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04/12/2018 - 12:37pm The entire point of the

The entire point of the Directors Cup is that women's rowing, etc., counts as much as football or men's basketball, so I'm not sure what the grousing about Stanford's non-revenue sports programs is about. Also, while Michigan does have fewer varsity sports than Stanford, Ohio State and a handful of other Div I schools, it still has quite a few relative to many other schools and benefits in the Cup competition by fielding teams in sparsely populated sports, e.g., men's gymnastics, which has only 21 Div I programs.

12/08/2017 - 1:10pm A lawyer definitely wrote that

A lawyer definitely wrote that. Mmm-hmm.

12/04/2017 - 1:51pm Still here

Still here, although I don't bother posting anymore.

02/21/2017 - 7:51pm Irvin-positive

Just to be clear, my question (the 2nd from the top) was meant to be much more Irvin-positive than it ended up seeming (because I phrased it poorly). What I was trying to get at is: would Irvin as the 6th man give him the opportunity to get his game going against weaker defenders in a situation where he also doesn't have to carry the psychological burden of a starter. Would that potential benefit be a reasonable trade-off for the downgrade of having Robinson play defense against starters? Like I said, that's not going to happen so it's only a thought-experiment, although I sure wish that Beilein had tried it somewhere in the last 6 weeks, just to see if it could jumpstart Irvin's game.

01/30/2017 - 12:56pm 86.82

Money cannon activated in honor of our own refugees.

12/19/2016 - 1:29pm Ridiculous argument

That's a ridiculous argument at this point of the season. Because of the number of games and the importance of post-season tournaments, basketball's seaonsal arc is completely different than football. Particularly when you schedule the way MSU basketball does.

06/24/2016 - 1:18pm 50 hours

Two consecutive all-nighters to write papers at the end of a semester. I was an idiot for procrastinating, but I got As on both.

06/21/2016 - 11:41pm That is just wildly untrue.

That is just wildly untrue. Recruits visit all the time with no offer.

06/21/2016 - 3:18pm I wouldn't read much into the

I wouldn't read much into the order in which things happen. Recruits are busy. Coaches are busy. As long as everyone is communicating well about plans and expectations, there's no problem.

05/26/2016 - 6:06pm Co-signed. Long is absolutely

Co-signed. Long is absolutely brutal.

05/08/2016 - 10:45pm Chelsea train station

I got married in the old Chelsea train station. It's only "in Ann Arbor" in the sense of "in the Ann Arbor area", but it was incredibly cheap to rent the place (we paid like $325 a couple of years ago).

05/06/2016 - 1:56pm I imagine that's because

I imagine that's because there are a metric shit ton of Californians, so it's highly likely that they comprise one of the highest state-of-origin cohorts at any large school, particularly one west of the Mississippi. I also wonder if there are still ties to Oklahoma via Dust Bowl-era immigration, similar to the way that SE Michigan has populations with strong ties to the South due to WWII-era immigration.

05/06/2016 - 1:44pm Better headline

"Partner companies issue press release claiming that within 12 months they will have a public test program for taxis that can be autonomous in an extremely limited set of controlled circumstances."

05/06/2016 - 12:57pm NorCal

NorCal is completely hilarious: Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State(!), whatever that horsehead thing is. My favorite, though, is Sacramento County, population 1.5 million people, who are sufficiently disinterested in Reddit and college sports that Kansas is the winner.

05/04/2016 - 1:32pm Donnal?

You might be thinking of Donnal because Doyle was variously a 3-star or unrated.

05/04/2016 - 12:55pm He's Congolese

He's from Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the big Congo), which helps explain his apparent lack of experience. I'm pretty sure that the 2 years is only 2 years in the USA, but that he played back home, too. Not exactly sure what basketball in Lubumbashi is like, of course.

10/23/2015 - 6:11pm I loves me some MGoRadio,

I loves me some MGoRadio, but, man, that was agonizing. Kudos to Brian for trying multiple times to steer the discussion somewhere more interesting.

09/17/2015 - 3:23pm FWIW UNLV's website has

FWIW UNLV's website has Dominic Baldwin listed at a more believable 265 instead of 230.

09/04/2015 - 8:36pm VLC

Will play almost anything you hand it.

07/02/2015 - 2:04pm And the Kings reportedly want

And the Kings reportedly want to hire Calipari to be their coach AND general manager, which is pretty strong evidence that they know less than nothing about basketball.

06/26/2015 - 6:50pm (No subject)

05/05/2015 - 4:22pm Seriously? You think that

Seriously? You think that he's not a nice guy because he's in jail for armed robbery? Not because he probably MURDERED two people even though he was found not guilty? Hoooo-key-doke.

And I'm not comparing Frank Clark to OJ Simpson. I'm presenting OJ as example of where public opinion diverges from the results of the criminal justice system.

05/05/2015 - 3:42pm First, Clark was found guilty

First, Clark was found guilty because he pled to a reduced charge.

Secondly, criminal justice is something that informs public opinion but public opinion can and does diverge from trial results. I mean, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his wife and Ron Goldman. Ergo, he didn't do, right? And he must be an okay guy, right?

05/05/2015 - 3:26pm Yeah, but so what? The NFL is

Yeah, but so what? The NFL is not a court of criminal justice. They get to decide who does and does not play in their league. Being found guilty of a crime is a simple yardstick for evaluating whether they don't want someone in their league, but it certainly doesn't have to be the only yardstick.

05/05/2015 - 2:27pm Exactly

Exactly. c.f., "we think that he made a mistake but we also think that he's contrite and will represent us well going forward" vs. "we think that he didn't do it". There's a giant, yawning canyon between those two.

05/05/2015 - 1:58pm And even worse, they appear

And even worse, they appear to be backing his preposterous claim that he didn't assault his girlfriend (modulo "hit" vs. "assault"). To me, that's the real jaw-dropper here. Not that he was arrested or pled or whatever. It's that he continues to lie or, at a minimum, dissemble about something awful, and the Seahawks are just fine and dandy with that *and* willing to publicly say that he didn't do anything wrong. It beggars the imagination.

05/05/2015 - 1:12pm The NFL can ban guys for

The NFL can ban guys for whatever reason it wants. It's their game. Due process has nothing to do with it.

05/05/2015 - 1:07pm Clark didn't hit her?

Clark didn't hit her? Is that supposed to be some lawyerly distinction between "struck" and "assaulted"? If that's what he and the Seahawks are rolling with, it's some pretty weak sauce.

04/22/2015 - 3:46pm Ting just resells Sprint.

Ting just resells Sprint.

09/24/2013 - 6:04pm Totally not seeing that.

Totally not seeing that. Kerridge is 1 on 2 against the end and the backer. Whoever he doesn't block is there for the tackle no matter where Fitz goes.

Watching this play live, I thought it was a misread by Gardner all the way, and I don't see anything in the clips above that says otherwise. He pulls, Kerridge blocks one guy, Fitz blocks the other and Gardner probably gets the edge if Funchess manages to occupy his guy for more than a second.

07/23/2013 - 4:39pm Math

Ace was born in 1987? Jesus, I'm old.

04/17/2013 - 10:10pm This wins the internets

This wins the internets today.

03/25/2013 - 12:01am No chance

Illinois tried to hire him last year and he said no. A guy who turns down Illinois isn't going to want a gig at Northwestern.

03/20/2013 - 5:57pm CLARK SMASH!!!


03/19/2013 - 1:23pm Co-signed

There is no way that Maryland's travel costs are doubling. On average Maryland is only ~150 miles further away from Big Ten schools than ACC schools. And for football, the schools in the Big Ten East division will actually be closer than those in the ACC Atlantic division.

02/28/2013 - 1:08pm I really hate this No-Heart

I really hate this No-Heart crap. As if the team was insufficiently interested in winning a Big Ten title or would have won the game if they'd just tried a little harder. This despite the obvious problem that they don't know how to play good defense. The No-Heart Theory says that they know how to play defense but just can't be bothered, which I think is really insulting to a bunch of kids who work harder than any of us probably know.

(Yes, I know Burke said it. He was angry and said something pat get his inteview over with. I'll bet he's taking it one game at a time and is just glad to be here too.)


02/19/2013 - 2:50pm FSU

There is almost no chance that FSU would be invited to the Big Ten. It's not a good school, isn't in the AAU and is a distant 2nd banana to Florida in their own state.

02/11/2013 - 3:53pm Agreed.

It was a block. Given the way blocks are called now, which is to say that the defender cannot moving laterally at all. It wasn't immediately visible from the main game camera but when they showed it from a different angle, Burke got to a spot and then tried to slide a little more to his left because Berggren had seen him and was going to get by him.

02/04/2013 - 1:00pm schtick

I'm not a fan of Rafftery's schtick either, but he at least has some honest-to-god basketball smarts and can actually say informative things that add to my appreciation of the game. Vitale's logorrhea is comprised of almost zero substance beyond the blindingly obvious.

02/04/2013 - 12:52pm Vital = brutal

His mindless jabbering is proverbial nails on a chalkboard for me.

Robert Montgomery Knight? Everyone DRINK!


10/23/2012 - 12:42pm Crazymaking

This was a completely crazymaking game from a offensive playcalling standpoint. MSU was well-prepped and knew exactly what was coming on many plays. Probably a dozen times I thought, OK, fake the inverted veer and toss it to the slot on a slant. Please please pleeeeez. But no.

10/23/2012 - 12:39pm There's conservative and then

There's conservative and then there's just being stubborn or lacking imagination or something. Conservative is refusing to take silly chances chucking the ball around (which Michigan kinda did anyway - Denard threw 29 times). Conservative is not running a QB draw right into MSU's obvious double A gap blitz for like the 4th time in the game.

10/22/2012 - 1:22pm Field Rushing

I was on the field as a student once. I can't remember exactly when - I think it was Iowa in 1986. It also seems to me that it was vaguely half-assed. We ran around whooping it up for a couple of minutes and then scrambled back over the wall and went home.

05/12/2012 - 9:51am Agreed

I'm a barefoot 6'3" and Novak is definitely not shorter than me. He's slightly taller, although 6'5" might be stretching it.

05/08/2012 - 5:13pm I don't see Brian claiming

I don't see Brian claiming that he should be the one to pick out the music.

05/08/2012 - 5:11pm Rule #1

Rule #1: Football Is King

04/23/2012 - 12:17pm Who peed in your Cheerios?

Who peed in your Cheerios? Wishing a kid (and we are talking about kids here) good luck doesn't mean that you hope that his team beats Michigan.

04/23/2012 - 9:44am I've seen that "do you want

I've seen that "do you want to play Alabama" thing a couple of times now, and it never occured to me that it would be in any other context than what you propose. I'm actually having a hard time figuring out what other context(s) could even make sense.

04/19/2012 - 2:23pm Exactly. Thomas doesn't have

Exactly. Thomas doesn't have to be Denard. He just has to be not-John Navarre. As long as he can run somewhat well, he's a constraint on the D and they have to defend him as a runner.

04/19/2012 - 12:23pm Yes. There's zero in the

Yes. There's zero in the article that says Meyer is planning to do anything different beside run his offense faster, which is where the Oregon comparison comes into play.