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12/07/2018 - 3:52pm Nadir of conservative…

Nadir of conservative religious hypocrisy.

12/05/2018 - 10:35am Their acceptance rate is now…

Their acceptance rate is now broadly equivalent to the acceptance rates of WMU, CMU, GVSU, Ferris, and EMU.

11/27/2018 - 10:22pm It's been a tough year for…

It's been a tough year for Tom. When he gets back to Michigan, he's going to commiserate this L with Lou Anna Simon down at the Lansing jailhouse.

11/26/2018 - 6:15pm No kidding!  Dubious word…

No kidding!  Dubious word choice in an otherwise delightful read.

11/26/2018 - 5:49pm Great post, OP. Appreciate…

Great post, OP. Appreciate reading sentiments that align so closely with my own! :P

"Perhaps it should be unsurprising given that I work as an equity investor and so see short-termism and overreactions in the market constantly, but I guess the effect is even more dramatic in college sports."

It's more socially acceptable to publicly bask in the reflected glory of your alma's football team than it is to bask in the glory of your degree-derived wealth.  Case in point: consider how many people hang diplomas in their offices compared to how many people tack up a bank statement.

11/26/2018 - 3:36pm After the loss to ND to open…

After the loss to ND to open the season I posted a long piece arguing Michigan simply does not have the talent to compete with elite programs primarily due to demographic changes over the last few decades.  It was mostly criticized by other site readers.  Someone went so far as to retort "we have the talent to compete with anyone else in the nation."  If you still believe this, no argument I can make will convince you otherwise.

I concluded that post with this:

"So where do we go from here? First, accept that Michigan football is not an elite football program, if you haven’t already. Second, accept that Michigan football is highly unlikely to ever be an elite football program again."

This is our ceiling, Wolverines.  As long as we expect our players to be student-athletes, and don't pay to relocate Hawaiians to the mainland, and don't employ enablers of domestic abuse, and so on, we will not beat Ohio State, we will not beat Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia. They ain't come to play school.  We have a 4-star studying to re-take the ACT so he can get into Michigan.  You think 4-stars study to re-take their ACTs to get into Ohio State or Alabama?

10-2 with a bowl on January First isn't elite, but it is very good. 

10/25/2018 - 1:39pm I lol'd.

I lol'd.

10/25/2018 - 1:38pm (No subject)

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10/21/2018 - 12:13pm C'mon folks, take it easy on…

C'mon folks, take it easy on your Sparty colleagues tomorrow.  It's been a tough 2018 for them.

- Lost to UM hoops by double digits at home.

- Lost their President.

- Lost their AD.

- Lost to UM hoops again by double digits in the B1G Tournament.

- Lost in the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

- Lost the dean of their DO school to prison.

- Lost $500,000,000 to the victims of the most prolific known child molester in US history.

- Lost a staff scientist for bestiality.

- Lost a DO school alum to sexual assault charges.

- Lost by double digits to UM football at home.

10/21/2018 - 12:06pm Thank you kindly!  Might…

Thank you kindly!  Might have to watch this on Saturday since it's M's bye week.

10/14/2018 - 12:26am (No subject)

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09/15/2018 - 7:22pm I follow Wisconsin as…

I follow Wisconsin as closely as Michigan, and IMHO, Wisconsin is overrated. The B1G West is bad; if Michigan were in the West, we'd have been to the Championship Game at least once under Harbaugh. The asymmetry between the East and West is staggering!  As I type this, Illinois just lost to USF at Soldier Field, and Nebraska already lost to Troy.  Iowa couldn't even dominate Iowa State.

Wisconsin lost too much on defense to be a contender this year - that's the main problem.  Last year's Badger defense was scary good, and good enough to give the inconsistent offense a lot of chances.  This year, the defense is not that good. 

Hornibrook is at best just OK, and JT gets too few touches.  That's the next problem.  BYU is big and physical, so the Badgers couldn't grind them down in the second half as is the MO in Madison.

Before today, I'd've put my money on Wisconsin beating Michigan. After today, I'd put it on Michigan winning.  Our defense is better than BYU's, and our offense, while underwhelming, is better than Wisconsin's defense. 

09/15/2018 - 7:02pm Damn, would've been great…

Damn, would've been great. Thanks for nothing, Bucky!

09/02/2018 - 6:14pm Please feel free to correct…

Please feel free to correct the outright inaccuracies, but yes, much of that is discussing larger-scale generalities - which do make a difference in the context of probabilities of succeeding at a high level.  No, ND is not recruiting in Indiana, but ND has arguably had better success maintaining its national recruiting success than we have (vis a vis Catholic prep schools, the NBC contract, and other factors).  But ND and I think Texas are suffering from many of the same larger-scale factors affecting us.  ND has had many down years lately like we have.  Texas' state growth hasn't helped the Longhorns because multiple other schools down there rose to prominence over the last few decades.  Agreed on your point about Cinci - that's an even better example of stifling in-state competition than Bama and Auburn shutting down UAB.

09/02/2018 - 6:07pm lol, it's only 1500 words or…

lol, it's only 1500 words or so!  TL;DR: It's getting harder and harder to recruit nationally at a time when the state of Michigan is producing fewer and fewer top prospects due to bigger picture demographic trends. Michigan needs to start doing a better job developing talent, largely by having an identity, and also needs to start beating MSU so we can lock down the in-state talent tighter than we have been.

09/02/2018 - 6:04pm Sorry for being unclear -…

Sorry for being unclear - population density. Denser metro areas are more likely to produce relatively more prospects, and their prospects are more likely to become better because they are more likely to be playing against other more talented competitors.

09/02/2018 - 5:10pm In the last decade we…

In the last decade we snagged a BCS bowl W on an OT FG and whiffed on a CFP berth on a 4th down spot. Two high level years in a decade do not make a high level program.

09/02/2018 - 5:04pm I disagree. Our 2015 recruit…

I disagree. Our 2015 recruit class (the current seniors) was ranked 37th nationally. 2016 was ranked 8th, 2017 at 5th, and 2018 at 22nd. The coaching staff turnover has mitigated talent development. I am hopeful next season will go well, as those were strong classes and we have a more favorable schedule, but this season? We lack the talent at too many important positions to compete with everyone in the conference, let alone nationally.

09/02/2018 - 4:46pm That is exactly my point: it…

That is exactly my point: it's becoming harder and harder to recruit nationally for myriad reasons, and when you can't recruit nationally, you have to recruit locally and develop 3 stars like MSU and Wisconsin. Identity helps develop talent.

Bo began his tenure when Bama, LSU, Ole Miss, and Georgia didn't play black dudes. You think that affected our ability to recruit nationally? 

09/02/2018 - 3:20pm Cheers - always enjoy your…

Cheers - always enjoy your posts, and this was no exception. 

08/23/2018 - 10:59pm Meanwhile, at least one of…

Meanwhile, at least one of the DO school professors who cleared Nassar in the sham 2015 Title IX investigation remains on their faculty...

08/22/2018 - 8:34pm Drake's professional…

Drake's professional trajectory clearly indicates his presidency of academically mediocre Ohio State is a stepping stone to a high-level administrative position at an elite academic institution.

If he rolls over on this and lets the BoT not impugn and castigate Meyer then no elite academic institution will consider him for any high-profile administrative job.

If Meyer is on the sidelines for week one, then I doubt Drake will finish off this academic year in Columbus - he'll jump ship simply to avoid the stink of being associated with a university that regressively values football over the safety of women.

08/21/2018 - 9:35pm Brian Kelly Committed…

Brian Kelly Committed Involuntary Manslaughter #Declan

08/21/2018 - 9:30pm I lol'd.

I lol'd.

08/21/2018 - 9:23pm That is exactly what I wrote…

That is exactly what I wrote in my emails to Alvarez and Blank - UW is not MSU or OSU or PSU. As a UW alumnus, I expect my school to do the right thing, which is suspending these WRs while they are suspected of criminal behavior.

Every last one of my Badger buddies is pissed our guys would do something like this.  We hope they're innocent but that's for the courts to decide.

08/03/2018 - 9:57pm No fucking shit? 

Accepting…

No fucking shit? 

Accepting cash as an amateur in violation of NCAA rules is less bad than institutional cover up of a wife beater or serial child molestor on staff - there's a bold take.

lol.

08/03/2018 - 7:10pm Kill it with fire then nuke…

Kill it with fire then nuke it from orbit!

07/29/2018 - 8:13am Great! I'll be at each one…

Great! I'll be at each one. Madison is the best road game in the B1G.

07/24/2018 - 7:24pm "Zach was first arrested in…

"Zach was first arrested in 2009. I was way too busy helping Aaron Hernandez dump bodies into the Gulf in 2009 to be bothered by a wife beater." - Refreshingly honest Urban Meyer

05/09/2018 - 1:04pm "We have nowhere to go but

"We have nowhere to go but up" is not a bold take when you can't sink any lower.

04/21/2018 - 7:31am Any job that requires making

Any job that requires making decisions based upon incomplete information is a growth industry. AI is terrible at that. (So are most people, heh.)

04/07/2018 - 7:51am So many moments from which to

So many moments from which to choose, but for me, it's beating Wisconsin in Madison. That's rarer than a trip to the Final Four for us in the last decade!

04/05/2018 - 8:40pm SCHA-DEN-FREU-DE

SCHA-DEN-FREU-DE

04/05/2018 - 7:25pm It was an obvious foul. Refs

It was an obvious foul. Refs keeping OSU competitive...

04/05/2018 - 7:24pm Gotta beat ND first!  If we

Gotta beat ND first!  If we do beat ND, then we're probably more likely to have success against the team that hasn't already beaten us 5 out of 5 games...  /eyeroll

04/05/2018 - 1:36pm Burke's renaissance has me

Burke's renaissance has me tuning into NYK games.  If M Hoops' surprising wild success is the cake of this basketball season then Trey 2.0 is the icing. 

Lord knows the 'Stons have been a disappointment.

04/04/2018 - 7:10pm Read this and be totally

Read this and be totally horrified: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Pharma

04/04/2018 - 7:09pm This is a reasonable

This is a reasonable assessment and I mostly agree with it.

04/04/2018 - 4:25pm I teach anatomy at a DO

I teach anatomy at a DO school (not MSU-COM).

There is zero DO/OMM literature supporting intravaginal manipulation of the coccyx/coccygeal muscles. Not one of the DO OMM professors I've spoken with teaches this as legitimate medical treatment.  At MSU, there were only Nassar's MSU-COM colleagues providing their expert opinions.  They were either not in full possession of the facts, or grossly incompetent in their responsibilities as scholars and physicians. If they had looked for a scientific medical basis for what he was doing they would have found nothing, and that's when they should have started asking questions. 'Larry says it's legitimate' is woefully inadequate when Larry is being investigated...

04/04/2018 - 3:17pm The issue isn't that much of

The issue isn't that much of modern medicine isn't actually evidence-based.  It's that faculty at a medical school can't tell the difference between sexual assault and legitimate medical treatment and can't be bothered to investigate.  Independent, verifable, third-party peer-reviewed literature can potentially provide an immediate answer to such questions.  If that literature does not exist, then you're left consulting experts, and that's precisely why Nassar wasn't caught sooner.

- actual scientist

04/03/2018 - 5:43pm I'd like to see Beilein make

I'd like to see Beilein make more than Izzo.  Beilein's on-court product is more valuable, and his off-court product is MUCH more valuable.

Also, I know he's only been with us one year, but I'd like to see Yaklich get paid well enough to stay at least two more years.  By the end of his third year in Ann Arbor, it should be clear whether he deserves to be heir apparent to Beilein's throne. I think Yaklich was that impressive this year...  Then again if Beilein wants to coach until he's 70+ and doesn't lose his touch, then that'd be great!

03/27/2018 - 1:12pm Not to mention Nassar's four

Not to mention Nassar's four colleagues responsible for his 2014 Title IX investigation that cleared him...

03/26/2018 - 4:13pm Yes, my surname is

Yes, my surname is Throckmorton. And yes, I teach my medical students all about the Throckmorton Sign when I give the lectures on embryology and gross anatomy of the genitals... lol.

03/26/2018 - 11:42am Michigan's voters elected the

Michigan's voters elected the clowns on the MSU BoT.  Maybe when their taxes go up as a result of this circus, they'll elect people who are qualified to lead an R1 university instead of a bunch of former athletes and coaches.

Note UM's Board of Regents is comprised of physicians, lawyers, and businesspeople.

03/23/2018 - 7:22pm Speaking of...  I found all

Speaking of...  I found all of the B1G Tournament games except the one vs Michigan's Second University.  Anyone have a link to that torrent?

03/11/2018 - 11:16pm Cool, appreciate the insight

Cool, appreciate the insight as I've never been to this arena before. I'll get uppers for Saturday then and save some money.

03/11/2018 - 10:59pm Also just got nice lowers

Also just got nice lowers after specific game times were announced; glad we're not in the Kansas session! Saturday tickets are still a bit steep though.

03/11/2018 - 1:07pm LOL.  Shameless. 

LOL.  Shameless. 

02/26/2018 - 10:07pm The hypothesis that a higher

The hypothesis that a higher proportion of single mother households produces more violent societies is easily falsified: https://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/single-parents-around-the…  Relatively violent societies fall all along the spectrum of single mother household frequency, and so do relatively peaceful societies.

I agree with kgh10; the notion that females benefit more from female teachers is preposterous.  Most economically developed nations have very similar demographics of K-12 teachers: females dominate elementary school teaching positions, but by high school, nearly half of teachers are males.  Most economically developed nations don't have these problems we do in the USA.

In reading this thread, nearly every poster has used college admission and a college degree as their primary marker of 'success.'  I find this curious, and disappointing.  You don't need to go to college or finish it to be successful. 

 

02/16/2018 - 10:23pm NICE.

We played well tonight. ND did not, but they benefited from some dubious officiating.

I will be very heartened if we can earn another W tomorrow night...