to play football, not to play trumpet
|31 weeks 1 day ago||Yippie...||
... Ki Yay.
|35 weeks 4 days ago||This is quite exciting.||
|35 weeks 4 days ago||This is quite exciting.||
|36 weeks 19 hours ago||And now, learn how to perform upon command...||
...at the SBD Insta-Toot
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Corso Just Picked Michigan||
|38 weeks 1 day ago||6-2, Top of 9||
Following the bases loaded double by Patrick, Gutierrez executes the squeeze to add another run in the bottom of the 8th.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||3-2, M over OSU, Bottom of 6*||
|38 weeks 6 days ago||Bang Bang Bang Bang BANG Bang||
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Consistency||
General question: If Mullen's actions disqualify him for consideration as a Michigan coach, does that also eliminate Miles - or most of the other SEC coaches?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||It's not just his job...||
...it's his dooty.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||So Tom...||
...How does it feel to be Stauskissed?
|2 years 5 weeks ago||*ZING*||
Tom Crean would drop 200 on this Champion Baptist team without thinking twice. And then cut the nets down afterwards
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Merry Forking Christmas.||
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Christmas Weekend! Giddyup!||
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Bounce Bounce Bounce!||
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Re: Point 1||
I would add that nobody knows what Dave Brandon has said to Coach Hoke - and vice versa. Regardless of one's opinions of Brandon's executive style, he's not a laissez-faire AD. When he sees what he perceives is even a small problem, he doesn't just accept the first pat (or public) explanation from his coaches and then sing the Fight Song until everyone feels better. He's incredibly engaged - especially in the football program (was on the sideline of this game) and is hyper brand-conscious. If he thinks the course of action by this staff is not the best plan given all the data, I have a hard time imagining he'll be silent very long about it. At least behind closed doors.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I like this game...||
But even this game has its limitations, to wit:
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I love how...||
...right in the front of the student section is our favorite fan, Lloyd Brady. And he's tagged as Lloyd Brady.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Did someone say Heiko Hump Day?||
Types are the best! I live for
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Stunning of the Bulls||
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Game Over: 3-2 Michigan||
Sara Driesenga doubles and scores 2! Clutch hit - full count, two out.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Bottom of 7||
Chidester pops out to LF. 2 out.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Bottom of 7||
Nicole Sappingfield gets a base hit. 1 down, runners on 1st and 2nd. Amanda Chidester at bat.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Bottom of 7||
Bree Evan hits into fielder's choice. 1 out, runner on 1st.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Bottom of 7||
Leadoff batter gets a base hit.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Bottom of 7||
UK 2, UM 1 - 9-1-2 up to bat.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Ride it like you stole it...||
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Divination Class||
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Dotting the I||
|4 years 33 weeks ago||"Jack Nicklaus" vs. "Arnold Palmer"||
Our family was celebrating my wife's birthday at a particular dining establishment in West Palm Beach. I'm not much of a drinker but do have one indulgence: an "Arnold Palmer" - half iced tea, half lemonade. The young lady waiting on our table told us that Jack Nicklaus Jr. was seated at the table next to us and had just ordered a "Jack Nicklaus." She said it's half iced tea and half cranberry juice, apparently Jack II is on a crusade to make it as popular as the "Arnold Palmer," and would I be interested? I passed.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||When Pots Investigate Kettles||
Interesting, considering the Columbus Dispatch just this week was accused of cheating (e.g. plagiarism by their editorial cartoonist). The paper did their own "investigation" and found the whole thing "appears to be [only] a coincidence."
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Tasty!||
Love their applesauce... original and cinnamon!
|4 years 38 weeks ago||If Michigan Players Were Redrafted||
Rankings in 2007:
Rankings in 2008
With the exception of Jake, the other Michigan players mentioned exceeded expectations - none more than Steve Breaston.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||And its lazy cousin...||
"Dirk, your team just swept the Lakers from the playoffs. How do you feel about that?"
|4 years 40 weeks ago||NFL Potential||
I got a chuckle out of this line from the NFL.com analysis of Justin Boren: "Plays angry on the field but his mental makeup is in question after a transfer from Michigan."
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Snubbery vs. Snobbery||
Has Hoke made any kind of statement as to why he deliberately abbreviates the expansive "The Ohio State University" to "Ohio"? First time I heard it I laughed out loud - just thought it was like the guy who likes to introduce himself as Beauregard Crandall Thurston Jermajesty IV and everybody just calls him Bob.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||That attitude...||
...of regarding M as being such a unique and special place spills over in several tangible ways. Since Hoke believes the "leaders and best" thing is not just a line in a song:
People learn best in two ways: having something (a) clearly taught and (b) consistently modeled. Thus far Hoke is saying AND doing the things that reflect his fundamental belief: Michigan is the singular institution that anyone who has the opportunity should be willing to crawl across broken glass to be a part of.
That attitude, sincerely stated and lived out, is contagious.
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Bree...||
...just put the hurt on PSU. Clutch 0-2, 2-out RBI single to tie the game in the 6th.
|4 years 42 weeks ago||Inigo Montoya Guide to Homophonia||
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. --Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride
Eye am gassing the whirred your looking four is two. Won reason ewe mite knot half bin able too remember is that it has become politically incorrect two bee openly homophonic. All though thee definition has nothing to due with orientation and everything two due with pronunciation, I steel here there are sum people who git the idea that most of us on this bored are all high per homophones. I don’t except that and you shouldn't ether. (Sum off us are baroque banned musicians witch just crank up the base, play cords and reed Michigan supports sights wishing wee whir athletic.) Weather that’s truer not, were awl effected when a hand full loose they’re riding discipline and consistently misuse homophonic words. Then we half to submit are selves too the gram or not sees.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||The author is TP||
After reading that article I'm convinced the author is Terrelle Pryor. It is apparent an OSU student-athlete did the research on Jesus--TP perhaps? Only someone "saved" by Tressel would view Tressel as a "martyred Messiah"-- again, TP? And which current OSU student-athlete besides TP has such a well publicized history of doing research on research? Whereas a researcher seeks to write at the level of his audience, I believe we must conclude TP is the author.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Fair enough...||
...but have you ever been to Columbia, Missouri? There are options, but seriously: a corn maze, a roller rink, and a bluegrass festival...
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Exile and Democracy||
It's the old management aphorism: What gets rewarded gets repeated; what gets punished gets avoided. Via the current point system, the only thing tangibly rewarded is new posts. Quality of content is effectively neutral.
There is something to be said for the "shame" of being shotgunned with shadow negs; over time there is a de facto ostracism of those whose contributions are dung--which serves a similar purpose as banishment into exile. However, those whose participation is intermittent don't get the immediate pre-judgment of those whom the MGoCommunity has relegated to perdition because of their persistent slouch toward Bolivia.
|4 years 45 weeks ago||Especially...||
In the immortal words of Lewis Grizzard: "Chili Dogs Always Bark at Night."
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Verily...||
"Kyrie" is from the Greek kurios ("lord"). "Lord, have mercy" is kyrie eleison.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Stu Douglass...||
And "White People Stink" trending on Twitter.
Wonder if Tennessee fans are behind that?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||A Sing Along!||
|4 years 48 weeks ago||F5 F5 F5||
504 Gateway Time-Out
|4 years 48 weeks ago||F5 F5 F5||
504 Internet Gateway Time-Out
|4 years 48 weeks ago||F5 F5 F5||
504 Gateway Time-Out
|4 years 48 weeks ago||F5 F5 F5||
504 Internet Gateway Time-Out
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Smotrycz||
...did the SMOT thing?
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Stuart, FL||
Both the Duffy's (in downtown Stuart and South Stuart) show all the M games. Half the people on gameday are from somewhere in the midwest - and there's always a good representation of M fans - and other Big Ten fans as well.
|5 years 4 days ago||If you need a Mattison fix...||
If you need a Mattison fix, that article links to the CNN/SI vault which has some 114 video clips of or about our new DC. Giddyup!
|5 years 6 days ago||Any live streaming?||
Any live streaming? (Excepth for atdhe.com, RIP)
|5 years 1 week ago||posbangposbang...||
|5 years 1 week ago||Who's happy?||
Cruise is happy!
|5 years 1 week ago||Well...||
Hot diggity Dog!
|5 years 3 weeks ago||I am Lloyd Brady!||
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Strength of Schedule||
Perhaps someone will dig into this, but as I recall Hoke began scheduling tougher opponents than his predecessor(s) did. I didn't follow Ball State closely at the time (followed Toledo and Bowling Green), but I thought under Hoke, Ball State loaded up their OOC schedule with a couple B10 teams every year (including Michigan, in 06), as well as teams like Nebraska, Auburn, BC, etc. That might explain a few of his losses.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I think I do...||
I think I understand why Miles is out of the running. There are numerous considerations, some of which were underscored by Brian's pithy analysis in Hostage this morning:
Whether Rodriguez was ethically challenged or not is a subject of much discussion. However, despite many noble qualities, he certainly gave the appearance that his obssessive drive for success sometimes pushed him outside of ethical boundaries.
There is no such confusion about Miles. He granduated summa cum laude from the William Jefferson Clinton School of Situational Ethics. Which is not necessarily to say he would be ineffective if wins and losses were the only measuring stick; Bill Clinton was a successful President in many ways. (Or Slick Willy was, depending upon your political leanings).
AD Brandon made it clear that no candidate will be considered who does not do things the right way - the Michigan way, which is with integrity and honor - and who will be the worthy caretaker of a billion-dollar brand. Brandon wants wins, but not if it costs the university its image or its soul. So that, ipso facto, disqualifies Miles. And this without even considering the "grass-eating" or "nutcase" or "pushing 60" factors.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I'm with you||
I only talk about papers that pape for Michigan.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Seniors: 2011||
There were no Rose Bowls
Or Big 10 championships.
But you stayed. Salute!
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Desire||
I like Rich a lot.
I like winning a lot more.
Hello: Jim Harbaugh.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||I agree...||
...with your comments in the main. However, even the doormats of the SEC have the benefit of some 30 more recruits at their disposal than the premier team of the B11 during the given time period.
Could Rodriguez - or any B11 coach - perform better against out of conference teams with a 30% larger talent pool from which to draw?
(I understand the variables that would impact that scenario, e.g. NCAA violation cloud hanging over the program, questions that RR either abused athletes or didn't promote an atmosphere of compliance, another long and lingering cloud regarding RR's future, etc.)
I think there's merit to the "poor fit" rationale. But how this man, his coaches and his team have maintained their sanity and kept whatever focus they have is beyond my ability to grasp and bespeaks a constitution and character of steel. Every one of them, for riding out one of the roughest storms this program has seen in our memories, is a champion. And I dare say the course of their respective lives will prove it.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Hear, Hear||
I'm with you on this. Among the people I meet at church, school and work, there's not much of a proclivity toward complaining about outcomes. You accept the hand you're dealt, play it the best you can, and if you come out on the short end you learn the lessons of loss, regroup, get out of bed the next morning and give it a go again.
But somewhere, someone (outside of ESPN) should reconsider the "SEC rules" theme by asking themselves:
Monday morning I'll get out of bed and go back to work, like all of us midwesterners do, and won't complain. But anything with SEC in it right now, especially if it has ESPN lips firmly affixed to its hinderparts, really makes me want to retch.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Why not...||
Why not Vince Lombardi?
Oh...that's right. Even he couldn't fix this defense.
|5 years 5 weeks ago||Nice Catch||
You are correct.
Using my (admittedly mediocre) googling skills, it appears RPS is correct - and the aberrant designation is usually employed by folks who are aware of the game and employ it as an attempt at being witty (e.g. the Rock Scissor Paper company).
Which sorta takes the air out of the whole "best M-related gift" thingie.
|5 years 7 weeks ago||And yet...||
...the coaching situation didn't affect Michigan Robot's commitment at all.
And he has more stars than Cooper.
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Alas.||
You are correct.
I searched "otter" and "otter attack" and got old posts. I just searched for "Henri" and the post you linked appeared.
My apologies. I just heard the story last night (and have shied away from the forum lately to escape injury from all the recent crossfire).
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Ehh...||
Not to be confused with a /s /l, which would actually invite neg attacks.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Attachments: 1||
Portrait of Angry Michigan <BLANK> Hating God.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||RENT||
...is too damn high.
|5 years 15 weeks ago||To win championships...||
Sign him up!
But to win championships, the team needs some De-fense.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Doubt not, good sir.||
Only someone who sees the future as though it is history uses a period to start a sentence instead of to end it. (And what more can be said than that period deserves its very own paragraph?) It's like saying the "amen" at the beginning of a prayer instead of at the end of it.
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Porky's?||
|5 years 18 weeks ago||Taylor Lewan, Power, and Moustaches||
Apparently he's been watching the Lion King. And it does matter, because he's changing the past (for mustaches and good).
|5 years 20 weeks ago||True||
<sorry, duplicate post>
|5 years 20 weeks ago||True||
Which is why I didn't use the word schadenfreude. I used schaden, which was an attempt to just focus on the "anguish." Which I suspect most of us felt (or tasted, depending on how actively our gag reflex was working).
|5 years 21 weeks ago||Omameh Haiku||
Devours the preying Manti.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||I thought it was genius...||
I thought it was genius of RR to NOT air it out. Sure, he could have. And done what? Scored quickly and put our defense back on the field? That was a masterful game of coaching and not exposing our greatest weakness. I still have this lurking feeling that if we played UConn again next week it would be a toss-up. Our offense was dominant. Our d-line was good. UConn could have exploited our secondary but only their ineptness - our our clock management - prevented it.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Get the story...||
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Hey...||
...who's responsible for the wake-up call? (That's assuming anybody actually slept last night...)
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Let's Go Blue!||
LET'S GO BLUE!
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Crowing Rights||
Crowing rights as the TRUE "Champions of the West."
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Go Blue Hi-Coo||
Even my contempt
For haiku, when expressed in
Haiku, is awesome.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||The Champions of the West||
However this all shakes out, I hope the integrity of our fight song is considered. Somebody should put Michigan (and Ohio State) in the Western division so the last line of the chorus of The Victors makes sense again.
I take the cues for my credo from Bo:
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Extraction and Inception||
Has anybody verified that THE KNOWLEDGE's top is still spinning?
|5 years 24 weeks ago||POSBANGED!||
At the 2010 MGoBlog Point Orgy
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Henri, the Otter of Ennui...||
...can tell you that three years of putting on a happy face does start to take a toll. But today, miles and miles of smiles!
|5 years 24 weeks ago||I see your Asian Pirate Hottie...||
...and I raise: One ultra-safety-conscious Swedish Bikini Team.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||And while you were asleep...||
...that 400 went forth and multiplied and replenished the earth!
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Did I hear somebody say "Kumbaya"???||
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Kitty Kitty Bang Bang|
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Tacopants...||
...dude! I'm still lobbying McGee to let RichRod switch you from offense to corner. You have great range, catch everything thrown in your direction, and are incredibly durable. And from what I hear, the offense won't require your services this year.
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Sammy Davis, Jr?||
Maybe the silver lining here is that the man who called out Tate has now gone down, and his place on the roster will be filled by the consummate song-and-dance man doing a swinging sideline version of The Victors? Wasn't there a line in a movie that went something like:
Or maybe I'm still delirious...
|5 years 24 weeks ago||Alternately:||
Wotter Bottle. Famous accessory of Henri's cousin Henry, the Otter of Hydration.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Will Campbell shirt needed||
President of the Handsome Men's Club
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Pahokee Pride||
Why not have a Pahokee franchise... same shirt, same design, just switch the number and the tag line for whatever position a Pahokee player plays. I'm sure we can come up with creative titles for each player/position:
Those shirts would find their way to Pahokee faster than a skinny, scared rabbit, and every kid in that town would want to go Blue and get their own shirt.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Mike Martin (aka The Hulk)||
I could totally see a great Mike Martin shirt, featuring great art accompanied by any one of these classic lines:
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Has anyone considered...||
Has anyone considered switching Tacopants to corner? Moundros saw a need and volunteered his services at LB. I just wonder about Tacopants' commitment to the team - he gets a lot of balls on O and has ungodly range. Think of the team, Tacopants, the team!
|5 years 25 weeks ago||When paenultimus comes to an end||
I must confess: at one time I regrettably doubted the knowledge of THE KNOWLEDGE. However, with much humility I have flagellated myself mercilessly, repented in the ashes and dust of THE KNOWLEDGE, and admit publicly and without shame that THE KNOWLEDGE's knowledge is indeed more glorious than I ever realized.
Case in point:
Whereas "penultimate" means "next to the ultimate," THE KNOWLEDGE obviously knows that there is one bowl game, the stature of which overshadows even the National Championship. Of course, THE KNOWLEDGE refers to the Rose Bowl.
However, as the mighty Ducks of Oregon will have kicked the Nuts of the Ohio State University out of the Coliseum by January 10, 2011, the focus rightly shifts to the penultimate bowl as the attention of the nation shifts for one night where it rightly belongs: the Maize and Blue of Michigan.
THE KNOWLEDGE ultimately soars again.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Nothing to see here...||
Stepped on somebody else's post.
"Mr. Jones and me, we're gonna be big stars..."
|5 years 28 weeks ago||Bb major scale in 1.5 seconds (0 fakes out of 5)||
Well, Terry is the eldest - and largest - of the Talbot brothers. And since Terry is a defensive tackle, that makes the math pretty easy.
Scouting report on the younger Talbot is pretty good too. Has stiff hips but provides great support behind a talented front line. Has excellent technique and a short memory after a bad outing. Loves playing on an island. And had 47 picks last year.
|5 years 28 weeks ago||I Can Haz Calculator?||
Average Score: 44 - 14
Average Margin of Victory: 30 points.
Closest margin of victory: 21 points.
Year that the defense gives up 3 TDs, the offense scores 9 TDs.
I found it interesting that in 2007, RR's #6 rated WVU team (11-2) gave up 21 or more points in 7 of those games. However, WVU outscored the opposition 43 - 24 in those same 7 games (Western Michigan, Marshall, #18South Florida, Louisville, #21Cinncinnati, #20Uconn, and #3Oklahoma).
So, yay for high-powered offenses covering for mediocre defenses.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Which begs the question...||
...is anything more than a handful really a waste?
|5 years 33 weeks ago||At the expense of angering the Michigan ____-hating gods...||
...am I the only one who thinks the block M created by the MMB looks "scrunched"? Instead of the legs of the "M" being positioned between the 40 - 45 yard lines, it would look better if they were between the 35 - 40 yard lines.
P.S. Dear Michigan Tradition-Tamperer-Hating Gods: For atonement, I will offer ten
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Sometimes even a double facepalm doesn't cut it...||
Try a triple.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Me either...||
I thought they were just ducky... maybe a few mynah problems, perhaps a difference of a pinion, but certainly nothing they should have any egrets over.
|5 years 41 weeks ago||Whoa...||
I don't know what I was expecting when I clicked on your link... but it sure wasn't that.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||As well as...||
...Mitch Albom's "Fab Five" a few volumes to the right of "BO".
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Comments about MI, re: Kiehl Frazier||
Frazier plays for Shiloh Christian, a USA Today top 25 team in Springdale, a northern 'burb of Fayetteville. It's interesting to hear the hometown spin about Michigan's program due to Kiehl at least expressing some interest in the Wolverines.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Haiku Sonnet: True Wolverine||
We have the best team
We have the most wins.
So get off your ass!
Or give your f**king
|5 years 47 weeks ago||Top 5 Movies...||
...of the 1990s, based on the number of times they were played at our house:
1. The Lion King
|5 years 47 weeks ago||2009-2010 Fab *sigh* Five||
|5 years 47 weeks ago||My dear Watson...||
I'm not Sherlock Holmes or anything, but my obtuse powers of deduction lead me to conclude this isn't about Brian at all.
This is about "someone" who's escaping reality... searching OKCupid for Mr. Right, who happens to be a full-figured male, aged 50-60, with a mullet and a penchant for alternating between music and violence to express his stifled masculinity.
Not that there's ANYTHING wrong with that.
|5 years 47 weeks ago||You can tell by the way I use my walk...||
...I'm a woman's man, no time to talk.
|5 years 48 weeks ago||If the next subtext...||
...is going to come from that speech (5 minutes well spent, btw), then I propose the following three submittals:
"Giving you the information the experts can't possibly give you"
"Not a coach. And that's actually an advantage."
"Does anyone actually read all this stuff?"
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Normalize for TWE||
Whatever your view of Tiger Woods' off-the-field avocation, one's appreciation of his on-the-field exploits is only that much more extraordinary in light of his indefatigable stamina, endurance and other-worldly focus we now know he must possess.
Which brought to mind the news reports last week that included numerous accounts of how the condom usage at Vancouver was, indeed, of Olympic proportions. (Apparently the original distribution of 100,000 protective prophylactics for the 7,000 athletes - some 14 per - was insufficient and the condom cache had to be summarily replenished.)
And thus it begs the question: Are all medals equal in light of the TWE: the Tiger Woods Effect. Or, to state it differently, should the gold medal won by the athlete who used zero condoms be worth as much as the silver won by the libidinous lad who finished 0.003 seconds behind him who used, say, 37 condoms?
|5 years 49 weeks ago||I love me some...||
Red, white, and blue
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Fifty Six||
When my daughter moved into the dorm as a freshman university student last fall, I felt the same protective urges as most fathers. Since pets were prohibited in the building - and since her and I both have off-beat senses of humor, I bought her a large, imposing wooden "watchcat" to ward off any intruders with malevolent intentions.
I asked her what she was going to name him. She said, "If he's going to protect me, then he's got to be named after the best defender in the world."
She named him LaMarr.
|5 years 51 weeks ago||I can just imagine...||
...at least three ladies among this blog's vast readership who are:
(a) shy, new managers of accounting departments,
I'm with you: some augmentations of appearance with which we experiment in our youth (like my mullet) either grow out - or fall out - over time. Those who elect for posterior plumage (or ass antlers), well...that's a bit more enduring. God love 'em all.
|5 years 52 weeks ago||Bowling||
|6 years 4 days ago||I enjoyed the chuckle...||
...Coach Rodriguez gave when he discussed the recruitment of Dorsey. "If Calvin Magee was the lead recruiter, Denard was the second lead recruiter on him. Denard looks like he's going to have a future in recruiting, for sure!"
What went unsaid but was implied was: Here's a young man who loves this school, loves this team, loves this staff, and feels no shame putting his pride and reputation on the line trying to do what it takes to get the nation's best players to help put the nation's best program back on top.
|6 years 4 days ago||Thanks...||
...for mentioning this. As something of a Johnny-Come-Lately Michigan fan (late 1980s) who loves the richness of the program's tradition, I was not even aware this was a part of that tradition.
This must be resurrected.
|6 years 1 week ago||Actually, they do...||
Linehan is on record already saying they got virtually no production from the #2 and #3 receiver spot last year. He initially commented that Bryant Johnson will need to step up in 2010 (35 catches in 2009 was pedestrian, to say the least), but went on to say "whoever our #2 or #3 receiver is next year has got to be able to produce in one-on-one situations" in order to take pressure off of Calvin.
My immediate reaction after hearing that comment was: This is an admission of no confidence in the depth chart after Calvin (including Bryant Johnson) and is a candid confession of the obvious: the WR position is one of need. Without a good #2, #1 has no chance to produce. This will hurt the team's performance on the field and demoralize Calvin even further off the field - and potentially drive him to greener pastures.
FREEP ALERT: Cotsonika quotes Linehan here.
|6 years 1 week ago||Writing Catchy Headlines...||
...is a neglected art. +1 for your attention-getting pearl of wit, clarity, and micro-content.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Speaking of which...||
I'm pretty peeved my wife is not her:
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Pet (Wife) Peeves?||
I have to say first of all that this question doesn’t even remotely apply to me.
But I am obliged, yea compelled, to assert and affirm with all the authority, confidence, and complete sincerity I can assemble with the combined force of my emotional, intellectual and volitional capacity, that my beloved wife of almost 25 years does not now, nor has she ever, done anything whatsoever that smacks of those peevish, annoying or irritating habits which in any way contribute to one’s crankiness, crabbiness, or ill-tempered disposition.
And this beautiful woman, the apex of God’s creative genius, who is presently standing over my shoulder, herewith testifies to and co-signs the veracity of this confident and sincere assertion.
|6 years 2 weeks ago||Caddyshack||
"All right, let's do the same thing, but with gophers!"
"I smell varmit poontang, and the only good varmit poontang is dead varmit poontang."
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Thanks for the source correction...||
Perhaps it identifies me as the father of teenage children (whom I try to raise in a quasi-PG way) that the most oft-quoted movies which have stood the test of time are "Princess Bride" and "The Emperor's New Groove". Right behind are "Nacho Libre" and "Napoleon Dynamite."
• To someone getting ready to engage in a competitive or difficult activity: Have fun storming the __________ (fill in the blank). Think it’ll work? It’ll take a miracle!
• No touchy!
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Christmas Vacation||
My wife uses, "Are you serious, Clark?" all too frequently.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||"...stupid but not dumb."||
I think you've nailed Kiffin's problem. In ethics we differentiate between "knowledge" and "wisdom" for this reason: One is the ability to apprehend facts, data, information. The other is the ability to marshal that information in the pursuit of what is virtuous or good. In the Hebrew wisdom literature a man behaving like Kiffin is considered "childish" and and is referred to as a "fool" (a term that refers to moral, not intellectual, capacity).
It's a dangerous thing to put the success of your enterprise in the hands of a fool.
• Putting a fool in a place of honor is like handing the axe to your executioner (Prov. 26:6).
I think it also speaks to the folly of those in leadership at USC (and Tennessee) that they would hire him – especially given the unveiling of Kiffin’s character when he failed the test of leadership at Oakland. In other words, they get what they deserve when they put their future(s) in the hands of a fool.
|6 years 3 weeks ago||Good Call||
+1 to you.
Manny got 21. We win by 24.
By how much will we beat UConn?
|6 years 4 weeks ago||The Reason I Said Illinois Doesn't Count...||
...is because I was attempting to create some rational understanding for where we really were in 2009, reasons we didn't achieve success in 2009, and a logical framework upon which we could reasonably anticipate success going forward in 2010 and beyond. Simply stated, the Illinois game defies all the categories. In fact, even on this board the post-mortem was so gruesome that categories like kittens and pandas and otters would not suffice and someone proposed "the wombat of frustration" to portray the day.
Who can explain why we held them to -15 yards in the 2nd quarter, had a 6-point lead, then on the first series of the 2nd half had a 77-yard touchdown pass to Roundtree reversed, four attempts to score from the 1-yard line stopped, a safety when the snap goes through the end zone, and the whole thing unravel when the Illini march 99 yards in 3 minutes, capped off by a 70-yard scamper by Leshoure.
The players explained the outcome in purely emotional terms: they were too relaxed; they came out after halftime without taking the opponent seriously and then never could regain their focus after that series of unfortunate events (with apologies to Lemony Snickett) in which Illinois not only stopped Michigan but scored three successive touchdowns. We can second-guess a couple key calls, but the flow -- and outcome -- of the game (more than any we played all year) seemed to hinge primarily on the successive impact of emotional events.
|6 years 4 weeks ago||We're Not Alone||
We can’t discount those losses - two of our losses this year were to underdogs.
Before we consider Michigan as an isolated case, I think it’s at least intriguing to put oneself in the seat of a Notre Dame fan. You’re looking at the recruiting classes you’ve had during Weis’ tenure (2008: #2, 2007: #8, 2006: #8). Why did they lose six games this year, all but one to underdogs as I recall?
Why did USC lose four games this year to underdogs – including losses to Stanford and Washington, teams they clearly should have beaten handily. Most would agree it wasn’t a lack of talent (either players or coaches). It was a strange stew of miscues, mistakes, injuries, loss of focus, emotional tailspins – all symptoms of youth and inexperience, even in a talent-rich, well-coached system.
It goes without saying that we had a dearth of talent at several key positions and a lack of experience at even more. I'm certainly not suggesting there's an explanation that will make the season magically become better than it was. My point was, having the benefit of some distance from the season and knowing what we now know about the strength of our schedule, does it change our perspective any on the relative strength or growth of the team?
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Pundits and Prognosticators||
I can see generically-worded teasers like "there will be some surprises at the Army All American game." That's like a palm reader giving a nondescript fortune like some day a tire will go flat on your car or a much beloved pet will die. But when pundits give specifics - as though they either possessed inside knowledge or are the keeper of mysteries, my reflexive reaction is to consign them to the same category as Olberman and O'Reilly - pure punditry, where bloviation is essential but accuracy is optional. These guys fill the same role as these quasi political "analysts": to entertain, to provoke, to irritate, to chide, to generate readers (or viewers) and keep the advertising cash register ringing.
If there were actual consequences for pundits or prognosticators whose predictions were a load of dung, and their "expertise" was exposed and they were submitted to open ridicule or hangings at high noon in the public square, there'd certainly be a lot of open air time and blank sheets of paper.
Of course, then we'd have nothing to gripe about, and where's the fun in that?
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Mitch Mustain||
Anybody know the story on Mustain - his chances for success now that Barkley is the QB, and his thoughts on the wisdom of transferring from Arkansas?
|6 years 4 weeks ago||Currying Favor in an Obsequious Manner||
All of these are truly manipulative and trite. However, all represent a time-honored method whereby many - and perhaps most - budding tycoons have achieved corporate success: ass kissing.
There are a myriad of important life lessons for those who wish to kiss ass with dexterity, aplomb, and (dare I say) a certain savoir faire! For example, one must learn to tolerate the taste of ass, develop a high level of ass-kissing skill, and...well, you get the idea.
But our newly minted AD, through the faithful fingers of a trusty scribe, has dropped a pearl into our laps which, if we heed it well, will prevent us all from committing the two most detrimental ass-kissing transgressions: Kissing the wrong ass and kissing too much ass.
Neither of these will ever occur if you will LISTEN AND LEARN ASSES.
Powerful words from a powerful man which should inspire, comfort and uplift us all when our butt's in a sling and our ass is on the line.
|6 years 9 weeks ago||Jesus 2 Notre Dame||
I thought Tebow's eligibility expired this year?
|6 years 11 weeks ago||The original article...||
Even Josh Helmholdt got in on the punniness:
"Witty is all squared away"
|6 years 11 weeks ago||Throwback Unis||
...I was hoping the throwback uni's would inspire the Buckeyes to play vintage ball - something like they did in the Cooper era (1988-2000) when the Wolves won the series 10-2-1.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Chart?||
I've used a dozen variations of that in conversations, memos, emails, etc. when an open assertion is made for which credulity demands some manner of...evidence? Evidence! Especially data-specific, volume-intensive authentication with protocols for collecting, updating and querying the data.
|6 years 16 weeks ago||Overflow||
I saw that DirecTV has the MI game on the overflow but I have Comcast.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||In Which There Seems to Be Treachery, But All Ends Well||
Buckeye walks into the Varsity Club the night before The Game and says to the Bartender, “I’m feeling good about tomorrow and I want a beer – but nothing from St. Louis or Milwaukee.”
Bartender says, “Between you and me and the bar stool, the best beer I got in the house is a smooth pale lager – smuggled in from across the border.” Then he whispers, “It’s Wolverine Beer. Wanna try it?”
Buckeye immediately goes livid. “You’re outta your mind! Last time I tipped back a Wolverine I couldn’t stop till the tenth one. Then I went home blew chunks!”
Bartender says, “Dude, you put back ten of anything and you’re gonna feel wrong.”
Buckeye says, “You don’t understand. Chunks is my Rottweiler.”
|6 years 20 weeks ago||The Michigan Marching Band is Not a Drum Corps||
If the statement is true that the musical mugwumps are predisposed to taking a “Drum Corps” style approach to the MMB, I’m not sure that’s a good thing. No doubt it fits their vision stylistically; drum corps is, after all, theatre and storytelling on a football field – musically satisfying and visually appealing. But what I don’t understand is a philosophy that seeks to superimpose a DCI (Drum Corps International) template on the marching band. (NOTE to the uninitiated: “drum corps” is insider parlance for a “drum & bugle corps,” a marching musical ensemble comprised of brass, percussion, and color guard; “drum corps” it is not synonymous with “drum line,” or the percussion instruments in a marching band.)
If you’ve witnessed a high-level DCI event, the combination of power and artistry is literally jaw-dropping. For folks who’ve played in a marching band or have some level of appreciation for the genre, I dare say the tingle factor, or GSI (goosebumps-per-square inch), of a World Class drum & bugle corps is unsurpassed. But there are some thoughts that come to mind when wrestling with the temptation to pattern a marching band philosophy after a drum corps:
1. The purpose of a drum corps. DCI events are entertaining – stunning, in fact (see this excerpt from the 2006 World Champions, the Rosemont Cavaliers). The complexity of the performances requires much better musicians and marchers than the typical marching band and those with an elitist bent (e.g., all former drum corps members) revel in that fact. But don’t forget: they are primarily geared toward competition and the point system strictly judges musicality, technical proficiency, and visual effect. The purpose of the band at a football game is not to higher score points for sticking the landing. True, the entertainment value is increased when they demonstrate a high level of proficiency, particularly the pre-game or halftime show. But technical excellence has to be heard to be appreciated. A symphony orchestra – or, for that matter, a bassoon quartet – is capable of evoking deep passion and intense emotion in the right setting (with the appropriate audience), but is that what’s called for at a football game? 110,000 enthusiastic fans desiring musical accompaniment and motivation while cheering their team to victory deserve something more than an ensemble that places the service of their art above the needs and expectations of the players and fans.
2. The instrumentation of a drum corps. The instrumentation of a Drum Corps is brass and percussion. Period! Color guard are added for visual effect, but there’s not a single member of the brass or drum lines who doesn’t either beat or blow 90 decibels all by themselves. No piccolos. No clarinets. No flutes. No bassoons, oboes, or English horns. There’s not even a baritone sax for Bo’s sake (even though they can honk pretty aggressively and belch quite a blast). A 235-member marching band will create a sound that you can hear a couple blocks away. But when you line up 150 brassers, a marching drumline and pit percussion, even playing at a professional level of technical proficiency, the sound is exponentially greater than the same-sized marching band by sheer virtue of the instrumentation and sound projection. A drum corps dialed up to triple-fff will halt traffic three counties away and part the hair of all those in the same zip code.
3. The “staging” of a drum corps. If you’ve ever seen a DCI event, one of the things that stands out is how the crowd is all seated on one side of the stadium. It’s much like a symphony concert venue except out-of-doors. The performers face the audience, even though they’re in a stadium. Not just that, but the stadium is generally silent. Except for occasional outbursts of applause, the corps is playing to fans focused on their performance. But at a football game, the band is not the main attraction. Sorry! Even at halftime, the band is the background music while the audience awaits the reappearance of the main attraction - the football team. Also, whether the band is in the stands or on the field, the situation is different from a drum corps performance inasmuch as only 40% (or less) of the audience is in the line of fire. At halftime the audience is moving, talking, milling about. During the game they’re cheering, yelling, or otherwise creating some level of distraction from the musical performers. There’s only a couple ways to counter that: Increase the numbers, change the instrumentation, or blow/beat harder!
As a former marching band AND drum corps performer, I understand the temptation to try to morph one into the other – and the elitist in me begs for the audience to focus exclusively on me and appreciate my musical virtuosity and ascendancy over all lesser instrumentalists and quasi-artistes. However, I think the function that a marching band is required to serve at a football game, along with these points (among others), beg for the powers that be to not allow the similarity of the two types of ensembles to confuse their purpose.
|6 years 20 weeks ago||Mea Culpa!||
Ídeo fírmiter propóno, adiuvánte grátia tua, de cétero me non peccatúrum peccandíque occasiónes próximas fugitúrum...Amen! (A prayer of contrition seemed appropriate.)
You are correct. I did a quick "Mallett" search to make sure I wasn't being a Redundant Poster, but apparently didn't dig into the search results deeply enough.
FWIW, I was equally as interested in the relative ratings of other QBs of interest as I was in Mallett's position atop the rankings. I thought others might be as well.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||The Only Choice Left...||
I was at the office. My wife called and asked if I'd heard anything about a plane and a tower.
I went to the conference room, turned on the TV and still remember that feeling of numbness that spread from my face to my arms and finally to my feet; scenes so surreal they rendered me too paralyzed to move. I'm still haunted by the image of someone leaping from 90 stories in the air - a tortuous, split-second decision between two terrors, hurtling toward eternity...
To this day I can't fully fathom the utter despair of looking fate in the face and seeing a grim reality so stark - so cold and austere, realizing in that moment the only choice left in life is to decide - NOW! - which way you're going to die.
|6 years 21 weeks ago||70||
God's team? Pleeeaaaase! I talked to God this morning. He told me He really doesn't have a team (and He got permission from Bo to say so).
|6 years 22 weeks ago||Try here...||
Having a couple lovely MGoLadies in my household, I've run into the same problem - making sure they are appropriately attired on special occasions (Christmas, Easter, Gamedays, etc.). I've had some success here: http://www.footballfanatics.com/COLLEGE_Michigan_Wolverines_Ladies/brows... My wife happens to like the long-sleeve tees because she wants to look cute even on cool days. WARNING: If your significant other has legs that happen to go all the way up to her axx, seeing her in the fold-over boxers may make you think you've died and gone to Bo's house.
|6 years 26 weeks ago||What rhymes with "wolverine"?||
There once was a young monk named Augustine
And then on the day that she turned seventeen
And its hem got caught in a nearby *wince* pinball machine
Young Augustine’s heartbreak was quite unforeseen
|6 years 28 weeks ago||What is the significance...||
...of the fact that there is no I in “team” but there are two I’s in “Mike Barwis”?
|6 years 42 weeks ago||Dominance||
I heard Paulus totally dominates EA's Madden NFL franchise. Does that experience count for anything?
|6 years 44 weeks ago||MSU||
What is the net effect of MSU tournament success on M's basketball program (e.g., recruiting, playing at Ford Field, etc.)?
|6 years 46 weeks ago||Is it even possible...||
...to be a true fan and not at least have them in the Sweet Sixteen?
|7 years 3 weeks ago||Recruits and Snow||
If you had one chance to talk to a mondo 5-star recruit and address the cold/snow issue, what would you say - especially if they're also being recruited by USC, Florida and schools where the coeds are in bikinis half the time?
|7 years 4 weeks ago||I'm curious...||
...could Zac Johnson be a serviceable corner? I know he's a walk on but he's #3 on the depth chart and is turning into a special teams stud. Would he be an acceptable stop-gap measure?
|7 years 4 weeks ago||That's the same Pat White...||
...who had committed to National Champion LSU (until he was snake oiled away by WVU on the last day) and was also being heavily recruited by Alabama. I'm guessing none of them bought the 2-star bit either.