Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
|20 hours 47 min ago||The first 10 minutes do not||
The first 10 minutes do not disappoint.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 6 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.
|1 week 6 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!
|3 weeks 4 days 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.
|7 weeks 6 hours 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.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Advisors do not have a secret||
Advisors do not have a secret agenda that includes making you take five years to graduate.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm sorry, explain the issue||
I'm sorry, explain the issue with people who live on farms? /hacklesup
|9 weeks 6 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.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||You think you're old...,||
I was thinking about my 10-year college reunion.
|10 weeks 3 days 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!
|10 weeks 3 days 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?
|11 weeks 19 hours ago||I don't even know how anyone||
I don't even know how anyone could mix those two up. I mean, come on.
|11 weeks 19 hours 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.
|11 weeks 4 days 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.
|12 weeks 7 hours 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.
|12 weeks 7 hours 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?
|12 weeks 6 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).
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I'm very sorry about your||
I'm very sorry about your mother.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I cannot believe we have so||
I cannot believe we have so many years to wait before we play Nebraska again. Ugh.
|13 weeks 6 days 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?
|13 weeks 6 days 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.
|14 weeks 3 days 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.
|15 weeks 4 days 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.
|16 weeks 2 days 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.
|17 weeks 6 days 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.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Leaving the B1G||
Now there is a concept! I think you'd miss us.
|19 weeks 3 days 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?
|20 weeks 19 hours 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.
|20 weeks 5 days 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.
|21 weeks 3 hours 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.
|21 weeks 1 day 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.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||NyQuil. Hideous flu has||
NyQuil. Hideous flu has landed at my house.
|22 weeks 1 day 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.
|22 weeks 2 days 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.
|22 weeks 4 days 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.
|23 weeks 1 day 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.
|23 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 2 days 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.
|23 weeks 3 days 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.
|23 weeks 3 days 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.
|23 weeks 4 days 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.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||We sent our concussion guy||
We sent our concussion guy (Jeff Kutcher) too. Not to compete but to evaluate athletes as needed.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Damnit, that piece made me||
Damnit, that piece made me really like Gary Harris.
|25 weeks 3 days 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."
|26 weeks 1 day 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?
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 1 day 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.
|26 weeks 3 days 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.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||That came outta nowhere for||
That came outta nowhere for me, but a pedigree of Berkeley and Brown is nothing to complain about.
|28 weeks 6 days 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.
|29 weeks 23 hours 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.
|29 weeks 2 days 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.
|29 weeks 2 days 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.
|29 weeks 4 days 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.
|30 weeks 1 day ago||I am going to freeze my ass||
I am going to freeze my ass clean off surrounded by cheerful Canadians.
|30 weeks 3 days 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.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Me. No mystery there; I'm||
Me. No mystery there; I'm just not as critical of coaching as the average MGoBlogger.
|30 weeks 4 days ago||Everyone in the South. And||
Everyone in the South. And everyone who watches Project Runway. #dontjudge
|30 weeks 4 days ago||What the heck is this Gibbons||
What the heck is this Gibbons "Family matter" that would keep someone from a bowl game?
|30 weeks 5 days 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.
|30 weeks 5 days 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.
|31 weeks 20 hours 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.
|33 weeks 3 hours 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.
|33 weeks 3 hours ago||That poor bastard.||
That poor bastard.
|33 weeks 3 hours 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.
|33 weeks 2 days 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.
|34 weeks 3 hours ago||Including the training table||
Including the training table chefs I'm guessing.
|34 weeks 3 hours 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?
|34 weeks 1 day ago||I feel small now||
My great undergrad accomplishment was still having a functioning liver at the end of it.
|34 weeks 1 day 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).
|34 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're in the wrong||
I think you're in the wrong thread, son
|34 weeks 4 days 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.
|34 weeks 4 days 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?
|35 weeks 1 day 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.
|35 weeks 1 day 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?
|35 weeks 5 days ago||PLEASE BE ANVIL||
Please. Just PLEASE
|36 weeks 2 days 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.
|36 weeks 3 days 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. :(
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Somebody else's wife woulda||
Somebody else's wife woulda gotten slept with, is my guess.
|37 weeks 3 days 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.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Eat a bunch of black licorice||
Eat a bunch of black licorice and get the same result
|37 weeks 4 days 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.
|38 weeks 6 days 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.
|38 weeks 6 days 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?
|39 weeks 3 days ago||That was a particularly||
That was a particularly awesome show on Ohio's part. No argument there.
|40 weeks 1 day ago||I want to adopt them both.||
I want to adopt them both.
|41 weeks 3 days 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.
|41 weeks 3 days 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.
|41 weeks 6 days 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.
|41 weeks 6 days 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.
|41 weeks 6 days 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.
|41 weeks 6 days 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
|42 weeks 1 hour 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.
|42 weeks 22 hours 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.
|42 weeks 2 days 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.
|42 weeks 3 days 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.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||YOU HAD ME AT FUNNEL CAKES||
YOU HAD ME AT FUNNEL CAKES
|42 weeks 6 days 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?
|42 weeks 6 days 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.
|43 weeks 8 hours 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).
|43 weeks 1 day 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.
|43 weeks 3 days ago||Congrats! You're adorable,||
You're adorable, I'd have said yes myself.
|43 weeks 6 days 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.
|43 weeks 6 days 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!"
|43 weeks 6 days ago||Those squirrels are||
Those squirrels are exquisitely rendered.
|44 weeks 6 days 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.
|44 weeks 6 days 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.
|45 weeks 45 min 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?
|45 weeks 50 min 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).
|45 weeks 55 min 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.
|45 weeks 4 hours 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.
|45 weeks 7 hours ago||31-10, Michigan||
I tweeted last week that if anyone predicted the Akron score right they deserved a dongpunch with their free tshirt.
|45 weeks 8 hours ago||Are you talking about Anakin||
Are you talking about Anakin or Jake Ryan?
|45 weeks 3 days 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.
|45 weeks 6 days 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.
|45 weeks 6 days 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 !
|46 weeks 5 hours 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|46 weeks 3 days 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.
|46 weeks 4 days ago||If Gallon is as tall as 5'8"||
If Gallon is as tall as 5'8" I'll eat my hat.
|47 weeks 2 hours ago||Learned this one at UTL1||
If the guy ahead of you has a coronary event, do CPR on him and save his life. Particularly if he is wearing ND gear. It will be a feel-good story the media cannot leave alone.
|47 weeks 2 hours ago||The reason I think Bacon is||
The reason I think Bacon is worth reading (and listening to) is that I believe he probably also knows a lot of stories that he isn't telling. And while you may never pry those out of him, they give him a good perspective on the general topic of college football.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||The crew team would like a||
The crew team would like a word with you.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||Can't we pick on someone||
Can't we pick on someone other than the Luries? LOL
FWIW, some proportion of donors do not name things after themselves but rather after family members they wish to honor/memorialize. So while there may be still some vanity attached to it, it might be less self-aggrandizing than we first assume.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||No.||
Run this by an administrator and see if they keep a straight face.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||For Christ's sake. Once||
For Christ's sake. Once during the war I visited a prostitute, and my life has been a living hell ever since.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||looks around this incredible||
looks around this incredible campus with its awesome free museums, amazing faculty, prestigious cultural events, cool programs like Semester in Detroit, GIEU, and UROP, facilities like the VR cave, the North Quad production studios, the Walgreen drama center...
This is what nothing looks like, hey?
|47 weeks 1 day ago||They might make his name a||
They might make his name a little bigger on the modest sign out front. That much money ought to buy you a font size you can see from the ISS.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||FWIW the Union U-Go's put Fig||
FWIW the Union U-Go's put Fig Newtons on special this week specifically to honor the brave FigThings we'll be meeting on the gridiron this Saturday.
|47 weeks 6 days ago||I know this all seems kind of||
I know this all seems kind of ridiculous, but ....I can recall some days when my kid was restless tailgating, and I was like "Where's all that stuff I can drag my kids to?"
So for that subset of folks, like especially first-time visitors with kids in tow? It would actually be helpful to know "Here's where all the goofy stuff is."
|47 weeks 6 days ago||This thing I enjoyed was when||
This thing I enjoyed was when I read this story online, the first comment was something like "Hagerup back on the team then?"
|48 weeks 3 days ago||It just rolls off the tongue||
Bartlestein the Scrivener, or How The Pundits Said Our Season Would End Early But I Said I Prefer Not To.
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||No, see, it's badass to wear||
No, see, it's badass to wear a long sleeves in August, and short sleeves in December.
Badass, or Australian.
|49 weeks 8 hours ago||I love how the band director||
I love how the band director (Is it Pasquale?) is all "You guys got this, I'll just look at my notes"
|49 weeks 2 days ago||WARNING||
Do not read this thread while hungry. I'm practically gnawing on the iPad. This thread needs more than an "OT" tag.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||I will need your exact GPS||
I will need your exact GPS coordinates on game day.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||My experience is with 300||
My experience is with 300 level on the east side. Great for kids. You can easily get to a bathroom, the seats are roomier (and divided by armrests) and there is plenty of room inside for a restless kid to wander around. If the weather is bad (beastly hot, or rainy) it's a great refuge. I see families up there, so it's not weird to have kids at that level.
|50 weeks 8 hours ago||I have to believe Brandon||
I have to believe Brandon will attempt to nab the Edwards Brothers' site. I mean, how could you NOT? That could make some interesting new facilities possible.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Phineas and Ferb! You can be||
Phineas and Ferb! You can be old and enjoy this show immensely.
Source: I am old
|50 weeks 1 day ago||I'm generally not a fan of||
I'm generally not a fan of the deli; it's too much of an "operation" to go there, even with their new set-up. And I too balk at the prices. But I have to disagree about the quality, or the idea that they "coast" on their reputation. I went recently with some out-of-town friends. The sandwich I got was pretty simple, ingredient-wise. But it was excellent because every single element was high quality.
Zingerman's isn't coasting. They're making changes all the time, not to "coast" but do to what they do better. They have enough food critics and other sophisticated people coming through on a regular basis that they'd get called on it if they slipped. I don't understand why you say "people don't know any better." They also have owners who stay very involved in their business. Neither of them strike me as guys who would enjoy just sitting back and letting things slide.
I completely understand not liking the food or the prices due to your own personal preferences. However, don't think your other claims about their values or quality are sound.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||I just wish the campus Five||
I just wish the campus Five Guys had a better feel to it. The finishes, the lighting.... I feel like I am being punished when I walk in there. The basement is 100 times worse.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||Well, to be fair, I don't||
Well, to be fair, I don't think that is the kind of cross-disciplinarity that they are aiming for. Although of course you never know....
What I assume they want to have happen is that they lay the seeds of collaboration now; they may come to their fullest fruition when the person graduates and goes off to pursue their research agendas with a better concept of what other fields might contribute to their own.
One of the coolest projects I've run across at the U lately happened because a public health guy and a physics guy were in a community musical theatre production together and got to talking. Honestly.
As for the "dorm" living--I am surprised at the people in this thread who would turn down a fellowship with free housing because of the living arrangements. I wish I had your bankbook. I also assume they'll make the residence hall as nice as possible with the understanding that adults will be living there.
But this thread is super-old news. What is news is the length of the lines at Blimpy this week! They are really something.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||Don't sit too low. It's hard||
Don't sit too low. It's hard enough for me to see down in the rows near the field--with my kid it's really bad. I'd want to be at least row 15, higher would be even better. Not only for sightlines but also for those steps up to the concourse when you have to make the food/bathroom runs.
In your shoes, if my toddler got antsy but my older kid wanted to stay, I'd send my spouse out with the 2-year-old and have them stroll down to Allmendinger Park (head west about five blocks down Potter, Keech, or Pauline). There's a playground there, so that will give them something to do while you guys watch more of the game. But I'd set up a time to meet, rather than rely on a "call me when you're done" deal because I often have trouble getting phone service in the stadium. Even texts don't go through reliably.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Shut it||
For your information, some of us drive fully-electric cars and shop at the People's Food Co-op.
|50 weeks 6 days ago||Crisler complaints?||
It is very hard to for me to swallow the idea that the University should have scrapped long-overdue plans to bring the basektball facilities up to date just so we'd have more premium parking on seven or eight saturdays out of the entire year.
|52 weeks 1 hour ago||Goooooooooo CHIPS!!!!! I have||
I have no affiliation with Central but it is my understand that this is to be yelled when meeting a Central grad.
|1 year 6 hours ago||I'd be into that, but||
I'd be into that, but maintain some kind of points total before you can post there.
Basically it's a "shoot the sh*t " room for regulars. I'd love to get to know some of you people better and you seem like folk who could converse on other topics.
|1 year 6 days ago||That "Four pics One word"||
That "Four pics One word" game has stumped me pretty good too many times.
|1 year 6 days ago||I was like, "well, I'm||
I was like, "well, I'm clicking on 'read more' because, you know, this is all part of Michigan history and we have to face it."
Well, EFF THAT. What a depressing entry. I stopped reading and won't be resuming. NEXT POST PLEASE
|1 year 1 week ago||I still do. Every time I go||
I still do. Every time I go home and we drive past a feedlot, and my family recoils, I'm all "SMELLS LIKE MONEY." Never mind that I'm a couple of generations past my farming roots.
|1 year 1 week ago||I'm old and crotchety but I||
I'm old and crotchety but I thought that video was pretty amusing.
Also, I now might have a thing for Coach Manning.
|1 year 1 week ago||It kind of brings to mind an||
It kind of brings to mind an article I read where they were trying to convince high-profile (mainly professional) athletes that they are incredibly vulnerable when they go out, particularly hitting the nightlife.
Not vulnerable in a physical sense, but that there are a class of people who just act really weird around famous athletes and do all kinds of weird sh*t that can lead to legal trouble, rumors, negative publicity, criminal charges, etc.. Guys picking fights, women acting crazy, false accusations. It's depressingly more common than than many athletes understand.
|1 year 1 week ago||Well I can't beat the advice||
Well I can't beat the advice already given here, but let me add that for meals, it really is good to plan ahead (or crowdsource like you're doing here) because believe it or not I have had some of the WORST food ever in Paris, thinking, 'Oh everything is wonderful there, we'll just pop in to wherever.' But when I went with friends who planned ahead and scouted restaurant reviews beforehand, or with locals, I had the kind of food you talk about for years.
But that's restaurants; most cafes were fine and very much the same in terms of menu and quality, as others have said.
I had lovely meals at L'Ambassade d'Auvergne (near the Centre Pompidou) and Le P'tit Troquet (near the Eiffel Tower). Both are popular with tourists but not in a bad way; I mean they have good reputations for food and service.
If you really are just dying for some familiarity, there is a Canadian sports bar right on the Seine called (appropriately) "The Great Canadian." Poke fun all you want, but I was travelling with an introvert who spoke not one word of French and after several days of stomping around Paris feeling sweaty and very foreign (and speaking crappy high school french for two of us) that environment was just the rejuvenation we needed.
|1 year 1 week ago||The solar car team is fun to||
The solar car team is fun to follow. They have people in charge of marketing and updates, so you can stay in the loop. You wonder how it can be so fast carrying awesomeness by the tonnage, but there you have it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Yeah, my second thought after||
Yeah, my second thought after "how awesome that Hoke did that" was "Oh god don't let that small minority of UM fans be dicks to this family when they show up in their Buckeye gear"
|1 year 1 week ago||Elbow to the face? That||
Elbow to the face? That sounds like the kind of thing that happens by accident. Doesn't it?
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I think recruiting is a||
I think recruiting is a specialized offshoot of fandom, for a subset of nutcases like us who can't get enough. I know a ton of diehard loyal fans who don't follow recruiting at all, and that's fine. I think it's more unusual to keep track of recruiting than otherwise.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||I don't know, I have this||
I don't know, I have this story about giving a nose hair trimmer as a Christmas gift to one's new husband, but it's kind of a had-to-be-there story. TRUST ME IT WAS REAL FUNNY AT THE TIME
|1 year 3 weeks ago||P.S.||
Happy Birthday, you.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||FWIW, we have found it's also||
FWIW, we have found it's also pretty easy to swap seats midway through the game, which might make "splitting" some premium seats with another family more feasible.
Anytime you leave club level, they give you a blue elevator pass which you have to produce to get back up there. So all you have to do is meet your party on the concourse, and swap the tickets & blue pass. So you could spend the first half up top and then swap with someone in the bowl for the second.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I've never been in a suite||
I've never been in a suite but I've enjoyed club level several times and I think it's the best of both worlds. If I had money to burn (I don't, would one of you PLEASE hire my husband already?!?) I think I'd go for club level.
You can sit outside and enjoy the crowd noise, but you have chairback seats, easy access to warmth and weather cover if needed, and bathrooms with no lines. Also some pretty good food choices. You are somewhat removed from the energy of the crowd, which is a downside, but you're not as closed off as you would be a glassed-in box.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I can't take those cards||
I can't take those cards seriously after seeing one of the primo jerks on one of the Real Housewives shows wave his around. He got a furniture store to open after hours so he and his girlfriend could choose very ornate, shiny, gaudy furniture, and he credited that to having the BLACK AMEX.
But now none of you can take me seriously, since you know I've watched Real Housewives.
Boy, watch that show and you just keep on losing.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Oh man do we get a free||
Oh man do we get a free sweatshirt if we guess the exact number? I'm going with 688.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||UM also has some math||
UM also has some math concerns because we don't have remedial programs and our lowest level math is higher than that offered by some other colleges. Undergrad Admissions DOES keep an eye on that stuff and it has been an issue, particularly with homeschooled athletes (who are increasing in number for sports like tennis where you don't need a school affiliation to compete).
|1 year 4 weeks ago||Tom Goss. While DB may be||
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I never much care for the||
I never much care for the idea that athletes are supposed to be so grateful for free tuition, food, & training that they cede their rights to complain or question the fairness of the whole process. Students' rights to self-interest should not be tied to how much tuition they pay, whether their scholarship comes from financial need, brains, musical talent, or athletic ability.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Just tried Jolly Pumpkin's||
Just tried Jolly Pumpkin's Basil Limeade--that is tasty stuff. Non-alcoholic though.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||FWIW I have seen many||
FWIW I have seen many automotive listings that have as a requirement "previous experience in the automotice field." Granted, I'm looking at a lot of Design jobs. Maybe that's less true in other areas.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||AFROTHUNDER Sorry, I'm||
Sorry, I'm compelled to yell that every time I see a photo of Kenny Bell.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The "H" just ooks like a||
The "H" just ooks like a stereotypical OSU fan, doesn't he?
|1 year 6 weeks ago||I am sorry to say this, but||
I am sorry to say this, but rowing has to be near the bottom.
You watch them put the boats in, and row away out of sight to the start. Then you sit around in the cold (it's ALWAYS cold) waiting for them to come back. BRING YOUR KNITTING is what I am saying.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Thanks for this very helpful||
Thanks for this very helpful advice.
My spouse has been looking for work for a while. He joined LinkedIn some time ago, and his connections are limited, mainly a small group of high-level people he used to work with in 3d software development. He has kept this list small, kind of thinking that he didn't want to 'water down' his circle of prestigious industry leaders; that this small inner circle would reflect well on him when people viewed his profile.
I'm astonished to hear people describe LinkedIn as a great source of job inquiries, becase that has not been his experience. But now I suspect that his concept of LinkedIn is just wrong, and that he needs to widen his circle.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||It looks not-great but I||
It looks not-great but I suspect you'd find similar kinds of emails on other campuses, including (possibly) our own.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I don't disagree with your||
I don't disagree with your advice in general, but I take the payscale data with a grain of salt.
It is difficult to control for the effects of grad/professional degrees (that is, say you went to Michigan for undergrad but got your MBA from Duke. Who gets the credit for your salary? Michigan or Duke?). To avoid this complication, the ROI calculations were made using ONLY alums who had stopped at the baccalaureate degree. People who got JDs, MBAs, MDs, MEng, MFAs, you name it--left out of the calculation. That is true at every school on the list. Thus, the ROI only really tells the story for a subset of graduates, and the more elite the school, the smaller and more skewed that subset may be.
This is rarely explained in articles which use the payscale data.
The upshot is, if you think you may pursue a grad degree someday, then the payscale ROI doesn't necessarily apply to you.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||This Father's Day I am||
This Father's Day I am nowhere near my Dad, as is usually the case. But I went home a month ago to see him over a 3-day weekend.
While there, I asked him if he would consider going with me to his hometown and the area around it (about 90 miles from where he lives now in Nebraska) and give me the full genealogical tour. My dad has really gotten into family history in the last 10 years and I wanted to hear all this stuff from him while seeing where it took place. My family used to go to his hometown when I was a kid, but now it's been decades since I've been back. He was game, so off we went.
We drove all over, to cemeteries and small towns, war memorials and churches. Dad told stories while we went up and down country roads with him pointing out old farmsteads of his mom's family. He showed me where he went to school (one-room schoolhouse, now gone but the old pump remains) and the roads he took to school (he rode a horse to school every day, like a lot of his classmates). We stood in the old farmyard where he grew up while he told me a story about trying to build an airplane to heaven so he could see his mom, who had died when he was just four.
In the midst of the day, we had lunch in this bar which used to be a general store (and which my Dad used to go to as a kid). It's the kind of place where there are no menus; you look at the chalkboard to see what they decided to make that day: that's what you are having. Our presence during lunch raised that town's population by 2%.
My dad's health is not great these days, so sometimes he'd just sit in the car while I went trooping through the cemeteries with my camera hollering back questions about who we're related to and why isn't this gravestone over on the Catholic side and stuff like that. We ran into one of his high school classmates (Class of '57!) and I read old newspaper clippings on the gas station wall about my uncle who played football for Nebraska.
I loved hearing this stuff; it's what made my Dad who he is and therefore made me who I am. It was, I am telling you, the best flipping day I have had with my Dad in years. I know I will be thinking about that on Sunday.
|1 year 7 weeks ago||I'm about two millimeters||
I'm about two millimeters away from wondering which waxing salon his friend patronizes.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||All right, I'll bite. In||
All right, I'll bite. In a limited way, because I'm not sure what you're referring to but I have a feeling some people may not recall DB's experience at the U.
In many ways, he is NOT a bad choice. He was a Regent, a major fundraiser, and now the AD--he has a better view of this university's major operations than most candidates.
That said, in one crucial way he IS indeed a bad choice. That's his background: he's not a PhD with faculty experience. At a school like Michigan, you HAVE to have an academic at the helm.
So he is not qualified on that score and I'd shocked into next week if he were a serious candidate. But outside of this, I think his experience and knowledge of the University are major assets, and that's true even if I am pissed off about curly fries at the Big Chill or uniform shenanigans. Given his experience he might be a good candidate at another university, not that I have any reason to assume he'd be interested in that kind of job.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||The comments about Catholics||
The comments about Catholics are something I could brush off as a lame attempt at humor, particularly if he has had friendly relations with the leaders of Notre Dame.
It's calling out a school like Louisville as being academically ineligible to join the Big Ten, or saying SEC schools can't read or write, that I think is super problematic. We all know there are some academic differences among schools--it's in poor taste for a University President to bring it up in this particular way.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||No, it's a club||
No, it's a club sport.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Your lab? Are you in an||
Your lab? Are you in an academic research lab somewhere, or in industry?
|1 year 9 weeks ago||I can do you one worse than||
I can do you one worse than that; I thought it meant Delany & Friends had voted to drop baseball as a Big Ten sport altogether.
It might be time to go home and crack a beer.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I am also in that club, but||
I am also in that club, but my baby just turned 14.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||We should start a support||
We should start a support group. Seriously. I have spent way too much time in the endless search for good socks.
ETA: That said, Lands End have been a good find, and they come in sizes (!!).
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I am sure to be a thread||
I am sure to be a thread outlier here and say I kind of like the idea. Socks! I don't think the market is yet saturated for cool socks.
Now, whether Burress is the right celebrity athlete to roll one out this line is another question altogether.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I would spend serious||
I would spend serious browsing time in an MGoBlog baby pictures thread. Yes I would.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Wow, congrats, I never get||
Wow, congrats, I never get tired of hearing news like this.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||I saw him in Meijer some||
I saw him in Meijer some months back. I try not be be Crazed Stalker when I see players, but I was so thrilled to see him out of a cast and looking normal that I was staring at him really hard trying to detect a limp. He probably shops Kroger now, terrified he'll run into That Creepy Staring Lady again.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The mother in me just wants||
The mother in me just wants to send him a can of Lotrimin. He and his posse appear to be sharing a very peristant case of jock itch.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||But the thing is, the more||
But the thing is, the more specific and easily-disproven something like that is, the more likely it is to lull people into assuming he is legit. I confess, I'd think "well, the dude isn't going to lie about something so easily verified" and wouldn't google it.
I like poking fun of buckeye fans as much as the next guy, but this isn't necesarily evidence of gullibility, to me. I can't blame them for assuming no one would be so ballsy & creepy as to falsely put himself out there like this.
It reminds me of those creeps who pass themselves off as decorated veterans. They get away with it because people don't run to check military records every time a vet stands up at an event to be applauded. They get busted when they are unlucky enough to mention their supposed unit within earshot of an actual vet who served in it.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Ding ding ding. And I||
Ding ding ding.
And I question whether it is cost-effective (or even possible) to build all structures in high-risk areas to be tornado-impervious. Honestly, I just don't know what kind of "conversation" you have about prevention of tornado devastation.