|1 day 11 hours ago||Technique||
Now all Pitt's opposing coaches will have to teach their players to guard against the helmet twist. Good riddance, pally. Don't let the screen door hit you where the good Lord split you.
|1 day 13 hours ago||PItchman||
I can't look at a photo of Billy May without a snort of derision.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Transition||
We talk about the transition from FOOTBAW to FOOTBAUGH.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Simpler is better||
I would hope that we would avoid the clown suit jerseys that so many other programs are using. I mean, did you see those things Western was wearing (and on that godawful blue field, no less)? And if it's JH, I predict the helmet stickers will return.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Time management||
I'm grateful there's another event happening in the world this week to take my mind off this coaching search. Well okay, not COMPLETELY off. I just hope my family doesn't notice me checking my iPhone more often than usual.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Speculation||
There is speculation from the Bay that JH will go to Oakland.
There is speculation from our side that he will come here.
There is very little actual hard information in either direction. I'm not even sure Harbaugh has decided yet. All the speculation is fun, and somewhat maddening, but most of it is weightless.
|1 week 13 hours ago||A fitting observance||
This news calls for a rousing fireworks display!
|1 week 14 hours ago||A winning formula||
Hackett's doing what he did at Steelcase: cleaning house. He turned that company around and he may be doing the same thing here. He's not behaving like an interim, and that's good.
|1 week 5 days ago||First and best||
That first item is an answer to prayer. Great news and come back soon, Ace.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tidbit about Todd Graham||
Just saw this interesting paragraph from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on Chryst's departure:
"Chryst, 49, is in his third season as head coach at Pittsburgh. His overall record is 19-19 but he inherited a mess from former coach Todd Graham and instituted a new offensive system."
|1 week 5 days ago||Regarding a name on our B list||
Just saw this interesting paragraph from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on Chryst's departure:
"Chryst, 49, is in his third season as head coach at Pittsburgh. His overall record is 19-19 but he inherited a mess from former coach Todd Graham and instituted a new offensive system."
|1 week 5 days ago||The next domino||
Now we need Pitt to hire Schiano and get him off the board.
|1 week 6 days ago||Beautiful photo||
These guys were the very first college team I watched regularly on TV. I was so smitten with Cazzie that I'd run down the floor during a game with my thumbs up, just like he did. And there the resemblance ended.
|1 week 6 days ago||Boomerang||
THOSE WHO COME HOME WILL BE CHAMPIONS!
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||At Bay||
if the Raiders move to LA (or San Antonio or Poughkeepsie) and Sarah insists on staying in the Bay area, what's left? Cal? San Jose State? These decisions are tough on couples and families, no matter what the profession or the pay. Been there, done that. My unsolicited advice: consent to a move back to Michigan, hubby wins two national titles and pockets a few million more, the kids get to spend more QT with the grandfolks. And then move back to the Bay. Go for the win-win.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Proximity||
As someone who's been a working journalist for 33 years, most of the old rules about sources still apply, even in the digital age.
--Whoever is closest is usually the most reliable. In the case of Harbaugh, the best two sources are the coach and Hackett. And then the working beat reporters for the 49ers. Notice I said "reporters," not "columnists." Who is more trustworthy, Wojo or Sharp?
--Does the rumor or tidbit sound plausible? Read all of this stuff with your BS detector set on "stun." Others have warned about clickbait, and that's bang-on. The journalists who are working today are being driven by their bosses to provide this kind of thing, and it's more important than truth, follow-through, fairness or many other attributes. If your analytics don't look good, you're gone.
--In the blogosphere, where you still go with proximity and plausibility. Then factor in track record, and here's where Brian goes to the head of the class with this old ink-stained wretch. He's well-sourced, fair and careful about what he posts; therefore, what he says carries additional weight.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The Bay view||
I checked websites of the SF and Oakland papers/media companies and they all say "JH to Oakland." Michigan gets nary a mention. They perceive the pregme tete-a-tete between JH and Davis as a sign of things to come, and I'm afraid they're right.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A multiplicity of approaches||
Upvotes, good vibes and any other methods on Ace's behalf are encouraged. Me, I'm of the praying persuasion, and that's what I'm going to do. Meanwhile, I can only wonder what the sight of Jim Harbaugh at a press conference in Schembechler Hall might do for Ace's health. I daresay it would be more restorative than a trip to Lourdes. May it be so!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Weirdness in perspective||
"When the going gets tough, the weird turn pro." -- Hunter S. Thompson
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What about the old ball coach?||
Amos Alonzo Stagg, that is.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As long as we're wildly speculating ...||
How about a guy who's "only" 59, is from Michigan, is squeaky clean, can wow any recruit imaginable and has won the biggest football prize of them all.
Yes, I mean Tony Dungy.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The deciding factor||
If Sarah doesn't want to move to Ann Arbor, then it's game, set and match. Because if Mama ain't happy ....
Planes soon to be dispatched to Baton Rouge and Starkville.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Farewell||
Good luck and all respect to Coach Hoke. May he -- and we -- find better fortunes down the road. And I think we both will.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Ye gods, Simonson||
And "Huge" is still on WTKA speculating that Hoke may still be retained. Now he's just quoting Sam Webb. Way to be first!
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Scoop?||
This may have more to do with ice cream than journalism.
Nevertheless, putting all your eggs in the Harbaugh basket is likely to lead to inevitable disappointment (although I'm hoping for shocked surprise).
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wishes and expectations||
1. John Harbaugh
2. Jim Harbaugh
Expectations (or expectorations):
3. Dave Doeren or Todd Graham (tie)
Brian, better beef up the server. It's fixin' to melt.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Glimmer Twins||
"No Expectations" by the Stones.
Take me to the station
And put me on a train
I've got no expectations
To pass through here again.
And since this song comes from the "Beggars Banquet" album, it's perfect for the Bust.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Timing||
I've hired (and fired) enough to know that you need to be deliberate in recruiting and acquiring a replacement until you know you can improve on what you have (i.e., what Brandon didn't do when he fired RichRod). I see this lasting until late December. I also have a funny feeling that the Hatter is coming here because he thinks that LSU would be in good hands with someone even nuttier than he is (his former DC, who now needs a gig). Weird? Yep. But is this any weirder than what we've gone through in the last two coaching changes?
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||See? Pointing fingers is easy!||
Wagner: Free Press should have acted sooner on the decline of print journalism.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||A view from Kalamazoo||
I don't care for the "row the boat" shtick, which he takes to absurd extremes. But the guy can coach and he can really recruit. Very sincere, very passionate and makes a great impression on kids. There was plenty of grumbling around here last year, and it has all stopped, largely because he wasn't afraid to pull some weeds and change the mentality. I don't think he's ready for the Michigans of the world quite yet, but if the new AD gives him the chance to interview, he'd give them something to think about.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||As Hawk Harrelson would say ...||
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Chatter||
There's lots of chatter around my house today, too. I've been raking leaves out in the chill and my teeth are clattering like castanets.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Another brick in the wall||
By itself, this doesn't rise to the level of not winning football games and the concussion inciddent. It does, however, add one more item to the growing laundry list of problems with Brandon and contributes to the momentum toward his dismissal.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||It's this simple||
DB: If you can't stand the heat, get out of The Big House.Take your fireworks, mascots and uniformz with you.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Diversions||
It's been fun taking short breaks in the middle of my work day to visit the site and see what names follow the "CC." Thought I'd seen it all until this thread. Yep, let's go get a dingbat with a foot fetish. Soon I expect to see:
CC: Gerry Faust (we need a coach with enthusiasm!)
CC: Les Steckel (we need a coach with discipline!)
CC: Bobby Ross (we need a coach who talks funny!)
I understand we're sinkin' low, but how desparate can one fanbase get?
Keep 'em coming!
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||Three words||
SOOKIE SOOKIE NOW!
And an addendum: If there ever was a time to have a non-game related appearance of Muppets, the sacking of Brandon (and his fireworks, his mascots and his tomato-sauce encrusted "marketing" schemes) would be it.
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Academic reform||
The first major announcement by President Sweatervest: A new four-year major program in Tattoo Arts. Suggested minor: Sports Trophy Marketing.
|34 weeks 11 hours ago||Delayed gratification||
C'mon now, Jameis! All you needed to do was wait a little while longer and you could have bought the whole damn crab.
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Applause||
This piece is a well-deserved tribute to a winner, on and off the court. I can only hope that the applause he gets from the Crisler fans at the final home game will be long and loud. Actually, he deserves "thunderous" applause.
|45 weeks 10 hours ago||New nickname||
Perhaps we should now refer to Spurrier as "The Old Bawl Coach."
|48 weeks 1 day ago||Terry Pratchett on half-full/empty glasses||
"There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty. The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!"
|48 weeks 6 days ago||Don't do it, Lewand!||
Get the tattoo, that is. An Ohio State tat could very well be the mark of the beast, and you'll be hounded by Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey and others who may peg you as the Antichrist.
|49 weeks 1 day ago||Fractions||
Why worry about the prospect that half the fan base will be pissed off? It already IS pissed off. Or in my case, apathetic. Another coaching change. BFD. Bring on spring training.
|49 weeks 5 days ago||Historical equivalent||
Saban and Kiffin together is the football equivlent of the non-aggression pact between HItler and Stalin ... and it will last just about as long.
|50 weeks 13 hours ago||Misnomer||
With album titles like those, the band may as well change its name to Sex Panther.
|50 weeks 3 days ago||If.....||
the Browns are dumb enough to hire The Vest, then this thread suddenly gains a lot of relevance.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||Priorities||
My two rooting priorities are:
1. State of Michigan schools over non-state of Michigan schools.
2. Conference schools over non-conference schools.
Regarding #1, go Sparty on Saturday.
Regarding #2, there are times when a rule must be broken. I did root for the Nuts in the national title game against Miami under the mistaken assumption that only one group of criminals was taking the field. If OSU makes it to the title game this year, I won't get fooled again. To hell with those bird-flipping, mouth-breathing, florid-faced, gap-toothed morons. I would even root for the South Bend Pullets before I would Ohio.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Tears in hell||
"Gentlemen: The school from Ohio will be bringing fans of a certain bottom-dwelling type to our House. They will include fathers and sons wearing matching sets of buckeye nut necklaces. It is our job to defeat their team and make these goobers cry piterously. . . .pisseously. . . .pattyeously. . . .oh, never mind. MAKE 'EM CRY LIKE HELL!"
|1 year 4 weeks ago||The right word||
Hoke could have used more acidic language than "fickle" (see the Bo Pelini rant against Husker fans). But he still misses the mark. The more accurate word would have been "demanding."
For me, who has been in Hoke's corner, the jury is now out as the team is likely to slip below the 8-4 I had predicted. I hate the bugger, but Dantonio improves the teams he coaches. So did Carr, for the most part (remember how people howled about him?). We are seeing the opposite here and that's on the coaches. Deterioration is not what I want to see as a fan. If that makes me fickle, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.
|1 year 4 weeks ago||All I know is. .||
. . .that one more game like the Nebraska game would have caused me to do a four-day creep. Thanks for the Humble Pie meme. Steve Marriott, music's version of Vincent Smith (tiny but tough), would be proud.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||Wrestling flashback||
What Mr. Hand did was not technically a body-slam. It was a suplex (or as Gordon Solie pronounced it, a "soo-play.") But whatever you call it, the hit was a real slobberknocker (to use another wrestling phrase courtesy of Dusty Rhodes).
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Biting humor||
Guy walks into the bar, sits down and after a while bets the bartender $10 that he can bite his own eye. The bartendder accepts the bet, whereupon the guy takes a set of false teeth out of his mouth and clamps them on his left eye.
The bartender grumbles and hands over the $10. The guy says, "That really wasn't fair. I'll bet you $20 I can bite my other eye." The bartender thinks this is a sure bet and accepts. The guy then takes out his right eye, a glass eye, and bites it. Now the bartender is furious and slaps a $20 on the bar.
"Now I really feel bad," says the guy. "Tell you what. I'll give you a chance to win $50. I'll bet you that if you slide a shot glass down the bar past me, I can piss into it without a single drop going outside the glass."
The bartender thought and said, "Okay pal, you're on!"
He went to the end of the bar, slid the shot glass and the guy totally missed, leaving the bar dripping.
"Well, I guess you finally lost!" said the bartender in triumph.
"That depends on how you look at it," said the guy. "See that table full of guys over in the corner? I bet them $100 that I would piss all over you bar."
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Hit parade||
Tennessee, UCLA and Kansas.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Out of position||
Start him at LB. My memories of getting too near a sow with piglets remind me that his species has incredible closing speed.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||It's 1969 okay||
I pick Don Moorhead, because he's a homeboy (from South Haven) and because he was QB in my favorite game in Michigan history, the gigantic upset in 1969 over Ohio.
Then Rick Leach, the guts and glue of the Maize and Blue.
Then Denard, for "guts and glue" brought forward into the 21st century.
|1 year 33 weeks ago||Inferiority complex||
Yes, they have a little brother complex, but you would too if you had an entire classification of jokes aimed at you. I'm referring to the "Aggie joke" humor subgenre, which I didn't know about until living in Texas. Example: What's the best thing to ever come out of College Station? Highway 6. Did you hear about the Aggie whose dog kept getting hurt while chasing parked cars? The Sparties have no idea how bad it could really get.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||Confusion||
The Cubs have been confused since 1908.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||No connection||
This son of the ould sod (Shaw and Callahan) reminds you that the Irish saved civilization long before Sparty started destroying furniture.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Wardrobe malfunction||
Whoever is coming up with these designs must hate athletes and wishes to denigrate them by making them play wearing pajamas. At this rate, the sneaks will look like those bunny slippers Ralphie was forced to wear in "A Christmas Story."
|1 year 42 weeks ago||The Godfather of Soul||
The event: Losing to Ohio State
The catharsis: "The Big Payback" by James Brown. JB is great blowing-off-steam music, great house cleaning music. . . .just great in general. And "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" gets heavy rotation after any episode of Urbanspeak, Geespeak and Smithspeak.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Escalation||
Bop-era jazz (Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk) until my deadlines are met.
In the afternoon, I'll be in the mood for some old-fashioned Detroit high energy: MC5, Wayne Kramer, The Racketeers, Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Kick out the jams and let it snow.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||This is. . .||
Ohio hooey. And that's the foulest, smelliest kind.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||A modest proposal||
Marcus Ray should have a five-minute conversation with the kid. That should take care of it. Now let's light up and just move along.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Title tracking||
At first, the title suggested a humorous OT, but now I understand the lacross angle.
And yet, if you really want to discuss B1G expansion, how about competition between hospitals? We could stage individual events in operating rooms witih spectators — but no cheering or Junior Mints allowed. Recruiting "hello" posts on this blog could include "fake incision times."
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Progeny||
The behavior of Titus Young Sr. imperils the future of Titus Young Jr. Those tender father-son teaching times will no doubt include such nuggets as "Don't be disrespected," "Learn how to handle your bidness" and other phrases intended to excuse sociopathy. A pox on him. Trade him to the Raiders.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||The next level||
Wherever he plays, Denard will be a work in progress. But I think the best solution would be to develop him as quickly as possible as a kick returner while he matures into a WR. He could be the new Devin Hester, now that the present one seems relatively uninterested in going on.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||And in another change. . .||
. . .the sign going into the tunnel next season will now say "Play Like An Imaginary Girlfriend Today."
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Similarities||
The big question for me now is how long did the ND administration, athletic and otherwise, know about this canard? The confluence of forces here suggest that we have something like the Penn State scandal with regard to the higher-ups. Not as large or harmful as the PSU scandal for sure, but of the same species (lying and coveringup for something deemed too big to criticize or discipline).
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Overheard||
"I don't get what the big deal is about." -- George O'Leary
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Another brick||
This goes along with the reports that USC snubbed the social function that was supposed to involve both teams. Lundquist and Danielson were kvetching about that during the game. How long can this clown keep his job in the face of the mounting evidence? And does the president of USC wear a bow tie?
|1 year 49 weeks ago||A clean image||
The question of whether this is the right move to "clean his image" is irrelevant to those of us who never bought into the image in the first place. Our ability to detect bullshit is what needs serious repair. You can't go wrong invoking The Principle of the Path, which says that direction, not intention, determines destination. "I'm a good guy because I fight cancer" is the exception; his deceptive behavior has been the rule.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Give the kicker some||
Brendan Gibbons with a bevy of brunettes.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||A twist||
Well, this adds an interesting angle to my observation last week that Lesticles is a cross between Bo and John L. Smith. Maybe Arky's AD said, "Hey, we want another guy who's stranger than nine kinds of hell, but this time we want one who wins."
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Hybrid vigor||
Les Miles is what you get when you combine Bo with John L. Smith.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Spillover||
As a Volunteer sympathizer, the only comfort in this comes from knowing that dirty dog Kiffin is in trouble himself at USC. He's the one that set this whole chain of affairs in motion.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||52-17||
The Biting Illini 17
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Unchanged||
At 8-4. And in the expectation that we get Sparty this year.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Meteorology||
Don't let it rain like it did during RichRod's first trip down there. Not with a freshman fielding kicks. If it's a muddy slogfest, I think Denard and an up-to-speed Fitz figure out a way to win, with the defense doing just enough. UM 24, ND 19
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Oregon 2007||
Yes, you can make a case that part of this was a hangover from The Horror, but still, I can't remember a more thorough dismantling. I wonder if this was the game that made Lloyd decide to quit, even more than App State.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Integrity||
Integrity, thy name is Hoke. And that clattering sound you heard was the sound of a bunch of people wearing red and green (plus a few "journalists") who had to drop the stones they were so eager to throw.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||The blade||
It's line play, especially when they have the ball. I can envision those big nasty fellas and Lacy putting the blade down until we prove we can stop them.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||The opinions of others||
It's all about the future of the kid and the integrity of the program, and I trust Hoke to do the right thing on both accounts. I also trust him to make that decision regardless of the opnions of Sparties, Bucknuts, Freepers and others who would find something to complain about if FItz gets suspended for six games. The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Hall and Oates||
Hall and Oates are okay, coach. Just remember the Rule of Groban and keep 'em away from the Football Bust.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Rodentia||
A guy I was in grad school with was a rabid OSU fan and at every opportunity would bleat out the epithet "Rodents" at the Wolverines. One day he even interrupted a lecture by a professor, who was a Penn State partisan, to gloat over a Bucknuts victory over PSU. He was noxious at every turn. What makes the story worse is the nature of the "grad school" we were in: a seminary. Thankfully, this guy washed out. If he ever got a church, the congregation wouild be running the other way faster than Denard.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Rebuttal||
The best way to answer bad speech is with better speech. The best way to answer this t-shirt is with another one, an MGoShirt, that says "WORST STATE EVER."
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Spooky by association||
Loyalty programs remind me of loyalty oaths, which are creepy. That may be next: place your left hand on a copy of "Bo's Lasting Lessons," raise your right hand and swear fealty to Brandon in the name of Canham. All traitors and pinkos (paler shades of scarlet, that is) wil be banished to a yacht ride with Bill Martin.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Zero||
I never drank the Lance kool-aid. He cheated on his wife, who deserved much better. He wasn't on the up-and-up with Sheryl Crow, either. Cheat on wife, cheat on girlfriend, cheat on bicycle races. He may be able to run for president someday with that report card, but he's never been a hero to me.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Careful who you charge||
That's in the same category as Robin Ventura charging Nolan Ryan. Only the helmet saved Galette from a few noogie-punches.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Diversion||
I don't mind the thread. It gives me something to think about politically other than the nitwittery of Todd Akin.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||About damn time||
Any comments from Booger, or Hooter, or whatever that guy's name was who kept pratting on about the sanctity of his "toonament"?
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Choices||
The thread post made me think the subject was either Bo's "the team" speech or Kate Upton doing the "Cat Daddy."
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Modifiers||
The mention of someone "connected with Penn State" narrows the list of suspects to a million of so people. But the modifier "very rich and prominent" brings us to a handful of people. I can only wonder if the authorities have been holding back on something even worse, but are now ready to fire the ICBMs in light of the appeal from the Paterno family and the defiance from some of the trustees. If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Be even bolder. . .||
. . .and put the Nittany Lion "cat" logo on the helmets.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Discworld||
How can you go wrong with a series set on a flat world balanced on the back of four elephants standing on a turtle? Or where Death (yes, THAT Death with robe and scythe) rides a horse called Binky and has a granddaughter named Susan?
|2 years 21 weeks ago||New heights||
This is the best "Blockhams" yet, combining wisdom and humor in a winsome fashion. And oh man, that last panel. . .
|2 years 22 weeks ago||A ray of light||
Reading the threads on Black Shoe Diaries is a mostly depressing experience, as their fans react with denial, shock and anger. And then I saw a comment that made me crack up laughing: the observation that the Nittany Lions should still be able to defeat Ohio U. in the first game and thereby break the school's 108-game losing streak.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Did I hear that right?||
Emmert said PSU was expected to establish the position of "chief compliance officer." That jumped out at me. You mean they didn't have one already? If true, that says plenty about the Penn State culture and makes me wonder what else is there that is unrelated to the Sandusky case.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Job opening||
And just who will they hire to conduct this review? Johnnie Cochran isn't available. Perhaps a retired monsignor or a disgraced televangelist will do.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Interesting||
. . .that Coach Perles couldn't provide some actual game analysis. Perhaps he was out of his comfort zone.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Colorless||
Who is the color commentator on that Memphis video? George soembody? The guy contributes absolutely nothing to the broadcast other than sounding a little bit like Bob Ufer.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||New version of an old joke||
May be time to repurpose that old Packer joke from the 80s:
Why did the state of Michigan build a new minimum security prison in Allen Park?
So the Lions could walk to work.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||From the 70s||
"Huckleby," and you can all it "Huck."
|2 years 27 weeks ago||In the Pete Puma category. . .||
It's very hard for me to watch the Holyfield-Rahman fight, where Rahman developed a whupknot on his forehead the size of a grapefruit..
|2 years 27 weeks ago||The new normal||
A "journalist" interrupts the president's statement on immigration.
A Romney rally is interrupted by chanting protetors, disrespectful of the candidate's right to speak and the listners' right to hear.
And now this eejit at the U.S. Open.
Rude is the new normal. The galoots are loose and they are winning.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Wheeling and dealing||
1. Quentin for Young is a wash, with Quentin only providing a slight uptick defensively due to his stronger arm. HIs other addition would be intangibles, but right now I'd tke a jagbag like Richie Allen (remember him?) if he can bring a big bat.
2. As a fan of both teams, I can't see the Cubs unloading Garza. Dempster is another story. Soriano to the Tigers doesn't work, either, because of his massive contract and his defensive liabilities. Where on earth would Detroit put another DH?
3. Raburn was called up to be showcased and moved for a song to clear a roster spot and accommodate an additional trade.
4. I like Jackson and Berry at the top of the order as a "daily double" of guys who can get on base. Move Boesch to fifth, especialliy now that he's hot. Then DY is a DH and too bad if he doesn't like it.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Thumbs up||
A very big deal indeed. In this media age where armies of people (formerly known as journalists) hunt breathlesly for every "gaffe" to display and increase traffic, it's nice to see a story of a selfless act for a change. Cheers to Ms. Vogel, and may her tribe increase.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Preference||
I'd rather watch Serena.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Cats and birds||
If I tried to put item #9 on my cat, Bella, I would have bloody stumps where my hands were. Never push your luck with an orange tabby.
But I confess. . . .kinda dig the maize and blue flamingos. Paint the winged helmet design on the blue one and you have a value-added product.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Intriguing reaction. . .||
, , ,from John Radcliff at Smoking Musket. His words of regreat are cautionary to anyone to those who criticize public figures on the record. He is now eating his harsh words about Stewart, and they don't taste good at all.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Being Oregon||
When did we decide it was a great idea to be like Oregon with uniforms? At this rate, look for maize away jerseys, reversing the color scheme on the helmets, and wearing bulbous red noses.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Do the work, son||
Not sure turning pro and getting paid is the smartest thing for a young man who seems otherwise adrift. It might work if he stays in one place for long enough and has good people near him. And he must do the work, both on and off the field. Otherwise, the only thing left is arena ball.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Another Ohio coach||
The Bo and Woody photo is great and certainly would find a place in my home. Other than that,, there's only one Ohio coach I would likewise honor: who else but John Cooper, best Buckeye coach ever.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Try this one||
Sonny Bryan's. Brisket to die for.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Lasting pleasure||
It took me five minutes to read this episode. Not because I'm an MSU grad, but because of the burning couches in the first panel. Couldn't stop laughing. The scowling Dantonio on the third panel was worth another long laugh. Hail!
|2 years 33 weeks ago||At the end of the day||
I predict that, when all is said and done, Urban Meyer will be called "Tressel Without the Vest." All the pieces are in place for a repeat of scandal and shame because that school in Ohio still operates with a "win at any cost" mentality. And that will get you nailed every time.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Arky forecast for 2012||
Stick a fork in them brothers. They're done.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||Track rrecord||
Zeke: Great player. After that, the only thing he has done well professionally is be a studio analyst. The rest has been abysmal. The only job I would give him with the Pistons would involve him wearing a name badge and a hairnet.
|2 years 37 weeks ago||The Greatest of Days||
My Tigers side is excited, for very good reason. All this hand-wringing about defense will be moot if the boys score 12 runs a game.
My Cubs side knows we'll have to endure some more whuppin' but that at least someone who has a plan is driving the bus. You have to go through it to get to it.
So I will be toggling back and forth betwen Comerica and The Friendly Confines. As Ernie (Banks, that is) says, "Hey hey, let's play two today."
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I and I play football, mon||
At this rate, the Lions should change their colors to green, yellow and black and play all their games in Jamaica.
If Fairley didn't have a nickname before, he sure as hell has one now: "The Weedeater."
For all these galoots (and Sparty's Mr. Nix as well), we need a tangible dubious dope distinction award. I suggest a bronze spliff the size of a table leg. We can call it "The Baraka."
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Twice?||
Two busts in a short period of time? For the same thing?
Cue the voice of Red Forman: "YOU'RE A DUMBASS!"
That goes for you too, Mr. Ryan (Sweet) Leaf.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Resolve||
Did we quit when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no! Have the Spirit of Blutarsky. Don't let the bastards grind you down.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Geography||
Given the nature of the accident, he'd better stay far away from Hinckley, Ohio and its yearly gathering of buzzards. Best wishes to him and hope he gets well soon.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||Stockpiling RBs||
This is a good move. The Lions can't have too many running backs, considering how they get chewed up during the season. This is especially true due to their curious lack of attention to upgrading the o-line (cue in additional worries about Staafford getting killed).
|2 years 39 weeks ago||The two||
Sacco and Vanzetti.
But if we're going to dream, dream big: Levenberry and Isaac.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||Brutality and eloquence||
As a writer, I have marveled at how the best boxing scribes can write with such eloquence about such a brutal sport. Bert Randolph Sugar was the best of the lot. He will receive many memorial 10-counts of the ring bell over the next few days at boxing cards and will deserve them all.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||It's a bear. . . .||
. . .but it's not a hockeybear.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Change a letter||
Well then, let's turn him into D. B. Cooper and make him disappear.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Tonight on the Grand Ole Opry. . .||
Shane and the Morrises (not to be confused with the Morrisseys).
Can you imagine how much fun it will be with him and Pee Wee in the same locker room? And perhaps even better on the field.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Deep end of the pool||
I was working at a newspaper in Illinois during Michigan's championship season. Not only was I in the middle of Illini country, but the sports editor had Seton Hall in a citywide pool and was in line to win $1,600 bucks. The day after the game had the potential to be a wee bit tense. Early on, he walked up to me and said, "Let's get something straight. I don't hate you. BUT I HATE THAT GODDAM STATE YOU'RE FROM." Using all my theater training, I kept a poker face. But I laughed like hell all the way home. And I'm laughing now remembering his florid face.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Class warfare. What is it good for?||
I have experienced this kind of nonsense from another angle, less serious than the incident last night, but still bothersome: urban vs. rural.
I saw this far too often, most jarringly when I was a sportswriter. One year Fennville played a Grand Rapids school in the tournaments. The Blackhawks weren't hurt most by the 90-56 defeat. What was worse was the yells of of "farmer" and "stupid farmer" as their kids shot free throws -- even when their team was 30 points ahead. The irony was that those who were chanting it appeared to be very well fed. We talked often in the days following of the behavior of the fans from "So-Called Christian" High School.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Touchy job interview question||
Q: So, coach Weber, what was your major accomplishment at Illinois?
A: Getting to the championship game with a team my predecessor recruited.
Ehhhhhh. . . . not so good.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Unclish behavior||
That Uncle Sparty sure is something. He cries when things don't go his way, is rude and interrupts other people in public and likes to set furniture on fire. Damn. I wish he'd go back to being that "hey kid, pull my finger" uncle I knew and loved.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Dimensions||
That photo makes him look Martavious-sized. But he's actually listed at 6 even.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Amen and. .||
Sookie sookie now!
|2 years 42 weeks ago||The greatest coach of them all||
Bill Walton: Coach, we won the national championship and I was the player of the year. So I am not going to cut my hair.
Coach Wooden: Bill, we've enjoyed having you here at UCLA and we wish you luck in your future endeavors.
Old school, yes. But it's how you keep your team. That, combined with loving your players as a good father would.
Something, perhaps off the court, has caused Howland to lose his way. To get it back, I suggest he take a copy of Coach Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" and let it soak into the marrow of his bones. Actually, that's a good thing for all of us to do.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Condiments||
Our high school Michigan history class (back in the Stone Age) used a text that had some political and historical shortcomings, including the "fact" that Indians were cannibals and liked to feast on missionaries. The teacher, reading from the book, said the Indians "ate them with relish." One of my classmates said, "With RELISH? I didn't know they HAD relish back then."
My classmate got over it. She went on to become a very good junior high teacher. Karma being what it is, I can only imagine the kind of questions her students asked her.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Distracted||
Holy schnikes! I leave the board for two hours to do some work, come back and BAM!, we have another commit. I'm going to keep working until just before the basketball game and then check back in. At this rate, I expect to see commits from Isaac and Levenberry . . . at least.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||New math||
The "big two and the little ten" sounds good to me.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Double Red?||
Indiana's Assembly Hall has this Soviet look about it, as if a Politburo of some kind should be meeting there.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Inferior||
When people like Wilbon flap their gums like this, I instantly think of the old Firesign Theater line, delivered by Nick Danger: "The great prince issues commands, founds states, vests families with fiefs. Inferior people should not be employed."
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Illinoise||
I suspect the high unfavorable rating for Illinois has much to do with exposure to FIPs. That's an unfortunate acronym for the entire state, considering that it only refers to people from Chicago and (especially) the burbs.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Pie-yow!||
And the busting of chops can be heard all the way to the Olentangy. Well played, good sir.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Clarification||
Originally, there were 30 Ohio football players signed up for criminology majors. 25 of them changed majors when they learned that this did not involve learning how to BE a criminal.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Attention Ohio||
How many lumps -- or should I say, whupknots -- do you want today?
Maybe. . . .SIX.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Giimme four||
Mr. Meyer is suffering from a bad case of quadrophenia.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||A natural progression||
"Buckeye" and "infestation" are two words that belong together.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Hoodat?||
Never heard this guy. A healthy majority of sports talkers I have heard are meatheads, so I ignore the genrre. You know you've got a bad sports talk show when a drunk caller actually elevates the conversation.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Illini coach||
Lou Tepper? Not hardly. You're off by 20 years or so.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||He got off easy||
Yesh should thank his lucky stars he never saw a game from the second mezzanine of old Chicago Stadium. He would have been treated to, among other delights, a drunken girl in a Blackhawks jersey screaming, "I fucked Eddie Olczyk."
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Real old school||
Anything uptempo by James Brown. "The Big Payback" got repeated play before last year's Ohio game.
"Tough It Out" by Webb Wilder.
"The Clampdown" by the Clash.
And many more, while fervently hoping to never, ever, ever hear most of the generic drivel played at the stadium during the games. Why can't we come up with OUR OWN songs, and stop copying everyone else? Fergodsakes, put Journey and Neil Diamond out to pasture.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||The struggle||
I hate it when the demons win. This is a reminder that ANY addiction is potentially fatal.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||A message for Gibbons||
"I want you to think about ME next season instead of those damned brunettes." -- Kate Upton
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Gee whiz||
The bow tie has roared back at Bielema.
What we have now at Ohio is an artless college president, a clueless athletic director and a beady-eyed head coach who cloaks his willingness to win at all costs with a thin Christian veneer.
With these elements in place, I'm betting Ohio will be involved in something worse than Tatgate in three to five years.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Let's talk about||
. . .brunettes.
Oh, snap, I'm married to a redhead. Can't talk about brunettes.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Solidarity||
The MSU football team is doing its part as well. Dantonio is walking around campus interrupting everybody he sees. At some point at the game, Gholston will attempt to rip the head off Trey but fail because he can't find a face mask. This will cause the yowling white-shirted loons to throw toilet paper, used tampons, charred sofa cushions and other items onto the floor.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Anatomy||
Bielema and Meyer are twin buttocks of the same bum.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Magical powers a-brewing||
Hoke has advanced one more step towards Bo-like (godlike) status. Soon he will transcend speech and summon his minions with a mere raising of the eyebrows.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Off the roller coaster||
Henceforth, I will invoke Coach Wooden's wise counsel to avoid emotional highs and lows and remain at an even keel about this recruitin' business. Getting my hopes up based on other folks' educated guesses about what an 18-year-old kid will do is about as useful as putting a milk bucket under a bull.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Karma||
The laws of karma dictate that whoever said that about Hummel will have his own ACL torn while leaping from a burning couch.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Metamorphosis||
Dantonio's outburst is another step in the process of him turning into a guy with classes who coaches in short sleeves, destroys yard markers and will eventually slug an opposing player. Yes, he's turning into Wayne Woorow Dantonio before our very eyes.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Downplaying||
Hecklinski was right to let the thing alone.
As my dad often told me, "If somebody else really wants to act like an asshole, let him have the stage all to himself."
|2 years 48 weeks ago||How about. . . .||
Spartybeatfast. But then he'd have to change his number to 42.
Hell, just stick with Trey.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||In honor of the defense. . .||
It's time to crank up the box for an ear-splitting rendition of "The Clampdown." The Clash will never sound better.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||That changes everything||
With V-Mart gone (and thus the protection for Miggy), DD might have to think of dangling a Jacob Turner-and-other-prospects package for a big bat. Nothing left to be grabbed in free agency except Son of Cecil, and that ain't happenin'. The Cubs are shopping Soriano, which doesn't sound appealing at first blush, but might be more feasible if he doesn't have to go through the nightmare of playing LF.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||As my people in the ould country would say. . . .||
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Channelling Les||
I'm surprised Mom didn't set her jaw and tell her son he was throwing away his chance to play for a DAMN STRONG FOOTBALL TEAM!
|2 years 50 weeks ago||#41||
He was tough as nails, led by example and did what was necessary to win: Rob Lytle.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Hair color motivation||
Our kickers should be encouraged to envision beuties of any possible hair color combination, except scarlet and grey.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Feathers? Wings? Knives?||
Whether you love or hate the Oregon helmets, it's all a matter of a pinion.
|3 years 5 days ago||Welcome to the adult world, Mr. Dunn||
Brionte, my young friend, never make a major decision based solely on what people say.
While you are spending the next few years lined up in a spread offense, ponder the fact that "Meyer" rhymes with "liar."
|3 years 5 days ago||The sound of sanctions||
Hoke likes to talk about what football sounds like. What will the Ohio sanctions sound like? I can hope for the sound of whupknots being raised and piteous moaning. I suspect it will be the sound of mild slapping on the wrists.
|3 years 1 week ago||Waitin' on the NCAA||
No word from the NCAA on sanctions means no decision from Dunn. If they go easy on Ohio (which all signs indicate they will), I'm afraid the kid isn't coming north.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Wordplay of the gods||
"Carry on my Weighward Son." Pure genius.
Carry on my weighward son,
There'll be beef when you are done.
Never lay your fork to rest.
Don't you fast no more.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||That's all there is, there is no more||
Ding, dong the BITCH is dead.
|3 years 4 weeks ago||Similes||
Beat them like rented mules.
Beat them like red-haired stepchildren.
Beat them like dirty rugs and chalkboard erasers.
Beat them as fine as the dust of the earth.
Beat them like they owe us money.
Come to the woodshed, Lukie boy. It's whuppin' time.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Lemurs and controlled substances||
A band of coked-out lemurs could be formidable. GERG's defense would have had trouble stopping dope-smoking lemurs. Or lemurs on Valium.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Be afraid. . .be very afraid||
After Saturday's display, the group of people who needs to be concerned the most is not Michigan's football team. It's Michigan State's hockey team.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||Dreaminess||
However, is Brian dreamy when he's pixillated? Few people are.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Healing memories||
As time goes by, the details of those last painful days will be edged out by better, happier memories. These are the ones that will have staying power.
Last weekend, I was helping lead a men's retreat for our church. An unofficial part of that weekend was gathering around a TV and watching the second half of the Notre Dame game. It was special to say the least.
The next morning at breakfast, the talk turned to great Michigan moments of the past. As one of the "older guys," I was asked where I was for the Wangler-to-Carter miracle. My dad and I were glued to the Bob Ufer broadcast coming from one of those big stereo console units. When the great play occurred me and my normally stoic father were jumping up and down in the living room shouting with joy. We knocked everything off the knickknack shelf. We thought Mom was going to kill us both. Murder did indeed cross her mind, but she saw how happy we were, quietly picked everything up on the floor, and left the room, shaking her head back and forth and grinning.
So treasure every moment and trust that these are the things that will endure.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||The perfect gig for Tress||
The only job The Vest should ever have again is janitor in a porno movie house.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||The wide-open 70s||
My best moment was my first game, in 1976. I went with a friend, who had gone to many games before. We stopped at a nearby grocery store, where my buddy bought a six-pack of Stroh's. "What are we going to do with that?" I asked. "We're taking it into the game," he said. And we did, no questions asked. We had three fire-breweds apiece and watched Huckleby, Lytle and company dismantle Stanford 51-0. Ahhhh, memories.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Rematch||
Yeah, so they beat us once. We'll let some time pass and even the score. Worked for Thomas Hearns against Iran Barkley, right?
And, if recent history is any indication, the game is sure to have some extra marketing hook -- perhaps the debut of a giant Domino's Pizza logo in place of the M at the 50-yard line.
This crap is making me old, tired and grouchy. I want the season to start tomorrow.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||See my beard? Ain't it weird?||
Is Hoke growing a goatee?
If so, is this another bright idea from the marketing department?
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Culprits||
I suspect the Hackeyes.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Over the top||
I love football, too. But there's a line between loving your team and being a mouth-breathing goober. I wonder if the dearly departed was sent to his reward wearing a necklace of buckeye nuts.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||All I can say is...||
SOOKIE SOOKIE NOW!!
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Scarlet, gray and whitewash||
One more clue that they should change their name to Fonzie U. They just can't admit they were w-w-w-w-w-wrong. And that is how FU operates in every way, shape and form.
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Metamorphosis||
Eleven Warriors is slowly turning into Twelve Angry Men.
Mistah Cook for the prosecution!
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Branding||
On ESPN, hosted by Jim Gray and called "The Derision."
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Men of action?||
"Men of action?" Does he think he's coaching a team of comic book superheroes?
GIven the fact that he's coaching at tsio, he was precluded from saying he was coaching "real men of genius."
|3 years 27 weeks ago||Two things||
1. The stories should say that Rosenhaus is Pryor's LATEST agent.
2. Tressel and LeBron: It's been a tough few days for blowhards from Ohio.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Popcorn, anyone?||
How can you take a college president seriously who looks like Orville Redenbacher? Especially when he wears the bow tie (as he did in the infamous Tressel arse-licking presser).
|3 years 28 weeks ago||RR to the rescue?||
RichRod riding to the rescue in Morgantown on a mule accompanied by a pack of baying coonhounds? I dunno. Seems as if that bridge has been nuked (from their end). I'll keep believing he ends up at Clemson.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||The Vest is Getting Fuzzy||
So the Vest rants on, making an empty threat he can do nnothing about? Me thinks Jim Tressel is turning into Bucky Katt.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Nicely done||
Hoping for a future chapter called "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out," which will depict an exodus of recruits and the forfeiture of victories and championships.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Tattooed Love Boys||
As that good Ohio girl Chrissie Hynde: "You mess with the goods. . . .honey, you got to pay."
|3 years 29 weeks ago||A cautionary tale||
Was having lunch with friends in a deserted Ann Arbor restaurant yesterday and said of the OSU situation, "The fish are beginning to rot." But I didn't know it would happen this fast.
I would rather not gloat over the demise of an enemy. I'd rather reflect on what happens to a program, a university, a fan base that loses its balance and resorts to winning at all costs - and that equates college football with life itself. There is a direct link between photos of a Bucknuts fan father-and-son, both in buckeye nut necklaces, weeping piteously after an upset loss, to the kind of revelations that are only beginning to come out.
Be satisfied that justice is apparently being done. But be vigilant not to lose our balance so that we don't fall as well.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Bzzzzz||
What the hell is the deal with all the stripes? We look like a bunch of frickin' maize-and-blue bumblebees.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||An attention grabber||
Brian, take it from someone who has been trying to write attention-getting journalism ledes for nearly 30 years: the first sentence of this post is world-class. I rank it as a simile with an old favorite from a fellow columnist from the 1980s, referring to someone with a glaring lack of social skills as "having all the savoir-faire of a young Clem Kadiddlehopper."
|3 years 34 weeks ago||The captain||
An enduring memory from the 1969 Ohio State game was the expression on the face of Jim Mandich as the team was going off the field. It was incandescent and mirrorred the collective mood of all of us on that great day. This program was rebuilt on the shoulders of giants, and now there is one more giant in heaven. Go Blue!