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07/05/2018 - 2:54pm Yeah there doesn't appear to…

Yeah there doesn't appear to be a direct link to one's user profile. It's a strange oversight. 

You can't upvote/downvote an OP any more, but to vote on individual comments it's the little thumbs up thumbs down below it on the right side. 

07/05/2018 - 2:11am You profile is here: 


You profile is here:

06/29/2018 - 12:26pm The recruit didn't use that…

The recruit didn't use that word. It was just the OP's word in his summary. What the kid actually said was:


“It felt like Michigan thought they were superior and the big boss to Michigan State. They thought, ‘You have an offer from Michigan, so you should be going to Michigan since you have the offer.’ It was as if they didn’t need to recruit me or better their relationship with me. That was the first thing they did wrong.
06/10/2018 - 3:05am Speaking of unnecessary…

Speaking of unnecessary space, this column of comments takes up like 20% of my screen.

I think comments could be wider and still have ad space on the sides. 

06/05/2018 - 9:09pm Testing!

I like the…


I like the collapsible threads, that really helps reading through a lot. 

06/02/2018 - 1:02pm interesting

Sources say that after several weeks at Minnesota, Viramontes was starting to show signs of a repetitive stress injury to his shoulder. "All that constant rowing," said a person close to Vicious Vic, "Day after day, rowing the boat, rowing the boat. It just finally got to him."

Can't really say I'm surprised.

04/08/2018 - 2:00am harbaugh

I agree, Harbaugh did not come off as a great motivator. 

However, I do think he came off as a good teacher. I think he is good at getting conceptual points across. The baby thing was wierd, but I understood what he meant about the importance of keeping the ball.

The scene where he was teaching the guy to snap the ball I think showed how good of a teacher he was in just getting across the fundamentals of how to do something. 

04/07/2018 - 2:47am later

Later in the series it becomes clear that Pep calls the passing plays while Drevno calls the running plays. It made me wonder if having the passing and running games totally split like that led to some kind of incoherence in the offense overall. 

04/06/2018 - 3:14am Yup

My thoughts through 4:

- This is awesome. 

- Rashan Gary is so sensitive. Love him and his mom. 

- Speight is irritating but its hard to pinpoint why

- Pep Hamilton is clearly calling the plays. I like how he talks to the players. It's not clear at all wtf Drevno is doing during the games. 

- Don motherfucking Brown!

- Winovich is a beast

- Loved Mo Hurst driving the Uber, but he needs to put his phone away while driving

- Also, Don motherfucking Brown!


03/09/2018 - 6:00pm I think

It's frowned upon to respond to the top comment solely for visibility and not because you are replying to the content in that post, because surely everyone thinks their post should be visible and then everyone would just respond to the top post. 

I personally think it's a huge weakness of this strange hierarchical posting tree that it's virtually impossible to read the newest posts. You either need totally linear posting, like a typical web forum, or a hierarchical tree with collapsible nodes that chance posiiton with upvoting like reddit. 

02/28/2018 - 11:05pm I bet

I'm guessing there will be at least 114981 people watching the game tomorrow. 

02/28/2018 - 10:55pm 3rd

3rd page of this thread appears to be glitched so I'm posting here. 

02/28/2018 - 10:53pm Making a post

In order to make a post!

10/28/2017 - 3:38pm Well

I wasn't sure which team to root for until I saw the OSU uniforms. 

09/17/2017 - 3:15am A certain game in October


09/11/2017 - 11:21pm Oops

Really though this whole thing is a total misunderstanding. What I told Speight was that he needed to keel himself. Just thought he needed to be more even. 

09/11/2017 - 12:29am No

No, I was creating a word for the dislike or contempt for cities

09/11/2017 - 12:24am Hmmm

Is that comment about Ann Arbor misogyny or is it misocivy? (misopoly?)

09/09/2017 - 10:47pm Urban

I think Urban just put in his pizza order. 

09/04/2017 - 11:09pm I liked this

I liked this part: 


Based on this small sample size of just one game, I think more teams should replace 10 starters on defense. It’s like shaving certain parts of your body — the new defense will appear to come in thicker and fuller.

08/10/2017 - 6:53pm and

they will look to see what other indicia of sales he has

And probably also what other sativa sales he has.

08/04/2017 - 6:15pm Not legal

Not from a legal standpoint. But from a moral standpoint I learned that the harm caused to the victim may have been greater than I had imagined given the original description.

07/25/2017 - 1:55pm I disagree

No, it's a poor study design. We really don't learn very much from it about the relationship between playing football and brain pathology. 

A good way to determine the incidence of pathology in NFL players' brains would be to obtain a random sample of their brains and compare it to non-NFL players with similar health backgrounds. There are now a few studies that have done this. This study isn't one of them. 

A very bad way would be to collect only those brains whose minds showed the symptoms already. 

I agree that the topic is worthy of further research. 

07/25/2017 - 1:31pm bad science

I think this headline and the way the Boston center is promoting this research is very irresponsible. 

What we are seeing with these numbers is explainable by sampling bias alone. They are calling it a "convenience sample" but they specifically solicit brains from NFL players who have died early or who had symptoms. Every time they collect a few more, they publish a new headline with "X out of X" show CTE. They did it when there were 78 or so and now they have 100.

This is like asking for the prostates of NFL players who had trouble urinating while alive and showing that all of them show signs of inflammation, and then concluding that playing football damages the prostate. 

It's quite possible that if they went to the non-football playing public with similar methods -- if you experienced dementia, loss of memory, etc., please let us examine your brain post-mortem  -- that they would find a similar proportion of brains with these anatomical features. 

It's likely that playing football is not good for one's brain. But the sample here is so biased that they make these numbers close to meaningless, and the fact that these researchers are willing to have the press present the data in this way is extremely worrisome. 

What the headline should read: Relatives of deceased NFL players who have heard about CTE and suspect their loved one had signs of dementia tend to donate their brains to us, and those brains do indeed show signs of dementia. 

I work in neuroimaging and I continue to be astonished that journals like JAMA are willing to pubilsh this kind of thing without a random sample and without a control group, and that the authors do not correct the press when they write articles suggesting that the incidence of CTE in NFL players is something like 99%. 

06/15/2017 - 12:47am Jeter

Jeter and I were in Intro Psych together and paired up to do a research project. We did an observational study of eating habits in the dorm cafeterias. He and I sat there recording what people ate for hours. 

Man, I wish I still had that paper. 

05/21/2017 - 8:41pm Yeah

This isn't true at all.

03/11/2017 - 3:12pm subs

Subs for everyone!!

02/22/2017 - 7:46pm What level 1 means

Level I: Severe breach of conduct

Violations that seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws, including any violation that provides or is intended to provide a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage, or a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit

01/31/2017 - 7:06pm well

looks awful and has stability problems

But that's the mgoblog signature!

01/10/2017 - 9:17pm I

I recommend Harbaugh wine: 


12/29/2016 - 8:49pm I think you misunderstood.

This is an ariel view. 

12/25/2016 - 1:08am Nah

Even that is not certain. 

There's some chance that we could cure aging or develop the the ability download ourselves into a computer within our lifetimes. 

12/20/2016 - 11:39am PSVR

I have the Playstation VR headset. It fits nicely, and works well for what it is. Easy to set up and  if you already have a PS4 is one of the more affordable options. 

Biggest thing is there is not currently a killer game that really takes advantage of the headset and is really worth playing in VR. There are lots of cool demos and a smattering of lower quality games. 

I've also found myself fairly susceptible to VR motion sickness. While standing in one place in a VR world, looking around with my head is comfortable, but as soon as I move through the world, I feel nauseous. The illusion is so convincing that my brain expects some vestibular sensation to accompany the visuals and there isn't any.  It's uncomfortable, but I'm trying to get used to it. Different games have varying degrees of awareness of this issue. 

12/08/2016 - 1:14am Yeah

It's definitely possible that there are regional differences in training and diet that affect the probability of different body types. The OP was just asking for some data to confirm or contradict the canard. It's a reasonable question. 

We could compile weight distributions of players from each state, possibly even (fake) 40 times to begin testing this. 

11/29/2016 - 7:08pm And

We can't talk about awards until we beat OSU and MSU

We did. 

11/27/2016 - 10:48pm The rules

NCAA Rule 9, Article 12b, "Contact Against an Opponent Out of the Play":

No player shall run into or throw himself against an opponent obviously out of the play either before or after the ball is dead.

11/27/2016 - 2:10pm Irrelevant

There is supposed to be an even playing field. There wasn't. 

The fact that we could have played well enough to overcome said uneven playing field does not make it any less egregious that there was not an even playing field. 

11/26/2016 - 11:39pm I just read

I just read that Jill Stein is raising money for an in inquiry into the officiating of this game. 

11/20/2016 - 12:25pm Right

By "two", I meant "one". 

11/20/2016 - 12:24pm what you get with atoilet

what you get with a

toilet bowl shaped stadium:

coolers full of poop

11/20/2016 - 12:17pm yes

December 3rd in Indianapolis.


Two weeks after The Game. 

11/10/2016 - 3:53pm Just me

Just me or are all the videos off by one?

10/24/2016 - 2:28pm The article is not about CTE

Just to clarify, this is not directly about CTE.

What they measured is fractional anisotropy (FA). It's a measure you get from diffusion imaging essentially looking at directional of diffusion of water molecules in brain tissues. When the diffusion is anisotropic, meaning, not equal in all directions, its usually because the movement is being constrained in some directions. The inference is that axons, the long output end of the neurons, are responsible for this, since diffusion will tend to happen along the length of the axon more than in other directions. So high FA means more axons, or at least more axons all running in the same direction. 

Low FA is then thought to be a marker of some kind of problem with the axons, aka the white matter in the brain that connect neurons to each other. 

This is one of several recent studies to show decreased FA with concussions, or sub-concussive hits to the head. 

CTE, on the other hand, is a condition that is characterized by protein buildups in the brain and neurofibrillary tangles that look a lot like (and might be indistinguishable from) alzheimer's and similar degenerative brain diseases.

It's not proven that these subconcussive hits cause CTE, and I think there is reasonable skepticism. Last time I posted about this there were some reasonable responses which I didn't have time to respond to, and this forum is just awful for having longform discussions, so maybe I'll put together a diary on this issue since it seems to come up a lot and we should all be more informed. 

10/22/2016 - 11:50pm And

And Rutgers lost!  None of our rivals won!

10/22/2016 - 12:13pm wisconsin

Wisconsin: Should have ran it on 3rd down and also gone for it on 4th. 

10/20/2016 - 10:20am Also

Neuroscientist here. 

It's also really important to point out that the sample of brains in this "brain bank" were collected specifically because the people who died showed symptoms of cognitive decline. So when they say in this article that 91% of the brains studied show evidence of CTE, this is extremely misleading since the sample has a selection bias. 

This group from Boston has been egregiously careless in my opinion in spreading these statistics that make it seem like everyone who plays football shows these symptoms. 

On the contrary, there is very little evidence that the incidence is different among NFL players compared to properly controlled samples. In fact many of the symptoms supposedly associated with "CTE", like suicide rate, are lower in NFL players compared to non-athlete men of similar backgrounds. 

There's good evidence that the impacts from playing football can affect the brain, specifically in causing changes to white matter tracts. But there is really only very circumstantial evidence that CTE is a distinct phenomenon separate from the processes that typically cause early signs of dementia in some portion of the population.

The amyloid plaque buildup which is the hallmark of "CTE" is very similar to that in Alzheimers, although this Boston group has a very strong interest in marketing it as a distinct, impact-related disease, the evidence for that is very slim. The fact that they advertise numbers like the percentage of brains in their sample that show the symptoms, when they know the sample is biased, is very revealing of their motivation here.

They are now taking the same statistic and back-propagating it to college, to say that many of these men played football in college and to generate more eye-popping percentages of how many of them played where. Of course they played in college, if they played in the NFL. Many people who go to college will develop amyloid plaques. Until they do a controlled study comparing college football players to matched non-football players, they shouldn't be talking to the media. 

My point is: football surely isn't good for the head, but be skeptical of the "CTE" hysteria. 


10/19/2016 - 5:51pm We need

We need an Appreciation Thread Appreciation Thread, so we can appreciate all these appreciation threads. 

10/14/2016 - 2:01pm The name

The name of this steak house is very bothersome to me. Chris belongs to Ruth? Her Chris has a steak house? This is a terrible name. 

10/08/2016 - 2:05pm Guy who got ejected was

Guy who got ejected was totally losing his shit on the way into the locker room. Just raging.

10/03/2016 - 1:04pm Disagree

I disagree. It *might* be true that "water is wet", but it really shouldn't be used as an example of something that is obviously true. 

It isn't obviously true to me. Wet is what happens to other things when they come in contact with water. Water itself isn't wet. It seems like a very strange use of the word "wet" to say that water itself is wet.

I can see the argument for it, but whenever someone uses this phrase to tell me that something is obvious, I feel like it totally backfires.