this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|28 min 1 sec ago||From Here...||
I want to say that Hackett has already done the single most important thing, and that is helping to lay down the foundation for what should hopefully be some great times ahead, and not just for football necessarily. More broadly than football (though the Harbaugh hire should not and will never be overlooked in terms of its importance), he has helped to reform the culture of the athletic department, giving it a considered and logical direction. Most anything Hackett does from here seems like it would be a bonus.
|11 hours 48 min ago||Not Really A Caption...||
It's not really a cpation per se, but looking at the photo, this doesn't really work unless Urban Meyer starts belting out "88 Lines About 44 Women" in the background. If he did this, I want to see the Vine at the very least....also, the Vine of reactions to him doing it.
|13 hours 52 min ago||Just Unfathomable...||
I like that the NFL has priorities - backwards, nonsensical ones, but priorities all the same. Clearly, mischief with the game balls is as serious...actually moreso than assaulting other human beings in the mind of Roger Goodell and how dare Tom Brady do something so dastardly to undermine the character and integrity of the game and those who play it.
Actually, I hope "....and by the way, fuck Goodell" is now an appropriate way to close meetings, parties and other sorts of gatherings.
|14 hours 4 min ago||Bucket List Item...||
At the very least, it's another item to scratch off the football bucket list for me potentially - Army is the only service academy that I have not seen play in person actually, so there's that. I actually had not seen Air Force play in person until we played them, come to think of it. Like others have said, barring massive improvement on their part, this one is probably a cupcake, but I would take this over MAC or FCS opponents in the OOC schedule.
|14 hours 9 min ago||For Me Anyway...||
The road trip game for me this year (I haven't been able to do this for a few years because life and associated things) is going to be Indiana, primarily because that's he only Big Ten venue I've never been to, oddly enough (other than Rutgers - I saw a Maryland game when they were still in the ACC years ago, so I count it...sort of). I missed a chance due to a family emergency several years ago and just never got back to it.
|14 hours 14 min ago||If I Could...||
If I could, I would make it blog policy that any child whose first word is verified to be "Harbaugh" should probably be given automatic trusted user status as soon as they are able to have an MGoBlog account (whenever their parents decide that is, of course).
|14 hours 24 min ago||Fastest Car...||
The fastest car I have ever owned was the one I sadly I had to give up about 10 months ago because I didn't want to do the necessary engine rebuild - the police interceptor version of the Impala. It had that V8 they had to shoehorn in there, but it was pretty fast and turned flat and beautiful. The fastest one I've ever driven is my dad's 1968 Firebird, which I keep telling him I plan to sticker at the estate sale as "give to me".
|1 day 22 min ago||After All...||
I would like to think so - after all, as I like to explain to people, the Jug is a Michigan resident and probably resents this attempt by Minnesota to hold it hostage and it is likely quite worried about the stack of unanswered mail now waiting at the foot of its apartment in Ann Arbor. Also, so many summer plans ruined by Gophers - the jug is quite upset.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Very Cool...||
Very nice spot. I wonder if they'll do a few more, as it is another way to get the team itself involved in building some further hype for the season. I really enjoyed the "Who's got it better than us?" at the end as well.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Same Thought...||
I had the same thought watching that video - I miss those lines. They were a big part of the reason that Thomas could, for example, average about 144 net yards per game in 2000 by himself. There are a fair number of things about Michigan football that the last several years have taught me never to take for granted, but these videos bring beck fantastic memories indeed.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Even Further...||
Actually, with as much excitement and general hype as there has been with this particular hire, I would not be shocked if they broke it out into two lines, one extending south from the stadium into downtown Milan or thereabouts, the other going east, extending down Stadium to Washtenaw and through Ypsilanti, terminating somewhere in the Ecorse & Telegraph area in Taylor.
|1 day 16 hours ago||With Pictures...||
The embed codes that Twitter generates have a strange reaction to whatever Drupal module deals with embedded content on the board, particularly in the original posts - sometimes, if you wait a bit and leave the page open, the correct content should appear. Not sure if that's a version that needs updating or what, but it usually does work in the replies consistently. The slide show on the site is recommended for the historic images though.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I Like This...||
It was talked about roundly last year, but I really do want to see what Peppers can do on offense as well. If he is getting evaluated and getting time on both sides of the ball, to me that speaks to the sort of player that they think he can be, a difference-maker no matter where he is. As someone said, even if he is lined up as a WR and you don't throw to him, a DC will likely assume you're thinking about it and use someone on him.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Meltdown Thing...||
I started getting tweets about this and came in here ready and loaded for MGoBear and found out I have to get on the app to see it. As I can't really mod the app (the functionality isn't built in for me to do it), you get to experience uninterrupted committable (as in, psychiatric) rage while those on PCs wonder what the hell everyone is talking about.
|1 day 22 hours ago||From The Article...||
Sometimes, it just goes faster, as late last month when Oklahoma President David Boren called the Big 12 “psychologically disadvantaged’’ for having the smallest number of members (10) among Power Five conferences. He said the league should “strive’’ to get back to 12.
That's from the article that appeared in Omaha's paper. I found that use of "psychologically disadvantaged" rather interesting because it sounds like something that could be taken as a shot at the conference's long-term viability in the current absence of clear targets. Indeed, there are already some rumblings in the Big 12 media that the conference is by far the most unstable of the Power Five, which I could totally believe - more schools have compelling reasons to leave (if the opportunity presented itself) than to stay, it seems.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Yikes...||
Despite the amazingly professional demeanor, which I am not sure I would be able to keep, this reporter probably went from "Wow, you know? Do tell" to "Wow, I am sorry I spoke..." in just a few seconds on the inside. I wonder how that played out once he got back to the studio and realized that would probably run a couple times throughout the morning. Twenty years from now, I have this feeling he will still be haunted by memories of covering an arson fueled by revenge over a refusal to engage in an incestuous relationship.
|2 days 22 hours ago||One Other Date...||
Unless declared earlier by management, which has occurred in the past, the official close of OT Season should happen sometime within the week of the 24th of August as well (that weekend at the latest - traditionally, it ends about a week before the first game), so for those who are longing for that, your wait will not be terribly long.
That's blog-related, of course, but I thought I would mention it in case anyone was wondering.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Then Again...||
The relative lack of people today, of course, means we can get that second, smaller smoker in there, so having the BBQ this weekend isn't all bad really. It's just that facilities (also, security) might go apeshit when there is smoke rising from the stadium on a day when there isn't supposed to be smoke rising from the stadium.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Summer Memories...||
I managed a nice memory just this last 4th of July actually - myself, the wife and the kids just sitting on a dock at a camp in Harrison, MI...watching the folks with cottages along Long Lake put on an absolutely fantastic fireworks display that lasted well past midnight. This was much to the dismay of the Clare County Sheriff, as you could hear them trying to quell celebrations on the far side of the lake from us. We were drinking too, just quietly.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Tigers Too...||
Grew up watching Larry Osterman and Jim Northrup cover games when WDIV was not covering the Tigers on a given night. Actually, I gained a fair amount of popularity on my street because we were the only family with PASS. Fred McLeod had the Pistons call for years, as I recall - those were some good times indeed.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Did Not Know This...||
Outreach comes in many forms, but the Jordan Morgan Foundation leverages the most valuable resource of all, time. Jordan uses his time off the court to demonstrate his passion for his mission. For example, at Michigan, Jordan often used his free time during lunch to serve as a mentor for at-risk youth at Mary D. Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor.
That's awesome - I didn't know he did this actually. Actually, the mission and outreach page explains it all rather well and it is a great cause indeed. Part of this is that you can win "A Day In The D" with Morgan too, so there's definitely that.
|3 days 23 hours ago||I Suppose...||
I suppose the next question is this - will Fox Sports still hire that particular horse after it killed itself on the air? It seems like the premise for a "Days Of Our Lives" episode that was written but never filmed because the producers quickly realized that someone would first actually want to have an affair with Colin Cowherd.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Drinking Indeed...||
I am drinking more to get over the long week tonight - in this particular instance, it's a bottle of Marques de Caceres. Well, maybe two bottles. It has been that sort of week.
Worst job? Landscaping one summer while I was at Michigan. I don't mind the exercise and labor, but when it is a summer of long stretches at 90 degrees in the afternoon or better, digging holes so other people can have nice treed backyards sucks. Staying hydrated when a crew of 5-6 are sharing the same shitty Igloo water cooler presents interesting problems too.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Probably Not...||
Would I trade places with another team for the sake of just being able to win now or at least being in a better position to win quickly? No, I don't think so. I am kind of intrigued to see this develop from what it is now to what it could be, and if it means a few years of trying to "get there", if you will, I think that by now that would be part of most expectations in our fanbase. I am interested in this journey, and if it takes a bit of time, I am prepard for it. In the last several years, I think we've learned a few lessons related to this as a fanbase.
|4 days 16 hours ago||For The Adventurous...||
For the adventurous, there is always self-screenprinting. The advantage is a high-quality image but of course certain methods (actually, most of them, I think) use processes and equipment which might not be great for your skin...or indeed personal well-being. The important thing, of course, would be the quality of the resulting print, assuming your skin was sufficiently absorbent.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Received That As Well...||
I also got that notification, and as early August promises to be riddled with meetings, I will have something to do / read in those meetings during the times I am not supposed to be speaking now.
In all seriousness, this sounded like an intriguing read and a great insight to me, so I am eager to start this book.
|4 days 16 hours ago||Very Nice...||
Very nice analysis here, and thanks for posting it.
I think some of the cumulative stats speak for themselves with Rudock, which is another reason I really don't understand some of the uneasiness surrrounding him being the probable starter (I base this only on past performance, of course). In two years, he completed 60.3% of his passes and threw for over 2,300 yards both times and could be counted on for the occasional rushing TD (very occasional, usually goal line in a fashion only Iowa could manage). In terms of of QB rating overall, comparable to Gardner but Rudock is someone that seems to fight right into what Harbaugh would like to do, so that might help quite a bit (also, surrounding talent and coaching).
|5 days 24 min ago||When Friday Comes...||
When Friday comes after what has been a lengthy, stressful week, all I can say is...
|5 days 29 min ago||About Points And Gold...||
Just as an aside, the Central Bank Of MGoPoints has an interest calculation that is tied to the relative humidity at given points in the week in Bayonne, New Jersey, so I don't know about them being "better than gold". Also, they have a print-on-demand service which is convenient when you're short on beer money but probably does some unseen harm to the economy in the longer term.
|5 days 33 min ago||When I Saw It...||
When I saw the Devo album cover, I somehow immediately thought "Kent State", which of course not only gave us Devo's founding members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale, but also gave us Nick Saban and if I am not mistaken, Lou Holtz. Life is weird sometimes.
|5 days 43 min ago||Good News Indeed...||
It is cool to see some of the more recent players on various Michigan teams start down the coaching road, if you will, and in the case of Roundtree, not only is age on his side for developing a potentially nice career but Pueblo is definitely not a bad place to start it if you're starting in the D-II ranks. Best of luck to him in this next phase.
|5 days 10 hours ago||Mark May...||
As long as they hire someone to raise their hand off-camera and ask variations of questions regarding his 1979 arrest for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, I could just watch for the comedic value, I suppose. Otherwise, I will simply avoid Mark May whenever possible.
"Hey Mark, could you stand on a parked car and try to get the crowd riled up on GameDay, just for old time's sake? Yeah, I thought so..."
|5 days 13 hours ago||Top Five...||
If I had to choose a top five:
1) Michigan football
2) Michigan basketball
3) Detroit Tigers
4) Detroit Lions
5) Detroit Red Wings
I would generally say "Michigan sports and Detroit sports", but if I broke it out, well, that's what it would look like at the top.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Yeah, The Socks...||
I got down to the socks and thought to myself, "Yeah, I often pair my offbeat tuxedo socks with cleats too. It gives me that air of Value Village but with all the vibrancy made possible by a large corporation."
As for the rest of it, it's very un-Nebraska to me. Very little of the tradition and the simplicity remains into those alternates.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Decisions, Decisions...||
It's all theory, of course, but working within the bounds of the exercise, I wonder how we would do with:
- Rick Leach ($4)
- Tyrone Wheatley ($2)
- Anthony Carter ($3)
- Charles Woodson ($5)
- Jim Harbaugh ($1)
|5 days 22 hours ago||Like Others...||
If proximity is a constrain, then like a few have mentioned, Indpendence Lake is a good bet and it has a small water park adjoining now if I am not mistaken, so there is that. If you want to go a bit farther up the road, there's Kensington Metropark - it has a pool near the beach if you're wanting to contain the kids a bit too. Not far from there is Camp Dearborn, which has a public-access beach despite being a privately-owned facility - it's $6 for non-resident parking though.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I Remember That...||
I was at that game as well - I don't think there was a dry eye in my section. Actually, I don't think there was a dry eye in my field of vision, come to think of it. That was an incredible sight and incredibly moving indeed.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Similar Thought...||
I've had similar thoughts - I mean, he was 44-13-3 at Michigan and it seemed to me like that trend probably would have continued, even improved, if he had not been fired. It's all speculation at this point, but with Moeller, it's an interesting exercise or at least I find to be so. Oh, the things we will never know.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Initial Guess...||
6 - A Utah (Sept 3)
|6 days 18 hours ago||Not An Issue...||
"Obviously, (Jim) Harbaugh coming in was going to change things at Michigan — do things his way," Heitzman told the Dispatch. "But I didn't know if I wanted to try out. That definitely took me off-guard. I was bummed out."
While it is unfortunate that Heitzman had misgivings about the process, I don't see where this is a problem and I think it could have been anticipated with the arrival of Harbaugh and wanting as clean a break from the previous several years as possible, up to and including doing his own evaluations of the available talent. Harbaugh is trying to put players in positions where they can succeed and develop and this would have been simply one part of that.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Chatsports...||
As a reminder, anything with Ace Williams in the byline is an insta-ban, no appeal and you may not pass go. As someone mentioned, however, the site is essentially an aggregator and if it is linking to a legitimate source (it links this blog on occasion actually), there probably isn't too much harm in it. As a rule, however, do go to the actual source article in these situation if at all possible.
|1 week 21 min ago||Interesting Article...||
The CFL has become the United Nations. Flags are flying everywhere. Games are averaging 28.5 penalties per outing compared to 21.6 in 2014, an increase of 32 per cent. It’s concerning to TSN executives from an entertainment point of view. And it’s concerning to Lions head coach Jeff Tedford, because a lack of discipline can be reflected on the scoreboard.
So that's where Jeff Tedford went, eh? I had wondered actually after 10 seasons at California and that brief stop as the OC at Tampa (was it Tampa?).
In all seriousness though, nice to see Roh getting a shot somewhere and continuing to play football. Interesting statements on the protection of the quarterback in the CFL too actually - really hadn't thought about it before, but given the style of play that is prevalent, I get it.
|1 week 32 min ago||Where I Live...||
The districts where I attended school (Northville and then Saline) have seen their fair share of changes, but the one where I currently live and where my kids go (Romulus) has seen a lot of tough choices made too. In the eleven years we've lived here, three elementary schools - including the one that would have been the neighborhood school for us - have shut down and the only real infusion it has had in terms of student population / funding is when they took on a portion of the now-defunct Inkster School District. Couple that with the fact that a lot of my neighbors are older families and empty nesters now and it's hard to see this turning around soon.
|1 week 12 hours ago||This Right Here...||
At least for opening different pages of the forum, this is the most effective workaround. As far as I know, and I could be wrong, the fact that it only occasionally works in the same tab is a site caching issue (it does work if you catch it at a good moment - try it at 1 AM or something *grumble grumble I know*). The search engine is a relatively recent development that was mentioned via Twitter so we shall see - I mean, googling "MGoBlog" and then whatever topic works fine too, but it would be nice to have that function back.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Fox Sports 1||
Channel 33 on Comcast here in southern Wayne County, so I am all set. Worst case scenario, I do have seating for 7-8 in the family room if there are people desperate for a TV and Michigan football too. I am sure my wife wouldn't mind so long as I gave her at least a week's notice that we could violate noise restrictions on the street.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Rick Mahorn Days...||
I will say that Rick Mahorn days were some good days, for he was as George Blaha liked to say "The Baddest Bad Boy Of Them All". Those were some great teams indeed.
Now I'll have to watch the appropriate 30 For 30 again sometimes this week.
|1 week 18 hours ago||As For The Title...||
As for the title, I sort of took "Return" in the sense of lessons that were learned and how we've begun the process of hopefully regaining our footings as a football program, not so much the conventional use perhaps. That having been said, I did preorder this and I am intrigued to read it actually, partially because I am curious as to the portion or two which relates directly to this blog, so I hear.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
The movie received two Academy Award™ nominations, including Dennis Hopper for Best Supporting Actor, and is widely regarded as one of the best sports movies of all time.
It's actually a really cool idea, I think, and I do like the movie-inspired look here, but to complete the look, someone really needs to be on the bench doing their best "Shooter" Flatch.
|1 week 22 hours ago||That Car...||
I would tend to agree with this one - the Aztek was an awful car. I had one briefly about 15 years ago and couldn't stand it. Not much for looks, handled not too well and basically was best described by my sister as "the product of a weird marriage between a Hamilton Beach toaster and an SUV".
My father started his career at General Motors working with the group that worked on the Firebird and never, ever forgave the company for what he called "the slow bastardization of the performance brand". The Aztek was but one example.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Say This...||
I will say that, of all the shows that got the axe recently, this was the one that I was most pissed about actually. I was really into it and Ihope someone else picks it up as well - I really think "Hannibal" had a lot of potential and I don't understand the reasoning behind dropping it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Some "Highlights"....||
Someone already mentioned it, but one of them would be the 2010 Michigan-Illinois game as well. I can still remember being embarrassed, even agitated after that game. My wife was with me at the game and was trying to comfort me with, "But you won!" and all I could do was say with a slightly raised voice, "Win? What did we win? Holy shit...." and I got up and began to walk back to the car, saying very little.
For sheer shock, depression, bewilderment which found expression in drinking, The Horror would be the winner hands down. We parked in town. I finally got back to my car by way of The Brown Jug. My wife drove fortunately. I did not even know what to feel after that game expect that vague uneasiness that nothing would be quite the same again.
|1 week 1 day ago||Free To Attempt Again...||
MSU Cotton Bowl Ring for sale
The OP is free to attempt this again, despite the late revision to it - just try not to be too reactionary if people aren't too thrilled about it. At this point, it would be difficult to salvage it because of how it was initially framed and because of the stance the OP took when criticized, which seems even stranger with the edits now.
|1 week 1 day ago||For Now...||
For now, it is only certain offices, I believe. In Wayne County, I am pretty sure the only ones currently using this are the SuperCenters in Livonia and Detroit as well as the Plus center on Ecrose in Taylor. That was my understanding from what I read when I finally belatedly decided to renew my plate a couple weeks ago (slacker, I know). Fortunately, the one in Taylor is about 15 minutes from my office and 10 from my house.
|1 week 1 day ago||It's Coming...||
It is hard to believe that we're already on the back end of July and heading quickly into August, but of course that means football is approaching and soon the board will be alive with all the rampant speculation that camp brings, most of which will revolve around the slow but sure formation of the depth chart, which may or may not be the depth chart per se. I guess I better work on the "End Of OT Season" diary, which traditionally goes up on the weekend before the first game, so there are roughly 5 weeks of OT season left.
|1 week 2 days ago||About This...||
Like someone said, I am happy whenever someone wants to contribute to the economy of my home state, even Ohio State fans. Indeed, there was a group of them at an adjacent campsite when I was up in Harrison, MI for the 4th of July and we got along well enough despite the fact that when they pulled up I was decked out in maize and blue. They glared at me for a moment, then I turned around, "I know, a Michigan fan in the state of Michigan! It's weird, right?" and somehow that broke the tension.
|1 week 2 days ago||Regarding SyFy...||
I will say that my wife and I are getting into "Killjoy" and "Dark Matter", both of which I like at least thus far so the quality of series seems to be on the uptick on that channel. I realize that it is subjective, but at least on Friday night's lineup (where those two shows sit), I've been having decent luck lately.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Don't Miss It...||
I will be honest and say that I don't miss the days where if we were going to attend an event on, say, Saturday, we had to start staging things sometime on Thursday afternoon just so we could leave when we thought we should leave on Saturday. The first time we took the kids to Chicago to see my wife's extended family, I think we started packing about 10 days in advance. Now that they are 9 and 8, it is somewhat simpler although "No, you cannot bring all the toys - you have to pack some clothes at least" can still be heard sometimes.
|1 week 2 days ago||Here's One...||
There are a few that I've been to over the years that I would put on a list - Candlestick Park was a souless concrete nightmare, for example - but one that stands out when I think about this is Exhibition Stadium (actually saw a couple games here growing up), where the Blue Jays played for the first 12-13 years of their existence. Great for the Argonauts, shitty for baseball. In the summer, the searing turf and the constant threat of strafing runs from Lake Ontario's seagulls made it unbearable. The "center field seats" were, at their most distant some 800 feet from home plate and aside from watching a home run roll all the way to the north end zone sometimes, it had nothing going for it.
|1 week 3 days ago||This Right Here...||
You know, I found myself saying the same thing when I saw these, but then looking through the Michigan goggles, I could never fathom something like this being done by any apparel manufacturer really. If I at least try to look at this from a Miami standpoint, a uniform like this seems like it might be fairly easy to get behind because Miami, but I could be off there. Point taken, however.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeesh...||
The average attendance for home games during the 2014 season (104,909 fans) was close to 7,000 fans per game less than 2013's average attendance (111,592 fans).
Yeesh, that's nearly an 8% drop year to year. I know what we suspected throughout last season, but that is a pretty significant drop indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Always Wondered...||
I always wondered if perhaps Warren was a little uneasy about some of the instability in the coaching staff on the defensive side of the ball and perhaps that drove the decision to depart early, at least in some small part. I could be wrong there, but it seemed a shame to see such a great college player have to deal with three defensive coordinators from 2007-09, but then I believe the Draft Advisory Board supposedly told him he would go inside the first three rounds, but then of course that ankle injury (and he played dinged up a fair bit at Michigan too) caused him to struggle in position drills hence the "meh" combine numbers. You wonder what could have been with Warren sometimes, or at least I do.
|1 week 3 days ago||It Is Interesting...||
Although one of his previous stops is in the top five on this list - Stanford - it is pretty interesting that now two of the schools in the top twenty have in fact been graced with Harbaugh. Even though our era of Harbaugh is yet to begin from a season standpoint, it is pretty cool that in a way he factors into the list like this.
|1 week 3 days ago||Fortunately...||
Fortunately, the work I have to do on the house today is inside, although the hotter it gets, the less the air conditioning seems to do so it will suck all the same. Jogging might turn into a brisk walk, which I should probably begin, oh, now before it is too late. It's been a while since we've had a heat advisory, but they still are decidedly inconvenient.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh, The Memories...||
I loved that show growing up. One of my favorite episodes:
|1 week 4 days ago||ELO...||
Been on an ELO kick lately thanks to a earworm planted by someone playingtheir radio at the desk in my aisle a few days ago. It happened to be one of my favorite ELO songs too...
|1 week 4 days ago||Too Many To List...||
"Windy" by The Association. Actually, a lot of things by The Association are great. "Everyday People" by Sly And The Family Stone is anothe classic, in my opinion. "White Room" by Cream, "My Generation" by the Who or anything by either of these groups from that period really. Really, the mid to late 1960s were on a bit of a collective role when it came to rock.
As others have mention, gotta have some Motown in the mix too - I own both The Four Tops and The Temptations on vinyl actually. Well, those records were handed down with the stipulation that they be enjoyed, and they are.
|1 week 4 days ago||"We're in your country,||
"We're in your country, racing your bicyclists on foot..."
It does have a nice ring to it actually, although I have to wonder how long that guy actually kept up. If it was Harbaugh and this has been craftily photoshopped, he might very well have been the time leader for that stage though.
|1 week 4 days ago||What Gets Me...||
What sort of gets me even now - and as someone said, it seemed like a time where even wins were harbingers of doom - is that if the second attempt at the conversion by Wisconsin doesn't die with a bad throw (the first being successful but reversed on a penalty, I believe), that game goes to OT and who knows after that. Even what turned out to be a win was a bit of climb in 2008.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh, The Memories...||
You'll absolutely need the sweetness of fresh picked berries to counterbalance the fact that Michigan starts eight drives from its own 40 yard line or better and winds up with a grand total of seven points to show for them. Not wanting to be left out, the Wildcats start with the ball in Michigan territory three times in the second half. Those drives yield zero points and negative 11 yards.
I certainly cannot be the only one for whom booze made this game that much more hilarious in a sad, a very sad way, but the point made by Nanni is well-taken - it would be a great help to erase this game from our consciousness.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tell Me More...||
|1 week 4 days ago||Starting Early...||
Leaving a few hours early today to get a head start on a much-needed weekend - doubling for someone for two weeks reached a tipping point this morning with a few more calls wanting answers regarding things about which I know nothing, so at 1 PM, off I go and my phone can take a flying leap at itself. Pizza and beer and Tigers baseball-ish later on and then throughout what apparently will be a rather hot weekend in SE Michigan.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not A Wiki Page...||
....but some of the most hilarious fake reviews for a book can be found on Amazon - LINK
Although I get the sense that "How To Avoid Huge Ships" was written by a ship's captain who was "meh" about his choice of career ultimately, his book inspired comedic gold, in my opinion anyway.
Read this book before going on vacation and I couldn't find my cruise liner in the port. Vacation ruined.
And one that is in iffy taste, but I laughed...
There is one major oversight in this generally well-written book, and that is that it addresses animate readers exclusively. As a large rock in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the coast of Giglio Island, I have recently been confronted with instances in which avoiding huge ships was of fundamental interest to my personal well-being. However, the methods presented in Capt. Trimmer's book were none too useful in my efforts to avoid huge ships, as I was recently struck by a very large ship indeed, a cruise vessel called the 'Costa Concordia'.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very Nice...||
"Really? No power blocking from your fullback? I just don't see where you're headed with this."
The guy in the background is pretty compelling though - "It's not unsual to be in a photo with anyone....it's not unusual to be high with anyone....but when I see that the anyone is Harbaugh...."
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
At Michigan, when the student government asked undergraduates why they go to football games, what they found clashed with conventional wisdom: Michigan’s students simply didn’t care that much about mobile connectivity. In-game Wi-Fi wasn’t as essential as lower ticket prices or better seat locations. Among the seven possible improvements to the game-day experience, in fact, students ranked cell reception last.
If accurate, then it is kind of refreshing to see that the concerns are common to those of us who are older than the students (especially those of us who were students when there was not much need to worry about wirelss connectivity because what was that anyway). I do agree with others though, the solution seems to be in making the experience more palatable from start to finish, inside and outside the stadium, more than making sure people can livetweet the game necessarily.
|1 week 5 days ago||Another Quasi-Tradition...||
My mom, who was a student in the 1960s, still remembers friends who would bring as much Boone's Farm as they could carry, but of course that was the pre-Bo days (and the Boone's Farm was pretty much the most entertaining aspect of the game sometimes in that period in her opinion) so the tradition of general mischief in the south end zone had a different tone to it back then.
|1 week 5 days ago||Good To Know...||
This is actually good to know because we had 2-3 designs for serving this building when they originally sent us the preliminary plans. Of course, all of them involve boring under W. Stadium from somewhere in the OSEH parking lot, so yeah.....not easy.
It does look cool, and this was much needed, I think.
|1 week 5 days ago||As For This...||
The first question asked of Saban on Wednesday was about Harbaugh and the camps, and his response was sufficiently defensive: "I don't agree with it. … If other people are going to be allowed to do things, then I think it's important that we all have a level playing field."
I really don't care what Saban thinks about this, but I just still laugh when the first question at SEC Media Days turned out to be about Jim Harbaugh and satellite camps. As for everything else, I would just love to see Michigan officially begin to transform into somethng more familiar, if you will.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Article...||
A recurring theme has been an emphasis on money over anything else, from increases in ticket prices, changes in faculty tickets and a focus on international branding. The concern, sources say, is less the message than Patterson’s approach, sources said. Most of the goodwill surrounding his hire has pretty much been exhausted. - from the Dallas Morning News
If the approach really is "Eff the students and faculty, but be damned if I can't have my game against Presbyterian in Lagos in 2021", then yeah, I get the constant meetings with the university president to make sure we're still in the neighborhood of human (from the sound of some Texas fans, we've let the human ship sail already).
|1 week 5 days ago||If only the Magnus effect||
If only the Magnus effect would stay away from my golf game, I would be much, much happier...
|1 week 5 days ago||Looking At Box Score...||
Clarence was not kidding about France's defense - we gained 454 yards on 57 plays, or 7.96 yards per play. Due to the -26 yards rushing, France garnered all of 75 yards of total positive yards on 50 plays for 1.5 yards per play. In there is -1.1 yards per rushing attempt. France only managed 7 first downs to our 24 as well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Exactly...||
If you calculate R^2 for our own average turnover margin compared to win totals over the last ten seasons or so (I went back to 2004 anyway), it comes out to 0.7898, which is not bad at all considering the confounding things that happen in football games and therefore get mixed into such comparisons in the first place. It's a pretty similar figure throughout the Big Ten from what I recall anyway, although in different confierences it might vary more.
|1 week 5 days ago||Although...||
If not for the still ridiculous buyout which Iowa seems to be patiently allowing to dissipate to a fiscally manageable level, it seems like an increasing number of Iowa fans think that giving Kirk Ferentz his walking papers - his gold inlay walking papers - IS doing it the right way.
|1 week 5 days ago||The Solution...||
“In the next 5-10 years, I don’t even think they’ll have radios in cars. I think podcast and digital and Sirius is the future. I think terrestrial — AM especially — is done in five years.” - Colin Cowherd
Then it is simple. Colin Cowherd must be put on any available AM property that Fox still happend to own as soon as he arrives.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's The Thing...||
I could never see either of them saying something like this, and that's what makes Harbaugh being here all the more entertaining is that he is such a contrast from their styles. In any case, Saban is far too busy being distracted by that "next level" opportunity a few threads down, I believe, to even be bothered by the existence of such a restaurant.
|1 week 5 days ago||Regarding That...||
Burress told Saban of college players who look ahead to the NFL, “the kids are just chasing a dream that you were.” Burress is right about that.
This is from the NBC story, but it is basically all Burress had to say to point out - and rightly so - the hypocritical nature of Saban's statements. As they chase a goal of getting to the next level, so did Saban, as LSU was definitely a "next level" position compared to a then-languishing MSU. For Saban to complain about anyone being distracted by the want of something seen as greater was rather intriguing, to say the least.
|1 week 6 days ago||I Might Be Wrong...||
I might be wrong, but I think there is a contingent of that fanbase that probably does sit there all day, looking something like...
If only the thoughts were interesting.
|1 week 6 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, a good long swim up and down the Cass River probably wouldn't be all that bad....well, OK, the ducks and geese and the general related items, but a challenge all the same, I am sure. The good news is that if you can manage to work your way westward from the lake, you'll eventually end up in Frankenmuth.
|1 week 6 days ago||Trolling Tide Fans...||
I would think that if you really wanted to do something that would troll Alabama fans, you would do something like dress as Mike Shula and bring a box of free textbooks to pass out to the crowd or hold I sign that reads, "Who Here Misses Mike DuBose?"
To each their own form of trolling, I suppose.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wow Indeed...||
Very nice. I think that means that not only did Hackett win the Showcase Showdown but both showcases at the end of the game as well with this particular contract. I have to think that even structurally between cash and apparel and other portions of the total value, this is about an order of magnitude more lucrative than, say, Florida State's deal, though I could be wrong.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yes Indeed...||
My father drove standard shift cars almost exclusively for a long time, so I got a handle on the basics growing up and then learned in earnest with my first car, which was a 1991 Lumina Z34 V6 (the 3.4 liter), which had the 5-speed manual and I think it might have been the only Lumina to have such a thing available. Now, I drive a 2015 Jeep Cherokee which has an automatic in it.
|1 week 6 days ago||No Extra Effort...||
Posing at McDonald's in Paris? Not so much. It felt more like a holiday card engineered by the Michigan marketing arm.
We've discussed it before, but Jim Harbaugh - simply by being Jim Harbaugh - markets Michigan and there is no extra effort required. Tweeting out a photo of himself reading a Parisian McDonald's menu rather sounds like the sort of thing Harbaugh would do anyway.
|1 week 6 days ago||Also This....||
Here's NASA"s writeup about the size debate too - LINK
Mission scientists have found Pluto to be 1,473 miles (2,370 kilometers) in diameter, somewhat larger than many prior estimates. Images acquired with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were used to make this determination. This result confirms what was already suspected: Pluto is larger than all other known solar system objects beyond the orbit of Neptune.
They also mention that Pluto's density is lower than previously thought, but the amount of ice in its interior is higher than once believed as well.
|2 weeks 38 min ago||As Well As...||
...and to boot, the methods and techniques would probably be far more advanced than the totems and shamans currently being employed to keep AIRBHG at bay in Iowa City. Of course, the totems merely depict the injury history of various players in an effort to let AIRBHG know that they are humbled and mindful of his power, and the "shamans" merely lather spectators in Icy Hot to blunt the pain caused by AIRBHG's capricious smiting.
A trainer or strength coach seems a lot simpler, come to think of it.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||What If...||
What if Joe Buck palyed the Joe Buck Drinking Game?
"Take over for me....I'm the bag *head on table*"
It would probably play out exactly as in "Major League".
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||There Are Several...||
...but one performance - if I can frame it like this rather than a song per se - that always stood out to me is the tribute to Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland that was part of halftime for the Michigan-ND game in 1991. Of course, more people may remember that one for Desmond's catch - it was a muscially and aesthetically pleasant game overall.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||The Signature Room...||
It's not too formal for dinner either really - I think the site states "business casual" as a guideline, which is not terribly hard to achieve. Either way, not a bad place to eat when you're in Chicago at all, although we always make a homage to either Giordano's or the first Pizzeria Uno almost every time we (well, my wife) visits family.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||I Wonder...||
I wonder if the introduction of the Wave to Tiger Stadium was a huge step in making the wave a widely known thing because it was 1984, the Tigers were getting national attention and everyone following sports got a chance to see it.
Of course, the next year, the so-called Bleacher Creatures did their own rendition of the "Tastes Great, Less Filling" campaign with much more salty chants, so never let it be said that we're not willing to innovate in SE Michigan.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||You Know...||
During the football and basketball seasons, I have to think that Brian feels this way inside sometimes, especially last fall. I could see it.
When I saw that a rather obvious mistake had been made, I thought about deleting this thread, but no....the parade of Brian Cooks has been fascinating somehow.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Harbaugh....||
You get an intensity from Harbaugh's face that just isn't there when you look at Lil Wayne - you just think, "Oh, it's Lil Wayne". When you look at Harbaugh, you kind of get the sense that he's trying to read you from go and is going to do whatever it is he is about to do whether you like it or not.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, it was two generations worth of of the 2.5L engine from about 1996 to some time in the 2000s and one of the primary issues was the factory coating on the gaskets themselves would basically degrade and fail spot on around 120,000 miles. I thought that coolant conditioner bought some people more time, but eventually they were staring at the same problem. A lot of dealerships - so I heard - installed the same gaskets for the repair too, which blows if you own a Subaru in this range and didn't go to an independent shop.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Well, I Guess....||
I guess if you're going to buy Gravelly Shoal and maintain it, the bitch is also buying a suitable barge to ferry maintenance equipment and other supplies.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That Game...||
...still has a few great images available. Tyrone Butterfield, for example:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Miss It...||
I miss this show, I admit it.
What makes me feel a bit old is that Jim Brandstatter was my age at this point in the show and yet I still remember these episodes in this era being appointment viewing in my house. We would gather around the family room TV (remember when a 28" Zenith from Highland was the shit or close to it?) and eat breakfast with Michigan Replay.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Congratulations!||
Congratulations on your new job, first and foremost.
My mother spent 37 years in Romulus Schools here in Michigan (part of it as an assistant principal and director of technology, but mostly as a teacher) and although you could see the frustrations sometimes, she loved what she did and I don't think she'd ever trade those times for anything. I never knew how she did it and I don't know that I would have the patience, but many, many kudos to those in the profession.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||While In Paris...||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, Gus...||
The upshot of it seems to be that Gus - like his SEC colleagues - wants as many "alternatives" as possible. That's OK, of course, for I am sure that there was no one at the Prattville camp that Malzahn typically would seek out....pretty sure....I mean, no one saw Malzahn hiding out in the shrubs, or at least no one reported seeing him. I wasn't there, so I don't know if anyone swept the surrounding woods or searched any multi-story buildings which would provide him with a view.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...||
The AJC's article on the subject can be found here - LINK
Naturally, as is normal in these situations, the explanation is crystal clear:
“I don’t know what all went on there behind the scenes there. It just kind of was what it was. I don’t know. I wasn’t admitted to Ohio State. That’s all I know"
They did work in a jab for their former SEC foe Urban Meyer, questioning whether it was academics or if Meyer simply ran out of available scholarships.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Same Issue...||
I actually have the same problem - I think of Syracuse and this game very quickly comes to mind and then memories of "Will someone PLEASE tackle that McNabb dude?". Combine that with the sting that this was coming off that 36-20 loss to Notre Dame the previous week (never mind coming off that magical year previous) so the sting was more pronounced, and it is hard to like them much after that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Off The Wall Suggestion...||
You know, I've always thought that Michigan Stadium was just big enough that we could have scaled re-enactments of famous naval battles. Perhaps something where they start with, say, Salamis and move through Actium, do one or two from the Middle Ages, the defeat of the Armada in 1588 and so on through the centuries up to modern-day carrier based action or something like that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If It Is Possible...||
If it is indeed the case that this kid - or someone else out there - can do it in game condition, I believe that by tradition someone is obligated to let Iowa know where such people can be found so that they can simply achieve the ultimate goal of going for 3 without even having to worry about mounting a drive of any length. Greg Davis would be very relieved, I am sure.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Realistically...||
Realistically, all of Phil Knight's money will not prevent a thread on the first Michigan'related Nike product from this upcoming contract that someone does not like so much (we actually would breach a quasi-MGoTradition if no such thread were to come about), although I do like where your head is at here purely for selfish reasons.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Kicked It Off Right...||
I just presented one of my employees with a service award (it feels strange giving a length of service award to someone who has been with the company for nearly your entire life) and it turned into an unexpectedly large event, so that was a great way to get Monday - and the week - going for everyone around here really. It gives a very un-Monday vibe to Monday, which is nice - the cake helps take the edge off as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Sad News...||
Iwata was part of the team that helped bring us Nintendo DS, and as I recall, he had a hand in the revitalization and contnuation to this day of the Legend Of Zelda family of games, which happen to be a favorite of mine as games go. He helped develop "Balloon Fight", "Kirby" and a few other notable games earlier in his career too, and the fact that he was a programmer that became a CEO was something of a rarity in gaming circles too, at least for a company of the scale of Nintendo. He will be sadly missed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||General Observation...||
ComicCon is a pretty good source for foreknowledge about things like this really. I just need my sister to let me be her assistant at her booth one year so I can gather some better intelligence about things coming out in the near future. That would probably be rather awesome, but then my wife would torture me for any information I had about the show "Supernatural"......"Dominion" too, come to think of it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||All I Know...||
...is that it is times like these where we require a specialist...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The SBNation Article...||
SBNation got it right with their final remark on the matter:
The game's been changed, aspiring college football player. The only logical next step is a long snapper mixtape.
Entire swaths of the Rivals board submitting dubstep Hudl videos is probably in our future too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not Going Well...||
I don't think this is going to go quite the way the OP intended. I think BTN showing last year's game is less about Rutgers and more about what Michigan - even in a hobbled state - means to the Big Ten. If it had been an upset of a ranked, undefeated Michigan, it's probably a BTN Classic in the more conventional sense.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||In Addition To This...||
In addition to that, they've shown games from Nebraska's days in the Big XII on BTN Classic, and even a few from Penn State's pre-B1G days, so apparently the network's logic is that once you join the conference (or joined about 25 years ago, in PSU's case), your entire body of work is now eligible to be on BTN and all your past players are eligible to be in the "Best Player" polls and so forth.
I admit that I don't quite get that, but it probably makes things easier for them somehow, somewhere.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Missing The Mark...||
You know, I can't help but wonder what would happen if perhaps Jimbo and FSU's staff maybe tried something novel like, oh, developing character and finding means to discourage such behavior, not to mention revolutionary cultural changes like caring about people. They could always give it a try - you won't help everyone, but you'd help quite a few. Saying something like, "No more bars" in this case is a lot like telling your players, "I do NOT want to see ANYONE with a thermonuclear warhead on school property. The AD made that very clear the last time someone lit up."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As Expected, I Think...||
I would think that this is a totally expected result if we're judging uniforms in the Big Ten. I do see, however, that Indiana is getting its just desserts for special helmets that inspire renditions of "The Candy Man Can" though, and perhaps rightly so.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||A Few More...||
There are some off-the-path places that are pretty cool too. Not sure how into pinball and amusement park stuff you or your kids might be, but Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum is a great place to waste a few hours if you're into it. Locals will remember Tally Hall, which is where much of that same equipment was at one time. Cranbrook is worth it and they have planetarium shows as well, so there's also that. Also, if you do go to Belle Isle, definitely hit up the Dossin Great Lakes Museum
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Another Change...||
Every time I go down to our downtown headquarters by MGM, something is very different in the view now. It still feels weird not to see Tiger Stadium out the south side of the building, or to not see the old Cass Technical High School to the west and north and now the Park Avenue is gone from that view too. It takes a while to get used to not seeing things out the window when you look around. That being said, I am excited to see that area get redeveloped.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Article...||
Managing Partner Eric Smallwood estimates Michigan's football team will generate $10.7 million in exposure during the regular season if Harbaugh doesn't wear a hat and $11.6 million if he wears a hat with a visible logo.
It seems like something only Jim Harbaugh and a select few could manage, generating nearly an extra million just by putting on a hat. I don't see him wandering around the sideline without one really though, at least not but once in a rare while, so that might be almost money in the bank potentially, if the estimate is correct (the hype and interest alone - as evidenced by just this site, other corners of the fandom aside for a second - makes me think $1 million is conservative).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That Performance...||
That bullpen performance....dear lord....that stung all the way through. It sadly made a great outing from Verlander more of a footnote in the books on this one rather than the main point of discussion, not to mention making three home runs from the offense something that will be barely mentioned on the news today. Just painful.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That Was The Idea...||
That was basically the idea, to create a situation where we did not have a hot take nightmare on the boards that would bury thoughful observations that would generate good discussion. The idea to do that was to simply have a collector for the statements that, by themselves, would likely not be able to stand by themselves (which in the first hour or two after games is about 98% of them).
Thank you, Blue Tuesday and LSA Aught One - I actually took on the role of modding when offered out of my vast enjoyment of the site and the community. I wanted to give back to it in my own way. The high level of engagement here in this corner of the fanbase is what makes a lot of the difference as well as the level of access the paid staff and even its regular users have to various things Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sympathize With The OP...||
I sympathize with you there, OP. I am filling in for two people at the moment and my life this week has been not the best. That being said, the best part about the week is that I really can't answer any deep questions about the work of others anyway and my birhtday was yesterday, which is a huge plus for me.
As for drinking, I have a case of the Blue Moon White IPA and the Tigers game in front of me and no one else in the house aside from the cats, who have thoughtfully and politely passed on having beer, so more for me.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It Serves A Purpose...||
You know, it works when you have kids that want pizza and want it right now and there's really no Plan A for dinner, it is a feasible option and cheap. We have a pizza night in the house at least every other week or so, and we normally will just order from Jet's or Hungry Howie's, but there are evenings when everyone is running around, everyone is tired and wants to eat now and Little Caesar's admittedly fills a hole in those situations - but no, it is not a favorite by any stretch (I will pass on it when I get it for others).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Speaking Of This...||
If anyone is interested, the Park Avenue Hotel in Detroit - now abandoned - will be imploded tomorrow at 8 AM to make way for the new Red Wings arena and surrounding district. I was always fascinated by such events, even attending a few of the local implosions, including the ones that helped clear the land for Comerica Park and Ford Field. They are making quick progressm, or so it seems to me - I can see the area pretty clearly from our headquarters across I-75 when I am down there for meetings.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Pandemic of stupid continues in Ohio
I have grave doubts that this one was going to go well for the OP. I think the overriding message here is that no one really cares - nor should they - if Braxton Miller believes himself to be the best athlete in college football.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Nomination...||
The dude who decided it was a good idea to sort the entire Michigan football roster by race and ethnicity (or his perceptions thereof, which were broad and sweeping and insulting) and then go on to use that as a justification for using this as one of the criteria in recruiting at certain positions is an easy first ballot contender. He was banned inside 30 minutes and came back later that day with an account called "FUCKMGOBLOG" - the fact that he honestly did not see the problem was sad.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Cultural Impact...||
I think that there is a point where you do have to wonder about the culture of a program and if it permits or fosters an atmosphere - by various means - where these behaviors are unfortunately allowed to surface. Like you said, no program is perfect, but it does seem like some coaches are definitely far better at discouraging uncivil behavior, whether that is through due diligence in recruiting or through the way that the program is run and the coaching staff's attitude towards developing the person as well as the player. Actually, perhaps that is part of the picture, when you have a staff that is not interested in the person so much, and that is truly unfortunate.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That Catch...||
It will be hard to forget Glanda's clutch grab, and indeed, I think the ability to play some spot WR duty probably should be something we look for in future longsnappers. I mean, you never know until you try it out, even by sheer accident, right? Now that we're in that slow slide towards fall camp, the anticipation is growing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There Is A Shift...||
The rough distribution of players has shift for Michigan over the years.
I did a diary about two years ago or so on the geogrpahic shift, and what I found is that going back to the 1960s, you had something like over half of the rosters typically being from Michigan and close to another thirty percent coming from Ohio and Illinois. The remaining 20% was a smattering of various states (Pennsylvania and Indiana figuring prominently in the "smattering").
By the 1980s and 1990s, you're still getting about 30% or so of your roster from Michigan most years, but as expected, Texas, Florida, California and a couple others are showing up significantly as well. The satellite camps were in places that were already hotbeds of talent a couple decades ago. To some extent, Michigan's roster mirrored the national talent shift going on at the time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||On The Flip Side...||
On the flip side, we sort of got a compliment for our collective obsessive thoroughness about game analysis, so there's that. It is interesting to witness - in person, in a way sometimes - the "traction" (as they put it) this site does seem to have in the MGoCommunity. I've even seen people in this very building on it, even quoting it. Lunchtime reading in places where you didn't expect it - quite amazing really.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Like That...||
I like the idea of using a spelling bee, although I can't help but wonder if we should underscore the ridiculousness of using the All-Star Game in this manner by utilitzing something obscure, possibly quite boring - maybe Chris Berman doing the color commentary for the MLB's first All-Star Double-Elimination Canasta Tournament.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good To Hear...||
Statements like this are definitely good to hear, especially from athletes that you're pretty sure will garner interest from the league before their academic journey would be complete. Peppers always has seemed like someone who really places great importance on the academic opportunities he has at - in this case and fortunately for us - Michigan, and indeed, that degree can only make his future brighter.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Same For Me...||
That's what I got as well - born and raised in SE Michigan, went to school in Ann Arbor, but wife from Chicago, which might explain the northern Illinois influence a little bit (although half of her family is also in the Cincinnati / Newport, KY belt). It also explains why I caught myself saying "soda" once and felt un-Michigan for a moment, very un-Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Congratulations To Her...||
The news of her retirement reached Jeter, the Yankees great who retired last year. He responded by sending Stewart a signed photo, reading: "To Mary, Congratulations. Retirement: It feels good. DJ."
That's actually a pretty awesome gesture by Jeter, but it underscores just how much she has been - in her own way - a part of the Michigan journey for some many people. I met her once, but I knew enough to know that she had helped so many, even friends of mine. Congratulations on retirement and a very impactful career.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So Many Places....||
Thinking of a few one-off places that I've been over the years....
Is Schlenker's in Jackson still around? I remember that burger being rather good for something that is more a deli / diner type deal. Not the Piedmontese by any means, but good for $4 and some change, especially when you get the fries and the fried cauliflower included. Perhaps the better one in Jackson might be found over at Klavon's.
Torch Bar & Grill in Flint is pretty similar to Miller's in Dearborn in terms of style, but both have good burgers. Crossroads too, if you're ever in or around Leslie - that's pretty underrated, I thought. The Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak is can't miss, in my opinion too.
I'll think of more, I am sure. There are plenty of decent burgers in Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Home Alone...||
I get to leave this place around 4 PM and go home to.....no one. My mother-in-law is keeping the kids overnight and my wife will be working, so it will be me, a grill, some beer and the Tigers game in a one-man party. Well, the cats too, although all they do is take up strategic spaces on furniture in the family room.
I might do some constructive things - I am sure my wife will leave a list. The question is this - do I actually "see" the list? If I "see" it, does something tragic happen to it? We shall see.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Done And Done...||
There was an initial round of deletions, then I kind of decided to let the discussion flame out a bit on its own rather than delete it prematurely and then have someone try to rekindle it. Hopefully, we're mostly good to go now and as a general note to the board - if your post was relatively inoffensive and it is still gone, the interface for dealing with such things creates a situation where sometimes there is collateral damage when removing things. Apologies for that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||R.I.P. "The Snake"....||
I actually read his autobiography years ago - "Snake" - and remember being amused by the fact that, while he was in Houston, there was a brief flirtation with a locally-made soft drink called "Snake Venom". It bombed, but Stabler was cool with it - he himself said it tasted pretty much like it sounded. He was on SNL, "Married With Children" and a couple other shows in a guest role too, and he even had a children's book out there, I believe.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||True, But...||
...you also have to cover your last base with...
...just to be on the safe side.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Awesome Indeed...||
Awesome indeed, and the sadly hilarious thing about this chart is its generosity - Bauserman was in fact 1 for 10 for all of 13 yards. Rarified air, as there are few people through the years who can say that - by virtue of being next on the depth chart - they were the end of an entire passing attack. I don't think he ever saw a snap again.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agonizing...||
One thing that has been on my mind this time round on my birthday is that, yeah, I find myself doing considerably less agonizing about this now that I am in fact slowly getting old. When he mentioned that he would be only 32 when the Nike deal was up for renewal, I could only sigh as that age is already in the rear view mirror right now.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If You're Interested...||
I live downriver and there are several places that carry the bean sprout egg rolls fortunately. In the city, Tai Hing at Holcomb and Jefferson does a nice one as well. One thing that is kind of interesting is that you don't have to get too far outside of Detroit before the switch to cabbage seems to happen. Kim's Gardens in Novi used to do the bean sprout ones, I believe, but the last time I was up that way, the menu had changed a bit.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Or These....||
The advantage with these, however, is that you had a realizable chance of distracting the defense as they tried to read your gloves...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I Like This...||
"I wear this (watch) to remind (Harbaugh) he hasn't won a game yet," Hackett says. "I'll take it off when he wins his first game."
I actually kind of like this move, and I like what he said about maintaining humility even with all the hype and the drama so that there could be the best possible focus on the goal, which is getting Michigan to that place where they know it can be.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Key Question...||
"We have the biggest stadium in the world, we have season ticket holders that say 'why would you move a game away from us?' " he said. "I'm not a big fan of those."
That was the core of the matter, I think. What better venue is there for Michigan to play in than in Michigan Stadium, especially when you have such a level of engagement and investment from the fans? I don't think you can argue it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks, Everyone....||
Thirty-seven doesn't feel different than thirty-six - the only real pity today (well, the two really) is that it has been raining here all morning and I am spending the day at work. They used to give you your birthday off here, but that practice ended when, well, about the time I hired in here. Maybe they know me better than I know me, because I would have been all about not being here on seemingly random days.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||One Step Further...||
They could even do as some have done and make that avatar a GIF compilation of - in this case - one-handed catches. That would actually be pretty awesome, I think.
I do agree with someone upthread though - if Jake Butt is doing that in games this year, that's a sign we're in rather good shape indeed.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ohio State...||
Ohio State and it isn't close, in my opinion. To me, growing up the order of games that you wanted each year went like this - Ohio State, Notre Dame (when we played them) and then Michigan State. Without ND as part of the mix now, they merely (and correctly) are deleted and the remaining teams stand as they are.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||And Yet...||
Didn't we go up against Arkansas in this person's round of 16? I seem to remember that tweet coming across my own feed yesterday at some point and chuckling. I mean, if this is a lifetime award, then I am not seeing a lot of strong competition so far for us to date, and yet there have been some absolutely ludicrous winners of this in the past so I have a similar feeling about the validity of this method as I do about MLB fan voting.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not Going Places...||
Rumeal or Denard?
I have a suspicion this one was probably not going to go much of anywhere - at least when it comes to actually being debated - and we do need to start some strategic cleanup today anyway.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Continuing...||
I'm just a poor boy
I need no sympathy,
Because I'm easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low
Anyway the wind blows doesn't really matter to me
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If I Had To Choose...||
At least for me, I feel like the defense was already in a good place for the most part so incremental improvements in sack rate, TFL, defensive YPP and other stats would be great but they weren't necessarily all that bad on the whole.
On offense, QB rating - which is driven by completions, attempts, INT rate, TDs and so forth - is an improvement that should drive a lot of other improvements, even perhaps rushing YPC to a small extent. That one by itself might be a key to working on other things.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Now, Now...||
You've been here long enough to know that OT season more or less flows like this....
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Just So Long As...||
Just so long as I never see a Michigan fragrance caught up this sort of sale....
....I really don't have a strong opinion on the subject.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Is There A Rule...||
.....against fictional Jims, because if not....
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dying Laughing...||
Some other great ones:
This gotta be the best purchase I ever made, this tv just have.. Wait I gotta go, is raining, I'll finish the review once I get back to under the bridge.
And this one...
Bought one of these for my bathroom. Now I never have to leave...actually I can't leave. It is blocking the door. If you are reading this please help! I've been living off toothpaste and mouthwash for some time now. I am also almost out of toilet paper. Good thing the picture quality is so great. I just watch the food network and it's like I am actually eating real food and not my feces
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Movie...||
There was a 2002 movie-documentary which centered around "Bloody Sunday" as well, and in my summer-long mission to knock a few movies off my "never seen, but wanted to see" list, this was among the last batch. I don't think this made much money in the USA when it came out, but it's actualy quite good, I thought. It was filmed in Dublin even though the actual event took place in Derry.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Glad To Help...||
I actually sort of wish my kids would play Minecraft in a club-like setting so that they could have technological and social interactions simultaneously, rather than do what they do right now and play each other across a server only to have the game devolve into them trolling each other loudly from different rooms in the house.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The NFL's Announcement....||
NFL.com had their own blurb on this, of course - you can find it HERE
There was also this as well:
In addition to the minimum of two games per year at the new Tottenham site, other NFL games may take place at different venues in the UK during the span of the 10-year agreement.
So, the NFL is very serious about trying to get many of us to roll out of bed earlier than planned on Sunday to watch our respective teams play if they are in the UK in a given week (and of course, assuming an afternoon start).
Joking aside, I am rather intrigued to see the sketches and concept drawings that are forthcoming, and the idea of a retractable pitch with a ready-made NFL turf under it sounds rather cool actually.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There Was This...||
"There have been many days where the head hits the pillow and you go to sleep saying 'we got better today.' ... It's been good and we want to be even better the next six and a half months."
He also says that they simply "went to work", which for me has been the most refreshing part of all this - the break from the last seven seasons when it came to expectations seems to have been made about as cleanly as possible. That in itself seems to have worked wonders with the team as a whole.
|3 weeks 39 min ago||It Was A Gift...||
As is typical in life, the one thing I never really wanted as part of my Michigan collection is precisely what I received as a gift one time - a garden gnome done in the Wolverine fashion, if you will. My enjoyment for this is tempered by a dislike for garden gnomes in general, not to mention one donning the colors of my alma mater. It was a gift from my parents, however, so I have not had the heart to rid myself of it just yet, so there it stands, mostly hidden from immediate view behind some very tall daisies in one of the front beds.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||I Have To Say...||
I have to say that for an interim AD who walked into a shitshow with a directive that was essentially "just do it", in the last several months and on several different fronts, Hackett just did it. Indeed, I think the entire era of Hackett to date seems to be more or less a couple actions followed by "Boom" on a nearly weekly basis at points. To that end, when does the "interim" part of this get dropped again?
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Then Again...||
As irritated as they seem to be here, it is all put in perspective by the fact that you could post a thread about how the feral cat population is up on this or RCMB or some other Spartan fansite and it would somehow come back to "Fuck Michigan" and various colorful if unclever characterizations of our fanbase. That being said, I found their invented sense of entitlement (that is to say, their wonder at how we could possibly get a better deal than they could) being threatened by this deal very, very amusing.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Got Mine...||
I live about 25 minutes from the return-to address and just got it today. I have to think it is because it has been read by the folks at the sorting facility nearest me in Allen Park as it is a little bent, and of course I don't begrudge them a peak at HTTV.
In all seriousness though, glad it showed up - started reading it while I was trying to tune out everything else going on, including my daughter catching up on "America's Got Talent" one two-hour episode at a time.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
Things would be made considerably simpler for him if the crocodile has recently eaten Charlie Weis as it would therefore be spending far too much time on attempting to digest Weis to be too much of a threat. Even better, obviously it cannot drive the bus in such a condition, at least not comfortably, so it is likely on foot and more vulnerable.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||"Up Front"...||
We were solid Bill Bonds growing up though - Channel 7 News was appointment viewing. The "Up Front" segment was epic when Bonds was doing it, up to and including the time he actually challenged Coleman Young to some fistacuffs on the air - we were dying laughing in front of the screen, as I recall.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Tough Question...||
Man, this one is tougher than I thought....
Ohio State - 60%
Michigan State - 20%
Notre Dame - 5% (as much as I am willing to care about ND)
SEC in general - 5% (includes Mike Slive, excludes Vanderbilt)
Penn State - 2%
Rutgers - 2% (because Rutgers)
Mark Emmert - 2%
Matt Millen PTSD - 2% (Lions fan thing)
Phil Knight's taste in uniforms (with noted exceptions) - 1%
The first week of bowl season - 1%
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||What About This....||
In the absence of mountains, we could always substitute...say...landfills, carefully sculpted municipal dumps with some majestic piles of solid waste. There are definitely ways to give the people of Ohio what they want in this regards. I can see thousands flocking to see the newly rechristened McKinley Landfill And Recycling Center near McKinley's hometown of Niles, for example.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||I Get It...||
The way that I-94 clogs up from about Michigan Avenue to I-75 or so as the morning progresses, I totally get trying to be down there at sunrise essentially. Otherwise, you fall in that window between about 7 AM and 8 AM where no one actually arrives anywhere - they're all trying to get on and off various ramps near downtown. That and the westbound side tends to be clear in the morning, as you might expect., so they did have that going for them.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Way North Indeed...||
That would be way north of anything on the books at present definitely. Bizjournals had a nice database with 2014-15 contract values for schools, sortable by brand. The top ten Nike schools by contract value for the most recent reported year:
1) Florida State - $4,400,000
2) LSU - $4,200,000
3) Ohio State - $4,164,014
4) Texas - $4,055,000
5) Alabama - $3,570,000
6) North Carolina - $3,550,000
7) Kentucky - $3,525,000
8) Washington - $3,360,000
9) Florida - $3,355,000
10) Oklahoma - $3,350,000
After that, Nike contract amounts fall precipitously.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, If Only....||
Oh, if only the full song weren't such a pervasive earworm in my world....
Headin' down that highway, leavin' you behind
Hardest thing I ever had to do
Broke my heart in two, but baby pay no mind
The price for findin' me was losin' you...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I Don't Know...||
Tom Herman Sells Out O$U to Bama
I just don't think "O$U" is the vibe we're going for when we talk about rivals here. Let's strive to be at least a bit more clever than that.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There Was A Thread...||
There was a thread about this about four or five days ago, and indeed this was not the best laid plan - Hatfield was arrested following his own invented M.O., agreeing to meet at the same car wash where he had already robbed someone earlier in the day. It rather reminds me of stories like this...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And With That...||
This thread naturally comes just as I was saying in other threads that I was hopeful that the pace of these would slow significantly, but then I am just teasing the OP here....for now.
Like others, I would not mind a return to a bit of a "less is more" philosophy when it came to uniforms. Cleaner and simpler seemed to be one of the best features of the uniforms in the previous Nike era. I will say that a return to that unassuming but timelessly stylish look would not get a complaint from me.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||For Now...||
For now, I think mine (and the other mods') hope is that - the future now assured - they will either slow down and become more selective or thoughtful beyond "Discuss", if not stop entirely. I guess that like everything else, it will depend on what it is, but I totally hear you on this one. For a while, the need to discuss apparel and the merits of brands was getting a little repetitive, to say the least.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And So It Begins...||
The blog is much relieved for the most part, I believe, and hopefully the threads on apparel slow down, the future settled for the time being...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You Know...||
It is this sort of logic which gives me hope that I might yet get the Wusthof cutlery for my birthday as I did explain to my wife that it was a popular brand and I considered it something that would definitely be the best for my kitchen (historically, this has led down the road to a nice card and a bag full of trinkets from the discount bin at CVS). We shall see if we are both correct, I suppose.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Long List Indeed...||
There are a few sites that I seem to always have a tab open for:
- Detroit News (for local stuff)
- NBCNews and BBC News (National / International)
- National Weather Service (because I am paranoid)
- various sports radio sites (WTKA in the morning, others in rotation in the afternoon)
Tons of sites that I visit weekly (like Amazon or TeamRankings) or monthly.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Dan Ewald...||
I was pleased to see that Dan Ewald was helping out on this one actually - I've read several of the works he has helped pen with various Detroit Tigers legends and I have definitely enjoyed those as well. Of course, Ewald worked for the team for a long time, I believe, so that level of access might have been relatively easy to get. In any case, "They Call Me Sparky" is one of the first he helped on, I believe, and it is pretty good.
*click* Just pre-ordered "Forty Years In The Big House".
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Even Better....||
It gets better (in a morose sort of way) - per the Newswek article that I saw the other day, this is also supposedly the first fatal encounter with an alligator in Texas in nearly two centuries (1836 was the last known fatality from an alligator, per the Houston Chronicle), and to think it happened in this fashion too - sad, but you cannot help but wonder what in blazes went through this person's mind. Yeah, there's a Darwin Award in this incident somewhere.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, But...||
A coach is supposed to move on to the next play, not fume over the previous one. Maybe the Niners would have gotten their plays in quicker if Harbaugh could have emotionally detached himself from the game.
Yeah, but if you're trying to be about football, then sometimes football is going to be a little miffed about the previous play. I don't understand how anyone would expect quiet stoicism from someone as intense as Jim Harbaugh all the time, if indeed that's what this writer is goin for as an expectation.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||He's About...||
Sometimes, you simply have to introduce your work first before you go all finger guns, although fingers guns is a nice way to drive the point home regardless...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||From Graham Himself...||
Someone asked and he answered - just to confirm something upthread:
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Tanana's Injury...||
I believe there was an arm injury which was then subsequently aggravated by a shoulder injury in the late 1970s that in combination were the impetus for Tanana's abrupt but effective change in style. It's interesting because the Angels spent a good portion of the 70s anchored by "Tanana and Ryan and two days of cryin'" and both at the time had some of the deadliest (figuratively speaking, although woe to the person hit by one of those fastballs) stuff in the majors.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Good To Know...||
That game still ranks up there as one of those game where I think I experienced all of my so-calld "sports emotions", mostly in those last few minutes of regulation, everything from utter despair to the one where I am running around the house waking up everyone screaming after Trey's Trey. I might be tempted to relive that.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Jalepeno Burgers...||
We did burgers infused with jalepeno cheese and topped with grilled onions on a now very abused campsite grill, but man, they were good. There was also grilled corn and some spare ribs to be had as well. The ribs had been soaking in a homemade marinade since Thursday night and nearly didn't survive the trip (sudden braking on E. Arnold Lake Road near Harrison almost toppled the container). The couple we went up north with had tacos and veggie burgers. Yup.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||From The USA Today Story...||
From the USA Today story upthread....
But on Thursday, Miller told The Clarion-Ledger that, in addition to the contact made by agents, he is aware of violations that occurred during Tunsil's recruitment as well, including claims of falsified academic records and gifts made by the university.
Ole Miss offering recruits the three-piece lounge suite AND the car in exchange for a commitment to their fine institution? Never have I heard such a story in the SEC....today anyway.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||As Well As...||
If the statement makes you want to go four wide except with tight ends and throw screens on 3rd and 5 into decent coverage, it might be a good idea to seek some professional assistance. "Iowa Playcalling Syndrome" is a thing, you know. It is never too late....except if the full transformation into Greg Davis is now complete, that is.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Hmmmm....||
Front-paged Fourth Of July posbang?
The question is - would Brian or Seth allow it?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Have Fun, Everyone...||
Happy Independence day lakeside in Harrison, MI. I've got coffee, a protein bar and a laptop with a hotspot. 21st century camping indeed. Also, it isn't yet 9 AM and I've already been beaten rather soundly by my own daughter in poker. Still can't believe she got that straight on the first effing draw. Cheers, everyone.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Pretty Nice Weather...||
For Michigan, that was awesome weather really, the 2011 game - I think the high that day might have been 64 degrees, which is about 20 degrees above the historic average. It could be just me, but we've had a lot of milder falls in the last ten years, at least mild for the most part, so 3:30 PM in late November is certainly not the worst if you want to play a game in Ann Arbor then. Not sure if it would ever happen, of course, scheduling being what it is.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Way Late...||
Way late to this party as I am sitting in the middle of a campground, but one with a lodge that has one hell of a Wi-Fi hotspot (I am about 200 feet from it and still kicking with four bars here). In any case, very nice pickup indeed.
Welcome to Michigan, Brad Hawkins.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Eventually...||
Eventually, it makes its way to the Great Lakes, therefore East Lansing ultimately shares this treasure with the rest of one of the world's largest watersheds. How thoughtful of them indeed.
Actually, one of the times I went to see us play them in East Lansing, it was a veritable misty urine-soaked breeze up and down campus after the game. Never pee into the wind.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||A Few Things...||
I've got some steaks marinating right now which, while they shall begin their journey here, will be grilled and eaten at a cabin in the woods later, and we're bringing the stuff to make jalepeno burgers, some hot dogs (Vienna too - ordered them from a place in Chicago) and a few homemade potato and macaroni salad selections. Call it my way of helping to share the cost of the cabin with the other family, providing the food as well as the booze.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's Friday...||
More importantly, it's a company holiday and we're heading out for the 4th later today...