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09/21/2018 - 5:08pm Nevermind - I got a point…

Nevermind - I got a point for posting. Still not up/down vote though.

09/21/2018 - 5:07pm Mine still don't, as far as…

Mine still don't, as far as I can tell, and I can't see the upvote/downvote buttons either. 

*double shrug*

08/14/2018 - 3:53pm It's a traveshamockery!

In…

It's a traveshamockery!

In college, we made up our own version for tomfoolery, shenanigans and horseplay. There were many days that were full of tomshenanihorse. 

08/09/2018 - 11:25am I don't know what IFTTT is…

I don't know what IFTTT is but the MGoBoard twitter handle still works. I'm not sure if that was automated by Brian or someone else though.

08/08/2018 - 12:54pm The ability for undrafted…

The ability for undrafted players to return to college is interesting. It sounds great from a player perspective (get as much information as possible before deciding to forego a degree), but it could have recruiting ramifications that are difficult for coaches. 

Consider the case of Matthews this year: His decision would have been drawn out even longer (most likely), so the scholarship availability for next year's recruiting class would be undetermined for a longer period of time. Given Beilein's preference not to oversign (even with relatively sure bets to leave for the NBA), it will be interesting to see how he approaches such situations in the future.

08/08/2018 - 9:46am I thought the Florida State…

I thought the Florida State episode was pretty good as well, but otherwise agree that the schtick in each episode is usually only funny for a couple minutes. 

I also had a feeling they would do us, given the large Michigan contingent in their comment section, but thought there was a chance they would do either OSU given recent news (perhaps too edgy for their taste), or MSU. Lots of potential MSU material, from the whole disrespekt thing to preferring to play sloppy football in a monsoon to playing up the irony of MSU fans outraged about OSU (not saying there are lots of such fans, but it would be a bit the Fullcast crew could do).

07/18/2018 - 1:58pm I fully support this.

 

I fully support this.

 

Not that my support means anything, but I agree that Brian's writing style is unique not only to Michigan sports, but most topics in general. As a fan of soccer, I would love to have a similar reference for the USMNT (or USWNT, for that matter).

 

The only issue is that the USMNT schedule would likely result in long periods where the hypothetical blog would have no new content, then lots of content in a short period. I'd be fine with that though.

07/15/2018 - 3:32pm I recommend this as well. We…

I recommend this as well. We went early, months before engagement was a real possibiolty, and I told her we were going so I could learn what she liked and what she didn't.

I ended up going with a custom ring made by a friend of a friend, which I also highly recommend if you have a good connection/recommendation. You (generally) get a better diamond for the price and she will feel extremely special having a one of a kind ring!

Best of luck! 

04/13/2018 - 10:09am Congrats!

Congratulations on your newborn! All the luck in the world to you on finding time to sleep!

04/09/2018 - 5:33pm Plus he'll have a year of

Plus he'll have a year of Zavier Simpson chewing him out whenever he makes a mistake. There hasn't been a Beilein team with a returning defense like this, and one where the players are leading that mentality. Stauskas, Burke, etc. - these guys didn't have an X, Matthews, or Teske to push them to develop on the defensive end like Poole will have. 

03/26/2018 - 11:42am $50 at tipoff is my guess

If Kansas wins, it may not get there. But if they don't I expect there to be a huge amount of tickets on stubhub from the Kansas fans that bought the full package. 

 

FWIW, my buddy who is a Villanova grad bought tickets to final in Houston a couple years ago in a 100-level section for $60, and he bought them well ahead of time (either Sunday or Monday morning). 

 

Part of the reason for getting a bar as close as possible to the stadium is so you can actually wait until just after tipoff and get super cheap tickets. If you're close enough, you can buy tickets and be in your seat 5-10 minutes later and only miss a couple of minutes of early game time. The security and entrance lines will have died down, so it's actually pretty great. I've never done it for a final, but I did it for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in 2013 and 2014. 

If I end up going I'll let you know where we're headed!

03/26/2018 - 11:07am Not sure where yet

I'm planning on driving out Monday from Houston (assuming all goes right), and I'll let you know there are plenty of Wolverines in Texas so there will definitely be an alumni bar (possibly several) setup somewhere near the stadium. We usually have 2-3 for football games here in Houston, there's a big one in Austin and I know there's a good sized community in Dallas, to say nothing of San Antonio since I haven't been there on a game day before.

 

Also, there should be a pretty good wash of tickets available on Monday for a decent price. My plan is to hang out at the alumni bar closest to the stadium and buy tickets as close to tip-off as possible when they drop to the $30-$50 per ticket range. 

03/26/2018 - 10:23am Looks strange

Looks strange at first, but it's probably better for the coach. It's a lot easier for a coach to get a bid, win a game or two, vs. running the table and winning it all. Therefore, a coach (not trying to make this personal to Beilein) would prefer to have flat bonus for each round or even more heavily weighted toward early rounds. This is one case though where I'm sure money is not the driving incentive, for any coach at this level, for any given season. They just want to win. 

 

As for Beilein: pay the man! He's earned it all!

03/23/2018 - 10:09am Try asking Delta to live-tweet it for you

Worked for this person: https://news.avclub.com/southwest-live-tweeted-an-ncaa-game-to-a-passenger-when-1823889340

03/21/2018 - 9:20am On guarding the inbounder

Seth at The Athletic had a piece that mentioned the Sampson's dilemma. Houston had a similar play in their game against SDSU two days prior. They guarded the inbounder and gave up a much better look than Poole's that fortunately (for them) just missed the mark. It would have won the game for SDSU.

In that case, it was after a basket so the inbounder could run the line, so maybe the right decision here would have been to do it again. I would guess the previous game's final play affected Sampson's judgement though. It would be hard not to in that moment.

03/20/2018 - 6:58pm Heyooo!

I laughed a little.

03/14/2018 - 8:06am Four minute mark

As you noted, Montana seemed to turtle up at the 4 minute mark against better teams. That may have something to do with their high foul rate. Their starters get into foul trouble/foul out late in games and there's a drop-off to the bench.

Mostly I'm reassured that while we may be looking past Montana, I know Beilein isn't. He'll have a game plan to attack their weaknesses.

03/09/2018 - 3:41pm I appreciate it, but nope.

I appreciate it, but nope. I'm down in Houston, and since my fiance works in public relations, I can definitely say I wouldn't do well in journalism or any form of media. 

03/08/2018 - 6:03pm That's a fair point

The most surprising thing to me is that the entire US operations may end up in liquidation. I get that it's a bad situation, but I have to think there is some part of the business that's worth something. 

That probably falls more on the advisors and lawyers negotiating the reorganization than it does the executives running the company. 

03/08/2018 - 4:53pm Not that Brandon didn't make out OK.

The bankrutpcy Court approved a pretty large bonus package for the executives...

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/07/bankrupt-…

03/08/2018 - 2:17pm Agreed

I just started reading a couple of weeks ago and it's totally worth a fee that is ultimately less than $3 per month. 

02/23/2018 - 10:01am Fascinating stuff

I'm going to be looking for Duncan screaming on screens now. Beilein consistently amazes me (and now Yak as well) with how he simultaneously develops players, but also adapts his game plans to his players' capabilities.

02/16/2018 - 9:29am Not to brag

But I'm in Houston and it's going to be 75 on Sunday so the fiancee and I are going to drink beer, eat crawfish, and watch Michigan beat the Buckeyes!

02/13/2018 - 6:40pm Yeah

I probably should have clarified that I meant from MSU's perspective as well. Obviously "crisis" is not a word that would describe what happened to the victims or what they have been through since.

02/13/2018 - 4:24pm Bait and switch

I actually thought it was a decent letter... until the paragraph that apparently exonerates Izzo and D'Antonio. Up to that point, I thought it was about all you could expect from an interim president taking over in a crisis.* It addressed the important points (document production, compliance with various investigations, what they've learned from Title IX reports, etc.). It's not like legal counsel would allow him to say much more... but that last part undoes anything reasonable said above, IMO.

 

*(Or whatever the appropriate descriptor is here)

01/25/2018 - 6:38pm This.

I learned this the hard way with the 2014 World Cup knockout match against Belgium.

01/25/2018 - 6:35pm World Cup

In the 2014 WC, I managed to record the US-Belgium knockout match without getting any hints or updates while I was at work. I was so excited to get home and watch it. Unfortunately, I made the fatal mistake of not recording the post-game show. If you recall, the game was tied at 0 at the end of regulation. The DVR recorded enough of extra time for me to see Belgium's first goal and then cut off. It was such a crushing feeling to go through all that and have to just read the final score that we lost 2-1.

01/17/2018 - 5:01pm Not this year.

Next year could be interesting. I think a Final Four is a really long-shot ceiling for this year's team at this point.

Yes, I think they can beat just about anybody on any given night, but stringing together (i) an extended series of wins throughout the rest of conference play, (ii) extended run in the B1G tourney (probably necessary to avoid playing a 1-4 seed in the first weekend of NCAAs) AND THEN (iii) winning 6 straight in the NCAAs? That seems all but impossible given the team's youth. 

I'd be thrilled to be wrong though. Beilein is a great coach and, as someone mentioned above, I think he has a great shot at getting a championship in the next 5 years!

01/16/2018 - 8:40pm Montepulcciano d'Abruzio

No, idea how to spell it, but delicious Italian wine. About to start an episode of Broadchurch. Enjoyed the first 5 episodes!

01/16/2018 - 9:20am Ultimate Teacher

I am amazed that Beilein, an older gentleman, can find ways to connect with 19-22 y/o kids. He is the ultimate teacher, and from an outsider's perspective it seems like he has complete trust from his guys. Can't imagine what else you would want in a coach.

01/13/2018 - 5:37pm Love this...

...but freshman gonna freshman. I think a realistic floor is another 1-2 losses below that.

That said, this team can (and should) compete with anyone left on the schedule home and away. It will be fun!

Same goes for the B1G and NCAA tourney too - I don't expect a final four, but I think it will be fun no matter how long the season lasts!

09/26/2017 - 8:07pm Read the blog post

I've never looked at the Power Rank before, but it's pretty obvious that Ed doesn't actually think UCF is the best team in the country. Which is why the OP should have also pointed out that the blog post to accompany these rankings explains why the model spits out UCF as #1.

 

Blog post here: https://thepowerrank.com/blog/

 

The same thing happens with S&P+, as anyone who listens to Bill Connelly's podcast, PAPN (Podcast Ain't Played Nobody) would tell you. What the model spits out is only good if you understand the inputs and can interpret the results accordingly. Also, neither S&P+ nor The Power Rank (as far as I know) claim that the current rankings are predictors of final rankings. They are indicators of performance to date, based upon data from small populations (especially in the case of UCF, as they only have 50% of the data that most other teams have). 

 

/end rant.

08/25/2017 - 6:04pm Love that guy!

I used to read him in the Houston Chronicle and then he just disappeared and I never knew where he went. I was too lazy/couldn't remember his last name to figure out where he went. Thanks for pointing him out!

08/25/2017 - 5:54pm Probably not Tuesday

I live in Houston... If the models are anywhere close to accurate, I don't think there will be any flights in or out by Tuesday. The real storm won't reach Houston until tonight and we're expected to get anywhere from 2ft to 4+ ft of rain between tonight and Wednesday morning. No planned evacuations in the city, but I expect just about every major roadway to be underwater for the next few days and *hopefully* no power loss. 

 

Most importantly, would like to get up to Dallas next weekend for the game, so hopefuly I-45 is clear by then!

03/10/2017 - 4:48pm Interesting parallel to Beilein's '05 WV

http://www.espn.com/blog/statsinfo/post/_/id/130272/just-like-in-2005-beileins-team-dealing-with-travel-issues-just-fine

 

They went on to beat Villanova in the Big East semis and lost to Syracuse in the finals.

03/09/2017 - 2:49pm Me too!

Top 3 sports moment I've witnessed in person. My mom sat in her seat and cried and my brother fell over the seats into the next row when Trey Burke hit the tying 3. Even the Kansas fans around us couldn't help but admit it was an amazing game!

06/23/2015 - 10:15pm Also recommend Manistee River Trail

When I lived in Grand Rapids, this was a great weekend hike 3 out of 4 seasons (I've never done it in winter...). It was close enough so we could drive up Friday night after work and camp at Red Bridge. There's only about 6 campsites, but I've never seen it full. We'd bring a cooler full of beer and eggs for breakfast. 

Then, we'd hit the trail the next day, hiking up the North Country Trail on the west side of the river up to the Hoedenpyle (sp?) dam. After crossing to the east side of the river on the Manistee River Trail, we'd start looking for an open campsite along the trail. All-in-all, it's about a 22-mile loop back to the trailhead (about 1/4 mile west of Red Bridge). Cap it off by stopping for a frosted root beer at A&W in Manistee!

As an alternative, you can kayak from the Hoedenpyle dam downriver to the next dam (not sure what it's called). It's about a 4-6 hour kayak trip, but it's worth spending a night on one of the islands after the river opens up south of Red Bridge.

Unfortunately, I don't live in MI anymore to enjoy this trail, but it's one of my favorites! 

03/24/2014 - 7:29pm Not Sold in Texas

I just moved back up north a couple months ago after 2 years in grad school in Texas. I never saw any Bells beers except Two-Hearted drafts at a couple bars. Probably gonna have to ship it, I guess.

Founders, on the other hand, recently started selling/distributing in Texas. Should be able to find it at any liquor store or beer market that has a decent selection.

11/10/2013 - 6:02pm I interned in Houston this summer

Assuming the bowl game is at Reliant Stadium, the best place to stay will be either Downtown, Midtown/Montrose, or Rice Village area. Midtown has some great restaurants, bars, and daytime activities - museums, parks, etc. Midtown and Rice Village are both south/southwest of downtown, and the stadium is just a little further SW than Rice Village. 

I also recommend checking out some of the local breweries - St. Arnold's or Karbach are both pretty good. 

Unfortunately, if Michigan goes to the Texas Bowl, I won't be in-state anymore. Would love to go though, I think Houston is a fun place - a whole lot better than I had heard before living there. 

11/02/2013 - 7:56pm I don't like to blame college players

And the coaches are definitely responsible to a great extent, but at a certain point the players have to execute. To me, the players are as much to blame in this loss as the coaches, especially on offense. Fitz had a poor game, the O-line had a TERRIBLE game, and nobody else made plays. 

It was disheartening, but as always, Go Blue!

10/24/2013 - 12:11pm I'm in Waco now

And I can tell you that Baylor fans' worst nightmare is Mack Brown leaving UT. We like to think that Briles is happy at Baylor and won't leave, but the Facebook and Twitter reactions to UT beating ISU a few weeks ago would suggest otherwise.

10/24/2013 - 12:00pm Can't link

I don't post often, so when I tried to include the link to Bear's Truth, it triggered the spam filter. Either someone else can embed it or just Google it. It's a 247 blog.

10/24/2013 - 11:59am UM alum, soon to be BU alum

I did my undergrad at UM and now I'm wrapping up my MBA at Baylor. I don't follow Baylor football anywhere near as closely as I do Michigan, but it's been interesting to be so closely connected to two totally different teams. 

I won't say much since I'm not all that familiar with Baylor's scheme (other than knowing that failing to score in under 2 minutes is a disappointment), I simply want to share a resource that some users might be interested in checking out. "Bears Truth" is a blog that is supposed to have some pretty good, in-depth stuff on Baylor football. 

04/18/2013 - 1:47pm Some Good News?

 

I live in Waco (grad student at Baylor, did undergrad at UM) and I was shocked to see the news last night. The explosion was felt all the way in Arlington, roughly 100 miles away, and seismographs in Amarillo, 400 miles away, picked up the shock. Fortunately, all 130+ residents of the nursing home next to the plant were evacuated minutes before the explosion, and it happened at night so no students were in the middle school on the other side of the plant.

One of the coolest things about Central Texans is the community they feel for each other, and people have been standing in line in stormy downpours all morning to donate blood. It seems like every business, church, community center, or whatever in Waco has opened its doors to families that need a place to sleep. Continued thoughts and prayers for those in West are definitely appreciated, but I thought you all would like to know that the surrounding towns have totally stepped up to comfort as best we can.

12/20/2012 - 11:58am When that happened

When that happened, my first thought was it was like a glitch in a video game where the ball goes through the defender. Ridiculous catch.

12/17/2012 - 5:37pm I agree!

I don't think anybody expects a "Michigan man" (or woman, for that matter) to be perfect, but I think we absolutely expect them to be responsible for their actions and decisions. I was never a huge fan of JT on the field, but this makes me a fan of him off the field. 

Congrats to him for graduating and best of luck in the future. Definitely proud that he's now a fellow alum!

12/14/2012 - 12:59pm For a little perspective:

This is not to make a point one way or the other- I haven't actually read the J.U.B. piece yet- but I was curious after I saw Brandon's extension this morning. The typical SEC coordinator salary is around $800,000 per year. 

 http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/40017/defensive-coordinator-salaries-going-up

Whic is up ~100% from 2009.

 http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/7336/what-are-the-sec-coordinators-making

 

12/14/2012 - 12:47pm I like this.

Please keep doing this. As a guy that never played organized ball (or unorganized, for that matter) growing up, my basketball IQ has dramatically increased in the last five minutes.

 

One or two plays picture-paged per game will eventually make me not basketball-dumb. Hooray!

 

12/05/2012 - 10:42am 75-69

75-69, UM.

11/14/2012 - 10:47pm Good catch.

Actually, Heiko doesn't transcribe himself as asking the word of the day question in this presser. But, I do think it shows that those little conversations do go on before the recording is cropped and put on mgoblue.com. 

Either way, I enjoy the Al Borges pressers more than most things.