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|1 day 13 hours ago||Bad, bad deal, but it's what||
Bad, bad deal, but it's what had to happen. It was also a stupid youthful mistake that I hope he is able to learn and rebound from. Best of luck to him in the future.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I agree wholeheartedly. I||
I agree wholeheartedly. I think suggestions that Gardner could find himself at WR and Morris at QB by midseason are crazy and coming from people who aren't looking at the big picture. I sincerely believe Devin is an elite QB. With even mediocre pass protection and balance from a downhill running game, he can show it this year.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Gabba Gabba Heigh?||
Gabba Gabba Heigh?
|1 week 2 days ago||We can't complain nearly as||
We can't complain nearly as much as some places (lol Cleveland - '02 Buckeyes and...?), though we're certainly not as spoiled as others, either. I was alive but too young to remember the Roar of '84. I can remember but wasn't quite old enough to appreciate Michigan's '89 NCAA Championship, along with the Bad Boys' repeat at the same time. June 1997 - June 1998 is still, to date, the best sports year of my life: Michigan Natties in football and hockey, sandwiched between two Red Wing Stanley Cups. There have been a few glorious years since, but we're long overdue for another one like that!
|1 week 2 days ago||This feels like one of those||
This feels like one of those losses you read about in the postmortem of a failed season, where they talk about the moment things went off the rails. I normally dismiss thoughts like that, but it's really felt at times like Ausmus doesn't have control of this team's direction. It just sucks that the last two games so perfectly encapsulate what has been wrong the last couple years and what was supposed to be fixed this offseason: relief pitching, and "manufacturing" runs.
|1 week 3 days ago||Do you know the Bolivian||
Do you know the Bolivian national anthem, perchance?
|1 week 6 days ago||Maryland, 1990. I was 8. Not||
Maryland, 1990. I was 8. Not an exciting game, I know, but my Dad started me out small, one game a year, and not a big one, until I really appreciated it. And I'm glad that's how we did it. My first big one was Penn State, 1994, a heartbreaker. Penn State's first Big House trip as new conference foes, #3 vs #5, Michigan fell behind 16-0 but came back, only to see traded scores after that and a wild fourth quarter that ended with a rare Todd Collins game-clinching INT.
But, I was there for Ohio State 1997 and 2003, so, balance.
|1 week 6 days ago||I was at that game. I was in||
I was at that game. I was in 10th grade and had to rush home after to get ready for my school's homecoming dance. That was a good day.
|1 week 6 days ago||Major vengeance game after||
Major vengeance game after what happened the previous year. I don't think I've ever wanted Michigan to destroy MSU so badly in my life, as I wanted them to do in 1991. Maybe even more than now.
OK, no, not more than now. But a lot.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The lady and I are going our||
The lady and I are going our separate ways (for the weekend). Haven't had a gents' weekend in months, gonna be a good one!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Utterly unsurprising. "Lack||
Utterly unsurprising. "Lack of respect" and the existence of the University of Michigan are seemingly all that keep them going much of the time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||B1G not getting much respect.||
B1G not getting much respect. I figured one of OSU or MSU would be in the Top 5.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Auburn last year, I believe.||
Auburn last year, I believe.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nah, I knew Dreisbach was||
Nah, I knew Dreisbach was going to pull it out. Right in the corner to Mercury. You must mean '94!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I remember this game well. I||
I remember this game well. I was super-bummed because it was the day after 2Pac died (I was a freshman in high school). My Dad had the usual Michigan game gang in the bar in our basement. In addition to the ending, Colorado also had a TD pass called back on either a false start or illegal motion penalty, I can't remember. It was a legit call, but definitely an "Are you kidding me???" moment for a Colorado fan, I'd imagine. Great game, though. I attended three that year, the opener against Illinois, road trip to Minnesota, and Sparty. That 1996 team was a tough one to get a bead on.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||I don't see him getting||
I don't see him getting blamed for too many things these days apart from a recruiting crater that has resulted in a dearth of fourth- and fifth-year players on Michigan's roster, particularly on the lines. I don't think it's exactly a stretch. Yes, I know the 2011 class can be only partly blamed on him, but 2010's was a disaster for this team's long-term depth, and the effects will be felt, once more, this year.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Going to a concert with the||
Going to a concert with the lady, a show I'm not all too thrilled about, and I'm now convinced that Dave Brandon and Ken Holland are on a personal mission to ruin sports for me, but oh well. There will at least be plenty of beer in a few hours!
|5 weeks 5 days ago||What in the blue hell...||
This is infuriating. Since at least 2011 if not earlier, we've heard every offseason and trade deadline that the Wings won't be making any big moves because the asking price is one or two of the numerous elite (so we're repeatedly told) prospects in GR. Just be patient, they tell us. We're not pulling the trigger on the blockbuster move because these guys are the real deal and once they hit the NHL ice, oh baby, better stand back. Then the chances come to offload wastes of space like Cleary and Quincey and let one of these coveted, jealously guarded kids come up, and they fucking re-up these losers. Or they let them go, wait a few years, and bring them back, ala Samuelsson. Or they give up a prospect and a draft pick to get a 33 year-old for six weeks and then nothing. You either make moves to win a Cup, or you go with the youth. This is just inexplicable. So who will be the next prospect after Jarnkrok to demand a trade while Cleary plays 15 wasted minutes per night?
Cap space. We hear about how precious it is. We hear about how the Red Wings have some and they're going to make a splash with it. In nine days, they've taken $5.75 million of next year's, poured gasoline on it, and flicked a match. Meanwhile Chicago, a team AT THE CAP, adds Brad Richards. The rest of the league is running circles around Ken Holland.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Heheh, cheers and thanks!||
Heheh, cheers and thanks!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I have always agreed with||
I have always agreed with what has been said above numerous times: beating Ohio State is ten times more exhilarating than beating Michigan State, but losing to Sparty is ten times as awful as losing to OSU. My memories of really watching Michigan football begin with the 1988 season, so I've experienced plenty of dominance over both, and, lately, plenty of heartbreak against both. The differences in how they handle it are telling: Michigan beats OSU, they're crushed. They beat Michigan, it's the happiest day of the year. Michigan beats Michigan State, they act like they don't give a shit while somehow simultaneously peddling conspiracy theories. They win, and holy fuck, it's more than the happiest day of the year: history has actually been undone.
In terms of pure football, I'd rather beat Ohio State. In terms of fans, I'd rather beat Michigan State. I have lived in Columbus and I currently live near Lansing, and there's simply no comparing the obnoxiousness. Oh, sure, Ohio State fans act like drunken asshats and can be downright violent, no question about it. But Michigan State fans have this...other thing, I don't know, I can't describe it. They paint themselves as the "everymen," the cool, likeable alternative to the alleged WASP-ish, "Arrogant Asses" of Ann Arbor, and then at the same time engage in the incredibly elitist and classist practice of labeling non-alumni Michigan fans as "Walmart Wolverines" and lampooning them as rednecks. It's that hypocrisy (which is compounded by the fact that their own non-alumni fans engage in it) that makes them and their current dominance simply insufferable.
On the other hand, 2-6 against Dantonio? Ugh. 0-3 against Urban? Double ugh.
Fuck Notre Dame. Not only has Michigan gone 6 of 8, they've made sure it's absolutely heartbreaking every time. If they get Michigan back on the way out the door after making sure they got the last home game, oh well. Enjoy the ACC. Losers.
Edit: Also, I have a cousin who, prior to moving to Denver and jumping on the Broncos bandwagon, didn't give a shit about any sport, period. So first he becomes an NFL fan, then when he decides it's time to learn about college football too, he allows his wife to make him a Sparty. If it isn't annoying enough that he's been a fan of football since 2011 and a fan of MSU since 2012 and acts like a complete lifelong fanatic, he of course also "don't know shit" about Michigan's prior dominance of Michigan State, but can tell you in a heartbeat that MSU has currently won 5 of 6. Seriously, I love him, but fuck that guy.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||The Wings have inexplicably||
The Wings have inexplicably re-signed Kyle Quincey, and with a raise. Hilarous.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Glad they got him, but this||
Glad they got him, but this unfortunately in no way changes the unmitigated failure to get a top D-man. It's trade or promote more Griffins, hopefully the latter.
|7 weeks 17 hours ago||Wings get smoked in free||
Wings get smoked in free agency (no surprise there). Now I'm hearing about potential trades. At this point I'd rather they did nothing. They'll get taken to the cleaners for a top-4 defenseman. Hold on to the future, it's not that far off.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||At least he won't be||
At least he won't be receiving a flood of death threats like if he'd trolled Ohio State.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not an in-depth follower||
I'm not an in-depth follower of soccer the way I am with hockey and college football, so forgive my ignorance. It seems to me like I see a lot more of this absolutist commentary about soccer than I do in other sports, i.e. that it's a foregone conclusion this team or that team can't win. Even in sports that have five- or seven-game playoff series, which drastically reduce the possibility of an underdog advancing, I see at least a little more optimism about overmatched teams than this. I know pool play is tough, but one or two Cinderella teams string together two or three unlikely wins every year in the NCAA Tourney. I can't imagine a coach going into the Big Dance or Stanley Cup Playoffs expressing anything less than, "One game at a time, we can play with anyone," et al. Is there something inherent in soccer that just renders such upsets far less likely than in other sports?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Bummer for Pacioretty,||
Bummer for Pacioretty, though.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Oh well. I'm glad he's gone,||
Oh well. I'm glad he's gone, but at the same time I can't say I care too much about this incident. Considering the way Ohio State fans treat visitors, I hope it hurt like hell.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Remove one little letter from||
Remove one little letter from the end of that sentence and the whole post changes...
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Oh, how I loved that Nike ad||
Oh, how I loved that Nike ad circa 1996...
|15 weeks 5 days ago||It makes me want to puke that||
It makes me want to puke that the general consensus is that the OSU and MSU games can be written off in May. And I don't fault anyone who feels that way, that's pretty much how it looks to me, too. I'm not saying Hoke doesn't deserve another chance, but anyone saying he shouldn't even be on the hot seat needs to pause and really give a thought to that point: it is considered a foregone conclusion that Michigan will not beat either OSU or MSU this year, which would drop Brady Hoke's record against them to 2-6. At what point is there SOME accountability?