chance of bowl: 13.6%
This morning TMZ got a hold of, and released the full video of the Ray Rice incident from this past spring. Previously, there was only video of Ray Rice dragging his unconcious fiancee from the elevator.
It's pretty ugly. To summarize for anyone who doesn't want to watch it- Ray Rice and Janay Palmer enter the elevator. They appear to be arguing, the doors close, and Ray Rice hits her in the face. He backs up from her, and she steps toward him and then he punches her, and knocks her out.
Don't know if I saw it on here on not, but there were a few places where people were arguing that we didn't know the full story, and speculation maybe she attacked him. It's clearly not the case, and the fact that
Roger Goodell supposedly had full access to this video when he made the suspension decision, and only chose Rice only got a 2-game suspension is disgusting.
Update: The NFL claims they've never seen the video until today:
"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."
Today is a special day. Not the longest rivalry, but certainly a memorable one for fans is ending later tonight and I felt my regular game ritual just wasn't sufficient for such an event. While we all give some mostly-deserved crap towards ND, they have been a part of Michigan football for decades and ending that rivalry is a big deal.
Accordingly, I decided to come up with a drink to commemorate the occasion. A drink so glorious and ND-inspired that generations will look back on it and wish they had invented it.
I call it, THE NOTRE DAME FIG THING SMOOTHIE. Inspired of course by our Irish friends marketing department:
First, we'll need our ingredients:
Figs, obviously, in honor of Notre Dame. I included some yogurt to thicken it and some frozen peas to add the necessary touch of green. Feel free to use any substitute as a green vegetable though, it will all taste excellent. I also included some chicken broth mix in honor of ND's manner of ending the rivalry. Some whisky as part of the Irish tradition (I didn't have Irish whisky so Famous Grouse had to do). And finally some lemon juice as an homage to Brian and the others who ate a lemon this week.
Now that we figured that out, it was time to make it:
This is turning out even better than I expected. For those of you at home interested in trying the fig thing smoothie, that was 2 yogurts, about 2 cups of frozen peas, 6 small dried figs, half a teaspoon of chicken broth mix, and liberal amounts of whisky and lemon juice. Feel free to experiment though. This drink will be great no matter what.
Once blended to the proper consistency, it was time to serve:
Excellent! Note that the fig on top as a garnish adds an extra touch of class to this gourmet drink.
I personally found I probably could have blended everything a bit longer. My smoothie had a bit of a chunky texture (see above) to it that never really went away. Readers may wish to blend to a more liquid consistency
And that's the end result. How did I feel? Proud. Fulfilled. Grateful that the the Fig Thing Smoothie exceeded my wildest expectations and did not cause me to vomit. The perfect drink to celebrate our last game with the Irish Fig Things.
I now welcome you, MGoBrethren, to put forth your own Fig Thing-Inspired recipes, so we can all share in this wonderful beverage that (thankfully, as I have a few more sips of it), may never have to be made again.
Seems like a nice warmup for Saturday if you are in SB the night before. We stfued them 18-0 last year. They play for a trophy honoring the Michigan players who brought rugby/football to ND in 1887. JV game at 5:30 before main game at 7:30pm. Takes place at Stinson Rugby Field wherever that is.
If you don't like Seven Nation Arby's football, this is true unbranded, vintage, MANBALL.
Info taken from this article: http://www.goffrugbyreport.com/college-men/michigan-notre-dame-renew-riv...
PS - First time poster
I couldn't fathom the seeds, but this was actually the second lemon. I practiced on one before I tried to film this. Apologies for laptop webcam quality.
When the mods tightened up the reins for posting during the season, they did allow for a Friday Posbang thread to throw us a bone. Football season is upon us, more Notre Dame players are getting in academic trouble, and we're staring a holiday weekend right in the face. The weekend's shaping up nicely, so bang away!
For those who don't want to read the whole post, it's good news, starting with the spoiler that Sam Mikulak, who successfully defended his NCAA Championship in Ann Arbor this spring, defended his U.S. Men's Championship. But this time it was with more drama. (Good news about the new kids is below. Spoiler: One is a former junior champ, the other just became one.*)
At one point Sam was in 24th place on the first night of competition after a couple of slip-ups on two of his best events. The Twitterverse is now calling him the Comeback Kid. With his usual aw-shucks smile (even when he surprised himself by ending up on his tusch in the middle of an otherwise-excellent floor routine), he pulled himself back to third by the end of the first night, and it wasn't until the last event in the finals that his 1st place was assured. He had a huge gap to close in this field of Oympians and national team members. Fellow Olympians John Orozco, the 2012 US Champion from the Bronx, and Jake Dalton, former NCAA champ who used to compete for Oklahoma, came in 2nd & 3rd in the tight final. They'll all be competing for the U.S. Team in China this October at Worlds.
You'll notice Sam's not wearing his M gear this time, having used up his eligibility, but he's sticking around Ann Arbor as an assistant coach so he can continue training while finishing his degree. But there was plenty of maize & blue with Coach Kurt Golder and his gang always on camera, and senior Nick Hunter, competing in only three events in what I think is his first national meet, always by Sam's side on the bench. There's something to be said for highlighter yellow when you want it to be seen in the shadows.
As for Michigan's continued success, the future was also on display in the Junior Men's competition with two of M's incoming freshmen: Dmitri Belanovski, a former junior champion, finished 8th in the 17-18 year-old junior division. Marty Strech finished first in the 15-16 year-old category with a final score higher than any in the older junior division. [*In what I think is a new quirk, the top two of each junior category after Day 1 had to compete with the senior men in the finals. The idea is to give the top juniors experience competing against the best, to better prepare them for future international competition. The commentators for the stream said their scores would still be used for their final placing in juniors, but as of now, Strech is not listed as champion except for being on top of the final scoring sheet,including all the juniors, and the current photos have the guys who were top three in each of tonight's junior competition categories on their respective podium. Seems unfair to move them off the podium because they're too good or because they already went home. If I learn more I'll edit.]
Speaking of the incoming class, the third announced all-star commit is apparently no longer part of the class. He was not mentioned in the M press release about the competition, and he's not listed on the new roster. No point speculating, but I'm hoping it's only that having already made the national team earlier this year he decided to forego the college route and train full-time at the U.S. training center. And no point worrying that we only have one former and one current junior champion joining the gang.