alternate headline: man does job
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Husband is a Spartan||
One thing that helps with M / MSU games (sort of), is the fan of the team that scored has to give some loving affection to the other (PG-rated guys, the game is still on). It's just a silly tradition, but it keeps either one of us from going too far with whooping and screaming when we're just watching the game at home.
After losses if he's being mopey, I ask if he wants to talk about it / vent about it. Usually gets the bad mood over with more quickly. He does similar things with me and it seems to work OK. The other thing I do (which is kind of an asshole move) is tease him that he really SHOULD be rooting for Iowa since his cousin plays for them. If an MSU / Iowa title game happens, it will be hilarious to see which way his 100% Spartan family goes. Is blood thicker than STAEE?
And as many have said, small children change the calculus significantly.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Advice from a bereaved parent||
Having lost my son last year, I feel like I have a reasonable perspective to share. I agree with much of the advice already stated, but will add (and reinforce):
- Anything that requires no response or work is a good thing. Cards, trinkets dropped off at the house, electronic messages, etc. are all fine. The family can choose how much (or if) they engage with any of this stuff.
- Not really a problem for those of us who aren't personal friends of the Carr family, but do not expect a response. It doesn't mean the gesture wasn't appreciated. (Of course, if you DO get some sort of response, be gracious.)
- Don't push your belief system. You don't know what their specific beliefs are re: death and dying, afterlife, miracles, etc. Also, these things sometimes change during times like this. Best to steer clear.
- Simple words of support are often the best. Be honest, and if you can be specific. If you talked about Chad and his story to your kids / friends / etc., share that. If you were inspired to donate or spread awareness, share that.
- DON'T ever say anything that starts with "at least"
- DON'T ever say "I couldn't go through this" or any variation on that theme.
- If you are inspired to send a gift to the family - gift cards are a good way to go about it. Food and Amazon are good if you want to do something besides donate to the Chad Tough Foundation.
- I love seeing my son's name random places. If you wrote #chadtough somewhere or somehow cool, a pic of that would probably go over well (on social media or in print with a card).
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Auditions||
When I was in high school, I had my heart set on being in a dance company. My parents were terrified I would skip college altogether, so tried to get me to audition for dance programs instead.
I thought about places like Barnard, USC, NYU... but application fees and whatnot (apathy?) kept me from really pursuing it.
I got dance auditions at Michigan and Western, and also applied to the corresponding LS&A program. I think I also auditioned for theater at Michigan just because. College art school auditions are really fun. Even if you don't think you'll get in, or aren't 100% serious about it, I'd encourage anyone to try it if they can. Time with the instructors, in the facilities, and seeing all the promo work is really something. James Earl Jones narration, ftw.
After I got accepted to Michigan's dance program (and LS&A honors), I skipped the Western audition and called it a day. Less than two years later I transferred out of both to Engineering, and that's really the day I remember. Having to do exit interviews from the LS&A honors office AND the dance office on the same day was... awful. It felt like breaking up with someone, "it's not you, it's me - I swear!" I felt guilty for maybe taking someone else's spot who would have finished those programs, and my dance advisor stopped talking to me once I joined dance team. It was very strange and melodramatic.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Competition||
Just to shed a little light...
NCA has been around since the 40s. National championships have been going on since the 80s. Michigan was involved in the 90s, took a break in the 00s, and apparently is back in the competition game (they also placed 2nd last year).
Dance teams are newer, and the competitions haven't been around as long. Michigan attended the UDA Nationals in January, and placed 12th in Hip Hop (didn't advance to finals in Jazz). Michigan's never won a Dance National Title (however, Minnesota dominates - so go Big Ten!).
As for sport vs. athletic competiton vs. whatever going on in this thread - who cares? The cheer and dance at Michigan, and the cheer / dance / mascots at other schools, use Nationals as a way to motivate and aspire to greater feats. Whether those feats are athletic, artistic, or a combination isn't really the point. Anyone striving for greatness under the maize and blue should have our support.
Supporting the other sports teams at Michigan is a big part of the spirit teams, but they also do things for themselves.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Pejoratives||
It's surprising to me how little people think. Slurs can be used for comic effect sure, but slurs against marginalized, persecuted, and shamed minorities are tacky and in extremely poor taste. When will we start using a slur for "educated white male" to describe things?
Oh wait, not surprised at all.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||That's me!||
7:22 on the first video - there I am, jumping like a maniac and screaming my head off.
My husband was on the field too - in the Spartan Marching Band. Needless to say our memories of that wonderful game differ quite a bit.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Women aren't sports fans?||
That's quite the generalization. Try telling that to anyone dealing with Red Wings marketing.
A short-term memory sports fan is a short-term memory sports fan, regardless of gender. It's just like anything else - the sports you obsess over and care about, you will tend to remember more details about. The sports you watch because they happen to be on TV - obviously much less likely to recall years later.
That being said - Jason Lezak, Michael Johnson, Marion Jones, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Rulon Gardner, are burned into my memory for one Olympic reason or another. And certainly not because I follow their sports every year.
The Fierce Five were favorites, so their team win lacked the underdog drama of something like Rulon Gardner, or Lezak's ridiculous final relay leg. There's still time in the all-around and event finals for some memorable storylines, but we shall see.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Junior||
It was my junior year. It was also the first game that Michigan Dance Team got to stand by the band for the whole game (instead of down by the away band).
|3 years 32 weeks ago||Men's & Women's||
I was at the trials, and Team USA for both men and women is looking pretty strong for medal contention.
Sam from U of M on the men's side, and Jordyn Wieber from Dewitt, MI on the women's side are both really exciting for (state of) Michigan gymnastics. There were a lot of collegiate athletes - it seemed like more than normal. Although they didn't make the squad, there were guys from Illinois, Ohio State, Berkeley, and Stanford (in addition to the beasts from Oklahoma).
If any of you have MGoKids in gymnastics, try to get them interested in pommel horse for men, and uneven bars for women. That is where we have been lagging, and they'll be trying to bring those events up for the young ones.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Memory books||
Didn't see this posted yet, but they have multiple books to remember a kid's first game (or any game, I guess). My 2-yr old nephew went last season for the first time, and they prepped him for it. Watching on TV, talking about what it would be like, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa were all there too.
They didn't want to jinx it by buying the book ahead of time because the one they had you can fill in the team names and score (and I think it says Michigan won! on the last page), but afterwards it was a cute reminder for him and will be a cool memento.
Here is an example:
|4 years 1 week ago||Amaizing.||
I too, prefer the brighter color - if only because it reduces the comparisons to "school bus color." So many stores when I was in school (including Ulrichs) had AWFUL orange-yellow shades that were absolutely terrible.
At least now the school bus variation is an obvious knock-off.
|4 years 1 week ago||Welcome week, one of my||
Welcome week, one of my teammates face-planted outside of Rick's and needed stitches. She did not get to perform at that Saturday's game.
Another friend stepped on broken glass at Rick's and ended up on crutches. They gave her tons of "skip the line / no cover" passes so she wouldn't sue.
I smell a pattern...
|4 years 1 week ago||In the minority||
I must be in the minority based on comments here and other outlets, but I HATE the "Imported from Detroit" slogan.
Imported does not mean "automatically sexy and better." And Detroit, contrary to the common belief here on the West Coast, is not in Canada or any other country. Goods made in Detroit are not imported, they are good old Amuuurrrrrcan cars.
Now, if we could disassociate the git-r-done, Amuuurrrrcan thing from domestic production, the whole thing would be more palatable. Luxury, fancy, whatever car, made here...by us.
// I am especially sensitive to the "Michigan is in Canada, right?" thing since *honestly* I have been asked that multiple times. These commercials do not help.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||SJSU misses the force.||
I was all ready to start making "May the Forcier be with you" T-s in the baby Michigan colors SJSU uses. It would've been fun to have a little mgostyle at grad school!
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I need a nap!||
TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT!
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Wishing I was in AA||
The ONLY THING that would make this better is the Jug!
I want to go back to Michigan, to dear Ann Arbor town...
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Come on Blue! I just stayed||
Come on Blue! I just stayed home by myself so I could watch this free of Sparty in-laws! I would prefer a complete Michigan domination smackdown so I don't have to get nervous. Thank you Blue, thank you seniors, thank you Hoke.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Ditto||
I am 100% for any kind of mod work that keeps any part of mgoblog less vulgar than the MSU boards my fiance leaves open on the computer. ::shudder::
ESPECIALLY when they are providing that service for free on a liveblog.
-- Better a witty fool than a foolish wit --
|4 years 18 weeks ago||My Sparty Story||
Yeah, so typically my fiance is bearable, but today he literally whipped out the "I currently make more money than you" card. Despite the fact that I took a career hit so we could be less geographically challenged.
Stay classy, Sparty.
|4 years 33 weeks ago||In my estimation...||
I always read it as "In my estimation..."
Funny how we invent things for ourselves.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Best. Halloween. Ever.||
I loved that game. I love that my celebration is forever frozen in highlight videos.
I loved having to explain how overtime works to the people on the field around me.
I loved hearing the deafening noise from the student section.
I loved gloating when people were complaining they left to get out of the cold and missed the Braylon show.
I love that there will probably never be a greater moment in this rivalry in my life time, and Blue is on the upside.
I love that when my future in-laws gloat about their Spartans, I can just play this game in my head and smile through the needling.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||208||
Let's GO BLUE
|5 years 11 weeks ago||Oh how I hate...||
the cement pants they were wearing.
the plethora of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties when they are winning.
Pryor lumbering down th field looking like that dude from the Goonies.
I could go on.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||w/ Sparty||
Is anyone else watching the MSU/NW game with a Sparty? Are you rooting for their happiness, or Northwestern onslaught?
|5 years 16 weeks ago||Being a healthy football fan||
This is the one week (until December) I can watch college fb w/out the specter of Michigan excitement / despondence / anxiety / ecstasy. No heart racing, just objective analysis and the ability to step away from the screen.
Is it next Saturday yet?
|5 years 20 weeks ago||MSU at Mascot Camp||
As many have said, that was MSU's fake Wolverine mascot. They brought it to camp in 2004 the last time I was at the same camp as Sparty, and had it act like a jerk all the time.
It would have been acceptable if they were just using it to give more people a chance to practice/learn with the big suit on, but to have it act lazy and mean in the skits they put on was a bit ridiculous. Camp is supposed to be big on learning and development, low on animosity, but I guess MSU didn't get the memo.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||Double post...sorry...||
All my apologies.
Rest in peace, Ron Kramer.
|5 years 22 weeks ago||RK||
Ron Kramer called my pops when he was in the hospital in 2000. Talked to him much longer than a normal courtesy call. A class act, that one.
|5 years 25 weeks ago||I'm so glad this post was||
I'm so glad this post was already going! A Spartan friend's parent recently called my father a Wal-Mart Wolverine because he didn't attend UofM. My friend corrected her, but used the reasoning that since he sent two kids there (my brother as well), he is OK.
But really, the fact that my brother and I attended UofM has NOTHING to do with the level of my father's loyalty to the University. He's loved Michigan since he was a kid, idolizes Bo, has had season tickets since the mid-70s, and would go to the high school football field to re-enact missed field goal attempts that lost us the game to try to understand. He is devoted, and he went to Oakland. If times, finances, and opportunities were different, he might very well have gone to UofM. Things don't always work out that way.
Will I heckle you for being to quiet? Yes. Will I berate you for being fairweather? Most definitely. Will I point out bad sportsmanship? You bet. I guess my main point is, I hope I am never so arrogant that I make assumptions and claims on the validity of other fans.
|5 years 26 weeks ago||If the tailgate idea gains steam...||
You could probably get some ancillary sports groups to participate. Band, cheer, and dance are pretty good about making appearances when asked, and some of the lesser-publicized teams would probably be game for participating in some way (roller hockey demonstration in the parking lot?). I mean there's the holy grail of getting Red to stop by or something, but nothing should stop the organizers from asking around.
It could be a *really* cool event for Michigan faithful.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||KState||
I can't speak to the rivalry that may or may not exist b/w KState and Nebraska, but I can comment on the low-class fans.
I went to the season opener at KState last year, with another UM alum (proudly sporting maize and blue, of course). We were heckled SO badly, and not even with anything witty or on point. Just general "Michigan sucks!" shenanigans and much more physically in-your-face than usual heckling. I think things may have been thrown at us as well.
It was weird.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||me too!||
I must put in a good word for Wisconsin fans here. They were AWESOME at the bar scene that night. After losing in such fashion, they were still full of Badger pride - classy and die-hard.
We had a battle of school songs, which was about as epic as the game itself.
(Wisconsin fans were ALSO awesome when we lost at Camp Randall in 2005. So really, Badger fans rock, all the way around. If you don't have a 2nd favorite B10 team, you should.)
|5 years 30 weeks ago||perchance?||
Maybe he's making a statement with the 5-way tie. Something like, "preseason rankings like this are ridiculous and a complete crapshoot, BWAH HA HA."
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Bonus!||
My favorite part was the bonus Hoosier fact. For some reason*, I can't help but root for the Hoosiers a little.
*We haven't lost to them lately.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||why not?||
Why won't you say their lives were saved? Sounds like the team intervened in a dire situation with their skills and knowledge. Also sounds exactly what I would term "saving lives."
Go Blue! And Go MGoLurker's family!
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Bad Joojoo||
Give it to a Buckeye. That thing is cursed.
Better yet - trick Pryor into eating it, then the joojoo will become part of him.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Curious||
What plays into hospital rankings? Maybe you know (OP)?
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Gold Star!||
Helmet stickers just make me think of those boards in elementary school with everyone's name, and a row for stickers. When you did something good, or actually showed up, you got a sticker. OMG yay.
College-aged people should not be motivated by stickers. Motivate them in other ways, like in team meetings.
P.S. They're ratbag ugly.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Happiness is...||
+1 to you.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||Thank you, Coach Carr||
and wherever you go, GO BLUE!
Michigan is like family, and while I may have criticized Coach Carr over the years, I also smacked (literally and figuratively) anyone outside the fold who insulted him. Carr carried himself with humility and commitment as the Michigan coach, and for that I will always be grateful.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||size obsession much?||
Don't forget, the Stanley Cup started as just that, a cup:
It's growth has been over 100+ years, creating what we now know and love. The tradition and legacy of the Cup are what make it sooooo cool, which is manifested in the design.
The best trophies are the ones with history (like the jug). The rest are just something to hold when celebrating victory.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Agreed||
Ricks is HIDEOUS, and lame. However, it gets the job done wrt undergrad dancefloor shenanigans.
Its hideousness and lameness are the exact reasons to NEVER wait in that line, especially when it's sub-40.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Complacency?||
Wrong word, dude.
RR couldn't have responded better to the humble question. I'm sick of being 'humbled' too! I'm ready to take over the B10, I'm ready to feed OSU dirt every down, I'm ready to take away MSU's winning streak, I'm ready to beat bottom feeders by 3 TDs, I'm ready to instill fear in every team we face, I'm ready to return to the BCS, and I'm ready to sing the alma mater at the end of the game with a smile on my face instead of a stiff upper lip.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||reasons to get to Rick's before midnight||
1) no line
2) servers can see/hear you - so you're set before the crowds come and can dance party w/out screaming for more
3) photo hunt
|5 years 31 weeks ago||disappointed||
Scanning through the right side of my window, I thought I read "worldwide leader in ass-kicking"
|5 years 31 weeks ago||Sound at field level||
Sound in the stands and sound on the field are VERY different. For the 2003-2005 seasons, the ONLY game that I even noticed loudness from the stadium (besides singing along with the band) was the 2004 MSU game 4th quarter and OT.
It sounds a lot louder in the stands than in the hole that Yost dug.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||sound waves||
Also, think about how out of sync everyone's "Hail" fists are when the band plays. You don't notice the sound, because it's all coming from the MMB.
Imagine the song being played out of sync like the singing and the visual hailing...oh man, it would be like a sound a sci-fi movies uses to incapacitate people.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||he/she||
il t'a fait pleurer, oui?
c'est un film.
|5 years 31 weeks ago||MDen love, statewide||
I even got a Spartan alum to see the greatness that is M Den. We stopped in trying to find gifts for my family, and he ended up getting Xmas gifts for his brother, sister-in-law, and little sister. Even a jersey for himself.
Luckily, they only had M boxes!
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Gay = Cool||
And the Spartans are not cool...
|5 years 32 weeks ago||The French CAN do war...films||
I won't Top 5 since most of the greats are already mentioned, but I had to put a plug in for "A Very Long Engagement."
It was much better than I expected, and Jodie Foster speaking perfect French is just...awesome. The self-mutilation aspect the film starts with is definitely an angle I don't often see in war stories.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Section 11||
There's a LOT of visiting fans...which is a curse or a blessing. But, I'm always yelling!
Nothing like the field though, such a different and AWESOME way to enjoy a game. I had to watch it at home later though to actually see what happened...otherwise I had no place arguing calls, personnel choices, etc.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||PINK||
I HATE the VS college lines. Until they make something in the proper colors (Michigan is NOT blue and gold) and without the giant PINK crap on it, I will not purchase.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Touche||
|5 years 32 weeks ago||knit||
I knit myself a maize and blue sweater. Most of the Michigan stuff you can buy isn't suitable for work...but this is!
|5 years 32 weeks ago||You might need multiple cars...||
...which means multiple fees. I can't imagine many of the places being comfortable for 30+ people with only one car. Make friends with the Marching Band families? They seem to have a good amount of space over at Elbel.
The golf course is pretty expensive, and will take FOREVER to get out. There are many places around there that will let you tailgate (for a fee, of course).
I know when I've visited family friends from away teams they tend to be at nearby church parking lots. This is probably cheaper, easier to get out at the end of the day, and they have indoor bathrooms. The tailgate I usually attend is at Pioneer, but has similar issues as the golf course.
I suggest calling around some of the nearby churches. Or, you could send scouts to the first couple games to walk around and interview tailgaters on why they are where they are.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||fine dining experiences||
My entire party and I (5 of us) got to tour the entire Bayless empire last summer. Mainly because we did the tasting menu at Topolo starting at 9:30pm and were the last patrons in there. The art in those restaurants is really fantastic.
We also saw the kitchens, offices, the backup set for Rick's TV show, wine cellar, pantry, and a still-under-construction XOCO.
Foodie food can be very expensive, but if you pick the right places you can really get an experience out of it. Be prepared to drop some significant $ on the fancier Chicago places, but you'll get your money's worth. Much better than going to a high class place trying to penny pinch.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Ethiopian||
I actually like Demera better than ED. Demera is probably one of the ones you call near to it on Broadway.
(They have a killer lunch special, if you don't want to commit to a full dinner)
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Gym rats||
I'm not sure why people are focusing so much on gym quality. IIRC, as a student I had access to all the rec sports buildings and the machines within them included with tuition. That's a pretty good deal, even if they aren't state of the art.
I didn't realize that in addition to providing excellent academic resources and inspirational faculty, U of M also has the responsibility to help you get sexy in style.
Is it a nice benefit? Yes. But it is not (and should not) be top priority for the U, or for students.*
*OK maybe Kines students.
|5 years 32 weeks ago||Christ?||
I think it's funny that 'Christ' is the go-to basketball coach. Where has he succeeded before? And with what type of talent?
|5 years 32 weeks ago||or the politicking?||
It seems a fair number of mgofans blame the sentimental "Osborne deserves it" argument as much as the 1 vote putting us #4 (::coughfulmercough::) or the 2 votes putting us #3.
Is it OK to blame Nebraska? With respect to conference animosity, YES!
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Who is worse - Freep or Sun Times?||
Apparently the Chicago Sun-Times took the bait too. They didn't outright say Stanford won the whole race, just that they won the Final Stage (they got 2nd). Oddly they had a picture of the Michigan team, without any mention of them in the article.
My favorite bit:
Right...the race only existed to support the Naperville Sustainability Challenge? I imagine it's more likely that since the race happened to end in Naperville, they took the opportunity to throw an energy fair.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||FermiLab||
I believe it's FermiLab...
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Mom & Dad||
I was lucky to have two parents who enjoyed competing with my brother and me. They didn't "let us win," and neither did my grandparents (card sharks!). They did sometimes change the rules though, so we could compete when we were very young.
My dad built an ice rink in the back yard most winters, and we had chicken wire goals. My dad would be one team, and me and my brother the other. We were probably 6 and 9 or 7 and 10. He got to play full out without letting us win, and it was still competitive when we were tiny.
My mom was more of a word and strategy game person, and we had different rules for different games. For example, she would kill everyone in Boggle, so before I was in my teens I got to double my score. She'd still win most of the time, and once I got to be 12/13 I started winning more often - BAM - back to single scoring so I had to keep getting better.
I like that strategy, and plan to use it with my kids.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||"South Pacific"||
Why is it in quotes? Was it the cast of the musical?
|5 years 33 weeks ago||I did too!||
Stern and authoritative.
Although once I read it...so? Was it that he wasn't a savior-player, and he acted like talented teenagers usually do? I thought that was common knowledge, and don't really see how it applies here. It's still a bummer when a kid who had a great opportunity spirals like this.
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Sopel||
Sopel is definitely a class guy this week!
(and yes, that is the same Sobotka family tree)
|5 years 33 weeks ago||Spirit Teams||
Universities treat spirit teams (cheer, dance, mascots) very differently across the Big Ten, and across the country. They can be varsity, club varsity, or club teams - this, of course, greatly affects how the teams are funded. For example - when I was in school, Michigan and Ohio State were the only two Big Ten schools that did not customarily send their Dance Team to the bowl game.
I also remember when I was in school (early-mid 2000s), applying for "varsity" designation had more to do with Title IX (and having a corresponding sport) than if spirit teams were "a sport" at all. Cheer is co-ed, so they can kind of do whatever they want, whereas Dance Teams are usually all women (although there is no rule - there are men on some college teams).
With varsity status comes a lot more regulation, and different schools/teams handle that differently. At Michigan, at the time, we decided the benefits didn't outweigh the additional responsibilities. I believe Michigan State's Dance Team (formerly Motion) has a very tight relationship with the Athletic Dept, and might be pursuing Varsity status if they don't already have it.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||John Kennedy Toole||
A Confederacy of Dunces
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Staggering||
Oh I hated A Heartbreaking Work... it took me a good year to finally have the patience/will power to get through it. I had already read How We Are Hungry and got so excited for a full length novel.
Turns out, I can only stomach his style for short narratives.
I know and respect a lot of people who love it, just not my cup of tea. (Which is weird, because I read and love most everything. Except A Place of Hiding by Elizabeth George. That was the first book I hated so much I gave it away.)
|5 years 34 weeks ago||right...||
/no sarcasm = I was totally serious.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||request||
Love it! Can you also try to make the mid-field M laughably large? I want to be able to read it from a plane.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Just a couple||
Easy summer reads:
Thank You for Smoking (Buckley)
The Pleasure of My Company (Martin)
A little heavier, but still awesome:
Anything by David Sedaris
Anything by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion is quite thorough)
|5 years 34 weeks ago||my 2 cents||
Anyone know the etymology of "You Suck" becoming an insult? I've seen a couple theories, mostly a shortening/bastardization of "sucking eggs," and the more prominent "you perform oral sex often" contingent.
In that context, I try not to use it as an insult myself, because oral sex is OK in my book, and I don't want to discourage willing participants by using to degrade people. Can't say I always succeed as it's pretty ingrained, but I try.
And thus, don't participate in the new, oh-so-witty lyrics. Maybe some of the students can start just bah-bah-bah'ing along with the band or something? That would mellow out the words, but keep the noise.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Solar Car for life||
I stop and see the '93 car every time I stop in the Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)! It makes me so proud to be Maize, Blue, & Geek.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Oh Blue||
Nothing helps a blue day like ridiculous Blue stuff!
Thanks for that giggle!
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Bridge city||
I think the new logo is supposed to be the Bay Bridge, which connects Oakland to SF.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||SF?||
Why is the secondary logo 'SF?' Aren't the Warriors much, much more in Oakland than in San Fran? Or did they change arenas?
|5 years 34 weeks ago||Motives||
Part of me is optimistic and hope he (and everyone else) does this kind of thing out of the goodness of his heart.
The other part of me doesn't really care why he's doing it, as long as he's doing it and the kids get something out of it. The only way I would really care about his motives, is if they affected how he acted with them (i.e. mugging for a picture then hightailing it out of there with the kid asking a question about 4th down decisions).
|5 years 34 weeks ago||???||
I think your post is better titled with NO focus on rivalries.
In the current league reality, Michigan would have two protected rivalries with the other division? Basically never playing anyone else from the other division? Gross.
Swap Michigan for Penn State and jump on the bandwagon with (almost) everybody else.
|5 years 34 weeks ago||MSU perspective||
The Spartans in my life believe completely that this was the last NBA offer Izzo would entertain. He was making the decision "for life" to either try the NBA, or stay a career college coach. That's their explanation for why he flirted with it so long, it was bigger than the Cavs job, it was "now or never."
Is that true? No idea. I wouldn't be surprised, though.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||My head hurts||
I generally like the split-by-power division plan you've got here, but Wisc/Minn/Iowa in three separate pods? That's a pretty blatant major rival split, and I'm not sure you could fix it with the one protected game each scenario.
As nicely as it works out for the Big 4, I like that the Big Ten has traditionally done what's best for the league as a whole, not just catering to the biggest dogs.
Unless you had a plan in there somewhere? Because cthulu knows I don't have the attention span to figure it out right now. Time for that beer...
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Paint||
I just want to see the label art - unless that was already taken care of?
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Rites / Rights||
Anyone have better pictures?
|5 years 35 weeks ago||No offense meant to Martin...||
It seems my comment came off a little harsher than I intended. I didn't mean to diminish what Bill Martin did for our program, but I also don't think he has the skill set Brandon has shown to guide us through the current situation.
Martin did a fine job when he was A.D., and that is appreciated. However, his retirement timing couldn't have been much better to have Brandon in place at this moment.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||nightmares||
I had a dream last night that Bill Martin was still AD. ::shudder::
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I could really use a wish right now||
I want...United flight 54 to be on time, the traffic in Chicago not to be unbearable (Hawks rally), and I want it not to rain too much this weekend.
And - UT to the B10, ND left out in the cold. Just for the giggles.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Big 8 = never again||
I can't see any new conference that wants to compete in the BCS not having the 12 teams needed for a championship game.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Kudos and Appreciation||
That was awesome. I have always taken the view that growing up a sports fan in Detroit is unlike anywhere else.
- I went to Meijer at 2am after the Wings won the cup after the drought to get my swag (and after watching all the aired locker room celebrations and post game coverage - we taped while we went shopping)
- I heard my dad talk about listening to Red Wings games on the radio in the 60s.
- Who else gets a million people for a celebration parade? And everyone sticks around for random speeches?
- I ran the bases at Tiger Stadium
- I knew people who performed in the Lions Thanksgiving halftime show and screamed when they got TV time (my parents didn't let me audition - gotta have family time!)
- One of the big high school dance team competitions lets the champion perform at halftime of a Pistons game - this is considered a HUGE honor.
- I've been going to Michigan games since I could walk, and I taught my pops how it was incorrect to say "Bi-a-ka-ta-bu-ka"
- I've been on the field at U of M and MSU during games. It's unlike any other.
I can't imagine another city that would have given me all of those memories. And I can't imagine it meaning so much to me or my folks without the history.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||mmmmmmedia||
I think it has more to do with the fact that he's been in our face the last few months in general. Elite talent may be WHY he has been in our minds, but it isn't automatically why people are annoyed. Admittedly, if he wasn't in the sports news headlines all off-season for other reasons, it probably wouldn't get as much attention.
Maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but I didn't hear nearly enough random stuff about Adrian Witty, and thus wasn't as informed about his situation. If it was the same, still big shame on the University Admissions / Athletic Department communication fails.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||Good idea||
My worries are...
1) Like it or not, Demar Dorsey has more downside than Betty White and/or maintaining the status quo re: logos. Might be harder to get the massive numbers they did.
2) I have little belief the Admissions Office knows what facebook is, let alone will listen to it. Betty White herself called it a "colossal waste of time" or some such.
3) It might be too late...
On the other hand, what have we got to lose? I'm in.
|5 years 35 weeks ago||I hope you're right...||
That would be a fantastic swing, but I have a hard time believing the athletic department can get their act together in efficient fashion. A dysfunctional group is a dysfunctional group, and I think it's going to take Brandon a little longer than a few months to sort through the rot.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Mike Garrett (I hope):||
Mike Garrett (I hope):
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Travel rabble||
The big varsity teams usually get assistance and understanding from their professors, at least when I was there (mid 00s). Also courseload is something to take into account - most of these guys/gals aren't taking 18 credits during the season. The new athletic academic center is a big help too, I'm sure.
The student athletes who really suffer the travel curse are club varsity and club teams. You don't get as much leeway with those, but sometimes still have rigorous travel requirements.
I'm not trying to say being a varsity student athlete is a cakewalk, but they do get opportunities that balance out any hardships due to practice times and travel requirements.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Guarantees||
That's an interesting premise. What about team dismissals? They're usually so vague - undisclosed team rule violations and whatnot. Does an offer give you the chance to just slack off and bum around AA?
I don't think that's what you're suggesting, but I also think it would have to be a little more complicated than a straight up guarantee.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||The West Wing||
I always think of him as CJ Cregg's bodyguard/love interest from the West Wing. He was a silver fox for me, then my pops explained his whole Tom-Harmon's-son story. He claims Mark went to UCLA and not Michigan partly because he didn't want to forever be in his father's shadow - I have no supporting evidence for this.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||the offspring||
Does anyone else find excuses to talk about Tom Harmon whenever they watch NCIS?
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Sparty||
My MSU alum friends despise being called "Sparty" during coverage. I thought it was kind fo fun, but they find it demeaning and want to be called "Michigan State."
I guess it happens to everyone?
|5 years 36 weeks ago||It's all relative...||
...and regional. If you're out of Michigan, then UofM can mean any number of schools - Minnesota, Memphis, etc. The UM vs. UofM did get me thinking, and per the ever-scientific google searches:
1. Miami, 2. Michigan
U of M:
1. Michigan, 2. Minnesota
When I'm away from Ann Arbor, and especially away from the midwest, I revert to UMich or something like that, to ensure I'm not mistaken for a gopher.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||whiskers on kittens||
+1 for any Sound of Music reference.
|5 years 36 weeks ago||Mason jar happiness||
The one place I was really excited to go when I turned 21, was Dominick's. And it's one that never disappoints. I'm not even ashamed to say my family came to Dominick's instead of going to my Big House graduation (we did attend the Eng one in Crisler).
|5 years 37 weeks ago||Once a Gilmore...||
I saw that episode on ABC Family not too long after football season. I had to refrain from throwing my remote.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||mmmm||
|5 years 37 weeks ago||MGoWiki||
I hope that stays up for weeks! Kudos to the editor.
|5 years 37 weeks ago||It would certainly be a way||
It would certainly be a way for Rosenberg to show he's a Michigan Man after all; owning up and taking the heat.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||It all boils down to...||
...the general public being obsessed with Michigan ;)
It really was inevitable with the "winning the right way" and "Michigan men" dogma. When a sanction eventually comes down, we'll have to suffer through the nya-nya's and pride go(eth) before the fall's.
It's all up to Mr. Brandon! I must admit, I feel a lot better than if Martin was still AD...
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Michael is stuck on the island||
I didn't see that anyone responded with where Michael is, sorry if I missed it.
Michael is stuck on the island forever as penance for killing Anna Lucia & Libby, and unable to forgive himself / be forgiven for it. He "whispers" to others on the island now. We saw that in a previous episode this season, when he talks to Hurley.
As far as Walt goes, it's an easy explanation that the island didn't mean to him what it meant to everyone else. Maybe he met up with other people from a later time in his life for his "moving on?"
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Epilogue?||
After letting it settle, I'm OK with the ending.
My biggest wish is for a little more of an epilogue for the surviving characters. We got a little with Hurley and Ben's friendship (and assumed successful protectorship), but what of the rest? A montage or a few comments could've easily covered what happened to Claire/Aaron, Kate, Sawyer, Lapidus, Jin Hua (Sun & Jin's daughter), Miles, and Richard.
Speaking of, how does Richard assimilate back into a world where he's been missing for ~150 years? Wouldn't it have been cool if he assumed someone's identity? "Hi, I'm Jack Shephard..." Again, something that could've been resolved quickly and interestingly.
I'm a little unnerved that Eloise is the one (besides Ben) refusing to move on. She was the high priestess of all things island, doesn't seem like she'd be one to sit around in limbo. To me, anyway.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Gulari||
Erdogan Gulari (best name ever) was always out of the country, but cool for taking us to Dominick's.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Reeves house love||
I'm still pals with a 4th Reeves. Having no cell service really makes you bond. At least your floor wasn't the one that stole all our lounge furniture.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Ron Kramer||
I can't believe he hasn't been mentioned as one of the good guys yet! Ron Kramer called my dad when he was recuperating from neurosurgery just to talk. Granted, my cousin who knows him asked him to, but still! It wasn't just a "hi, I'm Ron Kramer, get well soon, bye" kind of phone call either, and I know my pops really appreciated it.
My dad also got to meet Bo when we were backstage at a TV station, Bo was a guest on another show. We have a huge framed picture from that day, circa 1990.
Lastly, Jeff Tambellini seemed like a good guy. He dated a friend of mine, and treated her well.
I don't know if it's good or bad, but the bball players smell much worse than the football players during games. Maybe it has to do with indoors/outdoors, but wow!
|5 years 38 weeks ago||ChemE love||
Unfortunately, I never got to take a class with Fogler - wrong semesters or something.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I (maybe) kicked him kind of||
I (maybe) kicked him kind of down the side, if that makes sense. It wasn't a direct dong-kick or anything like that. More like, I'm going to kick here, whether you are in my space or not.
I'm trying to overcome it b/c no one else in the office thought it was funny when I put the buckeye my boss gave me in a zip lock bag, ran over it, and proudly displayed the shards in my cubicle.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||3rd Reeves||
Apparently it's a Markley class of '06 party on here!
I'm a 4, sibling of another 4, daughter of two 5's. Wish I was a 2 again if only so I could be on the field for every home game again. Ah, the perks.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||chick on the side||
- I threw up during the 2007 Oregon game because I was so angry.
- I was flying to Vegas during The Horror, and caught the end of it at a sports book, with an MSU alum. Now that's punishment for missing a game.
- When I was still in school, I flew to visit my (x)boyfriend instead of going to the 2005 home game against Penn State (I still feel guilty).
- I may or may not have kicked a member of the MSU media during the 2004 game while on the field.
- I may or may not have grabbed some maize ass after rushing the field after whipping OSU in 2003.
- I root for MSU whenever they don't play us. This is partially because I like the state of Michigan, partially because my boyfriend and his family are all MSU alums - and crazy fans. They do not return this favor and forever give me crap about UM. They cross the line sometimes.
- I even wear MSU garb when I go to games in East Lansing, HOWEVA I always have a UM temporary tat visible.
- I instinctively think less of people I meet from tOSU. I'm trying to overcome it.
|5 years 38 weeks ago||I can only hope...||
...that the LOST writers have imaginations as good as those posting on forums. Does anyone wonder if they scoured the internets for ideas on how to wrap up?
|5 years 38 weeks ago||Originals||
Night of the Living Dead is pure genius, and the original The Haunting from the 60s.
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Is your man card revoked if...||
a Wolverine is a contestant?
|5 years 39 weeks ago||Non-Revenue Sports||
I love seeing some recognition for the non-revenue sports. Non-Revenue varsity & club sports make the University such an awesome place to be an athlete, or enjoy athletic events. It's tougher to keep track of them when you leave A2, so thanks for the update!
|5 years 39 weeks ago||A day late...||
Generically - yes. They certainly popularized the look, if it wasn't their own fashion genius that thought of it.