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12/30/2014 - 7:03pm Greatest MGoIntro ever.

Greatest MGoIntro ever.

12/11/2013 - 4:37pm Wooo!

Wooo!

12/10/2013 - 2:44pm Where is Morales going to

Where is Morales going to play, though?

12/10/2013 - 1:51pm Jon from Cincinnati, is that

Jon from Cincinnati, is that you?

12/10/2013 - 1:19pm But, I don't think they're

But, I don't think they're replacing Dirks with Davis. They're going to platoon them. Davis hits lefties far better than righties, and provides significant speed on the basepaths and steal potential. If Dirks can be more the player we saw in 2012, I actually really like this platoon.

12/10/2013 - 1:17pm I would have liked to see

I would have liked to see them add another big bat (particularly Choo), but it's clear they didn't want to take on anymore large contracts at the moment. However, theyr'e revamping the roster away from a power-hitting lineup, to one with better defense, more speed and better baserunning. That suites CoPa better than the more stationary lineup they had before.

But to address your arguments... Kinsler/Infante is not a wash. Infante had a career year (or clsoe to it) last season. He has a career .721 OPS and has hit more than 15 HRs once in 12 seasons. Kinsler has a career .804 OPS and has hit over 30 HRs twice. In fact he has over twice as many career HRs (156) than Infante (74), in four fewer seasons. He also steals far more bases than Infante. Yes, Kinsler has had a down couple of yaers, but even then his numbers are better than Infante's (with the exception of last year). I like Infante a lot, but to argue that he was anything other than an average 2B offensively is silly.

Peralta is certainly a loss offensively, but I think a lot of Tigers fans overrate his 2011 and forget just how dysmal he was in 2012. He bounced back in 2013, but we're looking at a guy with a career .755 OPS and some nice pop for a SS. While not a defensive liability, he was losing significant range as he got into his 30s. Iglesias is a huge defensive upgrade over him, and still an extremely young and raw hitter.

The loss of Fielder's power certainly hurts, but hopefully it can be made up for with the improvements in defense and speed. This team is built completely differentlly than the Tigers of the past. They're going to be manufacturing a lot more runs, and hopefully the defense will save a lot of runs, too. I thikn Porcello will particularly be helped by it.

They really need to sign a few more arms for the bullpen, though. I'm hoping for Jesse Crain, at least.

12/09/2013 - 11:31pm "Perineal powerhouse." Just

"Perineal powerhouse." Just so many jokes...

12/06/2013 - 2:40pm First off, I've visted this

First off, I've visted this site almost everyday for going on seven years now (not sure what that says about me), and I wanted to thank Brian and everyone else on the site for their hard work. I tend to post sporadically, but I'd been completely turned off to it this season because of the constant bitching.

I welcome the comment moderation system back wholeheartedly, but do I agree that if it's possible, changing the greyed out commment threshhold to soemthing like -3 or -5 would help pointless negging hiding posts. I found that to be an annoying phenomenon back when we had moderation.

03/25/2013 - 2:26pm Am I missing something here?

Am I missing something here? Since when has there hatred for Minnesota among the Michigan fanbase? Maybe in hockey, I suppose, but as far as Big Ten teams go, I've always sort of liked them.

03/12/2013 - 9:10pm Roto is by far the better

Roto is by far the better game. It's much more reflective of the quality of your team, whereas head-to-head is far more random. I'm not sure what rules you're using, but many (if not most) roto leagues don't have a set amount of players you can use per week.

03/08/2013 - 3:13pm I started coming to the site

I started coming to the site sometime in 2005 or 2006 while I was in High School. I can't remember if one of my friends told me about it, or if we both found it independently and just talked about it a lot.

03/05/2013 - 11:41pm Perhaps I didn't make myself

Perhaps I didn't make myself full clear, but dismissing my comment as "bull" without acknowleding that I have any point is ridiculous. I don't disagree that there is a place for Amerindian team names or imagery in sports and I never said I did. But, when most of these names were created, it certainly was not to honor the tribes in any genuine way. It the very best it was a reinforcement of the trope of the noble savage.

I do think it's possible to rescue names like Seminoles, Huron, Chippewas from this fate by doing just as you said: embracing the tradition. However, it's also important to reflect on the ways that these names have reinforced negative stereotypes in the past.

The fact is that people using these images are misrepresenting them, most egregiously the Redskins and Cleveland Indians.

03/05/2013 - 11:12pm Because Americans/Colonials

Because Americans/Colonials didn't push the Vikings off their land, fight brutal wars against them when they tried to resist, force them onto reservations and generally discriminate against them for hundreds of years. The Vikings are a representative of the cultural heritage of the people of Minnesota. Native American symbols are not truly representative of the cultural heritage of these areas. They were appropriated by Americans in an extremely disrespectful fashion and at a time when Amerindians still faced intense discrimination and Americanization attempts.

These images reinforce the worst stereotypes about Amerindians that we have been spouting off for centuries. The only reason why it doesn't seem to matter so much anymore is that because of of the actions of colonial powers and the US governments, Amerindians make up such a small part of our population.

The fact that people constantly compare the situation to that of the Fighting Irish or the Vikings is proof that a huge number of Americans still don't get it. I for one believe that there is a way to keep some of these names as a way of honoring Native Americans, their history and continuing to move beyond our past. FSU is a good example. The Redskins and Chief Wahoo show how far we still have to go.

03/04/2013 - 1:33pm Pfft. I call us "Wolverine"

Pfft. I call us "Wolverine" all the time.

02/20/2013 - 6:59pm No, it doesn't say that Damon

No, it doesn't say that Damon Webb or Chance Stewart will be on campus, but it heavily implies it. But, you're right... it's going to be Harris, Marshall and McDowell. That paragraph was just terribly worded.

02/04/2013 - 4:39pm My interpretation of the

My interpretation of the phrase was that Speight's reaction to the praise was a humble one, that he was happy about the praise, but felt he couldn't possibly be in the top three with all the other great QBs in the nation.

01/29/2013 - 5:47pm Yeah, it's a ridiculous

Yeah, it's a ridiculous percentage, but no one is saying that Florida would win 41.7% of the time. It's based on a statistical methodology that's helpful as a guide, but can only be a guide, given the imperfection of the stats put into it.

01/28/2013 - 12:43pm I think I know what Brian is

I think I know what Brian is getting at with the recaps of our previous January 27ths, but it was a bit unclear. Yes, things looked dire for us in 2011 compared to now, but we that was the beginning of an 8-3 run that would have us in the tourney with a blowout win against Tennessee and a heartbreaking loss to Duke. It was a pretty damn good year.

But, we're light years away from that 8-seed underdog now.

01/23/2013 - 1:38pm Yeah, they were definitely

Yeah, they were definitely terrible. If they could hit a shot, they would at least have been able to score some points, but they didn't really have much of a chance to stop Scalabrine at all.

01/18/2013 - 5:30pm Why have a championship game

Why have a championship game if all the best teams are in the same division?

01/10/2013 - 4:20pm The sarcasm was the

The sarcasm was the implication that the racism would be a draw for recruits.

09/18/2012 - 2:08pm Have you been to Boulder? 

Have you been to Boulder?  It's a beautiful city and a great college town with plenty of going on.

08/27/2012 - 4:41pm Um... in what way isn't it

Um... in what way isn't it romantically about an 11 year old?

07/22/2012 - 3:49am Not sure why you're being so

Not sure why you're being so insistent on a incorrect pronunciation, but in German O's are definitely not pronounced like U's.  It would be Broh-ners or something along those lines, I'm not exactly the best with phonetic spelling.  See: schon, vor, holen, tot, boren, etc.  

While I'm certainly not fluent, I've been studying German for many years and I'm currently in Bremen studying. I could throw a rock and hit a native speaker to ask them the exact pronunciation if you'd like.

 

 

07/17/2012 - 12:50am Great point and great post on

Great point and great post on EDSBS, but Zork isn't a turn-based strategy game.

07/11/2012 - 3:26pm +1,000,000

+1,000,000

06/20/2012 - 11:34am BSG's finale was great until

BSG's finale was great until the final scene.  It was horribly contrived and heavy handed.  But, definitely agree that it is an amazing show.

05/15/2012 - 10:34am That sounds wonderful, except

That sounds wonderful, except for the fact that what it reveals about their views of women.  Refusing to play baseball against a girl reveals an obvious belief in female inferiority.  That's the problem I have with the whole ordeal.

05/12/2012 - 4:17pm COYS!

COYS!

05/05/2012 - 6:12pm Go look at YouTube.  The

Go look at YouTube.  The description ends with "or doesn't."

05/01/2012 - 3:06pm Too bad his real name was

Too bad his real name was Bill Skowron and "Moose" was just a nickname, or else that would be the greatest name in history.

04/23/2012 - 5:26pm The cake is a lie.

The cake is a lie.

04/23/2012 - 1:42pm A friend and I went back to

A friend and I went back to Tiger Stadium after it had been half torn down, snuck under the fence and walked arund in the debris.  It brought back a lot of memories.

I grabbed a chairback and some pieces of brick which I gave my dad and grandpa as gifts. 

I was pretty young the last time I saw a game there, but I still vividly remember walking through those squat tunnels and out into the stadium.  It was an extremely visceral experience for me, for wahtever reason.

04/14/2012 - 5:05pm So you argument is that

So you argument is that you're right because even a moron thinks the same thing you do?  That's brillant reasoning.  And Rod Allen is a great announcer.  He's a little off the wall at times, but he obviously knows the players well and is entertaining to listen to. 

04/14/2012 - 12:41am Bart Starr.  I don't

Bart Starr.  I don't necessarily disagree with you.  Just throwing some teams out there that I thought of off the top of my head.  Definitely don't have the knowledge of NFL history to give a satisfactory answer to the question.  I do think, though, that you have to take the entire history of the NFL into account and not just the past 10-20 years.

04/13/2012 - 11:49pm I agree that you have to look

I agree that you have to look at the long view.  The criteria should be in the history of the NFL, not just current QBs.  That being said Notre Dame, Purdue and Alabama should all be in the conversation.

03/19/2012 - 4:18pm I definitely agree with that

I definitely agree with that sentiment. 

03/19/2012 - 3:41pm If that's the case, why even

If that's the case, why even bother following recruiting?  I definitely agree that we should give the coaches the benefit of the doubt, but they don't provide grades on their recruits, so we're sort of left with the recruiting services for that.

02/27/2012 - 2:50pm It's one thing to say that

It's one thing to say that there is little economic gain to be made from most college sports and quite another to say that they are getting "free handouts".  These athletes are spending thousands of hours a year working on their respective sports to earn those scholarships.

Athletics are inherently tied to colleges and the universities and students derive some benefit from that.  It increases the prestige of the school, makes more students want to attend, etc.  In that, is it really that much different than giving out academic scholarships?

I normally agree with what you say around here and don't mean to be jumping down your throat which may have been a throwaway line, but it rubbed me the wrong way.

02/12/2012 - 12:35pm This reminds me of a Louis CK

This reminds me of a Louis CK bit.

01/24/2012 - 5:29pm Not disagreeing with you

Not disagreeing with you necessarily, but the Brewers have Braun.

01/17/2012 - 4:41pm Profit, quick question of

Profit, quick question of clarification: Does "Michigan sports" refer to all sports teams playing within the state of Michigan?  I always interpreted "Michigan sports" as "University of Michigan sports" and since I've been here that's how it has seemed to be taken.  Pro sports talk is allowed in moderation during the offseason and for huge news during the season, but was always considered OT.

That being said, I'm not against this thread by any means and think that this is big enough news to be posted even during the season.  Though, being a Tigers fan, I'm obviously biased.

12/19/2011 - 10:27am Pot calling the kettle black?

Pot calling the kettle black?

12/11/2011 - 11:35pm OK... guy's being a bit of a

OK... guy's being a bit of a dick, but you all really should know who Norm Parker is, c'mon.

12/05/2011 - 10:47am How is a 6-6 OSU team and a

How is a 6-6 OSU team and a 7-5 Iowa team ahead of Nebraska here?

12/03/2011 - 10:10pm So why the hell is he

So why the hell is he playing?

12/01/2011 - 9:29pm O rly?

O rly?

11/29/2011 - 11:28am It's definitely still

It's definitely still mythical and at least with the old system everyone acknowledged that fact.  Now we have a championship game that claims to objectively prove who the national champion is, when it rarely does.

11/28/2011 - 11:18pm What the hell is the Leaders

What the hell is the Leaders Division?

11/28/2011 - 6:46pm Seriously?  This is getting

Seriously?  This is getting you this pissed off?  I'd hate to see what would happen if someone actually insulted Mattison.