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11/05/2018 - 1:46pm Did you miss the McCaffrey…

Did you miss the McCaffrey injury? I was surprised it wasn't included in the Epic Double Bird section, but then it was completely skipped over in the relative health section. 

10/15/2018 - 7:43am The alumni group meet at…

The alumni group meet at Belushi's London Bridge when I was there, and it looks like they still do. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/universityofmichiganUK

They were in the basement the one time I was in London for a game.

 

10/08/2018 - 3:04pm I think this misses the…

I think this misses the point, it's less about running the plays last week than running the plays in a game that wasn't close. If they weren't repped enough to be ready to go last week, fine, but if they weren't ready then save them until we can get a big play in a competitive game. Now Wisconsin will be on the lookout. Last week is only relevant because it was an actual close competitive game, so breaking out a few new plays to make sure you win is fine. 

10/02/2018 - 4:58pm I know this post was…

I know this post was focusing on football and not basketball, but does the round of 32 game against Houston from this past year count? Spent the whole game looking like we'd pull away if we could just revert to average shooting, except we never do. Seemingly blow it in the final minute. And then they finally make a shot. 

I'll go back and rewatch full games and highlights if the game was particularly memorable. That game, never more than the last 3 seconds. 

09/21/2018 - 9:01pm I absolutely rushed the…

I absolutely rushed the field following the 2003 OSU game. I still have the Sports Illustrated from after that game with Chris Pretty on the cover, it has a two page photo of the scene inside the cover. And IIRC they rushed the field following the 2011 OSU game, although I want at that game. So it's happened since 1997.

09/18/2018 - 4:42pm I get this a bit, but I'm…

I get this a bit, but I'm still uncomfortable with prioritizing getting the best practice for future opponents over making sure we have a safe lead over the current opponent. That's playing with fire. 

09/18/2018 - 3:48pm So my main issue with this:…

So my main issue with this: Is there any good reason they can't bring out the samurai swords early, build a decent lead, and then practice smashing the board? The way they went about things left them open to getting into an actual competitive game against a vastly inferior opponent with another bad bounce or two. Given that one of the things we love about college football is that chaos can happen at any time, it would be nice to eliminate that possibility as soon as possible before practicing for future opponents. 

09/07/2018 - 4:22pm What should have been that…

What should have been that Wile E. Coyote season afterwards was ruined by injuries: 20 players saw their seasons end prematurely, give or take a medshirt redshirt on a couple of freshmen. 

Thank you

09/06/2018 - 3:10pm Other correction: It's Wile…

Other correction: It's Wile E. Coyote

08/30/2018 - 4:38pm It seems like a difficult…

It seems like a difficult column to make when there's no current film to fe fi fo. 

08/30/2018 - 4:37pm IIRC Ace always did those,…

IIRC Ace always did those, but Ace has been waylaid by illness for a while now. So they might not be making an appearance this year, for a while at least. 

08/29/2018 - 3:22pm Key takeaways from a 30…

Key takeaways from a 30 second scan:

  • MSU/OSU still alternates H/H and A/A - EDIT This was in the original post
  • Annual crossover game with Wisconsin is replaced by annual crossover game with Nebraska
08/26/2018 - 2:32pm But what if actually…

But what if actually throwing the coffee mug makes me feel better?

08/07/2018 - 3:31pm Not yet. The date you're…

Not yet. The date you're looking for is August 27. Right now is the is calm before the storm, with Brian putting together all the preview columns that he dumps faster than you can read it the week before the first game. 

08/03/2018 - 12:42pm The usual favorite any time…

The usual favorite any time podcast apps get mentioned on Android forums is Pocket Casts. I use it, and it's feature filled while looking great. 

You can add MGoBlog via the general podcast feed link.

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.