Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
|12 hours 5 min ago||Why shouldn't we be allowed to if Dave Brandon wanted to?||
If Brandon wanted to have a mascot at the stadium on game days, what would your reaction be?
|12 hours 7 min ago||If you accept the premise that there's no bad publicity||
Adidas did itself proud by trying to introduce these clowniforms. More pub = more $$ for them.
|17 hours 9 min ago||What 7-11 do you go to?||
I swear a Kate Upton clone works at the one where I buy my Thunderbird. It's out on Farnarkle Ave. near East Dogsquat Rd. You can't miss it.
|18 hours 12 min ago||I don't get all this excitement about a simple freaking visit||
It's like buying a wedding ring after the hot girl behind the register at the 7-11 smiles at you.
If he commits, then it's time to get excited.
|20 hours 58 min ago||Kevin Koger???||
It was Pat Kugler's dad. You got the K right though.
|20 hours 59 min ago||God, what a stupid question.||
The vast majority of so-called "sports journalists" are more suited to delivering pizzas. The next time one of these knuckleheads asks an intelligent question will be their first.
|2 days 10 hours ago||My dog weighs 8 pounds||
That's crazy small for a dog. Are you sure it's not a guinea pig?
|2 days 12 hours ago||My dog would be a trainer or water boy||
He's slow, not very agile, and scared of loud noises.
|2 days 12 hours ago||MGoBlue doesn't list Russell as B1G POY||
And Wikipedia says the award didn't begin until 1985
|2 days 14 hours ago||Here's the list of B10 POYs|
|2 days 15 hours ago||That's two straight B10 Player of the Year awards||
Can't imagine that's been done too often.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I think you've got that one backwards.||
So you're saying that Izzo is an irresistible force and Mitch is highly movable? OK then.
|2 days 19 hours ago||a recently made up war between "science" and "the church"||
Since you broke the seal, I'm jumping in.
The war ain't made up, pal. It might not involve the Catholic Church so much these days, but if you think that there isn't open conflict between a large number of certain churches in the U.S. and the real scientific community, you ain't paying attention.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I have an easy role for Mitch if we play MSU again||
Put him out there on a fast break after Izzo has started edging his way further and further out onto the court.
Irresistible force meets highly movable object.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I'm no real fan of Izzo||
but I'm not going to begrudge him or any other coach—obviously including Beilein—the right to get angry with the shit that a small number of fans say and do, nor would I get upset if they simply cold-cocked the asshole. There are few of us here would be able to restrain ourselves in these situations. That assclown student who got in the face of the Hawaii coach and then started motioning like he wanted to get it on is lucky he didn't get the beatdown he thoroughly and richly deserved.
|3 days 16 hours ago||McGary breathed too hard on a AZ player & got called||
Totally legit call... Mitch didn't brush his teeth that morning so his breath was pretty bad.
|3 days 16 hours ago||My father-in-law lied about his age and enlisted in the Navy||
at 17. He ended up at D-Day on a Higgins Boat ferrying troops to the Omaha Beach meat grinder. Never talked about it much until the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. First and only time I've ever seen him in tears.
|4 days 8 min ago||Virtually all of these players were in diapers in 1997||
To them CW is just some old guy from the misty depths of time.
Oh wait, that's me.
|4 days 8 hours ago||I'm just here for the negbang||
Just wish I could neg more than once in situations like this
|4 days 12 hours ago||Gotta shoot better than 4-15 for the three||
We took advantage of the free throws and turnovers, but shooting that poorly from long-distance is not a recipe for success in the NCAAs.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Warning Beilein for that while Izzo and Crean wander all over||
is like John Wayne Gacy's neighbor getting a ticket for not mowing his lawn.
|4 days 15 hours ago||espn hates us....has us as a 5 seed below wisky and state||
From a psychological standpoint of starting the tourney pissed off with something to prove, I'd rather see us at a 5 seed than a #1 seed.
From a program standpoint, you'd always like the #1.
|4 days 16 hours ago||ad museum?||
Is this an autocorrect?
|4 days 22 hours ago||Bosco syrup? You're revealing your age.|
|4 days 22 hours ago||Don Bosco?||
Wasn't he one of the mob bosses at the five families meeting called by Don Corleone in Godfather I?
|4 days 23 hours ago||Welcome to the neighborhood bro.||
I predict he'll be vacationing in La Paz before too long.
|5 days 13 min ago||Most of our fans are mental pussies||
Your views are interesting and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
|5 days 12 hours ago||I have a confession to make||
For some bizarre reason I cannot explain or justify in any rational way,
I like Bo Pelini.
|5 days 21 hours ago||OK, so bracketmatrix.com has weighed in||
but what does dominatrix.com have to say?
|6 days 16 min ago||Well, that's not good news.||
Did you ever really think Rosen was remotely likely to commit to UM?
|6 days 19 hours ago||so they can take on the challenges and intense play of March.||
Yes, because the current uniforms have proven to be entirely insufficient for the rigors of playing two games in three days.
Whatever. The rubes and suckers will eagerly shell out $90 for the top and $65 for the shorts and David Brandon will pour himself another snifter of brandy to celebrate another marketing coup. After all, it's for the kids.
|6 days 22 hours ago||I'm not sure why people are bummed by them.||
Because in any group of people, there are a few who just cannot manage to not be whiny, petulant children at every opportunity.
|6 days 23 hours ago||so I could be overreacting.||
I'd say you are. Are the Fab Five taking out full-page ads in the NYT to express their opinions, or are they simply answering questions that are being lobbed at them? Ray Jackson is hardly somebody who's been a quote machine.
|1 week 2 min ago||I am worried that programs will snatch up Bacari and Jordan.||
You should stop worrying about the inevitable. One or both of those guys will be gone to a head coaching job before long. The one thing that will keep one of them here is the chance to take over for Beilein once he retires.
|1 week 5 min ago||a wholphin.||
Also known as a LOLphin.
|1 week 22 hours ago||"Liberty Street pizza"??||
There was never a business by that name. You're thinking of Thano's Lamplighter on Liberty, which was the unofficial "training table" of the basketball program back then.
|1 week 1 day ago||Make it so that the defense gets to pick who tries the XP||
So if the Lions just scored a TD against the Bears, the Bears choose Nick Fairley to attempt the extra point. I'm hearing Yakety Sax just thinking about it.
Or, just eliminate the roster position of "kicker." All FGs, extra points, and punts can only be made by regular position players.
|1 week 1 day ago||Worst ILL loss in history at Assembly Hall/State Farm Center||
which makes it esp. sweet.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Sandusky was quickly tried & scapegoated..."||
It's probably not what you meant to say, but Jerry Sandusky is not a scapegoat: he really did commit horrible crimes.
|1 week 2 days ago||anyone who hopes that Michigan loses in order to get new HC||
You'd be surprised how many alleged UM fans I heard in the stadium in 2010 doing exactly that.
|1 week 2 days ago||FWIW, his bio is still up at MGoBlue||
The web guys at the AD need to get crackin'
|1 week 2 days ago||Next to the Wolverines, my favorite nickname||
is the Richmond Spiders.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fiat makes a model called the Slug?||
|1 week 2 days ago||The deceased woman reminds me of a game I attended||
back during the Amaker era. Can't even remember the opponent, but Crisler was half-empty, there were few students sitting in the lower bowl, and I was sitting on those cushy seats up in the upper bowl. There were two elderly ladies sitting a couple of rows in front of me and one of them was knitting the whole game. They never uttered a peep one way or the other during the game, but when something good happened for UM, one of them would thump her cane on the floor next to her seat.
The best word to describe the atmosphere there that night is somnolent.
|1 week 2 days ago||DB only has a B.A. Communications.||
Dave, I stand corrected, thanks. You've gone far on that degree.
|1 week 2 days ago||ones who don't show up ought to be weeded out of the ticket mkt||
I don't know why a guy with an MBA and highfalutin' corporate experience like DB can't recognize that this is largely a question of insufficient demand for the available product, both in terms of kids with tix not bothering to show up, and now with slacking season ticket purchases. All you need to do is reduce the allotment for the students to weed out the kids who don't really care, and give those tix over to the general population of those who do care. You wouldn't need to fuck around with GA or anything else to make that happen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Five minutes of Kate Upton cat dancing just before kickoff||
on the scoreboards. Parents will just have to cover their kids' eyes.
|1 week 2 days ago||A lot of memories are formed watching the games on TV||
The current streak of consecutive games over 100,000 began back in 1975 when no more than 2 or 3 Michigan football games per regular season were televised. When I came to UM in '71, if you wanted to watch Michigan football, you had to go to the stadium, because unless it was MSU or OSU, it wasn't on the tube.
Seems to me the solution to the problem of student attendance is pretty simple: reduce the size of the student section by 25% or so. I'd either ditch the GA policy outright, or change it so students don't have to wait in line longer than anybody else just to get into the stadium.
|1 week 2 days ago||Their previous unis weren't broken||
so of course their asswipe marketing geeks decided they needed changing, because revenue streams.
|1 week 2 days ago||look more like they were inspired by a calculator display...||
... as interpreted by some dork who thinks he speaks "Klingon."
If they're going to wear these atrocities, they should just bring back the goddamn creamsicle unis.
|1 week 2 days ago||I told anybody who would listen this was going to be the result||
of getting rid of the troughs in the men's rest rooms. Bring back the troughs, and the students will come back in droves.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's a ridiculous solution to a miniscule problem.||
So is using an AR-15 to kill a bunny, but it sure as hell would solve the problem.
|1 week 2 days ago||Big balls, you say?|
|1 week 2 days ago||He isn't important is he?||
ESPN's BPI geniuses to Tom Izzo: "There, there, Tommy, let's dry your eyes and blow your nose...that's good, now blow. OK, we promise to be nice to you since two of your players have boo-boos but are coming back."
To John Beilein: "Mitch who?"
|1 week 2 days ago||and not for missing players that are done for the year.||
Apparently there is no consideration given to a coaching staff's ability to compensate for a missing player.
|1 week 2 days ago||If a team or its opponent is missing one of its most important||
players (determined by minutes per game) for a contest, that game is less important for ranking the teams compared to games in which both teams are at full strength.
Given that UM is ranked behind a team they swept—Michigan State—the translation of this metric is thusly:
If Michigan State is missing one of its most important players (determined by minutes per game) for a contest, that game is less important for ranking the Spartans compared to games in which Michigan doesn't have a consensus lottery pick available the entire fucking season.
|1 week 3 days ago||incentive to go to the D-league is simply not there financially||
Do you agree that the top players maximize their financial prospects by playing college ball?
|1 week 3 days ago||Mark Cuban wants to ditch the hypocrisy of one-and-done||
in favor of the D-League. I agree with him... while I think it's unfortunate to the point of being tragic that many HS kids have no interest whatsoever in obtaining a university-level education, it's stupid to force them into the charade of being students for one season simply to play in the NBA. Doing so also makes a mockery of the NCAA's "student-athlete" image, and it inevitably puts colleges in the position of recruiting kids with no interest in academics and then having to bend their own rules and standards to keep these kids "eligible."
|1 week 3 days ago||Don't forget Lou Henson at Illinois||
His combover would give Keady's a run for its Monday.
|1 week 3 days ago||For all intensive purposes this peeked my interest||
Everybody takes the B10 for granite, and the parody is ignored.
|1 week 3 days ago||As one of the VERY few posters who remember 1986||
Hell, I have vivid memories of 1976.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'd like to see||
LSU Freek work his magic with this.
|1 week 4 days ago||scrolling through these comments||
is like spending time with bipolar schizophrenics.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fielding Yost's nickname?||
|1 week 4 days ago||Pitino the senior looks positively cadaverous||
I would think that schtupping waitresses in the private banquet room would leave you with a healthier, pinker complexion.
|1 week 5 days ago||"Total Frat Move"||
Your source for authoritative journalism.
|1 week 5 days ago||Glasgow Coma Scale of 5 or less.||
The Glasgow Coma Scale is calibrated in ounces of single-malt Scotch, from what I hear.
|1 week 5 days ago||Naw, that's for Tennessee||
Like Spurrier said, "You can't spell Uterus without UT!"
|1 week 5 days ago||"Not AN F-in' Color?"||
Really??? "AN" ????
|1 week 6 days ago||There was a contingent of UM fans who were uncomfortable||
with them for all of the usual well-known reasons, but they were a very small minority that was just very loud.
As for their under-performing in the biggest games, they were only intact through their sophomore seasons. Had they all stayed for four years, I think they would have dislodged that monkey from their backs on numerous occasions.
|2 weeks 39 min ago||Samdruss says you're all wrong and stupid||
He's still hating on GRIII
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Mmmmmm...peat.||
Don't forget the smoky part.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Ordinarily I'd say that I'd rather see him retire||
than come to the Lions. However, I suppose I should give Caldwell a chance to do something with this ridiculous franchise.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||you can't go out there and publically say it.||
What meds? I've never had any meds. Don't need 'em as long as I have my Lagavulin handy.
You shouldn't worry anyhow. I haven't correctly picked a game all season.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||baited breath||
When I bait my breath with Lagavulin I'm irresistable.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||170 is perhaps untenably light||
There was a certain skinny WR a few years ago who is listed as 5-11 and 161 for his senior year at Michigan. Dude made a memorable catch against Indiana and had a decent career in the pros.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Trap game let-down after MSU||
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||the blog here would quickly descend into an unmanageable morass.||
The internet is flypaper for morons.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||You'd have to match email accounts with your ticket database||
I say make the goddamn NSA do something useful with all that data it's collecting.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||extremely extreme.||
Totally warranted for douchey douchebaggery.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||A substantial part of every college fanbase is comprised of||
douchebag a-holes who would run down their own grandmother in the parking lot if she missed a winning number in a senior center bingo game. Taking that kind of abuse in social media and not responding in kind is something that would test a Buddhist monk, let alone 19-year old kids.
I'm all for athletic departments identifying the worst social media abusers, publishing their names, and if they're ticket holders yanking their ability to purchase tickets for life.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Det News, ESPN wouldn't write something w/o knowing facts||
You serious, Clark? If so, LOLWUT.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'd throw Shallman in there||
I've been saying since Shallman signed his LOI that he's got much more of a future as TE than he does running the ball. For a RB, he's slow-footed, but as a TE he's potentially a force.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Let's see if he visits before we talk||
Agree. Seems like a long shot given his location and family history @ Clemson.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||U of M is flummoxed on how to do it themselves.||
This is not a recent development, and it doesn't just apply to athletes—UM has been extremely strict about transfers for at least 40 years. A good friend of mine was trying to transfer from another school into UM in the early 1970s, and he was able to transfer just a small portion of the credit hours he took at the other institution. Believe me, he felt like he got screwed, and he wasn't an athlete.
I have no problem that the football program is not free from the same constraints. Now if you want to take the view that this is a cynical ploy by UM to increase tuition dollars at the margins, fine, but this is not a case of anybody being flummoxed except for those who refuse to recognize the underlying nature of the situation, which is rooted in academic standards, whether for ill or good.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is good||
The last thing Michigan's young players need is lots of smoke blown up their asses. Let the smoke go up MSU's butt instead.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||What would have written if no changes had been made||
"Man, I don't feel good about this. Not moving around some assistants, not trying some position switches after a mediocre defensive season… smacks of naive cluelessness. Which I guess, yeah, that's what clueless people do, but the lack of changes do not inspire confidence."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not much bothers Russians||
except vodka shortages.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||yardsticks are good||
It'll be interesting to see how these pan out over time.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||he's tougher and harder than he appears||
This is as it should be. You've got to be a little dickish if you're going to be a successful head coach. Many if not most of the most successful HCs in any sport are not "nice guys" between the lines.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I expect him to go in the 6th round,||
Which means he won't be picked up by a horrendous franchise with a high early round pick.
Love to see him on NE, Denver, SF, or even Seattle.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not a lip reader||
but I'm not convinced that's a "fuck you."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The embed isn't visible to me for some reason||
Firefox on a Mac.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Can't wait to see what Harris said.||
He didn't say anything, but that's because he's committing to Auburn.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Either Nuss is pretty tall||
or Harris is on the short side.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just make sure you don't end up on the Lions, Jeremy||
No true Michigan fan should ever wish that fate on a Wolverine.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||67-64||
Interesting amount of skepticism about a Michigan victory so far. I wouldn't have expected that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just another dumb move by Bettmann||
More US expansion—unless it's in a genuine northern hockey hotbed like Minneapolis—is lame.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||they make good cheeses though||
Beemster, for example.....mmmmmmm
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nice A man that gets it||
You were expecting A woman?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Speed skating isn't any more interesting to me than||
curling or figure skating. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'd make that deal in a heartbeat||
You don't need a David Brandon to schmooze the wealthy swells, raise ticket prices, or try to charge for ass cushions. A young marketing intern can do all that for a fraction of the price.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||most consistent generator of pass rush is no longer on the pass||
Maybe I'm not remembering things correctly, but I swear that I've seen very effective pass rushers coming from the MLB spot, both in college and in the pros. Maybe not on every down, but an inside blitz can be devastating if you've got a guy with the size and quickness that Ryan has.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It might be old news||
but it's still mind-boggling, at least to me. I wonder how many programs in the country have faced this degree of attrition.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Of all the things that college students do that merit criticism||
rushing the court ain't one of them.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Iowa State rushing the court when they beat us this year||
Maybe I imagined it, but I seem to remember we were in the freaking national championship game last season, on top of the fact that former UM coach Johnny Orr is the winningest coach in ISU history and undoubtedly the fans there also got a kick out of beating us for that reason.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||makes you wonder just who they're targeting with this garbage||
I think it's obvious who David Brandon truly cares about: the people in his tax bracket who sit in the suites. You know, the J. Ira Harrises and Stephen H. Rosses of the world who have their names plastered all over the program now. The rest of the hoi polloi in the stadium are nothing but ATMs for the athletic department, as Brian so aptly and accurately described it. When you get to the point of attempting to allow only rented seat cushions, it's blindingly obvious how the athletic department views Michigan football fans.
Don Canham was a very successful businessman in his own right, but it was in part of the business world that was very, very different from Brandon's. Canham built and owned his own firms, but they were not huge corporations. He had an organically-acquired and grass-roots-oriented feel for what was required to get people into the stadium and what would keep them there. By contrast, Brandon is entirely a creature of the large corporate world, and has undoubtedly been surrounded by yes-men and brown-nosers wherever he's been, including at Michigan.
It's mind-boggling to me that the AD was faced with a problem—large numbers of no-shows in the student section—with a simple, obvious, and quick solution: immediately cut back the number of tickets allotted to the students by 25%, and make those tickets available to the general fan public. It wouldn't require the idiotic rejiggering of seating priorities, wouldn't have required the brain-dead method of assigning seats, and wouldn't have resulted in students waiting in line for an hour just to get in the fucking stadium. Don Canham would have understood that he was faced with declining demand in one sector, and would have adjusted his supply to that sector accordingly. He wouldn't have instituted policies that would decrease demand even further.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The "m" in maybe should be capitalized.||
So should the "d" in douchebag.
|3 weeks 51 min ago||Reminds me a bit of||
|3 weeks 1 day ago||The day RR was announced was the first I'd ever heard this|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think this was written in a boiler room in Mumbai||
There's something about the phrasing that makes me think the writer has never actually watched a single college football game, and just cobbled this argle-bargle together after a couple hours of research on the internets.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This just in||
AP 2-18-2014 "Kate Upton renounced her Michigan fandom, proclaiming herself "a big Sparty...go Green, go White!!"
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You forgot 23-man squamish||
as well as farnarkling.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||they were on multiple teams together since '94/95.||
There are a number of team photo posters for competitions in '99/2000 still up on the wall in my daughter's bedroom (my wife would skin me if I even suggested taking them down) and I bet your wife is in some or all of them. I'll mention her name to my kid (who will be 30 this year-arrgh.)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||2013 6||
Welp, if the trend continues, then we're due for a nice fat goose-egg in 2014.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I believe your daughter probably knows my wife then.||
I bet she does. When you have the chance, ask your wife if she remembers a skater on the team named Marta.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Mental masturbation is NOT a sport???||
You're not doing it right then.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||That Jones fight decision at the Seoul Olympics||
was in its own way every bit as outrageous as what the refs allowed the Soviet basketball team to do in 1972 against the USA.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Small world, my wife competed for the Hockettes!||
My daughter's final years with the Hockettes were 1999-2000-2001, but she was skating with them for a bit before that too.
If I'm not mistaken, one of my daughter's coaches at the time was/is Andrew Copp's mom.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Some would say that golf ain't a sport||
but is instead a waste of a nice afternoon fruitlessly trying to propel a tiny dimpled ball into an impossibly small hole from a ridiculous distance.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||don't consider any event decided by a panel of judges a sport||
You must hate Olympic boxing then. I've never seen such mind-bogglingly criminally-inept or openly corrupt judging as in Olympic boxing.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||mostly in synchronized skating,||
My daughter skated with Ann Arbor's Hockettes for several years, and participated in national and international competitions. I can't say that I find any variety of figure skating truly interesting as a sport, but to deny the athleticism and teamwork of synchronized skating or pairs ice dancing is stupid.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's as much of a sport as||
freaking rhythmic gymnastics is.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm hoping that the brutally low temps||
will decrease the numbers of the emerald ash borer and other insect pests.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You know what would really be impressive?||
If J. Ira and Nicky Harris had endowed the HC position with $10 million and had named it the "Glenn E. Schembechler Head Football Coach."
All the financial benefits still accrue to the Athletic Dept. and an iconic Michigan coach is honored in a way that's relevant to his role in Michigan football history.
But nope, J. Ira and Nicky Harris—neither of whom have the slightest connection to Michigan athletics in any direct way, get to barnacle their names to the head football coach position in perpetuity.
This decision is simply the blinking neon sign announcing what has already developed over the past several years: Michigan football is now largely by, for, about, and controlled by extremely wealthy people who no more care about the average schmoes who do their bidding than they do about the bugs under their feet.
If you doubt this last inflammatory statement:
J. Ira Harris is a member in good standing of Kappa Beta Phi.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||"Agreed - this is a silly thing to get upset over"||
Eagerly soliciting millions from uber-wealthy people who look like they're out of a "Law & Order" episode so that they can attach their name like a parasitic remora to the same position that Yost, Crisler, and Schembechler occupied is totally fine and not at all humiliating and is a smart exploitation of a business opportunity.
Yet having a mascot is a horrible outrage, a tradition-sodomizing atrocity that will drain the very life, meaning and manly-juices out of Michigan football because tradition.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||How many times have you heard||
Many times, in fact.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||rather have a name before Hoke's title than have higher tix $$||
If you think this is going to have one scintilla's worth of restraint on ticket prices, I've got a fantastic investment advisor that I'd like to introduce you to. His name is Madoff.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||J. Ira Harris is a member in good standing of Kappa Beta Phi||
Hail fellows well met, the cream of society, your social betters, swells wearing purple velvet slippers or going full-out in drag:
Kappa Beta Phi membership list here: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/02/revealed-members-of-kappa-b...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The next time some fabulously wealthy people donate millions||
to my alma mater without demanding that their name be plastered all over the fucking building and letterhead is the first time I'll truly be impressed by their generosity.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So to sum up||
Eagerly soliciting millions of dollars from creepy uber-wealthy people who look like they're out of a "Law & Order" episode so that they can attach their name like a parasitic remora to the same position that Yost, Crisler, and Schembechler occupied is apparently totally fine and not at all humiliating and is a smart exploitation of a business opportunity.
Yet having a mascot is a horrible, tradition-sodomizing atrocity that will drain the very life and meaning and manly-juices out of Michigan football because tradition.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That should be, um, fun for us.||
I'm not holding my breath on Harris.
According to Sam this morning, Coach Nuss has made Mike Weber a priority since he got here, and Weber had Hoke and Nuss on either side of him at the Wisconsin game.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||looks big enough to start for a college team in the 70s.||
Dan Dierdorf is listed on the UM football roster database as being 6-4/250 as a senior.
Bill Dufek: 6-4/263
Mike Kenn: 6-6/243
Mark Donahue: 6-3/245
Walt Downing: 6-4/254
All of the above had careers in the NFL, with Dierdorf and Kenn in the HOF.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Sam also mentioned that Damien Harris||
is not going to announce until NSD.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"teaching someone to commit pass interference & hold 60 times||
is not preparing players "better" for the NFL."
The Super Bowl champions would like to have a word with you.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Nebraska needs to attach the rim||
I'm no expert when it comes to basketball rules, but attaching yourself to the rim seems like it would be goaltending.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||with Stuart V Goldberg representing me.||
Eh, I'll go with Sam Bernstein and his crack legal firm of Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, Bernstein, and Bernstein.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||if you were a hotdog, would you eat yourself?||
Only if I was covered in mustard, chopped onions, and hot relish.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Lying bastards? The hell you say...|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That arrest does not equal guilt.||
That's very true, but legal acquittal does not equal actual innocence, either.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Personally, I am not sure if we really went.||
What other interesting things do you believe?
• JFK's brain is being kept alive in a secret Nevada facility
• Elvis was an alien
• The world is controlled by a small cabal of Jewish financiers
• Every NBA game is fixed by the Vegas mob.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||You can't have that without this|
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Darwin Award.||
Another neighbor drove him to the hospital, and she said the guy was as distressed by his own carelessness as he was about the actual injury.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||White Walkers, perhaps they are real?||
Sure they are... they're the elderly retirees you see cruising through the mall first thing in the morning, wearing their sparkling white walking shoes and Wilford Brimley moustaches.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||He loves that thing.||
Fergodsakes, make sure your son doesn't even think about doing what a neighbor of mine did a couple of weeks ago. He was using his snow blower, and stuck his hand into it to clear some snow out—while the damn thing was still running.
He ended up in the hospital having emergency reconstructive surgery. Numerous broken bones, sliced tendons, ligaments, etc. Luckily he didn't lose any fingers... or his whole damn hand.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Cracks me up how people who eagerly look forward to the gym||
and working out for two hours, lifting weights, running/rowing/biking, etc getting their heart rate way up, sweating buckets, and ending up pleasantly fatigued will then complain bitterly about shoveling snow.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||How about an interactive map showing||
the location of all Big Ten players who've blown their ACLs out?
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Michigan Man my ass||
Davis, I negged you solely because Derek Jeter never was, is not now, and never will be a Michigan Man BECAUSE HE NEVER SPENT ONE FUCKING SECOND IN A MICHIGAN UNIFORM OR A MICHIGAN CLASSROOM.
Jesus, have standards really fallen that low now?
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||small town, which is consistent with Lincoln||
Approximate populations, as per Wikipedia:
Columbus, OH: over 800,000
Lincoln, NE: 265,000
Columbia, SC: 131,000
Ann Arbor, MI: 112,000
State College, PA: 42,000
State College's wiki page has this tidbit: "In 2010, State College was ranked as the third-safest metropolitan area in the United States by the CQ Press"
Unless Pelini is an ignoramus and thinks that Columbia SC is a bigger city than Lincoln, it would make no sense for him to criticize Columbia as a "big city." If it's a current coach in the B10, it would be more likely somebody who's now in a city noticeably smaller than Columbia. There are a bunch of other schools in the conference that fit that profile, including Penn State.
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||"Have we become so jaded?"||
The irony of somebody so jaded that he can't celebrate a significant road win against a prime opponent accusing others of being jaded.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Local sportwriter take on Fisher after his firing||
John Beckett was a veteran sportswriter for the old A2 News during the '80s and covered the UM basketball team during that time. He wrote this in the immediate wake of Fisher's firing:
"Everybody was duped by Fisher nice-guy attitude
October 12, 1997
By JOHN BECKETT
ANN ARBOR - From the very beginning, Steve Fisher seemed too good to be true.
Fisher became Michigan's basketball coach on a March day in 1989 that seemed about as turbulent as hoops could get at U-M. Who would have guessed that such a cherubic figure would depart from U-M eight seasons later as a gaunt, haggard, graying man at the center of turbulence that, by comparison, makes his debut seem rather tame?
In 1989, just a few days before the NCAA tournament, Wolverine head coach Bill Frieder flew to Phoenix to accept the job as head coach at Arizona State. Bo Schembechler, then U-M athletic director, decided that if Frieder wanted that job that badly, there was no way he would be allowed to coach the Wolverines in the tourney. So he named Fisher, a U-M assistant for seven years, as interim head coach.
During the next month, Fisher became everyone's darling. The Wolverines won six consecutive games and U-M's only NCAA championship. Fisher, with red cheeks and boyish enthusiasm reminiscent of Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham, captured the fancy of basketball fans and media throughout the country.
Schembechler removed the "interim" designation after the Wolverines claimed the NCAA crown.
To truly appreciate how far Fisher fell, one has to recall the terrific heights he scaled during the first part of his tenure at U-M.
Although he failed to guide the veteran, talent-laden 1989-90 team to a repeat of its national title, Fisher was back in the Final Four just two years later with the Fab Five. The next season, 1993, Fisher advanced to the NCAA championship game for the third time.
Those are accomplishments most college coaches only dream of. For Fisher, they seemed to become almost routine.
He was too good to be true.
But even then, there were signs that not all was right in Wolverine Land.
First of all, there was the Fab Five. Many fans saw them as the embodiment of a new, young, rebellious attitude on court. Long, baggy shorts. Black socks. Cocky. Swaggering. Strutting.
Others saw them as virtually obscene. Not cocky: crude, these people said. Too much swagger. Too much trash talk. Yeah, these guys could play, but they didn't behave the way Michigan fans expected their athletes to behave.
Meanwhile, there were troubling incidents. Each one, at the time, may not have seemed like much. But slowly, they began to add up and form a pattern that made some begin to wonder about Fisher.
He hired Donnie Kirksey, a hanger-on to Juwan Howard, to work at his basketball camp, even though Kirksey had minimal, at best, credentials. There were reports that Fisher paid Kirksey an outlandish fee; Fisher denied those reports but refused to say how much he did pay Kirksey.
Fisher hired Perry Watson as an assistant coach amid grumbles from around the Big Ten. Fisher had timed Watson's hiring to get a full season's worth of unofficial recruiting from him, and Watson's hiring was tied to Jalen Rose's decision to play at Michigan, some conference coaches contended.
Then came Beergate. And a summer camp scandal: Fab Fivers, and other U-M players, had been paid to do little more than sign autographs at camps and tournaments. Although U-M officials downplayed the incidents, the NCAA judged them significant enough to re-interpret its rules regarding summer camp jobs.
Meanwhile, Fisher was winning a lot of games - overall, his record was 184-82 - but he wasn't winning championships. His Wolverines never won a Big Ten title. They made early exits from the NCAA tournament in 1995 and 1996. The highlight of their 1996-97 season was winning the postseason NIT - an acceptable accomplishment for most programs, but hardly what people had come to hope for from Michigan.
When Maurice Taylor rolled his vehicle in the wee hours of a Saturday morning in 1996, the incident caused some people to say more loudly what they had been talking quietly about for some time: Fisher did not have the control over his players that a coach should have, either on or off the court.
In the end, that was Fisher's undoing. Michigan athletic director Tom Goss apparently became convinced that Fisher lacked what the NCAA calls "institutional control" over his basketball program.
How did such a nice guy - for that is the description so commonly applied to Fisher, especially early in his career - come up so short?
Was he too nice for his own good? Too trusting?
After the 1989-90 season, I had a talk with Fisher. After five seasons covering U-M basketball, I was moving on to other things. Before I did, I told Fisher that one of his players had told me that "golden handshakes" - boosters slipping players money after games - were sometimes happening in the Wolverine locker room.
I didn't have enough on-the-record sources to write about it, but this player was one I trusted, and I thought Fisher should be alerted.
Fisher's reaction was mildly angry disbelief. He would never believe U-M boosters or players would do such things, he told me.
An example of Steve Fisher's naivete? I don't think so. Steve Fisher was not that naive. Steve Fisher is an intelligent man. More likely, I think, was that if Fisher didn't know about such goings-on, he was perfectly content to continue not knowing.
The media - myself included - made a fundamental mistake in covering Steve Fisher from the beginning. We bought into his "nice guy" image immediately and maintained it even when we should have known, or at least suspected, differently.
We should have known, and remembered, that college basketball and/or football coaches can't be that nice and that successful, too. When Fisher almost immediately pushed the media back more than an arm's length, when he closed practices and restricted access to his players, we should have been more suspicious.
We could have paid more attention to the lack-of-control pattern that emerged ever more clearly as the Fisher Era went along.
Of course, the same can be said of the U-M athletic department; of Fisher's bosses.
None of us should be surprised at Fisher's downfall. We all should have known that he was too good to be true."
Aside from whatever responsibility he had for what happened at UM, it's undeniable that he's done a tremendous job at SDSU. He's a damn good basketball coach.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I call bullshit||
There's a gigantic, glaring omission here... they're ignoring a sport that would swamp NASCAR for the coveted "living in rural areas with household income less than $35K with education of HS or less" demographic.
Yes, it's a travesty that pro wrestling isn't included. Rowdy Roddy Piper is busting up furniture over this right now.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||JBlaze||
why the neg?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I owe an apology to all those folks I lambasted last week||
for perpetuating the silly rumor that Malik McDowell wouldn't sign until after NSD.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||myth that athletes here get a better education||
Nope, totally a myth, and Cardale Jones can attest to that.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||A few weeks before firing him he said every staff member would b||
On December 2 Hoke said, "I anticipate the staff (returning)..."
The word "anticipate" is frequently used in these situations specifically to give the speaker wiggle room. Hoke would have been crazy to tell the media before the bowl game that he was going to make changes to the staff.
If you don't want to see any nuance in what Hoke said, that's your business.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Fans like Jeff Orr infest every HS, college and pro sports venue||
They're the loudmouths who abusively berate the officials at high school hockey games, scream obscenities at the umps and opposing players at T-ball games, and drunkenly taunt opposing fans after MLB games. They brag to their families and friends about their exploits, and consider themselves Alpha-males because they act like raging dickheads.
In other words, they're Randy Marsh, only it's not funny in reality.
Smart will get punished for his actions, and I have no problem with that; you can't allow large, powerful men to attack gutless sacks of shit-filled suet sitting in the stands, however justified it might seem at the time.
Just to reiterate, Jeff Orr is a gutless sack of shit-filled suet.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||"By what logic does Hoke keep and protect Funk?||
I am not trying to get anyone fired here..."
WTF? Do you not see the ridiculously vast contradiction in the two sentences you've written?
You're trying to have it both ways. Either you think Funk should be let go, or you don't. Choose one.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||If you're really in charge you wouldn't have to keep saying you||
I'm not much of a DB fan, but this particular argument is complete and utter bullshit.
It's like saying that because a certain portion of the electorate keeps yammering about birth certificates, the assertions to the contrary by a certain politician simply proves he wasn't born where he said he was.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||"220 by spring ball!"||
Remember when Green reported to fall camp at 240, and those who thought that might be a bit too heavy were routinely mocked and jeered at, and were assured that "Green is just a big guy and can handle that weight just fine?"
|4 weeks 5 days ago||77-68||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Most of our home openers don't generate this much expected hype.||
Gee, I wonder why that would be?
Our last ten home openers:
CMU, MI-OH, N.ILL, Vandy, App St., Utah, WMU, UConn, WMU, CMU
Yet you think that a night home opener against Florida or Texas wouldn't have hype many, many orders of magnitude larger than an opener against Central Michigan University.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You actually prefer a neutral site game with FL to one at home?||
Then why play any games in Michigan Stadium at all?
For some bizarre reason, you apparently believe that a game played against Florida (or Georgia or Texas or USC or LSU, etc.) in Ann Arbor can't be scheduled for prime time and won't draw any media attention.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I find it very strange that so many red-blooded male sports fans||
know the names of enough soap operas that we can lampoon them and still know which ones we're talking about.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Like sand through our underpants||
So go the days of our LOIs.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"Storied" is a vague term||
Does it mean the most wins on the field? Does it mean the most national championships? Does it mean the most Heisman Trophy winners? Does it mean since 1950, or since 1879?
Or does it mean the most written-about in the national media? The most "famous?" The most hyped?
I believe that the most common intended meanings of the word are in the second sentence, and by that standard Notre Dame is ahead, followed relatively closely by Alabama.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||another bad sign that Hoke has simply lost his recruiting touch||
Yes, it's really awful that we'll have to make do with leftovers like Jabrill Peppers, Lawrence Marshall, and Bryan Mone.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||Read it again, from the start||
That's what my cat says when she's trying to eject a hairball.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||He'll be at least as good||
as Kevin Grady was in his 2nd year.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||you hated parties and loved going to class when you were 17/18?||
You're conveniently ignoring the "not going to class" part of that equation.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||shame on his parents if they don't support him for it.||
Are you freaking kidding? Do you have children of your own?
No parent is morally obligated to support, condone, or approve of their child's decisions just because the kid wants something. If MM's parents truly believe that MSU (or whatever school) is a bad choice for tangible, serious reasons, they'd be abdicating their roles as responsible parents to simply turtle and yield.
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||this is a big miss for the coaching staff.||
A disappointment to be sure, but I'm not sure how Hoke & Co. can be held responsible for an 18-year old's preference for the social life at another school, which was apparently a big factor for MM. Would a much better 2013 season have swung his choice our way? Possibly, but I'm not sure it would have been a slam dunk.
As for Hand, nobody around here seemed to take his assertion that he wanted to be in an engineering program seriously, but Alabama made that an option for him. We can LOL till the cows come home about the difference between UM and AL when it comes to the respective strengths of our engineering programs, but it's not like Bama's program is an unaccredited diploma-mill engineering school in the Caribbean. To Hand, the possibility to play for a perennial NC contender while having at least the opportunity to pursue his engineering ambitions might well have been a no-brainer.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Sam Webb just said MM's mom was not at the announcement||
Meaning that it's gonna be MSU.
What a soap opera.
* It's official: it's MSU, per WTKA.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Haven't thought he was coming here for months||
My disappointment is minimal. If he really dislikes the prospect of being in A2, then it's probably best for everybody that he go elsewhere. The last thing any team needs are high-profile players who don't buy in.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||HALOLOLOL||
wicked droll there
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Excellent word-smithing||
and thanks for all of your efforts since you've been here. I hope you're able to tune out/ignore the knuckleheads more easily now.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||staff going to remain the same unless someone chooses to leave||
Sounds like something the local Mob boss would say.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||the topic is "surprises"... not dreams.||
Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but MM and Gelen Robinson are dreams, not surprises.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Kate Upton rings my doorbell||
and then gives me 100K in small bills for services rendered.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Thus beginneth the football off-season||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Where is the quote you attribute to Jennings?||
I was roasting her but I don't see the alleged quote.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Especially on dial-up||
while I listen to my Walkman.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Mods, be swift, be brutal, and have no mercy||
“Every normal mod must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” ― H.L. Mencken
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting stuff||
But putting Texas in "The Plains" with the Dakotas, Montana, and Idaho strikes me as more than a bit silly. I'd put TX in with the SE schools and name the category South/Southeast.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||how many Bullough's are there?||
There's a secret MSU cloning facility just east of Okemos.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Could be back in time for the 2015 tourney.||
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Damn you Mitch McGary||
I thought this was good news about Malik McDowell.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Because you're smart||
If I was so smart I wouldn't spend this much time on MGoBlog.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I was unaware that it was heresy to simply pose a question||
You didn't just pose a question; phrasing it as "throwing in the towel" is a direct assertion that the staff simply turtled and gave up, which is simply wrong and uninformed on all sorts of ways.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||yanked Bacon's credential entirely before the 2013 season||
which means DB is perfectly suited to a career in politics. Being able to blame the press for bad news is a necessary requirement for holding public office.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I can understand his parents not wanting bad influences around||
but the only kind of place where he won't be surrounded by them is at some tiny Bible college in the middle of nowhere.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Anything that DB can do to recover from this PR mis-step?||
Hire a plane to fly in circles over 420 Maynard St. towing a banner reading "GO DAILY!"
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Who knows what MM's thinking actually is||
but if he dislikes the thought of attending UM and playing for Hoke so much it might be best that he go elsewhere.
I've believed since last fall that he wasn't going to come here, but I was hoping it was just my natural pessimism at work.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think refusing to include the Daily is stupid & childish||
but it's especially disgusting when the fishwrap that employs Drew Sharp does receive an invitation.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Not the first time the Daily has been at odds with UM football|
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Went to the gym instead of watching this turkey||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The popularity of the Tigers vs Lions is easy to explain||
In the lives of the large majority of current Detroit sports fans, the Tigers have been to the World Series four times, and have won two of them. The Lions have been to the NFL championship only in the active memories of those in their late sixties or older.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Did they fail to cover at an inopportune time?||
Hatred? Are you kidding? I hate them as much as I hate the Three Stooges, or Laurel & Hardy or George Costanza or Kramer or Phil Dunphy. They're comedy gold for me.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'll view them with a large grain of salt.||
A reasonable approach to take. Caldwell needs to make sure that it's just rumors, or take action as soon as is prudent.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Basically, heroin is relentlessly evil.||
I had HS classmates who killed themselves with heroin in 1971, and forty years later there are still wealthy people who seem to think that it won't happen to them. It's no different from playing Russian roulette.