I mailed a donation check two weeks ago for the benefit. Wish I lived in the New York Area to attend it myself. Dr. Z hasn't had a huge impact on me like yourself, but his material has definitely been must-read for a few years now. I didn't know he was going for treatment at U of M. Very Interesting.
Unverified Voracity Paddles Uphill
Dr. Z, out and about. I made mention of this when Paul Zimmerman suffered a series of debilitating strokes, but it bears mentioning again: Zimmerman was a formative influence on yrs truly. His crotchety, detail-obsessed, no-bullshit work was the spiritual predecessor of UFR and this blog's desire to find a number that corroborates any belief it happens to have. In my first heady years of broadband internet I absorbed every word he wrote for what was then CNNSI.com. A couple years ago I bought a used copy of "The New Thinking Man's Guide To Pro Football" and—this is unusual when it comes to sports books for me—read it.
So the stroke was pretty harsh, and it's good that Zimmerman is both alive and mobile but tragic that the strokes have left him bereft of the thing that was his stock and trade:
The e-mails suddenly stopped last autumn. Zimmerman, better known to the readers of Sports Illustrated as "Dr. Z," suffered a series of strokes that left him unable to speak or write.
There was a fundraiser for Dr. Z a few days ago that endeavors to get him in an expensive, specialized program that might restore his ability to do these things. It's at a place you might be familiar with:
The event, along with an online memorabilia auction, is expected to raise more than $125,000 to help offset the costs of a six-week immersion program at the University of Michigan. Most of the treatment, aimed at getting Zimmerman behind a keyboard again, is not covered by insurance.
Again: I hope he makes it back.
That's a zinger. As you might imagine, Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician is intimately familiar with the various nonsensical utterances of Greg Robinson and enjoys them in a fashion that has only recently ceased to be ironic. So of course it caught this gem from a long fluff piece in the Free Press:
"In his mind, [Troy Woolfolk] saw himself paddling uphill with two real good corners playing ahead of him...All of the sudden he had the opportunity to compete for a starting job and he took to it like a duck to water.”
Yes, our defensive coordinator just accused someone of paddling uphill.
Also of note is Robinson's wholly unique approach to defense. He likes aggression. Desmond Howard:
He told me he's going to have his defense as an aggressive defense, a defense that's going to keep pressure on quarterbacks so they can never get comfortable.
I can tell you that in my ten thousand years covering college football I have never heard a defensive coordinator suggest he would be anything other than a piteous mewling fraidy-cat, and this new "aggressive" mantra both thrills and frightens me, like the opportunity to make out with Paris Hilton.
But wait! There's more! Robinson's philosophical inspiration appears to be the comments section/message board on this very blog. Howard again:
Remember that little fishbowl that your teacher used to have on her desk with the goldfish in it? Imagine 11 piranhas in that thing. It's like a frenzy.
Imagine 11 "douchey" MGoBlog posters in that thing: dead quarterbacks. Opponents averaging 20 yards per game. Meticulously spelled and punctuated game recaps. Let's get to it. (NOTE TO ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT: I expect a Rose Bowl ring out of this.)
Upon this, we can all agree. This is treading dangerously close to politics, which is verboten in this place, so let this not suggest any opinion one way or the other about abortion. On this subject, I believe exactly what you believe.
But one thing we can all agree on is that Notre Dame is a strange island in the sea of time populated mostly by strange bitter short insecure impolite people and one enormous mofo who may be Sam Young but probably isn't and seems pretty cool:
Sitting president makes the gesture of providing a commencement speech, is extremely gracious and polite, and gets spittle flecked on him and booed. It's a cult, I say.
Etc.: College Game Balls gets all mathematical with nonconference schedules. The Pac-10 wins handily, and that's without considering the fact that their fourth "nonconference" game is an average Pac-10 team instead of Delaware State. The Weis-record-omission thing? Eh… overblown.
Politics is verboten in this place, except when you opine that the cult that is Catholicism spit on a president who was extremely gracious and polite to it? Politics is verboten in this place, except when its undertaken by inbedded comedians?
It is a good thing this post only came "dangerously close to politics."
Not clear in the writing if he meant "ND" or just the originators of said spittle. Considering Brian's body of work, I very much doubt he meant "Catholics," and highly suspect he meant guys like this: http://www.hallofween.com/content/Portals/5/fighting-irish-costume.JPG
"the cult that is Catholicism"
That's exactly what he meant, I'm sure.
Is that similar to "the cult that is Obama"?
and then there is MGoLurker.
I'm Catholic, and I don't feel remotely ostracized by the content here.
I didn't know a cohesive social group embodying a religious doctrine could spit on a president. Heck, I thought it was a few non-students who crashed a college graduation ceremony to make a political and social statement, ultimately disrupting what would otherwise have been a rather enjoyable if somewhat mundane event in young students' lives. You learning something new every day.
Catholicism is a religion. I'm Catholic.
Notre Dame... eh... a little culty.
Technically speaking, water flows downhill which means that paddling upstream == paddling uphill. So, it looks like our DC is just an abstract thinker and possibly a genius or savante! Hooray!
Sounds like a t-shirt begging to be made
If you make this shirt I want a portion of the proceeds. It's the least you could do for copying my tattoo.
has clearly never heard of the Troy Trojans (they're from Troy!).
Not to be nit-picky (but I will), he said the most redundant mascot. "Trojan," being the mascot, is not redundant. "Fighting Irish" is redundant. Because Irish people fight a lot. Get it?
OMG! you mentioned obama. someone, quick, go make sure jg2112 hasnt hung himself.
I don't think the ND content was fatally offensive, but I also think the post would have been better off without it.
It's only because they are so drunk.
I sincerely hope that an opportunity to make out with Paris Hilton would frighten you far more than thrill you. My god, give the CDC a break!
if he is going to the UofM rehab, my girlfriend is a worker there and it is a very good program for him. Also with the program they take the patients out to dinner in AA/Ypsi a couple nights, so I would get to go and eat with Dr. Z
Obviously you missed the last 8 years of presidential commencements?? Obama was treated nicely in comparison to Bush. Heck Clinton too for that matter. I think Reagan was the last one not booed and that was only after the '84 election when he won so big that everyone was afraid to say something bad...
Besides, they're slimey politicians. They should be booed.
It's your blog, tread where you want. We'll still be here!! Heckle presidents, spit on people, call names, have a fit. It's all good. Nothing you do will chase us away Brian, except, of course, saying something nice about the buckeyes...
My thoughts too, maybe we shouldn't point and laugh at the Domers when I'm pretty sure Number 43 would have been lucky to only receive the same sort of reception if he'd given a commencement speech at U of M. Glass houses and all that.
Unless my Cookasm detector is malfunctioning I believe the point was to use any and all excuses to crap on ND. The fact that it happened to be a political event made him worry that he was treading into political territory, even though no political point was intended. Therefore, there is no need to ponder the treatment of 43 at UM.
And FWIW I didn't take his labeling it a cult as an indictment of Catholicism, only that school in the festering swamp known as South Bend.
I remember when we had Clinton speak in 2007, some jackasses brought 7' tall placards with huge pictures of dead feti on them. And then the plane flying over head, banner in tow reading: "A vote for Hillary is a vote for abortion!" or something to that effect. Classy!
As for this:
Yes, our defensive coordinator just accused someone of paddling uphill.
It is clear that Greg Robinson thinks nothing out of the ordinary in canoeing up a waterfall. He and Barwis must be getting along fine