"(I) think about 'The Lion King,' Simba gets hit over the head and (he's told) 'the past can hurt,' " Harbaugh said Monday afternoon. "'You can either run from it or embrace it and learn from it.'
As you may have noticed, the season is around the corner. Thank you, sweet 6 pound 8 ounce baby Jesus, the season is almost here. But with that said, might be time to refresh some people on the changes with in-season rules for the board.
During the season, there are no OT threads. Threads about pet issues, tv show discussions, or musical groups coming to the Palace will be deleted with extreme prejudice. There are exceptions, of course; stuff involving other college football teams are generally acceptable, as are Lions-related threads and a Sunday NFL open thread. If we kill Bin Laden again, that's fair game. It's a case-by-case thing.
I know. I likewise thought this was America
This horrible infringement on your First Amendment rights goes into effect one week before the start of the season, or a week from this Saturday. Also, be advised that Brian occasionally has to change the posting privileges in-season to prevent absolute chaos. So, if you have 101 points and try to post a "WTF WAS THAT????11??" thread after a loss and you can't, there's probably a reason. In Soviet Russia, board posts you.
Beyond that, a few season-related things to remember:
- The trolls will come. Most of them will breathe primarily from their mouths. And most of them will be from Michigan State. Resist the urge to feed the trolls. You can inform the mods in the Moderator Action Sticky thread, and we will take care of it.
- Consider your threads carefully, and ask yourself if it's really new. After a loss, you will see three or four straight threads titled, "well that sucked," or "why did we suck?" or "I'm disappointed" or "that was disappointingly sucky." Your opinion is like a snowflake; it's unique, just like everyone else's. If you can insert your opinion in an existing thread, that is encouraged.
- Personal attacks on players will not be tolerated. "Should Kalis be getting more reps than Mealer" is fine. "Mealer sucks, get his ass out of there" is not.
- There is an influx of newbies when the season begins. Resist the urge to start flame wars with all of them.
- Muppets are for BIG THINGS only. Beating Alabama is a muppets thing. Beating UMass is not.
Hoke Uber Alles.
Per CMU athletic site, Michigan will get a rematch against CMU at Crisler Center this season on Saturday, 12/29. Falls perfectly into the schedule with Hockey. Got the GLI on Thursday & Friday and this game.
Michigan will try to avenge the 67-78 loss to CMU in year 1 on Beilein's tenure.
Denard makes the SI regional cover of the CFB preview.
Next time you feel like moaning and complaining, think about what this kid went through...'nuff said.
GQ has a fairly lengthy excerpt of a new biography on Joe Paterno in their September issue. Currently, they're publishing part of it online and I found it interesting, if only because it shows some actual emotion from Paterno. Now, the emotion shared in this small excerpt is still emotion about Joe Paterno, but I can start to see where he may have realized the gravity of his inaction a decade earlier.
Here's the link. They have it broken into three paragraphs, and I'll blockquote one from the day following his firing below.
On Thursday, Paterno met with his coaches at his house. He sobbed uncontrollably. This was his bad day. Later, one of his former captains, Brandon Short, stopped by the house. When Brandon asked, "How are you doing, Coach?" Paterno answered, "I'm okay," but the last syllable was shaky, muffled by crying, and then he broke down and said, "I don't know what I'm going to do with myself." Nobody knew how to handle such emotion. Joe had always seemed invulnerable. On Thursday, though, he cried continually. "My name," he told Jay, "I have spent my whole life trying to make that name mean something. And now it's gone."
As expected, ESPN College GameDay will kick off the season in Arlington for the Cowboy Classic between Michigan and Alabama.
Full "story" here: Link