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01/19/2017 - 2:14pm Can I qualify?

I didn't go to JCU (spent my undergrad in Ann Arbor), but I was a ball-boy for the basketball team for five or six years in the eighties, attended just about every home football game between '77 and '95 (with one year off somewhere in there -- and to be fair, the first several years weren't by choice), attended the summer sports camp around the same years I was helping out the basketball team, worked for the Alumni Association for my first paying software gig in high school, and generally lived on the campus until I started college.  Can I be a Blue Streak too? ;-)

Regarding this news: Tom Arth was an acquaintance of my brother's -- both Ignatius football players -- and he seems like a good guy and a great coach.  The UT-Chattanooga people are pretty annoyed they got a D3 coach from what I've heard, but they'll love him soon enough.  I really hope Finotti does well at Carroll; that program's been blowing up under Arth.


11/02/2015 - 4:40pm I had originally included

I had originally included "... unless it happens to be Homecoming", but figured the snark would be too over-the-top at that point.

09/29/2015 - 5:55pm Darboh.

Since "The Art, The Art, The Art" hasn't updated since the preseason wallpaper, Darboh's catch has been my phone lock screen since Saturday afternoon.

But man, that run is fun to watch over and over and over.  SBNation's teleporter take on it is my favorite.

08/27/2015 - 1:40pm Okay

I'm ready to run through a wall RIGHT NOW.

02/17/2014 - 1:43am Yeah, they were St. Joe's

Yeah, they were St. Joe's alums.  The confusion is warranted, though, since Grbac is currently the QB Coach at St. Ignatius.

(Or at least he was recently -- I'm an Ignatius alum, but I haven't been following their football program as closely in recent years)

12/03/2013 - 7:02pm Judging from his Twitter

Judging from his Twitter feed, it's true.

I missed the announcement too, and guess I can stop reading the presser transcripts now.  Bummer.

09/24/2013 - 7:21pm I want to share this with my

I want to share this with my Firefly-loving friends and family, but just realized that they all either a) already saw this or b) have no idea what UFR is.

Yay for being the smallest intersection on the Venn diagram.

08/23/2013 - 6:28pm If the band is more important

If the band is more important than the opponent then how come I can get CMU or Appy State tickets so much cheaper and easier than OSU or ND tickets? Same band is at all those games.

He said "more important."  He didn't say "the only thing important at all."


04/10/2013 - 9:48am I live in the Bay Area, and

I live in the Bay Area, and my older sister went to Boston College for undergrad and Stanford for medical school.  I've never heard her mention Stanford sports a single time.

Oddly enough, the biggest Stanford fan I know is a Michigan alum (and fan) who went to Stanford for his post-grad.  Perhaps he learned his fandom in the midwest and just carried it over.

04/08/2013 - 12:47pm Was it the spring of '96 or

Was it the spring of '96 or the spring of '98 when, after the hockey team won the NCAA championship in overtime, a "riot" occurred that consisted of a mob of a couple hundred people walking down South U towards the Union, stopping a couple of places (including the Law Library) to sing the Victors?

While it's one of my favorite memories of my time at Michigan, I can't remember what year it was.  Must be getting old.

04/08/2013 - 12:31am I modded you (+1, Underrated)

I modded you (+1, Underrated) because I couldn't find the (+1, Awesome).

04/07/2013 - 9:31pm If all else fails, the

If all else fails, the Muppets have already shown us a way forward...

04/04/2013 - 4:41pm I think you might be

I think you might be overestimating Burke a bit.

04/04/2013 - 4:23pm It might be easier to list

It might be easier to list the awards that Burke won't win.


...Hobey Baker?

03/30/2013 - 1:19pm Joe Posnanski

Joe Posnanski has you covered here.

03/22/2013 - 3:35pm Agreed

A third were people who got sloppy (VCU's take would be "they were playing faster than they were comfortable", but they were self-inflicted mistakes regardless of the spin); another third or so looked like blatant uncalled fouls.  I foresee a lot of complaining about the refs in my near future.

12/18/2012 - 5:45pm It's almost certainly just a

It's almost certainly just a "money grab" -- there's no other reasonable explanation -- but that explanation itself is unreasonable as well.

In January of 1998, I remember Rose Bowl uniforms for sale in the bookstores.  They were the exact same uniforms worn during the year, except that they had the Rose Bowl patch on 'em.  They seemed to sell just fine, to the same people that already had a bunch of uniforms in their closet.

09/23/2012 - 1:19am Yeah.

That trick play was atrocious, but there's so many things that went wrong in this game (almost any one of which could have led to a different result) that it's hard to put this on any one person's shoulders.

Only positive coming out of the game that I saw: The D-line didn't cave nearly as badly as I had expected.

Two weeks to learn from this and move on.

08/02/2012 - 5:11pm Do it with Twitter...

...but you don't need to bother with a 'bot.  Just set up a hashtag and go from there.

Anyone "watching" the conversation can just search for the tag.  Anyone can block anyone they don't want to hear from.  Win/win.


06/25/2012 - 6:07pm So, I'm a slacker...

So, I'm a slacker and didn't contribute to the Kickstarter.  Also, I suck.  But it just so happens that I'm going to be in A^2 on Saturday, and would love to stop by and pick up a copy.  Will that be possible?  The phrasing ("We'll have copies and t-shirts available there for pickup if you bought on the Kickstarter") is sufficiently ambiguous -- I'm aware I missed my once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the photobomb T-shirt, but are the "copies" only for Kickstarters as well?

If so, drat.

But I'll still stop by.  See you Saturday!

03/20/2012 - 3:30pm Out of curiosity

What's the chant at this point?  When I graduated in 1999, it was "chump, dick, wuss, douuuuuchebag, asshole, prick, CHEATER!"

I always liked that it ended with a elementary-school-level taunt.  I was disappointed when I heard that it had grown, a few years later (and thus diminished the power of CHEATER!)... what is it now?

01/04/2012 - 3:40pm This.

I was about to post the exact same point.  Was it indisputably not a catch?  Apparently the refs thought so after review, and I'm really glad they did, but... not so sure.  Although the last animated gif makes a very strong argument that the refs got it right.

Of course, I think that it was about as good a catch as the called-back INT that VT had in the third quarter(?), and if that one wasn't good enough, then this one wasn't good enough either, so at least they were consistent.

12/13/2011 - 4:44pm Wow.

A game photo... in a jersey thread... with a picture of Oregon... where they weren't the offenders.

I see what you did there.  Well played, Moleskyn.

11/30/2011 - 5:10pm Geez

Ticket sales aren't -- and were never -- the issue.

That photo that keeps cropping up of the completely empty stadium in Jacksonville for the ACC Championship in 2008 is the entirety of the debate.  That game had over 50,000 tickets "sold", and turnstile records indicate half that many people actually showed up, which led to massive embarrassment to the conference, and further led to the ACC no longer using Raymond James Stadium or bringing the tourism dollars associated with the event to Jacksonville.

Currently, nearly 10% of the ("sold out") stadium is available for sale on stubhub.  Half of those tickets are for face value or below.  Without some sort of assistance, attendance at the game is going to be atrocious.  Who stands to lose? The conference, the stadium ownership, and the city.

Until the "prankster" is outed, I'm on the side of those that think this was a real offer, extremely clumsily executed, that got pulled as soon as it went viral.

11/16/2011 - 5:56pm "My jaw..."

My jaw has made it halfway to the Orb of Zot.

Yeah, that's right, this blog pulls out the ROGUELIKE references when things start gettin' real. Next up: detailed comparison of a certain dilithium-based lifeform vs. Rodney.

Never change, Brian.

10/31/2011 - 4:59pm Big Ten title game?  Wow, the

Big Ten title game?  Wow, the standards really have fallen around here.

10/31/2011 - 2:02pm "Please wait until something

"Please wait until something actually happens"

  • Ads in the concourse
  • Ridiculous "throwback" jerseys #1
  • Dog groomers
  • Ridiculous "throwback" jerseys #2
  • $500 for the privelege of being denied a season ticket to see the worst slate of home games in a decade

I'm sure there's more I haven't remembered.  So... by your reasoning, as far as I can tell, we need to wait until the bell has been rung, and then attempt to un-ring it?

10/28/2011 - 1:01pm Briefly

On page 147 there're a few paragraphs about Shafer leaving ("...Shafer announced his resignation"; I didn't remember that detail, although it's obvious he was pushed out).  And there's plenty of ink used to talk about how the defense kept getting worse and worse year after year, and the proxy battle that was Robinson's man Obi Ezeh vs. Rodriguez's man Kenny Demens in 2010.

But it's certainly not one of the main themes of the book (through the first 375 pages, anyway -- I'll finish it on the commute home, I'm sure), which I suppose is mildly surprising.

10/27/2011 - 6:43pm Kinesiology

Back in my day ('95-'98), there were enough football players in the Kines program that it was derogatorily known as "the study of relaxation".  In hindsight, my time on campus was a hell of a lot more relaxed than a football player's three or four years, even though it was the Carr years.

(Also: Now that I've unfairly ripped on your degree, it's only fair that I mention that I got a CS degree, which was at the time (and still?) a joint program between LSA & Engineering.  Which is to say, I was too much of a nerd for a humanities degree, too much of a slacker to pass organic chem.  Feel free to rip on my degree now.)

10/13/2011 - 3:47pm No, it's not.

Not even close.  And if you consider the massive number of violations -- I'm sorry, you call them self-reported violations, as if the description makes a difference -- to be an indication of how things are going well, it's going to be difficult to reach common ground.

One last try: An institution in control has several responsibilities:

  1. Explain what the rules are to their wards and make sure they understand them;
  2. Monitor their wards to make sure they follow those rules;
  3. Report any violations of the rules; and
  4. Make sure those violations don't happen again

OSU seems to have #3 down pat; I'm not so sure of 1 or 2, and it's patently obvious that 4 isn't even being considered.

10/13/2011 - 2:54pm This is an important point,

This is an important point, so I'm going to call it out --

Important in this whole mess is the LOIC/FTM stuff. Which OSU hasn't been hit with. Yet at least. And I believe that is because the majority of this, (really 90+% of it) has been self-reported.

One shouldn't try to prove they don't "lack institutional control" because they self-report a ton of violations.  The proof would be not having violations in the first place.

Of course, my opinion (and, for that matter, Ramzy and a number of other OSU bloggers(!) as well) and the NCAA's actions are not frequently aligned.

10/08/2011 - 11:32pm David Romer finds your lack

David Romer finds your lack of faith disturbing.

09/14/2011 - 5:19pm Congratulations!  You've

Congratulations!  You've failed Basic Reading Comprehension.

09/14/2011 - 5:14pm The "safe" play here is to

The "safe" play here is to kick it out of the endzone.  You kick it that far, and the small chance of a return for  TD is negated, and the opponent's field position is a known quantity.  And mortals don't normally lead thirty-second 80-yard drives.  

Sure, you'd be able to run maybe eight seconds off the clock, but you also might be able to put Michigan back in the lead without the offense taking the field.

I'm not saying it was the right call, merely that it was the typical "safe" call.

09/14/2011 - 4:54pm My daughter sat down to watch

My daughter sat down to watch the game with me -- she's very much still learning the game -- and I was effusing about Denard's speed and quickness just before that play happened.  I had to rewind it a few times: "He decided to turn upfield with FIVE white jerseys between him and the goal line, and very nearly made it!"

I stopped juust short of quoting DFW: "Just look at him down there.  Look at that."

09/11/2011 - 3:29pm Yeah, that one's right up

Yeah, that one's right up there with the M hockey player who was asked about the Alaska Pipeline when they were up there in like '98: "It's just a big pipe."

09/07/2011 - 2:06am So would you have a team that

So would you have a team that won their weaker conference go over a team that came in second place in their tougher conference?

Sure. The undefeated team might (I'll even give you "probably") be beatable. The second-best team in a BCS conference has been already proven beatable.

Would you base the rankings on the polls?

Hell no.

IF so, how would things be different from the current system?

It pretty much all boils down to the fact that picking the "best" sixteen -- or eight -- or even four teams gives you a larger pool from which to potentially have picked the actual best team than does a two-team "championship". Don't make the perfect be the enemy of the good -- no system will be perfect, that's a given; but any reasonable playoff system (okay, "teams whose mascots have red as a color" might not work) will be better than what we have today.

07/07/2011 - 4:32pm I don't think it's much more

I don't think it's much more relevant, but the same chart for the Wisconsin game is pretty easy to generate from the UFR (except passer ratings, which wtf).  It's also an extremely small sample size, being a single game and all.  

Situation G Att Comp Pct. Yards TD Int Long
Tied 1 2 1 50.0 14 0 0 14
Losing By 1-7 Pts 1 4 1 25.0 3 0 0 3
Losing By 8-14 Pts 1 1 1 100.0 2 0 0 2
Losing By 15+ Pts 1 18 12 66.7 220 2 1 34


Situation G Att Yards Avg. TD Long 10+ 20+
Tied 1 2 7 3.5 0 6 0 0
Losing By 1-7 Pts 1 5 43 8.6 0 29 1 1
Losing By 8-14 Pts 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Losing By 15+ Pts 1 14 71 5.1 2 15 4 0

...aside from "we passed more and had Denard run less" once the game got out of hand, I don't think this tells us anything.

07/07/2011 - 3:03pm Your suggestion that the

Your suggestion that the team's performance (and, by implication, Denard's) was higher than average whenever Michigan was getting blown out isn't backed up by the numbers.  I can't find a game-by-game source of stats (anyone got a link?) but a quick look at Denard's 2010 stats on tells us this:


Situation G Att Comp Pct. Yards TD Int Rating Long 1st 15+ 25+
Winning By 15+ Pts 1 5 3 60.0 20 0 0 93.60 10 0 0 0
Winning By 8-14 Pts 4 23 19 82.6 243 1 1 177.01 46 11 7 3
Winning By 1-7 Pts 8 54 29 53.7 330 1 3 100.03 74 14 5 2
Tied 11 54 39 72.2 662 7 2 210.57 75 27 17 7
Losing By 1-7 Pts 9 61 35 57.4 601 5 2 160.63 75 24 15 8
Losing By 8-14 Pts 7 29 17 58.6 217 1 2 119.07 66 8 5 3
Losing By 15+ Pts 5 65 40 61.5 497 3 1 137.92 60 17 12 5


Situation G Att Yards Avg. TD Long 1st 10+ 20+
Winning By 15+ Pts 1 6 39 6.50 0 9 4 0 0
Winning By 8-14 Pts 5 24 136 5.67 1 47 9 4 1
Winning By 1-7 Pts 8 59 477 8.08 3 87 16 15 5
Tied 12 54 389 7.20 2 28 15 13 5
Losing By 1-7 Pts 10 54 364 6.74 3 72 19 10 4
Losing By 8-14 Pts 6 28 183 6.54 1 20 12 8 1
Losing By 15+ Pts 5 31 114 3.68 4 19 7 5 0

...which shows that his performance was actually significantly worse when the team was down by 15 points or more. Makes sense, IMO; there was likely a reason we'd gotten into that hole in the first place.

06/07/2011 - 6:13pm Graduation?


02/17/2011 - 4:39pm Copycats?

I'm more worried about Sparty deciding that Harvey Updike had a good idea.

Just watch -- sometime next fall, someone from East Lansing is gonna dump a whole mess of Spike 80DF on the Cube.

11/18/2010 - 6:55pm Questionable:

Questionable: Taylor Lewan: Head

...haven't people been saying this all season long?

(Seriously though, get better soon -- the donkeys are getting out of control around here.)

11/11/2010 - 4:10pm psst

The response to the OP was clearly a misclick that was intended to be a response to the next comment about Roundtree's +2.

11/11/2010 - 3:48pm The OP obviously meant

The OP obviously meant "affected", but the verb "to effect" actually works here as well ("concert created rock history").

Shorter: Grammar naziism sucks all around.

11/11/2010 - 3:46pm Proper link:

Proper link:

11/11/2010 - 3:39pm Even Ohio State?

I think they'll be able to put up points on anyone the rest of the year,


even Ohio State


probably not enough points, but points.

So you're saying there's a chance? Woo!!!

10/22/2010 - 12:24am Heh

I'm sure some combination of X-Files fandom site and Fathead decal ought to work out pretty well as a makeshift substitute, since it's pretty much what I (digitally) used.

But, hey, Brian? MGoStore?  I hereby bequeath you the idea if you want it.

10/21/2010 - 3:38pm I want to believe!

10/18/2010 - 6:12pm I think you and I simply have

I think you and I simply have a difference in mindset -- I look at five games of "A" and two of "B" and assume "A" is the norm until proven otherwise; I'm guessing you look at one Big Ten game of "A" and two Big Ten games of "B" and (rightly) assume the opposite.

Fair enough; by the end of the season we'll know whether Denard has a ten-yard or four-yard average against the competition that matters.  I'd further imagine that we'd both prefer the former to be true, and are afraid the latter is.

10/18/2010 - 4:35pm Based on watching Tate for

Based on watching Tate for his whole career and Denard this season, Tate is the better option if we're going to have to pass our way down the field.

I don't disagree with this statement. But given what we've seen out of Denard, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a situation where passing was the only (or even preferred) option.

(If Denard continues to stay more conservative and stops breaking 20-yard runs at will, I reserve the right to change my opinion)