I don't know what happened. One minute we were having a good time, talking about the future, how great the state of Texas is, how the Mustangs were untouchable, and the next, my god, there was so much blood. But when it was all over, there were five prostitutes dead at my feet. And I got scared, really scared. I couldn't go back to jail. At that moment, I looked around desperately for some insight, some hope on how to act. I needed to get someone, something to take the fall for my heinous offense.
And what greeted my eyes turned out to be a godsend - a magazine cover adorned with "Craig James, RB, SMU". He would be my way out, my way to get them off my scent...
dude, keep writing. I want to keep reading
I'll start a rumor it was me!"
Almost thirty years later, I can tell you that it worked. Some people have their suspicions, but a satirical meme started by a college football blog allows me to talk about it openly whenever I need to clear my mind. If only I could get rid of this Mike Leach story...
You're not fooling anyone, Craig
My dirty laundry:
While I love Denard, I do secretly yearn for the days of RoboHenne. I stil tense up whenever we throw a pass longer than 15 yards and honestly I am not all sad to see Morris up on deck and the potential for RoboMorris looming in the future. Denard amazes me at least five plays a game, he also terrifies me on at least three long passes every game. A drop in our INT rate and a nice steady post route throwing machine at QB will make me happy.
I'm grateful for everything Denard did, I'm glad he's a multiyear starter and I want to see him go out with a good record this year and a NFL future. Still getting consistency back in the passing game will be very welcome.
I think about the etc. section of Unverified Voracity posts while I make sweet love to multiple partners without protection.
...And one of those mutiple partners was an OSU grad, and I thought she was a really cool person.
LOL How could I forget that? I freakin married an OSU grad. Perhaps the most taboo MGoConfession of all-time...
do I need to explain further? The shame.
My bad. I was the original poster of rich rod's flight back in the days when there wasn't an mgoboard.
Up until my junior year of high school, I was a lifelong Notre Dame fan. I visited ND and went to their camp when Faust was the coach. I hated every second of it. I went directly from South Bend to Ann Arbor for a visit/camp and fell in love. My allegiance has never wavered since.
was his last one. I wish he had been that liberal with our game plan throughout his tenure. Although I like(d) Carr, I generally disliked our offensive game plan under him.
I think the entire stadium's general view on Carr was:
Defense is on the field: This guy is the man. Oh wow did Woodley just rip that guy's spine out? Ouch that had to hurt. Yay Carr!
Offense is on the field: We need a coaching shakeup. My BAC is twice the legal limit and even I know what play we're about to run*.
At least from 2003 forward, which was when I first got season tickets.
*Not that hard since you only had to pick between short pass to the TE and run off left tackle.
Ehh . . . when Jim Herrmann was our DC (and also English, his second year), there was plenty of bitching about the D as well.
I cursed Dave Brandon for hiring Brady Hoke. I am ashamed for my lack of faith and am happy I was so, so wrong.
I secretly want someone to write a Craigslist Missed Connection post about me.
Wait, what were we confessing?
In my middle school years I rebelled against my family by rooting for a Notre Dame. I found my ways back after my Dad took me to see Charles Woodson dominate MSU.
I, Craig James, may have killed 5 hookers while at SMU.
I really don't have a subscription to "the vagtastic voyage" website, my wife runs the show at my house. I just like saying it to all of you at Mgoblog to make myself seem like a big man.
I was an MSU fan when I was little (think like 3) because green was my favorite color. In my defense I switched to Michigan once I was old enough to figure out what was going on on TV, and also that I was too smart to go to State.
Also I thought the Brady Hoke hire was nepotism of the highest order. I still worry that Brandon attributes his success more to his Michigan past than to his legitimate coaching ability. I really fear what happens when Hoke retires without an obvious Michigan Man successor (who else is left?)
I seriously hope he gets into coaching and excels. Scott Loeffler might be good too. Unfortunately there's not much left from the Bo / Mo / Carr tree, and Borges and Mattison will probably retire before Hoke.
Hoke may coach another decade. By then the coaching picture will be completely different, not to mention that we'll almost certainly have a new AD.
I have never eaten at Zingerman's. I know, I know...
where it is located (too many Blimpy Burgers and too little time).
You aren't missing nearly as much as some will let on. It's fine deli food, but I was not overly impressed.
I graduated from OSU, yet I am in Dallas.
I confess that I actually like it. I cope by telling myself that Cleveland is actually not part of Ohio.
I married a buckeye fan and alumni.
Ive literally never done anything wrong.
I regret nothing.
This might be the booze talking but I love booze... and MGoBlog
When I was in school (a long, long time ago), my housemates and I had a crush on the drum major, so we found out his name, found his number and called him. We invited him to a party we were having at our house. He came over and proceeded to get sh**-faced and lay on our porch all night.
And that's it.
Nevermind, not a very good story.
I confess that I didn't know that girls posted on Mgoblog.
They're here trolling for some easy Sophomore-in-ChemE booty.
and MGoJen have probably made out or something...
I'm a girl and envisioning your comment kinda turned me on.
That was YOUR porch?!?
My Uncle Marv, who was the biggest Michigan fan I have ever met (and still is to this date (RIP)) took me to the Michigan Virginia game. I was 13. He had been taking me to a game a year since I was 5. Yadda, yadda, yadda. We leave UofM UV early. Hear the crowd on the bridge over St. Street. Get in the car in time to hear them pull off the win. Promise each other to NEVER leave another game EVER early.
Also my work shirt is red.
I've got chills thinking about it.
I would die to see that match up. I follow UVA.
Honestly, my only confession is that not only did I not go to Michigan and I never lived in the state of Michigan. The only reason I'm a Michigan fan is because I have been since I was 7 and can't remember liking any other team, and I sorta hated Notre Dame since everybody growing up in Chicago worshipped them.
How tall are you?!?
I yelled "put in Henson" in ''98. I did become a Brady defender in '99 and told people he would be a decent NFL QB, but my revelry in his pro career is forever tainted.
My name is BiSB, and I was a RichRod defender and Hoke skeptic...
I also was very skeptical of the Brady Hoke hire, despite a strong belief in Dave Brandon's abilities to lead and identify talent. I honestly thought this decision could be the defining decision of DB's career and potentially lead to his downfall. Main reason for skepticism was lack of knowledge about Coach Hoke. Hoke was an unknown with a limited track record, and Michigan was worthy of a name brand. I was sold after the press conference. I have since watched it many times, only to be further impressed each time with how well Brady handled the questions and how each answer seems to roll off his tongue naturally, with true sincerity. This day was well publicized. I was impressed with Brady's performance that day. First impressions can often be wrong, but in this case, first impressions were dead on. Brandon won me over that day as did Hoke. Mattison and Borges have added icing to the cake. This team of leaders will elevate our program and I believe will win hearts and championships. I have not been this excited about our program since 97.
I yelled a lot of angry things from the stands in 08 and 09. If you were in the student section sorry for the nonstop string of profanity.
I really like North Campus. Seriously, I wrote a whole diary about it.
I have trouble finding my way around the roads in a given city.
Sigh, you and me both. I think I embarrassed myself a lot in '08, but even more after I graduated and came back for games in '09 and '10.
I sold my utl tickets.
Colorado would beat us in 1994. Worst 20 dollars I ever won.
I am a die hard fan of 25 years and have never been to the big house... Lame.
I too have never been to a home game. I'm 21 and the whole side of my Dad's family is from that area. One of my cousins even graduated from UofM. I live in a neighboring state so travel isn't an excuse. I should go but it's almost like I'm saving it for something big.. I don't know what it is, but it will be special.
UMass, dude. UMass.
Growing up in Jersey, I was a Penn State fan...thank god I had family live in AA for a summer. One visit and I saw the light.
I loved your story and just laughed my whole way through it while I read it to my Buckeye roommate. You sir, are the ultimate anti-hero.
I wasn't a real college football fan until college. Rooting for Iowa and Northwestern when you stop jerking off on Saturdays doesn't count.
I rooted for OSU vs. Miami in '02.
Now I has a sad.
in November, 1969. My dad said, "this young punk cant beat those rednecks." I was 4 and looked up to my Dad. So I believed him. But when that young punk won on that fate-ful day, my heart forever was changed. I had more faith in that young punk than my dad sometimes.
I thought Brady Hoke was a bad idea.
Your sins are forgiven.
Go back and look at your tweets during the introductory press conference.
@freep OMG OMG OMG HOME RUN
@chengelis Says he would have walked from San Diego.
@freep SLAM DUNK DAVE BRANDON WOOOOOOOOOOO
@mgoblog Anyone else smell pizza farts?
Like others, I was against the Hoke hire. I thought Hoke was just DeBord 2.0. I was also very excited about the RR hire. Now, I can't watch that Peanut-Butter-Jelly Banana thing without throwing up.
I was solely responsible for Michigan jerseys selling like hotcakes in Ohio:
I paid a bunch of educated Ohio graduates, who couldn't read or remember their school colors, $200 to buy $199.99 Michigan jerseys. They we're thrilled to make such a profit they didn't even notice the sales tax.
I believed this would help to bring down the recruiting wall around Ohio.
This inevitably led to a blogwide disbelief that Hoke had people in Ohio believing in him. Which never in a million years would some have believed.
Since my evil plan...
The wall is down. Hoke has completely changed the tide of the rivalry. Michigan has won a BCS football game. Craig James admitted to killing five hookers while at SMU.
I was extremely obnoxious to visiting Ohio fans in the fall of 2007. Our house was right on the corner of Hoover and Mary Street (I have an awesome souvenir of that intersection), and I was yelling horrible insults and obscenities to perfectly obedient Ohioans.
After the booze wore off and I thought about what I did, I realized it is just a game, and they don't deserve that sort of treatment. Regardless of what their fans may do to us, we should not try to return the favor.
I have never been to a Michigan football game. And don't really have the desire to. Outside of hockey and soccer, as well as baseball from time to time, I prefer to watch games for all sports on TV.
Once you go, you'll be hooked.
Fine, I'll confess what I didn't have the guts to earlier. I often turn down tickets to let my son or husband go because the lack of room, obnoxiously clueless "fans" yelling/saying ignorant bullsh*t, and long lines for entry/food/bathrooms make my living room watching experience more appealing than the stadium experience.
If I go, I enjoy it, and I'll never forget being at UTL in person, but for many games I'd rather sit on my comfy couch.
Back in my anarchic days I walked on the block M in the Diag on purpose, multiple times.
Was this before or after your first bluebook?
It was a couple years before my I lost my bluebook cherry.
Traditionally, I never leave a football game early. During the 2011 Gator Bowl, I left after the 3rd quarter. I won't try and justify myself, because I've always prided myself on staying to the end, no matter the score.
Part of me left because my dad wanted to leave, but if I really wanted to stay, I could have gotten him to stay. It's been the only Michigan game that I've ever been to that I left early. I'm ashamed that I did, despite the score.
I do not want to rehash any old arguments, but the lopsided score, on top of the countless fans who actively voiced their opinions of wanting Rich Rod out, made me want to leave. It was a sad scene, whether it was right of the fans or not. But the overly active opposition towards Rich Rod in that game made me want to leave. Not because I support Rich Rod, but because it was hard for me to envision Michigan being as divided amongst itself as it was.
Nobody was right or wrong in this situation, but it was just a new experience.
I have been going to UM football games since about 1978. My Mom has had seats in section 13 since the mid-seventies until this day. She is a big Michigan fan, but never takes the down times very seriously (although she has very little tolerence for opposing fans). We have been to many many games together over the years. Now that I live out of state I only come home for a game or two a year, but always chose the big games (see you October 20th). It seems like we have been to damn near all of the most incredible Michigan wins together. They all seem to follow the same pattern...Michigan looks bad, I bitch about the coaching, the blocking , the decision making, the tackling, the kicking and the coaching some more. Whenever I bitch my mom -pats me on the knee and rolls her eyes (sometimes she tells me to be quiet). Here is the key though...after a lot of bitching, Michigan wins. I always make sure to remind my Mom that I have once again "bitched Michigan to victory". Here are just a few of the games I will take credit for bitching us to victory:
1979 Indiana (at 8 years old I was getting the hang of it)
1985 Ohio State
1995 Virginia (at the start of the 4th quarter I was convinced this was the worst Michigan team ever)
1998 Iowa (road game...bitched for someone to catch the damn punt! Thanks to Tai Streets for listening)
1999 Notre Dame
2001 Wisconsin (road game.. bitched us to the muffed punt victory)
2005 Penn State
2009 Notre Dame
2011 Notre Dame
Special apologies for 2007 Oregon when I could not muster enough bitching to save the most pathetic game I ever saw live.
Before moving to MI and yes was a Buckeye fan. I actually wore my Keith Byars jersey under my Michigan sweatshirt (just in case) to my first "the game" in '85 as a frosh.
We won and my M fandom was cemented for life. I have promised myself to dedicate the rest of my life to protect other at-risk youth from such a plight.
Alas, I have not been a vigilant against the growing green menace and have to have a serious heart-to-heart with my nephew when I visit home this fall.
When I was a student, I always prided myself on getting to the games on time, if not well in advance. But for the 2000 PSU game, I was still pretty bummed about the Northwestern debacle the week before and since the weather was iffy, decided to turn on the TV and just watch it. Then I saw Anthony Thomas score a TD with his mom (all the way from Louisiana) cheering in the stands. If she could make it from 1,000 miles away, I could make the walk down to the stadium.
I finally made it in at some point in the second quarter. Yes, for one game I was That Guy, the one who waltzes in during the second quarter like it's no big deal. Shudder...
I was a RR Fan. And before him a Carr fan. I really drank the RR koolade, and was really sad after Mississippi State, when you just knew the hammer was coming.
I was despondent that neither Jim Harbaugh nor Les Miles were destined to end up at Michigan.
I was too wrung out to really care that Hoke was hired as the next coach, but I felt pretty meh about the future.
was The Horror. My second game was Oregon. I quit going for a year and came back for Utah. Then Toledo. I have since stopped going to games.
man thats rough. give us some warning if you ever plan on going to another game so we can all dump our tickets off on some poor sap
I was a pretty hardcore RR guy for most of his tenure. I was also convinced for a long time that Amaker would turn the corner. But that all pales before this:
I was once an Ellerbe guy. I defended his program, its complete aversion to discipline on or off the court, the recruitment of Avery Queen, Josh Moore, Maurice Searight, Dom Ingerson... Even after the 51-point loss at the end of his third year, I somehow still found it in me to rationalize what was going on. I refused to admit that we were screwed with the guy in charge.
Finally, in year four of the Ellerbe regime, as I was sitting in Crisler Arena watching us trailing by about 40 points to an MSU team whose fans outnumbered ours, it occurred to me, like a revelation from above: "This guy's doing a pretty crappy job as our coach."
1. I cheered when Stewart hit Westbrook.
2. I grew up a Notre Dame fan and hadmy enrollment deposit in the mail to attend there. Ironically, my first game at Michigan was against....yep, them.
3. I cursed up a firestorm when Brady Hoke got hired.
This is me in September 1980. I'm still a Meijer's Wolverine.
I'm still holding out secret hope that Jim Harbaugh comes back to coach Michigan after Brady Hoke retires.
1. I love Lloyd Carr, probably to a fault. I get overly upset when people question his integrity, coaching ability, football philosophy, etc. I know the man, and he is one of the best I've had the pleasure of meeting.
2. I never thought Rich Rod would work at Michigan. I take no joy in having been right. I didn't think anyone from outside the program would. I have no doubt that much of Hoke's success has come from his ability to make the players understand their place in the line of great Michigan teams and players. The pressure of having to live up to that tradition helps players play over their heads. Someone from outside could never 'get' that.
3. I thought Hoke was a great hire. For this, I do feel joy.
4. I often cry when watching old Michigan videos. Ufer's call on the Wangler-to-Carter pass always gets me. Anything having to do with the passing of Bo always gets me. Watching Lloyd Carr give his post-Ohio and post-Rose Bowl speeches in '97 always gets me.
5. I actually loved Jim Tressel as Ohio's coach, in much the same way that I loved Woody. I hated them both, but I respected the hell out of them as foils to our team. They deserved our respect as damn good coaches and guys that loved the rivalry. Then I found out that he was a cheat, and I was strangely hurt and disappointed.
Exactly the same for me. I'm also over 40, which means I've had to get up to take a piss, which led me to grab my iPhone and start reading MGoBlog, obsessing over the game tonight. My wife is sleeping peacefully next to me and now I can't sleep.
I still maintain a subscription to the Detroit Free Press - until a few years ago, I actually read it, but now, I take the paper into work and let others read it at their own peril, keeping the ads for myself and my wife.
You could get the Detroit News.
In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog…When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I went nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out…But the worst thing I ever done — I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa — and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.
got that off your chest, Chunk?
oh my what happened?
very sorry about this...
i really do know how to use computers i swear it
I am the straight up doppelgänger of Nick Sheridan. During the summer before he became starting quarterback I pretended to be him on campus and the neighboring areas. I slept with 16 girls using his name.
growing up in ohio in the 80's my dad didnt watch college football so i had no interest in it. every year the day before THE GAME, our school would hold a pep rally: Ohio fans on one side, Michigan fans on the other. All my friends were Ohio fans, so I just sat with them and cheered for Ohio. I didnt know any better (This pains me to even write this) by the time I got to high schoolI saw the light and Desmond Howard and the Fab Five showed me MICHIGAN is the right choice.
I actually was excited for Rich Rod and thought we would be winning national titles with him. I defended him until late 2010, then I finally realized we needed someone else.
I thought we were gonna go undefeated in 2007 so I bought season tix from ebay and payed more than double for them. I'm still upset I payed that much, sure glad I have real season tix now. Although I did sell the tickets to THE HORROR, which turned out to be one of the greatest decisions ive ever made
Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, I secretly believe Michigan will prevail by the slimmest of margins.
I didn't like the RR hire.
I hated the Hoke hire.
I seriously don't like DB, and always think "douchebag" when I read or use those initials.
I left the Syracuse beat down in the 3rd quarter.
Desmond Howard's catch against Notre Dame makes me cry a little bit.
I've got a really old school 21 jersey that I say is Desmond Howard, but I think might really be Tshimanga Biakabutuka. Bought it so long ago I can't remember.
I wear said jersey to all Michigan games. F all anti jersey sentiment.
Said jersey has been washed maybe twice in it's lifetime.
I was ambivalent toward Michigan and Michigan State until about 14 yrs old.
Watching the band come out of the tunnel sometimes makes me tear up a little. I wish they still thrust both arms up in the air in sequence as they come out like they used to.
For awhile I hated Notre Dame more than Ohio.
I didn't buy season tickets my freshman year. I still can't comprehend this. Still went to every home game.
I let my season tickets go after graduation because I thought I would never live in Michigan. Again, incomprehensible. Thank God I married a Michigan grad who still had hers.
I refused to leave Penn Penn State 2010 early, causing our whole group to be locked in traffic for about 4 hrs after the game.
I lost my UTL ticket somewhere between our tailgate and the portapotty. Merry F-ing Christmas to whoever. I can barely stand to see the previous sentance in writing.
I was an instant Tom Brady fan and thought he was head & shoulders better than Hensen. As you may recall, Lloyd went with the 2 QB system for a while. During the middle of a game when Hensen threw and INT, I looked up Hensen's campus phone #. I left him a voicemail that said something like, "Why are you playing?? You're not as good as Brady. You should be on the bench."
Yes, I was an ass.
I left the Braylon game early
who Bo Schembechler was until about 1 week after I moved into the dorms my freshman year.
Now, I'm so obsessed with Michigan sports and MGoBlog that my social life suffers from it.
I peed in my pants a little during the OT win against Penn State in 2002
When I was I grad school I had extremely awesome AD connections and once had tickets that put me in the front row near the 50 yard line. I couldn't even tell you what game it was and I probably talked to my GF the whole time without watching the game.
Mine: I don't really hate Notre Dame. I hate them when we play them, and usually for a little while afterwards because of their annoying fans always complaining about officiating, but other than that ND doesn't really bug me.
I feel they have many parallels with Michigan: great fight song, storied tradition, great helmets and uniforms (most of the time). In a parallel universe where M football didn't exist, I would be an ND fan in a heartbeat over MSU/OSU/PSU/etc.
When I was a little kid who liked the NFL logos over the bland PSU/ND style helmets, I once asked my mom "why are you getting so upset over the Michigan game? It's only college!"