|1 min 51 sec ago||As I Recall...||
She had very short scenes in Star Trek III and IV too, the first being non-speaking and just shaking her head as a battered Enterprise docks, and then working at Starfleet's Operations Center in San Francisco in "The Voyage Home", I believe.
One lesser known fact about Whitney is that she spent a good deal of time in her life helping people battle addiction in its various forms (she had become hooked on amphetamines during filming of the original series).
|3 hours 29 min ago||Here We Go...||
Han Solo at least attempting to take on stormtroopers with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind...
|15 hours 25 min ago||Hometown Indeed...||
That's actually kind cool for him really, to sign with the hometown team (Hollowell is from Detroit, after all), and congratulations to him. Actually, I didn't even consider Hollowell as someone who would be signed because there just wasn't enough data really for him, but a nice pro day later and hopefully he sees the field on Sunday.
|20 hours 28 sec ago||Embed For The Board...||
To be fair, anything that makes the other team wonder what the hell is going on....I think some team would be willing to try it out...
|22 hours 11 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Aced the football one, as have others.
I bookmarked the basketball one - will definitely attempt that either today or tomorrow. There are a a good number on the list (I gave it a quick look) that I am sure I know offhand mainly because of their appearances in the tournament and the obligatory discussions that go on, but quite a few where I would be guessing outright.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
In an interview at CMU Pro Day, Rawls mentioned Seahawks All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch as someone he models his style after.
Lynch would be a tough act to follow, of course, but kudos to the people starting threads for those with Michigan connections so that we might stay informed of how their career in the NFL might unfold as well. I just wanted to thank folks for keeping us up on all who have worn the winged helmet.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Connections...||
There might not be a lot of folks on this blog that know the person behind katiecandraw.com, but if you do, that's my sister. She's reasonably well-known and I can always see what I can arrange. This is a busy time of the year for her, but she usually can find time for some one-off requests. I'll just have to provide some shots of Harbaugh, but that's easy enough. Let me know, OP, if you want me to put in a request.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Same Here...||
There's a lot we could say about Gardner's time at Michigan as a blog perhaps, but I think that - here again - we have something to celebrate in that Devin is getting a shot in the NFL and with the team that employs one Tom Brady, no less. It will be interesting to see if - even in one game - Brady-to-Gardner becomes a thing. I have a feeling it might be an interesting display, and in an excellent way.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Congratulations To Him...||
“Because of the coaches not really knowing him, it made them kind of put Josh in that category of, ‘Oh, he’s one of those kids’ … because you do come across kids who act bad and that’s a habitual action,” said Woolfolk, who had since graduated when the incident took place. “Unfortunately for him, from having a new coach come in, they really don’t have the same loyalty to you as a person.”
If it is the case that the staff in place at the time just put Furman in a box like that, then.....I don't even know what to say about that except "UGH".
Josh Furman could be fun to watch in the NFL, I think, if his season at Oklahoma State is any hint at things to come perhaps.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Congratulations To All...||
From a representative of the class of 2000 (who wouldn't have guessed?), congratulations to today's graduates. You shall always be part of the Michigan family, and forever and always, Go Blue.
It's hard to believe that it has been 15 years now for me, but still, I look back fondly on those days in Ann Arbor - they were some of the best I've experienced.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Like others, the Michigan fan in me enjoys this and is very happy for Jake Ryan. The Lions fan has...well...feelings about the Packers in general, of course, but he is definitely going to a place where he'll be able to compete and succeed and there's certainly nothing bad you can say about that. Hopefully, he has a nice, long NFL career.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Felt It Here Too...||
Furniture and shelved items vibrated for about 5-10 seconds here in Romulus per my wife. I was outside, but you could definitely feel the vibration and the patio furniture started to rattle a bit as well. Per the USGS, that was centered south of Galesburg, which explains why the folks on the western side of the state felt it the most.
Anyone else remember the one we had in 1986 or 1987, somewhere in that timeframe? That one was closer to Detroit, I think.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
Someone who knows more than me can probably answer this a little better, but I think the staffing levels for basketball are - by NCAA definition - lower and for most teams it is easier to have one of the assistants handle this particular function, if indeed we're talking about a full-time coordinator as most football teams seem to have.
|2 days 11 hours ago||OK, Folks...||
Jaylen Brown to Kentucky (maybe)
I get it. Sometimes, we're pressed into jumping the gun in the weird world of recruiting, but then you get....
Beilein Can't Recruit
|2 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I'll be honest - this is not where I would have seen Clark going, but I was cued in on Twitter to some of the high marks he got from a couple teams and indeed it looks like his draft stock made some late jumps in the eyes of some. In any event, good news for him and we'll probably be seeing him on Sundays at some point. I imagine we might see Jake Ryan go tomorrow - rather interested to see where he goes too.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Almost Forgot...||
I almost forgot about Harbaugh's somewhat brief stint with the Panthers, although as I recall he dressed but didn't play. It was also the year where he was with the Lions for a time before the season and assumed by many - until we cut him - to be the probable backup to Batch.
|2 days 14 hours ago||NFL Draft Tracker...||
For those who might want to follow it online - the link will take you right to Round 2 - Draft Tracker
The Lions pick (for now - obvious we're seeing some wheeling and dealing already) at 22nd in this round (54th overall) and 24th (88th overall) in the 3rd round.
Donovan Smith to the Bucs, and the Raiders already have their 2nd round pick in. Quick start this evening indeed.
|2 days 15 hours ago||True, But...||
Danny White told us that they aren't just for coaches anymore...
|2 days 16 hours ago||The Article Is Right....||
It definitely is not that helmet. I had nearly forgotten about that helmet. Blech.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Beyond That...||
Beyond that, I am just going to go ahead and assume that he was not arguing with the ten people who follow Akron football on Twitter that were - for a few brief, fleeting moments - stunned but for them in the best of possible ways. Arguing with angry Ohio State fans on the Internet probably has never ended well.
|2 days 19 hours ago||In No Real Order...||
For me, my top five (in no real definitive order as I watch them all rather voraciously) would go something like
1) March Madness
2) The second half of bowl season
3) NFL playoffs
4) World Cup
5) NHL Playoffs
|2 days 19 hours ago||The One Thing...||
The one thing I would like to see one day is a jockey attempt to get back on mid-race - not necessarily at the Derby, but in any race. It looks something like this in my mind (not what is happening here, of course)....
|2 days 20 hours ago||Quick Question...||
First and foremost, very interesting analysis. Thanks for sharing it. It is rather amusing to see ESPN late to this party and yet still try to cobble together rankings when they don't really have to do so from a revenue standpoint.
Second, it would be interesting to see this for several rounds just to monitor the variability of rankings across sites as you get deeper into the draft. I am not sure you would find too much that would be of note, but the question might be a worthwhile one. Any further plans?
|2 days 23 hours ago||Some Numbers...||
From 1990 to 2014, 827 Big Ten players were selected in various rounds of the NFL Draft (this excludes Nebraska until 2012 and does not yet include Rutgers and Maryland, as this will be their inaugural year as members). In that period, that's an average of about 33 players per draft with a peak of 45 in 1991 and minimum of 21 in 1993. In the last ten years, the maximum was 41 in 2012 and the minimum was 22 in 2013.
For Michigan specifically, in the period 1999-2014, we sent seven players to the NFL twice - 1991 and 2007. We had one year where we sent one player - 1994. In the last ten years, we send an average of three players per year to the NFL through the draft (not counting UFAs there).
|3 days 3 hours ago||And Here It Is...||
....the end of the week. It is most welcome.
I am glad to say that I shall not be spending today in the office for the most part too. I basically plan to stop by, input my time for the week, have a quick update meeting with one team and then it is a field visit, retirement luncheon and probably checking out a little early after that as the weather is going to be too nice for me not to find other excuses to stay out of the office. Treating myself today, which I don't do nearly enough.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Thus Far...||
A distinct lack of shockers thus far, at least in my own opinion. Jets fans were pleased with their first round pick, which I don't think has happened in forever.
I am laughing at the boos and jeers each time Goodell comes out on stage - this mainly because he absolutely deserves them, of course, and indeed, he really needs to be booed on sight throughout the United States. I am a little disappointed that he hasn't done the David Stern thing where you look at the crowd with "bring it, bring it, I am the commissioner and you are not" look.
|3 days 15 hours ago||I Will Say...||
I would actually tend to agree with this, primarily for a reason stated upthread - as this blog has grown and as its footprint has expanded, it has become a great secondary source for most of the important items that otherwise come from 247 and Rivals. Typically, within an hour, the information is on this site, and sometimes I think we've even scooped them.
|3 days 16 hours ago||If It Is Good News...||
If indeed this development is a precursor to good news, which of course remains to be seen, then I would think we should treat ourselves around here. DiBella's perhaps, if we discover that we might be needing some celebratory catering. I am sure that the paid staff of the site would find a way to budget this for several thousand regular daily visitors.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
I had heard somewhere that Donovan was the only name on Sam Presti's list basically, so he got his primary and only target. $30 million deal too, so not bad at all, I would think.
Didn't Donovan come within inches of doing this maybe seven or eight years ago with the Magic? I thought he got as far as actually holding a presser before changing his mind, but I could be misremembering.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Where In The World...||
Right now, I am in an office in what I usually describe as "beautiful uptown Bellevile" in Van Buren Township, Michigan, right across I-275 from the old Visteon headquarters (now shared by Visteon and numerous other companies) and several landfills.
In a moment, I shall be heading to my home in the southern end of Romulus, MI where the occasional noise of UPS (hangar at the SW corner of Metro Airport) testing the engines of the one DC-10 that they still seem to utilize keeps us up in the small hours.
|3 days 22 hours ago||The Cleveland.com Piece...||
Here's the Cleveland.com story linked in the article.
The rape reportedly occurred on April 15 in Kitchen's home in Columbus, records show. He is accused of inviting a woman to his home for drinks and then refusing to take her home, eventually forcing her into his bedroom for sex.
Between this and the Jon Waters stuff and other incidents, I don't even know what to say. The level of apparent institutionalized dysfunction in that band and the level of personal depravity that seems to exist in some of its members is .... holy crap.
|3 days 22 hours ago||It Always Helps...||
It always helps me on the first day of the NFL Draft to remember that some fanbases will need some mutual support and comfort, my own included typically, but none like this...
|4 days 12 hours ago||Oh Geez...||
"It seems to benefit some schools that may be in the past had a history of success and now don't so they're trying to grow their brand a little bit more."
Right, because Auburn's brand equity outside of a certain radius of Lee County, Alabama is just so incredible. I really don't know what the problem is other than they can't do it and it burns them so.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Work Smart...||
I've always been a fan of "work smart" as a theory. In any case, I do all the MGoStuff from a laptop that sits on a credenza, leaving my desktop computer and work laptop unecumbered by all this. That, and in all honesty, I read a statistically significant sample of posts most of the time - despite appearances, it's harder than it seems to fit the modding bit into my daily routine, especially now that I get to help run the continuous improvement "idea factory", if you will, for about 300 people from an empty cubicle littered with process maps.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I've Always Thought...||
I've always thought about asking my MSU friends about this sign - maybe it is a spacing error and not a spelling error. Maybe they were referencing "a curate" and trying to allude to ways that you might pass one, although that does lead to the question of having an extraneous indefinite article in the middle of the sentence. I suppose I would have a follow-up question in that case.
|4 days 19 hours ago||FYI...||
The NCAA actually did throw a clarifying tweet out there about not being in attendance at the IMG Academy when this was supposed to have happened, so they definitely weren't around to bust anyone, that being the case.
One outlet had reported it as an undercover operation, which...yeah, this is the NCAA and if they are undercover, it is as a catering delivery person for Panera. You have to catch them in the act of putting cream cheese on the bagel somehow.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The NY Post Piece...||
On the subject of Manziel, the NY Post had a piece on how Johnny Manziel was apparently impressing his most vocal critic on the team, Joe Thomas - LINK
There are some very complimentary quotes from Thomas, who talks about how in his words last year versus this year with Manziel has been "night and day". Of course, at the end, you do get mention of the possibility of Cleveland taking a QB.
This does not mean Manziel will have an easy time winning the Browns quarterback competition. Veteran Luke McCown is considered the favorite, and Cleveland reportedly has interest in trading for the Eagles’ Sam Bradford or selecting a quarterback Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Backed It...||
I backed it...now it is just a waiting game. I'll be right outside on he curb if anyone needs me. Right over there....
|4 days 22 hours ago||Very Nice...||
First and foremost, the not-so-subtle troll of the SEC....well done, Mr. Delany.
Particularly on the issue of flipping though, it seems like the solution that gets fronted for that is the institution of an early signing period for football. It's a discussion that I think you would have to frame very carefully as even we've benefitted from the odd flip, as have other teams in the conference. Grayshirting and oversigning, on the other hand, do feel free to continue asking Mike Slive how many counties have committed to Alabama this week.
|5 days 1 hour ago||I Will Say This...||
I will say that the words "drunk" and "beligerent" and the phrase "East Lansing McDonald's at 2 AM" were more or less all anyone needed to say for this story to make a painful amount of sense from start to finish. That being said, I am morbidly curious as to what sorts of charges get laid down if any, and strangely enough, if the dude who was knocked cold ever sets foot in that particular McDonald's again.
|5 days 13 hours ago||That Settles It...||
It seems fairly clear to me that Mark Richt has - by admission in this tweet - lost control of the WSB Action News weather forecast. I am sure the Bulldog blogs will be calling for his head due to inaccurate portrayals of humid continental climates in June, which is strange because you would expect someone like Mark Richt to be up on climatological data.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Down Memory Lane...||
Speaking of catchy Detroit-area commercials, I have hand-me-down tables from this place, whose main warehouse is now the Gibraltar Trade Center in Taylor.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Correct...||
The NLI is voluntary and you do not have to sign a letter to receive aid or play sports (I wish more kids realized that honestly - the NLI is a lopsided document). The signing period for basketball does end on the 20th of May this year having begun about two weeks ago, I believe. The early signing period for next year begins in November, if I remember correctly.
|5 days 19 hours ago||I Could Be Wrong...||
For the NFL, the costs of losing the tax break are minimal, an estimated $109 million over the next decade. There are benefits, too, including the end of federal disclosure requirements that put Goodell’s salary and some other league information in the public domain.
My perception of Roger Goodell might be off, but I tend to believe that the removal of certain disclosure requirements is worth every penny of about $11 million per year to him.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Bang For The Buck...||
The Kentucky Derby is an all-day party, in my experience, so whether or not you enjoy horse racing (and I come from a long line of people who did anyway), you can find yourself having quite a bit of fun. That's probably what I would run with.
The NFL Draft really seems like it is a better TV event than a live one, at least to me. The Tigers series in KC is tempting, but if I am thinking bang for the buck, the Derby might still edge tha out.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Very Sad To Hear...||
This is very tough news, both as a lifelong Detroit sports fan who still has the framed "G-r-r-reat" page from 1984 in his home office and enjoyed watching Gibson and those teams and as someone who is watching his father slowly succumb to this affliction and has been for a few years now.
On many levels, very sad news indeed.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Awesome Stuff...||
Thanks for all that you do for the kids as well as how well you represent Michigan and the Michigan family in this awesome cause.
Incidentally, the "Finger Guns" GIF has made it into a presentation or two at my office to much applause.
I actually will be at this one, and I will definitely post this on the bulletin board here as well and share it on social media.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Pop...||
Having grown up in SE Michigan, I grew up with "pop", but having married a native Chicagoan, I have somehow found myself - over the years - injecting a certain amount of "soda" into my life, if you will, even though many linguistic maps that I've seen show "pop" as being prevalent in Chicago (although perhaps to a lesser degree than in Michigan).
As for my favorite, I personally am a fan of Dr. Pepper, although Coca-Cola is a close second. I would be remiss as a Michigan native if I failed to give a shoutout to Vernors and Faygo (Rock'n'Rye in particular), which also find their way into the rotation.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Stayed The Whole Time...||
I am still amazed that I stayed the whole time and didn't end up getting some degree of illness or injury from exposure. That was during the worst of a late fall cold snap, in a stretch of days where it was markedly cooler than it should have been for the middle of November. Like others, I ended up with great seats because virtually the entire place left.
Speaking of shitty weather, I was at the 1996 game against BC (was it 1996?) and as I recall, that was essentially a mockup of what football would look like if played during monsoon season. It was gusty too, so we had stretches of horizontal rain.
|6 days 3 hours ago||About Cancer...||
Yeah, fuck cancer. I don't think there is a better expression of my disdain for it than that either.
Definitely sending some good vibes in the direction of Chad and the entire Carr family. Cannot even imagine what it is like watching your child go through this ordeal.
|6 days 13 hours ago||It Is This...||
....and it is this unknown which has me apprehensive and distracted this week so far. I may need to stop by the store on Thursday and get some supplies which contain a certain amount of alcohol just in case I don't like the answer to this mystery.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Changing Plans...||
Well, this is just lovely. I have to cancel the simple salads and waters for the luncheon where we were going to hear all about The Process, and I suppose Weingartz won't be able to to have the "Which Works Better? Les Miles Or This Toro Mulching Mower" demonstration. Damn, I know someone, somewhere will be disappointed.
|6 days 19 hours ago||To Add...||
There was a New York Times piece with a list of organizations currently operating or trying to get relief to Nepal (and I am sure it is not comprehensive), for those that want to give to other organizations in addition to what the OP has posted (and thanks for doing this, incidentally) - LINK
The listings also tell you what each group is providing or plans to provide.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
"Publix Chicken Tender Sub University"
Glad Michigan won this one again, of course and as I see the name above, I am glad the folks down at the Publix deli counter were willing to chuck in $100 from petty cash. "Make Spencer Eat Cheese U" threw about $450 at this though, so there's some stiff competition in the middle of the pack indeed.
|6 days 23 hours ago||There Is That...||
There is that, and I have to think that Dantonio's facial expression alone and the end of the question would have made it across 1,000,000 memes by now. Of course, given that it might be the same expression that is in 1,000,000 memes already, it would be difficult to tell from that alone, I suppose.
|1 week 25 min ago||Good Luck To Him...||
There was some chatter on the board last week about this being a possibility, but here's the official announcement. His is a truly unbelieveable story with unfathomable loss, but one of recovery and - ultimately - realizing his dream to be in a game at Crisler donning the maize and blue.
As others have said, it is very selfless of him to agree to this, but it is great that he will continue to contribute to the team and be active in the program. It is another chapter and hopefully an excellent one for Hatch.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Wait A Minute...||
I am curious as to which Zelda because if it was Ocarina Of Time, I have always wondered what the Windmill music sounds like when one is on something. It was maddening enough sober and made for a terrible earworm, but I was always timid because some place like the Shadow Temple seems like it would be virtually impossible in an altered state....or it could be hilarious. Maybe I should fire up the version downloaded to the Wii when I get home today.
|1 week 12 hours ago||PSD...||
The 2015 guide listed end zone seats at $75 for PSD for end zone seats and as much as $200 for the "blue" seats, as I recall, so if that's what they are discussing in your message, essentially that price range would get you somewhere between abotu the 10 and the end zone on either side of the stadium save for the student section at that particular level. I could be misremembering though - admittedly, that paperwork is in my desk drawers at work.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 16 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
It was built off the former Chicago Bear defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan 46 defense philosophy, to create as many one-on-one blocks at the point of attack as possible, and just coach your players up on the back end better than your opponent."
As I recall, the 46 would load up the weak side and create a situation where you've got the center and OGs covered by both DTs and a defensive end in what is essentially a base 4-3 with minor modifications. You move the WLB and SLB to the weakside and put the MLB about where they would normally be (at least on some plays). The backfield gets pick of the litter, if you will, on receivers. Of course, against straight spread teams, this probably doesn't work all that well, but then you don't see anything like the 46 that much now (probably a good reason to use it if any - I mean, who the hell saw it coming?).
|1 week 17 hours ago||About This...||
But is Keystone actually beer in the conventional sense, or is it someone's off-kilter conception of Glaceau Vitamin Water? I've heard several theories on this and have always been confused regarding it. I see Keystone sold at my local Meijer but I never see anyone actually buy it, after all.
|1 week 1 day ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, of course, the flood of five stars likely would not have been an immediate effect anyway, but the foundation is being laid for something along those lines to potentially occur down the road through everything that is happening at present. The most amazing thing to me is that it requires little to no extra effort on the part of Jim Harbaugh - this is him simply being who he is and what he is.
|1 week 1 day ago||Good Win...||
Great game, good win and hopefully they can ride that back here to Detroit on Monday and take the series.
As for drinking, Weihenstephaner (I bought rather a lot of it on the last foray to the store) and, at the moment, the new episode of "Orphan Black". Highly recommend this series if you've not seen any of it yet.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'll Answer...||
In no particular order:
1) Major League Baseball
2) college football
3) college baksetball
4) pro football
|1 week 1 day ago||Eleven Swans...||
It would be years before I actively contributed, but the first time I found MGoBlog was mere moments after the "Eleven Swans" post hit the blog (as it was at the time anyway). That stirred rather a lot of MGoMemories actually - thanks for reconnecting all of us with that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Obligatory....|
|1 week 1 day ago||The Offer Sheet...||
The OP was not kidding at all when it comes to the offer sheet - comprehensive list HERE, for those interested.
Around 30% of the schools in Division I offered this kid, including Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, and Wisconsin as well as Michigan in the Big Ten.
|1 week 1 day ago||Down For Now....||
Way OT: Personal call for help
Without much more information for the GoFundMe, the trend of pushback on this was probably going to grow and if it is legitimate, it probably wasn't the reaction the OP was expecting and it probably is better to remove the thread in that regard. That being said, if it is legitimate and you can come back with a much more detailed description of what has occurred and what the goals are, I bet this is much better received. Don't take it personally, OP - the story was very moving, but I don't know that the MGoBoard is always the most appropriate forum.
|1 week 2 days ago||Speaking Of This...||
A system whereby football rivalry trophies could be transferred in other sports would be interesting, and indeed, the Jug probably does miss Ann Arbor since it maintains an apartment here historically and probably would like to commence spring cleaning at this point in the season (as well as pay some back rent).
|1 week 2 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I will admit that this makes me curious to see what they'll do with Will Smith and Margot Robbie, for starters, considering they'll be Deadshot and Harley Quinn respectively. I think this might be the first reveal on what the makeup for "Suicide Squad", and it is definitely not what I was assuming - I'll put it like that.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I May Say...||
If I may say, it is taking rather a lot of Weihenstephaner to get through the Tigers game, so if the modding gets a little inconsistent, that would be why. I ran out of the Weissbier, now just working my way through the "Original Premium", as it is labelled. Very good either way, just a little miffed that the store was out of Paulaner or Franziskaner Weissbier.
|1 week 2 days ago||If I Had To Guess...||
If I had to guess, I would guess Parrises Squares, even though ST:TNG and later series never really made the rules precisely clear even though it sounded interesting enough just based on the anecdotes they would work in to scenes in Ten Forward or other places where folks would congregate.
If the NCAA - in a fashion true to its form - would be persuaded to make a go of lawn darts or marbles, that would be acceptable, except I have this image of groups like the Orange Pride getting rather friendly with top-rated marbles recruits.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Denver Post...||
The Denver Post has some slightly more detailed coverage here, which they seem to be updating - LINK
Some detail that I didn't see in the USA Today piece unless I missed it:
The fraternity said it expelled three of its members Friday, and that it had hired an independent investigator.
The fraternity has also been out there - per this article - saying they will deal with others should additional names turn up in the investigation.
|1 week 2 days ago||Of Course...||
Of course, to save a bit of cash, Magnum could always ask Higgins if it would be alright to put MagnUM up in the main house for the weekend. Not sure how to monitor the Ferrari in that scenario, of course, but as long as he doesn't sic Zeus and Apollo on anyone, I think it would go rather smoothly.
|1 week 2 days ago||About That...||
I still think conference rules in the SEC require that you be within 50 miles of - in this instance - Tuscaloosa for this to be a realizable possibility. The larger point, of course, is that - as a Big Ten fan - you can set up shop wherever and, as we have seen from the ExposureU documents out so far, invite Saban to be the keynote speaker at the, um, session.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting Article...||
Another student-athlete who was enrolled at another institution and was not named in the SI article reported that he had sexual activity with a woman (during) his official visit. The young lady was not a member of Orange Pride, although the prospect assumed that a coaching staff member arranged it.
Not sure why one would assume this unless the recruiting coordinator pulled up in a 1976 Eldorado and gave a rather painfully clear and vivid rundown of what would happen should certain parameters of the visit be violated.
In any case, as others have said, it is a shame the NCAA is what it is....unless there are bagels or other side items from your normal continental breakfast involved. Then you have to pay the $5 or so for what you consumed over and above the allowed amount or you're done with sports.
|1 week 2 days ago||A Little Harbaugh...||
We were actually being somewhat Harbaugh in one regard before it was cool over in my neck of the woods. The regional productivity numbers are sent out and/or posted every month - names and number of work orders and total task completed - for all to see. The transparency creates a spirited but friendly competition among groups and really helps customer satisfaction in a way, as odd as this sounds.
|1 week 2 days ago||From A Mod Standpoint...||
From a mod standpoint, it works out partly because a fair number of people actually roll with the board first and the front page as time permits (I am in that group), so there are enough people that get the information here to warrant keeping a good portion of the threads which technically overlap front page content. Also, the discussion tends to be broarder here on most topics (on the board, that is), so there is that to consider too and as JGB mentioned, the audience is different here - in fact, I would say that the front page and the board itself have had sufficient divergent evolution over time that they are almost sites unto themselves in some resepcts.
One other thing to consider is that content rolls off the front page faster at certain times of the year than it does on the board, making the board arguably more convienient for some folks.
|1 week 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
I don't know that I would summarily include Derek Mason in Bolivia only because Vanderbilt needs some hope and they've historically not done much (or been able to do much) to hurt anyone from a football standpoint. Still, they are in the SEC, so point taken in that regard - if the Oversigh Committee makes future camps a non-starter because such inequities offend the SEC, then yeah, that whole conference can take a long walk off a short pier.
|1 week 2 days ago||Something Is Coming Indeed...||
Perhaps it is one of those compelling limited-time free offers that is coming....
|1 week 2 days ago||Network Names...||
My neighbor and I seem to have an informal contest going now ever since I changed the name of our home wireless about a year ago from the generic "linksys" to "this crappy network". Indeed, ever since I changed it, people who come over and wish to use a device will often ask, "Who owns this crappy network?" When I tell them I do, I've even gotten an odd apology out of what I assume is reflex.
My neighbor, not to be outdone, has since named his "in the outhouse", and as we can see each other's networks, it is interesting to now get questions like, "Who is on in the outhouse?" because obviously that's a deeply personal question.
|1 week 3 days ago||To Add A Little...||
This is why I am rather intrigued to see what the results of that survey they passed around to the athletes regarding apparel might be and how - if at all - that affects the path that Michigan will ultimately take regarding vendors. Maybe it does or maybe there has been some idea about where to go all along, but it will be interesting to see how stark the style differences between the last administration and the current one might be as we get into this season and beyond.
|1 week 3 days ago||Early Morning Posbang...||
Well, I woke up and feel like I probably could go right back to sleep, but alas, there's the problem of work sitting in between sleep and everything else. Because I like eating, I suppose I will choose work in this particular instance. That being said, I suppose I can work up the energy for a nice, leisurely posbang.
Still, those of us who are normally asleep during the small hours seem to be a bit tardy for this party in the last few weeks. Snoozing and losing, I suppose.
|1 week 3 days ago||About This...||
On those rare instances when I hear Jim Rome's voice, I try to imagine a bottle of Summer's Eve with a greasy mustache and ask myself if I would take such a sight seriously. When I am forced to say, "No, likely not", I am then forced to ask why others would care to listen to someone that - like what he is - is meant to be used to irrigate an clean various orifices. So far, I have gotten many good answers to this question.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah...||
This could apply to the NCAA as much as Saban, Swinney and others who are bitching though...
|1 week 3 days ago||RollDamnTide...||
Only one of the greatest accidents to happen in the last few years on this site. It is enshrined in the Hall Of Fame (see "Useful Stuff" in the menu bar at the top of the page) in the "Alter Egos Exposed" section. Indeed, it is the only entry in that section as I don't think you can top this thread, which began so innocently as a request (from the user's second account) to edit a post made by the first.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good Rule...||
After 11 years of marriage and numerous run-ins, my wife and her family - most of whom see sports as being on the same level as paint drying for entertainment value - have learned to keep the schedule as light as possible from about mid-August to the end of November if an event is to involve me.
That being said, my wife and I missed a wedding (which was understood because tailgating) and most of a reception because of Braylonfest (which we attended with the idea that we would catch the reception, but the game had other plans). To this day, she sometimes asks me why I don't feel particularly bad about the decision to stay and all I can say is, "Did you see that though? Wow..."
|1 week 3 days ago||Florida Tech...||
Florida Tech has only had football for a couple years now, if I am not mistaken. Interesting chance to try and be part of getting a fledgling Division II program off the ground though. They are in the same conference as Valdosta, Lee and a host of deep South directional colleges, I believe. Good luck to him.
|1 week 3 days ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, this is something that heads of state around the world get to experience. Prime Minister David Cameron, for example...
|1 week 3 days ago||Each And Every Campus...||
I don't know about others, but I've always considered each and every campus as part of the University Of Michigan family in every aspect. This university has representatives all over the world and although most of them probably spent time in Ann Arbor, there are folks who attended classes in Dearborn and Flint wearing the maize and blue proudly as well. The satellite campuses might be smaller in size, but we should think of them no less.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
44....so a back of some nature or proably a linebacker-ish number on defense (as there is no restriction on that side of the ball).
The progression of photos probably should find their way into a GIF of some kind, as the President looks like most people do when they get a sweater from a distant aunt for Christmas. That "Wow....that's.....really something" sort of look.
|1 week 3 days ago||Excitement...||
Everyone who participates in this epic adventure known as MGoBlog suffers the same addiction. Hell, I bet if Michigan had a checkers team we'd all be "buckled up" and awaiting its next commit too.
To be fair, of course, this is Michigan and it would probably be a team playing Risk or something along those lines.
As for other fanbases cultivating the same excitement, there are a lot of highly engaged fanbases, I believe, although ours might excel in its level of sheer organization when it comes to web presence and general connectivity among people. As an alumnus, for me it's just as much about the university and the culture of the campus as it is about the athletics and that tradition and I am almost always impressed by the ability of Michigan's fans and alums to come together and share their stories, their fandom and their wisdom with one another. The level of general engagmenet surrounding Michigan has always been very high, or at least comparatively high, I believe.
|1 week 3 days ago||A Friendly Note...||
Just as a friendly note from the mods, actual human feelings are encouraged regardless of what you might think of Nathan's performance as a pitcher. Don't be afraid to express at least a modicum of sympathy for someone who has to face season-ending - perhaps even career-ending as Nathan is pushing 40, I believe - surgery. Your expression here is an expression of the sort of fan that no team really needs.
|1 week 3 days ago||Interesting Article...||
They are proud of playing the game. Have you ever met anybody who accomplished playing four years of high school football, and at the end of that run said, ‘Man, I wish I wouldn’t have played’? It doesn’t get said.
You know, I thought about this statement for a moment earlier this morning when the thread first appeared and yeah, of all the people I know who have played the game at some level or another, not one has ever regretted it that I can remember. Although others here have pointed out - and rightly so - that many of the lessons being discussed in the article can spring from other sources (teamwork, pushing yourself to do better and so on), football is a very good place to learn them all the same.
|1 week 4 days ago||Definitely Beer...||
For about a year or so, I was able to get free booze for parties provided it was nothing particularly ostentatious from a brand standpoint (so, cheap shit) through a connection who worked for a distributor during the summer.This worked until said friend was caught giving some Wild Turkey to another friend of mine and was promptly told his days in the alcohol distribution industry were over.
|1 week 4 days ago||If You Can't Beat Them...||
"We have become aware of statements made by Jameis Winston during a recent interview with Jim Harbaugh describing the circumstances of his alleged receipt of food from a local grocery store," athletic director Stan Wilcox said Wednesday in an official statement.
Now, here is a store that takes double coupons and rewards programs (like MPerks for those of us who frequent Meijer) very seriously. If I lived in Florida, I would think about walking in with a Seminoles jersey just for the deals.
|1 week 4 days ago||Over At The Times...||
Here's the NY Times take on the subject - LINK
As part of the deal, the N.F.L. insisted that all retired players — not just the 5,000 or so who sued the league — be covered by the settlement as a way to fend off lawsuits in the future. But about 200 players opted out of the settlement to preserve their right to continue fighting the league.
One of the criticisms is that it covers too few categories of problems and that settlement payments in the end might be pretty paltry. Speaking of money, supposedly there will be no payouts until all appeals are exhausted, which will likely take...well...a while. The NFL insisted that all retired players be covered so that they are covered in the future too, but some opted out and will continue fighting, per the article.
|1 week 4 days ago||Earlier This Week...||
While there were still merely rumblings about the possibility of Brooks being let go, Ollie was quick to throw a statement out there saying that he had no plans to go anywhere and that he was looking foward to this coming season at UConn. Now that Brooks is officially out, of course, who really knows - a lot of coaches put out a lot of statements, particularly if their name gets floated for other positions.
|1 week 4 days ago||You Know...||
I really thought about taking this down because it is old news, and yet, some of the responses in here are making it worth the slight redundancy, particularly Ace's GIF above, which I had not seen yet. This could end up being another case where posters step in to create victory from what could have been another thread marked for deletion. Well done, MGoBlog.
|1 week 4 days ago||Could Be Interesting...||
What's more, it'll also let you route calls and data through WiFi, which could reduce bills even further. There's not much else we know about Google's first stab at running its own phone service, but if its goal is to shake up the wireless industry, it looks like it certainly will.
I am very intrigued by this as well. There was a study, I believe, a few years ago which said that a typical customer spends about $30 on data per month than they actually use. I imagine that Google probably structured it like this just to see how their conception of wireless service goes at first, but given that Google has complained loudly about the current structure of the market before, I also see them wanting to turn up the heat on the industry with this approach.
|1 week 4 days ago||Makes Sense...||
I don't know how it doesn't make sense, Nick.
1) Set up camp basically next door to schools that - by their conference rules - cannot do the same in your backyard.
2) Invite kids who might normally only consider those schools whose backyard you now are inhabiting
3) Evaluate kids and make offers / recruit as you see fit
I suppose I don't see what Nick Saban sees, or perhaps I do and am indifferent to the idea that it irritates him. Hmmmmm.
|1 week 5 days ago||Probably Not...||
A good half of the threads in the last 24 hours or thereabouts have been either directly or secondarily related (i.e., there was some mention in the thread) to Jim Harbaugh and there is no evidence of shame yet. To that end, the normal mod guidance on this subject would be that - by all means - continue to post Harbaugh things should you have such things to post.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Would Say...||
I would say that from a quality standpoint that this is night and day from the two in Tampa Bay and in a good way, I might add. So far, a more deliberate game from the Lightning - 12-ish (I've been counting on the feed) shots on goal, compared to something like 8 for the Wings but we scored first. That's huge for this game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Not Only That...||
Not only that, but it makes life a little interesting for those of us with kids who will undoubtedly want to have a nice, leisurely Halloween since it is on Saturday as opposed to the hurried ones we seem to have when it is a school night. Well, most communities shut it down before 8 PM, but it makes pregaming a pain. Even at that, I will likely have to be in a place where I have access to the first quarter or so somehow, I suppose, or can at least get decent service and use BTN2Go.
|1 week 5 days ago||Interesting Development...||
I like how Florida State specifically - and ostensibly on behalf of the ACC - is going to grumble about this because it is probably the only school in the conference right now that has a realistic opportunity to worry about it given recent performance, not to mention their slight dissatisfaction with the pace at which a conference network is getting off the ground. The Rivals article at least gets Swofford on record as saying that he senses little support for expansion "at the presidential level" for the time being, so while FSU might not like that answer, they seem less peeved about their predicament than they were just a few years ago.
|1 week 5 days ago||Taking Advice...||
How many benefitted from Easter Egg Hunt advice: “Think like the Egg! Where would you hide if you were an Egg?”
You know, I turned around and gave this advice to my kids, whereupon my son tried to climb into the fridge, mentioning basically that the last place we would look is the place from which we removed him. Good call on his part. It also delayed the egg hunt about ten minutes when he knocked over a pickle jar and we ended up cleaning out the entire bottom shelf, but whatever.
Interesting article though. The era of Harbaugh so far has been as entertaining as it has been hopeful.
|1 week 5 days ago||Good Luck To Him...||
If the drift of Twitter is any indication, the possibility of Max returning as a walk-on is definitely not precluded, although the feeling I get is that it isn't on top of the list when it comes to likely things to occur. It would be great to have him as a leader and backup all the same though, but wherever he goes, he has his degree and will always be a part of some great teams in the program's history. Good luck to him in whatever he decides.
|1 week 5 days ago||Almost As Quickly...||
Almost as quickly, Bradley and Illinois State are supposedly actively vying for Bielfedlt, who reportedly is considering six schools as possible destinations. He will always be part of the Michigan family and will leave with that Michigan degree - best of luck to him wherever he might end up.
|1 week 5 days ago||Medical Hardship...||
I believe the rules of eligibility make allowances for a player to potentially be out more than one season (thereby extended the five-year period by however many seasons), but the length of time is dictated by the documentation provided to get the waiver in the first place. For example, if it is for circumstances beyond the player's control:
Situations clearly supported by contemporaneous medical documentation, which states that a student-athlete is unable to participate in intercollegiate competition as a result of incapacitating physical or mental circumstances;
If I am not mistaken, once you're cleared, the clock starts again and then you have the decision to play someone or not all over again. Of course, if you're never cleared or cannot go back to playing form, you still get the benefits of the scholarship but are effectively shut down if that's the case. Someone more familiar with the rules can correct me here or provide more specific guidance.
|1 week 5 days ago||Excellent News...||
Excellent news, of course. I sort of thought LeVert might stay just based on what I was reading, but of course this time of the year makes everyone rightfully nervous.
That being said, I think with that news this coming season just got a lot better in terms of outlook. With LeVert back and a now very experienced bench, among other things, this could be fun indeed.
|1 week 5 days ago||In Other Places...||
Culliver reminds Boone how Harbaugh led San Francisco to three NFC title games and a Super Bowl in four years. And indicates how those facts shouldn't be forgotten.
To perform at a high level as a coach in the pros and really in college too, I think it pays to be "a little off" in some respects. I know we've talked about this in several threads already, but I will say that in my own experience - which isn't in football, so someone can tell me off right here if they want - some of the people who drove the best achievements at least around my little corner of life were also people that would drive me up the wall with their focus and intensity. I tend to see Harbaugh as in that group, and not everyone appreciates it in a given workgroup, but as Culliver mentions, you can't forget where they've led you.
|1 week 6 days ago||Why is it that these things||
Why is it that these things always seem to coincide with days during which I have presentations to give to directors and other people that have some sway over my future? I need to try and figure out how to make all these spring rollouts not coincide with player announcement schedules.
In all seriousness, I hope he comes back - especially with LeVert, this team has a pretty high ceiling, I believe.
|1 week 6 days ago||Totally Normal...||
This is totally normal behavior for Kentucky fans, mind you. It's also cheaper than the triple wax with undercarriage clean at the car wash up the road and might even last just as long.
|1 week 6 days ago||About This...||
I dare say that, by this point in their existence as a chain, Motel 6 is used to "unofficial visits" of the nature described in this article, free from the complications of transcripts and an eligibility verification (could the latter actually be a thing in this case anyway?). I would have to believe that they would rather one did limit the length of their visit to what is strictly necessary if only to avoid possible entanglements from both law enforcement and their laundry service.
|1 week 6 days ago||First And Foremost...||
First and foremost, sorry to hear abour your father. Good vibes being sent in your direction, man - he's in an excellent place to get the care he might need.
Second, if you want a nice craft brew experience, either Arbor Brewing Company or Grizzly Peaks would suit that nicely. You can get growlers at either place to take with you as well as food, but the dine-in experience isn't bad at either location.
|1 week 6 days ago||In Addition...||
That's kind of like how 734 became the new 313, unless you were north of Goddard Road or in some cities also east of Middlebelt, in which case it was still 313 although your cell service might end up being 734. In addition, 947 is the new 248 unless you live south of about Seven Mile, in which case it might be 734 again.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Goal...||
If we get $30K this year, we'll get your mascot tattooed on our body. No, for real this time. We'll do it. Please win again, Michigan, because a wolverine could be a badass tattoo, while anything else is a crapshoot. (Oh god, Notre Dame. Please don't. PLEASE. You didn't see this.)
Somewhere, Damefan is figuring out how much he can comfortably donate now.
He is right, of course - a wolverine would make a badass tattoo, and to that end, I just threw some money at the Charity Bowl myself because that needs to happen.
|1 week 6 days ago||Over At SBNation...||
There's a running tab on spring game attendance across all of Division I over at SBNation, if you're interested - LINK
Among the most sparsely attended spring games (say, sub-10,000), you've got names like Iowa State, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Arizona, Syracuse, UConn, Miami, Cincinnati and many others. Eastern Michigan drew 1,500, interestingly enough and San Jose State managed to get 500 people to come to their spring game. I wonder if we'll see even more paltry attendance than that before spring games are done.
|2 weeks 46 min ago||Terrible, Just Terrible...||
He just keeps pushing you, and you’re like, ‘Dude, we got over the mountain. Stop. Let go.’ He kind of wore out his welcome.
I know, Alex....it's just terrible when someone believes that no matter how far you've come and how much you've improved, you can be even better than that potentially. It's just awful when people have expectations and strive to achieve, isn't it?
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||Over At SBNation...||
I remember seeing EaglesGenius' comment on the article at SBNation, but fortunately it was captured in this tweet, at the bottom of this image:
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Photos...||
If you've got them, the best way is probably to upload them to a service like Photobucket or any other service and then use their HTML code (which will generate automatically for each photo) on this site. Make sure you switch to "Plain Text Mode" before pasting the code in here. You can - if you need to do so - right-click on each image and adjust the width to 400 pixels to keep them within the reply boxes.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||One Experience....||
It isn't so much noteworthy as it is mystifying, and it wasn't an actual sit-in dinner but instead me ordering takeout. The Texas Roadhouse in Taylor - if you catch them on a night when they have people who can do things in parallel - has OK service. This was not such a night.
I called in a takeout order - or tried to do so - and heard "Texas Roadhouse, please hold". Click. I called again - same words, but this time actual hold music - for 10 minutes. I hung up and called again, figuring I had been forgotten. I assume the phone there has caller ID because now I get a frustrated, "WHAT??" from someone who can't be more than 18 perhaps.
I explain that I want to place an order, so they graciously let me do this and I give my last name - "Cook" - and they tell me 15 minutes. It takes 10 to drive there, so I leave after I call basically. I tell them I am here for a takeout order and I give them the name and they have no idea who I am.
"What did you order?"
I tell them what I ordered. Apparently, I am "Michaels" somehow, but as I could describe the order in graphic detail, I somehow get it - 15 minutes after my arrival. As was about to pay, I stopped and I asked to talk to the manager and I described my experience and managed to get my meal for 50% off, paying only for the entrees.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||At Least For Me...||
I prefer to say that I estimate 8-9 wins based on the talent level and coaching that this team now has, but I would be hesitant to base that on past performance in the coaching world, particularly the past performance of different coaches in materially different times and places. To me, it is dangerous to make such a connection. If we remain consistent and look at how Harbaugh has fared, I think it is a safer assumption that the swing in the first year for us might be +3 or +4 wins. Granted, it is an estimate and it probably doesn't consider things that it should probably consider ideally.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||Fair Enough....||
I would ask, "Where is your sense of adventure, man?" but then I imagine that like me, you're thinking that either you don't want to wake up in the morning and not remember how your neighbor's favorite birch tree ended up in pieces in the backyard or you don't want to tell the story of why daddy is now right-handed, as I probably would be. It's probably wise that my wife denied me any beer today until after I was done with the pruning saw.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Already Posted...||
Hello Carter Dunaway?
It is on the second page of threads, having only moved off the first page yesterday. The search function is your friend when it comes to commitment news here, as it is one of the things you can almost guarantee was posted the moment it happened.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Will Say...||
I will say that if it wasn't obvious before that - despite all the places he could have gone - that Ann Arbor was where Harbaugh really wanted to be, it probably should be now. Warmup catcher, motivational speaker....as someone said above, he tries to be where he can when he can and it is great to witness the seemingly boundless energy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm Sold...||
I'll be watching definitely - just this scene alone, right down to his re-enactment of Leach's pre-snap routine, was fun to watch. It is nice to see shows like "Real Sports" also bringing recognition to the program and what is going on here through these interviews though. As we've discussed at length around these parts - Harbaugh being himself keeps Michigan in the spotlight.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||At The End...||
But as Lonergan said, Beilein knows college basketball isn’t a one-year thing. He’ll get his guys back in the gym again next year, passing, dribbling and catching just like always. He’ll give his team a chance in the end.
That was a very interesting piece connecting Beilein's approach in the past to his present. Indeed, it shows you that very little about the basic philsophy around players and personnel has changed really, but that it has worked so well wherever he has been.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Later On...||
Only now switched to this after Tigers and dinner, but kept track on the phone :-(
I am trying to look at it like this - later on, I get to see if the Rangers continue their slow, steady beating of Sidney Crosby with various shoulders. No dog in the fight in that game, of course, but any time I can watch Crosby get his comeuppance, I figure.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well, It's Something...||
The Tigers just got one back on a J.D. Martinez solo shot.
Still started into the Blue Moon over the that seven-run half-inning the White Sox just put up. Sometimes, it seems when Sanchez doesn't have it, he really doesn't have it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Part of me looks at Norfolk State vs. Rutgers and wants that to be "upset special" for all sorts of selfish emotional reasons. I am guessing offhand that Northwestern is not going to like Stanford very much after that game and Ohio State probably comes out when the bell rings and flattens the Hokies.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It Happens...||
I am pretty sure that - in 2005 - we got a small storm that dumper about 4 inches of snow in the Ann Arbor area during the last week of April or thereabouts, and growing up I can recall stray flurries on cold mornings in early May. Of course, I can remember a week in 2000 in March when it was pretty much in the mid-80s every day, and in 1997, winter was more like an extended fall complete with tulips accidentally blooming in the middle of January. This is a very odd weather state sometimes.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||UniWatch...||
Per Paul Lukas at UniWatch, which is probably the best authority on these thing out there if that means anything, these have been vetted and this or something similar to it may very well happen. (LINK).
Behind the link, you can see the descriptions of the uniforms in all their brand management glory, with gems like :
"Using the colloquial LA will resonate in a profound way with the younger demographic".
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Daredevil...||
My wife and I blew through all 13 episodes on Netflix last weekend (starting Friday night and finishing Sunday evening) and I will say that at no point will you be disappointed - it is a great series. Whether you can binge watch it or you have to space it out, do make some time to watch it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Crazy Things...||
I was at the Tigers game where Steve Lyons decided to clean himself off at first base by taking his pants down for a few moments. That was the somewhat offbeat Lyons just being himself, of course, and yeah, if you've got dirt in your shirttail in baseball, it is inconvenient, but there was the problem of deciding to do that - however absent-mindedly - in from of about 25,000 people. It took him a few seconds to realize what he was doing, but by then Tiger Stadium was rolling on the floor laughing.
I also had the pleasure of being in attendance for the oh so wonderful (if you're a Wings fan) "Fight Night At The Joe". I think it was Shanahan, but that body block on Roy was and still is beautiful.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Quick Question...||
Is this perchance Craig Dunaway's son? I didn't exactly make the connection before, but then I remember Jack Dunaway walked on and I've heard mentions that their father player for Bo on various media. Very nice yet again to see legacy Wolverines, if indeed that's the case.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Hope He's Right...||
I hope he is right too. UMHoops threw this out there - LINK
If this is right, he's pretty close to graduating anyway:
LeVert said he’s factoring his health and his education — he’s “a couple more semesters” away from graduating. And, he admitted being part of the program next winter could be special.
With everyone back, I would think next season would be very interesting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||First Car...||
My first car was a 1991 Lumina that was manufactured during a moment in history when General Motors toyed with the idea of not using primer when when painting sheet metal. It was red with unfinished spots and looked like a bad imitation of a Twister board. That being said, apart from the fact that the A/C compressor suffered from a case of shitty bearings, it was an OK car.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Get This, But...||
''First and foremost, requiring a year of readiness would make clear to prospects that they have a choice. On one hand, they would be free to pursue their sport as a vocation, where development in the sport is their primary - if not sole - objective. To the extent such avenues are limited in the sports of football and men's basketball, it is the responsibility of the professional leagues in those sports to provide such opportunities. It is not the responsibility of intercollegiate athletics to serve as professional minor leagues in any sport,'' - from Delany's letter
I understand what he is trying to say here, and fortunately this is not a proposal as he mentioned, but say in basketball for example, if the NCAA as whole really felt this way, I would have to think they'd try to work with the NBA (which would need to somehow amend its CBA) to go back to the old rules, if you will (they do not feel this way, of course). That wouldn't mean freshmen ineligibility, of course, but no one would go for it after over 40 years without it, especially with the way the very nature of collegiate athletics has changed.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Enjoying The Afternoon...||
Well, I managed to get home in time to enjoy some of the afternoon - pizza night, so we ordered that, and I went for a nice walk / run and now am sitting on my porch with the laptop and a Guinness, the first of many such beers tonight as it is Friday. I might catch up on Orphan Black in anticipation of the season premiere tomorrow too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||About This...||
NFL.com profile on Funchess here (LINK), for comparison
Their Bottom Line is what I tend to see when I think of Funchess and his NFL prospects:
Has mismatch-caliber size, but lack of vertical talent and below-average hands might negate the size to an extent. Funchess was used outside and inside at Michigan and had success from the slot. He has the feel of a hybrid player who can be a big guy at wide receiver or a mismatch nightmare as a move tight end with more weight on his rangy frame.
Thought the rough comparison to Gavin Escobar was interesting too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well Hello...||
So, I take that it is no longer "what do i write here" (it couldn't be because I did the block / ban myself that time), but now you have in fact discovered what you would like to write there, just not much else beyond this. Honestly, it only creates work for me - you're not even trying anymore, if indeed you are the repeater I believe you to be.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Starting Out Anyway...||
I have to spend at least the first half of my Friday crowded into a room with a cross-functional group of folks trying to solve a problem that I am not sure IT has the budget to solve at the moment. It's one of those things where if money were no object, we could have this hammered out - at least the theory - in about 15 minutes. Anyway, fortunately that last until 2 PM at the latest, at which time I find a workstation where I will be, tune into the Tigers game, answer some e-mails and probably go after that.
No real plans for the weekend. That's rare for me and I like it that way personally.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yikes...||
At least this man worked for the side of good and good dentistry...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Notting Hill...||
If you're staying in Notting Hill (which is in Kensington And Chelsea), I think a typical room - pretty basic, that is - is probably a $250 / night proposition on average, or at least it was the last time I was there. Plenty of nice hotels in that area though and as other have alluded to, you'd have no trouble getting almost anywhere. Wembley is in Brent, I think, which isn't terribly far from Kensington (just north of there) so the haul to the stadium shouldn't be too bad.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty Sure...||
I am beginning to believe that the interviews to be an official in most sports tend to look like this -
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interesting Development...||
All I can say is that I would attempt to model for $47 million in a year too, but aside from maybe my wife reassuring me that I do not look all the comical, there is no way at all it would ever happen. You're definitely doing something right when you can make that sort of money in an extremely competitive environment.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nice...||
While I have these persistent reservations about how good this movie might be as a movie (and I could be completely wrong, of course), it looks visually superb just based on the preview. I would definitely go see it despite not being a huge Star Wars fan. That light saber was awesome - I will say that.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Apparently...||
A quick search - not comprehensive - for "Jim Beilein" in the search for the foundation of a snarky remark found only references to John Beilein, so if there ever was a Jim Beilein, he isn't of much note or there are some articles out there written by people quite new to the world of collegiate basketball (there was an obscure article calling him "Jim" and "John" - I only saw the summary though).
As for Max, I had thought there was an article saying he was leaning towards his hometown university of Bradley, but I admit that it would be nice to have him back as a walk-on, in my opinion.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My Two Cents...||
I think a coach that is engaged as Harbaugh is and makes results and progress as transparent as he does is someone who typically builds and sustains success wherever he goes, and indeed he has. What the transparency is doing is driving the accountability - for one's own results as well as well as the team's - and giving players a very real sense of how what they do affects team results. You have to be intense to enacy something like this, and I would say you can only be successful generally.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We Shall See...||
When I do the position / position by round version of this, I am hoping to find this out actually. Part of why I stopped short of present time in this diary was, as I said, to get averages that were as unmuddled as possible, but hopefully we get to see if part of the reason for this is buried in the NFL's draft behavior, if you will.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Entire Listing...||
This was taken from straight dumps by year from Pro-Football Reference, so everyone they had data on that was taken in any round is in this data set. There were probably only about 100 names over the course of 12 years of data that were name only and draft year but no other data on how long they were in the NFL.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||My first interactions with a||
My first interactions with a computer go back to when I was probably 4 or 5 - we had an Apple II and a TI-82 in the house. Actually, the Texas Instruments computer came with a vast array of educational software and that's more or less how I spent at least some free time - the first version of Math Blaster, in fact, was on that machine.
My first interactions with what would become the Internet came probably in the 1989-1990 timeframe - I got a Prodigy account, although I got ne primarily because my father believed that this was "the way", if you will. I still remember chatting about this then new thing from ESPN called "Baseball Tonight" with another kid from out west. Amazing at the time.
I still use my AOL e-mail name - which I have had since 1994 - to this day.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very Good News...||
Always nice to see fellow Hornets on the team up the road, but what a team indeed, eh? I know we're all excited about the national interest in Harbaugh, but it feels good to see kids from your old high school get noticed by Harbaugh and his staff.
Welcome to Michigan, Kevin Gross!
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Hope So...||
I would hope so, and only because this would be a perfect game to test out a little psychological warfare and set the cage next to the Rutgers bench. When they ask if it is safe, an assistant just shrugs and says, "I don't think there's a problem. Normally, it takes him a couple hours at least to get through the metal..." I think we get the advantage right there.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The First Recipient...||
Pomeranz was quick to say he’s not a Michigan fan, since he’s a proud Ole Miss alum. Asked if he’d worn it, Pomeranz said, ‘ “I wore it earlier. Not for the interviews.”
Well, no one's perfect and an appropriate award for an Ole Miss fan is not precisely something you want to keep large amounts of in a locker room necessarily. The helmet will have to do, but I don't get why you wouldn't want to wear the block "M" for interviews. Maybe this is my fandom talking.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Browns Site...||
The Browns site has a photo gallery as well - LINK
If these photos are any indication, I don't know that I like the idea of having "Browns" down the leg. There's something about that and the fact that it is running down the leg that seems strange to the part of me that secretly enjoys middle school humor. That being said, that's probably my only major gripe with these.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Question...||
I suppose if I had to choose a moment of regrettable behavior, that for me would be my drinking binge after The Horror. While that in itself might have been understandable after that game, I also went on a drunken rant about the direction of football in the middle of the Brown Jug and then peed in an alley later behind what is now 1300 S. University. Very unbecoming for me to let myself go like that and I still am kind of ashamed at the loss of control.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Ugh....||
TexanGoBlueHiresHarbaugh is no more again....although he'll likely be back in 5 4 3 2....and cue troll.
As for the point threshhold on threads, that's above my pay grade, but truth be told, I agree it probably should be higher.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Thought About This...||
There are probably a couple things that could happen that would be much easier - either improve the old maintenance access between sections of South Campus (which cuts across the tracks at the east end of the Crisler lot, by the OSEH building) or build a new at-grade crossing. I think the proposed routing was posted here once, and either way, you have to deal with getting permits to work in the AARR (operated by Norfolk Southern, I think) right-of-way (just like we would to work on that 40 kV lead back there).
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Malt Vinegar...||
I would probably go with malt vinegar. Being a sucker for fish and chips and honestly preferring it to ketchup (actually, I am not a fan of ketchup in general, though I can tolerate it - I know that makes me weird) when it comes to fries in general, that would work for me. I have also used it in marinades, so it wouldn't necessarily affect my love of grilled things either.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yahoo! Sports...||
This reminded me - about two years ago, Yahoo! did an article on average scores - LINK
It is in slideshow format sadly, so apologies in advance for that, but some of the numbers quoted were interesting. For example, the average overall is 20, with only one player - Pat McInally - scoring a perfect 50. A few of the categories:
Offensive tackle - 26
Quarterback - 24
Tight End - 22
Safety - 19
Wide Receiver - 17
There are a couple who average even lower than a WR.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||In Michigan...||
I am pretty sure that, at least in the state of Michigan, the idea of premeditation basically is restricted to te idea that you planned the act - say, for example, poisoning someone, laying in wait for them or some means of murder that involves strategy of some sort. I could be wrong, but I believe that why you did it is not strictly relevant at least here.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Coming Down...||
Topic Locking---Harbaugh Sniping
There's a lot that I could say but won't about the presence of this thread, but I will mention that objections to such locks or deletions should be posted here in the Sticky. Unless there is some egregious breach of reason, making board threads complaining about board moderation generally will not end well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||When It Is Scary...||
To be fair, it really only gets scary when someone reports real news in a really stupid yet amusing way. This story, for example, would have been an interesting one to earnestly research:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This Reminds Me...||
It is these sorts of polarizing, dogmatically rigid replies which force me to remind everyone to PLEASE tread lightly on topic such as these. They aren't strictly verboten, but they often seem to go downhill because of the lack of willingness to understand both sides of the debate more than anything else. This thread will be watched, and if it starts to spin out of control, it will be locked as many such threads are.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If I Had To Choose...||
If I had to choose, and although I have issues with the TNG films and the ensuing reboot, I would have to run with "Star Trek" as my favorite overall. Growing up watching the original series in syndication and TNG live and in person as well as the others, I don't know that there are many other series which have provided me with so many hours of enjoyment.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Mod Note...||
Although this is the second thread on the subject, this one had the background information regarding what precisely this was happening, so it will be the one to stay, in case anyone is wondering why the first one was removed. I thought I would make the notation in here rather than in the Mod Sticky this time around.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||For The Board's Reference...||
For those wondering what this reply is about, an OSU troll was caved and blocked so some exchanges in this thread and a few others may not make much sense anymore. Sorry for the confusion, but the dude was being a bloody idiot....again....still. It's better this way, trust me.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Other Bump...||
The other funny little bump - and perhaps I should have put this in the diary itself - is the median length of career for each round.
1st Round - 8 years
2nd Round - 4 years
3rd Round - 3 years
4th Round - 5 years
5th Round - 4 years
6th Round - 3 years
7th Round - 3 years
That small bump in the later rounds is something I hope is made more clear when I do the breakdown by position in a couple weeks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Oh Come Now...||
You're not supposed to tell us who you once were. The fun with repeat trolls is to guess who they were at one time and then watch the new account build to inevitable flameout. Of course, the typing in all caps and gratuitous use of the word "fuck" might have been a dead giveaway in this particular instance. Still, you should have left this up to the board - slight breach of etiquette on your part.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Holy Crap...||
Some of the details can be found in this WKU report - LINK
Regarding the sexual assault aspect of the case, a description of some of the photos found in a raid of the home where the hazing supposedly happened:
Some of the photographs depicted intoxicated individuals that were nude or partially nude placing their buttocks on other individuals, according to the BGPD report. The photographs also showed individuals with a penis drawn on them, the words “insert dick here” with an arrow drawn to the mouth..."
There's more than that even - pretty sick indeed.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Spending Time...||
I'll probably spend my time looking for "There Are" posts and use them as guideposts through the weeks until the Countdown To Kickoff series returns, then I'll use those. In the meantime, that's a pretty damn long time to wait for football, as it means 20 weeks of modding OT season - OT season has it moments, but it is relatively slow and innocuous in its content save for big news when it breaks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In The NBA...||
For an NBA worst anyway, I think you have to go with the Timberwolves. They've been around since 1989, have one division title and one coach with a winning record overall - Flip Saunders - who is of course in his second stint with the team. If you remove Saunders' tenure, the average tenure of a Timberwolves coach is just 2.2 years, with four stints where someone lasted only one season. If you took the names Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love off the individual awards wall, it would be a very sparse wall. For a now-established franchise, that's pretty bad.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||My Garage...||
As I actually do have a garage at all, this is a dream in other ways as well, but anyway:
1) Commuting car - that 2015 Chevrolet SS is pretty cool. 6-speed manual, 415 HP, magnetic ride suspension. I could look almost respectable showing up at meetings in it.
2) Weekend Car - 1969 Pontiac GTO. Yes, all rise for "The Judge"
3) Cool car from a movie - 1961 Ferrari GT. He knows the mileage, Ferris.
4) Car that breaks traffic laws by virtue of its own mass - 1968 Lincoln Continental Mark III. Not a looker by any means, but if you want that feeling of having an actual tank, that's a good way to go about it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The LA Times...||
The LA Times still has one of its commentaries on file from around the time Phillips was at Nebraska. LINK
As some undoubtedly remember, he dragged his ex-girlfriend by her hair down three flights of stairs in September 1995 after forcing his way into an apartment.
Tom Osborne was quoted, of course:
"I wouldn't call it a beating," Coach Osborne was quoted as protesting in the Lincoln papers that week.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Second Article...||
The explanation in its entirety makes me think of something Bob Newhart said during a routine once - "I always had this strange theory of accountacy. I had always thought, you know, if you come within two or three bucks of it....Of course, this theory never caught on and as a result I held a number of different accounting jobs..."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Statement...||
I will say that when I saw the title of the thread initially, I first thought "Making a coach appear taller is a very OSU thing indeed...", but engrossed in spring practice as he is at the moment, he communicated his feelings in an extremely boilerplate statement. From CBS:
"I am honored to serve as football coach at The Ohio State University and to represent this great university," said Meyer in a release. "It is a privilege to coach and mentor the young men in this program, and I want to thank President Drake and Mr. Smith for their support and their trust in me."
I am sure that President Drake is relieve that, by extension, his own job is safe for the time being.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||About The Times...||
Purely for the board's reference, ESPN is usually pretty good about updating their team home pages once times are announced, as evidenced by the "BTN TBD" now next to the Maryland game (LINK).
I do agree about the Minnesota game though - that seems like it would be a 3:30 PM game, which is fine on Halloween. Actually, that's preferred because it means I won't have to be terribly late for Halloween festivities.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Embedded Reporting...||
Actually, one of the nice things about this blog having the reach that it does - both on campus and outside of it - is opportunities for what will have to pass for embedded reporting in the sports blog world. Thanks for the update, OP.
As someone mentioned above, we are actually better at this than the media, it seems.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There Is...||
The NBA Draft Combine is typically in the middle of May (12th to 17th this year), so his ability to participate in that definitely affects his decision, I would think. I hope Caris stays personally - it would be nice to have him and that roster back with all the experience they've managed to get this past season.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||It Will Feel Odd...||
It will definitely feel odd not to tune in on Saturdays in the fall and not get at least a smattering of Holtz predicting that Notre Dame will go 10-2 when they get out to a 3-3 start or something along those lines, or indeed to watch Mark May attempt to comprehend Holtz at various points. It seems pretty sudden though - I would have been interested to know the details of the supposed "mutual agreement".
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Locking This...||
As obviously unlikely as it would be (as in, "holy shit" unlikely, unbelievably minute odds, etc...), I am locking this one in just in case we are faced with a thread in September which may or may not test the limits of what is allowable in the way of making good on a bet. I would assume a few Tigers fans might feel the same way, of course.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||In On This...||
I fully expect to do terribly, and I had to hold back a certain amont of Wings homerism, but I am in this league now. We shall see.
Thanks for the distraction, incidentally, OP. Hockey is admittedly a weaker sport for me when it comes to knowledge (just enough to be dangerous, I like to think), so I enjoy the exercise.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||Tied For Sixth...||
Tiger is tied for sixth at the moment, if I remember the standings - which recently updated on my laptop - correctly. Considering recent struggles, that's a decent showing and perhaps a sign that he's finding something he hasn't had in a while. Time will tell, I suppose. The OP is right though - Masters Sunday is usually an entertaining watch.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||Rather Interesting...||
It is a rather interesting way to get the fans involved - I actually hadn't heard of this being done before Rodriguez got to Arizona, but I believe he has done this before in his time out there. Of course, Bill Veeck let the fans manage once too, though I can't see this happening at a football game:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
Pro Kick has five punters Michigan's schedule this year from Utah (Hackett) to Oregon State (Nick Porebski), Rutgers (Tim Gleeson), Penn State (Daniel Pasquariello) and Ohio State (Cameron Johnston).
I didn't really realize it until now, but it seems like Australia could very well copyright the slogan "America's preferred source for punters" at this rate. The film and stats on this kid - even if it is only one season at Weber State - look very promising.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Over On Twitter...||
The response has been, of course, on point:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||As Long As You Don't...||
OT: Clash of clans (blah blah blah, IDGAF)
Well, as long as you don't give a you-know-what, a thread which the OP started with "fuck the haters" is coming down. Also, the OP will not be starting threads for a while.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Within The Story...||
Here's the Google Docs spreadsheet that they are updating over at NBC Sports - (LINK)
According to this, we're second overall now, with a top five currently being rounded out with Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson. After that, the numbers for the games that they've listed at least tend to drop precipitously.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Shirt Auction...||
If it is the 49ers, they probably have a rather goodly supply of "Who's Just Been Dumped On And Set Ablaze?" shirts to auction still.
As for the chair, it definitely looks more cozy than the chair in my office now, and it probably will end up going for much less than the Herman-Miller contraption they make me sit in.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||To That Point...||
To that point, I am impressed that this one has held on this long without doing much obvious trolling despite being a troll account. As Willy Wonka said, "The suspense is terrible. I hope it lasts." This gets morbidly amusing from a mod standpoint after a while anyway.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Guinness...||
Over here, as I am not going to be working a storm this weekend due to the lack of need (the wind wasn't nearly as bad as the forecast), I am able to sit here at home with a Guinness and the last couple innings of the Tigers game. Looking forward to a weekend of baseball honestly, as well as celebrating my 11th wedding anniversary (which is actually today, but the dinner is tomorrow)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, He Is...||
Yes, he is a terrible human being for doing such a thing, at least in my own opinion. I've always believed that the road between doing something this violent and inhumane to your pet and the propensity for doing similar things to people is probably a lot shorter than some folks would care to admit. Honestly, people who feel at ease to do things like this frighten me more than most others.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Linc Darner...||
Linc Darner played on some of the same Purdue teams as Matt Painter and Cuonzo Martin, I believe, so in various ways (although Darner was never an assistant at Purdue, I believe), the Gene Keady coaching tree thrives in, well, various places. I might even be missing a few names, but I think those Purdue teams of the early 90s produced a fair number of coaches.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Valuing The Ball...||
Fisch explained earlier in spring camp that his biggest goal was to get Michigan's quarterbacks to value the football and understand the importance of simply completing passes and moving the team down the field as a "point guard."
I think this is where the leadership and experience that Rudock brings definitely comes in handy, if this is how he has them looking at it. You're getting someone who has shown this in game scenarios - meaningful games too - so Fisch and Rudock hopefully impart that to everyone else.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Very Nice...||
I really like the 2014 stats on this guy, up to and including a long punt of 74 yards. A very nice addition indeed, although of course now we have to wonder if the band wouldn't break into at least one rousing round of "Waltzing Matilda" when special teams came on the field. If so, would it be appropriate to sing along? Either way, liking this steady cadence of "Hello" posts.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I Will Say...||
I have not followed Wisconsin hoops recruiting all that closely so I don't know precisely where this would leave them, but add Dekker to the losses and that's going to be a very, very differnt team next year, I think. I am sort of intrigued actually, although I have this suspicion that Bo Ryan magic is a weird magic and they still might be confounding to a point.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Snow In April...||
I would laugh about snow in April down here under the bridge, but then I would be forgetting that some of the more interesting snow and ice events we've had over time have happened in the early April timeframe.
As for 24 years in the playoffs at some depth or capacity, it is pretty amazing and makes one appreciate how lucky we are to have a franchise like the Wings here in the area. I mean, 24 years ago, I was in eighth grade, which now at 36 seems like it was forever ago somehow.