Mike Lantry, 1972
Now I know you may be taken aback at the title of this post, but fear not dear reader. Bear with me for a second and allow the pontification of the greatest idea in the history of the world, or maybe even ever.
I've always wondered how I could merge my two favorite things in the world, UM Football and the cinematic stylings of one Patrick Swayze, naturally you can see my conundrum. There are so many parallels between PS and my beloved fall mistress. Then last fall in East Lansing it hit me after seeing the same clip of '300' on the scoreboard some 37 times, or on every Sparty 3rd and long (zing!).
The tale of highschool students who battle communist Russians in rural Colorado, trying to prevent nuclear war. The name of this rag tag, Swayze led group of patriots? The Wolverines.
Imagine a goal line stand or a 'key' play (don't get me started on that, I get it...you are shaking your keys) where just prior to the snap one P Swayze appears on the flat screen. In glorious high definition, raises one fist and offers the war cry 'Wolverines', which causes Charles Stewart and or Stevie Brown to only give up a 20 yeard gain on an slant due to ill-angled tackling attempts. Can you see it? Can you picture it?
Now imagine you're allowed to see it, standing up at Michigan Stadium.
It's getting out of control folks. Every fall it ravages our hopes and dreams. No, I'm not talking about gas prices or the war in Iraq or anything that's actually important. I'm talking about fall weddings. Let's get one thing straight: 90% of your wedding guests at a fall wedding are totally pissed that they are there (statistic may be inaccurate by 10 to 90%). There are only so many fall Saturday's to go around people! After you and you and you and your friend’s friend all get f'n married over the fall, guess what? I haven't seen a lick of College Football.
This fall is truly Armageddon for Chrisgocomment. This is going to be one of the most fascinating Michigan Football season ever, and guess what? I might as well be in a coma because I'm not going to see shit. The $1,000,000,000 I spent on season tickets is a total waste at this point.....I'm simply just holding my seats for a fee.
Check it out: on August 30th Michigan will run on the field for the first time under Coach Rodriguez. Who would miss this game??? Me, that's who. Flippin' wedding.
On September 20th Michigan will defiantly not lose. That's mainly because they aren't playing a game....but.....think of all the great games I could see if I was at home! Nope, I'm going to some stupid ass wedding. Balls.
On October 11th Michigan will take on Toledo. Sure, not a great game, BUT....we could win! Yep, God Damn Wedding. I'm out.
On October 18th Michigan will take on Penn State for what will no doubt be their 44th straight win in the series. Sure, the game is in Happy Valley so I won't be blowing my tickets...but still...God made HD TV for a reason. And that reason was College Football. Guess where I'll be. If you said a piece of S wedding you are da winna.
So there you go. 4 of our precious Saturdays this fall are buried in deep deep ass. So I implore you, people of America, I'm just one man, please stop with these weddings. College Football is just too important for you to start putting yourself in front of it. You aren't that cool, schedule your weddings for February...there's nothing to do then anyways.
Is Orson Swindle from EDSBS moonlighting as retired Lt. Col. and McCain supporter? Amazing he has time for his Curiosities and Ruminations.
From NBC’s Alex Wall and Caroline Gransee
Sen. John Warner (R-VA), Col. Bud Day, USAF (Ret.), Lt. Col. Orson Swindle, USMC (Ret.), Lt. Commander Carl Smith, USNR (Ret.) and McCain spokesman Brian Rogers responded in a conference call to Gen. Wesley Clark’s (Ret.) most recent attack on McCain’s military experience.
The McCain campaign held the conference call in order to “keep his reputation clean” and point out the inconsistencies between the Obama camps’ actions and rhetoric.
“It is inconceivable that anyone take a shot at Senator McCain’s military experience,” Smith said. “Gen. Clark is way off base on this one.”
Day added that, “no one who fought in Vietnam would question McCain’s credentials.” The group argued that McCain’s success in commanding the Attack Squadron Sixty-Five (VA-65) in Vietnam has given him the leadership experience to “assess risk” and make informed foreign policy decisions.
Warner pointed out that, “McCain was one of the strong voices that spoke up [against Bush]” regarding the need for more forces in Iraq and noted that “he turned out to be correct.”
The group went on to criticize Obama for “refusing to condemn attacks that have been leveled on Sen. McCain.”
Rogers argued that Clark’s remarks were another example where “his words don’t match up with how he is running his campaign.”
McCain’s surrogates also noted that Clark’s comment could have a greater effect on young voters who didn’t live through Vietnam.
“Half of the people in this country were not alive during Vietnam,” Orson said. “When you start spreading rumors on the integrity of a candidate it has a tendency to weigh in on those who do not know better…and young people…in many cases aren’t familiar with Vietnam.”
Discovery Channel recently created an excellent commercial.
I also stumbled across a recent XKCD comic which parodies this commercial. Here is my take on how the world is awesome.
In Michigan Stadium, two blue hairs look down at the field. "If never gets old, huh." "Nope." "It kinda makes you wanna..." "HEY, DOWN IN FRONT!"
I love the campus
I love the clear blue skies
I love new coaches
I love when footballs fly
I love spread option
And its defensive reads
I love the union
I love the wolverines
I love to tailgate
I love the valiant teams
I love McGuffie
And his hurdling
I love the rivalry
I love the wizard hat
I love mike barwis
I love the chocolate milk
I love the big house
Its such a brilliant place
I’m a “longtime” reader--at least since the Season of Infinite Pain (2005)—and a former part time contributor at The M Zone. Work and family life has drastically cut into college football—and internet—time. I’ve been in the U.S. Army for a couple of decades now and this whole college football blog thing is the only way I can stay in touch with my past life as a boy growing up in Michigan. As much as I love Michigan football, last season—the Season of Unspeakable Horrors (2007) didn’t bother me too much since I was expecting the birth of a son. He and I watched the glorious 2008 Capital One Bowl when he was all of six days old and is now Michigan’s official good luck charm. He should be Michigan’s starting quarterback in 2028
Atleast for me, Ben Cronin is going to be a huge measuring stick for the success of this team. His preformance could determine whether we see a season ofbaby steps or a season of significant improvement.
Cronin is the most important incoming freshman that will have playing time this year. We are extremely shallow on the bench in terms of bigmen with the transfer of Ekpe Udoh. Cronin needs to be able to step in and be a very good presence inside.
Manny Harris and the rest of the Wolverines will continue to improve individually, but the guys won't improve as a team unless somebody steps up their game inside.
I want to get your thoughts -- Who is the most important player for Michigan basketball this year? Who is the most important incoming freshman?