|4 weeks 4 days ago||I was told by a contact at||
I was told by a contact at Nike that part of the fallout with Michigan (back when we switched) was that UM wasn't willing to have contract language about "non-spatting" shoes.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Whatever they do or do not||
Whatever they do or do not do, when the regents or the media want to obtain "official" student input, CSG may be where they'd naturally turn. They are the popularly-elected representatives for the student body, and therefore they may be expected to speak for you and your concerns.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You also didn't mention how||
You also didn't mention how the athletic department stopped paying for IM uniforms and offering IM sports preferential fees for renting facilities. They'd done that for years and then stopped. That wasn't widely known.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Do you mean UM's former AD||
Do you mean UM's former AD Tom Goss?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Too cold to want to go||
Too cold to want to go anywhere, so I made dinner here for my two best valentines: son & husband. Now the kid & I are watching The Great Gatsby. It's a chill Saturday night. Laundry might also be on the agenda. #romance
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I think they've gone about||
I think they've gone about this all wrong.
I'll be honest: Having another thing that is "Michigan-only" and Michigan-specific in the band repertoire wouldn't be the worst thing.
The fight song is amazing and should never share the limelight with some "alternate" fight song. EVER.
Nor do I think we need a different "pump up" song. The fight song IS a pump-up song, the only one you need.
BUT--if the band had another, recognizable thing to launch into to mix it up a little? Something that is ours, unlike the arrangements that a dozen other bands do? I'd be fine with it. I'd welcome it. Teach me the words, let the crowd get into it, roll it out once a game. That's fine. I'm not sure how you'd start that tradition, but I think there's room for it.
But you don't introduce the idea by proposing to ADD a fight song, or then abort that and call it a pump-up song. That makes me want to take this idea and drive a stake through its heart.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Special K would be better,||
Special K would be better, IMO. It's a lighter flake.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||We're all overlooking the||
We're all overlooking the boost this might get us in Playboy's annual Party School ranking.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||One of the student||
One of the student challengees said "It's actually hard to make Cinnamon Toast Crunch taste bad" so, you know, who knows. I think CoCo Pebbles induced some gagging when mixed with grape
|13 weeks 5 days ago||If someone burned a matrress||
If someone burned a matrress on my front lawn I would not be amused.
Damage to the lawn. Disruption of firetrucks through my neighborhood (assumimg they were xalled) plus cost to the taxpayers. Risk of sparks being carried by wind damaging my house or neighbors. The dirty work left to me to dispose of it safely once it cooled. The unsightliness of a burned mattress there while waiting for cooling/garbage day.
I don't get how that's a small thing, really. I understand that college students may care less about appearance than I would, but that doesn't reduce it to a small harmless prank, IMO.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||My concern is not just that||
My concern is not just that the GPA/philanthropy stuff was irrelevant, but rather that the fraternity believes it's very, very relevant. It's a reminder that we tend to rate the seriousness of an offense not by actual behavior but by demographic background.
What's that, you have a 3.74 GPA? Well then, I guess these were just hijinks after all; thanks for the clarifying information.
|14 weeks 2 hours ago||Story can't be true||
Everyone knows Tom Osborne had a direct ear to God. Obviously he could get driving directions without using a pay phone.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Surely you can capitalize on||
Surely you can capitalize on this and pimp yourself as at a paid roommate to future nationals/olympics hopefuls.
|19 weeks 45 min ago||My cousin is married to a guy||
My cousin is married to a guy who I like, but is kind of a bombastic know-it-all about football. He is also an insanely loyal 49ers fan.
He was infuriatingly condescendng at Thanksgiving when I dared to mention the possiblity of Harbaugh-to-Michigan Therefore, an announcement would make ensure our holiday celebration in early January (when I see him again) extra meaningful.
Do it for me, Jim. Do it for the way this is going to play out. Do it for the way he won't look me in the eye as he reels off some justification in an overconfident voice.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Had to laugh||
My son's friend broke his thumb at a party there. The UM ortho docs who saw him said exacty what you just did.
STILL, with no snow to sled in, and no PE class, I've got a kid who is going to be sitting around way too much this holiday break. If something comes together we'd seriously consider attending.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Yes, I've been in the locker||
Yes, I've been in the locker room in Crisler. The player's lockers have a special cutout at the top to fit where the iPads get velcroed.
But you're talking about a much smaller number of players to provide iPads too. It's not inconceivable to me that the hoops teams would have them, but the football team doesn't. Photos I've seen of the football locker room don't seem to have a place for ipads, so I'd wonder where you'd keep 110 of the things if not there.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||His answer wouldn't mean||
His answer wouldn't mean much. Why would you reveal your job intentions to the media? To what purpose?
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I've said this downthread,||
I've said this downthread, but I think it deserves a main-level comment.
Contrary to what has been claimed, Athletics pays $$ to the University's academic enterprise.
Athletes with full scholarships get what we call a "free ride" but it's not that the University is just waiving the tution fees. The University still charges them--it's just that Athletics picks up the tab. Just like if a rich uncle did.
Now, I have seen arguments that this is not meaningul because it happens "in the system" (as opposed to athletics carrying bags of cash over Fleming, presumably) or because tuition is some arbitrary figure that may or may not cover the cost of instruction or whatever, or because athletes are just a small sliver of the student body. That's beside the point. The point is, the money flows from athletics to academics, not the other way around. Tuition payments are made on the same basis as they would be for any other enrolled students at the U (that is, athletes don't get some special rate or some agreed-upon deal between the U and the AD).
|24 weeks 5 days ago||This runs counter to my||
This runs counter to my understanding. Tuition payments are more than donations to the general fund.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||No, No. No.||
The info may be great but the interpretation is NOT.
Athletics absoltuely does may money to the University for the tuition of its scholarship athletes. Tuition for tendered athletes is not a write-off. The AD pays for it.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||I think you're misled by the||
I think you're misled by the phrasing "Financial Aid to Students." That doesn't all go to students--some of it is a direct trannsfer to the University to pay for those students' tuition. Some of it would also go to Housing (if they live on campus). Housing is, like athletics, an auxiliary unit, so payments to Housing aren't payments to the academic side, but they are payments out of Athletics to other parts of the U.
This seems to be poorly understood by many on campus. When they hear that scholarship athletes get a "free ride" they assume the University just doesn't charge them anything. This is not true. They do charge them--and the athletic department pays.
TL/DR: Some money flows FROM athletics TO academics.
|25 weeks 2 days ago||Christ you must be a blast at||
Christ you must be a blast at parties
|25 weeks 3 days ago||I don't find it particular||
I don't find it particular surprising that U-M would use its public status in different ways. There are times when it is advantageous to be under the "we're part of state government" umbrella, and there are times when it's advantageous to say "Nope, we're different and autonomous."
I realize that it sucks when you're trying to make FOIA rules apply, or have some other reason that you want U-M to be bound by certain state laws. But I wager that many times as alums/students/supporters we should be happy about this kind of maneuvering.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Ignore it||
Based on what a colleague who has spent his entire career in athletic departments has told me: Believe about 10% of what you hear around coaching searches and AD searches. There is a lot of crap being floated, and people have various and sundry reasons to putting it out there.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||It's pretty simple, IMO||
I want any Michigan player to be 100% behind the MIchigan coach as long as he or she is coaching.
Maybe it is reassuring for some people to believe that there are a bunch of players out there who sorry they're in this current program, disappointed in their coach, wishing someone else were at the helm. I'm not in that camp.
Whatever I and/or the general fandom thinks about the coach, I want a team who is all in, totally with the program, following the coach that we have in the position right now.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||I certainly understand why||
I certainly understand why you and others might question why the general public votes for these particular leaders. But the alternative is to have them appointed by the governor, and that system has its problems. Elected Regents help to maintain U-M's autonomy from Lansing.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Playing DI football is||
Playing DI football is probably a transformative experience; you and 90+ teammates go through intense training and teambuilding and public scrutiny. I am certain it ends up being the kind of thing that you believe outsiders can't fully understand. It is also probably frustrating at times. So I'd cut the players some slack.
Surely we can be a little more thick-skinned than this. You got what you wanted, didn't you? Brandon resigned. You can't also expect every player to feel gratitude.
I feel like that's the bottom line, at times: We expect players to come here, always play their best, never complain, express nothing but gratitude for their free education, and feel nothing but loyalty and thankfulness for every fan. We expect them to be undying loyal to the program after graduation, too, never speaking a critical word. Oh, until the day when WE are critical of the program or the coach or the athletic department. Then we DO want them to back us up and call out the things we want called out.
I think this is unreasonable.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Really interesting how?||
Brandon is an alum, a regent, a fundraiser. He is well-off and well-connected. He will probably still have some kind of relationship with the U. May as well lay the groundwork for it being a good one.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Fwiw these responses, if||
Fwiw these responses, if authentic, make me like David Brandon more.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||This is a step up||
After realizing they cannot be trusted to spray-spell a 5-letter word like "STATE" correctly, they have limited themselves to three letters, and the first one was a gimme.
Well done, Sparty. Well done, truly. I admire a person who knows his own limitations.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||When I took my son to the||
When I took my son to the first UTL game, he kept climbing onto the seat to see over the damned ND band (don't ever sit behind them; it sucks in every way). I worried he was bugging the old fellow next to him, but the guy saw me trying to corrall his hopping and he said "No, you get up there if you have to" and said something about kids building great memories at games like this. He even helped him up the next time.
Hats off to that guy.
Also, he was onto something, although it took the final 2 minutes of the game for him to be proved right!
|29 weeks 1 hour ago||We don't have season tickets||
We don't have season tickets but attend semi-regularly on my friends' tickets, or my in-laws'. So I get to know the faces even if I'm not a season ticket holder.
There's a family who sits just ahead of us, four people who appear to be two generations of Michigan fans. They closely follow everything and the daughter is probably the loudest and most opinionated about plays & calls (but she's not obnoxious). Her mom brings a bag of old-fashioned minty throat lozenges, and she has one after every UM touchdown She said her own mother started the tradition and she's continuing with it, every game. High scoring games, she gets pretty sick of them.
Nearby there is a very old stooped-over fellow wearing the kind of head-to-toe dandified Michigan gear you can only really pull off if you're over 80. Love that man.
Sometimes we park in Champions East and we should know our neighbors there, too, but the only one who stands out to me is the lady to marched over and told us if we didn't come early to tailgate we had no right to be there at all. Good to know, thanks.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Nebraska is serious about||
Nebraska is serious about Volleyball. Their new facility seats almost 8,000 fans and the areas for the students look like the PDC at Crisler.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Where are you getting this?||
"First/Second/Third, if the players are going to whine about not having a full stadium....."
I have heard players say they live fan support. I have not heard them "whine" about lack of attendance.
"Getting ready to play for once" is a pretty crappy thing to tar the entire team with. Have something to back up that snark?
|30 weeks 3 days ago||If we hire Warde I can see I||
If we hire Warde I can see I will spend his entire tenure correcting the spelling of his name, both first AND last.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||i mean this in the nicest way:||
|30 weeks 3 days ago||This is pretty much how I'd||
This is pretty much how I'd expect a current player to feel. Determined, fiercely loyal to his team, fiercely loyal to his coach. I don't take offense at a young man feeling slightly pissed off at the situation. He could have been more tactful about fan opinions, sure. Overall I think his emotions are normal. We want fired up players, don't we?
it is one thing to parse the words of a former player or other public figures. Maybe so much scrutiny on a current scholar-athletes' venting doesn't need that same scrutiny.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Meaningless without the||
Meaningless without the original letter. I'd like to see its contents.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Let me get this straight.||
Just to be clear: a new president fails to set fire to the Athletic department five days after a troubling incident, and therefore some mgobloggers despair for his leadership and the University as a whole.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||They do. It's an unpaid,||
They do. It's an unpaid, very much part-time gig, being a Regent.
You're not wrong. Conflict of interest is a possibility with any job. However, I think the concern is greater when that job, like Brian's, specifically involves reporting on and writing opinions about a segment of the University's operations on a regular basis.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||They do. It's an unpaid,||
They do. It's an unpaid, very much part-time gig, being a Regent.
You're not wrong. Conflict of interest is a possibility with any job. However, I think the concern is greater when that job, like Brian's, specifically involves reporting on and writing opinions about a segment of the University's operations on a regular basis.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Me too. I had something||
Me too. I had something absolutely genius that I was just fuming to add to a discussion this week, but was logged out every time I tried. By the time I got to a computer, the moment had passed. God, the insight you guys all lost out on! Tragedy indeed.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||They couldn't force him to||
They couldn't force him to shut up, no.
But I'm guessing his role would change, and he would have to spell out what he will and won't wrote about and what he will and won't talk about with his staff.
Imagine there is some juicy topic at Michigan and Brian, due to his position, has information about it that is not to be made public yet. Meanwhile, people speculate. And maybe Ace writes about it speculatively. The minute it hits the internet, people will be all, wait, is Ace making a good guess? Does Ace know something because Brian told him? Is Ace's "source" a Regent? What if Ace is proven right a week later. Does that "prove" that Brian tells him things, or was it just a lucky guess, or a legit other source? Consider a new coaching search discussion. A coaching candidate could read it and take himself out of the running because he thinks a Regent has puts hints out there that the University wants someone else, even if it's just one of the MGoBlog staff noodling about it, in the way that we have come to love.
It's not good to have those kinds of questions rolling around, so I'm guessing that Regent Brian would have to lay out ahead of time his principles of good blogging practice.
The other thing to think about: We balk now at the idea that the AD watches film with the coach. Well, what if you have a Regent breaking down film play by play on the internet? He might intend for that to be solely for entertainment and edification of fans, but who is to say a coaching staff isn't going to feel like there is some kind of message there, some kind of advice to be heeded? What if the coach knows a big new proposal for a practice facility is going before the Regents in a few months. Does he want to be the guy who DIDN'T change the hockey lineup despite weeks of Brian the Blogger calling for it, knowing that Brian the Regent is going to be scrutinizing the proposal?
There are all kinds of ways that people will mix up the two roles and assume that one position influences/bleeds into the other. Brian may have no conflict keeping the two straight, but that doesn't mean other people will do so well, or that their actions or beliefs won't be influenced in ways Brian would not want or intend.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I guess I'd be pretty||
Well, I guess I'd be pretty salty too, if I spent 30 years of my life, and some untold amount of money, invested in rooting for/watching a sport whose players' experiences and perspectives I couldn't care less about.
Is it the cheerleaders you tune in for, then?
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I seriously enjoyed the||
Well, I seriously enjoyed the previous episode when they came for the first Under the Lights.
|30 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I seriously enjoyed the||
Well, I seriously enjoyed the previous episode when they came for the first Under the Lights.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||I know! I have come to think||
I know! I have come to think of him as "the guy angelique needles ercilessly on twitter" but this was spot on.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||They do not get paid, that's||
They do not get paid, that's correct. Nor are they reimbursed for travel costs to attend meetings.
There are perks, of course. They get sweet parking (and those spots are reserved on campus for them all day, every day, 365 days a year, not just when a meeting is on). They get excellent football tickets, and I would imagine the U picks up the tab when they attend big events. I believe they also get some IT support to ensure they can get documents and stuff via their home computer setup.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||The University has a problem||
The University has a problem talking out of both sides of its mouth when it comes to students and what they can pay for things.
There is legitimate and honest concern about lower-income students and how we can do better attracting more socioeconomic diversity to campus. There is also concern about the way that their financial constraints might alter their U-M experence and prevent them from enjoying things that other students enjoy.
On the other hand, I have also heard a flippant "they can afford it" attitude when it comes to costs and students. People use our student demographics (i.e. skewing wealthy) to justify charging for things and for increasing fees. The asumption is that financial aid will take the edge off for lower-income students, and wealthier kids will absorb the cost no problem.
There are several problems with this. One being that financial aid does NOT cover all things (season tickets, for one example). Two being that there are plenty of middle-income students who definitely DO feel the squeeze when prices go up. Three being that even if you are wealthy and can easily afford it, paying more for something may change the way you feel about it, including your expectations and how much hassle you are willing to put up with.
I do not take part in conversations at the Athletic Department, so it's possible that they don't have this problem. But it's elswhere at the University. Wouldn't surprise me at all if it's also part of why tickets for students have gone up so much.
|31 weeks 18 hours ago||When the chants started on||
When the chants started on Saturday, I felt like it was airing our dirty laundry on national TV. I didn't like it.
However, the story about student/fan dissatisfaction are so widespread now, I don't know if that's still a reason not to do it. The laundry is out there.
But still, I'd rather us handle our business out of the spotlight. I get the appeal of using the national audience to make your feelings REALLY known, but there's a cost. Negative crap pulled at games could be misconstrued by the players. Not buying concessions hurts the nonprofits that work there. The schadenfreude we're handing to our rivals with bog showy displays of unhappiness sticks in my craw. You know they will make lots of hay out of any behavior that seems mob-like or thuggish.
|31 weeks 19 hours ago||I agree with a lot of||
I agree with a lot of this.
But do remember that not all administrators deserve to be tarred with the same brush. Those crazy-ass extra payments went to a minority of administators here.
Some of the Regents are straight-up batshit crazy as near as I can tell, and that crosses party lines, but I'm not dumb enough to spill that kind of thing here.
I think, however, you would find the job of Regent pretty boring.
|32 weeks 2 days ago||Is he speaking to her yet?||
Is he speaking to her yet?
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I think there are a ton of||
I think there are a ton of model trains in a cool layout at a small museum in Balboa park.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I wonder if you understand||
I wonder if you understand how influential they were. We were watching a change in sports culture before our very eyes. That's pretty cool (in my opinion) even if you didn't like the guys or their style of play or whatever.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Because the headline makes it||
Because the headline makes it sound as if Jalen made some kind of press announcement, or something. It worked. Look at the title of this thread, and subsequent reactions: mgobloggers have subsequently griped that Jalen is stirring the pot, bringing it up regularly, won't let it go, etc. That didn't happen during this interview. Mgobloggers must think that because the News is presenting the story that way, and they apparently can't access the original interview to see the exchange for themselves without the Detroit News lens.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Or, this:||
"So about his project coming, best of love and can't wait to see what happens."
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Freep, argh, no||
Damnit, I said "Freep" should be "News"
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure how Jalen is created a "new twist"||
I think if you're going to call this "another twist" then the title should be "Webber Documentary Out Soon; Jalen's Stance Unchanged."
I don't understand how Jalen's comments are in any way a new twist it's Jalen just standing by earlier comments, made current only because Webber is coming out with his own documentary.
Just because the Detroit News is trying to be inflammatory, we don't have to take it and run with it.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I think the Freep reporter is||
I think the Freep reporter is making it sound like Jalen Rose called up the press to issue a new call for an apology. Six months have passed, time for me to demand it again!
That's not what happened. The reporter brought up Webber's film. Then probes Jalen on whether they are speaking. Jalen says, "I heard through mutual friends that he's upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that." (and then later says something like, it's two words, etc etc)
I'll bet if he DIDN'T say that, the Freep Story would be "JALEN ROSE BACKS OFF DEMAND THAT WEBBER APOLOGIZE" with multiple paragraphs rehashing everything ending with some breathless questions about whether this is a new phase in their relationship, a new warmth, a chance for healing! And then we'd still have an MGoBlog discussion about how Jalen just can't leave it the Webber thing alone.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know how your browser||
I don't know how your browser is formatted, but is it really so difficult for some of the readership to distinguish Jalen's responses from the reporter's questions? Jalen didn't bring it up. Hoopshype did.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Wait, what?||
The interviewer's questions are in bold, Jalen Rose's answers are not. Which means that this question:
"How do you feel about the new Fab Five documentary Chris Webber is going to do?"
was initiated by HoopsHype, not by Jalen. He answered this question; he didn't ask it.
|33 weeks 4 hours ago||Similarly...||
I grew up in Nebraska. The whole state "owns" the team; a degree from the university is immaterial. The idea that one must have attended a school to be a legitimate fan is pretty foreign to me.
|33 weeks 1 day ago||So you're saying I can keep||
So you're saying I can keep realistically hoping for a deployment of Sexy Sax Man into the stands for some number?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||It does not help "the brand"||
It does not help "the brand" when every week there's a new stink-of-desperation ticket offer in my inbox. IMO they need to think carefully about how they handle this unforeseen ticket availibility.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Oh god, as little appetite as||
Oh god, as little appetite as I have for dissecting the present state of Michigan football, I have even LESS interest in putting the past under a microscope, especially decisions that were been picked over endlessly on MGoBlog
|35 weeks 2 days ago||You poor 99%ers||
Club level food is excellent. (At least it has been in years past. Didn't attend this game; gave the tickets to my chauffeur)
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Get over it. It's a valid||
Get over it. It's a valid topic for speculation & discussion. Sometimes scandals (and team consequences, if imposed) hurt recruiting, but some prospects seem to not be influenced by it. That's interesting to me, and apparently to the OP.
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||Best thing I ever did when I||
Best thing I ever did when I went to these was to print a roster, sorted by position group (and if I were going this year I'd do one by year too). That way you never get caught wondering who an unfamiliar face is. I spent my time in line figuring out who everyone at the table was so we had something appreciative & personal to say to each of them as they signed.
|39 weeks 11 hours ago||I could almost be sympathetic.||
This kind of error isn't hard to make when you're more focused on graphic style and layout instead of the words. Which is precisely why you bring in fresh eyes to check everything. Either they didn't do that, or everyone who checked it for acuracy blew it. Sparty no.
|39 weeks 13 hours ago||This isn't supporting||
This isn't supporting misogyny, but our fan base has had its moments of throwing rationality out the window.
|39 weeks 5 days ago||The first 10 minutes do not||
The first 10 minutes do not disappoint.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Since everyone is covering||
Since everyone is covering the chopped onions, it frees me to offer up observation that Devin in hipster glasses is smoking hot.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||The idea that the Regents||
The idea that the Regents have somehow had it with Brandon or don't respect him isn't credible to me. The man sat in their seats not that long ago.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||TGIF times twenty||
So, so ready for the weekend. This is the first weekend in a long time that I didn't have some obligation to fulfill. This weekend is MINE, all mine!
|43 weeks 1 day ago||I took one of their baking||
I took one of their baking classes once. The ingredients that went into the tart we made were all top-of-the line and pricey when I acquired them myself. Therefore I stopped griping about the price of their desserts.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||I actually let out a squawk||
I actually let out a squawk of delighted surprise when I saw the headline in the newspaper. I hadn't realized how much of a fan I was until I found myself glued to the TV every Monday for DWTS.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Advisors do not have a secret||
Advisors do not have a secret agenda that includes making you take five years to graduate.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sorry, explain the issue||
I'm sorry, explain the issue with people who live on farms? /hacklesup
|49 weeks 4 days ago||Damnit, this here is an||
Damnit, this here is an upvote thread and then you go and add something after the elipses that prevents me from bestowing that upon you.
|49 weeks 4 days ago||You think you're old...,||
I was thinking about my 10-year college reunion.
|50 weeks 23 hours ago||Last night I had to meet a||
Last night I had to meet a friend who was having a kind of crisis, and the bar we met at was showing the Tigers game, no softball. So I was in the dark, and I almost checked twitter for the score but didn't. I should have known something good was up when I walked in to the house and my husband had the DVR cued up to replay the 7th inning, just waiting for me.
It was so sweet to watch. Those homers! That catch!
|50 weeks 1 day ago||A little OT but since we are||
A little OT but since we are watching on TV: is it possible for the NCAA to make an ad that doesn't drip with hypocrisy?
|50 weeks 5 days ago||I don't even know how anyone||
I don't even know how anyone could mix those two up. I mean, come on.
|50 weeks 5 days ago||I thought that research also||
I thought that research also suggested that it's multiple cumulative injuries that were devastating, and that you might be able to reduce risk by having less hitting in practice. It may not be "playing the game" as in the actual games, but the years of daily in-season practice hits that go along with being on the team. That seems changeable.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Went to brunch with the||
Went to brunch with the in-laws. Then came home to empty the dishwasher and other chores. I have yet to have a Mother's Day where I got to truly have the day off but it's the nature of the job.
|51 weeks 4 days ago||I'm a female but recognize||
I'm a female but recognize this issue is complicated. My own views are complicated by the fact that I am a mother of a teenage son. Also the fact that I work for the University. And that when I was a student here, I served on OSCR for a year.
I have my own history of drunken stupidity & sexual idiocy to reflect on too.
I have a friend who was a victim of inebriated date rape and the way she describes the aftermath is really terrible. How she felt, how her university treated her, how her family reacted. It's been over a decade and she still carries this around with her. But here's the kicker: How she describes the start of that encounter? It sounds really similar to situations I was in, in college. More than once, even: Two drunk people, horny guy, semi-reluctant girl who eventually gives in (ie. gives consent at the time, after some pleading) and regrets it later. But these things had very different outcomes in terms of emotions and consequences.
So what baffles and concerns me (as an employee of an institution which houses young men and young women, all of whom are deserving of protection, and as the mother of a son who is a few years from college and intimate relationships himself) is that the facts of an encounter can be undisputed, but the ultimate criminality of them seems to hinge on something you cannot see, predict, or control. And that's how a woman reacts to a sexual encounter she is ambivalent about, and that she regrets afterwards. What determines whether a woman feels destroyed and violated, taken advantage of, illegally coerced? What determines whether a woman says "That was stupid on my part?" Which ones will suffer long-term emotionally, and which ones won't? Which ones are going to ask the University (or law) to intervene, and thus possibly change forever the lives of their sexual partner? What determines the outcome in these particular kinds of hook-ups? I don't know. Sometimes it feels like the only answer is don't drink, and don't hook up. Not so realistic.
ETA: I'm not referring to the case UM is being sued for; I'm talking about experiences I have had, as described.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||This really bugs me: "The||
This really bugs me:
"The University is reviewing the complaints and plans to defend them vigorously."
So, the University has already made up its mind that everything OSCR did was completely correct, before it's reviewed this complaint in full?
|1 year 3 days ago||I don't think Dorsey can be||
I don't think Dorsey can be counted because he was never admitted. No action was taken on his application because it was never completed (there remained required stuff missing).
|1 year 1 week ago||I'm very sorry about your||
I'm very sorry about your mother.
|1 year 1 week ago||I cannot believe we have so||
I cannot believe we have so many years to wait before we play Nebraska again. Ugh.
|1 year 1 week ago||adults are better than that||
adults are better than that at weighing their priorities and don't purposely break the rules and then play victim.
If this were true there would be little recreational drug use except among minors. We would need less traffic enforcement. The IRS could cut its staff by 80%. There would be little need for internet filters like Websense.
Realistically, this is an idealistic standard and I don't see it in the world I live in. Adults take chances all the time, ignoring and bending the rules, particularly the ones they think lack reasonableness.
Most of the time it's fine because they don't get caught, or, if they do, the consequences are lighter than what they could be.
Whatever you think of pot-smoking or Mitch McGary, is he really such an outlier?
|1 year 1 week ago||Good christ. That poor||
Good christ. That poor kid.
I'll admit that I'm pretty prudish on drugs, but come on. The kid wasn't even competing, and it was pot. FUCKING POT FOR CHRIST'S SAKE. A year's suspension. The mind boggles.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Yes, I work on a big||
Yes, I work on a big multi-university survey (and if you're a UM undergraduate and you're reading this--please go take it. It's called UMAY) and I have to get them to reword and recode some things each year, because every other university in the consortium considers this to be "Spring" semester.
And, somewhat relevant to the thread: my father in law said this is the last year he's keeping his season tickets. I think they've had them for over 40 years.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||He's showing he's in on the||
He's showing he's in on the joke. The Bo Pelini cat cringe pic is the best photoshop version of that meme ever, IMO. I thought it was hilarious--although I hope the cat didn't freak.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I used to hang out with the||
I used to hang out with the rugby team. My liver flinched just reading the word. Kick some ass in Sevens, fellas.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Y'all, it's fine; this might even be easy.||
I just saw a DISH Network ad that said Tennessee would be playing "Big Blue" tonight. I have no effing idea who Big Blue is, but you know a team like Tennessee can't play TWO games in one night and still be at their best.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Leaving the B1G||
Now there is a concept! I think you'd miss us.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I know it's not the ideal||
I know it's not the ideal watching set up, but don't they have TVs between the lanes?
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I went to work (after a||
I went to work (after a dental appointment, UGH) but I gently protested by wearing loungewear. A colleague came in jeans. It helps that our boss is out of town.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Go buy a small whisk broom||
Go buy a small whisk broom that you can sneak in. Then you won't feel like such a tool if your jinx takes hold.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||I take care of things like||
I take care of things like this by just doubling (or tripling, or quadrupling) my hate of Izzo. The Gary Harris story made me like him; now Payne's on my good-guy list.... but Izzo hate comes easy, and can grow to fill whatever space needed.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Let me see if I got this.||
So it's just luck when our baskets are good? But MSU & other teams, their baskets go in due to skill, preparation, teamwork, good shot setup, skillful aim, etc.? Okay then.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||NyQuil. Hideous flu has||
NyQuil. Hideous flu has landed at my house.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Two weeks is not that bad||
Two weeks is not that bad given that the U has a process and centralized offices or offices that deals with grievances and records.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Ask Emily Post||
If there is ever an appropriate time to offer critique on a choice of name, i'm betting that would be at some point before it is bestowed upon a child.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Get your facts in before you||
Get your facts in before you write anything. A 140 character tweet isn't going to tell you what really happened.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||RSV||
I am a big fan of Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa. While their tastings are not free, for the $25 fee you get wine tastings accompanied by a small plate of snacks. Beautiful place, too. Their whites are not oaky, which ups my enthusiasm for for their wine.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Except....aren't they?||
Except....aren't they? They're like the Caltech of foreign language. Those yahoos at USN&WR rank them in the top five liberal arts schools in the country.
We're a board that's pretty proud of being better than most, so the "If I don't know about it, it must not be worth knowing about" ethos does not become us.
The important thing is: there is a dead horse that I am just apparently not done beating yet.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I understand that, and I find||
I understand that, and I find it really surprising given Middlebury's substantial reputation as a liberal arts institution and as a foreign language center of excellence.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I was just reading an article||
I was just reading an article that predicted we might have synchro in ther Olympics someday. I couldn't tell how much of it was just cynicism, but they said the Team Skate even was added in large part because skating is such a draw for viewers.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Holy shit, really? "Girl's||
Holy shit, really? "Girl's schools"?
Miss Porter's is a girl's school. Wellesley is a woman's college. Middlebury was and is neither. Not a member of the seven sisters--but I commend you for knowing that exists.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Let's not veer into OSU territory||
"Something called Middlebury?" For real? Come on now. Middlebury is not just a decent school in its own right, it's got a monster reputation for language study.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The spelling thing is||
The spelling thing is cringeworthy, but I'd be happy for the kid if he makes some coin off this.
Some writer put it so well when he said Hall fulfilled the lifetime fantasy of every OSU fan when he gave the entire Big House the double bird. It's funny to me.
If he's found a way to part some OSU fans with their money, good on him. It's such a bonus if they all proudly hang them up without knowing the thing is spelled wrong.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||I'll be the Michigan fan||
I'll be the Michigan fan stomping around Ann Arbor in my Nebraska toque this week.
Not to be confused with the Nebraska Cornhead, which is never worn outside of the home.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Smell test||
What? This doesn't make sense, aren't you the guy who really enjoys showing off the good thing, whether it's your wife's very trim body in revealing apparel or your famous tailgating guests? You've got no problem with a little showboating--and that's fine, it makes for good board material--so I don't get why you expect world-class athletes to be all about humility. Surely there's another reason you cheered for that athlete to fail. Spill it, friend.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||We sent our concussion guy||
We sent our concussion guy (Jeff Kutcher) too. Not to compete but to evaluate athletes as needed.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||These are excellent points||
These are excellent points and this is what I am struggling with. However, I've been awfully reluctant to bring it up and it's hard to word things appropriately and sensitively.
It is hard to have this conversation without sounding like you're blaming the victim.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Damnit, that piece made me||
Damnit, that piece made me really like Gary Harris.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||"If you do get someone who's||
"If you do get someone who's drunk to do something, and when sober they say they wouldn't have done it, you have made them do something against their will."
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I'm disturbed that in a||
I'm disturbed that in a discussion that you know is nuanced and complex, you have a hardee-fucking-har attitude towards how this touchy subject plays out for young men in this country who are just learning how to negotiate sexuality and being sexually active. MOST young men are not rapists or abusers or scumbags, and yet they need to be sensitive and careful about this issue so they don't end up making young women feel victimized, AND so they don't end up vulnerable to allegations.
That's a significant problem that we can address, or not. I vote for the former.
There is a horrible past and present bias against victims, no question. Does this justify not giving a shit about half our young population? Does this justify not caring about innocent people?
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I once got into an argument||
I once got into an argument at a dinner party that all those swimsuit tops from her SI photo shoots did not give her rack enough support and were therefore unflattering.
I would judge I lost the argument.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||I read the police reports||
I read the police reports that were made available. The "threatening the victim into silence" stuff was unclear. It read to me like a he said-she-said hearsay thing, where it's plausible that Lewan made a super assholish "give you something to cry about" type of statement with a callous disregard to how it could sound to a person in her position (or how it would sound to her friends). Sadly, it's entirely in keeping with Lewan's loutish immature behavior as a freshman, but whether it rises to the level of an actual threat is not clear. It's something your coach should kick your sorry ass for, but beyond that--I dunno.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||You should check out his web||
You should check out his web series "Seven minutes in heaven." Thanks to his SNL connections he has had some good guest stars. He's got the awkwardness Schtick down pat.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||That came outta nowhere for||
That came outta nowhere for me, but a pedigree of Berkeley and Brown is nothing to complain about.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||That's exactly it, and every||
That's exactly it, and every one of you who complains about poor sound is revealing yourself to be the cheap, unloyal fan we suspected you always were.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I know if I had back surgery,||
I know if I had back surgery, I'd be all "here's my chance to watch the entire Breaking Bad series while I'm bedridden."
I sure wouldn't be expecting to be up and moving, much less productive, in just a few days.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I see your point, but they||
I see your point, but they could just as easily have called 911 and thrown a blanket over him and left the unpleasant, bitter cold part pf dealing with a piss-drunk half-corpse to the emergency responders.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Whenever they were taken,||
Whenever they were taken, they remind me of our stay at a Maine B&B. My husband and I were pursuing our own itinerary and weren't interested in some of the sights our innkeeper typically encouraged guests to go see. He would not stop nagging us about seeing some lighthouses, so I fimally said 'We actually have quite a few lighthouses at home."
He sneered that they really "didn't count." I think he thought they were just quaint ornamental fixtures erected at random on the shores of our serene, not-that-Great Lakes.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Ha.||
Supposed to fly into Detroit tonight. Our flight is the second leg of a continuing flight. The first one has already been cancelled but ours is still showing as on. We are having a standoff here, where I keep checking flight status on my phone and Delta keeps saying the flight is departing as scheduled. Since it's a 3-hour drive to the airport, I'm not in the mood for shenanigans.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||I am going to freeze my ass||
I am going to freeze my ass clean off surrounded by cheerful Canadians.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I would say they are lucky||
I would say they are lucky they have fans like me and others here who are wolverines for life and plan to stick it out. There will be better seasons and I look forward to them.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Me. No mystery there; I'm||
Me. No mystery there; I'm just not as critical of coaching as the average MGoBlogger.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Everyone in the South. And||
Everyone in the South. And everyone who watches Project Runway. #dontjudge
|1 year 18 weeks ago||What the heck is this Gibbons||
What the heck is this Gibbons "Family matter" that would keep someone from a bowl game?
|1 year 18 weeks ago||If he's 5'8" then I'm Giselle||
If he's 5'8" then I'm Giselle Bundchen. I've seen him in person.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||You must also believe that no||
You must also believe that no one cares if you didn't bother to read the post prior to commenting.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||I was at the ER this morning||
I was at the ER this morning with my son. Nothing all that serious; he should be fine in a few days. Grateful for awesome cheerful UM hospital staff who worked today.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||I don'y have 23 minutes to||
I don'y have 23 minutes to spare, but I think we can all agree the Gallon highlight reel is a FAIL if it doesn't include him strutting behind Devin during that one interview.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||That poor bastard.||
That poor bastard.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Is DSR aware that Brandon WAS||
Is DSR aware that Brandon WAS a regent? And by all accounts a quite good one? And that when he lost his bid for re-election, he threw himself into fundraising for the UM health system?
There are a number of AD decisions I'm not thrilled with, but I think it's misguided to paint DB as some kind of selfish, egomaniacal leader.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||There was a really cool||
There was a really cool feature on the Big Chill rink build; I saw it on a show like How It's Made or Modern Marvels.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Including the training table||
Including the training table chefs I'm guessing.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Did anyone else read||
Did anyone else read six-foot-even as six-foot-eleven? I was like, damn, what kind of special hockey stick does THAT commit need?
|1 year 21 weeks ago||I feel small now||
My great undergrad accomplishment was still having a functioning liver at the end of it.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||As a wife, you know what I'd||
As a wife, you know what I'd enjoy? A boxed set of DVDs for some miniseries or season of a well-regarded TV show with a note that we'd watch it together. Throw in some popcorn & fuzzy socks if you want to make it a whole package. It doesn't matter if we could (technically) get it on Netflix or the library--the intentionality of the gift and the fact that he picked it for us to enjoy together would mean a lot. I'd look forward to many hours together watching it (and it would be sweet to hear him say he was looking forward to that, himself).
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I think you're in the wrong||
I think you're in the wrong thread, son
|1 year 22 weeks ago||I saw an OSU fan say||
I saw an OSU fan say something disparaging about the band as he walked past them as they were assembled in the champions parking lot. Got no reaction; I assume they are used to that kind of crap.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||What if I actually possess a||
What if I actually possess a pussy anatomically? Do I need a different special word lobbed at me if my opinion deviates from yours?
|1 year 22 weeks ago||You know, I was in general||
You know, I was in general agreement with the OP.
THIS, dear reader, this is the low point of MGoBlog. First all this emo BS on the front page, and THEN, THEN I find that one of our esteemed readership does not know one of the finest lines in the American comedy film canon.
Luckily, unlike the mental breakdown happening amongst the MGBlogosphere, I am assured that this particularly failing can be corrected. Easily and dare I say pleasurably. All you have to do is watch the movie. You might wish to have it on hand for watching right after the game; the laughs might be needed.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Just because it's horseshit....||
... doesnt mean it wasn't probably the best, safest response to a horseshit question.
I mean, I don't know what else he is supposed to say. What did you honestly think would have been a good response to that query?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||PLEASE BE ANVIL||
Please. Just PLEASE
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I don't think Bradley is a||
I don't think Bradley is a great example (even if it is "only" an MVC team) because Bradley is 100% a basketball school. They don't do football.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||I remember MSC was in a||
I remember MSC was in a Regent's meeting and they sent a note in to her during the session. That doesn't happen often; she had to know it was big news before she even read it. :(
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Can you clarify what you||
Can you clarify what you mean? You seem to be saying that when you're at the game, it feels more "corporate." I'd like to hear more about that, because from my perspective I feel like all the "corporate/business/branding" stuff is more apparent in PSD and similar stuff that is tangential to the gameday experience, but when I get in the stadium the experience is not that different (except I'll admit I think they do a good job with the "wow" factor). But then I haven't been attending as long as you have, so maybe there are some critical changes I'm not aware of.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Dynamic pricing my ass||
I felt rogered by the "dynamic pricing" thing and I will not enter that market again. The idea for the athletic department was "Why shouldn't we get a cut of the action if tickets are hot?" which was also a sneaky way around "We couldn't pry preferred seat $$ out of people anymore, so let's see if we can't make that money and then some on individual games." It ended up being "let's make sure the individual fan overpays for tickets when they buy them pre-season."
The athletic department has sold me its last football ticket. I'll still go to games, but I will scalp, beg, borrow, stubhub, or perform sex acts in alleys for tickets. They lost me as a customer.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Somebody else's wife woulda||
Somebody else's wife woulda gotten slept with, is my guess.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||You must have been blessed||
You must have been blessed thus far to not have had a seriously ill family member. There is so much waiting and worrying.
I doubt this poster was neglecting a family member or sickbed duty to post--he was probably in one of those interminable periods where there is nothing to do but climb the walls and watch the clack hands crawl.
Go to whatever site might help that downtime go faster, I say, and find whatever distractions you can.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Eat a bunch of black licorice||
Eat a bunch of black licorice and get the same result
|1 year 25 weeks ago||My Nebraska relatives came||
My Nebraska relatives came back from the game raving about the kindness and class of our fans towards them. Towards THEM, the opposing fans. Couldn't say enough nice things about that.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I wasn't that impressed by||
I wasn't that impressed by the Daily writer's column (i'm sorry to say) but I just flat out stopped reading the Staee News column when he rolled out the old "UM girls are unattractive" trope.
I mean, that's hilarious when you and your high school friends want to guffaw amongst yourselves over titties and butterfaces and who's got the hottest women, hurr hurr. I get that. I don't have a problem with those kinds of snarky insults within the rivalry, when you've got some control over who hears you say that stuff.
But to roll that out in a college newspaper, to a readership that is likely to include thousands of women? Get your head on straight.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Ridiculous. The person who||
Ridiculous. The person who made the video should get out more.
Try those arguments in a state where there is one team for everyone to root for. You think Nebraska runs some kind of alumni litmus test before you can buy tickets or cheer for the team? Which Nebraska pro team would those non-alums be rooting for, again?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||That was a particularly||
That was a particularly awesome show on Ohio's part. No argument there.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||I want to adopt them both.||
I want to adopt them both.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Bravo||
Lou Anna Simon has been a good colleague to UM administrators, and that extends back to when she was provost.
There have been MSU presidents who were tools when it comes to competing against and advocating against UM. She is not one of them.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||A. I'd rather lose some||
I'd rather lose some uberfrustrating games with Hoke than win them all with some scumbag at the helm. It would take a lot more than half a season to change my mind on that.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||And apparently one of the||
And apparently one of the genius commenters believes that athletic scholarships are need based instead of merit based, so any athletes on scholarship with extra spending money must be up to something fishy.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I think it might be regional, too. Sorta.||
From some casual polling I did when Biggby/Beaners first rolled into town (to my incredulous eyes), I gathered that the term is more likely to be used as a racial epithet west of the Mississippi.
A lot of Michiganders didn't know WTF I was talking about.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Context, gentle reader. Context.||
Having grown up in a place where "Beaners" is not a nice term, I about fell out my chair reading the first header.
I was also relieved when Biggby coffee adopted its new name.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||127-3||
By telling all of us "Go to 5" I assume EVERYONE wins this week.
Excellent, I'll go balls out then:
Michigan 127, Penn State 3
|1 year 29 weeks ago||As a former Nebraskan I||
As a former Nebraskan I respectfully request that you never, ever again post a photo of that "Lil Red" mascot abomination.
It's like someone thought the solution to a weird and creepy original mascot was to add a second mascot that's weird and creepy in a different way.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||To some very wee extent, I||
To some very wee extent, I feel the NFL does have some merit when it says "Hold up, we don't know causation for sure, we don't know when this starts." Especially in light of those cases of players who at 18 and 21 had significant damage. It could very well be that by the time you have played football well enough and long enough to be drafted, you've already accumulated a lot of damage, and injuries that occur on the NFL's watch are just incremental.
It may also be that some players have some unknown factors that put them at higher risk for devastating effects, and we just can't see that right now because the researchers can only study the ones that had the worst outcomes.
Both of those possibilites argue against taking too firm a stance that the NFL is uncaringly putting its players at significant long-term risk.
I also reject the idea that some large number of these players would have chosen not to play if they had known more about it, or if NFL had given them a more informative brochure. These are elite athletes who seem to be prone to believing they are invincible and the exception to normal rules. The lure of a pro career is huge.
THAT SAID, the NFL still looks like a scumbag organization for taking the "DENY DENY DENY" stance. There's a big difference between "There's a lot we don't know" and "There is absolutely no link" and it looks like that difference is about $8 billion a year in revenue.
It also doesn't look good when the NFL attempts to marginalize and discredit empirical research and the doctors who are carrying it out. So I'm all for demonizing the NFL, not necessarily for the amount of blame they deserve for the injuries to players but for being complete tools about it when researchers began to question the issue.
I wonder what the effect of all this will be. People still choose to pursue careers in competitive Boxing; I imagine some will still choose football, especially if it looks like a way to get up and out of a situation that is otherwise lacking in opportunity. But I have to say I'm glad it wasn't a sport my son has chosen to play.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I'm not offering an excuse||
I'm not offering an excuse for his actions, but there is bad blood between Nebraska fans & Wisconsin fans. Some of the Husker faithful came back with tales of abysmal treatment in Madison on their first trip up after joining the Big Ten.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||FWIW I brought up Krislov to||
FWIW I brought up Krislov to a room with some knowledgable observers and they looked at me like I'd lost my effing mind. So I am not sure how serious a candidate I'd consider him. They agree that Cantor was a "no way" choice too.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||YOU HAD ME AT FUNNEL CAKES||
YOU HAD ME AT FUNNEL CAKES
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I've eaten the breakfast||
I've eaten the breakfast version of the Magic Mountain at Ross', so is there some kind of secret handshake we all can do?
|1 year 30 weeks ago||I agree, it's awesome to see||
I agree, it's awesome to see "HELLO" posts for other sports.
And rowing is an interesting sport in that, like you said, you can get a late start and still end up competing at a high level. In some urban areas they have kicked off rowing programs because they provide skilled but underpriveleged kids another way to get college attention (and scholarships) they might not otherwise.
Ann Arbor has some programs to introduce rowing to Middle Schoolers now, and they give the same pitch: there isn't a surplus of rowing talent at the college level, so crew can really open doors.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Best has to be my only: Rose||
Best has to be my only: Rose Bowl 1993. We beat the Huskies, it was sorta down to the wire (tied going into the 4th quarter).
|1 year 30 weeks ago||A colleague of mine who||
A colleague of mine who attends practice occasionally said he was very encouraged by what this revised O-Line looked like when he saw them in action this week.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Congrats! You're adorable,||
You're adorable, I'd have said yes myself.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||They've got Wembley Stadium||
They've got Wembley Stadium at the Legoland in Windsor (in England).
Actually my son and I would like to verify this, if MGoBlog wants to sponsor a trip. We should also swing by the one in Bildung. I'll let our San Diego MGoBloggers confirm what's on display at the one in Carlsbad, CA.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||We just started a bowling||
We just started a bowling league that meets on Wednesday nights, and this week we found out the team names people selected. There is, inevitably, one called "HUMP DAAAAAAAAAY!"
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Those squirrels are||
Those squirrels are exquisitely rendered.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I could waste an entire||
I could waste an entire afternoon watching Jalen tell stories like this. It would help if we could tape that interviewers mouth shut however.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||And this is actually a good||
And this is actually a good thing to keep in mind when ANY board member shoots off their mouth. You never know whether or not the person is actually reflecting institutional values. Just because they were appointed (or elected) doesn't mean they're 100% in touch with the institution's views, or will reliably speak with the institution's best interests to the media.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||If the cost of this is funded||
If the cost of this is funded by ticket prices (which is what several people seem to allege and are very chapped about) it averages out to $.02 per seat, right?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||If you go to the boathouse||
If you go to the boathouse for women's crew, there are gorgeous candid photos of the team. They were taking by a professional photographer that MSU hired one year, when MSU went to nationals. The photographer took all his photos of the Michigan team instead because he didn't understand the difference.
I guess when MSU refused to pay him, he made an offer to UM (or maybe he donated them, I'mn not sure).
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Worst: Lehigh Lafayette game||
Worst: Lehigh Lafayette game in the early 1990s. Goalposts torn down, police with dogs, people drunk and screaming and just a whole lot of "Yikes." Never been so afraid for my own safety in a crowd.
Weirdest was I guess my luckiest. I was at a Tigers game, not really paying attention, and suddenly everyone around me is up with their arms outstretched to catch the foul ball ripping our way. A couple people get a bit of it but don't manage to grab it, it bounces off the outstretched glove of the guy behind me, and plops down as gentle as can be right on my lap. Easiest ball gain ever. Since my kid was sitting next to me, they crowd just let me (him) have it.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||I'm sure there is more to this||
If I had to guess, I would think that this might be something related to ongoing dares /pranking between the two Athletic departments. Like how MSU got a Domino's franchise to spell out an "S" on a pizza in green olives for their annual golf outing last year.
Obviously the pizza thing is smaller scale, but you get the idea. These guys like to mess with each other.
I'm not saying this from personal knowledge, it's just that my spidey senses are tingling. I doubt our athletic department would pull something like this without an interesting motivation. I suspect there is a backstory, probably one that goes very high up, and that we won't ever hear about, unfortunately.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||31-10, Michigan||
I tweeted last week that if anyone predicted the Akron score right they deserved a dongpunch with their free tshirt.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Are you talking about Anakin||
Are you talking about Anakin or Jake Ryan?
|1 year 32 weeks ago||It's a little unnerving to||
It's a little unnerving to see ads for group ticket sales just a few days before the game, because you know they must have big holes to fill.
I would like to think that the athletic department will learn from these kinds of games and see these as a chance to do some community service. Not just giving away tickets, but deploying resources to make a Michigan stadium experience possible for people who otherwise wouldn't get to have it.
For example, sponsor some busses and bring a bunch of kids from a Detroit or Flint school in, with chaperones of course. Sic some of the AD marketing interns on them, give the kids a day to remember.
Do the same thing with the unused suites and get some families at Ronald McDonald House to go. Include transportation and other things, so they can actually use the tickets hassle-free.
Yes, you'd spend some money doing this, but it's the kind of thing worth spending money on. And now they might be able to predict which are the best games to do this for.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||And you call yourself a fan||
If we lose this game, why bother grinding the glass? I think knife-edges shards would be more appropriate.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Well if anyone else bails,||
Well if anyone else bails, this winner might try to find two more people to go with the spouse and I. So we could use an additional two tickets IF they are at risk for going to waste.
I am looking forward to it !
|1 year 33 weeks ago||48-14 Michigan||
What's the difference between a plastic flamingo and the MSU offense?
One is ugly, stands in the grass, and is utterly useless.
The other is a lawn ornamant.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||I keep a diary for my son; I||
I keep a diary for my son; I write in it occasionally (have been so since he was a toddler) about various thoughts as he grows up. Funny things he said, things I worry about, major events in our lives. I'll give it to him when he moves out or has a kid of his own or some other appropriate milestone.
Well, I was writing in it Sunday while a replay of a game was playing in the background. Right in the middle of the entry I felt compelled to write to him what a jerk Brian Kelly is and I hope he never has that kind of man for a coach or boss.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Wow, your opening paragraphs||
Wow, your opening paragraphs were breathtakingly good (probably the rest of them were, too, but I never played electronic football so...)
I don't know if I'll ever lose that heart-in-my-mouth feeling when Gardner starts scrambling. He stays ready to throw even as he's moving forward and my inner voice is screeching "TUCK THE BALL, TUCK THE BALL, OMG" but he's waving it around in space waiting for his last possible chance to throw. I assume he's got monster hands; I need to settle down.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||A co-worker just came in,||
A co-worker just came in, asked me how the game was, and then told me that Notre Dame & Michigan wouldn't be playing in Michigan stadium again in the foreseeable future.
I stared at her in disbelief, my disbelief obviously related to how she had managed to miss every single news story, commentary, gripe, chicken reference, gameday sign, t-shirt, and joke ever told related to this fact before now. She took my expression as a signal that she had just broken a big story for me and proceeded to tell me that they'd play in South Bend next year, but then that's it. To make sure I understood the significance, she added the information that this rivalry has been played a long time.
I guess I look forward to her stopping by later and telling me that Devin Gardner mightl be playing QB this year.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||FWIW, it was clear on TV that||
FWIW, it was clear on TV that Notre Dame players were going over and thumping Tommy Rees between the shoulder blades and the like, rallying behind him after his flubs too.
The difference is that in their case, that's the only support that poor bastard was going to get.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Christ almighty I am sorry to||
Christ almighty I am sorry to hear your placement. Two years ago we were about five rows behind you. The lack of a visibility, plus the incredible obnoxiousness of the ND band, made it very hard to convince my kid we should stay for the second half.
Luckily we moved, stayed, and the rest is cheerful history. But I don't think I could stay in your seats for the ND game.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||If Gallon is as tall as 5'8"||
If Gallon is as tall as 5'8" I'll eat my hat.