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11/09/2018 - 11:38am One thing that may be…

One thing that may be meaningful: Michigan has become good at bashing teams late in games, possibly because the opposition is tired.

does this mean Brian is acknowledging that the MANBALL philosophy that prizes time of possession actually has validity?  If so that is a 180 from 10 years of railing against that philosophy

11/04/2018 - 10:23am McSorley clearly isn’t the…

McSorley clearly isn’t the same which is too bad for PSU

I keep hearing this and I wonder how much is last week really impacting him?  I mean, have we seen a single opposing quarterback this season who's "the same" as their normal selves?  This defense is in their head before the first snap.  It only gets worse after the first series confirms their next 4 hours will be worse than they imagined.


I want Tagavoiola (or however it's spelled)

10/10/2018 - 10:47pm Like it would be called…

Like it would be called...pffft

09/01/2018 - 4:14pm The way i see it, a coin…

The way i see it, a coin flip would be about +3 because that’s what Home field advantage is worth, maybe more for a night game.  A 5 1/2 point swing from that is sizable

08/26/2018 - 4:17pm At least we're not Tennessee…

At least we're not Tennessee fans

08/22/2018 - 1:08am Yeah, so generalizations…

Yeah, so generalizations about strength of schedule pre season have always bothered me.  Every year, everyone is surprised about some team that is better than expected or vise versa.  How much do we really know about strength of schedule?  Was MSU Supposed to win 10 games last year?  3 games the year before?


not trying to make a big thing out of it, just thinking about something that has bugged me

08/07/2018 - 6:54pm Great one I hadn’t thought…

Great one I hadn’t thought of in a long time.

first thing popped into my head was another Tigers performance, this one a single glorious game:  Armando Gallaraga’s perfect game (that wasn’t).  I think it was in ‘08 or ‘09.  For those not familiar, tigers starter had a so so season going with some performances that showed flashes, think it was his second season on the roster and maybe 4th in the bigs.  One game he was pitching a Perfect Game, the 27th batter hit an infield roller that was handled and thrown to first to beat the runner by almost half a step.....and the umpire called the runner safe. (No replay rules back then). Pitcher was just in awe.  Said nothing to ump, just looked at the sky showed nobody up.  Right after game ump admitted he blew the call and felt so terrible.  Tigers even bought gallaraga a corvette to commemorate his “perfect game”

And that’s about the last great day he had in a baseball uniform as far as I know.


06/12/2018 - 4:18pm There is a high probability…

There is a high probability that there are interface updates in the queue.  But I don’t know because nobody from staff has informed us.


i also know many frustrations are because there is a new way to do things, which is fine.  But nobody from staff is making a daily post on the ‘how to’s in 3.0.


how hard could these things be?  I would rather see these posts than unverified veracity if they need to carve out time from current responsibilities 

06/10/2018 - 2:28pm  Python is a great code to…

 Python is a great code to use and can be used for a lot of serious application as well. While other codes like C++ are strictly back end coding, python is not exclusively that. And depending on application, python would be a great tool to have in your toolbox 

04/17/2018 - 9:55am Your mom

Your mom

03/24/2018 - 8:46pm Clearly, you’re not a golfer.

Clearly, you’re not a golfer.

03/24/2018 - 8:46pm Clearly, you’re not a golfer.

Clearly, you’re not a golfer.

12/02/2017 - 1:24am Well, did preside over the

Well, did preside over the last of time one when Tennessee was actually good at football

11/17/2017 - 3:06am ^^^^^^^^
Yo this Bluenin


Yo this Bluenin person eats at all my favorite joints.  Some others to you or other west siders in GR:

Salvatore's (right up the street from Maggies) has very good italian food for the price.  I find Italian food joints are generally consistently good, except for the bad ones that really stick out.  I would classify Salvatore's that way: consistently tasty, well-executed and always less than $20 ($60 total after drinks, of course).

Butcher's Union (on Bridge kicorner from New Holland) is my newest go-to spot for lunch meetings and for after-work whiskey.  Biggest whiskey menu in Grand Rapids I have seen other than Stella's.  All their food is great.  The burger includes brisket and other prime meats, and it's can't miss.  There are plenty of other finer-dining and deli-style menu choices that are very, very good.  They just have a good chef.  Atmosphere is more Donkey than Maggies, but the food is really, really good.  And I love Scotch, Rye, Bourbon, many kinds of delicious.

The Garage which I think is technically on the West side of N. Division (so a West-Side property) is a place I only went one time, but I always hear great things and had an excellent French Dip there.  Typical American Pub Lunch/Dinner menu.  I'm going back soon.  And I really dig the atmosphere there; very casual and open layout.


09/18/2017 - 8:37pm As someone who spends time

As someone who spends time around a lot of CEOs, it is insulting to call what he did to the UM AD "trying to implement a business CEO" model/culture/environment.  Dave Brandon is the kind of CEO that deservedly gets a bad rap for using a combination of book intelligence and social connections to 'get into the CEO club', where he can feel superior to the plebes.

A good CEO is not an egotist, he/she is someone that has people intelligence and fosters an environment of collaboration while using knowledge and experience to coach others, while the company they lead has more success than they could have imagined.  They create many jobs that give people financial and holistic fulfillment.  Dave Brandon had fucking 'Firing Fridays' because he needed people around him to stroke his ego, and got rid of the people that had the best ideas.  CEOs like him make short-term decisions to meet near-term compensation incentives, then those same decisions cause serious foundational problems within the company.  Then they job-hop to the next gig based on their 'success' while the old company deals with their shitty decision making, or they get fired because they hold on too long and coast out on a golden parachute.

I don't root against Dave Brandon because of what he did to Michigan.  I root against Dave Brandon and all other business people like him because they give a bad name to CEOs in general.  Good ones are overlooked outside the business world and not recognized as key contributors to improving the general welfare of people worldwide with each passing generation.

09/13/2017 - 8:50pm And a hell of a fuckin

And a hell of a fuckin recruiter

09/09/2017 - 5:41pm Maybe your kids suck because

Maybe your kids suck because you act so fucking miserable all the time.

09/03/2017 - 11:00am Yeah, but I wish it was

Yeah, but I wish it was someone other than Liberty. They thought it was a good idea to hire Baylor's former AD after the scandal. And there are plenty of racist tendencies in that institution out of Lynchburg.

09/01/2017 - 5:46pm Thanks!


09/01/2017 - 5:45pm Fair enough :)

Fair enough :)

Different strokes I guess

09/01/2017 - 5:32pm I never said anything about

I never said anything about who is or isn't a true Michigan fan (frankly, I agree with you about that tone on this blog sometimes).  But I think it is a lot more fun when you don't temper your expectations!  Especially when we have an NFL coaching staff!

09/01/2017 - 5:09pm I can't remember how to embed

I can't remember how to embed shit and need to roll out.  If anyone wants to embed this link to a public Flicker image, it shows a nice parting gift from Coach for my company.[email protected]/36157345603/in/dateposted-pu…


08/25/2017 - 10:02pm It's best not to think of

It's best not to think of cryptocurrencies as actual currencies. The pragmatic investors who are putting institutional money behind these technologies are betting on them as technologies. It is not far fetched to imagine monetary transactions in the future needing blockchain exclusively because of the inherent safety of your personal information versus the increasing risks in a world economy that will ultimately have digital transactions almost exclusively. Someone will figure it out, and the most influential business minds are backing Etherium at this point. (FYI: Etherium is a platform; their pseudo currency is called Ether).

08/04/2017 - 12:49am *cough* *cough* GENTRY

*cough* *cough* GENTRY *cough*

08/04/2017 - 12:44am +1 excellent Cliff Clavin

+1 excellent Cliff Clavin reference

08/01/2017 - 10:34pm It's a good thing Tesla isn't

It's a good thing Tesla isn't primarily an auto manufacturer. It's a cutting edge energy storage company that is applying its technology to autos today because that's the broadest most applicable reach. There are many good reasons to wonder if they will be able to manufacture anything with the efficiencies they need to justify their valuation, but comparing tesla to Ford is like comparing Ford to John Deere since they both manufacture combustible engines.

07/28/2017 - 7:52am Does he cover the Michigan

Does he cover the Michigan beat? Will add to my must read list. Looking forward to more tremendous content.

07/23/2017 - 6:07pm The year 2000 was still in

The year 2000 was still in the 20th century since there was no year zero.

07/23/2017 - 1:25pm My theory is that it's an

My theory is that it's an account that Magnus created 2 1/2 months ago when he spun up this brilliant plan to drum up extra sympathy clicks to his site.  Today was the day to spring that plan into action.  :)

Love the site, Magnus.  It's in my regular rotation.

07/21/2017 - 9:12pm By the time I got to the

By the time I got to the fourth one, I just couldn't let it slide without correcting: 'freshmEn' is the plural, 'freshmAn' is the singular.

Turns out three is the tipping point before younger 'smarter than everyone else' Z overpowers older and wiser 'some of the most respectable people I have met have poor grammar' Z.

07/16/2017 - 12:01pm Hold on. You put Mr.

Hold on. You put Mr. "Sunshine on my Goddamn Shoulders" John Denver on ROCK vocalist list? Suddenly I have an overwhelming urge to light your MGoBlog Rock Vocalist award on fire.

07/16/2017 - 11:40am Come on, man. UM v Florida =

Come on, man. UM v Florida = Harbaugh vs McElwain. If Fla had some X factor to offset that advantage, I could see thinking it might be closer to a tossup, but they have as many question marks about their roster as we do. And the money agrees: we opened 3 pt favorites in vegas and have quickly moved to 4 1/2 or 5 depending on the book.

07/15/2017 - 12:24pm [+1 relevant][+1 made me

reply to faux mo:

[+1 relevant][+1 made me remember Kathy Ireland]

07/15/2017 - 12:10pm Thanks Magnus and Mantis -

Thanks Magnus and Mantis - know you guys are both more plugged in than most.  I am officially getting my hopes up, since I learned nothing from the Najee Harris saga.


I don't care how premature my optimism is.

07/05/2017 - 7:10pm I used to use a Jack Sock in

I used to use a Jack Sock in high school. Now I usually use my Jack Shower.

06/29/2017 - 8:35pm I'm no doctor, but that seems

I'm no doctor, but that seems like an exceedingly convincing refutation

06/23/2017 - 2:08pm So you mean everything is

So you mean everything is trending back to normal?

05/24/2017 - 1:14am I got "soundly defeated".

I got "soundly defeated".

05/21/2017 - 6:00pm Truth. This book was the

Truth. This book was the framework for how we raised our two and they both have been 'easy' relative to others that we know. BUT, a dose of common sense is necessary to supplement the book. It gets a bad rap from some people who take their plan as gospel. Not all kids can be treated exactly the same way

05/07/2017 - 11:56am I am using a trend in

I am using a trend in Offensive FEI rankings (an advanced stat that rates offensive output per drive while taking out garbage time and adjusting for strength of opponents' defense) to support my own observations of his offenses' mediocrity, especially when facing good defenses. How am I not refuting his offensive chops?

05/06/2017 - 8:14pm OK, I am open to being

OK, I am open to being educated.  Maybe he is better at adapting to personnel and evolving his offense than I think, and I am happy to hear why you have your perspective.  

His offensive FEI numbers since he took over at Arizona are below.  

2011 (pre-RR): 31st

2012: 9th

2013: 24th

2014: 34th

2015: 32nd

2016: 44th

It can be dangerous to draw conclusions from data in a vacuum, but I have formed notions about his coaching from previous experience and this data supports my opinion.  I am seeing a decreasing trend of offensive performance that could be explained by opponents adjusting to RR's offense better than he is adjusting to their respective defenses over time.  I acknowledge that I am reaching that conclusion because I choose to see data in a way that supports my already formed opinion of his offensive coaching aptitude.  That is one interpretation of these numbers - there could be many others that you may be aware of and maybe you can convince me that my conclusion is way off base.

None of these are terrible offensive numbers, but I am still struggling to agree with anyone's conclusion that he is an 'offensive genius'.  Maybe calling out his lack of adaptability is the wrong argument to lean on re: his genius status, but I have yet to be convinced that isn't his most fatal flaw.  Others may point out that poor defensive & special teams performance and poor recruiting are the primary factors that have led to his lack of success, which is why he would be a great O Coordinator.  When I remove those factors I still see underwhelming offensive success (anecdotally and statistically).



05/06/2017 - 12:44pm It is true that I haven't

It is true that I haven't watched more than 3 or so games with Rodriguez's wildcats, but the offense looked awfully familiar to me.  And why should I dismiss watching every miserable game where he tried to run an offense in 2008 with Threet and Sheridan that they were completely unsuited for?  That team was never going to be a world-beater, but a good coach would have been able to get them 6 wins if they altered their system to better suit the team's talent instead of using his square peg-round hole approach.

Most convincingly, as someone who does follow the Arizona football team very closely, the article's author appears to lament Rich's tendency to be as stubborn as I observed and presented in my post.

Telling quote from the article:

"Arizona lost most of its production at receiver and they are especially thin on the outside where they have not recruited well at all. Rodriguez would be smart to get his tight ends more involved, but that talk is as annually regular as it is annually unfulfilled."



05/06/2017 - 10:07am If he was a creative

If he was a creative offensive mind, all of his offenses at every stop wouldn't be identical regardless of the players involved. A good, creative coach would adapt his offense to optimize for the talent available. Very thankful for UMs current staff and their ability to do this (see: more spread concepts due to inexperienced o line that will struggle in pass pro, lack of dominant blocking tight ends, a very talented running back that thrives in space).

04/20/2017 - 2:15pm I have a coworker who spends

I have a coworker who spends all of his time printing out statistics for all of Michigan's historical sports teams and putting them in a binder - even for the nonrevenue sports.  It's really weird.

04/18/2017 - 11:56pm +1 pragmatic perspective

+1 pragmatic perspective
-1 smug delivery
NET Zero want to meet you in real life

04/06/2017 - 1:25pm I was thinking of him

I was thinking of him too.


Another name I am surprised I haven't seen mentioned:  Reggie White.

03/17/2017 - 3:18pm Bracket matrix had them an

Bracket matrix had them an 8.86

03/10/2017 - 3:50pm I forgot Dawkins was on the

I forgot Dawkins was on the team

02/25/2017 - 11:05am You're a bigger douche than

You're a bigger douche than he is. At least he's self aware. You're just a miserable fucker.

02/09/2017 - 5:31pm I am pretty sure there is a

I am pretty sure there is a typo in the Chart for Daniel Faalele.  There is a ? where a 6 should be for star rating.