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11/01/2018 - 12:27am Ok, let me break it down for…

Ok, let me break it down for you.


Maryland's culture is a reflection on DJ Durkin. His first hire was Rick Court, the S&C coach who believed his job was more extreme than it really ones. It created an atmosphere where Court was allowed to do whatever he wanted unchallenged because the athletes, coaches, and staff believed that they could not go against Court because they would then be going against Durkin.


Durkin has tried to cover up not reining Court in by saying he didn't know who Court reported into, if he had authority to regulate him or not. That's 100% bullshit. Rich Court was his first hire. Even if you take Durkin at face value you're left with one of two possibilities:

1. Durkin is so unconnected to the team that he doesn't know the shit that Court is doing - and cannot connect with his players and staff at a level where they would feel comfortable confiding in him

2. Durkin at best didn't care about what Court was doing and at worst 100% agreed with the methods.


Durkin did not directly cause Jordan McNair's death, but under his supervision Maryland football became a place where it was possible due to the culture of the coaching and training staff. So again, you're left with either:


1. DJ Durkin is an asshole who promoted these activities and a player died as a result.

2. DJ Durkin is incompetent and let Rick Court do whatever he wanted, and a player died as a result.

10/01/2018 - 9:27pm The same reason that college…

The same reason that college athletes aren't getting paid and the NFL has idiotic 53 man rosters: money. Oh and I guess "tradition"

10/01/2018 - 3:03pm I mean, sure about Juche but…

I mean, sure about Juche but I appreciate it on so many levels.

1. Pat Fitzgerald hates communist(?) football. The running dog Fitzgerald brought low by the power of JUCHE gives me a good Michigan Man chuckle.

2. Nostalgia for the optimistic days where we first had communist football and the WLA.

05/23/2018 - 10:24pm Unless you have some comscore numbers to back it up

I'm kind of doubtful that barstool is directly competing with Mgoblog. They skew different directions, Mgoblog is far more focused on aggregation, analysis, recruiting etc. They're doing well enough to have multiple full time staffers devoted to only Michigan coverage. It's also one of the rare independent websites devoted to one team. It's target audience is made up of  hardcore Michigan football/basketball nerds who can't get this level of detail anywhere else.


Barstool skews more towards memes and #content ("casual fans"). While i'm sure there's overlap I'd say that any core audience fan will sooner or later find their way to Mgoblog, and that the blog's writers/owner is generally ok with not having to do stuff with people they dislike.

05/23/2018 - 10:06pm The white knight accusation *chef's kiss*

The entire sum of sports stories can be defined as "not important stories". That's an arbitrary goal you've set up there. Is posting about ESPN internal turmoil an important story? What about Chris Berman's leather story, Brett Favre and Jenn Sterger, the list can go on!

The WaPo is a way more prestigious place than Deadspin, and they just had a puff piece on PFT. By your definition that's also not an important story either, and yet, I bet you didn't harrumph and complain that the WaPo is wasting everyone's time.


Your main objection seems to be that she wrote an unfavorable piece about a website you like. Which, i dunno man, a website isn't an identity. Barstool cultivates a certain type of fan (I think the UM barstool account is particularly cringey) and that's fine. Other people dislike barstool for various reasons, that's fine as well! It's just weird to me that barstool fans get VERY DEFENSIVE whenever that website gets called out on its shit.


Unless of course, you're Dave Portnoy. In that case, I'd advise you that punching down is a bad look and you should just laugh, count your money, and not care what the cool kids think about you. 

05/23/2018 - 4:52pm uh

When you say totally unprovoked jab, do you not count numerous instances of Portnoy and his merry band harassing women writers, including the one who wrote the article?


Anyways, the deadspin article's point is that PFT Commenter originally started out as a caricature, of dumb everything-ism on PFT. When you move to an organization that seems to actually embody those views, is it still satire? Are you laughing with him, or at him?

05/08/2018 - 1:07pm Battletech is ok

Once you figure out that the firestarter is a hilariously OP scout early game and you end up just bringing 3 medium LRM boats and a fire starter and just wait around until you start encountering heavies.

04/01/2018 - 11:00pm And then literally within 2

And then literally within 2 minutes of posting this my ticket sold. Insert shrug emoji here I ugess

04/01/2018 - 10:54pm Seth, cmon man

I have a single section 138 ticket listed on primesport for $120 for 3 hours now. It was part of a aet of 4 I got from a Kansas fan last night for a friend who only ended up needing 3.

Primesport is also giving me a hard floor of $84 as a ticket listing price. I’m pretty sure I saw them for cheaper on stubhub but the issue is that they don’t seem to be very accommodating to flash seats.

The vibe is just very different compared to the Atlanta final 4, there seem to be no end of Kansas fans trying to get rid of tickets

04/01/2018 - 10:12pm A couple of observations from the ground

$84 is the NCAA floor. Tons of 300 level seats will be available for less than that if you wait. I unloaded my 300 levels for $50 and was glad to get it - we upgraded to some former Kansas seats so didn’t need them anymore. As a side note, I’m a real person and don’t really mind the primesport

Secondly, get in seats for decent lower bowl seats seems extremely low priced. I have a single that I’m trying to unload on the NCAA ticket exchange for $120 and have had no takers. I would guess that the former Kansas seats in 137/138/139 will be roughly $200.

Lastly, there are lots of people who are crazy unreasonable out here with ticket prices. With so many tickets available I wouldn’t waste time with people who want $250 for a 300 level ticket.

03/08/2018 - 8:11pm As much as I hate to say it

This wasn't Brandon's fault. That company had so much debt piled on in the leveraged buyout that it had to basically continue to make money as though Amazon didn't exist. I'm not saying that he did a great job... but it was probably an impossible one.


The real bad guys here are the group lead by Bain. Most of the pre recession leveraged buyouts are all facing the same issues. Lots of job losses in many sectors because of it.

03/07/2018 - 10:15pm Neither of them were wrong in

Neither of them were wrong in those statements.

12/08/2017 - 1:17pm I, for one, congratulate

I, for one, congratulate Mgoblog for being formally recognized as a governing body or entity. Bring on that government cheese!

11/20/2017 - 1:32pm I'm constantly confused by

I'm constantly confused by the people who get extremely worked up over this season.


Last year's exodus of Seniors/Peppers was always going to mean this was a rebuilding year. Any hope for otherwise should have been crushed by the Speight injury and subsequent JOK experiment.


As Ace eloquently put it on twitter: "Sim to end"

10/23/2017 - 6:07pm paraphrased

It's sad I can't be an asshole in public without being called out for it?


Like... is your need for validation so high that you need other people to approve of your beliefs?

10/23/2017 - 1:03pm That looks good

but I'm coming to the same conclusion: there's no way I can accomplish that without something going horribly wrong and trips to the emergency room.

10/17/2017 - 6:06pm Wonder what his play is here

Is he trying to burn the place down? Discovery is going to probably yield some interesting items from both sides.

10/16/2017 - 4:29pm Ehhh

The Pepcat was kind of like the very heavy 3TE/FB/RB formations. You have to play exactly correctly to stop them and if you make a mistake it'll break big. They also forced every defense to burn time preparing for a play they probably stopped repping midway through the season.


Also the Pepcat served the secondary (or maybe even primary) functions of 'crootin (Look at this, great box safety shaped athlete!) and to keep Jabril happy which reinforces the recruiting. Had Michigan stayed undefeated going into Ohio State the Peppers as a top 5 Heisman talk would have kept going which goes back to recruiting.

09/26/2017 - 12:51pm Speight is hearing footsteps

What's probably happening is that Speight wears the no-contact jersey in practice and knowing he won't get hit, is able to stand in the pocket and deliver beautiful passes. You see this in the NFL - QBs look great in practice and then can't execute at all in games. It's not the quality of look that the scout team provides, its that the QBs instinctively know they can't be hit in practice and their decision making slows down.


Speight probably looks the best in practice and the coaches are just hoping it translates to live games.

09/23/2017 - 9:21pm You seem very sensitive about this topic

And only in some specific incidences. Maybe I'm wrong and you were the lone warrior against every person who wears a flag as an article of clothing. Or maybe you're the one that goes around to bars and subtles nudges the American flag slightly above all other flags ensuring prominence?


Or are you the guy that goes around making sure that all flags that fly at night without being lit are taken down.


It's almost as though your support of this issue may be driven by other factors.



09/23/2017 - 8:26pm Begging for Mgopoints is a good look


09/23/2017 - 8:18pm I hate it when people disrespect the flag

when they wear it as a cape

when it's printed on apparel

when it's literally a college football uniform



Oh, you were't talking about those instances?

09/19/2017 - 5:29pm Not sure if this is fair or not

Given I haven't watched the game again and without the benefit of all 22 but....


Sometimes I feel as though Speight trys to fit contested throws in instead of taking what the defense gives him. Perry is seemingly open a large percentage of the time on a short to intermediate route that gets a 1st down conversion.

09/12/2017 - 7:07pm All or Nothing was great

It almost made me a Cards fan for the next season. And they also somehow managed to make Jared Goff look halfway competent for the Rams!


So in that vein this should be a nice soft cream puff of a series no matter how the season goes.

09/12/2017 - 6:58pm I was on a Global Express

I was on a Global Express which is about the same size as a G550 or a CRJ. It seats 16-18 comfortably for a transcontinental flight but you can really only fit 9-10 comfortably for a US-Europe or longer flight. The seats are like early 2000s level of airline reclining armchairs.


For flying around the continental US/Europe it can't be beat. Anything longer and I think most people would prefer business class.

09/12/2017 - 2:22pm Ehhh

This falls in the category of humblebrag but the only real difference in private jet vs domestic first class is that you don't have to deal with any of the lines, security, waits etc. it's cool to say you've been on one.


Taking a private jet internationally is significantly less comfortable than a US or Asian carrier's business class. You save some time with customs/security but that's about the only advantage. The lavatory is much nicer but uh, let's just say you should take advantage of ground facilities when you're travelling with your CEO.

07/31/2017 - 4:53pm There should be a Fred Jackson memorial hyperbole section

Along with YMRMFSPA to show the highest possible upside of a player. I say this mainly because through the entire recruiting cycle I could only think of Martin as senior Drew Dileo, except faster and taller.


I also wouldn't be opposed to ranking the excitement level on a 10-26 scale of number of beverages Fred Jackson has at any given time.

07/18/2017 - 2:51pm My favorite part

My favorite part is where they say that despite being picked 9th their odds are closer to Ohio State's than they are to Rutgers. Because that's something to be proud of?

06/26/2017 - 5:48pm I can't find the analysis of

I can't find the analysis of the readership of the blog but given the heavy skews we know the Michigan fanbase  has and then the even heavier written content skew this blog has... We're probably the extreme outlier.


Anyways my personal theory on why they're going towards stupid video content is 1. Autoplays and 2. Facebook shares.

1.Autoplays count as plays regardless of if I mute the tab, close the page immediately etc. Gotta chase those views even if they're worthless.

2. My facebook feed is now dominated by autoplay videos of how to make some sort of 8000 calorie brownie or about how a cop rescues a dog who fell into the water etc. I assume this is what they're going after.

06/22/2017 - 12:37pm The rent is too damn high

I hope none of those students are planning on living in NY or SF after graduation because they might die of shock.

06/21/2017 - 6:07pm Not white or undersized

So I'm going to say grit level is 1/5 at best

05/24/2017 - 3:25pm he's not just confined to the NBA

A. He starts his free agency clock a year earlier and a year younger.

B. If he doesn't stick in the NBA a fringe first round talent can still get paid millions playing in high level european/chinese leagues. A strech big like Wilson would be highly valued.

C. All of this is preferrable to playing a year for free


It's easy for all of us sitting here to say that they would take a 25% chance of making $10 million vs a 90% chance of making $4 million.

05/24/2017 - 3:11pm Uhhh

JB is the platonic ideal of a college basketball coach. He actively supports his players and understands that the best financial move for them is to get that money while they're still young. Do you remember this article from the Stauskas/McGary/GR3 draft?


I don't think he pushes the players to actively leave but at the same time he's straight with them in terms of what entering the draft could ultimately mean for them.


I think lobbying hard for a player to come back (ala Bridges) is ulitmately the most selfish thing someone can do. A multimillionaire "role model" who is asking for a year of unpaid service that will ultimately cost that player millions of dollars.

05/09/2017 - 5:19pm It's Rich Rogel's plane

Big time donor, sponsers a lot of full ride academic scholarships for the university.


I've seen his plane a few times at Teterboro. I think he occasionally loans his plane to the AD's office but most of the trips on the flight tracker are business related.

Case in point, none of the recent destinations have been anywhere around metro Detroit so it seems unlikely that it's currently loaned to Michigan.


04/26/2017 - 7:09pm You're generally not allowed

You're generally not allowed to talk about severance packages at the risk of losing your severance package.


if we're going to speculate - most if not all of those people were yearly contract employees, i'd guess that ESPN will pay them for the duration of the contract without requiring any further work.

04/26/2017 - 3:59pm After today i'm guessing the question might become:

How much room is there on the USS Mgoblog?


Chantel is great. I hope for the best for Tom VH but if the worst happens I would glady bevel some guilt/buy shirts and refinance my mortgage if i had one.

04/21/2017 - 4:47pm ...

Did... did that espn contributor take a cell phone video of a youtube video that looks like it was uploaded by the Mgoblog team?


I mean... content is content I guess. You'd think that that guy would have access to the video given his employer but w/e

04/20/2017 - 3:27pm On a tangent here but...

Vlad Emilien's adventures continue to occasionally pop up in the news. Somehow he's a go to source of information about American Football in China.

04/03/2017 - 1:06pm Another casual fan here as well

I'd be more open to your idea if it didn't already feel like the last few years were farewell tours. At this point it would be as if Lloyd Carr had kept coaching into 2009/2010.


Like imagine 3 straight years of Lloyd going 6-6. I think Brian would have died of pure existential dread somewhere in year 2.

03/28/2017 - 6:00pm If you ain't first you're last

Having a top quality offensive line papers over lots of other things.

03/09/2017 - 4:04pm The article raises more questions

An MD guy told me that with at V1 their ASD would have been around 1500 ft with braking action alone. Since it looks like the reversers are deployed in the pictures it really does raise the question of just what the hell happened to have made the stopping distance something like 4K feet after V1 was achieved.

03/08/2017 - 6:53pm When did we even switch to Ameristar?

The past few years any time I've seen Football/Basketball on charters have all been on Delta.

It just seems strange they would have gone with Ameristar in the first place. From what I can tell that MD-83 is configured for 153 basic economy seats. That's a downgrade from any spare mainline aircraft they would get from Delta and a yuuuuge downgrade from the awesome 56 seat all business configured A319s they have.

03/08/2017 - 6:35pm Edit: nevermind I somehow had

Edit: nevermind I somehow had it in my head they were trying to take off from DTW

03/08/2017 - 5:51pm It's an MD-83, virtually

It's an MD-83, virtually identical to the ones that American just retired or the MD-87/88s that Delta still flies.


Not sure yet why takeoff was rejected. If it was wind shear related there's really no advantage a new aircraft has vs an older one.

03/08/2017 - 5:42pm The plane rolled about 1000

The plane rolled about 1000 ft past the end of the runway. The only major jolt wwas probably the ditch that collapsed the nose gear.

All in all the only people that were hurt most likely weren't belted in and suffered their injuries when the plane started braking hard, compounded by the jolts as it went onto the grass. Anyone wearing a seat belt should physically be fine.

03/08/2017 - 5:36pm For those who want technical details

02/27/2017 - 1:23pm Yep

Real missed opportunity here.

02/24/2017 - 7:23pm From all indications

it was his ex-gf. She's completely free to hook up with whoever she wants to.


The alleged texts seem to indicate that his problem was more about race than it was because she hooked up with an teammate. That and other things that are rumored to have happend in that locker room last year are why they voted to boot him.

02/21/2017 - 2:56pm I am looking forward to

I am looking forward to waiting in a line to buy cornmeal with my newly minted Bolivars.

02/09/2017 - 5:05pm I don't like that the confidence for Some Guy is low

Also now that I think about it, Ray Guy's parents did us all a disserverice by naming him William Ray Guy.


Think about the "Some Guy" award given every year to the nation's top punter.


It's the award we need.