|1 hour 25 min ago||I'll Play...||
I would probably have not bowed to practicality and funding issues and gone to medical school rather than business school. I always dreamed of being a psychiatrist, specializing in dealing with forensic psychiatry in particular. I was always fascinated by the prospect of having my own run-in with a Hannibal-type dude, if you will.
|3 hours 35 min ago||Best Guess...||
It was probably in the string of much saltier (and over the top, from one person) trolling that eventually was deleted to discourage one person from trolling further. Needless to say, that person made a further bad decision and is spending time thinking about it in Bolivia now. Sometimes, other posts are sadly collateral damage in efforts to excise the larger problem.
|7 hours 49 min ago||That Reminds Me...||
I had questions about that last night myself, but then I realized how it usually happens. Years ago, you see, on a segment of "Headlines" on "The Tonight Show", one of them happened to be something like "Blind Cabbie Forced To Abandon Driving" and all Leno could say is that finally he could return to his day job as an umpire. That sounds about right to me.
|8 hours 3 min ago||Shortcomings Of E-Mail....||
"Would you like me to respond to this or do you want to handle it?" - from the Missouri Director Of Softball Operations, after the "ethics" e-mail
Here again, we see one of the shortcomings of e-mail and why wandering into this territory - the things that might land you in employee or labor relations - is probably a good face-to-face, or minimally an over-the-phone opportunity.
Hesse shouldn't have gone the ethics route and in a professional setting, even if that e-mail is sent, let the people in your department whose daily life is smoothing out the shortsightedness of others handle the reply. Replying yourself, especially if you're deeply and personally offended as Earleywine was definitely won't help. I don't blame him for being pissed, of course - maybe there are e-mails missing here, but those accusations seemed to come from nowhere.
|18 hours 16 min ago||Very Nice...||
I wish more of this would happen downriver where I am, but as someone who grew up in the maze of subdivisions that snake between Saline and Ann Arbor, I shall be increasing my number of visits to the old stomping grounds now. Always up for the opportunity to sample beer.
|20 hours 9 min ago||Congratulations, Sir...||
My MGoAvatar will do a little dance for you and I shall raise a glass in your honor!
|22 hours 3 min ago||Good News...||
Willkommen in Ann Arbor, Moritz!
Good news on a Friday evening and I am rather excited to see Wagner contribute to the Wolverines. My mother - German herself - was quite excited, to the point where she phoned me to tell me.
|23 hours 49 min ago||We Did...||
As part of the "Main Street Fairness" legislation, as it was called, online retailers will be required to collect and then remit Michigan's sales tax starting on October 1st. I believe Amazon is included in that as well actually. I know Overstock has a warehouse here in the state, but I didn't know that Amazon did (the only way they would be able to suject Amazon to this, I believe). I couldn't find a comprehensive list of retailers affected though.
|1 day 30 min ago||Come On, Nebraska...||
You're better than this...
|1 day 1 hour ago||Even Better...||
What are the odds that - in the commission of this act - his facial expression will not change in an observable way? We are talking about someone whose face would quite literally shatter if he ever could be bothered to smile, of course.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Great Article...||
It took three years, but the story then came full circle on May 27, when the Willis Ward Lounge was dedicated. Genna Urbain (who is now an 11-year-old fifth-grader) spoke at the ceremony, and was given the honor of cutting the ribbon to open it.
“I’m glad they finally recognized him,” Genna said.
As are we, Genna.
Thanks for sharing this article, incidentally, OP. I remembered how "Willis Ward Day" began but actually wasn't aware that the culmination would be a room at the Union named in his honor. Awesome indeed.
For those that have not seen "Black And Blue", it is a very good look into that time and into that season and the run-up to the Georgia Tech game in particular.
|1 day 6 hours ago||To A Certain Extent...||
To a certain extent, I seem to have lived this battle my entire life - I never thought of "Lorne" as unusual, but the incredible amount of difficulty people have with the "e" being silent, never mind anything else, still amazes me.
As for my kids, Astrid Celeste and McLaren Elliott. My daughter's name was actually my idea as Astrid comes from an old Germanic word for "unusual strength", and my son's is a variation of the family name - "Elliott" is my middle name, and rather than make my son the fourth Lorne in the line, we changed it to the Scottish surname which essentially means "son of Lorne".
Still, I cringe especially when people persistently call my daughter "Ashley" because apparently "Astrid" does not compute.
|1 day 8 hours ago||12:17 AM...||
Man, the posbangs don't give those of us who sleep during the small hours much of a chance, but then again, so many schedules among such a diverse group make my complaint a mere quibble, I would think.
Yeah, I am glad it is Friday - the short week turned into a hectic week, and of course we're getting into a crazy season around my little neck of the woods so the phone has been ringing with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind as well.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Other Rules Include...||
"You've seen it where we have a fumble, we have a big pileup and then people start going in and pulling people out," Shaw said. "And now all of a sudden, we're having to officiate to keep from having fights all over the field."
Well, at least you know that while it is entirely possible that you can get backed up to the Gulf Of Mexico if you decide to start shit after a fumble, you still risk the prospect of being greyshirted unexpectedly because the coaches found someone whom they believe to be the next, say, Herschel Walker after they told you the exact same thing previously. It's nice to know that the SEC - as a conference - addresses the human side of the equation from time to time, eh?
|1 day 19 hours ago||Just A Guess...||
It seems like I normally get mine towards the end of July, but then I usually just file them at the time they arrive and set them aside until the proper time, if you will, so I don't pay attention to dats so much. Ticket packs, if anyone is interested, will be available in the middle of June for various games, so I heard.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Looking For Inspiration...||
Maybe Adidas has simply been looking in the wrong spots for inspiration...
|1 day 21 hours ago||Nice Choice...||
Well, if it was going to be a football film, then I do agree with others - this is definitely one of the better ones out there. Actually, I watched it again a couple weeks ago and it really doesn't lose anything for me. Very strong from start to finish, I thought. My kids - being 8 and 7 - this might be a hit-or-miss proposition as it isn't quite their cup of tea yet anyway.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
However, the Swoosh did match a lucrative Under Armour offer of $300 million to Texas Ex Kevin Durant to keep him with Nike instead of hometown Under Armour, a surprising move.
Kevin Durant would be willing to give some of that back, right?
In all seriousness though, if they can offer it to a person, they can offer it to a school, or at least it seems that way to me. The question would be whether or not Nike would want to shift its strategy to get in on high-dollar brand deals (their largest being FSU at about $4.5 million per year, I think) at the collegiate level.
|2 days 2 hours ago||This Could Be Fun...||
But, by relaxing the restrictions and allowing its members to exploit the same loophole that Big Ten members so gleefully do, the SEC has signaled that it is more than willing to level the playing field for its guys.
I have this image of Mike Slive shaking his fist in a generally northerly direction and shouting, "YOU WILL RUE THE DAY YOU MADE MY PEOPLE AWFULLY JEALOUS!"
Like someone said above though, I think what happens more often than not at this point is that the SEC - still having every reason to focus a lot of personnel on its own talent-rich region - start invading the traditional recruiting grounds of their own conference opponents first. I tend to believe they are far more afraid of each other than of us or Ohio State or anyone else.
|2 days 2 hours ago||No Valenti...||
Valenti goes off on Peppers
Mike Valenti: Generally Bad At Things.
That's why is among those to be left unmentioned here.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Smallest Violin...||
It turns out that we do have someone that handles those very requests. He left a message for Mike Slive just now. It read precisely this...
|2 days 17 hours ago||It's A Start...||
Now if they would allow you to travel I-75 through rural Ohio as people travel I-696 through Oakland County here in Michigan...
|2 days 18 hours ago||Nothing Says It...||
Well, I guess nothing says I care like sharing a condom full of urine. Cookies where your own crap was used as the base for the dough might rival that, I suppose, but that would not be nearly as useful or as popular as urine which one was sure would pass a drug test.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Blue Shirts....||
All this time, if you had asked me before I read this reply, I would have told you that blue shirts meant that you worked in one of the more innocuous science / service departments aboard a starship and therefore did not face nearly the risk of dying in a given episode as you might if your had a red shirt. We all learn something new every day.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The End Of The Contract...||
I assume we would wait until the end of the Adidas contract, which is the 2016-17 season as I recall. Of course, I don't know if there is a substantial penalty for backing out early should they choose to do, but I would imagine that even if they made the decision to switch, Nike wants their customary eon to do their "brand analysis" (I have heard of these taking a year).
|2 days 21 hours ago||The Book...||
After reading that article, I would like to read this book actually because it would be intriguing to read such an account of how CTE affects the families of these players, especially players from an era where there really wasn't a lot of awareness of what was happening to players on virtually every play in some cases.
Very poignant article. Thanks for sharing it.
|2 days 23 hours ago||As Am I...||
Sollten wir mit der Begeisterung für die Menschheit unbekannt Deutsch sprechen?
That might be a logical followup question now that Wagner is on his way. I hope I didn't eff up the word order on that.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
Well, I should not have watched that with two hours yet left in my workday. I am now officially too hyped up to continue doing meaningful work-related things now.
Time to attack the rest of the day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind, I would think. I shall start by plowing right through this hugh cubicle wall that passes for an office.
|3 days 3 hours ago||End Of The Day...||
But the time is coming when the SEC, which showed a total competitive disadvantage with its seven straight national championships, needs to back off and either join the fun or leave the fight.
At the end of the day, there is this.
In an environment in the southeastern US where you seem to have an entire conference of schools that are suspicious - and rightfully so typically - of each others' motives on just about every decision, and yet those schools can stil perform at a rather high level, then I really don't get the basis for their argument. Saban said, "We have a lot of crazy rules"....well, this is your rule, you likely wouldn't be able to get the votes to stop it, and the problem is cultural in the SEC, at least at its center. Examine yourself first, I would say...and I would say it and be laughed off the stage down there, of course.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Great Story...||
Norton and Summers will return to Michigan soon, where Norton will continue to rehab. He said a year ago that he could only take a few steps using a walker and couldn’t balance by himself for more than a few seconds. Now he’s measuring his distance by yards (up to 60 or so per session) and minutes (10 minutes standing on his own). (Remember, doctors initially gave him only about a 3% chance of ever moving below the neck again.)
Like others, I remember the moment before the UConn game in 2010 as well and I was among those who failed to keep their eyes dry. This is a greaty story as well though and yet another tribute to the work of Mike Barwis. Hopefully, this kid is walking even farther and even stronger as time goes on.
|3 days 7 hours ago||That report, however, has||
That report, however, has never been made public; instead, the top judge on the ethics committee, the German Joachim Eckert, released a summary of the report. In it, he declared that while violations of the code of ethics had occurred, they had not affected the integrity of the vote.
So, overt attempts to steer the vote in a particular direction do not necessarily affect the integrity of the vote? I am shocked that FIFA just didn't say, "Your larger point being what?" in this portion of their own inquiry.
|3 days 8 hours ago||This Thread...||
A plea for all of my mgobrothers re: nike Adidas and apparel
Now, now....I am just disappointed no one agreed with me that we should go with Johnston & Murphy for the shoes.
*said by someone wearing retro Onitsuka shoes at his desk*
|3 days 8 hours ago||The Ominous Sign...||
Obviously there's nothing official yet and any changes would come at the end of Adidas' contract term if indeed they came at all, but the most ominous thing to me when it came to the future of Adidas in Ann Arbor was that the highlights of the proposal - posted a few days ago - contained what seemed like numerous concessions. It seemed clear that, in a straight up battle, they were not winning the argument at that moment.
|3 days 8 hours ago||Perhaps The Most Relevant...||
Perhaps the most relevant passage in the oh-so-vast NCAA Handbook:
188.8.131.52 Off-Campus Room and Board Stipend.
If a student-athlete lives and eats in noninstitutional facilities, the institution may provide the student-athlete an amount equal to the institution’s official on-campus room allowance as listed in its catalog, the average of the room costs of all of its students living on campus or the cost of room as calculated based on its policies and procedures for calculating the cost of attendance for all students. The institution also may provide the student-athlete an amount that is equivalent to an on-campus 7-day or 21-meal board plan or the cost of meals as calculated based on its policies and procedures for calculating the cost of attendance for all students, excluding those meals provided as part of the training table. Meals provided on the training table shall be deducted at the regular cost figure from such a student-athlete’s board allowance.
|3 days 19 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
How about we reinvent what "family-friendly" actually means? For example, anything by Sidney Lumet, although I would be partial to "Network". We could extend the Paddy Chayefsky theme and show "Altered States" after "Network" too. Alternatively, "Airplane!" or "Caddyshack" would not be terrible options, although if my wife is any indication, the kids won't be seeing either for a while.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I Like This...||
I will say this - I like this, and I think it would be cool if we could get Rockapella to make some minor alterations to their rather famous intro music to Carmen Sandiego to accommodate the show that will undoubtedly follow. Well, it could end up simply being the new "Countdown To Kickoff" music too.
|3 days 23 hours ago||Some View...||
Those in the area, which will include bleacher-style seating, will get a close-up view of Lions player leaving and entering the locker room.
So, since you're paying for this experience potentially, do they throw in - free of charge, mind you - some dude trying to sell timeshares, doing his best to convince you that your equity will go through the roof? I mean, if you want my money, just say so.
|4 days 2 min ago||I Had Thought...||
I had thought it was something about how the software came to the conclusion that Canadian postal codes - by virtue of their alphanumeric format - constituted an attempt at hacking, but then I could have been quite tipsy at the time the initial explanation for the problem was fronted as well. It is difficult to tell.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Interesting Quote...||
So returning to Edison that Sunday, Tyus Battle decided to get it all over with. He says the Michigan winters and being far from home are the "sacrifices" that come with "finding the perfect fit."
That's an interesting aspect of his decision though, and I am glad that he sees it as such. The winters can be harsher in Michigan than really any place he could have gone save for maybe Syracuse, but I like that his seeming immediate draw to the team and Beilein led the way here.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Alas Too Late...||
Well, I was going to say something about "depth", but I missed the initial error of "OB", so saying we have nice depth at this position probably could have been taken in some unfortunate ways. That being said, I am slightly pissed that I was not here to be able to make that line funny somehow.
In all seriousness, it seems that where we had a real problem before, we now have a nice problem. I like that much better.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Now You Know...||
How You Like Me Now?
I think the board gave a sufficient answer to this question at 39 downvotes and increasing.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Well, OK...||
Well, OK....but only if we can turn right around as a crowd and sing "Muskrat Love" while donning captain hats because if we're going to do something like this, we're going to really just go ahead and do it, I would think.
|4 days 18 hours ago||If We Go Python...||
If a few of us are going to go with answers from Monty Python, I want to throw "Hide And Seek" in as a possibility. It's even relatively cheap if we don't do the worldwide version, but then it wouldn't be nearly as dramatic.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Sports Business Daily...||
Sports Business Daily has a short writeup here - LINK. This might be the one the OP is referencing, but I did want to at least put the article in the thread.
As for having to look at Millen on BTN, all I can say is that this will be emotionally difficult for me as a Lions fan even though I could use a break from Glen Mason.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Thank You, Sir...||
First and foremost, thank you for your service to this nation.
Also, thank you for sharing that article - you're right that it probably wouldn't get to MGoBlog unless someone posted it as you have, but all the same it was quite moving and a reminder of what today is in fact about.
|5 days 8 hours ago||About This...||
Yeah, I can't wait for handshakes which are as awkward as they are somehow epic. I have a feeling that we're in for a few of those and I am intrigued by how they will turn out.
I like this question actually, in other words. It may not stand a good chance of getting a direct answer, but I like it.
|5 days 8 hours ago||100 Days...||
Man, 100 days seems like forever when it comes to waiting for the season to start, although that's probably because I am particularly excited to see this one start. That isn't something I've been able to say with much conviction for a couple years at least. Sadly, I don't get to start the Harbaugh era in person until the second game of the season, but I'll definitely be there via television.
|5 days 8 hours ago||He'd Get Help...||
For the Bob Newhart fans on the board, you know exactly what I am talking about here...
|5 days 17 hours ago||It's something the SEC||
It's something the SEC doesn't allow its own coaches to do elsewhere, though that is subject to change if the SEC fails to get the practice banned. - SEC stance on satellite camps
But I thought Mark Richt believed that it might be too cold up here in the June or July timeframe? This change might be worth monitoring for climatological reasons alone.
|5 days 17 hours ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say is that errors that take fice minutes are the worst. I can't believe myself when I make them.
In all seriousness, if there is such a thing in this thread, I have some Sheffield's Tawny Port sitting on the desk as I sort of watch episodes of "Cheers" and type.
|5 days 23 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
...and the hits continue to come indeed for Michigan athletics today. Well done indeed.
Between baseball and this, even if you didn't know what was going on, the hashtag #HarbaughEffect would probably be all you needed to know.
In all seriousness though, congratulations to the rowing team!
|6 days 1 hour ago||Great Win...||
....and now, Omaha. Go Blue!
|6 days 3 hours ago||I Agree With This...||
I actually agree with that though and I have told people similar things in the past. The Lake Huron side is great for plopping down a fishing pole and spending a day polishing off some beer or however you want to take it easy and relax. The Lake Michigan side is much more active and possibly the better side to be if you've got kids. As someone mentioned upthread, there is a nice selection of mini-golf in and around Traverse City and my kids and I have done that tour, but Sleeping Bear Dunes are over there, winery tours and numerous other activities.
A lot of it depends on what you want out of the time.
|6 days 8 hours ago||Emotionally Jarring...||
Well, certainly the most emotionally jarring day for me thus far in life - if this counts as extreme somehow - was probably the day one of my sisters died back in 2012. She had been having issues with drugs really since high school and despite numerous attempts to help her over the years, my parents and others could never get her to stay clean for very long.
She did die of an overdose - people who say "cocaine is a hell of a drug" are right, especially when you were doing Special K and downing some Jack for good measure. What makes it emotionally extreme is that A) it was my parents who found her, and B) at no point despite it all did losing a sibling cross my mind because as troubled as she was, I was still hopeful she could get out of it.
I was as shocked as I was saddened that I suddenly found myself the oldest brother of one and that my parents had to face the one thing I am sure they never cosidered - outliving one of their own children. October 10th, 2012 i s perhaps the most extreme day of my life on an emotional level, I suppose.
My surviving sister, whose work some of you know from cons or the Internet, actually have begun to outline a book on what it is like to live with some who has addiction issues of that scale, and from such a young age. Catharsis, if you will, and much needed.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Legends Football League...||
I could be wrong, but didn't Toledo have a team for a couple years? The Crush was their name, I believe, and it was only at the beginning of this year that they decided to find another market in Ohio. There are only a half dozen teams or so currently active, I think, but tons of ones that were flashes in the pan of varied length.
|6 days 18 hours ago||For A First...||
For a first post, it's a very good one and a very nice reminder, so many kudos to you.
Also, the 1980s on SNL were indeed a very nice time - if your second thread was about that, that wouldn't be a bad followup at all as there are plenty of people on the board who undoubtedly remember them.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Also Remember....||
We should also remember that the football program's profits - which are significant - are used to fund a lot of other sports and activities inside the athletic department, so even then we cannot pretend that the loss of $4,000,000 is a pittance. It might not affect football too much, but some of those programs that rely largely on that money might face issues. It's something to consider anyway.
Also, as a general note to the board...*puts on mod cap*....some people may not be familiar with the Teddy Blanks stuff, but yeah, moving forward, try to avoid posting it. There is a history there.
|1 week 7 hours ago||The Route...||
This tweet has the approximate route:
|1 week 17 hours ago||Celebration Indeed...||
.....and this is coming in handy tonight.
|1 week 18 hours ago||To The Rest Of Division I Softball...||
Go Blue and...
|1 week 20 hours ago||Interesting Move...||
I definitely applaud the courage, but I also like the sense of accessibility that it provides and I have to believe that is the point of doing that. It will be interesting to see if he ever mentions any call or e-mail at some point moving forward actually.
I am pretty sure that if I did the same thing, I would simply get numerous prank calls.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Good Warning...||
This is a good warning to all - be sure that ESPN's family of networks airs your game on the channel and at the time that is in fact listed. You would think they would learn from their rather random assortment of programming back in the day, but you can never be sure when ESPN will cover a sudden lawn darts tournament and bump your desired programming even now.
|1 week 1 day ago||Makes Sense...||
It's hard to speak to the odds this far out, and I can't say I agree with all of them if it were me making the prediction, but if I were to make a very preliminary stab at the order of finish in the conference, then the order of Big Ten teams above actually would make a lot of sense to me. I see Michigan - and take my "no data" prediction for what it is worth - in about that spot in the conference standings (hopefully higher, of course - we are going to be pretty damn good, I think).
That, and I see Villanova at 25/1 and the part of me still bitter about my ESPN bracket wants to ask, "Really? That high, eh?"
|1 week 1 day ago||To Add A Little...||
The Sporting News had a short piece on this earlier today - LINK - wherein UNC is directly quoted as to how they plan to release the particulars of the NOA:
“The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process."
I will admit to being intrigued - the outline of of these, if it involves all the things that have been reported on at UNC for years now, will likely be very damning for the university in general, not just the football and basketball programs, at least in my opinion. Not sure if the punishment levied on Syracuse is any good indication as the NCAA is a random entity in that regard, but on the surface it sounds like a bad time for UNC, to say the least.
|1 week 1 day ago||Had The Same Thought...||
I had the same thought initially myself, but then at least Andrew Ridgeley would get another chance to make a little money again and - hear me out - I think a player doing a decent rendition of "Everything She Wants" randomly in the middle of a play probably wouldn't be a bad trap as it would certainly momentarily stun other players.
|1 week 1 day ago||Friday Indeed....||
Let's celebrate the end of a week, a holiday weekend, softball's phenomenal success....a bit of everything....
|1 week 1 day ago||Critiques...||
It's all in how people approach it *puts on mod cap*.
Typically, technical critiques stand as always - you can criticize play pretty much all you want around here and there's nothing wrong with that. The comments that go - when we catch them - are the ones that get personal with players. I tend to look at it like this - by now, a lot of these kids / coaches / what-have-you are used to hearing the odd critique of their play and probably brush off a lot of what fans on a blog say about it as we're not their coach. What is universally unacceptable is calling those same people names or questioning their emotional investment, intelligence or attributes like that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Cool Story, Bro...||
I broke the ring and pinkie finger on my left hand (my throwing hand, so double farts as they would say in "Caddyshack") in 6th grade in what was supposed to be a nice, easy-going practice. To this day, although not nearly that pronounced, my fingers bend in awkward ways. I suppose it happens if you play a sport sometimes.
|1 week 1 day ago||At Last....||
At last, we get some resolution. Cannot wait to see us sporting those shoes on the field in September....
|1 week 1 day ago||Now That You Mention It...||
I walked away for a bit, leaving this thread up - my wife would now like me to attend Camp Sanderson as well. I told her I would have to rearrange some meetings, but I am sure if I sold this right, I could get the company to consider a "teambuilding offsite" that just happened to involve a little training.
|1 week 2 days ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, something akin to #1 was talked about a few years back as a long-term opportunity if the demand should be there. I think the theory was that the south end zone would be enclosed and seats wrapped around all the way to the scoreboards. I don't remember how many people that they though such a plan would theoretically add though.
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Cool...||
This is pretty cool, and actually, I think there were a few variations of this floating around at the time too. One had a maize border, as I recall, with a second panel saying something (can't remember what precisely) - that was at the Foot Locker at Twelve Oaks at one point many years ago, and I think I saw it at Briarwood as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
A sword through the head is not good, but to be fair, at least they didn't do what this store did to sell syrup (just to illustrate how badly you can in fact miss)...
|1 week 2 days ago||Valuation...||
The Dawgs will receive $2.88 million annually in gear and $1 million in cash, plus a $2 million signing bonus. Georgia’s contract is ahead of what apparel powerhouses Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida reportedly receive from Nike, though the ‘Horns contract expires next year.
It's rather hard to say if it is too much or too little - this contract is still in the upper half of Nike's contracts (and slightly up from the $2.5 million or so that Georgia was getting before), so it seems about the same really when you consider some of the other contracts in that range for Nike.
|1 week 2 days ago||Trevone Boykin...||
I would think that Boykin is definitely one to watch on this list - he had a QB rating of 145.9 last season, threw for nearly 4,000 yards (completing over 60% of his passes) and rushed for another 700 or so. Boykin has been the reason that offense works at TCU in his time there, and he was 4th in the Heisman voting last year, as I recall. Definitely a fun player to watch.
|1 week 2 days ago||This Thread...||
By offseason standards, this is a rather on point thread though - just meant to generate some discussion, and indeed, a cut above some of the things that have been floated as discussion points in the last several days.
As a general note, I am just impressed (and a little saddened) to see that we now have games scheduled basically into my 50s. I know I am by no means the oldest person here, but the advance scheduling puts things in perspective somehow.
|1 week 2 days ago||The System...||
People talk about "the system" in various places around football and it means different things to different people. Weis, on the other hand, through the process of building a name, getting hired, getting an extension, taking a team to a new low, getting fired, laying low and then repeating everything elsewhere, has earned the right perhaps to have what he does termed "The System". One day, I can only hope to be that good at getting paid to fail in most things that matter in a given field.
|1 week 2 days ago||Ferentz At #12||
I think they need to be a little more in line with Iowa's thought process on this and ease Ferentz up the list through time as the buyout slowly decreases. Eventually, he leaves and we see once and for all that Bret Bielema was merely biding his time until that job became available. At that point, Bielema could simply assume Ferentz's position on this list at the same point in, say, 2006 or 2007.
Or is that now how Iowa works?
|1 week 2 days ago||For Those Interested....||
The presser is tommorrow....
|1 week 2 days ago||As I Recalll...||
As I recall, Lunardi or someone else actually did a way-too-early bracket for the coming season back in April - I could be deluding myself, but I am pretty sure it made the board. I am rather perturbed though by the lack of 2016-2017 hoops predictions from the gurus. You simply can't get good predictions based on no data anymore, it seems.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Search Tool...||
For those interested in the searchable database of APR, the NCAA provides it here - LINK
Keep in mind, that it is a running four-year average, but considering that for football - for example - the 2012-2013 average was 975, I will be very interested to see what it is when the updated figures are rolled out. Basketball's 2012-13 figure was 990, for those who didn't know. Great work indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||The Loading Issue...||
Yeah, that has happened a few times recently to me - usually, reloading the page will take care of it although it takes a moment to load regardless. One of the site's embedded cookies is the holdup, but I've not gotten to watching the load process flashing by at the bottom of the screen to see which one is causing the problem (kind of like what TiqIq will do to this site on occasion).
|1 week 3 days ago||So, Over At SBNation...||
SBNation has already done a mock draft now that the lottery order is known - LINK
For Pistons fans like myself, they predict this:
8. Detroit Pistons: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia
Kristaps Porzingis is the anti-Josh Smith and would fit perfectly next time Andre Drummond. Porzingis is a knockdown three-point shooter and could also develop into an effective scorer from the high post.
|1 week 3 days ago||Data Points...||
I was going to run over to Massey and start running some numbers, but I realized very quickly that this is sort of a clean break and it would likely be very dangerous to use past data to predict future results with Harbaugh in the equation. As for the prediction specifically, 7-5 is on the low end of what many predictive threads around here in the last few months have stated, and I admit, I would not be shocked if we finished north of Athlon's prediction.
|1 week 3 days ago||Always Wondered...||
"What did the NFL really accomplish?" said kicker Jay Feeley, a 14-year NFL veteran, via Twitter. "It's still nearly automatic (90%vs 99%) but greater risk of injury to Oline."
I kind of wonder this from a technical standpoint myself. I could be wrong, but I don't know how much drama - if any - they've added to this aspect of the game. I supposed I could be totally wrong and this makes the PAT way more entertaining, but on the surface, it does not seem so.
|1 week 3 days ago||About This...||
You know, just from a glimpse at the formatting here and I am already irritated because whoever did this is far better with Visio and process mapping than I am. Indeed, I will sometimes hear, "Lorne, you need to document these processes a little more..." and this thread will serve as some odd reminder of that recurring statement.
|1 week 3 days ago||On A Lake...||
I believe his main residence is in Orchard Lake, just southwest of Pontiac. Actually, he lived in Lincoln Park until he was six or seven and subsequently spent one year attending Lincoln Park High School. I had someone who worked under me a few years back whose parents lived on the same street as the Segers back in the day and knew the Tyners, as in Rob Tyner of MC5.
|1 week 3 days ago||Heard About This...||
I heard about this from my brother-in-law, who works in the Duderstadt Center. It actually sounds like it will be an awesome space. Concept art from the article:
|1 week 3 days ago||Problem Indeed...||
"I know they're problematic for a lot of other leagues, and in the end I'm sure something will come down in terms of regulation," Minnesota's Norwood Teague said. "They're new, for the most part, and when something new like that happens they'll probably get (tightened up)."
Well, they are largely only problematic because those other conferences let it be a problem, or rather, have restrictions that other conferences do not. I would hate to see the SEC win this one in the end, of course - the removal of social media as an outlet seemed like a half-hearted "make nice" move, but still a net loss for conferences wishing to bar such camps. I agree with the Big Ten ADs - there are far bigger fish to fry, as it were.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Random One...||
It randomly popped into my head the other day as I was thinking about things I would wait all week for when I was a kid and it has not left my head since -
|1 week 4 days ago||I still prefer a more||
I still prefer a more scientific method -
|1 week 4 days ago||About Cancer...||
Sorry to hear that, man. :-(
Hopefully, she can overcome this and I'll be sending some good vibes that hopefully work towards a speedy recovery. We're here for you both as a community.
Yeah, fuck cancer indeed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah...||
This thread will likely go away soon, but as for "Hail And Unite", I assume the effort might be close too...well....
|1 week 4 days ago||First And Foremost...||
The title of this post will now apparently be the earworm of the afternoon, so thanks for that.
Second, as a general note, I really do wish Countess the best wherever he lands too - he stuck with Michigan after the coach that recruited him was fired, played well and worked hard and got that Michigan degree.
|1 week 4 days ago||RIvals Spotlight...||
Coan was featured on Rivals Spotlight with about 11 minutes of footage - LINK.
The OP mentions Maryland and Syracuse. Besides Michigan (now recorded as having offered per Rivals), the only other major offer was from Miami (FL). Stony Brook rounds out the entirety of Coan's current offers.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yikes...||
The letters also noted that Bollant and Divilbiss created racial tension among players by derogatorily noting the race of Illini players and opponents and attributing racial stereotypes to each. The families allege black players mostly recruited by former coach Jolette Laws, who was fired by Thomas, at one point were called “crabs” by the current coaches.
You know, between this and the allegation of forcing players with mono and a broken foot as well as a high ankle sprain (throw in the allegations of mistratement in the football program for good measure), Illinois has a case to surpass Rutgers as the conference's shittiest athletic department when it comes to culture. I am not surprised at all that the calls for heads go all the way up to the AD in this case.
The Daily Illini story has some damning stuff in it too - LINK
“(Coaches) joked about, ‘Oh well, we are playing an all-black team now, they think they are going to run over us, but we are going to put the girls from the West side out on them,” Coleman said. “As coaches you are their protection, and they should not be subjected involved in anything like that.”
I mean, my question to Bollant would be this - as a coach, why the hell would you say things like this?
|1 week 4 days ago||I Remember That...||
nobody has dial-up anymore, I can click on every link on this site in under 5 min, deal with it
I mainly lurked then with a smattering of posts under a different handle, but I remember this rant and it is still funny, especially because it took the turn above towards the end. It reminded me of "Network" somehow - "...and I was married for thrity-three years of shrill, shrieking fraud. So, that's it, I've got no more left. I just ran out of it, you see."
|1 week 4 days ago||Much Better...||
Even if Moncrief does not go to Michigan in the end, this is probably much better for Auburn. I really was having difficulty trying to imagine how they would defend singling out one school short of having to admit they were jealous / pissed / combination of both. Nice of them - for their own sake - to squash a story before it became a nice old-fashioned story.
|1 week 4 days ago||It Would Be Interesting...||
Football Studay Hall did a nice study on per capita talent distributions by state for football, in which Michigan was in the top 10 by total share and top 20 on a per capita basis. It would be interesting to see a similar study done for basketball over the last five years or so - I would imagine we are probably south of the mean on those same measures, and I know that wasn't always true.
|1 week 4 days ago||A Bit Unprofessional....||
I just hope Gus Malzahn has sufficient Preperation H for all the apparent hurt in a certain area, if you will. I really don't understand how blocking a transfer to a specific school in another conference is anything but spite in this case - it is definitely unbecoming and a bit unprofessional. What's worse is that I don't understand why schools are allowed to meddle in transfers.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting...||
I guess what gets me about the "Stuntaz" part is that one of these cars is a reasonably priced, rather sensible Mitsubishi, so I suppose there is some leeway in what would constitute "stunting" sometimes. I need to get something like this taken with me standing next to my Cherokee and holding my laptop bag.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nice Article...||
Plus, Bush now also had the experience of a parent whose child had played high-level college football while completing a demanding degree program. As a bonus, she had worked in the Broward County school system in a variety of positions for 27 years. She had administrative experience. She would be perfect for Harbaugh’s version of the director of player development position.
The experience in education definitely helps, but that in combination with the first part of this shows you that she knows well what these kids go through because her own kid has and still is as he plays his final year of eligibility. I know that there was cynicism even on this board when the hire was first announced, but it really does make a lot of sense.
|1 week 5 days ago||Apparel Threads...||
Russell Athletic an option?
as well as
A Collection of Adidas Offenses
Neither of these was going very well for the OP in each case, although the Russell Athletic one was rife with good old-fashioned MGoSnark, and rightly so.
|1 week 5 days ago||Brand Auditing...||
The entire presentation that Tennessee apparently got from Nike is here - LINK
Much of it seems pretty boilerplate from the Nike standpoint, although you get a glimpse into why "Lady Vols" probably got the boot as an official term (Nike found it to be inconsistent with the notion of "One Tennessee" as a marketing position) although the audit seems to recommend that women's basketball and rowing keep the "Lady Vols" script.
|1 week 5 days ago||I've Got One...|
|1 week 5 days ago||I Remember It Well...||
I remember that well - I made the journey to East Lansing to see this one, explaining to my wife, who had given birth to our son only about 2.5 months earlier (and my mother-in-law kept both him and our daughter, who was a mere 19 months old at this point overnight, so kudos to her), that this would be a good sort of date night. Somehow, it was - my opinion of this game completely changed with about two and a half minutes to go, of course, but sports is funny that way.
|1 week 5 days ago||Perhaps...||
Perhaps true, but if the Peruvian team is only going to line up a center and no guards or tackles and the defense is only going to send two on every play, you would think that Dantonio might just wander on over to see how the skill position guys are doing. Actually, that might be every coach, if those photos are any indication.
|1 week 5 days ago||That Quote...||
That quote is one of those that you'll hear from time to time and usually should not be interpreted because I am sure many of us have been to those meetings where someone said that on the record and of course the next day...well....
As someone said upthread, that they shopped around probably doesn't sit well with Adidas and it isn't the best endorsement you could hope for if you were them either. It would have been interesting to be a fly on the wall in this meeting though.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kiante Enis...||
The recruit in question, I believe is Kiante Enis. Curtis Enis is a relation though - he had a couple good years at Penn State in the mid 1990s and was the 5th pick in the NFL Draft in 1998, as I recall. I don't think Curtis ended up doing much in the league, however, but I could be wrong on that one.
|1 week 6 days ago||Minor Note...||
The only pitfall - at least for some people who are decidely partial to brand - of using this strategy is that if you go with Nike, if you look at the size of the largest contracts, you're definitely not doing it for the money unless they offer something way north of the $4.2 million or so (I forget the exact figure) that FSU gets. Florida State is the largest deal they've got out there right now, so far as I remember anyway.
I wonder if, with their change in strategy, Adidas would even go with a contract worth north of $8 million per year again actually. This could be a fun bidding war regardless of brand, if it comes down to something like that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Blue Moon...||
I am about three pints into some Blue Moon, winding down from what turned out to be a day trip to Motor City ComicCon. We actually had a good time - I got to bug my sister at her booth for a while, had a near-collision with Robert Englund and some other interesting moments. I even apparently will be a background character in another comic book (I am sort of in one actually), although I won't see the draft drawing until tomorrow sometime.
|1 week 6 days ago||Same Here...||
It seems like it is hard to forget, but sometimes I find myself being reminded - especially when you hear about a great guy like Erik Campbell coming back to the program to serve with Harbaugh in Ann Arbor. When I look at this past December versus now, it definitely seems surreal, the amount of change and the apparent trajectory of the program.
|1 week 6 days ago||Congratulations To Him...||
First and foremost, nice win and nice performance by Soria.
Second, I do wonder just how high Cabrera will get on that list - my guess is that, if he can stay healthy for a good while, he could find himself nearing the top ten on the all-time list, but we shall see. In any case, I believe he now has more home runs than any Venezuelan-born player, or at least that's what I thought I heard on FSD last night.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Some Good News...||
Nice to see these guys in football in some capacity actually, and especially in the case of Cissoko, it is cool to see that he is apparently turning it around and playing somewhere - like others, the last time I think we as a board checked in on him, football of some variety did not seem to be where he was headed.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Family Friendly...||
We had a pretty good experience at The Inn at Bay Harbor in Petoskey last year - it's family-friendly with enough to keep everyone entertained, and in northern Michigan terms, you're not too far from many of the major attractions (i.e., and hour or two). Upthread, someone suggested a cabin near Sleeping Bear Dunes - that's not a bad idea either. We've done that too and you're still close to plenty of good stuff.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I Will Say This...||
For quite some time, we've been trying to find some galvanizing force down there - plumbing didn't work, the switch from DSL to broadband was smooth but it still left some bitter people, and indeed the threat or mandatory blackouts in outlying neighborhoods at night to ensure capacity for La Paz Estates...well, let's not talk about how that went. Surely, Harbaugh could unite the wayward MGoBloggers.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Cool Gesture...||
Good vibes being sent in the direction of the Carr family - this was an awesome gesture and hopefully Chad is able to beat this.
Kudos to Friends Are By Your Side for bringing a bit of Sanibel Island (a beautiful place) to Chad Carr.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Funny That You Say This...||
It's funny that you say this, because I can't really remember building a team through the collegiate version of free agency at Michigan quite like this. Of course, I could be forgetting an instance - I have started in with the beer this evening, to be fair, but this is pretty exciting actually to see this sort of interest being generated.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||Scatter Bands...||
There are several univiersities that either still use or once used scatter bands, as I believe they call them, Stanford's being perhaps one of the longest-lived. I believe a few Ivy League schools have them, although whether those are the official bands of the teams or not is something I don't know exactly.
It does lead to moments of...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Among Other Proposals...||
The full article from the NCAA site is here - LINK
Miscellaneous proposed changes regarding pace of play -
Adjusting the media timeout procedures to allow a timeout called within 30 seconds of a break (e.g., 16:30) or at any time after the scheduled media timeout becomes the media timeout.
Removing the ability for a coach to call timeout when the ball is live.
Allowing only a total of 10 seconds to advance the ball to the front court (with a few exceptions).
Reducing the amount of time available to replace a disqualified player.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well....||
Just when I had thought it was all behind me, the memories come flooding back...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wishing Him Well...||
One source informed Wolverine247 that there are no current plans to replace the role that Singletary occupied. Michigan has expanded their recruiting operations under Jim Harbaugh, hiring recruiting coordinators Chris Partridge and Matt Doherty along with Gwen Bush, whose role is perhaps most similar to Singletary's.
Perhaps with other people coming on board, this was part of a preconceived progression as it does seem that they were bringing on people to essentially fill portions of Singletary's role. Not really sure how much we'll really know, but I wish him luck wherever he lands. He weathered a lot of change in Ann Arbor and did so well - there's something to be said for that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks For Sharing...||
Very nice breakdown and thanks for sharing this. I remember casually watching this gam but not paying too much attention to Rudock really - this really does highlight some of the strengths that we will be seeing with him on the roster, I would say. The one takeaway that I didn't expect - as others have mentioned - he's pretty good with his feet when he needs to be. I was impressed with that scramble for a good chunk of yards close to the end of the game.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||So Many Good Ones...||
A personal favorite:
I remember how my great-uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Friday Indeed...||
....so let's get it started on the right foot...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...||
....and yes, like my section, I went nuts too.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not The Plaza....||
Oh, not talking about anything directly attached to the bridge, just the electric distribution facilities near where the US approach will be. We invested in this long before the state or the federal goverment did. A semi-gift from a concerned utility.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Too Many....||
Too many good ones, but I just caught this one on local TV the other day and it is on the list....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Development...||
I think they've also had a transfer or two - Max Hoetzel transferred to SDSU, for example. I saw that story earlier this week. CBS Sports explains how the complaint came about:
Campus police responded to a call Monday night complaining about an odor of marijuana coming from an open second-floor window of a dormitory. According to the Indianapolis Star, police found a small bag of marijuana in a backpack that belongs to Davis. IU teammate Hanner Mosquera-Perea was in the room with Davis but was not cited like Davis.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nice Name...||
When it comes to something like a bridge, there probably aren't very many Detroit sports figures whose name could really grace it and do so well, but Gordie Howe is really one of those names that works for this, in my opinion. As a sidenote, we've actually been prepping our facilities for a long time for the US end of the bridge and will simply be waiting for the call to provide the plaza on our side with service whenever that happens.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Saw That...||
I am thinking the Army Of The Tennessee (or its modern equivalent made from Michigan recruits, coaches and fans) could possibly swing back up through Kentucky and join up with the camps in Indiana and Illinois to take Columbus from the south and west. Reserve forces could come in from the east and secure Westerville, Liberty and Dublin.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It Gets Better....||
The NFLPA - as some here may have already seen - filed their semi mic drop on this one earlier today. I would link it except their site is having a spot of trouble at the moment. Among the select quotes from it, however....
"Given the NFL's history of inconsistency and arbitrary decisions in disciplinary matters," the association said in a statement, "it is only fair that a neutral arbitrator hear this appeal."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||New Era...||
It really does feel like this is a new era dawning for Michigan football under Harbaugh because, for the first time in a while, we have a program that is - by all appearances (for we've yet to experience a season under Harbaugh) - building real success and a culture that fosters it. The beauty of it is that it is being fostered by someone who really doesn't need to do anything special to do it - this is simply who and what Jim Harbaugh is as a person.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Remy Hamilton...||
Remy Hamilton....Mr. Clutch that week. I was there and although I didn't personally rush the field, I remember that quite well. Did that kick ever come down? I remember it being pretty booming even for being a 42-yard kick.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's A Good Idea...||
It's a good idea to get into these pools for possible sites as the city slowly but surely tries to regain some footing though and Detroit has a nice - if perhaps small-ish for playoff purposes - venue in which to play a game and a much improved downtown even since the Super Bowl and the Final Four. Whether it ends up here or not, I really like that the city is confident enough to put a bid in and see what happens.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Night Court...||
Night Court was a great show and it would be a long debate with myself to pin down a favorite, but I would think any of the ones in which a then relatively unknown Brent Spiner played Bob Wheeler would be close to the top of the list. The one where they were brought before Harry because of an accident at a gas-powered hatchery was hilarious.
"It was a nightmare. The god-awful smell of meringue, the blood-curdling peeping...."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Just A Caution...||
Just as a caution to anyone who would embark on this, you can learn some odd things about your own followers while using the Twitter analytics functionality, if you have it on your account. Other than that, I am sure this one will show up late June / early July at the rate OT season is going - it eventually spills over into the diary section anyway.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||All I Know...||
All I know is what my plan will be if I ever see a ghost...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||My Two Cents...||
I was going to suggest to our fearless leader the utimate grill-out at the MGoPatio near the stadium, although it is in the middle of a neighborhood and it could get noisy. Still, plenty of room for a celebration of decent size and with luck we could perhaps get Brian or Seth to present a faux quarterly or yearly review to the "shareholders". I will create the PowerPoint to go with that - "Blog Performance Vs. Beer Consumption" may end up a thing after all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting Question...||
I once hit a walkoff home run for my travel league team - that had me pretty pumped, and even better, it was off a changeup that was a good inch or two out of the strike zone by the time I got to it, so it was starting to get into "this pitch is so bad, only Roberto Clemente could hit it" territory. It definitely made up for me forgetting to put my foot on first and thereby botching a double play a few innings earlier.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Cool Stuff...||
Hopefully, we get to see Spike back out there in time for fall practices and best wishes on a speedy recvoery indeed, at least inasmuch as possible considering these surgeries.
Also, great gesture by Nik here.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Missing The Smile...||
That smile is much needed after some of the news today and indeed missed greatly by this program, I would think, as well as this fanbase, so thanks to the OP for posting it. A
Actually, I have always had the theory that Denard's smile should be Secretary General of the UN because I am pretty sure that, if unleashed, it would stop conflicts all over the world.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A Portion Of The Story...||
While I am not sure who implemented it, Maize'n'Brew ran an article a few years ago on who axed it. From that article:
Coach Bo Schembechler finally made the decision to move on from the white pants, saying "if Maize Pants can get it done at home, they can get it done on the road too." White Pants was fired, and has not been heard from since.
White pants went 18-3-2 with a bowl loss to Oklahoma in 1975, as I recall.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Same Thought...||
I rather had the same thought - my thoughts on this incident, while it doesn't sound good on the surface regardless, will probably depend a lot on the results of that test. Both Minick and the university have said the right things (although I wonder admittedly, as he was pretty forthright but again we don't know yet) and Minick sseems genuinely apologetic, so hopefully this is something which does not end his career with the program.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||There's That...||
There is that, of course. We could see if anyone can still work the teletype too. Full page ads in the paper too, just like in the pre-Internet times. Actually, it would be interesting to see what else the NCAA might attempt to ban in the way of communication if it became sufficiently effective despite being seriously outmoded. This is coming from an organization that still has rules referencing fax machines like they were new fangled devices, of course.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Most importantly, he is a||
Most importantly, he is a graduate of the University Of Michigan and he'll always have that degree, which is awesome indeed. As for the transfer, I honestly didn't even think about Countess as a possible transfer but all the same, good luck to him wherever he lands. We'll always have the two INTs against ND in 2013, the pick six against Minnesota that same year, his eight tackle performance in the Sugar Bowl and several other highlights.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That Game...||
If Wisconsin can be anything near what they were this past season and for several before that, this game would tend to sound more like, "Alright, Syracuse, go to your corner and when the bell rings, Wisconsin will come over and suck the life out of you..."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||OK, Folks...||
OT: Do Wipe From the Front or Back
Yeah, we're going to have to cap these, and in any case, clearly it depends on the grain of the sandpaper that one is using.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||In SE Michigan...||
For those who are in Wayne / Oakland County, perhaps you've experienced these -
Wayne and Warren over by Westland Mall BLOWS 24/7. It needs to be about twice the size that it is honestly. The lights are mistimed and if you need to go left onto Warren from Wayne, you'll be waiting a while.
Orchard Lake and Maple is built for a lot of traffic and yet I think there are about 70-80 crashes there a year. Trying to get through that part of the metro area is problematic most of the time anyway. Just a couple miles south of the there, Orchard Lake and 12 Mile, immediately north of I-696 is pretty impossible too.
Ford and Haggerty by Ikea. There are not words for how treacherous that one can get.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That Will Teach Me...||
I suppose that will teach me to open my mouth, eh?
To run with this topic though, I'll go with Cliff because a lot of the exchanges in which he was a major player were probably some of the funniest in the show and everyone usually managed to get a shot in at some point. Also, the way they wrote him in as a know-it-all who in fact knows less than all but is all too happy to share some weird theories on just about anything with a straight face was classic.
"Hey Cliff, there's a guy over here who thinks you know nothing about photosynthesis."
"Oh, yeah, Norm? Well, I'll straighten him out."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Awesome News...||
I grew up with the original TV show, although I primarily watched it in syndication as I would have been way little, if you will when it was first airing. That being said, I have always enjoyed the films for the most part, particularly the older ones. I made my kids sit down and watch "The Great Muppet Caper" last week actually, and they liked it, much to my shock.
I'll definitely be tuning in.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The OT Season...||
The OT Season is sometimes not easy either, but for an entirely different set of reasons than the non-OT Season, or so I have found in my experience as a mod here. Actually, I might wait for "Favorite Cheers Character" and "Favorite Iteration Of The NBC Baseball Music", perhaps even "Favorite Game On The Price Is Right"....I have some pointed opinions about these.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Historic Data...||
Class size definitely factors into it. Actually, MSU's average class size from 2002-2015 is 22 recruits to Michigan's 21, but our average Rivals rating over that same stretch is 3.52 to MSU's 2.99. Historically, that 2.99 is good for about the fifth best average rating in the Big Ten in the same time frame, trailing Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska (if you include Nebraska for giggles since they only officially joined a few years ago) most years.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||As Well As...||
Although a lot of major outlets ran with the "dismissed" tag yesterday, the DetNews article did mention that there was ongoing tutoring still happening, as I recall, and that Norfleet has about 90 credits under his belt right now.
Interestingly, in the same article, Coach Harvel sort of lamented that Michigan may not have been the best fit for Norfleet from a football perspective in his opinion, but he would still love to see him graduate from Michigan, if it works out that way.
Whatever you might think of his career to date at Michigan, I would like to see him graduate in the Big House if possible too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just A Guess...||
I've never been one myself (I relished my role as serviceable backup too much), but I can speak a little about the qualities of good team captains on teams I've played for....
They aren't necessarily the oldest or most experienced player, but they are someone who can bring the team together, galvanize them and do so on and even off the field. They are someone who knows the game well but knows also how to make everyone on that team better somehow, even if it is with a good old-fashioned chat. Pehrhaps someone who isn't easily frustrated or put off by adversity either, and can transmit that quality to others.
Obviously, that's not comprehensive, but just stuff I've noticed in my own experience.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Joy Division...||
I do enjoy myself some Joy Division now and again.....
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Classic Commercial...|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Good Information....||
I purchased one myself - they will not be here in time for Motor City ComicCon, so I will unfortunately not be sporting Michigan gear while my wife tries to do a passable Doctor Who or whatever she's going to do for this one. Like someone upthread, I went with #77 for the history of All-Americans who wore that number.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Obscure, It Is...||
Not sure how interested you would be in obscure books about business, but I just finished "Splash Of Color", which is a book about the effects of airline deregulation, specifically how that and some bad decisions internally ultimately toppled Braniff International. It was written by John Nance, a former Braniff pilot and now aviation cunsultant for ABC News. If you can find a copy of this one, it is a pretty dramatic read and Nance does a good job - through his research - telling the story of the end of an airline.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If I Remember...||
If I remember it correctly, I had the same shirt although mine was a gift from a relative who thought I would wear just anything Michigan apparently regardless of how flattering it would look on me. I know I wore it to be kind for a time immediately after they presented it to me, then somehow it got wine on it...also chicken marsala. Funny how life works.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mission Statements...||
We obviously know we won't reach One Million Dollars, however we do believe the fine is bulls**t and want to help anyway we can. So whatever is donated will be donated to the New England Patriots in help with the fine! - from the mission statement
If you want a confident mission statement, go to this guy, right? "OK, so the goal is unrealistic and we likely won't get there, but every penny helps, eh?"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Legislative Database...||
The Legislative Services Database is more geared towards storing the actual rules and proposals under consideration as well as some stuff on major infractions. I think the NCAA lets schools self-report online, but I couldn't find a good summary of their case management system nor do I believe it is a public database per se.
It would be interesting to see a summary / history of self-reporting and what the popular violations are though across the conference. I would read that study definitely.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It Was...||
It was a great game, and only recently did the person whose reception I missed because of it finally fully forgive me for choosing Braylonfest over their wedding reception.
As for this story, sad to hear and hopefully Edwards gets the help he needs to avoid this in the future.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Faculty Senate Report...||
....is not very flattering and clarifies where Rutgers athletics is severely bleeding money - LINK
Table 5 is the ten-year history of Rutgers' athletic revenues and expenditures and the subsidies used to make up for the loss. Holy crap, that department probably maxes out every credit card it can find too.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My Theory...||
I believe that the server on which this site rests - when taxed - will dump sessions in an effort to remain active. It was doing this quite a bit yesterday even before the Tyus Battle and other good news came about, so I don't know if there was merely increased traffic all day yesterday and into today or if there are confounding issues as well.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Note To OP...||
What service are you using to post the photos? You'll have to upload them to something shareable first, like Photobucket (what I use, but there are many services) and then post the appropriate HTML, which those sites will auto-generate. When you do that, make sure you switch the comment box to plain text mode first.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||It Was Fun, But Now...||
Why Nike vs Adidas Matters
It was all fun and games until we began really dig for angles on the uniform vendor debate yesterday, and now we really just don't need this one.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||For Contrast...||
Here is Donovan Mitchell's version on Instagram - LINK
At 5'9'' and considerably less athletic than that, I am pretty sure my attempt would end up being about a half-point dead run into the backboard support. That ball would come out of it unscathed, I am sure.
That being said, awesome dunk indeed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Change The Definition...||
If there was interest in having middle schoolers be truly exempt from offers of any type, the definition in the handbook of what a prospective student-athlete is would have to probably change too, I would suspect. Right now, it's essentially any athlete currently in ninth grade or later, but under certain circumstances, kids are "prospective student-athletes" even sooner than that.
In a time when recruiting seems to get into the ranks of younger kids and offers are being made even before evaluation are made on some of them, I have to think a fair number of these offers are more about tracking development and then maybe having an actual serious discussion about college a couple years later, if you like how a prospective recruit is progressing.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Two Cents...||
I can't wait until they shock the world and come out of the tunnel one day sporting some rather nice Johnston & Murphy shoes. They aren't terribly comfortable for athletics, of course, but any team that wore them would be well on their way to being the best-dressed team on any field or court certainly.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The One Thing...||
Nostalgia indeed. The one thing I always wondered about was what Anthony Morelli's first - maybe even second thought - was after Branch flattened him. I have to think that he might still like the number on the license plate of that truck to this very day.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||After the meeting, the Free||
After the meeting, the Free Press submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for any major or secondary NCAA violations involving the football program since Harbaugh was hired. The Free Press received U-M's filing Monday.
...and they found not much really, just like the thread earlier today. The Freep - I think - was catering to an audience that might not live with a copy of the Division I Handbook on their desk like some of us do around these parts, so it perhaps reads a shade more dour than it actually is.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fay Vincent...||
As brief as Fay Vincent's tenure was as the commissioner of the MLB, it certainly was filled with a lot of interesting decisions, at least in my view. I still remember when he ruled that Steve Howe was to be permanently suspended and then threatened to expel Buck Showalter and a couple others in the Yankees' organization when they offered to testify on Howe's behalf. The owners resented his intervention in the 1990 lockout too, as I recall, but I think the Howe fiasco sealed it for a fair number of them. I think part of it was that Vincent tried to be out in front of baseball, which was not something for which the owners - not very far removed from collusion charges in the 1980s - were quite in the mood.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
Despite some iffy Monday weather in and around Ann Arbor, this has been a good news day in general for Michigan athletics, but in particular for basketball, I would say. Two great adds to the program in one day - I don't think anyone would scoff at that.
Welcome to Michigan, Brent Hibbitts.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Can See It...||
The NFL will use this to change the policy on balls now, right?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Oh Dear...||
I had heard that it was at the request of Brady's representatives supposedly that the NFLPA did not immediate attempt to intervene when this whole drama began, but I hope he utilizes them now that this has come down because this really seems like the NFL is doing something because it feels somehow like it must do something to quell some contrived outrage. I don't disagree with folks that say he probably knew - it is hard to imagine how he did not know something - but if this is based on the report alone than it seems a bit harsh...or at least a little inconsistent with other punishment they've handed out recently.
Can "Thanks, Goodell" become a new meme?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Good News Drill Perhaps...||
I was getting numerous 502 and 503 errors even a few hours ago, and I didn't quite know what to make of it, but now I am just going to think of this as a drill for the good news that has now arrived, and indeed, very good news in this case.
Welcome to Michigan, Tyus Battle!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Presentation...||
Rather impressed with the mock-up of the field as well as the large "Go Blue" banner in Nike's font of choice beyond it. That definitely makes it seem like they are going to go all in on the pitch to Michigan, if indeed that is what is being made here (by many accounts, it is too). I will admit that, at least for me, going back to Nike would be a nice, symbolic way to add to this dawning era of Michigan football.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You Know...||
You know, I read some of these and think, "I get why there is a rule in principle, but still this is all incsequential stuff really, especially from a staff just coming onto the scene", but then it dawns on me that this is the same NCAA that once made players compensate their own school for eating an amount above their allotment and, as I recall, suspended a player years ago for misrepresenting how he came into possession of a used mattress. Their knack for addressing important things is simply incredible.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Other Time Fillers...||
I suppose for me, the other things that fill a significant amount of time would be gardening and cooking. I am working on building an arsenal of herbs and edible perennials that we can harvest year after year and then using them in our kitchen. We have a limited amount of space in the yard, so it isn't a money-saving thing per se, but merely a prolonged experiment that you can eat at the end.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If It Is The Case...||
In the whole collection of tweets, if you follow the link to his account, the incident described with Coach Cubit seems pretty unfortunate, if it indeed happened as described (which we don't know as this is Twitter). In a nutshell, he was on medication for something (medication with some side effects) and had a panic attack at the start of camp, but according to him, he was told that if he hurt the team he "wouldn't make a penny", then after the second day he was apparently told to lose the medication altogether by Cubit. I suppose if I had a genuine condition (this could have been the pain from other injuries he describes in his tweets about Beckman - it isn't precisely clear), I would expect at least a modicum of empathy - he would have a point here.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say is that I went to bed when the rain delay started and then wondered if they would ever finish the game as it was also pouring downriver and I expected it to go on for a while. Right before I saw this thread, I saw both the highlights and the box score and that was probably not how I should have started my Monday. Ugh.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The One Injury...||
Yep. The one injury, as I remember, was the Monroe County (MI) sheriff, who had come to Toledo to arrest Benjamin Stickney (for whom Stickney Avenue in Toledo is named). Stickney stabbed the sheriff but the wound was not life-threatening.
Michigan's compensation was the Upper Peninsula, of course - considered worthless at the time but as it turns out, rather rich in copper and iron.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Nice Quote...||
“You have to play like you’re starving. Not hungry. Hungry isn’t good enough …’’ Craig said. “When you’re starving, you’ll do whatever is necessary to get your food. You want your players to play like they’re starving.’’
I will admit that my eagerness to begin the Harbaugh era in earnest with actual football just increased markedly after reading that quote.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good Call...||
This thread was a good call, in part because my mother lurks here and I should probably call her and wish her a happy Mother's Day. However, in the event she see this first, well, here it is, mom, and yes I will still call later.
To the MGoMoms (and moms generally, of course) out there, have an excellent Mother's Day!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Wine Tonight...||
As we had fish and rice tonight, my wife and I are apparently going to see where half a magnum of pinot grigio goes after a long day of home improvement projects and, of course, the impending celebration of Mother's Day here. The kids have promised - promised, mind you - that they will help make the lasagna this time, as that was the requested dinner. A nice chianti may accompany that, I think.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Remember Him...||
He definitely worked some magic at Penn State, as I recall - two years of 1,000 yards rushing or more, 1997 Consensus All-American. I think he averaged almost 6 yards per rush in his career there too. I believe he went 5th overall in 1998 actually - a bit of a shame that the production did not translate to the NFL.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Now, Now...||
Please don't be like that.
You've been here long enough to know that if it concerns a Michigan player - past or present - it is by definition on-topic, boardworthy except if it happens to duplicate other content and probably will show up here regradless of your sensibilities on the subject's worthiness for discussion. This is a rather highly engaged portion of the fanbase quite concerned with the players for which it cheers, whether those players actions are laudable or - in the case of Clark - unfortunate, and there is nothing wrong with that.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||From A Commute Standpoint...||
I won't repeat what others have said, but I'll add a layer to the argument of Royal Oak or the Northville-Plymouth area - access to the Southfield Freeway, which runs straight through the middle of Dearborn and would possibly provide you with easy-on / easy-off access to work depending on where you are. From NW Wayne County, it's a matter of 275 to 96 to the Southfield southbound, and from Royal Oak, 696 to the Lodge to the Southfield, both of which in good traffic would be 30-ish minutes. The commute from the north side of the region tends to be more hectic though.
Canton doesn't really meet the criteria - good schools but essentially 90,000-strong bedroom community with decent shopping. Belleville, Romulus, Taylor and Allen Park sit on the I-94 corridor in Wayne County and would be a short drive from Dearborn. For sheer convenience, those might not be a bad option.
|3 weeks 15 min ago||Here It Is...|
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||Good Question...||
I've asked myself this one before, and I have a hard time choosing between sports management and working in the front office of a team (MLB would be my top choice there, as I grew up playing baseball) or sports journalism, in which case I would want to cover college football and basketball primarily. Probably, if I had to choose between the two, it would be sports journalism just for the opportunity to see in person games that you'd only see on TV otherwise.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Put That Way...||
If we're going to frame it like that, then there is a report out there that Kevin Love hasn't returned any of his calls since the shoulder injury. Perhaps if he returned just one, lest the hate become even more apparent. Well, then again, if Cleveland has passed some point of no return on that, then whatever, guess, eh?
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Good Morning...||
A little late to this, but I also had numerous relations who fought in WWII - and oddly enoughp perhaps, on both sides too. Indeed, it is part of the reason the book and movie "A Bridge Too Far" has always been fascinating to me, as the future sides of my family met unwittingly (and of course, not personally at the time) at Arnhem. Strange how things work, eh? Both grandfathers, several great uncles....sadly all gone now, but we remember them all as the great people that they were.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Conference Calls...||
Many of us have beeen there...
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||Student-Athletes....||
I am not sure if the handbook has some cutoff for how far along in life, if you will, you can make an offer of some kind, but the definition of "prospective student-athlete" basically has a sole prerequisite that the student in question has to be in ninth grade, which would essentially be true for Pappoe as of whenever the current semester ends for him, I suppose. I think there are even exceptions that say if the student receives benefits from the school or relations that are not generally available, they can be considered a "prospective student-athlete" even sooner.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Development...||
Dean's high school coach called the decision "ridiculous" and "totally wrong," citing an opinion from no less an authority than Dr. James Andrews that Dean would be capable of returning to action as soon as summer workouts.
Well, if you were going to get a thoughtful opinion on whether or not you might be able to play, that might be the person from whom you would get it. If indeed he is one of the doctors they consulted, then apparently Ohio State has someone even more experienced than that on staff, right? RIGHT? *crickets*
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Coming Down...||
Is Michigan fan base dead or just laying low?
At 50 downvotes, this is far beyond salvage at this juncture. I do have a theory, of course, on the deaths, for after all...
|3 weeks 1 day ago||About The Reuther...||
I haven't much to add here, but I will say that I often find it strange that I-696 is so prone to traffic slowdowns when the minimal allowed speed is 80 MPH. Perhaps it is merely that, in that particular frame of reference, 80 MPH appears to be 10 MPH in normal space-time. That would make the I-696 / I-75 intechange (or the I-696 / Woodward exit during Dream Cruise Week) the approximate center of a great traffic vortex, of course.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Significant Shrinkage...||
George did not need nearly 300 pages to explain "significant shrinkage", as I recall, but in the case of the Patriots and Tom Brady, I would be surprised if much more than some finger wagging and Goodell doing the two-fingered "I'm watching you" gesture came of this. I personally tend to think that this another case of mountains being made from mole hills, but then sometimes they do run thin on topics on sports broadcast and print media in the middle of May...