I just read on MLive that former Michigan kicker KC Lopata is running for an Ann Arbor city council seat:
"He also is the founder, director and head coach of Lopata Kicking in Ann Arbor"
Missed opportunity to name it "Lopata's Kicking Competancy Academy" but more power to him. Anyway, he adds,
"I first moved to Ann Arbor in the fall of 2004 as a freshman at the University of Michigan and walk-on kicker on the school's football team. That was when I first fell in love with our amazing city, and in the years since moving back as a non-student resident and homeowner, my love has only grown."
Best of luck to KC!
My four brothers and I are taking my dad (1966 alum) to the Indiana game this weekend. We are all lifetime fans but none of us brothers have been to a game in the Big House or spent any time in AA, so I'm looking for suggestions on what to do on gameday. So far I have read Brian's 2011 food guide and a similar post from earlier this year. We're getting in late Friday night and leaving Sunday, so mostly I'm looking for gameday suggestions on:
- What do see before going to the stadium for warm-ups? Say from 8 am on.
- Is the Towsley Family Museum worth the time, and is it packed on game day?
- What time to get into the stadium for a 3:30 game to see warm ups/band?
- Can I bring a seat cushion for my dad? I recall this being a thing on the blog a few years ago...
- Any cool traditions after the game to be sure to catch?
Any other suggestions are very welcome. Go Blue!
During the game last night there was a production crew filming.
Flore was contacted several months ago by producers of Bar Rescue, a reality TV show hosted by Jon Taffer, now shooting its fifth season. The show was looking for bars to rehab for a series of "alumni" shows focusing on campus bars.
Several months later, after many phone calls, video chats and site visits by a plethora of producers, Flore found himself hosting a film crew during the first big bar night of the fall season: Michigan football's season opener on Thursday night.
Didn't think it was doing that bad, though the owner practically admits in the MLive piece that he's doing it to get the infrastructure upgrade; will be interesting to see if it remains a sports bar. I'd suspect as much, but who knows.
"If you've ever seen the show, there's never been a show where I said: Oh my god, what did they do to that place?" said Flore. "They always do a good job, and we're due for a remodel. So I'm excited about that. I just don't want them to take out some of who we are."
No word on future tapings/closing/re-opening dates yet.
If I'm late to the party on noticing the extent of startups in A2 then so be it.
But I thought it was very cool and wanted to share.
A lot of interesting businesses are establishing themselves in A2 who are making products and solutions to real, global business problems.
Michigan and Ann Arbor should be proud of this trend.
The 26-year-old Chicago man shot at a downtown Ann Arbor dance club is suing every bar at which the gunman drank before the shooting.
I thought this was worth posting as many of us have visited the bars in question.
Feel free to vote for your favorite pub, but here is my plug for Conor's...
I have no association with Conor's other than the fact it's a great place in Ann Arbor. Also, very authentic and not just a crappy bar that brands itself Irish. It was designed and BUILT in Ireland and imported. Plus, there's good food and good spirits.
Here's more about it: http://www.conoroneills.com/annarbor/about-conor-oneills-irish-pub/
Link to vote for best Irish pub: