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|6 hours 50 min ago||Speaking Of That...||
Speaking of that, didn't the Mercury Zephyr travel down the same line as the Ford Fairmont? Fairmont was a bit misleading, as the name sounds halfway elegant and the Fairmont was....not that at all.
I had the same problem with the Mercury Lynx, because if you're going to name a car after a cat, it should be cat-like, not Escort-like.
Also, didn't VW name a car Sharan Carat? WTF?
|12 hours 9 min ago||Courtesy Of LongLiveBo....||
|12 hours 23 min ago||In That Thread...||
In that thread is what might be arguably a Top Ten meltdown by the OP as well, no offense to Champeen, of course. I don't think there was any way that question was NOT going to come through with all sorts of creepy undertones, but be damned if he tried to tell us that they didn't exist in the request made - quite strenuously, I might add.
|16 hours 7 sec ago||About That...||
While they recruit in each other's backyard - that is, a fair number of Rutgers players seem to be from central / eastern Pennsylvania and a fair amount of Penn State's roster seems to come out of New Jersey - yeah, I don't know that this was ever much of a football rivalry. I think Rutgers has a pretty long-standing rivalry with Navy though, not that this matters for Big Ten purposes. They might have the single poorest record of attempting to create rivalries in the Big Ten, in fact. I mean, who is it in hoops? Seton Hall maybe?
|1 day 5 hours ago||The Cornell Mann Earth Band...||
The Cornell Mann Earth Band was a lesser known cover band, somewhat famous for their minor hit "Binded On The Right", which was a song about a production error at a printing facility. It's a shame that it never got wide airplay, but then a similarly named band managed to get a song with a lyrically close title on the radio just a few hours prior to their release.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Basically...||
I've done this with Tigers tickets too when I've had the packages. It's relatively easy to do and very useful when you know well in advance that you won't be able to go to certain games - my wife has the "family calendar" out 12 months, so I've become well-acquainted with the phrase "you won't be going to that game", which is usually followed by the phrase "why the hell not?" because I start off with no clue.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Is This It?||
|1 day 12 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
How did they lose a game?
I think the premature labelling of Urban Meyer as "an overrated tool" probably is what sent this thread spiralling downward from the beginning.
|1 day 13 hours ago||This Year...||
This year, it's in the Cloud. More to the point, it is in the Cloud which will cover the southwest portion of Defiance, Ohio on June 3rd from 2 PM to 3 PM.
In all seriousness though, the Kickstarter probably should have been out, even done by now so my assumption is that this might be done via different means perhaps this year. I know it is being written as we type from the passing references to its progress on MGoTwitter.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Taking Stock...||
I mean, you unceremoniously grab a trophy from Archie Griffin, you openly compare yourself to Tom Brady in an interview when you have exactly zero games on your NFL resume to date, and mix that with some other incidents and yeah, there might be a solid case there for questioning the actual leadership abilities of a certain quarterback.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Good Luck To Him...||
I was hoping Ojemudia would get a shot with someone - it was such a shame when he was injured during the Maryland game because I think he was well on his way to having an excellent season and probably finding his way into the Draft proper. All the same, excellent pickup for the Ravens, in my opinion, and nice to see Michigan players playing for, well, another Harbaugh.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Starting Off Right...||
Non-story but posting anyway - SEC shill ESPN subtly digging at Harbaugh....
Usually, I don't like to start my day with Mod Sticky stuff, but yeah, this one wasn't going well.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Down By Me...||
You definitely don't see them here in southeastern Michigan much if at all, and indeed it is raining tonight, so sadly looking up will only produce a wet sensation.
Of course, by me, you have enough light pollution from Detroit Metro Airport that observing anything in the sky is an iffy proposition. We've got a telescope but we almost need to go out to the Metroparks near us to get detailed observations.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Good News...||
More good news for Wolverines is always nice to hear.
At least for me, expectations were very tempered for this draft when it comes to Michigan, but there have been a couple pleasant surprises - two of them involving the Lions, which works for me - so between that and seeing more guys find some homes as free agents, I think we can walk away pleased given what I think the baseline expectations were.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Their Draft...||
Cleveland's draft was interesting, to say the least, especially - what was it - four receivers and a tight end, with most of that occurring in the fifth round. Working from memory there, so I could be wrong, but that's what I recall.
Although, I suppose reputation has its disadvantages - Corey Coleman looked as if he was being sentenced to Cleveland. Perhaps he already knew by showtime, but he seemed introspective about the prospect.
|2 days 10 hours ago||I Like This...||
The Rudock pick definitely helps and it is another position where the Lions need some depth, but I will say that even though it is young yet, I am liking the Bob Quinn era so far. I think that the Lions have done what I hoped they would do and got this mostly right by going with needs and skipping the whole "best player available" philosophy.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Ah, Adidas...||
I realize that this is probably standard contract verbiage, particularly when it comes to transitions, but I knew we could definitely count on Adidas to be with us until July 31st at 11:59:59 PM - it seemed like the only end to this particular chapter that would be allowed for some reason.
|2 days 13 hours ago||About This...||
Happy to see WIllie Henry go to a team that could use him rather quickly in a system that should suit his talents well.
Like others here, I still kind of wish he would have been able to hang out one more year in Ann Arbor, but I think he'll do well at the next level all the same.
|2 days 14 hours ago||As Well As...||
|2 days 17 hours ago||I'll Leave This Here...||
...and continue my mini-blitz from Twitter.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Now, Now...||
The NFL Draft threads are a place where all of us can be happy or sad regardless of team affiliation, and I am happy to see a Wolverine drafted and happy to see that he will be only travelling up the road to Allen Park to report to practice this summer. Congratulations to Graham.
Let's remember that at least most of us are united in our hatred of Roger Goodell and run with that.
|3 days 7 hours ago||Ragland To Buffalo...||
I like that Ragland seemed so excited to go to Buffalo that he stayed tuned into whatever conversation he was having on the phone. Not quite as bad as Corey Coleman last night, who when drafted by Cleveland looked at the stage as if Goodell had just pronounced sentence for something.
|3 days 10 hours ago||That Shirt...||
I will say that this shirt has not deterred my kids from asking why Michigan does not have a mascot, even though they can clearly see on the shirt why it might be an unfortuante idea and more trouble than it is worth. I think that now - at nearly 10 and 9 years of age - I can try to explain my general horror at the mere mention of a mascot.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Very Nice...||
+1 for well-executed MST3K reference.
That reminds me, the kids have not seen "Eegah" yet, although that will have to come after Michigan baseball this weekend as we'll be stopping by to catch the action as well.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Good Article...||
"It’s truly astounding the number of awful things that occur in this world because men are afraid of appearing weak."
It's awesome that this was in a very large typeface in the article because it is true, in my own estimation. One thing that I personally cannot stand is when people still say things or even justify things in the "boys will be boys" way because it tells me that - first and foremost - your opinion of those boys is alarmingly low anyway (or your expectations for them are low), and more to the point, in your mind there is some distinction between "male" behavior and, say, "being a civil human being".
It's very easy to have the "boys will be boys" gripe at events with other fathers, come to think of it, when your shirt has Rainbow Dash on it. At least they know you're sincere in your disgust.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Poor Hugh...||
High Freeze has had a bad stretch here - the satellite camp ban was rescinded so now he has to tear himself away from family activities to earn a few million per year then one of his players shows off some engineering acumen with a gas mask bong then admits that perhaps he did take some money from someone. I certainly don't blame Hugh for being a little defensive about the things for which we may be able to blame him in part - that's part of being a forever aggrieved SEC coach / executive / fan / financier / insert occupation.
I hope more things come out about Ole Miss honestly. This is fun.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Cool Story Indeed...||
It was the very end of the visit and we were sitting down with Coach Beilein and he said ‘what would be your interest level be if I offered you a scholarship?’ I said 10 out of 10! And then he said ‘how would you feel if I offered you a scholarship?’, and I said good! Coach Beilein then stood up and said ‘I’d like to offer you a full scholarship to U of M’, and shook my hand.
While I personally tend to glaze over the background stories that go with recruiting, it is fun to stop and read one now and again. I read Cain's just now and I thought that was actually kind of a fun way to introduce the offer on the part of Beilein, and the praise for Beilein as a person is always great to read no matter what you might think about the state of the program.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Sadly...||
Sadly, it is a very subdued Friday at home - we lost one of our cats yesterday to what they believe is hepatic lipidosis, which is where fat begins to metabolize and collect in the liver and it can lead to failure, as it did in this case. She was a good cat and she will be missed by us and her furry friends in the house. Yesterday afternoon was rough, especially the part where we explained this to the kids (Ariel died a little after noon, so they were at school).
On a brighter note, the satellite camp ban being removed is definitely the headline of the week, and good on the NCAA Board Of Directors for once. I can't wait to see what the next round of "Harbaugh vs. SEC" one of these days.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
The way the NCAA seems to normally operate, they are going to be so mad at Tulane when they come across this tweet and somehow leave Ole Miss relatively unscathed.
In all seriousness, it will be interesting to see if they do come knocking at the door of Ole Miss again, even possibly opening a branch office on their campus. They weren't using those empty cubicles in the athletic dpartment's offices anyway.
|4 days 5 hours ago||I think the backflips would||
I think the backflips would kill me without even needing to worry about the field being raised. My back and lower legs hurt from that GIF and I do remember the cheerleaders doing backflips at games I was at as a kid.
As for the drinking, that might have been the original "Game Day Thread" going in that section there. It certainly is equipped correctly.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Victory...||
It is indeed an awesome victory to behold.
I kind of imagine the SEC and ACC as Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget where, at the end of every episode, you would hear, "I'll get you next time, Gadget! Next time!" - I am sure their plan to make sure that spring practices cannot be held in areas zoned medium industrial will be laid out to the Rules Committee soon enough.
They fought the Jim and the Jim won.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Not Before...||
....but this was not before a lot of kids started in with lines like
"Pease pudding and saveloys
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys -
|4 days 11 hours ago||Wait A Minute...||
We continue to believe football recruiting is primarily an activity best-focused in high schools during the established recruiting calendar, which has provided opportunities for football prospective student-athletes from all across the country to obtain broad national access and exposure but with appropriate guidance from high school coaches, teachers and advisers that focuses on both their academic and athletic opportunities as they decide where they will play college football. - Greg Sankey on the ban reversal
Wait, wait.....so what was the problem you had with camps again, Greg? I mean, other than the fact that your conference had a lame rule and you believed that it best suit your conference if everyone had the same lame rule....and that whole "protect the cartel" thing?
|4 days 13 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
Good news indeed. The biggest fear I had was that the Board Of Directors - normally a rubber stamp type of crowd - would let this one slide. Glad to see that this was not the case.
Now, the big question - what will the SEC and ACC find wrong with the world next? If I had to guess, Sankey and Swofford are going to take on the rising tide of bagels served at team events. Something has to give here, right?
|4 days 16 hours ago||About That...||
As there is already a Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, this would then make Detroit's version the Quicken Loans Arena West Annex or something along those lines, and in keeping with something Darker Blue mentioned, the concession for People Who Like To Take Big Shits will be on the west side of the lower mezzanine between the upper and lower bowls. That's a guess, of course.
In all seriousness though, this is not the name I would have liked, but as I am not the one who is writing checks to build the place, I will find a way to process it somehow. I still say resurrecting "Olympia" might have been cool.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Ah Yes....||
Maryland during the Joe Krivak years was.....exactly that.
The first game my parents took me to see at Michigan Stadium was actually the 1985 Michigan Maryland game, while the Terrapins were coached by Bobby Ross, of all people. Who knew he'd show up in Metro Detroit again - this time for a slightly longer period - around a decade later?
|4 days 21 hours ago||You Know...||
You know, the weird thing about Dark Lord Day is that you want to bring the Dark Lord flowers or perhaps some donuts or bagels for the entire workgroup, but you can't quite bring yourself to do it because perhaps that will be seen as weakness and you will be dealt with appropriately, usually with a spell that turns you into something quite useless, much in line with the Dark Lord's view of you.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Nice...||
The best part of this video is that he was hyperventilating into the bag while still smoking the cigarette. You can't help but be especially chilled out after that.
This also is a fairly decent representation of what it is like to mod this blog during a football or basketball game, except it would be nicer if it led into a comedy special as this does.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I Can See It...||
“So, I came back and he's sitting behind his desk and he looked away from me when I walked in. The secretary told him I was here, so he looked when I walked in, but then never looked again. He was looking at his computer, doing something and was talking to me. ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yeah, coach, I'm sure.’ Then he suddenly (jumped up) and got this far from me. ‘are you sure?’ I didn't even know the guy at the time. I was like, ‘Uhhhh, yeah, OK’ I walked out of his office like, What the heck did I just do?” - Durkin on Meyer
"Goooood night di-ding-ding-ding-ding....."
|5 days 12 hours ago||As An Aside To This....||
But each state has a distinctive personality and set of nuances. Ohio, for example, has a pay-to-participate policy in some districts, where students are charged anywhere from $50 to $600 per co-curricular activity. “Is that discouraging young people from signing up?” asks Ohio state senator Cliff Hite, who coached high school football for 22 years. “We’re trying to find that out.”
This is in the posted MMQB article, and it reminded me that WXYZ here in Detroit did a story on plateaued, and in some cases declining participation in sports in Michigan as well. I have to wonder if it is more or less like that all over the Midwest as people move to warmer locations and districts lose money or are forced to consolidate as a result.
The Newbury, OH example was interesting in that respect because you see clearly how smaller districts can be disproportionately affected by the risks involved in football as well since they cannot maintain the sort of roster that larger districts can. It isn't something we often think about, but in any effort to preserve the high school game, I wonder how they address that phenomenon.
|5 days 13 hours ago||About This...||
Although it is the Lions and they may very well not do this, I would rather they would on these two units as well in the opening rounds. In the middle rounds, a corner and maybe a backup QB as well or a serviceable TE or RB if there is one around. I admit to some trepidation about the draft because that seems to be part of a Lions fan's makeup, but I am more than willing to give Quinn a shot here to get it at least mostly right (it will take a few drafts of getting it "mostly right", mind you)
|5 days 17 hours ago||About These...||
If indeed this was a real alternate, then I could do without the shoulder stripes - as others said, it reminds me a bit of the bumblebee uniforms and that obviously did not turn out so well on many, many levels. The logo placement isn't the best - if they have to be there, then please don't put them basically in the same place. Beyond that, no major complaints - I think aesthetically this look works better with black cleats but as I wouldn't have control over the shoe choice anyway, it isn't a live-or-die type quibble.
|5 days 21 hours ago||About The Size...||
Seven inches taller than me and 80 pounds heavier and only, what, like 13 or 14 years old (25 years younger)? Clearly, my parents were not paying attention to things like nutrition or what might be in the water.
Even though it is a non-committable offer, it is still odd that the NCAA definition of "prospective student-athlete" still allows schools to offer this young.
|6 days 6 hours ago||I Hope So...||
I hope it does, and for once, I hope this means the NCAA will cease - even temporarily - attempting to out-stupid itself with each move to abandon its supposed mission through legislation.
For Greg Sankey's next act, I would think that being covered in lawn trimmings and sent to Les Miles' office would be sufficient. That might help him understand his role in the universe...or it could just be cruel.
|6 days 9 hours ago||I Am A Nerd...||
|6 days 9 hours ago||Good News Indeed...||
While it is excellent news that Skip Bayless is leaving ESPN, the joy is tempered by the fact that he is taking his absence of talents to another network so that most of the same people can suffer, but merely under different management.
I am curious - does this mean three hours of Stephen A. Smith verbally vomiting on an empty chair will be all that "First Take" becomes?
|6 days 13 hours ago||Not Going Well...||
OT: Michigan State Spring Game Outdraws Michigan by 16,000 (Now with More D-Antoine Disrespekt!)
At 41 downvotes and falling, this one wasn't quite going as the OP intended and the crowd had more or less spoken in the thread.
|6 days 13 hours ago||For Gilbert...||
I think we need to toy with Dan Gilbert a bit then and either make the "Q" silent and put it randomly in the middle of the team name or use a consonant blend that doesn't exist in English and then place it at the beginning of the team name.
(side note - what the hell was wrong with "M-1 Rail", Dan?)
|6 days 15 hours ago||Indeed...||
Well, if it turns out that it is a night game, the best we may be able to hope for is one of those mid-autumns where it is unusually mild and only gets down into the low 40s at night in the early half of November. Otherwise, it ends up being one of those games where three hours seems like three weeks thanks to the weather. I am sure we've all been to at least one of those in our lifetime.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Mild Embarrassment...||
When I was a relatively inexperienced and unobservant driver back in high school (hard to believe this is over 20 years ago for me), I had the luxury of parking in the garage once - once.
It was a Friday evening, and I had just come home from some event and my parents were out, so I took my dad's spot in the garage, and went indoors and watched TV for the rest of the evening, something I'd done scores of times before without incident.
The next morning was a baseball game, so I threw my stuff in my car, got in, started it, hit the button on the door opener and started backing out.
It just so happened that my dad had parked his car - a company car too - right there behind the door, and of course in my groggy state, I didn't even think to look there.
The embarrassing part of this is that it was a car that he was driving for the weekend for test purposes in his engineering group. This car was a Lexus.
Yeah, I was a little late to the field because I was getting the riot act from a former defensive end in a bathrobe and slippers.
|6 days 17 hours ago||I Am Reminded...||
"The NCAA is so mad at North Carolina's across-the-board academic misconduct over 18 years that it will probably slap another two-year probation on the Tar Heels' women's basketball program."
I belive it was the comedian Mort Sahl who once pointed out - correctly, I might add: "Every time the Russians throw an American in jail, the Americans throw an American in jail to get even."
It actually kind of feels like the NCAA has taken something said in jest rather seriously and it is frightening.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Very Interesting...||
That was a very interesting read indeed and - like others, I am sure - very much counter to many of the things that I believed were the case regarding Ty Cobb.
I've actually read My Life in Baseball: The True Record and I find that incredible, upon reflection, that it was a few days with Cobb and a lot of apparent fiction. That is some lazy research and reporting indeed.
A side note - for those of you who get to this thread late, we had some spam about mobile concrete mixers, so I assume someone here is repaving the porch or driveway or something.....or you just like cement.
|1 week 5 hours ago||Not Likely...||
The Lakers are looking for their fifth head coach since Phil Jackson left in 2011. Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni were fired before Scott, and interim coach Bernie Bickerstaff also had a short run. The Lakers waited to fire Scott while two top candidates for head-coaching positions took other jobs: Tom Thibodeau landed in Minnesota, and Scott Brooks was hired by Washington.
I mean, I stand by what I said on Twitter this morning - I'd do the Running Man Challene on the Diag if he ever left, but Izzo is a college basketball coach through and through, in my own view. I don't know that he would work out that well in the pros, not without a radically different style, which he is unlikely to change at 61 years old.
As for the Lakers' coaching woes, it's easy to forget that we're now talking about five coaches in five years. I am sure Phil Jackson comes back for eleventy billion or something in that range.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Very Cool...||
The picture of Harbaugh in the time he has been here continues to get cooler and continues to amaze, and the revelation that he is an avid chess player is part of that for me, although I can see that parallel mentioned in the excerpt and you get the sense that, even if Harbaugh didn't play, he'd be awfully good at it.
I play too, like others in the thread, and that makes this all the more awesome in a way.
|1 week 10 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
The DOJ's interest, according to one of the people who spoke to USA TODAY Sports, is based on whether an NCAA ban of satellite camps — a term used to describe off-campus coaching clinics attended by prospective student-athletes — could jeopardize or lessen opportunities for youth players to be seen or have access to college football coaches.
Mark Emmert's explanation of how a ban on satellite camps in fact improves the opportunities of kids who live in areas not adjoining a major power's campus or who may not have the funds to visit such places should be epic testimony.
I personally entreat the DOJ to probe around the NCAA. This could be fun....for us, of course.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Who Knows...||
They might even have a board like this with a thread that has a post in it, although that post must be quite old by now and possibly moderated by the mod, who is also the poster.
To the point though, if I read the numbers on finances right from USA Today's database, Eastern's athletic department has the highest % subsidy in the MAC, filling a gap of over $20 million, and I have to think a big portion of it is football. They would do much better financially by scaling it down to Division II levels at least. They shouldn't feel compelled to do this to themselves year after year, in my opinion.
|1 week 15 hours ago||In The Carr / Rodriguez Haze...||
In the haze of the 2008 coaching transition, I found MGoBlog in searches as I looked for information and articles on Rodriguez as I had not been in the know on who / what we were getting save for the handful of West Virginia football games I had watched on television over the previous few years.
I lurked for about two and a half years before I decided to start contributing in earnest (i.e., with this account, not the one I used sporadically back then), which was right around the time of the Rodriguez to Hoke transition. I hid in the background for some of the more interesting moments around here, I will say that, because that 2008-2010 timeframe here was....unique.
|1 week 17 hours ago||Ah, Yes...||
Ah, yes. I believe they used to be the front act at Pseudo Echo concerts back in the day, or perhaps for the Hoodoo Gurus. Something like that. Pretty sure.
As for the OP's topic, I did vote - Marquette would be an interesting place to have an NHL game indeed.
|1 week 21 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
What's interesting is that there is a fair amount of support for the idea - judging from some of the comments - from Raiders fans themselves, but then I think there is a realization that the traction on a new venue in Oakland just doesn't seem like it will materialize. I have to think they certainly would be welcomed with open arms in Vegas too. Actually, I don't know that there is even an economic argument here which places Oakland on top or gives them a compelling reason to stay in that regard.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Rule....||
Yes indeed. Here's the rule for those interested in the exact wording:
A regulation eight-run-rule game shall be declared by the plate umpire if one team is ahead by eight or more runs after five or more equal innings. Complete innings must be played unless the home team reaches the eight-run lead while at bat in the last inning. Any hit that results in an eight-run lead by the home team (after 4½ innings) is treated as a game-ending hit. (See Rule 14.6.) Whenever the visiting team reaches the limit in the fifth or any inning thereafter, the home team must have its opportunity to bat in the bottom half of the inning.
You're right though - I cannot remember when this was last revised to this version. I believe they can elect to suspend the rule for tournament play, provided the committee agrees in advance.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Admit...||
A few days ago, we had a thread on pop culture misses and I will admit that this is kind of one for me - I haven't gotten much past the middle of season 3 and it has taken until just a few days ago for me to get that far. That being said, I tend to use these threads for some advance scouting as I rely on some help from outside the bubble to fill in gaps, suffering from "too many shows syndrome" as I do.
|1 week 1 day ago||I Will Say...||
I don't know how you live that down in the short term. I mean, I suppose you could run back to the bench and shout, "I WANT TO PLAY SOME OVERTIME, DAMNIT! LET'S MAKE THIS INTERESTING!", but I don't know that anyone would believe you. I certainly wouldn't.
I will say though that game-changing mistakes in sports are the worst if you're the one that made it - did that once, albeit at a strictly amateur level in comparison to this.
|1 week 2 days ago||About This...||
Regarding the first thing, I don't know that I would want Ausmus to be a feared presence so much as a respected one, but I don't even know if it really goes that far. That sort of brings us to the third point, in my view, because leadership should come from him and flow downward - it really doesn't seem like there is any on-field leadership like that. I could me misinterpreting things, of course, but I couldn't tell you with certainty who the "captain" is, if you will.
|1 week 2 days ago||The One Thing...||
The one thing everyone needs to know about Jim Price, for those unfamilar - DO NOT get him started on "the art of pitching". You will be there all afternoon and it will likely end in an ugly manner.
Just leave when he says "yella-hammer" and offers you "catch you up" on what is happening. It won't be worth the update.
|1 week 2 days ago||I Don't Know...||
I always have this feeling that everyone else's spring games are essentially like ours in that they are designed to be not well-suited for analysis of any depth but useful for speculation. I admit that I've watched other teams' spring games in the past, but only sporadically. For the moment, I have the remains of a terrible Sanchez start in front me.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hawaii....||
I almost feel sorry for Hawaii, to be honest. They play their first game of the season against Cal in Sydney, Australia of all places, then they get what will undoubtedly seem like too short a rest before they have to haul ass all the way from Honolulu to Ann Arbor. Not only are they not very good, but they'll be pretty travel-worn a couple weeks into their own season. Such is their life, it seems.
|1 week 2 days ago||Olympic Coverage...||
To be fair, the blog typically does a fairly good job of covering the Olympics for a place that is not dedicated to such coverage and for a place where such coverage is almost exclusively user-generated (I can't remember the Olympics making the front page but in passing ever). That takes care of two weeks of OT Season anyway. I am sure we'll find ways to fill the rest.
|1 week 3 days ago||Admittedly...||
Admittedly, I had not checked since late Wednesday night, but even then Michigan was running away with this with something like $9,500 or so donated across about 130 donors with the next most prolific being Texas with about $2,200 and only 8 donors, I think. That is the Michigan Difference indeed. Glad to see we'll take this one yet again.
I assume Rutgers is still at $18.69 - most gracious of their fan to put up nearly $20 for charity.
|1 week 3 days ago||For Consideration...||
Please let them never leave Finland, assuming they are still around...
|1 week 3 days ago||I Laughed...||
If a two-star running back from Columbus chooses Yale, Ohio State fans will call it a fun success story. If a five-star running back from Columbus chooses Stanford, he will be deemed a traitor and the fans will barrage him with angry emoji until he either changes his mind or moves away.
I laughed here because we've had threads that have more or less done the same thing regaring certain players, but it is that supremely out of scale and irrational reaction to such events that sometimes drives the MGoBoard. Such is the life of a fan, or at least a fan that follows recruiting....maybe too closely. Anyway, well done.
Quality piece though. Thanks for sharing that, OP.
|1 week 3 days ago||Funny Indeed...||
It's probably best to just use standard attacks and wait for him to self-destruct. Lovie wins! - Purdue attack strategy
I like that we've come to a point where just playing football at even a marginal level of competency (just for one game, if you can't manage it consistently) will best Purdue.
|1 week 3 days ago||I Can Say...||
I can say that - given a few exchanges I've been unfortunately involved in on Twitter - there probably are Michigan fans out there who, if they aren't doing it, likely would have no problem doing this because they have skewed values (to put it tactfully) and don't care about the whole "don't tweet at recruits" thing, which usually leads to some stupid shit. Speaking of stupid:
One thing that was pointed out by THujone (the guy who destroyed Mr. Figurelli on ShaggyTexas) was how similar all of these accounts were. They were all created recently, had minimal followers, and all they did was tweet at Texas recruits. Also, how the tweets were strategically written (a racial slur first, then a homophobic slur second) rose the thought that maybe, just maybe these accounts were all ran by the same guy!
At least pretend to be different assholes if you're determined to go down this road, not the same asshole on multiple accounts. Actually, just skip this altogether next time.
|1 week 3 days ago||Congratulations!||
Well, first and foremost, congratulations on joining the ranks of homeowners!
The process may have changed since I closed on this place nearly 13 years ago, but it will wear on you after a few hours with exchanges like:
"This is a breakdown of your debt to asset ratio."
"This is the projected amortization of the loan."
"This is the large intestine of a lemur."
|1 week 4 days ago||Very Interesting...||
The legislation allocates specific territories where a coach or school may work at or host a camp, which prevents them from selling their product or services anywhere but in their own territory (their own institution). These local monopolies may set their own prices and create a poorer product to the detriment of the consumer.
I don't think there would be any doubt that this would happen, the poorer product, which is why it was very nice for smaller schools to tag along at camps hosted by schools like Michigan so that they could improve said product. You would think that, if they really wanted to press such a case, you could get most of the Group Of Five schools on board with at least this portion of the argument.
|1 week 4 days ago||Will Likely...||
His 233 punt-return yards in the season opener against Richmond last season broke a 76-year-old Big Ten record. After that, most teams learned that it was worth sacrificing a few yards of field position to try to punt the ball as far away from Likely as possible, and he still produced some eye-popping results.
Will Likely is one of the few bright spots in a sea of "meh" on the Maryland roster, but yeah, I have to think he is well-capable of doing some damage again this year as well. Friends still won't let friends punt to Will Likely and all that, but yeah, he'll have to see if he can do it against better competition.
|1 week 4 days ago||Just Heard...||
I just saw the confirming tweets come across my feed a little bit ago, and now of course the entire office is talking about it - I suspect not much more in the way of meaningful work may get done for a little bit anyway. Still, very sad news indeed - I can remember growing up with Prince all over MTV and the radio and indeed cranking up Prince whenever one of his songs was playing. A legend is gone indeed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Missed That...||
I've been closing the gap recently because my wife is into shows such as "The Walking Dead", "Game Of Thrones" and the like, as well as network shows like "Arrow" and a few others that she follows and that I consequently will watch with her on occasion. Still to this day, however, I have not sat through a single episode of "Grey's Anatomy" and I have seen only a handful of "NCIS" episodes from any given series, certainly not enough to know who or what, if you will.
Also, I saw maybe 10-20 NYPD Blue episodes in the entire 12-year run of the show. There are a few other series I know tons of people enjoyed that I never or rarely watched, usually because there wasn't time.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh, Why Not...||
|1 week 4 days ago||That Explains It...||
I will say that Guerrero's explanation is a good example of making an awfully thought out decision sound almost reasonable, even palatable, but that's all it is - an attempt. It does not successfully hide the fact that the man was a tool to his own conference for a very stupid reason. I read this last night and had to laugh because it is bad leadership being explained by the bad leader and usually there's humor in that.
|1 week 5 days ago||Watchathon...||
We've been starting in on "Black Sails" here - so far, so good. I was always up for an interesting pirate-themed period piece though, given most of my ancestors from that period were in that business, some of it government-sanctioned privateering even.
We're open to some suggestions for others, of course. Really liking the selection on this Watchathon.
|1 week 5 days ago||Figures...||
You know, that kind of confirms the suspicion I had - almost every school in the Pac-12 would demonstrably benefit from camps if they've not been running them as it is. Stanford has its own deal by design, so I assumed they had no strong feelings either way. USC and UCLA are the only two that would have a compelling reason to not want them because of their position in the middle of the Los Angeles area talent pool, but I wasn't sure which one of them was the lone "no".
What a jerk, to go against the 11 in favor like that.
|1 week 5 days ago||Just Saw This...||
With two vacancies on the staff, I think the need to fill them as soon as possible becomes a little more apparent, and I think we actually lost our video coordinator to Jordan's staff as well, so there's another position - a minor one perhaps, but one all the same.
Good luck to Bacari in his return to Detroit though - one of the funny things about coaching, as we've seen here with football, is that you can indeed come home again.
|1 week 5 days ago||Eastern Michigan...||
It's hard to imagine a school the size of Eastern Michigan willing to sustain the hit it takes on athletics and the football program in particular forever, or at least I think so. We had the latest financial high-level figures in a thread the other day, and revisiting EMU's numbers, you see $33,956, 234 in revenue and expenses (same figure for both) which is bolstered by about an 80% subsidy, so the actual take would be about $5.7 million without the subsidy. That's pretty hideous - all the MAC schools have highly subsidized departments, but not all of them are in as uniquely a bad position as EMU when it comes to typical on-field performance - historic and present - of the football team.
|1 week 5 days ago||Donations...||
It is very nice of Rutgers to remember that time it was co-champion with Princeton. More specifically, it is nice of the one Rutgers fan to remember that moment when all seemed well in Piscataway.
As for the Ohio State donation mentioned in the article - that was some innovative (and charitable) trolling of Michigan. I chuckled.
|1 week 5 days ago||Editorial Stance...||
As an aside, I've often wondered if there was now enough information floating around in various places on the blog to build the conpendium of editorial stances so that people could easily reference it for guidance in thread creation. What I did not realize is that it would potentially be a project that extended to tasks like shaving, although I wouldn't be totally shocked if this was in fact the entire position on the subject.
|1 week 6 days ago||You Know...||
You know, I have spent a long time trying to forget that this was a thing that happened in a game that counted towards the overall record in a season, but yeah, that's rather difficult now with the photo staring me in the face at the moment.
Never forget indeed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|1 week 6 days ago||Running Man...||
I think that if Damon Killian isn't involved at all, we are probably better off.
|1 week 6 days ago||All I Know...||
All I know is that - for the moment - the ads on my view of the page relate to flooring and electronics, so it has been taking a peek at some of my recent history as well. Yesterday, it was veterinary sites because I was looking into treating the ears of one of my cats (this is not nearly as intriguing as expressing anal glands, of course). The ads know me well though.
|1 week 6 days ago||My Mom...||
My mom, who does occasionally read this blog, gave me permission since WD insisted on a mom deleting it, so while I may have worked the controls, it was done with a mom's approval. I will entertain complaints, of course, but I'll also take those to my mom this time around because that was the directive.
|1 week 6 days ago||Relevant Question...||
Did Todd Jones recently come in to pitch to the middle of the order? This is an important question when diagnosing what might be occurring here. Also, is it severity level "bloop single" or severity level "walked on four straight pitches"? That will determine how urgent the need for medical assistance will be in these cases.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not Going Well...||
Way OT: What's your LEAST-traumatic breakup?
Probably not the absolute best MGoTopic.
That being said, probably the one late in high school where she just stopped taking calls or speaking to me. I was pretty sure even then that the cessation of communication was about as unequivocal a message as you could send and I can't rightfully remember why that is beyond that part of me possibly being an annoying prick at 17.
|1 week 6 days ago||That Duke Game....||
Crawford was the scoring leader for Michigan in that game against Duke, as I recall, with nearly 30 points, followed rather closely by Kevin Gaines with 23 or something like that. Blanchard had quite a few assists in that game too.
A few yeas with Crawford, rather than just the short time he was in Ann Arbor, really seems as if it would have been just that more special.
|1 week 6 days ago||Summer Car...||
The ideal summer car for me is the one I stand to inherit at some point in my life - a 1968 Firebird. As it is, my father will allow its use at strategic points in the summer, and I've taken it to some of the weekend shows like Ford Lake, the Downriver Cruise and some of the smaller ones. It's actually kind of fun to just drive around the subdivision too on a nice afternoon.
Although it is an unpopular event with a lot of locals, I do admit to having at least trolled the Dream Cruise in it once or twice, once with my son in the car, who thought it was odd that cars were so large and noisy at one point in history.
|1 week 6 days ago||Harbaugh Things...||
This is yet another example of Jim Harbaugh showing up in places where his presence may not be exactly intuitive, but I am sure his leadership would be appreciated and useful all the same. Also, as someone said, definitely another example of the practical end of "Leaders And Best" in action. Very cool indeed.
|1 week 6 days ago||Spirit Of The Rule...||
Actually, by the letter and spirit of the rule set out in the original FAQ for the board, any information about conference rivals / opponents or future opponents in general would be considered on topic. Considering that it is spring camp season for everyone except us basically as we've had ours, we'll probably see quite a few of these anyway, as is normal (if there is a normal around here, which is a different story - no shame in keeping the place delightfully weird either).
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||That Game...||
It would be fun to find specifics on this game, including who was on the alumni roster for Rutgers that day. The Rivals article from 2007 linked in the piece alluded to the fact that the starting QB for the alumni team had not thrown a pass in a game setting in a decade leading up to that day. It would be interesting to know if / how many NFL players were on that roster too.
That's kind of what makes that situation stand out from having current / recently retired NFL players from Michigan potentially play the current team. Imagine calling these same guys in 15 years, asking them to do this and then they win.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||About This...||
We actually just talked about it for about two minutes on "Wolverine Wanderings" - I really don't get it either, but it is interesting to see some small backlash, if that is what it is, from within the state of New Jersey. I very much doubt this changes things, but the statement was amusing. Part of the reason that it was amusing, of course, is that leading at Rutgers has the implication of a glorious 7-5 campaign....someday.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Quick Question...||
Does anyone know what constitutes the $263,000-ish subsidy on Michigan's line? I was curious as to where that came from even though it is a pretty small number (less than 1%) in comparison to the total spend.
Also, Rutgers and Maryland....I knew the % subsidy would be significant, but nearly 34% for Rutgers? Wow.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Second Look...||
“This affects a lot of people,” Harbaugh said. “You’re hearing a lot of voices talking about how it affects them, the players they coach or a family member of players at different universities talking about what Sound Mind Sound Body meant to them. That’s how they got an opportunity. I think you’re seeing and will see more and more evidence. If we can keep the topic in front of people, we’re for that.”
That has been the best way to fight all along, stoke the fire and let them know who is being hurt by the NCAA with such a decision. I am actually glad - shocked in a way -that they are willing to take a second look at it, although I am a little skeptical that the solution they come up with would be a "never mind" on the ban altogether. It would be nice if that was the ultimate effect though, that the ban lasted mere weeks and became a few paragraphs in the chronicles of NCAA ineptitude.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Crete...||
Yeah, that's definitely a problem, from what I hear - you need to get into that Heraklion pipeline or you are effectively shut out of the eastern Mediterranean. Why they haven't sent staff here is beyond me. Perhaps part of the duties of Jordan's replacement will be recruiting former Mycenean strongholds for talent.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Even At That...||
Meyer did make an interesting point, and it shouldn’t be taken as a shot on Jones. It’s common for someone to be intelligent and struggle with school. Jones has been outspoken in his criticism of the NCAA, and there was his infamous tweet about school.
While it is certainly true and we probably all know at least one person who is intelligent but perhaps not good in structured settings per se, it's still probably not the best look for a coach to say it - in quite that way - at the college level, especially about someone that you coached on your current team. Whatever his assessment of Jones' relative intelligence, this is definitely not something you want to throw out there as a quote because....yeah....it may not sound quite like you meant it, not to everyone.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Uh-Oh...||
I don't care about college hockey conference realignment
You may have opened a serious can of worms with this statement, knowing how this board goes. Prepare for this thread to descend into a 200-reply hell of which teams should be added and why, countered with another 150 or so replies of how much better the CCHA was. I hope you're happy.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hard To Believe...||
It's kind of hard to believe that tonight's second goal from the Wings was Zetterberg's first goal in the playoffs in almost two years. I really hadn't thought the drought for him was quite that long.
It is nice to see this get chippy too, as in the Red Wings will have none of that, thank you.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That Article...||
All I will say about that article is that I was very surprised to see Gary Busey AND Mickey Rourke on that list together. Separately, it might have made more sense, or if they were together on "Top 20 Celebrities Most Given To WTF Moments". I do agree on photo montage articles though - it's hard to fathom them quite honestly. As for this article, five wasn't too terrible, but still, point taken.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not Going Well...||
Thank You "Clemson Dan" /s
Yeah, it's technically old news.
It also saw itself reported just today by several outlets.
The thread, however, in part due to the old news aspect and in part due to numerous sidebars, was not going very well.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Point Removals...||
Although I am aware of what Brian said at one point regarding terrible posts, the interpretation I have been going with (because I can really, unless they tell me I can't) is that it is more for chronic offenders. We do have a few people who are simply bad at creating board content and don't care - those are the people I worry about. People who create a thread that doesn't go over well in isolation, particularly newer people, I don't worry about that so much. That's expected.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hold Up...||
Is it possible to get Bluetooth-compatible speakers hooked up to that TV? I am looking to get rid of a set and I am willing to get myself on the donor list somehow in lieu of the ability to donate ungodly sums of money to my alma mater.
Also, asking for a friend. That's the story I am sticking to here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
2018 Michigan potential 5 star commit Leonard Taylor seen donning OSU gear!
I'll put it like this - I don't know that we really need threads about prospective recruits that are, in some our cases, less than half our age wearing a rival team's gear. It just doesn't seem important somehow.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Already Posted...||
What has LaVall Jordan gotten himself into???
This was covered rather extensively yesterday, as I recall. Still, it is a weird, weird world that Jordan just walked into.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||On The Porch...||
We're out here on the porch as the sun sets and we're trying to enjoy the Tigers game as the kids burn off a little more energy. The two home runs given up by Verlander do not help in that regard honestly. I am really starting to wonder if we have indeed seen the best years of JV already. All the same, I am enjoying the Coca-Cola that I chilled before this game began.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I Don't Know...||
Oh, I don't know - the fact that July happens to be my birth month sort of salvages it for me, but yeah, it is a rather slow sports month, especially if you're not a baseball person. I happen to like baseball rather a lot, so that helps too. Still, it can be a grueling month on MGoBlog unless you enjoy discussing what you're reading right at that moment.
We do have Harbaugh moments hopefully upcoming, of course. He never sleeps, or so it seems.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yard Work...||
I have to finish raking out the dead stuff from a few beds and I will probably mow at least the portions of the yard which are dried out as well. Part of the problem when you back up to a marsh sometimes is that nature reclaims part of your property sometimes. There's also the splitting of some hastas to consider as some of them are now rather unwieldly when they grow out.
I do plan to spend considerable time outside goofing off too.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||SBNation's Article...||
The SBNation article does point out something about this that I do find interesting - LINK
But he's also someone who runs football camps and outreach programs for young athletes in the Palmetto State, and having him on staff at South Carolina while also being active in the community would station Lattimore with one foot in college football and another in prep football. And while the Marcus Lattimore Foundation is mostly interested in preventing and helping athletes cope with injuries, it does seem to provide financial support to potential recruits, so it's not hard to see how that alone could credibly create the "unfair recruiting advantage" the NCAA is against even if Lattimore were not putting on camps.
I think the idea is that he would have to give up the foundation and the prep football ties to work at South Carolina. That might be where the hang-up in actually hiring Lattimore might be.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Drinking Indeed...||
Well, we're not quite there yet, at least according to the results of my last echocardiogram. We're not there when it comes to getting the clearance to drink again, that is, but I am sure that my fellow MGoBrethren will pick up the slack for me. I may need to sneak a glass of wine later when my wife is not looking, for it is she that tries to keep my honest with these restrictions.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Perhaps...||
I would guess that perhaps it is for the same reason that I wish my yard was FieldTurf sometimes - it tends to work better with an unreliable Michigan spring, especially if you live in the middle of low area with bad drainage, which pretty much describes much of metropolitan Detroit and so on out to parts of Washtenaw County.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Buried In The Comments...||
Quotes from Gleitman's piece are buried in the comments. Among these:
I did ask him if he were to look around, what some of the schools he would be interested in:
"Michigan State, Wisconsin, Pitt, Virginia, Michigan, and Stanford", was his response.
I think we're rather set here, but it will be interesting to see where this kid ends up, the 4-star that OSU couldn't take on supposedly.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Just Maybe...||
“He’s creating some noise, as they say. You do that and maybe the recruits want to come play for you. I think he’s an excellent recruiter. And that has proven out, so look for Michigan to become one of the best teams in the country in the future.”
Maybe they want to come and play for you? I think that might be precisely the reason - at least in part - in the case of Jim Harbaugh.
I do like his optimism on this though - and coming from someone who is famous for having a different perspective on things, if you will, I would take it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About This...||
I still wonder a bit about why they would have gotten rid of Tomsula, to be honest. That is about as good as you were going to do in the immediate aftermath of how their relationship with Harbaugh came to an end and at least you also knew what you were getting, and indeed, that propensity to fart during pressers was symbolic of exactly what you were getting. To go out there and nab Kelly, who has no known history of untimely flatulence but has at least coached at a high level is a risk for this organization.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||About Sparky...||
I would think that playing under Sparky Anderson would have been interesting, if nothing else. There are numerous accounts, for example, of how hard he took losses and not so much in an unbecoming way, just that he would be very silent and visibly upset. I know Ernie Harwell used to walk the stadium with him and he would talk about how Sparky was a totally different person if the Tigers had won the night / day before as opposed to when they lost. I can only imagine then what 1989 was like on the inside for him when it was bad enough on the outside looking at the play that year.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wow....||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hooray For Yard Work...||
As this is supposed to be the first actual spring-like weekend we've had in the calendar season of spring, it's yard work and another season of wondering when my now 17-year old hand-me-down mower will finally do this:
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Texas Thing...||
In case you haven't heard, Texas is a gigantic state. Two of the biggest recruiting gold mines in the country are a four-hour drive away from San Marcos, and let's not even talk about the Herculean distances to get to prospects in east Texas, the Panhandle, or far west Texas.
It isn't even just a Sun Belt problem. The fact of the matter is that for a lot of schools in several conferences trying to get the best players you can get to come and play football for you means - eventually - confronting the state of Texas. Confining it to just the Sun Belt though, even though their conference representative voted for the ban, that's obviously not how they all feel and with great reason - again, Texas. Actually, Texas is one of the big reasons that I am amazed that no consultation occurred, and it really does seem like a snap decision indeed.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Song Selection...||
This is still less awkward than my choice of U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday", which apparently ruins the mood, hence its inclusion on the playlist only once. I mean, it's a great song but apparently not for certain moods, so I am told. I didn't see the problem, at least not right away but whatever. I changed it out with Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf"
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Terrible Thing...||
"I really looked at it as: Who’s really winning in this situation? If the NCAA is so much for the student-athletes, where does the student-athlete win in this? That was my biggest question, and I’m still looking for an answer for that one.”
The terrible thing is that they wil never answer his question, at least not in more than roundabout terms, and then never directly to him....if ever. That the NCAA can look itself in the mirror and even pretend they serve the interests of athletes - at least primarily - is laughable now. These athletes and staffs and even departments deserve so much better in the way of central governance.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Removed At OP's Request...||
This was the thread about blue endzones. Removed at the request of the OP.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||And Next...||
The 2008 Citrus Bowl is next - I actually went to this game, the end of Lloyd Carr's time at Michigan, the final game of so many players. Sometimes, the selection criteria for a classic on the Big Ten Network seems a little suspect, but I never have minded revisiting the odd Michigan game on occasion, especially games like bowls.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Endzones...||
In all honesty, I prefer the endzones just as they are - I don't know that there is a compelling reason to really change the field aesthetic, but at the same time, I don't wholly discount the look as I don't think it is terrible necessarily. I simply prefer the current appearance.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Lesson Here...||
I think the object lesson here is that the entire nation from its leader on down would rather just see Rutgers wallow in the cellar of the Big Ten because it is precisely where they should be, and I believe that - no matter your affiliations - we can be unified under the idea that Rutgers can take a long walk off a short pier.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Slow Clap...||
“For all our posturing and pompously parading around pretending everything’s about the student-athlete, we just cut out a whole bunch of opportunities for them and we’ve done it for no better reason than we’re jealously, selfishly trying to guard our recruiting areas or we’re too lazy to work the camps,”
*slow clap* I don't know if any coach in opposition other than Harbaugh has put it better. Well done, Mike Leach, and I hope he keeps on representing those opposed to the ban, as well as Washington State and his conference exactly like this.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I Don't Get It...||
"We've done them the last two years [in the Midwest], just the chance to get out and see more prospects. Me personally, I'd prefer it the way it just got passed today. In my opinion, I think camps should be done on your campus." - Kirk Ferentz
I don't understand this coming from Kirk Ferentz at all. I mean, among the schools in the Big Ten, you would think Iowa would be all about trying to get people to come to Iowa to play football because it takes a marketing campaign historically to get "Iowa City" onto someone's list as it is. This is a weird stance for him to take unless he - like others - just didn't want to earn that sizeable percentage of the national debt that Iowa owes him.
As for James Franklin, whatever. I didn't expect a better answer.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wiki Creation...||
Wiki creation is simple enough - we actually have several procedural manuals set up internally in that format for ease of use and for ease of updating too, so the format definitely has benefits. The enternal organizational question, of course, is who will own it and hold final editorial sway over it - I doubt the correct answer is the paid staff here, and the mods....well....we'd have to start getting paid to move to that level of kindness. I do rather like the idea though.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
In Ann Arbor, Brown faces a very different challenge than what he's seen before. While the chart above shows that his first year at a new school isn't usually overwhelming, he's taking over a defense left in a good position for the first time in his career.
I'll admit that this is what I am most curious about going into this coming season quite honestly, how does a really, really good unit get even better than it is. It is indeed a unique challenge unto itself anywhere you go to take on a high-performing team or unit and make them even better, and sometimes the changes are much less pronounced but make an even greater amount of difference. I am also really curious to see who looks as if they might start at each position (we won't know until basically the start of the first game, of course) as we head deep into August too.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...||
I'll embed Rappaport's tweet here for those who either can't see it in the OP or don't want so many tabs open. Apologies for the redundancy otherwise.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Even Better...||
RCA VideoDisc, man - my dad bought a player when they were on the market because he saw that as a forward thinking, not the sideways thinking that it really was. We had a Sony Betamax player / recorder too that had a programmable recording feature that for some reason worked fine for everyone but my dad too. Go figure.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The Chains...||
I think those chains need to come out for home games. It really only adds to the list of things that only Jim Harbaugh would do and it would be interesting to see who in the Big Ten decided that it was unbecoming of a coach to wear such things on the sideline. The possibilities of the Harbaugh era still astound and seem limitless, even when it comes to accessorizing.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This Was My Thought...||
This was my thought too - I have a feeling that he'd be by Johnson if something even skirting the edge of serious had happened, so hopefully it isn't more than a glancing blow if anything. Still, a forklift weighs a few tons and could do some very, very serious damage - if he did indeed have a run-in with one of any kind, here's hoping to a speedy recovery.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"By Golly"....||
"All I hear is it's about the student-athlete, well by golly it ought to be about the student-athlete, it ought to be about them having the opportunity to be evaluated and the parents not have to drive to 10 or 15 different universities in a two-year period to try to get their son evaluated,"
Tommy said "by golly" and got quoted? Nice.
While it is his opinion, he does do a decent job of summing up one of the core problems here. Accessibility was a very convenient and cost-effective aspect of these camps, not to mention the ability to visit with programs and - my word - have choices.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes Indeed...||
By contacting a football coach, who then alerted his players before police did, “that’s a big problem,” said Rob McGuire, a prominent former Nashville prosecutor who now serves as a criminal defense attorney.
I mean, I wish people would call me and let me know that I am potentially in trouble before they come and talk to me so I can bury what I need to bury and then say, "I have no idea what you're talking about" or "You'll have to prove that, I guess."
This makes both the police and the UT staff look really bad. I wonder even more how Butch Jones stays employed or finds future employment if things don't go his way here.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I Don't Doubt That...||
I don't doubt that honestly, and really to me, it seems like UCLA and USC - if they really wanted - would be the only two schools in that conference that would be possibly in favor of one in any scenario since they sit in the middle of the largest talent pool in the region. Everyone else except Stanford would likely benefit from them, and Stanford lives in its own weird world by design, so they are likely indifferent. That would be my guess anyway.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Jealous...||
I am pretty sure that my childhood is deeply jealous of these experiences - I think we had someone who could sort of draw well come to our class at that age and he showed us how to draw some comic book type stuff, but as far as I know, he never coached a football team or was a much-honored quarterback in the NFL. I kind of feel cheated in a way.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This Reminds Me...||
This reminds me that we're in crunch mode for the Star Trek timeline to actually take place - we've only got about 47 years until we're supposed to test the first warp engines and introduce the Vulcans to hard rock and another 20 or so after that until we start the first colony on an as-yet unspecified planet in the Alpha Centauri system. We need to get with it, folks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wait A Minute...||
Let's not be too harsh in our assessment of Swann's qualifications here. I mean, being the chair of the President's Council On Physical Fitness And Sports is a bonus, right? I mean, you are ostensibly charged with mentoring a lot of kids in ways of self-improvement through forms of exercise, right? It's the same thing, right? There's plenty of basis on which to judge Swann's ability to run a major athletic department based on that and two failed political campaigns.
Yeah, this is a hilarious hire and maybe not in a good way. Very USC to announce it on the same day as another major event in the Los Angeles area too - Kobe's last game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||At Lambeau....||
Isn't this going to be the first college game at Lambeau since the early 1980s? I think I remember something about how Fordham and some other small school played a benefit game there in 1983 or somewhere in that timeframe, but I think that might have been it for college games until now. I know that the stadium was meant originally Lambeau was meant for use by Green Bay high school teams as well, but that ceased long ago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||You Know...||
Harbaugh blasted Freeze in the SI piece, criticizing a coach who makes $5 million a year and living in a big house, “saying he does not want to sacrifice his time. That is not a kindred spirit to me.”
You know, if I were a coach and someone among my colleagues basically said that they didn't want to do everything that they should be doing in order to earn their very healthy salary, I might take some exception to that. That sounds a smidge like someone saying they only want to do so much and no more and I would be upset that such behavior was being rewarded by the NCAA. That's a little irksome and I don't fault Harbaugh for calling him out on that - it's merely amazing that Freeze could be bothered to take time away from his family to respond to criticism.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Good Article...||
"I really (liked the camps) because he came all the way down from Michigan to Prattville (Ala.) and just helped out a lot of kids get exposed and everything and offered a few kids," three-star safety J'Marick Woods -- an Alabama native, and now a Michigan commit -- told MLive this week. "He really helped out the state of Alabama because a lot of people went down there to get exposed."
It is the fact that recruits are saying this and Hrabaugh is out there advocating for this to happen that makes it a public relations win for him on all levels. That recruits are out there saying there not only demand for satellite camps, but that they really like the opportunity to visit with out-region programs and size up their choices nationally....that tells you much of what you need to know about how little the NCAA and the conferences that supported this ban were thinking of the children when it was voted on and enacted.
I wonder if that is how it begins to work in droves for Michigan and perhaps others, if they see that while the NCAA and some conferences may not care, Michigan (and by extension, the Big Ten for the most part) seems to care. It would be interesting to see if that level of disillusionment was a deciding factor in where at least a few kids went to play.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Very Sad...||
Like a lot of people on this blog, I grew up with Ernie and Paul on the radio with every game that WDIV (or PASS, for my father would not be without PASS) did not carry, or with every game broadcast when we were nowhere ner a television. So many incredible hours of Tigers baseball narrated by those two. This is a very sad evening indeed.
RIP, Paul Carey.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||About That...||
My wife has family on the near north side and the last time we visited, one of my morning walks took me past the intersection of State and Rush. That might be one of the few times in 12 years of marriage to date that I was pretty sure I was the only married person within a 2-3 block radius.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Start From The Beginning....||
We could start them from the beginning and set up SEC and ACC coaches with Telnet access to a mainframe which could imitate the responses from a typical recruit, then work them up to Compuserve accounts where they can actively browse forums for prospective recruits as well as badly drawn ASCII porn, with a smattering of offbeat requests for "someone who enjoys the works of Joyce and has their own scrub brush" thrown in for good measure. Ease them into what has become the Internet, you see.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That Last Point...||
Former UNLV men's basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian once cracked that the NCAA was so mad at Kentucky, it gave Cleveland State two more years of probation.
It would be even funnier if it weren't the frightening truth, of course. Using that paraphrase of Tarkanian's quote was actually a pretty good way to end this and summarize the point actually.
I really hope this does not stand and that the NCAA - for once in its very sorry existence - is forced to contemplate what it has actually done to thousands of kids. Just once, even it is to correct a major fuck-up.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Whatever, Mark...||
“That speaks to how many people are headed in that direction this year,” Dantonio said, “not just one specific university. That’s what everybody had on the docket. Everybody was on the docket for that, including us.”
Whatever. I was just a bit floored when he made his original comment for this very reason though - he was going to be part of the "abuse" with camps as well. To see Dantonio engage in a half-assed clarification of a statement that was clearly a jab is.....very Dantonio.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I Don't Know...||
Smart has attempted to downplay his role in the bill’s passing, telling a radio interviewer today that it’s “ridiculous” that it’s being called “Kirby’s Law.” “I had very little to do with that,” Smart said. But at the very least, he will happily reap the benefits of keeping public records private for that much longer.
I don't know that Smart should be so humble - he's only managed to advance and achieve something that some programs could only dream of, and that's making sure that a major transgression's public unveiling, if you will, is handled as his program and indeed his conference would prefer - in the middle of June during a 2 AM news dump.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Fulmer Cup Standings...||
Speaking of that, Tennessee is a solid 6th right now in the most current Fulmer Cup standings, although I think there are some things that are being egregiously underreported that would affect those results. In any case, they do need to step up the game here with only a few short months left until crunch time and the award presentations for the Cup.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||To Be Fair...||
To be fair, some have push-button phones now, but they still have the problem of having to wait until Old Man Johnson's wife is through using the party line for squawking about the goings-on next door. By the way, if you want Stan Ford's number, it happens to be Vermont-23943. Gotta dial the right exchange, after all.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That One...||
Yeah, that one eventually had to come down, but it was more because the OP was actually getting borderline abusive in his replies to the jokes of other people, not because of the jokes of other people. It would not be the first time where a thread - one badly conceived - went up and the OP became genuinely upset at the replies, but combine that with a hilariously bad premise and....yeah.....you get gold.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Not Sure Where This Is Going...||
OT: Standing vs. Sitting
I don't know if a thread about toilet habits is really a good idea or a good discussion generator, or rather, it probably won't generate discussion that many want to have in an open forum.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||If It Comes To That...||
Group of Five assistants could file an antitrust suit against the NCAA, the SEC, the ACC and all the other leagues that voted for the ban. Because lower-level coaches are paid to work the camps, they could claim these entities colluded to take away an opportunity for them to earn money that the entities would have paid to them without the ban.
You know, if it came to this, I would fully support the effort quite honestly. If the conferences that voted against it need to have their trees shaken to the point where they say "enough" through lawsuits, I am fine with that. I would love to see the Board Of Directors overturn it and everyone just move onwards, but that may be asking too much in the short term.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Interesting...||
The buyer's identity remained unclear late Thursday. It's possible the buyer is another speculator betting big, or it could be a clue that the Red Wings arena will be named after the Little Caesars pizza chain founded by team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch.
I would really rather it wasn't Little Caesar's Arena, if that's the case, so here's to hoping that a rumor and a domain acquisition is just that. There are plenty of companies just in Detroit alone whose names would lend themselves better to an arena if you want a corporate sponsorship, but I tend to agree with others that resurrecting "Olympia" would actually be a nice nod indeed.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||You Know....||
You know, I've always wondered just how well-connected this blog is in that regard - I know we've seen examples of MGoBloggers running into famous Wolverines and the like, but if you consider the next level - our families - I am curious as to whether or not there is someone an MGoBlogger knows or is related to in the news every day....like the OP's story.
Very cool indeed.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Abuse And Control...||
I guess if that quote was the extent of his comments, then I would be curious as to what exactly he thought was being abused, especially considering that he himself had tinkered with the idea of maybe having a few of these camps as well. I guess I see this as a weird reversal on his part and I would be very curious as to the reason.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||About This...||
Conceal under title "Purdue Recruiting Camp"
Wait, I thought this is what Indiana was already doing, then leading anyone they didn't want to an adjacent facility at "The Institute For Players Who Want To Be Evaluated By A Staff And Get Playing Time". Then again, if that is what was happening, it kind of worked sometimes. I mean, it's something.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Spot On Here...||
“I’m not worried about the high-level players because they’re going to find a way to get where they’ve got to get. I’m talking about … there’s a big chunk of players out there that deserve to play major college football. I hope they revisit it.”
Whether you like him or not, he's spot on here even if he's being rather political about his support (which is kind of how Meyer seems to play things). This needs to be revisited - and reversed - for the sake of a lot of kids who, while talented and deserving, will not get the requisite number of stars and will not get the offers that they might otherwise if coaches from other staffs cannot freely travel to camps to see them and vice versa.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||My Only Thing...||
I think the only thing that perturbs me about this is that it means I will have to wait htat much longer for my dream of the One Hour Martinizing Bowl to become a reality. I mean, the only argument that I have in favor of such a thing is that the uniforms could very well be spotless throughout the game, but I want to see this tribute to the ridiculous expansion of bowls come to fruition all the same.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Disconnect...||
This past weekend provided a telling window into the disconnect between those enacting the rules and those actually affected by the rules. Speaking with reporters that cover their teams, coaches like Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze, Tennessee's Butch Jones, Georgia's Kirby Smart -- all of whom were preparing to hold their own satellite camps if the vote went the other way -- lauded the Council's decision.
They made it painfully obvious that by the time you get to this level of management, if you will, there is precious little thought given to the students that are supposed to be supported by these committee and the NCAA. Clearly, the decision was driven by selfish political motives, not what is best for the athletes. That SEC schools were prepared to join the camp battle merely out of spite just in case is evidence as to how selfish the motives were.
He is correct though - there is a disconnect, and that disconnect just potentially shit on the dreams of a lot of kids. I hope the Board Of Directors can be made to realize that.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Programs For And Against...||
Frankly, there's very little vagueness in terms of what programs voted for and against satellite camps. Also, the general sentiment amoungst players was/is for the camps continuing (We all saw DJP's twitter post).
It would be interesting to see what the split might have been in the Pac-12 and Big XII in particular though. I tend to think that there were some very mixed opinions in these conferences, and indeed, we've seen that a couple of their schools rely on similar camps to a certain extent, like WSU did in order to better access the California talent pool.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||I Don't Think So...||
Maybe the NCAA doesn't respond to the overwhelming fan revulsion to this recent piece of legislation, but they'll have to espond if - as it seems to be already - it begins to create problems among student athletes, they'll have to listen or the NCAA will have very visibly failed at its own mission in a manner they cannot spin.
As we know, many prospective recruits rely on these camps to get exposure, and if there is nothing that they can visit to get that exposure, then some are reduced to the traditional nearby choices potentially, others may get offers they are unable to realize because they now cannot get to those locations, and so on down to some whose dreams of going to college may now be in limbo. If this is the case on any sort of scale, then anything to get the word out and get this reversed is not pointless at all. It's an attempt to actually help student-athletes, something the SEC and NCAA refuse to do apparently.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Voted...||
Done and done.
We have several employees who are either part of this or have done it and they have nothing but rave reviews of the organization behind Challenge Detroit, not to mention great experiences in a city where - despite what some may believe - great experiences can be had, including ones where you give of yourself.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Khalid Hill...||
Hill had some nice, choice words too. Well done on the part of these athletes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Great Story...||
Strangely enough, part of me thinks that even doing the odd youth camp like this is kind of a fun way to live just to one side of the satellite camp ban, one of many ways they could potentially troll the NCAA a bit.
In all seriousness though, it is cool to see the players get involved in this sort of thing and promote the University by giving back to, in this case, New Jersey football. Part of excelling off the field as well as on it, I would think.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Presentation...||
Reflection on JH comments on UM student-athlete academics
Feel free to disagree and present a case for this thread returning, but it seems like it got off on the wrong foot perhaps and then wandered off from there. That, and 18 downvotes and counting is not exactly a positive response.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||SEC Insecurity...||
If this were a mid-major coach setting up camps in Wyoming or Delaware, they wouldn’t be a blimp on the SEC’s radar. But this is Jim Harbaugh, one of the most recognizable figures in football — a coach who transformed Stanford into a Pac-12 power and the San Francisco 49ers into Super Bowl contenders — and is now thrusting Michigan back into the national spotlight. He's storming the SEC's backyard like the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
I know we've talked about it before, but it is still something I fully believe - if this is Akron or Marshall or some school on that level, the SEC chuckles to itself. That it is Michigan and Harbaugh and Harbaugh's abilities belies a deep, deep insecurity in the SEC that someone may just be able to bring them down a motch or two, and they are painfully aware Harbaugh probably can do it.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Very Tragic...||
Here's the ESPN story - LINK
Smith was shot multiple times, and his wife, Racquel, also 34, was shot twice in the right leg, according to police. Smith was pronounced dead at the scene, while his wife was taken to a hospital.
Good Morning, America just ran with some parts of the story too, and the 911 call indicated that Smith had been shot as many as six times in the chest. Unbelievable that someone could do that over something as trivial in the grand scheme as damage to an automobile, and incredibly tragic that someone died because an idiot couldn't handle their emotions.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Pizza, Beer And Weed...||
Now, to be fair, there is an argument that this should be a sport because there are a couple people that I've known for a very long time that, even though we all march on in years, still dominate the competition in this particular "sport". It's all good though.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You Know...||
“First of all, we were prepared. If it did go through, we had locations set up to be able to do that,” Jones said following the Vols’ scrimmage Saturday at Neyland Stadium. “But I still think, at the end of the day, you need to get players to campus.
You know, I can totally see Butch Jones saying something to the effect of, "We think these camps are a terrible idea, and just to show you how terrible they are, we're going to hold a few ourselves so you can see that nothing good happens. You'll see!"
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Interesting Article...||
The Big Ten has tried to get an early signing period through for some time now. The SEC doesn't want it. It hasn't happened. Remember those nine-game schedules? Yeah, the Big Ten agreed to get on board while the SEC refused. Remember that whole "we're not longer going to play FCS schools?" Again, the SEC opted out, the Big Ten watched.
I know we've had discussions on the board about these topics too, and Nick is right - these are other instances where it seemed like the upper management of our conference sat there and either took a beating that it didn't need to take or just didn't advocate as vigorously as it should have. It does start with the leadership of the conference and I am a bit tired of having to accept it quite honestly.
The coaches in the Big Ten may need to pick up this torch, but I wonder who would other than Harbaugh, who would find ways to make this work regardless.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Even Better...||
I am all for inviting Sankey and Emmert to the camp but giving them directions to the most recent incarnation of Leggs (or whatever it is called now), or indeed Henry The VIII in Inkster. We also need someone on site who can get photos of either of them enjoying the show, and then someone who will write the corresponsiding story for blogosphere consumption.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Exercise...||
I do walk / runs of varied length throughout the week, although I am slowly getting more into the running again now that I am cleared for some of the more strenuous things that I did before my little health scare. I also mix in strength training and yoga as well.
In fact, I was out just this morning - any dead skin I might have had before has been since seared away by the cold, and man, is it cold here in the downriver communities this morning.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||As For Me...||
If it's me, I tend to be in the camp of letting pitchers who have a good thing going - no-hitter, shutout, etc... - try to finish out the game or at least go as long as you believe they feasibly can. At the same time, I get that as a manager you might be a little conservative with a pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery until you get some idea of where he is and where his stuff is in an actual game situation. As someone said above, it's fairly arbitrary to care about no-hitters, and barely a week into the season, it's even more difficult to really care that much. I think the other thing that must cross your mind as a manager is whether or not he's just mowing hitters down or if they are working the count and driving up the pitch count - do you foresee 120 or 150 total pitches, things like that.
I won't condemn the decision, but it's a shame whenever you see a pitcher get pulled even when they are having an excellent game.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Only Natural...||
It is nice that this extends beyond football, and equally nice that the jug sits in Ann Arbor, for as we know, it is a Michigan resident and whenever it is rudely kidnapped by Minnesota, mail begins to collect, bills don't get paid and it is a general mess for the Jug when it is returned to its home.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||About This...||
I guess in the immediate aftermath of the short end of a 4-1 vote among Power 5 conferences, as was the situation here, all he may feel like doing publicly is shurgging his shoulders and saying that they made their case (he seems to imply that they advocated in favor) and move on in the short term. One thing I would like to see from the Big Ten - and it might not be from Delany - is the continuation of advocating for the camps and making their case to the public at large.
I still think Harbaugh finds ways to live on the edge even in the face of this, and I fully support that as a fan of a Big Ten school - it will be interesting to see what the reaction is. It will be even better to see the rest of the conference follow Jim's blueprint inasmuch as they can in protest, if they so choose.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Nice Article...||
When I was in Switzerland, I took on the Swiss sport of schwingen, which is basically a form of wrestling — a total-body exercise. In Italy, I was cycling 60–70 miles a day up the steep Italian Alps, which improved my overall endurance.
Schwingen is highly organized in Switzerland and some of the moves are very judo-esque, as I recall, so I bet that was quite the workout. At least it wasn't dodging the puck in Hornussen, which is also a national sport.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Opportunities...||
“Taking away satellite camps eliminates an opportunity for quality (student-athletes) to be trained, seen and advised by college coaches,” WSU linebackers coach Ken Wilson tweeted on Friday.
It also eliminates the opportunity for the student to go to places perhaps closer to home and still be seen by the programs that they might be interested in or have offers from, but then this is a ruling from an organization that has no track record of giving a shit about the people for which they supposedly exist to advocate.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Doubling Down...||
Banning satellite camps AND deregulating electronic communication in the same day? Yikes. Two huge whiffs that make even the most tone deaf person seem like they have feelings.
NCAA: Pro-Amateurism Ostensibly, Anti-Student Definitely.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Terrible Move...||
It seems like the wording basically (maybe inadvertantly, although this is the NCAA) torpedoes a lot of good things which go on around the country that Jim Harbaugh didn't start doing once he got to Michigan that also give kids an opportunity to perform in front of staffs that they normally might not have the resources to visit. That's a damn shame, and shame on the NCAA for making accessibility second to pandering to a whiny bitchy conference or two.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes Indeed....||
Friday is a perfect day for Opening Day....
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Can't Remember The Number...||
It wasn't overbearingly difficult, but it was definitely not easy and it is dry to the point where no matter how much I keep up with the subject it never comes up at a family function, but Neuropsychopharmacology, which I had with Terry Robinson, I believe, was a very dense course in the sense that I don't think you could have crammed more information into that...or onto the tests for that matter. Nightmares about things like acetylcholine inhibitors and their mechanisms to this day.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yikes....||
I remember his time with the Pistons back in the day (is the 1999-2000 NBA season "back in the day" now?), but you almost feel like asking him if there are any other teams that he can think of that he hasn't played for but would like to play for. That is some impressive travel around the world's leagues indeed.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Interesting Stuff...||
The third Ford-class carrier, the USS Enterprise (CVN 80), is set to begin construction in 2018, Stackley said.
The Star Trek fan in me always likes to see a ship called Enterprise in any fleet, real or fictional.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Embed For The Board...|
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Way Too Early Thoughts...||
It's a bit of a shame that Yale supposedly couldn't be bothered to come back in its role as the upset-minded #12 seed and that the NCAA Selection Committee had to go for Princeton at the 11th hour as the Ivy League replacement.
Also, look out for Vermont, man. I hear they matchup pretty well in a purely speculative sense against Michigan State.
Why Lunardi even bothers with these is beyond me.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Already Covered...||
There's already a thread going for the Masters - we can always bump that one if it gets desperate, of course.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Even Better Indicator...||
Perhaps an even better indicator - at least the measuring stick that I tend to use - is whether or not the media in the target region is reporting that it is official. In this particular instance, the stories that Jordan has in fact been hired at UW-Milwaukee are starting to break all over, well, Milwaukee, so yeah, we definitely have a vacancy now. I really liked Jordan actually - probably the one assistant I would least want to leave if I had a choice.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Probably...||
I know the question is in jest, but it would be actually kind of fun to watch someone break the season record, which I think is about 6 or 7 home runs. I think it was Dave Hansen in one of his stints with the Dodgers. Part of me wants to say the career record belongs to Matt Stairs - I could be wrong there.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Heard About This...||
This may or may not be the reason my wife is watching "The Force Awakens" on streaming as we speak. She is far more a Star Wars person than I am (resident Star Trek fan, in my case) and has been letting me know that the trailer for the new movie is coming out tomorrow for a couple hours now. Being the person that I am, I'll probably jump on the trailer and go see the film when it comes out all the same.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yikes...||
The Firebirds have been a flaming mess all season. In November, Nilsen fired the entire coaching staff because his son wasn’t getting enough playing time, only to re-hire them after the entire team quit in protest (including his son). In February—with the team sliding in the standings—he fired the entire coaching staff again, resulting in Nilsen and his handpicked coaching staff being suspended by the OHL.
I can only imagine what this guy's lemonade stand must have been like growing up. It probably involved the odd pitcher being thrown at neighbors who were unwilling to pay the steep prices demanded by Nilsen, usually a sign that someone may be a good candidate for courses at the Steinbrenner Institute For Sports Management.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Very Nice Indeed...||
In fact, Wheatley is currently listed as the primary recruiter for seven of the team's 11 pledges in the group. Four-star linebacker Josh Ross, four-star offensive lineman JaRaymond Hall and three-star running back Kurt Taylor are also Wheatley pledges
Wheatley is another reason that things can really only go up with the core staff that is now in place on the football team. I mean, Tyrone Wheatley can potentially show up at your door, for crying out loud, and while these kids were not around for his time at Michigan, that name means something, especially if you want to be an RB.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Cracker Barrel...||
I think that Cracker Barrel might be one of the few places where my wife can get a version (not a fantastic one at that) of her favorite sandwich - the Reuben - and I can get a garden salad and the two are nutritionally equivalent thanks to the things added to them. Actually, the salad might have more sodium than the sandwich, which with my current dietary arrangement means I should be eating the Reuben instead. Cracker Barrel is weird like that, and definitely not a favorite.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Here's The Video...||
This is the portion on transfers that was part of the MLive piece that just went up.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'll Save This...||
I think I will save this for tomorrow - I have a meeting about feature-length film...well....length that I really don't know that I want to be at, so this footage would be perfect. I can look as if I am involved in a deep, meaningful and information-filled exchange too and everyone should pay it little mind....unless I am asked a question, in which case I will feign ignorance.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Axis And Allies...||
Michigan is militant. It’s almost as if Harbaugh is playing “Axis & Allies” by himself and using every FBS school as a pawn. South Florida, Baylor and Iowa State are allies, of course, for teaming up in satellite camps. There’s a growing axis.
I actually laughed there because he wins even at this. He's made several precision strikes on various platforms that others simply do have have the equipment or ability to answer in a timely fashion, if indeed at all. It is incredible to watch as it unfolds too.