|5 hours 17 min ago||At Least For Me...||
My wife and I have always been fans of The Earle when it came to a reasonably fancy dinner, and if you don't mind spending a little bit, you wont' be disappointed in my opinion. The menu does change from time to time, but we were there a few weeks ago and the beef dijonnaise was spectacular. You can check it out online beforehand, but it's not a bad setting at all.
|5 hours 23 min ago||That Was Epic...||
"Come by the station and pick up this check for four dollars and seventy-five cents and let the healing begin".
I was falling out of my chair during that segment. If only public access in various locations in SE Michigan were like that every day.
|8 hours 48 min ago||Very Nice....||
Very nice presser there, and I found out that I share with him Trammell and Whitaker as favorite Tigers apparently, but then I would hope that a hard-working, gritty double play duo would get a shoutout from Harbaugh, just pleased that it was that one as a Tigers fan. As for the pitch, not bad - three-quarters motion, pretty stable throughout....proably could have used him later on in the game.
|11 hours 30 min ago||The Deseret News...||
This is interesting, to say the least....LINK
Unified Police Chief Deputy Justin Hoyal said about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hatfield met another man at a car wash, 655 W. 3900 South. The victim responded to an online classified ad and thought he was going to buy an X-Box, Hoyal said.
Hatfield identified himself in the ad as David Wilkins, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. "When the victim and suspect met the suspect produced a knife and demanded the victim’s money. The victim complied and gave the suspect cash. The suspect then fled on foot," according to police.
To make it truly intriguing (and Hatfield was a fool to fall for this), the victim had his wife call Hatfield about phone he was selling, he agreed to meet at that same car wash, and sure enough, the police had been notified and were waiting for him when he walked up.
|12 hours 57 min ago||Wait A Minute...||
I would like the data on this because I am fairly certain that there has not been a Cowherd interview to date which has in fact worked. Root cause analysis, as I recall, pointed to the host of the show but ESPN mysteriously suppressed the findings in favor of transmitting bland garbage. That's the story I heard anyway.
|13 hours 16 min ago||Saline Hornet Here...||
Saline HS class of 1996 here.
As I recall, we were a .500-ish team on a slight upward tick as I was ending my high school career there, although I believe (and I could be wrong here), we had a few rough years in the late 90s into the 2000s. I suppose "up and down" might be a good description.
|16 hours 7 min ago||That Quote...||
I believe that was actually Danny Kannell's tweet which is being attributed to Cowherd here, so there's that, but the larger point here is that the statement is a ridiculous one. Cowherd really is - at his core - a pretty lazy troll, so the questions were of the requisite quality. I wish someone would ask more thoughtful questions honestly - I felt bad for Harbaugh.
|17 hours 52 min ago||As A Minor Note...||
Never let it be said that we don't let the odd human interest story stand, at least for a little bit, and in the case of the Ohio State drinking prodigy story, when I say "human interest" I mean that there is surely a human out there who might be interested in it.
|18 hours 5 min ago||Already Posted...||
OT: State Rankings
The Thrillist article made its appearance over the weekend here. If Michigan is #1 on any list anywhere, even if it is just the state and not a program in Ann Arbor, you can bet it will also show up here.
|19 hours 47 min ago||You're Correct...||
Totally forgot about the TV deal, so yeah, the revised projection per ESPN was indeed as follows:
$67.1 million in 2015-16
$89 million in 2016-17
$108 million in 2017-18
It looks as if the bulk of the TV bump comes up front (they even discussed lump sums to free agents, I think) and then the cap will fall a bit in subsequent years, at least it looks that way now.
|21 hours 14 min ago||The Cap...||
I think the salary cap for this past season was something like $63.065 million and they are projecting $67.1 or something in that rang for the coming season, which would be higher than the figure I heard even last month.
Assuming a constant rate of growth based on the projected jump of around 6% (which doesn't really characterize the cap calculation, but we'll assume for a second), you probably could easily be in the $90 million range in five years. I bet it ends up a bit short of that, but I could be wrong.
|1 day 8 hours ago||To Add A Little...||
To add a little to the awesome, the jersey he chose (yeah, I know - Teddy Blanks and Mark Snyder grumble grumble - but it's just the photo)...
|1 day 9 hours ago||It Gets More Strange....||
Butch Jones looks rather chill there...
|1 day 9 hours ago||Fun Fact...||
What's funny about seeing Bo and Brandstatter in the studio is that they both have connections to Ohio State - one because he was an assistant there in two separate stints, and the other through his marriage to one Robbie Timmons, longtime WXYZ anchor and Ohio State alum. Funny how life works, eh?
|1 day 10 hours ago||Well, I Don't Know...||
I don't know that it was quite one of those rare cases that you hear about where someone all but climaxes at the mere passing mention of, shall we say, mature subject matter or certain body parts, but that thread did get rather intense for an announcement of a first pitch and who was to be throwing it.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I Don't Know...||
Among other things, Ranadive has talked extensively with Calipari about how best to deal with Cousins, and communicated with him about the Kings' first-round pick, center Willie Cauley-Stein, in Thursday's NBA draft, sources said.
I don't know....north of $10 million per year, control of the front office, the mayorship of Sacramento, a chalet somewhere in the Grindelwald outside of Bern, possibly a promise that he can be the next Duke of Northumberland and a chance to get the Wildcat band back together in a way and Calipari might talk. Might.
|1 day 16 hours ago||The Look...||
Yeah, the look when he was asked about the camps was pretty amusing, and I honestly don't know what sort of answer they expected out of him. As Harbaugh said, he's just out there coaching football, connecting with people. I would think the best reaction to the objections of the SEC's coaches is probably no visible reaction - after all, it must burn them even more that Harbaugh doesn't even seem to outwardly care what they think, and I like that.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Downriver Resident...||
As a downriver resident, I would like to point out that technically the term only refers to those communities in Wayne County which are south-southwest of Detroit. Once you get south of the Huron River's outlet into the lake, it's just Monroe County and the descent into Ohio. That being said though, about the most extreme thing to ever happen downriver was that it served as one of the larger inbound port facilities for bootlegging during Prohibition. Several homes from Ecorse down to Wyandotte still have false basements and the remains of docking facilities.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Alternatively...||
You can have articles written about you and make it work, like this guy:
|2 days 6 hours ago||Because Of This Afternoon...||
I feel like I must give that mod speech again:
"The most fundamental principle of decent, civilized behavior is....don't break into my car."
|2 days 8 hours ago||OK, I Admit It....||
I chuckled when I saw this reply. I wonder if Harbaugh would too....
|2 days 11 hours ago||Totally Deserved...||
Totally deserved - two players whose resumes speak for themselves - and great selections indeed.
What is that now, about 10 members from the 2002 Red Wings in the Hall?
|2 days 11 hours ago||Wow...||
According to police, Thompson pulled out a wooden board while Halley grabbed a small pocket knife. Thompson then walked away and brought back a 15-inch knife. He allegedly swung the knife at Halley, causing three lacerations across his torso.
Holy crap....and over the amount of spice in a gumbo recipe that wasn't their own, from from the sound of it. Absolutely senseless indeed. I will never, ever understand what drives some people to die on hills such as these, if you will, and commit violent acts over something so trivial.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
The left-handed golfer is known for rarely shying away from a money match, and his affinity for sports gambling is no secret, either. In 2001, he was reprimanded by the PGA Tour after winning $500 from Mike Weir in the players' lounge at the NEC Invitational: Mickelson had wagered $20 at 25-1 odds that Jim Furyk would hole a bunker shot.
For some reason, I remember hearing about this back then but not thinking about it much at the time. As the article says though, he's put down larger sums on the Super Bowl and other events - it would be interesting to know exactly what the Tour's rules are in this area though, betting on sports that aren't yours.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Interesting News...||
But who will we have chanting the trusted old "Possessio Subtractorum" spell on the side of the court now? I admit that I will miss the speculation on what sort of sorcery specifically designed to turn any game into a 10-possession game for an opponent will come from his bench, what sort of hexes will be deployed to make sure all threes are contested, and the like.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Some Numbers...||
Some of the highlights from the box score:
Thomas Wilcher had 22 attempts for 74 net yards and 2 rushing TDs. The other rushing TD was scored, of course, by Jim Harbaugh, who gained 12 yards on 7 attempts on the ground. Wilcher's totals alone match Wisconsin's entire production for the day incidentally.
In the air, Harbaugh was 15-24 for 310 yards and 1 TD, caught by Gerald White. Of note, Harbaugh's longest pass that day went for 62 yards (I think McMurtry caught that one).
|2 days 18 hours ago||Time To Go Perhaps...||
Your feelings if Michigan signs with Nike
This didn't seem to go very well.
*sings* Feelings, nothing more than feelings.....
*shows self out*
|3 days 8 hours ago||Quick Question...||
So, should we run a little book on type of pitch and general location then? I am thinking Harbaugh is a fan of the "blow it by them" sort of fastball, maybe a little tailing action to keep it away from left-handed batters.
In all seriousness, I like that Harbaugh makes himself available for things like this as time permits. He really does like that contact with the community.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Some Good Ones...||
Liked the entry for Kansas:
You don’t become the largest producer of sunflowers by sitting on your ass. Or do you? Agriculture seems complicated.
The knock on Maryland's accent was amusing too:
To really understand it you should either read James Michener’s epic novel Chesapeake, or just start putting Old Bay on everything and developing an uncomfortably strong attachment to Cal Ripken Jr.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Although...||
I will say, however, that I would have to imagine that most bagmen would not be so indiscrete as to use a medium which could be traced. Then again, these are the same people who drive around with team gear and decals all over their personal vehicle, doing things in public which scream "violation" sometimes, so maybe I am giving them too much credit.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Sometimes, It Works...||
You know, when I am working these storms, the relative lack of updates and subsequent activity actually work out for me in the few moments I have in these times to actually read and mod around here. That, and this tends to be a period where sometimes a new thread will not appear for a good 12 hours (late June into July), so it isn't all that shocking.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
Considering the result of last year's game, would it not be more appropriate for Texas A&M to sell a shirt that was more...well...."OK, we think we've figured out this how to score on Alabama thing, folks." I mean, measured steps, right?
|4 days 5 hours ago||I Remember That...||
The A-Train had 3 TDs in that game, and I think Justin Fargas had the other one on the ground. Brady and Henson threw 1 TD each, but both were caught by David Terrell. I will say that it was a nice feel-good game coming off the Notre Dame and Syracuse ("Will someone for the love of Pete tackle Donovan McNabb?") games.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Taking It Easy...||
I am continuing on with the Blue Moon Wite IPA tonight, but keeping the actual volume of drinking to a minimum as more than likely I will be working tomorrow, at least for part of the day, now that we're officially in "storm mode" here in our service territory. The good news is that I get paid for the work at least, though of course at this moment I am not on duty (otherwise, the IPA could be an issue).
|4 days 14 hours ago||Good To Hear...||
As a lot of people said yesterday, there had to be another side to this - it simply did not sound like something Jim Harbaugh and his staff would do, at least not quite as it was presented by Pipkins' statements (though I can see Harbaugh suggesting the medical here - the injury history alone might give some pause anyway). It is good to see this coming from inside the program and from someone who provides leadership on the team as well.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Alternatively...||
...or those who are held in high esteem by most conventional measurements of relative regard as it pertains to recruiting. Either way.
We could use a WR yet in the class - I don't think, and I could be wrong, that we've got anyone specifically to play WR to this point (key word being "specifically").
|4 days 16 hours ago||Not His M.O....||
If the story had been about a recent rash of net thefts or someone who was hauled away shouting that Indiana's season had been rife with "moral victories" and he didn't care particularly what you thought of it, maybe that would have been more within the modus operandi of Tom Crean.
|4 days 18 hours ago||All I Can Say Is...||
All I can say is that Tim Biakabatuka had Longueuil speed, but of coruse he was a running back so it's rather different.
What I am rather intrigued to see is how being in the Quebec CEGEP system will mesh with the requirements for Michigan. I don't know that we've taken someone straight out of such a school yet.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Not The Best Place...||
OT - Opinions please
This one might be outside of even the offseason OT boundaries as asking for opinions on someone's singing seems like it crosses that "kiosk" line. Also, without the videos, it's impossible to give an opinion anyway.
|5 days 6 hours ago||The Play Itself...|
|5 days 9 hours ago||And Then...||
Yup, and then the rest of the season felt like....
|5 days 10 hours ago||A Bit Different...||
I am trying out the Blue Moon White IPA and it is actually quite good, and as it is pizza night and I am the only one here, I am going to pair it with a pizza of my choosing as well. Actually, I hope it arrives soon as everyone is supposed to be back around 7 PM and I did order it during the busiest time on Friday evening. Still, for now, cheers, folks.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Minor Note...||
As a minor note, please try to at least build some cache on the board before you go the "ass clown" route. If you're not a frequent poster, that's not necessarily a good go-to move (let's put a number on it - 5,000 points and you're allowed an "ass clown" but use it wisely, preferably in a way that is humorous too), although if you had read the article, you would find that the thread title is a good summation of Pipkins' feelings on the situation.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Agreed...||
Espcially when you look at it relative to the general competitiveness of teams within each conference, the Big Ten East is getting to a point where it is almost as stacked as the SEC West and arguably every bit as top-heavy with perennial favorites to win the division. It will be interesting to redo this comparison in a few years to see how much closer they are, I think.
|5 days 18 hours ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Per a request, some backend cleanup of OT threads that may be pushing it a bit (plus stuff that probably falls int othe "kiosk" category):
OT – Shaving!
OT: Sports Bar in Pinehurst, NC
OT(h) -(Oh the Humanity) Nickelback cancels North American Summer Tour
That last one because Nickelback, that's why.
|5 days 19 hours ago||It's Friday....||
It's finally Friday - I will say, standing in for another supervisor and your own manager leads to some rather interesting moments throughout the day, but fortunately, there are only eight more hours until I can enjoy a nice reset before a short week next week. I need a few days where I can say to myself -
|6 days 6 hours ago||Too Many To List...||
I never feel comfortable with naming a favorite because there are always so many good ones in categories like this, but I was reminded of a great one by Bob Newhart earlier:
"I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'."
|6 days 8 hours ago||Final Mock Submissions...||
SI had the Pistons with Stanley Johnson at the 8th overall. Interestingly, there was some Twitter noise about Mario Hezonja falling to the Pistons, even some active moves to make sure that might happen. Rather intrigued by what might happen in this, our first SVG draft in Detroit.
|6 days 10 hours ago||The Hits Continue...||
I am starting to wonder if there has been another team in the recent past that has had a month quite as active and quite as successful as this one seems to have been for Harbaugh and Michigan. Great pick up indeed, and as a minor note, there are still a few days left in the month of June.
Welcome to Michigan, Ron Johnson.
|6 days 12 hours ago||The Credits...||
The credits reminded me of how much of a pain in the ass compositing used to be compared to modern niceties like Final Cut Pro and other programs which can make your title sequence not look like it may have been painted into the shot at various points.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Seems Like It...||
I like to tell people not as familiar with the situation that sometime in the afternoon of September 1st, 2007 (some may argue earlier, of course), Michigan definitely seemed to be starting a long, meandering walk in a wilderness somewhere in the midst of college football. I like to think that we finally found our way out of it on December 30th, 2014.
|6 days 16 hours ago||Something Like This...||
Upon appearance of the photo / ensuing thread -
|6 days 17 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
I would have thought that this staff was merely the assumed favorite in the region, and then of course I suddenly said, "Just in the region? Come now...."
In all seriousness though, it is nice to see yet more honors come in the direction of Carol Hutchins and her staff. I am guessing the plaques and awards may need a separate wing now if they don't already.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Plenty Of Things...||
Oh, there's plenty to do around here in the OT season - I work on maybe one day having completely viable vegetable gardens rather than the constant experimentation that is making my wife question my sanity, not to mention reading, catching up on TV shows and movies, running, biking, occasionally stealing away for a few days here and there to recharge and also watch my neighbors celebrate the 4th from mid-June to late August.
I also seem to moderate a blog.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Based On That...||
By the water and somewhat centrally located for some fun excursions - if that's what you want, Traverse City or that general area might not be a bad candidate. You're not too far (by northern Michigan standards) from decent beaches as well as Sleeping Bear Dunes, not to mention wine tours and some pretty good dining. There is quite a bit to do on the NW corner of the lower peninsula.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Really?||
“The elephant in the room remains the network south of us that has struggled and has in a way as long as it’s there,” Boren said. “And we have done quite well with our network and if anything ever changed, it has value to it which we see. But someday, maybe we’ll get past that other problem as well. It’s a problem.”
The Longhorn Network possbly unpopular with Big 12 brass? Noooooooo.
I actually laughed at him throwing Texas under the bus on this point, I admit.
|1 week 10 hours ago||That's Basically It...||
The rule states that you get the scholarship itself immediately upon transfer as long as you were eligible at the school which you just left, so it would have to count against the current year.
There are different exceptions beyond the grad transfer rule that allow players who haven't yet graduated from their first institution to play immediately, but I wouldn't think Williams met any of the criteria as they are rather extreme (e.g., the other school drops your sport, you haven't played for two years, you played but were not recruited for that sport, etc...)
|1 week 12 hours ago||Well...||
Well, he was reinstated earlier this month, as I recall, so at least to this point - save for being suspended from his duties during the investigation - he has kept it to this point. Actually, Harbaugh himself had this to say regarding the reinstatement. From a DetNews piece a few weeks ago -
"There's a plan in place, and he's following through with it, and I think it's going to have a positive outcome," Harbaugh said.
So, obviously keeping that position relies on sticking to whatever plan came out of his discipline, as it should given what happened. This is something that I assume would be a discussion between Minick, Harbaugh and Hackett. Whether or not these particular revelations change anything, we shall see.
|1 week 13 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
It is, although as I recall the first restaurant opened up in Lubbock in the late 1960s. I could be wrogn there, but I remember hearing a bit about the history of the name and the brand when I was down there once. As someone mentioned upthread, I also have yet to find a sauce in their line that I haven't liked - very good products indeed.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Impressive...||
You were reading a recruiting thread while on the Lodge in all of its shoulderless glory? You are a brave soul, sir. Very impressive. Now, the real question - have you ever done that on I-696 between about Southfield and Madison Heights at, say, 4 PM?
|1 week 17 hours ago||A Few Oldies But Goodies...||
Hard to pinpoint a favorite really. However, a few classic ones stand out to me.
For example, Lexus did it right with its launch commercials in 1989 - here's one:
Ford hyping the first Taurus was kind of cool:
And of course, who can forget "Fahrvergnugen"? Of course, that this commercial was done before there was much in the way of integrated camera tracking software is interesting in itself (as CG and live action would have been hard to integrate in 1990).
|1 week 19 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
It could indeed mean that, although the way things seem to be going in June so far, "by the end of the day" might constitute a slower pace than Harbaugh and this staff might want. I was thinking that it could very well be by lunchtime if the last few weeks have been any indication. Aside from the tweaking that the 2016 class might naturally go through between now and the signing period in February, that leaves them, say, about two years to worry about 2017.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Here We Go...|
|1 week 1 day ago||Very Nice...||
I would probably sprain something in the attempt to catch a football one-handed even from a sitting position, so I definitely respect the ability to do it. That was pretty awesome actually.
An attempt was made to makret this talent and reach a wider audience, of course. Bo Dever actually retweeted it to ESPN.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fuck Cancer Indeed...||
My mother's mother and father, my dad's mother....two great aunts and one cousin, but also a close friend at far too young an age. Fuck cancer indeed.
Thoughts go out to the CMU community as well as Nash's family.
|1 week 1 day ago||Also This...||
There was also Glass Tiger, who occasionally made noise on the charts although they might have blown most of their wad on "The Thin Red Line" - the first album they produced, and which contains the hit "Don't Forget Me (When I'm Gone)"
Also, they did give us Men Without Hats, which gave us an obscure song called "The Great Ones Remember", far and away a better song than "The Safety Dance" but admittedly not as catchy.
|1 week 1 day ago||Different For Me...||
My family didn't leave per se, although they did have some initial objections to spending inordinate amounts of time buckled to an office chair, but as June wore on, it seems as if they came to the conclusion that it is perhaps easier this way and have adjusted accordingly.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Know...||
I know...ever since De Gaulle said "Vive le Québec libre!" in a speech and Lester Pearson - and interestingly enough, much of the French media in Europe - openly criticized the speech (Le Monde even noting it was a breach of diplomatic protocol), relations between Quebec and the rest of Canada have been intriguing ever since.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Orange Carpet"...||
The Orange Carpet really should have been something closer to the orange and white cheque pattern on the back of that one girl's shirt, and done in cermaic tile so that players might live the awkwardly colored glory of foyers and entryways of yesterday. At the very least, they could have done this in a budget Hollywood style and set it up outside, waiting for VIPs to arrive on a bus or something. Something more befitting post-Fulmer Tennessee.
|1 week 1 day ago||Interesting Stuff...||
The ACC compliance director told two stories that orchestrate just how difficult their jobs are, since they have essentially no investigative tools at their disposal. While at his current school, he dealt with an issue of a high-profile player who he knew came from a poor background at dinner with a rich booster.
That is something I always wondered about, how well they are able to look into potential issues, and if this ACC guy is any indication, then the answer might be not too deep at all, which is a shame really.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great Scene...||
"The Aurora Borealis? At this time of year? At this time of day? In this part of the country? Localized entirely within your kitchen?"
"May I see it?"
|1 week 1 day ago||Aftermath Stuff...||
System-wide, we have about 35,000 out or so here in SE Michigan - sadly, I am among them at the moment. Many reports of flooding on area freeways here as well, and visual confirmation of some pretty good street flooding downriver in places as well.
We lost a few branches and as it was trash day on my street, you can only guess what my street looks like after some pretty nasty winds at 2 AM.
|1 week 1 day ago||Other Bloggers...||
The idea of other bloggers from other conference sites is interesting to me as well - I know that during the season they will occasionally guest interview on other sites (and in an exchange, those bloggers will be interviewd here as well), but some of them, at least by their Twitter and blogging styles seem like they would make for a rather entertaining chat.
|1 week 2 days ago||SBNation's Article...||
SBNation goes with a few more details - LINK
No one was seriously injured and UCPD is investigating. Combs is expected to be transported to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Inmate Reception Center later this evening.
That was from a UCLA tweet. Apparently, Combs himself offered to call the police but the phone was taken from him.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Remember That...||
I remember when the only day people really set off fireworks of their own was on July 4th too, but of course this year the 4th of July festivities on my street began about 10 days ago. Actually, the dude in the nearby apartment complex has a great show, though I wonder what the management compant thinks about it. Who am I kidding though....they are probably AT that party.
Of course, I haven't seen a 4th of July show in about ten years. It seems like I am working on the Fourth every year.
|1 week 2 days ago||Of Minor Note...||
Rose bet heavily on college and professional basketball, losing $15,400 on one day in March. That came during his worst week of the four-month span, when he lost $25,500.
As a minor note, $25,500 in 1986 is about $55,400 now (rough calculation), so that's a rather significant amount of money to lose in four weeks. Well, perhaps less significant if you're making high-end baseball money even in the 1980s than to, say, you or me, but that still noteworthy in my opinion.
I guess that for me it comes down to not only did he knowingly break a rule that he would have had to acknowledge and undersign (not betting on games), he was doing so persistently. It doesn't make him any less Charlie Hustle nor does it diminish the numerous honors and records, but for HOF purposes, I don't see how you can ignore the integrity issue.
|1 week 2 days ago||A Little Reminder...||
As a reminder, it is responses like this that can give the site (and this fanbase) a nice little black eye, so if you're going to throw profanity at a kid who is trying to chart the course of part of his life - an important part of it too - do so in the comfort of your own inner thoughts. On the outside (at least on this site), try to be merely disappointed and express the feeling politely as others have. We can question the process by which people come to various conclusions, but let's try not to say things like this if we are disappointed at the conclusion (and by all accounts, Battle hasn't come to one yet officially).
|1 week 2 days ago||Future Rankings...||
I am always a bit uncomfortable with these projections because the estimate is based in part on past performance (which in our case will likely not be representative of future results under Harbaugh) and a lot of speculation. I suppose if I had to guess, however, based on the little data that there is on how this will go and if it continues along this path without much interruption, #15 might be a conservative estimate if we're talking, say, 5 years out.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Noticed...||
Because of what I do for a living, I've already been on two conference calls trying to ascertain who is available, when can people work, who will work what shift, and all those fun questions. The next step is typically bailing out of every single commitment - work and personal - for the next few days, or at best telling everyone "maybe" to a few.
If you live in our territory, be sure to call 800-477-4747 if the lights go out, or report it our outage app. In some areas, your outage is automatically registered via the AMI meters we've been putting in, but that stage of the infrastructure is not everywhere yet. Oh, and the biggie - stay away from downed lines (20 feet at least, don't touch fences in areas where you suspect lines are down, go into water, etc...). As someone who has had to talk folks into kindly not driving their car over downed primary and that your trip to the spa can be put off while we create a situation where death is less likely, I cannot stress that one enough.
|1 week 3 days ago||Sort Of In The Same Place...||
I am sort of in the same place - under a vastly different coaching staff than the one that preceded it, I really don't want to invest myself or really even guess at who will be out there against Utah, especially when we haven't even seen anything come out of August (and of course, we've got some time before even that). Actually, I would rather sit back and see what develops - part of the best way, in my mind, to get a handle on what will ultimately be is to not have a specific wish for starters at any position.
|1 week 3 days ago||Could Be Wrong Here...||
Creating a pinned thread really doesn't seem to work in this inteface, in my experience. I could be wrong because even in the mod role, I've not really needed to explore everything that you can do here, but it would require monitoring of the thread since the threads on the MGoBoard use the timestamp to determine position. That is to say, several times a day, someone would need to change the time of creation in the thread to reposition it. Even the "Sticky" threads eventually move off the front page after their creation.
|1 week 3 days ago||Alas Too Late...||
All I can say is that I am sad that I missed the fun on this one - I was up at the time, but away from Twitter and everything else. I find it rather funny, however, that he chose to snipe at Brian about eight months too late, as a few others have mentioned.
What it says to me is that they probably were well aware that this site was a hotspot for massive discontent (and rightfully so) last fall. Part of me would love to know what they thought about what they were reading, but then I'd have to listen to someone who has Brand Activation in their title speak.
|1 week 3 days ago||Very Cool...||
Martin's camp -- benefitting the Athletic Angels charity, which aids low income families with gifts, food, and basic supplies -- drew former Michigan standouts Frank Clark (Seattle Seahawks), Larry Foote (retired, now assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals), Taylor Lewan (Titans), Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles) and LaMarr Woodley (Arizona Cardinals). Martin's Tennessee teammates Jurrell Casey and DaQuan Jones tagged along, as well.
Not a bad cast at all at this camp, right down to Greg Mattison delivering a speech. 350 is an impressive turnout for the first go-around too - hopefully, it grows from here. Excellent way to give back indeed.
|1 week 3 days ago||Happy Father's Day...||
Happy Father's Day to all the MGoDads on the site and indeed dads in general.
As for the tweet, eh, as much as I can't stand Tom Crean and his habitual net theft, I wouldn't wish him anything less but the best on Father's Day.
|1 week 3 days ago||Happy Father's Day...||
We just had a rather serious health scare with my dad (he's out of the hospital now, but it is up and down days from here, it seems), so I've recently been reminded that the number of Father's Day celebrations that involve him is quite finite. Even though my relationship with my dad is rather convoluted emotionally, the father-son dynamic is definitely still there.
We'll visit him later, of course, and as for the plans that my own wife and kids have in store me, I haven't a clue - the early reveal of last year was definitely on my wife's list of corrective actions for this year, I would say.
Happy Father's Day to the MGoDads.
|1 week 4 days ago||Hopefully....||
Hopefully, he leaves a nice parting message to that team and its staff, and of course, Queen provides....
|1 week 4 days ago||The 2018 Thing...||
I know I am by far not the oldest person on the blog, but now that we're talking about recruits that - if they indeed end up coming to Michigan - will not experience the signing period until I am 40 years old does make me feel old just a little bit. A little bit.
|1 week 4 days ago||Missing Max...||
I will say that watching Scherzer's season thus far, well, from afar has me missing Max here in Detroit. Actually, there have been games where I think I've missed max rather a lot. Still, congratulations to him on an excellent performance today. I don't think there is an ill word one can say about what he can contribut to any team.
|1 week 4 days ago||Agreed...||
Of all the players of recent vintage that I would like to see back in Ann Arbor in some role someday, he would be my top choice, although we may have to compete with any organization that needs a smile that can end conflict and solve pressing world issues.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Question...||
I will admit that I got quite a bit of milage out of my Napster account back in the day, as well as Limewire after that. As for YouTube, I actually like the audio / visual experience of - if possible - having the music video on screen while I play the music as well (or live concert footage or whatever goes with it), so I have several libraries that I rotate through and a rather nice set of speakers I can play it through.
That being said, I have ripped a few MP3s for the in car collection for the same reason others have mentioned - it isn't generally available (not sure about the legality, but I have a feeling it is not). I also collect music media, so I have the physical copies (mostly on CD, but some vinyl actually) for the lion's share of my collection.
|1 week 4 days ago||Interesting Article...||
"We had to get the revenue moving line back up," Hackett said. "One of our core strategies was getting a special football coach."
If attendance at the spring game was an indication of how quickly this might be possible - and of course that was a free event - the revenue line might reach some rarified air in time. It does seem that, as far as the athletic department goes, through Harbaugh all things are possible.
|1 week 5 days ago||By My Lonesome...||
My kids are at my in-laws, my wife is working until late, so it is just me, the cats, a case of Guinness and the Tigers game. The Guinness has come in handy so far. For dinner, not feeling like cooking just for myself, I also went to get a Reuben sub from Nemo's, which my fellow downriver and western Wayne county dwellers should know well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Still Remember...||
I still tell people about experiencing just about every single one of what I like to call my "sports emotions" in the last 1:40 or so. Had I been at home instead of the game, I am pretty sure that the middle of that probably would have involved some fairly prolific drinking somewhere and then some beer spilled out of joy when Gallon thought with portals and caught that pass.
|1 week 5 days ago||Congratulations!||
Nobody can ever say that we come here to MGoBlog strictly to waste time. Once in a while, we provide valuable services to advance the community as well. In all seriousness though, we have a great group and a diverse one that has provided useful advice on many things.
Congratulations and good luck, RogueRage!
|1 week 5 days ago||Yikes...||
"The SEC has based their rule on having integrity and doing the right thing."
See, Pinkel muffed this right in the first sentence then it went downhill from there. Yet again, we have an example of someone in the SEC who it seems cannot really figure out why they don't like this except that it potentially hurts them from a talent standpoint. The rule was implemented in part to mitigate midnight raids of other backyards, if I am not mistaken, and here is Pinkel speaking as if it was actually an NCAA-wide rule.
I can't wait for Pinkel to expound on meatier topics like asparagus or high-milage synthetic oils and which one is right for your car.
|1 week 5 days ago||From A History Standpoint...||
Fortunately, I still have some of this data from an old diary. Cumulatively (not year-to-year per se), nearly 70% of Michigan's incoming freshmen since 1960 came from either the state of Michigan, Ohio or Illinois with states like Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, Texas, California, New Jersey and a couple others rounding out the next 20% - the remaining 10% are basically from all over the place including places outside the United States.
From that perspective, it's unusual certainly for us not to have someone from Ohio in a given class, but it doesn't really mean anything other than maybe a shift in strategy under Harbaugh (and I assume they still work Ohio for its deep talent base). The reliance on in-state talent diminished considerably over starting in the 1970s and going into the 1990s and began to increase again in the 2000s while there was alway a constant hum of activity (and consequently, players) from Ohio.
|1 week 5 days ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Funny how Michigan twitter went from lamenting the Battle situation to cheering on this within a minute or so, but such is social media and the fortunes of recruiting in Division I anything for the most part. Do we continue the trend of having multiple Devins on teams? We shall see, I guess.
Welcome to Michigan, Devin Gil.
|1 week 5 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
Here's the YouTube video the tweet links to -
|1 week 5 days ago||In Addition...||
In addition to that, firing two highly paid people, which as we all know costs a goodly amount of money, especially when both of them had some decently sized buyouts totalling about $6 million among them, I believe. There's the coaching staff from the previous regime too on top of that. I actually had a nice, morbid chuckle when Hackett specifically pointed out the settlements as the primary reason this happened. You're right though - we'll be fine, the revenue stream is still pretty healthy and it will likely blossom here very shortly.
|1 week 5 days ago||Whatever, Kirk...||
“If a young guy comes here, it’s actually an Iowa football camp, and he’s coached by Iowa coaches, and we’re not paying exorbitant amounts for third-party people or high school coaches to bring prospects here."
That's right....all that money is tied up in Ferentz's salary and - for the time being - buyout and longevity bonuses. There's no way Iowa would fork over another dime for him to do THAT on top of all of his other duties, like going 7-5 and making sure that Greg Davis doesn't get too crazy with his innovations on offense.
|1 week 5 days ago||A Reminder...||
It has been nearly four years, of course, but someone should stop by the stadium later to see if Don Criqui has in fact seen the signal which he sought, and really to check on his general well-being. Just in case, stop by Jimmy John's on your way and get him a sub, a cookie and a pop in the event that he hasn't eaten in a while. He may be an ND guy, but it doesn't mean we shouldn't be at least humane.
|1 week 5 days ago||Friday Indeed...||
When I get home today, there were be no kids (my mother-in-law is keeping them tonight) and actually no spouse either (she will be working), so I shall have the place all to myself for the evening. What does that mean for me? Well, probably mowing the lawn and working outside, then some beer and television. Yeah, not too exciting, but drinking without interruption sounds like a nice thing to be able to do.
|1 week 6 days ago||So In Summary...||
|1 week 6 days ago||At Least For Me...||
At least for me, because of the trending charts that I built for tracking average rankings, I tend to use Rivals simply because it is easy to compile such averages. Well, at least for the method that I developed it is. What I would be interested to explore is how the services trend with each other, and I started to get that data from 247 to fill out another diary.
|1 week 6 days ago||Clarification...||
Josh Langford Official Visit
It would stay were it not for a clarifying tweet from Evan Daniels that Langford is in fact up the road at Michigan State, so I went on the assumption that would temper interest considerably.
|1 week 6 days ago||Very Cool Indeed...||
Oregon would probably not only go for the armor, but Phil Knight might even adopt a similar color scheme....
|1 week 6 days ago||It Continues To Pay...||
This is not just Davidson specifically, but it is pretty amazing how the Summer Swarm continues to pay now with visits from recruits, and as someone said above, I also believe that this perhaps one of the things that really worried the SEC at least a little bit - the competition for more highly touted talent in their typical reach that might otherwise end up in their conference. I think you can see Roll Tide Roll's server smoking from here...
|1 week 6 days ago||Memories....||
That was a great thread, and about a month or so after this one, we got the famous "Paging Mr. Jones" thread, which still holds the record for duplicate posting at somewhere north of fifty or so. There were some good ones in the summer / fall of 2011 definitely.
|1 week 6 days ago||The Easiest Way...||
Actually, it is a good idea to keep this going - what we can do, and what is actually a bit eeasier, is if this begins to slip down from the first 4-5 threads or so, change the timestamp to something close to the present time to move it back to the top of the list. We can monitor that for the board as long as needed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wow...||
I just read a few reviews, all of which essentially agree that the film is almost cartoonishly awful and overall a catastrophe of cinema.
Of all the organizations that could make a film which would give "Manos: The Hands Of Fate" a run for its money (the original 1966 release, of course - it was hilariously mocked by MST3K later on), it would be FIFA. Sounds about right.
Actually, if they managed to work Torgo into this, it would on paper sound more watchable. I cannot believe I just said that. Supposedly, the director and cast of "United Passions" don't think much of the effort either, so there is that.
|1 week 6 days ago||Case In Point...||
This week, Patterson fired longtime sports information director John Bianco, who had been at Texas 23 years and was trusted by football coach Charlie Strong – without consulting Strong, sources said.
See, if I am Charlie Strong, this pisses me off, especially when it is in a vital area for the department like that. You do begin to wonder how many incidents like that have to happene before you actively wonder if you've made a horrible mistake in going to a department run under those conditions.
|1 week 6 days ago||After All...||
They know that he's at Michigan and doesn't coach the San Francisco 49ers anymore, right? Or maybe they missed it, because it really hasn't been publicized that much.
Yeah, it has been terribly underreported. Indeed, Adam Schefter doesn't even seem to know at all, if even some of the comments upthread are any indication. What is quite true, in my opinion though, is that at least for now, the NFL isn't done with Harbaugh from the impression he made alone. That definitely seems to resonate - good or in some cases not so much apparently - in many, many people. To say that he hasn't left a mark there would be an incorrect statement.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'd Go With The Over...||
I would have to take the over on that one - at the rate things seem to be going, and if the apparent learning curve continues into August, I could easily see at least (key phrase there) 8-4 as attainable and that wouldn't be a tragedy by any stretch (part of me says we could do even better than this potentially). A +3 turnaround in win margin in one year would be a sign of huge progress in our case, with a future looking even brighter than that.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Fun Fact...||
"Red Red Wine" was originally a Neil Diamond tune, part of his second album with Bang Records in 1967. Not a huge hit at the time, it made it down to the Caribbean where Tony Tribe covered it with some reggae adjustments. UB40 would, of course, turn the song into a chart-topping hit in the 1980s, but they claim that they were initially unaware that it was a Neil Diamond creation.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Coming Down...||
Yeah, I've got nothing, so here's Bananarama...
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||Obligatory...||
"My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
"Thank you, Simone."
"No problem whatsoever."
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||The Buckling Thing...||
All I can say at this point is that I hope this site has some comfortable clothes on to minimize any chafing. Either that or those of us currently unbuckled should drive immediately to the worst bottleneck in traffic in our areas and wait - that way, we have little choice except to remain buckled.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||That Was Fast...||
That was fast after being told to remain buckled. Welcome to Michigan, Josh Metellus.
Is it starting to seem that the 2016 recruiting cycle is becoming "The Year Of Harbaugh" when it comes to the speed at turning this into a Top 10 class (at least to date), or is it just me? I am impressed, particularly with how the last three weeks or so have unfolded for this class.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Why Not...||
....for after all, he predicted this thread.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Well, Might As Well...||
Well, might as well put this sign out there for everyone...
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||One Time...||
One time when I was at a concert there, they made the mistake (a convenient one) of not totally blocking off access to Pine Knob Road (which has access to Waldon, therefore Shashabaw) and it made things considerably easier (although I am sure people that live nearby were steamed). Like I said though, I think that was something that was just overlooked - I don't believe that's normal.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Is that something like eight commits to the 2016 class in the last two weeks or so? Not only does it seem to be filling up fast, but it is filling out rather nicely and this particular name only adds to that, and at a position where the help will be welcomed greatly.
Welcome to Michigan, Ben Bredeson.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Wait A Minute...||
We're recruiting character actors who worked primarily in television as well? We're running a lot more camps than I thought. This truly is an amazing bit of unconventional recruiting by the staff. Of course, I believe Hedison is in his 80s now, so there might be concerns about versatility on the field.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||Classic Stuff...||
"In my America, you're allowed to cross the state borders," Harbaugh says. "That's the America I know."
I almost fell out of my chair on this one, chuckling and imagining any sort of response from anyone in the SEC. One of the better aspects of all this, in addition to the connections being made in various parts of the country, is Harbaugh's lack of concern for the the reactions of a certain conference as noted above.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||THe Gong Show...||
Actually, The Gong Show portrays exactly how this was marketed to the MLB brass and probably why they loved it so much:
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Similar Experience...||
I've had Comcast for the 11 years I've lived in my current house, and so far, I've gotten away free of most major issues. Some of the worst were probbaly pretty mild in comparison to what I know others have experienced - for example:
-The office near me in Woodhaven, MI passed out boxes whose voltage ratings did not match that of the power cable supplying them, so the box in the master bedroom shorted out pretty quickly, to say the least. They were quick to replace the box and get me a compatible cable though.
-For a while earlier this year, we had intermittent signal issues on the On Demand service, bad enough that it was rendered unusable for a couple days. They traced it back to a node in our subdivision, so I assume other people were having the issue. The day we finally called, it was fixed with 2-3 hours.
Maybe I've just been fortunate so far. No idea.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Not Only That...||
Organizers approached Paterno's family this year and they agreed. The former coach received the most votes in the deceased category, topping former Pitt coach Foge Fazio with 1,823 votes. - from the ESPN story
So, he managed to garner the most votes in the deceased category too. Even in Paterno's death, the cult of personality surrounding that man and his program - particularly for a vociferous subsect of fans - is a phenomenally weird, sad thing. I suppose we can safely say that vital lessons were not learned here, at least by some people.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Interesting...||
If there were ever a photo - at least recenlty - that was simply ripe for the "Your argument is invalid" meme, that would be it. Actually, I would assume that this is precisely how that raccoon feels about the situation, and it would be only natural to feel that way if you successfully crossed the water on an alligator.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Tuned In Now....||
Is it just me or does Shumpert's hair get noticably taller with each game in the Finals? I wonder if that's stress or if he has my problem where your hair - despite your objections - just refuses to quit multiplying.
Also, Golden State is going to have to go to something other than threes if they want to keep this lead.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It Sounds Interesting...||
It sounds interesting actually, although I have to think that from August to November you might almost find yourself living at Schembechler Hall. Not that this sounds like an awful thing (I could be down with it certainly), of course, but I am not at all certain my wife would go for "see you after Thanksgiving, possibly after New Year's".
|2 weeks 1 day ago||We Do It Too...||
[T]he 49ers turned the typical meeting, which on some teams can go for as long as two hours, into 30-minute blocks, each followed by 10-minute breaks that allow players to do what young people do. That is, as Tomsula puts it, to "go grab your phone, do your multitasking and get your fix" before returning the meeting.
We've actually tried to do this with some of the meetings / training we know will run long, although for us it is closer to about 45 minutes or so. "Biobreaks" as they are known in several corners of the company are usually just used by people to check their phone and e-mail and so forth. Of course, in a utility where there are jobs going and things happening most moments, people do want to stay connected to the action in their group, and breaking the meeting up keeps more interested and relieves some of the "I could be doing other things" anxiety.
Next step: less of those meetings. We're working on that too.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Article...||
Investigators believe Cardinals officials, concerned that Mr. Luhnow had taken their idea and proprietary baseball information to the Astros, examined a master list of passwords used by Mr. Luhnow and the other officials who had joined the Astros when they worked for the Cardinals.
The key here is to always use a special character, so instead of "Astros123" it could have been "Astros123$" or something like that. Seriously though, it's amazing that someone would work off the same list of passwords that they used elsewhere in a similar application. Still, I am rather intrigued to see if the league or the Cardinals do something here - the Deadspin article says that it was traced to the home of a Cardinals employee, which to me lends a little credence to the idea that this might be just some rather vindictive employee.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's How It Starts...||
Sure, it starts with things like this, but it is a shockingly short road before this fan becomes this guy:
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For Recruiting...||
For recruiting purposes, this seems like it would definitely be attention-grabbing. I watched several of the videos and they are quite well done. Great high-level information on each link, just enough to hopefully get students thinking that they might want to visit Ann Arbor. I really liked the look of it overall too. Very awesome way to showcase Michigan athletics.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Next Time...||
Next time, we need something more flashy than "Site Offline"....I have it...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Great Story...||
Although this story - albeit a different writeup - made it to the blog a while back, it is a very awsome story worth repeating and actually, I don't think what ended up here went into nearly the detail as the story out of the Des Moines Register. I read it and it was a fascinating, moving article - kudos to the Register for this. I actually learned quite a bit that wasn't in the initial thread.
Thanks for sharing it!
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Whatever, Mullen....||
"I'm not into it. I like kids coming to our campus for camps. I'd rather them come here and see us. Because they get to see campus, they get to see our facilities, they get to see all of this stuff. And our players are working sometimes out while they're here. They see our guys in the weight room and just see everything. I'm a bigger fan of that."
Because Starkville is 10 minutes from everywhere and it is a place that everyone would naturally visit in the course of visits, recruiting and the like. They really don't want to acknowledge the networking potential of the camps in the SEC, do they? I mean, there was a reason that other schools were invited (and other schools have indeed showed up to make their own evaluations at some of them) and it was to have the opportunity to build relationships with prospective student-athletes. Again, the SEC dug this hole for themselves and somehow they still seem to believe that the solution is that everyone should get in the whole with them.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You Know...||
It's pretty clear that, at this point, the folks on this site and beyond who cover Michigan and Michigan recruiting are probably well on their way to carpal tunnel if they have not gotten to this point already. That or they've been driven screaming into the night having to write or revise numerous "Hello" posts. All good news so far, it seems, but it isn't easy to keep up.
Still, welcome to Michigan, Sean McKeon!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not A Bad Idea...||
It's not a bad idea, for after all, it does get a bit warm in there during football season...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Figured Not...||
I would have assumed that not all Cavaliers fans would boo it just based on the distribution of people on MGoBlog alone. I mean, if this board is any indication, we have significant representation as a fanbase at large (not just restricting it to the blog) in northeastern and north-central Ohio, with many of those people having Cleveland sports allegiances. Of course, it's the perfect mix in Phil Hubbard - Canton, OH native, Michigan alum, former Cavalier.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, Dantonio is notoriously awkward in social settings as well as at pressers, so well it definitely has the appearance of a little dig (and it seems like it was meant as a joke), we'll only really know it is a pervasive issue if at some point he introduces his wife and kids as "colleagues" or something excessively formal and rather nonsensical. Harbaugh didn't seem to react to it at all really. Actually, he seemed to be at least briefly paying attention to something else altogether, which would be a normal reaction to Dantonio speaking.
What is very evident - and others have mentioned it - is the very tense dynamic in that room.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||My Two Cents...||
To be fair, I think that's actually part of the beauty of how Harbaugh appears to do this - some of these kids are not highly touted but all the same potentially have roles to play, even if less heralded, on a Harbaugh team. Some of them may very well be what they are, as the OP says, but I do trust this staff to get them to a place where they haven't been, even if it isn't future Pro Bowl candidate - more than that, the best contributor they can be. Between recruiting and potential development, I tend to think we're in a good place right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Early Note...||
I suppose th Cavaliers need to be reminded that transition offense actually works better if you hang onto the ball in transition, but it is early yet.
Golden State coming out strong early though - rather nice to see early. As someone with no dog in the fight here, I can at least sit back and enjoy basketball stress-free.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Good News Indeed...||
Once again, it is nice to see these camps turning out results for near-future classes. I am sure that - sometime in the next week or so - we'll get a summary of those who committed during this period, and I would be intrigued by that. Hopefully, someone obliges with such a post.
For now, welcome to Michigan, Rashad Weaver!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Don't Forget...||
It's also supposed to be rather muggy tomorrow, sort of like it is today down here. That increases the chances for snow or a freezing mix significantly when it is right around the 80 degree mark. I suppose we should go stock up on salt and sand just in case. Going to be tough for the campers that are commuting if they haven't cleared the side streets when they arrive.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It Is Interesting...||
My neighbor had an aortic stent put in a couple weeks ago and that was outpatient too - spent maybe 10-12 hours at the center between the procedure, recovery and observation. It is pretty cool what they can do now.
It isn't just heart disease either really, but particularly relatively minor surgeries seem like in-and-out things now. When my sister developed appendicitis about five years ago, that was actually outpatient too. The description my dad gives of his appendectomy in 1953 is almost alien in comparison.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About Flag Day...||
Well, it isn't an official federal holiday, of course - it wasn't even established as an official "day" at all, I believe, until Woodrow Wilson established it by proclamation in the 1910s (it was solidified by Congress during the Truman years). It marks the day in 1777 that the flag was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If That Is So...||
If that is so and several varsity sports are tweeting out announcements to be released in the same week or so, this truly must have been a spectacular experience for someone.
I could be wrong, but like others, I have the suspicion that this might not be an apparel announcement. It doesn't mesh with the timeline given for such an announcement, if indeed there is anything to announce on this front. Lots of rumors, but nothing substantive that I've heard.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very Nice...||
Although it might be seen as awkward to take your laptop to the bathroom with you, as I do not have the print copy yet, I may have to make an exception.
In all seriousness though, I just did see it so I shall be catching up with this year's HTTV after the Tigers game and then so on into evening. Good stuff indeed - it looks very well-appointed with Harbaugh.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Small World Indeed...||
I've actually met her as her mother is our regional business analyst, handling much of the invoicing and billing for the work done by our contract overhead and underground crews, and like most of us there, the kids have been in the building at some point to visit.
Very impressive indeed. I believe she is the Michigan Gatorade Player Of The Year and, if I remember correctly, she holds the Monroe County record for career strikeouts.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Life Goes On...||
I don't know that having Jim Harbaugh as head coach is conducive to any marked easing of the news around recruiting and other activities. Even when the camps stop, I am pretty confident something else will quickly fill that void. In the near term, hopefully the rest of the Swarm is as kind as it has been so far.
It has been a pretty active time for OT season - normally by now we've gotten down to threads like "Favorite Sidney Lumet Film" or "Juicy Fruit Or Big Red? Discuss." If this is the pace of football-related news now, then some of us may need to plan our August thread topics ahead of time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||As It Is A New Era...||
As it is a new era of Michigan football that we seem to be settling into here, I am actually content to sit back and see who emerges initially under Harbaugh's way of doing things and hopefully be impressed / pleasantly surprised. Like others, if I had to guess right now, I would also say Desmond Morgan is one of them, but it is hard to say who else at this point, this far out from fall camp.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That Moment...||
It seemed like the interview - in all of its awkwardness and Harbaugh's thinly veiled irritation with the redundancy - was building to that moment at 3:15. That was great.
Yeah, I think it is going to be an adjustment for the media around here, who were used to getting roundabout, meandering replies from Hoke and sometimes the followups were for the purpose of "What the hell did that even mean?". Harbaugh's answers - by contrast - are rather condensed and pointed in this case (in an effort to move the discussion forward, it seems), and I like that.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Do one more thing and find one more thing to do. Don't advertise it, just do it.
I feel like #4 above is going to be a common theme on the football team for a couple seasons, and this isn't a bad thing at all. For those who have been to those meetings where they attempt to drill Continuous Improvement into your head, "every day, a little up". It's not a bad phrase and it is definitely applicable to not only football but life in general. Harbaugh definitely seems to live all of those principles though.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Just A Guess...||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I've Mentioned Before...||
I've mentioned it before, but I am all for using the caged wolverine as a gimmick to gain a psychological advantage. Simply place the cage on the opponent's sideline and occasionally send an assistant over to check the lock and at one point, have them feign a concerned look and tell the opposing staff, "Um, I'll be right back..." and then run off, never to return. You might have a team playing with one eye to the sideline for the rest of the game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's A Shame...||
I still enjoy the odd stop at an Olga's - the one in Canton is the closest one to me - but I will say that a few of the ones that were in malls in Metro Detroit were shutting down rapidly, I noticed, so I wondered if something was up. I suppose this is what's up. Hopefully they can reorganize and pull it out somehow. Olga Bread is great and my inner kid has a soft spot for their version of a burger - Super Cheese highly recommended.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Welcome To Michigan...||
Well, first and foremost, welcome to Michigan, Antwaine Richardson.
Second, there is a vague buzz on Twitter that this could be a nice weekend for Michigan at the camps - hopefully, that's the case. It will be very interesting once these are over to take stock of the classes as they sit actually.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed...||
It is hard for the following to be controversial:
"Well, that was awful nice of him."
That might be one of the few times that Dantonio has ever been quoted here responding to a statement in a way that most people likely would. He is - as others have pointed out - a man of few words in social settings, it seems. Awkward, strange words on occasion, but not many of them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Times And Stuff...||
I am almost certain the times that pan out each year are driven by the networks, ESPN / ABC having the first pick in most cases with conference-specific networks usually getting the games that didn't make the cut. The schedules themselves are, of course, created by athletic departments and programs and when it comes to having Pac-12 visitors over here in the Eastern time zone, I agree that could work well for us, although I bet they do spend several days acclamating to it or trying to do so.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's Not The Same...||
For one fleeting moment, I thought about possibly trying to market a "35 Quadrillion Zimbabwean Dollar Store", but they still wouldn't take MasterCard for some reason which eludes current understanding and it would be the same result. That is some hideous inflation though. I did the exchange rate on the MSRP of my car in Zimbawean dollars though - a cool 8.6083 x 10^20 Z$, so not too bad for a new Cherokee.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Slow Start...||
I woke up at 5 AM or so, then again at 6 AM, so it's been a bit of a slow start to Friday so far. Trying to down some coffee in an effort to fix that.
On the upside, I get to leave early today - my wife works at 3 PM, so I am leaving work at 2 PM to come home and watch the kids who are now out for the summer as of noon yesterday. Of course, because of the potential weather situation here, I am not sure how much of my weekend I will actually get so I need to make Friday afternoon and evening count somehow.
Regardless, I shall make it out to visit my father again at some point, who has begun physical therapy after his small stroke last weekend - they are changing up his Parkinson's medication (which they believe was not good enough for the level of issues he has had) and working on the weakness that developed in his legs post-incident on Saturday.
For the moment, however, it is sunny and muggy (normal for Michigan in June - I know Mark Richt disagrees) out the front windows here, so all is well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sort Of Know The Hassle...||
We have training all the time in the utility industry about similar things. It isn't national security stuff necessarily, but they do tend to fret over the possibility that someone could get into systems which control distribution switching, automated transfers, etc...things which we can do on the electrical system remotely. Our power generation people (including nuclear operations) have to life that life every day. They worry about plants quite a bit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sound Mind Sound Body...||
247 Sports had a primer on the event if anyone is interested in who was in attendace - LINK
They ran a story about iton the news here in Metro Detroit, but the speakers list included:
In addition to that, players attending will get a chance to hear some of the best and most notable head coaches in the country speak in Penn State’s James Franklin, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Illinois’s Tim Beckman, Minnesota’s Jerry Kill, Cincinnati’s Tommy Tuberville, Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck and Buffalo’s Lance Leipold.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Of Course...||
Of course, it is UNLV and probably any UNLV / (your Big Ten team here) ends up on the BTN at noon, so of all the games on the schedule, this one was easily a noon kick on a network which - by agreement - gets the seconds of the ESPN / ABC cut. Not shocked at all. I'll be there, of course - I've never seen UNLV attempt football before.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here's The Tweet....||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Wondered That...||
I heard about Lee's passing the moment I got in this morning basically. It is rare for an actor to survive so long and be so active that their resume spans seven decades as well as extensive voice work and even some singing added in for good measure. Not to mention that Lee is also a WWII veteran. A full life with many, many honors indeed.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||In Addition...||
I could be wrong, but didn't the Tigers take Colin Kaline in the draft about 7-8 years ago out of high school, and then he chose to play at Florida Southern? I think he went back to Florida Southern as a coach though after a couple seasons in the minors.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not Unique...||
Like others, both myself and my wife lived frugally for several years, which isn't easy with two kids, but managed to pay off the rest of my loans and hers about four years ahead of schedule, which isn't bad. It's a little difficult to pay them off quite as quickly as others here when you are stocking bottles and diapers as we were at the time (this was about eight years ago, mind you), but it is manageable if you live on a budget. We've got much more flexibility now than we would have if we've simply kept making the minimums, I believe.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||By Their Calculations....||
By that same method (and they do provide the full table), here is how the Big Ten would stack up:
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To Be Fair...||
Nike continues to add to its portfolio of leagues in which it is the official apparel provider. The NFL recently extended its agreement with Nike, which began in 2012, through the 2019 season.
To be fair, of course, Adidas still dominates in tetherball and croquet, or at least that's what I heard .
In all seriousness though, Adidas mentioned back in March that it would likely not pursue a renewal of its NBA deal and instead would start to invest more time and money in starting to poach individual sponsorships, an area where of course Nike has dominated for a long time. What that means for Michigan is unclear, but the prospect that they might divest themselves of some college deals to do this is interesting.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To Clarify Further...||
This is for the Ohio State Athletics Hall Of Fame, so if the level of homerism is at toxic levels - the only sort of level which would permit a name like Tressel's from being in a hall of fame - that's why. Here is the list of other inductees - LINK
Among those who will be inducted is Joey Galloway, so I am sure that we'll get to hear just that much more verbal fellation of the Buckeyes on ESPN as well.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting...||
I am impressed they didn't use phrases like "breathtaking outlooks on the Olentangy River, provided you sit in certain seats and it isn't foggy" or "short drive from the Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center". Also, maybe the location of the nearest Menard's or Meijer in the event someone needs a cooler. If you're going to sell something based on its popularity, you might as well sell people on the reasons why it might be popular.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Congratulations To James...||
I don't know that we fully understood - back on December 30th - that the hiring of one Harbaugh would lead to the slow Harbaugh-nization, if you will, of the Ann Arbor area. Looking back on it, however, I don't know if another trend was possible, but what a trend indeed. Of course, the more the merrier and congratulations to his son, the grads of Coronado HS and all the high school grads out there.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||I Have To Wonder...||
I have to wonder if perhaps they've already begun to call it "The War Of Big Ten Aggression" or perhaps "The War Of Harbaugh Aggression" as well. What is intriguing is that so far their greatest victory to date is getting the NCAA to shift the responsibility of promoting these camps on social media to outside parties.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||The Fun Aspect...||
Between sprinkling cheese, doing the Whip/Nae Nae dance in the dugout, and quoting the comical YouTube star Coach Kent Murphy endlessly, we had a great deal of fun this season.
I've always thought that no matter how well you do, you can't stop having this - fun. This team neved did stop, what they did was phenomenal and next season will hopefully contain another fantastic run. Very excited to see where it goes from here, and it is already great.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I Must Learn...||
I must learn to go to better sources for these things. You would think I would learn for as long as I've been here but keep consulting the thing on my desk, and....well....
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, this is indeed one of those things that the Power 5 could take on as a legislative item all their own, the SEC could propose a ban and then it would go for a vote. I don't recall whether or not these would require a majority or supermajority, but I doubt the SEC would get the votes for either level.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||The Argument Thing...||
I had the gravest difficulty trying to figure out what Evans was trying to say as well. As for logical, I suppose that you could always summarize Evans' statements as something like:
"So long as X, then giraffes with mauve spots"
"Giraffes with mauve spots, so insulated extension ladders"
"Therefore replace the water pump of a 1992 Corsica with its OEM equivalent"
Even that might make more sense.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Great Article...||
The fact that he didn't have to make such a side trip but did and then asked genuine questions in an effort to understand and connect to the people there tells you a lot about Jim Harbaugh - a lot of very good things. He is, as someone said, intellectually curious and more than visit, he wants to know and experience. We definitely see it in his approach to football, camps and the like, but it simply seems to be part of the core Harbaugh, if you will.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||A Bit Of Trivia...||
Very nice interview and article - thanks for sharing that!
As a bit of trivia, for those who weren't aware, Leon Hall's wife is the daughter of longtime WDIV Detroit anchor Carmen Harlan and her first husband. His brother-in-law - Joseph Cobb (Harlan's son by that same first marriage) - married Eleanor Ford, who is the daughter of Bill Ford Jr., so he's reasonably connected in the area by marriage.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Yikes....||
You know, my father likes to tell people that if you're going to bury your head in the sand as this guy seems to be doing, just remember which part of you is being displayed to the world (as this guy seems to be forgetting). This passage quoted in the OP isn't even a leap of logic - it is bereft of logic. Roll Bama Roll sure knows how to shake its fist at imaginary things.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Interesting...||
How great would it be if this became a rallying cry in the next evolution of the Big Ten-SEC rivalry, though.
It's an interesting idea, but how many people - even in the South - could you get to earnestly rally around something like "Do it for Finebaum!" as a cry to victory? I am sure I would be shocked at the number, and I am also sure that the first time I heard such a phrase it would be met with a paroxysm of laughter.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||A Little Cleanup....||
OT: College Campuses and Climate of Political Correctness
This one is a bit beyond the proposed scope of the blog.
OT: Religious and political debate boards
It's a good question actually, and if the OP wants to rattle my cage a bit for taking this down, I'll take my licks - I am just trying to avoid potential problems here as well. This might not be the best forum for what is otherwise a good question.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Very Nice...||
Very nice writeup and some very nice photos to go with it.
It just doesn't get old to see Harbaugh and the staff out there in the middle of this rather than taking positions as quiet observers. To see Harbaugh doing his evaluation and doing this networking with recruits in the middle of drills in which he sometimes will participate in some fashion can only mean good things down the road, I would hope.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Something Like This...||
Something like that offensive foul right there. Finding ways to get in the way but not being glaringly obvious about might not be a bad strategy for Golden State from here on out. They definitely aren't doing much against Cleveland straight up in many respects tonight.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I Remember It Well...||
I remember watching it having no real thoughts of what the next several seasons would behold, but it was fun indeed. As I recall, Henne threw for 3 TDs, two to Arrington and one to Manningham, and Hart rushed for two more. Florida's damage was done by Tebow, Percy Harvin and Andre Caldwell, I believe. Seems like it was long ago now and it really wasn't.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting Stuff...||
I have to believe that, at least for a time, Bill Walton's propensity to wander off in thought gave Simmons a few hairy moments in that matchup, but I suppose I see it.
As for Stephen A. Smith versus Skip Bayless, a battle of the halfwits (and I am being generous there) probably does mean Smith advances only because Bayless will insist on telling people about his vision which prophesied Tebow's return.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Oh Good Grief...||
On the other hand, exposure to the Jim Harbaughs and James Franklins of the world affords an opportunity for a top-flight education and playing experience to some overlooked guys in our talent-laden part of the world.
But don't let them know that they can have that top-flight education, right? No one must ever know that there is a world beyond that university up the road, eh?
Meanwhile, the author's riveting epic on SEC recruiting:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||YouTube Provides...||
I've actually seen this on television replay before, but still wow - something like 25 lengths was the length of Secretariat's lead when he crossed the line. It is very moving in its own way.
Someone put music over the commenatry in this version, but the effect is the same.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||One Little Thing...||
I find myself agreeing with the folks who say it is a bit busy in front. I kind of like having the schedule on the back, but if they had put, say, "This Is The Year Of Hard Work" on the front instead and then left it off the back, leaving the schedule on its own, that might have worked better aesthetically, in my opinion, but I actually don't dislike it either.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And With That...||
..and with that transformation, we can see again that with the addition of a few extra L's, you can make almost any name at least appear Welsh.
All that is missing now is to change his first name to "Ellis" or "Evan" or something at least vaguely of Welsh origin and the metamorphosis is complete.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Never Realized...||
Despite knowing that the service for that house was once a topic of discussion in this office, I never really bothered to think about where that address was until just now actually. It's about a mile and some change from the subdivision I grew up in, or at least grew up in from about age 12 onwards. Nice house indeed though - the person here who had the job was not kidding in the least.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Believe Me...||
Believe me when I say that overly generous use of the Saxon genitive is the last thing we need around here right now. It will only cause more trouble. The same might go for the Oxford comma at the moment.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Very Nice...||
You wouldn't really need to change the chorus because it would serve as a nice summation of the Summer Swarm:
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one
I suppose you could switch it up a bit though:
My detractors say I am crazy
They don't get my great ardor
I hope someday they will be here
To see the trophies in Ann Arbor.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Good Point...||
Has there been a time in the last nine months or so (let us put aside the last several years for a moment) that any of us have not been within the vicinity of a bottle just in case? I mean, for various reasons both fortunate and not so fortunate. I honestly cannot recall in my own case. Actually, the fact that I cannot recall might be a rather telling sign.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||As Phrased....||
....this one is concerning me a little bit.
Then again, the "MGoUser" me is all...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting Article...||
"Have patience is what I would tell the next guy in my situation," he says. "That's one of the main reasons I wanted to come back and be in player development."
I actually found that quote rather interesting, and I agree that this is a great way for him to einvent himself and still make a positive contribution to the team that originally drafted him. I know some people choose their job because to help people with things for which they didn't necessarily have the correct support or mindset, and I think that sometimes it makes one all the better at that job really. Maybe Henson is in that position now - hopefully, this avenue works for him.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Per 247Sports...||
Per 247Sports, his sole offers are Michigan, Minnesota and Tulane - he was at Michigan's camp on the 6th (was that Tampa? These happen so quickly) and offered the same day according to their information. The Minnesota offer came on May 22nd. THey have him as the #67 WDE overall and #155 in the state of Florida.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Not A Lawyer...||
While not a lawyer, I will say that the top-paying specialties did not shock me at all, although I wouldn't have guess product liability was the top one per se. Then again, when you look at some of the massive recalls on various things lately, I can sort of see where being in that particular field can mean some nice change at the end of a suit.