...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Go Tigers||
The best news out of all this is the Tigers just locked up the W.S. She was around last year, a great year for the Tigers, true, but they got swept in the Series last year by the freakin' Giants. Verlander was not at the top of his game in the Series. That had absolutely nothing to do with manning up game after game and pitching 250+ innings (whatever it is - go look it up yourself). It had everything to do with Kate Upton. I don't blame JV, but the team is better off with him giving his full attention to the Tigers.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Thanks for all the comments||
Thanks for all the comments and suggestions. Pre-game is not an option, as far as I'm concerned; I don't think there will be many good opportunities and it seems a bit selfish -- I'd rather Denard and everyone else be focused on the game.
It sounds like the bus after the game will be the best, but not sure, bet.
If it doens't work out, I may just mail the SI to Denard in care of The Fort with a return envelope and hope for the best.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Thanks||
That's a great offer -- thanks! The pre-game is most likely not a great time to approach any player for an autograph however. I was on the field for the Michigan game at Penn State in 2010 and it was pretty much all business for the players as they went through their drills before the game. We're also sitting in the upper deck - should be great if it's sleeting. If we can make it down, I'll be yelling out for BubbaT33.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||9/22||
I've officially changed my birthday to September 22. #1 fan.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||It is||
It is the Enchanted Mitten, whether you're in the U.P. or a troll, as in those living under the bridge.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||That was me.||
That was me. No, we did not get Denard's autograph and, yes, there were tears.
But we had a great time and it was a good experience.
I have two sons, 9 and 7 years old, and they both came with me. The 9 year old is a huge Michigan fan and has been for as long as he's been cognizant that I'm a Michigan fan. So he lives and dies by the Blue and, aside from his Dad, his focus and admiration is on Denard.
The 7 year old is indifferent, at best, about Michigan football. I think he's that way because his brother, bless his heart, can be a little over-the-top in his appreciation for Michigan and the younger is reacting against the older brother's passion. It's frustrating at times that the 7-year-old doesn't like Michigan more but I like that he doesn't follow everything his brother does and that he wants to be his own person (we'll see how this manifasts when he's 16).
We stayed with my parents, about an hour away from A2, so the boys got to see their Michigan grandparents. The only way we would have had a chance to get Denard's autograph was if I had got to the northeast gate about 5 a.m. and then had my Dad bring the boys to meet me later. Logistically, that wasn't going to happen. By the time we got to the stadium there was a huge line at the gate; when the gate opened at 1 p.m. the rush was on to get to the Quarterbacks line. The staff cut off that line at 250 and quickly let everyone know that no one else would be admitted. As far as I could tell, almost everyone in the QB line had a kid with them so I don't think it was a matter of eBay whores edging everyone else out. That didn't stop the tears though, but he pulled his Michigan cap down over his eyes to hide them. We went and got a hot dog and he bucked up. There were some good lessons I got to pass on: a) life has disappointments, it doesn't always go as planned; b) never give up. It won't be easy from Iowa but it's a good excuse to go to Minnesota and see if we can catch Denard after that game.
Both boys got autographs from most of the DL and OL and a number of the freshman and they loved running around on the field. Patrick Omameh was particularly great with my 7 year old, asking where he was from, fist bumping him, etc. We went to the M Den afterward and he opted for a wolverine stuffed animal over a t-shirt. Last night, when I checked on the boys in their room after they had gone to bed, he had the wolverine tucked under his arm, so I think he may have become more of a fan from the experience. Both boys (and their dad) had a great time so it was worth the drive.
Cool story Bro? Maybe, but I was asked.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Thanks!||
Thanks - I'll be checking here tomorrow while we're waiting at the gate. That's great that your daughter will get in early. I put both my sons' names in but neither got picked.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Dylan||
"Bad news, bad news, came to me where I sleep. Time, time, time again."
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Date not set yet||
I called the Football Administration office today and asked when Fan Day will take place. I was told the date hasn't been set yet (which seems hard to believe) but to keep checking mgoblue.com. I also asked if there was going to be any change in the format this year, e.g., MGoKids only, etc.; the person on the other end knew nothing about any format changes.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Milkshake||
I would say that we drank his milkshake but that would be wrong. It's our milkshake.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Guess who's coming to dinner||
Someone, someone, said the mouse.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Hopefully||
Hopefully they'll bring back the electric eel.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||chess-son||
Il est francais, non? Chais-son!
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Not surprising||
Not surprising, given his health problems, and it's overdue. Iowa's defense, especially up front, is usually its strength and their D in general has been in decline.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Awesome!!!!`||
Thanks for the news!!!!
|2 years 14 weeks ago||whoa, whoa, whoa, stop the clock||
Michigan has not lost 8 of its last 10 bowl games.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Molder of Men||
The Michigan Difference:
You lose a lot of leadership next year -- do you identify some of the younger guys and have the current senior leaders mentor them?
“Well I think when you force it, it doesn’t work. So it kind of has to emerge on its own, but we do second-semester leadership seminars, meetings. Nine of them, I think, eight of them with our seniors-to-be. And then there’s eight with the juniors, and it kind of goes down. We started that process when we got here. The biggest thing is they get to know themselves. Once they start to know themselves, then they get to know the guys in their class, and then it goes from there, if that makes sense.”
Maybe this has gone on before, but I love that he does this.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Don't forget the Pitt v. WVU||
Don't forget the Pitt v. WVU "Backyard Brawl" on Friday night. Oxycodone for everyone!
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Agency||
Not a PA lawyer either but I would explore apparent agency or agency by estoppel theories to get around the fact that Sandusky was no longer an employee. He maintained an office in the facilities and apparently had free reign over them. That, coupled with the prominent position he once held at PSU, may be enough to put the university back on the hook, assuming no sovereign immunity.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||A Few Good Wolverines||
All you did was weaken a football program today, Kaffee.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||re Thunderdome||
anything's possible, especially if your an ass, but to say that you're almost guaranteed a sucker punch is not my experience.
I live in Cedar Rapids and went to Iowa for law school so I've been around the game day atmosphere a bit. What other people have said about Iowa fans being generally genial is true. There are exceptions, everywhere (and the exception is the rule in Columbus and E.L.) but Iowa fans are not in-your-face aggressive, especially not this year when a lot of fans have resigned themselves to going to a very mediocre bowl, at best.
As for parking, I park downtown and walk to the stadium. There's a good garage at the corner of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert, it's an easy walk from there to the Ped Mall (walk up Iowa Ave. and go left on Dubuque Street), where, as noted, there are plenty of bars that will be open for bar-gaiting before the game, e.g., Mickey's and The Sports Column (both on Dubuque between Iowa Ave. and Washington, just north of the Ped Mall), and Brothers, The Union (meh) Donnelly's and others -- all on the Ped Mall itself. It's about a fifteen minute walk from the Ped Mall to the stadium. If you're going to go to the Ped Mall / downtown Iowa City after the game anyway, you're better off having your car there rather than paying to park twice.
The public intox is true but, like the supposed sucker punch, they're usually reserved for people asking for it.
One other tip: if you're going to Iowa City from Cedar Rapids, exit at Penn Street off I-380 and head east on Penn. Just past 965 (traffic light) you'll go right on N. Dubuque Street, which will eventually land you right in downtown Iowa City, missing a lot of traffic. Go left on Iowa Ave. to go to the parking garage ("ramp," at they call it here) on your right or go right, then left on Clinton, and there will be another parking ramp on your right a few blocks down.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Skokie||
There's a lot to be said for staying downtown. If you do decide to stay North of the city, there's a reasonably-priced Holiday Inn in Skokie that's an easy drive from Evanston (the next town over). I stayed there for the NW/Iowa game last year (wife is a Hawkeye and I went there for grad school) and it worked out well.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Got||
Our helmets got wings - glad I won't be hearing that anymore.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Kicker||
We also lost our kicker recruit to Miami. Hopefully Wile will be a good replacement.
|2 years 30 weeks ago||Older brother is 35||
Jay graduated in '98 - apparently the genes are weakening.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Mincing words||
If you want to mince words, you must think GM is striving to be something less than best . . . striving to be good? pretty good?
There's a lot to work on, but stopping the big plays, the gut-wrenching 3rd and long conversions, is Job One, followed by Jobs One a, b, etc.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Nov. 8, 1997||
Nov. 8, 1997 - my first trip to State College. Michigan had lost three years in a row to Penn State and both teams were in the top 5 going into the late-afternoon game. I spent the morning at the Rathskeller, then the afternoon at our tailgate. Somehow Jamie Morris ended up hanging out with us for a while. Best of all, Michigan absolutely destroyed the Nittany Lions that day, 34-8, and we took over the #1 AP rating as a result.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Vocab||
As suggested above, studing vocabulary is a good idea, no matter how well read you are. It's likely there will be some words most people have not seen -- minimizing the points lost on those words is very helpful in maximizing your verbal score. I'll offer the same suggestion that I give to anyone who is taking the GRE: buy Norman Lewis' Word Power Made Easy and spend a lot of time with it. The value is learning the etymology of words, so you have a decent shot at figuring out what a word means if you haven't seen it before. Anyway, it worked for me, well enough for a 97% percentile on the verbal section.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Blackout for TV, not the Radio||
I'm pretty sure the blackout only applies to MLB TV broadcasts, not the radio broadcasts. I have the MLB radio broadcasts on my blackberry and have no trouble listening to games whereas, even in Iowa, I was blocked from watching Tigers games on MLB TV whenever they played in Minneapolis or Chicago (I'm in Iowa). Listening to the games may not be your ideal but baseball is the best radio sport.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Front row seats||
Hopefully you'll have a front row seat for the demise of Cheaty McCheater Vest and the accompanying sanctions. Schadenfreude is your friend.
|3 years 1 week ago||TO||
Lasting impact: whenever a team I'm rooting for calls for a time out late in a close game, I cringe and wonder if they have any remaining time outs to call.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Among others||
Plenty of love for Clapton, "White Room" has been mentioned, I'd add Crossroads and his solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
Knopler - "Brothers in Arms" love the phrasing and attack, the notes float.
Gilmour on "The Fletcher Memorial Home" and "The Final Cut."
|3 years 7 weeks ago||from his adoptive parents||
DJK was orphaned/abandoned, he was adopted and he took their last name. The adoptive parents are apparently nice, upright people; they have to be pretty disappointed with some of his decisions. Hopefully he turns things around soon enough to still get drafted somewhere.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Rodgers and Clayborn||
to name two, and except for the bowl game, they were out of gas in the 4th quarter in the second half of the season.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Not to dicker but||
Gittleson was a D1 level S&C coach -- qualified maybe, but the techniques and philosophies weren't up to date. If you watched the second half of any Iowa game this year, their S&C may be using the Gittleson approach too -- their players looked consistently winded and flat.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Not all||
Not all thermidors are bad.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||WMU||
Brady Hoke was ST coach under Jack Harbaugh at Western Michigan. Sorry, can't remember the source, but definitely read a published report to that effect.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||All you have to know is, I'm out||
of patience with people claiming it's not fair that current players and the media are supporting BH in ways that RR never was. Newsflash: life's not fair. Also done with people demanding that DB be fired, pilloried, etc. because, whah, the search could have been done in November if he was going to hire BH, and, whah, I want to know what was going on with the search every 15 freaking minutes.
I wanted Harbaugh until it was clear he wasn't coming here. It may not be the popular opinion but I think DB did an excellent job on the search and on the results he got.
Thank God I'm posting these thoughts in this thread and won't have to bear the whithering insults of being a slappy, a pollyanna, or, worse, a Pangloss.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Auburn's Recruitment of Newton||
I don't understand something about the NCAA and Cam Newton. Fine, his father managed to keep Cam completely in the dark about shopping his around. Even if that were true, why wasn't Auburn punished for paying Cam's father?
Maybe I'm missing whether that's been established or not but it's a reasonable inference that if other teams were offering to pay, the team he ended up gave some consideration too.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Thanks!!!!||
|3 years 9 weeks ago||and so it goes||
on and on and on. As far as RR is concerned, what he did before he got to Michigan meant nothing to me once he was the coach. The only track record that matters is the last three years. I'm not going to rehash all the reasons he was fired but having abysmal performances in two of the three aspects of the game in the third year was reason enough for me.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||I'd be more troubled||
I'd be more troubled about Brandon and the process if people like me, you and the rest of us really knew what was going on. A coaching seach is not conducted in a public forum -- do we expect DB to create a blog and update it every 15 minutes about what's going on? I expect the potential candidates are treating it the same way - maybe they're being truthful, maybe they're spinning, maybe they're flat out lying about what's going on. As much as we'd like to know what's going on, we won't until it's a done deal.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Penn State||
and it really started in earnest after Penn State. There were some here who expected an announcement from DB the following Monday, it just grew with Wisconsin and Ohio State.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Nothing?||
You really think nothing is happening beause you can't see it? That's right, you're the swamy, I forgot.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Artie Lange||
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Hoke Kitty||
Hoke Kitty on the banner. I look at it and it's so ridiculous I've laughed more than once . . . right before I break down sobbing.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||Luck||
Aside from all the Harbaugh talk, Luck comes off as a pretty classy kid and a hellova quarterback. Good for him on his great night.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||That's it.||
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Maybe it's the system . . .||
Hiring any DC and then having them run a system they're not familiar with has not proved to be a great strategy so far.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||+1||
+1 for joining me in the Michigan to Iowa migration. Agree with your assessment too, most Iowans are not hostile towards Michigan fans.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||rah rah||
|3 years 13 weeks ago||ma ma||
monkey . . .
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Yup.||
The silence is deafening. If nothing else, DB is doing a good job managing the process, whatever that process is.
As a complete aside, it's a little like the best argument (to me) that Oswald acted alone. If there had been as big a conspiracy as some suggest, someone would have talked, eventually. End of ridiculous tangent.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||You may have stumbled on something . . .||
Brickbreaker can be addictive.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Here are the salient facts:||
1) No one here knows DB's state of mind or plan and what he has done or will do to effect that plan.
2) No one here has seen the terms of the alleged JH contract extension, so no one can say what said extension means to the CC situation.
3) Michigan has a bowl game in 26 days - Go Blue!
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Great summary||
and memories. It was also my junior year. That pass to Kolesar seemed to hang in the air forever, at least in my memory. A friend of mine and I roadtripped out to the Fiesta Bowl. It was truly bleak at half-time. Loved the safety they scored in the second half.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Revenge||
Revenge for the horrible 1/1/02 Citrus Bowl -- Casey Clausen (older brother to Jimmy) was the Vols' QB. That game sucked big time.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||+1||
+1 for "Up to Me."
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Your "most likely" explanation||
My guess is you have it right about the most likely situation. JH's hire is lined up but with Stanford in the BCS title hunt, or at least on track to have a 12-1 season, Harbaugh won't make the move until that's over. Under the circumstances, that's all DB can do if he's decided that he wants JH here. 2007 was a wake-up call that no matter how great the Michigan HC job is, getting the No. 1 choice here is not as easy as many of us thought it would be, so compromises have to be made -- and that's what we're seeing right now. If all that is not the case, I agree that the situation is not being handled well.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||If||
If that were the case, I'd like to think that we wouldn't be debating the issue right now anyway, DB would have already endorsed RR. To me, the only reason DB hasn't endorsed RR is because the decision has already been made and JH is in place -- after the bowl game, which was a condition JH insisted on. All my hypothesis but there's no way DB is waiting for the bowl game to make a decision, it's all a done deal. Evidence? Just the circumstances and my hunch, for what that's worth.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Ha!||
Holy Shit that's funny.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||But the Halo||
But the Halo was awesome, complete with musical notes for "The Victors."
Oh no, wait, it was a hideous idea.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Separate Divisions||
but Michigan/Ohio State still playing the last weekend of the year, which was not a foregone conclusion.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Take the hire out of the vacuum||
DB wasn't just the CEO of Domino's, his experience as a former player under Bo and as a regent means he's intimately aware of the traditions and expectations that many of us share. To me, his hiring was a home run, because I couldn't imagine someone better suited for the job. That's why I trust him and will live with whatever he decides.
As for waiting after the bowl game, waiting may indeed foreshadow bad things for RR. If he is going to make a move it would obviously be better to get Harbaugh (safe assumption he's the target) here sooner rather than later, but the wait may be dictated by JH, so DB's hands may be tied as far as when he can make the move. I'm sure the $1.5mm isn't a small part of the equation either.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||I had a dream last night that||
I had a dream last night that Michigan beat Ohio State today in overtime. So much for that.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Offense||
Can we also fix the offense while we're fixing the defense? Yards mean nothing -- it's executing, i.e., scoring points, when it matters.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Norm Parker||
Iowa has essentially had an interim DC for most of the season with Parker out for a diabetes-related amputation. No doubt Iowa underperformed this year but not having Parker definitely hurt them. I have to believe they'll be looking for a new DC next year.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Exactly||
Rodriquez did what he had to do, I'm glad he did but he was meeting expectations, not exceeding them with the move.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||another||
|3 years 15 weeks ago||three years ago||
I wanted Ferentz, it's a moot point now - he's not leaving Iowa. It will be interesting to see who he gets for a DC - Norm Parker has to be out. If RR stays, we may be competing against Iowa for a DC hire.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Legitimate concern||
but I trust Brandon to orchestrate it much more than I would have trusted Martin.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||This||
is exactly how I feel. Make no move (for the head coach - DC and staff have to change regardless) unless Harbaugh is a certainty.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||"I have the best job in the world"||
feel the burn, Iowa.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Minnesota||
and here I was thinking you were talking about Ricky Foggy, when Minnesota spoiled an undefeated regular season in 1986.
Worst lost experienced in person: 1990 against Michigan State, I can still see the Sparty defensive back grabbing Desmond's leg and tripping him on the 2 point conversion, happened right in front of me.
Best: '97 at Penn State. Coming off a three year losing streak to Penn State, and beating them soundly 38-6. If I recall correctly, it was after that game that Michigan took over the #1 spot in the A.P. poll.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Take away the wheel route||
Take away the back coming out uncovered on at least two scores -- a glaring error -- and I'd say the defense improved in this game. Those were potential dagger in the heart gashes, to leave the back so wide open twice (and the tight end once, essentially the same play) but hopefully that will be a lesson learned going forward. Go Blue.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||choo choo||
Quite the turnaround from a week ago.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Wouldn't even have to go that far||
It's not necessarily a matter of Kelly ignoring instructions; it wouldn't be that hard to establish that Kelly, as the head football coach, is ultimately responsibile for the conduct of the practice, thus a duty, and a duty breached by failing to act reasonably under the circumstances.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Charges||
I wouldn't be surprised if an ambitious prosecutor is also looking into this. I haven't looked up the Indiana statutes and I'm not going to but a criminally-negligent manslaughter charge wouldn't be that much of a reach.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Martin||
I blame Martin -- where's my pitchfork?
There are many reasons the transition has been less than ideal. One of them, however, has to laid at the feet of our former AD. Based on some accounts, including RR's interview with Album (one of the few freep pieces I've read in the past year), it appears little was done after the RR hire to bring him up to speed on Michigan's culture, traditions, etc., which inevitably caused some of the bumps along the way. I'm not saying that all our tales of woe in the past three years can be traced back to Martin, but given what a high profile hire it was, you'd think the department would have done everything and more to make sure the transition went smoothly. I know, coulda shoulda woulda.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||and||
ruling Troy Smith ineligible for payments received.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Until we move on to the Hire stage . . .||
Assuming this is the watershed year for RR and assuming, for the sake of argument, things go south in a sufficiently dramatic way to mark the end of RR's time here, there will be peace until the hiring phase begins. I dwelled more on rivals than I did here in '07 and that was not a fun process if you like M fan harmony. (fwiw, I wanted to make a play for Ferentz, who was habitually shot down by the Pro-Miles, Pro whoever else factions).
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Parking, etc.||
I've been to Penn State six times for games (Michigan: '97, '99, '01, '06, and going this year; Iowa: '07, '09). For the past three years, we've parked/tailgated at a PSU lot just west of the intersection of E. Park Avenue and Orchard Road (just north of the stadium, Bing or Google it). It's a big grassy lot, perfect for tailgating, and easy enough walk into town to spend some pre-game time at the Rathskeller (108 S. Pugh Street in S.C. http://site.theskeller.com/). The E. Park Ave./Orchard lot is good if you're coming in to State College from the north. That's where we'll be.
As for kegs - haven't seen them for years at the general tailgates, not sure about the RVs. Firepit/Charcoal - it's done but officially against the rules, we bring a propane grill.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Ferentz||
upholds the trend: 2-5 after the bye week since he's been at Iowa.
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Michael Taylor||
Loved the trick play compendium but sad that one of my favorites didn't make it. '88 against Miami (#1 at the time), Taylor looks like he hands the ball off and hides it behind his back, backing up. It seemed like forever before he pulled it out and tossed a TD (I think -- going from memory since I've never seen a replay since the game).
|3 years 21 weeks ago||Gaylord||
Flap Jack Shack, Jack.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||A glimmer of optimism for this week - one game at a time||
Ferentz's record at Iowa after a bye week (2-5) would indicate that last week's bye week isn't necessarily an advantage (copied from the Iowa board):
|3 years 22 weeks ago||Russell Shaw||
Agreed that M doesn't go the JuCo route very often, but Russell Shaw ('96-'97) went to el Camino Community College before enrolling at Michigan. I don't recall the circumstances of how he transferred in but I remember thinking it was unusual to have a JuCo player at the time.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||In my book . . .||
You win for non-CFB, especially for '68. Lolich was my favorite player as a kid -- three wins in that World Series.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||CFB/Any sport||
Best non-Michigan football game: last year's Iowa/Penn State game in State College. I went to Michigan undergrad and Iowa for graduate school (and live in Iowa). The game itself was okay but was well punctuated by Claiborne's blocked punt/touchdown.
Non-CFB: Game 3 (the clincher, back then) of the Royals/Tigers ALCS -- the crowd chanting afterwards "Bring on the Cubs," who were up 2-0 on the Padres at the time. Never made it to the World Series but drove downtown from Ann Arbor for the celebration after Game 5 (and didn't turn over any cars).
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Ask me tomorrow||
They have a tough game tomorrow night playing at Arizona - that will say a lot about where they are. My impression so far is that Stanzi is improved. Last year, he was Rick-6, giving away a bad interception early in too many games, including against Michigan. He seems more patient this year, but they've only played Eastern Illinois and a very meh Iowa State team (who beat Minn in a bowl game last year). Their D line is going to be one of the biggest tests our O line will face this year.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Move Cambell to Dive, Hopkins to Pitch||
= roving, demolishing Beef Machine.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Tiebreaker||
Tied for 15th with Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich? Hopefully they show up on the 2014 schedule - we will stomp the prancing pragmatists (I only assume that's their mascot).
|3 years 26 weeks ago||This.||
This. The thought of a Michigan fan doing anything but cheering on a Michigan player makes me want to puke.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||Don't think it was always that way.||
I went to Happy Valley for the Michigan games in '97, '99, '01 and '06 (and going back this year). In '97, we were coming off three straight losses to them and their fans were genial, respectful, because they expected to win. Each trip after that, their fans have been increasingly hostile, to the point of aggressively trying to pick fights after the game. That time period also saw the rise of the tin-foil-hat internetz crooked ref conspiracy theorists (BeastofdaEast anyone?), which hasn't helped, nor did their slide into relative mediocrity. I've also been there twice for Iowa games and Iowa fans don't get nearly the reception that Michigan fans get.
Illinois fans have to be a little bitter about time they were forced to spend in Champaign-Urbana. C-U and West Lafayette tie for the most dismal "college towns" and campuses in the Big Ten.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||1/1/86||
Just turned 21 and road tripped from Ann Arbor, 40 hours straight..
|3 years 27 weeks ago||As I like to say to my Hawkeye wife . . .||
Michigan is the flag ship of the Big 10.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||1995||
Timmy B's 313 yd game was after Thanksgiving in 1995. I don't remember many empty seats. It's Ohio State, putting people in the seats won't be a problem.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Not too hostile||
Been to ND three times ('88, '02, and '08 for a 0-3 record). In general, I wouldn't worry too much about opposing fans, I've never experienced much more than a few comments tossed my way. There are plenty of private lots within walking distance that are good for tailgating.
Hopefully your record there will be better than mine. Go Blue!
|3 years 31 weeks ago||and brutally hot. I thought||
and brutally hot. I thought I was getting a sunburn through my shirt but it turned out to be a mild case of shingles -- at the ripe age of 39. I blame the refs for that too, or the Domers, whichever.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Somewhere . . .||
Billy Martin has just been fired, again.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||What is this "Freep?"||
Freep? No, it's not coming to me. I remember a newspaper called The Detroit Free Press, but it's dead to me now, a nonentity. As it should be to each and every fan of the University of Michigan football team.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Multiple posts or not||
I am lessened by the death of any wolverine.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Tarpley/Grant/Rice/Vaught||
They spanned my time in Ann Arbor, and shortly afterward. Good time to be in school.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Tate's Run||
The game winner v. ND is a great choice but my favorite moment from that game, and the season, was Tate's run straight up the middle v. ND -- I was was just shocked to see a Michigan quarterback pull that off.
|4 years 18 weeks ago||was at that game too.||
My only trip to W. Lafayette.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||Cottage Inn Pizza||
on Williams. Be prepared for a wait, depending on when you get there, but it definitely fits your criteria as unique to Ann Arbor (Cottage Inn is now franchised, but Williams is the original location) and not Asian food.
Enjoy the trip.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||warning: uneducated opinion||
I'll risk it and suggest that the key to having DRob lining up in the backfield with Tate is *not* throwing to DRob. The first time a defense sees him in the backfield or in the slot, isn't it possible they'll think something is up? Line him up and then throw a bubble screen to the side of the field opposite DRob. Do it again, or something else, then throw to DRob.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||Fieldhouse||
There is no Fieldhouse bar anymore, it's now 3rd Base. Haven't been there, but it looks pretty much the same from the outside.
Haven't been to the Bluebird Diner yet (am in CR) but the Hamburg Diner on Linn Street is a classic for breakfast. Get the Iowa omelette.
|4 years 22 weeks ago||More on bars||
Agree with most that has been written about downtown IC. The main bar area is a rectangle that runs from Iowa Avenue to the North (Joe's, Atlas), Clinton Avenue to the West (Airliner, One-Eyed Jakes (avoid), College Street/the Ped Mall to the South (Vito's, Union, 3rd Base (formerly the Field House) (all very college-age), Brothers, Martini's (slightly older crowd, tries to be upscale but good eye candy) and Dubuque Street to the East (Mickey's, Dublin Undeground, the Deadwood and the Sports Column). To watch the early games, I'd go with Brothers, Mickey's, Joe's, or the Airliner.
For tailgating, especially coming in from out of town, there are a couple of lots along Greenwood Drive (from Coralville, go South on Mormon Trek, East on Benton, left on Greenwood, lots on right about a half mile) and some lots on Benton. Both of those are a 15 minute walk to the stadium, follow the crowds.
The game will be won by whichever team has a better day in the air. Forcier will have to work the ball outside or Sash will pick him off. Agree with the comment that if it's close, Michigan has a good chance since Ferentz will turn conservative, hopefully just like '05's OT win.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Mallet Finger - get used to it.||
Playing 3rd base in '85, I took a bad hop ground ball right into the top of the first finger on my right hand. I wore the splint and the finger looks exactly like the picture 24 years later. Enjoy.