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04/27/2018 - 2:07pm Right now the plan is

For the PGA to not sanction Tiger's tournament ("The National" held at Congressional CC in DC-- they lost their title sponsor last year) starting in 2019 and using that date on the calendar along with moving the PGA Championship to May to slide a Quicken Loans branded tournament at Detroit Golf Club. Dan Gilbert has made it clear that if he's going to sponsor a tournament, he wants it in metro Detroit (City of Detroit preferentially). DGC works as the course has enough room and holes for the PGA to make a "custom tourney course" out of the existing 36 holes, and with the old State Fairgrounds and U of D within a mile, the PGA has enough facilities for auxilliary things and shuttle parking for fans.

04/05/2018 - 9:54pm I have a new tag line

Whatever Bucci's minuses are as a play by play guy, he actually gives a shit and pays attention to college hockey.

 

And yes, those are some beautiful buckets

03/30/2018 - 1:25pm Re: Football scheduling

If the CoFoPo committee had shown one ounce of continuity in the decision process the last 3 years, then by all means schedule to that. But what little precedence we've seen is that flashy record and a blueblood name mean more than conference titles or strength of schedule. Until there's a consistent 2-3 year run of the committee using the same criteria, then just schedule as many high probability W's as possible to make sure you're still in the conversation 5-6 weeks in the season.

03/28/2018 - 2:02pm Mid range jumpshots are the new undervalued asset

Defensive schemes are limiting dunks and 3-pt shots and conceding the mid range with the expectation that the shooting percentages with current talent make that shot a "bad investment". But since everything is cyclical, there will be one or two talents that will be able to make mid-range shots at a better than acceptable percentage and the balance will start again. 

02/26/2018 - 3:04pm Just beat Bucky

Get the series win against Wiscy and we're in with room to spare. Hoping last weekend was a sign that Wiscy has mentally checked out for the rest of the season. Would really like a sweep to lock in that 3 seed...

02/13/2018 - 3:43pm I'm with you

Cost is #1 for me. I'm 40 now and grew up in the 80's and 90s. My dad was solidly middle class / hairy envelope edge of upper middle class. He still had the resources to have 6 season tickets for the Lions, split season for the Red Wings with a buddy, and he still took me to 4-6 Tigers games a season and maybe 1 or 2 Michigan football games. I'm much more well off than my dad was by the numbers, but I can't justify going to more than 1 game a year for Michigan football, much less having season tickets-- and I'm a rabid alum fan who had season tix every year in college and three kids I want to turn into Michigan fans. Sure, I have my big TV and it's nice to watch every game, but nothing beats actually going to Michigan Stadium. But I can't because the athletic department had priced me out of it.  

Another example, I've been trying to take my kids (my 8 yr old is a hockey nut) to a game at the LCA to watch the Wings this year. Finally got tickets for the Sat 2p game coming up in March and it cost me over $100 / ticket for mid level seats. And the Wings are bad this year. That's just sad. I go to more Tigers games with my kids because I can at least justify the costs of getting tix under $20/piece and the "kids meals" being $5 at the ballpark. 

Saturation at the televised level I think affects more the mythos and "specialness" of big events like playoffs, bowl games, and all-star games. Again, as I grew up (in Detroit), seeing Tony Gwynn or Magic Johnson in an all-star game was a REALLY BIG DEAL because in the case of MLB, you didn't see the NL players regularly and even in the NBA you saw the other conference players MAYBE once a year in your home stadium.  

02/13/2018 - 3:27pm Re: Wisconsin and the Stephening

All kidding aside, increasing trends like this are interesting to me. Similar things happened in the 1960's with baseball pitching where by the 1968 season, basically all pitching stats were being obliterated (http://www.espn.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=kurkjian_tim&id=6534824) and MLB's solution was to lower the pitching mound. Within a year, offensive statistics were back in line with historical norms and stayed there for another 20 years (until PEDs moved the pendulum way over to the offensive side).

Basketball at the college ranks, if not the NBA, might be soon be making / need to make a similar move by moving back the 3-pt line, and then the team that can exploit the market inefficiency (in this case, I'm guessing the classic "elbow jumper" shooter) will put together a wining streak until others catch up. Remember, the reason the 3-pt shot has exploded is that GM's and coaches realize the math works on shooting more 3's if the percentages stay above a certain level. If you move the line back to where percentages go down on average, you're still going to have your Harden and Curry sharpshooters, but the "stretch 4" and "stretch 5" may become endangered.

01/14/2018 - 11:03am And here's the huge difference

The b1g isn't a wasteland this season, so in conference wins will actually BOOST our pairwise instead of being an anchor. I'm not going to go crazy, but with a Cinderella run by a lower team in the conference tourney, this could be a 4 bid league this year.

11/13/2017 - 12:31pm It 100% is dependent on the rules your prof gives you

If he/she says assignments are to be worked independently, then no sharing / collaboration allowed. If they encourage you to work together, then go ahead. It's about following the rules set forth and the Honor Code. And no, everybody does not cheat.

11/12/2017 - 8:45pm I was at the Sat game vs Syracuse

Hats off to the ladies who played that game in tank tops and skirts while EVERYONE watching them had 4-5 layers on. Damn that's some girl power.

11/08/2017 - 8:51am I thought the doc did a good job of balancing the

"glitz" of the Nature Boy personna and celebrating his in-ring / professional accomplishments while also showing a balanced view of how that impacted his personal life. I wish they had devoted some more time to his and Triple H's relationship, because that seemed to be a great example of somebody taking the good and bad from Flair's life and learning how to be a better person as a result. 

11/02/2017 - 9:12pm I'm wondering if this is related to the tax reform package

Proposal announced today. One of the key provisions was to eliminate any tax benefits that would derive from public bonds being used for sports stadiums. If true, a lot of these soccer only stadium proposals in multiple cities that are banking on public financing aren't going to be feasible. This may be a move by the Detroit team to get ahead of that issue.

09/14/2017 - 4:07pm That four play sequence from Gary

Starting with the PF and the the next three plays where he single handedly destroyed the OL in a different way each time was giving me Reggie White vibes. Yes I said it. Reggie Freaking White. Men that large and strong shouldn't be that nimble and fast

09/14/2017 - 2:00pm There's always one thing to fear when facing Rutgers

Weaponized syphillus spreading through the team as a result of that hot tub in the stadium.

08/22/2017 - 8:55pm Easy way to look at this trade

Cleveland made the one year move, Boston made this move for two years from now.

08/11/2017 - 2:05pm I know this is a loaded comment

But when I see his build (especially his legs), his running style, and quickness in cuts, I see a slightly taller Barry Sanders.

08/08/2017 - 3:59pm Wasn't the western game that scarpace references

Also the one where the black hole chant got modified to goalie-midget-dwarf-hobbit you're just short?

08/08/2017 - 3:31pm Daddy Piotrowski was good

Son Piotrowski was horrendous. Daddy got promoted to be head of CCHA refereeing sometime after 2001 I think.

08/08/2017 - 3:29pm Wilkins was also my highlight as a M-hockey student chanter

He had the newer style ref hockey pants at the time where it had the wide black sock-like expanding material at the seat seam with nylon pant legs instead of just being all polyester. I want to say it was a game against Northern Michigan with Rick Comley's Prison All-Stars and it being a particularly bad game for Wilkins,  he took position against the boards by the student section for a faceoff and went he bent over, I still don't know why I said this, the rink was fairly quiet and I yelled out "Wilkins, why do you have expanding ass pants?". It rang through the entire rink and for the rest of the game whenever there was a faceoff by the student section and Wilkins came over into his position, the entire student section started with a very loud "Expanding Ass Pants [cowbell]" chant. Even the opposition parents fans were cracking up. 

 

My roommate, The Flying Hawaiian, inherited the responsibility of doing the "Dive! Dive! A-ooo-ga" chant from his buddy who was the goalie on the Mitch's Place rec league hockey team. I ended up being the "[GOALIE NAME] Sieve" guy my last two years. Remember fondly when I almost passed out with the Wade Dubliewicz chant since I held his last name for about 20 seconds at the top of my lungs. 

God I miss Old Yost.

07/27/2017 - 11:24am Easy Chicago Italian Beef

Cheapest 3-4 lb beef roast you can find. put in crockpot with one jar of pepperocini / banana pepper rings (brine included), 4-10 cloves of garlic, and 2 cups of beef broth (1 16 oz can, or 16 oz water with 2 buillion cubes) and a little pepper. Cover and set on LOW for 8 hours. 

Serve on buns, bread, rolls, tortillas, wraps, rice, noodle, whatever with provolone cheese and a good bottle of gardineira. Save the gravy in the pot for dippin'.

07/20/2017 - 11:36am Been there twice for job fair recruiting trips

Best place I went to for dinner / drinks was Lafayette Brewing Co. It's on the opposite side of the river from campus. 

07/06/2017 - 12:55pm Couple items

First credentials: 3 kids (8 yr old girl, 4 yr old boy, 16 mo old girl)

Now the items:

* Melissa and Doug toys are usually really well made and stand up to a lot of abuse. They are more expensive but if this is your first kid, it will last through 1 or 2 others.

* As babies, you want to encourarge movement and inspection. If they're still in the "lay them on their back" mode, a play mat with the hanging toys is good. No real difference in brands or quality there

* Anything you get, be aware it will get in the baby's mouth, so be OK with it being covered in drool / scraped to the core by teething actions

* As the baby starts to move, you need a toy that you can set on the ground and let them play with / crawl around / crawl over, and also a play place you can set them down in (one of the exersaucer play seats or a bouncer that hangs from a doorway) to get stuff done. We have one of the evenflo exersaucers and have used it since our first kid. It has held up remarkably well. 

06/27/2017 - 4:32pm This was my dream car for the longest time

I grew up on Smokey and the Bandit, and you're gawddarm right I wanted this car, you scumbum:

 

06/27/2017 - 4:28pm I'm waiting on pins and needles for the new Bronco

I'm driving my Ford Focus right now like Han Solo flying away from the Death Star. 2020 model year can't get here fast enough.

06/27/2017 - 4:03pm Couple issues

There's not an inherent weakness in running a run n shoot offense with respect to the running game. Look at those Houston Oiler Jack Pardee / Warren Moon teams, specifically the '92 team. Lorenzo White had 1200 yds on 4.6 ypc. The Oilers typically had 2-3 All-pro linemen. The Oilers exploited the hell out of teams that didn't have a good 3rd CB / cover safety and a slower, "thumper" MLB. Spread 'em out, force a team to play their lesser run defenders in order to cover the 4 WR's on the field at all times, and have a RB that knows where a hole is and will hit the hole and run north quickly. Lo White was a great back for those teams, as was Gary Brown in '93. Pardee's team was probably as close to a fully weaponized run n shoot team as the NFL will ever see. The Lions when they fully committed to the run n shoot and had the requisite line in '91 were essentially unstoppable because every trick you could use as a defense to shut down the passing game was mercilessly exploited by Barry Sanders's unique running style. 

The Steelers had to basically reinvent the zone blitz defense with hyperathletic (for the time) OLB's and DE's to counter the run n shoot by confusing the QB and WR reads with the different personnel dropping while blitzing with 5 from different angles. That confusion in the read allowed the extra step for the blitzes to get home to the QB and cause sacks or bad throws. The counter by the run n shoot teams was to try and either shorten up the passing game with quicker reads (thereby playing into the defense's hands by taking away options for the QB / WR read combos), or add more shotgun / draw game, which then negated the bigger run n shoot RB (Lo White, Steve Broussard) advantage which was to run downhill while the QB kept the MLB at bay by starting out under center. 

06/27/2017 - 3:36pm late-90's Jeep Cherokee in Gunmetal pearl

Still had the classic boxy look since it was a Sport model and not a Grand. 4.0L 4x4 could still haul ass and felt like a Jeep when you drove it. Loved that car-- wish I had just bought it outright instead of turning it back in after lease.

06/27/2017 - 3:31pm My Dearly Departed Father's lawyer in Grosse Pt had

that Aston Martin in the same color. Took me for a ride in it when I was 10-ish, had the casette player teed up on the James Bond theme for when he started the engine. Of course, he was a Jewish lawyer from Dearborn with a hugely receding hairline, but that didn't stop him. 

06/27/2017 - 3:25pm If the joint US-CAN-MEX bid wins, I can see that becoming

the template for future wins. Multiple border countries in a region providing joint resources as well as cover for focusing on a particular singular country's perceived blemishes on the world stage. 

06/27/2017 - 3:22pm If the WC is taken away from Qatar for corruption / politics

then I imagine that FIFA will ignore the regional "rules" they've been using to award hosting rights (the so-called rotation) and just award it to the most readily developed area. I could see either a US emergency bid, or even an award to the entire "EU as host nation" with games spread out between Spain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy. It'd be easier with the EU transit rules, worries about late booking crowds and such would be mitigated if it's spread between 3 -5 land connected countries, and it'd kind of be a middle finger to the UK for Brexit (which I imagine the Euro's and others would unite behind to support). Plus think of all the bribes that could be generated if you got Italy's, Spain's, France's, and Germany's football associations combining forces!

06/27/2017 - 3:12pm A Chicagoland team would make the most sense, FULL STOP.

There's a ton of youth hockey, the money's there in terms of locality dollars / donors / potential fan base by volume, and there are a lot of rinks that could fit the bill. Northwestern is exactly the kind of school that could field a college hockey team and be successful, and fund it off of sugar daddies and B1G television revenue. Right now they even have 8 men's and 11 women's teams, so Title IX concerns might not be as big an issue (they have women's fencing as a varsity sport... they could add women's gymnastics or women's crew and probably offset the Men's hockey adds). Otherwise Nebraska and Iowa are probably the best bets (unless you really believe that Illinois can capitalize on the Chicago AND St Louis connections).

 

FWIW- The Cincy arena Brian must be referencing is US Bank Arena on the riverfront. It's a 18k person arena true, but you can tarp off the upper deck to reduce capacity and the place still "feels" small after attending a number of concerts there. Cincinnati also used to have the old Cincinnati Gardens which was north of the UC campus by about 5 miles and 3 miles away from Xavier. The Gardens would've been perfect for a college program (used to host the multiple Cincy AHL / minor league teams), but it really deteriorated the last couple years and is now up for demolition. Univ of Dayton and Wright State Univ were looking into D-I jumps a couple years ago using the Nutter Center on Wright St's campus or adding some seating to the Kettering Ice Arena about halfway between the two campuses, but they couldn't get the state to kick in funding. 

 

 

02/23/2017 - 1:31pm So it sounds and looks like

- both sides have agreed to a plea deal 

- it will probably be under a youthful offender catagory, meaning he'll get probation and it can expunged after some time?

 

Am I geting that correct?

02/23/2017 - 1:21pm Non-lawyer translation?

please.

02/09/2017 - 4:50pm I may be too late to the party on this

But I went from DirecTV and Xfinity in succesive years to a cord cutting option of:

- Xfinity high speed internet ($40/mo)

- Sony Playstation VUE mid range subscription ($35/mo). Gets me all the local stations, all the sports networks I care about (ESPN/2/News/U, BTN+alternates, regional Fox Sports, FS1, NFL Network, NBA TV, NBC Sports), and most of the good cable staions (Viacomm networks liek Nick, MTV, Comedy Central were taken off late last year in a fees dispute with Sony). Allows up to 5 devices streaming from the same account login. Also has limited DVR capability via cloud services

- Amazon Fire TV box w/ game controller ($99), 2 Fire TV sticks ($30 each). I also have Amazon Prime, so I get access to all the Prime Video content (which is starting to be really good with Grand Tour, The Tick upcoming, Man inthe High Castle, and their Tv / movie archive is pretty good)

- Bought my own router so I didn't have to rent one from Xfinity ($100 sale). 

 

I'm on about 8 months on the service and couldn't be happier. I still can see all the shows I care about and my monthly recurring costs are about $75/month. Highly recommend Playstation Vue over Sling and DirecTVNow for the better live local channel and sports content for the price, but if DirecTV Now figures out a DVR service, local channel solution I may switch just 'cause of the $5 HBO subscription and the AT&T free data benefits. 

02/03/2017 - 3:08pm I can verify the lower temp for smoked wings

I keep my wings at about 250 deg F with just a simple salt and pepper dusting before they go in and after 3 hr, they're perfectly crispy on the outside and done on the inside. I then break out the tupperware containers with my favorite sauce and spin 'em up. My wife will never let me cook wings a different way again.

02/03/2017 - 11:43am Great work as usual

and the analysis is basically confirming that the high shot attempts in the home plate area is due to a systemic breakdown of defensive responsibility. That's a combination of (1) not installing an iron clad defensive system that emphasizes closing off of the middle, and/or (2) the players not understanding / caring enough to enact said changes. Why #2 is happening can be for a number of reasons, including ineffective coaching.

02/02/2017 - 12:39pm I'm secretly hoping that Tom Brady

is the mystery Michigan Man funding the overseas trip.

02/02/2017 - 12:15pm Hot damn

They're going to do an overseas trip every year. Tell me there's another school that'll fire up the money cannon like that. Stanford can't even top that.

01/24/2017 - 1:45pm Defense is now feature, not bug

It's obvious now that in three years, Red has not been able to either install a solid defensive system, or hire an assistant coach that can do that. The defensive shortcomings are now structural and not individual talent mistakes. 

01/03/2017 - 1:26pm Say what you will about Pitbull as an artist

but he put together a hell of a NYE show. Salt n Peppa, followed by Snoop Dogg, Young MC, Tone Loc, Biz Markee, and Naughty by Nature? That's my playlist (from 1998) and I was feeling it.... even though most of the male artists were sporting outfits from the Cliff Huxtable Collection. 

12/21/2016 - 11:49am So many Lions games... so many choices

91 NFC Championship vs. Washington

94 Wild Card @ GB (Barry Sanders's personal 27 for 27 hell)

95 Wild Card @ Philly

 

All games where Detroit completely forgot what made them a competitive team and proceeded to choke the life out of themselves.

12/21/2016 - 9:53am THE KNOWLEDGE is Mgoblog's Nostradamus

Writes in indescipherable quatrains, but his prophecy is entrancing. SPEAK ON KNOWLEDGE!

12/16/2016 - 3:38pm but that's exactly the point

With the "new canon", there's been a lot more nuance added to Vader's character other than "he's the Emperor's blunt edged hammer". He's still the former Anakin Skywalker with bad humor (he nicknamed his apprentice "Snips"), but now he has the full authority as the Emperor's invisible hand. Vader allows Krennic his vanity, but once he steps over the line as to "what's good for the Empire", Vader puts him back on his leash via Fore choke. Totally liked it. Plus, Krennic disturbed him from his good Bacta soak and was not in a forgiving mood. I think about how I am when the Amazon guy comes to my door with a package while I'm soaking in my tub.

12/16/2016 - 2:53pm I thought Vader's dialog with Krennic was spot on

Read the Darth Vader comics from the last year, or hell, remember Ep 4 with the "I find your lack of faith disturbing" line. It's totally in line with Vader's portrayal. 

One thing I couldn't reconcile, that I'll have to pay more attention to, is why Krennic went to Mustafar in the first place. Was he ordered there by the Emperor, was this his power play to get control over Tarkin?

12/06/2016 - 12:41pm Even better then

Dantonio doesn't have a widly successful coaching tree or young assistants waiting in the wings in East Lansing. Narduzzi's settling in at Pitt, and Fleck would probably even today be more attractive than Narduzzi regardless. Add in 3-4 years with a continued demonstration to recruit, 2 or 3 more MAC titles, and he'd be a Sparty Savior.

12/06/2016 - 12:38pm If the BC job was open, that would have been another option

but word out of Chestut Hill is that Addazio is going to get another year.

12/06/2016 - 12:28pm Additional thought..

Fleck could also be thinking that he'd be a potential candidate in Ann Arbor should Harbaugh leave in 3-5 years....

12/06/2016 - 12:26pm This is my thought

Western's making him the MAC version of a Godfather offer. He could stay at Western, burnish the credentials, and be the first choice in East Lansing in 5-10 years when Dantonio's leaving, still putting Fleck as a P5 HC before he's 50. Plus with his family situation, that's a win for everyone.

12/06/2016 - 12:22pm Probably saw PSU was going to "hold"

on Franklin after this year, so the Baylor move now makes sense for him. He's maxxed out at Temple and a P5 job is the right move. 

Damn, now I have to re-do my Bowl mania picks.

12/06/2016 - 10:59am My dad was a chiropractor in the metro detroit area

and Mondays were "get an autograph from Lions players day" for me as a kid, and that was back in the 80's. He also had a decent clientel from local professional wrestlers (George the Animal Steele was a regular) and a couple Red Wings.  

11/23/2016 - 9:21am Am I the only one disappointed

that Magnuson under center, even for one play to take a knee, was not seen in the Rutgers blowout?