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02/11/2018 - 6:32pm Rutgers and Purdue

Not an expert on WBB, but the latest ESPN bracket (http://www.espn.com/womens-college-basketball/bracketology), as imperfect as it may be, has Rutgers as a 7 seed and Purdue as a 9 seed. MSU is a bad team, yes, but rivalry games are always wonky. So while we were favored to win all of them, I don't think these are the-sky-is-falling losses, especially since all of these were by single digits.

01/28/2017 - 3:48pm Lynch

And Lynch only in 2 - point is there are a bunch of players from Cal beyond Lynch.

01/27/2017 - 11:55pm Cal

Cal had some guy named Aaron Rodgers. Also, they have a surprising recent history of putting running backs and receivers into the NFL that hang around for a while, if not starting: CJ Anderson, Justin Forsett, Lynch, Shane Vereen, Keenan Allen, DeSean Jackson, Marvin Jones. Had Ron Rivera, who went twice with the Bears (not sure if they count his coaching appearance) and Tony Gonzalez (who never went to the Super Bowl but nonetheless very notable name).

01/17/2017 - 12:03am RBCC

Najee Harris? Too soon?

09/18/2016 - 2:58pm Louisville's Hi/Lo

Louisville's Hi/Lo shows that at least one coach probably just submitted the same ballot as last week...Louisville's Lo is 23rd while FSU's Hi is 2nd. There is no way that that's not the same person.

09/15/2016 - 9:39am 38-16 Michigan

38-16 Michigan

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08/31/2016 - 7:15pm UM 59–6

UM 59–6

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08/21/2016 - 10:23pm Race walking

Race walking is indeed an olympic sport.

04/30/2016 - 7:39pm Rex Ryan

Bills immediately signed Glenn Gronkowski - I chuckled.

04/30/2016 - 7:37pm I don't understand...

...the long snapper and the guard. I think the OLB was a bit of a reach as well - it just appears that no one knows much about him.

I cannot get my head around why the LS was drafted when Muhlbach was just resigned. The Patriots evidently valued LS very highly - they drafted their current with their 5th round pick last year. However, why not draft one next year instead of use a roster spot on 2? If our advanced scouting is so good that they saw Landes as the best LS in 2 years, then kudos. If not, then this is puzzling.

We must've *really* liked Dahl to draft him after we drafted Glasgow. Seems to be more of a depth pick - a luxury that I'm not sure we had, exactly. 

Overall, I liked the rest of the draft. We get enamored with college stats - was thinking about Scooby Wright in the late rounds as well - but pro teams need to draft for specific skills. The RB is 6'2" and runs a 4.5.

I liked Robinson and Zettel the most, considering where we got everyone. I know some think Rudock was a reach, but I'd want him as a backup on any team for his eyes and brain, if not his arm. Overall, I'm surprised we didn't get a WR or a CB. But - I went through the last 10 years of Patriots drafts, and the only WR they took with any significant value was Julian Edelman, who was a QB-turned-WR-flyer in the 7th round. I guess Quinn is following the strategy of devaluing that position, at least in the draft.

04/07/2016 - 3:40pm Khaleke Hudson?

Will probably play to prepare him for safety the following year, no?

03/08/2016 - 10:47pm Different type of immune response

The allergy/parasite response is the body's immediate defenses just going into overdrive (the mast cell/IgE response that was mentioned earlier), resulting in more acute symptoms, while most autoimmune disorders are different types of hypersensitivity that are slowly and more chronic, utilizing the immune system in a different way.

Wiki has a chart for reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypersensitivity

Allergies are Type I hypersensitivities; Hashimoto's is a Type IV.

02/09/2016 - 10:05pm 247 Class Calculator

Would result in a class score of 296.52, which would be good for 2nd in the 2016 class rankings. Alabama's score was 301.42.

01/22/2016 - 5:58pm Joe Bolden

What about Joe Bolden doh? Any rave reviews rave reviews rave reviews?

01/01/2016 - 9:31pm Disagree

We would only have 1 loss, but MSU would have 2. We would definitely be in a NY6 bowl.

11/16/2015 - 7:07pm Chicken Broccoli Bake.

Chicken Broccoli Bake.

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11/15/2015 - 12:46am Bad teams

ND has played many many mediocre to good teams, but only one cupcake (UMass). If they lose to Stanford, their best wins will be Navy and Temple, and there is no way 2-loss ND gets in ahead of 2-loss Michigan. 

11/09/2015 - 7:21pm The scroll text from that game...

Bruce Arians takes HC job with the Cardinals

Te'o fiasco

Durkin promoted to DC at Florida

Seems simultaneously so long and so short ago...

11/06/2015 - 6:51pm Alabama

Alabama would have 2 losses, assuming LSU is undefeated. They would also not win their conference, obviously.

11/01/2015 - 11:04pm Edit History

Shows that the entire thing was basically written this past month...

10/28/2015 - 10:33am This is my issue with crystal ball interpretation...

If Player A has a 60% chance to go to School X and 40% chance to go to School Y, everyone who makes a prediction should put School X. The CBs could show 100% School X, 30 predictions, but that doesn't mean everyone else is out of it. The percentages do not show the chances that people think a recruit ends up at a school, but rather the percentage of analysts that think there is a 51+% chance that the recruit ends up at a school.

10/14/2015 - 7:52am Judge

Judy

10/01/2015 - 8:30am Just curious

Would be interested to see Michigan's converse rankings (i.e. our ranking for scoring offense vs. their ranking for scoring defense) to identify further matchup strengths and weaknesses.

09/23/2015 - 2:18pm True

...but 2nd team is always a possibility, especially if he breaks one (or a couple) off for TDs. Also not sure if there are different PR and KR positions on these teams.

09/23/2015 - 1:43pm Blake O'Neill

I think Blake has a terrific chance of being All-BIG. Peppers might get in, especially as a returner. Curious to see how offensive line and linebacker play progresses throughout the season and if anyone emerges there.

09/17/2015 - 2:36pm Exhibition Games

Exhibition games happen every year and don't count for our season record - we played Wayne State last year, I think (or maybe 2 years ago).

09/16/2015 - 7:33pm Try #3

45-9

09/16/2015 - 7:32pm Wow too late I guess. 48-6

Wow too late I guess. 48-6

09/16/2015 - 7:31pm 45-6 M

45-6 M

09/14/2015 - 1:31pm Andrew David

Does anyone know what happened with him? Not even listed on the depth chart?

09/01/2015 - 10:30pm UM 45 - Utah 10

UM 45 - Utah 10

08/26/2015 - 7:39am In the academic world

I would say that Northwestern and Michigan are definitely peer schools, with Wisconsin being just a smidge behind. Michigan's graduate programs really propel it to elite levels, and they trump easily Northwestern's from sheer breadth and volume.

08/24/2015 - 2:50pm Vic's receivers

How many times can you get tackled at the goal line?

08/19/2015 - 2:46am The music

I love the music every time

08/10/2015 - 9:21pm Put in Tate

Tate Forcier

08/07/2015 - 10:53pm Mark Schlissel's signature...

...is just..."Mark"?

08/07/2015 - 10:52pm Curzan

Yeah, I always thought she was great. She's the Faculty Athletic Representative, I believe.

07/23/2015 - 5:24pm Mine

1. Michigan football

2. Michigan men's basketball

3. Detroit Tigers

4. Detroit Lions

5. Detroit Pistons

6. UConn women's basketball

7. UConn men's basketball

8. New England Patriots

9. Detroit Red Wings

Lived in Connecticut for 6 years, so that explains that.

I won't follow the other Michigan sports, but if they're doing well, I will watch and cheer no matter what the event.

07/22/2015 - 7:33pm Best wishes...

...for the family as well. In my cynicism (curiousity?), a quick Google search of his name and uniform actually turns up a HUDL page! The thing I'm curious about is the cost of the surgery - I'm wondering why his insurance won't cover hardly any part of the procedure (I think the whole procedure costs maybe around $20k).

In any case, I feel for the family and these insane medical costs. Hoping for a smooth surgery and speedy recovery.

07/21/2015 - 1:29pm Just one site's methodology...

Eh - I don't read too much into this. This ranking criminally underrates large public schools: besides the service academies, the highest ranked public school is Berkeley at #37 (unless I missed one). The rest of our peer public institutions - W&M, UVA, UCLA, UNC - are all similar to our ranking.

A brief glance at their methodology explains why: a whopping 10% of the ranking comes from average rankings on RateMyProfessor, a site that is hardly a representative sample and likely underrates professors of large class size - more likely that failing student will be grumpy and complain. Another 10% comes from "academic success", defined as receiving a prestigious award (Rhodes, etc.) or receiving a PhD. True, these are great measures of success, but I think that an engineer getting a job right out of college is just as successful as a PhD student in the humanities or sciences. Those are huge chunks of the rankings that large schools - like Michigan - will do poorly in.

07/21/2015 - 11:35am While I see your point...

...there is no way trading Cabrera doesn't have a huge negative impact on the fan base. I think he should retire a Tiger, and with no salary cap in baseball, I don't have any problem keeping him, especially since he's still producing.

I'm a little more lukewarm on JV - I don't think we can get anything for him, and I'd rather keep him than sell too low.

Get rid of Price, Avila, Soria, Simon. Davis is expendable. Would love to keep Cespedes and re-sign him, but would need to have that guarantee (unlikely). I think, with no 2B to speak of in the minors, we need to keep Kinsler. Would love to get some starting pitching and some organizational depth, especially at some key positions so that we don't rely on Hernan Perez for years to come.

07/13/2015 - 11:23am 75th percentile

75th percentile means that out of 100 people, the 75th person received a 34. #76-100 could've all received a 34 as well; they don't necessary need to do *better* than a 34 for that number to be accurate. I would suspect that 34 remains the number through the 85-90th percentile or so.

07/13/2015 - 11:20am Common App

It's a unified system that allows you to apply to many colleges very easily. Originally, each college had it's own application system - you had to re-fill out everything from your name to your essays. The Common App has one unified application for all of the basics: demographics, grades, activities, recommendations, one essay; each college can then have an additional short portion for additional info or essays that it wants (called a supplemental application). This allows students to more efficient apply to many more colleges than they used to. When I applied as HS Class of 2010, 8 of my schools used Common App (I think) with Michigan being the only one that didn't.

07/13/2015 - 11:16am Berkeley

UC Berkeley, on the strength of a lot of their graduate programs, especially with the tech boom, has probably taken the mantel as the top public school. I still think Michigan is the more elite "brand" out of the public schools though. UNC, UW (Wisconsin), and UW (Washington) are probably not far behind, with William & Mary and UCSD being much better known in the academic world than outside of it.

07/13/2015 - 11:11am Test grade inflation

While I agree that GPA inflation has probably increased (haven't looked into this at all), the test inflation suggested by a few here isn't too accurate. Since the switch to the current ACT structure in the 1990, the average has increased slightly but remained pretty steady (20.6 in 1990; 21.0 in 2013). They do a pretty good job of curving the test so that it remains this distribution. What IS probably true is the increase in multiple tests per student - that probably explains the increase, and partially explains the increase in admissions statistics (as well as, of note, the number of "perfect" scores of a 36).

This is, to say, the increase in rigidity of these numbers for Michigan is probably a real and tangible increase in strictness, rather than just a product of test grade inflation.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACT_(test)#/media/File:Historical_Average…

/takes academic hat off

07/13/2015 - 11:03am Class of 2011

Actually, 2011. Source: I applied as class of 2010.

07/09/2015 - 12:25pm Brophy College Preparatory

Brophy (his high school name) sounds like what his bros call him.

By the way - long time lurker, first time poster. Glad my first post could be filled with such insight.