the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
|5 days 24 min ago||Without seeing the story,||
Without seeing the story, it's hard to know anything. But since this is the Internet, everyone should chime in emphatically about something we don't know anything about. Here's my entry: the PSU athletic dept doctors have been euthanizing football players in order to harvest their organs for profit.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||MGoHistoricalNugget: It was||
It was Abraham Lincoln who coined the phrase "Michigander." In the mid-19th century, the suffix "-ander" had connotations of heaviness or overweight. Lincoln had a general on his Civil War staff, and the general was overweight. So Lincoln would call him the "Michigander" to suggest the overweight Michigan general. The word stuck, and nowadays only deranged lunatics use the word "Michiganites." Some internet sleuthing shows that there is some disagreement as to whether this was a general from Michigan, a political rival from Michigan, or other. Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. [see also: http://michigantoday.umich.edu/NewsE/091503/lincoln.html]
Bonus fact: Lincoln and Darwin share the same birthday, and Darwin created more words in the English language than anyone.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I hear the engineering-theme||
I hear the engineering-theme thread on Norwegian shipping tunnels over at Eleven Warriors is even more insightful and erudite.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||The expansion hurts the whole||
The expansion hurts the whole conference. The Big Ten has basketball prestige because it has so many strong teams. We should be adding only strong football teams. That's the way to build a conference. The decline of the conference is something we should all be honest with ourselves about. The conference is at its lowest point in a hundred years. And they think we're going to solve it by adding Maryland and Rutgers?!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||East and West isn't very||
East and West isn't very appealing, but at least it's neutral. Leaders and legends made us a national embarrassment. The addition of two crappy schools also hurts the conference's prestige. It's amazing that a product with so many millions of fans can limp along under such poor management.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Stay strong Emily!||
Stay strong Emily!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||He added so much to the game,||
He added so much to the game, and was the perfect sidekick to John madden. RIP.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly. I love the "no||
Exactly. I love the "no politics" rule. Otherwise our threads would just degenerate. It's hard enough to keep us from fighting one another constantly over trivial BS. And we're all Blue fans. MGBlog rulez in part because we steer clear of the things that ruin otherwise decent threads.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly. This is a loss we||
Exactly. This is a loss we can be proud of. Great effort on everyone's part.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This thread is so much more||
This thread is so much more level-headed than the "bitch about the refs" thread. I hope a big group of Michigan fans is there to meet the team when they get back to Ann Arbor.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Everybody here needs to get a||
Everybody here needs to get a grip. Yes we lost, and yes there were a lot of bad calls. So what? Louisville and Michigan combined to play the best college game anyone has seen in years. Congrats to all players. Let the refs be and let's lose with dignity.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I agree. From the very first||
I agree. From the very first two minutes of the game the refs missed a clear goaltending call against Louisville. But so what. Louisville played excellent, and the two teams put together a legendary game. We had plenty of chances to win it. Hats off to Louisville. They played a hell of a game.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What idiots to schedule the||
What idiots to schedule the game at the same time the Big Ten plays all its bowl games.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Stay strong, Russell.||
Stay strong, Russell. Hopefully it's not a bad tear.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||I love Jalen. What he has||
I love Jalen. What he has done for the program and what he has done for the young students of Detroit is far more than enough to warrant the respect of us all. Also, it wouldn't be selfish for him to root for the new team from the sidelines. I appreciate him, his efforts for his team, his work for Detroit, and I haven't heard anything in these cited interviews that is anything other than classy.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Ace wins. That audio fit||
Ace wins. That audio fit perfectly.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I think the jayhawk fans keep||
I think the jayhawk fans keep it pretty classy on that thread. Generally the only time it's worth basking in opposing fans misery is for awful fan bases.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Baloney subs are the||
Baloney subs are the craziest.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I appreciate the OP's good||
I appreciate the OP's good points. But I'd like to chime in to agree with some other commenters that use of the word "retarded" may fly on other boards, but MGoBlog doesn't need it. Otherwise, great post.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely weird that it was||
Definitely weird that it was reported in November and no warrant till now. If in November, it could've been during the season.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, everyone here is||
Actually, everyone here is wrong. The answer is that when Michigan wins the regular season championship, then it's more important than the big ten tourney championship, and vice versa.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||I see what you did there.||
I see what you did there.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Big TENN!||
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Even if no banner (and||
Even if no banner (and there's a good argument that they should be reserved for championships), I'd like to see some better recognition of their accomplishments. Crisler could have more stuff in the showcases, more content on the mgo website, invite them back for ceremonies, etc. I hate the way mgofans sometimes demonize former players.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. Great idea to have a||
Agreed. Great idea to have a tribute. Some younger fans may not remember this, but the baggy pants were actually controversial to some. I think Bill Walton used to whine about them. I'd like to see the team invited back. The pros and cons really deserve their own thread to debate.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||All this talk about his 40||
All this talk about his 40 time, but once you get into the upper echelon of speed do hundredths of a second really matter to the NFL scouts? I'm more concerned that he is basically new to the position and missed the experience at receiver that all the others got. Would love to see this great Michigan man do well in the NFL.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Good luck in Oklahoma, coach,||
Good luck in Oklahoma, coach, and thanks for helping the program get back to its winning ways. As for The Team, I hope they see this as an opportunity to fill his shoes with someone with impeccable credentials. This can be a good opportunity.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I guess I don't see what the||
I guess I don't see what the big deal is. Great to see Braylon sticking up for his brother. Good luck to Berkley wherever he lands. Sometimes people around here jump on former players for the smallest infractions or for no good reason at all.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'm shocked that no one has||
I'm shocked that no one has linked Kate Upton to Kevin Bacon as a pretext to post Kate Upton pictures.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Bahamas is an interesting||
Bahamas is an interesting idea. I'm in New Orleans, and I don't see why the Big Ten/SEC bowl can't move one of those awful Florida bowls to the Super Dome. I think everyone loved the 2012 Sugar Bowl. Lets take a vote, eat at a Waffle House and stay at a Motel 6 on the outskirts of Orlando, or party in the French Quarter on New Year's Eve?
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Most of you are to young to||
Most of you are to young to remember this, but Slippery Rock played at Michigan Stadium in 1979. I was at the game, though there was a second division II game played there as well right around that time, so I may be confused . Maybe against Ball State or Shippensburg. I think it was the largest attendance for a Division II game ever.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||So we're all excited Lewan's||
So we're all excited Lewan's coming back, but how will this affect our awful running game? Will our great OL turn an average RB into a great RB? It would be nice to hear some folks weigh in on this. I would hate for our excellent OL to be wasted without a strong RB weapon to take advantage of the holes they make.
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Awesome. RIP Pete!||
Awesome. RIP Pete!
|19 weeks 2 days ago||There is a great BBC||
There is a great BBC documentary on racist tendencies among many European soccer supporters. I've lived in four European countries and attended soccer games in all. It's tough to comment here without crossing the political rules of mgoblog, but I will say that black American basketball players in Europe will explain the differences. When I lived in Scotland there was a team whose fans threw bananas on the field when their team's own black players performed badly. Their own team! If you really want to know more, Google the BBC documentary and brace yourself to watch something revolting. That being said, I love to see the players in the OP's story respond in support. It should give us all hope.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||We have been very lucky to||
We have been very lucky to have Denard on the team. Here's hoping his pro career gets off the ground.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Great, now you jinxed the||
Great, now you jinxed the whole conference. I say hold off on this thread until after the games are over.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||This is exactly right.||
This is exactly right.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Liveblog still not working on||
Liveblog still not working on iPhone for me. Anyone else?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Tom Harmon was probably the||
Tom Harmon was probably the greatest Michigan player ever. His 1940 game against OSU was probably the best Wolverine performance in the rivalry ever. Yet I always see the same few photos of him, and I feel like his stature is referenced without much detail. I've read his biography chronicling his WWII adventures, and I've watched his movie. But I wish that UM would put together a better collection of Tom Harmon materials, and especially photos. I'm getting tired of the same bits of info and same few photos. There must be more out there.
|22 weeks 5 days ago||There is a decent argument||
There is a decent argument that football players should be allowed to major in football. Basically it would help propel football played into actual careers coaching at the high school, college, and pro levels. Like any major, it would still require more substantive coursework beyond athletics, and would take a more realistic approach to the careers of some compared to the bs majors at OSU (I'm thinking of that OSU scandal a few years ago when transfers from OSU couldn't get any credits transferred because the classes were such jokes).
|22 weeks 6 days ago||I'm pretty sure that wasn't||
I'm pretty sure that wasn't shoveling snow. I think he was digging for gold because when they finished with the whole shovel bit of the routine, he bent down and picked up a small object, then examined it, then gave an approving look of satisfaction, then placed the imaginary object into his imaginary pocket for imaginary safekeeping.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||All this talk about who the||
All this talk about who the next coach is doesn't interest me yet. First order of business is the bowl game, and I want to see the Big Ten do well. So, how will his departure affect Wisconsin's chances in the bowl game?
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly. A new arena may be||
Exactly. A new arena may be good or bad, but Illitch will use his influence to force taxpayers to fund most of it all for his own private profit.
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Since I'm based in Nola, I||
Since I'm based in Nola, I feel like I ought to chime in. Krewe and Brass are great, IMHO. Pelicans is kind of lame. There is a reason the state bird is the pelican. The legend is that if food is scarce, a mother pelican will use her bill and cut open her own breast, then feed the blood to her baby pelicans. That's why on the state flag you often see the blood drops on the pelican. The symbol doesn't really apply to basketball, and I think Krewe is much better fitting.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Refriger*tor.||
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Super Secret Press Conference Transcript||
News item: Not many people know this, but today Al Borges held a second secret press conference. I snuck in the back and took notes, and now I can officially report back to the MGoCommunity that the banter between Al and Heiko is getting playful to the point of steamy. My presser transcript follows:
Al: “Hey guys. What’s up, Heiko, what’s shakin’ bacon?”
MGoHeiko: “So nice to see you.”
“Are you just saying that, or do you really mean it?”
[earnestly] “I mean it!”
Al: What do you guys wanna know today?
DetNews: Will you please say some generally positive things about Devin?
Al: Devin is wonderful, fun, gregarious, and I just can’t say enough generally positive things about him. Oh! What’s the word of the day?
Al: Tee hee hee. I like that one.
Det Free-Press: What happens when the quarterback hikes the ball, and doesn’t handoff, but then there’s no one open?
Al: Well, the quarterback has several checks he should make, he can check down to a second or third receiver, and if he sees a run lane opening, he can just tuck the ball and run. For example, on that play where Devin got flushed out of the pocket into the flat, you may have noticed the receivers moving to take a bubble screen…
[high pitched squeal from Heiko]
… to counter the defense’s 4-3 blitz package.
Al: I knew you’d like that bubble screen talk, Heiko! Look, everybody, we tailor our game to our quarterback’s strengths. A gameplan for Devin is different than a gameplan for Tom Brady.
WJR: How are quarterbacks Tom Brady and Devin Gardner different?
Al: Devin’s a great quarterback. Tom’s a great quarterback.
Tom's great, yeah. But my
MGoObservant: Was that a haiku?!
Al: Damn tootin’.
MGoFollow-up: You’re like Matsuo Bashō … but fast!
DetNews: Heiko and Brian are going to start a football team that exclusively runs bubble screens.
Al: Fine. I’ll tell you what. If I run one of your bubble screens, Heiko, and it goes for a TD, I promise I’ll command the Michigan Marching Band to spell out “Heiko!” in their half-time show.
MGoHeiko: Really, even with the exclamation point?!
Al: Wha … how did you know I intended an exclamation point?
Det. Free-Press: Tell me about the progress of the defensive line over the course of the year.
Al: Look, the defensive line has progressed over the course of the year, folks.
Det. News: What does Ryan bring to the table?
Al: Toughness. Spirit. Integrity. Football stuff.
What were your thoughts when Gibbons lined up for that field goal in the Nebraska game?
Al: I wanted him to make the field goal. I did not want him to not make the field goal.
Seems like an easy chip shot. Just sayin’.
Al: Easy? Yo, I will cut you.
MGoQuestion: Will you tell me what secret, trick plays you plan to run next game?
Al: (coyly) Oh Heiko.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Adding Maryland or Rutgers||
Adding Maryland or Rutgers would be awful for the Big Ten. We gain prestige by adding strong football programs. We dilute our strength by adding garbage football programs. We dont need to add any team, we're big enough. But if we do add anyone, we should only consider traditional powerhouse teams.
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||Anyone eles wonder what Les||
Anyone eles wonder what Les Miles meant when he said that he over-played his physical limitations at Michigan?
|26 weeks 10 hours ago||Two more games for Denard||
Two more games for Denard means two more opportunities to cement his legacy.
|26 weeks 12 hours ago||I'm OK with having a few||
I'm OK with having a few starters in if they need the experience, or there is some other legit reason. Coaches know that they risk injury, but sometimes that risk is worth it to gain experience on the field.
In the context of a blowout, what really ought to change is the playcalling. The winning team shouldn't be going the jugular when it is comfortably up. It was wrong when Woody Hayes did it in 1968, and it was wrong when Michigan's Jim Harbaugh did it against USC.
|26 weeks 12 hours ago||Agreed. A cheap shot is a||
Agreed. A cheap shot is a cheap shot, and I don't excuse my team. Besides, any coach who is down big late in the game ought to be fighting hard. That's something we should respect, not criticize or use to justify a cheap shot.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I agree. Totally disgusting||
I agree. Totally disgusting and humiliating to tea-bag a defenseless fan. And it is a sexual offense. I think if any of us were the victim, and humiliated in a viral video like that, it would be pretty obvious. The whole point of using your nuts is to sexually demean the victim. And it takes a special kind of loser to do that.
As a random note, I'm looking down at that Krystal burger right now, because my apartment is a block from it. That night it was a pretty ugly scene on Bourbon Street. In the heart of LSU country, LSU got absolutely destroyed by their arch rival on the biggest CFB stage of them all. The two fan bases are probably the most obnoxious in the SEC. Put all those ingredients on Bourbon Street late night after the game, and it doesn't surprise me that there was a lot of vicious crap going on.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Just a quick note to the mods||
Just a quick note to the mods about the Northwestern game's Liveblog today. First of all, thanks for all the hard work you put in. We all know that you give up a lot on gameday in order to make it good for us. Second, IMHO, it is easily forgiveable that amid the chaos, you accidentally let slip by two homophobic and racist comments. I know we can all agree that it the slip was inadvertent. The Wolverine fan-base is a relatively progressive one, and I can tell you that down here (Louisiana), use of epithets is rampant and rarely causes blowback on the person using it, and I'm proud that us Michigan fans immediately turn against bigotry appearing on our site. Third, as a loyal Liveblog user, I want to add my two cents about how to improve it. Right now, there are huge mood swings in those posting that shows up in unnecessarily harsh criticism of the team/coaches. Does every "fire Borges" whine have to be approved? At the same time, there isn't much decent commentary about what is happening on the field. I'd like to know more than what the TV heads say. Are there any freshmen getting subbed in? Personnel changes that are interesting? Goofy offensive/defensive sets? If I were ruler of the world, I'd have the Liveblog mods approve about 1/3 of the comments they currently approve, with focus on only the most insightful stuff that adds to the TV-watching experience. That being said, the mods have a tough task, and I think generally do a great job, and their effort is appreciated. As a longer-term suggestion, I wish we could highlight some of the MGoCommunity as possible online-radio broadcasters during the game. Some sort of decent alternative to listen to Spielman's PBP.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Devin Gardner = Marquise Walker||
The leaping Devin Gardner touchdown was a thing of beauty, and it reminded me of the Marquise Walker touchdown in the 1999 Michigan/OSU game.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Good luck Ricardo!||
Good luck Ricardo!
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||I think it's odd that we have||
I think it's odd that we have a QB shattering offensive records and at the same time being called awful (by some on this board). It seems like everyone is arguing polar opposites.
|29 weeks 22 hours ago||I'm concerned about our||
I'm concerned about our offensive recruits seeing this season and changing their minds about the quality of the offensive coaching staff.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||When I was in elementary||
When I was in elementary school (Pattengill), Bo used to bring athletes one evening each year to hold a charity raffle. As a kid I got to meet Jim Harbaugh, Bo, Roy Tarpley, Butch Wade, etc. I still remember Tim McCormick holding me up to dunk a basketball.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||So what if he has a two month||
So what if he has a two month old daughter? He has pulled this crap before. Do you think he paused to find out whether the ESPN reporter he placed a bulls eye on had a two month old daughter? According to another commenter here, it triggered death threats. But even if that isn't so, it sure risked it. The man is a disgrace, and goes to show why the Ohio state fan base is, on balance, one of the worst.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||This is spot on. I'm all for||
This is spot on. I'm all for forgiving him, but the level of hatred and the others backing him up is what makes it necessary to fire him. As a general rule, if you fly off the handle and say something that offensive, you had better get a very big apology ready if you want to stay respectable.
|29 weeks 6 days ago||Good input. Since nobody else||
Good input. Since nobody else has said this, I wonder if last year's ass-whooping in Ann Arbor will serve as added motivation to the Nebraska team. I think college teams that get humiliated often bounce back emotionally the next year, especially when they play the next year's game at home.
|31 weeks 6 hours ago||This is unfortunate for us,||
This is unfortunate for us, but I will be happy to see a Cass Tech student kick ass in the SEC. Good luck, Mr. Dawson.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I noticed others were having||
I noticed others were having the same problems with the liveblog on iPhone. I had problems too. In case the official MGoTechDept is reviewing to fix this for next week, the problem for me was that the liveblog header (and polls) took up the top 95% of my screen, and I could only see about half a line of liveblog content scrolling by at the bottom. Couldn't get the header to disappear so that I could just see the posts. Maybe another test run is in order.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Yes it was a tough loss, but||
Yes it was a tough loss, but I think most of our struggles come from playing a great Alabama team, and not because Michigan is suddenly awful. Alabama kicked the ass of LSU when LSU was having one of the best seasons of any team in a generation. Point being that Alabama is good, not that Michigan is bad. I can't wait for the rest of the season. Everyone needs to get ahold of themselves and gain a little perspective.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. We are playing a||
Agreed. We are playing a great team and Michigan is playing with heart. We will have a good season.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||My biggest fear is that||
My biggest fear is that someday I'll make it to 100 points and then do something like this and end up in Bolivia.
|38 weeks 22 hours ago||It's tough to ask the whole||
It's tough to ask the whole MGoNation to refrain from mentioning RR. On one hand, we are covering something that has been covered a million times. But that doesn't mean that the RR era is no longer relevant or that we shouldn't use it as a comparison. Frankly, RR was loved by his players, and he was dealt a bad hand. He didn't pull us out as quickly as we would have liked, but does that mean he deserves eternal ridicule? I respect the man, and I wish more here would. Anyway, RR references are fair game. We can't pretend that it didn't happen.
|38 weeks 1 day ago||All this MGoClassWarfare||
All this MGoClassWarfare talk. Where's the Wolverine Liberation Army when you really need it?
|38 weeks 2 days ago||This is why I like MGoBlog.||
This is why I like MGoBlog. Even when a topic veers far from football, you can count on an informed debate and everyone brandishing statistics.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||My drinks were several||
My drinks were several heinekens and coronas. I drank them at the Saints/Jaguars preseason game. Not sure if it made it on TV, but Chad Henne did a pretty good job of moving the ball down the field. However, at one point he threw an interception (subsequently overruled), and then out of frustration fought with a Saints defensive lineman.
|39 weeks 2 days ago||I was going to say the same||
I was going to say the same thing. "the Magnificent" was applied to him in later years by Europeans. Suleiman was know as the lawmaker in the sense that he pushed through lots of new laws. "the Legislator" sounds kind of lame though. But I like the "Lawmaker."
|40 weeks 4 days ago||You mention being low on mods||
You mention being low on mods with football season approaching. I hope y'all can appoint a few more mods because the good mod work here is what keeps this blog readable, unlike others.
|41 weeks 1 hour ago||Radio sync with tv?||
I agree that Spielman should be kept far from Michigan games, but I'd like to know if anyone knows a good way to get an alternative audio feed to complement the game on TV. Maybe some young whippersnapper on this board can explain how to sync a decent radio broadcast with the visual. Anyone out there manage to do this? It used to be that one could simply turn down the TV volume and turn up the Ufer broadcast on radio.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I agree with all these||
I agree with all these points. I hate the flood of meaningless posts that distract from the game at hand. For this reason, restricting the posts to only a handful of the most trusted mgobloggers would be best. There has been way too much garbage that it becomes impossible to sift through it to find the good stuff.
|51 weeks 1 day ago||Neither could I. Also,||
Neither could I. Also, something about her butchering the anthem on Memorial Day weekend makes it even worse.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||As to whether Harbaugh might||
As to whether Harbaugh might eventually come back to coach Michigan, I'm curious whether anyone thinks it's possible that he would coach Ohio State. The reason I wonder is that he seems to relish a bit in being an ass. See, e. g. the post-Lions/San Fran handshake incident and non-apology, and his occasional negative comments about Michigan. Does anyone think he would coach OSU, in part to be the biggest, most successful coach/ass in the country? It would be a shocking move, but that might appeal to him.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||I don't trust that writer. He||
I don't trust that writer. He spells his name wrong.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Interesting to reference Rick||
Interesting to reference Rick Bayless. He lived in Ann Arbor for awhile and his wife worked at UM at that time too. They eventually moved to Chicago, where they have some great restaurants.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Original available here:||
Original available here: http://www.wizznutzz.com/guernica.html
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Ron Artest, by Pablo Picasso||
Few people know this, but Picasso did a famous painting of the Pistons-Pacer melee in 1937.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Game day in Nola. I was disappointed that there were so few Lions fans here. About one or two percent of the stadium were Lions fans. I think all the hotels are booked for the BCS nat champ game on Monday, making it hard for Lions fans to get here last minute. Saints fans took for granted that they would win, and I was really hoping to show them up. All the LSU tailgaters were pulling for the Saints too. I wish more Michiganders would've stuck around after the Sugar Bowl.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
You might as well walk. It's about a ten to fifteen minute walk to your hotel from the Superdome.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Parking at cooters is easy. It's residential area, so you can park right there, or on the levee next to the bar.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||MGoHappyHour||
You've made all the right restaurant decisions, IMHO.
As for pre-game on Tuesday, now may be a good time to suggest an pre-game MGoHappyHour. I'm a local, so I'll chime in one idea: Pat O's at 624 Bourbon Street on Tuesday at about 1pm at the bar a few feet from the bar's courtyard fountain. That gives plenty of time before the game, and Bourbon St is kind of the default pre-game party spot, so it is probably would work for many MGoReaders. Also, Pat O's is big and can absorb a crowd, plus it has a beautiful courtyard.
Another option would be Walk-Ons on 1000 block of Poydras between the French Quarter and Superdome (two blocks from the Superdome), which would put the party closer to the game.
I'm a longtime MGoReader, but only recently have posted a few things. If an MGoHappyHour is to get off the ground, I think we would need some of the longtime posters who are down here to say that they are interested in making this happen.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||In addition to Turtle Bay,||
In addition to Turtle Bay, and the two French Quarter sports bars I listed above (which are just a stone's throw from Canal), another good sports bar that is right down here is Jimani (141 Chartres St.). Jimani has a lot of TVs and the sports packages, including hockey (which is tough to find in these parts). I'm not sure which bars have the B10 network, except that I'm pretty sure that Checkered Parrot has it.
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Sports bars in Nola||
Also, for those of you who are staying in or near the French Qtr, I have a few suggestions for sports bars, which might come in handy for Monday's big bowl day. If you're like me, you want to watch all the games, not just one or two. I live a block from the Quarter, and these are the sports bars I rely on:
1. Ryan's Irish Pub (241 Decatur). Lots of TVs, and they are flexible about changing channels to appease the drinkers. Generally if you can find a place to sit, you can bring your own food to this bar and they're fine with it.
2. Checkered Parrot (Royal St.). Also has a lot of TVs and also cheap bar food. Generally you can get a seat pretty easily. I spend most of my fall Saturdays and Sundays here because I can pretty reliably get a spot even when the city has a lot of visitors. On the other hand, it lacks French Qtr charm and the food isn't great.
3. Some Bourbon St bars will have the games, but these bars aren't the sort with a ton of TVs, and you probably won't get to listen to the commentary (which, I guess, might be a bonus if Spielman is calling the game). Also, there are several "sports bars" in the city that barely muster a small TV with no sound and no cable. Not sure what that's all about, but beware.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT: There's a new bar called Walk-Ons at the 1000 block of Poydras. It's kind of between the Quarter and the Superdome, and it's a great spot.
UPTOWN: If you want to take a streetcar ride of 30 minutes, hop on the St. Charles Streetcar line (not the Canal St. line) and take it all the way through the neighborhoods of manions until you reach Carrolton Ave. (which is the point where the streetcar makes its a 90 degree right turn). Cooter Browns is just a few steps away, and that is probably the closest thing Nola's got to a Michigan sports bar—it's dark, lots of kinds of beer, cheap bar food, and a shit ton of TVs. Also, Cooters always has a lot of Michigan fans.
Also, if you want to hang out with the Tulane/Loyola students, the big student sports bar is Bruno's on Maple Street, which is also just off the St. Charles streetcar line and just a short walk from Cooter Browns.
GARDEN DISTRICT: On Magazine St., Michigan fans sometimes congregate at Tracey's Irish Bar and Restaurant.
Some other spots with lots of TVs: Ugly Dog Saloon (Warehouse District; also has cheap grub); The Bulldog (cheap grub; two bars - one on Magazine in the Uptown neighborhood, one in MidCity a short walk from the end of the Canal Street streetcar line)
|1 year 20 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
You can watch the fireworks by walking to the riverside for a good view. Other options:
|1 year 20 weeks ago||Scalping rule||
Scalping is legal in Nola, BUT not on Superdome property, which I'm pretty sure includes Championship Square (the little official tailgate area next to the stadium). I've heard of people getting arrested for selling tix on property thinking it is legal.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Lucky to be in Nola||
If the Lions play at New Orleans in the playoffs, I will have seen two Lions games and one Wolverines game within one month in my neighborhood. Not sure what i did to please the football gods.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||MGoHappyHour?||
I'm a current New Orleans resident, living a block from Bourbon Street. A few notes:
|1 year 22 weeks ago||1990 MSU and this year's Iowa play||
I think it's a valid hypothetical because it shows how close we came to being ranked among the elite. Personally, i think we came closer to losing UTL and against Ohio, so the prospect of a one-loss season was less likely, in my opinion, than a four-loss season.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||MGoHappyHour||
This is a great thread. I'm a diligent MGoBlog reader, though I haven't posted much. I also live just a block from Bourbon Street. A few people have asked what sports bars are best. Most of you will be staying in the French qtr/CBD vicinity. Down here, there are surprisingly few dedicated sports bars. Hopping the street car to cooter browns is a great idea, but if you want somewhere downtown, I suggest Ryan's Irish Pub or the Checkered Parrot. The checkered parrot has plenty of TVs and cheap food/drinks. If you are looking to mainline football on Jan 1st, these two bars will have a the games (it's maddening that so many games overlap on Jan 1).
Keep in mind that the LSU/Alabama game will be later that week. The fans vow to descend on the city early and tailgate all week, so I think there will be overlap of football tailgating. Depending on how the Saints season goes, there could be a home playoff the day before te LSU game. In short, the whole city is preparing for this football week, and the Michigan game is only the third most important to the locals.
Most importantly, why dont we have an MGoHappyHour? Maybe a few of us locals could put something together for MGoBlog readers.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
As a wolverine fan who lives one block from bourbon street, I could not be happier. This will make up for last year, when my neighborhood was teeming with awful buckeyes.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Spielman||
For those of us watching at home, listening to Spielman was painful. Is there any way we can use the powers of this motivated fan base to push the network to never allow him to call another Michigan game? Someone has to call for sanity.
We are so lucky to have these seniors who've stuck with it all these tough years, even when some in the fan base were harsh. They really deserve this win.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Haiku rulez?||
Love the haiku, Brian. I hope everyone chimes in with their own, and after tomorrow’s win we can all put up our best Muppet haiku (I have a huge stash I’m willing to share). In the meantime, it’s worth pointing out that the 17-syllable “rule” of haiku is not really a rule. Haiku can be much shorter. You can make a haiku with whatever ingredients you want, but generally the most important ingredient to a good haiku is to use two images or thoughts, separated with a pause meant to give the reader an insight. So there you have it, everyone, chime in and don’t fret the 17-syllable rule.