landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
For you nature lovers... a fascinating look at our animal namesakes, tonight on Nature. 8pm ET (EDIT: may vary depending on your local affiliate)
Not sure if they'll explore the ski-jumping variety. "For Fiiiiiiiiijjjjjjjjjjiiiiii!!!!"*
* to appreciate the reference, please see http://mgoblog.com/content/ten-most-embarrassing-michigan-items-you-can-own
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Ahh yes, the socks. We've heard of their mystical powers and, uh, comfort. And we've read about their more-valuable-than-gold status within Schembechler. So of course Tom needed a pair.
I'd like to thank a certain contributor who was instrumental in putting this thing together and wished to remain anonymous. Happy with the collaboration.
On Thursday Tom discusses the upcoming Sparty game with his little brother.
And then next week we'll unleash the very first...
That's right-- later today I'll be sending out a very special Blockhams strip and some of the more famous members of the Michigan universe will be writing the words for it. To keep it simple, each contributor will be asked to supply 10 words or less to complete the already finished artwork, and I presume that the results should be entertaining to say the least.
Those taking part in the first ever Caption Challenge include: ESPN's Tom Van Haaren aka TomVH (duh!), JustCoverBlog's JamieMac, MLive's Kyle Meinke, The Wolverine's Tim Sullivan, Tremendous's Steve Lorenz (the artist formerly known as Aquaman), The Hoover St. Rag's Craig D. Barker, Maize n Blue Nation's Brad Muckenthaler, Midnight Maize's own The Shredder, and some guys named Seth and Brian that you might have heard of.
I'll work them all up, and we may even have a poll. The winner will receive a free
all-inclusive trip with Charlie Blockham to Ms. Katzenmoyer's office. Stay tuned!
THE BLOCKHAMS™ runs (typically) every Tuesday here at MGoBlog,
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check out Friday Roughs, a spontaneous low-end comic based on trending
Michigan events, available on Twitter and Facebook every Friday.
The state of Michigan has a curious relationship with its professional sports stars. We've had our share of greats, but our loyalty to them has only a partial correlation to their raw athletic talent.
Many of our favorites are guys who are great team players with great work ethics. Big stars are good, and big achievements are important, but if you're humble and do your job and succeed Michigan will love you. The 2004 Pistons are a great example of this--no stars, but beloved by everybody.
We love Steve Yzerman. Not just because he was a brilliant player, but because he was the captain and he played hurt and he changed his game for the god of the team.
We love Al Kaline. Not the greatest player of his time, but a great player who stuck with the Tigers for his entire career and led them to a title.
We love Barry Sanders, who was saddled with bad teams but was transcendant as a runner and always humble.
Last night, the Tigers horribly choked away a series win in the ninth inning. After winning the first two games at home, Oakland had seized the momentum going into game 5 at home. It was awful, it was dispiriting, it was a nightmare.
It would be unbearable, but for the one man every Michigander knew could stop the bleeding: Justin Verlander.
On the road. Game five. Nine innings. No runs. Justin takes his place in the pantheon of all-time Michigan sports greats.
Verlander is legend.
Per USSoccer.com (link),
Landon Donovan and Break Shea have been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers after further evaluations conducted by the U.S. Soccer medical Staff on Tuesday morning. U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has indicated that no immediate replacements will be added to the roster.
Donovan suffered a knee injury in the LA Galaxy's 2-1 loss this past Saturday night. He will return to Los Angeles later today to be further evaluated by club doctors.
Shea entered camp with an abdominal strain that kept him sidelined for FC Dallas since Sept. 29. Shea will continue treatment in Dallas....
Also USSoccer.com reported on Wed (link) that
U.S. defender Edgar Castillo has been ruled out of both upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifying matches with a foot injury following an MRI evaluation this afternoon, and Fabian Johnson will not participate in the Oct. 12 match against Antigua & Barbados while he recovers from the flu. Johnson will join the team in Kansas City, Kan., to prepare for the team's final qualifying match of the Semifinal Round on Oct. 16 against Guatemala.
Hopefully, everyone gets well soon, especially Fabian, who can get back for Guatemala. Dang, was looking forward to seeing Landon & Brek. Wonder who goes in at LB against Antigua & Barbuda with starter and backup out. Commence panic?!
As posted yesterday on the Forum, former Lions 4x pro-bowler, turned actor Alex Karras had kidney failure and days to live. As of this morning, he has passed away. Thoughts and prayers for his family in this tough time.
Former Iowa Hawkeye and Detroit Lion 4 time probowler Alex Karras has kidney failure and days to live according to doctors and his family.
After football he turned to acting, starring as Mongo in Blazing Saddles & the dad on Webster.
My thoughts and prayers go out to him & his family in this difficult time.
EDIT - He has passed away today 10/10/12. http://www.tmz.com/2012/10/10/alex-karras-dies-blazing-saddles-star-dead-at/