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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. 
04/05/2018 - 11:28am If we win tonight, Hockey

If we win tonight, Hockey should put us at #2 over Penn State. Are we still over them even if we lose tonight?

04/04/2018 - 8:56pm Eh....it's pretty clearly

Eh....it's pretty clearly implied from Harbaugh's and the players' behavior/statements before, during and after the 2017 season that they were not expecting anything quite like an 8-5 season. 

04/03/2018 - 6:31pm Why would we want Izzo there

Why would we want Izzo there forever? 

 

Yeah, he has underperformed recently, but he's still a very good coach (Top 15, at a minimum) who can recruit well. 

 

I'd rather make the way for MSU's Rich Rod to come in.

It will be very difficult them to recruit their next coach once Izzo leaves:

  • Firestorm of sexual assualt trouble at an institution with a scarred reputation. 
  • Difficult to step into a huge personality like Izzo's shoes with a fanbase that adores him.
  • Less money than many/most other basketball powers.
  • Living in East Lansing.
04/03/2018 - 12:22am So much to be proud of. It's

So much to be proud of. It's always great to be a Michigan Wolverine. Lots of fond memories to last and lots of exciting times to look forward to. 

Go Blue!

04/01/2018 - 6:23pm you're a joke. Did you not

you're a joke. Did you not pay attention in New York or Los Angeles?

 

Also:

  1. The majority of undergrads do not go on spring break vacations, so they would have much more flexibility than you think.
  2. Especially as a #1 seed all year that was arguably the biggest favorite throughout the duration of the season to make the Final Four; people build that into expectations. 
04/01/2018 - 6:08pm I "root" for OSU in a fair

I "root" for OSU in a fair amount of non-conference football games. By "root", I mean that I, in advance, mentally justify being happy if they win to boost the Big Ten, but I'm always still happy if they lose. 

04/01/2018 - 12:13pm Villanova is on spring break.

Villanova is on spring break. Hence, the big student showup. 

03/31/2018 - 11:20pm Staples was insane. So loud.

Staples was insane. So loud.

03/31/2018 - 10:23pm HAIL TO THE VICTORS VALIANT!

HAIL TO THE VICTORS VALIANT! GO BLUE!

03/30/2018 - 2:08am I'm very glad they cancelled

I'm very glad they cancelled VT instead of Washington. Washington is a way better trip for our alumni/fans and a stadium we can legit takeover. 

03/29/2018 - 3:19pm Very jealous! Safe travels to

Very jealous! Safe travels to all!!!

03/27/2018 - 12:40pm 124 will not be an official

124 will not be an official school section so it should be mixed, but it's in between the Michigan and Villanova sections. Kansas will be kitty-corner to us across the stadium in terms of their official section. 

03/27/2018 - 11:22am Agree that the article is

Agree that the article is dumb and we should leave JH alone for now, but football and basketball don't have equivalent turnaround times and Beilein walked into a much worse condition.

Harbaugh's second year had Michigan's largest NFL draft class ever, none of whom he recruited. Beilein had no such advantages. 

03/26/2018 - 3:36pm I'm not insinuating we can't

I'm not insinuating we can't handle it. But a previous poster seemed to suggest that Michigan would have the most fans of the four schools in SA, and that "maybe" Kansas would have as much. Kansas will almost certainly have the most by a large margin. 

03/26/2018 - 11:34am Why are we supposed to care

Why are we supposed to care that you went to Catholic school over 25 years ago?

03/26/2018 - 11:33am If it's a Kansas-Michigan

If it's a Kansas-Michigan national championship, Kansas has two-thirds of the building.

We will NOT have a fan advantage in San Antonio. This is Texas, middle of Big 12 country. Michigan's advantages are in the big cities of the Midwest, Northeast and West Coast, not the South and especially not the South Central like San Antonio. 

03/25/2018 - 8:53pm What? Minnesota-Duluth can

What? Minnesota-Duluth can still win the thing.

03/25/2018 - 8:03pm They sold beer at MSG this

They sold beer at MSG this year. 

 

It's an NCAA postseason rule though. Conferences can serve it if they'd like, but in the tournament they don't. 

03/25/2018 - 2:02pm Would also be a home game for

Would also be a home game for Kansas if we're being honest with ourselves. Besides Kentucky, they travel better than any basketball fanbase and it's within driving distance for the bulk of their fans, plus they have much larger alumni bases in Texas than any of the other schools besides TT obviously.