FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Last night I had a chance to watch the most recent episode of Dhani Tackles the Globe. I not sure if I'm more jealous of Dhani or Anthony Bourdain for their excellent travels programs, but any guy who can play linebacker, open-ocean waterpolo and climb Everest (or a portion thereof) is pretty damn cool.
I might even watch the show if he went to OSU. Kidding. No, I wouldn't. Anyway, I hadn't noticed Dhani rocking much (if any) Michigan gear on the show...but in the Everest episode, he sported a classic. Anyway, I realize this thread doesn't offer much in the way of a basis for rabid argument about the spread, jock jamz or some recruit's prom date. For that, please accept my apologies. This is just a pure "Go Blue" to a Wolverine doing great things, and representing the University to the fullest.
For your commentary -
“Finally tonight, a few words about this year’s World Cup. I confess that I love everything about it, particularly, those aspects that many Americans are whining about. Where the game is concerned, I love that they have running time and don’t compromise the flow for the sake of TV commercials. I love that the referees don’t stop the action to let replays warp their beautiful game and I love that their announcers, unlike Americans, don’t feel the need to characterize everything that’s surprising as also unbelievable. As for the players, I love how they mimic NBA stars and go down dramatically, as if they have been shot whenever they are fouled. I love the single names: Ronaldo, Kaka, Drogba — all of which sound a lot more elegant than Manny, Pudge and Big Baby. And, I love the national pride that is shown each game. It’s real and it’s genuine, the kind the Olympics tries to force on us every four years. Off the field, I love how the crowds never stoop to something as silly as ‘the wave.’ I love the purity of their sidelines — no hangers on, no mascots and best of all, no cheerleaders. I even love the vuvuzelas. Yes, they are noisy, but they are preferable to the deafening din of the weekly Billy Bob 500, or the phony piped in efforts at U.S. arenas, where choreographed chants of ‘dee-fense’ pass for originality. Lastly, I love that at the World Cup, there are sporting people representing cultures from all over the world and befitting grownups, not a one of them seems obsessed with what conference Texas plays in, whether Brett Favre ever comes back, or where LeBron James ultimately goes. At least we’ve one pocket of sanity, if only for two more weeks.”
http://sportsmedianews.com/06/bryant-gumbel-closing-commentary-on-real-s... (It's back to off-topic now that said the WC coverage has ended according to Brian, right?)
Hey, all. Never posted here before, but often comment on the front-page stuff. Of all the places I frequent on these grand wide Interwebs, MGoBlog is the richest, smartest, most soccer-wise community by a mile. For those of you who haven't seen me around, or didn't know, I write a Lions blog--and today, posted there about my trip to 1994's Italy-Nigeria quarterfinal. I then tied it back to the Nats' 2010 run, and the aching feel of familiarity it had with Lions fandom. If you're so inclined, you can check it out here:
I have braced myself for the surely-coming negbang onslaught.
I always find folks' ruminations on the future of US soccer interesting and there seems to be a general consensus that the US won't be an elite soccer power until the best athletes in this country start playing the sport at an early age.
My question then, who amongst current and former professional sports stars do you see as having the most potential to dominate in soccer? Who are the prototypical athletes that would have excelled?
My lack of soccer knowledge makes me want to think a guy like Lebron would make an unreal goalie...huge, quick and huge. Would Barry Sanders have been a terror had he been playing since he was a kid? Reggie Bush? What say you smarter-than-I mgobloggers?
Today MGoBlue.com will announce its selections for the winners of Delaware & New Jersey. Anyone have any guesses as to who these two are?
The gist of it is, they're saying they shouldn't have shown the replay of Tevez's offside-by-a-mile goal. It's pretty much telling the fans "we're right even if we're wrong" and I think in general it also shows a lack of wanting to fix refereeing errors. So they turn to a 1984-esque way of doing things and just choose to not show what just happened to fans. Sure, the ones on the right side of the field will know what happened, but the ones on the other side won't have a clue. Less rebellion happens before the game is over...