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06/06/2018 - 9:21am Couple minor bugs on mobile …

Couple minor bugs on mobile - clicking the profile icon on the top right doesn’t seem to do anything. When opening the internal links on the top left, there seems to be a bit of a hiccup when scrolling through those links (so it’s difficult to get to “where to eat in Ann Arbor.)

06/06/2018 - 9:11am As someone who usually reads…

As someone who usually reads on the train, I very much appreciate and like this

05/21/2018 - 10:37am I went there as an ROTC cadet

Your description is on point. It was one heck of an experience, and a valuable insight into what freedom means. One of the best places for anybody to visit.

05/11/2018 - 12:10pm AFN

Armed Forces Network was pretty solid for carrying M Football games. I filled it out by also getting an ESPN International package - this was 6 years ago so and I'm sure the streaming prices and content are all a ton more confusing now.

05/06/2018 - 6:06pm Summer of Beer and Whiskey

Not mentioned yet, and a real fun read about baseball in the dead ball era

05/01/2018 - 3:05pm This is a good proposal

While every team makes the playoffs, the best team in each league is automatically in the LCS - everyone else is basically in a "play-in" tournament.The end of the regular season for the top teams runs concurrently to the post season for the worst teams. It both values the regular season more than we currently do and makes a more bonkers post-season that makes tanking less appealing.

05/01/2018 - 3:05pm This is a good proposal

While every team makes the playoffs, the best team in each league is automatically in the LCS - everyone else is basically in a "play-in" tournament.The end of the regular season for the top teams runs concurrently to the post season for the worst teams. It both values the regular season more than we currently do and makes a more bonkers post-season that makes tanking less appealing.

03/12/2018 - 1:35pm Roger Penske

In the midst of the recession in December 2008, he told us to learn Chinese. Kind of a depressing commencement. Of course that spring commencement had been at the Diag, which was kind of incredible. So, you win you lose.

03/06/2018 - 7:48pm Nice graph in this article

FiveThirtyEight did a series of articles a few years back on the big four North American sport leagues. In short, football and basketball are more geared towards favorites and home field advantage on a per game basis. Baseball and hockey are almost always 50/50 contests:

 

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/on-any-given-sunday-nfl-favorites-…

EDIT: Moneyquote, "In hockey and baseball, even the worst teams are generally given a 1 in 4 chance of beating the best teams. Meanwhile, in the NFL and NBA, teams like the 2013 Jacksonville Jaguars and the 2014 and 2015 Philadelphia 76ers are sometimes given no more than a 1 in 20 chance by odds makers. And while only about 1 in 100 NHL or MLB contests feature a heavy favorite (75 percent or higher), about 1 in 4 NBA and NFL games reach such a standard. That is, about a quarter of NFL games each weekend are bigger mismatches than the most lopsided baseball or hockey games — think the Dodgers hosting the Phillies or the Sabres traveling to Pittsburgh."

There's another article they had where they talked about how many games each professional league would need to have a regular season that was "fair," but a) I think the per-game analysis is more relevant and b) I can't find it in a google search so here you go.

02/22/2018 - 10:43am I am especially happy for this group of women

Not sure if this has been posted but it’s worhh a read. Way to go, ladies!

https://www.theringer.com/olympics/2018/2/20/17031044/united-states-wom…

02/22/2018 - 9:32am 2-4*

It’s okay, Canada’s a great country. Tim Horton’s, Mounties, natural splendour (I spelled it Canadian for you), some land surprisingly south of 54’40” (no need to fight), and the second best women’s hockey team in the world!

(Also - you won your last gold 4 on 3 in overtime. “Dominant.”)

01/26/2018 - 6:31pm This is what concerns me

This is not an MSU problem - this is scarily more pervasive. MSU may be exceptionally horrible, but there are a lot of places which will let a winning athletic department with square jawed coaches who represent "the brand" get away with this (and the "Branded a Spartan" line made me icky). As long as these coaches win and say the right things, they'll sweep despicable acts under the rug and talk about how the coaches are role models. Penn St and MSU are the more monstrous examples, but I have a hard time believing it's not a lot more pervasive. We got a small taste of it at Michigan with Gibbons - thankfully the University did the rightt thing. I know that there are evil people who'll join successful programs in the future and I damn sure hope the University will continue to do the right things. And I hope for sure the AD will join them next time around.

01/10/2018 - 5:59pm Alan Branch, Brandon Graham, and Mo Hurst?

I know Graham was an end but he also WAS the Michigan D at a low point in Michigan defensive history

Start: Graham

Bench: Hurst

Cut: Branch

01/10/2018 - 5:50pm 4th Down and 5 I thought?

But yea, that's the one I remember most.

With QBs I think it's cut Griese, and the argument is Brady or Harbaugh based on college careers. With Receivers I think there's a consensus but it's a lot tougher. That MSU game did happen, and I'd say Braylon was the big reason Chad Henne and Mike Hart's only Big Ten 'ship happened their freshman year.

01/09/2018 - 5:45pm Got it

Front 7 on D and the blocky-catchy types on O for sure then

01/09/2018 - 5:24pm Yes this is a great idea

Are you sticking to current players? If you're doing former, I'd love to see a focus on the great lineman of Michigan lore - especially Steve Everitt (sp?)

01/04/2018 - 6:43pm Definitely "The Wire"

and "Breaking Bad" is solidly #2. GoT is a great show, and the first few seasons was up there, and when the 5th season deviated from the books I was hopeful it would go in a better direction. Unfortunately the last 2 seasons the characters and plots have lost some of their complexity. First 5 seasons definitely in contention with BB and The Wire. Although I'm not sure anything will top The Wire season 4.

12/18/2017 - 3:54pm Like NBA Backboards

Great diary. it should be doable to use sensors on the sidelines and in the ball to create a virtual ball and field that track the real ball on the real field. From there, the "chains" should be able to be set remotely by a simple controller - the "chain crew" could be reduced to one guy, or given to the replay official in the booth. Every first down the chain crew toggles a button that sets the line to gain.

The real question is - as you mention - how to determine when a runner is down? Short of putting sensors on every player all the time, I think a more elegant solution can have the chains light up when the program senses the plan has been broken - like the backboard lights up in basketball when the clock strikes 0:00. That way an official on replay can determine when the chains light up, is the runner down? Same thing for the goal line - was the runner down before the endzone lights up?

Currently, reviewing the spot fo the ball is barely more than theatrics - and since officials get "catch/no catch" wrong often enough with replay, it makes replay in general feel like another excuse for the guy in the red hat to waste our time. Having some visual indication of when the ball has actually crossed the plane can change that - make replay actually be worth a dang.

10/26/2017 - 10:35am Trademark? MGoLawyers needed

Still a valid question about trademark law: did Crisler steal from himself, or is his genius the property of his employer?

09/16/2017 - 3:23pm Speight had a stupid fumble

We recovered it though. And I think you're mostly right - we moved the ball and didn't finish drives. But because of that a mediocre AF team hung around all day. That is a problem

09/16/2017 - 3:20pm Edge blitzes

Why were they even getting to our inside runs with an edge blitz?

09/15/2017 - 8:52pm Asterix the Gaul

That comic was my jam. And don't be embarrassed of Tin Tin that was awesome too.

09/08/2017 - 4:42pm 100% Agreed

And -  while not a billion dollar industry at the time - the game was incredibly popular when it last changed. I do think the magnitude of how popular it is means the change is NOT going to come from a business like the NFL. Even college football up until the '80s - before TV money - was not quite a business yet. It's hard (but not impossible) for large businesses to adapt, but the fact that when Teddy Roosevelt was in office this game changed, became safer, and became ultimately more exciting and more popular makes me less cynical on football's future. And also far more willing to accept change.

Frankly, it's people like us who are going to lead the change. Not Roger Goodell or Jim Delaney.

09/08/2017 - 4:24pm The game will continue to change

Or if it dies, something else will fill the "contact team sport" niche. I imagine in the future it may not be the most popular game in America, and become more of a niche sport. As someone who loves the game more than the average American this makes me sad. But I think there are always going to be a number of young boys and men who will benefit from letting off steam in contact sports rather than trying to prove themselves in more disastrous ways. I thank god I had football as a kid and that my parents let me play - against their better judgment.

I don't think the NFL will change it - they've too much vested in the current game. I think any change will lead to a loss in popularity, for a time. I think it's as likely that we see football fall and rugby rise as our culture figures out what's acceptable. I think any changes will be led by middle class Americans who love the game and realize it needs to change or die to be acceptable to a society where people live long into their sixties and seventies, and dementia is no longer just a fact of life but a preventable condition based on a lifetime of choices and accidents. I'm imagining high schools or colleges in a football mad state like Pennsylvania experimenting with less players, less equipment, different rules to govern blocking and tackling.

Change is scary but it can also be fun.

08/01/2017 - 12:28pm 65 Teams in Power 5?

If you count ND, shouldn't there be 65 teams in power 5? Although not counting Notre Dame makes sense too. Might be worth putting in the lead for the next post

07/05/2017 - 7:23pm Great topic!

I read an excellent book once called "Engines of Change," which talked about 15 cars that shaped American driving. It concluded that the Model T is far and away the most important car in American history, and the real question was what's second. I agree with that - the Model T isn't only the most important car in American history, the only car that compares in automotive history is Karl Benz's first ever practical automobile. Nothing else changed American society as much, and the subsequently caused worldwide changes in infrastructure and transportation.

As for 2nd, I find the Jeep a compelling arguement while also pointing out there were quite a lot of things that helped us win WWII. So I'd like to make the case for the Ferrarri killing Ford GT - the win at Le Mans was the greatest moment in American motorsports history. I don't think that compares to being a major driver in the bloodiest conflict in human history that still shapes the world we live in today and allowed the triumph of democracy across Europe and East Asia...but it's still pretty awesome. Okay Jeep definitely gets #2 in my book.

But until something changes our driving habits as much as the T did by inventing our driving habits, the Model T has got to be king. So...the question will one day be the Model T or the first practical, affordable and widely distributed self-driving car?

06/09/2017 - 2:44pm There is baseball and softball at Tokyo

Thank goodness the Japanese love the game more than we do

06/09/2017 - 2:40pm I think this can be fun

I'm a bigger vball fan than basketball - but if there's beach volleyball, why not 3-on-3 basketball? Totally agree that baseball and softball should be in the olympics as well, but I don't see how that should prevent 3-on-3 basketball. Also I'm excited to see AI aback in action on this: https://big3.com

06/03/2017 - 8:57pm Around the Big Ten

Nebraska was also eliminated, Indiana and Maryland won their elimination games, and Iowa is about to take on Texas A&M in the winners' bracket of the Houston regional (other side of our super regional)

04/28/2017 - 12:28pm Game of Degrees

In those two pictures, I'm not sure if McCray's position to the edge is different - what's different is the position of his hips.

Great post, thank god for Don Brown, and my two cents is the block on Peppers would be a dicey call especially since he barely touched him and it was Peppers' momentum that made him fly past

04/26/2017 - 11:20pm Agreed, and I think there is a value

But will add some more, and apologize in advance for sounding like DB. Seth, it sounds like you're doubting the ROI of an X's and O's post. But the examples you point out - of gaining credibility - may not be measurable in terms of pageclicks or whatever but in the long term you have a dedicated group of users who continually click on the sight to see what's up. I look at your long analysis posts as an R&D project - a heavy investment of time and resources, and you may not see the payoff for a while. But without it, you become a site of just more talking heads and links to other more interesting sites. And with it, it becomes easier for your other content to get viewed, like how the lacrosse team or the water polo team is doing.

I hope this didn't turn into a ramble, basically I love the way this site is run and while some of the metrics may make it hard to see, I do believe there is value in the way you guys have run it.

04/26/2017 - 11:09pm Love this topic

There are two related topics here - content providers, and analysis writers. As far as analysis goes, there has to be a market for the Grantland/MGoBlog content. I'm not sure why every other large fanbase doesn't have their own MGoBlog - I find it hard to believe there aren't other Brian's at a place like UTexas or UWashington. While The Ringer isn't as good as Grantland, there's still a hunger for that well written sports analysis. It pops up on FiveThirtyEight every now and then. It may not proliferate as much as Bleacher Report, but it does exist. And just because I don't have time to dive into every UFR and X's and O's post doesn't mean I don't love them and find them valuable.

For content providers, I'm guessing a lot of leagues will follow the MLB.tv model. There are still a few games a week on Fox and ESPN to reach the wider audience, but I bet a plethora of games will cut out the middle man and leagues will provide you with content for a subscription. But that still leaves room for some sort of catch-all sports network - whether it be ESPN or Netflix or someone we haven't heard of yet - a one-stop shop for sports that heavily leans on content. And they necessarily WILL rely on heavy hitters like College Football, the NFL, and fill it out with a lot of niche sports.

That may be wishful thinking on my part, but I believe it is in the interest of every sports league for an ESPN to exist - a way to get casual viewers watching their biggest games. That may rely on sticking with broadcast cable, or ESPN, but it should continue to exist. One of my favorite phenomenon of this streaming era is how my FOB parents can watch cricket on WatchESPN, my FOB bro-in-law watches soccer and F1 on the NBCSports app, and I learn about games like Aussie Rules Footy and Hurley because I'm sports-mad and watch anything if there's no football. Now hard-core racing fans may have to subscribe to see who wins the 24 hours of Daytona, but a one-stop-shop would allow a casual fan to watch Indy and Monaco and feel checked in.

04/20/2017 - 10:31pm Silver's Goose Egg is Countable

And he does a fair job of showing how relevant it is to a reliever's effectiveness in his article. I also like the related "broken eggs" stat he proposes. True, it doesn't isolate the pitcher like FIPS or something, but I think it remains relevant both to a SABRmetrician and a casual fan looking for a countable stat.

04/18/2017 - 7:42pm Please keep the updates coming

thanks

04/11/2017 - 4:14pm My first game at Yost

Was when I fell in love with hockey. I was a freshman, went with some high school friends, and got the general vibe of it. Learned what a sieve was. And I yelled something - loudly - at the opposing sieve. Everyone heard it. They looked at me. I'm embarrassed today of what I said. Someone from the Michigan crowd came up and told me how messed up it was. And yet, a part of me still smiles because I know that sieve heard me say that. And it was worse than the guy who was telling him to kill himself.

04/10/2017 - 12:48pm That one gets me too

All the talk about Hagelin is legit - although if I remember right, UMD had kept us in our own zone that whole game. But that 2010 no-goal would've seen us in the Frozen Four at Ford's Field. That atmosphere would've been amazing.

04/10/2017 - 12:48pm That one gets me too

All the talk about Hagelin is legit - although if I remember right, UMD had kept us in our own zone that whole game. But that 2010 no-goal would've seen us in the Frozen Four at Ford's Field. That atmosphere would've been amazing.

03/28/2017 - 1:40pm I logged in to upvote this

And apparently it's been so long since I've upvoted an OP that i no longer know how to. So I'm writing a message to say kudos to you. As someone who mostly discovered the wonderful world of hockey as an undergrad at Yost, I have much more love for college hockey than the NHL or even college basketball (I was a student during the Amaker era, so hockey was amazing at the time). I'd love to see college hockey get its share of the sun. I feel like this is a great solution.

Also liked Brian's idea of the GLI being a Michigan Championship in the fall.

02/09/2017 - 3:06pm I think this is a better idea

I like the "pick your poison" games too, but I think it's tought to work. The other flaw I noticed is the 1 or 2 home games for the last three weeks before rivalry weekend - what if three teams from pod A are in the top 4 heading into the end of the season?

01/06/2017 - 12:42pm Well said

Well said

01/06/2017 - 12:41pm You make a good point about

You make a good point about lesser teams. Wasn't a big reason for Rutgers joining that Michigan and Ohio st fans would fill their stadium?

01/06/2017 - 12:01pm Are the logistics that much

Are the logistics that much harder than the conference title game? That's a one off where the location is known - but both teams and fan bases only have a week's notice to prepare for travel and accommodations. In this case, locations and half the participants are known, and the other half know they are traveling. Fan bases have two weeks out of the year where on a week's notice they have to decide whether or not to go to a game. It looks tougher on the fan but easier on the schools.

12/12/2016 - 11:06pm The Fall of Rome

This blog has spoiled me. After two references to Cannae earlier this season, I saw "Western Existential Crisis" and was almost certain it would be a reference to Adrianople, or Yarmouk. The random throwaway statements about catastrophic Roman military defeats are now something I look for. Throw me a bone, Brian.

12/04/2016 - 10:36am I'm with you on a lot of

I'm with you on a lot of this. But folks forget how far Alabama had fallen under Shula. Florida has quite a lot of built in advantages too, as does LSU. Alabama had lost six straight to a resurgent Auburn. While Alabama is a name brand in a football crazy part of the country, they border Georgia and Florida and are a short trip to Louisiana.

What Saban has done - placed the SEC and all of CFB firmly in second place - is pretty ridiculous. I'm with you in "believe it when I see it" mode but doing it at Bama is not significantly easier than doing it at Michigan. As much as I respect and believe in Harbaugh, the skepticism should come in comparing him to Saban, not Michigan to Alabama.

12/04/2016 - 10:25am A huge reason for this system

A huge reason for this system was because nobody enjoyed the LSU-Bama rematch in 2011. When there's limited interaction between the conferences - and we're actually lucky this year that Ohio State blew out Oklahoma - it is important to weight conference titles and get representation from across the country.

Alabama is an undefeated major conference champion, but everyone else has flawed resumes. Nobody can really complain about being left out, unless they somehow don't take a single Big Ten team. The system - though I was skeptical of it - is working while preserving the importance of the regular season. Don't blow it up. It's fine.

11/27/2016 - 10:44am Rose Bowl, obvious

Rose Bowl, obvious

11/23/2016 - 3:56am Yes, for Greg from MVictors

Yes, for Greg from MVictors would be so happy and tell you how this is the REAL rivalry

11/02/2016 - 1:14pm For the second time this

For the second time this season, we've compared our opponents to the Romans at Cannae. GO BLUE!

10/28/2016 - 4:13pm Delenda est Sparta

with apologies for probably butchering Latin. My only intention is to butcher Sparta, burn it to the ground, and then salt the Earth and win with cruelty

Sparta must be destroyed

10/11/2016 - 8:14pm I blame the Carthaginian Senate

Hannibal couldn't take Rome - but he tried to settle peace with them after Cannae. Credit must go to Rome for not even allowing his envoys to enter the city.

But if Hannibal's army wasn't strong enough to take the Eternal City, it cetainly wasn't large enough to fight a war of occupation. To me the major strategic failure was not committing when Rome was losing in every theater of the war - and that's not on Hannibal.

What IS on Hannibal though is after Zama, convincing the Carthaginian Senate to agree to Roman terms. At their lowest, the Romans refused to entertain defeat. Much credit to Scipio Africanus, but as cliche as it sounds the real reason much of the world speaks Romance languages and not Punic ones is the Romans refused to give up.

Also I love how a comment about Rutgers football launched a full on discussion on the Second Punic War