|2 years 24 weeks ago||Never meet your heroes||
Years ago, I was waiting in line with my date to see a film at an independent movie theater in Manhattan. I was teaching a class at Columbia at the time, and we were discussing the finer points of the film we were about to screen. I am something of an authority on film and media; naturally, I was being boisterous about my opinions. A strange, nebbish Jewish man and his out-of-his-league date interrupted me just as I mentioned the theories of Marshall McLuhan.
This little Jewish fellow informed me that McLuhan had been standing beside me during my entire rant. Here's the god's honest truth; McLuhan was a total dick in person. He told me, "You know nothing of my work." I was mortified.
Word to the wise... Never meet your academic/cultural heroes. They will disappoint you.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||The title is a bit||
The title is a bit misleading. Chengelis writes...
"Michigan's seniors were asked for their input into the new white road jerseys the Wolverines will wear for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 against Virginia Tech in New Orleans."
This doesn't mean they, themselves, chose to go with alternates. Perhaps they only had the choice between a few Adidas designs. And even if they wanted alternates, I'm not sure the players' desire to switch things up justifies wearing five different uniforms over the course of a 13-game season. Each class will want their own definitive uniform and then we'll have Oregon-esque ANARCHY, I tell you!
I'm still sticking with my original hypothesis: Brandon forced them into it during a coke-fueled rampage.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Attention: I smuggled this||
Attention: I smuggled this concept art out of Brandon's office late this evening...
It's true, men. The shark it about to be officially jumped.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I whipped these up as a||
I whipped these up as a reminder that it could always, ALWAYS be worse.
Just wait, guys. I'm calling it now; Brandon debutes extra-special maize uniforms before the 'Bama game next year. All for the sake of 'the brand'.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I would actually prefer these||
I would actually prefer these over the maize pants. 100%.
There is historical precedent (during Bo's tenure) for white-on-white, and this is a serviceable modern approximation of that look.
I just wish, above all, that we could find an away uniform sans ridiculous patches/piping/etc. and stick with it.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Denard Robinson has cemented||
Denard Robinson has cemented his place as legendary.
Sure, he may lack the traditional skills we ascribe to Michigan quarterbacks, but he has been the rock of gibraltar for our program over the past three seasons.
Try to imagine this entire era without Denard; one simply can't! He has been the bright spot in an otherwise dismal stretch of football. He has been through the ups and downs, and now he finally took The Game in a five-touchdown performance.
Denard is a quintessential Michigan Man.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||The new era is here. A new||
The new era is here. A new day is dawning. Except beating Ohio now is so much better than it was before.
I realized today that this is the sweetest win over Ohio I've ever witnessed. We went through years of defeat. Bleak, hopeless seasons. But by traversing the lowest canyon, we can now fully appreciate how it feels to be on the mountaintop.
Am I getting sentimental? Yes. Am I half-drunk? Yes. Has Hoke just changed everything? You bet your ass he has.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Thanks for the heads-up. I||
Thanks for the heads-up. I just re-uploaded and edited to imgur links. Does everything look/load alright? I originally just made this as a forum post, but then it got front-paged and all hell broke loose!
In other news... BEAT OHIO.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Thank you for the kind words,||
Thank you for the kind words, sir!
Are there bandwidth issues with the images? I uploaded them to my run-of-the-mill photobucket account. They seem to be loading fine for me, but are you getting a 'bandwidth' exceeded' message or slow loading?
Let me know; if anybody has some web space, send me a reply. Would moving them over to flickr and re-linking in an edit help?
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Ladies and gentlemen... I||
Ladies and gentlemen... I present to you all the honor, determination, vigilance, and intensity we will ever need. I present to you a man beyond reproach, a man capable of beating the entire state of Ohio with one hand tied behind his back... Ladies and gentlemen, Bennie Joppru.
The bards will sing songs about our victory spearheaded by the spirit of Joppru.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||You're right. Such images are||
You're right. Such images are in poor taste.
I will atone for it with this delicious memory...
|3 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Updated as per your||
Updated as per your suggestion.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||UPDATED: Now Cook and Coleman||
UPDATED: Now Cook and Coleman are honored. I could update again if you guys want me to include Tacopants.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||I didn't see the facebook||
I didn't see the facebook post. What was said?
I hate to say it, but my gut is telling me that Tate has played his last game in a Michigan uniform.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||One of the major plusses with||
One of the major plusses with Borges is his ability to develop quarterbacks. All the scuttlebutt on Borges is that QB development is his calling card, of sorts. In a post-Denard Michigan (hopefully in three years), I'd like to see us become an NFL quarterback factory yet again. Borges gives recruits the chance to improve substantially in their time in Ann Arbor.
I can't wait to see how he's going to tailor his scheme to our current personnel, though. He seems like a nimble enough offensive mind to find a good middle-ground. After all, didn't Brandon say that scheme flexibility was important in the hiring process?
I'm already anxious for spring ball and the first stirrings about our offensive strategy going forward.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||It's a good sign, at least,||
It's a good sign, at least, that Denard was at the team meeting. Mike Cox confirmed that he was there. Tate, however, was not. May the speculation begin. Cox is also a very artful dodger of media questions...
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I live in Nashville. While||
I live in Nashville. While there are exceptions, roughly 95% of the Tennessee fanbase is comprised of morbidly obese, loud, obnoxious, mouth-breathing troglodytes who are unaware that any conferences exist outside the SEC.
I had reached a quiet, uneasy peace with them. But as they descended into my beloved city in droves, it was too much. I have heard, for a solid week, nothing but smack talk and gushing praise for their conference and how a .500 team in the SEC will "DESTROY" North Carolina. Then, upon hearing I was a Michigan fan, I was told Michigan would not win 3 games in the SEC. I simply smiled and waited... Then this happened...
Their tears are so fucking delicious. They're out there in the streets now, drunkenly denying they lost... but in their hearts, they know they did.
What a glorious day.
|4 years 12 hours ago||And the alley-oop ends it,||
And the alley-oop ends it, for all intents and purposes.
Purdue is awful for us match-up wise. We need to forget this one ever happened and move on; there are some tough games coming up.
|4 years 12 hours ago||God, this Purdue team is||
God, this Purdue team is frustratingly veteran and clutch.
Every time it looks like we've made a big, momentum-changing play (like Hardaway's dunk), Purdue answers with a tough, momentum-crushing shot.
|4 years 12 hours ago||Since it's back out to 11, we||
Since it's back out to 11, we need a guy to catch fire. Who's it going to be?
Douglass hitting some timely threes could be the answer. Let's give him some shots.
|4 years 12 hours ago||It's a bit of both,||
It's a bit of both, methinks.
One thing I've noticed today is that we're really cheating down low and leaving guys open on the perimeter.
That being said, they're shooting well. We need to stem the tide.
|4 years 12 hours ago||Jesus, here we go||
Jesus, here we go again...
We need to cut this lead to about 4 or 5 by the 10 minute mark. That needs to be the goal.
|4 years 12 hours ago||+100,000 Thank you, good||
Thank you, good sir. The stream went down and panic set in, but BlockM swoops in to the rescue.
In regards to the game...
We need to slow it down a bit in the second half and shorten the game. If we can take care of the ball, hit some timely shots, and get Morris out of the gutter then we'll be in business.
|4 years 4 days ago||Indeed. I maintain that in||
Indeed. I maintain that in the future, it will become our generation's Citizen Kane.
|4 years 4 days ago||A few ideas... "Divine"||
A few ideas...
The Constant Gardner
The Chosen One
The Magnificent Seven
|4 years 4 days ago||Thank you for the kind words,||
Thank you for the kind words, good sir. I will reciprocate by adding you to my list of this year's best posters.
In no particular order:
UMAizinBlue - A man of wit, enthusiasm, and devotion who exemplifies the Schembechlerian ideal of a Michigan Man.
Shredder - Shredder's awe-inspiring MSPaint creations spurred on my own creativity and set a high-water mark in the world of MGoVisualArts.
Magnus - This is obligatory, but obligatory for a reason. Magnus has accrued many MGoPoints, but not by pandering to the majority. He possesses a rapist wit and has the power to end a discussion with a mere sentence. Board legend.
jhackney - Nuclear 'splosions everywhere! Followed, of course, by his own brand of humor and insight.
aaamichfan - Easily the best avatar in the MGoCommunity. His posts are amusing and often prescient. Cheers, sir.
Boyz in da Pahokee - The king of uploads. The keeper of the Michigan Jedi holocron. The Sultan of Streams. Your tireless work has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.
There are certainly others that I've failed to add to the list. These were just a few that spring to my somewhat drunken mind at the moment. Thank you all for making this the best community on the interwebz. I'm a displaced Wolverine living in Nashville, and the MGoBoard feels like going home again in 5- and 10-minute chunks.
Happy Holidays, all.
|4 years 5 days ago||There are... ...days||
...days until March 17th, 2011. There is nothing significant about this date; I was just looking for an excuse to post a picture of Bennie Fucking Joppru.
|4 years 5 days ago||Time for a few more to add to||
Time for a few more to add to the roster...
Jim Harbaugh is Harvey Dent/Two-Face. He's charismatic, successful, and is seen by many as a legitimate hope for the future. Trouble is, while he's guiding Gotham's police on a city-wide clampdown, he's also badmouthing our academic standards through the other side of his mouth.
Calvin Magee is Lucius Fox. At the darkest times in his fight against the underworld, who does Bruce turn to? His wise black confidant Lucius Fox. Magee is a rotund Lucius, constantly talking about the technical aspects of defeating the enemy.
Vincent Smith is V. He has dash, poise, and a revolutionary killer instinct. Replace the straight wig with flowing, chaotic dreadlocks of anarchy and the deal is sealed.
Roy Roundtree is Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker). Two words: sticky fingers. The guy could scale walls if he wanted to, he just doesn't do it in the quad because it freaks people out. After a Spider-Man 2-esque crisis wherein he temporarily lost his powers (the Ohio State game), he will re-emerge in the Gator Bowl as the slender, web-slinging phenom we've grown accustomed to seeing.
|4 years 6 days ago||No offense taken, good sir.||
No offense taken, good sir. The trouble with the interwebs is things can get lost in translation.
And you're right... I spent about 3 times longer on the Martin one than the others. Now that finals are over, the daytime hours are spent dicking around in Photoshop on my laptop and pining for the Gator Bowl.
|4 years 6 days ago||I was trying to think of||
I was trying to think of someone who would fit Captain America on our roster... but sadly nobody sprang to mind. That's only natural, though... Because Captain America lives in Iowa.
|4 years 6 days ago||I agree. GERG needs to be||
I agree. GERG needs to be included. However, he isn't Alfred Pennyworth.
GERG is Rachel Dawes.
|4 years 6 days ago||Good call on Lewan. He has||
Good call on Lewan. He has Hellboy's short temper and fiery mentality, but he also has a heart of gold underneath his rugged facade.
Taylor Lewan is Hellboy.
|4 years 6 days ago||Genius! Boren has been added||
Genius! Boren has been added to the Rogues Gallery of arch-villains.
Justin Boren is The Blob.
|4 years 6 days ago||In response to the above||
In response to the above posts regarding Wolverine... I think I've cracked it. There is only one man with the musculature, testosterone, and feral drive to wear the dreaded adamantium claws...
Mike Barwis is Wolverine.
|4 years 6 days ago||I may actually have to||
I may actually have to change my pick for Robin. After posting, it hit me that Tate is not, in fact, the Boy Wonder. There's only one man for the job...
|4 years 3 weeks ago||While I'm glad we are getting||
While I'm glad we are getting the opportunity to play in a bowl on New Year's Day, I can't help but feel a little disappointed.
A team like Tennessee would have been a great match-up because of the storylines: our attempt to avenge our loss to them in 2002, two proud programs looking to rebound, storied powers going at it.
Defeating Mississippi State will be arguably more difficult and will bring with it much less glory. What did we expect, though? Coach Rod rarely catches a break.
That being said, I'm not belly-aching. I can't wait to watch the game. Above all else, it's a chance to humble the incestuous hive that is the SEC.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Let's see that pencil-necked||
Let's see that pencil-necked Groban kid tweet while he's being skullfucked by Mike Barwis.
You just sealed for your fate, Groban.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||The public's reaction to this speech...||
The public's reaction to this speech proves that the disappointment of the past three seasons, trepidation about the future of Michigan, and concern for the welfare of our student athletes are all overshadowed by the fact that people really fucking hate Josh Groban.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Naumachia...||
Naumachia in the Big House, anyone? Who's with me?!
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I'll be cackling at haters||
I'll be cackling at haters between sips of my beer when Denard runs off the field waggling one finger like this guy.
Ballsy call. I love it.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Rich Rodriguez has been fed||
Rich Rodriguez has been fed nothing but a shit sandwich since his arrival in Ann Arbor. Think about what has befallen Coach Rod since December of 2007...
- His couch-burning departure from West Virginia and death threats to his family.
- Instant suspicion from the old guard at Michigan coupled with dissention in the athletic department.
- Fielding a 2008 team devoid of any personnel with which to run even a rough approximation of his spread offense.
- Being forced to start freshman and sophomore quarterbacks for two consecutive years.
- Triumphing by bringing in a vaunted recruit in the defensive secondary (Demar Dorsey), only to have that fall through followed by Warren's departure, Woolfolk's injury, the Cissoko debacle, Emilien's woes, and countless other issues. Then, he is publicly blamed for not recruiting enough talent in the secondary.
- NCAA sanctions that were completely overblown made even worse by a complete lack of support from the local press.
- Constant rumors about his impending firing and who his successor may or may not be.
Rich Rodriguez is still standing at the end of all that mayhem. His players still believe in him and his system. That, alone, is a testament to his skill as a motivator and his strength as a man. I love Coach Rod and I'm cheering harder for him than any coach in Michigan history.
"Those who stay will be champions", Bo said. Coach Rod has stayed around, bedraggled and bruised but full of resolve. No matter how you feel about Brandon's upcoming decision, you have to respect and admire Coach Rodriguez.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||As bad as this hurts (if Hart||
As bad as this hurts (if Hart flips), it has taught me (and perhaps many others) an important lesson...
The verbal commitment of an 18-year-old kid is nothing to get excited about. I'm simply done getting all worked up about the comings and goings of fickle recruits.
Until a player is wearing a winged helmet, he's just another player to me. And while Hart would be a great asset to the team, he is not yet a member of the team. Therefore, I will not cry for Dee Hart.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I think I've tried to block||
I think I've tried to block out of my mind how competitive those games were because it's less painful to remember them as blowouts.
Truth is, if we didn't shoot ourselves in both feet over and over again in those conference losses two or three of them would have been toss-ups at the end of the game.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Bullshit. Feldman's REAL Top||
Bullshit. Feldman's REAL Top 10...
1. Stand By Me (1986)
2. The Goonies (1985)
3. The Lost Boys (1987)
4. Gremlins (1984)
5. License to Drive (1988)
6. Meatballs 4 (1992)
7. Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever (1991)
8. The 'burbs (1989)
9. Friday the 13: A New Beginning (1985)
10. Blown Away (1992)
*Honorable mention: Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008) and Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I have no problem with the||
I have no problem with the players themselves flashing those Nike gloves. They're just kids and they rightfully got excited.
What bothers me is Ohio State's decision to allow Nike to turn The Game into a fashion show. Even with all the hollow talk about "honoring the 1942 team", the Pro Combat uniforms from Nike are nothing more than a chance to showcase how 'superior' their 'sweat-wicking, high-performance' technology is. The school's identity and tradition take a backseat to Nike's attempt to take over the world of sports apparel. Whenever corporate interests encroach upon something I love, I take issue with it.
I tuned in hoping to see the winged helmets versus the silver bullets. Oh well. At least we held up our end of the bargain.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Well played, sir. Quite the||
Well played, sir. Quite the rogues gallery there. Zook as Sandman is especially fitting. They both have a distinct crocodilian, Brylcreem-and-Old-Spice creepiness to them.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||After every touchdown, those||
After every touchdown, those Ohio State players looked at the cameras and held up their 'O' signs as if it was a meaningful gesture of school pride.
In reality, they were happily getting their shit pushed in by their corporate masters at Nike who had pimped the Buckeyes' team, aesthetic, and tradition out for the day to sell gloves to 13-18 year olds.
Fuck Nike and fuck Ohio State. They deserve each other. At least they flagged them for it.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Agreed. He'd be great for our||
Agreed. He'd be great for our fledgling defense if he could turn his act around... But getting kicked off Florida's football team for character issues is like getting kicked out of Ohio for being too ugly.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Indeed. And if Harbaugh's||
And if Harbaugh's past statements about our academics are any indication, then he, too, is torn by the very same ambivalence as Harvey Two-Face.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Co-signed. Jimmy is a smooth||
Co-signed. Jimmy is a smooth operator with the media, and has honed his good-natured coachspeak to an artform. The 'perfect like my wife' is to Harbaugh as 'tremendous' is to Lloyd Carr.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Rich Rodriguez is Bruce||
Rich Rodriguez is Bruce Wayne, obviously. Though he isn't exactly a billionaire playboy, his cool demeanor is a ruse all its own. The press, the fans, and the public at large have no idea just how intense and determined he is. It borders on obsession.
10 bucks says Coach Rod drives the tumbler to the Sparty game next year.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Did somebody say "beaver"?||
|4 years 3 weeks ago||It's clear to me that Jim||
It's clear to me that Jim Harbaugh is Harvey Dent. He is a shining, white light of hope for many in the community. His charisma, square jaw, and natural charm have won over the public.
However, Coach Rod is the fucking Batman. He's the hero Ann Arbor deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him, because he can take it. He's not a Harbaugh.
He is silently working to improve our fledgling defense and futher fortify what will become the most spectacular offense in college football. He's an intense genius who is driven by his compulsion to vanquish evil.
The rest of the cast are as follows:
Dave Brandon = Commissioner Gordon
Mark Dantonio = The Riddler (notice the color green)
Lloyd Brady = Robin
GERG = Alfred Pennyworth
Schembechler Hall = The Batcave
Jim Tressel = The Joker
|4 years 4 weeks ago||I took the liberty of||
I took the liberty of outlining what I believe to be definitive evidence that Lloyd Brady is aware of his place among the MGoCommunity.
This photo was taken during the Michigan State loss, and you'll notice that the guy next to Lloyd is, in fact, wearing a Lloyd Brady t-shirt. This would be either astronomically coincidental or proof that Lloyd's inner sanctum of friends is aware of its close proximity to greatness.
Some argue that Lloyd's awareness of his own infamy may ruin the meme, causing Lloyd Brady to 'jump the shark' as it were. Others argue that Lloyd will be led down a tempting path of flashbulbs, red carpets, and weekend-long coke binges at Jim Brandstatter's estate. What the future holds, only God knows.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)|
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Co-signed. I submit that||
Co-signed. I submit that Domino's has always been tasty.
This might be blasphemous, but enjoyed the old, Brandon-era Domino's even more than their 'new and improved' pizza. Maybe it's just U of M loyalty, but I miss those beautiful, greasy pies.
These new Domino's pizzas try to masquarade as actual parlor pizza and fail. The old pizzas embraced their place as quick-and-dirty delivery fare and greased it up in style.
And so ends my digression.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Could it be... A||
Could it be... A CARDINAL?
|4 years 4 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 4 weeks ago||The more rampant the Harbaugh||
The more rampant the Harbaugh speculation, the sweeter it will be when Coach Rod leads us to a BCS Bowl next year.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Ridiculous...||
I know who's responsible for all of this. I'll give you a hint - his name starts with a "B" and ends with "ennie Joppru".
|4 years 4 weeks ago||Speculation about how this||
Speculation about how this TOTALLY, ABSOLUTELY signifies Coach Rod's departure commences in...
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I'll probably lose several||
I'll probably lose several hundred (or thousand) MGoPoints for this, but here goes...
Fuck Jim Tressel.
Many of our faithful are trying to appear "cultured" and "sophisticated" by complimenting him. There are likely many Michiganders who think that simple human decency should take precendent over our longstanding rivarly.
Fuck that noise.
I hate JIm Tressel with every fiber of my being. He could exhibit the spirit of Christ incarnate, and as long as he is coaching the scarlet and gray he is naught but a cancer upon the Big Ten and mankind in general.
Fuck Jim Tressel. Fuck his team. Fuck his philosophy. Fuck his insistence on "Big Ten ball" and "power wins". Fuck his entire family and the state in which he lives.
I am as educated and as 'sophisticated' as anyone on this board, but I wish nothing but the worst for the state of Ohio and their head football coach.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||It's good to see that this||
It's good to see that this will soon be behind Coach Rod and the program; he has had too much shit slung his way over the past 3 years.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||One Reason for the Loss...||
This is the first time I've seen Denard look tight this year.
I fully realize that Michigan State has a solid defense and they played disciplined football, but I can't help but think that at least part of Denard's woes today came from the hooplah that has surrounded him in his first five starts.
So much scrutiny, so much attention, so much PRESSURE. I am not saying that Denard was worried about the Heisman race or that horse-hockey; he clearly is a team player through-and-through. But I do believe that he felt like the offense rested on his shoulders alone. At several points in the game, he tried to force matters. He tried to make throws he wasn't ready to make - thread needles he cannot yet thread.
And looking at him on the sidelines after each pick, you could tell he was torturing himself by thinking he'd let down himself, the team, and all of Ann Arbor. The scope of it all can make a kid's head spin, and Denard is the type of guy who takes responsibilty to a fault. This is a virtue, but it needs to be channeled.
Today could turn out to be an important lesson for him. I think this may be the first moment where he faces, squarely, the massive pressure of being a college quarterback, loses a 'big game', and learns that the world does not end.
We will kick it off against Iowa next week. The sun will come up. The fate of the universe does not have to rest on his dreadlock-cascade-covered shoulders.
I fully expect him to go out there next week with the swagger of a guy with nothing to lose. He will have that 'fuck it all' glint in his eye as he runs past Hawkeye after Hawkeye. After all, we took it on the chin to State and we kept on ticking.
Only in defeat do we learn to succeed. You're our guy, Shoelace. Go get 'em next week!
|4 years 11 weeks ago||It looked to me like one of||
It looked to me like one of Denard's major problems today as a passer was his inability to get 'air under the ball'.
Many of his seemingly ill-advised throws were actually decent reads, but the passes were flat and delivered at a bad trajectory. It's hard to expect a natural speedster quarterback, in his sixth start, to have the touch to deliver the balls necessary to cut-up a good defense singlehandedly.
In time, as Denard adds more and more passing skills to his arsenal, he will emerge as a true dual threat. For now, he needs to try not to force the ball into tight spots, check down when it's not there, and take what the defense gives him.
I love his tenacity and his confidence. He will come around; touch takes time. Keep the faith in Shoelace. Those who stay will be champions.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||That period was one epic,||
That period was one epic, uninterrupted orgasm.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Damn! Well, kudos to The||
Well, kudos to The Mule regardless. A natural hat-trick is one of those rare feats of genius.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||NHL Record...||
According to Wikipedia, 12 players are tied for the NHL record of "Most Goals in a Single Period" with 4. Add Franzen to the list.
One more and the record is his!
|4 years 33 weeks ago||Stream...||
I'm currently scouring the web for a stream.
Wings are up 2-0.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||I've always been more a||
I've always been more a BangBros man myself.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I'm going to start drinking||
I'm going to start drinking now.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Another great kill from our||
Another great kill from our boys!
LAY THE HAMMER DOWN, NOW! SCORE, SCORE, SCORE!
|4 years 34 weeks ago||http://www.firstrow.net/watch||
This one is working for me. In English.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||GOOOAL! If we could get||
If we could get Hank going in the series, it would be huge. He was quiet the first two games.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Fuck, fuck, fuck. We||
Fuck, fuck, fuck.
We absolutely DOMINATED that period. However, the turning points were...
- Hank getting stopped on the penalty shot.
- Howard giving up a goal in the final seconds.
It should be our game, 3-0. But instead, it's 2-1. We need to come out with a fury to make damn sure those two moments don't come back to haunt us.
Let's go, boys!
|4 years 34 weeks ago||We deserve this goal if only||
We deserve this goal if only to make up for the horse shit calls from the first two games.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I rarely complain about||
I rarely complain about penalties in any sport.
However, tonight was a fucking abomination. You'd think the NHL would have reviewed some of the questionable moments from game 1 (for example, the dive on the penalty on Franzen). But it was EVEN WORSE tonight. There is no excuse for this.
The refs were bullied by the whiny fucking fanbase, the whiny fucking players, and the whiny fucking coaching staff of San Jose. At certain points, the Sharks weren't even playing the puck.. they were dropping their sticks, diving to the ice, falling during scrums, and OPENLY BEGGING for calls. This shit never used to fly in the NHL.
The NHL had better hear an earful about this, and the Wings had better get a fair shake at the Joe.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I just can't wait for this||
I just can't wait for this series to get to the Joe. The Sharks have been the beneficiaries of extreme home-ice advantage... If we can take this one, we stand a great chance of going up 3-1 in Detroit.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||You are probably right. If||
You are probably right. If that is the case, I redact my above statement.
I have become hypervigilant in my defense of the program. After former players, the local media, national media, and fans alike have rained downed negativity for two years, I have begun to construe everything as a direct attack on Coach Rod. It has become a knee-jerk reaction.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Despite the ludicrous||
Despite the ludicrous officiating, that was a great period.
The end of the period (after the final penalty kill) was especially heartening. Dats, Rafalski, Lidstrom, and company really camped out and went to work in their zone. Pure Red Wings possession hockey.
If we can keep that mojo in period three, we can steal home ice!
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I'm getting awfully tired of||
I'm getting awfully tired of former players and/or their families undercutting the program. Neg me if you want... but if this is how he feels, then good riddance.
If you don't believe in the program, you don't belong in the program.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Amen. That seems to be San||
That seems to be San Jose's gameplan: take a dive, shoot the ref a dirty look, skate down the ice with indignation in an attempt to earn boos from the crowd, and repeat until you have a power play.
I fucking hate this strategy and hate their fans for creating such a whiny atmosphere. This ain't hockey. Leave the begging to NFL wide receivers.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Could we win just ONE||
Could we win just ONE face-off, fellas?! Just one?!
We need to win some draws, look for break-outs, and spend some more time down on their end in the second period.
Pavel and Jimmy have saved our asses thus far.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Another reason...||
Another reason to be jealous of Kiffin...
That, friends, is known colloquially as a "shit-eating grin".
|4 years 34 weeks ago||+1 for '"rakish derby".||
+1 for '"rakish derby".
|4 years 34 weeks ago||At 2:45 into the video, you||
At 2:45 into the video, you can almost hear the spirit of Knute Rockne calling out from hell to "stop the madness".
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I hate to be a wet blanket...||
I hate to be a wet blanket...
But you are naive if you can't see this for what it is: a thinly-veiled attempt to appeal to the "casual" gaming market.
The corporate masters at EA weren't satisfied with their already gargantuan market penetration. They asked themselves, "why wouldn't someone pick up Madden?" And then they decided that the complex menus and formations were too confusing for a certain demographic (see also: fucktards).
So instead of actually giving a shit about their loyal players and improving their experience, they are instead looking to expand to an even BROADER demographic by spoon-feeding the user plays to sell more units, thus absolving them from the oh-so-confusing task of choosing a formation and a suitable play.
And then they have the balls to say that this will somehow make the game even "deeper"! In fact, that's the tagline for the game: "Quicker. Simpler. Deeper". If you know anything about gaming, you know these three things are almost always mutually-exclusive.
Fuck you, EA. Fuck the fact that you have the same canned tackling animations year-in-and-year-out. Fuck your gimmicks and your continual assertions that "this year will be different". Fuck your cynical hype-machine. Your greed will be your undoing: By going after EVERY gaming demographic, you will eventually alienate the very people who enjoy your product in the first place.
Soon, a truly innovative football sim (even without the NFL license) will come and undercut the hell out of your sales. I can't wait.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||I was raped by Justin Boren||
I was raped by Justin Boren in a South Quad bathroom.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Anytime you give up 3 goals||
Anytime you give up 3 goals in the span of 1:19, you're tempting fate.
We just need to go out there Sunday (after a nice, long break) and play lapse-free hockey.
Post-script - Rob Blake can choke on a hot, buttery plate of dicks.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||We're only 2 periods into||
We're only 2 periods into this series, and I already hate the fucking Sharks.
Thornton is a glorified goon. Blake has gotten away with anything and everything short of sodomy, and the people of San Jose have absolutely zero hockey sense.
I mean, Christ... They stood up with indignation after the Franzen call, even yelling for a penalty after seeing the OBVIOUS DIVE their man took on the replay. Any other fanbase would sit the fuck down and be glad they got a 2-minute gift, but not these Sharks fans. They continue with their pathetic hand-chomping and incessant whining. Fuck.
We need to kill this 5-on-3, then the remaining 5-on-4 and take this game. GET TO THE NET, BOYS!
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Considering the Wings' tired||
Considering the Wings' tired legs in the first period... a longer span between games might be just what the doctor ordered.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||It was an awful, awful start.||
It was an awful, awful start. One can't help but wonder if there's some residual fatigue from the Phoenix series.
Cleary's goal, however, was HUGE; they have something positive to build on.
It just takes one, and they're back in the game.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||Prediction...||
Datsyuk puts in the game-winner in OT of Game 7 on a breakaway.
His move to the net... The TRIPLE DEKE.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I haven't posted in a while...||
I just logged in to say that this was a glorious, completely unexpected evening of brilliance from our boys tonight.
We have been the sleeping giant of the NHL all season. We were plagued by injuries for a time and then underachievement, but tonight felt like the Wings finally kicked it into top form.
I should have never doubted that Babcock would have them ready. Take notice, San Jose. The train is coming your way.
*hoists his celebratory adult beverage*
|4 years 40 weeks ago||Jesus Christ, those winged beauties...||
Jesus Christ, those winged beauties are a sight for sore eyes. It's been one hell of a long winter.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Gladwell Article...||
On a related note, this thread reminded me of an interesting piece Malcolm Gladwell wrote for The New Yorker in 2000.
If you have some free time, it's worth the read: he outlines the inherent absurdity of determining a prospective worker's potential by spending an hour with him or her. It's still fresh, even a decade later.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Nike...||
Sparty's fanbase may have won this battle, but they haven't won the war.
Nike has been working with MSU on a uniform overhaul (which they will unveil in April). And if Nike's work with previous universities is any indication, the results will be hilarious.
In my opinion, Nike is single-handedly ruining athletic design. Their gimmicks and arena football-esque design aesthetic is the opposite of what big-time college represents: tradition and taste.
Just watch; Sparty's logo will stay the same, but Nike will trot them out next season in clown suits. They'll probably add black to look 'meaner', then they'll completely jump the shark by adding four or five different pairs of pants and four or five different helmets to 'expand their color palette'.
This will result in a complete loss of Sparty's identity. Let me ask you this: what are Oregon's team colors? It's hard to tell anymore. Is it green and gold? Or black? Or silver? Or white? Or fucking CHROME? Who knows?
And all of this works for Oregon. Why? Because the goofiness is now, ironically, traditional. Their jerseys are like the blue turf at Boise: Sure, it's wacky and ugly, but since nobody else does it, it seems quaint.
Just watch. Come August, Sparty will come out looking ridiculous (in hopes of generating excitement in their abortion of a program), and some Nike huckster will be interviewed on the sidelines talking about the "complete armored experience" and "epic multi-fiber knit orgasmatron effect" of the new uniforms.
This is when we Michigan fans will lean back, smile, and rejoice in the fact that we have the cleanest, purest, most beautiful look in college football. And we will laugh as our winged warriors beat the everloving fuck out of Little Brother in their Batman suits.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I'm twenty-two, and I loved||
I'm twenty-two, and I loved the fuck out of the half-time show.
The Who wrote some of the greatest rock 'n roll songs ever written. Period. They have earned the right to play them whenever, wherever, until they die.
Honestly, anyone who says they'd rather hear Lady fucking Gaga instead of The Who at ANY age either a.) lacks any sense of Western music's history or b.) has deplorable taste.
Geezer rock for the win.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||I trust Mel Kiper because I||
I trust Mel Kiper because I am afraid if I disobey him, his widow's peak will shoot lasers at me.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||What more do people want from||
What more do people want from Coach Rod regarding Dorsey?!
I mean, Jesus Christ - the kid was acquitted. I could understand the press raising a stink if he was found guilty of a felony/misdemeanor; but he was found NOT GUILTY.
I agree with Coach Rodriguez. It is dangerous when an accusation is considered tantamount to evidence of wrongdoing.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I don't blame them...||
If I had to the spend every day of my waking life in the deplorable shithole that is Columbus, Ohio; I'd spend most of my nights drinking massive amounts of high-octane grain alcohol, too.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||It is always pathetic when||
It is always pathetic when aging rock bands attempt to stay relevant.
Don't they realize that a good eighty-percent of rock 'n roll is about being young, broke, disenfranchised, confused, horny, and angry? Nowadays, Aerosmith are just confused.
Please, quit trying to re-ignite the magic. If you insist on playing shows, that's cool: But don't force your shitty attempts at 'breaking new ground' upon the audience. We just want to hear a few cuts from "Toys in the Attic".
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Guys, guys... This is not||
Guys, guys... This is not simple heresay. I wouldn't call this a 'rumor'. It was posted on Twitter, for Christ's sake! As we all know, in this gossip-leaden world of half-truths, Twitter is a golden oasis of empirical wisdom.
If it's on Twitter, you can bank on it. In fact, Twitter was where I discovered the secrets of the Illuminati, the e-mail addresses of horny chicks in my area who want to strip on webcams RIGHT NOW, and the fact that Paul on the Wonder Years is really Marilyn fuckin' Manson.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||This list suffers from a||
This list suffers from a severe lack of John Navarre.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||42.||
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Hahahaha! In fact, that||
In fact, that pretty much encapsulates my feelings. Rodgers IS dreamy...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I'm usually not interested in||
I'm usually not interested in the Pro Bowl, but I'm watching it tonight. Why?
Because I have a legitimate man-crush on Aaron Rodgers.
In all seriousness - in light of the immense pressure after Favre's departure, the kid has put up insane numbers. He handled the entire ordeal with class, too; he earned a fan this year. I'm glad he's starting for the NFC.
It will also be interesting to see how the new 'week before the Super Bowl' format works out...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||This one is easy...||
The recruiting class of 1998.
Why? Three simple words...
Bennie. Fucking. Joppru.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||It hadn't really sunk in that||
It hadn't really sunk in that college football season was over and the off-season lull had begun...
...until now - staring at a candid snapshot of an incoming recruit's cleat.
August can't come soon enough.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||This is going to sound||
This is going to sound homo-erotic, but...
Roger Federer is a beautiful, beautiful man. He is one of the most graceful, purest athletes I've ever seen; he is an artist, in my estimation. I feel privileged each time I get to see him play.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Bangbros||
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Lighten up, my friend! "Where||
Lighten up, my friend! "Where is your God now?" is an iconoclastic internet meme invoked when public religious figureheads' faiths are challenged...
And if Tim Tebow must subject the entire football world to his favorite Bible verses emblazoned on his eye black, surely nobody will begrudge me the occasional 'Brandon Graham is the Messiah' image macro on a fan forum.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Progressive girl...||
I'm getting Progressive ads starring the incessantly perky, overbearingly annoying, yet strangely attractive pitchgirl, Flo.
I'm going to go ahead and get this out here in open space... I don't know how or why, but the Progressive Insurance Girl gives me a massive erection.
There - I said it.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||If Warren Moon is in the Hall||
If Warren Moon is in the Hall of Fame, then certainly Kurt Warner deserves to be in Canton.
They are similar in many ways:
Moon entered the NFL after a stint in the CFL. Warner spent time in the Arena League.
Their stats are comparable. Moon edges Warner out in many career accomplishments, but Warner wasn't given a real shot as a starter until '99. Their career passer ratings are close, with Warner beating out Moon by 13 points.
But here is where they differ:
Warner won the Rams a ring in his first year as starter. After that, he took a previously bedraggled Cards team to the Big Game. 2 appearances, 1 win for Warner. 0 appearances, 0 wins for Moon. (And let's not be naive here - Super Bowls count in the Hall of Fame debate).
In short, if the NFL Hall of Fame wants to stay consistent, they will induct Warner.
Each time they induct a player, they are setting a precedent. If Moon made it and Warner was left out, it would undermine the overall integrity of the Hall.
*Steps off his soapbox*
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I concur.||
Most of these kids have already pared down their choices to a short list long before the bowls.
This article is a lame attempt at suggesting causality between the Big 10's recent performance and a 'sudden exodus' from the midwest.
In the parlance of college football recruiting (which is a slow-moving landscape), there is no such thing as a 'one-year trend'. Trends happen over five-, ten-, and fifteen-year periods; one year of poor midwest recruiting does not a trend make.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||...Says the poster who just||
...Says the poster who just referred to those with a differing opinion as "dumbshits". What restraint!
If you don't feel a topic is worth your time, don't read it and post a response to the thread.
It's ironic that I am having to spell all of this out to a poster named "Captain Obvious".
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Caffrey's is great, but...||
When you can't spring for a sixer of Caffrey's, and you need something that'll work good and fast... Take it from Frank Booth...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Call me a sentimental||
Call me a sentimental homer...
But I'd rather be Michigan with an entire team of walk-ons than Texas with five-stars across the board.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Rest in peace, DFW. That man||
Rest in peace, DFW. That man was a legend gone far too soon.
My recommendations for now are:
Fiction - 'Independence Day' by Richard Ford. This book has hardly flown under the radar (it won the Pulitzer Prize), but I keep running into people who haven't read it. It is one of the few flawless novels of the past twenty years.
Non-Fiction - 'Team of Rivals' by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Again, this one is a no-brainer. Still, it presents a complete picture of Lincoln and his cabinet. I've read it twice, and I'm still uncovering nuggets of insight into Civil War America.
Essay - 'The Myth of Sysephus' by Albert Camus. One of the great existentialist essays. It does not merely ask difficult questions, but provides answers for the modern man in his daily clash with the great force Camus calls 'the absurd'.
That's all for now.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I've heard that if you stare||
I've heard that if you stare into a mirror in Mosher-Jordan Hall and say the words "Bennie Joppru" five times, your penis will actually DOUBLE in size.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Yet another reason why I love||
Yet another reason why I love Beilein.
He is exactly the kind of man our basketball program needs in the wake of the NCAA violations and its fallout. No matter his record, he's a classy guy and I'm proud to call him our head coach.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Perhaps I am mistaken,||
Perhaps I am mistaken, then.
I had seen that quote attributed to Boren from a number of sources, but now some light googling has yielded the same quote from Wermers.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Justin the Hutt said that||
Justin the Hutt said that Michigan's "family values have eroded".
What he meant to say was, "I am a colossal douche canoe, and the big, bad meanie with the whistle cusses and wants me to run for a change."
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The Emporer is, indeed, Kirk||
The Emporer is, indeed, Kirk Herbstreit. I know what you're thinking: "How could Herbie be the Emporer? He seems like such a nice guy. He even had nice things to say about Tate this season!"
That is all part of Herbie's ruse. Much like the young Senator Palpatine, Herbie has charmed his way into the seat of ultimate power (backed by ESPN's empire).
Yeah, he looks wholesome; but don't be fooled. Tressel is merely a pawn; Kirk Herbstreit is the true fucking puppetmaster.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||You asked for it AGAIN...||
The TRESSEL EDIT!
|4 years 47 weeks ago||You asked for it...||
|4 years 47 weeks ago||PC...||
It's also out on PC.
If you've got a system that can handle high-end gaming, that's an option.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Movie...||
...I had heard about Hollywood making a "Mass Effect" movie, and to me that sounds ridiculous.
It isn't a novel - it's not as though it exists only as literature and has yet to become a sight-and-sound, multimedia experience.
Yet, it has all of the advantages of the novel - you get to spend hours upon hours upon hours with the protagonist. Shit, you get to BE the protagonist.
So my question is... WHY? Other than a built-in fanbase and a large opening weekend box-office take, why would anyone want to make it a movie?
It would only cheapen the experience. The joy of Mass Effect lies in the freedom of the player to make choices. Film is the LEAST interactive medium there is!
I'm beginning to think that long-form RPGs are the purest, best medium for science fiction stories. I haven't had an experience like "Mass Effect 2" at the movies since "The Empire Strikes Back".
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I concur...||
BioWare makes nothing but quality RPGs, and Mass Effect 2 has been spellbinding thus far.
This may sound blasphemous, but I think that both Mass Effect games are superior science fiction to Avatar. Video games are approaching a realm of artistry formerly reserved for major motion-pictures.
Commander Shepard for the win.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I am the little voice in all||
I am the little voice in all of your heads that speaks up when you need it the most.
I am the twinkle in the eyes of laughing children.
I haunt the Boren family at night.
I sit at the right hand of God himself.
I am the Ghost of Bo.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Nashville...||
I'm a transplant living in Nashville, TN.
Half of this city is comprised of bars - surely there is at least one Michigan-friendly establishment!
I've been bar-hopping down Broadway, but to no avail. Volunteer fans, Alabama fans, and (strangely) Florida fans as far as the eye can see; no love for any Big 10 teams. It's an SEC circle-jerk down here.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Still holding out hope...||
I'm still holding out hope for landing Farmer Fran. Anybody know where this guy has been since leaving SCLSU?
|4 years 47 weeks ago||"If you want to read a real||
"If you want to read a real history book, read Howard Zinn’s 'A People’s History of the United States'. That book will knock you on your ass." - Will Hunting
As sad as it sounds, that quote from "Good Will Hunting" was my impetus to read that book, and it was my first taste of Zinn. He was an amazing, contrarian mind. He will be missed.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||I agree...||
I agree, Bull.
I would liken the work Rivals does to the work of a meteorologist. It is an inexact science based on prediction, and people constantly complain about inaccurate predictions while ignoring the overwhelming amount of accurate ones.
As for the article, it was a great read. The Roundtree coup (and Purdue's subsequent outrage) was especially satisfying.
Here's to hoping we can land another stunner this year.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||What I love...||
What I love about the kid (even more than his leaping and speed) is his tackling.
Look at his form - his head is almost always upfield of the ball carrier; he drops low, delivers a blow, and drives.
A Safety that can tackle can be a real asset - he's often the difference between a running back gaining eight yards and breaking free for eighty.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Woodson...||
I grew up immersed in Michigan football. My father has always been a die-hard fan, and he passed the legacy along to his sons.
It didn't capture my imagination, though, until third or fourth grade when Charles Woodson became my idol. It started in his junior season and continued into the blessed National Championship run.
I remember watching Woodson's epic pick against Little Brother on our old RCA 40" TV; it was the first time I actually saw my father cry tears of joy. Yes - tears of fucking joy.
Then, my brother and I ran outside to re-enact the pick. It's safe to say that I've been all in ever since.