The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
|2 hours 43 min ago||I could definetly see an||
I could definetly see an identity.
Agree. The word that kept coming to my mind was "coherent."
|2 hours 53 min ago||"Great" is a bit much. But||
"Great" is a bit much. But at times, good.
Three interceptions isn't acceptable, but as others have said, two of those are as much on the receiver as on Ruddock.
The first overthrown deep ball was Ruddock. Probably jitters.
The second I'm not convinced was uncatchable. I thought I saw Chesson slowing up his last step or two. If he would have reached for his top gear as the ball was coming down he might well have gotten under that.
Ruddock's completions were for the most part quick and decisive. Except for the deep balls he put the ball where it was supposed to be. Plus, Ruddock stood in the pocket. And unlike Gardner, he kept his eyes on the field as he dropped back.
I think Harbaugh exhibited a lot of class in the post-game press conference by accentuating the positives and being honest about areas where more work is needed.
This team has all the markings of a team that will progress across the season to its natural ceiling. It's natural ceiling is *not* great, but it will be pretty good.
We are in way better shape than we were this time last year.
|3 hours 50 min ago||Prior to last Michigan TD I||
Prior to last Michigan TD I thought to myself, "Here's where we see if they fight, or give up."
Last year they would have given up. This year they did not.
I'm convinced Michigan could win this if they played again next week.
Very unfortunate first game mistakes. Clean those up and this becomes a good team. Not great, yet, but good.
|4 hours 4 min ago||Jourdan Lewis continues to be||
Jourdan Lewis continues to be solid
|6 hours 46 min ago||Mike Pererra reminds me of||
Mike Pererra reminds me of Bill Kennedy at the Movies.
|9 hours 19 min ago||Are you at the stadium? Is||
Are you at the stadium? Is that your photo?
|9 hours 30 min ago||A former girlfriend was a UNC||
A former girlfriend was a UNC graduate and pretty snooty about it. That was 25 years ago, but I will never forget her attitude. So, Go Gamecocks!
(Spurrier looks ... disinterested, or tired, or something.)
|14 hours 47 min ago||"No cortical function is||
"No cortical function is required to cheer when the ball moves forward and boo when it does not."
I like this. Quick ... get this on a T-shirt.
"I almost don’t care if Michigan wins or loses."
I hate you.
"Michigan 28, Utah 17"
I love you again.
|15 hours 24 min ago||Choose?||
You're making me choose between the two?! :-)
|16 hours 45 min ago||There is nothing like the||
There is nothing like the thrill and drama of a close and well-played college football game.
Nothing. No other sport comes close.
Worth it? Hell yes.
|19 hours 35 min ago||It ain't a GIF party without||
It ain't a GIF party without Alison Brie. Just sayin'.
|19 hours 48 min ago||Diamond||
AHHHH THROW YOUR DIAMOND IN THE SKY IF YOU FEEL THE VIBE.
Oh, I feel the vibe. But I'd prefer not to throw my diamond in the sky. But thanks for the suggestion.
|1 day 11 hours ago||I am relatively sanguine||
I am relatively sanguine about this position ...
That's one of them fancy words. :-)
I come to MGoBlog for football ... I leave with a better vocabulary!
|1 day 13 hours ago||I will keep half an eye on||
I will keep half an eye on the UofA game, but I suspect this to be all Arizona. I doubt Bellomy will play for UTSA. But knowing something about the game will let me speak cogently at the water cooler the next day.
The other game this weekend I'm curious about is Florida. They're playing a cupcake (New Mexico State), but it's their first step out of the darkness with a new coach. Florida wins, but will we see anything like a glimmer of what might be?
Agree about Pac-12 South. Last year my adopted school to follow was UCLA. I can't bring myself to root for USC ever.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Arizona hosting UTSA is||
Arizona hosting UTSA is interesting, but not compelling.
Interesting because UTSA is where Russell Bellomy transferred to.
Interesting because UTSA damn near beat Arizona last year in San Antonio. This year it's Tucson.
But not compelling because it falls smack against Meeechigan game!!!
|1 day 13 hours ago||Truth||
Amara Darboh == Amara Darboh
Well, that settles it. :-)
|1 day 14 hours ago||Keys||
Stipulate that limiting turnovers is a given.
If we change to this to "keys of the game" ... then:
Offensively I'd love the story to be: "Utah could not stop Michigan's relentless drives."
Defensively I'd love the story to be: "Michigan's front four were in the backfield all night." I'd be okay with our secondary scoring zero tackles if it means it's all happening up front.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Well five or six years ago||
Well five or six years ago you weren't a P5 program.
Exactly right ... there was a time when Utah was not really part of the college football conversation. Urban Meyer changed that quite a bit when he was there; Utah's joining the PAC-12 changed it a bunch.
Still, that said, it's hardly controversial to say that Michigan is not bigger than their Pac-12 rivals. The last time Michigan was part of the top-tier discussion was 2006. It's been a very dry last seven or eight years. But ... Harbaugh!
Go Blue. Let's start the turnaround tomorrow evenin.
|1 day 18 hours ago||That moment when her eyes||
That moment when her eyes lock on the camera and the smile emerges ... priceless.
This never gets old.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Wow ... well, good for him.||
Wow ... well, good for him.
He's also listed on the kick returner depth chart.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Michigan's offensive line||
Michigan's offensive line pushes Utah down the field. The running game establishes itself early. But for the TD it's Ruddock to Darboh, with Jake Butt drawing all sorts of coverage away from the other receivers.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Others have commented on the||
Others have commented on the depth at LB.
Brian hints at addressing the depth issue in part by bringing Peppers in as an LB in spots.
But what about the DL corp? I know with Mone's injury depth is a bit of an issue as well. But I think there's some possibility for our DEs to slip back into LB roles if needed?
|3 days 13 hours ago||Ugh ... my eyes ... they||
Ugh ... my eyes ... they burn. :-)
|3 days 15 hours ago||My Bad||
My bad ... I read "Rhett" but my fingers typed "Brett".
(Maybe I have Bret Beilema on my mind ... and if so, then someone kill me, please.)
|3 days 15 hours ago||General Information||
First off, good for Brett. I hope he does well and enjoys his time with football.
Second ... that district (Catalina Foothills) is some nice real estate. It is the Bloomfield Hills* of Tucson, so to speak. It is on the north side of town on the lower slopes of the Catalina mountains. It is probably 10 miles or so north of the UofA campus, which itself is just to the east of downtown Tucson. Straight up Campbell and you hit the Catalina Foothills.
Tucson's growth pattern was first to the east, then to the north. The Catalina Foothills area was just desert scrub-land 25 years ago. Growth east checked by mountains; growth north checked by mountains; now it's going northwest (Marana) and now also to the west.
* Or Birmingham, or Gross Pointe. It's not like Plymouth or Canton ... Marana and Oro Valley more fit that parallel. I thought maybe Royal Oak, but that's a much older, more artsy place than Catalina Foothills. Tucson has its artsy locales, but Catalina Foothills is not it.
|4 days 19 hours ago||He's worse than Harbaugh To||
He's worse than Harbaugh
To reinforce your point ... Harbaugh and Drevno.
(I have a major man crush for Drevno. Ever since his introductory video interviews, the guy has struck me as someone I'd follow to hell and back. I've said before: he's Harbaugh's X-factor here. We're going to see good things out of this offense.)
|4 days 19 hours ago||Even Mattison got||
Even Mattison got demoted
Another reading of this -- Mattison willingly stepped back to (a) provide Durkin the role, (b) provide continuity for the staff, and (c) assume a role that is his first love in coaching ... the DL.
At 65 years old it's possible -- even likely -- he no longer wants DC role, but very much wants to remain involved with the DL and coaching the young men who play there. I applaud him.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Reading around on him, the||
Reading around on him, the knocks against his NFL prospects center on his passing delivery (tends to throw sidearm) and his unproven play against top competition. He'll get looks, but I think he'll be a lower round pick ... 3rd maybe at best?
|5 days 11 hours ago||My wife saw me watching this.||
My wife saw me watching this. She rolled her eyes. "Boys and their football," she sighed. I smiled. Let it begin.
|5 days 14 hours ago||It's hard to glean much from||
It's hard to glean much from these interviews. The players are savvy enough to say little, but say it in a persuasive way. But to the extent this reflects a seriousness about focusing on the game and winning ... then great!
|5 days 15 hours ago||I told my wife this is the||
I told my wife this is the last Saturday she has any claim on my time until mid-January.
|5 days 15 hours ago||"He runs like a penguin with||
"He runs like a penguin with a hot herring in his cumberbund" -- Bob Ufer
|5 days 16 hours ago||So this got me thinking about||
So this got me thinking about the 10 best years for any coach in college history.
Bo's 1969 to 1978 run was spectacular -- 96-15-1 by my count.
Yost's 1901 - 1910 run was 78-6-6.
Knute Rockne's 1921 - 1930: 84-11-3.
But then I counted up Bud Wilkinson's Oklahoma teams 1949 - 1958: 107-7-1. Whoa.
For a 10 year span, that's remarkable. His worst season was 1951 at 8-2.
I'm trying to think of other coaches whose 10 year spans might approach that.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Hello, Comcast? Is that you?||
Hello, Comcast? Is that you?
|6 days 11 hours ago||Yeah, I suspected there was a||
Yeah, I suspected there was a staff helping to coordinate these things.
Still, it just fascinates me to picture myself a fly on the wall. Recruiting at this level has to be a pretty well oiled machine for top programs. I can picture daily update meetings to get everyone on the same page with respect to status, trends, and who does what next.
We watch football on Saturday, but there's just a crap-ton of things that take place behind the scenes.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Outreach||
"I talk to Michigan almost every day between Coach Durkin, Coach Harbaugh and Coach Partridge."
Could that really be the case -- some contact every day?
Any idea how a program like Michigan coordinates this outreach by coaches? Do they have a schedule of which coach calls which recruit on what day? And would there be a time of day the coaches break from other activities and hit the phone banks for this?
I'm asking just because I'm curious how a program manages the recruiting process across so many players.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Exactly ... this is really||
Exactly ... this is really odd timing. There's more to this than just bad coaching.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Nah ... I'm just channeling||
Nah ... I'm just channeling my inner Drevno.
I'm telling ya ... Drevno is Harbaugh's secret X-factor here. I love the guy.
|6 days 14 hours ago||Our offensive line is going||
Our offensive line is going to surprise us. It'll control the line of scrimmage. First downs will occur. Drives will be sustained. Touchdowns will ensue.
17 point victory. I'd say 27-10 or 34-17. Game not as close as the score might indicate.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Plus, Arizona escaped a few||
Plus, Arizona escaped a few games by the skin of their teeth. 10 - 2 could easily have been 8 - 4 or 7 - 5. Still, they pulled off a 10 - 2 regular season so good for them. The post season was a bit ugly, though.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Reporting from Tucson ...||
Reporting from Tucson ... "adore" is a bit strong. To the extent people here really get into football -- which isn't much -- they are happily content with RR. Agree that expectations are reasonable. Football season is the diversion until basketball season starts.
Plus, football in 90 degrees isn't right. It violates natural law. See my signature line.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You don't bring in a 5th year||
You don't bring in a 5th year guy not to start.
Unless Ruddock is the insurance policy to protect against the downside risk.
Also, is it possible Ruddock is designed to keep a fire under Morris? So Ruddock is reliable insurance policy against bad QB play, and serves as pace guy / competition for Morris. If Morris hits his potential then great ... go with Morris. If Morris doesn't click, then there's Ruddock.
I'm just musing ... I honestly don't have a clue.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I would expect quite a||
I would expect quite a response from the Michigan Stadium crowd when O'Neill first comes onto the field. Of all the new names, there's probably the most curiosity around him and his style of punting. If his first punt in Michigan Stadium is 74 yard thing of beauty, expect the crowd to go nuts. If it's a roll/fake for a first down ... it'll be insane.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm listening to the podcast||
I'm listening to the podcast ... rather than doing any work. :-)
The interplay between Brian and Ace is really good ... the back and forth in a really balanced way. I'm sure that's not as easy as it seems ... so kudos to both for a fine job making this a well-paced and enjoyable show!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I lived in the Raleigh area||
I lived in the Raleigh area from 1984 to 1989. NC State is a bit of an odd case there ... they definitely live in the shadow of their local rivals Duke and UNC. Their campus is nowhere near as attractive as Duke's or UNC's.
They do, however, host "Mitch's Tavern," a local watering hole that was used to film some scenes for "Bull Durham."
As for the patches ... meh, who really cares what some ACC school is doing with legends patches?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My theory: the white pants||
My theory: the white pants and white jersey is about as basic as basic gets.
What's left? Football. Blocking, tackling ... football.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Limits||
... yet the twitter reaction from the fan base seems to be everyone calling him soft for not being able to handle Harbaugh's practices.
Which not one of the Twitter commenters knows about or could likely handle themselves.
One of Samuelson's stated reasons -- playing time -- helps illustrate a key life lesson that everyone will face eventually: there are limits to a person's talents and abilities. Related: somewhere there's someone better at something than you are. It's just a fact.
Facing this fact is what life is all about. Finding one's place in this world is all about accepting one's limits and maximizing one's strengths. The contemporary notion of "any dream can be realized" is happy horseshit and does more damage than good. Yes, strive for goals; but when reality indicates a change of direction, then take it.
Samuelson seems to realize his limits and is taking a different course. There's no shame in that. I applaud his standing up and facing it square on. Good for him.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Proven Fact||
You’re only going to be as good on defense as you are up front. It’s a proven fact.
Well, ya can't argue with science. :-)
Still, for all the talk about Peppers and the secondary, the position group I'm most interested in is the defensive line. I keep reading that we're strong and deep there (well, before the purported Mone injury) ... but at the end of the day a lot is going to depend on how well this group of linemen perform. We shall see.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Oh, that is an absolute JOY||
Oh, that is an absolute JOY to watch at this time of year while we wait for the season to start.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hold onto your wallet when||
Hold onto your wallet when that "special pricing" expires.
My Comcast bill runs $230/month for internet, phone and TV. It started out about $100/month less, then when my "special bundle pricing" expired the monthly price increases started.
Still, when it works ... it works well. Pricey, but it works.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Saturday, October 17th. Words||
Saturday, October 17th.
Words are just words. But football is football.
Until then? Chatter.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You know, that was a hell of||
You know, that was a hell of a throw by Wangler ... he planted his right foot and threw that on a rope ... caught Carter in-stride. Beautiful.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So that one scene with the||
So that one scene with the green grass? You can't imagine what it takes to keep grass green in the summer here in Tucson. Answer: a whole lot of water.
Go a mile or so outside of town and this is what you see:
But that said, Tucson is one of those cities with a dual water supply -- water for drinking, and reclaimed water for irrigation. So where there is grass (campus, parks) the water is from the reclaimed source.
That has nothing to do with hot gymnasts doing "The Whip" ... but there ya go.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Are those football season||
Are those football season tickets for $20? Wow
Reporting live from Tucson ... season tickets for football can be had for $99. Seats are upper deck on the goalline, but still ... $99 for the full season.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Answer, because it wouldn't||
Answer, because it wouldn't make sense to sort eligibility alphabetically
I'm not sure I follow. In past years they did permit sort by that column. It was a handy way to see the players by class. It makes some sense. But for some reason they chose not to do it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||In a sense, yes ... but||
In a sense, yes ... but without the Hollywood feel-good finish.
Plus, that was Notre Dame ... and I can't bring myself to admit they even exist. ;-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The thing that fascinates me||
The thing that fascinates me is just that -- the perspective these guys have.
Most must know it's unlikely they'll see the field during a game. Maybe for a play or two during a blowout. But most likely not.
But for the love of the game they do it. They put in their workouts, they show up for the practices, they hustle and fill their role on the scout and practice squads. If someone grew tired of it they'd just quietly drop away and we'd likely never know. Yet many stay for the full time, year after year.
I applaud them. And I think it would make an interesting subject for a short documentary on the football life just outside the spotlight. Follow them through a fall camp, interview them and hear first-hand their perspective, film them during gameday dressed and waiting for that moment when their name is called.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The roster at MGoBlue.com||
The roster at MGoBlue.com shows him as Sr.
But the profile details say: "Freshman (2012) ... did not see game action ... redshirted."
So I'm a bit confused. The roster seems to be trying to avoid the asterisk/redshirt designation and show Fr, So, Jr, Sr and 5th.
So perhaps they're moving to that way of indicating eligibility?
(And on a side-note ... why won't that roster let me sort on eligibility!? :-)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Antonio Whitfield (#18)||
Antonio Whitfield (#18) sighting at 1:36!
All 5'4" and 160 pounds of him. :-)
I'd love to see a video chronicling the football life of these walk-ons who never see the field on gameday yet stay year after year and presumably put in all the work others do. It's a part of the program I only rarely hear about.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||"Comfortable with being||
"Comfortable with being uncomfortable"
I love that formulation. That makes perfect sense given the environment of football.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||+1 for a realistic view of||
+1 for a realistic view of things as they were back then.
Tate could have been a special quarterback under Rodriguez's scheme. And likely would have had he had his head screwed on straight.
Denard was blessed with an incredible set of wheels, but sometimes he relied on them too much. Against really good defenses, in particular, he would too quickly go to the QB run option and get stopped for no-gain or a small loss. Tate, I think, could have been the type of QB that would have taken that extra half-second to look for his receiver, or scramble and keep looking for his receiver. The clip against Notre Dame above shows what Tate might have been.
I love me some Denard, but let's not equate that with Tate was a mere placeholder. He had the tools to be a very good quarterback in the RR scheme. He did not have the good sense to be that, however.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||RR's best dream coming||
RR's best dream coming true
The reincarnation of Pat White ... which Denard could have approximateed, but I think White was a better passer. Plus Denard was operating without benefit of Steve Slaton and Noel Devine, which was a huge difference between WV 2007 and UM 2009/10.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I imagine Harbaugh probably||
I imagine Harbaugh probably doesn't tolerate much jabbering about numbers, and certainly not any talk of deserving to wear a given number. I'm trying to picture Harbaugh handling last year's Funchess request for the #1 ... he'd give the "snow crabs" face and that would be that.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||What is this spherical ball||
What is this spherical ball sport to which you allude?
At this point in the year there is but one shape for a ball ... football!
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Also agree ... I want to see||
Also agree ... I want to see the "improve every day" mantra take hold and show fruit.
That does not mean I want losses ... it just means I don't want crappy Akron-like wins. The Akron win in 2013 was as satisfying as eating cotton candy for dinner. The warning sirens of what was to come were loud and clear. What was to come ... came and went. It was ugly.
The only way Michigan progresses to real competition with the likes of OSU is to, as Harbaugh preaches, get better every day. I'll take an 8-4 season this year with a clear line going up to a 10-2 season with a handful of sloppy, undisciplined Akron-type wins.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Holy crap on a cracker ... I||
Holy crap on a cracker ... I am geeked for the season to start!!!
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Hoke was in over his||
Hoke was in over his head
This is the core of it. Nice guy, good coach at a certain level, but in rarified air he couldn't catch his breath. Events overtook him.
This happens ... every year in the coaching circles (i.e., Luke Fickell, Will Muschamp), and every day in the world of business where someone is promoted one step above their abilities.
It's just too bad it happened on the well-lit stage of Michigan football.
2015 is another year. Hope springs eternal.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||#41 is the best number||
#41 is the best number because that was Rob Lytle's number back in the '70s.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||That never gets old. Nor||
That never gets old. Nor does any Alison Brie GIF.
I wonder how many takes were required to get that? In my fertile imagination I see Jessica nailing that first take.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Full Metal?||
When I read the post above my first through is that scene from "Full Metal Jacket" in the opening of the second half where Cowboy and Joker are being offered a prostitute.
(That's also the scene from which Sir Mix-a-Lot sampled "me so horny" for the song "Baby Got Back." Some years back a friend was watching "Full Metal" for the first time and saw that scene. "Oh, that's where that came from!")
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Two more days until camp||
Two more days until camp opens ... two more days ...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||"We do good work!" I'll never||
"We do good work!"
I'll never forget that. And "Bill Kennedy at the Movies". :-)
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Phone Numbers from the Past||
ducksterstepnoutsociety: "I still remember my dorm phone number"
I can remember my home phone number from childhood, but almost no number thereafter.
To show how old I am, my home phone way back then still used the letters to designate the phone exchange. My phone number was KE-28137 ... KE stood for "Kenwood."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||There’s a lot of information||
There’s a lot of information that you can glean from Twitter and social media
That's pretty much the point of it from the perspective of the companies that offer it -- the value of the information that can be derived.
There's a saying about such things: "When the service is free, you are the product."
Google has done a good job monetizing that; Facebook a bit less so. Twitter is struggling.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Here's a perspective from||
Here's a perspective from Tucson, where I live ...
In short ... nobody really cares ... here in Tucson, and especially elsewhere.
(That said, I think RR is under some pressure to repeat what he did last year by going 10-2 in regular season play. He has his QB returning, but he lost his RB. I think an 8-4 season will be a disappointment. Pac-12 south should be decent this year -- USC, ASU and UCLA being half-decent teams.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Canteen||
From the article: So much was expected of receiver Freddy Canteen last fall, especially after he had spent the previous spring talking about what an impact he would make.
You based your "cocky dbag" evaluation on that?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Feature, not a bug.||
Feature, not a bug.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The attendance record is||
The attendance record is simply proxy for the heath of the Michigan program.
That's why 2014 was so painful ... it indicated the unhealthy state of things.
If we retake the attendance record in 2015 it'll be a sign of a return to better health.
Whether championships follow is to be seen. But returning to essential health is a necessary first step.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||The Real Me||
Sans Moon, but with Entwistle
This song is Entwistle's masterpiece. Astonishing bass playing.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||townshend = genius And||
townshend = genius
And Entwistle / Moon = greatest rock rhythm section of all time.
(I give serious props to Bonham / Jones of Zeppelin, but to me Entwistle/Moon is on another cosmic level.)
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Barbara Eden might still be||
Barbara Eden might still be TV's all time greatest goddess.
Definitely agree, though I have some others from that era that are on my list:
(Dawn Wells ... "Mary Ann" from "Gilligan's Island.)
(Carolyn Jones ... "Morticia Addams" from "Addams Family")
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Great song! At the begining||
At the begining you can hear footsteps on a wood floor. That's Townshend stepping out the 6/8 time. Story is Moon was struggling with that song's time requirement -- his drug and alcohol problems catching up with him -- so Pete improvised by walking out the rhythm on his cottage's wood floor.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Quadrophenia is my all-time||
Quadrophenia is my all-time favorite Who album.
Great songs - The Real Me, Cut My Hair, Punk Meets the Godfather, I'm One, 5:15, Sea and Sand, Drowned, Bell Boy, Love Reign O'er Me.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||But Wikipedia is full of lies||
But Wikipedia is full of lies ... so that page on misconceptions is a series of misconceptions.
It reminds me of the Star Trek "I, Mudd" episode:
Captain Kirk: Everything Harry tells you is a lie. Remember that. Everything Harry tells you is a lie.
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: Now listen to this carefully, Norman. I am... lying.
Norman: You say you are lying, but if everything you say is a lie, then you are telling the truth, but you cannot tell the truth because everything you say is a lie, but you lie... You tell the truth but you cannot for you lie... illogical! Illogical! Please explain! You are human. Only humans can explain their behavior! Please explain!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||A variation on a||
A variation on a theme:
The "disambiguation" page for "tit".
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Traffic Lights||
Because I first came across this page when I authored a Wiki article on my mother-in-law's tiny little town in West Virginia. The article I wrote was really short. I casually mentioned the town has no stoplight.
Someone later edited the page and made "stoplight" a link to this page on traffic lights.
And there I was astonished to see page after page of information on traffic lights. In my wildest dreams I never would have imagined so much could have been written about the topic. But there it is.
The Interwebs ... a place of wonder and marvel.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Editor?||
Are you in the list of people who have edited that page over time?
Serious question. I've authored a few Wiki pages, and edited a few. With your knowledge of football, I'd think you would be able to contribute a fair amount to Wikipedia.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I would so fail the||
I would so fail the split-second decision test.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Brian wrote: "I like simple.||
Brian wrote: "I like simple. That might be a bit too simple even for me. It gives off too much of a generic vibe."
Except for the helmet. That's the X-factor in the uniform. We can carry off a generic vibe in the jersey and pants because of the helmet.
There's a reason it's considered the most iconic helmet in college football. Because it is.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||>> Forcier to Mathews to beat||
>> Forcier to Mathews to beat ND in 2009
To my dying day I will wish Forcier had his head screwed on straight at Michigan.
He showed promise on the field, and could have been very good.
Except ... you know ... he didn't have his head screwed on straight.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||"Ownership"||
All I "own" is the priviledge of paying for the lighthouse's repairs and the cost of keeping the lights on?
Yeah, pretty much.
Two things come to my mind:
I guess for those that really love lighthouses, this is something they'd persue.
I can see a non-profit doing this and then renting out the lighthouse for overnight stays ... again, the sentimental notion of being a lighthouse keeper for a night.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah ... I'd guess that was||
Yeah ... I'd guess that was an early fall game, and there was a lot of different colors. Back then I'd wear whatever was convenient. People had Michigan apparel back then, but nothing like today.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||As a Michigan transplant now||
As a Michigan transplant now living in southern Arizona, that picture is a beautiful reminder of those wonderful Michigan winter days -- dark, gray, snow-covered, and utterly silent. I love it.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||This one brings back memories||
This one brings back memories of when I first started going to games back in the mid-70's:
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The atmosphere of that game||
The atmosphere of that game was the most electric I'd seen for any Michigan game ever.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Rob Lytle.||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||No, *I* am Spartacus!||
No, *I* am Spartacus! :-)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I award him no points, and||
I award him no points, and may God have mercy on his soul.
When I read that what flashed into my memory is the scene from Pride and Prejudice where Lady Catherine de Bourgh dismissed Elizabeth Bennet: "I take no leave of you, Miss Bennet. I send no compliments to your mother. You deserve no such attention. I am most seriously displeased." :-)
FWIW, I saw Nordin's video as pretentious nonsense, but harmless enough.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Agree. And I think Iowa >||
Agree. And I think Iowa > MSU.
It's not that MSU uniforms are awful ... I just find Iowa's better.
I wonder how much team success influenced vote? I'd bet more than a little bit. Back when MSU wasn't that good, I doubt their uniform would have been voted as highly.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||What I wouldn't give for a||
What I wouldn't give for a real game UFR right about now ...
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Bridge||
The memory trigger that pops for me goes way back to the early 1970's and a column in the daily paper about the card game bridge. Apparently, Omar was a world-class bridge player. The column was called "Bridge with Omar," or something like that. I have memories of graphics showing various clubs and spades and whatnot, and me not understanding a word of it. I'd then move on to the comics.
|8 weeks 8 hours ago||Here's the StubHub map for||
Here's the StubHub map for that Oregon State game:
Section 44 is right next to section 1, which is 50 yard line.
Section 25 is across the stadium, but a section further away from 50.
Based on that, Section 44 -- any seats -- will get you closer to 50 than any seat in 25 closest to 50. Section 44 if your objective is "closest to 50."
I think I'd opt for section 25 only because the seats a bit further up where I could get a better perspective on things. But that's just me ... I like to be up a bit. Binoculars can bring me closer to the action if I want that.
|8 weeks 10 hours ago||55 days is a long time. But||
55 days is a long time.
But keep this in mind ... it's less than 30 until the opening of fall camp!
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Drevno||
I have a hunch Drevno is our secret weapon. The man seems a stealth stud.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||1st down production ...||
Hmmm ... prediction vs. wish.
What I wish for (beyond the obvious "wins" answer) is better yards on first down. It seems like the last two years we'd get a yard or two at best on first down, and then we'd be facing 2nd-and-long and then 3rd-and-5 or 6 ... every time. More consistent 2nd-and-short, please.
Predictions -- fewer interceptions thrown by our QBs; a few more INTs by our secondary; and Michigan's D-Line putting up some serious run defense numbers.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Sometimes I think they ought||
Sometimes I think they ought to create two forums -- one for "on topic," and one for OT. Strictly enforced. The OT one should be a link off the front page and only those interested may delve in. Otherwise, it's sports-related on the front page and only sports-related.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That describes Michigan in||
That describes Michigan in the mid-70's to a T. They didn't run the wishbone, but they did run the option out of the I-formation. If Michigan fell behind by two scores, it was typically going to be a long afternoon.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||patient enough to MASTER the||
patient enough to MASTER the execution & the systems that make this type of offense work
That reminds me very much of how Vince Lombardi's Packer offenses were described. Not the wishbone, but the focus on making the play execution flawless.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The late 80's / early 90's||
The late 80's / early 90's Miami / FSU clashes were epic.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The speed / size of the||
The speed / size of the defensive line (your #1 and #3) makes sense -- and in a lot of ways still holds true with modern offenses. There's a reason really good D-Lineman go high in the NFL draft.
Your #6 also reminds me of another downside -- the wishbone pitch was a lateral, and my memory recalls more than a few bobbled pitches for fumbles. Best case a negative play; worst case a turnover.
I can't think of the wishbone and not think of Oklahoma and the 1976 Orange Bowl against Michigan. Oklahoma had Leroy and Dewey Selmon. Keith Jackson loved calling out those two names.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ah ... the wishbone. I||
Ah ... the wishbone.
I remember a Joe Falls article way back in the mid-70's where he wondered whether it was the "unstoppable" offense. Oklahoma and Texas were mauling people with it.
There was no answer to it ... until there was. I don't recall what the defensive counter-measure was ... perhaps someone with some X's and O's smarts could weigh in.
The lone wide-out brings back memories of Jim Smith for Michigan back in the 70's. Bob Ufer: "Two tight ends and a balanced line, Huckleby deep and Davis close ... Ricky Leach under center ..." That's 10 guys *not* called a wide receiver. Smith would line up way out there and look so lonely all by himself. :-)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That was the exact same name||
That was the exact same name we used for that game back in 1969.
What I wasn't sure of is whether marbles are still a thing. I can see how they'd be considered a choking hazard. Or too old-fashioned for today.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Or perhaps evaluate where||
Or perhaps evaluate where existing taxes are being spent and modify as needed. Specifically, expenses for layers of administration that is, likely, not needed. That's a big problem in a lot of places, including universities.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||How about a go outside and||
How about a go outside and play club.
Memories of school recent flooding into my mind ... from a long time ago.
o Seeing how high I could get the swing going and then jumping off so I could launch myself way into the air
o Playing marbles*
o Playing a modified game of keep-away ... where he who had the ball was fair game to be tackled as aggressively as possible. Akin to "Peru Ball".
* This was 1969, at Northwest Elementary in Howell ... and it offered a fascinating glimpse into how kids naturally understand relative value and market forces. Purie marbles (clear) had more value than non-clear; jumbo marbles greater than regular sized marbles; and ball bearings ("steelies") the most of all. I had a jumbo steely that I still have to this day.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Impressive! But not real||
Impressive! But not real unless you create a pie chart ...
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Notre Dame - 99% USC -||
Notre Dame - 99%
USC - 1%
Yes, I hate ND that much. That burning flame of hate eclipses almost everything.
(USC is on that list for the $%#&&-ing Charles White phantom touchdown in the 1979 Rose Bowl. I will never forgive them.)
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Another example -- Freddie||
Another example -- Freddie Mercury of Queen.
Very unique style ... but absent him, Queen is pretty much just another rock band.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Edge||
I rather like Edge. His style is very minimalist, and he relies a *lot* on electronics to augment the sound. But he's anything but the flashy-for-the-sake-of-flash rock guitarist.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Bono||
Bono can be a self-important prick at times ... but from a musical point of view he's a very good vocalist. Bono's voice is in many ways a fourth instrument to the band ... unlike a lot of bands where the vocalist is just a singer. Think of bands like The Doors, or Aerosmith, or The Who, or (some will not like this) Led Zeppelin where the vocalist provides a dimension to the music beyond merely being the singer.
I'm not all that much a U2 fan ... but I acknowledge talent where I see it.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||6'3" CB||
6'3" corner? That's fairly rare, isn't it?
I wonder if this is another case where Harbaugh is after the athlete ... the position to be played named later?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Seriously ... at one point he||
Seriously ... at one point he does a backhand catch off the bounce, and he does it with ease.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||That's freakin'||
That's freakin' brilliant.
One -- it will help show a kid's natural athleticism, and
Two -- it will help show a kid's natural enthusiasm.
I can picture some QBs thinking, "WTF? This is stupid. I'll play along, but this is dumb." And their body language telegraphing their disinterest. Harbaugh sees it; their loss.
Other QBs thinking, "Sport ... competition ... I'll show what I can do!" And their body language telegraphing their being into it. Harbaught sees it; their gain.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||A QB spitting competitive||
A QB spitting competitive piss and vinegar ... music to Harbaugh's ears.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||HTTV on Kindle Fire||
This morning I purchased the digital version of HTTV and downloaded it to my Kindle Fire.
The digital version is just a PDF, full of photos, and displays beautifully on the Fire. So I'm not sure the benefit of getting a truly Kindle-ized copy when the PDF is perfectly usable.
I've worked my way to the section on the defensive ends. I'm looking forward to reading all the articles in it. What a perfect mid-June thing to have. In the doldrums of summer (expected temperature 110F here in Tucson today), I've got football related stuff to read and ponder on!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||"Hungry Winners"||
So he's adopted a 2016 recruiting strategy of finding hungry winners irrespective of rating.
This is my sense as well. He's going after players with a chip on their shoulders and the character to channel the chip into competitive play.
Do we want 5-star studs? Of course. I think that day will come.
Do I trust Harbaugh? I have no reason not to. Harbaugh's track record speaks for itself. He didn't suddenly become stupid when he signed at Michigan. Harbaugh doesn't strike me as someone who scatter-shots things. He's executing against a plan he has in his mind. His plan is based on what's worked in the past.
I'd love Michigan to go 12-0 this season, but I don't expect that. What I hope for -- truly, truly hope for -- is a return to solid fundamental play ... few or no mistakes ... and the trend line is clearly pointing up.
I've been beat up on this blog before about that last comment. Some think "results trump trend," which is ultimately true, but not immediately true. The big-time recruits want first to see that the Michigan ship is righted and Harbaugh is once again working his mojo. If that happens, then the big-time recruits will want to be part of the renewed Michigan when it comes into full flower.
A 2015 where Michigan goes 11-1 through dumb luck -- winning despite themselves; a clown show that gets the lucky bounce -- impresses nobody. But a 2015 Michigan that goes, say, 9-3 by doing all the right things properly ... by convincingly beating those we should and playing hard and competitive against those who outmatch them ... will get people's attention.
Harbaugh is remaking the team in his image of hungry and competitive athletes. That's step one. Step two is to make 2015 be a season where it's clear the ship has turned. Then watch out ... the recruiting will be in line with the OSUs and Alabamas of the world.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That is epic! Love that last||
That is epic! Love that last cymbal crash. Well done. Well done.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||WJR for baseball and hockey,||
WJR for baseball and hockey, WPAG for Michigan football! :-)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Oh yeah? Bredeson and||
Bredeson and Swenson. :-)
|11 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Maximum Volume||
All of Jim Harbaugh's tweets can be looked at as Jim Harbaugh in a nutshell because that is what happens when you are constantly YOURSELF AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.
The image that popped into my mind when I read that was the classic Who poster:
If I were more creatively inclined, I might shamelessly steal the design and make a Harbaugh poster ... "Maximum Football."
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Ufer||
To this day -- and every day I breathe -- I will fondly recall crisp autumn days listening to Bob Ufer broadcast Michigan football.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||lots of overhead||
lots of overhead positions
Ding. Google for charts that map tuition costs against teaching position and administrative positions. Teaching = relatively flat; administrative = growing; tuition tracks with administrative. Institutional bureaucracies tend to bloat over time, given the money to do so.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||It's a little hard to read||
It's a little hard to read the date on that, but I think that's from August 1974.
I do remember those days ... but not that specific issue or cover story.
Treating heart disease has come a long way since then. My next door neighbor just had three stents put in arteries of his heart. Went in at 5:00am and was home that evening.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This is in the ballpark of||
This is in the ballpark of what I was thinking ... competition within the players and positions, but obedience to the team goals as embodied by the coach.
In a non-football setting this can be an issue if there's not a good understanding of the common goal, and those who should be leaders have abdicated. I've seen this in my business career where feckless management has failed to express mission and objective, and that leaves the people working at cross-purposes. There's competition -- usually for the wrong goal (power or notice) -- and very little following except following oneself. That's a mess.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Football Instincts||
I get the impression that Harbaugh and his staff are looking for football players with skills
Agree ... my sense is they're tuned in to some X factor about football instincts, as you note.
I also think Harbaugh puts a premium on attitude. I don't mean brash or trash-talking ... I mean hungry.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting comparison||
Interesting comparison between two on the list:
3. Learn to follow.
On the surface the two might appear to conflict, but the more I think about it, the more I think they're compatible. But I've not yet figured out exactly how.
Something to noodle on tonight.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Dantonio - "He's the threat,||
Dantonio, to someone off camera: "He's the threat, right?
Harbaugh, thinking: "Like nothing you could imagine ..."
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||Little Gordy Bell||
I always liked Gordy Bell ...
He popped into my mind ... I found this picture ... I banged it in here!
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||Interesting. Another||
Interesting. Another dual-threat QB in the mix.
I wonder what Harbaugh is thinking? If Luck 2.0 shows up, then grab him (obviously). But short of that, go for the best athlete at QB provided he can throw the ball?
It makes me wonder if the Colin Kaepernick experience at SF opened his eyes a bit at what a QB like that can do.
I can't wait for the fall.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Fond Memories ...||
Reading about Bill Freehan and the Tigers of that era brings back some very fond memories for me.
I just turned 9 years old when the Tigers won the world series in 1968.
That was a magical summer and autumn in the Detroit area (I lived in Redford at the time).
I always had an affinity for playing CF or RF because of Mickey Stanley and Al Kaline.
(Well, that and I could run really fast and chase down balls.)
Was there ever a better pinch hitter than "The Gator" Gates Brown?
Listening to Ernie Harwell on the little transitor radio on sultry summer nights.
(For you young-uns, back then most houses did *not* have A/C.)
The night the Tigers won the '68 series, I remember hearing the cars going up and down 7 Mile near where I lived, blaring their horns ... people screaming with joy.
"We're all behind our baseball team <insert trombone here> ... go get 'em, Tigers!"
|12 weeks 1 day ago||HARBAUGH!||
|12 weeks 1 day ago||The Harbaugh era has already||
The Harbaugh era has already begun! :-)
|12 weeks 1 day ago||And the dude gets neg-banged||
And the dude gets neg-banged for making what was a joking comment. :-(
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Consider the broader context||
Consider the broader context ...
What we're seeing is the expected behavior of children when they realize they're not the center of the universe they thought they were.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Serious reply ...I am||
Serious reply ...
I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that reasoned, civil discourse on the internet is nearly impossible when anyone can participate**. The urge and ability to hide behind anonymous screen names and throw incendiary comments is too great.
The internet simply enables the behavior. The behavior itself is rooted in things far deeper.
This is where a discussion of civility and manners -- what constitutes agreed-to basic civility; how to instill that in young people; how to retrain people raised without it -- would be helpful. But again, we're on the internet and such a conversation would be nearly impossible.
For what it's worth, at my ripened age (55.5 years) I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that excursions into the fever swamps of the internet are simply not worth it. I am quite certain I will not, on my deathbed, look back on internet arguments with any sense of fulfillment.
In short -- there's more to life than winning an internet argument.
But that's silly ... of course that's true ... because there's Meeeechigan Football!!
** EDIT -- the opposite is a forum where membership is tightly controlled. But those tend to become meeting rooms for like-minded people where affirmation and reinforcment is the goal, rather than discussion and debate.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||From your post earlier re:||
From your post earlier re: Robinson -- "and he also doesn't throw the greatest ball"
The "elite passer who can run" thing I get ... that's kinda-sorta Colin Kaepernick ... sorta. But if the equation is flipped -- reasonable passer but great runner (another Robinson who wore #16), is that a Harbaugh choice?
As you cited earlier, Robinson is a sophomore, so there's that to take into account. There must be *something* Harbaugh sees.
*shrug* ... HARBAUGH! :-)
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Serious question -- given||
Serious question -- given Harbaugh's offensive style preference, would he be interested in a dual-threat QB? Or is it a case of "get QB athleticism first, and we'll find a way to use it?"
|12 weeks 2 days ago||To this day I believe||
To this day I believe Secretariat's Belmont win was the single greatest sports event I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. I'm 55 years old ... I've seen a fair amount of things ... and yet time and again it's always Secretariat winning the Belmont that sits atop the list.
The race day atmosphere was electric. And when Secretariat pulled away in the last turn and just blew the field away, it was awesome. Still is just to think about it.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||There are few things as||
There are few things as elegant as a Thoroughbred in full gait. Congratulations to American Pharoah. Impressive race, impressive win.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||There was zero tactical||
There was zero tactical advantage of invading Russia at the time.
Oil. Germany needed it; Russia had it.
Barbarossa is viewed as a blunder only in retrospect. Late in 1941 many in the UK and the US thought it likely Russia would lose. The prospect of that -- remember, this would have been prior to US entry after Pearl Harbor -- would have been catastrophic to Britian.
Germany came very close to pulling it off. Very close.
But those are differences in opinion between you and me. We can't prove anything in the dim light of 74 years of history.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Logistics||
Logistics wins wars, and the Deuce and a Half was a primary instrument in the battle of logistics.
On land ... and on the sea the Liberty Ship. In the early years of the war the Germans were winning the battle of the Atlantic, sinking enormous amounts of merchant marine tonnage. US war material could never be transported in the Deuce and a Half without first being transported over the water.
I'm deep into William Manchester's epic "The Last Lion," a three-part biography of Winston Churchill. I'm in volume three right now, and it's June 1942 ... a year after the start of Operation Barbarossa ... and the beginning of the German spring offensives in the east.
Stalin was demanding a second front to take the pressure off the German offensives in the east. The Allies did not have the sea lift to successfully land sufficient troops in Europe at that time. They opted for a landing in west Africa to (a) establish a second front somewhere, and (b) put pressure on Rommel's rear, thus taking away the threat on the Suez and the oil fields of Iraq and Iran.
Those who think Operation Barbarossa was a clear strategic blunder from the very beginning are, I think, missing the larger picture. The invasion caught the Soviets completely off guard. The objective was never just Moscow. The objective was the agricultural capacity of the Ukraine and the oil fields of the Caucasus. Had Germany taken those objectives it could have starved the Russians of both food and oil.
Germany nearly achieved those objectives. In the early summer of 1942 it looked as if they would. Hence Stalin's increasingly strident calls for a second front.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Two questions --(1) Do you||
Two questions --
(1) Do you know this from personal experience? :-)
(2) Why? Does Tampa have a large military presence? (The two seem correlated. I know there was a bunch outside Fort Bragg in NC; similarly here in Tucson outside David Montham.)
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Detroit||
My father, who turned 18 in July of 1944, was in the army but never made it overseas.
Growing up in Detroit, he saw first-hand the tooling up of Detroit's war production.
He was fond of saying: "All a German spy had to do was stand on the street corner, count the tanks coming off the assembly line ... and defect."
Many have cited Detroit's 2.5 ton truck as what really won the war. That's an overstatement, of course ... but it is true an Army lives or dies based on its supply train. The US 2.5 ton truck was the workhorse for moving men and material.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||The Longest Day||
For those interested in the topic, read The Longest Day by Cornelius Ryan.
(The movie version is okay; the book version is simply outstanding.)
And for those really interested in the history of WWII, gird your loins and read William Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. It's long, it's dense, it has a billion footnotes ... but it is one of the best renderings of history from the perspective of someone who was there.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Delay||
Because the invasion of Russia will go down as quite possibly the the dumbest (lucky for us) decision in modern military history.
Germany had Russia on the ropes late in 1941. Germany might well have defeated Russia that fall and changed the eventual course of history. Many in the UK and the USA thought that was the likely outcome.
Germany's fatal mistake was delaying Operation Barbarossa until June 22nd. It was originally scheduled to launch in early May. Had Germany not delayed, they very likely would have achieved their military objectives before the onset of winter.
Blame the Italians, who had botched their invasion of Greece, which brought Britian into Greece (itself a mistake, for it divided Britian's already meager resources in Egypt and eastern Africa, allowing Rommel to make his advances and threaten the Suez), which triggered Hitler's decision to delay Barbarossa until he'd secured his southern flank.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||And "Teddy Chainsaw Bear" as||
And "Teddy Chainsaw Bear" as well! :-)
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||It's the offseason and I'll||
It's the offseason and I'll read just about anything on football ...
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Leach||
With a name like "Leach" ... all we then need is a running back named "Huckleby" and a fullback named "Davis" ... :-)
He'll have to change his name to "Riiiiickey" ... ala Ufer: "Riiiiickey Leach under center."
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Or perhaps a virtual||
Or perhaps a virtual punt-returner.
Oooo ... "Cloud" kick returners! :-)
|14 weeks 1 day ago||He's a no bullshit guy ...||
He's a no bullshit guy ... tells it like it is, and does so consistently. I think that goes a long way in rebuilding credibility and trust. Good for him.
I wonder if Magnus or Space Coyote was in the room? I think Magnus is a coach, but I'm not sure where. Not sure if SC is an active coach.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I think that's excessively||
I think that's excessively harsh. He had his flaws, but he was a remarkable field strategist and tactician. In the early years of WWII it was the United States' strategy to pursue "Europe First," and allocate relatively little to the Pacific theater. Macarthur achieved a great deal with relatively little, and sought to fight battles without sacrificing men unnecessarily.
Patton might just as easily be called the most overrated, but I would not myself say that either. Each notable WWII general -- MacArthur, Patton, Bradley, Eisenhower, Marshall -- served in different ways. (Eisenhower was never a field commander, but his adroit handling of the politics of the alliance was masterful.)
In his time George McClellan might well have been the most overrated in all of American history. History casts a more harsh shadow on him now, but initially he was thought to be the savior of the Union cause. He proved anything but.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I happen to be plowing||
I happen to be plowing through William Manchester's biography of MacArthur.
A very good book ... I highly recommend it.
In WWII, Macarthur had a strained relationship with the Navy, which is why it was largely (not exclusively) Macarthur and the Army that went up the island chains in the western Pacific while the Navy and Marines in the east. By all accounts he was a brilliant strategist ... making the most of what little resources the Pacific theater received from Marshall.
Like all great men of that caliber, he had his flaws. His hubris served him well in WWII. It did not serve him so well in Korea.
If anyone's interested in Churchill, William Manchester's three-volume "The Last Lion" is simply brilliant biography.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||How can he afford to do||
How can he afford to do this?
I wondered the same.
Follow the links and he claims 100% of the proceeds go to the STEP Foundation charity. I'll take him at his word ... and therefore, good for him.
100 days running across the country necessarily involves expense ... he likely has a shadow / support vehicle with him as well as at least one other person. Hotels, food, gas ... it adds up.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Money donated is used to||
Money donated is used to leverage the existing organization's infrastructure. Sometimes they need arms and legs, but more often they need money to fund the operations.
(I have spoken to leaders of community outreach charities ... they would never turn away interested volunteers ... but often more energy is spent directing the volunteers than is spent serving the needy. If you've ever tried to coordinate a group of new volunteers, you'll know what I'm getting at there.)
However, if an organization states they need volunteers, then volunteering is a very good way to become personally involved. The multiplier effect there comes from more people speaking passionately about the cause ... which stirs others to get involved and/or contribute.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I think that's a false||
I think that's a false equivalency -- one job vs. a more widespread donation campaign.
A more apt equivalency would be -- foster creation of many jobs vs. a widespread donation campaign.
I realize "Victor Valient" cited "one job" ... but it was qualified against the $10K goal. Your point suggested an equivalency between one job and potentially much more than $10K.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||It's a good day when we||
It's a good day when we reveal our secret lusts for 50's and 60's screen actresses.
I had a thing for Carolyn Jones (Morticia Addams). The slinky black dress killed me.
And if you'll permit me to go back to the 40's ... Donna Reed in "It's a Wonderful Life."
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Drevno||
Drevno I didnt expect fireworks from since he has been in CA for ages and is not known as an ace recruiter.
For whatever reason, I find video of Drevno the most compelling to watch. He has a certain quiet intensity. Definitely not the slick salesguy, but maybe he's the guy that gets the less flashy but talented offensive line guys in.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I'm guessing no ... the last||
I'm guessing no ... the last episode ended with Betty going to class, and she told Henry "It's what I always wanted to do." So I think that's it for her character ... we won't see any more of her, or her illness, or her passing.
My guess is we won't see Sally either ... we saw the last of her in the last episode where she read her mother's final letter to her.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||I suspect we won't see Pete||
I suspect we won't see Pete or Trudy in this episode. Just like we won't see Joan. Those characters' stories are wrapped. Tonight we will see resolution of Roger, Peggy and Don.
I like your idea of Don giving up his assumed name and going back to Dick Whitman. That would be a meaningful redemption of his struggle all series long.
|16 weeks 10 hours ago||A-10||
That would be the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or "Warthog", attack aircraft.
Based right here in Tucson ... at Davis Montham Air Force Base. They're described as a "plane built around a gun." We see them in the skies over Tucson quite frequently.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I once stood behind Mike||
I once stood behind Mike Wallace in a New Orleans taxi line. Tiny man.
|18 weeks 13 hours ago||Tucson, AZ||
(That is the classic view from on top "A Mountain." The U of A is in the background there.)
|18 weeks 1 day ago||So I'm down in Atlanta for||
So I'm down in Atlanta for work, and I'm talking to a 'Bama football fan here about college football in general.
He says, "Man, I worry about Harbaugh up at Michigan ... if he gets his recruiting going they could really make it hard for us down here."
Oh, and yeah ... looking forward to the HTTV!! :-)
|18 weeks 1 day ago||I remember Colin Cowherd --||
I remember Colin Cowherd -- yeah, I know -- going on and on about how Manziel would be good because he's the same size as Russell Wilson. I recall screaming at my car radio "The difference is Wilson is smart, and Manziel is an idiot!"
Heaven help Mariotta if he goes to Cleveland. Buy body armor.
|18 weeks 5 days ago||If the OP had a user account||
If the OP had a user account created four days ago and had 101 points, I'd be really suspicious of this. But the account was created in 2009.
My guess is he (or she) put up the OP, saw the pushback, and decided to sit the rest out.
I don't know what to make of this whole thing. I'm not inclined to give to requests I don't have some knowledge of or connection to.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||"Where's the threat?" Umm ...||
"Where's the threat?"
Umm ... in Ann Arbor, Mark ... in Ann Arbor.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Very interesting Friday ...||
Very interesting Friday ... can't wait to see how all this plays out.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||His signature line --||
His signature line -- "Sincerely yours in football" -- is a middle-finger salute to those who take exception to his comments about football being a last bastion of toughness for men.
There's an ocean of people who love football, love what it is and stands for, and agrees with Harbaugh about the role football can play in a young man's development.
This is Harbaugh telling the PC crowd: "I make my stand right here."
I love it.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||Wrestling, boxing ... those||
Wrestling, boxing ... those are individual sports. Tough, yes; but the teamwork component is not there as much* as football.
Of all the mainline sports, hockey might approach football in terms of physicality and teamwork requirements.
Rowing is a sport that is *all* about coordinated teamwork. It requires a great deal of physical endurance. But to my knowledge they do not require protective gear. ;-)
* I understand wrestling is a team sport in terms of scoring.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||This reminds me of a debate I||
This reminds me of a debate I had with my cousin many years ago.
If mental toughness is the key attribute of competitive endeavor, does that mean chess players are athletes?
When compared to, say, football, the argument seems silly. But compare it to golf. Golf is in large measure (not exclusively) a mental game. Who's the better athlete, a championship chess player or a championship golfer?
Things get really interesting when one brings technology into the question. Computers can play chess better than most humans. I'd be willing to bet the technology is there to make a robot swing a golf club with more precision than a human. (Getting a robot into position in a tough bunker shot is another matter, though presumably if the robot is really good they wouldn't be in the bunker in the first place.)
Which is why I come back to football.
Football is gloriously rough, physical, yet almost poetic. NFL Films did the right thing by slowing down the action and putting classical music under the scene. It's just a beautiful thing to watch a well-executed football play.
|19 weeks 15 hours ago||Agree ... though to||
Agree ... though to pick-the-nit a little, anyone who was inclined to not like football would quit long before doing four years of it. So those who survive four years are those by definition who wanted to do it.
Nit thoroughly picked.
In a similar way, I've yet to meet a Marine who regretting choosing the Marines for their military service. Further, of the Marines I've met in the business world, all are outstanding at what they do. The lessons learned as a Marine carry over.
It's the same with football. I think football is unique among sports in that it's so thoroughly a team sport. One great talent on an otherwise poor football team won't carry the whole team like a great baseball pitcher can, or a great basketball player. A phenomenal QB requires a lot of supporting players to excel; the supporting players require a teamwork-oriented QB for their efforts to pay off. Layer on that the extreme physical nature of football, and it becomes a sport and an endeavor unique among sports.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||There's another thread about||
There's another thread about Maurice Hurst and his visit to a patient at Mott's. It's a wonderful story ... and it speaks volumes about Hurst's character.
I don't know for certain, but I'd guess football is a part of what shaped Hurst into the kind of young man he is. Football provides structure that allows young men to play out their natural aggressive and competitive natures. Properly run, it provides young men the opportunity to understand the role athletic aggression plays separate from young adult life off the field.
Not everyone has the talent and ability to play football at the college level. But being a fan of the game can provide other young men the opportunity to experience the focus on teamwork and camraderie by proxy.
Finally, football is an incredible game ... the closer one looks, the more one sees the intense individual competitions, which pair up with position teamwork, with matches up with overall teamwork. It is a game with moments of action with delays between ... and the potential for incredible drama as a competitive game unfolds and the clock ticks down.
I love college football. It is one of my few true passions in life.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Alison is within an inch of||
Alison is within an inch of becoming a meme here.
And that's a good thing. ;-)
|19 weeks 2 days ago||I laughed out loud at that||
I laughed out loud at that scene -- "It's a bingo! Is that how you say it, 'it's a bingo?"
"Ya just say 'bingo.'"
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Okay, I'll respond to the OP||
Okay, I'll respond to the OP ...
I don't know if there's any way to quantify what a "fan" is ... most likely not.
"Fans" fall on a spectrum of enthusiasm and commitment, from casual to ardent.
Some programs have a deep base of ardent fans. I'm thinking Nebraska here.
Other programs have a less deep base, and the attendance in the seats or enthusiasm is more a function of how the team is doing lately. I'm thinking Northwestern.
With respect to the AD's job being "sustaining the enterprise" ... that's a somewhat complex formula involving time, past success, recent failure, and competition for the fans' attention.
I would consider myself a fan of Michigan football at the above-average level of intensity. Still, my patience was sorely tested in 2014 as I saw Michigan not merely lose games, but lose games while appearing uncompetitive. I still followed every game -- TV, radio, or live-streaming -- but I was plumbing the bottom of my fan tank for some of those games.
Does this make me some "fractional fan?" Maybe. Truth is, it's not something I think about too much. I think about Michigan football and I hope for signs of a return to a team that plays every game smart and hard.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry ... I had to do it.||
Sorry ... I had to do it.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||I'd bet heavily on the eye||
I'd bet heavily on the eye roll.
That was my thought as well ... and I can fully appreciate Harbaugh's response to that.
If a young players is going to act like they know what's best, then they damn well better play like they are the best. One mistake and they deserve all the retribution that comes to them.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||"That Look"||
"I'm just telling you the right way to do it. If you want to look at me like with that look, then go (expletive) somewhere else."
Wow. I wonder what the "look" was -- angry look, or worse ... a dismissive eye-roll look?
Either way ... not smart.
Speculation starts now on what (expletive) was. :-)
|19 weeks 3 days ago||College football is the||
College football is the greatest sport of all ... and these figures show that fan enthusiasm knows no season. I can't wait for the fall!
|20 weeks 19 hours ago||If true, then (a) a||
If true, then (a) a disappointment, and (b) I don't really understand the administration's thinking on this.
Re: (a) -- the UTL games have been great for Michigan's image. People still talk about the UTL where Michigan beat ND on that last play. Night games make for great TV, and the vast majority of the audience for college football is TV.
Re: (b) -- the stock answer is probably "safety concerns" but I'm not sure I buy that. Somewhere deep in their thinking is cost. It's always, ultimately, about cost.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||From what I understand, the||
From what I understand, the concussions are mostly from rapid deceleration of the head. The brain continues to move inside the skull. Brain meets bone.
Would soft padding on the outside of the helmets eliminate the rapid deceleration of the head and thus reduce the movement of the brain? Maybe? I think it depends on the padding. I would imagine someone has looked at this. I don't know the results.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||The theory is the extra||
The theory is the extra protection gives players a false perception of safety. Reduce the padding and armor and the athletes play with a degree less intensity and a degree more caution.
This only succeeds if there are corresponding rules changes. We can't just take helmets away and play the same game as today. Certainly not with the athletes we have today, who are so much bigger and faster than in the old days of no helmets or leather helmets. Certainly not with the incentives to win and get to the NFL we have today.
The rules will need to change to reduce or eliminate a great deal of the contact.
The end result will be something resembling touch or flag football. Some contact, but not the kind of contact we see today.
I'm not arguing against player safety. I'm simply saying if player safety is truly the objective, then do what's necessary to achieve that objective.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||It's called flag football.||
It's called flag football.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I'm happy he's coming to||
I'm happy he's coming to Michigan, but I feel kinda sorry for him ...
... you see, Michigan will not need to punt the ball once this entire season!
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||Agree! I'd never heard that||
Agree! I'd never heard that before. I listened to it on YouTube. It's raw ... and very, very good.
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||That was a great podcast.||
That was a great podcast. Thanks!
|21 weeks 14 hours ago||Numbers||
I can imagine this conversation:
Player: "Coach, I think I've earned the right to wear #77."
Harbaugh: "What difference does a number make? Will it make you play better?"
Player: "Well, some great Michigan offensive linemen have worn #77."
Harbaugh: "Are you those players?"
Player: "Well, no."
Harbaugh: "I ask again ... what difference does a number make? Are you the kind of player that needs a certain number to play your own personal best?"
Harbaugh: "Is there anything else?"
Player: "No, coach. No.
My point -- I have a hard time believing Harbaugh gives a rat's ass about who wears what number. I doubt he cares one bit about the #1 or #2 or #77. The only thing he seems to care about is each player do their very best, and to be improving every day.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Microwaved tofu dogs ...||
Microwaved tofu dogs ...
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Participation rates||
My understanding -- I could be mistaken -- is the law has been interpreted as meaning the male/female participation rate must mirror the male/female ratio of the student population. Hence some schools with a higher percentage female population dropping some male sports as a way to align the participation rate with the population. Alternative is to encourage greater female participation, but if the interest doesn't materialize then dropping male participation makes the math work.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Seriously. I like steak, but||
Seriously. I like steak, but I can tuck into a plate of pasta and be very happy.
From my childhood (1960's) list of most-hated things: frozen asparagus (now love fresh grilled), glazed carrots, those awful pickled beets, and frozen okra.
If there's a difference between frozen okra and boogers, I can't see it.