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02/22/2019 - 9:13am I don't see these types of…

I don't see these types of things as fundamentally different behavior. Young people (really all people) have always done dumb things. The difference now is that the people are all doing the same dumb thing that everyone sees because of internet culture rather than many different dumb things that no one sees.

02/15/2019 - 3:55pm I suppose the conventional…

I suppose the conventional abbreviation for organic chemistry is ochem, but most people at UM call it "orgo" even in the engineering school. And it IS largely regarded at UM as a pre-med weeder course.

02/15/2019 - 9:07am People expect to make the…

People expect to make the tournament every year because of the 20+ year stretch where we never missed it. Then the end of the Red era reset expectations and people were ready to give Mel time to rebuild. But then last season BAM, turns out Mel was the only change needed; we're awesome again now and never going to miss the tournament again. That's why the people not paying close attention are disappointed.

However, I think there's a reason to be disappointed even for those that are paying attention. Our defensive miscues are concerning and we've tied so often that just a bit less sloppiness could have had us with several more wins and a more legitimate shot at making the top 15. There's no reason to be freaking out, you're right; and I'm super optimistic for the future. But it's okay to be disappointed here.

02/08/2019 - 11:38am This could be true. However,…

This could be true. However, there are also numerous examples of recent true freshman lighting it up so a one-year fix is not out of the question.

02/08/2019 - 12:24am No one would go for an…

No one would go for an interception if it meant starting from that spot. Also a system in which a 40 yard pass to the 10 and an interception downed at the 10 are both equally good for the passing team would make no sense and could not possibly be implemented that way.

02/08/2019 - 12:16am I'm not against your…

I'm not against your proposal, but forcing the second team to go for 2 absolutely makes it "more random" which you were against in your first assertion.

02/08/2019 - 12:14am Then the team making the…

Then the team making the interception would be at a monstrous disadvantage.

02/07/2019 - 4:11pm Yes, that's true. I meant…

Yes, that's true. I meant more like let's say it's the last of the 8 plays and the team has the ball on their own 37 yard line. DPI gives them an automatic win while holding makes one more play 3 yards away from the win. I guess my point is just that penalties would be incredibly impactful in this overtime structure and that could be another complaint/source of weirdness.

02/07/2019 - 4:00pm I think you're too quick to…

I think you're too quick to judge the boringness of the situation you described. If the ball is on the 35 for the last play, everything beyond the 50 yard line becomes the end zone. There are a lot of exciting things that could happen there when the team needs to pick up 15 yards but have 75 yards to work with!

02/07/2019 - 3:48pm I'm also imagining cringe…

I'm also imagining cringe-worthy games decided on the last play when the ref throws a flag and the winner could be decided based on if it was defensive pass interference (+15 yards) or defensive holding (+10 yards). That would be hilarious/enraging.

02/07/2019 - 3:40pm The California Tie Breaker…

The California Tiebreaker is very interesting. I'd like to discuss if you want to go first or second. The first team has the opportunity to score and not even let the other team have a chance (though unlikely). The second team knows exactly how far they need to move the ball to win on the last play; but that also means the defense knows exactly how far they need to move the ball.

I think I'd rather go second, but it's not 100% clear.

02/07/2019 - 12:02pm To be a little semantic,…

To be a little semantic, there is a difference between the frequency of extremes and the frequency of extremes filtered by an amplitude threshold. -40 C is an arbitrary cutoff and a cutoff that is meaningful may not even be constant through history.

02/07/2019 - 11:57am This thread is fantastic…

This thread is fantastic. The risk-reward analysis of safety-driven cancellations, ulterior motivations of school districts and superintendents, homeschooling vs. public school, climate change science.

02/07/2019 - 11:54am No one is concerned that…

No one is concerned that life will have ended within ten years. What's not the exact opposite of science is asking and answering the questions about why climate is changing and what methods would be plausible and/or effective in controlling that change.

02/07/2019 - 11:47am Most kids have parents…

Most kids have parents working from home? That seems like a stretch. Regardless, I agree that remote learning seems like an obvious and relatively achievable solution for cancellations, especially in the future as the internet becomes more and more available.

02/07/2019 - 11:24am Anecdotal evidence can…

Anecdotal evidence can support or tear down either side of this argument. As in most things, the truth here is more complicated than a binary approach allows and situation/person specific circumstances will decide which option is "better". However, I'd argue there is no instance where either option is 100% superior. There is certainly something lost both ways and thus there are guaranteed negative consequences of the parents' choice.

02/07/2019 - 10:01am Is the aversion to…

Is the aversion to competition or physical activity? If the answer isn't both, there are opportunities for involvement in things that are sports-adjacent that would end the isolation. For example, karate lessons are not competitive and robotics competitions are not physically demanding.

02/07/2019 - 9:41am The state of all matter and…

The state of all matter and the temperature profile of said matter is not necessarily in equilibrium.

02/04/2019 - 5:17pm Counterstrike is my favorite…

Counterstrike.

02/04/2019 - 1:28pm I actually did get out that…

I actually did get out that day. It was -1000 degrees!

02/04/2019 - 1:24pm I don't think anyone is…

I don't think anyone is trying to manufacture outrage here. This is simply a humorous tweet for the obvious reason.

01/29/2019 - 5:40pm Further, you don't want to…

Further, you don't want to do this long term because your furnace fan blades will get dirty and your efficiency will go down. Or at least that's what I've been told.

01/29/2019 - 5:33pm Yes on both counts. You may…

Yes on both counts. You may need to dust afterward.

01/29/2019 - 5:24pm -22 is not "minus 30…

-22 is not "-30 something." -22 is the record. I knew that and that's why I called hyperbole.

01/29/2019 - 5:17pm If you have an older furnace…

If you have an older furnace, consider removing the filter for the next few days to help it keep up.

01/29/2019 - 5:14pm I'm going to go ahead and…

I'm going to go ahead and call hyperbole on this one. It's never been that cold in Ann Arbor.

01/18/2019 - 2:28pm As a guy who wants Michigan…

As a guy who wants Michigan to win, bring it on. As a guy who wants to also enjoy watching the basketball game, blech to hack-a-Happ.

01/18/2019 - 1:40pm I don't know and don't have…

I don't know and don't have the motivation to try to find out. But you're right to assume that a portion (and certainly a non-negligible portion) of those viewers are international. The international appeal of esports is an interesting component of its viability and growth however; though it makes an argument against the NCAA being the governing body for its regulation in college.

01/18/2019 - 1:37pm It sounds like there already…

It sounds like there already is competitive Karaoke as you're describing it. I'm guessing you mean would I be in favor of competitive collegiate singing? If so, I don't see the harm in it. Just because I wouldn't be interested in something doesn't mean I think it shouldn't exist for those that are interested.

01/18/2019 - 1:33pm Just wait until Cal Tech's…

Just wait until Cal Tech's star Rocket League player transfers to Oklahoma and wins the Heisgame trophy for the third year in a row.

01/18/2019 - 1:12pm FWIW, there is already a…

FWIW, there is already a NCAA corollary in NACE (National Association of Collegiate Esports) that organizes "varsity esports." There are actually a handful of member institutions that also have legit D-1 athletic programs like Miami (ntm), Wichita State, Western Kentucky, and Oklahoma. LINK

01/18/2019 - 12:50pm I took that post as an…

I took that post as an example to support your statement. Phelps was a student at Michigan and an athlete but not a student and an athlete at Michigan.

01/18/2019 - 12:46pm It's hard to guess what the…

It's hard to guess what the draw for collegiate e-sports would be since it would be lesser talented competitors than pro e-sports. However, those pro e-sport events can draw very large crowds in attendance along with millions of remote viewers. A League of Legends tournament finals had 60 million unique viewers last summer and 20 million peak concurrent viewers. That's two thirds as many people as watched the college football championship game.

It's easy to dismiss the growing esports thing with "lol not a sport" but that's ignoring the growing popularity. A large portion of this generation of kids is watching twitch and youtube content instead of more traditional sports. The competitive scene in gaming is only going to grow in popularity.

01/18/2019 - 12:14pm I wonder what game would…

I wonder what game would/will be the first to be a legit college sport. I hope it's counterstrike just for the mgo memes.

01/18/2019 - 10:05am That 5 teams that will be…

That 5 teams that will be happy about the new Rivals 250 article refers to UM fans as "Big Blue faithful." Yikes.

01/17/2019 - 3:38pm I know AP poll is largely…

I know AP poll is largely meaningless, but Wisconsin started the season ranked #4 and even had a first place vote. Expectations were big and they were considered a complete lock to win the West. Hard to imagine that level of optimism for them headed into the 2019 season so I'd say their stock is down.

01/16/2019 - 2:54pm This is an interesting…

This is an interesting perspective about Hughes that I don't have the expertise to agree or disagree with. All I know is I really enjoy watching him play and it's very hard to imagine this year's team being better if he'd pulled the trigger on going pro at the end of last season.

01/16/2019 - 2:39pm The radical thing that has…

The radical thing that has to happen is winning the B1G tournament. The path is clear. Get in and who knows?

01/11/2019 - 4:00pm KenPom goals vs. NET ranking…

KenPom goals vs. NET ranking goals also applies to S&P+ vs. cfp committee rankings. Different objectives for sure.

01/11/2019 - 3:44pm This is a good bit of trivia…

This is a good bit of trivia. What are the other teams?

01/11/2019 - 12:49pm I would like to see the OSU…

I would like to see the OSU fan reaction to Meyer going to Bama.

01/10/2019 - 5:50pm I don't know what you're…

I don't like what you're suggesting. I'm choosing to assume this guy will coach safeties and Partridge will go back to LB's. Maybe he would take a demotion if it also came with a raise.

01/08/2019 - 1:56pm https://www.instagram.com/p…
01/08/2019 - 1:28pm I'd add Zack Novak. Not…

I'd add Zack Novak. Not because I think he's a better option than what we've got out there now. But because I loved watching that guy play basketball and he deserves a Final Four run.

01/08/2019 - 12:00pm Jordan Poole days until our…

Jordan Poole days until our next game.

01/08/2019 - 11:59am Feels like about the same…

Feels like about the same number.

01/08/2019 - 11:58am You forgot spring hype news…

You forgot spring hype news. Sean McKeon has turned the corner. Myles Sims is legitimately competing with Lavert Hill for the top CB spot. Dwumfour has put it all together. Freddy Canteen and Shane Morris and Drake Harris and and and.

01/08/2019 - 10:30am I'd have chosen a 4-door…

I'd have chosen a 4-door given the choice (it was a 2005), but I bought it cheap from a guy that was moving to Japan the following week who just wanted to get rid of it. Couldn't say no. Only trouble I ever had with it was a leaky secondary water pump (for the turbo) that was like a $40 dollar part I could install easily myself.

01/08/2019 - 10:03am I had to get rid of my GTI…

I had to get rid of my GTI once we got a kid. It was a two-door so it would have been a huge pain. Regardless, the carseat did not fit safely anyway so it wasn't even an option. Someday I'll have a GTI again in like 20 years...

01/08/2019 - 9:08am As others have said, Brent…

As others have said, Brent Venables is widely known. However, even if he weren't, your argument is only impactful if Bama's and Clemson's offensive coordinators ARE known to everyone without googling. I, for one, would have to google those names, but I already knew the defensive coordinators. OCs are Tony Elliot and Jeff Scott for Clemson. Michael Locksley and Josh Gattis for Bama.