|1 year 45 weeks ago||Last word?||
RIP Dusty, you gave a legion of wrestling fanatics a great victory cry!
(wow, that was 30 years ago. . .)
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Life is a state of mind. . .|
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Whoa...and by that system||
Hackett logically hires Harbaugh!
|2 years 20 weeks ago||He had Low-T||
Totally legit, prescription and everything.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||she said "many male skaters. . ."||
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Grammar||
A guy sure could learn alot paying attention to your posts.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Lease yourself a Chrysler Town and Country||
You probably can get 2 years at less than $400/month. I gave up a Cadillac SUV for one and couldn't be happier. When my brother saw the leather, fold-flat seats, tilt rear bench (tailgating win), 5 USB ports, and the 30 GB hard drive, he dropped his Cherokee for his own.
Granted, our wives are the primary drivers of these vehicles, but I have to admit that I don't feel like a complete idiot when I roll around DC with two toddlers, a carton of goldfish, and Eminem on the entertainment system.
Plus, it holds a lot of gear/coolers when I take it for gameday. . .the plastic compartments intended to store the fold-flat seats have an obvious alternate use for anyone who has ever taken a roadtrip.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Hush that dirty mouth||
Uncle Rico over Mox any day of the week. . .he could throw the damn ball a quarter mile.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Over-and-back=blown call||
Looked good in real time, but the ball actually never was within a foot of half-court, and neither of his feet touched down before he released the ball. . .the man was wronged.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||What is this, Sesame Street?||
What number are they boycotting?
It's stuff like this that makes one think that the whole state is full of orans. . .
|3 years 21 weeks ago||On the rock?||
On the rock, or on the guy?
If I had any skill, I'd replace the rock with Big Al's head, and I'd hope that Sisyphus could properly orient him.
Hope...dream...might even try that prayer thing...
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Ufer pronunciation guide||
it's "F-MEEeechigan". Easy.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Arrrrrrgh. . .||
NEXT TIME, OP, PLEASE MAKE THIS POINT CLEAR IN THE SUBJECT LINE.
Now what the hell am I going to do. . .anyone have any idea how long this'll take to grow back?
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Fan re-org||
Let's just get this over with. . .DB, please just fire the entire student fan base in one swift move and put up a few "seeking" ads on Craigslist. . .Middle-aged W/M ISO 25,000 co-eds for weekend fun.
C'mon, Dave. You know you want it. . .
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Absolutely frigid||
Freezing rain/sleet/snow mixture, if I remember it right. Sat shivering in North Face Gore-Tex gear, worst weather for a game in Ann Arbor I've experienced. And for those who are wondering, no, the student section was not full. . .although it almost certainly out-performed the rest of the stadium in %age of tickets used.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Decent chance||
Decent chance he heard it anyhow, wherever he may have been.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||League: Sydney Leathers' Playground||
Team name: The Pocket Rocketeers
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Suggest the following edit:||
"I have convinced my wife that we should live closer to the UM Medical Center, as I can think of no other place I would want little Bo Hail-Storm to be born. In reality, I don't give a flying rip about that--I just need to be within 20 miles of the athletic campus so that I can reduce my post-game cab fare and spend more on priority points. Therefore, we are looking at homes in South Lyon. . ."
|4 years 19 weeks ago||All game? Sure about that?||
0-0 score and 20:00 on the clock. . .not sure 'bout that.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I'd put my money on The Raven.||
I'm sure "let's read this to the boys before they go to bed" seemed like a great idea at the time. How would the dads know their attempt at getting a bunch of 10 year-olds interested in literature would have such impact?
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
|4 years 21 weeks ago||Unless your name is Nate||
Silver, you have no chance vs. THE_KNOWLEDGE.
|4 years 21 weeks ago||No, link. Here||
Lest we forget:
|4 years 23 weeks ago||It's simply logic.||
100% of the 75% believe they are part of the 25%.
Me? I'm different: I am definitely part of the 25%.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Nothing is Rich Rod's fault.||
1) Driven snow.
(Not necessarily in that order)
|4 years 23 weeks ago||A stepladder?||
What, have you mistaken Will Campbell for a 1950's-era housewife straining to reach the upper cabinet shelves?
This man is 300 torso-baring pounds of Tackledom.
What we need is an industrial lift.
Or a ramp. A ramp could work, too.
(Edit: Hell. Misplaced response to an earlier post. Point remains, though...)
|4 years 24 weeks ago||This just seems too awkward (or coverage is misleading)||
If DB wants to move the game, he presumably has the $ and negotiating leverage to do so--especially if it is a State on the other side of the negotiation. In the current economy, is it responsible for CT State officials to turn down a profit-multiplier, should Brandon actually offer it? Are they just waiting until closer to the UCONN season ticket sale deadline to announce it, so as to minimize the length of the Manuel pinata session?
Considering UCONN's 2014 schedule looks wide open (from the googles, anyhow), I'd be pleased if the real plan is for Brandon to give ND the "yeah, screw you back" handshake on Sept.1, 2013, pay ND the penalty for cancelling the 2014 game 1 year out, and announce later that day that UCONN will receive ANOTHER $1 million check for playing at Michigan Stadium on Sept. 6, 2014.
Reward Warde with two big paydays, stick it to ND (making them scramble for a quality opponent), and add another home game in 2014? Sounds like a good deal all-around. . .except for the CT-based scalpers who will be denied the opportunity to make a fortune shoehorning Michigan's fans into a 40,000 seat stadium.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Federal Employees are freed!||
OPM made it official--tonight, we drink without worry!
|4 years 26 weeks ago||Don't be ridiculous.||
It was croquet. Wickedly competitive match, at that.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||"Hold my calls, I'm playing squash"||
Holy hell. . .Pitino calls Bill Martin to explain (or, to be talked into it?), and he is sent to voicemail by Martin's secretary because the boss is playing squash?
Forget missing out on a pretty good coach (again); in my view, the worst part about all of this is that the UM Sailing and Squash teams are still non-factors in NCAA competition, despite the hands-on attention from our AD.
I mean, come on Bill!
|4 years 26 weeks ago||No, two blue guys.||
Not black, blue. Like smurfs. Wearing maize. ish.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||28-24||
Michigan wins. Again.
|4 years 27 weeks ago||That's the unedited old book.||
The 2011 revisions are important:
"And on the sixth day, Brandon said: 'let there be light;' and thereafter, all were cold on late-November evenings."
|4 years 27 weeks ago||Yes, but...||
Doing so at risk of a physical beating in most stadiums, no?
|4 years 27 weeks ago||A Welcome Return to Normalcy...||
It did seem, for a while there, that folks felt winning was no longer an option...glad to have it back on the menu.
Main course? WINNING.
Your three sides? WINNING, WINNING, AND...WINNING.
And for dessert? Lemme guess: "WINNING." NO. F-OHIO. THEN TWO MORE WINNINGS. THANKS.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||12 seconds off the clock||
99 yards...to which some announcer comments: "yeah, right. Some world-class speed."
|4 years 36 weeks ago||ND=Paris Hilton?||
It's pretty awesome how closely the "famous for being famous" Hilton and your description of ND parallel one another--change a few words here and there, and the post is like a Mad-Lib for the post-prime set.
Except for the top-notch academic bit, of course. Not sure there's anything short of a complete re-write that'll make that one applicable to Ms. H.
|4 years 36 weeks ago||A-men re: Joe louis||
And btw, Joe Louis was 75 years old when he lost to Rocky Marciano. Or 76. Or, according to Frank Sinatra, he was 137 years old. A hundred thirty-seven years old!
Seriously, I overhead this in a barbershop. True story.
|5 years 1 week ago||Bowden: "We call that one 'the crocodile'."||
ugh. . .as a student I had the pleasure of attending Miami '88, MSU '90, Colorado '94, and FSU '91, and that FSU loss may have been the worst of all. . .such promise for that team (legitimately so), completely demolished by Buckley and Amp Lee.
I think I remember Coach Bowden's quote right--may have been from a post-game interview that I saw later that day. . .was a crazy lateral-throwback play that went for a TD. Whatever he called it, I vividly remember how happy he looked over it, sort of an "I can't believe we pulled it off either".
|5 years 2 weeks ago||Fielder hits his second HR...||
Fielder hits his second HR for the Tigers...who now have five off Beckett in this game.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||I like turtles. Tiger,||
I like turtles.
Tiger, please leave them alone...
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Slap and Tickle?||
Twig and Berries?
|5 years 4 weeks ago||I do it, I love to do it. I||
I do it, I love to do it. I just did it and I'm ready to do it again, don't tell me you don't do it...
|5 years 8 weeks ago||Srs?||
I'm not so sure he was...
Of course, a client just made me drink a french assload of the Rhone, so maybe i'm just confused.
Yes, on a sunday evening. My wife is pissed, but hey...
|5 years 9 weeks ago||Where is this?||
Is it near the fabled Bolivian?
Can you see Bolivian from your porch?
|5 years 10 weeks ago||The Staring Contest||
Posted this last thursday night, after having failed in the staring contest for roughly 10 hours. . .45 seconds at a time.
Mgoblog is my homepage (yes, rare, I know. . .), and when I powered up, one of my just-graduated employees saw Brian's "80-pound trophy" post on my screen. . .and. . .well, despite my own ban on non-work internet during work hours, I opened the link he forwarded, and the rest is. . .huh.
Ms. Upton apparently is a pitch-woman for SoBe, and she has cut both tv and web ads establishing herself as the undefeated, un-dis-pu-ted Queen of All Staring Contests.
Not sure any of us has a chance. I sure didn't.
Especially after my wife caught me.
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Losing a 10 hour, 51 minute staring contest||
At 3:07 PM, my auto-refresh loaded Brian's 80 lb. trophy onto my screen.
At 3:07:12 PM, my hipster employee interrupted my stunned, silent, happy place with: "She's hot. Have you seen The Video?"
Having been cold-busted violating my own rules, I reminded him that we shouldn't be distracting ourselves with the internet, but if The Video wasn't indecent, well...let's take a look.
I can't look away long enough to figure out how to embed, so here it is--it's Ms. Upton, which hopefully gives it the SFW benefit of the doubt (if not, i wish you buenas noches from Bolivian. . .where the internet hopefully supports youtube).
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Oh come on...four words?||
Are the Ohio players expected to memorize that?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||Whoa--it's over.||
He said "no argument", so that settles it. Come on.
|5 years 21 weeks ago||YMNC?||
I had no idea that the "NC" in "YMNC" stood for "National Championship". Thought those last two letters crudly described a basal desire of YM.
it's amazing, the stuff you learn on this here blog.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Er, maybe...||
But Mitch-Mc-Gary may remember it differently.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Ugh||
Someone is about to get an UGG shoved in a very uncomfortable place.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||aw, hell. Nice edit.||
damn, that was fast.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||Awesome title!||
Document that Redshit, and Devin is a lock to get that extra year. . .
|5 years 26 weeks ago||The Three-Dong Rule Trumps all.||
it's a well established precedent.
|5 years 27 weeks ago||wait, you're not||
wait, you're not the short order cook, are you? sonofa. . .
|5 years 27 weeks ago||Royalties due to Terrelle Pryor?||
It's a little surprising to hear Millen offer something so close to the Pryor Justification. . .
"it happens all the time. . ."
|5 years 29 weeks ago||posted from iPhone|
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I can almost hear keith jackson||
"We're here in the Big House, and ho-lee Shittu, what a player the Blue has itself..."
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Tax implications?||
Since the Deamon Association seems to step away from the traditional educational mission of the NCAA, I wonder if these rogue teams would jeopardize the tax-exempt status of their affiliated institutions...
|5 years 39 weeks ago||maybe not necessary, but||
There's a guy on the current team who we're all hoping (I hope) will remind us that #7 was--at least once--a great number for MI QBs.
No, not talking about Henson. . .
|5 years 39 weeks ago||T. Butterfield aside,||
I'm not sure that "weren't all that great. . ." bit is true for post-AC #1s. . .and yes, yes, Butterfield did save at least one game for us single-handedly.
Er, I guess it was double-handedly, now that I think about it. Best drop in UM Football history.
|5 years 40 weeks ago||Hawaii says no deal. . .||
Bad news for Tate, but I suppose this provides some insight into his departure--upon review of his transcripts, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Hawaii decided Tate wasn't a good fit.
|5 years 45 weeks ago||Faded back to Anonymity?||
Would seem the obvious answer. . .
|5 years 50 weeks ago||Scott and Rob Rechsteiner||
All-American wrestlers who are better known as. . .the Steiner Brothers.
Their best nicknames were for their finishing moves--I only remember three of 'em, and I'm too lazy to google it--but the steinerizer, the frankensteiner, and the steiner recliner were all backyard favorites when torturing my little brother.
|6 years 1 week ago||Well if there's a photoshop project in the works. . .||
. . .need to start with the appropriate source material--a 1949 photo of Gorgeous George Wagner. One of the true legends of pro wrestling. . .
(I can't figure out how to make the new link/image insert work correctly, so someone pls feel free to take it from here)
|6 years 1 week ago||He's just another moran.||
No big deal, no reason to get overly excited.
|6 years 1 week ago||oh, dear. . .||
Check out the new guy. Moran.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||That would take effort,||
and he obviously has more important things to do today. Like whine about the "whiny bitch"/proprietor of this here sports blog. And. . .well? What else?
Small dogs bark in order to remind everyone that they are alive. It doesn't make them any more significant, just reminds us of how. . .small they really are.
|6 years 15 weeks ago||W/M ISO Posbang||
Me: a double-degreed alum, long-time avid reader, occasional snarky poster/sniper. Plenty of insight, high on creativity, but severely time-constrained due to my f'n job. Recently lost ~70 points (and posting privileges) due to calendar, seeking companionship and acceptance.
You: basically anyone with a pulse and loose pos-bang standards.
What: all I wanna do is pos bang-bang-bang. Discreet, open, whatever.
|6 years 18 weeks ago||"Underachieving" obviously depends on the window||
Sure, it would be ridiculous to characterize 11-0 and a #2 ranking as "underachieving".
Problem is that the season was 13 games long. And yes, I'd argue that 11-2 was less than a full success (an "underachievement"?) given the team we fielded.
That's fair, no?
|6 years 25 weeks ago||seconded, and a bit more||
I've attended UM games at most of the Big Ten plus ND campuses over the past. . .ugh. . .20 years--including several games at both ND and OSU--and I have to give PSU fans credit for allowing the best experience for a visiting fan. Granted, there were a handful of jackasses who hypothesized on our sexuality as my group walked past the student entrance (that was sooo Cedar Village of you), but if the OSU Relative Asshole Rating (RAR) is a 10/10, Penn State is in the 1-2 range.
From the open invites to share and friendly chatter in the tailgate lots to the fans surrounding our seats who explained several aspects of PSU football history, there were just a hell of a lot of nice people in happy valley. Granted, it's easy to be nice when you're winning, but it was a stark contrast to most travel experiences--OSU being the absolute worst, seemingly an entire town of cretins with a special fondness for public vulgarity and constant "you lookin' at me"-class attempts to instigate fights.
Thanks Penn State--rough day for the visiting team's fans, and your low RAR was appreciated. Except for you, Ms. mean, nasty dancer at the End Zone who decided it would be funny to wipe her ass with my M hat after I tipped you far more than you deserved.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||A happy homecoming||
UM offense: 31
UM defense: -24
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Your dream. . .||
You've received plenty of advice on the score--I got in with a 174/3.2 UM BBA, likely the widest disparity in LSAT/GPA in my class--but the best of it is to take the time and spend the $ on a good prep course. . .that test is absolutely beat-able.
The real question about taking on the huge time commitment (3 years) and debt is this: is it your dream to go to the school and be a practicing attorney. . .or to use the education/connections for something other than the law? My best advice is to talk with a few practicing attorneys you trust, and think through whether it's what you're really wanting to do. I went to UM Law b/c I could get out with a rock-solid degree for ~$60k, and I'd have the flexibility to figure out what I wanted to do later. . .and after 10 months of practice, I was on to a public policy career that I never would have been able to support given today's tuition. I loved it and wouldn't trade it for any other path, but if you're looking for a non-practicing career, there are plenty of options that are a lot less painful, both in $ and time. . .
|6 years 48 weeks ago||"Emails from an a-hole"||
One of the very best--a couple-year effort by a guy to harass craigslist and classified advertisers. Whoever this guy is, he's 1) bored, and 2) brilliant.
Click through the "top rated", if nothing else.
|7 years 4 days ago||Defensive end nothing. . .||
if what you say is true, there's at least one offensive tackle who has the potential to pick up a fumble, look over his shoulder at Donovan in pursuit, and say "ohhhh, it's in. it's in."
(obviously, ht the legendary McLovin.)
|7 years 1 week ago||Navin R. Johnson says: "thanks for the tip"||
it's a dangerous world out there. . .cans, philly cheesesteaks, cottage inn pizza. . .
[edited again. . .hopefully sucessfully]
|7 years 1 week ago||So you're saying this team is. . .dread-full?||
yowch, that one hurt. Sorry.
Back to my cube.
|7 years 1 week ago||uh, look, I'm no proctologist. . .||
but I can certainly recognize a butthole when I see one.
c'mon, man. we're talking about the spring game, not whether a spring game is actually a spring game if it takes place in winter-ish weather occurring contrary to pop media expectations grounded in anthropogenic (and catastrophic) global warming theory.
whew. Anyone find a justintv link for the game?
|7 years 2 weeks ago||I really wanted to join this argument||
with a "you people need some outdoors-time," but. . .I just couldn't. that avatar. it's strangely calming.
BBB, you have one hell of a nice rack. you've earned my vote, which should bring you back to neutral for this post.
. . .wait, that's you in the pic, right?
|7 years 12 weeks ago||When fat guys cry.||
We've all shed our tears in the stadium over the years, living, breating Michigan Football with our friends and families. Maybe we haven't made it to full emotional meltdown like the OSU guys in that great, great photo, but we've all felt it.
It happens. Yes, alcohol is often involved. Usually makes the difference between that choked-up feeling and the "I got something in my eye" stage. And then there's the times where there's just no hope of containing it. . .only one of those in my experience, watching Vladimir Konstantinov wheeled around the ice of the MCI center with the Stanley Cup on his lap.
It's my sincere hope that on May 1, the commencement speaker spends a moment to recognize Antonio Bass for his accomplishment. Although there may be some in the assembled crowd who will have overcome more trying personal circumstances, his is a great, great story that reflects well on the UM family--and one that shows. . .tremendous. . .character and dedication on Mr. Bass' part.
Plus, Lloyd will be tearing up anyhow, so why not enlist something of a Big, Fat, Greek Chorus to support him?
|7 years 12 weeks ago||They interviewed everyone.||
Don't worry about this. It's supposed to be serious, but they're not out to get you.
Hell, I've had to go through three full-field background checks, the last by the FBI. They're all proctology exams to a certain degree. Just be thankful you're only lining up for the index finger--it gets much more uncomfortable.
|7 years 12 weeks ago||experience says. . .disclose it||
I went through a similar exercise when I applied for the bar, agonizing over a solid 10 years' worth of ridiculous stunts that, while maybe were not all totally illegal, contained at least 15-20 that may have demonstrated questionable judgment before the wrong evaluator.
I dropped the robe on ALL interaction with any type of legitimate authority, and left all fraternity-ish stuff memories in the tank. Being seriously hard-core, this left two to worry about: 1) I got busted the week before the OSU game making out. . .yes, with a girl. . .on the 50 yard line of Michigan Stadium, and 2) I got frog-marched out of the backwoods of Mackinac Island at 5AM and cited for "unlawful camping."
The camping thing was a civil infraction, no big deal. F'n cop was bored, and we were 8 easily-fined 21 year olds.
The 50 yard line? "Unlawful entry." No kidding. Was the talk of the cops' Monday AM recap of the weekend. Showed up on page 2 of the Ann Arbor News under the headline: "Lip-Locked Lovers Caught in the Act." Was a bum rap, there was no "act," and that girl was a virgin both before and after I knew her. UM decided not to pursue charges, so the whole thing went away in legal-space, but I was still nervous.
I disclosed it, and when I was interviewed by the bar examiner, I asked if it was a problem. His response: "we have admitted bank robbers who have served their time. I think you're ok. Good to know she was, too."
good luck, my advice is admit it, and worst case, blame it on an uncomfortable incident with your gym teacher earlier that day.
|7 years 14 weeks ago||clerks||
great movie, loaded with great lines.
"I'm not even supposed to BE here today. . ."
|7 years 14 weeks ago||State and Main||
I'm no fan of Alec Baldwin, but after his character, completely in the bag and in the company of an underage girl (his standard MO), got in a single-vehicle accident while filming in a small town, he uttered an absolute classic:
"well. . .THAT happened. . ."
|7 years 16 weeks ago||Dean Vernon Wormer||
Look, I'm all for giving a guy the benefit of the doubt--maybe Boren really was miserable at UM, for whatever reason, and just had to get out. What's done is done.
I gotta say, though, that with this latest episode, Mr. Boren seems one boozy public evening away from personifying the Wormer Postulate:
"Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life."
|7 years 16 weeks ago||That was SO last year||
The University of Michigan: Undefeated in 2k10.
|7 years 16 weeks ago||He had mad skillz with a snowplow.||
UM-Facilities simply fell in love with the boy.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||not criticizing. . .||
but he's a guy the coaches seem to like (perhaps as a future "one of us"), he's an "in case of (absolute, complete, and total) emergency break glass" option, and. . .well, last I'd checked, we're not so tight on overall scholarships these days. . .
|7 years 18 weeks ago||No dispute on the "redneck" generalization, but||
maybe that guy you're evaluating has lost a bet? It could be part of a deal, like the guy who bet his friends he'd get a fake rack for a year.
I mean, it IS possible. . .
/been shut inside for too long.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||update: snowy southern life||
a neighboring county canceled school about an hour ago: there will be no classes on Monday or Tuesday.
Yes, Louden county has canceled school for Tuesday, 3 days from now.
If there's ever another north-south conflict, and if it takes place after anything more than a light dusting it's not going to last very long. Heck, they may even forfeit this time.
|7 years 18 weeks ago||In DC,||
on Constitution Avenue literally 2 blocks from the U.S. Capitol building, and there's maybe one car driving by every 10 minutes or so. We're over 13 inches of snow in the past 24 hours, which is quite a bit for a town that sees a rush on powdered milk when a heavy frost is forecast.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||It's the economy, the economy, the economy. . .||
(written while cooped up in a car, with my girl, for over 2 hours while heading to her parents' for xmas, and doing my best to avoid uncomfortable conversation. God help me. . .)
Yes, attendance is dwindling--but the Detroit metro area (if not the entire state)--has always supported its teams no matter how marginal the product on the field/court/ice. Even way, way back in the days when the Wings were a 40-point team (yes, 40 points) that was 30 years removed from their last Cup, fans still supported the team. Hell, the Lions have won precisely one (1) playoff game in the time I've been on this earth, and folks still head downtown weekly. And of course, we all know about a certain stadium that for 40 years has drawn around 100,000 fans each fall saturday in times great, good, and. . .well, challenging.
The economy undoubtedly has had a significant and negative impact on fans' ability to cough up $ for tickets, and as Michigan has been in the tank for nearly a decade, reduced attendance really shouldn't be unexpected or deemed unreasonable. So no, I don't think Detroit will lose a team any time soon for lack of attendance--it'll come back, and come back strong, once the economy recovers.
There's something more going on with sports fans in MI that virtually guarantees the success of non-WNBA professional sports teams, and it's often the subject of beer-fueled conversation with friends where I now live (DC). Fans here are generally fickle and fairweather--exception being the Redskins fans, who bitch annually about how the Skins are surely the worst team in the history of football. Since their last Super Bowl win. In 1991. (I usually come over the top with either "well, in detroit we don't have an NFL team" or the one-win-Lions riff).
What I really think drives Detroit sports fans is. . .god, I hate saying this. . .it's hope. Hope for the recovery of the auto industry. Hope for a better economy. Hope for the resurrection of the city of Detroit. Hope for success, in some tangible form.
For those of us who grew up in Detroit--and especially for those who've moved on and experienced what "big city life" can and should be, it becomes more clear what those Detroit sports teams are really a durable, reliable bonding point for fathers and sons (and among friends) that provide a distraction from all that is weighing on the region. Yes, there are areas like this within every big city or region of the US; it just so happens that Detroit (and Michigan generally) has had a rough haul for a long, long time. And the teams--winning or not--give folks something to talk about that's insulated from the sometimes crushing, always important things in daily life, like, say, finding a job in a state with 15% unemployment.
And we'll continue to watch them, reveling in the wins and complaining about the losses. And maybe, one day, the hope many of us have had that Detroit might finally get itself an NFL team. . .maybe it'll come true. . .and I for one am willing to keep checking in on them, just in case.
(now, back to talk of estrogen--there's some awful NPR story on a Broadway play about vibrators, and the discussion is, for some reason, not trending well. . .).
|7 years 19 weeks ago||Carvin Johnson||
strikes fear in the heart of Dick Cheney.
|7 years 19 weeks ago||We just need more cowbell.||
It's that simple.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||Lucky, Lucky, Lucky. . .||
Texas will deserve the whuppin it receives from Alabama.
|7 years 20 weeks ago||She is an $8/hr waitress. . .||
We're not officially allowed to own anyone, of course, but good lord--the guy has watches that are worth more than her annual take. Toss a little cabbage around, and she's a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tiger, Inc.--and unlikely to tell a soul, having everything to lose.
Still, I think I'd rather have the Tag than the waitress...
|7 years 20 weeks ago||this just proves that old axiom||
no matter how hot she is, there's some guy, somewhere, who's sick of her shit.
|7 years 22 weeks ago||This should settle it.||
As you know, those of us who comprise the Loyal Michigan Fanbase ("L-MFers") are in a crisis situation. No, we haven't also been denied uncredentialed access to the expansion during gametime--they let anyone in who gives them the ol' $5 handshake. It's what's happening in the stadium that's the issue, week after week, and it must change.
Mr. Martin, the damn crowd isn't doing the wave properly. Seems that a different breed of fan has taken to this team--much like the Northwestern fanbase pre-2000, and the Columbia fanbase, and, of course, the mulleted cretins of E. Lansing.
They just don't understand the important things about Michigan Football. Like doing the wave, man. Or. . .well, that's about it.
Losing has changed this hallowed ground.
Damn it, Bill, the Memorial Stadium Wave is broken, and we need a plan to fix it. You, as AD, must do something to "change the game", as they say. We have only one option: print the Wave Instructions on the back of all tickets henceforth.
We, the L-MFers, have thoroughly debated this topic on the internets, and we demand the following formulation:
The Wave For Dummies
Mr. Martin, you must show leadership here; we Losing. . .er, Loyal MFers demand it. Realistically speaking, how can you expect us to continue to fill that stadium, paying YOUR salary, and giving you FREE ACCESS to the expansion suites (especially when we all have to palm the young dudes from Eastern 5 bucks to use the nice clean bathrooms)?
I would caution you: if you don't fix this, and fix it now, people are going to notice that there's a football game being played at the bottom of this Awesome Wave Venue. At that point, all hell just might break loose--literally, man. Really. Because I'm pretty sure that our football team doesn't know the first thing about the wave either--after all, 80% of them are freshmen or sophmores, and we all know that that coach you hired from WVA doesn't give a crap about our traditions.
P.S. you could post the instructions on the scoreboard for the OSU game! how cool would that be! TP would poop his pants!
P.P.S. pleeeeeease do this for us, so that we can reclaim our message boards from former band geeks and north campus-dwellers who just can't handle the CHAOS of a disorderly wave!
|7 years 24 weeks ago||Anyone remember||
when their rallying cry was "C-U in Miami"?
|7 years 24 weeks ago||and for those few. . .||
who can need a little time to explain it to the rest of the crowd.
"ok, ok, they just spelled the word 'OH'! That's so f'n cool. . .wait, what's this 'i' business?"
|7 years 25 weeks ago||Probing the trade||
How about a 2-for-1 trade? Say, Illinois and Wisconsin for ND--or to make it only slightly more possible (seeing as the big game is still out there), for OSU.
I'm no believer in the theory that our coaches are "holding anything back" (they'd have to be nuts at this point, one win from bowl eligibility), but if there's something we're not showing/some adjustment we're not making/some redshirt we're not burning, do you do it now (taking a shot at Illinois/Wisconsin), or do you continue to perfect whatever fairy dust you're hoarding for the OSU game?
Would you rather be 7-5, having beat the teams you were supposed to beat (even if it costs you your shot at OSU), or 6-6 and able to revel in the ensuing Columbus meltdown?
Hell, I really don't care who they beat so long as they get that last win; bowl pools just aren't very fun if a guy can't pick his own team against all advice/sanity. I'd rather see us in a 2010 game (January, not December, of course), so I guess I'd risk whatever it took to get those 'supposed to' wins, and forego the chance to laugh at that RedRocker idiot again.
As for the trade you propose, I'm not trading anything for a hottie dude. You'd just never live that one down, no matter how fat the chick is that you'd avoid.
|7 years 26 weeks ago||Seconded||
folks, remember one thing: we need one more win to start another bowl streak, and this weekend is our best shot. Not saying the others are unwinnable, but if there's a time to take a chance rotating some new (or old, as it may be) blood in with the first-teamers, this is it.
Actually can't believe this subject drove me to my first post, but hey--it had to happen at some point. I'm just tickled to death that Ricky Leach has rejoined the team. Anyone got a recent 40 time for him?