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06/20/2018 - 1:23am Down with the Red Alliance!

Down with the Red Alliance!

06/11/2018 - 3:03pm Yeah.  That graphic makes no…

Yeah.  That graphic makes no sense as written.  Somebody should tell PFF.

06/01/2018 - 10:29am Discord name


05/17/2018 - 3:11pm Wait?!?!?!?!

I thought it was the one-armed man!!!!

05/15/2018 - 12:20pm Good thing I'm on the Discord

For some reason, the url has been tagged by my IT folks as malware :(

05/14/2018 - 1:51pm Discord Username


05/11/2018 - 10:58pm Discord username: swolf81

Discord username: swolf81

05/09/2018 - 1:26pm Not that hard

I'm fired up that my favorite team is playing the Browns this week.  I think we'll win by 2 touchdowns.

04/10/2018 - 10:15pm Here...

have a spring.  

Image result for car spring

You seem to need it...

04/06/2018 - 2:48pm HIPAA can be waived

I am not a lawyer.

But I would guess that it has to do with the NFL rules about injury reporting and the like.  Just think about how often we hear about some player's ACL or torn muscle...I am guessing that as a condition of employment for NFL athletes (and the medical treatment that they will automatically be able to access for free) they have to waive certain rights.

Plus, fans have a right to know about Curt Schilling's bloody sock...

Image result for curt schilling bloody sock

03/23/2018 - 9:02am Delta will have WiFi

They may block certain sites. For example, I can never watch Netflix when I fly (but I am too cheap to pay for WiFi).

You should probably get their app. Their website has some info.…

But, it might be easiest to call someone there and they may be able to help you set something up.

03/07/2018 - 10:08pm Hmmmm...


Image result for cart before the horse

12/05/2017 - 8:11pm Just Win

11/29/2017 - 11:03pm All students sign away image rights

Every student signs away image rights when they accept admission to many universities.  This covers pictures the University puts on its website, promotional materials, and ... When ESPN comes to town and wants to show the big footbaw game.

But as many above have pointed out, if any old student wants to sell his/her image they can.  I think athletes can get permission to do it too...Jeremey Bloom rings a bell… as long as they aren't making money for being good at their scholarship-earning sport.  But that is an odd edge case.

11/15/2017 - 7:14pm Don't forget Australia!!!

...oh wait...

Sorry, just makes me remember the continent song that I learned in primary school.

11/13/2017 - 9:29pm I'm farther east

I'm in Greenville, NC, and I was able to watch much of the MSU/OSU game over the air.  (And then I turned it off, because it was too ugly...)

11/08/2017 - 9:11pm Linear regression mis-applied here

Linear regression is the wrong tool here.  The dependant data (defensive rank of any sort) is not a continuous variable, or even an interval variable.  This is not true about defensive rank data.  For linear regression to be appropriate, these things would need to be true:

  • The difference between the #1 and the #2 defense must be the same as the difference between the #10 and #11 defense.
  • The #20 defense must be twice as bad as the #10 defense.  (Or a similar statement given the way that you've inverted your scale).

As I see it there are two ways to repair this analysis:

  1. Use the raw S&P+ score instead of the rank.  Of course all of the rules of linear regression should be followed when performing this sort of analysis.  (For example, what do the residuals look like?)
  2. Use an ordinal logistic regression.  (I don't believe that Excel can do this without additional software, though I have never tried.  This is a tutorial about ordinal logistic regression using the free statistical software R.)
10/18/2017 - 7:50am All of them

As someone who has left Michigan, and is now over 4 hours from the nearest orchard, the correct answer is, "all of them."

I really miss going to an orchard every fall. A pumpkin patch and hayride is no substitute for fresh cider and picking my own apples. (Although, they do donuts pretty good here in the South.)

09/27/2017 - 11:56am Most Big Ten or Baseball?

7-5 has to either be the most Big Ten score ever, or a typo from a baseball score.

Shakes Head

09/04/2017 - 11:11am My list, in no particular order

O hell quadruple post. So looking forward to the new site for mobile.

09/04/2017 - 11:09am My list, in no particular order

Start fast. No early mistakes.

No injuries.

Ball security on offense. No turnovers.

Turn them over on Defense. Let's see an INT or two.

Cincy doesn't get a first down while our first string D is on the field.

No punts while Speight is in.

09/04/2017 - 11:09am My list, in no particular order

Start fast. No early mistakes.

No injuries.

Ball security on offense. No turnovers.

Turn them over on Defense. Let's see an INT or two.

Cincy doesn't get a first down while our first string D is on the field.

No punts while Speight is in.

09/04/2017 - 11:09am My list, in no particular order

Start fast. No early mistakes.

No injuries.

Ball security on offense. No turnovers.

Turn them over on Defense. Let's see an INT or two.

Cincy doesn't get a first down while our first string D is on the field.

No punts while Speight is in.

09/04/2017 - 9:23am Dad life

Dad life is great!  Enjoy them bronxblue.  Mine are aged 4 and 7, and I can tell you for a fact that life after diapers is wonderful!!!!!!!  Now I just need to get them more into football.  They will watch for a drive or two, but they lose interest.  I think I need to start taking them to live games.  (But I don't live anywhere near Ann Arbor)

09/03/2017 - 10:25pm All of these options are West

All of these options are West Virginia with wings on the helmet.…


09/03/2017 - 10:08pm Three things

1. A late hit? Really? Here is the rule:

Late Hit, Action Out of Bounds
ARTICLE 7. a. There shall be no piling on, falling on or throwing the body
on an opponent after the ball becomes dead (A.R. 9-1-7-I).
b. No opponent shall tackle or block the runner when he is clearly out of
bounds or throw him to the ground after the ball becomes dead.
c. It is illegal for any player to be clearly out of bounds when he initiates a
block against an opponent who is out of bounds. The spot of the foul is
where the blocker crosses the sideline in going out of bounds.

Part b indicates the player must *clearly* out of bounds. The runner was out of bounds for 10ths of seconds, at most. The late hit flag should have been picked up. But I doubt they can do that from the booth.

2. Targeting is about protecting defenseless players. Runners can receive more high contact. I wonder if the replay official determined not defenseless since the runner had not been out of bounds long enough. It is also about forcible contact, and that hit wasn't going to make the top plays list on Sports center (15 years ago when violence was more celebrated)

3. Wrap up, and aim for the midsection. Targeting looks worse when the runner bounces off of the tackler's shoulder pad or helmet. The sideline complicates this on this particular play.

08/25/2017 - 11:03am Fellow carpetbagger here

I miss Meijer too... I haz a sad now.

08/25/2017 - 10:52am Today, you saved...

When the checkout person says, "Today, you saved $$" Like I was going to pay the marked up price for whatever I am getting.

07/11/2017 - 8:05pm fify

... except beating Illinois in thrilling fashion.

06/20/2017 - 12:46pm Not sure I agree with the premise.

Specifically that the offense will only go "as far as the Freshman wideouts can take it." I would say that the weakness is the offensive line. Even if Speight proves to be elusive like last season, the hits add up. If the line can be an average Michigan offensive line, that is a win. Bunting and Wheatley and (maybe) Gentry should be a plus in the pass game from the TE spot, and RB is DEEP. They will have WRs out there who can compete and win, Freshman or not.

06/13/2017 - 9:08pm not a terrible idea...

...for satellite camp season anyway, and maybe the lead-in to NSD.

06/13/2017 - 8:20pm no politics?

+1 funny (for both of the above)

06/06/2017 - 5:55pm pick yes, six meh?

At least more thievery on the long balls. The lack of elite speed may inhibit the touchdown run. But I would be happy with 5 or 6 more picks per year out of the safety spot.

05/26/2017 - 6:44pm Different teams

And you think that their defense will be better than their top 10 defense from 2 seasons ago because...?

05/22/2017 - 6:08pm Also...

I am a Nigerian prince, and I have $10,000,000 US ...

05/11/2017 - 8:01am Looks like no…


05/01/2017 - 11:22am I disagree with this premise

Even if they were in some way allowed to come back to college, there has to be some cost for those who miscalcuate and enter the draft early.

They are trying out for a job. They put their resume on What's the big deal?  The biggest issue in my mind is dealing with those who quit school to train for the combine, and then want to come back as they are no longer on track to graduate in 4 years.

05/01/2017 - 11:14am What about the kids?

There is a reason that we are all supposed to give adequate notice before making a choice that affects others.  That being said, we are talking about 30 student-athletes per year (total).  If I can count correctly, 85 student athletes gave up their remaining elgibility this season.

Allowing early enrollees seems to hurt the kids more than it hurts the NCAA teams.  (I mean, the last time this happened to a Michigan player was 2010 -- Donovan Warren [iirc].)

In the end, these are 20 year olds.  Shouldn't an agency who's goal is to protect student althletes actually, you know, PROTECT STUDENT-ATHLETES?  Football teams are generally large entities run by competent people.  They will make it work with whatever rules we give them.  Suppose this was the rule:

You can take back an undrafted player this year (and have 86 scholarships) as long as you give back the scholarship the next year (and have 84 scholarships).

That might be the simplest fix.

05/01/2017 - 10:45am Logistical issues

As has been mentioned above, the timing issues are a hurdle.  One possible solution would be to make 2 drafts.

  1. Senior Draft:  Works just like the current draft, except only seniors (student-athletes with no more elgibility) may participate.
  2. Futures Draft:  Works more like the hockey draft, where teams talk to players about when they should "move up".

The thing about the futures draft is that many players (like Jabrill Peppers) were always going to get drafted.  It was always just a question of when.  The logistical way of handling this is to make sure that if the Futures draft happens before NSD, then the teams need to convey their intentions (we want him in the NFL) before NSD.  If it is after NSD, the teams need to let them sit on the NCAA roster for one more season.

One rule that I'd add in either futures draft scenario: the NFL team may take out a loss-of-value policy on the player making the player a partial beneficiary (50:50).  I could definitely see NFL teams wanting top players to sit out bowl games if they aren't protected in this way.

04/17/2017 - 6:12pm Not to reference those guys, but...

This is making me think about the Terrelle Pryor/Todd Boeckman situation in 2008.  The short version was that Tressel ended up sitting (senior, returning starter) Boeckman for (true freshman) Terrelle Pryor after they lost to USC (35-3).  I think the idea was that they could win plenty of games with their defense, and Pryor could get some on the job training so that they could be even better the next season.

Here is a link to their scores from that season and the ones following it.  I'll let you decide if it worked or not.

04/08/2017 - 11:14am mobile+1


04/06/2017 - 12:19pm nuff bewbs?


03/24/2017 - 10:18am mobile +

mobile + 1

03/23/2017 - 9:32pm Something about his shot...

His mechanics seemed off to me. His feet just weren't under him, and I felt like he was falling forward on his shot.

03/20/2017 - 8:08pm Mobile+1

Mobile+1 funny

03/20/2017 - 6:04pm meta: Android app

The above message is a string of text. I assume it is an image on the site. I don't know a better way to report bugs to the app devs. I would be happy to do so more formally.

03/08/2017 - 1:24pm first row sports

just be careful where you click. And remember that the tiny blue x can move sometimes. ;)

03/07/2017 - 10:06pm It would be a sad day...

...but same old Lions. I always say that the peak of the Lions season is right before the draft. That day that Lions fans believe that they will draft the one piece that will step things up that one more level. All the way to the super bowl...Now the day after the draft...Same. Old. Lions.

03/07/2017 - 1:41pm Gif choice fail...


02/09/2017 - 10:56am Cord Borrower?

Instead of being a cord cutter, wouldn't that make you a cord borrower?  I mean, if you are using your parents login, you are using their "cord".  If your parents wanted to drop cable, you'd be out of luck...amirite?