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07/11/2018 - 3:12pm Since it didn't get a link…

Since it didn't get a link in the article: Buffalo Stampede!

06/25/2018 - 12:55pm He wants to play football,…

He wants to play football, play baseball, and be an engineer?

Good luck.

06/08/2018 - 4:57pm Open mgoblog.com in Chrome.
  1. Open mgoblog.com in Chrome.
  2. Click the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  3. Click "Add to Home screen".
  4. Set the title in the popup
  5. Drag the icon to your home screen, or click "Add automatically". 
06/05/2018 - 7:39pm I just want to see how…

I just want to see how replies look. 

05/29/2018 - 5:45pm I remember Autumn Thunder!

I remember Autumn Thunder! being relatively short lived but great while the author still had time to make lots of MS Paint drawings.

05/27/2018 - 4:41pm The text saying the number of

The text saying the number of links explored is a link - click on it. This will take your to a page with a bunch of other links - click on *all* of them.

Congratulations, you have now explored the links.

05/23/2018 - 12:41am Sure, replacing games against

Sure, replacing games against Illinois or Minnesota with nonconference games souds good.... until you realize there is approximately a 100% chance those nonconference opponents are going to be MAC teams or equivalents. Plus there's a good chance that the unofficial annual game against Wisconsin will bite the dust now, so we'll get Illinois or Minnesota anyway. 

05/14/2018 - 8:34pm I was just a tourist visiting

I was just a tourist visiting for a week, but I'll second Augustiner Bräustuben. It was recommended to us by locals, it's outside of the Altstadt and popular among locals We were planning on stopping there for a beer before going on to other places, but we ended up staying there the rest of the night for reasons I can't remember but probably made sense after enough beer.

Also, I managed to register with Call A Bike, they have very visible bikes all over the place in case you just want to pick one up and go for a ride. I ended up grabbing one just outside my hotel and riding around Englischer Garten with a beer stop at Chinesischer Turm, and then just dropping it off on my way to more tourist stops. 

Also: Olympic Park / BMW World was a nice afternoon trip. Fraunhofer was a nice local hole in the wall restaurant. I suppose you have to visit Hofbrauhaus once, but nothing about it made us want to go back. There is a rooftop coffee shop on one of the buildings at the Technical University that is a nice place for an afternoon coffee with a view of the skyline. 

05/01/2018 - 4:34pm Aw man, this brought back

Aw man, this brought back some feels and I needed to go rewatch all the Poole Party replays again. I think this site should have regularly scheduled "Remember that time Jordan Poole hit that shot" posts just so we have excuses to go re-live it again. 

04/28/2018 - 4:04pm Just go to Google and add

Just go to Google and add "site:mgoblog.com" to the end of the search. 

04/05/2018 - 11:34am I don't think we can pass

I don't think we can pass them no matter the results of the Frozen Four. Looking at the standings, it looks like schools get 64 points for 9th place (losing in the round of 16), 83 points for 3rd place, 90 points for 2nd place, and 100 points for a championship. Since Penn St. lost in the first round of the tournament, they're getting 64 points for ice hockey. We trail them by 40 points, so we can close the gap but not cover it no matter the outcome this weekend. 

04/02/2018 - 11:49pm It was a good year
Really,

It was a good year

04/02/2018 - 3:21pm Didn't Ward already declare?

Didn't Ward already declare? Or do you mean he's going to hire an agent?

04/02/2018 - 2:30pm And here I was thinking he

And here I was thinking he could be persuaded to come back now that he has an opportunity for NCAA tournament playing time with Ben Carter graduating. 

03/28/2018 - 6:02pm The CFB Playoff does a good

The CFB Playoff does a good job of crowning a deserving champion because the field is so small that every team that qualifies has a quality championship resume. The problem is that the field is so small that occasionally (frequently?) teams with quality championship resumes are left out and don't get a chance to settle it on the field. 

03/28/2018 - 10:29am I'm surprised he's passing up

I'm surprised he's passing up the opportunity to come back and lose to Michigan three times next year.

Must already have plenty of memories of Sweet Sixteens and Final Fours at MSU. 

03/27/2018 - 5:37pm Proving whether hockey's luck

Proving whether hockey's luck factor allows a more random outcome than other sports seems like it would be trivial (for someone with better statistical and advanced analytical kung fu than mine).

I can't find the original post, but IIRC this was pretty much the reason why Brian started calling it hockey plinko back in the day. The low amount of scoring in the average game means that a few fluky bounces can have a huge effect on a game in a way that doesn't happen in football or basketball. Basketball games have 60-80 possesions with discrete results that tend to average out over time. Football games have lower amounts of scoring but a large number of plays that gradually build up towards a score. Hot goalies, hitting the post instead of the goal, awkard deflections, etc. have a way bigger effect on a hockey game than any single play or player in football or basketball. Surprises can still happen, but a lot more weird things have to add up. 

Also IIRC he noted baseball as another sport that has a large amount of randomness in individual games, but at least that NCAA tournament is double elimination. 

03/26/2018 - 6:04pm As good an excuse as any to

As good an excuse as any to post this

03/20/2018 - 6:31pm I'm not assuming anything, I

I'm not assuming anything, I just think there is a high probability any QB news at this time of year is Patterson related. 

03/20/2018 - 6:28pm Given it's Feldman, there's

Given it's Feldman, there's approximately a 100% chance it's something. Whether it's Patterson news or some other QB news is still up in the air. 

03/16/2018 - 4:35pm I suppose since I picked

I suppose since I picked Arizona and Purdue to win their brackets I'm free to root for chaos now.

03/16/2018 - 3:13pm I'm surprised he blamed it on

I'm surprised he blamed it on phones instead of avocado toast. 

03/06/2018 - 5:25pm Single elimination leads to

Single elimination leads to some randomness in pretty much every sport, but the low scoring, high variance nature of hockey makes it extra random. Once you add on the fact that college hockey already usually features weekend series that would combat the randomness and it seems extra stupid to stick with single elimination.

03/06/2018 - 3:17pm Hoping for another hero to

Hoping for another hero to leak the brackets again

03/05/2018 - 11:36am  
The KenPom rankings are

 

The KenPom rankings are based on scoring margin - Pomeroy found that more accurately predicted future results than just plain wins and losses. So a 20 point win will move a team farther up the rankings than a 9 point win, and a team will fall less with 6 point loss than a 15 point loss. This means the end of non-competitve wins and losses are KenPom time because closing or growing the final margin in garbage time will have an affect on the KenPom rankings. It mattered for Michigan yesterday because their jump up the rankings was somewhat muted by Purdue turning a blowout into a somewhat respectable score in the last five minutes. 

 

03/02/2018 - 5:06pm Really,
02/27/2018 - 5:02pm What waiters and waitresses

What waiters and waitresses do is on a much smaller scale with a much less publicity than what bag men do. 

I hate this terrible argument. We can't improve this terrible system because some people will still do illegal things. Perfect is the enemy of the good.

02/27/2018 - 4:39pm As I said elsewhere, when you

As I said elsewhere, when you do that you're moving from NCAA rules violations to straight up breaking the law. Some people will still do it, but it's a whole 'nother ball of wax once you're talking about prison terms.  

02/27/2018 - 4:02pm You could say the exact same

You could say the exact same thing about any occupation in existence. And under the table payments happen all over the place in the real world. But instead of dealing with the NCAA's weak enforcement wing, you're dealing with the IRS. So while you can't kill it completely, once you start talking about prison sentences the vast majority of people are going to work on the up and up. 

02/27/2018 - 3:57pm If all the ticket buying fans

If all the ticket buying fans and and TV set eyeballs go to to Vince's league, and then he shares an appropriate portion of the resulting revenue with the players, sure. But as long as colleges are raking in hundreds of millions of dollars surrrounding their sports programs and want to win, they're going to want to attract the best players to win more. So until there is no longer any money in college sports, there is always going to be incentive to pay the best players their true market value. 

02/27/2018 - 3:50pm Well, the whole point is that

Well, the whole point is that payments from boosters and sponsors are under the table now because they are against the rules. Once they are no longer against the rules there will be no reason for them to be under the table.

There will still be some rule breaking in the NCAA, just like any other sports league. But the NCAA enforcement wing might stop being a joke once you get rid of the byzantine rules surrounding extra benefits to athletes. 

02/27/2018 - 1:52pm If the Olympic model was

If the Olympic model was adopted, it would continue to be the same pretty good deal for the vast majority of FCS and FBS athletes. But the few athletes who are wildly undercompensated would be able to go out and get that compensation without having to do it under the table on the black market. 

02/26/2018 - 3:49pm NCAA hockey regionals tend to

NCAA hockey regionals tend to be ticket sales disasters unless a local team or two make that regional. The compactness of eastern teams makes that a fairly good bet in that part of the country, but since Michigan's tourney streak ended it's been extremely hit or miss for teams from the midwest. Never mind the times back when Michigan reliably made the tourney ended up getting shipped to the east. After enough sparsely-attended regionals, all the midwest arenas that fit the requirements stopped risking another disaster on the off chance a local team got placed there and made it worthwhile. 

02/22/2018 - 2:35pm He was talking about how Penn

He was talking about how Penn St. has several players who went to Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.

02/22/2018 - 2:07pm Isn't the whole FBI scandal

Isn't the whole FBI scandal more about coaches using middle men to funnel money to players? There might be a player or three on the receiving end of some of those payments, but I thought the huge problem was that the FBI got documentation of communications between coaches and the middle men. IIRC that's what buried Pitino, and the chances of Beilein getting caught up in that are extremely low. 

02/07/2018 - 10:39am Well, the whole point of

Well, the whole point of cutting the cord is that you are paying for a whole bunch of content you never watch with your current cable bill. If you go around subscribing to *every* streaming service, you're kind of ruining the point of cutting the cord. Most cord cutters will be fine with one or two services. 

Of course, MGoBoard users are part of the worst segment of the population for cord cutting. Sports leagues have become dependent on TV contracts, and TV contracts are dependent on cable subscriptions. And college sports are the worst, with multiple conferences with multiple TV deals each. So it is unlikely get an affordable way to stream all your sports needs any time soon. Until that day arrives (not any time soon), sports fans are probably going to be better off with cable. 

01/30/2018 - 4:19pm None of those places are

None of those places are close enough to a major metro area full of professionals that it's reasonable to buy season tickets to gurantee good seats on the weekends and a few marquee midweek games, but far enough away from the metro area that going to non-marquee midweek games and SWAC games are a giant hassle. There's not much of a solution to that problem unless the AD is willing to prioritize attendance over donations when giving seating priority, which isn't happening soon because it hurt revenue. 

01/30/2018 - 3:32pm Brian's solution makes some

Brian's solution makes some sense, but it also may alienate many season ticket holders.  More often than not, if I can't make it to the game, I just eat the cost.  Asking busy professionals to remember or bother to turn in or sell their tickets may be too much to ask.

Yeah, but if that's a problem you can be replaced by people who are close enough to attend all the games or who can be bothered to turn in or sell their tickets. After all, the goal of the plan was to get butts in the seats every game. The problem, of course, is that the AD would need to lower the price of season tickets to get enough demand to replace the busy professionals that don't want to go through with the hassle. And as was mentioned many times in the article, maximizing revenue is consistently prioritized over everything else in this athletic department. 

01/15/2018 - 1:09pm This happens every time

This happens every time Michigan plays at Breslin despite Michigan's annual status as one of the nation's most foul-averse teams. (They're less so this year, 93rd instead of top ten, FWIW.)

Does anyone know what this was before the MSU game? If we're still 93rd after that, I'm guessing it was much higher beforehand. 

12/18/2017 - 5:33pm No opinions on the

No opinions on the Mississippi St. hire?

12/17/2017 - 4:09pm So, so glad they did not have
  • So, so glad they did not have Rey end up being so-and-so's child/sibling/daughter-in-law whatever. She's nobody, from nowhere. Good. Finally.

I generally agree, but I still have questions about her back story. Rey and Kylo Ren still have some connection from before TFA that still needs to be explained, right? Because he was immediately concerned about a girl from Jakku in TFA, and he would have no reason to know her parents if they just met in TFA. Did I miss how they explain that? Was she one of Luke's student at the Jedi temple that he destroyed? Why would he have let her live if that was the case? But wouldn't Luke have recognized her if she was his student?

12/14/2017 - 4:26pm It's relevent in that it

It's relevent in that it shows why the "Let the market regulate itself" talking point is a joke. Existing ISPs are going out of their way to kill competition, and without competition there is not way for the market to regulate itself. 

12/14/2017 - 4:19pm The problem is that there is

The problem is that there is no way to get there without government intervention. It takes a ton of money for ISPs to connect up every house in a neighborhood or city, and with each additional ISPs running wires through a neighborhood there is a diminishing return on the amound of money each individual ISP can make. So after the first couple ISPs it's very hard to make back that initial investment in infrastructure, which is why most places are stuck at a couple ISPs at most. 

Now it would be possible for local governments that want to promote competition to provide subsidies to competing companies to build out the infrastructure, but that's government interference in the market and net neutrality opponents are supposedly opposed to any government intervention. And besides, if the government is going to intervene, it's much more efficient to regulate exisiting ISPs to provide a fair playing field than to pay for enough redundant networks to result in a level playing field through natural competition. 

So choosing ISPs like a grocery store is pretty much a pipe dream talking point any time in the near future. Maybe there will be technology in the distant future to create competing ISPs without the huge initial infrastructure outlays, but in the mean time net neutrality is the best way to provide a level playing field. 

12/14/2017 - 12:01pm The problem here is with your

The problem here is with your assumption that we have several options to choose from to get our internet - most homes have two or fewer options. The huge infratstructure costs for multiple networks and the diminishing returns for each additional network make it difficult to get enough competitors for a thriving market that self regulates. Since letting the market regulate itself isn't an option, it's important for the FCC to step in and make sure the existing ISPs operate fairly. 

12/14/2017 - 10:31am Netflix currently pays their

Netflix currently pays their ISP for the bandwidth they use to transmit to consumers. Consumers currently pay their ISPs for the bandwidth to receive Netflix. No free ride involved. Net neutrality is about preventing the consumers' ISPs from charging Netflix in order to reach the consumers, even though the consumers are already paying the ISPs to reach Netflix. AKA double-dipping. Revoking net neutrality would allow ISPs to pick and choose which services customers can reach, which is bad for a competitive free market and horrible for innovation. 

12/12/2017 - 3:59pm If you're a serious psycho,

If you're a serious psycho, you create a whole bunch of burner accounts ahead of time. Then you can just move on to other accounts when your current one gets banned. 

12/04/2017 - 3:39pm Yeah, the combination of the

Yeah, the combination of the conversation style and blogs still being off the beaten path deterred certain types of posters that frequent main stream sports message boards, which made it appealing to those that found it. Moving to standard comments and message boards killed that a bit. 

TL;DR: Keep MGoBlog weird

12/04/2017 - 12:33pm How is Gary Sheffield doing

How is Gary Sheffield doing these days?

11/30/2017 - 3:09pm He was behind Black and

He was behind Black and Crawford to start the year, and the coaches seem to like Crawford despite him underwhelming fans this year. So it's not exactly a lock that he'd be ahead of those two starting next year, although it would be a surprise if that happens. 

11/29/2017 - 11:18am Back in the day you had to

Back in the day you had to watch SportsCenter to get highlights from around the country - the last segment of the local news would show local highlights along with a few important national games, but you needed to watch SportsCenter to get anything else. That pretty much went out the window with the proliferation of web video - who's going to watch an hour long highlights show when they can just look up what they want to see on YouTube right now? Never mind highlights pushed out minutes later via Twitter. 

So ESPN had to come up with somethin besides just showing highlights. And what they came up with sucks. But what they were doing back in the day just wasn't working any more, so it's not like staying put was an option.