. Something just so claustrophobic about living there long term. 

 

04/06/2018 - 12:31am Um when was the last time we

Um when was the last time we were great in football lol....?

04/06/2018 - 12:25am Couldn't really script that

Couldn't really script that to be more brutal if you wanted to, but still a fantastic season. 

Fuck Notre Dame. For the love of God, Harbaugh, please get your first big win in South Bend. 

04/05/2018 - 9:28pm The Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8

The Sweet Sixteen and Elite 8 at Staples would beg to differ/be an exception.

04/05/2018 - 5:33pm I mean, yeah mostly. But

I mean, yeah that played a big part.

 

But the offense gave the defense big headstarts in both games and the defense couldn't hold when it mattered most. Especially in 2017 when we had the lead when OSU's starting QB was injured and then the backup torched us and couldn't be stopped a single time. 

It's mostly on the offense, but definitely not 100% so. In 2017, defense takes a big share.

 

With the way people talk about the defense, if you had been told before the game we were spotted a 14 point lead, nobody would have believed we'd lose by double digits. Same for if you were told "Michigan has a second half lead and JT goes out for the game". 

04/05/2018 - 5:26pm We just had an earthquake,

We just had an earthquake, maybe it'll scare him back. 

04/05/2018 - 5:21pm Duh. Fuck Ohio

Duh.

 

  1. Fuck Ohio State
  2. Michigan has a better chance of defeating UM-Duluth in a hypothetical Championship given their lower ranking, worse record/resume and the fact that Michigan is currently a horrid 0-5 vs. Ohio State in the present season (they clearly have our number).
  3. The Big Ten already had a fantastic season and is guaranteed a team in the finals.