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03/05/2019 - 12:08pm As Bill Hicks said, if you…

As Bill Hicks said, if you don't get it, "just relax and enjoy your hair."

03/05/2019 - 11:51am Yes Brian.

And more…

Yes Brian.

And more fundamentally, i.e., evolutionarily, i.e., taking one's pattern recognition from the 4.54 billion year sample space of evolution: World culture's dominant app—people deploying monetary code—can't generate selectable relationships in-&-across Geo Eco Bio Cultural & Tech networks, and across Time.

Exhibits A & B: Sky; Ocean.

The app's information-processing competence lacks Reach Speed Accuracy Power & is often used to throttle Creativity... all of which are fundamental info-processing criteria for passing selection tests.

Verily, if your culture's relationships with the Sky & Ocean are deadly, your cultural genome sucks.

12/20/2018 - 5:23pm Oh my Brothers-of-the-Brian,…

Oh my Brothers-of-the-Brian, the no-play-bowl problem is yet another symptom of a far more fundamental problem.

World culture's dominant app—humans deploying monetary code—can't process complex relationship-value information in-and-across Geo Eco Bio Cultural & Tech networks with sufficient Reach Speed Accuracy and Power. (Exhibits A & B: Sky; Ocean.) Further, the app is often used to throttle Creativity. And tragically, all of those information processing criteria are fundamental to passing multilevel selection tests.

This accruing code-to-environs mismatch is part of the Emergent Complexity Apocalypse.

But alas, emotionally, I love MI sports ... hormonally? groomed as a young child, I'm fully attached & want them to continue.

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Coach O reminds me of "Flounder" from Animal House.

11/14/2018 - 10:00pm Divine Workmanship by the…

Divine Workmanship by the Blue Team.

The mental and physical domination, but esp the mental ... I don't remember seeing that in such high resolution in a game.

Wow man.

10/22/2018 - 4:29pm Loved DPJ's Bunyan-esque TD…

Loved DPJ's Bunyan-esque TD pose & the fine aesthetics-of-attitude he added.

Well-toned Savvy.

Reminded my of Jordan Poole ... obviously, they should do a TV show together. (or at least a podcast)

08/17/2018 - 1:35pm Kilgore, you're killing me…

Kilgore, you're killing me brah ... McKeon is on the line of scrimmage, split end, as noted.

Btw, prolly do, but wonder if you know the stud writer that Kilgore Trout was named after?

08/17/2018 - 11:22am Okay, here's my not wholly…

Okay, here's my not wholly thought out speculation: Big Spread.

Put McKeon, Gentry & Eubanks out to one side. Patterson in shotgun; Evans or Higdon in backfield.

Maybe put McKeon as split end; Gentry & Eubanks off the line of scrimmage. 

If you get the ball to Gentry or Eubanks, they can pick up 3rd and 2.

Gentry could throw to a releasing McKeon, Evans, Eubanks, or even Patterson ... even if a short pass, could have space to make it a big chunk play.

Or: One of them can go in motion and set up as a blocker for Evans or Patterson.

You could also get the ball to Gentry or any of the big tight ends and they cut towards the middle of the field and pitch to Evans/Higdon swinging wide; or while Evans is swinging wide, Patterson is swinging wide, but not as wide as Evans and Gentry flips the ball to Patterson who cuts right behind him like he's a pulling guard of sorts. 

The defense is unlikely to have 3 people who can defend 3 guys that big all on the field at once, and there's also a blocking size advantage. With motion, there are lots of quick and significant formation changes where again, size and/or speed mismatches with specific linebackers, corners, safeties, can be generated.

08/03/2018 - 1:17pm Major Props Brian; again. As…

Major Props Brian; again. As others have said: well argued.

02/10/2018 - 1:45pm Clutch Hutch

Ms. Hutchins is extraordinary.

I love watching these young women play. They're tough, talented and disciplined; they consistently exhibit class, and they seem to have genuine fun. I started watching a few years ago and have recently started watching Michigan women's basketball. Go Blue.

11/15/2017 - 9:58am Radiation

The fully radiant joy and the clean lines in the face of Ms. Way in her brief comments at the close of the field hockey clip ... made me tear up. In recognition of her glorious Yes to life, the human spirit, exuberant in youth.

You can't fake that ...

And in recognition of the circumstances of our era, the threat to youth ... of course, threats are always there, just not at this scale.  

07/27/2017 - 11:00am Big Pic: Human Run Over Soon

Dominant phenom of our era: Exponentially Accelerating Complexity, which includes exponentially accruing knowledge.

Human reach, power, numbers: Unprecedented.

We've generated novel & alien environs that we can't handle; i.e., we can't process the onslaught of new relationship information.

Exhibits: A: Sky. B: Ocean.

Code & Complexity

Code is fundamental, physics generated and physics efficacious, Relationship Infrastructure in bio, cultural & tech networks: genetic, language, math, moral, religious, legal, monetary, etiquette, software, etc.

“The story of human intelligence starts with a universe that is capable of encoding information.” — Ray Kurzweil -- "How To Create A Mind"

The new relationships sired by exponentially accelerating complexity weaken the efficacy of code attuned to older, less complex variations of network relationships.

Humans aren’t sufficiently coded — biologically, culturally or technologically — to pass natural selection tests in environs undergoing exponentially accelerating complexity for X number of years.

Year X approaches.

Enjoy your cornflakes whilst you got 'em.




04/05/2017 - 4:17pm Class Act

Major Props to Mr. Irvin.

From this distance, 4 years, no drama, tough, contributed at various positions, grew as a player both on offense and defense, good teammate, won some games.

All around I'd say a class act. Wish him all the best. 

12/09/2016 - 7:30pm Old & in the way ...

Can someone tell me the name of the first song, or the artist/s name in the Hawkins' highlights?

Thanks ...

05/05/2016 - 7:00pm Chant-ations

This guy looks ferocious.

Stadium chant: 1/2 yells MMM, other half responds Bosse.

(Thought of that all by myself ...)

11/21/2015 - 12:23pm Mr. Donnal

Don't want to be harsh on a collegiate player. They bust their ass to perform, are not civilians in carrying that heavy load plus classes, but man, I wish Mr. Donnal could generate some confidence. Maybe if he just says F it, I'm going to be aggressive, and make mistakes (who doesn't) but make aggressive mistakes. Have some fun man!

Best to you Mr. Donnal. 

11/02/2015 - 2:10pm Greatness

More sublime scribblings Brian. Thank for helping me, and I assume others, get through the day.

"Hannah Davis is a professional attractive person."

I'll be ripping versions of that off; ascribing credit when I can. Best . . .

09/24/2015 - 1:59pm Reply to: R U High

Nah man, but thanks for asking. As physicist David Deutsch answered in an interview when asked about his new ideas and getting high:

"The ideas always come by an undirected variation of existing ideas, and it could be that that's what getting high is."

Getting high alters your "neuronal weather."

Now if you gots some green on the cheap, you know, that artist discount thing . . . let me know. 

Verily, I could use the variation . . . 

09/24/2015 - 1:25pm Art & Monetary Code

"... a competitive industry that can no longer afford to consistently value art over commerce."

But art, importantly, like constitutions and coding structures, helps generate necessary homeostasis at the scale of culture (Antonio Damasio; Self Comes to Mind) . . . just like genetic codes provide for homeostasis at the biological scale . . . like when you drink too much and hurl with extreme prejudice, thereby allowing the organism to retain its structural integrity for another day.

Exponentially accelerating complexity has eroded the efficacy of monetary code for the fast, accuarte and powerful calibration of relationship-value.

This contributes to broken art, and a broken sky, ocean, etc., to averageness.

But the margins of selection are tight, impersonal and brutally enforced. 

Passing our natural selection tests has become more complex.

Like this: Genetic codes remain on the exam; culture codes have been added. E.g., elephant survival is not only a function of its bio-genome, but of the human cultural genome as well: moral, $, legal codes, etc.

Monetary code has been rendered as shit culture code for our long-term survival by accelerating complexity.

Software code is to monetary code as alphabet code was to pictograph code.

08/24/2015 - 7:22pm Brandon Not Hiring Harbaugh

Thanks for the excerpts . . .

That Brandon wanted a coach he could dominate, a certified underling, was my intuition. Didn't chalk it up to insecurity, but that fits. Fits with those arch emails he sent as well . . . what a schmuck the guy is, a little man. 

07/29/2015 - 2:39pm 420 RD Lineup

21 Irvin #4

22 Robinson #2

23 LaVert Pt

24 Dawkins #3

RD Post

420 Sling sing from threeland; RD as treeman.

The sometimes disruption, have-to-prepare for height-octane assault variation; sort of like using the 1-3-1 press variation. 

06/03/2015 - 4:57pm Seth Writing . . . and

Absolutely great writing man; so many fine lines. Thank you.

Re these feline ballers, call me a wimp (I prefer sensitive artist), but I almost always cry/laugh simultaneously when I read about them.

Their joy, enthusiasm, dedication-to-task-and-one-another, their youthful innocence, toughness, etc., is so inspiring . . . especially juxtaposed to the omninous crap of the world. I just try to let their evident "best of humanity" stuff roll through me.


Man, I really want them to win! But understand Florida is awesome too.

05/30/2015 - 5:01pm  




05/08/2015 - 4:15pm Generating Variation

is stupid?

what about sometimes going long & athletic with; or sometimes zone with:

Pt. LaV; 2 Zak; 3 Dawk/Chat; 4 Wilson; 5 Doyle

03/14/2015 - 4:08pm oh no

a creator

how sad

how futile

02/19/2015 - 10:09am As many have written

Incredible work Mr. Cook.

Your humanity, honesty, humor, information-processing facilities, toughness, and literary talents are a genuine pleasure to drink up.

Thanks man.

And thanks to triangle_M for posting the D H Lawrence piece; great stuff!




11/19/2014 - 1:30pm Seidel Moralizing

" . . . the only person served by his column is himself."

Agree, and love you calling him out.

"This, by the way, this is a great example of the pointless moralizing I was talking about."

Nice again. You and some readers may find this evolutionary perspective on morality interesting; it's by Peter DeScioli:

excerpt: "Second, morality is among the most selfish, coercive, backstabbing, and destructive adaptations that evolution has ever produced in its four billion year history. This shocker comes with a crucial corollary: morality is different from its kinder, gentler, and more ancient doppelganger, altruism. Humans show many forms of altruism and compassion that do not require or depend on the capacity for moral judgment."

and: "Evidence from experiments reveals the mind’s moral algorithms."

and: "In fact, humans are more eager to judge other people than to follow their own moral advice."


11/18/2014 - 3:31pm Yes

Great humanity exhibited yet again Mr. Cook, including acknowledgement of your thrown punch. Think you're contributing to the acceleration of cultural evolution with your humanity, your writing. Appreciate thee.

09/03/2014 - 3:07pm Not Being Negative . . .

Brian, don't think you're being negative.

Here's some ammo that, granted, you may already have.

Citing physicist David Deutsch, from his incredible book: The Beginning of Infinity. The context is a fictional dialogue between Socrates and Hermes. Socrates inquires about how we get to objective truth:

“Could it be that the moral imperative not to destroy the means of correcting mistakes is the only moral imperative? That all other moral truths follow from it?”  (His italics)

We need your astute and artfully-rendered observations. Even if they're occasionally wrong, they move us on the path.

09/02/2014 - 11:15am Glasgow y Miller, et al

Per the tea bongs, is Hoke's Miller praise a send off of sorts . . . thanks for your efforts, enter Glasgow? Think Coach likes to give props to the Milers, Johnsons, Jenkins-Stones, Burzynskis, etc., for hard work, capable backing up, and teamster attitudes. 

What'd y'all think of Joey Galloway's announcing work? I liked it. Cracked up when he said De'Veon Smith had to be tough to wear hair like that . . . because someone is going to try you.

03/03/2014 - 3:22pm Subjective

Brian brilliance, in thought-dot connecting and artristy-of-presentration, "riding out of the north night" yet again, slaying fictious thought bubbles floating in the memesphere. . . Thanks man. Call me a kiss-ass, sure, but what an ass! One of the best sports writers in the country. Kenpom says BRIAN BY 11.

07/19/2013 - 3:15pm Fan-ation

Fat thanks to Seth and to all who write here. Great work!

Where you gonna such quality humor and skies of BLUE?

Sure you're drowning in accolades, but y'all are fine Artists!

Audible laughs all the time . . . 


10/24/2012 - 4:04pm Teamness Bio Metrics


greater team synchrony yields greater endorphin release, yields greater ability to handle pain, yielding a greater ability to "finish."

automated bio response to teams working togther . . . tangible, measureable ubermensch qualities generated by team synchrony. 

Bo's The Team concept has measurables, probably numerous measureables. Scientific validation, cappesh? 

that be "The fuck?"  



10/24/2012 - 11:28am Physics of Team Pain Thresholds; Laughter, too.

Verily, Ubermensch mechanics . . .

Increases in Team synchrony yield greater pain resistance.

Excerpted from NYTimes article on laughter . . .

"The physical act of laughing contributed to the emotional response of finding something to be funny.

Why the interplay of endorphins and laughing should be of interest to those of us who exercise may not be immediately obvious. But as Dr. Dunbar points out, what happens during one type of physical exertion probably happens in others. Laughter is an intensely infectious activity. In this study, people laughed more readily and lustily when they watched the comic videos as a group than when they watched them individually, and their pain thresholds, concomitantly, rose higher after group viewing.

Something similar may happen when people exercise together, Dr. Dunbar says. In an experiment from 2009, he and his colleagues studied a group of elite Oxford rowers, asking them to work out either on isolated rowing machines, separated from one another in a gym, or on a machine that simulated full, synchronized crew rowing. In that case, the rowers were exerting themselves in synchrony, as a united group.

After they exercised together, the rowers’ pain thresholds — and presumably their endorphin levels — were significantly higher than they had been at the start, but also higher than when they rowed alone.

“We don’t know why synchrony has this effect, but it seems very strong,” Dr. Dunbar says.

So if you typically run or bike alone, perhaps consider finding a partner. Your endorphin response might rise and, at least theoretically, render that unpleasant final hill a bit less daunting."


08/20/2012 - 4:25pm Brock Walk

Cried. Absolutely Beautiful! 

What a courageous man. Great to see.

Thank you for posting. And thank you Mr. Barwis.

09/04/2011 - 2:51pm Elephant in the Stadium

What adjustment variables are the stats dudes going to add their equations to account for climate change?

Elephant in the stadium and no one says sheeiiit?

How that's leadership thing going "for the kids"?

Love the blue, the game, the hard work, the precision and speed of the neural processing, but I know it's silly, archaic, tribal DNA stuff, the hormonal drops, testosterone increases/decrease tied to winning and losing.

The parade has already been rained on, and it's only going to get worse.

Don't think our defense will have enough bullets for this one.

It's probably going to be some ugly manball ahead, for all of us . . .



09/02/2011 - 7:34pm Stuff . . .

Great and funny writing. Love it.

"Turnovers regress like a mofo." 

"Communist Football Almanack"

Beautiful. Where you gonna get that?

The Blue Robe is the closest thing to a religious experience . . .

All that tribal, group selection stuff banging hormonally.

Just another DNA-transport vehicle throwing elbows in the long dance.

Brian is a mofo tribal priest.

It's Christmas Eve!

My therapist says . . .

Screw him. He don't evol psych.




11/23/2010 - 7:06pm Jonas Salk on Intuition

Salk said that intuition should lead a respectful intellect. It is fair.

And the tougher presence thing, I'd bet on Harbaugh.

Here's a quote from primatologist Frans de Waal about the hierarchy that is established unconsciously in every conversation between two people. . .


" . . . when a voice is filtered, removing all higher frequencies, one hears nothing but a low-pitched hum. All words are lost. But then it was found that this low hum is an unconscious social instrument. It is different for each person, but in the course of a conversation people tend to converge. They settle on a single hum, and it is always the lower person who does the adjusting. This was first demonstrated in an analysis of the Larry King Live television show. The host, Larry King, would adjust his timbre to that of high-ranking guests, like Mike Wallace or Elizabeth Taylor. Low-ranking guests, on the other hand, would adjust their timbre to that of King. The clearest adjustment to King's voice, indicating lack of confidence, came from former Vice President Dan Quayle.”

I think RR adjusts to Harbaugh.

That's leadership baby, and that strength is communicated to all the players on an unconscious level . . . and that counts, too, in the margins.

11/23/2010 - 6:48pm Evolution and Victory are in the margins . . .

I sense that RR is a good guy. HIs offense is exciting to watch. I've been for bringing him back for most of the year, but now, I think if we could get Harbaugh, maybe we should. 

I don't think that makes me a raving lunatic (other qualities, maybe, but not those particular thoughts.)

In evolution, one gene can make a huge difference in a species ability to survive. The competitive margins are so tight. In athletics, the margins are extremely tight, too. Look at olympic champions, i.e., swimming times, skiing times, etc., the margins of victory, (of selection), are often miniscule. 

I think RR can build a consistently winning program, but my sense is that to build a program that consistently competes for national championships you need an especial coach. For me, his lack of attention to the D and special teams do not speak to that ability. 

Maybe he's a top 12, top 15 coach. My sense is that Harbaugh is maybe a top 10, maybe a top 7 or 8 coach who will get better. Plus he has the Michigan blood line and I think that counts for something, as does being a former pro quarterback. I also sense that his teams are tougher, more physical. His presence emanates more power to me than RR's does. 

Again, I like RR. And if he's retained, I think we'll continue to improve, possibly even win a national championship. But in the long run, I think his ceiling is lower that Harbaugh's.

The margins are victory are so tight that any slight advantage can have significant long-term payoffs.

Peace unto you Brian. And thanks for all yous dos.

11/20/2010 - 5:27pm Harbaugh and Rodriguez

Mr. Brandon, please be creative:

Hire Mr. Harbaugh as head coach and keep Mr. Rodriguez as the offensive coordinator.

Mr. Rodriguez, you seem like a good guy. Please take the ego hit, the pay reduction, and keep bringing your creative offensive mind to the team.

Mr. Harbaugh, please clean up the D and Special Teams and bring that physical and mental toughness that your team seems to emanate.

Mr. Brandon please send me a check for consulting.

Everyone wins.

11/13/2010 - 4:26pm Mental

Okay, I know they're good kids, and extremely hardworking, but Gallon consistently makes poor decisions on returns; letting the ball roll and losing yardage, running it out of the endzone and not making the 20, having the ball bounce off of him, signaling for a fair catch then running. Everyone makes mistakes, but his mental play makes it seem like the guy isn't coached. He scares the hell out of me on every return. 

And Rogers doing laterals on the last play of the half. C'mon, when you're relatively deep in your side of the field: knock the ball down, or if you're going to intercept, don't be throwing it around in the rain!!

That's basic last play stuff.

You can forgive lack of physical ability. The mental errors though, they're less forgivable, like that time that transvestite fooled me. But I didn't have a coach that night, or a season to prepare.