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06/20/2018 - 1:54pm Correction:  Bruce Lee did…

Correction:  Bruce Lee did kick Norris' ass.

 

06/18/2018 - 2:14pm Not all change is good, but…

Not all change is good, but this change.... is good.

Looks awesome.

06/14/2018 - 1:28pm Rooting for Costa Rica!  Los…

Rooting for Costa Rica!  Los Ticos!

06/13/2018 - 3:32pm Psuedo-unrelated, but…

Psuedo-unrelated, but someone better at editing than me needs to update the "Depth Chart By Class" matrix under the "Useful Stuff" tab!

06/13/2018 - 3:27pm On the flip side, here are…

On the flip side, here are 10 of the best cities to live in the US:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/10/us-news-world-report-the-10-best-places-to-live-in-the-us-in-2018.html

1. Austin, TX

2. Colorado Springs, Co

3. Denver, Co

4. Des Moines, IA

5. Fayetteville, AR

6. Portland, OR

7. Huntsville, AL

8. Washington, DC

9. Minneapolis, MN

10. Seattle, WA

06/08/2018 - 12:19pm The mods should allow for…

The mods should allow for alliances to add up territories to a shared total.  If that alliance wins, all members of the alliance have a shared win (regardless of the contribution of individual schools in that alliance).  Schools would still be allowed to break or betray alliances if they think it serves them.... or if they want to try to get 1st place alone.

This would preserve incentive for alliances in the late game while maintaining the intrigue of a possible late game betrayal.  It would also be interesting for schools not already in an alliance.  The incentive is mutual to join one.  I wonder if the game would reduce down to 2 competing alliances.  It would be interesting to find out.

06/06/2018 - 12:00pm I am user 31385!  Cool!

I am user 31385!  Cool!

Testing posting a pic:

https://pre00.deviantart.net/ae97/th/pre/f/2014/071/5/5/blue_space_by_whendell-d79zabi.jpg

 

06/02/2018 - 9:46am GOATs

Best Male = Freddie Mercury

Best Female (and greatest overall) = Karen Carpenter

05/31/2018 - 9:19am 10-2 w/ a silver lining

W - @ND 

W - WMU 

W - SMU

W - Nebraska

W - @NW

W - Maryland

L - Wisconsin

L - @MSU

W - PSU

W - @Rutgers

W - Indiana

W - @OSU

05/22/2018 - 11:56am Don't give a damn what Ohio thinks.

I don't give a damn about the whole state of Ohio.  And instead of writing a song to contradict what I just said, I'll just leave it at that.

05/21/2018 - 2:28pm Question...

Is the strength of a team's army proportional to the number of territories that team occupies or is it solely based on the number of players voting for that team?

(e.g. assuming player count stays the same, does OSU's strength dimish as territories are taken from them or not?)

05/18/2018 - 1:40pm I want Dual Threat QBs please.

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05/14/2018 - 1:22pm OSU is going to try to (and probably will) take Maine tomorrow.

Bank on it.  I hope the MGoStrategizers are anticipating that move.

05/14/2018 - 12:40pm Ah, I see.

Thanks for the explaination.

05/14/2018 - 12:34pm Wait...

How did OSU get New Hampshire/Vermont today if yesterday they didn't own any territory boarding those states?  I guess I don't understand the rules quite yet.

05/11/2018 - 12:39pm I'll be signing up soon.

I'm not signed up yet, but will be soon.  I like the strategy of backing off to the northeast for multiple reasons:

1) Creates essentially a 1-front war instead of being attacked from multiple angles.

2) Makes it easier to coordinate future attackes pushing out of the northeast.  (We're like a receeding tide before a tidal wave.)

3) Let's OSU and others be our front against team Chaos.

4) While defending one's home state seems noble, strategically it may not make sense.  I'm glad to see our (intelligent) UM team not making that blunder.  There will be a time to re-take the homeland.  Patience.

05/08/2018 - 2:38pm and...

Analyzing the hamster gif a bit further, it appears the poor animal slammed into that rock outside the wheel first, and THEN hit the side of the cage.  Why did that make me smile harder?

05/04/2018 - 9:17am Because no Star Wars day would be complete

Because no Star Wars day would be complete without movie rankings:

Best to Worst:

1. Empire Strikes Back (reason: epic plot and character development)

2. Return of the Jedi  (reason: 2nd half of the movie's 3 battles at once)

3.  A New Hope (reason: classic and just so well done.  good pacing)

4.  Rogue One (reason: excellent omage to original trilogy, battle of scarif, vader)

5.  Revenge of the Sith (reason: fairly well done anakin turn to dark side)

6.  Attack of the Clones (reason: no reason other than those lower on list are worse)

7.  Force Awakens (reason: complete copy of A New Hope, no originality)

8.  Phantom Menace (reason: need I mention him?  Darth Maul keeps this out of last place)

9.  Last Jedi (reason: grouchy luke, wtf momments, audience unsatisfied, just bad)

05/02/2018 - 3:08pm I can't understand

I can't understand why Kirk Cousins' name is mentioned as much as it is. 

04/17/2018 - 4:27pm Not heard discussed much...

I wonder how much of an effect bringing in Shea has had on Peter's game.  I don't think Peters has ever consistently been around another QB of Shea's caliber before.  The last couple seasons he's had.... Speight as a mentor?   So, maybe Peter's is learning a thing or two from Shea.  Not to mention the obvious incentive from someone coming after your job.  Of course Harbaugh himself was a high caliber QB... but it's got to be different watching someone else with talent perform live reps day after day.

04/17/2018 - 4:20pm I think the sky fell against MSU...

... because the sky literally fell and MSU took the lead before it happened.  (Curse that Ty Issac fumble.)

04/17/2018 - 12:22pm Baseball...

A few fixes...

1)  Get rid of the umpire for balls and strikes.  Let computers do that.  The ump should just be there to call other rules.

2) Reduce number of games.  Will never happen, I know. $

3) Stop with the pinch runners.  I mean, that's like cheating man.  (Same could be said for pinch hitters, but that's too engrained.)

One positive aspect:  I do like baseball's playoff qualifiction stringency.  Unlike NBA and NHL where half the leauge gets into the playoffs, MLB makes it tough to make playoffs.  NFL does it well in this regard too.

04/16/2018 - 12:17pm Nice info.

Thanks for taking the time to write that.  I too, will be very interested to see how Falele and Viramontes do for the Gophers. 

04/11/2018 - 12:47pm Laughing

I still remember laughing at Brian Kelly for their loss to NC State back in 2016 when Hurriane Matthew rements were hitting the atlantic coast.  Kelly was calling pass plays in a literal hurricane.  What kind of an idiot would do that, I thought?

Welp.

Link to Notre Dame/NC State game recap:  https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/nightmare-season-contin…

 

 

04/11/2018 - 9:55am But...

But we would've gotten some of those higher rated OSU players, so...

04/10/2018 - 5:18pm Serious question...

With all this talent and supposed improvement across the board, how are we going to be an underdog to anybody this year?  I mean, right now ESPN gives us like a 30% shot to beat Notre Dame.  I gotta think with the way things are trending (and hopefully a Shea addition at QB) we should be favored in that game.

I look forward to seeing Brian's end of fall camp post where he gives >>>>  and <<<< symbols to align expectations for the season

04/10/2018 - 5:04pm OMG - That Ohio State bit...

Win x 1,000,000

Ohio State got punished so lightly it would've made a wrist slap seem like assult.  The success they cheated to achieve via player commitments through improper benefits is STILL paying off dividends today.  Without those players, OSU would've lost more games than they did in the late 2000s, which would've net them less prominent recruits, which would've resulted in less wins in the 2010s, which would get them less recruits, etc.  Winning and recruiting is a positive feedback loop.

OSU benefitted (and is still benefiting) 1,000 fold for those infractions and had to only pay a fraction of a penalty.

I wonder how the last 2 decades would've unfolded differently if OSU hadn't cheated in the early 2000s.

 

04/05/2018 - 1:29pm 2 things...

1) They need to show a combined year directors cup standings.  I'd love to see how the schools stack up with all sports (fall and winter) combined.

2) I'm thinking of putting together a "weighted" directors cup standings.  I'm thinking of using sport revenue as a propotional factor in weighting points for the sports.  (Thus football and basketball would be worth more than rifle shooting, for example.  They of course would all be combined into a yearly standing like mentioned in point 1 above.)  If anyone else wants to take a crack on a lazy day, feel free!  Else I'll probably do it later this Spring.

04/02/2018 - 12:42pm Holy crap dude.

All the upvotes.

04/02/2018 - 12:39pm Here you go...

https://twitter.com/TomVH?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

04/02/2018 - 12:08pm Tuna

And my co-workers dig the smell.

04/02/2018 - 9:07am Holy crap...

I plan of having Subway for lunch, and I didn't make the connection between my lunch plans to what today was until just this very second.

This subconcious decision must guarantee a UM victory!

03/30/2018 - 1:24pm I think the KRACH article's probability calculation is wrong.

In the article at the bottom it says, "Well, the chance that we win either of two independent events (basketball title or hockey title) is the sum of their probabilities."

This would be true if the events were mutually exclusive, but they are not.

The correct math is:

1 - [p(not hockey title) x p(not basketball title)] =

1 - [(1 - 0.14) x (1 - 0.22)] = 0.33

 

So, the probably we win at least either the hockey title or basketball title is 33%.

 

03/30/2018 - 11:06am Yes

An upvote isn't enough to emphisize how true this is.  They got beat because the offense was bad and was compounded by QB injuries.  Even a great defense can only hold so long.

03/26/2018 - 11:03am well..

Nobody should care what we think, but I think the OP is right that they are going to make a story out of anything they can get their hands on.  That's what $ driven media does.

No matter what we do here on this blog, there will be garbage that gets out to villianize our fanbase.  There is no stopping all of it.  But I support the OP's movement to try to mitigate it.

Will it have an impact on the game?  Probably not.  Infintesimal at best.  But does it impact the perception of Michigan as a whole?  If enough people spit garbage, it might.

 

03/26/2018 - 9:08am Jon Calimari

03/20/2018 - 1:26pm Game "Speed" Theory

I totally agree with Roy Williams.  But I agree with it more on the football field than the basketball court.

With basketball, each team has numerous possessions anyway, so extending to a few more by playing at a faster pace has limited benefits.

Contrast that to football where each team normally gets, what, a dozen possessions a game? 

I would love to see UM football run more fast-paced offenses against much lower or slightly lower competition for this reason.  I would also love to see UM football run many more trick plays with high risk/reward components.  When trick plays fail, you lose a down or at worst an occasional turnover.  When they work, they work spectacularly.  But I digress.  Maybe a diary for another day.

So, yeah, more plays as the superior opponent = better.  But more so for football.

But hey, that's just a theory.... a GAME theory.  And cut.

 

 

03/20/2018 - 9:45am Yelling “dilly dilly” is a very little brother thing to do.

So much this.  Very punch inducing.

And yes, I'm aware this post may spur this very phrase.  Go ahead, get it out of your system now and never speak it again.

03/09/2018 - 2:26pm We cannot call him X

because good things have happened since we've started calling him Z.  Let us not upset good things.

03/08/2018 - 1:41pm The show is still good; better than GOT right now

I'm usually a VERY big critic of TV shows, but to me Walking Dead is just fine right now.  Should they wrap up the Negan war this season and have next season be the finale? Absolutely.  It's time.  But for it being a zombie show the writers have done a pretty good job keeping things fresh and surprising for as long as they have.  Again, with the limited plot of a zombie apocalypse.  The way the creaters have different ways of telling each episode (this past one using Name Chapters) is pretty cool.

I think GOT was, overall, the best show on TV...  until this past season 7.  I think GOT fell below Walking Dead this past season.  Reason?  Predictability plain and simple.  GOT simply became too predicitable, distances in the show became irrelevant, and the main characters got plot armor.  (How many times now has Jon Snow been saved at the last second?) 

At least with Walkinig Dead the writers are bold enough to kill off main characters unexpectedly still.  Sure, Rick is still around, but consequences of actions matter still in WD.

03/04/2018 - 7:24pm If they do this...

They absolutely HAVE to put a Subway restaraunt in the concorse.  They just have to.

03/01/2018 - 2:40pm I don't know why...

... but the suspense is killing me if this exchange was successful.

Plz advise.  Thx.

02/26/2018 - 1:44pm +1 to you

Went through the effort to convey facts to back up a position in a clear and understandible manner.

02/23/2018 - 1:31pm Is this Quadrant stuff really serious?

Gotta admit.  I sorta thought all this quadrant buisness was a joke.

No legitimate formula would group teams into 4 sections as a grading scheme.  It's absurd.  The last Q1 team isn't all of a sudden that much better than the top Q2 team.

If you have the formula to put teams into quadrants to begin with, you automatically have the formula (as a precursor step) to do it right and just grade as a continuum.

 

02/21/2018 - 9:30pm Best game for each of these systems....

NES = Super Mario Bros 3 (Megaman 2 a close second)

SNES = Super Metroid (Star Fox, F-Zero, Final Fantasy III honerable mentions) - this is probably the best system ever made

N64 = Goldeneye 64 (Zelda: Ocarina of Time a close second)

Gamecube = Super Smash Bros. Melee (Eternal Darkness honerable mention)

Wii = ? Help me out with this one  (maybe Mario Kart Wii or Mario Galaxy)

PC = Master of Orion 2: Battle at Antares (With original Starcraft, Command & Conquer, and World of Warcraft honerable mentions)

I never got into Sega, Playstation, or Xbox.

 

02/21/2018 - 3:59pm Now this...

This is Ennui at its finest.

02/21/2018 - 9:24am Michigan football just doesn't evolve.

Michigan hangs its hat on tradition, legacy, and size.  But rarely have I seen our football program do anything substantially or frequently innovative over the past 18 years.  I give props to the program for taking a chance on Rich Rod, even though it didn't work out.  But before and after that experiment, it feels to me like the program continuously chooses to operate on the field like a massive WWE wrestler, but with one arm purposefully tied behind his back.

Here are some ways to untie that arm from behind our back:

1.  Simpliest way would be to only recruit dual threat quarterbacks.  If you can't threaten the defense with your legs, I don't care how good you throw.  Multi-dimensionalize the QB position.

2.  Hire someone like the Mathlete and strategically operate to optimize points per posession.  We do some of this already, but I'd like to see more:  Punt only when it's a disadvantage not to (it should not be the default action), never kickoff for a touchback (sky it instead), continuously onside kick if the defense isn't stopping an opponent in a particular game.  The point is, don't gameplan a certain way just because it's the norm.

3.  Most of all, and I would love to see this:  Formulate a primarily trick play offense.  Every series should include at least one massive trick play.  Every single one.  They don't even have to be all practiced.  Just put them in there.  Keep the opponent going WTF every single time you get the ball.  (When they work, they work spectacularly.  When they fail, it's usually no worse than a run up the middle for -1 yards.)  This would truley be innovative, as I see no teams doing this to this extent.  Imagine how fun for the kids and how attractive such a free flying, standout offense would be to recruits as well!  I can see 20 years from now an announcer saying "And it was Michigan football that changed the game 20 years ago with this new style of offense..."

02/20/2018 - 3:23pm Agree.

Curling is a game.  But it's not called the Olympic Sports.

I've always held fast to the notion that a sport is a game where defense is physically and actively employed.

Sports examples:

> The usual major sports everyone knows

> Tennis

> Ping Pong

> Cricket

> Badmitten

> Boxing

> Auto racing and horse racing (even though a human is not exerting the force directly)

 

Games examples:

> Golf

> Bowling

> Curling

> A Free Throw Contest

> Rowing

> Skiing

> Swimming

> Any track and field event that does not involve active defense

> Gymnastics

02/20/2018 - 1:01pm But will that offensive performance...

I think your 80% number will be about right.  But will that offensive performance will be...

1) Because, in part, of McElwain.

2) In spite of McElwain.

I believe the answer will be 2.  But I don't think we'll ever know if this answer is correct.  IMO, the difference between position coach A and B will be in the noise of actual growth in the WR position.  In short, it doesn't really matter who we hired.

02/18/2018 - 1:52pm Concur.

Living in the south here, every other sport is comparitively meaningless.