alternate headline: man does job
|25 min 46 sec ago||Cool Story Indeed...||
This would be one of those occasions on the blog where, yes, cool story indeed.
It really was a shame that Mario was injured in what was turning out to be an excellent season for him, and I will be one of the many here looking for him to get some time on the field on Sunday too.
|10 hours 34 min ago||Further Information...||
Sankey also looked like that guy you knew that worked in marketing a few years back:
|12 hours 19 min ago||This Is MGoBlog...||
This is MGoBlog, so there's more that must be done here. You have to measure it at strategic points during the day for several weeks and chart it, then post the trends and results in a diary along with a discussion of the results. Not all of the results, of course, in the event that there is something that might not warrant sharing, but like most things here, we'll leave that to the discretion of the blogger.
|15 hours 38 min ago||Too Funny....||
“Over and over I have sat in AFCA (American Football Coaches Association) meetings and heard football coaches say we don’t want football recruiting to go the way men’s basketball has gone, meaning, let’s try to anchor to the best we can our football recruiting in the scholastic environment. It’s around education, it’s around people who are supervised by administrators and school boards. That seems a healthy approach for recruiting, not going out to create other opportunities.”
Greg Sankey really seems to believe this line, that the SEC really practices these principles, which is what makes it all the more hilarious. Somehow, this scene from Airplane! came to mind...
|17 hours 46 min ago||For The Achievement...||
For the achievement that it allowed, which was to salvage a 2015 class and move it from something near 70th, as I recall, to 40th overall, the investment was well worth it, in my opinion. To move from that to a Top 10 class this year probably is probably far more expensive, but it's the cost of doing business to get that level of talent.
Undoubtedly, someone down south will spin this as squandering the hard-earned money of the University Of Michigan, and they will give that quote just as they are boarding a chartered 757 on their way to an exotic locale about two states away.
|18 hours 18 min ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
As it begins to snow and the temporary (hopefully) bout of arctic air settles into SE Michigan, our softball team is starting out the season on fire. Very good news indeed!
As someone implied above, no mercy indeed. Less than none when we get to the conference would be nice as well.
|18 hours 30 min ago||The Link Again...||
In case anyone didn't catch the link, here it is again - LINK
Like some, I did not get the image and my test (on my own laptop, mind you) went right to the story, so that's weird indeed.
Stories like these are moments where we've had some incidents on the blog in the past too, so I would remind everyone to please be civil in their replies in this thread as well. After all, my allergies are causing me to feel like shit right now and I left my Zyrtec at home - I am crabby about that.
|19 hours 4 min ago||Embed For The Board...||
Not surprisingly, we were also doing (and have done for a long time) very well in Chicagoland as well as northwestern Ohio (where entire swaths of the team seem to come from) as the 1980s began - they show that map as well. To see this snapshot is interesting when you compare it to classes lately.
|21 hours 15 min ago||Oh, Beautiful...||
Sankey is smart, principled and wonkishly integral to the NCAA structure – he’s the current chairman of the Committee On Infractions, and he’s worked on the Gender-Equity Task Force. He cares about policy and the state of college sports.
I never want this brand of SEC irony to end now. It is far too entertainment to simply cease at this point. Truly, this is the gift that continues to give - SEC commissioner as the chair of the Committe On Infractions? Superb taste in committee chairmen indeed.
|21 hours 22 min ago||I Am Late To This...||
I am way late to this, but because this is an issue with may very well affect other states in a similar predicament, if there are any, we can let this stand, but this is your reminder to please keep the politicis out of it and confine the discussion to the potential breath of fresh air that would be an LSU-less SEC West in theory - not that Alabama gives a shit.
Thanks in advance.
|21 hours 50 min ago||Precisely This...||
I am one of the SE Michigan natives that is slightly irritated by the "south Detroit" thing, although only when people try to pass it off as a neighborhood or area designation and not a random geographic designation. Journey was going for a line (about someone who is a bit rough around the edges and streetwise), which is fine, but it seems to create some confusion nowadays as to what we call what in this area, if you will.
In reality, unless you are going to draw a line referencing, say, Ford Road (which is the "zero line" for Wayne County's east-west survey roads anyway) or another east-west street and say that everything south of that line is "south Detroit", then it doesn't really exist. Southwest Detroit, on the other hand, is a well-defined, well-understood designation encompassing several platted neighborhoods.
Of course, there are the Downriver communities, which aren't Detroit but are south of it certainly, at least as the Detroit River flows. For those unfamiliar with the region, I guess I can see it. If you live here, saying "south Detroit" doesn't mean anything to anyone, that's all.
|22 hours 10 min ago||Healthy Environment...||
Healthy environment in SEC football recruiting? Excuse me a moment, Mr. Sankey...
|1 day 28 min ago||Effing Cold...||
Yeah, it is one of those mornings in February in southeastern Michigan...
...so coffee and a bang are probably warranted as a wake-up measure.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Why Not Indeed...||
Well, why not be second to the market, eh?
I will say, however, that the "map" of where their current class members are from (it has made the rounds on Twitter) only extends as far south as the Cincinnati area, as I recall. It does qualify as a destination in that it is a place that is not East Lansing and MSU does occasionally get high-level MAC prospects out of southern Ohio.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Another Country Heard From...||
“It is creative,” Swofford told the show. “It’s kind of like we’re going to take you on vacation but you’ve got to practice while we’re on vacation … it’s a huge intrusion on a college student’s life and taking his ability to have a break out of his hands. I guess it depends on how you look at it.”
So, he's essentially redressing Sankey's argument. OK.
The players that have mentioned it on social media seem to be in favor of it - emphatically so in some cases - so yeah, this is such an intrusion into their time that they would willingly spend working on football. Yes, it definitely depends on how you look at it, I guess.
|1 day 15 hours ago||True Story...||
My sister, who is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist who has done extensive work in the MLP franchise, will not do this convention anymore for various reasons. The biggest one is the lot of people who have made the franchise their life and have no sense of humor about it. Indeed, one time my sister had to take time out from her booth (fortunately, she has an assistant) to comfort a grown man because who was bawling over the portrayal of a character in the show. I can't imagine being that devoted to anything that you've lost perspective, and neither could my sister as that happened about a day before she told the organizers she would not be back.
Oh, and I am the one to whom Mgotri refers, in case it wasn't clear. Yeah, I wouldn't touch that convention either, based on what I've heard.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Even when Barry Jr. was being recruited, it didn't seem like you would ever be able to say that someone named Barry Sanders played at Oklahoma State not once but twice in the span of almost 30 years. Even though this time it is via graduate transfer, you can now say that - it's actually rather fitting that he should play out his eligibility there for that reason alone. Hopefully, he does well.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Word On The Virtual Street...||
The word on the virtual street (take it for what it is worth, which isn't much sometimes) is that one of the many more interesting candidates that Purdue may look at Purdue alum Rod Woodson among others (although that sounded a lot more like a pipe dream insertion on someone's part), but the early frontrunner is apparently Xavier's current AD Greg Christopher. Of course, considering all that exists is a list here and there, it's all speculation. I think Burke has been in that role nearly 25 years, which is forever given how ADs all over seem to come and go now.
|1 day 19 hours ago||The Contrived Indignation...||
Finally, you have to wonder how Mark Dantonio, Urban Meyer, and other Rust Belt coaches spin this one. If I were Dantonio I’d be visiting every high school coach and top recruit from Detroit to Ontonagon and asking them if they’ve seen ole Jimmy around.
I laughed here because he's pandering to the "gotta win your state" view of recruiting, which really is a non-starter in a place like Michigan where much of the talent - from a national standpoint - is not. As we've discussed before, there's not really a geographic component to Harbaugh's strategy and that is to Michigan's advantage - we're seeing that pan out now, in fact.
The level of contrived indignation and annoyance that the someone should dare challenge the SEC in their own backyards is hilarious at this point.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Aw, Man...||
Man, I was hoping we would fill the vacancy foran assistant to coach Kerplunk myself - I think Michigan's team is just about ready to take it to the next level (where you use bowling balls for the marbles, mind you) and we could definitely use a good offensive mind on that staff.
|1 day 20 hours ago||The Writer Is Correct...||
“Hard to say he's going to be in the Hall of Fame when his team hasn't gotten to a Super Bowl, and they don't get a chance to get into the playoffs,” Swann said, per the Detroit News. “And that's for a lot of guys across the board. If he had broken every passing record, like Danny Fouts, who didn't win the Super Bowl, then yeah, I think there's going to be consideration.”
I would agree with the writer here - this is a pretty stupid argument if the basic implication is that Johnson's impactful career on offense should be devalued significantly because he played for a moribund franchise. You can argue individual achievements, to be sure, but let's not pretend that the bar for entry should rely heavily (or at all) on the number of appearances your team had in the playoffs or the Super Bowl.
|2 days 2 hours ago||They Are Afraid...||
When you've tried to maintain essentially a cartel on a significant portion of the talent pool for Division I football for as long as the SEC has tried, especially in an environment where you know damn well that there are no actual rules preventing someone from trying to compete for said talent and you must resort to "aggressive recruiting tactics" (thank you, Greg Sankey), of course you're going to be fearful of outsiders to a certain extent.
However, when the outsider is Jim Harbaugh and the self-generated marketing juggernaut for Michigan that he is, you are probably paranoid that you will lose guys to Michigan or anyone else who could even reasonably emulate what Michigan is doing (if that ever happens in the future). To see the SEC upset enough that it needs to essentially admit to being less than above board (thank you again, Greg Sankey) in order to attempt a defense of its objection to Harbaugh's spring practice at IMG Academy is quite frankly a laughable, telling moment for them as a conference.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Awkwardness...||
Denard points it out as others usually do, but Harbaugh is one of those people whose awkwardness is intertwined with their own brilliance and that is what makes it work so well and makes him rather endearing as a coach, I think. We've talked quite a bit here about how Harbaugh has been able to market the program using only, well, himself sometimes and the awkwardness is such a huge net positive for that. It has always been my own view that you can't do as well as he has at this level without being on a different wavelength though, so to speak.
|2 days 10 hours ago||This Is Fun So Far...||
.....and here is why:
|2 days 11 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, this is more common mistake that most people would apparently think. Of course, Wisconsin was making a subtle statement here:
|2 days 13 hours ago||Translation...||
"I'm not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter," he said. "This is an important issue."
This translates to: "I do not have a genuine defense for my previous comments other than I made a promise to several people that their recruiting grounds should remain unsullied by outsiders. How this was to be achieved was something I was not prepared to discuss."
|2 days 18 hours ago||The Whining...||
This would almost be as good as the subtweet, and the subtweet was masterful indeed. In the spirit of giving zero fucks, of course....
|2 days 18 hours ago||Who Knows...||
Who knows? You might even be able to recruit Sankey in some weird twist. He's been working out, after all.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
Harbaugh has noticed this and has simply asked: Is the conference that worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of college football willing to work just as hard to stay there?
It's interesting really, as the wagons are definitely turned inwards in that circle which is the Southeastern Conference. They rail against anyone from anywhere else having camps and practices on their street, but they turn around and are perfectly willing to shit on one another in a sometimes ethics-free battle. That actually is a pretty lazy, anti-competitive strategy on the part of the SEC and their effort to maintain a cartel of sorts over significant portions of the talent pool for Division I. You'd almost swear that the conference was not entirely confident that bagmen and all the extras of SEC recruitment wouldn't be enough against Jim Harbaugh (and others, I am sure) all the time.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Super Bowl LVIII....||
From the description of Detroit's impending loss to Indianapolis:
"Andrew Luck throws for 331 yards and three touchdowns, silencing critics who said the crafty veteran couldn't win the big one. Barry Sanders Jr. rushes for 152 yards and puts Detroit ahead midway through the fourth quarter on his second touchdown run of the game. But Indianapolis takes the lead for good on a 15-yard touchdown reception by tight end Tim Tebow with 3:16 remaining. "
Most Lions way to end a Super Bowl ever.....in the future. I'd still go, and you would hope that if nothing else, Tim Teow did indeed learn his place in the league if he wanted to be in the league at all by then, but I am now anticipating future disappointment in 2024 all the same.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Raises...||
I need to push harder when it comes to that discussion at the end of the yearly evaluation cycle. Whereas mine usually run in the 3% range (I do get something that you could call a bonus in addition to that), something in the 300% range would definitely work out better for me, especially with a few home projects slated for this year and next. I wonder what would happen if I posed the question.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Yeah, But....||
Perhaps creepy, but "Picture This" is not a bad album really. I remember it a bit more for the song "Workin' For A Livin'" myself though. Arguably it was the very next album that really started their uptick as a group - "Sports" (the cover art poster for which is in my home office actually - true story). If you can find a copy of the remaster of "Sports", the session takes for the singles off the album are pretty cool.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Saw This...||
I saw this late thanks to a morning meeting (hooray for Wednesday morning meetings), and I am going to be honest with everyone....
NOTE: This will likely go eventually, but who doesn't like the odd free point or two?
|3 days 10 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
We are talking about the same organization that threatened the eligibility of a couple student-athletes unless they paid for the extra pasta that they consumed at a team function, and the same organization that once gave a UNLV basketball player the thir degree over purchasing a used mattress. I don't know that I am going to fully trust the NCAA to be of sound judgment on this particular matter.
|3 days 12 hours ago||In Reality...||
We should note that, in reality, this is the answer to a lot of questions, but more importantly, it is also the solution to a lot of things. We can only hope that Maryland doesn't decide to solve a problem on the court in quite this way because perhaps they want to play Bowie State again in the future and how would that look to your visitors.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 days 15 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
"He just pushes himself a little more each day and now we're up to an hour," Beilein said.
The hope, I would think, is that he is able to add a bit more each day and go from there. I would be skeptical that he contirbutes much if at all at Minnesota but as we move down the final stretch here, it would be great to see him gradually get back into games. I would much rather Caris play as much as he believes he can safely play honestly, that seems more sensible to me than throwing him right back out there.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Come Now, ESPN...||
Showing up at a charitable event to which you were personally invited and on your own time is something that I would have trouble calling a "mistake" under any circumstances quite honestly, at least if it were possible for you to attend.
Now, when it comes to the phrase "possible for you to attend", I understand that perhaps you might want to inform your employer first because they might have an opinion on how they might be viewed and how they would rather you were viewed, if you will, but then realistically that is a department in which ESPN has virtually no room to complain (I am sure ESPN sees it differently) and again, he got himself to Ann Arbor and accepted zero cash.
|3 days 17 hours ago||This Year...||
For this year, far and away for me it was Audi's commercial, primarily because of the use of David Bowie's "Starman" as well as the matching premise that the older gentleman was a former astronaut and the experience took him back to that time. It was well shot, well edited and well-concieved start to finish, I thought.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Hopefully...||
Hopefully, M-Dog, you don't mind that used your version to usurp the OP's version so that people can get the much more legible formatting right from the beginning. Good save on this one, and I did give you proper credit above.
It should serve as a reminder that posting tabular information or lists straight from a phone sometimes does not end well.
|3 days 19 hours ago||The Spring Game...||
I do go to the Spring Game when I can, although you proably get even less out of it in person than you do watching it on television because at the stadium you get to see and hear things on the field that would temper even the hint of a thought that you were going to be able to draw conclusions.
That being said, the best part of that weekend is usually the one poster that tries to project the entire season based on the Spring Game - usually extremely conservatively - only to see the first 150 replies in their thread basically read "STOP. JUST STOP."
|3 days 21 hours ago||This Coming Season...||
Like others, I kind of look at the way-too-early polls through not very serious lenses because of recent history and also it is purely speculative and I am more of a data junkie that can't really look at a poll with a straight face until the middle of October anyway.
That being said, as we were able to see the floor of the Top 10 just above us in the final polls this time around, cracking the Top 10 is probably not an unreasonable expectation this coming season. I couldn't begin to guess where precisely because of the LB question in particular (the QB question doesn't have me as concerned right now), but it seems doable definitely.
|3 days 22 hours ago||The Image....||
I am trying to imagin a KC-135 Stratotanker getting into position to refuel a train - hype train or otherwise - and the resulting mental image is....different. I just hope we try it out on a flat, featureless landscape first and see how it goes.
That being said, those who were finally willing to hop on the hype train for Rashan Gary once he officially signed his paperwork were indeed tragically late even then, as we know.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
I actually caught this story before I saw the thread, so I wasn't shocked, but then when I read the story, I wasn't shocked then - this is yet another "only Jim Harbaugh" moment and it is awesome like the rest of them. You begin to ask yourself - where has Harbaugh not been? Who doesn't he know? It makes you enjoy the fact that he's our football coach that much more really.
|4 days 19 hours ago||The Firing Talk...||
Clearly, the "Fire Beilein" talk going around at the moment is fueled by frustration over the events of the last week in particular, and it is probably the case the for the time being, he's nowhere near the hot seat. Indeed, I have to believe that even with some new faces now in the department, he likely stays way the hell away from the hot seat for a while because of what he has been able to do with a program that was...not good when he arrived as well as how he represents the program and the university.
As others have mentioned in detail (in this thread and others), however, this is clearly a team with some systemic issues (winning recruiting battles, lack of bigs, etc...you name it, we've discussed it to death by now and they are valid concerns) and while Beilein probably gets plenty of chances to deal with them (he has more than earned the time to do so, IMHO), those issues have made for some frustrating moments.
|4 days 21 hours ago||The Big Ten...||
The full Big Ten list is interesting, but here are the full top five -
#6 - Michigan
#14 - Ohio State
#22 - Michigan State
#26 - Nebraska
#28 - Penn State
The top five are pretty consistent with a discussion someone tried to start in a thread a few days ago about the relative disparity in recruiting rankings among the divisions of the Big Ten. Historically, these teams above have also been the top five in recruiting class rankings in the conference most years. Four of these five, of course, are in the East Division.
The rest of conference falls in from #37 (Iowa) to #88 (poor damn Purdue).
|4 days 22 hours ago||Simms Moments...||
My personal favorite among Simms moments in the game came right after Denver ran it on 3rd and 8 or 9 play and managed a few yards.
After the play ended, Simms said, "I think they are going to run it there."
Not sure what went on in the booth or in his head, but that was spectacular analysis indeed.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Golden Tate...||
Golden Tate posted a nice message as well....
|5 days 9 hours ago||Not Having This...||
Why the P. Manning hate?
You can ask the question, but if you're going to get verbally abusive in your replies to people - whether they are being snarky or not - as the OP did, then you don't get the thread to go with it. Most threads left with such a start basically go to hell if the OP decides to be combative like that, so we'll just skip it this time.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Congratulations To Him...||
Congratulations to Michael Schofield and congratulations to the Denver Broncos on making me $20 poorer, but more importantly, on winning Super Bowl L.
Now, apparently CBS is going to make sure I have excellent dreams tonight with Puppymonkeybaby and I assume another Xifaxan commercial to back it up.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I did like the tribute to||
I did like the tribute to Bowie with the use of "Starman" in the Audi commercial, not to mention the commercial itself. That was kind of a neat concept for a car commercial.
The Mountain Dew commercial terrifies me - puppymonkeybaby might very well keep me up tonight and only because of the terror that such a thing may visit in my dreams.
Squarespace? Huh? That's all I have.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Down It Goes...||
Trouble getting under the 85 limit?
Forgot to come back to this one as it seemed like a poorly conceived thread - and I think the OP has taken a beating long enough at this point.
EDIT: In reply to TSS, I went through and read it again and yeah, we can have it back. I very much doubt the OP even cares about his point now.
|5 days 17 hours ago||Over Here...||
Over here, we're just doing steaks and some grilled chicken shish kebab for variety, mixed vegetables and twice baked potatoes. After all, it is just my wife and I and the kids will only eat select bits of this particular meal. It does allow for some great leftovers through the early part of the week, of course.
Drinks? Still can't in my case, so fucking sparkling grape juice. My wife has wine.
|5 days 19 hours ago||TeamRankings Stuff...||
Here's what TeamRankings put forth for a comparison:
As for myself, I'll run with Carolina in a 30-24-ish sort of game.
|5 days 22 hours ago||New Limits...||
New? 85 has always been the MINIMUM on I-696. If anything, you need more scholarships on that stretch of freeway or you will be passed swiftly and chided rather graphically. We must keep up, particularly through Southfield, Oak Park and Royal Oak. We are talking about the same thing, right? I hope so.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
You know, unless you knew, you might not find it easy to believe that you're looking at a defensive lineman. When you realize that you are in fact looking at a defensive lineman, you begin to feel sorry for the offensive lines that he might come across. Well, some of those offensive lines anyway, and even then just a smidge.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Another Interesting One....||
As for Miami, first and foremost, I think those of us who saw both "The U" and "The U Part II" saw most of those guys interviewed for both programs that are counted above. For sheer volume of NFL talent, among other things, that would count as one hell of a run.
CBS had a graphic about a week ago that I thought was interesting - LINK. This shows you the schools which produced the most players to appear in Super Bowls, but it compares Super Bowls I to X and then XLI to tomorrow's game. The shift is definitely interesting.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Pretending...||
Well, I wasn't pretending that it was developed - I wasn't about to expound on the subject at great length, or at least not the length that it would take to provide more than a 10,000 foot view of my own opinion.
What I probably should have added is that I believe Beilein probably does get to "ride it out" to a point (a long point, and right now that doesn't bother me too much - key being "right now"), and also I believe he has earned enough trust even with the folks currently in charge to do so, which in part is why I'll give him the benefit of a doubt here on making some strategic changes - player development, recruiting, staff...wherever there might be a need (IMHO, there's a need in all those areas). I won't presume to know what goes on in Beilein's mind there.
Do you get infinite chances? No. Do you get a lot of chances? Probably in this case, even with a new AD.
I know people will push the notion that basketball - like other sports - is a "what have you done for me lately?" environment, which it is to a certain extent, but "lately" is a nebulous term and fans seem to forget that some institutions seem to interpret it more liberally than they do.
|6 days 14 hours ago||No Idea, But...||
I believe Harbaugh gave everyone a vague idea of what is going to happen down there in interviews - something like four practices, complete with workouts and meetings, but also time at the beach, putt-putt and other spring break activities and time to connect with IMG Academy as well. As to whether or not any of it will be open to the public, nothing was said, but I would guess that access is going to be limited if anyone even gets it. That's just a guess, but they do like to keep the submarine below on extended voyages.
|6 days 16 hours ago||We're Better Than This...||
Making excuses for the basketball team gets you the program you deserve
We already have a "Hot seat" thread where this is being well-covered at the moment by a small minority of posters. Also, if you're going to do this, try for thread titles which aren't quite so combative or confrontational. For example, you could easily get a reasoned discussion going if you had titled this "Adding Zest To Meatloaf - A Suggestion" and then introduced it with just a little more tact.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Hot Seat...||
I guess I don't completely understand the hot seat talk because, first and foremost, I think if you're going to seriously speculate about such things than you need to talk about what your vision for the team is and who you believe can make it possible and how you might bring them here. Maybe that's just part of my own yardstick for "hot seat" talk though.
Otherwise, it just sounds like venting frustration, and yes, there are definitely legitimate reasons to be frustrated with this team - I am with the people that really want to see the recruiting strategy change to accommodate bigs (because inside game - we need a good one) and some more plus defenders, for starters. I am also with the people that want to see some more consistent effort and an offense that doesn't appear and disappear in alternate moments. In short, I do agree that it is time for some serious self-assessment on this staff's part.
I don't see Beilein as being on the hot seat right now, but I think there are some strategic changes that probably should be made. I guess considering where we were about 15 years ago and how Beilein has built a program that can and has been able to compete, I am willing to ride out a couple rough seasons and see what sort of adjustments hopefully are made. I know a few people are counting on a change in the AD to maybe spur change here - I don't know that I would assume that though, at least not for a while.
|6 days 17 hours ago||The Toughest Part...||
The toughest part of this week, going back to the Indiana game on Tuesday, is that the current round of medication makes drinking actual things that I would like to drink during this game a non-starter. You can't wash away the game with just sparkling grape juice - doing so only makes me strung out because of the high sugar content. I suppose that will have to do.
|6 days 18 hours ago||So Far...||
Tom Izzo is showing remarkable restraint today as not once in the first few minutes has he been in a serviceable position to play any sort of help defense. Of course, the game is young yet and he hasn't been truly agitated yet save for the turnovers on the part of the Spartans.
|6 days 20 hours ago||Perhaps...||
....or the call name for NORAD in "WarGames".
|1 week 1 hour ago||Failing To Mention....||
If only more people would fail to mention Mike Valenti, this would be a better world. Indeed, living and working in the Detroit media market, my life would be made so much easier if people would - when they wish to discuss sports radio - simply ask, "Did you hear someone speaking over the dead air on The Ticket?", to which I can reply, "No, because no one except you tunes in to dead air. Auditory hallucinations are the first sign, they say."
|1 week 9 hours ago||The Thing Is...||
Through all the Hudl videos, there has definitely been discussion of skill sets for these guys, but I think that when the competition changes, the required or needed skills change as well, particularly if you change offensive styles or are used in a different way when going from high school to college. Even if we're discussing their high school "skill set", it is just that.
It seems like an apples to oranges thing to me - maybe that's just me though. I am in the camp of seeing Hudson play at this level before I make any comparison too - for accuracy purposes if nothing else, if it can be made ultimately.
|1 week 14 hours ago||This Thread....||
I will hand it to the OP - this thread was a good idea and hopefully prevents a few repeats later on. Harbaugh did indeed have a rather full docket on the interview circuit today and it was very hard to catch up on all of it, so now at least I have some evening listening later on.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Everything Aside...||
There's little doubt that Manziel is done with the Browns, and it seems as if he'll have a hard time making it on an NFL roster next season.
If this is heading down the road that it seems, then short of an incredible turnaround, I have doubts that he's ever make an NFL roster again. As easy a target as Manziel is and for totally legitimate reasons, any story where things like addiction ultimately work to destory a person is a story you never want to see and, jokes about him aside, I wouldn't wish it on Manziel either. One of my sisters went down a similar road - struggling with dependency and finding herself in awful situation or being the instigator of awful situations as a result - and it did not end well, I'll put it like that.
I sincerely hope he does get help before it is too late.
|1 week 16 hours ago||OK, I Have To Ask...||
I can't be the only one who found the "Discount Alan Alda" comment on the Deadspin piece very funny - I wouldn't have even thought about the similarities honestly (LINK)
Also, that LA Times piece linked in the replies about some of the other things Pat Haden does (possibly badly) is rather intriguing.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Wait A Second...||
Wait a second here...are you saying that you actually foul out sometime before the 17th foul committed? *obvious sarcasm*
This game still keeps me up at night if I am forced to think about it, and thanks to this thread, I might be up thinking about it later. Damnit.
|1 week 17 hours ago||A Reboot Would Be Cool...||
Six Zero (or the man behind the MGoUsername) is very active on Twitter but not so much here anymore save for a rare, rae post now and again that I've seen, for those that asked for his whereabouts.
I will agree, however, that this would be a great feature to start again - for those unfamiliar with the process, essentially the person being profiled will get six (perhaps a few more) questions, mostly tailored to their blog presence (so there is pre-work that goes on). You are encouraged to be detailed, although some choose not to be for reasons of privacy, which is fine, or some just like to present their story through the lens of MGoSnark, which is encouraged.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Not A One...||
For some reason, I remember a time when there was a list that was published which listed the signees and for the most part you had only heard of the truly big names beforehand and then recruiting seemed to go right back into this background of things that were just part of college football. Now, it seems like the passing and beginning of fiscal years, where 2016 just ended and we are now all on about 2017 and what that might bring, although in this case thanks to how it is covered and how often it is covered.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Very Sad News...||
Maurice White worked with countless artists over the years both before and after he stopped actively touring with Earth, Wind & Fire, including stints producing albums for The Emotions and several other groups as well as co-writing music with Barry Manilow and playing drums on numerous tracks for other artists. White pretty much did everything you could do in music from performance onwards. He is still cited as an influence by artists today, in fact.
As a minor personal aside, it strikes a small personal chord for me only because he died from the effects of Parkinson's and I am watching my father walk slowly down this same road.
RIP Maurice White.
|1 week 22 hours ago||About This...||
I was actually telling my wife just a few days ago that we both know we're getting a bit older now because nearly all of our favorite bands growing up now have members who are either pushing fifty years old or who can see fifty clearly in the rear view mirror of life, with some even in their sixties or seventies now depending on the band. Pearl Jam's members are mostly 50-ish now too, so this thread serves as a reminder of the march of time for me too.
That being said, I listened to "Ten" start to finish just last week. Still like it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Happy Friday...||
You know, in carrying with the Christmas analogy put forth by some here, I was pretty sure that once NSD had come and gone, we might get a bit of a break but that was before I remembered that we simply move on to 2017 next. It is nice to see some more not recruiting threads on the board for the time being now, I will be honest.
All that being said, we made it to Friday unscathed for the most part and with no residual freakouts because everything seems to have gone more or less according to plan on Wednesday. For the time being, we can start wondering what 2016 and beyond might be like in earnest, I think.
Personally, I like where this is going.
|1 week 1 day ago||Emmert...||
Well, Mark Emmert is in fact the first and so far only person to be the head of an organization that has threatened the eligibility of student-athletes over an overly generous helping of fettucini, so he does have that going for him. It's a weird but notable achievement that I assume looks good on a resume written in Comic Sans.
|1 week 1 day ago||Will Be Watching....||
I've actually been curious about this one and I think I'll tune in as soon as my wife gives up the TV, which she has promised to do after Legends Of Tomorrow.
I still have a set of football cards for that 1985 Bears team - I say that as a Lions fan, but even as a kid, I had a feeling about which team set might spark better discussion later on.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Liked That One...||
That was probably my favorite as well.
Part of that is that it reminds me a bit of how I think two of my cats see the third one, but also I found it one of the more creative ones. They are all pretty cool though - actually, this is one of the things which make something like Players Tribune great, the ability to make these sorts of contributions.
|1 week 1 day ago||YouTube...||
The YouTube channel worked very well for the portions I saw - no issues on the laptop I was using and I believe the stats on the screen showed over 30,000 viewing at peak. I know there was a thread regarding the YouTube stream - perhaps that should have been better publicized as a backup to the Players Tribune one in retrospect.
For those that did not see Signing Of The Stars but would like to do so, it is still available on YouTube.
|1 week 1 day ago||Donated...||
Done and done.
The concept of the Eating Gardens is a wonderful one - glad to help out and glad to donate to help out within the state of Michigan in this case as well. Pretty sure there is a large pool of MGoAssistance in the Flint / Tri-Cities (as well as down here closer to Detroit) area too should it be needed in the gardens.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Remember...||
I still remember that thread and being in awe of your video in particular for that very reason. I admit that it actually did not occur to me to eat the entire lemon quite literally (hell, I tried to be civilized and use a spoon), but you took that challenge and ran farther and faster than anyone else who did. Even now, I am still amazed by it.
|1 week 1 day ago||It Will Be Interesting...||
It was rather a shame that UAB had to go away even though they have the unfortunate problem of being in the same state university system as the Crimson Tide and therefore never seemed to get the support they should have. It will be interesting to see how a football reboot goes in this day and age - has anything like this been done before in Division I (excluding, say, the late 19th century), where a football program gets axed and then later on returns?
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Cool...||
I could be mistaken, but when they last did these rankings sometime before NSD, we had three coaches in the top ten, and only a few schools had two in the top 25, so if you go by that, this staff can definitely hoof it when it comes to recruiting. To see the success they have had now in Harbaugh's first full cycle here, however, has been a sight to behold and Partridge has been more than integral to that. Congratulations to him.
|1 week 1 day ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 1 day ago||This Quote...||
Well, here's the bad news. Harbaugh is an obsessive weirdo who seems to devote 100 percent of his soul to being victorious at things.
It would be my sincere hope that all of us here have exactly zero problems with this statement above, because I certainly don't. It only adds to the hope that some very enjoyable times are ahead in football.
|1 week 1 day ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, the other thread was more along the lines of actual reporting on an MSU commit, and some users then took it upon themselves to disparage Michigan State where perhaps it wasn't called for. This thread is more along the lines of pointing out something that is somewhat typical anyway - they do not win many of the notable recruiting battles in East Lansing. No problem, of course, as Dantonio was out there yesterday saying that the Spartan brand is best seen on the field. We shall see, I suppose.
Overall, I tend to agree - there are sometimes threads which go out of their way to ridicule our rivals, and they usually turn out to be terrible in their execution. I don't know that this one is nearly as egregious as some of the others as it does actually report another person's assessment of MSU's class.
|1 week 1 day ago||Oh Good Grief...||
You know, Iowa deserves to get its wish by having the Stanford band compose an equally irreverent apology - that would actually be hilarious, in my opinion, if the apology made them even more upset. Honestly, you would think that people, even if they were offended somehow, would let this one fade quietly into the background. Not if you are a certain Iowa legislator apparently.
|1 week 2 days ago||Although....||
There was a tweet yesterday from this kid that came across my feed where he states that MSU is still his first choice, so perhaps the door is not completely shut yet, but as others have said, it sounds like Michigan State is going to sit and wait potentially and see what direction the legal process takes. Either way, it is difficult to read about kids with this level of apparent talent jeopardizing their futures like this over poor choices. Whether they go to a rival or not, you'd much rather see these turn into success stories, I think, instead of stories like this one.
|1 week 2 days ago||Keep Drinking...||
I used to be able to keep drinking and wake up, but now that I am older, if I keep drinking it means very, very sound sleep followed by struggling to remember exactly how the previous evening went. That helped me get through several seasons before2015, believe me. I don't know how it would look if I were recruiting to show up bleary-eyed and demanding coffee at some kid's house.
|1 week 2 days ago||Fair To Say...||
It is probably fair to say that nginx and 502 / 503 errors have heralded some of the best as well as some of the worst moments on this board, but yeah, today was a very nice day for Michigan and its future in football as well as for moderators who really didn't want to deal with the fallout that the alternative could have brought. All around, I am pleased with how things turned out.
|1 week 2 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 2 days ago||Very Good News...||
A rather highly rated group of walk-ons in addition to the rather highly-rated class of players that were offered scholarships....that should make everyone smile that much more really. It is definitely something that seems consistent with this staff's vision of having nothing except the best available and the best competing for a chance to play no matter where.
Welcome to Michigan, Will Hart!
|1 week 2 days ago||No Valenti...||
Valenti reaches new low talking Rashan Gary
Valenti? I believe 97.1 runs with dead air from 2-6 PM.
The best strategy when talking Mike Valenti here is to simply not talk Mike Valenti. There is nothing that he says that would be of value here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Could Be Fun...||
Can you allow negative points on defense for a per game average? The part of me that wants to have unrealistic expectations is thinking that it might be possible with this team.
In all seriousness, this defense is shaping up to be a very nice one indeed. It will be fun to watch how things shake out, particularly as we head into August and fall camp.
|1 week 2 days ago||Like Others...||
Granted, this is all speculative right now - we probably won't have a real glimmer of the depth chart until the submarine comes up at the beginning of the week before the first game, but like others, I am rather interested to see how the defensive line shakes out. I have a suspicion that offfenses may have trouble getting around our particular brand of wall.
|1 week 2 days ago||One Thing...||
I did not experience a lot of problems today relative to some of the other things I've heard from folks, but about an hour ago I was kicked out and then unable to log back in for about 20-30 minutes as the site was intermittently up and down for a while. One thing that I did notice today is that the 524 errors (connection timed out) started again during peak traffic after a long absence - they were prevalent during the height of football season. If you open multiple tabs for threads, as I do when modding, some were opening and some were not so bandwidth was definitely an issue.
|1 week 2 days ago||Interesting...||
I will be honest - there are a lot of things that I thought I might never see on this board and speculation about which numbers recruits will wear with reasons that the OP believes that they will wear them is somewhere on that list. I wish I were joking.
Not that there is anything inherently wrong here, but it is a first unless I have missed something - either way, kudos to the OP for being a pioneer in speculation here.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Salt...||
We've left a couple fanbases salty in this recruiting cycle and we've been a bit salty ourselves in a couple instances as well, but that's just the nature of the game now, or rather it has been and it is far more apparent thanks to social media. However, some of the Clemson blogs are virtually inaccessible at the moment - I assume this is because the salt is in a high production mode right now.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Was Impressed...||
I was impressed - not as many access issues as I would have thought, well-covered both here and on Twitter and all of it went pretty well, I thought. We end up with a nice class and very few bumps and bruises on the MGoBoard. I will admit that I prepared for potential MGoCrisis scenarios last night and early this morning, but here we all are, ready to move forward to the next adventure - the freakout over spring practice.
|1 week 2 days ago||The Disparity...||
We've thrown it around a few times on the board, but when you look at historic average recruit (not recruiting) rankings, I think 4 out of the top 5 in the Big Ten in terms of average over the last dozen years or so are currently in the Big Ten East - Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State. Nebraska is the only other Big Ten program that average something around or above 3.00 out of 5 stars for a recruit - everyone else is considerably below that.
The disparity is not shocking at all.
|1 week 2 days ago||Caught Part Of It...||
I caught parts of it as I was trying to deal with a few things at work.
I will say this - the moment that Jim Leyland as well as Migos came on stage was the moment that it dawned on me that the whole thing was so bizarre that it was positively brilliant in its own way. Needless to say, I found myself entertained by it for that reason alone.
Holtz surprised me - as much as we make fun of him here sometimes, he did a pretty good job and carried certain moments during the show. The moment the showed the clip reel with Dick Enberg and a host of others is when it officially ran out of evens for me, but felt OK about being in "I can't even" territory here.
|1 week 2 days ago||For The Board's Reference...||
Because Gary did commit to Michigan, we have adjusted the current DefCon status of the blog for now...
|1 week 2 days ago||Nobody Knows...||
Well, nobody knows that for sure, but what is very likely is that this means @PsuLionInsider will block James Franklin later today because the wheels are falling off at Penn State.
There is always the possibility that the commit at Penn State is still committed and that is good enough for Franklin as well.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'll Be Honest...||
I am going to be frightfully honest here - I hesitate to moderate a board that doesn't get Rashan Gary given all the buildup to this and the anticipation of having as highly ranked a class as we likely will. That, and there are a few folks here and there on the board whose sanity clearly has been tested by this recruiting cycle a la Harbaugh.
|1 week 2 days ago||In Any Case...||
It always seems like situations like what happened here where we offered late - supposedly an hour before he was going to commit to Iowa, in this case - are a good each-way bet as some might say. In any case, as noted in a previous thread about this particular player, historically someone named Alaric going elsewhere was probably a net plus - the Romans and a few of Europe's Gothic peoples definitely thought so anyway. In this case, it still sounds like this might be a nice day for Michigan.
|1 week 2 days ago||Later Today...||
Later today, undoubtedly the substation which carries the circuit on which MGoBlog's server is ultimately plugged in will be under strain....
|1 week 3 days ago||News Like This...||
News like this just reminds me that the run-up to NSD starts to look more and more like the days before the trading deadline in major professional sports with each passing year, except at the college level it is players swapping commitments for various reasons at the eleventh hour rather than teams swapping players and picks.
|1 week 3 days ago||Because...||
....and that would sadly be because it never made it out of my tab of threads under review due to numerous downvotes. Yeah, there were several yesterday and this one should have gone back up. My fault for walking away (it was a kid-related reason - the vegetable steamer is not to be used in combat, we discovered) and forgetting honestly.
No, it wasn't because it was bad news - a Notre Dame writer changing one crystal ball is more of a sad troll attempt, I would think. Anyway, for what it is worth, it was put back.
Apologies to the board.
We are, however, trading it for this one -
My biggest issue with the possibility of Clemson landing Gary
...because while news is fine, we're going to stem the tide of personal takes as those are better posted in the threads.
|1 week 3 days ago||This Will Be Interesting...||
Per Twitter, it seems the class will be announced at today's Signing Of The Stars, so between 11 and 1 PM or so (I believe that's the timeframe I heard), so if you have a post or thread that you've been dying to get onto the board, now might be the time. Br judicious, of course, but you might not be able to say it for a while later on. All I ask is that - in the case of NSD - if it has been about five seconds since the news of a recruit's announcement was posted to Twitter or wherever, it's already here, so don't.
|1 week 3 days ago||Usually...||
Usually, when that many points are given, it was due to some valuable service to the blog or an error in the amount meant to be given or taken away....or something else one of the mods or Brian, Seth, Ace, etc...noticed. Hell, people have gotten them for superb snark.
Sadly, you'd have to go way back through your history to see the reason - when they come off the board, it generates a generic admin message.
|1 week 3 days ago||If Nothing Else...||
If nothing else, they did at least liberalize the rules and allow the schools more discretion when it came to providing meals rather than stick with the old "one meal" crap. I believe the schools can also provide incidental meals too - pregame, practice and various other situations - although the rules with regards to PWOs are less clear on those particular situations.
|1 week 3 days ago||Apparently...||
As he explains a few thins on defense, I assumed Dan Dakich was getting ready to go in the game since he was moving around so much - I assume for Indiana because he was assistant there for several years, but then again, you never know. Either that, or as they cut back, he had already been told that he could not join in by the cheerleading squad next to him.
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh Hey, Penn State....||
|1 week 3 days ago||Fair Enough...||
I'll say it - a thread title like this was probably coming.
A small request, however, as I think now might be a good time to start preparing for the storm tomorrow - change the title of this thread when we know the school.
I know people have been creating new threads once the schools are revealed, but because we're going to be in crisis mode with access issues, let's start practicing this now.
|1 week 3 days ago||Highly Engaged...||
It's really a by-product of the site being the destination for a fair portion of the highly engaged, admittedly somewhat obsessive portion of the fanbase. With that comes a very deep knowledge of just about anything and everything Michigan, but also a very long memory when it comes to what has been posted in the recent past - in some cases, in the distant past. We're safe on this one, of course, and really, in what might be the most thread-dense recruiting cycle on the oard ever thanks to Jim Harbaugh, it probably would have been missed by myself and the other mods too.
|1 week 3 days ago||About This...||
That's kind of where my mind went - it has a distinct automotive feel, which certainly fits the Detroit part of it. Still, it might be the only trophy stamped with a part number and orderable in several OEM parts catalogs. My guess was it is part of the piston assembly for a large engine, and the hockey sticks are for the camshaft attachments.
|1 week 3 days ago||Good Read...||
“At the same time when Jim called me to tell me how everything went, he asked me if I would come up and do this event. He said it’s going to be about 3,500 people or so and will raise money for cancer. My wife is a stage four cancer survivor; they gave her a ten-percent chance to live. She has squamous cell carcinoma in her throat, had a 13-hour surgery, and 83 radiation treatments. Her weight went from 129 to 89. So we do everything we can to help fight cancer.
I will say, when I first heard Lou Holtz was going to be at this, I did a double take as many here probably did simply because when you see that name, all you really think of is Notre Dame and his time there. That made this article pretty eye-opening for me - I did not know that this was a deeply personal thing for Holtz because of his wife's battle with cancer and it does remind you that at the end of the day, there are things that dwarf the game and rivalries both past and present.
|1 week 3 days ago||Finally...||
Having to read a statistically significant sample of these threads (now you know the secret to moderating this blog) has allowed me to follow recruiting despite not really being one who would normally care about the innerds of the process all that much.
All the same, hopefully the class turns out to be a superb one as is predicted, and hopefully no one has to be sent to Bolivia over the reaction to any disappointment - remember, we have not managed to get the sewer extended as far as La Paz Estates Phase XI due to some right-of-way issues. We hope those are resolved at a meeting later on this month.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
The Big 12 could choose to move east to add Cincinnati and Connecticut. Cincinnati has developed the most consistent football program of potential expansion candidates and is located in a major media market. UConn is four-time NCAA champion in men’s basketball and also adds the cachet of the dynastic women’s basketball program.
Well, if you're going to poach from the conference that just might have the most scattershot, disconnected conference, you may as well poach from the AAC. That being said, for some reason Connecticut in the Big XII does not compute in my mind - the Big 12, in my opinion, really needs to try and sell BYU on this or get another school in Texas....or Boise State. Then again, West Virginia somehow ended up in the Big XII because footprint, right?
|1 week 3 days ago||Not Yet...||
I would hold off on that until someone in this thread starts speculation about the speculation regarding the silent commit and who it might be - if you hang around long enough, it turns out that the correct answer to this question is "Professor Plum in the conservatory with the wrench" despite whatever anyone else might see in their crystal ball.
|1 week 3 days ago||Crystal Balls...||
I guess the trouble I have with it all is that predicting the a decision of this magnitude with regards to anyone, especially a teenager, is a contrivance to get traffic / circulation / etc...and it forgets to treat the person making the decision like a person sometimes. So, yeah, I could stand to see them go, but rumor is you have to get past this dude:
|1 week 3 days ago||What Will Happen...||
What will happen now is that if all this doesn't go Michigan's way, you will have a sizeable portion of the board that will then go all "Wrath Of Khan" and sacrifice Spock's logic in whatever passes for the dilithium intermix chamber on the servers to save the blog. In the next film, one user - who was given a nerve pinch and had the logic downloaded into them - will be arrested after an incident in a bar. At some point, you'll hear:
"That green-blooded son of a bitch! It's his revenge for all those arguments he lost!"
Soon after that, Brian will have to steal the server - which Drupal had decommissioned - and take it to Vulcan (or the shop, whichever is closer).
|1 week 3 days ago||The Marketing Thing...||
I am also in the camp that Harbaugh probably is a bit crazy - I don't think you can get away with being a good Division I football coach without being at least a bit, well, "not right" as some would put it.
That being said, if we infuse his personality and his apparent vision for how the Michigan football program should and will grow, then it is marketing genius. The summer camps may be the most notable example so far because they made the program visible in places when it generally is not or hasn't been for some time (and no one else seems to have ever really done that in quite that way), but the camps in Ann Arbor (with the clinics and guest speakers) and everything down to the extensive reporting of climbing a tree just puts Michigan out there and it is generating incredible interest.....and it is all an extension of who Jim Harbaugh is on a daily basis.
|1 week 3 days ago||Nice Read...||
“The Catch” is what propelled Marlin Jackson to hero status in Indianapolis. But it’s the work he’s doing here now that he hopes will be his real legacy.
I was actually one of the lucky people that got to meet and chat with Marlin Jackson at the MGoPatio one time, and he is a very entertaining person...well, in person.
This was an excellent read, and as much as the person in me who loves football remembers him for that catch in 2006, hopefully he is remembered even more for this work off the field.
|1 week 4 days ago||Lawrence Of Arabia...||
"Lawrence Of Arabia" was the highest grossing film of 1962, I think.There were some pretty good ones also released that year too, of course. Some of my favorites from the same year:
- "The Manchurian Candidate"
- "Advise & Consent"
- "Days Of Wine & Roses"
- "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?"
- "To Kill A Mockingbird"
- "The Longest Day"
Non-comprehensive, of course.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Iowa Thing...||
It's kind of interesting that Iowa fans are upset about it only because we're now in a recruiting cycle with a staff that will offer who it wants to offer right up to the end and doesn't really care what you may think about it. I actually rather like that attitude. Before now, I would have thought that it might take a lot more to rile up Iowa fans, but live and learn.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
Signing Day: Worst Case Scenario
I am going to assume that this thread was posted in jest, but it definitely wasn't going well.
|1 week 4 days ago||I Don't Know...||
As good and funny a film as it is, the recuiting prognostications that one would come up with while sitting there watching "Moonstruck" - if indeed you could do that over a network with someone who reportedly was close to a prospective player - would be...interesting, to say the least. The real question would be how many of them somehow involved Danny Aiello.
|1 week 4 days ago||How I Feel...||
"Poor Duke....how sad they must be..."
|1 week 4 days ago||This Site...||
This might be a good place to remind people that I am already planning to basically be more or less off the board on NSD until about lunch or so - not sure about other mods, but everyone is probably correct when they say that there might be connectivity issues. Fortunately, I am in meetings that morning until about 11 AM anyway.
|1 week 4 days ago||Donner Party...||
Admittedly, because points are involved, I always had this vision of the blog - at its worst and in a time of dire emergency where survival was at stake - becoming something along the lines of "Alive". A certain amount of bloggers would perish in a catastrophic thread, and after great debate, their points would be consumed so that the remaining bloggers might live.
|1 week 4 days ago||Already Covered...||
Wisconsin Badgers hire former USC Trojans DC Justin Wilcox as their new DC
Normally, I would probably let this fly for a bit as it has been a solid 4-5 days since it was posted, but we do have a flurry of recruiting news yet to wade through so we'll call it "covered" for the time being.
|1 week 4 days ago||This One...||
If I made a list of greatest moments, I would think this would be on it simply for the fact that it was one of the rare instances at the end of a game where I witnessed in person the volume in my section (well, not my section anymore) go from moderate murmuring to insane in an instant. That was a pretty awesome feeling and an awesome end to that game. I do enjoy those moments where it comes down to a play, although obviously moreso when it happens to go your way.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
I will admit that just about the only thing that has made any news about recruiting entertaining for me is to hear the Harbaugh story attached to it simply because his personality makes this an adventure, as the title of the article says, and fun for someone who would barely follow the process otherwise.
That Vine tweeted out in June by Upshur is still classic. I think the thread in which it was originally posted was another 300+ reply thread....for a Vine....of Jim Harbaugh. That's how entertaining this has been at points.
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Nice...||
He would always listen to Tigers games out on the front porch, and when they played the Indians and Vic Power would catch the ball one-handed, Rudy was horrified. He couldn’t stand it when fielders made one-handed catches. It drove him crazy. He wanted to see two hands catching the ball over the head. Every time. - Jim Harbaugh, talking about a former neighbor
I laughed because I had a coach that was the same way, and I actually got into trouble whenever I would attempt flashiness or make diving stops (which I could manage then anyway - maybe not so much now).
Really though, that was a great read and a great insight into the core of Jim Harbaugh and why he chose to come back to the town where he grew up and went to college. They way he shares it is very entertaining too (and it seems so easy for him to share at that level - I envy that in people), but I don't think we would expect anything less from him.
|1 week 4 days ago||About That...||
Although for some reason I associate Nipsey Russell much more with "Match Game", if only Paul Lynde or Rose Marie were around still we could then have a nice, old school game of Hollywood Squares going during NSD. If we go the Match Game route, perhaps if Richard Dawson or Charles Nelson Reilly were still around, we could have done that too.
$25,000 Pyramid, anyone? Nothing is impossible at this point.
|1 week 5 days ago||This Reply...||
“How sometimes fans of different colleges are talking about you on websites. I googled my name once and hate threads came up, bashing me with racial slurs.” - Onwenu's reply for worst experience
I can't imagine being a sought after student-athlete and going to various blogs - this one included - and reading what people have to say, especially when you know at a given point that it didn't go the way of that fanbase. Sadly, every fanbase has a group of people that seem to take these decisions personally and react childishly, and ours is no exception.
|1 week 5 days ago||Apparently...||
Apparently, he got a shot on offense...
|1 week 5 days ago||Did It Earlier...||
Like others, I got to this on Friday, but in my case, it was just minutes before I left work at 4 PM. Same old story, of course - I meant to do this first thing, but the phone rang, people came into my office and "Oh, could you step into this meeting for a moment". Suddenly, it is 3:57 PM and I am packing up and suddenly remembering to pay the PSD.
It's the same sort of problem I have whenever I am trying to pay my water bill for some reason - in that case, I remember on the day it is due, just moments before it would be considered late (and "due" means "due" in Romulus for some weird reason - no grace period).
|1 week 5 days ago||Long Enough...||
The Mike D'Antonio Blues
Just so folks know, sometimes these threads are intentionally allowed to sit to see what kind of elegant snark develops (unless it is blatantly offensive or political or a few other things, which this one obviously was not), but yeah, this one has probably been up long enough now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Worst Threads...||
This thread wouldn't even scratch the surface - just a couple examples of some truly bad ones:
- back when it maybe sort of looked like Laquon Treadwell might come to Michigan for a few minutes, someone poste one called something like "Treadwell Just...." and then the OP was "....saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to GEICO." It did not go well.
- the guy who decided to start a thread which categorized the entire roster by race and then used that sorting to make conclusion based on just about every terrible football / race stereotype that has ever existed....that might qualify as one of the most ill-conceived threads ever from start to finish.
|1 week 5 days ago||Tall Longsnappers...||
I will say, there is probably an advantage in having a longsnapper that has the height for some excellent vision in the same manner as a QB. Also, I wonder if we could possibly get him to follow in the Glanda tradition and accidentally be a WR on a play or two as 6'5" would present a matchup nightmare potentially.
Welcome to Michigan, Camaron Cheeseman
|1 week 5 days ago||Just Heard...||
There are a couple stories out there that indicate that Stafford and Tulloch actually knew Johnson's thoughts on the matter sometime beforehand but he chose not to finalize the decision until now. In any event, I will definitely miss him as a fan, the team will miss him as a player definitely - I have to think that part of the move, perhaps most of it, is a self-preservation one, which obviously is a very good reason.
I believe that means he leaves the game in the Top 30 in touchdown catches and reception yards, so not a bad nine years at all for Megatron.
|1 week 5 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I don't know, man. I get the impression it is rather full in there....but that isn't necessarily a bad thing at all.
|1 week 5 days ago||You Know...||
You know, I hadn't really thought about Edsall since he was let go at Maryland, and perhaps even then I didn't think about him all that much - like most people, I admittedly only part partial attention when someone is talking about Maryland football. That being said, one of the last place I would have thought Edsall would end up is back in the NFL, and especially with the a tam like the Lions in this capacity. Then again, somehow it is poetic.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sudden Thought...||
I had this sudden thought back to the driving test scene from "License To Drive" when reading this reply, where the instructor tells Les to take a good look at the cup on the dashboard and tells him basically that if it spills, he fails.
I still chuckle at the end, when Les hits the brakes and the cup falls, much to his horror:
"You're in luck, son. The cup....was empty."
|1 week 6 days ago||Addressed...||
Usually, when I am driving by on the road, I don't really stop to notice the roadkill admittedly, but once it is pointed out to me, yeah, that was some pretty professional concern trolling / straight trolling in those comments. The problem has been addressed and everyone may traverse the road freely, if you will, for the time being.
|1 week 6 days ago||Recruiting Threads...||
One thing I will say as an aside - because this post reminds me - is that keeping up with moderating the Harbaugh version of a recruiting cycle has been interesting if not admittedly messy - part of that is my fault perhaps, if people have thought the proliferation of threads has been an issue.
If nothing else, this thread hopefully means that at least this particular story will start fading into the background since Swenson has found a home - a nice one really - in Norman. I know the name makes some around here cringe by now, but what we're learning about all this hopefully means we can organize threads a bit better next year.
|1 week 6 days ago||Marshall And The MAC...||
Well, Marshall isn't in the MAC anymore- that's true. Marshall was in the MAC for two separate stretches in its history though, so it's almost as good as MACtion. Really, in Conferece USA, where they currently reside, there have been games which make MACtion seem a bit like a mid-level ACC game or something along those lines. That doesn't happen much, but it has happened.
|1 week 6 days ago||What Is Going On....||
#1 class in the country
I don't even know what is going on anymore.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually...||
Because recruiting basically looks something like this...
...I am thinking you might not be the only one that reaches that conclusion.
|1 week 6 days ago||Correct...||
You are correct. The practice limit is 105 players on the roster, but while school is in session, there is no limit on how many you can have. That being said, a lot of schools voluntarily cap the roster number, it seems, or at least try to keep it in a certain range during the season. During the season, the only rule that applies to the number of players on a roster is the number of them that can have scholarships.
|1 week 6 days ago||Interesting Article...||
Personally, I have no problem with it -- with one condition: If he and his coaching staff are being up front with players when they make their commitments that this offer is contingent upon them continuing to improve on the field and meet all the necessary requirements to get into school. If that's not the case, then Michigan certainly needs to clean that up.
I would agree with this sentiment as it is more or less where I am at with this - if the communication has been less than timely, then that is an area for improvement, but beyond that I really don't see the problem if that and everything else is going well.
Harbaugh smmarized the expectations in that Friday interview in the answer to one question - as long as those are being communicated, then I guess I don't see the problems others see. "Commitments" aren't binding on anyone until the grant-in-aid paperwork arrives in the signing period, and if there is a player that in the vie of the staff is not meeting their expectations, then there is no compelling reason - in my opinion - to be upset when that commitment vanishes really.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Can we stop calling it "committing", please?
I get it, but apparently this is what we want to call it, if the board is any yardstick.
|1 week 6 days ago||That Thread...||
In all the time that I have been around this place, that thread might be the most prolific string of pure speculation on the board to date. I will say that in reading that thread, I left feeling....informed on just how speculative speculation can actually get.
|1 week 6 days ago||Watching on Chromecast||
I am actually at my brother-in-law's house Chromecasting this through my phone. Jim Delany doesn't look any more inviting being streamed across a room, to be quite honest. pleased with the game overall,of course
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Words...||
As I recall, "conspiracy" came from the Latin "conspirare", which means "to plot", so if nothing else, some words have not changed too much in form or meaning in a couple millenia, which is rather interesting really.
Then again, when I think about it, one of the most lasting words / constructs in human history has to be "bullshit" - we've probably had that in our lives since at least the days of Homo erectus, possibly earlier.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||I Will Say...||
I will say, it is a much better start to a post than virtually all of the CC threads had, and far more unusual than the numerous "reading the tea leaves" posts we normally get, the ones where people actually inspect the leaves for actual words, it seems. Even if it turns out to be not true in the end and FUller goes elsewhere, this still gets my votes for most interesting recruiting-related encounter.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||This Right Here...||
There are a lot of things Warde Manuel could do, but this is one of the most important things that he could do to help reinforce confidence in the direction of the athletic department. Actually, doing this makes all the other things that probably need doing (a few of which have been mentioned in this thread) that much easier.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Breaking News....||
Ah, yes, breaking news from the same outlet that reported on this shocker...or at least this is something else that I never would have guessed would be the case.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Interesting Article...||
"It's only the University of Michigan that admits students and grants scholarships," Schlissel said. "A coach can talk to a kid under NCAA rules a certain number of times, starting at a certain age. That's not (the same as) being admitted to the University of Michigan."
To me, that's a good reminder of what probably is the ultimate reality in the process, whether or not the school itself admitted the student-athlete. It doesn't seem like it has ever been the most common pitfall of the recruiting cycle, but I know we've seen it play out.
He does make a good point though, and I think it mirrors how Harbaugh probably makes some recruiting decisions - if there is a belief that a student-athlete will not be successful here, even with the support available, then you don't bring them on board. On the surface, it seems pretty simple and I would agree with the overall sentiment.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Interesting...||
"I went down to retrieve them and Tom, whom I recognized only as one of several football players living in the building, was standing at the dryer folding my laundry and leaving it in a neat stack on the dryer. It was notable at the time only because most people, myself included, would have left the clothes in a pile on top of the dryer, but Tom had taken the time to fold them."
As an admittedly irrelevant aside, I have been known to be like this - I did the laundry of others because it got to me when people would pile it everywhere and I still to this day will wash dishes at other homes because I can't look at a dirty sink. My OCD did not attach itself to later success as an NFL QB sadly.
On a more relevant note, this is one of the exceprts from "Endzone" that grabbed me the most, strangely enough, because it always seems like these unlikely connections end up being instrumental down the road, whether the person is famous or not.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||I Would Agree...||
I would agree actually - I don't know that I would put someone who clearly was supposed to be an interim hire among the greatest perhaps, but I will say that if we're talking about someone whose ability to take a situation and manage it with astounding effectiveness and to set an organization that was in many respects failing on a successful path, then Hackett might very will be the best AD in a while. He was indeed the right person in the right moment.
|2 weeks 20 hours ago||This Comment...||
It wasn't even halfway down the first page and I think this guy achieved the most poetic reply to losing out on a recruit that I have seen in a while in this cycle:
Somehow, that seems to capture the moment in a way few other comments do.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Thank You, Sir...||
I know Hackett was only around for about a year and a half, but what a year and a half indeed and what a list of accomplishments. We will probably remember him most for the Haraugh hire, but the turnaround of the athletic department in general has been quite the ride, and achieved in a shorter time span than I think most people in his position could have managed. For quite a bit, we have Jim Hackett to thank.
Hopefully, he enjoys his retirement again after a brief but much appreciated interruption.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Friday Arrives...||
Once again, congratulations to Brain on the addition to the MGoFamily - I am sure that he's probably watching this thread develop right now, of course, as one of the first things to go is sleep, but that's fine because he can see that we do care no matter what we might say about various teams or, on occasion, the site's architecture.
Over here, hoping for an uneventful weekend - it finally hit me this morning that a 40-hour week when you're just coming back from a medical leave seems kind of long, so a bit of a rest will be welcome. I'll get back into this 100% eventually. Fortunately, my first stop today is a followup appointment where hopefully some of the current restrictions will be relaxed a bit.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||TeamRankings...||
TeamRankings' full projection as of now for Michigan's chances of making and moving deep into the Tournament are here - LINK
Quick summary if you don't want all the numbers - they project them as a potential #11 or #12 seed right now with estimated chances of making the tournament at 82.3% (see link for projected chances of advancement). Projected conference record of 12-6 and about a 6% chance of winning the conference tournament as well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I Remember...||
You and I are relatively close in age then because I remember those days well - "The Newlywed Game" used to be in the afternoon rotation on 20, I think, perhaps right before their news program (did anyone actually watch the news on 20? They had it for a while, but I can't imagine it had more than a cult following as news goes).
Anyway, my other favorite moment was one where Eubanks asks a couple something like:
"Where is the weirdest place that you and your spouse did it?"
The wife's reply:
"In the ass."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, the rule is a maximum of 105 for camp, but while school is in session, there is no set limit - some schools do cap it anyway, of course.
Here's the rule on the practice limit:
220.127.116.11.2 Limit on Number of Participants—Bowl Subdivision. [FBS] In bowl subdivision football, there shall be a limit of 105 student-athletes who may engage in practice activities prior to the institution’s first day of classes or the institution’s first contest, whichever occurs earlier. (Adopted: 1/11/94, Revised: 12/15/06)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||To Add A Little...||
In his own words (at the start of the video), Eubanks' favorite contestant ever....
|2 weeks 1 day ago||John Holmes...||
I was going to say...John Holmes has been dead since 1987 or 1988, and quite tragically, he was only in his early 40s. Truly, he was a legend of great...errr...proportions who was taken before his time, even being called somewhat affectionately "The Sultan Of Smut" at one point in his career.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Very Cool....||
I am not a huge wrestling fan, but I can definitely appreciate the timelessness in modern wrestling that Ric Flair seems to carry with him. The name rings out from my childhood and watching Wrestlemania with friends on pay-per-view (because you could and arranging such things was the erfect chore for my father) meant Ric Flair would eventually appear.
This is probably the most unique choice for this event thus far. I'll be interested to hear reports and see live tweets.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Perspective...||
That rather puts it in nice perspective. Well done.
It also makes you appreciate how unusual Michigan's situation probably is (along with select other schools, of course) when it comes to the distribution of recruiting ratings even on the incoming end of things.
Using Rivals data, there have been nearly 300 recruits (before some attrition, I would wager) that officially committed to Michigan - as in, made it all the way to NSD - from 2002 to 2015. Of those, about 48% have ratings of 3 stars or 2 stars. Contrast that with Iowa over the same period, where that runs closer to 90%.
It's not quite what you're talking about here, but these things are interesting to consider.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This Is Crap....||
Maybe these students should have gone to college and got real degrees instead of putting themselves in debt for 4 years of beer drinking.
I sincerely hope Out Of Left Field is joking, because otherwise this is complete crap and arguably one of the most unthoughtful posts I've seen recently - I drank myself through two real undergraduate degrees and an MBA during my time at school and still somehow ended up graduating with honors both times. The key is balance, you see, not to mention unfettered access to Fleetwood and coffee.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||You Know...||
You know, if I were to list the schools in Power 5 conferences that I thought were prone to employ negative recruiting or to have negative recruiters of some sort from most to least likely, I am pretty sure I'd have Iowa State near the bottom of the list, primarily because it is Ames, Iowa and what could you possibly say. You learn something every day on Twitter, and by extension, here on thr blog.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Funny Indeed...||
There were some good ones in there, made more amusing by the fact that someone, somewhere and playing football lives with these names:
Jango Glackin (because why not?)
Ronald Cherry (yes, because of the "givin' him the business" connection)
Dakota Cru Birdyshaw
Dredrick Snelson (nice, just nice)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Clear Choice...||
Inspired by someone on Twitter yesterday when discussing Brian's announcement, I would go with a first and middle name of Tshimanga Biakabatuka myself, or rather, you could call your kid "Timothy Brian" (as an example of a "B" middle name - any will do) and accidently write Tshimanga BIakabatuka on the birth certificate. It gives you the opportunity later on, when your child is learning to write their name, to say that this is merely an alternate spelling.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yikes...||
FRANKEL: If you said to a coach, "Coach, I know we said it was gonna be four weeks, but we need an extra week." What would the coach say to you?
KAPCHINSKI: You would be challenged on your character, your credentials. You know, maybe you were the wrong guy for the job.
If you wanted to create a culture where eventually something catastrophic to happen to a player (or a worker - this applies to a lot of environments), exchanges like this, repeated over the years would be the way to go.
That being said, it's definitely a good thing to see the things slowly moving away from that sort of culture, even though these claims are always troubling when you hear them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Even Worse...||
Even worse, people do tend to lose their focus then get excited about the backend fetching itself, not even thinking about the possibility that it leads to rather a lot of bad gateways. Eventually, the connection times out and you end up trying to refresh, only to discover that your comment was posted multiple times.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||With That News...||
Well, with that news, someone may want to check on this random dude on Twitter with the handle of @PsuLionInsider - he might block you for merely asking, but if possible, make sure he is doing well in this difficult time. He would probably drive to Ann Arbor and let us know, but the wheels have fallen off his ride.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Iowa State...||
I was a little taken aback by the inclusion of Iowa State in those three myself. I know they recruit and get recruits as well, but every time you see them on a list of offers, it always has ths "another country heard from" sort of feel to it. I am not entirely sure why - maybe it is their "True North" team goal of an 8-4 season.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Said It Better...||
Ace said it better than I could....
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good Article...||
“It’s the perfect storm, if you will. I think it’s going to push Michigan back to where I think we all expect us to be from a winning perspective and winning the correct way. You’re bringing someone home who has the right personality characteristics and knows the traditions and the ins and outs and worked there for many years.”
The more I read, the more I like the hire and Manuel was high on my own list to begin with - it really does seem like there is a concerted effort to finally get this right, the culture of the athletic department, and while that definitely started with Hackett and then Harbaugh, it seems like it can be solidified under someone like Manuel.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
Earlier I admit to some snark about recruits needing to schedule these announcements better if they are going to make them, particularly when many are at work or indeed when they are going up against daytime television.
That being said, reading the summaries on some of these players, this is turning out to potentially be a special era of Michigan football indeed, and as intense as some of the discussion gets on individual recruits or about methodology, I think that's the hope that unifies us.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Congratulations!||
Congratulations, Brian, on the addition to the family!
As my father likes to remind myself and my sister, parenting is the best job you're never prepared for, but it is a great job indeed and welcome to the ranks.
As a side note, you may now be around for the swing shift on the blog....a lot. If you don't mind pulling some of the weird threads that sometimes arise, that would be great. *obvious joke - do take care of the kid*
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Very Cool...||
When we talk about Tom Brady and overcoming things, it does always seem to come back to him being initially buried on Michigan's depth chart or being #199 in a draft that was a weird one for QBs, but he definitely hasn't played like the 199th overall pick - indeed, I believe he's the only QB still playing in his draft class and has been for a while. If there is someone who would know about playing above the initial expectations, it might be him (really, there are many examples through the years, but Brady is obviously convenient).
In any case, very kind words from Anderson and great to hear as well.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Good Choice...||
This was an excellent campaign for FedEx, I thought...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That Quote...||
That quote - if you want to call it that given its length - is from UConn's SBNation site. I read the piece just moments before I came to this thread.
They really could have come up with a better name for it than just "The UConn Blog" though. I mean, something with "Huskies" in it....or "Storrs".....anything.
Sadly, this situation now highlights one of the drawbacks of most users not having the ability to edit replies once they have replies themselves - the fix has to come in another reply.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||AOL Chats...||
On top of that, AOL might have been one of the pioneers for chatrooms meant for, say, people with common hobbies and interests of a legal and non-sexual nature (the other kind of chat existed, of course - at least then you knew the drill then) turning into creepfests, so some of the recruiting forums that I've seen for Michigan and other fanbases apparently are taking their cue from those initial attempts.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This Point...||
But he also knows the brutal nature of competition, and this is the source of the controversy: He’s working it as hard as anyone, and doing it more publicly than coaches at Michigan have done in the past.
In a way this speaks to something which several people have mentioned here in the last few days that has been largely ignored in the rush to comment - although social media makes all this seem new, it is really old hat and has been practice at some level and in some form (not necessarily with Harbaugh's personality injected into it, of course) for quite some time now. Whereas we get anecdotes regarding, say, Bo not signing kids in the end for reasons similar to those attributed to Jim Harbaugh, we get 24/7 coverage of such events now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I don't know if you want that, a visit to Rutgers. According to the more optimistic people commenting on NJ.com articles, there is every reason to believe that Chris Ash will take them to new heights of greatness, like a .500 record in the conference in 5-7 years or something. They seem to believe highly rated prospective student-ahtletes are secretly yearning to attend Rutgers, so there is that too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Quick Question...||
“I’ve been offered an assistant head coaching position at Michigan and if I can work it out, I would like to do a year there,” said Poggi, who was an assistant coach at Brown, The Citadel and Temple before he came back to Gilman.
I wonder what position would or could be created for him or is there one that they are looking to actively fill? Pardon the question if it has already been answered, but I haven't kept up with all the staffing changes, just some of the major ones. I do need to catch up in that area.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not Just Umbrellas...||
It's not just umbrellas - that's not sufficient. If Lou Holtz is going to attend and be expected to interact at an event of any size, you need someone who is willing to do a Christo-sized installation with umbrellas to provide the necessary cover, or alternatively, to wrap enough of the building and its contents in something. Actually, you may need Christo himself - I believe he is still around. It might be the only way things stay dry.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That Being Said...||
Although the appropriate rule, as I recall, would exclude this sort of admission - and of course, he later said he was joking anyway - from the statute of limitations on NCAA violations, I would hope that LSU is not hanging banners from the part of the Dale Brown era that O'Neal was there to experience because "NCAA Tournament First Round" just doesn't make for a compelling banner.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not Quite That...||
I wasn't much for the completely black outfit - I only wore it when I was working my own synths at home really. I was, however, the operator with my pocket calculator (what is this thread without some Kraftwerk, although they rose to prominence in the 1970s) -
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Way Too Many...||
There are way too many songs that I would put on the upper tier of music from the 1980s, but to rattle off a handful of them -
"It's My Life" - Talk Talk
"Burning Down The House" - Talking Heads
"Enough Said" - Devo
"You Did Cut Me" - China Crisis
"Blue Monday" - New Order
"Pure Energy" - Information Society
"Train Of Thought" - A-ha
"Life In A Northern Town" - Dream Academy
"Airwaves" - Thomas Dolby
"Behind The Mask" - Yellow Magic Orchestra
"Gentlemen Take Polaroids" - Japan
"Astradyne" - Ultravox
There are thousands of others I could name, but this is a start.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Previous "Deaths"...||
I know Vigoda had been the victim of a death hoax a couple times, most notably right after "Barney Miller" ceased production when he was away doing theater in Canada (I think it was Canada). I can't remember which magazine, but a very unfortunate recombination of words in an article talked about the "late Abe Vigoda" and it was picked up by various media. He turned up, of course, and took it in stride, even showing up on a People cover inside a coffin.
He did quite a bit of theater in his life and had a long list of character roles in film, but like others, the first things that come to mind are his role in "The Godfather" and Detective Fish on "Barney Miller". He was a versatile actor indeed.
RIP, Abe Vigoda.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not Quite...||
I certainly don't think it neds to go quite THAT far, even though like others I am pretty weary of the constant 24/7 barrage of recruiting news myself. To be fair to the OP, the Rashad Weaver thread posted before (last night, in fact) is now some 350 posts large and this tidbit probably would get lost and / or eventually posted as a separate thread anyway.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agree With This...||
I would agree with this, and what's interesting about what you said - about how the last point matters to you most - is why people should pay extremely close attention to the first one, which is that by rule essentially, we can only hear one party's version of events.
You would hope that this realization - that you are only hearing one version of events - would temper statements in lieu of more information eventually coming out, but it is much easier to take one stance in a dynamic problem and run with it, possibly run with it right over a cliff too.
Actually, over on Twitter, several people have taken it right to the edge, over the edge, down the side of the ravine and then tried to do it again about an hour later.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This One...||
...and only because I've always wanted to pull up to a building with the "Get Smart" music blaring.