this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
|37 weeks 6 days ago||He is an excellent coach||
But also a galactically huge asshat.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Yale Van Dyne||
But if not him, then Tom Harmon with Denard a close second.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||A very talented NFL player with a WWE-size personality||
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Is He Related To Erin Moran?||
Is he related to Erin Moran, America's Sweetheart from Happy Days?!!
|1 year 29 weeks ago||No, because of these animals||
And also, because Buckeye tears are delicious.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||I was simply||
I was simply channeling my inner mgobleu...and a Happy New Year to you my eskimo/hive mind brother.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||For a few reasons||
Speaking for myself, I dislike Dantonio for a few reasons. Firstly, and viscerally, he has acted like a Galactically Huge Ass Hat for the past few years. From his "where's the threat" comments to his actions at the HS Football event when he was a D-bag to Coach Heck, his words and deeds have been, at best, disrespectful towards the University, its players, and the coaches.
I think more rationally, my dislike stems from a little bit of jealousy, as he has done much more, with a lot less, over the past few years. He has shown to be a defensive mastermind as well as a highly accomplished recruiter, eschewing star rankings and focusing more on developing players.
With that said, he has seemed to soften a bit over the past year or so. When MSU players were tweeting nonsense during the Alabama fiasco last year, he came down on them publicly. After we (finally) beat them, he was relatively gracious and joked that he was glad that he wouldn't have to face Denard again. And this year, after the beatdown, he even voiced a bit of support for Hoke in the wake of the "fire Hoke" firestorm that was to come. I think he secretly loves every minute of our struggles, but he has tapered his comments a little, at leat publicly.
So, in short, he's a great coach and a douche nozzle all rolled into one grumpy looking package.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Seattle coverage||
I took at look at Xfinity/Comcast's online schedule in Seattle and it looks like it is the Texas game. I hope that will change, but if not, does anyone know of any "unofficial" streaming sites that are good? I'm living in corporate housing and am stuck with basic cable, so my options are limited.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||A guy walks into the doctor's office...||
with a duck on his head. The doctor asks "What happened?" The duck says, "It started out with a bump on my ass."
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Met Ty Law in the Bahamas||
It was many years ago, when had just joined the NFL and before he had made a name for himself as a pro. I'm not sure why I recognized him, but I did, and I walked up and introduced myself as a UM alum. He was so happy to be recognized, and could not have been nicer. We chatted for a few minutes, I wished him luck, and went on my way. Very cool experience.
Conversely, I met Desmond Howard when he was elected to the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. He hung around to chat with people after the event, and while he was as nice as can be, I was a blithering fanboy...I was a freshman at UM during his Heisman campaign.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Walter Smith Was Awesome||
If I recall, his leg was all messed up and despite that, he was stalking Coach Moeller on the sidelines and constantly asking to get in the game. I think it was against Wisconsin. Moeller got him in for one screen pass, the Wisconsin guys (to their credit), played extremely soft coverage, and when he caught the ball, the crowd went nuts. That was a great Michigan memory.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||ND because...||
D'Antonio is a galactically huge ass hat.
|3 years 15 hours ago||The Name of the Wind- the Kingkiller Chronicles||
By Patrick Rothfuss. Just fantastic stuff. The follow up is Wise Man's Fear
|3 years 9 weeks ago||My problems with Pam Ward||
1) Her voice is deeper than mine
2) She had an Adam's apple the size of a grapefruit
3) She had hands as big as Andre the Giant
4) Despite this, I was strangely attacted to her
5) She couldn't get through a game without at least a dozen screw ups.
Other than that...she was OK by me.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Not in the App Store anymore either||
I thought the app crashed, so I deleted it and tried to re-install it from the App Store, but it's not available there anymore. I imagine it will be available again when it's updated?
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Braxton Miller is Terrific||
And he seems like a good kid. Ohio's O-Line played very well. We had problems getting to the QB and defending the edge. As much as I wanted to be a classy winning fan, 7 years of living in Cleveland and putting up with Ohio nonsense made me say some things to Ohio fans fleeing the stadium that I'm not proud of...
|3 years 35 weeks ago||I Live In Cleveland||
And I've always prided myself on being a gracious Michigan fan, even when losing and especially for the past 7 years when I've consistently had it rubbed in my face from "fans" who have trouble spelling O-S-U. Today, at the game, when Denard took that last knee, those 7 years of abuse just erupted ot of me and I was kind of a dick to the OSU fans running out of the stadium. I'm not proud of it, but it felt great to exorcise some demons. I can go back to being a gracious fan again, and a winner for a change...
|3 years 39 weeks ago||A Top Hand and a Monocle||
Always funny. Not sure why, just funny.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Sorry to Hijack--but still relevant||
I apologize, I don't have enough points for a new thread, but figured this was as good a place as any for this...
Apparently, Gordon Gee's bowtie is tied just a but too tight, he actually has just said that OSU is the "poster child" for compliance!
|3 years 48 weeks ago||The Catch||
It was my first home game as a Freshman in '91 and I had never seen anything like that atmosphere in my entire life. I was sitting in the student section in the end sone, and when Grbac launched that ball, all I could see from my seat was Desmond's feet go out when he streched to grab it. I couldn't tell if he caught it or not, until everyone went nuts...
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Boise State and Navy||
Boise because I love the Smurf Turf and how a school with zero "tradition" has quickly established itself as a national force through great coaching and execution. And Navy, because I was an Naval Officer and love everything that the Middies (and the Black Knights and Falcons) stand for as students, players, and future leaders.
|4 years 19 hours ago||Hoke's First Interaction with Ohio (State) Player||
Sorry I don't have enough points to post this as an original thread, but since it's marginally on-topic, here is a funny story about Hoke's first encounter with Ohio C Mike Brewster:
"A handshake between rivals: It started with a swat. As Ohio State center Mike Brewster walked past first-year Michigan coach Brady Hoke, Hoke reached out and patted Brewster on the backside. Brewster spun and hands were extended, the Wolverine-Buckeye introduction made.
"Brady Hoke," the coach said with a smile."
|4 years 2 weeks ago||OSU's Branding Is Maybe Not So Good in Comparison||
|4 years 8 weeks ago||The familiar Pryor excuse||
""I am not doing anything wrong," she said. "I mean, I have a job, I work all the time. My son's had a car since he was 18-year-old. What's the difference? Everybody has a car. It doesn't matter to me. My son is what matters to me. I wish everybody would understand that." (emphasis added)
I guess the "Everybody has it/does it" excuse is embedded in the Pryor family DNA...
|4 years 15 weeks ago||Embarassing, but True||
I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, so I had no connection whatsoever with the school. However, I liked professional wrestling, and also liked the Steiner Brothers. They used to come down to the ring wearing their Varsity jackets to "The Victors" and I thought that was cool. That was actually the first time UM was ever on my radar (and the first UM shirt I ever had--the Steiner Brothers in front of a big Block M). Fast forward to my junior/senior years in HS, when I started getting a bit more serious and started to like Government and History as subjects. One of my brother's friends graduated from UM and told me how good the Poli Sci program was. I applied, somehow got in, and made one of the best decisions of my life.
|4 years 30 weeks ago||Threadjack is Correct--Denard's Heisman Photo in WSJ as well||
Denard's ND Heisman pose photo was indeed included as one of WSJ's best sports photos of 2010--it's the 4th picture down:
|4 years 35 weeks ago||I will be there||
I'm looking forward to meeting him and shaking his pimp hand in person to test both its strength and apparently delightful texture.
|4 years 35 weeks ago||The first UM shirt I ever bought||
Was a cheesy drawing of the Steiner Brothers with a big block M in the background. I got it at an NWA event when I was 15 or 16. If I recall, their entrance music was actually The Victors. I like to tell people that I went to UM because of the great Poli Sci program and the sports, but really, it was the Steiner brothers...
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Even the Findings Downplayed the Original Story||
An interesting quote from the findings (from annarbor.com):
"But the committee wrote that "though serious," the overage was "far less extensive than originally reported and that no student-athletes were substantially harmed."
It's interesting that there is a split in the headlines that are reporting this story. Some play to the positive, like "NCAA rules in favor of Michigan, Rodriguez"; other (guess who) lead off with "Michigan to get Third Year of Probation." It's really quite amazing...
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Youth doesn't seem to be a problem on offense||
While we are playing a lot of true freshman and underclassmen on Defense, our offense is also fairly young and seems to be doing just fine. Can there be that much of a pure talent disparity on the defensive side of the ball?
|4 years 41 weeks ago||Still #1 in SI Poll||
Obviously we should take it with a grain of salt, but Denard still leads the Heisman race as far as SI is concerned:
|4 years 43 weeks ago||Oh, and you can also...||
You can also be President of the United States.
|5 years 6 days ago||Movies are Critical||
For the MD bar exam, I went out with my friends to see a movie before the MBE (Lethal Weapon 4) and then again before the essay part (There's Something About Mary--yes, I'm old). The best thing to do is shut your brain off for a little bit. I honestly think that relaxing a little before each test night is critical to sucess.
Also, echoing many of the comments above, DO NOT, under any circumstances, talk or compare answers to anyone during breaks or afterwards. That is a recipe for disaster.
And, as a parable, don't be the person who was sitting across from my buddy--There was about 15 minutes left in the essay part, and the girl across from him got up and went to the bathroom. With a minute left, she got back, put a big "X" through a page and a half of her essay answer and started writing anew. Then, they called time. Probably not the best bar strategy.
Just keep your answers simple and follow pure IRAC analysis for each question. Good luck!
|5 years 5 weeks ago||SyFy Movie Titles||
Since a lot of Syfy "original" movies are just bad rehashes of real Hollywood films, comedian Patrice O'Neal did a great bit on the Opie & Anthony show riffing on how the channel could remake and rename certain movies to avoid any intellectual property issues. Some examples were: Jurassic Park="Dinosaur Forest"; Terminator= "Robot Killer From the Future"; Predator= "Space Jungle Hunter"; Back to the Future= "Time Car"; and my favorite, Iron Man= "Steel Dude"
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Todd Collins||
I had a few poli sci classes with Todd Collins and we studied together and hung out every now and again. Not only was he very cool and down to earth, but he was REALLY smart.. He never got much credit for being an excellent student-athlete, but he was quite sharp. Also a damn good QB, who is still playing a solid back-up role in the NFL.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Amazing Voice, Better Performer||
I've seen Dio twice (both times with Yngwie Malmsteen opening for him) and he was so good live. His love and passion for his music, and more importantly, his fans, was sp palpable when he was onstage.
|5 years 12 weeks ago||Is it wrong...||
that I can't get the friggin' song out of my head? I watched the video in abject horror and yet the chorus has not left my brain since. Is Freekbass in fact an evil genius, posing as a sad version of a white, untalented, Bootsy Collins??
|5 years 15 weeks ago||The Todd Harris Follow-Up Interview||
I also loved the follow-up interview with Todd Harris during the Rose Bowl pre-game that year. Lloyd had taken a little flak for the incident, and it was the first time the two had appeared on camera together since the OSU game. Todd Harris began interviewing him, and Lloyd, with that all-knowing half-smile of his, interrupted him and said (very warmly, with a full understanding of the situation) "Happy New Year, Todd." It was classic.
|5 years 16 weeks ago||As an executive recruiter...||
That is a pretty minor fee for a major search. I work at a comparable search firm and $75k is usually considered a minimum fee in the industry for any search, much less one of this magnitude. Even with the "bonus" paid, UM got a really good deal for the search. Of course, it's also fantastic publicity for Spencer Stuart...
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Just got one last week||
It's very cool, except for one major caveat. I had to return my first one the next day, as everyone I spoke to said the sound quality n my end was crap. The Verizon store gave me a new one, which was better, but not great, so I had to fidget with some programming options, and now it sounds great. It appears to be a fairly widespread problem with the Droid, so make sure you try it out thoroughly before you leave the store. See this thread for more info:
Once I made those changes, things have been terrific so far. The battery life is not wonderful, but it's OK considering how powerful the device is. Good luck!
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Baby Gifts||
As an alum living in Cleveland, and one to wear my Maize & Blue proudly on my sleeve, some friends and family decided to have a little "fun" when we had our daughter 9 months ago. My wife's cousin, who lives near Columbus and is in grad school there, got her an OSU baby outfit. She didn't mean anything malicious by it, but it really annoyed me. Even my OSU alum friends thought that was crappy. We are going to donate it, so it doesn't go to waste. On the other hand, a co-worker got my daughter an OSU pacifier. When I opened the gift and looked at my co-worker quizically, she said that we shouldn't have any problems with the gift, because to us it should simply mean "OSU Sucks".
|5 years 23 weeks ago||Marian Wright Edelmen||
From the Children's Defense Fund. The only thing I really remember is her singling out Juwan Howard for his accomplishment in graduating. I myself did not get any props.
|5 years 29 weeks ago||Main Street||
There are a ton of good choices on Main Street. Palio's and Middle Kingdom are both pretty good, family-friendly restaurants with enough ambiance to be client and child appropriate.
|5 years 30 weeks ago||D5000||
I am also a novice, with a few classes under my belt, and I just moved up from a film DSR to a D5000 over the holidays. I'm very happy with it. It's pretty sophisticated, and has a bit of a learning curve with the various advanced controls, but it can just as easily be used as a pre-programmed point-and-shoot with a little more creative control. I recommend a good third party guide (David Busch's Guide is great) along with the camera.
I can't foresee myself using much video, and Live View is nice, but the tilt screen is cool and prices are pretty reasonable if you shop around a bit.
|5 years 42 weeks ago||That kid looks like||
Jackie Earle Haley...with a stupid haircut and missing the slightest whisper of a chromosome
|5 years 42 weeks ago||Is it wrong||
That I REALLY want to whack that kid in the head with a tack hammer for agreeing to be the model for that picture?
|5 years 43 weeks ago||Anything by Chris Berman or Stuart Scott||
Notably, when Berman shrieks "WHAAAAAT" at the top of his lungs and continues his tired tradition of making up funny names or when Stuart Scott says...anything.
|5 years 49 weeks ago||Too Many To Choose||
But, here goes:
1)1991 v ND: "The Catch" and my first game as a student at Michigan Stadium--double magic.
2)2007 Capital One Bowl: I've never seen the UM Offense look quite so unstoppable
3)2005 v. Penn State: I was watching it at a party with my law school buddy who went to Penn State and a friend of mine actually said to him right before Henne-to-Manningham, "There's only 1 second left, what could possibly happen?"
4)2000 Orange Bowl v. 'Bama- Tom Brady at his finest
5) 1997 Rose Bowl- obviously
|6 years 13 weeks ago||He's also pretty modest||
Via Rittenberg's blog:
"You saw today, and the world saw, that I can throw the ball," Pryor told reporters. "I think I played exceptionally well. [I'm] getting better at those little things -- footwork, throwing the ball in there and learning the offense."
|6 years 23 weeks ago||How about Jesse Johnson and||
How about Jesse Johnson and Ricky Powers? (I guess I'm showing my UM vintage)
|6 years 23 weeks ago||For me it's a close||
For me it's a close call--either Lance Dottin (the Stevie Brown of 1991) or Yale VanDyne